Hidden Animal Ingredients
The list below is not a comprehensive list of all animal derived ingredients as the list would be nearly endless. Instead we have compiled a list of hidden ingredients that are most commonly found in cosmetics and foods. The list only contains ingredients derived from animal flesh and bone, it does not include hidden ingredients that derive from dairy.
Adrenaline- hormone extracted from pigs, cows and sheep
Allantoin- uric acid from cows, found in cosmetics
Amino acids - proteins may be animal or plant derived
Ambergris- from whale intestine, can be found in perfumes
Anchovy- small fish, used on pizza's
Arachidonic Acid- found in the livers and brains of animals
Aspic- a jelly made from gelatin(e)
Bone, Bone charcoal, Bonemeal- derived from boiled animal bone
Bristles- derived from animal hair normally pigs, sometimes used in toothbrushes
Caviar(e)- fish eggs, may also come from belluga's and other marine mammals
Cochineal/carmine/carminic acid- made from the red pigmentation of the cochineal insect (approximately 70,000 insects used to produce one pound of red pigment)
Cetyl Alcohol- derived from spermacetti in whales
Chitin- found in outer shells of insects and crustaceans
Collagen- derived from animal tissue
Elastin- found in the muscle fibres of animal.
Fatty acid derivatives- used in cosmetics
Gelatin(e)- derived from boiled animal bones and cow/sheep collagen
Glycerol- normally animal derived found in soaps and cosmetics
Isinglass- a type of gelatin(e) derived from fish
Keratin- formed from ground animal hooves and hair, found in shampoo and conditioner
Lactic Acid- found in animal tissue, used as a preservative
Lecithin- fatty acid found in blood and animal tissue.
Lipoids- found in animals as well as plants.
L'cysteine hydrochloride- made from animal hair and chicken feathers
Marine Oil- derives from seals, whales, porpoises and fish
Mono and Di-glycerides of fatty acids- can be derived from animals
Musk- derived from deer
Oleic acid/oleoic oil- obtained from animal fats, may be obtained from vegetable fat
Oleostearin- made from beef fat
Pepsin- found in pigs stomachs
Proteins (e.g. elastin, keratin, reticulin)- from animal proteins
Progesterone- used in anti-ageing creams
Rennet (animal rennet)- enzymes found in calve stomachs
Sable- fur or hair from a weasel found in paint brushes and cosmetic brushes
Squalene/squalane- found in shark liver
Suet- fat from the kidneys of sheep and cattle
Stearates, Stearic acid- found typically in cows and sheep and used in cosmetics
Tallow/ tallow acid- made from beef fat and found in cosmetics, crayons and wax
Urea- from animal excretion (urine)
Roe- ovaries and eggs from fish
Seal Oil- derived from seals generally from Canada and Namibia.
Spermaceti- a wax found in the head cavities of sperm whales.
Vitamin A/ Vitamin B-12/ Vitamin H- can be animal derived
Volaise- ostrich meat