The Wizarding World isn’t exactly known for its creature-free products.
The popular Honeydukes sweet Fizzing Whizzbees are made with dried Billwing stingers. The Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion and Scalp Treatment that tamed Hermione’s notoriously bushy brown hair for the Yule Ball counted among its active ingredients Asian Dragon Hair. And don’t even get us started on Ollivanders’ wand cores!
Thankfully, the muggle and no-maj world is making big strides when it comes to limiting and reducing animals being harmed in cosmetics testing and having their parts used to make said cosmetics.
Makeup giant Ulta Beauty is one of the latest megabrands to ditch animal testing when it comes to concocting their cosmetics. The Humane Society reports that over 100,000 rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and hamsters are killed around the world every year in abusive and outdated chemical tests.
So, Ulta pledging to go cruelty-free is HUGE. Like, getting tickets to the next Quidditch World Cup huge. So naturally, when we at The Protego Foundation heard Ulta Beauty’s announcement about their new Harry Potter makeup collaboration, we broke out the butterbeer!
However, cruelty-free does not mean products are also vegan. While the Ulta Beauty x Harry Potter collection is cruelty-free, we encourage you to check the ingredients listed for each of the Harry Potter products in this makeup collection to ensure they are vegan.
As of right now the only products in the Ulta Beauty x Harry Potter collaboration that we are certain are vegan and cruelty-free are:
Gryffindor, Hufflepuff , Slytherin and Ravenclaw Cosmetic Bags
House Pride Hair Scrunchies
Next, we’ll pull up our Auror’s robe sleeves, grab our wands, and get to investigating as we pull out the darkest animal-derived ingredients from popular makeup products and, like Mad-Eye Moody who came before us, teach you constant vigilance when it comes to picking out vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics.
To put the ghastly reality of what hides in some of the most popular makeup products today into perspective, we’re going to reimagine the animals used in the muggle world as their fantastic beast and creature counterparts in the wizarding world.
Take a moment to imagine yourself back at Hogwarts.
Picture getting ready to go out on a swoon-worthy date at Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop. Before you head out you swish shimmery pink blush into the apples of your cheeks with a fluffy beauty brush . . . made from Pygmy Puff fur.
Or you take your inspiration from Hermione’s sleek Yule Ball ‘do and style your hair for the next dazzling Celestial Ball at Hogwarts with a special keratin treatment. . . made from ground up Thestral hooves and Hippogriff feathers.
Or how about when you slather on some cool and creamy overnight moisturizer before your next big Quidditch match, but the price for that dewy soft skin is the hundreds of thousands of Knarls who are killed for the oily secretions of their quills that go into that cream.
Those chilling examples are enough to make even Malfoy’s greasy hair curl! (😜)And here’s the really tragic thing: the instances of animals being used in muggle and no-maj cosmetics is even worse. However, unlike checking food labels in the grocery store for animal products, cosmetics use a ton of sneaky and wordy names that many of us don’t know off the top of our head. Beyond beeswax, collagen, and casein, there are dozens of insect and animal-derived ingredients lurking in cosmetics in the muggle and no-maj world.
So, to spare you hours of research and to make your next trip shopping for that perfect vegan and cruelty-free lipstick and nail polish as easy as casting Accio, we browsed the muggle web (much to Arthur Weasley’s delight!) to round up a list of 14 of the worst offenders to look out for!
So, there you have it! These are just some of the many animal and insect-derived ingredients skulking around popular cosmetics and beauty tools. But the learning doesn’t stop here! We highly suggest you take some more time to educate yourself about non-vegan ingredients in makeup and beauty products. You can learn more about cruelty-free cosmetics at Beauty Without Bunnies, and you can check the cruelty-free status of brands at The Leaping Bunny organization’s database or on the blog Cruelty Free Kitty.
Written by Victoria Tomis