We are not a vegan brand. That said, many of our products are formulated without animal-derived ingredients; for a list of these products, click here. Holding ourselves to unparalleled standards of safety sometimes means that we use animal-derived ingredients because they are the safer option to deliver the quality and performance attributes we are looking for in a cosmetics or skin care product.
For example, Beautycounter's Peppermint Balm Lip Conditioner & Calendula Balm Lip Conditioner contain lanolin, a wax derived from sheep's wool. Lanolin is boiled out of wool that has already been sheared and then filtered, therefore no sheep are harmed in the production of lanolin. Our product formulators felt that lanolin was a safer ingredient that would impart the rich hydration and the feel/slip that we were looking for in the Lip Conditioner. Lanolin also has anti-bacterial properties and is a water repellent. We use high-quality lanolin from sheep in Australia and New Zealand. We also use beeswax in some of our products and hope to establish relationships with US beekeepers dedicated to keeping bee populations healthy.
Because we cannot guarantee that our products are manufactured in an entirely vegan facility, we encourage those with allergies to animal-derived substances to consult a doctor prior to use.