I know this is my soap blog and I try not to include too much stuff about Mad Oils, my wholesale supply company, but I thought this was just too important not to post here:
Mad Oils carries only vegan ingredients. We believe in using and selling only cruelty free products. We are an animal loving team here with a vast array of rescued pets between us.
Carmine is an ingredient very often used in red and pink micas. You may not be aware of what it is or where it comes from, but it might be in the micas and other colorants you use in your products.
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It takes about 70,000 insects to make one pound of cochineal.
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Carmine is generally safe, but manufacturers of products need to know that in a small number of people, carmine can cause swelling, skin rashes and even respiratory problems. The red powdered pigment is used as a natural alternative to artificial coloring, but it is not vegan. It is important to be aware of ingredients we choose when making our products so that customers can choose for themselves what they want to use on their body.
We share this information with you, not to gross you out, but to ensure that when choosing Mad Oils, you know exactly what you’re getting. We stand by our claim that Mad Oils will carry only 100% vegan micas. In fact, all of our products are 100% vegan, even our fragrance oils. (Yes, fragrances often contain animal products). We know this is important to many of you, as it is to us.
It’s important to make an educated choice when purchasing reds, pinks, browns and purples. It is up to you whether to use products containing carmine or not. Remember that knowing what is in your products and providing full disclosure about their ingredients is empowering to you, as well as your customer. Knowledge is power.
Xoxo - All of us at Mad Oils
Note: Please refer to the FDA website for color additive regulations to find out what label requirements are in effect.