7 Gross Products in Your Make-up That You Never Knew about ...


I wear make-up because I just feel like I look better with it on. Why do you wear it? There are so many cosmetics choices on store shelves and if you’re anything like me, you worry more about price and color than what goes into the item. After some research, I feel like I should share with you what gross things are used to create some make-up products. Hopefully this information helps you make the best choices for your health and your skin.

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The perks of placenta are making headlines these days, but you might be surprised to find that some products already contain it. In most cases, it’s animal placenta, but use caution if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive. Because placenta is storehouse for hormones, use of it can cause issues with your baby. It’s not terribly common, but if you’re unsure, it pays to find out more about a product before using it.



Lanolin might sound harmless enough, but it’s actually made from the grease in animal fur. I used lanolin cream while I was breastfeeding, but it also appears in some lipsticks. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I want that stuff in or near my mouth. Gross!



Otherwise known as whale vomit, ambergris is worth a lot of money and is used in a bunch of high dollar perfumes. This might sound like an urban legend, and indeed I thought the same, until I uncovered information revealing just how pricey this stuff is. It works to enhance the good smelling scents in a bottle of perfume and doesn’t have a powerful scent of its own. Rethinking your bottle of perfume?


Beetle Carcasses

No, you won’t find it listed on a cosmetic by that name. You’ll see “carmine” instead. To make red cosmetics, including lipstick and blush, manufacturers use the beetles to produce that red hue. The beetles get it by feeding on the prickly pear cactus. They are removed from the plant, boiled and crushed to get the carmine and then used to color make-up.


Fish Scales

If you paint your nails at all, you might have a bottle of polish made from fish scales. Ewww! It’s listed on labels as guanine and lends your favorite shades that pearly effect that we all love so much. The scales are scraped from dead fish, then suspended in alcohol. It’s then swirled into the nail polish for your enjoyment.


Mink Oil

How’s this for gross? Some make-up manufacturers scrape the oil off the backs of minks and use it in certain moisturizing cosmetics. I’m not sure I want that on my face, but it would be far worse being the person who has to do the harvesting of the oil. Sometimes, the oil from emus is used in the same way.


Road Kill

Road kill is used for the harvesting of tallow, a fatty substance that is present in the bodies of many animals, including raccoons, foxes and skunks. The tallow is used in many cosmetics, including eye shadow and lipstick to give them emollient properties and make them moisturizing. Grossed out?

Did any of these things surprise you? I immediately went and read the ingredients in all of my favorite products? Are you getting up to do the same right now?

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Alyx some of these products (she listed some snd some is not on there), some can cause acne, birth effects, allergies, increase of hormones and more. They mix this stuff with others. Creating a new chemical.

Actually, guanine isn't necessarily just fish scales. It's a nitrogenous base found in your DNA. And FYI, the "carmine" or the red beetle is also found in some of your food and drinks. Any red food or drink that says it uses natural coloring contains it (otherwise known as e120)

Very surprising


Thank u! Eye opener

It's kind of sad :( I feel bad for the animals. I always make sure that I purchase cruelty free and vegan products. Animals don't have to suffer for us to be beautiful and keep up with fashion.

Well that's disturbing. I'm thoroughly disgusted.

Lanolin isn't from "animal fur". It's from sheep's wool. And it's refined and processed so, it's not like rubbing your face on a sheep's back. It's actually quite healthy for your skin and hair.

Hey guys

This is horrible. Yes, it's gross to out on your body but even worse to "take it" from innocent animals. Leave them alone! Cruelty free is the way to go. Great article!

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