Is Cailyn Cosmetics Vegan and Cruelty-Free?

Cailyn Cosmetics is a manufacturer and supplier of makeup and skincare products, and their approach seems to be more business-centric, where they often supply other businesses (like spas and salons) with high-grade cosmetics and skincare products.

Because their website seems to be outdated (since 2014) and there’s not much information available, a quick glance was not enough to figure out whether or not they abide by vegan principles.

As such, we had to dive deeper and go into their product collections to learn more.

So, How Vegan is Cailyn Cosmetics?

Unfortunately, Cailyn Cosmetics is not 100% vegan.

Some of their products contain animal ingredients such as Carmine and Beeswax, as well as potentially non-vegan ingredients like Glycerine.


Carmine is a red dye obtained from the crushed cochineal bug.

This dye has been used throughout history by ancient civilizations such as the Mayans and the Aztecs, but now it’s often used in products like lipsticks and blushes.

Carmine goes by different names depending on the product, so keep your eyes peeled for names such as natural red 4, cochineal extract, CI 75470, or crimson lake.

Here is a video on how Carmine is made:


This is a wax-like property produced by bees to create honeycombs, a structure that bees rely heavily upon to store honey and nurture young bees.

This is the structure from which beekeepers extract honey and beeswax.

Prior to extraction, however, beekeepers typically smoke the bees to make them more docile while also attempting to separate them from the honeycomb.

This might, unfortunately, result in some bees dying or experiencing some sort of damage.

In hindsight, while you have “ethical” beekeepers that only extract excess honey, there are also industrial beekeepers that replace the honey with sugar, something that has absolutely no nutritional value to bees.

The reason why we mention honey is that beeswax is a by-product of honey production. 


Glycerine can be derived from animals or plants, as well as petrochemicals, which is why it’s especially controversial because most companies do not specify its origin.

If you’re in doubt, our suggestion is to always contact the company or manufacturer.

Other Animal Ingredients

There are other animal ingredients you should keep in mind when purchasing cosmetics from brands that aren’t 100% vegan. Below we mention the majority of them:

  • Shellac
  • Lanolin
  • Stearin Acid
  • Casein
  • Squalene
  • Guanine
  • Oleic Acid
  • Animal hair
  • Silk and Pearl powder
  • Collagen
  • Elastin
  • Keratin

Also, keep in mind that some of these ingredients may or not be vegan depending on their origin.

For example, Stearic Acid, Squalene, and Oleic Acid may also be derived from plant-based organisms.

Is Cailyn Cruelty-Free?

Cailyn is cruelty-free and also Leaping Bunny certified.

In other words, Cailyn does not test products or ingredients on animals, and neither do their suppliers or any third-party laboratories. In addition, they also don’t sell products in countries where animal testing is required by law before they’re made available to the public.

This is further reinforced by the fact that Cailyn is a member of the Leaping Bunny program, where companies must abide by strict criteria in order to be considered cruelty-free.

This includes setting up:

  • A supplier monitoring system to be implemented by the company;
  • Supply chain checking for animal testing right down to ingredient manufacturer level
  • Adherence to a fixed cut-off date policy and acceptance of ongoing independent audits to ensure compliance with all of these aspects.

Therefore, yes, Cailyn is, without a doubt, a cruelty-free brand.

Verdict: Cailyn Is Not A Vegan Brand

Even though Cailyn is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified, it cannot be considered vegan because it sells some products that contain animal ingredients.

Among some of their products, we found certain ingredients like Beeswax and Carmine, as well as other potential non-vegan ingredients like Glycerine.

If you want to purchase from Cailyn, you have to keep an eye out for those ingredients.

On the off-chance that you decide to make your purchases somewhere else, allow us to recommend the following vegan makeup brands: Cover FX and Adorn Cosmetics.

Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than five years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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