Frank Body is a brand that creates coffee-based products for the skin.
From scrubs for your body and cleansers for your face, Frank Body uses primarily coffee in their formulations. For instance, one of their most popular products (if not the most popular), is the Original Coffee Scrub, a vegan-friendly solution made with Robusta coffee grinds, cold-pressed sweet almond oil, and Vitamin E. Ingredients that are vegan and natural.
At the same time, while Frank Body does have vegan-friendly products like the one above, they can’t be labeled as a vegan brand.
How Vegan is Frank Body?
Frank Body is what we consider to be a “vegan-friendly” brand since most of their products are vegan. However, there are exceptions. Some of their lip products, such as the lip balm and the lip scrub contain ingredients such as beeswax and lanolin.
In addition, certain products also contain glycerine, an ingredient that can be derived from animal fats, although that depends on the source.
Beeswax, also referred to as Cera alba, is a wax-like property produced by bees to create the building blocks that make up the structure (honeycomb) that allows them to store honey and nurture young bees. For this reason, beeswax can’t be vegan.
However, there are more reasons that compel vegans to avoid beeswax. Since beeswax is essentially a byproduct of honey protection, there’s an unhealthy association between the two, often due to unethical methods practiced by industrial bee farmers.
For example, some bee farmers clip off the wings of queen bees to prevent the colony from swarming and migrating elsewhere. This, obviously, allows them to maintain production for a longer period of time, but it’s a rather cruel premise.
Lanolin is often used for hand creams, mascaras, and in this particular case, lip balm.
It’s regarded as an effective emulsifying agent extracted from wool that is about to be converted into yarn or felt. Because it’s generally acquired from animals such as sheep, this ingredient can’t be deemed as vegan-friendly, of course.
There’s an added layer of cruelty due to certain methods used in some countries, namely Australia, which is the largest exporter of wool on the planet. One example is a method called “mulesing”, where a sheep’s wrinkled skin is slashed away without anesthetic to prevent flystrike.
Naturally, that might not apply to the entire industry, but it also doesn’t change the fact that sheep are being exploited (majorly for non-essential goods).
Other animal-based ingredients to keep in mind
These are not the only ingredients that you will commonly see in the Cosmetics industry. In fact, the list is fairly larger, and includes ingredients such as the following:
- Stearin Acid
- Oleic Acid
- Animal hair
- and more.
Some of the ingredients, like glycerine, may or not be vegan depending on the extraction source. As such, if you’re in doubt, you can always contact the company or manufacturer to be sure.
Unfortunately, at least in the present, companies are not required to reveal any information about the source of their ingredients on product labels… which they use to their advantage.
Is Frank Body Cruelty-Free?
Frank Body has confirmed (via their website) to be cruelty-free.
This essentially means that Frank Body does not conduct tests on animals, and neither do their suppliers or any third-party laboratories. In addition, Frank Body also doesn’t seem to sell products in China, a country where animal testing is required by law.
At the same time, they are not cruelty-free certified, which is usually indicative of a real cruelty-free brand due to the obligation to follow strict criteria.
Vegan Alternatives to Frank Body
Do you want to solely purchase from beauty brands that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free certified? Here is a quick list of brands we believe are up your alley.
If none of these brands resonate with you, allows us to invite you to read this blog post where we share some of the best vegan subscription boxes.
These boxes are wonderful for various reasons, but the main one is that it allows you to discover new and exciting vegan products, including beauty or cosmetic products. (However, in the post above, we also include plenty of boxes that contain snacks…)
Summary: Frank Body is vegan-friendly but not 100% vegan.
Yes, Frank Body does sell some awesome vegan products, but at the same time, it cannot be considered a vegan brand. Unfortunately, they do sell products that contain animal ingredients, such as beeswax and lanolin.
As such, if you’re planning to purchase any product from them, you have to keep an eye out for any products that might not have a “vegan-friendly” logo on their page.
Otherwise, you can always refer to the brands we’ve mentioned above as they’re 100% vegan.
In addition, Frank Body claims to be cruelty-free, but they’re not certified in any way.
Thank you for reading this blog post and we sincerely hope it has helped answer some of the questions you may have had prior to reading it. 🙂