Here are some more common ingredients found in your average bathroom products and what they really are:
*Benzoic Acid- while found in some plants, it is primarily derived from animal vertebrates. It is used as a preservative in mouthwashes, deoderants, skin creams, and fragrances.
*Carmine, cochineal, or carminic acid- red pigment from the crushed female cochineal beetle. Reportedly 70,000 beetles must be killed to produce one pound of this red dye.
*Cetyl alcohol- This wax can be derived from sperm whale, dolphins, or plants. Look for the products that specify "vegetable" or "coconut" sources.
*Glycerin- a by product of soap manufacturing using animal fat. Look for products that specify "vegetable glycerin"
*Keratin- protein from the ground up horns, hooves, feathers, and hair of various animals (often found in hair care products to produce shine)
*Royal Jelly- secretion from the throats of worker bees that is fed to larvae in the colony.
*Silk Powder- obtained from the secretion of the silkworm and used in powdered cosmetics
*Stearic Acid- fat from cows, pigs, sheep, and pets euthanized in animal shelters.
*Urea- excerted from animal urine and other bodily fluids.
in food products, watch out for "Gelatin"-- this is the main ingredient found in "Jello", most candies have gelatin and even desserts! Gelatin IS from the boiled bones, skins and tendons of animals!!! YUCK :p