Tuesday, 12 June 2012

NARS Cosmetics - Response

When contacting companies, although not vegan myself, I usually enquire as to which of their products are suitable for vegans. This is primarily due to the fact that a list of vegan products is usually more readily available than a list of products that do/do not contain carmine. There's also the fact that some companies class themselves as fully vegetarian, yet use carmine for pigmentation/colour, which leaves a lot of confusion on the end of the consumer.
However, on this occasion, I asked NARS Cosmetics which of their products do not contain carmine as I'm fully aware that the company uses beeswax in many of their products (which personally doesn't bother me). Here is the response I received - 

NARS Cosmetics

Thank you for your inquiry and your interest in NARS.
Firstly, we would like to apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry.
We woudl like to inform you that the majority of NARS products do contain the ingredient Carmine.
The skincare and complexion products do not contain Carmine (the ingredient is used to create color/pigment); however all color/makeup products such as eyeshadow, blush, multiple stick, lip gloss, etc contain the ingredient Carmine.
We remain at your disposal will you need any further information.
Kind regards,
Customer Service

NARS Cosmetics 

Great news for Nars face powder users! However, it would be infinitely better if Nars could omit Carmine from the ingredients in their well-known blushes and bronzers!
What do you guys think?


  1. Hey :)

    I'm just wondering why it is that you won't buy anything containing carmine, but don't mind beeswax being used? I'm really not trying to start an argument, but as a strict vegan I'm just trying to understand why it is you think carmine is worse than beeswax, taking into consideration the exploitation and treatment of bees.

    Anyway, like I said, please don't take offense, I'm just wondering if you've done much research into the processes of beekeeping on an industrial level?

    Evelyn :)

  2. ewww, there are soooo many other colorants to use besides carmine! All companies should omit the use of carmine in their cosmetics....yuck!!!

  3. Nars cosmetics response is shown on the post here. Have a look at it
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  4. crimson lake or carmine lake, cochineal, natural red 4,[1] C.I. 75470,[1] or E120, is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminium salt of carminic acid; it is also a general term for a particularly deep-red color of the same nam