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Beauty Byte: Sharp Cutbacks in Shark-Infested Cosmetics

It has been reported that a common ingredient in creams, lipsticks, and lip glosses called squalene (or squalane) — a rich, oily emollient found in the liver of sharks — is going to be phased out of future productions of US and European cosmetics.

The marine conservation group Oceana has notified companies such as Unliver and L'Oréal that the population of deep-sea sharks is being threatened to obtain their liver oil. The good news is that a substitute of squalene — one that is made from olives — is less expensive and more attainable. The new batch of squalene-free products are expected to hit stores this April.

Rebecca Greenberg, a marine scientist with Oceana said,

Oceana is satisfied to see that some of the biggest names in the cosmetics industry are recognizing their corporate social responsibilities and choosing not to contribute to the extinction of these important animals.

Now that it will cost less to produce makeup once squalene isn't incorporated in their products, do you think that consumers will see a cost cut in cosmetics? Somehow I doubt it, but you never know.


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Fitness Fitness 9 years
I would never have guessed that shark liver was in cosmetics.
PinkRose PinkRose 9 years
i totally hate sharks but still its quite cruel
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I would like always to know what's in the cosmetics I buy, but it's not always possible. And the same with clothes. It's so hard to find eco-friendly, cruelty free stuff. Here's there's a list of brands that supposedly don't test their prodcts on animals or kill them for their products. This is a big improvement, I'm happy for that ; )
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Good, its about time people recognize the wonder and beauty of sharks. Stop trying to hurt them for their byproducts and stop shark finning too! That's such a sad thing, it really upsets me to hear about how the poor sharks are always being de-finned.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
This is great news. I wonder if this animal product could make some people sensitive to certain cosmetics? I love the substitution of olive oil and I seriously doubt we consumers will see and price cuts. There will probably be a price increase with olive oil being good for us.
vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
haha brandi I was thinking the same thing.
redegg redegg 9 years
Olives sound wonderful to put on your lips! I love olive oil in body products.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Animal products in cosmetics Ambergris From whale intestines. Used as a fixative in perfumes and as a flavouring in foods and beverages Keratin Protein from the horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. In hair rinses, shampoos, permanent wave solutions Castor Creamy substance with strong odour from muskrat and beaver genitals. Used as a fixative in perfume and incense Cochineal Red pigment from crushed female cochineal insect. Reportedly, 70,000 beetles are killed to produce one pound of this red dye. Used in cosmetics and shampoos Spermaceti Waxy oil derived from the sperm whale's head or from dolphins. In skin creams, ointments, shampoos, candles Turtle oil From the muscles and genitals of giant sea turtles. In soap, skin creams, nail creams
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I just read about this the other day.
brandi797 brandi797 9 years
>...Oceana has notified companies such as Unliver... is there really a company called Unliver? Or did you mean Unilever? Kinda funny, considering Oceana is trying to un-liver their cosmetics!
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Poor sharks :(
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
That sounds gross. I just can't believe that kill for ingredients when there are cheaper and safer ingredients to use.
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