Looking for vegan and/or cruelty-free skincare products can be a challenge as ingredients can be hard to detect.  Larger companies will have paid for the time and money it takes to obtain certifications, but that doesn't necessarily mean the ingredients are good for your skin.

It is possible to have nutrient-dense natural skincare products that are indeed vegan and cruelty-free, without silicones, petroleum by-products or harsh chemical solvents.

You can find many published lists of ingredients to avoid however it is not always a fully accurate depiction. Raw material supplies have come a long way and many ingredients that were once only animal-derived are available in a plant-based form. At Calli, we have spent years finding trusted raw material suppliers that are both vegan*, cruelty-free and from sustainable sources  This is a list of the ingredients we are most asked about.

Animal Derived Skin Care Ingredients

Calli Essentials Vegan Alternative Skincare Ingredients

Amino Acids – Dairy products, eggs

Plant oils of all kinds including some of our favorites Avocado, Blackberry, borage, evening primrose, grapeseed, rice bran and more.

Caprylic acid / triglycerides – cow and goat milk

Triglycerides derived from RSPO certified palm oil (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) Eco-Certified coconut oil

Cetyl Alcohol - spermaceti from sperm whales or dolphins

Cetyl Alcohol derived from RSPO certified palm oil

Collagen – Typically from bovines (cows)

Collagen - Soy protein or lupin seeds

Glycerin or Glycerides – Animal Fat

Pure vegetable glycerin, non-GMO and derived from palm or coconut

Hyaluronic Acid - proteins derived from animal fluids found in joints or umbilical cords

Derived from bacterial fermentation of plant matter typically corn glucose soy and yeast

Lactic Acid – Dairy or meat products

Natural fermentation of plant sugars including non-GMO corn

Vitamin A or Retinol - Dairy, eggs, and animal organs such as the liver

Retinyl palmitate - synthesized from beta-carotene.

Elastin – Protein extracted from muscles mostly bovine

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) - naturally occurring organic sulfur compound  derived from fruits, leafy greens and grains

Squalene / Squalane – Derived from Shark Livers.

Squalane – Non-GMO sugar based, eco-certified and ecology green,


You can always feel free to ask us any questions about our ingredients.  Feed your skin, naturally.

*Please Note: Our salt scrub, milk & honey bath (coconut milk), and cold sore balm contain beeswax or honey powder.