By Kate Kelly, Reuters HealthA lot of the makeup products you see at Sephora and Ulta are made with milk from cows, a dairy company said in a statement on Tuesday.
Sephora says it “has long been committed to ethical sourcing practices and has made significant progress in that regard.”
But the statement says it has made some progress in “ensuring that products made with cow milk have a vegan content of less than 0.1% and products made from cow’s milk have less than 3%.”
Ulta says the statement “represents our view that there is no safe level of cow’s-milk-derived cosmetic ingredients that can be considered ‘vegan,'” adding that it “does not knowingly use any products that are made from non-vegan materials.”
Sephors statement came just hours after Ulta’s parent company, L’Oreal, said it had started phasing out the use of cow-based products in its cosmetics and skincare line.
Sephyndra, an online makeup and hair products retailer, announced on Tuesday that it would no longer use cow-milker milk in its products.
Sephadra said in its statement that “the use of non-animal ingredients in the cosmetics we sell is a matter of ethics and ethical business practice.”
It said its “policy of not using animal ingredients in our cosmetics is based on the fact that there are no animal products in the makeup or hair products we use.”
Sephynda also said in the statement that it does not use any animal ingredients or feed derived from animals.
The statement from Sephyndras parent company L’Oréal was sent to Reuters by email.
Sephiroth, an independent cosmetics retailer based in New York, also said it would stop using cow- and goat-derived ingredients in its cosmetic products.
L’Orèal’s statement said Sephynda is “relying on a flawed scientific understanding of animal products to make this decision, as this is the only industry we know of that uses cow’s or goat’s milk.”
Sepharthia, an Israeli cosmetics and hair retailer, also announced that it will stop using non-cow-derived cosmetics in its “beauty products,” but that its products do use cow’s and goat’s milky milk.
Sephartha said in an email to Reuters that “we have always been committed … to ethically sourced ingredients.”
Sephadya said in December that it was “dismayed” by L’Os sales growth in the U.S., and that it had no plans to phase out its use of animal-derived products.
In a separate statement, Sephartas parent company said that its policies on animal-based ingredients “reflect the values and priorities of our company.”
Sephardic Jewry, which has about 100 million followers on Twitter, said in August that it stopped using cow milk in cosmetics.
Sephat, a Muslim online makeup retailer based out of New York City, said last month it would remove the use and distribution of cow milk, dairy products, and animal-related ingredients from its products and products with the help of an outside research group.
Sepha, an Indian cosmetics and fragrance retailer, said on Tuesday it would also phase out the sale of cow and goat milks from its brands.
Sephusya, a cosmetics retailer and a clothing retailer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sephalot, an internet beauty retailer based off the west coast of India, said Tuesday it had removed cow and goats milk from its beauty products and had stopped using nonanimal ingredients.
Sepkhara, a beauty retailer in Mumbai, India, also did not respond to requests for comment on the statement.
Sephub, a consumer electronics retailer based on a Chinese island in the South China Sea, said its products are 100% dairy-free.
Sephasia, a brand that sells cosmetics, said Monday it will phase out animal-source ingredients and products.
Its statement said the company “does NOT use animal products and does not rely on animal ingredients to manufacture our products.”
Sephanas statement said that Sephya and Sephusya “have taken steps to ensure the ethical sourcing of our cosmetics and personal care products.”
It added that it has also “a zero tolerance policy on animal cruelty and has a strict policy on the production and use of eggs from animal products.”
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