Animal Ingredients

Our list of the most common animal by-products along with information about where they are likely to show up.

Animal ingredients are found in food, clothing, cosmetics, alcohol, clothing, medicine, and many other products. It is virtually impossible to avoid some contact with animal products in your life, but once you become familiar with the most common animal ingredients, it becomes easy to avoid most products that contain them.

Here is a list of of common animal ingredients sorted by what types of products they are most commonly used in. You can also check out a more comprehensive list published by PETA.

In Food Products:

  • Carmine
  • Casein
  • Cholesterol
  • Fish oil
  • Gelatin / Isinglass
  • Glycerin
  • Lactic Acid
  • Lipase
  • Rennet
  • Retinol
  • Shellac

In Medicine and Supplements:

  • Adreneline
  • Allatonin
  • Bone Meal
  • Cortisone / Corticosteroid
  • Cystine
  • Estrogen
  • Gelatin
  • Linoleic Acids
  • Pepsin

In Cosmetics:

  • Allatonin
  • Albumin
  • Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
  • Beeswax
  • Bee Pollen
  • Biotin
  • Carmine
  • Cysteine
  • Elastin
  • Fish scales / Guanine
  • Glycerin
  • Keratin
  • Lanolin
  • Snails
  • Squalene
  • Tallow
  • Wax

Beer/Wine Fining Ingredients: