Did you know that lipstick used to be made with whale blubber?
In the 20th century, whale blubber, oil and wax were valuable ingredients for many things like soap, lamps and cosmetics. It was used for so many products that it led to excessive whale hunting, which resulted in the decline of the international whale population.
In the sixties, the use of whale fat in lipstick and other cosmetics was banned, due to the endangering of so many species. It resulted in an international moratorium on whaling by the International Whaling Commission in 1986.
With the moratorium, cosmetic companies started replacing the whale blubber and oil with other cruelty free options. Plant-based jojoba oil is a popular option, found in many beauty products, such as lipstick and moisturisers. Beeswax, olive oil, lanolin, cocoa butter and vegetable oil are other wax and oil products that are common in cosmetics and are nowadays used in replacement of animal fat.
So those of you who felt a little nauseous at the thought of putting whale blubber on your lips… you have nothing to worry about! Your lipstick and other cosmetics are now whale-free.