Thursday, January 6, 2011

Not Vegan/Possibly Misbranded

Here are screenshots of the ingredient list and the vegan claims from

These screenshots from a chat with GlitterSniffer proprietor Lela Warren occurred on 12/19/10. In them she discusses what ingredients she uses, and, more specifically, does not use, in GS pigments. Edited only to remove personally identifying information.

Here is the GS Statement, issued originally on 12/23/10 (subsequently removed and reposted), with the relevant portion outlined.
Up until as recently as 12/19/10 GS was emphatically insisting that nearly all of their products were indeed vegan, and that carmine was not used at all. We know now that was simply not true.

By Lela's own admission on 12/23/10, she had not listed these facts on her site nor on her pigments. This is illustrated by the FAQ provided on the GS site and by previous posts on this blog detailing her packaging. Additionally, Lela states that she tried to "include a note" that the products were not vegan, but did not always do so.

I am not going to rehash all the FDA requirements at this time (the relevant info is broken down here), but, suffice to say, not including carmine in her listing of ingredients or on the packaging of her product does not appear to meet FDA guidelines for labeling, and could possibly lead to the products in question being labeled as misbranded and subject to recall.

As of this post, despite several requests from various consumers, GS has not provided a list of products that contained carmine, or were otherwise non vegan, despite being labeled as such.


  1. I am a formulator, and I know for a fact that you cannot make most pinks/red without using Carmine...Sorry, but it is true.....I saw alot of those colors, and I said to myself, there has to be carmine in them.......You also have a ton of pinks/reds that have dyes in them:)

  2. I cannot believe she swore on her son that she did NOT use carmine.. I was a 'fan' of the company for almost a year and she specifically told us when the wizard of oz collection came out that the red was NOT vegan and contained carmine.

  3. THat's the first version of the wizard of oz collection, I probably should've been specific about that.. I don't remember if the second version contained a red..

  4. Kristina- I appreciate your post. To be honest, I have no clue what makes the colors in the pigments. I know most reds/pinks I see on sites are specifically NOT vegan, and those that are have a muted appearance, so it's good to know from an expert what's what.

    Blu-It seems that there are conflicting accounts fro GS themselves about what their products contained. I'd like to see a breakdown, pigment by pigment, of wat exactly each contained.


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