For those who have made the choice to go Vegan, you know full well that finding cruelty-free alternatives to your most trusted products isn’t easy, especially when it comes to tattoo aftercare.
Many tattoo artists unwittingly recommend Lanolin based products because they are often cheaper than premium brands and for the most part reasonably sufficient at helping to protect a tattoo while it heals. But what many don't know is that this Lanolin wax substance is actually secreted from the sebaceous glands of sheep and is made to lubricate the sheep’s skin, not human skin
There are other brands of tattoo balms that use beeswax instead of lanolin, which most vegans will confirm is also not cruelty-free. Fortunately there are vegan aftercare brands out there that guarantee to aid in the healing process of a tattoo with the same if not better quality than their non-vegan competitors while being 100% cruelty-free. These alternatives are often more effective as they rely on Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils that closely resemble those found in human skin. So when sourcing tattoo aftercare, the Vegan option might be the the way to go, even if you're not Vegan!