Are there Beetles in Shellac?

Updated: Aug 13, 2019

So let's get it straight; CND Shellac does NOT contain beetles.

But let me explain the confusion.

I'm a vegan and I also insist my products are cruelty free. CND Shellac is completely cruelty free. Last week a client told me that she was unsure about getting Shellac on her nails because it contains crushed beetles! Now, I know where this rumour has come from, but what I didn't realise is that the consumer and my clients actually believe it.

So here I am to set the record straight.

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female Lac bug, pictured below, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes that's then dissolved in alcohol to make liquid Shellac. This is used as a brush-on colourant, food glaze and wood finish. It was historically made and used to preserve wood on boats and other furniture. It's now just a generic term, used to mean a high shine varnish. Similar to how we call vacuums cleaners, hoovers.

Absolutely no beetles are used to make CND Shellac product.

CND decided to name their hard shiny product Shellac as it embodies the same qualities of durability .. long lasting shine and hardness as the original shellac product ... but of course it is not the original product and does not contain beetles or indeed any other animal products.

I dug out the wiki explanation of shellac for you here so you can see.

So ladies, you can rest assured that when you use CND Shellac, your nails will be beautiful, healthy, strong and completely cruelty free.


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