Snails or more accurately, their guts and slime have become the latest fad in skin care. Hailed for its active ingredients, snail extract is popping up in beauty lines across South America and skin care mecca South Korea. Both low- and high-end companies have taken to the sticky ingredients, which debuted on the market in the mid 90s and range from seemingly tame to slightly bizarre (BB Cream features mucus from red ginseng-fed snails).
slime left behind by a traveling snail...
Lip sticks color from Cochineals
The words Cochineal, Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4, and even some natural colorings refer to a dye called carminic acid, which is primarily used as a food coloring and in cosmetics. Carminic acid is a substance found in high concentration in cochineal insects. It is extracted from the insects body and eggs and is mixed with aluminum or calcium salts to make carmine dye (also known as cochineal).