Vegans Beware: Placenta Cream Coming To A Face Near You - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Vegans Beware: Placenta Cream Coming To A Face Near You

Published May 15, 2017

Placenta, the controversial ‘super goop’ is now being used in a brand new face cream created by students at the University of Iceland.

Don’t worry, they’re not asking you to stick placenta on your face. The cream is made using active ingredients found in Icelandic sheep placenta like collagen and antioxidants which are great for the skin.

Sheep facials have gained popularity in recent years with the likes of Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell flocking to clinics in Los Angeles to rub lamb producing goo on their face. The cream, developed by health engineering students at the University of Iceland, could make sheep placenta mainstream in the cosmetic industry.

Rest assured, no sheep were harmed in the making of this cream as placenta is usually destroyed by farmers as a byproduct of lambing.

“It’s a resource that’s unexploited because they (farmers) just throw it away. The farmers simply have to freeze it so it can be used.”, said Guðrún Edda Þórðardótt­ir, one of the brains behind the project.

The students are now in contact with the Icelandic Food Administration to secure its organic status, and hope that the cream will hit the shelves in 2018. Will it smell like sheep? We don’t know, but we are sure sensitive vegans won’t like it.


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