Information about the term vegan and use in Schmincke artists´ colours

Since there is no binding definition of the term "vegan" we use the wording of "The Vegan Society" which was founded in Great Britain in 1944. According to this, veganism 1): is a lifestyle that avoids all animal food such as meat, dairy, eggs and honey; animal derived products like leather; and, as far as possible, products tested on animals.

The Vegan Society's formal definition is: "Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude -as far as is possible and practicable - all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived whollyor partly from animals."

Our artists' colours and painting mediums, which do not contain raw materials of animal origin, can be used in accordance with this definition and are listed in table 1 below.

Table 1

List of Schmincke artists' colours that do not contain any raw materials of animal origin 2):

Series Series name exceptions within the series
10 MUSSINI (without 10 780 Ivory Black)
13 PRIMAcryl (without 13 792 Ivory Black)
16 AKADEMIE Aquarell
17 Pastel (without 17 099 D Black)
18 Pigments (without 18 723 Ivory Black)
18 Liquid Charcoal
19 aqua-Linoldruckfarben (without 19 735 Ivory Black)
21 NORMA Blue
22 AKADEMIE Gouache
23 AKADEMIE Acryl color
28 AERO COLOR Professional
31 College Oll
33 College Acrylic
39 College Linol
41 AKADEMIE Öl color
50 Hilfsmittel (without 50 018 cleaner for oil paintings, 50031 ox gall, 50072 wax varnish, 50088 casein binder, 50310 AEROPUMP Fixative for charcoal and pencil, 50820 watercolour binder)


Table 2 lists the products containing raw materials of animal origin. The use of these raw materials is in most cases based on historical recipes. If alternative scan be used for these products without changing the character and quality of the products, this will be done or included as an alternative.

Table 2

List of Schmincke artists´ colours containing raw materials of animal origin with the corresponding raw materials:

Rawa material Type of raw material Series/ Article number Article name
Beeswax Obtained from honeycombs Series 10 MUSSINI
Series 11 Norma Professional
50 072 Wachsfirnis
Gelatine Protein of animal origin Series 12 HORADAM GOUACHE
Series 25 Designers´ Gouache
Series 27 Calligraphy Gouache
Casein Milk protein 50 088 Casein binding medium
Pigment PBk 9 Carbonization product from animal bones 10 780 MUSSINI Ivory Black
11 704 Norma Professional Ivory Black
11 706 Norma Professional Payne´s grey
12 644 HORADAM GOUACHE Raw Siena natur
12 787 HORADAM GOUACHE Ivory Black
13 792 PRIMAcryl Ivory Black
14 661 HORADAM AQUARELL Burnt Siena gebrannt
14 662 HORADAM AQUARELL Sepia brown reddish
14 663 HORADAM AQUARELL Sepia Brown
14 780 HORADAM AQUARELL Ivory Black
17 099 D Pastel Black
18 723 Pigments Ivory Black
19 735 aqua-Linoldruckfarben Ivory Black
25 788 Designers´ Gouache Ivory Black
Ox gall bladder digestion fluid of animal origin Series 12 HORADAM GOUACHE
Series 25 Designers´ Gouache
Series 27 Calligraphy Gouache
50 006 ONETZ
50 031 Ox gall
50 820 Watercolour binder
Shellac metabolic product of scale insect 50 310 AEROPUMP Fixative for charcoal and pencil
29 700 Indian Ink 1912 Black


Our statement on tests on animals for the purpose of classifying products and raw materials used:

We do not commission or carry out any animal testing for the classification of our products. The classification of the raw materials we use in our products and raw materials for the containers, outer packaging and labels we purchase are subject to the regulations of the current European REACH Regulation (EC 1907/2006).


1) The Vegan Society: What is veganism?

2) The information corresponds to our current state of knowledge as far as we follow the supply chains.

3) Source of information: