Following up my earlier article I thought I would email The Body Shop to find out their policy on vegan products. This was the answer I recieved:
The Body Shop chooses not to produce a list of these products, as we do not claim to be a Vegan company.
While we have a policy of avoiding the use of raw materials derived from animals where the animal is slaughtered to directly provide the material for use in cosmetic products, manufacturers of synthetic chemicals for use in the cosmetics industry obtain input materials from both animal and plant sources (fatty acids, for example, can be obtained from both palm oil and animal fats) and we have no visibility or control over these raw materials several layers down in the supply chain. That said, we do specify that grades of materials such as surfactants are from plant sources where raw material suppliers offer both plant and animals sources as options.
Hence, we cannot guarantee that a product only contains raw materials that are synthesized from ingredients derived from plants and not animals.
I wonder why they find it so hard to have vegan products when they used to know which products were vegan....laziness perhaps?