The word of vegan is catching on. Shampoos and conditioners, mascara and lip gloss, peep-toe pumps and pencil skirts, you name it, there is some compassionate soul creating it with sustainable vegan products. Gone are the days of leather purses and animal tested make-up full of artificial products, instead we trade in our Coach for our Big Buddha and our Clinique for Dr. Hauscka .
Believe it or not being vegan doesn’t just mean refraining from consuming animal meat or their byproducts, to most of us, it means living a life cruelty-free and organically. Most, if not all, of the products in your bathroom cabinets are loaded with synthetic crap that is either made from animal products, tested on animal, or just down right harmful to your health. There are numerous studies showing the toxic shit substances used in our personal “health” care products are in fact making us unhealthy. They have been linked to birth defects, infertility and reproductive problems, depression and hormone imbalances, breast and many other forms of cancer, just to name a few.
I understand the cleansing of one’s entire life of all things animal is a process that may take some time – I’m still working on it after 3 years -, so start with the basics and start slowly – it doesn’t make much sense to toss your entire closet in the garbage to buy all new vegan attire. However, it is possible to live a completely cruelty-free lifestyle. Today I want to share with you some wonderful vegan options for you to possibly incorporate into your life.
The first thing I did when I went vegetarian was got rid of all my nonvegan (and unhealthy) beauty products. Now if you know me at all, you know to me beauty products are shampoo and mascara, but in the beginning stages of my new lifestyle, I went a little wild in the cosmetic isle. (Side note: you may not see the importance of ridding your drawers of nonvegan products, but remember from high school biology, our skin is our biggest organ and it absorbs every little thing you put on it. So if you wouldn’t drink that bottle of Maybelline, don’t put it on your skin.) Beginning with the essentials shampoo and conditioner, moisturizers, deodorant and the make-up you wear most regularly ideally should all be free of artificial perfumes and dyes and not tested on animals or contain any animal byproducts. My personal favorite hair products are Aubrey Organics , but some other great brands are Alba Botanica, Nature’s Gate, ABBA, and Glow Naturals. Check out your local health food store to see what they carry. Be sure to read the labels and do your research before making any major purchases.
Moisturizers and lotions are chalk full of nasty harmful shit substances that can reek havoc on your beautiful bod. So if you are regular to the lather, trade in your Bath and Body Works shit for some amazing organic and vegan options. I have to admit I’m not one to lube my skin, I do it from the inside out with plenty of healthy fats, but I have heard that Aubrey Organics, 100% Pure, Burt’s Bees, and Giovanni Organic are all great repuitable brands. I prefer to use coconut oil (yes, the same thing I throw into smoothies) on my skin when I remember to. It’s a little greasey, but it keeps my skin radiant and smells like the tropics.
So many of us rely on make-up to make us feel pretty, and if by chance you are one of them (you’re beautiful the way you are) don’t toss your $30 tiny tube of cover-up, however, use it up and when the next time comes for a purchase, try some of these good for you options. Again, I don’t wear make-up except mascara and tinted lip balm (as Grams said K.I.S.S. – keep it simple stupid), so I’m taking what I’ve read about the product and the reviews they have received to make my decisions. As always, Aubrey Organics wins this category for me, but I also have used Dr. Huascka and loved his mascara – it smells like roses from it’s essential oils and all natural ingredients. I use Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm and love it. Other very popular brands are Ecco Bella, Beauty Without Cruelty, ZuZu Luxe, and Gabriel Cosmetics. All these brands carry everything from lip gloss to concealers and aim at creating a wholesome product made of nonsynthetic chemicals.
As far as deodorant/antipersprents goes, conventional brands are full of aluminum to clog your pores to stop sweeting and pumped full of artificial shit (sorry the word calls) to make you smell like roses. Listen, if you’re eating a diet full of shit you’re going to smell like it. What goes in must come out. But by chance you are eating a diet rich of fresh fruits and vegetables, you are actually creating an alkaline pH in your body, balancing your hormones and decreasing body odor and sweating – among MANY other things. If you feel nervous not putting a little something under your pits go for, you guessed it, Aubrey Organics or Earth Science, my two personal favorites. Jason, Tom’s, Kiss My Face, and Crystal are other great brands.
If you’re interested in more vegan/vegetarian organic personal health care products check out your local health food store and talk to someone about their recommendations. Read about the products online, what it’s made of and what the company believes in, and make your own judgement. If you have questions feel free to ask!