Saturday, April 21, 2012

Vegan Beauty

Last week I was at the salon getting my hair cut, and I noticed that my stylist was really into "green" hair products.  I certainly was not going to complain about this, but it made me wonder if the products were also vegan.  My main thing has been the vegan diet.  I also strive not to buy any non-vegan clothing or accessories.  However, I have to say that I have been remiss in the beauty product department.  I use vegan products some of the time.  Sometimes the products just don't work that well, which has left me frustrated.  However, when I think about animal testing and animal ingredients in beauty products, I realize that it's no better to use non-vegan shampoo than to eat meat.  I am going to try and improve in this area.  Here are my suggestions if you would like to do the same:

Handmade and kind of expensive cosmetics, hair, and bath products.  I have tried their Rehab shampoo, and I loved it.  After perusing the website, I found out that Lush has many vegan options, including "bath bombs" and soap.  I am interested in trying the Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo, which is made from "organic vegan stout beer from a local brewery" and also Double Choc lip balm (yummy!).  This company really does have a serious commitment to ending animal testing, which you can read more about here (and take five seconds to sign a petition).

Alba Botanica
I noticed Alba Botanica shampoo at the grocery store awhile ago, and I was really pleased with it.  I wash my hair a lot because I frequently work out, and I am always looking for products that will keep my hair from looking greasy.  I purchased the Body Builder Mango shampoo for $7, which I thought was reasonable.  The products are 100% natural and vegetarian, and are never tested on animals.  I'm a fan.

Not to be confused with Alba, I noticed this line at Ulta the other day.  It was a bit out of my price range, at $15 per bottle of shampoo, but there's a wide range of products, all of which are "100% Vegan, Free of Synthetic Dyes, Sulfate Free and DEA Free." 

Strawberry Hedgehog
If you live in Phoenix, here's a local plug,  If not, you can still order online.  100% vegan soap, facial, and body products. 

There are many companies, like Aveda and Bath and Body Works, which do not test on animals, but which contain animal ingredients in some or all products.  Aveda Volumizing Tonic is vegan, but other products are not.  If you go to the PETA website, you can access a complete list of which companies do and do not participate in animal testing.  You can also check out Vegan Beauty Review for the real deal on all of these products.  I plan on checking out a company called Beauty Without Cruelty to find vegan concealer.  Going vegan is obviously a process.   

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