I'm slowly ever so slowly in the process of veganising my whole life. When I first went vegan (again) in February 2009 I promised myself I would take it at as slow a pace as I needed in order to make it stick this time. So I started with food and I'm working my way out, down and all around. When things need to be replaced I assess it but I've finally started moving into booze and skincare/makeup. First cab off the rank was skin care. I'm bubble girl anyway, I cant have chemicals as I break out in rashes, I stopped using chemicals in my home about 10 years ago (bicarb, vinegar and earth choice washing up liquid that’s it). So skin care routine is the first to be consciously veganised.
Shampoo: Organic Care (available in most major super markets)
Although it has way more "I don’t know what that is" ingredients in it than I would like, but I love the fast facts:
Biodegradeable and compostable plant based packaging (PLA)
Grey water safe
No Animal Testing or Ingredients - CCF Accredited
No Parabens or Petrochemical
No Sles, Sls, Ales, Als
And for the price it really cant be beat
Body wash/soap: Dr Bronners (available healthfood stores)
All ingredients I look at and recognise, I get the baby formula because the others are too full on for me (especially the peppermint) THATS how sensitive my skin is!
"Water, Saponified Organic Coconut*, Organic Palm* and Organic Olive* Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils**, Citric Acid, Vitamin E "
I buy the giant bottle and it usually lasts me 6 months ($20)
I saw this brilliant video on Kandee the Makeup Artist and started doing it straight away. Its completely changed my life. Its just lemon juice and brown sugar!
Moisturiser - I'm still getting rid of the final dregs of my Palmers cocoa butter moisturiser, but once that is done I'm going to get pure cocoa butter bars from Lush and just rub them into my skin:
Something like this "The King of Skin" look at the ingredients I want to eat it!
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Fresh Banana (Musa paradisiaca), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Fresh Avocado (Persea gratissima), Oatmeal Infusion (Avena sativa), Coconut Butter (Cocos nucifera), Lavender Oil (Lavendula hybrida), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Rose Oil (Rosa centifolia), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album), Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Toothpaste and deodorant: bicarb soda. Yep! That’s right! Just dust your armpits with bicarb every morning (make sure they are super dry) and its worked a treat (I'm sure I smell sweeter anyway from being vegan ;)) but there are plenty of home made toothpaste recipes out there. Honestly I've been doing this for 2 years with no problem. I smell sweet as a rose and I've only ever had one cavity in my teeth. I guarantee you wont be disappointed! It takes a while to get used to it, but makes you realise what a SCAM the toothpaste/fragrance industry really is.
Face mask: Just a mashed up avo. Yep! But there are plenty of others out there from pure clay to just a banana. Different mixes do different things, google it!
Do you have any natural hints or tips?