Thursday, November 18, 2010

the vegan bathroom

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?


  1. GREAT post! I also love Nature's Organics, and mentioned them in one of my first posts ( - they're products are so awesome and CHEAP! :)

  2. Thanks for Kandee's video! That's awesome. I'm so doing that!

  3. Love the lemon face scrub tip, will try it out! And I'm also an Organic Care shampoo girl, also use their body scrub for soap. For moisturiser and face cleanser I use Akin or Botani.

  4. I love Organic Care shampoo. I've been through so many expensive brands, but when I finally tried them, I realised I'd just been wasting my money. I also like that they're local & use plant-based packaging.

    I'm intrigued by the bi-carb as toothpaste/deodorant. Do you just mix it to a paste for the toothpaste?

  5. I really like the Akin/Alchemy range - it feels really soft and it works a treat! Also, a lot of the Grown stuff is vegan (though not all).

    Choose Cruelty Free - - is good for finding reliable brands, and Cosmetics Info - - is good to check those ingredients that you can barely even read : )

  6. I'm a fan of using a combination of olive oil and salt to scrub and moisturize my hands -- especially in the winter. And now that I think of it, I'm off to do it now!

  7. @meveg I just have a little bowl of bicarb in my bathroom and wet my tooth brush and dip it in. then pinch bits out to dust my underarms.

    @michelle thanks for the tip! looks like some great resources I will add them to the blog roll!

    @kimberly I have had HEAPS of people tell me about this, especially as a good cure for psoriasis? I will try it out!

  8. love the video, I'm definitly gonna try that...
    my tips...
    - Cold pressed avocadeo oil from which is avaible from the local supermarket is great as a moisturiser when you want something really really nourishing and rich.
    - Aesop products are vegan, they've confirmed it with me via email, their products are a little pricey but last for ages.
    - Vicco toothpaste is 100% vegan and nice and spicy as in aromatic spicy, it's availble from most indian grocery shops. I used to use orris root powder for a while as a toothpaste powder, that's nice and pungent too, it's avaible from places that sell dried medicinal herbs etc like the grocery store next to soul food on Smith street.
    - um, this is gonna sound weird, but bringing a huge pot of water (that contains pepper tree peppercorns and the leaves {there's heaps and heaps of these trees in brunswick - Albert st park for starters}, fresh basil, heaps of roses from the garden,fresh rosemary, dried or fresh cammomile) to the boil and then turning it off, let it cool, but it's still nice and warm/hot, strain it and after a bath in salts, pour it over yourself. It's like a baptism from the gods of nature! - Emma Homma

  9. Great post, I have a lot of the same allergy issues. I gave up on looking for a moisturiser I could use without reaction a long time ago. I make my own now from a blend of cocoa butter, almond oil and olive oil. It takes about 5 minutes to soak into the skin but has been brilliant. Olive oil is also great as a pre wash hair moisturising mask :)

    I've been using the Sukin range of shampoo and conditioners, since they are SLS, paraben free and are vegan. Their products are really reasonably priced and I think available in most chemists and health food stores.

    As a face cleanser, I have a jar in the shower that has powdered oats, ground almonds and dried grated orange rind. I get a little of this out and blend with water to a paste, and use this to cleanse and as a gentle scrub.

    I like your tip on bicarb deodorant. I have been using the teo deodorant from Lush, but I am pretty sure that is just a block of bicarb with some essential oils in it. When it runs out I'll just follow your tip and get some straight bicarb.

    You can make a tooth whitening paste from strawberries and bicarb too. I figure I get the same whitening affect from just eating the strawberries though.

  10. whoa so many fantastic suggestions! I cant wait to try them out!


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