What’s In Your Vegan Shower?
If you knew me in a former life blog, you may know that I have a lot of experience with cosmetics and other personal grooming products. Through my research concerning what was inside these products that people, particularly women, were grabbing up like mad, I realized that most people have no idea what they are putting onto, and in turn into, their bodies on a daily basis. Most of us have never even thought to question the safety of what we were being sold and the validity of the marketing gimmicks behind that pretty packaging. The truth is that often even the companies putting the fancy creams and serums in the pretty packages have no idea exactly how safe or effective they are to the consumer. Safety aside, many cosmetics and beauty products are housing hidden animal products that we haven’t even thought to consider. Often times, we vegans are so busy figuring out what exactly is in our food that we forget to consider what is in our other daily products.
The main purpose of this post is that I’m curious! I want to know what vegan products you are using so that I can try your favorite things and find new favorites of my own. I love to use products from all-vegan companies as often as possible. I know many people are anti-shampoo altogether, but I haven’t yet tried the sudsless phenomenon. I’m currently using JASON Biotin shampoo and conditioner and really love how strong and clean they make my hair feel. Another set I love is the Giovanni Smooth As Silk shampoo and conditioner, which of course don’t actually contain silk, but make my hair very smooth with a refreshing grapefruit scent. I’m all about the grapefruit pick-me-up in the morning!
As far as face wash goes, I’ve been using Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash with tea tree oil and sea kelp. I picked it up one day at Whole Foods because I was out of face wash, it was affordable, vegan, and I was in a hurry, and luckily it really seems to work for me. For an occasional treat I use Queen Helene’s Mint Julip Mask which is so refreshingly minty for a skin perk up. The body wash that currently sits in my shower is LUSH’s Snow Fairy. I really love the scents of LUSH’s products, but I do wish they would stray from using sulfates and parabens. I also have their Celestial Facial Moisturizer; it smells amazing, like vanilla pancake batter, but I didn’t realize it contained parabens when I purchased.
Toothpaste is one area where we find a lot of brands with animal testing. I previously purchased Tom’s of Maine, but they were bought by Colgate, a company that tests on animals, so I made a switch. JASON Seafresh Toothpaste is absolutely amazing! It’s crazy to rave about a toothpaste, but it makes my teeth feel so clean and fresh; it’s definitely a keeper. Another product I purchased from Tom’s in the past is deodorant, but I am now using LUSH The Greeench and I’m a big fan. It’s a powder with a nice clean, yet not overpowering scent.
I know I mentioned quite a few products, but I wanted to quickly gloss over the vegan toiletries I’m currently keeping around. It seems like there are new vegan companies emerging constantly, and with Etsy handmade soaps and cosmetics it’s easy and fun to find new products. I am really interested in what you are loving because I don’t like to use the same products over and over (with the exception of that amazing toothpaste); I love to try new things!