Why this blog?
For me, being vegan is a continual journey. Every day I find out something new about the things I use in my ordinary daily life. I am interested in finding new ways to enhance the vegan-friendliness of my life through the products I use, eat, wear or otherwise consume. Locating vegan goods can be confusing, and at times, even expensive. Ultimately, I would like everything I use to be as vegan as possible, from dish soap to makeup, to the shoes I wear, to my hair care products, and everything in between. I would also like to share with you information about what I try and what I discover along the way, in the hopes that it may be useful to you. I am also open to suggestions if you have anything you recommend, or if there is something you have always wondered about and would like me to check out. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And thanks for reading!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I am a hair product junkie. It's true. If there is something I spend more money and time trying than anything else in the world of vegan products, it is the hair product. I have been known to have four or five products in my hair at any given time. Now let me clarify, while not hair-obsessed, I am hair-concerned. For you see, I have naturally curly hair which I try to force into being straight on an almost daily basis.
It's not the kind of naturally curly hair that you see that inspires you to say, "Wow, she's so lucky! Look at those curls! If only my hair could do that!" No, I am afraid it's the kind of curly hair that is crazy-curly in some spots and not-so-curly in others, the kind of curl that is erratic, unpredictable, prone to humidity-induced friziness, and consistently defiant of any manageable style. I have the kind of curly hair that inspires you to sigh with sympathy. I have the kind of curly hair that will not be forced into submission in tropical climates or during sauna-ish hot wet weather, such as in Mexico in the summer where my mother-in-law once said "Your hair does something completely different every day."
Ok, maybe I am a little hair-obsessed.
If anything though, this makes me infinitely qualified to recommend a hair product or two for those vegans out there who also suffer from this condition. And I have to tell you I have at last found the best product ever. This product has taken me down from my four or five a day to only one. And nothing against that four or five because they have served me well. I used to start the day with some Abba Herbal Remedy leave-in treatment after my shower, followed by Giovanni's "Straight Fast," and then some Abba Pure Thermal Spray before I inflicted the heat of the flat iron on my wild tresses. In the end I would use a little Abba Pure Shine, and then I would be ready for the day. They did the job fine and I am grateful to them. But in this age of increasing minimalism and growing environmental concern, I have been thinking for some time now that I wouldn't mind cutting down on the number of products I use, if only I could find one that does the job as well as four or five.
Then it happened! The last time I was at the very vegan-friendly hair studio, The Velvet Rope, I asked the wonderful Billy to recommend something for me to try since I was running low on my thermal spray, and he suggested Pureology's Nanoglaze. After I wash my hair I apply between a dime and a nickel's amount of the glaze to my hair and that's it! That's all I need. It does the work that everything else combined has done for me, and actually it does it a little better. My hair is soft and much more manageable. This is the kind of product I hope they never stop making. It's my absolute favorite hair product ever. It's even better than Pureology's "Super Straight," so if you are debating between the two, go with the glaze. And if you are looking for a place in Bellingham to purchase it or any other Pureology products, stop by The Velvet Rope now located on 1400 N. State Street.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I was really bummed when the Bellingham Community Food Co op stopped carrying the Beauty Without Cruelty makeup, particularly the mascara, which is my favorite vegan mascara out of all the brands I have ever tried. I was using the regular non-waterproof black mascara, and while not waterproof, I found it stood up to my watery allergy eyes and was still gentle enough to wash off at the end of a long day.
What I like the most is the way it evenly coats my eyelashes, not clumping or sticking. I bought my the last tube of BWC mascara from the Co op and decided to pick up an Ecco Bella mascara as well in order to give it a try. I have to say this one was my least favorite. I thought it did clump and smear a bit. The coverage was not even, and it did not feel as gentle on my eyes. It also tended to flake off as the day wore on, a no-no for contact lense wearers.
The Co op has started carrying cosmetics by Gabriel, (a division of ZuZu Luxe) instead of BWC, and so this past weekend I finally tried the Gabriel mascara. And I do like it. It's not BWC, but it is a close second. The distribution is easy and looks nice. It doesn't clump or stick. It's gentle but doesn't smear or flake as the day goes on. So while Beauty Without Cruelty is still my favorite, at least there is an alternative that I can live with that is being sold locally.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Just because a girl's a vegan doesn't mean she doesn't want to have cute feet for summer sandals. Lucky for me there is "No Miss" vegan nail polish. Chip resistant, glossy, fast-drying and with UV protectors, this is my favorite nail polish ever, and that includes out of all the non-vegan polishes I have tried during my life. At around 6 bucks a bottle, it's not too bad a deal if you treat yourself to one and get your little toesies ready for the sunny summer days. My favorite color is Bikini Pink, but there are a whole range of other shades to choose from.
And, if you don't like it, you can always use the wonderful odorless Honeybee Gardens nail polish remover. And it really is odorless, which is a wonderful thing especially if you have ever smelled traditional chemical nail polish removers. It works great and doesn't reek like those other toxic ones do. ( I originally ordered mine from Vegan Essentials, but you can also find it online, or at the Bellingham Community Food Co op.)
And don't forget your heels! One thing about living in my sandals is that the exposure to the summer elements does take a toll on my poor little heels. Thankfully, my favorite heel repair is also vegan, and can be found at most grocery stores, including Fred Meyer. Just roll on the Earth Therapeutics Cracked Heel Repair and you can feel the moisturizing effect almost immediately.