Are you a newly transformed vegan? I am…and the thing that I have struggled with most has nothing to do with missing certain foods. To be honest, I haven’t missed any foods at all. Due to the fact that today is my one month of being vegan, I thought I’d share my biggest tips on transforming to the cruelty free product side of the lifestyle…
Lets talk about hair.
I have got to say…this was the toughest thing for me to find…that was reasonably cheap. Everything that I had found was either incredibly expensive, never to be found in local stores, etc–and who wants to lose the comfort of just running to a CVS or supermarket to get a bottle of shampoo and conditioner. Ive looked up some recipes on Pinterest, but although it will be less money than buying it…it can become a hassle. Indeed, I did find a very good recipe for a “Coconut Oil Shampoo”
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ⅔ cup unscented Castile soap (or make your own homemade Liquid Castile soap)
- 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
- 1 tsp. Jojoba oil
- 15-20 drops essential oil of your choice
Step 1: In a quart sized mason jar, combine all of the ingredients except your essential oils and stir gently to combine. If you have an empty shampoo bottle or two, you can mix it up in them instead. Doing it that way can make it easier to use in the shower.
Step 2: Add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (or use one of the combinations below) and stir gently again to mix the oils well into the mixture. Seal with a lid and ring and use the next time you shampoo your hair! If you’re giving this as a gift, add a pretty ribbon and gift tag and you’re done!
Step 3: To use, apply a generous amount to your hair beginning at the ends and work your way up to the roots. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes then rinse away completely. For an added shine and extra conditioning boost, rinse with apple cider vinegar after shampooing. Apple cider vinegar is useful for a lot of different health and beauty uses and conditioning and adding shine to hair is one of them.
Tips for specific hair types:
- 6 drops Lavender
- 6 drops Rosemary
- 6 drops Geranium
- 5 drops Rosemary
- 5 drops Peppermint
- 5 drops Cypress
- 5 drops Basil
- 5 drops Rosemary
- 5 drops Clary Sage
- 5 drops Tea Tree
- 5 drops Lemon Lavender
To Add Shine:
- 10 drops Rosemary
- 10 drops Chamomile
Sounds easy enough right? (This recipe can be found at http://sixdollarfamily.com/homemade-coconut-shampoo along with photos to guide you)
Now here are some cheap/affordable cruelty free shampoo and conditioners…
- Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo & Moisture Conditioner.
This shampoo and conditioner runs around $18 when bought together, thats about the price of one bottle when I was searching for the other brands! This set is guaranteed gluten free, paragon free, sulfate free, and vegan–making it okay to use on color treated hair. Not to mention, each bottle is 33 ounces! You can find these at your local Costco!
2. David Babaii Wild Aid Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
This product has gotten raving reviews, especially since they are used by my inspiration–Actress, Kate Hudson. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have beautiful hair like hers?! The only con about these products is people have been saying it is very drying. Coming from someone who has very oily hair…I would LOVE to try this out. Unfortunately, it is a tiny bit more pricey, but that is granted since it is considered more of a higher end brand. It runs around $10-$15 per bottle, and you only get 13 ounces. Although you don’t get your bang for a buck, it is definitely worth trying out! You can find these at J.C Penny, Amazon, or EBay!
Moving onto body wash!
LUSH makes a wide range of CRUELTY FREE body washes! (NOT TO MENTION, ALL of Lushes products are vegan 🙂 ) They make so many different lotions, scrubs, shampoos, conditioners, you name it!
- Aqua Marina
This all over body cleanser claims to help oily prone skin. It claims to even out skin tone! It seems to bring moisture to places that need it and balance out the rest. It runs for $12.95-$31.95 (depending on desired size) http://www.lushusa.com/Aqua-Marina/9999906955,en_US,pd.html
2. Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash
I found this on Target’s website that is specifically labeled vegan! How convenient 🙂 AND it is only $5.99!!! It includes lavender and chamomile, so imagine how stress relieving it is, and how relaxed and sleepy it makes you…;) People have said that it is moisturizing and feels healthy when once applied and doesn’t leave a film after you apply! Check it out here: http://www.target.com/p/aveeno-positively-nourishing-calming-body-wash-16-fl-oz/-/A-14775591
We all need to make sure we are taking care of our personal hygiene. To me, making sure under my arms don’t stink is very important! I also want to make sure that I am using something that doesn’t involve the mistreatment of animals, and gross and yucky ingredients.
- FOR MEN (or women!) Kiss My Face Deodorant Active Life
You can find this brand almost everywhere which is wonderful because it makes it even more convenient to find. People have said that is the most natural cruelty free deodorant out there! It does its job for around $4.00. It also leaves no white marks while protecting you for 24 hours, yay!
2. Primal Pit Paste Stick – Lavander
Lets stop here and look at that packaging. That right there is a giveaway that you know this is already a five star product (which it is). It is known to be an organic natural deodorant that WORKS, FINALLY! This product has no chemicals, GMOS, corn, or fragrances! It only has all the good stuff! Unfortunately, it runs a little more expensive ( $10) but no fear! there is many more other deodorants that work just as good. You can find this specific deodorant on this website and select stores– http://primalpitpaste.com/primal-pit-paste-stick-regular-lavender/#ProductReviews
If you’re not looking to spend that much on a deodorant, you can browse the many other brands that are cruelty-free here! http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/cruelty-free-deodorant/
See? With a little bit of browsing around and researching, transitioning into the beauty side of the vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be that hard…or that COSTLY! Keep lookin, keep searchin, and stay patient. Everything comes with time and you will only learn through that.
All the best,