Friday, October 19, 2007
Veganism is beautiful
I shop for personal products at the Discount Chemist Warehouse. First, because it's cheap. But more importantly, because I have the choice between 3 or 4 different vegan brands. This is in a mainstream store, and they are very clearly labelled, and no more expensive (oftentimes cheaper) than the non-vegan products. It's amazing! In America, I had an easy time finding processed vegan food in stores, but had to order products online. Here in Townsville, it's the other way around.
You can choose from Freeman Botanicals, which specialises in fruity skincare products like this Hot Sugar Body Scrub...
Or products from the Purist Company. Their haircare products are called Al'chemy. All ingredients are organic, and plant-based. There are no sulfates or other yucky things. You can choose from Rice Amino & Wheat Protein Shampoo for dry hair, or Ylang Ylang for colour treated. Conditioners like Avocado and Calendula, or Macademia and Wheat leave your hair feeling silky smooth. Their body and skin line is called A'kin. Jasmine aromatherapy bodywash smells divine, or Rose and Geranium hand lotion moisturizes without that greasy feeling.
Natural instinct is another organic, vegan product. Their packaging is as no-frills as their product. I've used their shampoo and conditioner, and wasn't really happy with it. It did the job, but left my hair feeling a bit dry. The facial scrub is full of gritty stuff and leaves me feeling fresh.
The one thing I don't buy from the Chemist Warehouse is my toothpaste. They have no completely vegan options. But, luckily, Woolworths (a major supermarket chain) does! It's made with parsley seeds, so it tastes a bit funny but I love it.
Speaking of beautiful, there is a big shrub outside my front window which is covered in these purple flowers. In nurseries it is called a 'Geisha Girl'.
We've also got a smaller bush full of gorgeous and aromatic jasmine flowers.
I've just ordered some new vegan makeup, so I'll post a review when it comes in the mail.