Vegan minimalist hygiene

Hey! I’ve previously written about my favourite vegan minimalist hygiene products but since that was almost six months ago, I figured it was time for an update!

In today’s video, I share all of my favourite skincare and hygiene products. All of these products are vegan, natural, and biodegradable.

I’ve started using a different shampoo because the Lush shampoo bar made my flaky scalp worse over time. I’m hoping this SLS-free Jason shampoo will offer me some relief. In addition to changing up my shampoo, I also started taking a daily zinc supplement. I have a feeling the zinc supplement will remedy my flaky scalp because it’s worked in the past, but only time will tell. We’ll see how my scalp feels after a month or so!

Here are some of the products I use:

I hope you find these suggestions useful. If you have any other products to recommend, please let me know! 🙂 Thanks for watching!

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Vegan minimalist hygiene: my favourite products.

Being vegan means you avoid all meat and animal products in food, but since veganism is much more than a diet, it impacts other areas of your life as well. The clothes you buy, the products you use, the charities you support, you’ll find that all of these are influenced by veganism.

Being vegan also means you aim to avoid animal products in cosmetics, skin care, and other hygiene products. In addition to being free from animal products, ensuring a product is cruelty-free is just as important because this ensures the product was not tested on animals.

From vegankit.com:

What are The Tests?

Animals used in laboratory tests include mice, rats, dogs, cats, and rabbits, and many more. The kinds of tests done on animals vary and are not always by name, as are the two below.

Commonly, testing is performed on animals to determine toxicity (how poisonous a substance is), irritancy (how a substance reacts with animal tissue), or mutagenicity (how a substance affects DNA).

Draize Test

When you first heard products like shampoos were tested on the same bunny rabbits you saw at the pet store, you might have imagined these rabbits getting their fur washed on a daily basis.

Actually, tests like the Draize test are tests for toxicity. The Draize test involves dabbing a substance in the eye of a conscious animal (often a rabbit) and letting it linger to study its possible effects on the human eye.

Why are rabbits used specifically? Because rabbits have no tear ducts.

Median Lethal Dose

The Median Lethal Dose, also known as LD50, is a metric of toxicity determined by the dosage required to kill half of a group of animals.

For example this test shows it takes 90,000 mg/kg of water (yes, water) or 50 mg/kg of Nicotine to kill half of a group of rats.

If you are new to veganism (welcome! and well done on taking that step!), don’t stress too much if you still have products in your home that aren’t completely vegan or cruelty-free. I recommend using up these products if you can, and then researching new vegan products to use once your current supply runs out.

The same applies for clothing. If you have leather boots or a down jacket, I’d wear and use these as long as I can, until they are beyond repair. Since you already own them, you might as well use them. Alternatively, you can donate them so someone else can wear them if the thought of wearing them disturbs you.

Now that you have the knowledge, you can be more informed when purchasing products and clothing in the future. Vegankit.com is a good resource if you aren’t sure how to begin!

 

Here are the products I use currently. Keep in mind, you might be able to find these products cheaper elsewhere, so check your local health store first before shopping online. I just wanted to give you some links so you know exactly which products I use.

Have you used any of these products? How do you like them?

What are some of your favourite cruelty-free vegan hygiene products?

No make-up or skincare products for me!

I’ve struggled with terrible acne since I was a teenager. I don’t even have photo evidence of how bad it was because it was so painful to even look at them! I’ve tried countless treatments, over-the-counter and prescription medication, Accutane twice, nutritional supplements, and dietary changes (like going vegan) but nothing helped my skin!

 

My solution for clear skin: quitting all cosmetics and skincare products in addition to eliminating fats from my diet. It did take time for my skin to clear up and I still break out from time to time (especially when I eat fatty foods like hummus!) but overall my skin has never been better.

If you suffer from acne, try eating high carb low fat for a few months and really focus on keeping your fat intake to a minimum. Track everything you eat in Cronometer to ensure you don’t exceed 10% of your daily calories in fat. Pack in the fresh fruit and veg, drink lots of water, avoid all processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Quit using all skincare products and cosmetics and see how your skin responds in a month or two. Have patience because it will take your skin a few weeks to regenerate, so you might not notice a significant change until then.

Check out my former post on my minimalist skincare routine as well.

Have a great weekend!! Thanks for reading and watching my videos. I appreciate it!