If Abby, vegan sweets queen, can blog about vegan cleaning, then I, a dirty weird punk can blog about vegan beauty products! A lot of my punk ethic is based in DIY, which means my "beauty routine" is avocados and turmeric mashed onto my face if I feel like doing a mask, aloe vera gel for moisturizer, baking soda and water when I need to exfoliate, baking soda (it does everything!) and coconut oil as deodorant, and a green tea-apple cider vinegar-tea tree oil toner that I use on my face most mornings. And sunscreen daily (I'm Irish!) which I buy.
Also, when I was younger, a lot of my punk ethic meant not actually taking very good care of myself: drinking too much, passing out without washing my face, giving zero fucks if I actually looked presentable at work or ever. Then, riot grrrl taught me a lot about it being actually okay to love yrself. If you don't take care of yrself, no one will. Things have changed a little as I've gotten older - rather than staying out all night wreaking havoc I prefer to stay in and read, or write, or cook, or watch a movie but I still like to keep things anti-capitalist. If I opt to buy things, I'd like to support small, independent businesses or at the very least, larger businesses with politics I can get behind.
Hence, me purchasing the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box last month:
I also am guilty of not always entirely researching products as to their vegan-ness. I try! I've looked up animal-friendly businesses, and trust it to go from there, but it's happened that I've bought Burt's Bees products with honey in them, or a non-vegan product from a usually vegan-friendly business. Luckily, I don't wear makeup, which lowers the possibility of a screw up, and means that I don't need to spend money on non-essentials, leaving me more for quality, vegan products. I have very sensitive skin and all the Vegan Cuts products were gentle enough not to cause rashes, or smell overpowering, and hey - no animals harmed in the making of.
Two other non-Vegan Cuts products I wanna rep a little bit here are Schmidt's deodorant and Good Herb Fight face grains. The deodorant I got as a free sample at the Bust Primped Craftacular, and the face grains I bought at the same event.
The Schmidt's sample is sizeable, even if, as a dirty punk, I don't use deodorant everyday (so sue me!) The ingredients are similar to my homemade deodorant, but the scents are varied, and it's a bit more gentle. I love it, and once it and my DIY-deo are used up, I would definitely purchase a tub.
I totally had a crush on the Good Herb Fight lady, but luckily her products are legit as well. It's made with bentonite clay, ground almonds, ground oats, poppy seed, ground rose, ground lavender. It can be used as a face mask as well, if you use less water than with the cleanser and leave it on for longer. Love all-natural stuff that works, and can work double-duty.
ALSO, an important part of my punk philosophy (silly as it may be) is that I am a little wary of pushing products, so a disclaimer - all I am saying is that I bought this stuff on my own (well, except the Schmidt's, which was a free sample,) genuinely love it all, believe the businesses operate ethicly, and they work for me. Everyone is different.
So yes! That is my wordy post! Do you have any favorite vegan beauty products or routines? I'm still looking for good vegan facial sunscreen, if you have any recommendations.