Friday, May 29, 2009


As Vegans and Vegetarians we have made a noted choice to keep our bodies healthy and clean. We nourish our bodies with wonderful foods, vitamins, minerals, and exercise daily. 
After we exercise we....

Take a shower.

Well duh.. doesn't everyone. Sure we have learned since we were infants that it is important to bathe ourselves.... but what are you cleaning yourself with? Store bought products with chemicals, alcohol, parabans, artificial dyes and animal cruelty??? Why would we health nuts do such a thing?! We take sure pride in our bodies and work so hard to keep the bad stuff out... well its a shame to be putting those gross nasty things on your skin, hair and teeth.

Through out the past few months I have been trying to purge my stock of chemical rich products (shampoo, body wash, moisturizer, deodorant, tooth paste etc.) and replace it with organic, nutrient rich, cruelty free products. 

I admit it is really difficult when money is tight and you have a full bottle of shampoo to use, but perhaps consider, once that bottle has run out, to go out to a store and purchase an organic product.

Today I purchased a new shampoo and conditioner from Pure Life Soap Co... They have tons of different fragrances.. I especially loved the Wild Indigo..smells beautiful!!! (price range around 10.00)

I also love Desert Essence Organics. These products can be found at whole foods.
 I have the coconut body lotion. Love it because it reminds me of summer :) (Price range about 8.99)

I think my favorite product is my facial cleanser from Eminence Organic Skin Care. 
These products have seriously changed my skin. I never had bad bad break outs, but once in a while, after dancing or working out, and especially sweating in my show make up, I would get a terrible painful break out. These products are amazinggg.
In the mornings I use the Citrus Exfoliate, and at night I use the Stone Crop Gel Wash.
(Price range about 11.00)

These are just some of the products that are out there. There are truly a number of amazing options.  I am still in the process of completely switching over. Next move is my deodorant and tooth paste!

Now, once you have changed over to an organic life, why not treat yourself to an organic facial or body scrub. I know i know This is PRICEY. But your worth it. I do it twice a year (mom gets me one for Christmas, and I treat myself to one after the summer. It is amazing to get all of those dirty dead skin cells off your skin. It detoxifies you,  and leaves your skin glowing and revitalized. Not to mention you feel completely energized (and your boyfriend will notice that you are glowing too he he)



Catherine said...

Good call! I try to buy as many "natural" beauty/cleaning/laundry products as I can.

Couple of good resources: (everything is at least 25% off retail, and they charge a flat $5.00 shipping rate, no matter how much you buy!) (a great website that gives most products out there a "rating" based on its safety.)

Good luck making the switch! It is more expensive, but worth it, as you've said!

Lauren said...

I switched over to all natural as well. Thanks for the reviews!

I use Trader Joes natural toothpaste without flouride..tastes like liquorice! :) I also use Toms of Maine Natural deoderdant. Just thought I'd help ya out! :)

Gina said...

I love Desert Essence! I have an Apple Ginger conditioner from them that I loooove.

A said...

Cool! I'll have to check out those products! Thanks for giving your critique!

ChickPea said...

The one section of Whole Foods I do NOT know like the back of my hand is the Whole Body section. Next trip, I'll take a look at their shampoos!

Katrina said...

My older sister swears by her organic skin care/bath/toiletry products. We have a tentative date set to hit up Whole Foods so she can "show me the way"! hahaha
BTW- In the Heights in opening their 1st National Tour in Tampa. You should totally come visit!

dietlexy said...

Hi! Im back thank you for replying to my post! bc I ambnt dancing atm that is why I cut all carbs out of my diet and decided to focus on protein to help my body recover from injury. I wanna be thin but a healthy dancer at the same time adn Im finding it so hard bc I hav been yo yo dieting and now my weight fluctuates like crazy. I really thought when I started dancing full time I could eat a normal healthy diet and find the balance but it didnt work like that. I never it processed foods or take aways or sweets and Im still big. I think I eat too much healthy foods like fruit and veg. but according to skinny bitch and gillian mckeith they say u can eat unlimited amounts but I guess they didnt think Id take it to the extreme! I have calmed it down alot tho. what is this hemp protein? Ive been taking soya protein and putting it in yoghurts! its like 112 calories but I thought it would be worth it!?

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Anonymous said...

Ooooooooohhhh! I am not familiar with Pure Life Soap Company - I must try their products! Desert Essence Organics is one of my favorite lines. I also really enjoy Shikai, Earth Science, and Lamas. I will be curious to know which deodorants you review. The only brand I have found that keeps me from sweating and smelling is Kiss My Face Liquid Rock. They have lots of smells (including unscented, which I prefer). Tom's of Maine is owned by Colgate, so I try to avoid their products. My favorite toothpaste is Dr. Ken's, but Trader Joe's makes much less expensive toothpaste, it's just a bit harsher on my sensitive teeth/gums. Keep posting your favorite products, I think it's a great way to discover new stuff!!!

Lauren said...

very good post, love!
so many people don't even think about things they use at every day cleaners..
but it really is JUST as important as the food we put in our bodies!!

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

I'm slightly obsessed with vegan and eco-friendly skin products. They're worth every penny, in my opinion!

LĂ­gia said...

Hi, I love the Desert Essence lotion! It smells so good! I always buy at The prices are the cheapest I've ever found and the delivery is fast. You can use my coupon code NAK992 to get $ 5 off + 2 different free samples.

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