Since going vegan and becoming more aware of what goes into my body, I’ve also started to pay attention to what I put on my body. Simply because our skin absorbs just about anything we put on it, and letting it pass into our bloodstream. However, most people don’t realise this and unaware of this fact, they add loads of chemical-rich moisturizers, soaps, perfumes etc. on their skin. It’s not exactly natural, and it’s really not healthy at all. It’s also worth to mention that most commercial brands are usually not vegan as they can contain a variety of animal by-products and at the same time they’re most likely tested on animals.
Personally I find that I can no longer tolerate all the artificially made products, as my body and skin has gotten so used to the more simple and natural methods. I no longer enjoy smelling like weird perfumes, instead I enjoy having a subtle scent of coconut, pomegranate, lemon etc. We’re humans and we’re not supposed to smell like a deodorant-store! by eating a plant based diet, bad body odor will drastically decrease so don’t worry about smelling bad without your ‘typical’ products (coconut oil will make u smell like a tropical paradise anyway, so no need to worry).
Today I’m going to show you the cruelty-free and natural products that I use at the moment. Everything I use is relatively easy to find, inexpensive and will only do good to your body. I do want to add that the process of introducing these products into my routine didn’t happen overnight, and I still use a few less than ideal products, but generally I just try to do the best I can, to not add excess chemicals to my body. I’m not telling you to switch out all your products at once as that can seem a bit overwhelming, but instead I do recommend to just invest in one new product at the time. It really is worth it though, and once you get used to the natural products you’ll really feel a positive difference.
The first thing I’m going to talk about is coconut oil. Coconut oil is commonly used in cooking, but as I don’t eat oils I use it on my body instead. Generally coconut oil is my type of moisturizer. I use it generously on my entire body, and let me tell you the results are amazing – better than any moisturizer you’ll ever find!. You can also massage around your nails with coconut oil 1-2 times a day, and it will really help to strengthen, whiten and grow your nails…. the options are endless.
This is a Danish brand called ‘Naturli’ – which basically means ‘natural’, and you can check them out here. They also make really yummy non-dairy milks btw. – big thumbs up!
(The label says: organic coconutoil, coldpressed, 100% plant-based).
For a shampoo I use this ‘rose’ shampoo by Urtekram (which is one of my alltime favourite Danish brands), and it is simply perfect for my hair. It makes my hair soft and I can go several days without my hair getting greasy. It also has a really nice (not to strong) smell.
I recently discovered that apple cider vinegar is the perfect skintoner! I use it once a day (at night before I go to bed), in a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar on a cotton pad, and then I gently clean my face for about 30-60 seconds or so. Once my skin feels ‘dry’ again I add a teeny tiny bit of coconut oil to moisturize (you don’t want to add too much oil, as your skin can get a bit greasy). This skincare routine has proven to be the most simple and convenient one I’ve ever tried but also the most effective. My skin has been so smooth and clean since I’ve starting doing this and I don’t plan on going back… ever. Once again this product is by Urtekram and it’s such a great quality product! (the label says Organic, French apple cider vinegar)
The text thing is toothpaste. I’ve used this vegan toothpaste for a while now, and it’s so wonderful. It has a really natural and not-too-overpowering taste, and it makes my teeth feel really clean. It’s also completely free of fluoride, which is something we don’t really want or need in our bodies.
Normally I would just use a regular toothbrush, but I few days ago I decided to purchase a organic bamboo toothbrush just to give it a try – and I gotta say I love it. The bamboo toothbrush is really soft and gentle on my mouth, and I love that it’s BPA free and recycled.
For a deodorant I use Dr. Organic ‘pomegranate deodorant’ and it has such a nice fresh scent, and works beautifully. I know this brand also makes toothpaste, shampoos and so much more, so it’s definitely worth to check it out. Also if you don’t want to buy a deodorant, you can just use a lemon – I’ve done that several times and it works really well. You basically just take a lemon-slice (preferably cold) under your armpit for a few seconds, and you’re good to go.
As you can see, most of these are Danish brands, but I’m 100% sure that you can find things like coconut-oil and apple cider vinegar wherever you are in the world, and then some similar vegan products that makes shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant etc. in your country.
I believe that using good and natural vegan products is not essential to good health – but it sure helps your body a lot along the way, by eliminating any unnecessary toxins. I believe that the focus should be on a healthy (balanced) plantbased diet, and then the vegan products can be like an additional ‘supplement’ along the way. After all, it’s all just a part of the journey…
I hope this was a little helpful for some, and please do share which (vegan) products that you use 🙂