Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products – Part 3: What I Use + DIY Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe + Hair Dye!

This is part 3 of a 3-part series about Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products. Check out Part 1: Top 6 Things to Avoid and Part 2: Top 6 Things to Look For.

What I Use

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Most of the products are organic or primarily organic ingredients – which tends to be the case when buying vegan bathroom products.

Black container – homemade deodorant: recipe below!
Red container – baking soda – for hair and teeth
Jason Powersmile toothpaste – in most vegan shops
UV Natural Baby sunscreen SPF30+ – common in health shops internationally
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from the health shop – face/body/hair moisturiser, and contrary to popular belief, this oil does NOT encourage sun damage – it has an SPF of up to 8, depending on the quality!
Alba sea salt body scrub – or it was until I refilled it myself with salt, essential oils, and more coconut oil! Alba stuff is great, but a bit pricey considering it’s very easy to DIY similar things… just by copying the ingredients label! Which is good news – recognisable, common ingredients.
Riddells Creek Organic Mint Mouthwash – or it was until I refilled it with a recipe from How It All Vegan!
Gaia Skin Naturals Baby Wash & Bamboo Wipes & Baby Powder – a nice organic brand that’s widely available in stupormarkets and organic/vegan shops
Handmade Naturals eye moisturising oils – from a local small business
Deodorants – Miessence, Thai liquid crystal salt, Natio essential oil stuff, Lush Coconut deodorant powder – I’ve experimented with lots of natural deodorants and accumulated a wee collection!
Sukin Organic Skincare Hydrating Body Lotion – Sukin stuff is LOVELY. They have loads of products.
Alchemy conditioner and DeLorenzo leave-in conditioner – my Nanna gave me these! From a health shop and a hair salon respectively.
Organic Care 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, & body wash in “fairy scent” – I use this as a bubble bath! It’s cheap and widely available in Australian stupormarkets, so it’s super-convenient, but it’s not the most brilliant stuff around. Lush has super-sexy bubblebaths.

Other bits and pieces

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Aloe vera gel – in a tube
Ecodent Cinnamon floss – vegan waxes and superior non-minty flavour!
Vanilla soap – organic health shop cheapie

Make-up

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Everyday Minerals – rarely use it at the moment – I go through make-up on/off phases! Loads of bright, sparkly eyeshadows mainly. The company also donates money to women’s charities. Their products are good quality and significantly cheaper than a lot of other mineral make-up brands, even including international freight charges for those of us living in Australia!
Zuzu Luxe mascara – black
No Miss nail polish – purple, green
Buzz nail polish – black and bright orange

Other People Recommend…

During the course of writing this series, my friends have been telling me about their favourite vegan products! Some I haven’t mentioned already include:

Davroe – salon-grade haircare
Perfect Potion – for custom-made skincare and perfumes
Lush – for hair and skincare, although it doesn’t agree with me
Aveda – fancy haircare and salons
Various Etsy shops, as mentioned in Part 2 of this series
Various individual “accidentally vegan” bits and pieces from mainstream brands, mainly MAC


DIY Easy Deodorant Recipe

½ cup corn starch
¼ cup baking soda
10 drops of essential oils
3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Water if needed

Mix everything together in a bowl until it forms a thick frosting-like paste. Store in a small jar or sealable container. It will “set” (dry up a little more) over the next 24 hours, and continue to thicken as it ages. Apply with fingertips.

Antibacterial oil: tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus
Antifungal oil: tea tree, peppermint, sandalwood, eucalyptus
Soothing oil: Vitamin E, rosehip, lavender
Pretty oils and extras: vanilla extract, orange oil, clove oil, or a combination… almost anything you like! Less is more if you’re not sure. You can always add more scent next time.
For more deodorising power: use more baking soda in your mixture! I tend towards using less as I have sensitive skin. Some folks will happily use equal parts cornstarch and baking soda.

Alternatives: plain coconut oil works for some people, or rubbing lemon wedges under your pits – but watch out if you shave your underarms!

If you’ve been using neuro-toxic aluminium, chemical-based deodorants, you will perspire more with this – it isn’t an antiperspirant. It’s best to make the switch in winter when you naturally sweat less, and over time as your body adjusts to having clean, open pores you’ll start to sweat less as your body is able to “breathe” more!


Hair dye

A slightly trickier – yet interesting – subject for vegans! The best news is that the vegan brands I’ve used are of excellent quality, without exception – I’ve used serious bleach on my fine, dark hair without causing any serious damage – impressive! I always had trouble with dying my fragile hair before I switched to vegan brands. I’m not sure whether my tougher hair is a result of a herbivorous diet improving my hair quality or due to using superior quality dyes containing more natural and conditioning ingredients – a mystery! But I’m not complaining.

For salon grade: DeLorenzo and Aveda – find a nearby salon via their websites.

For at-home: Tints of Nature is the nicest stuff around – I’ve used Dark Blonde, Rich Chocolate, Red Copper, Bright Copper, the Highlights Kit, Permanent Lightener, as well as their Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner… Yes, I went through a ToN product-testing phase..! Other than the lightening kits, these colours are gentle will only lighten your hair by 1 or 2 shades, but going darker isn’t a problem.

Naturtint isn’t too bad either – a friend of mine swears by the black.

For funky punk colours: Manic Panic and Special Effects (I love Cupcake Pink and Atomic Pink!).

For natural dyes: henna and indigo – check out Lush for the most effective and interesting mixes I’ve come across – Caca Rouge made my hair a lovely deep shiny red… but I left it on for 6 hours! Henna doesn’t damage hair at all – many people report it has fantastic cleansing and conditioning properties – but it can be tricky to get it to stick, but once it does, it’s gorgeous. You can add it powdered henna to shampoo to boost your colour as well.

And currently? Since I’m pregnant and avoiding all sorts of products, I’m rocking my natural dark copper brown hair! Easy and shiny! I’m in my third decade of life and still avoiding the white hair of my ancestors: luck or the youthful qualities veganism imparts? Another mystery! Let’s just say it’s the magic of veganism, huh? Ok? Ok.


What are your favourite bathroom and beauty products? What have I missed? Tell me about it: leave a comment!


Did you miss anything?

Part 1 of this series: Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products – Top 6 Things to Avoid.

Part 2 of this series: Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products – Top 6 Things to Look For.

And there’s only a few days left until my baby is due!


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  • Carol Hughes

    This is such a useful series.  Thank you, Renée.  :)

    • http://veganza.com Renée MBM

      Thank you, Carol! :D

  • Jamie

    Loving this series! :D

    I’m just under 30 and I have loads of grey hair, so I don’t think veganism is helping me out with it at all! I’ve heard that low B12 can give grey hair, but I supplement and my levels have always tested OK, so perhaps it’s just fate. Either way, I like to refer to to it as ‘natural highlights’ and I like the way I get red highlights after using henna (Lush Marron (60-70%) mixed with Rouge or Brun). And as an aside, the first lady I saw really rockin the natural highlights was Sarah Kramer on the cover of La Dolce Vegan, my first ever vegan cookbook.

    • http://veganza.com Renée MBM

      Sarah Kramer really rocks the silver highlights well! Love it.

      I was discussing grey hair-nutrition links with friends recently, and the most common nutrient brought up was zinc. There’s an old wive’s tale in Asia that says eating black sesame will keep your hair from greying as well… So other than eating black seeds for black hair, there might be something to keeping zinc levels up!

      Old continents like Australia and heavily-farmed soil can have low levels of zinc being absorbed into the food supply by plants, too. Good to keep an eye on zinc levels, too!