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

In This Photo

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

Read More

Natural Cruelty-Free Bathroom & Beauty Products - Part 2: Top 6 Things to Look For

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

How to get your iPhone application approved by App Store
Creative Commons License photo credit:

Did you know that it's easy as (vegan!) pie to find great (vegan!) bathroom and beauty products with just a little bit of resolve?

n00bs: You've just come to terms with the horrors of animal agriculture, and the situation can look pretty bleak. Without an established support network a person can feel rather lost and confused... But there's good news! It gets easier. One day you won't know what the fuss was about.

Long-term vegans will sometimes roll their eyes at flailing n00bs who "just can't find anything" because we forget that there's a pretty steep learning curve in the early days. It takes a bit of brain re-training to get in a happy, animal-free frame-of-mind.

Every day there are more and more vegan

Read More

Cheap healthy eating tips: organic food on a tight budget

Buying all your food organic is not always possible on a tight budget, but eating well is an essential part of good health, and the quality of the food you eat is vital. Often left in the ground or on the tree longer and grown in lovely rich compost, organic food can be superior in quality and in taste - yum!

If buying pesticide-free, more nutritious food is important to you, you can pay a bit extra to avoid the most heavily-pesticided fruits and vegetables grown using the nastiest methods, while still buying the cheaper, conventional produce that is lowest in pesticide residue, or produce with thicker skins most people don't eat, like bananas.

Farmer's Market Creative Commons License photo credit: nosha

Buy Organic!

Top Ten Dirty Fruit high in pesticide residue (highest pesticide first):

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Cherries
  6. Imported Grapes
  7. Pears
  8. Raspberries
  9. USA-grown Grapes
  10. Plums

Top Ten Dirty Vegetables:

  1. Capsicum (Bell Peppers)
  2. Celery
  3. Kale
  4. Lettuce
  5. Carrots
  6. Collard Greens
  7. Spinach
  8. Potatoes
  9. Green Beans
  10. Summer
Read More

organics, shopping, info

Organic fruits and vegetables

organics, shopping, info

I get asked about this everyone now and then...

Yep, I eat organic food. No, I'm not a dirty hippie. The food tastes better (which generally indicates better nutritional value!) and it isn't covered in pesticide residue. I like my food better that way. And no, it doesn't have to be expensive if you put some thought into where you're buying your groceries.

I get a delivery of fresh organic fruit and vegetables every week for around $50 (puny Australian dollars), which lasts us (2 adults who rockclimb (high energy/food requirement) and/or overeat) 1-2 weeks - there's some overlap, and we usually use up the excess when we have friends around for meals. I don't buy all my food organic. I usually prefer to get mushrooms and avocados non-organic, as avos seem to be particularly expensive, and we use a heck of a lot of 'shrooms! I buy most of my dry lentils and beans in bulk, and

Read More