Day 26

Many conventional personal care items contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products and may undergo animal testing, which can conflict with the values of those seeking to transition to veganism. Here's a breakdown of what to look out for and how to ensure you're choosing vegan options in personal care:

Common Animal-Derived Ingredients in Personal Care Products:

  • Beeswax: Found in lip balms, lotions, and cosmetics.
  • Honey: Used in some shampoos, conditioners, and facial products.
  • Keratin: Derived from animal hooves, hair, and feathers, often used in hair products.
  • Collagen: Derived from animal connective tissues, used in anti-aging skincare.
  • Lanolin: Obtained from sheep's wool, commonly found in lip balms and lotions.
  • Tallow: Rendered animal fat, used in soaps and moisturizers.

Animal Testing: To choose products not tested on animals, look for certifications from organizations like Leaping Bunny or PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies program.

Tips for Choosing Vegan Personal Care Products:

  • Read Labels: Carefully check product labels for ingredient lists. Look out for common animal-derived ingredients like those mentioned above.
  • Research Brands: Many ethical and vegan brands explicitly state their commitment to not-test-on-animals and vegan practices on their packaging and websites. Do your research to find trustworthy brands.
  • Use Apps and Websites: Utilize resources like apps or websites that provide information on vegan personal care products not tested on animals.
  • Look for Certifications: Seek out products with certifications like Leaping Bunny or the Vegan Society's logo.
  • DIY Options: Consider making your own personal care products using plant-based ingredients at home. There are numerous recipes available online.

For vegetarians transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, personal care products are often overlooked. Start by gradually replacing non-vegan items with cruelty-free and vegan alternatives as you finish your existing products.

Shout Out

Today's shout out is dedicated to Dr. Bronner's for their steadfast dedication to vegan personal care products. Founded by Emanuel Bronner in 1948, this family-owned company is known for its eco-friendly soaps and personal care items, crafted with a commitment to vegan, cruelty-free, and environmentally sustainable practices. Furthermore, Dr. Bronner's stands out for its remarkable social responsibility, actively supporting numerous causes related to justice, fair trade, and sustainability.

For several years, Dr. Bronner's has included animal advocacy as a focus of its charitable giving. Dr. Bronner's has substantially supported VINE Sanctuary for many years and currently sponsors its humane education programs.

Recipe of the Day

Indulge in the flavors of Bryant Terry's culinary artistry with his exquisite recipe, Roasted Zucchini with Collard-Peanut Pesto, a vibrant and wholesome dish.

Further Inspiration

Check out these 5 Reasons You Should Pick Cruelty-Free Products from the youth activists at Baltimore Beyond Plastic. You can consult this list of 300+ vegan brands while shopping for personal care products.

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