As a vegan there are a few questions guaranteed to get under your skin, to fill you with rage and make you want to commit acts of violence against those who question you in bad faith.
The top of the list is, where do you get your protein.
Right under that is, how can XYZ be vegan? Today that’s what I want to talk about.
When I first began my vegan journey in 2017, I was solely focused on the animals that went into my body and stopping that, period. It meant–and still means–carefully reading ingredients lists on every dang thing that I buy. Of course that started with food, especially things that you wouldn’t think have animal products in them such as potato chips (hello milk powder) and jarred or canned products that are not vegetables.
The more I explored what it meant to be vegan and all the ways in which animals are exploited to make our lives easier, or whatever. That’s when I started to realize just how much we make use of animals in our daily lives.
Whether it’s a snack like peanut butter, which of course shouldn’t have ANY animals in it, or more innocuous products like face moisturizer, lotion and toothpaste, So many of our regular, every day items contain animal products.
More talk of vegan skin & health care products discussed here.
So now, for me, being vegan means being more aware of all the other ways we all may or may not contribute to the exploitation of animals. I won’t get too preachy, so let’s just think of this post as a way to expand your horizons.
The actual point of this post is to highlight ways that all that your average market is starting to appeal to vegans, but to understand why it’s important you have to understand what goes into your everyday items.
Why Deodorant Might NOT Be Vegan:
Have you ever actually looked at the ingredients in your favorite deodorant? It looks a lot like a list for some complicated chemical compound.
What you need to look out for if you want to expand your veganism beyond the plate are these animal-derived ingredients: glycerine, lanolin and beeswax just to name a few. If you spot a VEGAN label, check for things like soy or non-animal derived glycerine.
I haven’t tried them out yet, but I found two vegan deodorants–his and hers–at my local Lidl! Can you believe it, because I can’t! I mean, yeah, I can because Lidl in Romania has Vemondo and Verdino, two all vegan food brands.
Why Body Wash Might NOT Be Vegan:
Body wash, for the most part, should be vegan. But because animal products and by-products are so easy to come by, it almost feels as if they toss it in just because they can. Animal products like honey and glycerine can often be found in body wash and soap, not to mention different additives that offer fragrances to your favorite body wash or body soap.
It was Lidl, again, where I spotted a vegan body wash and decided I would have to try it. Will it be too harsh on my skin? Will it smell weird?
I have no idea, but the drug store DM has a wide variety of vegan skin care products that are exactly like so-called ‘regular’ products minus the use of animals.
What other ways do you work vegan products into your everyday life? Links welcome!