Help me veganize my products? - VeggieBoards
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 Old 12-08-2009, 02:25 AM
Veggie Regular
 
bluegrrrl79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,671
One thing holding me back from being vegan is my skin care products- some are vegan, but some aren't. Problem is I have VERY sensitive dry skin, and can't use things with all kinds of fragrances (which I notice a lot of "natural/vegan" products have ). Any advice on sensitive skin stuff would be very appreciated! Things I need are:



the most moisturizing hand cream ever in the world (not an oil please)

very moisturizing body wash (no bar soaps)

a good body lotion

a moisturizing ointment (right now I use Aquaphor which I love, so basically something that is half petroleum and halve moisturizers)

chapstick (actually I was using JASON chapstick which I believe is vegan but they stopped selling it everywhere for some reason, grrr!)



And question- do shaving gels tend to be vegan? Also, random but- what are some decent veg. multivitamins? I just use regular cvs brand ones because all the veg*n ones I've seen are giant horse pills, OR if they're not, they don't have enough iron in them (I need 100% iron, low iron runs in my family).
bluegrrrl79 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 12-08-2009, 10:58 AM
Veggie Regular
 
AlainWinthrope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,063
When you say "vegan," do you mean "no animal ingredients", "no animal testing," or both?



Many shaving creams have glycerin in them. I know that glycerin can come from animal sources, but I don't know if they usually do. Right now I'm using HeadSlick mentholated shave cream which I got from WalGreens and is advertised as "no perfumes, no dyes, cruelty free". It comes in a little yellow bottle. Ostensibly it's a men's shaving cream, but I don't think shaving creams discriminate. It's pretty expensive, though (about $8 a bottle). They also sell shaving soaps at Walgreens (it can be found at other stores as well) that I think are advertised as cruelty free, but I don't know if you're looking specifically for shaving creams aimed at women.
AlainWinthrope is offline  
#3 Old 12-08-2009, 03:27 PM
Veggie Regular
 
bluegrrrl79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,671
I tend to hate the smell of men's shaving cream, so I'd rather stick with women's. It doesn't have to be perfumed or anything though.
bluegrrrl79 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#4 Old 12-08-2009, 05:56 PM
Veggie Regular
 
Medesha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,101
Do you buy products in Canada, the US, UK..?



On the vitamin front, I would suggest looking for a vegan multi and then supplementing with iron separately. A multi isn't the best way to absorb iron. I take an iron supplement in the evening before bed (it's called Spatone) along with a vitamin C tablet to aid absorption (I also have iron difficulties). A lot of people like Floravit as an iron supplement as well.
Medesha is offline  
#5 Old 12-08-2009, 09:14 PM
Veggie Regular
 
bluegrrrl79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,671
Quote:
Originally Posted by Medesha View Post

Do you buy products in Canada, the US, UK..?



On the vitamin front, I would suggest looking for a vegan multi and then supplementing with iron separately. A multi isn't the best way to absorb iron. I take an iron supplement in the evening before bed (it's called Spatone) along with a vitamin C tablet to aid absorption (I also have iron difficulties). A lot of people like Floravit as an iron supplement as well.



Yeah, I feel like I already take several pills so I'd rather something that just comes with it already. I take a vitamin C pill with my multi so that helps w/ the absorption. Any multis you'd recommend?
bluegrrrl79 is offline  
#6 Old 12-09-2009, 09:47 AM
Veggie Regular
 
Medesha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,101
It would help if I knew what continent you were on, for product availability. Btw, the Spatone supplement I take is iron-rich water. I pour a little packet into a glass of water and drink it with the vitamin C pill. Not trying to change your mind, you like what you like, just letting you know it's not a "pill."



I haven't found a lot of iron-rich multivitamins. Deva makes one that might work for you (link).



New Chapter is probably my favorite vitamin line (I worked in a health-food store for a few years) but I don't know if they're available outside of Canada. They have a nice multi with iron (link) and also a multi with more iron but less other stuff (link).



Edit: Oh yeah, and when shopping around for vitamins, ask the staff at the store what their return policy is. A good health food store will allow the return of vitamins if you can't swallow them, have a bad reaction to them, or don't feel like they're doing you any good. Most have a window in which you can return the product with a receipt, or at least exchange it for a new product. Ask!
Medesha is offline  
#7 Old 12-09-2009, 04:42 PM
Veggie Regular
 
bluegrrrl79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,671
I live in the US, thanks for the recommendations! Iron water, never heard of that one before, interesting.... I guess I could take the iron seperately at night. The only thing is I take Colace at night, I don't know if that would affect the absorption of it?
bluegrrrl79 is offline  
#8 Old 12-09-2009, 05:47 PM
Veggie Regular
 
Medesha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,101
That I don't know; you'd have to talk to your doctor. Merry Hempsters makes a nice lip balm, btw.



For moisturizing body/hand cream, have you tried pure shea butter? You should be able to find it in health food stores. It's made of oil, but looks like a solid. My favorite brand has essential oils otherwise I'd recommend it...hmm...you might have the best luck finding more "commercial" brands like Alba or Kiss My Face, both of which make unscented lotions, but although vegan (mostly -- check the label), they have a lot of crap in them too. You might check out Earthsafe, which I recall as being very clean and having an unscented version, but I can't find an ingredients list online.



Sorry, all my favorite brands are Canadian. Good luck with your search!
Medesha is offline  
#9 Old 12-10-2009, 05:14 PM
Veggie Regular
 
bluegrrrl79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,671
Quote:
Originally Posted by Medesha View Post

That I don't know; you'd have to talk to your doctor. Merry Hempsters makes a nice lip balm, btw.



For moisturizing body/hand cream, have you tried pure shea butter? You should be able to find it in health food stores. It's made of oil, but looks like a solid. My favorite brand has essential oils otherwise I'd recommend it...hmm...you might have the best luck finding more "commercial" brands like Alba or Kiss My Face, both of which make unscented lotions, but although vegan (mostly -- check the label), they have a lot of crap in them too. You might check out Earthsafe, which I recall as being very clean and having an unscented version, but I can't find an ingredients list online.



Sorry, all my favorite brands are Canadian. Good luck with your search!

Thanks!
bluegrrrl79 is offline  
#10 Old 12-10-2009, 05:16 PM
Veggie Regular
 
penny79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 4,946
www.hugonaturals.com



I LOVE their bar soap (I understand you don't want one, though), shower gel, and body butter. Look no further for moisture!
penny79 is offline  
#11 Old 12-10-2009, 10:47 PM
Veggie Regular
 
bluegrrrl79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,671
Quote:
Originally Posted by penny79 View Post

www.hugonaturals.com



I LOVE their bar soap (I understand you don't want one, though), shower gel, and body butter. Look no further for moisture!



Oh I'll have to check that out next time I go to Whole Foods.
bluegrrrl79 is offline  
#12 Old 12-12-2009, 09:16 PM
Veggie Regular
 
amhappy1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,262
I use St. Ives intensive healing advanced body moisturizer. It is non-irritating, fragrance free, hypo-allergenic and cheap. I also like their oatmeal & shea butter moisturizing body wash.For chap stick type stuff I use Avalon Organics Vitamin C soothing lip balm.
amhappy1 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the VeggieBoards forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off