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I need to know where to get vegan shampoos/soaps/conditioners/shaving creams/etc. Do I need a vegan toothpaste?<br><br><br><br>
I'm so new to this, I feel so dumb.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, any specific brands you like? Is sunsilk vegan?
 

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I had to buy some vegan and cruelty toothpaste from the health food store tonight....I have to use sensitive toothpaste and they were the only ones that carried Tom's of Maine sensitive toothpaste. You can get regular Tom's of Maine toothpastes at CVS if you have those around you and they are cheaper there too. That line also has moputhwash and dental floss.<br><br><br><br>
Sunsilk apparently belongs to a company that does test. I think this link will help you lots, I reference it whenever I want to know:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_companies.asp" target="_blank">http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_companies.asp</a><br><br><br><br>
There is a whole list for companies that do test and companies that don't.<br><br><br><br>
I am not rushing the vegan beauty products. I will replace slowly once I run out of what I am using. I know bath and body works and victoria secret bath stuff say this finished product not tested on animals, but does that mean ingredients were before it became a finished product? Not sure, but it makes me uncomfortable.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I hope this helps!
 

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Hmm... I am also currently going through the gradual process of replacing my personal-care products with cruelty-free & vegan versions... But toothpaste is where I'm actually drawing the line. I have had too many painful and annoying problems with my teeth to want to compromise toothpastes. I don't mind using herbal lotions and shampoos and things but I don't know if I can trust a lot of these "natural" toothpastes. Anyone else feel this way??
 

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Hmm... I am also currently going through the gradual process of replacing my personal-care products with cruelty-free & vegan versions... But toothpaste is where I'm actually drawing the line. I have had too many painful and annoying problems with my teeth to want to compromise toothpastes. I don't mind using herbal lotions and shampoos and things but I don't know if I can trust a lot of these "natural" toothpastes. Anyone else feel this way??</div>
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I am willing to give the natural toothpaste a try. If it works it works, if not I will go back to my crest sensitive toothpaste and that will be ok. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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Hmm... I am also currently going through the gradual process of replacing my personal-care products with cruelty-free & vegan versions... But toothpaste is where I'm actually drawing the line. I have had too many painful and annoying problems with my teeth to want to compromise toothpastes. I don't mind using herbal lotions and shampoos and things but I don't know if I can trust a lot of these "natural" toothpastes. Anyone else feel this way??</div>
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No...in fact, I don't know how these odd chemical concotions can be better for you. There are natural toothpastes for every need, and I suggest you visit your local natural foods market or vitamin shop (if you're in New York, Willner Chemists is the best, bar none) and check what they have. Some places, like Whole Foods and the aforementioned Willner Chemists, have people who can help you select something and can explain to you the differences between the various products.
 

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You're not an idiot; at least not compared to me. I was using Tresemme shampoo up until a couple of months ago when I realised that I had failed to notice something - The words "Gelatin and B12" on the front of the bottle.<br><br><br><br>
In bold letters.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
?!!??!<br><br><br><br>
Alls I can says is Whole Foods brand herbal shampoos smell (and taste) great. Toothpaste, I'm getting around to.
 

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That's not a stupid question, it's one of the first questions almost all of us asked when we went vegan.<br><br><br><br>
Many toothpastes contain glycerin which is derived from animal fat. Tom's of Maine is usually the most popular vegan toothpaste.<br><br><br><br>
The link sunshinegal gave is good for knowing what products are tested on animals. However I've found that almost all toiletries and household products (laundry detergent, etc) are very good about writing "This product was not tested on animals", so if you don't see those words on the product you can assume that it was tested on animals.<br><br><br><br>
Teddygee, I did kind of the same thing with Tresemme, read the back of the bottle and saw they don't test on animals and then get it home and see it says "Silk Enhanced" on the front.
 

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Ew, I used that stuff for a while... Blehhhh. I still have the empty bottles in my shower, lol. I'll have to get those out of there quick, the word gelatin actually makes me sick to my stomach now. Just the word.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Many toothpastes contain glycerin which is derived from animal fat. Tom's of Maine is usually the most popular vegan toothpaste.</div>
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Gross. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I'll be switching that fairly soon... Heh.<br><br><br><br>
There's only one problem. I don't know how I'm going to pay for vegan toiletries, because I don't make a lot of money at my job (I usually only work 4 days a month (every Friday) & I make around 8 dollars an hour... It's usually 5-6 hours... Oh well. I'll feel a lot better once I use all natural cosmetics/toiletries so it's okay. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Thank you for the list, that should help a lot!
 

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So, I went looking through that list for products I own... The two major makeup brands that I buy, Estee Lauder & M.A.C. cosmetics are both on there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My recommendation is to use up the toiletries, make up, and household products that you currently have.... As there's no use wasting them. Hopefully by the time you've used them up, you'll have a little money saved up for the vegan cruelty-free products.
 

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I agree with kpick - use the rest of whatever you have left! I saved money like he suggested while I was going through the same transition, and then when everything was gone, I started buying new things.<br><br><br><br>
Tom's of Maine has awesome toothpaste. Kiss My Face has a lot of different kinds of vegan soaps. Arbonne sells vegan shampoo and conditioner, as well as cosmetics and other toiletries. I am a Consultant who sells these products, so if you're interested please check out my website (in my signature) or PM me if you have any questions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oh don't worry, I'm going to use it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
However, last night, I went in to check what was in my face soap, because I was curious. GLYCERIN. Yuck. I really didn't want to be smearing dead animal fat all over my face anymore, so I brought it to school and gave it to my friend who uses the stuff. That way, I don't have to rub fat into my pores every night, but the stuff isn't wasted. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hmm... I am also currently going through the gradual process of replacing my personal-care products with cruelty-free & vegan versions... But toothpaste is where I'm actually drawing the line. I have had too many painful and annoying problems with my teeth to want to compromise toothpastes. I don't mind using herbal lotions and shampoos and things but I don't know if I can trust a lot of these "natural" toothpastes. Anyone else feel this way??</div>
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Tom's of maine has natural toothpastes that STILL have fluoride, if that is what you are worried about. Otherwise, except for not having tons of nasty artificial sweeteners in them, they work every bit as well, are not tested on animals, and are approved by the ADA (american dental association.)<br><br><br><br>
Some people don't like to buy fluoride, so Tom's of Maine does offer SOME fluoride free toothpastes, but I've used it my entire life and have never had a cavity, so I'm staying this way! I've been using toms of maine for YEARS and have had no problems - dentists always RAVE about my teeth.<br><br><br><br>
I like the Anticavity orange-mango.... yum!
 

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you could always try lush - they do some seriously nice vegan toiletries, just look for the little green sticker. on their uk website they have the vegan stuff separated out so it's easier to find.
 

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troubs recommendations:<br><br><br><br>
Natures Gate: Cream de minthe Toothpaste - even lists what all the ingredients do and where they come from on the back - cool stuff<br><br><br><br>
WholeFoods Brand (365) Shampoo and Body Wash - Smell great, work great, inexpensive, great stuff. I'm using some mint of some sort right now heh.<br><br><br><br>
365 toilet paper and paper towels - or second harvest but the wholefoods brand is less expensive. Should at least try to get non-virgin paper products.<br><br><br><br>
i also like the Natures Gate handsoap, as its generaly less expensive then most other brands that whole foods carries - and smells/works good.
 

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Haha, thanks troub. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I don't think I'll be getting my own toilet paper, though. And if it's more expensive than what we normally get, my mom won't switch.<br><br><br><br>
I'm making absurdly easy chocolate cake right now, and I just shoved a spoonful of it (without the wet ingredients) in my mouth, everything melted and it was pure bliss. Just thought I would share with everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I use "Kiss my face" lotion and shaving cream and body wash, Natures gate shampoo and conditioner,Alba face wash,and Tom's of maine toothpaste. I love these four brands, esp. the toothpaste ( I use the Orange-Mango) i like it better than what I used to use (Crest)
 

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I use Tom's Cinnamint toothpaste and I also sometimes buy their deodorant (available at Trader Joe's for less), although it doesn't work great.<br><br><br><br>
Not sure if you have a TJ's near you, but I buy their store brand Refresh body lotion, shampoo and conditioner, all of which are vegan and smell like oranges.<br><br><br><br>
Other places I go to search for vegan toiletries are Big Lots and Dollar Tree stores. You never know what you'll find there, but on occasion I've found different varieties of vegan shampoo and conditioner, Tom's products, Nature's Gate deodorant, etc., at really cheap prices and stocked up.<br><br><br><br>
There are plenty of other vegan toiletry options at healthfood stores, but I'm quite frugal (ie. cheap), so I tend not to buy those unless I'm desperate.
 

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I am finding that more and more mainstream products are not animal tested. It used to be when I looked around for something like hair shampoo, there would be only one brand not tested on animals and now theres' many.
 
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