Lush products are great. But be careful, not all of their products are vegan. I bought some hair conditioner there a few weeks ago, and noticed too late that it has yoghurt in it.
I spoke to them about it, and they said that they had already received some comments and now they have put a little green sticker on all the 100% vegan products. They were very decent about it, and gave me some free products to make up for their labelling which was not clear enough.
I wonder if my local natural foods etc. store has Lush products. I'll have to go some weekend and find out.
For my oily face, I use Desert Essences Thoroughly Clean Face Wash with Tea Trea Oil. It's really pretty good! My son and I also use Dr. Bronner's castile bars, mostly Tea Tree Oil but I also like the minty one. Mmm, mint...
tiggy..if there is a Whole Foods nearby, they have a store brand (365) bodywash that is vegan. It's kinda plain, but it gets ya clean, and it's cheap.
re: Lush - you can't buy it at other stores, but you can order it directly from Lush. Plus, for the op, there are a couple of stores in the Boston area. As mentioned, a large portion of their items aren't vegan, but the staff have always been very helpful to me.
Right now, I often just use some of my shampoo instead of bodywash, since it's basically the same thing.
My favorite though, is this stuff from Origins, some grapefruit scented stuff. I can't seem to find it online, but I just saw it in the store a few weeks ago. The downside is that is wickedly expensive (like $15 a pop, I think).
For hand soaps, I like the Kiss My Face Pear or Almond. I used them when I was working with the babies and washing my hands like 40 times a day. It keeps my fingers nice and soft.
Yes, most soap contains animal products (sodium tallowate), and most toiletries either contain animal products and/or have been tested on animals. If you want vegan products, make sure to look at the packaging to see if it says the product both doesn't contain animal products and wasn't tested on animals.
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