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I don't know if there's a thread on this or anything, but oh well. I'm guessing the majority of well known shampoos, shower gels, deodorants etc. in the UK are not suitable for vegans, and I know there are UK vegan websites you can order things from, but does anyone know of any vegan products like this I can get in a regular supermarket like Sainsburys? It'll take me a while to find a vegan friendly deodorant in Sainsburys if I stand there reading all of the ingredients and comparing them to another huge list of animal products I should avoid (and the only one I can remember so far is glycerine). Any links or anything would be helpful too if you have any. Cheers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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A large part of the Co-Op's stuff is suitable for vegans, and Sainsbury is all free from animal testing. I'm pretty sure they both have "vegan friendly" lists, but I've not looked for an updated one. Superdrug labels all of their items that are friendly for vegans (and they get much of our business for this reason). They have deodorant, I'm sure.<br><br>
For deodorant, you might also try Waitrose if there's one near you. They sometimes carry Tom's of Maine or other "specialty" lines which are vegan.<br><br>
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Original Source labels all of their vegan items as well and are in Superdrug, Boots and some of the big supermarkets.<br><br>
Someone here tipped me off that Bulldog products (<a href="http://meetthebulldog.com/" target="_blank">http://meetthebulldog.com/</a>) are vegan as well. I've seen them at Boots and Waitrose, maybe Superdrug too.<br><br>
Simple's items are mostly vegan too (<a href="http://www.simple.co.uk/Skincare-Solutions/FAQs/FaqDetail.aspx?fdFaqId=111" target="_blank">http://www.simple.co.uk/Skincare-Sol...px?fdFaqId=111</a>). They are everywhere, it seems.<br><br>
Lush has loads of vegan stuff, and it's generally well labeled.<br><br>
If there is an Origins counter near you, they have loads of vegan items, all are non-animal-tested, and they should have a list of what's vegan friendly. They can be pretty pricey though. There's one here in Boots and one in Debenhams (which is more expensive than the Boots counter!)
 

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I've been able to find my Giovanni shampoo and conditioner at Walmart. It's in the spa/face mask/sea sponge section... not the normal shampoos. I've known those shampoos to be in Target as well, but I have not checked locally.<br><br>
I've also found that shampoo and conditioner, plus Jason Apricot deodorant, in The Vitamin Shoppe... a vitamin, dietary supplement chain of stores.<br><br>
I'm not in the UK... this is in the US. But, I'm in South Carolina, and we really don't have too much demand for vegan wares here...so I'm surprised to find it for sale in those "normal" places.<br><br>
Also... vegan to vegan... It's really worth it to sometimes just accept the loss of your time, and just stand there in an aisle for an hour really looking at the label of every single thing on the shelf. Sometimes, you get lucky. There may be a brand or to that's quietly gone cruelty free for marketing purposes. I've known a lot of omni's that swear that cruelty free and environmentally friendly products just simply don't work, and won't even try them. So, I've found things that didn't advertise they were cruelty free... but it is in fine print on the back.
 

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IamJen: thanks a lot for the suggestions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I don't really have much reason for going into boots or superdrug so I didn't know, I'll check them out when I get the chance. I thought they would've been a bit harder to find than that.<br><br>
Hazelnut: that sucks, I thought the US in general would have had a fair amount of vegan products. and yeah reading labels is a *****, I was standing in the supermarket earlier this evening reading the labels of about 5 things to see if they had eggs/milk in them which took me ages... but then of course being my stupid self I realised there was a bit underneath that clearly said "contains: milk" etc. to save you reading all of it. I didn't feel stupid at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Just got some Simple and Bulldog stuff, it wasn't actually that hard to find. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> w00t
 

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Not sure if you'd be interested but since these are options, I thought I'd mention what I use (all found at the regular grocery store for me):<br><br>
I've been going 'no (sham)poo' for months so that explains this - baking soda (diluted in water) as a cleansing hair rinse which I only need to use about once per week if that now so it's very cheap. Apple cider vinegar (diluted in water) to keep my hair soft - used every other day - also cheap.<br><br>
I'm also using baking soda + water paste to clean and exfoliate my face with a witch hazel toner afterwards (I have oily skin and they seem to help with that - I don't use moisturizers since they turn my face into an oil spill).<br><br>
For body and hand wash, I use Dr. Bronner's (Rose scented).<br><br>
Toothpaste - Tom's of Maine.<br><br>
Deodorant - I've used Tom's but prefer Mitchum.<br><br>
*Note that some baking sodas are tested on animals.<br><br>
Glad you found what you were looking for from previous posts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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IamJen: thanks a lot for the suggestions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I don't really have much reason for going into boots or superdrug so I didn't know, I'll check them out when I get the chance. I thought they would've been a bit harder to find than that.<br><br>
Hazelnut: that sucks, I thought the US in general would have had a fair amount of vegan products. and yeah reading labels is a *****, I was standing in the supermarket earlier this evening reading the labels of about 5 things to see if they had eggs/milk in them which took me ages... but then of course being my stupid self I realised there was a bit underneath that clearly said "contains: milk" etc. to save you reading all of it. I didn't feel stupid at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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When searching for vegan items, look for premium and expensive, ... but also the very cheap and crappy. I save a ton of money looking at super-generic brands only found at certain discount grocery stores. Including egg and milk into a product generally shortens the shelf life of a product. Companies that are not well known lose a lot of money if they have to store foods for too long and have to dispose of them... plus, the stores themselves have to worry about product turnover and expiration. Leaving the egg and milk out of certain things makes them way cheaper to store and distribute.<br><br>
You've got to read the labels, though!<br><br>
Now then, if you'll excuse me, I've got a $1 package of peanut-butter fudge graham cookies in the kitchen calling out my name... (vegan does not always equal healthy... I lurves my vegan junk food!)
 

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Original Source stuff is ALWAYS available in Poundland, too. That's where I get my shower gel and sometimes shaving foam.<br><br>
I get toothpaste from either Superdrug or my local independeant health/natural store, sometimes from H&B.<br><br>
Instead of deoderant I use a deoderant stoneand have done for 6 years or more. I was skeptical at first, but they're great. They are cheaper than deoderant and better for the environment. Annoyingly, you onlt seem to be ableto get them in plastic now, the first one I ever had was just a stone with a hole in and a loop of string through.<br><br>
Ummm, what else is there? Oh, soap, soap is available in pretty much anysupermarket/healthfood store and a lot of asian stores. If nothing else you'll find that olive soap that's dead cheap. Sometimes you'll find nice smelling organic soaps (I'm thinking Faith In Nature - I was well into the orangeone at one point).
 

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Rhys: I never knew baking soda could do so many things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I also heard it can make seagulls explode if they eat it... my mum's ex bf said they did that in the navy for fun when they were bored.<br><br>
Hazelnut: I never actually looked at it that way about the eggs and milk. One more reason to go vegan eh? As for junk food, I love pigging out on this freedom ice cream I found at Sainsbury's a couple of months back that was basically made for anyone with any kind of allergy/intolerance there is within ice cream; no milk, eggs, nut traces, soya or gluten. It actually tastes x10 better than any other ice cream I've ever had before.<br><br>
goldman_dancing: I'm guessing stuff they do in poundland can be found in any £1/99p shop? I'll check some of them out. As for the deodorant stones, I always end up sneezing non-stop when I spray deodorant in my room so I think a deodorant stone would be a better idea for me anyway lol.<br><br>
Again, cheers for the help people.
 

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As for junk food, I love pigging out on this freedom ice cream I found at Sainsbury's a couple of months back that was basically made for anyone with any kind of allergy/intolerance there is within ice cream; no milk, eggs, nut traces, soya or gluten. It actually tastes x10 better than any other ice cream I've ever had before.<br>
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Sainsburys also sell sweedish glace (but usually only in vanilla) if you want something cheaper but also delicious. I've been meaning to try the freedom ones but they're just so expensive! Oh and I love sainsburys sorbet also.<br><br>
Anyway as for toiletries, I usually stick to superdrug/sainsburys own-brand, and I use mitchum deodorant because it's REALLY good and the only vegan one I've tried that's WORKED and it's available everywhere. Bodyshop do great stuff too if you're looking to treat yourself - I don't know if they still do, but they did a bannana shampoo and conditioner that were to die for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Also, if there are any brands you loved before you were vegan, you can always google it or email the company because it may well be accidentally vegan.
 

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Items that are vegan may have still been tested on animals. If they are not independently approved by an organisation such as BUAV (<a href="http://www.gocrueltyfree.org" target="_blank">www.gocrueltyfree.org</a>) i wouldnt touch them with a 10foot pole. Sorry.<br><br>
Superdrug is BUAV approved and vegan, As are the Co Op, Sainsburys have JUST been approved and the offical leaping bunny logo should be appearing on their bottles soon.<br>
There are also tons of other easy to find brands on the list I linked to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">If you do not test on animals, why do you not have the BUAV logo or some other e.g the suitable for vegetarian or vegan logo on your packaging?<br>
We do not test our products on animals, nor do we commission testing of ingredients on our behalf. As there are many associations promoting the ethical treatment of animals, we feel that we cannot be aligned to just a single one.</div>
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The BUAV are the biggest indepedent organisation. Plenty of other brands use them to get approved. i find this a fob off excuse. There is no reason NOT to choose. Personally I find this shady.
 

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Items that are vegan may have still been tested on animals.<br><br></div>
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PEDANT ALERT: Surely if it's tested on animals it is by definition not vegan. Though of course a product that doesn't contain animal pruducts may still have been tested on animals, so may falsely appear to be suitable for vegans.<br><br>
Don't forget the Vegan Society logo appears on cosmetics, too.
 

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It does according to the Vegan Society for the Seedling trademark: <a href="http://www.vegansociety.com/businesses/trademark/standards.aspx" target="_blank">Trademark Standards</a>.
 

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Not really.<br>
To be vegan it just cant contain animal derived ingredients. Nothing to do with whether it was tested on animals.</div>
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I don't consider an item vegan if it was tested on animals. To me, vegan toiletries = no animal ingredients, no animal testing.
 

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I don't consider an item vegan if it was tested on animals. To me, vegan toiletries = no animal ingredients, no animal testing.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> me too, if I say "vegan" I mean "no animal ingrediants and not tested on animals", although I guess technically that doesn't have to be true.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Identity_thief</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2918473"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> me too, if I say "vegan" I mean "no animal ingrediants and not tested on animals", although I guess technically that doesn't have to be true.</div>
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But it DOES if we accept the definition of the word by the group responsible for creating the word. If other reappropriate the term for erroneous meanings we should not accept it.
 

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I'm bumping this thread because vegan hand soaps are expensive, and I use my Planet Dishwashing Liquid in my liquid soap dispenser.<br><br><a href="http://www.planetinc.com/udl.htm" target="_blank">http://www.planetinc.com/udl.htm</a><br><br>
I'm a big fan of this dish soap. It's made in Canada, and I find it for sale at Kroger with the rest of the dish soaps for around $3. I like it because it leaves no soap smell, no soap taste, and rinses away very easily. As a hand soap, it doesn't strip my hands of oils. I have to wash my hands 5-6 times in a row before I need to use lotion.<br><br>
It's great for cleaning the cutting board and my sushi mat. It cuts through the oils very well without leaving any soapiness behind.<br><br>
Bonus: It's not tested on animals!
 
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