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06/02/13: Making Some Changes

So, first post... exciting!  I'm hoping to use this blog to chart my progress as I attempt - key word - attempt to make the switch from 'regular' beauty products to ones that should be better for me.  And better for you too, if you decide to make similar changes.


Well, I've been vegetarian for most of my life.  There was a short period where I dabbled in meat, when I was around 9/10.  But, I'm now 23 and completely sure that I don't want to eat anything with chickens, pigs, cows, eels, fish, badgers, horses and so on in.  However, up until now I haven't really applied the same sort of thinking to what I put on my skin rather than in my mouth.  Partially through just not thinking about it, and probably partly through laziness.

I usually tried to make sure that I bought products from Simple (more on that later...) as they don't have animal testing/animal ingredients, but somehow I never thought to look at what other nasty things I could be putting on my face.

The first thing I started to wonder about was vegan/vegetarian skincare products. I recently noticed that Superdrug own brand products usually say "Suitable for vegetarians and vegans" or "Suitable for vegetarians" on them - great, I thought, and proceeded to buy my way through their moisturisers, hair care and hygiene products.

But wait... during my online research (I'm obsessed with reviews and swatches!) I started to read more about these other things in that one could find in goops, poos and serums... parabens, SLS... all sorts of weird sounding chemicals.  But surely, I'd been looking out for vegetarian and vegan stuff, so that wouldn't apply to the stuff I applied... would it?  Wrong.  Almost all of my 'good things' contained one or more of these substances that lots of companies are making a point about not using.

Yes, it's possible I'm buying into hype about the toxicity of various ingredients, but that's partly the point of this blog.  I want to try out cosmetics and hygiene products that don't have ingredient lists requiring a PHD to understand.  I'm hoping to review and swatch my way through new products as I switch from my old stuff.

 I'd like to see whether simple (not Simple) is better.  Whether it works for me.

And if it works for me, maybe it will work for you too.


P.S  As I'd like to keep track of what I'm trying out, I'll talk about my first few shiny new products in individual posts.  So for Hurraw balm, Salt of the Earth deodorant, Urtekram Shampoo and Balm Balm cleansers... watch this space. :)

P.P.S  Anyone who happens to happen upon this blog - what brought you here - are you trying to switch too?  I'd love to hear from you!


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  1. So true! It's much easier to have a healthy diet without even thinking about being kind to your skin. So glad to see more people looking to natural products. Really enjoying reading your blog.

    1. Hi! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Yes - and it's great reading all the other natural/beauty blogs. Only problem is the effect on my bank account! x

    2. Very true! But so worth it to know that you are looking after your skin well - you'll thank yourself in years to come I'm sure.

  2. I came here as I was looking for a vegan beauty box to try out :) I have been a veggie for about 12 years despite growing up on a beef farm! Looking forward to checking out your blog x


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