Keeping your body squeaky clean is good for many reasons. For one, everyone appreciates cleanliness. You sans stench is stellar. Giving your parts a fresh scrub is good for your immune system and body, too. Now, when you support personal care companies that use organic and natural ingredients, and have cruelty-free, vegan soaps, you also give goodness to the environment (and your furry and feathered friends).
Ditch Traditional Soap
Many personal care products are packed with icky ingredients. There's no point keeping any of those chemical-laden products around your home. Anything containing soy protein or alcohol should be scrapped.
Now that you've ditched the old, it’s time to welcome the new and make a decision. Do you want to make or buy your organic, vegan soap?
Making Your Own Vegan Soap
It’s a snap to make vegan soap. Vegan soap contains fresh, natural soap ingredients, such as dried organic herbs, organic cocoa butter, organic olive oil and organic white coconut.
Plenty of websites, such as Soapmakingfun.com, provide easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on how to make vegan soap.
Buying Vegan Soap
Rather buy pre-made bars of vegan soap? No problem! Just make sure you read soap’s ingredients before purchasing. It’s smart to stay away from soap that contains lanolin, milk, emu oil, fish oil, mink oil, honey, refined sugar, beeswax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, tallow or urea.
Whew! That’s a long list, right?
Filthy Farmgirl is a company that makes all-natural soap that's not tested on animals. According to Treehugger.com: “The herbs and spices found in the vegan-friendly soaps are mostly sourced from local organic farmers—that is, when they're not grown and harvested on site. Filthy Farmgirl's headquarters and farm are completely solar-powered and off the grid, with a similar setup in the works for its California office... Packaging-wise, you'll find that the soap wrappers are made using 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper by Greenline Paper."
While all of this filthy girl's products may not be vegan, her company is pretty stellar.
For a list of companies that produce cruelty-free, vegan soap, check Peta.org's cruelty-free companies and products database.
Inspired? Good! We've got fabulous DIY recipes for homemade shampoo and conditioner, too.