Vegan means healthy… right?
You could live on a diet of twizzlers and oreos, and call yourself a vegan… but you’re not going to be a very healthy vegan.
I think we all have enough sense to know that we need to eat a balanced diet to be healthy.
But what about our beauty products?
Your shampoo wasn’t tested on animals, and it doesn’t have any animal-derived ingredients in it… but does that mean it’s healthy to put on your skin?
The reason I’m bringing this up is because I had a negative reaction to a new shampoo and conditioner. It was cruelty-free, and relatively inexpensive, so I gave it a try, not thinking to glance at the ingredients – because I never eat anything I can’t pronounce, but I’ve generally always disregarded that rule when it comes to beauty products.
The next day, the tops of my ears started to itch a bit… then a bit more… then more and more and more until I wanted to rip them off. That itching turned into a rash that spread from my ears to my cheeks, and everything my hair touched (except my scalp, oddly enough). My boyfriends mom, who is a nurse, looked at it at said that it was allergic contact dermatitis. It lasted for two weeks.
I don’t have many allergies.
Cats, Hamsters, Strawberries – but not severely. I get a little itchy from the animals, break out in mild hives from strawberries… but I’m VERY allergic to Formaldehyde – which I found out a few years ago after a very unfortunate exposure to some Christmas Stockings from China (true story).
But I’ve never -NEVER- had an allergic reaction to a beauty product.
So I googled around until I found this site: http://cosdna.com/eng/ingredients.php
It allows you to input the ingredients and any product. It’ll analyze them, and tell you what the ingredients are for, and how “safe” they are.
So, I copy+pasted the ingredients from that new hair stuff I used.
No formaldehyde listed, surprise surprise.
So I dug a little deeper, and googled the ingredients that were considered “less safe”.
While it’s possible that I simply developed a new allergic reaction to one of the ingredients…
I discovered that one of the ingredients, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, is actually manufactured using formaldehyde… and it is often contaminated, even in “natural” and “organic” products with formaldehyde.
After doing even more research, there are actually MANY ingredients used in shampoo and conditioner (though not the ones I used) that actually release formaldehyde – but since it’s not an added ingredient, it doesn’t have to be listed.
I’ve officially become one of those people who will have nothing to do with crazy-looking ingredients.
Beginning of the week, I’m actually replacing -all- my beauty and cleaning products with homemade alternatives. And I strongly urge everyone to educate themselves on what they are actually putting in and on their bodies.
Even if you haven’t had an allergic reaction to something, even if something is natural and vegan… find out whats in it, and decide if that’s something you really want to be using.
What was the new shampoo and conditioner I used, you might be asking?
@newyork409 Honestly… I look like a deranged dirty hippie right now hahaha. My roots are greasy, and my ends are super dry (damage from being colored too often). It’s flat and frizzy at the same time. But I hear it starts to get better after the second week lol.
I’m considering making some shampoo with Dr. Bronners castille soap, though. I don’t like not being able to tell if I washed out all the baking soda water or not XD
But yeah, if you don’t fancy the idea of looking like a dirty hippie for a few weeks, it’s probably not the best idea lol.
1 – Yeah. Well, they’re on Peta’s “accidentally vegan” list, but some of Kraft’s sugar suppliers do process their sugar with animal bone char.
B – Best of luck in your shampoo-finding-endeavors!
Have you considered the “no poo” method? I’m into my first week of it right now. It’s basically using all natural ingredients from your kitchen. The most common ones (what I’m doing now) are baking soda and water for shampoo, and apple cider vinegar and water for conditioner.
One- Oreos are vegan?!
Two- I am working on getting my mom to buy cruelty free shampoo so this warning is extremely useful so thank you. My moms friend is vegetarian/vegan and she makes all of her shampoos and soaps at home.