At the beginning of my plant based journey, food was my main focus. Always picking up vegan cookbooks, reading the labels at grocery stores, and of course asking servers “Are you sure they’re using olive oil and not butter?” During those beginning months (who am I kidding? — I think it was a year or two!) the thought never dawned on me that this was just the tip of the iceberg. I guess I thought at the beginning veganism was about not eating animals until I had an ah-ha moment and realized I must change my entire lifestyle and not just my eating habits. I started watching and reading more about testing products on animals and the weird and inhumane animal ingredients they put in our beauty products and household cleaners.
I meet an awful lot of people who say they just don’t think they can take the plunge into veganism. My goal is to show them that we don’t have to lose any of our special loves, such as a terrific handbag or a high-end beauty product, leather-look pumps or jackets. We can live the same lifestyle we have at this very moment: all we have to do is veganize it! I have been buying, testing, and reviewing products for years, and here are just a few of every sort that I love most!
1. Pacifica Natural Minerals – I will go nuts for some Pacifica products! They make some of the most lovely vegan makeup I have tried. They also have many other vegan products such as hair care, skincare, and candles.
2. Owl’s Brew – Owl’s Brew is a new product I have recently added to my arsenal for parties. This hand-crafted tea is actually a drink mixer! I’m completely obsessed! Don’t drink? No worries: it’s great over ice too.