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Beauty Products and Animal Testing

Sometimes, just finding a decent vegetarian meal at a restaurant with your non-vegetarian friends is a trying experience. Meat, meat, and more meat, and a cheesy pasta are generally the choices at many non-vegan/vegetarian establishments. Say you’re out with your friends, noshing on a really good salad and sweet potato fries, thrilled to have found an animal friendly meal, when a friend compliments your hair and inquires what shampoo you used to accomplish such a fabulous look.

This is when time may stop for a second. Did you really think what you put in those shiny locks? Often times, many vegetarians and vegans forget the importance of checking the labels of their favorite beauty products.  A vision of vanilla scented shampoos, or the conditioner that has been good to your hair for years pops into your head. Yikes…the products are likely being tested on animals.

Not to get too preachy, but another important aspect of being vegetarian includes incorporating products into one’s beauty repertoire that are kind to the animals we love.

Ultimately the best way to go is to purchase vegan products that boast a “non-animal testing” policy. With a Vegan label, you can be certain that no animals were harmed and no animal derivatives were used in the process of formulating the product. Unfortunately, many of the vegan products are on the pricey end. Rather than depleting your bank account, learn how to recognize animal derived chemicals and be sure the beauty product minimally has a “No animal testing” label.

Remember, we vegetarians aim to maintain a lifestyle that is not only beneficial for our health, but  also good to animals and the environment. At the same time, no one is perfect. Try and  buy products as ethically as possible, but if you find that that bottle of shampoo with the “No Animal Testing” label has a trace amount of biotin–a coenzyme in all living things–don’t fret. You are on the right track, and are doing the very best you can to live a compassionate life!

Check out the below-referenced links for information on animal derivatives often found in beauty products and  links to some terrific Vegan and No Animal Testing beauty products.

http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/animal-ingredients-list.aspx

http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/search.aspx?Testing=0&Range=0

http://www.veganessentials.com/

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About govegetarianista86

After transitioning to a meatless diet two years ago, Lauren and I had no choice but to learn lots of great vegetarian recipes---and fast---after all, we always loved great food. The reason for our decision to omit meat and most dairy products from our lives was quite simple. A vegetarian diet is healthier, kinder, and ironically much cheaper than one with meat. We created this website to show that being a vegetarian is one of the easiest and most rewarding lifestyles to partake in, and hope that both vegetarians and aspiring vegetarians alike will visit Go-Vegetarianista habitually. :) About the authors: Nadya Rousseau is an actor/writer/producer residing in Beverly Hills, CA. She moved to Los Angeles almost five years ago at the age of nineteen to pursue her career and to escape the boredom of her small town. As maintaining a svelte figure is often pivotal in the entertainment industry, she finds she has no trouble staying slim and healthy as a vegetarian. In addition to loving good food and helping others, she enjoys engaging in sarcastic banter--keep an eye out for her frequent sardonic jokes--you'll surely be amused!! Lauren Rheims, is a native of Pomona, CA, and now resides in Beverly Hills, CA. She is a fashion and nature photographer, and of course loves shooting pictures of super yummy food! Lauren at first was apprehensive about becoming vegetarian, being of Creole descent, enjoying delicious seafood and meat, was more or less second nature. However after she discovered just how easy it was to enjoy the same delectable meals sans meat, she was thrilled! Lauren is excited to show everyone the simplicity and allure of vegetarian fare--and just how fun it can be!

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