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.