Why Vegan isn’t Good Enough

Since we started Shorganics way back in 2011, the trend and popularity in veganism has only increased. There are blogs and websites dedicated to all things vegan and even vegan skincare.

But to us, vegan isn’t good enough. It’s not good enough to just be “cruelty-free” and “vegan” on your label. Have your ingredients ever been tested on animals? What about processed on equipment?

Even answering “no” to those questions isn’t good enough for us. Bottom line, is there a bunch of synthetic, processed junk in your finished product, food or cosmetics?

Short answer: Probably.

There is a growing trend in skincare to have cruelty-free and vegan skincare, but the level of synthetic, lab-created chemicals is off the charts. Too many of my favorite vegans are turning toward large brands (typically owned by one of the over-arching corporate conglomerate) that are “vegan” but have so little to do with plants and botanicals.

Many companies put “botanicals” and “plant oils” in the product, but they are so far down the list of ingredients that they serve no purpose in healing or helping your skin. And don’t get me started on “anti-aging” anything. The FDA is fining companies of all sizes who claim anti-aging because it’s a lie. You simply cannot reverse aging.

So, the question is: if people are willing to eat a minimally processed, reduced meat/dairy diet for their health, why are people still slathering themselves with rubbish lotions and face creams?

Check the ingredients. If you have questions, ask the manufacturer. If you don’t want to ask the manufacturer, email us. We won’t lie to you. We’re happy to sort out The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.

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Treatment Tuesday: A Little Goes A Long Way

By Megan Vick

 

Stahp

That’s right. Just stahp!

 

You’re using too much lotion!!! This might be a little bit of a rant, but it is something that needs to be addressed – and quickly.

 

We love going to sell at our local farmers market. It gives us a chance to connect with you, our customer, who we may not otherwise get to meet and talk to when we sell to stores. One thing that we’ve noticed a lot lately is the interest in our lotions and hand creams. Several people have come up to us and asked if our lotions are greasy. Let’s talk about that:

  1. Our lotions are not greasy – it’s one of our most common compliments. Not to mention: no lotion maker will ever admit to having greasy lotions. It’s best if you ask for a sample right off the bat and judge for yourself.
  2. All lotions will be greasy if you squeeze an entire ounce of lotion into your hand just to rub on your forearms.

 

We’ve seen not one, not two, but four (4!) different women approach our booth, squeeze a 1/2 – 1 ounce of lotion into their hand and slather themselves with it. Now, that may work in winter. In Iceland. But you will absolutely feel disgustingly greasy if you do that with any lotion – especially if you add the fact that you’re standing outside in July heat and humidity in North Carolina.

 

Ranting aside, the point is to conserve your lotions and creams. You can always apply more to your body if you don’t feel hydrated enough. You can’t, however, get rid of that slippery, slimy feel after you’ve applied too much. Believe me, I want you to use the hell out of our products – but don’t overuse and abuse them to the point you begin to dislike the brand.

 

Namaste.

Treatment Tuesday: A New Kind of Facial

By Megan Vick

 

This is both a Treatment Tuesday post and a “That’s Not Vegan” post. I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this – while natural birthing practices are making a comeback for many reasons (most of which are very good), this new facial is still hard to comprehend.

 

The original article claims that getting facials with human placenta is the latest and greatest Hollywood craze. Supposedly the nourishing proteins, antioxidants, and amino acids which give life to new humans also give a new kind of rejuvenation to skin cells. It’s rumored that Eva Longoria, Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon have all received this treatment – no doubt they’re beautiful. But here’s the thing – how is this skin care skin treatment clinic getting the placentas? What kind of treatments are the placentas receiving before being spread on to someone’s face – no doubt for a pretty penny? If the placentas are being treated to reach a hygienic level, wouldn’t that negate any nourishing, rejuvenating properties?

 

At the end of the day, can’t we just not smoke, not drink so much, eat more fruits and veggies, and eat less processed food? That sounds like a much better way to retain our youthful appearance, and more importantly, help us age gracefully. We’re going to stick with our Advanced Skin Regimen Day & Night Creams for the meantime.

 
Would you get a placenta facial? Share your thoughts in the comments. No judgement here.

 

Namaste

Treatment Tuesday!

By Megan Vick

 

Welcome to our new series of posts! Treatment Tuesday is designed to help you coordinate Shorganics products into your very own at-home spa treatment. With the cold winter weather getting worse, it’s important to take care of your skin and ensure it’s properly hydrated.  Using products made with organic ingredients help keep your skin pure and free of pesticide residue and other weird synthetic chemicals.

 

For your body care treatment, you’ll need the oh-so-gentle Lemon Salt Scrub and your choice of either vegan Body Lotion or organic, vegan Body Butter – for the winter, we recommend the Lavender Lemon Body Butter.

 

Glowing Body Treatment

  1. Hop into the shower (actually, step gingerly – no need to get hurt)
  2. Take a 2 fingers and scoop a bit of salt scrub onto your hand.
  3. Massage scrub all over your body – you’ll notice the salt begin to melt
  4. Repeat step 2 and 3 if you need more for your body 🙂
  5. Rinse scrub from your skin (feel free to sing a song while you do this – what’s life without whimsy)
  6. Turn off water (duh) and step out of the shower and pat dry your skin

 

It’s important you pat down your skin with a towel to dry it instead of rubbing it. By rubbing a towel over your skin, you can actually exacerbate dry and flaky skin. Patting allows your skin to absorb the moisture from the water and removing the excess.

 

Follow up your drying immediately with a vegan body lotion or vegan body butter of your choice. If you’re using the Lavender Lemon Body Butter, remember a little goes a long, long way.

 

Enjoy your glowing, rejuvenated skin! Namaste