A Very Happy Holiday

By Megan Vick

 

Tis the season where we eat copious amounts of food and most people feel terrible about that third (or fourth) helping of stuffing. And then we pack on a little “winter weight” until we eat more at Christmas or whichever winter solstice holiday you celebrate. 

 

Regardless of what winter holidays you enjoy, how many of them you attend, and whether or not you’re vegan, the end of the year is a time to come together and cherish those we love! If you don’t eat meat and attend a meal where there are a lot of meat-eaters, put aside your desire to quote Forks Over Knives and show them images of factory farmed turkeys. If you’re a ferocious carnivore, put aside your desire to make fun of those who choose not to eat meat or request mushroom gravy instead of turkey gravy.

 

Hold hands, hug, laugh, and enjoy the company this holiday season. Namaste!

 

Orangutan & baby

Product Feature Friday: Lavender Lemon Body Butter

By Megan Vick

As we head into the dry months of the year, you’ll certainly want to stock up on Lavender Lemon body butter. It’s super rich and made from pure, organic plant butters and oils. Even though it’s solid, it will melt on contact with your skin – just like real (or vegan) butter!

 

Our beautiful body butter contains no water, giving it a creamier and richer feel than traditional body lotions. It’s great for people who spend a lot of time in the sun and for those with ultra-dry skin. Many of our beach customers swear by our body butter because it helps keep those summer tans from looking too matte. And yes, gentlemen, if you are spending a lot of time outside, you can benefit from this body butter too. And I promise this: you won’t end up smelling like a girl (unless you really want to). It’s time for men, both indoorsy and outdoorsy, to keep their skin moisturized and hydrated.

 

Just remember, a little body butter goes a long way! Enjoy!

 

Vegan Organic Body Butter

Why the “V” Word is Dirty

By Megan Vick

 

Too many people have a visceral reaction upon reading or seeing the ‘V’ word. It means many things to many people, but almost all of those reactions are negative. Whether you turn up your nose and sneer, or stare confusedly when you try to process what the word encompasses, few people are supportive of the lifestyle, the community, and the label.

 

That’s right… it’s “Vegan”

 

Why does this word illicit such reactions in mainstream society? Is it the unknown and/or confusing lifestyle choices of vegans: not consuming animals, not wearing them, and not using animal-tested products? Doubtful. Is it the fear that vegans aren’t getting enough nutrition? Possibly. Is it the belief that all vegan food must be boring salads day after day after day? Maybe. Is it the preachy, pushy, holier-than-thou attitude of many well-intentioned people who are so passionate about the cause that they come across as butt heads? Most likely.

 

And yes, I just used the phrase “butt heads.”

 

“Vegan” is such a dirty word because of the in-your-face tactics of organizations who oppose animal-cruelty and of the in-your-face conversations of people who cannot fathom why society still consumes animals. But guess what? It’s a vicious cycle. The longer people choose to sneer at the vegan community and the vegan lifestyle, the longer organizations and people will have to keep fighting to be heard. The longer people believe vegan food is flavorless, the longer it will take to have mainstream vegan food across the country and the world. The longer vegans berate people with their beliefs, the longer it will take for meat-eaters to give a damn. Regardless of whether or not you are vegan, it’s wrong to sneer, judge, and discriminate against a person for his or her choices. Whether it’s race, gender, religion, politics, dietary choices, hair color, type of car you drive, who you love, music you listen to – we should ask questions to understand and to come together as a people – not further segment ourselves in an increasingly global society.

 

Seek first to understand, then to be understood. – Stephen Covey

 

Namaste.

Can You Save the Butterflies?

By Megan Vick

 

For most people, butterflies hold a special place in our hearts as a symbol of beauty and freedom. Many children learn about Monarch butterflies in school because of their beautiful and epic migration patterns. Today, the Monarch population is declining at a dramatic rate. Many studies over the past 3 years indicate that the increased use of GM crops are linked to the decline of Monarchs. 

 

Monarch on Pink Zinnia

 

The most notable thing about GM crops is that they are touted as being “Roundup Ready.” Roundup is a herbicide produced by Monsanto which can be sprayed onto crops without damaging them, but it kills any weeds and unwanted plants around the crops. A common weed in many cornfields is milkweed, which just so happens to be the plant of choice for Monarch butterflies. The Monarchs lay eggs on milkweed plants because it provides the baby butterflies with a large plant to eat and then cocoon safely during the metamorphosis process. With more and more GM crops over the years, there has been a massive decline in milkweed plants leaving Monarchs to either lay their eggs elsewhere, or continue to prefer the milkweed plant only to have it killed in the crop-spraying process.

 

 

There are several ways you can get involved and help, but for most people, you can do 2 things: buy organic food (especially corn) and plant milkweed in your yard! When you buy organic food, you’re not only supporting a healthier lifestyle for your family by not ingesting pesticides and GMOs, but you’re also voting with your dollars. Each time you choose organic over conventionally grown food, you’re making a stand against GM crops and an industry that is shutting out family farms across the globe.

 

 

Butterfly Garden

In addition to buying organic, you can get milkweed seeds and plant a butterfly garden to help attract these beautiful creatures and encourage them to lay eggs on your plants. Butterflies are amazingly resilient. They only need a little help from us to restore their population while we continue to admire their beauty.

 

 

Make sure you include some butterfly friendly plants for your spring garden!  

 

 

Namaste!

 

Product Feature: Soy Candles

By Megan Vick

 

Another week has passed by again and as we approach the holiday season, it’s time to start thinking about scenting your home for any guests you might have! Soy candles have grown in popularity over the last few years because soy wax burns cleaner than traditional candles. We’ve taken the clean-burning candle a step further and added cotton wicks to our candles. Since traditional candles are made from paraffin wax – a petroleum byproduct – it’s not difficult to see that these candles would cause a host of problems. On top of that, many fragrances for candles are synthetic and can cause headaches and other issues for those with sensitivities.

 

When we set out to “build a better mouse trap,” we knew we had to offer the cleanest burning, best smelling candles on the block. With cotton wicks and GMO-free soy wax, we’ve done just that. You can choose from 16 different scents for every season and every holiday throughout the year. Our fragrances are botanically derived to diffuse into the air, but still remain true to the natural material from which they came.

 

Our soy candles also come packaged in durable travel tins with lids. They are simple, unobtrusive, and easily gift-able for birthdays and the winter holidays!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

The Truth About Anti-Aging

By Megan Vick

 

Owning a business in the cosmetics industry has been an eye-opening experience. One thing that is so prevalent in the industry is the phrase “anti-aging.”  It’s almost a guarantee that you’ve heard it, seen it, or read it on packaging, but that phrase is a misnomer.  You might even use these products, but they are not anti-aging products. This is because anti-aging products don’t exist!

 

No one is immune to aging. No one can reverse the signs or effects – no matter what those commercials say. Here’s the truth: The only thing you should look for in a cosmetic product as you get older is the phrase, “reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” That’s the truth about anti-aging.

 

We are all getting older everyday and the best thing you can is take care of yourself by eating well, exercising, and protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

 

Growing Old Quote

Product Feature: Rosemary Mint Soap

By Megan Vick

 

That’s right! It’s time again for Product Feature Friday! Today, we’re featuring our well-loved Rosemary Mint soap. We love this soap because both rosemary and mint are ridiculously good for the hair and skin. Many of our male customers love this soap because they wash their hair, faces, and bodies with it. Several other customers adore it for hand soap at the kitchen sink because of its fresh and herbal smell.  Wherever and however you use it, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do!

 

Vegan Organic Soap - Rosemary Mint

 

Widely produced in Spain, France, and Tunisia, rosemary is an ages-old plant and a symbol of love. It was often used in wedding ceremonies and now sometimes finds its way into the bride’s bouquet. It’s most well known for it’s delicious flavor in cooking (rosemary roasted potatoes, anyone?) Rosemary and mint blend extremely well to give you an uplifting and invigorating experience. As always, our Rosemary Mint soap is Verified Vegan by Vegan Action, free of all the icky stuff like parabens, phthalates, and petrochemicals, and made without using Palm Oil. All of our ingredients are deliciously natural and organic, so you can use it with confidence.

 

Now, go buy some!