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.

Feature Friday: Vegan Cuts November Beauty Box

The time has come. The time to release the Kraken!!! No, not really. Krakens are scary, but I bet they make great snugglers… I digress.

Over the last 2 months, we’ve been hard at work making 3000 bars of soap for the beautiful and wonderful subscribers of the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. Yes, you read that correctly – 3000 bars of soap

We were approached by Vegan Cuts earlier in the year and at first we were apprehensive to commit to such a large undertaking. After all, we’re just 2 people and 3000 is a big, BIG, number. But how do we say no to Vegan Cuts and deprive our fellow vegans of our awesome & ethically vegan soap? Well… clearly, we didn’t say no.

So, for the last 2 months, Matt and I have had numerous hot dates: in our kitchen or dining room making, prepping, wrapping, and packing soap. Being the superstitious Irish girl that I am, I didn’t want to share this super exciting news until it was a done deal & out the door to the Vegan Cuts subscribers. Here are a few pictures from the process:

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Freshly cut soap ready to cure

Soap Curing

Soap curing on the rack

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Heat Shrinking is a go!

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Ready to label!

Nestled in together ready for packing

Nestled in together ready for packing

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Ready to send to Vegan Cuts! We did this 15 more times!

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Handcrafted vegan soap made by just 2 people for all the Vegan Cuts subscribers!

After all that, we’re going to take a nap. Much love & peace to Vegan Cuts – some of the most awesome folks we’ve worked with.

 

 

Veganly Yours,

Megan

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

Terrific Tuesdays – Exciting web update

By Megan Vick

 

We’ve been working hard (and by we, I mean Matt) to make shipping on our website reflective of what your purchasing. Now, the shipping rate is variable based on the items in your cart! This will help you save money when placing an order at the Shorganics website. We’re very excited about this and you should be to!

 

Now go tell your friends and family so can we share the Shorganics love with everyone!

 

 

Happy People

We’re Back, Baby!

By Megan Vick

While we may have been absent from The South Durham Farmers Market since just before the Christmas holiday, we are returning this Saturday (cue high fives and cheers).

 

High Five Bunnies

 

If you didn’t already know, we moved over the holiday and we’ve been taking this time to reorganize and reprioritize Shorganics. Fear not, faithful friends, nothing changes on your end! We’ve simply laid out our office differently and made difficult decisions – like where the printer should go. All in all, it’s been a long process, but we are THRILLED to return to The South Durham Farmers Market – rain or shine – on Saturday.

 

We’ve missed you, so come on out and pick up some Hand and Foot Creams to soothe your skin in this crazy winter weather we’re having. Namaste

That’s Not Vegan….

By Megan Vick

 

At Shorganics, and at home, one of the favorite sayings is “That’s not vegan…” Whether we’re watching a pride of lionesses hunt, or watching what’s-his-face devour some unseemly burger on The Travel Channel, it’s always said as a statement of the obvious and all in good fun.

 

But what happens you have a dish labeled vegan, but there is honey it (baklava, anyone)? What happens when you find a fashion brand who claims all items are vegan, but uses wool? These are some of the ambiguous situations people find themselves in everyday. I was once told by a “staunch” vegan, “of course I eat honey! Bees aren’t animals.”

 

Really??

 

While bees most certainly and irrefutably are animals, the argument remains, if the bees don’t get hurt in the harvesting of honey, what’s so bad? The same can be said for many other things. Have you seen an unshorn (unsheared?) sheep in the summer? They are not happy critters. Sheep need to have that excess winter wool removed to be happy and comfortable in the warmer months. The question is? What to do with all that wool? If the farmer shears the sheep in a non-threatening and harmless way and the sheep is not raised for wool, would you wear something made from that particular farm?

 

Don’t take “That’s not vegan” too seriously. The attempt to reduce and remove animal products from your life is wonderful and every little bit helps the planet. No matter what vegan conundrum plays out in your life, it’s important not to judge others who might incorporate wool or honey into their lives.

 

I do give you full permission to point out to anyone that bees are, and always will be, animals.

 

Namaste