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

Product Feature: Eucalyptus Tea Tree Soap

By Megan Vick

 

Eucalyptus Tea Tree is probably our favorite soap at Shorganics. It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but if I had to, it would be Eucalyptus Tea Tree. There is something undeniably fresh and tingly about this combination of essential oils that leaves your body and your mind refreshed and feeling clean. Both eucalyptus and tea tree oils were used by Australian military troops in World War II for treatment of minor wounds on the battlefield. Tea tree oil was so highly desired during this time, tea tree farmers and distillers were exempt from the draft!

 

Organic Vegan Soap Eucalyptus Tea Tree

 

The best part about this tingly soap, besides all the organic butters and plant oils, is how the oils don’t overpower you. Both eucalyptus and tea tree can be overpowering individually, but together, in this soap, the scent is pleasant, fresh, and invigorating. Try some today, or check out our 3 pack of soap or 5 pack of soap for an even better value!!

 

Namaste, y’all!

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!

Product Feature Friday: Orange Spice Soap

By Megan Vick

With the Fall season in full swing and warm, spicy scents are in everything from pies to coffee to pasta. You can add to the festivities by using Orange Spice soap in your daily routine! Made with a blend of essential oils – including the autumnal favorite, Clove – Orange Spice soap is sure to put a spring in your step each time you shower.

 

Made with organic Shea butter and other wonderfully nourishing organic oils, our Orange Spice soap is one of the most decadent scents we offer. It’s warm, cozy, and comforting, perfect for this time of year! This makes a great soap for guys and gals alike and you can seal the deal by following up with our Orange Spice roll-on fragrance as part of your grooming routine. As always, our soap is Palm Oil free, so you can feel comfortable knowing no Orangutans were harmed in the creation of our soap.

 

Organic, Vegan, Palm Free Soap

Enjoy!!