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.

Cosmetics and Allergens – What You Need to Know

By Megan Vick

The rate of people with food allergies is growing. Whether it’s peanuts, shellfish, eggs, wheat, dairy, soy, or any number of items, people are becoming increasingly cautious regarding both food and cosmetics. Nut oils, soy products, and wheat products are commonly found in all types of personal care products.

 

Fun Fact: The FDA does not require a warning label on cosmetics when items contain these allergens or are manufactured on equipment in contact with these allergens.

 

Unfortunately, nut oils are commonly found in cosmetics, especially in the natural product industry. Plant oils are extremely beneficial for the skin and many people with nut, soy, and wheat allergies report using cosmetics with no reaction. At Shorganics, our philosophy is, if you have any doubts, don’t buy it. We want everyone to be safe and to enjoy our product each time you use it. It’s hard to enjoy a wonderful lip balm or body butter if you’re wondering, “Am I going to have a reaction to this?”

 
Whether it’s Argan Oil or Sweet Almond, Shea Butter or Soybean Oil, ask questions or ask for a comparable product without the questionable ingredient. Or, skip the purchase.

Walking the Walk

By Megan Vick

 

Recently, I came upon a retailer who made natural cosmetics. I was merely a customer and she didn’t know I had anything to do with the same industry. As I perused her selection, I complimented her on her palm-free soap. She promptly responded with, “Yeah, that’s a big thing now. I don’t really care anything about the environment or animals, but this natural stuff is a hot seller.”

 

Naturally, my jaw dropped. I quickly composed myself, thanked her, and left.

 

The number of people creating and selling a product they don’t understand or believe in is growing every day. As “organic” and “natural” become buzzwords for the food and cosmetics industries, people are jumping on the bandwagon for their share. Just remember, if something is important to you – animal conservation, veganism, the environment, etc – make sure the person making the products understands and believes in the reasons behind the hot topic. Having someone behind a product who embodies the brand helps increase the quality of the item. Those people or brands who are just “in it to win it” won’t be able to truly connect with you and better the product over time.

 

Always ask questions about your products. You get to choose who is successful each time you make a purchase. Choose great companies who make great products you believe in.