story time: so i went vegan…

about that title, eh? can we just pause and all roll our eyes at that time i posted that i would never give up animal products? mhm…


so i did.

let’s stop there – this will not be a post arguing for veganism. i will not shout from the rooftops or throw red paint on you or whatever else stereotypically happens. however, i will talk about how veganism has changed my natural beauty routines. hopefully that’s okay with everyone.

okay, back to our scheduled post.

so i went vegan. suddenly that meant no longer using kefir and full-fat yogurt and raw honey and beeswax. i had to rethink my probiotics. i had to rethink skin and hair care recipes. i had to find ways to keep face masks at wonderful consistencies without raw honey, while also keeping the same antibacterial and hydrating properties. oh – is that coconut oil stuck in my hair? forget about using egg yolks to rinse it out. oh – is that a sunburn? don’t reach for the emu oil.

guys… i love it. i love being pushed to create new items that are just as, if not more, effective. i mean – have you tried this oMega glow face mask? it’s a gem. and hydrosols, even for hair? bam, already vegan. did i need raw honey on my face? turns out my skin likes chia seed oil even more! did i need beeswax in my chapstick? turns out the merry hempsters chapstick (not an affiliate link) feels even better and more hydrating than others i’ve tried.

by the way – golf clap to my fatter wallet for going 100% plant-based. holla for a dolla.

am i vocal about veganism? in a way, sure. i consider myself an ethical vegan and will happily discuss anything anyone is curious about. however, i do think that if you choose to eat cheese, that’s your right. i’m allowed to disagree and still go make my own choices. you’re an adult. you vote with your dollars and i’ll vote with mine. we can still be friends and laugh together, yea? if you’ve found a product that’s become your ride or die but contains beeswax, that’s your choice and your money.

i might miss melted cheese, but my skin and hair don’t miss a thing. matter of fact, they look BETTER! that i can stand for.

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18 thoughts on “story time: so i went vegan…”

  1. Yaay! I have been vegetarian for a long time, but I am starting to have a vegan lifestyle at home while staying vegetarian in social and outing occasions. The hardest part for me going vegan was the social aspect, so I feel like this is a good compromise. Maybe one day, I’ll go full vegan. This is just my starting point. I am so happy to hear you went vegan. More inspiration to keep going 🙂

  2. Yay! This is great news, and congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for a long time and I’m vegan so I sadly had to skip out on some of your recipes. I’m excited to see what vegan friendly things you come up with! 😀

  3. Can’t wait for your new recipes! I’ve been vegan for a couple of years and love it. I’ve been hoping you’d come out with some vegan recipes as I loved your recipes before going vegan :))

  4. Yay Alex!!!
    I also recently transitioned into becoming a vegan so we’re pretty much in the same boat. I can’t wait for you to come up with new recipes that are vegan-friendly because I absolutely love and trust everything that you come up with but feel a little lost when a recipe does contain an animal related product.
    A note on a great probiotic that has tons of other benefits and is vegan; kombucha. It’s amazing. It’s helped with my stomach ulcer, my gran’s tummy issues (you know what I mean) and my dad’s gout- to mention only a few! So yeah, I highly recommend trying out kombucha- and you can make it yourself! I do and it feels like a fun science project. It’s great because you can also personalise it with your own flavours and what not. I don’t know where you can find a starter kit in the USA as I am in South Africa, but I’m sure you’ll find options with just a little research.
    I love your blog and follow it almost religiously, so I’m looking forward to ‘joining’ you on this journey!

    1. that’s awesome – good luck on your new journey! i’m so happy to have you along on mine. ah ,yes, kombucha. what are your favorite flavors? sending my love all the way to south africa!

      1. I don’t know if you can find this over there, but there’s a red tea called Rooibos that I use that is so great it doesn’t even need flavouring! Orange does work well with Rooibos tea though, otherwise I love apple and pomegranate with other teas 🙂

  5. I went sugar-free back in January, which had an incredible effect on my skin and hair. I watched all the related documentaries, like Fed Up and That Sugar Film, which eventually led me to watch Food Inc., Simon Amstell’s Carnage, Earthlings, What The Health, and have almost finished reading The China Study. So as of about a month ago, I have gone fully plant-based vegan. It seemed like the next logical step. No regrets so far, except for cheese. I miss cheese. Vegan cheese is just alright, but morally it’s worth it. Keep up the good work 🙂

    1. it’s crazy how much diet actually does affect us both inside and out 🙂 and yes – totally agree on the cheese, haha. have you tried chao cheese? the tomato cayenne one is pretty darn good!

  6. This is uncanny! My sister and I decided to go plant-based recently, too (as in yesterday). We saw an eye-opening documentary called “What the Health” on Netflix. There’s a huge ethics component to it, but in doing some research there are massive health benefits too. Looking forward to this new lifestyle change.

    1. oh wow! that’s awesome! yea, i finally saw it! i had been stalking the movie’s social media just waaaiiiting for it to come out haha. best of luck to you! if you have any tips, please share!

  7. Yay this makes me so excited! I have always loved your beauty recipes, but wished they didn’t have animal products. Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

    1. I double that, Lauren.
      Alex, a long time reader and the first time commenter here. I’ve had all certified vegan cosmetics that I needed commercially available and very affordable but your blog inspired me to dump 99% of those, too. It started with no poo and since then I couldn’t stop trying to figure out how to make everything myself with minimum resources. You made personal hygiene a brainy and adventurous thing for me. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t know what an expired shampoo looks like 😛 Thank you for everything and I’ll keep looking forward to what you can come up with, as always!

      1. that’s so cool, marija! please share any of your favorite recipes you’ve created. i would love to see what you’ve found (and i’m sure other AE readers would, too!). love to you!

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