Category Archives: Vegan Beautiful

Rush to the Rescue!

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Aaaagh! Last weekend to buy lovely organic clothing AND help my favorite charity – Wildlife Waystation, of course! Be sure to finish up your fall shopping THIS WEEKEND to get 5% off all purchases AND have the proceeds donated to the Waystation – just be sure to enter the code WILDLIFE when you check out. I don’t normally have a shopping bug, but for this I say – shop shop shop! Comment below to share what you’ve purchased to enter to win a special su-PRIZE from Life as a College Vegan as well!

Happy Shopping!

Go shopping here:

http://www.faeriesdance.com/

What’s New (and Random)

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Good morning everyone! This vegan’s been up since 6 am. Yay finals. But it’s okay, my dorm’s having blared the Ride of the Valkyries at 7 am probably would have woken me up anyway. And if that failed, I’m the sure the fire alarm and my cat’s ensuing panic at 8 am would have done the job.

Yup. It’s been one of those mornings.

(And one of those days – this post is going up twelve hours later than intended because of a computer glitch. Yikes!)

I'm worth the splurge 🙂

Good thing Swork has almond milk lattes. (Or soy or hemp or rice milk lattes. Love Swork.) The people here are pretty cool too. So far I’ve overhead two writers discussing a work in progress (the word “superpowers” was used) and seen at least three people with dreadlocks. 🙂

Speaking of cool things, I was walking out of whole foods the other day when I came across this:

Day instantly made better 🙂

And get this! My toothbrush is recyclable!

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I’ve also added Yes to Carrot’s acne scrub to my morning routine. (In place of the, uh, hand soap *cough cough* that I was using before…) It’s made mostly from plant-based ingredients, isn’t tested on animals, and targets acne without smelling like it. Honestly, the first thing my nose thought was “honeysuckle!” 🙂

What’s new (or old) and exciting in your life?

Bunnies and Baking Soda: Part Three

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DIY Acne Attack!

Okay y’all, the much-awaited post is here! 😉

It’s FINALLY time for me to share those do-it-yourself, cruelty-free acne solutions, compliments of Peta2. I’ve been trying them out for about a week, and they’ve helped! Of course, it has been only a week, and the solutions I’ve been trying aren’t completely magic. But hey, my acne – or rather my face, I suppose – has gotten better. And better – especially in the form of decreased redness, less zits, and faster-healing pimples – is definitely an improvement.

So, here’s the regimen:

1. Baking Soda Face Mask

2. Plant-Based Moisturizer

3. Overnight Spot Treatment

Here’s how ya do it:

1. Baking Soda Face Mask

Super simple. What you’ll need is some cruelty-free, aluminum-free baking soda (like Bob’s Red Mill brand), a bit of water, and something to put it all in.

To make the mask, combine some baking soda with the water and mix until you have a paste. I know “some” and “bit” are very unclear measurements, but there’s a lot of leeway with the baking soda/water ratio. It’s okay if the mixture is a little watery, and it’s also okay if it’s a little thick. If you really insist on measurements, then 1/4 c baking soda with 1-2 Tb of water should do it. Here’s how mine looked when I first made it:

Over time, the water will start to evaporate out of the mixture, so just add some more if you need to.

So, once you’ve got your mask all ready, just apply it to your already-washed face (or wherever the heck you’re putting it) until you pretty much look like a circus clown.

Like so:

I call this "the banshee look"

The endothermic reaction between the baking soda and water will tingle a little bit. Keep the mask on for twenty minutes and then gently wash it away by splashing lukewarm water over the applied area. Then dry – again, gently!

And then you moisturize! 🙂

2. Plant-Based Moisturizer

Seriously, moisturizing after this mask is actually super important. Especially if you have sensitive skin. Baking Soda will zap your zits, but it’ll also dry your face out a little bit. The correct plant-based moisturizer restores nutrients to your skin and actually decreases the amount of oil your skin thinks it needs to produce. Less oil in pores = less acne triggers.

A good moisturizer to start with is a simple blend of jojoba (ho-ho-ba) oil and an essential oil – I used lavender. Lavender essential oil has de-stressing aromatherapeutic value (oh, can I vouch for that!) and acts as a topical antibiotic. Plus it just smells nice 🙂

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Now, before you freak at the price tag for those two ingredients, think long-term. For a decent off-the-Walgreens-shelf acne cleanser or treatment, it’s on average $15 and will last for about two months. One small bottle (about 60 mL) of jojoba oil plus a small vial (about 8 mL) of essential oil is also around $15 and will last about 6 months – three times longer. That’s three times friendlier for the college-student budget 🙂

So, back to that moisturizer. For every teaspoon of jojoba oil, add one drop of the essential oil. To apply, dip the tip of your finger in the mixture and apply sparingly. Three finger-dips (that’s less than one teaspoon) suffices to cover my face.

3. Overnight Spot Treatment

Got some extra-stubborn zits? Don’t fret! Just pull out the toothpaste.

Really! You can apply a very small blob of toothpaste to a zit and let it work overnight. Just make sure the toothpaste is the white, opaque (a.k.a. baking soda-containing) kind, not the clear-ish gel kind. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s all-natural peppermint toothpaste.

And that’s it for now!

What plant-based remedies have worked for you?

Bunnies and Baking Soda: Part 1

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What Are Solutions Made Of?

I’m tired of zits. I’m twenty years old! Wasn’t acne supposed to go away once the “teen” suffix dropped off my age?

Sigh. Apparently not.

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 It’s not as if I haven’t tried to make the acne go away since – well, since it first showed up in middle school. I’ve tried half a dozen prescription benzoic acid creams, a score of salicylic acid washes, and a few astringents made by Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, and most of the other brand names.

And yet I still have zits.

Earlier this year, I went to a dermatologist. (Yet again.) She gave me a trial prescription of two topical meds and one oral medication. When I went to pick up the oral medication from the pharmacy, the polite lady behind the counter informed me that with the coupons the dermatologist had given me, the oral medication would be four hundred dollars.

Then the polite lady behind the counter promptly watched my jaw drop.

A three figure price tag for zit removal! Heck no.

So here I am, half a year later, and still battling zits. I’ve decided to try something else – ditching my zits the vegan way.

Most topical acne medications are a cream-of-chemical soup of benzoic or salicylic acid plus some additives – and, along with oral acne medications, have likely been tested on animals. The vegan ammo that I’ll be hitting my zits with, however, contains only plant-based ingredients and doesn’t require un-anaesthetized animals to suffer for the sake of my own vanity.

My solution? I’m going as cruelty-free and earth-based as possible. Starting with those vegan acne treatments. I’ll be concocting a baking soda face mask and natural oil moisturizer. No animal testing, ingredients that I recognize from my freshman chem lab, or three-figure price tags involved.

Since otherwise this post would be uber-long, I’m breaking it up into a three-part series. Stay tuned for parts two and three next week! I’ll tell you about the hidden bunnies in your home and how to do some vegan zit zapping yourself!

  • Part 2 – The Skinny On Animal Testing
  • Part 3 – DIY Acne Attack!

Tell me about what earth-friendly changes you’ve made in your life!