Just Became Vegan. The Food Is Easy, But What About The Other Stuff?

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I also want to avoid animal products in personal care items. Soap, shaving gel, shampoo, etc. Are any “normal” brands vegan, or do I have to go to Whole Foods and get the all-natural stuff that costs five times as much? (I’m poor) I’m sure there’s other stuff I never would have thought of that’s not vegan, like photographic film or gel-cap medicine. I’d rather not be constrained to the health food stores due to cost, but is there anything out there that’s not based on animal products?
I understand this is a rather exhaustive question, but if anybody has any resources – books or web sites – that are reliable and a good list of vegan and not vegan non-food items, please let me know. Thanks.

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10 Responses to “Just Became Vegan. The Food Is Easy, But What About The Other Stuff?”

  1. roeman says:

    good luck

  2. britgirl says:

    Wear stinky plastic shoes, sweat because you don’t use regular antiperspirant and worry ‘ cos the planet is in its natural cycle. Sad. All of you so called planet savers.

  3. darkling says:

    i am vegan and i just buy shampoo and stuff from the supermarket. i do check the ingredients in my head but i cant remember now what i looked for. the sweet thing is once you have sussed a brand you can just keep buying it. what you are looking for in lollies and also pill and vitamin capsules is gelatin. you cant have that. doing good fellow vegan!

  4. ? says:

    You are going to get a lot poorer. Of course you can claim your a vegan and do it on the cheap like Darkling who doesn’t know what ingredients to look for and thinks it’s only about gelatin.
    Wait until you see the prices on this “vegan approved” “not animal tested” crap! If you check the “caring consumer” part of PETA’s site wait until you see the mark up. Many of those brands pay a kickback to PETA to be listed as “vegan approved”. How about thinking that over while you munch your PETA corn sticks for $2.99 for a 6.oz bag….LMAO.
    Dude, it’s all about money and hype. If you can’t make this crap yourself you don’t know what the hell you are buying.

  5. lmvennin says:

    There’s a website: http://www.vitacost.com that sells the Jason brand of organic/vegam hair/skin care products at a fraction of the cost that whole foods and wild oats sell the same brand. It’s $5 for shipping no matter how large your order and they also sell organic/vegan vitamins and supplements. I don’t know if they sell makeup, but I know Arbonne does, but I’m not sure if it’s vegan or just “all natural.”
    You can also look for a local health food store, sometimes their prices are better than the mega chain stores.
    Also, be aware that almost all capsule type medicines/vitamins, etc. are NOT vegan and contain gelatin – I’m sure you’ve done your research on gelatin and if not, you should b/c it’s disgusting and I wouldn’t recommend anyone EVER ingesting gelatin.

  6. stegh says:

    PETA vets all sorts of products and so if you go to their website you can find regular brands that are vegan and dont’ test on animals.http://www.caringconsumer.com/products.a

  7. No matter where you go, even on line for “vegan approved” product you are going to pay through your freakin nose. That crap is soooooooooooo expensive and it’s not as good as the “regular” products.
    And another thing, a lot of that stuff is just regular products with a “vegan approved” label and the price jacked up.
    Welcome to “Alice in Vegan Land”.
    And the minute your vegan friends find you “cheating” you become like a leper. They are fanatics. Good luck!!!

  8. Nilika says:

    I’m poor too. And vegan.
    It’s too bad you don’t live in Hawaii, cuz if you did, I could show you the ropes of being a thrifty vegan!
    Costco will have a lot of stuff you need foodwise – including organic soymilk, organic greens, other veggies, beans, etc.
    Most products out there are vegan. I get my shampoos and soaps, toothpasts, shaving creams, whatever, from K-mart or a local drugstore.
    I just stay away from gel caps when it comes to meds
    Go to http://www.veganwolf.com for an informative list on non-vegan products commonly used in products. I know. It’s a lot to remember. Just look for the most obvious ones at first.
    Did you know that cochineal extract that is found in some drinks and fruit cups used as a red dye comes from the crushed dead bodies of thousands of beetles? Or castor oil comes from beaver genitals? Yeah.. It really is a sick world we live in.
    So.. I think the veganwolf website will help you a lot. It’s a great reference guide. If you ever read the ingredients on something and you see something that sounds suspicious, just go to the website under ‘ingredients to avoid’ and see if it’s on there.
    Oh, by the way.. I was just looking at the comments some other people put and how they talk about vegan products being expensive… Don’t listen to them. Seriously. I am a poor college student and I DON’T WORK! And I afford great vegan products all the time.. Do you have a Grocery Outlet near you? They only have ‘em on the west coast, but before they closed down here, I used to buy the majority of my vegan organic stuff from there. They had tons of stuff for only $2.
    I’m 100% vegan, but like 50% organic. If it’s organic, then great, but if not, then I don’t really care. So if you’re the same way, it should be very easy for you to find INEXPENSIVE vegan products. SERIOUSLY. Like for soaps, just get the foaming gel kind, not bar soaps, since most of them are made out of tallow, and the vegan bar soaps are pricier. If you get the kind that comes in a bottle, they are usually cheap – especially if you get it at a place like K-Mart, as I mentioned earlier.
    Shop for clothes at a second hand shop. I have Savers, Salvation Army, and Goodwill where I am. They have tons of vegan clothing there for under $5.
    As for shoes.. Go to Payless Shoes. They have a good deal of vegan casual AND dress shoes. I got my boyfriend some faux leather shoes from them for only $10, and they look nice.
    Send me a message through yahoo answers if you have any more questions and I’ll be more than happy to answer them for you.
    Good luck! :D

  9. Vanessa says:

    have you tried neuaura shoes. the shoes are 100% animal free and they have some good deals online. (neuaurashoes.com)

  10. Jessica says:

    Check out Vegan Chic http://www.veganchic.com for shoes, handbags, belts and wallets. Everything is 100% vegan so the guesswork is gone! They are affordable too!

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