Thursday, January 10, 2008

Product reviews

Earlier this week, I got tired of reading the labels on everything. OK, I was tired of reading labels before this week even officially started. I had hoped to get through the week using the cosmetics and toiletries I already had at home, but that didn't work out like I had planned. With three girls living in my house, I was able to find a vegan-friendly brand of almost everything I needed. For the few things I couldn't find, I decided to take the easy way out and pay a visit to Friends Natural Market in Oxford.

Many of the items at Friends are labeled "no animal products" and "animal-cruelty free". Some products even carry a "V" logo for vegan-friendly. I bought lotion, conditioner and a bar of soap. As far as I can tell, the vegan products work just as well as what I normally use, they just cost a little bit more. An 18-ounce bottle of lotion cost me $9.49. That's considerably more than I usually spend, but it was worth it — no more reading labels.
Finding vegan-friendly products at Wal-Mart and other stores is possible, if you know what you're looking for. I would start with these lists of companies that do and don't conduct animal testing.