photo 4Several months back, I was at a friend’s pool party, and over the buffet table, she made a passing comment about how I was vegan. You know, the usual “Zoe isn’t going to want any of that lamb, since she’s vegan.” As I continued to attack the hummus platter, you can imagine my surprise when a complete stranger to my left turned and said “So if you’re vegan, why do you have acne?”

Uhm, hello extremely rude stranger. Despite how off-putting the comment was, I managed to put on a friendly face and explain that since I went off birth control 3 plus years ago, I have been dealing with some intrusive hormonal acne. THANKS FOR ASKING.

Anyway, I’ve been making some dietary changes to try and tackle my hormones, like including more evening primrose oil and maca, stocking up on magnesium and probiotics, and limiting caffeine and sugar. But while I make those changes, I have also been on the hunt for the very best vegan acne products around.

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securedownload-5I have been digging this Gorilla Perfume by Lush in Flower’s Barrow. It’s a really unique scent, and not as sweet as I usually go. It’s actually quite savory, with sage and thyme. It also has floral scents (geranium and rose) but it mainly smells earthy… musky – in a good way.

When I first got it in the bottle and sniffed it, I was a bit overwhelmed with how musky it was.But like most concentrated scents, after dabbing a wee bit on my wrists, the scent mellowed out, meshed with the oils in my skin, and became super pleasant. It’s lovely,  and Lush says that all of their perfume oils are ethically sourced, so that’s good. A million thumbs up. All of the thumbs.

I have also been into Lush’s  Big Solid Conditioner bar. This bar I smade with sea salt and coconut oil and makes my hair very soft and sweet smelling- like vanilla and jasmine. I also like that it ditches the bottle, so my products can be as nude as I am while using them. Weee, naked.
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Those are the latest Lush products I have been crushing on. I know I crush on them a lot, but that’s because every time I go into that store or pop over to their website I lose all self control. It’s a habit I can’t break, and it’s actually becoming a problem because I am gearing up to move and trying to get RID of things, not hoard them. Aye!

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Sweet, cosmetic heaven

Sweet, cosmetic heaven

You guys, I have a bit of a problem. I can’t stop buying Lush cosmetics. When I went vegan, I stopped wearing much make-up because I had no idea where to look for quality, cruelty-free products. I seriously did not wear lipstick for about 3 years. Tragedy. Blahblahblah, back to Lush!

The company has been around for a long time, and have become increasingly more awesome with every passing year. Unfortunately I did not find them until THIS year, thus the lack of lipstick in my life. Anyway, using organic ingredients, they produce hand-made cosmetics, soaps, face product and more. They don’t test on animals, are ethically awesome, use only vegetarian ingredients (some honey, so not all products are vegan), and have a great green policy. But that’s just their politics! Let’s talk products.

When you walk into a Lush store it feels like you’re walking into a candy store. It’s an absolutely edible experience that captivates and excites every one of your senses. Counters are littered with buckets of weigh-it-yourself products. Bins of water lay around so associates can assist you as you sample body and face washes on your skin. Vibrant colors pop on every shelf—electric shades of lipstick and eyeshadow stand out from their more neutral counterparts. You can try on everything. Small refrigerators showcase products that—containing no wonky preservatives—must be stored in a fridge for freshness. What I’m saying is, Lush doesn’t fuck around. So while you should certainly buy their stuff online if you have to, if there is a store anywhere near you, for the love of all things cosmetically wondrous, please go in.

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With all of those holiday parties around the corner, lady vegans all over will have ample opportunity to play dress up. One of my favorite accessories that immediately dresses up any outfit is one that goes on my face—lipstick. And with the holiday season in mind, I am reviewing my favorite vegan red lipsticks for you—because nothing says “kiss me at midnight” like a bold lip. You’re welcome.

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