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pic     Besides buying health food.

So I’ve gone from Austin, Texas, world headquarters of Whole Foods and home to their starship store (it was a trip, I LOVED that place) to the middle of rural New Hampshire where health food people are still considered offbeat.  

BUT - there is, in my tiny, half-empty town, a small health food store called Sunflower. For produce they usually have 7 or 8 fresh peppers and some sort of large green lettuce-y looking thing. Period. But they do have Amy’s frozen food, which I love, and tofu, and some great canned soups.

And while I depended on Whole Foods for all my cosmetics (except for when I went to Sephora tongue out  ), knowing that much of their skincare and makeup was vegan and it was all non-animal tested, Sunflower has 3 brands of skincare, 1 brand of makeup, and then the usual scary concoctions on the bottom shelf that no one buys.

So here’s the thing. I found out from a vegan friend of mine, whose life is even more devoted to animal rights than me, and who is not afraid to actually go to the PETA site, that regular white granulated mainstream brand sugar is processed with animal bone char. The ashes of the animal bones turn the sugar white. This they do not have to put on their ingredients label, and needless to say they don’t put it on their website.  

I’m assuming my friend is right about this. She’s a researcher, and I have no reason not to trust her. Yes, she could be wrong, but I think she’s probably right. So for me, although I haven’t bought sugar for the past 30 years, I’m totally not buying sugar anymore anyway.

The other thing she said, and I know this is true because I also did research on this and found the same result: Much of the reds and pink colors we find in our organic lipsticks and blushes are made with “carmine.” That’s a little beetle that they torture and then grind up to make the color.  

And that’s the difference between “organic” and “vegan.” Organic only means that the beetles they slaughter haven’t been sprayed with carcinogens. Vegan means they leave the poor beetles alone, for heaven sake, and find some plant-based red and pink coloring.

I know I sound like a lunatic, but that’s only because by mainstream standards I probably am. estatic

Here are some absolutely vegan cosmetics and skin care lines that can be found at many health food stores: Boscia, Cactus & Ivy, Camo Care, Desert Essence, Gabriel Cosmetics and Skincare, Juice Beauty, Nature’s Gate, and more. If you‘re coloring your hair, Light Mountain Henna is purely plant-based. These products have the same price ranges as anywhere - some expensive, some inexpensive.

It’s radical, I know. But I’m thinking the stuff we humans are doing right now, on the whole, isn’t working too well. Yes, there are marvelous pockets of Light and Love, but globally speaking, wow, someone has to do something. I guess we each pick our own “fights.” For me, it’s doing my best not to be part of harming another creature.  

Peace,
Suzann
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