We have been making vegan soap since 1999, completely by accident, I have to admit. I’d like to think it was some sort of inner voice that led us towards ingredients that made our soaps vegan and vegetarian friendly.
Out of the 27 natural soaps we make, 25 of them can be considered vegan soap. The other two are Garden Gate (which has honey added) and Oatmeal Milk and Honey (which includes powdered milk and honey). So, you might call all of our soaps, including those two, somewhat vegetarian friendly. At the current time, we are working on two more soaps that really focus on vegetables – a carrot soap and a tomato soap.
So how is a soap classified as vegan? For starters, we use absolutely no animal fats as the base. Our soapmaking oils consist of: olive oil, coconut, soybean and shea butter. They are scented with real essential oils from plants and the coloring comes from minerals. Unlike many soap makers who make it the norm, we do NOT include goats milk in our formula – just vegetable oils, essentials oils, herbs, roots, flowers and minerals.
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products. Ethical vegans reject the commodity status of animals and the use of animal products for any purpose, while dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) eliminate them from their diet only. Read the full Wiki Vegan article here.
The sad thing is, I don’t think most vegans realize that they commercial soap they are using contains the fat from a cow. This is because the industry invented to word sodium tallowate (the mixing of sodium hydroxide with beef tallow) to disguise the UNanimal-friendly ingredient. Who would know what this ingredient was unless someone told them. So, a lot of vegans out there are buying cheap soap from the big box stores and have no clue that they are rubbing beef fat on their bodies every morning. My mouth is curling up right now just thinking of how disgusting that sounds.
If you are interested in becoming vegan, there is a lot of interesting information and recipes found at www.vegan.com. In the meantime, at least attempt it in the shower or bath by shopping our vegan soaps at www.aromagregory.com