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So I just read that most bar soap is made from animal fat.  >:(  What planet have I been living on that I didn't know that?!?!  I have only been vegan (on and off, currently "on") for the past few months, but never, ever do I want to rub animal fat on my wet naked body.  Ewwww...

I have seen "natural" bar soaps at WF before, and have wanted to try but they are so expensive compared to regular bar soap...

How do you guys get clean without spending $5 on a bar of soap?!?!  :-\

I use Dr. Bronner's "18-1 Hemp Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castille Soap" diluted with a lot of water.  I mixed it up in an empty shampoo bottle.  I pour a bit out of my purple net bath pouf and it lathers great and makes me feel great all over.  I don't use an exact ratio so it make take some experimenting to get your ratio just right.

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I use Dr. Bronner's "18-1 Hemp Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castille Soap" diluted with a lot of water.  I mixed it up in an empty shampoo bottle. 

Me too!!!

That stuff ROCKS! 
It's great as a shampoo too.  ;D ;D
My hair and skin have never  felt so clean and yet NOT dry at all.

All praises to yabbitgirl (i believe it was) who first recommended that to me.

~you can apparently use the liquid version to wash clothes too, but I canonly get the bars around here.

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Dove, Mary-Kay and Avon are all animal friendly. Also Bath and Body. They have soaps!

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Also Bath and Body. They have soaps!

This came up before.
And Unless they've changed in the past 2 years.  Bath and Body is not necessarily animal friendly.
Read the label on the back:
"Final product not tested on animals."
FINAL is the key.

Under the law this means that all the way up until the final product, they are legally allowed to test on animals.  And they probably do otherwise they would proudly put "NO ANIMAL TESTING".

:(
I also used to use them t oo until  I found that out.

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you know, i did notice that last time I got something there. I guess i assumed (and we know what happens when you do that) that it was a company that turned animal friendly but did not want to get rid of all their old "recipes." Has anyone written to them to get the scoop? It would suck it my favorite lotion is a "no-go"

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Marseilles or Castile type soap is often made with olive oil. Sunlight bar-soap used to be made with olive oil, I don't know if it still is. It comes in large brown blocks and is touted as "all natural." You can use it for everything: scrubbing floors (rinse well, it's slippery!), washing your clothes (delicates to denims) or your own hair and body. If you want a liquid, shave up a block of Castile soap and cover with about 3 pints of hot water; stir well. Voila, liquid soap!

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I think LUSH will have some vegan soaps. Not sure which ones or maybe all of them may be vegan as they'e handmade.

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When you are 50, you will appreciate all the good things you did for your skin.  8)

I know $5 a bar sounds like alot, but a really nice face soap, suited to your complexion, is the nicest thing you can do for your skin. Aubrey-Organics rocks.

http://www.aubrey-organics.com/categories1.cfm?cat=35

I have very dry skin & their Honeysuckle Rose & Rose Mosqueta products have made such a difference! In the reviews of the Sea Buckthorn products, there are comments about how it helps with rosecea. I don't know about that, but it has a very nice woodsy scent that my husband loves & the Sea Buckthorn facial toner is very refreshing.

Not all of their products are vegan. All of their skin & hair care products are vegan except one lotion, which has "Collagen" in the name. They also have some silken type makeup that is not vegan. However, their perfumes are vegan.  

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Also Bath and Body. They have soaps!

This came up before.
And Unless they've changed in the past 2 years.  Bath and Body is not necessarily animal friendly.
Read the label on the back:
"Final product not tested on animals."
FINAL is the key.

Under the law this means that all the way up until the final product, they are legally allowed to test on animals.  And they probably do otherwise they would proudly put "NO ANIMAL TESTING".

:(
I also used to use them t oo until  I found that out.

that is terrible! why can't they just totally abolish it. i remember one day i was taking a shower and reading the back of my bottle of "Decadently Hot Chocolate" body wash and i saw "this final tested was not tested on animals". i kind of was skeptical to use it after that.

Tell me about it.
I used to LIVE for all their chocolate soaps/lotions/cremes.    :'(  :'(

Now though, I just make my own sugar scrub from the recipe here and add cocoa.
(still not the same, but....)

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hi there, i make my own soap all the time,  just olive oil,  lye (from hardware store) and water is all that is  needed, when the lye and oil get together the saponify and all you have left is castile soap  (or solid olive oil) - brilliant for everything and kind enough on baby's skin you get about 1 kg of soap from i kg of oil and its easier to make than cookies a stick blender is a great help to speed up the process. ( you can add essential oils- oatmeal and all sorts of additives for a special blend (a little Castor oil is great in the shampoo bars)  This soap is great for the environment too - here is a brilliant link http://www.thesage.com/about/index.html
soapers have a lot of clean fun??

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Dove, Mary Kay and Avon are all animal friendly. Also Bath and Body. They have soaps!

A lot of Avon products have animal ingredients. Not sure about the other brands. Check your labels.

I use whole foods 365 brand bodywash. I think it's around 2$ a bottle. When I run out of that I use shampoo. I have never liked bar soaps.

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Bronner's peppermint is great, but I usually just end up spending $4 on a handmade bar of soap. I've been addicted to this local man's soaps. His lemongrass soap is incredible!

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I have a question.  If a company totally stops testing their products on animals (some have bowed to pressure and no longer test) when do you "forgive" them and buy a product that was tested on animals before they stopped.  Do you continue to punish them by boycotting the product?  Don't you think that it would be counter-productive to getting companies to stop testing on animals if people still won't buy their products?  Just a question and something to ponder. 

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I have a question.  If a company stops totally stops testing their products on animals (some have bowed to pressure and no longer test) when do you "forgive" them and buy a product that was tested on animals before they stopped.  Do you continue to punish them by boycotting the product?  Don't you think that it would be counter-productive to getting companies to stop testing on animals if people still won't buy their products?  Just a question and something to ponder. 

If a company stops animal testing, I would use their products again.  For your reasoning, TinTexas.

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I have a question.  If a company stops totally stops testing their products on animals (some have bowed to pressure and no longer test) when do you "forgive" them and buy a product that was tested on animals before they stopped.  Do you continue to punish them by boycotting the product?  Don't you think that it would be counter-productive to getting companies to stop testing on animals if people still won't buy their products?  Just a question and something to ponder. 

If a company stops animal testing, I would use their products again.  For your reasoning, TinTexas.

I'm glad someone else believes like I do.  Sometimes it seems like veganism goes beyond lifestyle and hobby (I can think of more fun hobbies than analyzing every ingredient down to the 50th one on the label so I can be so pure a vegan as I can possibly be) beyond even obsession if there even is a word for that.  It worries me a bit.  It seems too much like using veganism to hide anorexia.  I wonder if some people are living their lives beyond their vegan obsession.  Do they have other interests and hobbies?  I'm all for "cruelty-free" and ignorance is NOT bliss but all I can say is dang, people, will the next step be setting yourself on fire in front of McDonald's as a protest!  :'( 

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I would buy their products, Tintexas. If we don't support said company, they'll rethink making choices like that in the future because, in the end, it's really all about money. If they don't profit from it by opening themselves up to a new market, they'll think twice about taking the next step!

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If a company stops animal testing, I would use their products again. 

Me too.
To 'punish' them further after they've changed their ways seems spiteful to me.

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I use the Whole Foods 365 shower gel and conditioner.  The Herbal Mint scent is so refreshing!  And cheap--it's 2.00 or 2.50 for 16 oz, twice that for 32 oz.  No parabens, animal ingredients/testing, SLS, and it works great.  Our Whole Foods also carries a bar soap called Sappo Hill that is good and inexpensive as well, 1.50 for a bar, the almond is delicious.  Oh yeah, and Whole Foods 365 also has soaps, I love the peppermint one.  Hope that helps!

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BATH AND BODY DOES NOT TEST ON ANIMALS! :D

Yeah,so I was just checking out PETAs list of companies that do or do not test on animals and Bath and Body is among the companies that do not test on animals! Here is the link...everyone be sure to scrutinize it carefully, the more eyes we have checking on this sort of thing the better!  ;)

http://caringconsumer.com/pdfs/companiesDontTest.pdf

Well, I hope we've laid THAT issue to rest...

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Trader Joe's sells their own brand of vegan bar soap.  They have an oatmeal 2-pack and a tea tree oil 2-pack with nice sized bars, which sell for under $2 (around $1.50, I believe).  We love them!

P.S.  Kendra, thank you for helping me find the right button on my digital camera to post better food pics!  I saw your helpful hints post on another thread!

:-\ Hmmm... just noticed how old this thread is.  You probably already found your answer!

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