Hi there! My name is Becky and I’m new here at DC Vegan. I’m excited to be writing for you and look forward to getting to know the DMV’s plant-based community!
Although I’m new to DC, I’ve found a few vegan organizations and allies that I think you might be interested in. One of those is Herban Lifestyle, a Fairfax, Virginia-based company that features handcrafted cruelty-free and organic facial, hair, body, and beard care lines. As far as ingredients go, their website sums it up pretty clearly:
“Herban Lifestyle products contain pure oils, essential oils, and herbs –certified organic, pesticide-free, chemical-free, ethically wild crafted and/or Fair Trade. Because the substances that you apply to your skin get absorbed by your body, and because we care about your health and well being, we promise that Herban Lifestyle products will never contain artificial preservatives, synthetics, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, petroleum-based ingredients, GMO’s or any other stuff that’s bad for you.”
They pretty much spoke my language so I contacted Mary, Herban Lifestyle’s founder, and asked if I could review some products for the website. She was kind enough to send me the Lime in the Coconut Vegan Soap, Deeply Herbal Vegan Shampoo Bar, and Skin Detox Organic Vegan Facial Soap. After using them for about two weeks, I’m excited to say I have a few new body care favorites!
- Let’s start with the Lime in the Coconut Vegan Soap ($8): it’s lightly lime scented and contains real bits of coconut that gently exfoliate. After using, my skin is soft and ever-so-slightly citrus scented. The best part? It doesn’t dry out my skin, which is a miracle in this cold weather. This soap also comes in several other fragrances. Although rather different from what I tried, there is also a line of soaps made with three varieties of beer: Porter, Pale, and Lager.
- Next up, the Deeply Herbal Shampoo Bar ($8). My favorite things about this product? The light and refreshing (read: not overwhelming) herbal scent and how soft my hair felt after being washed. Bar shampoos don’t have the best reputation, but this one really surprised me– my hair was easier to comb after using the bar than after using my normal conditioner! Though I was very happy with those results, my static electricity-loving winter hair just didn’t appreciate breaking away from the normal routine, so I will be reserving this item for the summer when static isn’t such an issue. My boyfriend, on the other hand, uses the Deeply Herbal bar every day and loves it! If you don’t have a static problem, I’d highly recommend it!
- Finally, the Skin Detox Facial Soap ($8). This is now “my” cleanser. It contains rhassoul clay to cleanse and natural oils to moisturize. My skin is usually on the oily side, but can become dry from harsh cleansers. After using this, my skin feels soft and hydrated, but remains balanced throughout the day. I’m pretty pleased to have a plastic-free facial soap that does such an awesome job!
Herban Lifestyle has a range of other products, including the Man line of skin and beard care products, natural perfume, solid lotion bars and lip balm. Mary did caution me that some products, such as the lip balm, mustache wax, and solid lotion bars, contain beeswax; however, she added that their beeswax is sustainably harvested and raised.
If you’re interested in trying these products, Herban Lifestyle is offering a coupon just for DC Vegan readers! Now through January 31, 2014, enter DCV20 at checkout in their online shop for 20% off of merchandise, or check out their brand new shop in the Merrifield neighborhood: 2931-C Eskridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22031.Read More
Following August’s theft at Vegan Treats, our friends at the Herbivore Clothing Company were informed early this morning that their store had been broken into. (Oddly, all the large unisex tees in the store were stolen.)
Most expensively, their front door glass was smashed. To raise funds for repairs, Herbivore Clothing is offering a short sale. Support a great vegan business and get 10% off your entire purchase through tomorrow (plus free stickers!) when you use the coupon code “brokenglass.”
Best of luck, Herbivore Clothing!Read More
Writing your holiday wish list? Check out these 14 Eco-Chic Vegan Gifts!
Planning a large holiday party for a mixed-diet crowd? Carmine’s can handle groups and their vegan versions of Italian classics will satisfy even your picky Uncle Joe.
Not feeling glam enough to take on the New Year? Check out au naturale, the new DC-based, all-vegan make-up line.
Want to give gifts that give back? The Kindness Collective’s shop features autographed books by vegans Moby and Steve-O, and sales benefit victims of abuse and their pets.
Need a reason to toast the season? Our friends at Compassion Over Killing have worked with Quorn, one of the best-selling frozen vegetarian brands in the country, to finally add an all-vegan patty to their product line-up!
Happy Holidays!Read More
Did you have a chance to swing by DC VegFest yesterday? It was a fun, event filled day with amazing speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, not to mention tons of delicious vegan food from local vendors. I walked away with three full bags stuffed with free swag, colorful t-shirts, informational pamphlets, giveaways, pins, stickers, a sneak peek of Isa Chandra Moskowitz‘s unreleased cookbook Vegan Pie in the Sky, a belly full of vegan treats, an adorable designer vegan jacket for the winter by Leanne at Vaute Couture, and of course, a to-go tub of vegan nacho cheeze from the Burrito Bandits.
Check out photos from DC VegFest on our Facebook page!
Tell us what you thought of this year’s DC VegFest and what your favorite food, speaker or booth was in our comments section.Read More
This Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., join several thousand of your closest veg and veg-curious friends at the DC VegFest, the largest vegetarian celebration in Metro area. This year’s DC VegFest will showcase over 75 exhibitors and provide an opportunity to see cooking demonstrations, shop and more. The speaker line-up includes Dr. Michael Greger, award-winning chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz, the Humane Society’s Wayne Pacelle and NBC4′s Wendy Rieger. DC VegFest will also have ASL interpreters at each presentation.
Dogs are welcome, and doggy water stations will be located throughout the venue.
And the best part of all? The food, of course! A wide variety of food will be dished out by 19 DC-area restaurants, including recent winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars: Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, which is also hosting a cupcake eating contest! Free food samples will be offered by Tofurky, Gardein, Field Roast, Soyummi, and more.
Get there early — the first 500 visitors will receive a free commemorative bag, and you’ll want to be first in line for Vegan Treats!
Sat., Sept. 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
University Yard at George Washington Univ. (H St. between 20th/21st Sts., NW)
Yup, liquor scented soap! It comes in all sorts of liquor scents, Spiced Rum, Gin and Tonic, Whisky Sour, and more…not into liquor? Not a problem they also have a line of beer scented soap , also Vegan, just for you! These soaps are not only Vegan but Organic and each bar of soap features an adventure suggestion from Chicago’s prohibition era printed on the wrapper. Prefer to wash off the smell of booze from some late night bar-hopping? They have a variety of other soaps including the No Taxation Without Representation soap, also Vegan and Organic.Read More