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The Sydney Vegan Market

Who here has ever been to the markets before? The reason I ask is because it was my first time visiting the Sydney Vegan Market in the city.

I’ve been to the markets before, but never to ones catered specifically for vegans. It was amazing! There was everything under the sun there. I went with a couple of friends and we ate our way through the entire market! Plus, I found some fantastic products that I wanted to share with you all today. I’ve tried and tested them myself since purchasing them, and have absolutely fallen in love with them! (So much so that I had to share them with you all!)

These products are natural, vegan-friendly, and all come in plastic-free packaging!

Natural deodorant

I’ve been using Paudha Healing natural deodorant for some time now, but when I saw them at the markets, I got so excited. I went up and chatted with the owner’s and had a great discussion about how they went about creating and testing their products.

What I love about this natural deodorant is it eliminates odour (essential when looking for a good quality deodorant, it would be a bummer if it didn’t), and keeps you feeling fresh throughout the day, even after working out! This was a huge quality that stood out for me as my experience of deodorants in the past was that they almost never lasted the whole day. I’d usually end up reapplying them midday or midafternoon because they had worn off by then, even if I hadn’t sweated! So when I found a natural deoderant that lasted, I was sold on it.

Another ‘must-have’ quality I was looking for (and found) in this deodorant was it contained natural ingredients. I didn’t want anything that would be adding toxins into my body. The ingredients used in this product are 100% naturally derived, vegan-friendly, and it hasn’t been tested on animals.

An additional benefit of this deodorant is it’s aluminum-free and contains no harmful chemicals that can usually be found in commercial deodorants. Aluminum compounds such as “Aluminum chlorohydrate” and “Aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly” are very common in conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. What these compounds do is they “plug” the sweat ducts under your arms to stop (or seriously limit) the release of sweat.

Now, this is unnatural in itself, but what’s worse is aluminium can be absorbed by your body, which overtime can have severe health effects. Clinical studies have found a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast (which is the part closest to the underarm), suggesting there is strong evidence supporting the connection between locally applied aluminum deodorant in the development of breast cancer.

You can find Paudha Healing natural deodorant and other resources I use on my Resources page.

Shampoo Bars

Before the markets, I had been using a shampoo and conditioner that was better than most, but still not completely natural, and was packaged in plastic bottles. Now, I had been looking around for a while for hair care products that were vegan-friendly, natural, and had eco-friendly packaging. So, as I was wandering round the markets I came across this stall that was selling homemade soaps. As I was looking round and checking out all the bath bombs and soap bars, my eyes were suddenly drawn to the sign that read “Shampoo Bars.” I was intrigued, so I asked the woman who owned the stall how you would use one of the bars, and she said all you needed to do was rub the bar through your hair and scrub your scalp with it, then leave it to sit in your hair for a several minutes, then wash it out. No conditioner required.

I was quite impressed, so I bought one to try myself and it worked wonderfully for me! My hair didn’t go greasy like it did when I tried the baking soda hair wash and apple cider vinegar rinse, and I was happy knowing I wasn’t putting harsh chemicals on my head and through my hair like I had using conventional shampoo and conditioner.

The shampoo bar was from Nana Can’t Cook and the specific type was the apple cider vinegar, lavender and tea tree oil bar. What I love most about these bars is they’re palm oil free, and scented with essential oils not chemical fragrances.

Nut Milk

One of the best nut milk’s I’ve ever tasted was the hemp milk I tried from Ulu Hye at the Sydney Vegan Market. They create a “mylk base” from either nuts or hemp, and all you need to do to create the milk is place 1.5-2 tbsp of the mylk base in a blender with 1L of filtered water and blend on high-speed for about 1 minute or so. Now I’ve created my own homemade nut milks before, and they can be quite a process (especially when you’re just starting out). But what Ulu Hye have done which really impressed me was they already created the base of the milk, so it took all the work of soaking, then blending your own nut or seed base, and then filtering out the pulp from the milk with a cheesecloth, fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag for you. Plus, 1 jar of the mylk base will supply you with around 10 litres of milk! How’s that for a bargain!

What I love about this mylk base is it’s natural, vegan-friendly and is packaged in eco-friendly glass jars.

And those are my favourite products I found at the markets. The markets are a great place to go and find new and amazing products. You learn so much while you’re there and meet so many amazing people. Markets always seem to have the coolest things!

These reviews are based on my own opinions and whatever information I share is solely based on my own experience of these products. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

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Have you been to the markets before? What was your favourite part about it?

I hope you have a beautiful day!

Vanessa xx

 

Sources:

Pemberton, Corey. 7 Reasons to Throw Out Your Aluminum Deodorant (and What to Use Instead). Paleo Hacks. Retrieved from https://blog.paleohacks.com/aluminum-deodorant/

 

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