The Sydney Vegan Market: Review

Who’s been before?! The reason I ask is it was my first time visiting the Sydney Vegan Market in the city.

I’ve been to markets before, but never to ones catered specifically for vegans! There was everything vegan you could possibly need there. I went with my twin sister and her boyfriend, and we basically just ate our way through the entire market. Plus! I found some fantastic products that I wanted to share with you all today!

These products are 100% natural, vegan-friendly, and plastic-free!

Natural rub-on deodorant

I’ve been using a natural cream deodorant made by Paudha Healing for some time now, and when I saw them at the markets, I just got so excited! I chatted with the owners and learnt a great deal about how they create and test their products.

The citrus blend natural paste deodorant from Paudha Healing

What I love about this natural deodorant is it actually works in eliminating odour (essential when looking for a good quality deodorant), and keeps you feeling fresh throughout the day, even after working out! This was really important for me as my experience of natural deodorants in the past were they almost never lasted the entire day (I’m sure many of you have experienced this, too. It’s frustrating, aye?!). I’d usually end up reapplying midday, then again mid-afternoon because they’d wear off so quickly. So, after discovering Paudha Healing’s natural citrus deodorant at the markets in Katoomba, it was like a godsend.

The ingredients used are 100% naturally derived, vegan-friendly, and the deodorant is homemade in the Blue Mountains. This means it’s aluminium-free and contains no toxic chemicals. Commercial deodorants and antiperspirants often contain aluminium compounds such as “Aluminium chlorohydrate” and “Aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly“, which “plug” the sweat ducts under your arms to stop (or seriously limit) the release of sweat. This is really unnatural (as sweating is how the body detoxes) and the aluminium can actually be absorbed by your body, which overtime can cause severe health problems. Studies have found high incidence rates of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast (which is the part closest to the underarm), suggesting there is a connection between locally applied aluminium deodorants and the development of breast cancer.

Shampoo Bars

I had been looking around for hair care products that were vegan-friendly, natural, and had eco-friendly packaging, for quite a while up until then, so, when I came across a stall selling homemade shampoo bars, I was intrigued. I’d never used shampoo bars before, so I inquired into how how one would use these bars, and she said all you needed to do was rub the bar through your hair while scrubbing your scalp with it. Leave the shampoo in to sit on your hair for several minutes, then rinse out. No conditioner required.

I was impressed, so I bought one to try it out and it ended up working 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 like conventional shampoos and conditioners did.

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.

Note:

Since this post I’ve switched to using the St Clements scented shampoo bar for oily hair by Ethique. I got the recommendation off Ethically Kate , & it’s been absolutely terrific! These bars work really well in cleaning my hair (even after doing a coconut oil hair mask), are all-natural, and plastic-free! Plus, I’ve found the bars last way longer than my homemade shampoos (I used to have to make a fresh batch of shampoo every week, now, this bar lasts me about 1 1/2 months!). Flora and Fauna stock these bars now, too. So, to all my fellow Aussies, this means no international shipping!!!

The St Clements natural shampoo bar by Ethique

How does one use an Ethique shampoo bar…

  1. Rip up the packaging & put it in your home compost (even the lil’ sticker! It’s all home compostable)
  2. Wash hair like usual, rubbing bar from roots to tips. It foams up too!
  3. Enjoy your clean, luscious locks (I sometimes condition with apple cider vinegar afterwards, just for an added shine).

Ethique bars are free from:

  • Petrochemicals
  • Palm oil & derivatives
  • FD&C dyes
  • Synthetic fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Animal derivatives
  • Ammonia
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Isothiazolinones
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Mineral oil
  • Polyethylene glycols (PEGs)

And much more!

The ingredients used are:

  • Sodium cocoyl isethionate (a surfactant – from coconut oil)
  • Sodium coco-sulfate (SCS) – from coconut oil & is a milder alternative to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
  • Stearic Acid (a thickener & hardening agent – from rice bran, coconut or olive oils)
  • Decyl glucoside (DG) – a natural surfactant – from coconut & sugar.
  • Cocoa butter
  • Castor oil
  • Vegetable glycerine (from coconut flesh)
  • Cetyl alcohol (from coconut, rice bran or sugarcane)
  • Stearyl alcohol (from coconut, rice bran or sugarcane)
  • BTMS (Behentrimonium methosulphate) – from rapeseed oil (used to condition)
  • Lime essential oil
  • Sweet orange essential oil
  • Mica (from mineral sources i.e. rock – used to colour bars)
  • Lactic acid (made from bacterial fermentation of sugar)

All ingredients are ethically sourced.

Nut Mylk

One of the best nut milk’s I’ve ever had 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 from there all you do is place 1.5-2 tbsp of the mylk base into a blender with 1 litre of filtered water, then blend away. In approx. 1 minute you have your own homemade nut milk! What Ulu Hye have done which really impressed me was they already created the base of the milk, so it takes all the hard work out of soaking and preparing your own nut or seed base. One jar of the mylk base will supply you with around 10 litres of milk! It’s a real bang for your buck 😉

1.5-2 tbsp of the Ulu Hye mylk base makes up to 1 litre of plant milk!

The mylk bases are all-natural, vegan, and packaged in eco-friendly glass jars, meaning no toxic chemicals from plastics will be leaching into the fatty milk inside!

There you have it folks! My favourite products I found while exploring the vegan markets. The markets are one of my favourite places to explore, you always find the most amazing products. Plus, you learn so much and meet so many incredible people.

These reviews are based on my own opinions and the information shared is solely based on my own opinion and experience of these products. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction to it.

Have you been to the markets before? What did you think? Share below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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/