Making life more difficult on purpose

Here’s one of the many things that makes me a bad vegan: I sometimes forget that when purchasing a new product, i.e. from previously unknown brand, you need to first check if they tests on animals.

I don’t always remember this.

Sometimes I’m in a panic and I’m going away and I need to bring a deodorant that takes up no space because only hand luggage, and it’s a liquid und so weiter!

Person in shop gives you a brilliant idea: get a cream deodorant, put in small travel container. Brilliant idea! Do I think further than that? I do not.

Proceeds to use product; falls in love.

Suddenly remember that I don’t know if it’s cruelty-free or not.

The brand is very unhelpfully called Bats.

Try finding any info about that and not just end up on pages about, well, bats.

Solution: turn the damn thing around!

Cederroth. That’s a name I’m familiar with. Creeping suspicion they test on animals.

Aaaand. The internet is not helpful as there are people saying it’s vegan, and there are people saying they include parts of pigs in their products.

Argh!

But apparently they’re owned by another company (Orkla) who tests on animals because they sell their products in China. Not cruelty-free then.

And, China, I am currently very angry with you. You’ve done so well and come so far when it comes to the environment, how are you still testing on animals???

I could ignore this. I sometimes do. I buy stuff from brands that are owned by companies that do test on animals. I’m starting to think that I might have to rethink this decision.

Well. I always knew that the day would come, I was just going to ease myself into it. Might be time.

So now, not only do I need a CF deodorant, it also has to be cream because I obsessed with cream.

So yea. Making my life more difficult, one day at a time.

Good news: Meow Meow Tweet seems to meet all my criteria, and it’s pretty, and it’s free from nasties.

Goddamn Orkla not only owns Bats, but also a gaggle of other products I’ve been using becuase they used to be CF and easy to come by (Grumme, LdB, Bliw, Salvequick).

So that’s. Great.

You know what I wonder. Since we have the warning labels on cigarettes, couldn’t we get them on products containing/tested on animals. INCLUDING PICTURES. In the name of transparency. Consumers have a right to know exactly what it is they’re buying, right?

Not that I’m entirely sure that it would work on people in general. I just listened to the radio (whyyyyy) where a very clever radio presenter argued that Peta was particularly stupid tweeting the following:

She argued that because EVERYONE (yes, she said everyone) thinks bacon is tasty, Peta was stupid for tweeting this.

…?

I have no hope for humanity. Literally none. We deserve whatever hell we get. All of it.

Soo…pigs deserve to die because EVERYONE likes the taste of bacon?

Uh-huh.

Excellent argument. Especially the everyone part.

I mean I get that it might be hard to give bacon up if you like bacon. And that’s a big IF. I have on good authority that there are meat eaters who do not like bacon, SO, even excluding those of us avoiding the decaying flesh… If there was ever a time where not all men! was appropriate, this is it.

But sure, there are people with a bacon habit making it difficult to give up. I get that.

What Peta is doing though, is they’re assuming you have empathy, and if they provide you with knowledge about where bacon comes from and what it does to your health and our planet you might change you mind.

The problem here is not that Peta is stupid, the problem is that they are under the faulty assumption that people eat bacon because they lack knowledge, not because they lack empathy and/or compassion. I’d like to think that too. However. People don’t have empathy, they don’t care and they don’t want to change. Clearly.

I get that too, that general mindset. What does it matter to me if we ruin the planet? I don’t have kids. Go right ahead, make life for future generations miserable. I’m sure they deserve it.

…still not getting why the pigs have to suffer because we’re a stupid race. Or well. I guess that is the very reason.

Kinda upset that this the radio presenter is paid by tax money, and that no one contradicted her stupidity and lack of knowledge in the least.

But then, tax money is wasted on plenty other things. Politicians in general being an excellent example.

So now I can’t ever listen to the radio again. Too upsetting. Because this presenter is on all (and unlike her, when I say all, I mean all) of the very few shows I’ve previously been able to stand. (It might be the case she was already annoying, and this was just the final straw.)

I dunno why I’m complaining about that really. Just means more Korn for me.

I have a lot of questions #4

Can I has another cup of tea!??!?

Why is quinoa advertised as a great source of protein? Far as I can tell it’s the exact same protein content as pasta. Not the right quinoa? I’m confused.

How do everyone else listen to music? Everyone else: This is my favorite band! They played this great track when I went to see them live, never heard before! …but the track is from 2011 and v. v. popular + it’s your favorite band? (According to Spotify, and why would Spotify lie?) I don’t understand. How is this your favorite band??

Where can I find a cruelty-free toothpaste that doesn’t turn my lips into dry flakes? I’m at my wits’ end. I’ve tried just about all brands I can get my hands on (not counting the ones that were not bad that I got in the UK; for obvious reasons I can’t keep buying toothpaste in the UK).

…when can I go back to Scotland? Yeah. That Scotland vlog I just watched was a mistake. I need to save my monies, not go to Scotland. I have no business being in Scotland.

Is there a barley shortage? I never find barley in the story anymore. Not happy about it, because it is a favorite.

Why is there no tracking rage function on Clue? I want to track irrational rage! I have lots of it. Also rational rage, but this irrational rage. It’s getting old being furious because your headphones are in a tangle, or it’s raining, or can’t get jacket off quickly enough because HOT. For example. Also would like to track not cravings, but rather when you want to eat ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME.

What is Linkin Park even doing? What do they want and where do they come from? The new album. So many questions. Also: would their sound improve if someone introduced them to saaaayy..the latest Architects record? I’d like to think so. But you know, who knows?!??

Whyy is Nick Cave playing the Globe? Why?? I’ve finally come around and do want to go. But this Globe thing, it’s a problem. I don’t like it.

Is Glasvegas ever going to release a new record? (Did I ask this qustion before? Still wondering tho!)

Is it just me, or is the latest Korn record actually really good? Yea, yea, I know it was released last year. It’s not as if I actively follow Korn. I mean it’s not Tura Satana, but you know, as close as it gets.

Is there anything a person could do to make Thrice play Sweden? Anything??

OK then.

I think I’ve managed to illustrate the point my sister was making on Wednesday, that really, I’m the main character of High Fidelity. I don’t have many thoughts that are not related to listening to music.

Hair update

Remember back in the beginning of May when I was quite concerned about my hair? No? Well I was. I devised a plan in an attempt to rescue my poor mistreated hair. Not an entirely terrible plan is it turns out.

It’s only been little more than a month and I would say the current status of my hair is quite healthy.

  1. Got my hair cut. As you know. I already had my hair cut at the time of writing. While it didn’t do much to improve my hair’s health in itself, you just always feel a little better with a fresh cut, don’t you?
  2. Shampoo update. I did also mention a switch to the Disp hydrating shampoo and conditioner combo, still working well. But I’ve also added another shampoo, because I am well aware of the water here being quite hard. E.g. doing laundry here is not like doing laundry elsewhere were I’ve lived, I need lots of detergent (lots!) all year round so that the clothes won’t just stick to my body from static electricity. Just imagine what this water does to your hair..but apparently, there are shampoos for this. I’ve got a cleansing shampoo which does seem to work brilliantly so far. I was worried it would strip my hair, but it really doesn’t. It just makes my hair feel proper clean. (Just wishing the hairdresser could have told me that. She must know, right?) This particular shampoo is not cruelty-free, if anyone knows
  3. Stock up on treatments + use styling products in moderation. All products I currently use (treatments and otherwise):
    2016-06-12 12.37.30
    Left to right: Disp shampoo + conditioner, cleansing shampoo, Batiste dry shampoo, Lee Stafford hair growth, OGX coconut oil, Natural World argan oil, Fudge anti-frizz + heat protection, bamboo brush, Lush R&B

    This may seem like quite a list, but it’s all about the frequency of use. Key for me has been to cut way back on washing. I’ve been washing my hair on a daily basis for years and years, and yes I know that is possibly worse than my use of hot tools. I have tried using Batiste to decrease number of washes in the past, didn’t stick. But this time, I’m managing to wash my hair twice a week, using Batiste between washes, something I thought would just never happen. Also, I alternate between using the hydrating shampoo and the cleansing shampoo. After washing I usually use the hair growth, and I’ll keep using it until it’s empty but after that I’ll use oils only. They seem quite enough. Currently, I alternate between argan oil and coconut oil. If the ends feel dry, I’ll use the Fudge anti-frizz, and the Fudge heat protection on my fringe for straightening. And if I’m being honest, I have straightened my hair twice since May. Old habits die hard. If I need texture I use the Lush R&B, I do like it, but I find the smell is kind of strong. And oh, still in love with the Body Shop bamboo brush. Tangle teezer? Pft! I ain’t going back to plastic after this. Not a chance.

  4. Hairdos remain an absolut savior for me, until I get some length back. My hair just does weird things when not straightened and being this length, which is part of the reason I’ve been overwashing and overusing my hot tools.
  5. Diet – I did have some sort of theory that my diet could be to blame. I’ve decided against this theory. Because a. I did try adding more nuts and seeds to my diet. Did not make me feel better in any way, and it felt forced, it wasn’t sustainable. b. had a blood test, and all my values were good. The reason for the blood test was that I panicked and went to see a doctor about this; I go see doctors when I’m stressed as stress results in hypochondria for me, I am well aware of this but I keep doing it. Lately, it’s been same time each year; April is fucking hell where I currently work. This year, it still hasn’t let up. But let’s get back to the blood test, I also figured it was an excellent opportunity to make sure my vegan diet was not leaving me deprived in any way. I was concerned I was iron deficient still/again. Last I checked, while still on a pescetarian diet + taking iron supplements, I was deficient. I did a little test this time, no supplements for quite a while before the blood test, result: on the lower side, but def not deficient. I take that as evidence that a vegan diet works real well for me.

So now I’m just hoping these new habits will stick; I do tend to do things in periods. But for now, it seems I’ve got things sorted.

 

xo,

signatur 1