Various Vegan Product Reviews

Various Vegan Product Reviews

New vegan-friendly products are springing up all the time. Here are an assortment, old and new, that I’ve purchased recently.

It’s always a welcome site to see vegan specialty items at my conventional super market. Bee Free Honee, a sweetener made from apples, has that honey look and honey taste. I mostly used it for marinades but here it is drizzled on some fried banana. Bee Free has the market on vegan honey and you can never have enough sweetening options. IMG_4949

I was excited when a full-sized package of Upton’s Bar-B-Que Jackfruit was included in a recent Vegan Cuts box. It’s just jackfruit (and barbecue sauce)… no weird, unnatural soy science meat. Just jackfruit! I threw it in the frying pan and sent my spatula to work. IMG_4973

This was an amazing sammy. Great texture. Why isn’t jackfruit sweeping the vegan nation more thoroughly??IMG_4977

I thought I’d try a different buttery spread. Melt has a line of coconut buttery spreads. This “rich & creamy” version is vegan. Melt is slick, Dr. Oz-approved and has all the right labels. I feel like they are ripe for Big Food purchase. It is definitely creamy and spreads nicely. It’s pleasantly coconut-y… but that isn’t what I always want out of a spreadable fat. It lacks a bit in saltiness, which is what I do want in a spreadable fat.PicMonkey Collage

Impulse purchase! Do you ever just get excited to see the word “vegan” on a box. I do. I have nostalgic junk food pangs that lie dormant. Then a v-bomb on a product wakes them up, like in this case with Tasty Brand‘s Banana Split Sandwich cookies. These have the right stuff. I taste the banana, the chocolate.. it’s a banana split in my mouth! They also have other delicious sounding flavors: Vanilla Cupcake, Chocolate Layer Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, and Strawberry Shortcake.PicMonkey Collage

I started a Vegan Cuts Beauty Box subscription, which I am very excited about.  I plead typical “girl” when it comes to lotions and potions, creams and salves. This first box was a delight. I’ll get back to you on any products I grow to love. PicMonkey Collage2

Then there’s hair. I bought this R+Co prep spray from Soon Beauty Lab after a great visit. R+Co has a full line of vegetarian & cruelty-free hair stuff. My spray specifically says “vegan” so there may be animal-derived by-products in the line somewhere… unless, like some restaurants, they choose to not advertise their veganity on their website. I will look into more as I am interested in trying other products. So the anti-shampoo Wen is vegan. I thought I’d give it a try. I like it, though I wasn’t rinsing thoroughly at first and was have build up. Now I only shampoo my hair once a week or so. Damn, I sound like an informercial. IMG_6674

Briogeo is another hair care line I’ve recently discovered. Most of their shampoos are vegan and clearly labeled, though they are not all-vegan. I break my Wen up with a Briogeo shampoo.IMG_6740

Forget cheese; the toughest challenge for me as a vegan is a warm winter coat. So pardon me while I write about… clothes. Much to my excitement, Ll Bean has a Fleece Peacoat. The classic style is one I had written off due to the wool thing. It’s a great coat besides the extra small being enormous on me. I subbed out the buttons with these bad boys. As far as warmth, my Boden Duffle is a little worse for wear. I was in the market for a more flattering warm weather coat. Thankfully I found Calvin Klein’s Asymmetrical Quilted Puffer on a whim–no feathers, no wool, warmth to -10° fahrenheit. And flattering. PicMonkey Collage