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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ayurvedic Vegan ‘Medimix’ Soap


For more vegan/cruelty-free soaps reviewed in this blog, you can click this link.


There is not much to say about Medimix soaps because the BWC-certification says it all. Medimix ayurvedic soap does not contain ingredients derived from animals, does not use animal-derived substances in its manufacture, and is not tested on animals either. Please check the certification in the image below.

Medimix soaps are available in three varieties: for dry skin containing vegetable glycerin and Lakshadi oil, for infection-and-odor-prone skin containing 18 herbs, and for blemish-prone skin containing Sandal oil and the Eladi oil. You can click the bolded links above to learn more about the composition of each variety.

Availability of Medimix Ayurvedic Vegan Soap: Medimix soaps are available in most stores all over the country.

“Ultimately, compassion to animals is really compassion to oneself.” ~Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu, Jain Guru~

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Organic-Vegan Soap from ‘Khandige Organic’


For more vegan/cruelty-free soaps reviewed in this blog, you can click this link.

This soap does not contain harmful preservatives, coloring and dyes, synthetic perfumes and fillers, foaming agents, petrochemicals, whiteners, animal parts, and is not tested on animals either. This is the SOMA organic soap manufactured by Khandige Organic.

 
So, what does SOMA soap contain?

SOMA soap is made from cold pressed organic coconut oil, extra virgin coconut oil, organic certified NaOH, and natural essential oils and fragrances only. The soap is ideal for sensitive skins. According to Khandige Organic sources, SOMA soap prevents skin rashes, and works well on allergy-prone skins and baby skins.

Khandige Organic has a collection of other cruelty-free products as well that includes hair oils, body oils, massage oils, spices, coconut oil, jaggery, and sesame oil. To find out about them, you can click this link.


Availability of SOMA soap

SOMA soap is currently available in three flavors: Kewara, Lavender, and Peppermint in seven cities in the country. To find outlets in Bangalore, you can click this link and to find outlets in Chennai, Karunagapally, Mumbai, Pondicherry, Pune, and Secundarabad, you can click this link.


Vegan notes

Have you ever wondered about the fate of the animals selected as targets to "test" our cosmetics on? In a civilized society, can we ignore such crimes? We must know what goes on in the background to produce the cosmetics we use. Here’s one article from PETA entitled Animals Used for Experimentation that explains what "animal testing" is all about and what each one of us can do to prevent it.

“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” ~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Father of the Non-violent Political Struggle in India~

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Vegan Plant-based Butter from ‘Dakini Foods’


For different varieties of plant-based/vegan butter reviewed in this blog, you can click this link.

Here comes a truckful of butter from Dakini Foods made from some of the yummiest seeds and nuts! All without artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives!

The variety available in this plant-based butter series is quite striking – almond, cashew, peanut, sunflower, and tahini (white, brown, and black).


About Dakini Foods and how it manufactures plant-based butter

Dakini Foods has been around in India for a while. In February 2010, the Company was bought over by Indian entrepreneurs following the transfer of sophisticated technology that allows healthy plant-based butter to be manufactured in commercial quantities with the use of ZERO food additives. Using a very special procedure, the nuts and seeds are first roasted to appropriate degrees after which the machine splits them from the middle and grinds them till the oil separates. The oil is then removed and the nuts and seeds are ground further till they acquire a creamy-smooth texture. The butter is packed in glass bottles. Glass, in contrast to plastic, increases the shelf life of any product, in this case the butter, allowing it to stay unspoilt upto three years without preservatives or refrigeration.

Availability of Dakini plant-based butter

Before February 2010, butter from Dakini Foods was available only in the tourist cities of India; however post February 2010, the Company is on a war footing to align with distributors all over the country. The products have hit the market; if you want to find out the stores in your city at which they are available, you can call Company Representative, Mr. Vinod Kumar Gaba at telephone numbers 09950825275 and 09828401777. Where distributors are not yet available, the Company has evolved a system to reach your order through courier. You can place your order with Mr. Gaba in that case as well. You can also contact the Company through this link on their website.

We purchased our stock of Darkini butter from Dorabjee’s in Pune, the organic/natural store In the Pink in Bangalore, and some by courier.

Price

Below is the price of the various butter available with Dakini Foods. Note that the jars in the photographs are of 400 grams and so we mention below the price of each butter type per 400 grams only. Smaller and larger quantities are also available.

Price per 400 grams

Almond butter – Not known 
Cashew butter – Rs.350/-
Peanut butter – Rs.110/-
Sunflower butter – Rs.240/-
Tahini Black – Rs.220/-
Tahini Brown – Rs.140/-
Tahini White – Rs.150/-

Endnote

Nature has gifted human beings with great powers of creation. However, the twist in the tale is that Nature has also provided us the element of ‘Choice’. It is upon us to choose to channelize our ingenuity in positive ways bringing peace and well-being to all inhabitants of Planet Earth. Conversely, humans can also choose to use their ingenuity for ‘negative pursuits’ simply qualified as those that bring terror, fear, and dread in the lives of millions of non-human sentient beings. Often such pursuits are driven by the greed for money or simply because of uncompassionate conditioning.

Businesses such as Dakini Foods choose to utilize technology in a manner that does not cause any creature of air, land, or sea harm, whatsoever. Such businesses also give us an opportunity to see the merit in plant-based food habits. By supporting such companies, we get an opportunity to resister our allegiance with compassionate businesses in the society.
  
“In the final analysis, of course, all of us are destined to die. The mortality rate is still 100%, one per person. So the most important question, to me, is not just how long we live but also how well we live. When we look back on our lives, how much distress did we cause? How much suffering did we help alleviate? How much love did we give, and how much did we receive? How many people did we help? These are profoundly spiritual questions; as such, they are often the most meaningful. To the degree we can change our diets, we may be able to enhance our health, enjoy our lives more fully, and reduce the suffering in our wake. We face a spectrum of choices every day; it's not all or nothing. You may not want to give up eating animal protein or fatty foods completely, but you may be able to consume them less frequently if you understand the benefits of cutting back, how quickly they may occur, and how far-reaching they may be.” ~Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D., Author of ‘Eat More, Weigh Less~

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vegan Muesli from ‘Good Earth’


For more vegan breakfast cereals reviewed in this blog, you can click this link.

These days you will find a number of breakfast cereals and muesli lining the shelves of most supermarkets and stores. We have already reported on two that were found to be vegan-friendly. Here's another one: The ‘diet’ muesli from Good Earth. Good Earth just like Bagrry’s, also manufactures more than one variety of muesli; but only the 'diet' variety is vegan-friendly because this variety does not contain honey or sugar.

You can enjoy the ‘diet’ muesli from Good Earth with fresh fruit juice, especially orange juice or freshly cut fruits. Every bite is enriched with almonds and raisins that add value to your breakfast.

Availability: The Good Earth ‘diet’ variety of vegan-friendly muesli is available in all modern trade centers across the country. Just in case you have difficulty finding the product in your city, you can contact the Company at feedback@avestagef.com.

Vegan notes: Why do vegans shun honey? Find out why from vegetus.org by clicking this link. If this is not enough, find out how honey is bad for your health from this news report.

Why do vegans shun refined sugar? Find out why from this article in the Vegetarian Journal. The article also informs you how organic sugar is vegan-friendly.

“For anyone to consider his or her diet healthy, it must be predominantly composed of high-fiber, natural foods. It is not the fiber extracted from the plant package that has miraculous health properties. It is the entire plant package considered as a whole, containing nature's anti-cancer nutrients as well as being rich in fiber.” ~Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Author Eat to Live~

Friday, September 10, 2010

Organic-Vegan Fruit Jams from ‘Plantrich’


For more vegan jams reviewed in this blog, you can click this link.

The pineapple and mixed fruit jams from ‘Plantrich’ are finger licking good! And, what matters most is that they are made from organically grown fruits and do not contain any food additives, such as, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives that most jams in the market seem to include! 

Availability of Plantrich jams
In Bangalore: SPAR outlets, Jaivik Society, Namdhari's Fresh, and some organic stores. We got our supplies from an organic store called In the Pink in HSR Layout. In case you want to find out more outlets, you can write to the distributor, Virtue Consumer Products Pvt. Ltd. at sales.virtuegroup@gmail.com.

In Pondicherry: Bon Appétit, 2/16 Ambour Salai, Near Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry-1; Telephone: 0413-2338165; Timings: Open from 8:00am-12:30pm and 4:00pm-8:00pm, Sunday closed.

Rest of India: The organic-vegan jams from Plantrich can be couriered to you anywhere in India. You can write to Mr. Joe Kurian at exports@plantrich.com to place your order.



Why choose Organic?

According to the Vegan Organic Network, “Organic broadly means any system of cultivation that excludes artificial chemicals, livestock manures, animal remains from slaughterhouses, genetically modified material, and anything of animal origin such as fishmeal.” By this measure, when we choose organic plant-based products, we ensure that the method involved in producing those items is not only chemical-free, but cruelty-free as well! Now, isn’t choosing organic-vegan products over others something we can try to ensure for the upkeep of our Earth!

“If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn't organic produce just be called “produce” and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective?” ~Ymber Delecto, Environment Author~

Thursday, September 2, 2010

‘Emgee’s’ Vegetarian Restaurant, Bangalore


For more vegan-friendly restaurants in Bangalore reviewed in this blog, you can click this link.

Their tagline is “veggie, veggie, healthy”. This restaurant deserves a mention because it is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants situated in a historical locality of Bangalore city. The restaurant is called Emgee’s and is located in the premises of The Shelton Grand on MG Road. The menu is essentially North Indian, South Indian, and fast-food Chinese. There is a separate counter for fresh fruit juice as well. It is not difficult to find decent Vegan options in the menu; and what is best is that the staff willingly obliges if you request them to cut out the dairy even from the dishes where they include it. For example upon requesting, we got our hara-bhara kebab served to us minus the paneer (cottage cheese), something that they otherwise include in this dish.

Timings: 10:00am to 11:30pm, open all days

Address: 73, MG Road, Next to Gangaram's, Bangalore

Telephone number: 080-40430000

Cost factor: A meal for two costs approximately Rs.300/-

“In fact, dietary protein proved to be so powerful in its effect that we could turn on and turn off cancer growth simply by changing the level consumed. What protein consistently and strongly promoted cancer? Casein, which makes up 87% of cow's milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process. What type of protein did not promote cancer, even at high levels of intake? The safe proteins were from plants, including wheat and soy.” '~Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University & Author of 'The China Study'~

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