ACV Tea Tree Toner DIY Recipe

ACV + Tea Tree Oil Toner

Hey everyone – I wanted to share my new favorite skin care product with you. It’s all-natural, homemade, and made with only 3 simple ingredients. I’m still in that in-between stage of tossing old yucky products and replacing them with new, natural, and vegan products. I found that DIYing most of my skin and hair care is the way to go. I can honestly say that my skin and hair has never felt or looked better.

I’ve already shared my Apple Cider Vinegar conditioning routine, so now I’m moving along to my new toner. Featuring, of course, ACV. I love you so so so so much, ACV. Even if you smell. Marry me.

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Eye-Opening Dairy Industry Facts

10 Eye-Opening Dairy Industry Facts

I can’t tell you how many times I get asked, “Why vegan? Why not just vegetarian?” I guess vegetarianism would be easier, right? Well, no. Not for me. I can’t stomach the thought of male baby chicks being ground up alive because they are useless in the egg industry just as much as I can’t bear the thought of eating my animal friends.

Too many people do not understand the harsh, eye-opening facts that surround the dairy industry – eggs to milk. So hey, here’s some disgusting food for thought. Here are 10 reasons why I choose vegan, not vegetarian.

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Best Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

The BEST Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

Yeah, I said best. Okay, so they are the best in my eyes, but still… the best. Sara shared a round-up of her favorite cruelty-free cleaning products a few weeks back, and now it’s my turn. Because as she so awesomely pointed out, we are insane. We’re like two 80-year olds who have nothing better to do than wipe down counters and then walk around smelling the damn house as their scents waft through the air.

Yeah, it’s like that for us. Wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Vegan Motivation

12 Motivational Images to Get Your Ass in Gear

Confession: This veganism thing is new to me. And hard for me. For a long time I did “Vegan Before 6,” where the majority of what I ate was vegan. Then I decided to make the full switch. And I still slip up sometimes. I’m working on it, but I’m not making myself feel bad about it. I am a work in progress! As Bianca likes to say, “Do the least harm, and the most good.” I love her for that.

I know the torture animals go through for us to have meat, dairy, eggs. I’ve seen the documentaries. I’ve read the articles and looked at the pictures. I’ve texted back and forth with Bianca (And anyone else who will listen. Just ask my saint of a boyfriend and my patient mother.) about the horrors of the dairy industry (I can’t get over mama cows mourning their babies. I can’t.) and the animal testing industry. But sometimes, there’s nothing like a well-designed quote graphic to motivate you, right? Just ask my Pinterest board.
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Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

Favorite Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

I’ve done pretty well with kind-ing up my makeup bag and medicine cabinet. I’ve got my favorite Everyday Coconut shampoo, Alba conditioner, and dozens of Burt’s Bees lip balms floating around. But when it came to what was under my kitchen sink, I had a harder time. But I’ve been slowly replacing my harsh, animal-tested cleaning products (I mean I love Windex as much as the next but no animals need to suffer for my windows to be streak-free) with much kinder alternatives. Here are a few of my favorites! Continue reading

Seinfeld Nails - The Friendly Fig

Cruelty Free Nails: Seinfeld Edition

Man hands and Bubble Boys and invitations, oh my! So. many. possibilities. here.

Not familiar with what we’re doing here? Well, please meet your favorite moments from your favorite TV shows, morphed into color form. That’s right…we set them to nail colors for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to visit other shows we’ve covered, and holler at us with future requests. So far, we’ve got Friends, The OfficeGilmore Girls, and The Walking Dead.

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What I’m Loving Wednesday

Hiiiiiii! I’m currently in Seattle with John visiting a friend of his from college. More to come on our trip and all the vegan eats I’ll be scarfing (and you can see it all on Instagram!), but we just got here yesterday and hello, jetlag. This east coast girl is not doing well. B-U-T, let’s move on to my favorites! This week they’re a big mismatch, but aren’t they always? Continue reading

Star Wars Nails

May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars Nails

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU, from one hell of a Star Wars geek. In case you were not aware, the Star Wars films are my favorite favorite favorite movies of all time. Well, the original three, anyways. Luke Skywalker was my first boyfriend – I was probably about 6-7 years old. I had the posters, the sheets, a pillowcase with Luke’s face on it (and Leia on the other side… which I never turned over). You can say my Dad really brought me up well!! 20 years later, I have a car named Leia and still go ga-ga over all things Star Wars. Everyone knows, and it’s awesome.

I heavily celebrate today as Star Wars Day, and that means we have a Star Wars theme for our cruelty-free nails feature!
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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair

Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair

Not sure if I mentioned this before, but I have been trying to use more natural beauty techniques at home – not just cruelty-free products, but really… just as natural as we can get. I wanted to share one of my favorite natural remedies for hair as of lately: apple cider vinegar. I’ve always heard from others bloggers and even healthy sites while browsing that ACV can act as a conditioner while bringing the shine on like the sun. Hey-ohhhh, true dat. I’m obsessed with it. When I get out of the shower, I smell like a fucking salad and I am 100% okay with it.

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Prevention of Animal Cruelty

Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month: 10 WTF Facts

Today kicks off a cause that is dear to my heart: Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. Each year, the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to “Go Orange for Animals.” Organize a fundraiser, become an animal activist, write an informational blog post, wear orange, spread the word on social media… there are a number of ways to get involved this month and show your support. Here at The Friendly Fig, I’m rockin’ my orange and here to open your fucking eyes. Eye-opening facts are inside the post. It’s time to take off your blinders. Continue reading