Since 2007, Sunny Subramanian has paved her way as the first vegan beauty blogger to hit the scene. On her website, the Vegan Beauty Review, she writes about the latest and greatest cruelty-free products, fashion, food and everything vegan in between. Her vegan beauty expertise has landed her on the pages of the LA Times, Women’s World Magazine, Allure, and numerous other publications. To spread her vegan beauty pearls of wisdom even further, Sunny has launched her book,The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to Beauty – which comes out today!
In her new book, Sunny suggests that women start with the ingredients within their own kitchen to make beauty products from scratch. Part DIY vegan beauty how-to and part self-improvement manifesto, The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to Beauty showcases non-toxic, rejuvenating and restorative skin care and beauty products that you can whip up in your kitchen with simple ingredients for pennies per treatment. Why spend $40 on a facial mask or $8 on a package of organic facial wipes when you can make these products yourself for just a dollar or two?
Sunny recently took the time out of her schedule to answer just a few of my questions regarding her new book release and how to personalize her vegan beauty recipes!
Stylepoohbahs.com: Knowledge is power and truthfully, I don’t think I was really ready for the hard-hitting truth about what’s in my makeup bag or skin care products. Your book does an amazing job at gently suggesting that beauty lovers take into consideration a holistic approach of pampering themselves. In college when you became a vegan, what difference did you personally notice in your skin after making the switch?
Sunny Subramanian: Once I stopped eating meat, dairy, and animal products, in general, is when I noticed the biggest change in my skin. I was in my late teens at the time so naturally, my skin tended to be on the oilier, hormonal end of the spectrum. When I initially went vegan, my skin started clearing up, becoming less fickle, and I swear, I started to have healthy “vegan” glow. I know that sounds hokey, but I was literally glowing. My skin must have been SO grateful for having detoxed. When I shifted over my skin care to more natural and organic based ingredients, that just took everything up a notch. I’m especially noticing this as I get older and have a harder time keeping my skin mega moisturized and supple. Seriously, I seldom buy skin care products anymore. The most effective and potent cleansers, creams and serums are ones that I make at home.
Stylepoohbahs.com: Your book offers amazing tips on how a beautista can create her own foundation. But, how should one go about creating the correct foundation that complements their complexion?
Sunny Subramanian: I try to make a point to have these recipes be super customizable because I don’t want anyone to feel left out. Everyone has different skin types, tones, textures and concerns, and I try to offer up alternatives to switch the recipes up to best suit your needs. For instance, when it comes to the foundation recipe, you can add as much or as little colorants (whether it be cocoa powder, nutmeg, mica, iron oxides, etc.) to achieve the perfect shade for our complexion. You’re in complete control of the outcome and I encourage everyone to really have fun with it and play around with the recipes.
Stylepoohbahs.com: How about for eyeshadow shades?
Sunny Subramanian: Be creative and try different color combos. You can make the shades as subtle by adding more arrowroot powder or intense keeping the colorants pure as you like. Adding a bit of sparkly mica can really make these shadows pop, too.
Stylepoohbahs.com: I noticed there are some skin care products that last for only a week, while some last for 6 months. Why is that the case? Could recipes such as facial masks be altered to make them last longer?
Sunny Subramanian: The perishable skin care products, for instance, the ones that contain fresh produce will go bad in a short period of time, especially if they’re not refrigerated. I would definitely adhere to expiry guidelines. In general, though, if you’d like to extend the “shelf life” of your homemade beauty products, refrigerating them is the way to go. Also, adding a little bit of vitamin e oil, a natural preservative, can definitely help as well.
Stylepoohbahs.com: What are some of your personal recipe favorites that would instantly get a beauty lover hooked to transition into the world of Vegan beauty?
Sunny Subramanian: Ooh, that’s a toughie, I have so many faves. The Pucker-Up Peppermint Lip Scrub is super refreshing, easy to make, and leaves lips kissably soft. The Customizable Hemp Seed Facial Oil is a beauty essential of mine. It’s a potent wrinkle fighter, and when you use it at night before bed, you wake up with the softest, smoothest skin evah! The Zit-Blasting Bananarama Facial Mask is another fave of mine. It quells my hormonal, time-of-the-month breakouts like a charm.