Today we went to the Plants & Animals Denver Neat Market Vegan Shop-Up, which was held at The Other Side Arts (they’re at a different location every month — check the website for next month’s location). This was pretty cool. We got delicious vegan lunch from Quiero Arepas. (I’m not the world’s biggest food truck proponent, but Quiero Arepas is seriously awesome, and they have amazing vegetarian/vegan options.) Ben had a veggie burger with some kind of delicious sauce and I had avocado, black bean, and plantain. The good news about this month’s Neat Market is that it was right across the street from Denver Beer Co., which is one of our favorite places in the world. We brought our arepas over there, got a beer and one of their awesome giant pretzels, and hung out for a while.
The highlight of the Neat Market was getting to try some of the offerings from Denver Seitan Company. You guys, this stuff is amazing. I’m a big fan of seitan — I think it’s better than tofu and way, way better than tempeh (I’m not that into tempeh). We tasted Chickenesque and Sureizo (Soren would’ve eaten samples all day) and left with a log of Sureizo, which we’ll probably use to make breakfast burritos (I think the flavor would go really well with sweet potatoes, but Ben tends to be a breakfast burrito traditionalist, so we’ll see what happens). If you’re in the Denver area, I highly recommend checking these guys out.
In other news, I made homemade lotion last night and seriously, it’s one of the best things, ever. I know I’m always saying that, but for real, this lotion is freaking amazing.
I’ve been wanting to make my own lotion for a while, but most of the recipes I’ve found seemed kind of intimidating. They usually involve a blender, and it’s supposed to be a blender you don’t use for food items. So that means I’d have to, like, buy a new blender. You know, I’m trying to live more simply, naturally, and cost-effectively, and to me, that doesn’t really involve buying new appliances.
I finally found a recipe that didn’t require a blender and seemed really easy. And it was! I followed this recipe from A Sonoma Garden exactly, except I substituted jojoba oil for olive oil, and I cooked the mixture in a glass Pyrex measuring cup instead of a jar. The lotion is very greasy, but in a good way. Very greasy lotion is exactly what you need when it’s winter and you live in Denver. Most lotion doesn’t hold up to a Rocky Mountain winter — if lotion isn’t greasy enough, you put it on and five minutes later, you can’t tell that you even bothered to put lotion on. If you make this (and you should), I recommend applying right after you get out of the shower. Let it soak in for a bit before you get dressed. It’s also great to use as hand lotion. Put on a lot if you’re sitting on the couch watching tv and you won’t have to touch anything for a while, or a little if you’re going to be doing stuff.
Here’s what I used and where I got it, in case that information is helpful. (These are not affiliate links.)
- coconut oil (This is the same kind I used in my deodorant — I don’t notice the smell at all in the lotion.)
- jojoba oil
- natural beeswax pastilles (I’m not vegan . . . yet.)
- vitamin E oil
- patchouli essential oil (I figure if I’m going to go hippie, I might as well go hard-core hippie, and I actually like this smell.)
- yuzu fragrance (lemony)
- these jars and these lids.
The finished lotion completely filled three 4-ounce jars and a little bit of a fourth, so I’d say this makes approximately 13 to 14 ounces of lotion. It’s very dense and greasy — it’s more cream than lotion — and a little goes a long way, so I think this supply will last for a while. According to what I’ve read, lotion that doesn’t include water lasts longer than lotion that does, so I should get a good few months out of this stuff.
If you’re at all interested in making your own personal care products, I highly recommend starting with this lotion. It’s so easy and the finished product is so awesome!
Coming soon in Hippie Adventures: homemade laundry detergent (this is harder than it might seem, because most homemade laundry detergent recipes, even on vegan blogs, call for ingredients that are tested on animals, and I’m not cool with animal testing — I’d rather buy detergent that isn’t tested on animals than make laundry detergent with ingredients that are tested on animals), homemade seitan, and much more homemade bread.