Green-eyed Girl: All Gain, No Pain
By Tess Kurzeja

For years, we have accepted a “no pain no gain” mentality when it comes to maintaining youth and beauty. When it comes to the everyday beauty maintenance routine, though, it isn’t us feeling the pain while we slather on lotions and serums. Instead, it is the environment that feels the pain, from non-recyclable materials that house out beauty products to animal testing.
From soaps to lotions, hair care to facial scrubs, there are scads of suitable products that come in a vegan and vegetarian variety and I’ve gathered some of the best beauty products that are good for you and the environment.

Some of my favorites come from the one-woman operation called the Manor Hall Soap Company. Susan Mann, the founder and proprietor of Manor Hall makes all her products, by hand and maintains her burgeoning Massachusetts business with the help of her husband. When she came stateside from her native England in 2000, she got interested in soaps after admiring a simple bar in a souvenir shop. From there, she began a long process of independent research in the hopes of making her own, even enduring eight full months of “practice runs” before turning out her first bar of vegetarian soap.

When asked why it was important to Mann to make her soaps and other personal care products cruelty-free, she noted simply, “I’m a big animal freak. I’ve enjoyed so much learning about American wildlife.” So Mann has refrained from using animal fat in her soaps and has relied, instead, on vegetable sources. And, it doesn’t end there. She’s created vegan hair care products and a full skin care line all vegetarian and organic.
Mann’s website, vending her products nationwide, is growing in popularity. I adore Manor Hall’s specialty soaps from the sweet and soothing Ooh La La Lavender and Oatmeal to the romantic, unique blend of Almost Sunset (Mann’s personal favorite), Manor Hall Soap Company has a scent for every season and taste ($4.85 each at


And, since Manor Hall hopes to turn out “products with a purpose,” the Manor Hall Skincare line is paraben, sulfate and alcohol free and offers cleansers, toners and masks. A can’t miss from this line is the Lavender Rose Toner ($7.85 at To sweeten the pot, with any purchase from the Manor Hall site, get a free bar of soap plus a special Manor Hall freebie when you spend in $30 increments.




Another impressive boutique line, Holly Beth’s comes clean with face and body products that are organic and cruelty free. Featuring precious blends such as the Marigold and Sweet Basil Cream, Holly Beth’s products offer sweet scents and all-natural ingredients ($30 at




As a supplement to the moisture found in the array of lotions by Holly Beth’s, the Flourish  blend of organic essential oils ($45 at In a convenient roll-on stick, Flourish is the perfect blend of rose and jasmine.

With no harm done, we’ve taken green to a whole new level with these vegetarian and vegan products. And, we might just be able to reform the “no pain, no gain” theory after all.



“Green-eyed Girl” is PrettyCity®’s monthly guide to the latest beauty products and treatment trends reflecting a consciousness for the environment and personal health. If it’s organic, we know about it; if it’s helping our environment while keeping us looking and feeling our best, we love it. And, you can rest assured we’ll tell you all about it. Please contact us with story ideas or product suggestions.


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