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Vegan Collagen Booster Gummies for Adults! ๐Ÿ’• 
These yummy sugar-free vegan gummies taste exactly like watermelon jolly ranchers! ๐Ÿ‰ If you're looking for a convenient, fun, and delicious vegan collagen supplement, I highly recommend @herbalandgummies Vegan Collagen Gummies!
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๐Ÿ‰ What is Collagen?
Collagen is an essential protein in our body and has many important functions, including providing our skin with structure and strengthening our bone. However, as we age, our body produces less collagen resulting in wrinkles and dry skin.
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๐Ÿ‰ The Benefits of Collagen Supplements
Collagen supplements aim to help support our bodyโ€™s natural collagen production and thereby slowing the aging of our skin. As a result, it may help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dryness of our skin.
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๐Ÿ‰ Is Collagen Vegan?
Traditional collagen supplements are not vegan as collagen is primarily sourced from bovine and marine sources. Herbalandโ€™s vegan collagen boosters contain plant-based ingredients to promote the bodyโ€™s natural collagen production.
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๐Ÿ‰ Ingredients of Herbaland Vegan Collagen Booster:
โ—ฆ Vitamin A (Vitamin A Palmitate) 900 mcg RAE (3000 IU)
โ—ฆ Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 90 mg
โ—ฆ L-Lysine 150mg
โ—ฆ Amla Fruit Powder 10mg
The raw materials are sourced from local farms in Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and are organic, pesticide-free, non-GMO and natural.
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#herbaland #gifted #herbalandgummies #vegancollagen

Vegan Collagen Booster Gummies for...

Always keep a bottle of wine in the fridge for special occasions...
You know, like Wednesday. ๐Ÿทโœจ
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Always keep a bottle of...

My #OOTD every day ๐Ÿ˜โœจ
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My #OOTD every day ๐Ÿ˜โœจ...

Itโ€™s the weekend! โœจ Iโ€™m off to Club Bed featuring DJ Pillow and Mc Blanky ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
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Who else is an unapologetic homebody? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
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// ๐Ÿ“ธ via @niu.body

Itโ€™s the weekend! โœจ Iโ€™m...

Ainโ€™t nuthin but a plant thing baby!
๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒฟโ˜€๏ธ
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Ainโ€™t nuthin but a plant...

No-bunny ๐Ÿฐ was harmed in the making of @vegancuts Summer Makeup Box! ๐Ÿ’„โ˜€๏ธ Here's a peek inside this season's box, it's PACKED FULL of amazing cruelty-free + vegan makeup products! Ranging from a fruit pigmented lipstick ๐Ÿ’, 100% natural lip balm ๐Ÿ‘„, a multi-use roll-on highlighter โœจ, and more!
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๐Ÿ’‹ What is this Makeup Box?
It's a quarterly subscription box, curated by @vegancuts, where every 3-months, you'll receive 4-5 ๐™›๐™ช๐™ก๐™ก-๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™š (not sample sizes) vegan makeup products to match the season! โ˜€๏ธ
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๐Ÿ’‹ How much is it?
Quarterly Plan (1 box): US$39.95
Annual Plan (4 boxes): US$37.45/box ($10 SAVINGS!)
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๐Ÿ’‹ Is it worth it?
Heck yes! This Summer Makeup Box includes $103 worth of products alone! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
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๐Ÿ’‹ Who is this box for? 
Perfect for yourself or as a gift! ๐ŸŽ Whether you're new to cruelty-free + vegan makeup or just love makeup in general, you'll definitely enjoy discovering all the goodies in each season's box! ๐Ÿ’•
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#vegancuts #vegancutsmakeupbox #veganbeautybox #crueltyfreebeautybox #gifted

No-bunny ๐Ÿฐ was harmed in...

๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š— โ‰  ๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ
some cosmetics labeled as 'vegan' doesn't necessarily mean they're also cruelty-free.
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How? the term '๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ' is generally used to imply the products and its ingredients were not tested on animals, whereas the term '๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š—' is generally used to imply the products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products (like carmine, beeswax, lanolin, honey, etc.)
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๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ: I'm saying 'generally' here because this is how the cosmetic industry is generally using these two terms, that's not to say these are ideal or perfect definitions and tbh, if it were up to me, there wouldn't be a difference as almost all animal-derived ingredients cannot be obtained in a 'cruelty-free' manner, but I digress.
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๐“ฎ๐”๐“ช๐“ถ๐“น๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ผ: swipe โžก๏ธ to see a couple of real-life examples of products that are vegan ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ cruelty-free.
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1๏ธโƒฃ Garnier claims their Ultimate Blends and new Fructis hair products are โ€˜veganโ€™, explaining these products do not contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products. But Garnier is actually not a cruelty-free brand, as Garnier does test on animals when required by law
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2๏ธโƒฃ In 2017, Lโ€™Orealโ€™s EverPure Shampoo and Conditioners were spotted with a โ€˜100% Veganโ€™ stamp on the packaging. Lโ€™Oreal claims these products are โ€˜veganโ€™ in which they donโ€™t contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products, but Lโ€™Oreal is definitely not a cruelty-free brand. Lโ€™Oreal does test on animals when required by law.
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๐Ÿ” Look for products that are both cruelty-free ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ vegan to ensure the products and its ingredients were not tested on animals ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ it doesn't contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
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Do you know of any other brands/products that claim to be vegan but isn't cruelty-free?๐Ÿค”

๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š— โ‰  ๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ some cosmetics...

CHOOSING CRUELTY-FREE MATTERS ๐Ÿฐ to the millions of animals that are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing. ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ‡ It's not ๐’ฟ๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰ a mascara. And it may not be a life or death decision for you but it is for all the innocent animals used for product testing. 
You're either part of the solution or part of the problem. Which side would you like to be on? 
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Choosing cruelty-free matters & You CAN help to make a difference โœŠ๐Ÿปโœจ
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CHOOSING CRUELTY-FREE MATTERS ๐Ÿฐ to...

Beating the Monday Blues with this gorgeous bluish-purple pastel nail polish color from @nclabeauty called ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿน All of NCLA nail polish are cruelty-free, vegan, and 7-free! ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿปโœจ #veganmanimonday

Beating the Monday Blues with...

Pretending to look busy is hard work. // ๐Ÿ“ธ via @rabbitsrealm

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Are Giorgio Armani and YSL Beauty Products Tested On Animals?

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Are YSL beauty products tested on animals?

READER INQUIRY:

Hi Vicky,

In particular, I would really like to know about Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics. ย Giorgio Armani made a statement that they will no longer use animal fur on the runway, which is a great start, however, I’m still not 100% sure if their cosmetic line is cruelty free… they say they do not test on animals, and their comment about L’Oreal is vague as to whether or not L’Oreal sells Giorgio Armani to China, where animal testing may or may not still be required. ย I have the same concern for YSL cosmetics who are also owned by L’Oreal. ย How do I find out if these 2 cosmetic lines are sold in China, and if these big brand names would require animal testing in China. ย 

I look forward to hearing back from you, and any information or links will be greatly appreciated.

MY RESPONSE:

Giorgio Armani took a huge step in the right direction earlier this month when they announced they were going to cease the use of animal fur in their collection, starting from their fall winter 2016 season.

However I have proof that Giorgio Armani beauty products are sold throughout China where animal testing is required for all imported cosmetics, and unfortunately the same can be said about YSL cosmetics; therefore I would not consider both Giorgio Armani and YSL cosmetics to be cruelty-free.

Giorgio Armani’s Animal Testing Statements

I love how this reader’s question is phrased because she is absolutely right about how confusing and vague the statement made on Giorgio Armani’s website is.

Giorgio Armani's Animal Testing Statement

Giorgio Armani doesn’t come out and say whether or not they sell in China. But theย statement, “others, completely independent of L’Oreal and outside the direction or control of L’Oreal, might do animal testing pursuant to their local requirements” implies that their products are sold in countries that require animal testing (ie. China).

They also pass it off as if it’s not up to them that animal testing is done on their products but keep in mind that it wasย ultimately up to L’Oreal and Giorgio Armani to decide to sell in these specific countries that require animal testing. They authorized and paid for these animal tests to be conducted.

Back to the question of how do we know if Giorgio Armani cosmetics are sold in China?

After some snooping, I managed to find a list of Giorgio Armani beauty counters located throughout China.

Proof that Giorgio Armani cosmetics are sold in China

This confirms that Giorgio Armani beauty products are sold in China where animal testing is required and therefore they areย not cruelty-free.ย 


Yves Saint Laurent’s Animal Testing Statements

YSL beauty’s animal testing policy is just as confusing as Giorgio Armani because they go onto stating L’Oreal’s statement and not YSL.

Yves Saint Laurent's Animal Testing Statement

I’ve highlighted the main point of L’Oreal’s (and therefore YSL’s) animal testing statement and that is their products or ingredients are tested on animals “if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.”

I managed to find several YSL beauty counters located throughout China on their Chinese website. For example, when I typed in Shanghai, 3 different beauty counters were listed.

Proof that YSL beauty products are sold in China

This shows that YSL beauty products are available for sale in China and therefore must be tested on animals as required by China’s current animal testing laws; therefore YSL beauty products are not cruelty-free.

Change is Possible

In my opinion, Giorgio Armani Beauty and YSL Beauty already have a significant presence in the Chinese market and I don’t see them pulling out ofย selling in China in the near future. But as we’ve witnessed recently with Giorgio Armani’s recent announcement on going fur-free, I firmly believe that if we get enough caring consumers to demand these brands to go cruelty-free that they might consider it!

Photoย byย ookikioo, used under CC BY 2.0ย 

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5 Comments
  • Ado
    May 13, 2016

    Guilty! =D

  • ModVegan
    April 18, 2016

    Armani was my favourite cosmetics brand for a long time…but their products are definitely not vegan, and I’m sorry to learn that they also aren’t cruelty free. Since going vegan I’ve been erring on the side of caution, but I love having your blog as a resource!

    • Vicky Ly
      April 18, 2016

      Same here! By default, once I knew they weren’t vegan.. I didn’t bother to look into their animal testing policy. Glad a reader had asked me because I’m sure a lot of other cruelty-free shoppers were wondering the same thing =)

  • Phyrra
    April 18, 2016

    I was glad to see that Giorgio Armani went fur free. I hope they’ll pull out of China and other places that test on animals.

    • Vicky Ly
      April 18, 2016

      Me too! Especially after they made their announcement to go fur-free, they’ve been getting so much positive feedback and praise! It’s almost a no-brainer for them to go cruelty-free with their beauty line too! =) Hopefully in due time.

โ€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.โ€โ€• Marc Bekoff

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