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Looking for consciously-made vegan belts? Let me introduce you to @doshishop, a US-based vegan fashion brand offering a range of vegan leather handbags, briefcases, backpacks, belts, and accessories for men and women. πŸ’Ό πŸ’ž All of Doshi's accessories are free of animal materials and all ethically made using environmentally-conscious processes.
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This is one of their reversible vegan belts for women. That's right, you get two belts for one! One side is pink and the other is brown (also available in other colors) You can dress this belt up or down; casual or for work/professional attire.
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Use coupon code: 'ETHICALELEPHANT10' to receive 10% off order $50+
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#doshi #firstfivefortheworld #doshishop #veganbelt #Gifted

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YAAASS Cauliflower definitely had the glow up of the century!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»βœ¨

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Every kindness matters πŸ’•βœ¨
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Plant-powered, baby! πŸŒ±πŸ”Œβš‘οΈ #vegan #runningonplants #poweredbyplants
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Plant-powered, baby! πŸŒ±πŸ”Œβš‘οΈ #vegan #runningonplants...

π’±π’Ύπ’Έπ“‰π‘œπ“‡π“Ž! πŸ™ŒπŸ» Illinois Becomes Third State to Ban Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics! πŸ‡
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SB 241, sponsored by Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on August 9, prohibits the import or sale of any cosmetic if the final product or any ingredient was tested on animals after January 1, 2020.
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Last year, California became the first state to enact β€œhumane cosmetics” legislation, followed by Nevada in June. Illinois’ new law provides additional incentives for cosmetics companies to invest in non-animal alternatives to help them stay competitive in a changing global market while sparing animals from painful tests. (Source: Animal Welfare Institute)

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Cruelty-free Makeup doesn't have to be expensive! 🐰 There are so many affordable + high-quality cruelty-free makeup brands now available at most drugstores so that you can easily make the CF switch even if you're on a budget! πŸ’‹ πŸ’–
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Love this illustration by @timetogetclean of some CF drugstore makeup brands πŸ‡βœ¨
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And there's many many more!! πŸ‘‡πŸ»
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100% Vegan + Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands:
🌱 ELF Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
🌱 Pacifica – 100% Vegan
🌱 B. - 100% Vegan
🌱 Emani – 100% Vegan
🌱 EcoTools – 100% Vegan
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Cruelty-Free Brands with Vegan Makeup Options:
(Updated: Aug 14)
πŸ’„ Pixi Beauty
πŸ’„ Essence
πŸ’„ Barry M
πŸ’„ Physicians Formula
πŸ’„ Milani
πŸ’„ Mineral Fusion
πŸ’„ BH Cosmetics
πŸ’„ ColourPop
πŸ’„ CoverGirl
πŸ’„ L.A. Girl
πŸ’„ theBalm
πŸ’„ Makeup Revolution
πŸ’„ GOSH Cosmetics
πŸ’„ Jordana
πŸ’„ Flower Beauty
πŸ’„ Catrice
πŸ’„ Makeup Academy (MUA)
πŸ’„ Lottie London
πŸ’„ Real Techniques
πŸ’„ Ardell Lashes
πŸ’„ Eyelure
🏒 NYX Cosmetics (owned by L’Oreal)
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What are some of your fave cruelty-free drugstore makeup brands? πŸ’ž

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When you know your beauty and skincare routine didn't harm any animals πŸ™ŒπŸ»
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Millions of innocent animals are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing. πŸ’‰πŸ‡ By simply choosing cruelty-free, I can sleep peacefully knowing no animals had to suffer for the sake of beauty! πŸ°πŸ’•
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What Makes A Product Cruelty-Free?

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The label “cruelty-free” is sadly unregulated. This means any company can virtually call their products “cruelty-free” and mislead consumers into thinking they are buying a product that is free of animal experimentation and testing.

To help you fully understand what it means for a brand to be ‘cruelty-free’, I’ve created this practicalΒ guide so that you don’t get duped into supporting a company that chooses to intentionally hurt animals.

Is “Cruelty-Free” and “Not Tested On Animals” the same thing?

Yes, the general definition for “cruelty-free” means that the product and its ingredients were not tested on animals.

Is that it?

We wish it was that simple! Unfortunately, a company’s animal testing policy is not just a yes or no statement.

There are several layers to investigate before we can acknowledge whether a brand is truly 100% cruelty-free and does not contribute to the millions of animals used in product testing each year.

PeelingΒ Back The Layers

What makes a product truly cruelty-free and not tested on animals at any stage of production?

We need to askΒ companies specific questionsΒ about the process in which they make their products, source ingredients, and also distribute their products.Β Here are theΒ questionsΒ we ask companies before determining if they are 100% cruelty-free:

  • does the company tests their products on animals?
  • does the company tests their ingredients on animals?
  • does the company commission any third parties to tests their products or ingredients on animals on their behalf?
  • do their ingredientΒ suppliers test on animals? How do they verify this?
  • finally, do they sell in countries that require products to be tested on animals by law?

If a company answers no toΒ all of the above and can assure you that their ingredient suppliers does not test on animals, then it is safe to say that YES! They are a cruelty-free brand!

What makes a brand "cruelty-free"?

Selling in China

A company can meet all of the above cruelty-free credentialsΒ butΒ sellΒ their products in China, where it isΒ requiredΒ by lawΒ that products must be tested on animals before they are soldΒ in their country. Β Until China changes their animal testing requirements, any brand that is available for sale in China isΒ not cruelty-free.Β 

Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company

One last point to consider is whether the brand is owned by a parent company that does tests on animals.Β Some people have chosen to boycott brands solely because they are owned by aΒ non-cruelty-free company althoughΒ they meet all of the cruelty-free credentials including not selling in China.

This is a personal decision that we encourage you to draw your own opinions and conclusions about.

Asking specific questions will ensure the companyΒ and itsΒ products are truly cruelty-free andΒ will help you in deciding whatΒ companies you choose to support and where your money goes!

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2 Comments
  • Janet DelVecchio
    July 27, 2016

    I am interested in trying your lipstick…however, I am highly allergic to any products made with beeswax, synthetic beeswax and calamine., Do your products have any of these ingredients in them? My daughter is getting married in a couple of weeks and I am desperately looking for a lipstick that I can wear and haven’t been able to locate anything…hoping you can help.

  • MARIA ELENA
    May 17, 2016

    Great information Vicky! I’m always curious if I’m actually being cruelty-free and sometimes wonder if I should stop purchasing brands like Urban Decay, which I know are under the L’Oreal umbrella. :/

    Xo,
    MarΓ­a Elena from http://www.ambinityblog.com

β€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.”― Marc Bekoff

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