So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
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Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its website, “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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Thank you for choosing cruelty-free! 🐘 💕

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become...

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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(📸 via @niu.body)

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

I love you all for going vegan! ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 (via @sassyspudshop)

I love you all for...

What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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(📸 via @vegan.meme)

What can I say..? I’m...

THIS. 🙌🏻
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“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

THIS. 🙌🏻 . “It’s not...

Show your love & support for vegan businesses in the comments by @ tagging some of your fave brands so we can follow and discover them too! 💚 (📸 via @brightzine)

Show your love & support...

Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

Cruelty-free is the only way...

A quick and easy way to find out if your shoes are VEGAN and whether they were made from animal OR non-animal materials! 👠🌿
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Once you know, you'll never forget! ✨ I've been using this guide for YEARS now and it has saved me so much time and hassle! 💗
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Swipe 👈🏻 to see what each symbol means and which ones are considered vegan materials! 🌱
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NOTE: This pictogram does NOT guarantee whether the glue used contain animal products, please contact the shoe manufacturer/companies to inquire about the source of their glue.
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Shoes: old from @callitspring

A quick and easy way...

Never too late for a fresh start ✨ doing something is better than doing nothing 🌱
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I had failed to meet my personal goals to living minimally and more sustainably this month, but I will keep trying to do better — even if it means making some mistakes along the way! 🌎 (via @createcultivate)

Never too late for a...

Andalou 10-in-1 Benefit Balm Styling Gel Review

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Andalou Natural's 10-in-One Benefit Balm for Healthy Hair Styling Gel Review

What would you prefer… a product that can do 10 different things just OK or a product that can do one thing very well?

You can probably already tell where I’m going with this review of Andalou’s 10-in-One Benefit Balm for Healthy Hair Medium Hold Styling Gel.

For the price of $12 and with all natural, vegan ingredients, I wanted to try this product and would be happy if it could do 2 out of 10 of its product claims.

Product Claims:

Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science improves hair follicle longevity and vitality for healthy hair from root to tip.

Andalou Natural's 10-in-One Benefit Balm for Healthy Hair Styling Gel ReviewHow to use it?

“Directions for use: For straight, curly, and treated hair. Apply evenly to damp hair. Gently comb through, dry naturally or style blow dry.”

How I used it: It’s a thick gel consistency with a slight citrus scent that doesn’t linger. I have long, thick hair so I used more than a quarter-size amount.  I didn’t see a difference in end results whether I let my hair naturally air dry or blow drying it.

It doesn’t say anything about using it on dry hair, but I tried it anyways and only needed a small dime-size amount and felt like the product works best for styling on dry hair.Andalou Natural's 10-in-One Benefit Balm for Healthy Hair Styling Gel Review

How Did It Perform?

Some visible difference in these claims:

Controlled Styling – I find that I get more controlled styling when using the product on dry hair than working it into damp hair as per the directions on the bottle.

Extra Body – A little oomph of extra body in my hair after using this product, hair feels a little more full where it’s usually just flat.

Improved Texture – I have noticed this product gives my hair more texture but I’m not quite convinced it’s ‘improved’ texture.

Style Definition – The bottle says it’s a ‘medium hold’ and I found that the product works best on dry hair when styling. I have long and heavy hair but after curling it and running some of this product through my hair, it would hold throughout the night and part of the following morning too!

Healthy Shine –  There was an ever-so-slightly shine in my hair after using this product. Very minimal though.

Did Not Live Up To These Claims:

Hydration – When using the product on damp hair and then letting it air or blow dry, my hair ended up looking very dry. I already have dry ends but after every time I used Andalou’s Benefit Balm Styling Gel, it looked more dry than usual. I combatted this with using argan oil on my ends – argan oil fixes everythang!

No Visible Difference in These Claims:

After using Andalou’s 10-in-One Benefit Balm for Healthy Hair for over a month, I unfortunately did not see any difference (good or bad) with my hair for the following product claims…

– Heat & Color Protection
– Humidity Shield
– Static Control
– Damage Repair

Final Thoughts

This product didn’t blow me away by any means, but it wasn’t a major disappointment. Since the ingredients are so natural, I will continue using up the bottle but probably will not be repurchasing it.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Sodium Alginate (Algin), Glycine Soja (Soy) Protein, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract*, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Extract, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extracts*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) and Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Oils* {*Organic    † Fair Trade}

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