Hanging in there ๐ŸŒฟ and I hope you are too. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ #alonetogether
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๐šƒ๐š’๐š–๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐šž๐š๐š‘, ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐šœ๐š˜ ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž.
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(๐Ÿ“ธ via @theeverygirl)

Hanging in there ๐ŸŒฟ and...

๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•†โ„๐”ผ ๐•ก๐•๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ค ๐Ÿฅฌ ใ€ฐ๏ธ (๐Ÿ“ธ via @gabbois)
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I actually wouldn't be surprised if they started making vegan ice cream out of cauliflower soon! ๐Ÿ˜ฌโœจ๐ŸŒฑ

๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•†โ„๐”ผ ๐•ก๐•๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ค ๐Ÿฅฌ ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™ช๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ฎ-๐™›๐™ง๐™š๐™š โœฆ
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(๐Ÿ“ท via @theveggiest)

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™...

If youโ€™re new to vegan beauty or makeup, I highly recommend giving a seasonal subscription service, like @vegancuts Makeup Box a try! ๐Ÿ’„๐ŸŒปโœจ
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Every 3 months, youโ€™ll receive a box full of vegan makeup delivered right to your doorstep ๐Ÿ“ฆ
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Reasons to subscribe to #VegancutsMakeupBox:
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๐ŸŒผ you get to experiment and try new vegan products and brands!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s cheaper than buying each product on their own โ€” you get full-size products (not dinky samples), usually over $100+ in value but you only pay $37-$55. The price depends on where itโ€™s being shipped to (US, Canada, or International) and the length of the subscription.
๐ŸŒผ in addition to all of the products being cruelty-free and vegan, theyโ€™re also natural and non-toxic.
๐ŸŒผ you get to customize the box and pick colors that suit you best!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s a seasonal subscription so youโ€™ll be sent products that go with the change in season and weather.
๐ŸŒผ do good while looking good โ€” partial proceeds from each Vegancuts Spring Makeup Box goes towards Wildlife Victoria rescue in Australia to help animals affected by the horrific bush fires.
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๐ŸŒฟ Use #Vegancuts Coupon Code: 'ETHICALELEPHANT' to receive $5 OFF your order.

If youโ€™re new to vegan...

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any recommendations for low or zero-waste + vegan skincare brands? โœจ
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(illustration ๐ŸŽจ via @nicolajanecreative)

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any...

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ Weโ€™re in this together ๐Ÿ’– (๐Ÿ“ธ via @glitterguide)

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง Now more than ever, they need our support. You can always show your support without spending๐Ÿ’ฒby leaving them a review, liking, commenting, sharing their posts, or just simply sending them an encouraging note during these uncertain times. ๐ŸŒฟ Show some of your vegan businesses some love by TAGGING @ them in the comments! โฌ‡๏ธ
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Some of my cherished vegan businesses ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป @siennabyronbay @nclabeauty @motd_cosmetics @nolaskinsentials @kesterblack @inikaorganic @elatecosmetics
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๐Ÿ“ธ Also, be sure to check out ใ€ฐ๏ธ @brightzine ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
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Community is everything, and in these uncertain times, we need it more than ever. Thatโ€™s why we have launched the Support Vegan Business Hub; a space to help vegan businesses with key information, news and resources to safeguard their businesses through this pandemic. Weโ€™ll be sharing resources to help businesses, as well as ways that we can all support our vegan traders at this time. Stay tuned for lots of information as this progresses over on thebrightclub.co โšก๏ธ

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง...

Please read till the end ๐ŸŒฟ I recently bought these plant-based scour pads from @fullcircle, they're made from walnut shells and non-toxic materials ๐Ÿงฝ They work almost as good as plastic/synthetic scour pads and does the job of gently removing most dirt while not scratching my pans โญ๏ธ They were also made in Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and Full Circle is certified B Corporation with a commitment to reduce their environmental impact, claiming their products use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases in production. ๐ŸŒฑ This all sounded great, which was why I bought them as I wanted a plastic-free and compostable alternative -- BUT, upon further research.. their website states their walnut shell scour pads are made of: Walnut shells AND recycled plastic! ๐Ÿ˜” Making them actually NOT compostable.
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Ahh yes, I should have done more research before buying and also, why wasn't recycled plastic listed on their packaging!?
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On the surface, these may be a better option than other synthetic scour pads or sponges on the market as it's made from *recycled* plastic but I totally fell for the greenwashing here. Yes -- I, too make mistakes! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I'm posting this mishap of mine to show you that living sustainably is a journey, and lessons will be learned along the way. This has taught me to do more research than just reading the product's packaging or an online retailer's product description before buying... And now that I know better, I can do better! ๐ŸŒฟ
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๐ŸŒป What eco-friendly or plastic-free sponges do u recommend?

Please read till the end...

Some grocery stores have temporarily banned the use of reusable bags fear of the potential risk of further spreading the virus. Instead, stores will be handing out plastic bags to customers, free of charge.
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โœง Totally understandable given our current situation, so this is a great time to make sure all of our reusable bags are washed and if needed, repaired ๐ŸŒฟ
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โœง แด‡แด„แด-แด›ษชแด˜: For bigger and bulkier items, I always like to use boxes (the grocery stores always have these on hand and they're totally free!) and when I forget to bring my reusable bags, I try to limit the number of items I buy to however many I can carry in my hands and out the store.
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โœง Buying produce (like leafy greens ๐Ÿฅฌ) without a bag is another story... Iโ€™d love to know, do you have any tips or tricks for reducing our plastic consumption while buying produce during these times?
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๐Ÿ“ธ via @pureosophy

Some grocery stores have temporarily...

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I've been reading a number of books about sustainable and ethical fashion including #ThisIsaGoodGuide by @mariekeeyskoot. It's full of digestible information and helpful tips on making more ethical and sustainable consumer choices along with endless examples and guides to help you start on your sustainable journey immediately.

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š˜๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I'm working on updating all of my vegan fashion guides that I've made in the past 5 years since starting my blog. Not only do I want to promote vegan and cruelty-free brands, but I also want to highlight those that care about the people who made their clothes and those making an effort to use eco-friendly dyes and sustainable materials. I just updated my list of vegan t-shirts and activism apparel, btw! โœจ

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š”๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I'd love to know... besides being cruelty-free + vegan, what else matters to you when you decide which brands to support or product to buy?

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I've been...

Cruelty-Free Gift Ideas for the Self-Care Queen

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In this holiday gift guide, I’m sharing some of my favorite self-care goodies & treats that make for some great gifts for just about anyone on your list, including yourself! Because self-love is self-care and we all deserve to relax, rest, and pamper ourselves.

So if you have someone on your list that deserves some R&R or you want to treat them to an at-home spa experience, here are some self-care and wellness gift ideas!

All of the items mentioned in this post are cruelty-free and not tested on animals, and are also vegan and don’t contain or use any animal-derived materials or ingredients.

Self-Care Gift Ideas

Live Well Ritual Gift Set – Modern Sprout

Give the gift of purposeful sanctuary with this self-watering herb grow kit that comes with a ceramic mug, lid and tea steeper to brew a relaxing cup of chamomile.


Natural Cork Massager

Made from natural cork, this Halfmoon Massage Roller is a powerful self-healing tool that can improve joint movement, relieve pain and calm your nervous system. Small and lightweight so you can take it with you to yoga or the gym.


Essential Well Being Book

Sara Panton, the co-founder of the premium essential oil company vitruvi, shares her knowledge of botanicals and wellness practices to help you live more naturally and elevate the simple moments of your day. Learn how to create a custom face oil for your skin type; do a facial lymphatic massage; make a Mediterranean-inspired botanical foot soak, and blend unique essential oil diffuser aromas for your home.


Wellness Weighted Blanket (15lbs) – Indigo

The Indigo Wellness Weighted Blanket features a luxurious pink velvet cover with seed-stitched quilting that lends it elegance and beautiful texture. This weighted blanket is expertly crafted to provide the soothing and assuring comfort of a hug. Engineered to be approximately 10% of your body weight, it delivers balanced pressure from evenly distributed glass beads for the ultimate in serenity. The Indigo Wellness Weighted Blanketโ€™s optimal weighing minimizes body movement, promotes a night of deeper sleep, and encourages the feeling of reduced anxiety. 15 lbs. 72โ€ x 48โ€.


Fizz Hot Water Bottle and Eye Mask Set

For those cold-ish days, cuddle up and go on a digital detox with this eye mask and hot water bottle set with a soft, knitted cover. Because, not today.


AQUIS – Quick Drying Hair Towel

This is not your ordinary microfiber hair towel. AQUIS Original Hair Towels are made from Aquitex microfiber. Engineered to correctly dry hair from wet to damp 50% faster than cotton towels or the harmful heat of blow dryers, while drying evenly, gently and regaining hair’s strength. The supple microfibers are super gentle on your hair, even with regular use. No loops like cotton towels to snag and pull on your vulnerable wet hair. Our convenient, super gentle, Towel keeps hair comfortably and securely in place. Super ultra-lightweight too!


The Jade Eye Mask

An intricately woven premium jade eye mask for soothing and de-puffing the delicate eye area. Designed specially to treat the delicate skin around the eyes, this jade mask helps to reduce puffiness, eye bags, and dark circles, as well as, awaken and rejuvenate the eye area.


Vegan Body Exfoliation Set – OSEA Skincare

Turn your daily shower into your at-home spa with Salts of the Earth Scrub. This exfoliating scrub is an exotic combination of tropical Shea Butter, organic Algae extracts and some of the most mineral-rich salts on earth. Complete your spa experience by applying Anti-Aging Body Balm to your damp skin. This silky, sea-mineral enriched body balm nourishes and tones, leaving you with a scent of paradise and skin so healthy it glows!


Isabella Robe – Maison Du Soir

The ‘Isabella’ robe is a kimono floor-length style with side seam pockets and a dramatic high low hem. Feel like royalty every morning in this luxurious style. Made with 100% Polyester Crepe de Chine. Pair with the ‘Luella’ cami and ‘Lola’ short for a complete look!


Audry Vegan Mood Candle – DefineMe

Feel good with the Mood | Love candle made with DefineMe’s signature Audry scent. Made with soy wax paraffin blend, DefineMe’s own fragrance blend with natural and essential oils. This hand-poured, soy wax, fine fragrance candle has beautifully printed phrases on a re-usable glass jar with lid. The decorative band is a hair tie. 

DefineMe coupon code: ‘ETHICALELEPHANT‘ to receive 10% off your order.


Saje X Samara Farmacy Black

A limited-edition collaboration to elevate your everyday wellness. Ease headaches, fight colds, relieve stress and support a good nightโ€™s rest with four remedies in a timeless vegan leather wallet created in collaboration with the brand Samara.

Samara is a minimalist and cruelty-free brand that works closely with the nonprofit, The Soular Backpack. Each farmacy purchased supports their initiative of providing solar-powered light to students in East Africa.


Umbra Aquala Bathtub Caddy – Natural

Relax for hours in the tub with a great book and your favorite glass of wine. This bath caddy has a place for everything. Made of natural bamboo, so you donโ€™t have to worry about the caddy splitting or molding. The extendable arms of the caddy slide in after use and book rest folds down for easy, compact storage. Features soap holder, fold over book support, wine glass holder, a place for razor and loofah.


Bite Beauty Vegan Agave+ Superfood Lip Care Set

Kiss clean from day to night with Bite Beauty’s clean, vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free hydrating Agave+ Daytime Lip Balm, smoothing Agave+ Weekly Lip Scrub and intensive Agave+ Nighttime Lip Therapy. Each of these Bite Beauty lip care products is supercharged with superfood ingredients for the lip treatment that will give you your most kissable lips yet.


iChoc Vegan Chocolate

I absolutely love and highly recommend iChoc vegan milk chocolate bars! They’re so delicious and you can gift the experience with this variety set of vegan iChoc bars including their Classic, Choco Cookie, Super Nut, White Nougat Crisp flavors! All carefully packed in Basically British Burlap Bag, ready to become a perfect gift.


Micro Derma Roller

Promote healthy-looking skin with this quality derma roller with microneedle technology from Kitsch! This Derma Roller includes a beautiful and protective storage case. Dermal rolling gives skin a smoother look and feel without invasive procedures.


Herbaland – Glo Up Vegan Beauty Gummies

With the Herbaland Glo Up Vegan Beauty Gummies Bundle you can now enjoy a convenient and delicious way to boost collagen production and maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails.

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