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...

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 Blanket’s optimal weighing minimizes body movement, promotes a night of deeper sleep, and encourages the feeling of reduced anxiety. 15 lbs. 72” x 48”.


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 night’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 don’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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