vegan & ethical at-home manicure essentials featuring some of my favorite colors from @kesterblack ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฟ
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From left to right:
๐˜˜๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ป - Greyed Purple Nail Polish
๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข - Sandy Pale Pink Nail Polish
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ - Blush Pink Nail Polish
๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ - Hazy Blush Nail Polish
๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜•๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ - Rose Nude Nail Polish
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๐ŸŒธ Kester Black is a high-performing, ethical & sustainable beauty brand! All of their products are:
๐Ÿ’— 100% vegan + cruelty-free
๐Ÿ’— 10-Free nail polish formula
๐Ÿ’— water permeable & breathable nail polish
๐Ÿ’— beautiful & thoughtful packaging using recyclable materials
๐Ÿ’— manufactured in small batches to minimize wastage
๐Ÿ’— the first beauty brand in the world to be B Corp certified
๐Ÿ’— all products are manufactured in Australia
๐Ÿ’— office uses renewable energy and is paperless
๐Ÿ’— carbon-neutral; carbon footprint is zero! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
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#kesterblack #kesterblackcolour #mykesterblack #gifted

vegan & ethical at-home manicure...

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...

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Drugstore Shampoo & Conditioner

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There are plenty of cruelty-free and vegan-friendly shampoo available at your local drugstore and to help you navigate through the shampoo aisle, I’ve created this list of vegan shampoo brands that don’t test on animals or contain any animal-derived ingredients.

All of the brands I mention are cruelty-free, meaning they don’t test on animals. Some of the brands mentioned below may not be an entirely 100% vegan brand however to be included on this list, I made sure the brands clearly label which of their products are vegan or I have provided a corresponding vegan product list to help you figure out which of their products are vegan.

If you want to know which drugstore shampoos to avoid from brands that do test on animals, be sure to check the end of this post for a list of brands to avoid.

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Shampoo

Acure Organics

All of Acure Organics shampoo and hair products are now 100% vegan.
Price: $10-15
Where to buy: Target

HASK

Only some of HASK shampoo and hair products are vegan, find a full list of HASK vegan products here.
Price: $6-16
Where to buy: Ulta, Target, CVS, London Drugs, Walmart, Rexall

Live Clean

Most of Live Clean shampoo and hair products are vegan. You can tell which of Live Clean products are vegan on the back of the packaging label.
Price: $6
Where to buy: Walmart, London Drugs, Target, Walgreens

Giovanni

Almost all of Giovanni shampoo and hair products are vegan with the exception of their Magnetic collection, find more information about Giovanni vegan products here.
Price: $7-13
Where to buy: Walmart

Andalou Naturals

All of Andalou Naturals shampoo and hair products are vegan. They do use beeswax, honey, and yogurt in some of their other products.
Price: $8-10
Where to buy: CVS, Walgreens, Ulta

Desert Essence

Most of Desert Essence shampoo and hair products are vegan however some contain beeswax, honey, and/or keratin. View Desert Essence list of vegan products here.
Price: $7-10
Where to buy: London Drugs, Walmart, Target

Avalon Organics

All of Avalon Organics’ plant-based shampoo and conditioners are vegan. They do use beeswax in their lip balms.
Price: $9-16
Where to buy: Walmart, Target, London Drugs

Noughty Haircare

All of Noughty hair products are 100% vegan.
Price: $10
Where to buy: Ulta, London Drugs

Mineral Fusion

Almost all of Mineral Fusion shampoo and conditioners are vegan. Their products are labelled on the packaging to say if they’re 100% vegan. A full list of Mineral Fusion vegan products can also be found here.
Price: $10
Where to buy: London Drugs, CVS

Alba Botanica

All of Alba Botanica shampoo, conditioner, and hair products are vegan. They do use beeswax and honey in their lip products and body polish.
Price: $6-9
Where to buy: CVS, Target, London Drugs, Walmart

Nature’s Gate

All of Nature’s Gate products, including their shampoo and hair products are 100% vegan.
Price: $6-10
Where to buy: Walmart, Target, London Drugs

JASON

All of JASON shampoo, conditioner, and hair products are vegan. They do use beeswax in their cooling mineral and tea tree muscle pain therapy.
Price: $6-10
Where to buy: London Drugs, Walmart, Target

Shampoo Brands to Avoid

Below is a list of shampoo brands that still test on animals in 2018 and should be avoided:

  • Aussie
  • Biosilk
  • Dove
  • Garnier
  • Got2B
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Ivory
  • Keratase
  • OGX
  • Olay
  • Pantene
  • Philosophy
  • Tresemme
  • Wella

Speaking of haircare products, my friend recently opened her own hair salon and she was trying to figure out where the best place to get business energy from would be. There are so many options out there these days that she was getting in a bit of a headspin, so her partner suggested to her that she look into price comparison websites to find the best deal. She found a fantastic deal for her business through a website like Usave. If you’re interested to learn more, find out more here.

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8 Comments
  • Sarah
    April 1, 2019

    I only use cruelty free shampoo. I started using sulfate free shampoo from Maple Holistics and it does a real good job for my hair.

    • Vicky Ly
      April 1, 2019

      So great to hear you only use cruelty-free shampoo! =) Thanks for the recommendation, I gotta try them out! Do you know if they’re available in any drugstores?

  • Catherine
    September 29, 2018

    Not a bad list at all but a shame they’re all packaged in plastic! Not on your list but they should be as one of the best 100% vegan, cruelty free, silicon free shampoos and conditioners out there and made by an ethical UK small business (good to see a small producer doing what the big pharms donโ€™t) and it works great on my tangled frizzy hair โ€“ I actually know what that word silky means after all these years of seeing it in other ads as it keeps my previously wild hair under control now at last! And forgot to mention that they are also non-plastic and no water!! so a double thumbs up from me. Check them out at The Solid Bar Company, thx Cat M

    • Kate Casey
      February 26, 2019

      Dove and herbal essence are cruelty free, as of recent

  • Emilie Brunet
    July 22, 2018

    I thought ogx was cruelty free?

    • Serenity
      September 11, 2018

      They were, but they were taken off of the PETA list.

  • Katie
    June 28, 2018

    Ive been loving Live Clean shampoo’s for some time now and recently nocticed our dollar store had them so I picked up another 2 bottles for $2.50 ( WHAT !! ) I love how their shampoo makes my hair and is safe for my bleached processed hair as well. One that I also have in my shower is Avalon Organics, I have their dandruff shampoo and the rosemary volumizing and I love them both they work so well and I have fine hair and most shampoos weigh my hair down or make me really greasy.

    • Vicky Ly
      June 29, 2018

      WHAAT?! OMIGOSH. Live Clean is available at the dollar store?! I definitely need to check out my dollar store and stock up!! I love their shampoo too!!

      YES, I’ve tried that Avalon Organics Rosemary shampoo as well and it’s one that I always reach for when I’m at the drugstore! I’m glad to hear it works for your hair type as well!! =)

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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