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! 🐘 💕

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Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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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)

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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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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)

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Deep Steep Vegan Argan Oil Sugar Scrub Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

Deep Steep Argan Oil Sugar Scrub

I was uber excited to see that iHerb.com carries a bunch of products from Deep Steep! The only other store I’ve seen Deep Steep products was at Winners but I usually only find their hand wash. I’ve been dying to try some of Deep Steep‘s vegan products for awhile now so I nearly cried from excitement when I saw that iHerb carries an extensive selection of their products!

Also, it’s cheaper on iHerb so it’s almost like I got it at the department discount store! =) I decided to try one of their argan oil sugar scrubs and since I love passion fruit, it was a no brainer for my first Deep Steep product to be passion fruit & guava scented!

Deep Steep Argal Oil Passion Fruit & Guava Sugar Scrub

Here’s what you need to know about this vegan sugar body scrub:

  • Price: $11.95 for 8 oz/226 g
  • or get it at iHerb for $10.16, use code FVH641 if you want to save $5
  • Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Naturally Preserved
  • All of Deep Steep products are not tested on animals and 100% vegan *Update (Sept 13, 2016): Not all Deep Steep products are vegan, they recently launched a product range that contains organic honey called “Fresh Honey”. Only some of Deep Steep products are vegan.

Product Claims: “Almost good enough to eat! Deep Steep Argan Sugar Scrub is a supreme exfoliant that smells amazing. Our rich blend of butters and sugar is perfectly homogenous so your scrub isn’t an oily, separated mess. The special fusion of Organic Argan Oil, carefully sourced sugar and creamy shea and cocoa butters offers just the right amount of exfoliation and leaves skin radiant, polished and highly moisturized.”

Ingredients: Sucrose, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Passiflora Laurifolia (Passion) Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aroma, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Deep Steep Argan Oil Sugar Scrub Review

How to use?

In the shower and after washing, use Deep Steep’s sugar scrub and in circular motions, buff skin until sugar dissolves. Rinse and pat dry.

Deep Steep Vegan Argan Oil Sugar Scrub Review

It smells ahhhhmazing! I can’t get over it. The smell of passion fruit and guava does linger after using the scrub and leaves your towel, clothes, and skin smelling heavenly! If you don’t like heavily scented products, this might not be for you.

The scrub itself is very buttery and there’s not as much sugar in this scrub making it a more gentle exfoliant compared to other body scrubs I’ve tried. It’s not too harsh or abrasive. The product also doesn’t separate in the container which makes application hassle-free.

After using Deep Steep’s sugar scrub, my skin feels cleansed, smooth, super soft, and polished. It does leave a bit of an “oily” feeling on your skin when you come out of the shower after using the scrub so there’s no need to apply moisturizer. The oil will absorb into your skin leaving it looking hydrated and moisturized.

Vegan Sugar Scrub Deep Steep

Cons:

Because I’m using this as more of a “body scrub” and there’s not as much sugar in the scrub, I find that I end up using more product in order to try and get a good exfoliation in. And in doing so, I can’t image this container lasting more than 6 uses.

The product does leave your bathtub a bit slippery. There’s a warning on the label for this and I can understand why it’s on there.

Final Thoughts on Deep Steep’s Argan Oil Vegan Sugar Scrub:

I am very pleased with this vegan sugar scrub by Deep Steep! I would definitely buy it again and look forward to trying their other scents especially their Fig + Apricot! It makes the perfect gentle body exfoliant that’ll leave your skin looking and feeling soft and hydrated!

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