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...

Relatable ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚
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(via @vegan_sarcasm + @nimai_delgado)

Relatable ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚ . (via @vegan_sarcasm...

Is it Cruelty-Free? 5 Ways To Know If Cosmetics Are Tested On Animals

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I wish the companies that DO test on animals are required to label their products to say “WE TEST ON ANIMALS!” just like how cigarettes have those scary warning labels all over their packages. Why is it that the good guys have to go out of their way to let customers know they are running an ethical company?

Sigh. The good news is that there are several ways to figure out which cosmetic brands do not test on animals and are cruelty-free but these methods vary in time and accuracy. I wish there was an easier way to filter out the bad guys to get to the good ones, but you’re going to have to find a technique that works best for you and your unique lifestyle, general rule of thumb, if the manufacturer of a product is ethical and cruelty free, the packaging companies they use, will normally love to say so!

Depending on the situation, you can use one or a combination of these methods to get the most accurate and reliable information that YOU trust.

5 Super Simple Ways to Know When Cosmetics are Cruelty-Free!

1. Look for certified bunny logos on product packaging

Keep an eye out for one of the three certified bunny logos on a product’s packaging. The bunny logo is usually displayed on the back of the product and this is one of the fastest and easiest ways to ensure the product wasn’t tested on animals.CrueltyFree-Bunny-Logos

Use this method when:

  • You have the product in front of you
  • You want a quick and fool-proof reference guide
  • You trust the third party organization and their cruelty-free standards

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Limitations with this method:

Companies must pay to license and use one of the three certified bunny logos. That means a company can be certified cruelty-free and meet all the standards but they might not be able to afford to pay and use the logo on their packaging.

Also, the organizations that distribute and regulate certified bunny logos all have different cruelty-free standards. They do not all follow the same regulations so it’s important you find the one that you agree with.

Watch out for:

Unofficial bunny logos! The three certified bunny logos mentioned above are different from other standard bunny logos because there is a third party that is regulating who gets to use them; only brands that meet their set of standards are allow to carry their logo. So some companies try to deceive customers by displaying a similar cute bunny logo hoping compassionate shoppers will take the bait.bunny-logos


2. Rely on an online list of certified cruelty-free brands

Alternatively or in conjunction, you can also reference an online list of certified cruelty-free brands. Unlike the first method, a company doesn’t have to pay to be on the list of cruelty-free brands. They still need to meet all of the cruelty-free standards in order to be listed but using this method will ensure you aren’t missing out on any noteworthy brands.

Certified Cruelty-Free Brand Lists:

Use this method when:

  • Again, you trust another organization and their cruelty-free standards
  • You may or may not have the product in front of you. The list is organized alphabetically by the brand name so as long as you know the brand, you can always reference the list.
  • If you want a portable version of the list, you can print it or order a mini booklet that fits comfortably in your wallet.

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Limitations with this method:

As explained above, cruelty-free certifications have different standards so it’s important you find an organization that you agree with and you’ll often find that each cruelty-free list will feature different brands from one another. You might find a brand on one list but not on another.

Watch out for:

Print or booklet versions of the list aren’t up-to-date. New brands are always added or sometimes brands may be taken off the list. Frequently reference online versions whenever you can to ensure brands are still on the list.


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3. Use a cruelty-free app!

If printing a list of cruelty-free brands and bringing it to the store is not your thing then you’ll be happy to hear there’s a solution and an app for that! Download a cruelty-free mobile app where you can quickly scan a product’s barcode and instantly know whether it’s tested on animals or not.

Cruelty-Free Mobile Apps:

Use this method when:

  • You have the product in front of you to scan
  • Need a quick reference on the go or at the store
  • Short on time
  • You trust another organization and their cruelty-free standards

Limitations with this method:

Your trust is in a third party’s cruelty-free standards and how frequently the app is updated. A product or brand may also scan and show different results across various cruelty-free apps. Some apps are free while others costs $2.99. This method will require you to have a smartphone and a reliable wifi/data connection.


4. Email/Message the Company Yourself

This method is the most time consuming but will achieve the most updated and definitive results. By crafting your own specific animal testing questions to brands, you gain more control over what you choose to be considered cruelty-free. Emailing or messaging a company directly will also ensure all of your questions and concerns will be personally and properly addressed.

Use this method when:

  • You don’t trust other third party organizations or their standards
  • There is no available information online or on a product’s packaging
  • If there is available information, it is outdated
  • When you have the time

Limitations with this method:

It is more time-consuming; expect a week to a month before getting a response and sometimes require a follow-up email


5. Consult a Cruelty-Free Expert or Blogger!

Just like you would consult a real estate agent when buying a house, cruelty-free beauty experts and bloggers are incredibly helpful when you need a first, second, or third opinion. They do most of the work for you of emailing companies and cross referencing cruelty-free lists.

You can follow, tweet, DM, or email a cruelty-free blogger or use their own curated cruelty-free lists as a reference.

Cruelty-Free Bloggers’ Own-Curated Brand List:

Use this method when:

  • You trust a cruelty-free expert/blogger and their standards of what they consider “cruelty-free”
  • You want an outsiders opinion other than the brand that is trying to sell you their products

Limitations with this method:

Blogs are merely just opinions and no two opinions are alike so there may be contradicting theories across various cruelty-free bloggers. And just about anyone can start a blog nowadays so just be mindful about which bloggers you trust and where they are getting their information from.


Now you can be well on your way to shopping cruelty-free with these resources to ensure your next favorite product wasn’t tested on animals and is 100% cruelty-free!

Which of these methods do you use and trust?

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6 Comments
  • VALENTINA KITSOU
    September 13, 2016

    hi!!! i would like to know if the ”insight” is cruelty free???

  • Ado
    May 13, 2016

    Honestly, after what I’ve seen with “certified” logos, I trust them as much as third party bunny stickers…

    Nice article =)

  • Cruelty Free Kitty
    October 30, 2015

    Vicky!! This post is amaaaazing. Great job, and thanks for the mention!

    • Vicky Ly
      November 3, 2015

      Gurl, you deserve it! Thank YOU for providing us with amazing cruelty-free resources! =)

  • Lovely Witches
    October 28, 2015

    This is such a great post Vicky, and thank you for including my blog! I love that your posts are always so in depth and helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Vicky Ly
      November 3, 2015

      Thank you so much Gemima! =) Your blog is super helpful and I just had to include it in this post!!

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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