Bite Beauty is now officially 100% vegan! 🌱✨ @bitebeauty recently reformulated all of their products and has removed all animal-derived ingredients and by-products (like lanolin, beeswax, and carmine) from their entire collection. 🙌🏻
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However, it should be noted that their Lip Lab is not completely vegan, yet! They’re working on making it vegan in the near future. 🌿💖
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Bite Beauty's Vegan Statement:
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"Yes, Bite Beauty products are vegan.
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Our reason to go vegan was simple-we’ve evolved. We can create high-performance formulas without ingredients that come from animals. As we’ve been innovating with superfoods, we’ve learned we can get amazing results that perform on par with-if not better than-formulas that contain animal byproducts.
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Further, we wanted to create products everyone can love-including people who crave clean, cruelty-free and vegan beauty."
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📸 via @bitebeauty

Bite Beauty is now officially...

I just finished reading ‘Slave to Fashion’ by @safia_minney 📚 and it has completely changed my perspective on the true cost of cheap clothes. ✨ Definitely a must-read to understanding modern slavery in the fashion industry and the need to support fair trade and ethical brands that are transparent about how their products are made with respect for people and the planet. 🌍🌿
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"Today, a whole generation of shoppers expect to be able to buy cheap clothing - but these low prices are only possible because of the slavery and exploitation that exist in the fashion supply chain.
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The price of clothes does not reflect the true cost to the farmers, spinners and weavers, tailors, finishers, quality-control teams and packers who are underpaid and overworked in the race to get the latest fashion items into our stores.
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Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
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Workers in developing countries are often left helpless by a lack of workplace representation and unions that could speak up for their rights. As a result, we are witnessing a global 'race to the bottom', with developing countries competing against each other to supply the cheapest labor in a bid to attract brands to their factories."

I just finished reading ‘Slave...

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...

Why iHerb is the One-Stop Shop for Cruelty-free and Vegan Beauty Products + Giveaway!

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over 2,400 cruelty-free and vegan bath and beauty products at iHerb!

I’ve heard of iHerb.com before but had never ordered anything from their online shop because as a Canadian resident, I get anxious over having to pay higher shipping rates, extra custom duties and taxes, and waiting longer for my package to be cleared from the border.

But when I heard that iHerb carries over 2,400 cruelty-free and vegan beauty products and offers some amazing deals, I knew I had to get in on this and place my first order at iHerb.com! I wanted to let you guys in on my first experience shopping on iHerb.com and if you want to enter for a chance to win a $50 shopping spree, you can find the details of the giveaway at the end of this post!

My iHerb Vegan Shopping Review

Registration:

It takes seconds to set up an iHerb account, all that’s required is your name, email address, and a password.

Registering on iHerb is super easy and takes a second!

Product Offerings:

I was informed that iHerb carries over 2,400 cruelty-free and vegan bath & beauty products and over 700 vegan foods! This made my shopping experience incredibly fun giving me a fabulous selection of products to browse and choose from. But one thing I noticed is that I did find some products that contained honey and shellac under the cruelty-free and vegan product filter.

Filter product searches to vegan and cruelty-free options on iHerb!

Again, I want to take the time to remind caring consumers to always read the ingredient list of products that claim to be ‘vegan’. Not just on iHerb.com but anywhere for that matter because sometimes it’s the product manufacturers who are mislabelling their products and the distributors just pass the information along to the customer.

The great thing about iHerb.com is that their product descriptions are pretty thorough and I had no troubles with finding additional product information, ingredient lists, and their customer reviews were also very helpful!

Vegan Products from iHerb.com! 

I really can’t stress enough the great selection of vegan and cruelty-free products that iHerb.com carries! For this review, I tried my best to include all sorts of products including face, hair, body, color cosmetics, and household products!

Prices:

It’s no secret that I am a serious bargain shopper, I take pride in being able to save $0.20 on any given purchase =) First off, I want to note that iHerb.com allow shoppers to easily change currencies so that you can comfortably shop in your local dollas! This is especially important for me considering the Canadian loonie isn’t stacking so well next to USD$.

The prices on iHerb.com are unbeatable! Seriously.

For example,

  • Organic Jojoba Oil is only CA$13.90 on iHerb versus CA$26.49 on Well.ca
  • Acure Organics body lotion is only US$8.50 on iHerb versus US$9.99 on Acure Organics’ website 
  • Real Techniques Beauty Sponge is only US$4.79 on iHerb versus US$6.99 at Ulta

Savings:

Not only are the prices on iHerb.com super attractive for a savvy shopper like myself, but they also offer some additional savings like an extra 10% discount for orders over $60 and a first-time customer savings of $5. If you’re interested in saving $5 from your first purchase at iHerb.com with no minimum purchase, feel free to use this coupon code: FVH641

Save $5 off your first order on iHerb!

Shipping Process:

  1. Monday – placed my order
  2. Tuesday – received an email saying order has been shipped along with a tracking #
  3. Wednesday – received package! no signature required.

This is impressive considering that it was cleared from customs within a day! I can only speak from this one iHerb order so far but I think that since I opted in to pay my custom duties and taxes at the time of checkout on iHerb’s website actually helped with the speedy delivery!

This is an optional service on iHerb.com where you can pay the unforeseen custom taxes beforehand which was about $11 on a $100 order. This is the first time I opted in for this type of service and it definitely saved me the hassle and worry of having to pay later.

Overall iHerb.com Shopping Experience:

With unbeatable prices, quick & affordable shipping to Canada, and a fabulous selection of cruelty-free and vegan beauty products, I am very pleased with my first shopping experience on iHerb.com. The only feedback I have is for iHerb to refine their vegan product filter option to make sure all products under this category does not contain any animal ingredients including honey, beeswax, shellac, lanolin, etc.


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8 Comments
  • Excellent article. I’m facing some of these issues as well..

    • rlp
      February 16, 2020

      {too long / won’t read: unreliable filters; damaged items; horrible customer service; long-time customers now shopping elsewhere; many similar complaints online; rumoured that the company was recently sold, thus the abysmal downturn in ‘customer service’} peaceful greetings. this post appeared in my ethical elephant search results for a particular brand in which I was interested while shopping on a website similar to the one mentioned in this article. my mother was a regular customer with them, and always raved about their great customer service. she would purchase items for me, as part of her orders, to save on shipping and packaging materials. recently, I ordered in my own name. the experience has been terrible, and is ongoing. aside from the very unreliable filters, the on-site shopping wasn’t too bad. correspondence to customer service was completely ignored post-order. when I left a one-star review of one of their promotional product sets, they removed my review, accusing me of violating the review rules (the products were of poor quality, and would have merited a similar review, even if there had been no customer service problems, which I did mention). after half a dozen messages, with absolutely no response, before I posted the review, they finally sent a reply — when I responded to the email they had sent to inform me of my review’s removal. the company has bounced my case from representative to representative, and the lack of prior knowledge, history, and continuity has shown. not once has the matter of my review been addressed by the company, despite that I’ve repeatedly mentioned. the weeks without any response whatsoever has never been addressed by the company, despite that I have repeatedly mentioned. several products in my order were damaged. after spending hours taking pictures (they asked for pictures) uploading images in-line, with descriptions, in several email (data limits on attachments per email), again explaining the multiple problems I had encountered, they tried giving me a refund which reflected less than the cost per item listed, for fewer items than were damaged — and including products not damaged, which I hadn’t even mentioned, and excluding products repeatedly mentioned and photographed! I’m still composing a response to their latest erroneous reply. the anxiety and frustration have been awful. my order was placed around two months ago, maybe a little less; I had contacted the company right away, after receiving my parcels. (the first time I had contacted them was actually right after I had placed my order, when I realized an item had somehow left my cart and escaped my notice until then — even this, an attempt to give them more money, by adding this item to my order, had been ignored; this, too, has never been addressed, despite that I’ve repeatedly mentioned). it’s worth noting that the items appeared to have been thrown into the shipping box, in haphazard and careless manner. shipping may jostle items, but if they’re packed well, they’ll remain more or less in place. my items were all over the box. simply placing them back in, after having taken most of them out, without any real thought, led to a far more organized composition. a better job of packing might have prevented some damage. my mother had commented, at the time, what a poor packing job it was, stating that her previous orders had been packed reasonably well. (as far as I remember, there had been no big problems). my mother has been basically shocked and incredulous due to the antipoedian disparity of previous experiences and my own most recent dilemma. we haven’t confirmed this ourselves, but word on the internet is that the company was recently sold, and many customers have been extremely unhappy, many with problems similar to what I’ve experienced, since that sale. while I’d love to be chiming in with how great they are (we used to love the company), I have to say both my mother and I have been planning our online shopping elsewhere. last month, I purchased a few items through a different site, and the packing job was beautiful! (I’m such a nerd). the free shipping threshold on that alternate site is a little higher than the site mentioned in the article above; there is some difference in product selection, which is both positive and negative; prices vary, both higher and lower; relevant filters are still debatable. I’ve found that other, similar websites, compare and contrast in much the same way. apologies for the wordsome ramble. if anyone should merit detailed information on a company’s customer service practices, shouldn’t that be vegans? customer service matters greatly to me, and I know it does to many others. if anyone has alternative sites, where one may purchase a variety of personal care products, preferably with free shipping and budget-conscious prices, I’d love to know, and would greatly appreciate the help. take care, lovely vegans. peace.

  • Vos xxxx
    July 23, 2016

    Hey Vicky. i wanted to ask you about something but first of all. thank you for your hard work, i really appreciate your work and I’m glad i found you, you encouraged me to finally boycott non cruelty free brands and make a step forward.

    my question is do you know if the body shop is cruelty free or not? they say that they don’t test their products on animals but they also said a lot of complicated stuff that i didn’t get so please help me.

    ^_^

  • Gayle
    January 20, 2016

    Hi Vicky, Have you ever had any trouble with products being listed under the CF/Vegan tab that are not actually vegan? I just checked out the site for the first time because of your post, but I’m a little worried as several Physicians Formula mascaras came up that have beeswax in them and glycerin (not sure of its origin). Thanks

    • Vicky Ly
      January 20, 2016

      Hey Gayle! Yah, I noticed that exact same thing and mentioned that issue in the middle of this blog post. I spotted products that contained shellac and honey under the CF/vegan filter and have recommended iHerb to refine this category to make sure none of the products contain any animal products. So they are aware of the situation and hopefully they will resolve it asap!

      In the meantime, you can find a list of ingredients just below each product in the description =) Just gotta be on the look-out for now.

  • Angie
    January 19, 2016

    OMG you would be my BFF ever to shop with LOL- this is definitely one of my new fav blogs – I just ordered Dr. Mercola protein powder off Iherb.com & darnit, I had no idea they had so many other amazing things! Getting this order must have been all sorts of fun lol!

    • Vicky Ly
      January 19, 2016

      hahaha Yah I went a little crazy on this haul but I couldn’t help it!! it was so much fun and the competitive prices also justified the shopping spree! =) hehe

  • Kiki
    January 6, 2016

    This is a good and thorough review, especially from a vegan perspective. ♥

“Make 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.”― Marc Bekoff

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