A couple of vegan and clean skincare goodies I got from my first order from @thedetoxmarketcanada! 🌿✨ My skin has changed so much in just the past year alone. I went from very oily skin to acne-prone to eczema flare-ups and now surface dryness 😔 So lately, I've been looking into the ingredients of all my skincare products and consciously trying to make an effort to buy clean, non-toxic, and organic products.  This is my second bottle of @oseamalibu's Blemish Balm, it's an amazing lightweight moisturizer that has really helped clear up my skin without drying it out or trigger my eczema. 🌸 I also wanted to try their Atmosphere Protection Cream which claims to hydrate and help provide barrier protection against visible damage caused by environmental stressors such as dry climates, wind and air pollution. 🌍 I’d love to know, what are some non-toxic & vegan skincare products/brands are you currently loving or would recommend?? 💕

A couple of vegan and...

Ain't nuthin but a V-GANG, baby! ✌🏻✨🌱 VGANG: a group of people taking a hardcore gangster approach to wellness and conscience living. - defined by Will.I.Am
📸 via @jemglo_cosmedx

Ain't nuthin but a V-GANG,...

My lips are instantly and intensely hydrated thanks to @nclabeauty’s [NEW] 100% Natural & Vegan Lip Balm! 💋 They have 8 flavors to choose from including Red Velvet, Almond Cookies, Marshmallow, and Watermelon!! 🍉 🍉 🍉  This watermelon Balm Babe smells and tastes like watermelon candy! Formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, and coconut oil.
I love how light and moisturized this lip balm feels and I especially love how it doesn't leave that waxy feeling behind 👌🏻
Most lip balms on the market contain beeswax, lanolin, or honey, making them NOT vegan. And then there are some other brands that are NOT cruelty-free including Nivea, Chapstick, EOS*, Blistex, Aquaphor, and Vaseline.
*Note: EOS is sold in-stores in China but they claim that since they manufacture their products in China, they do not need to test on animals as required by law. However, EOS' products are still at risk of POST-market animal testing where Chinese officials will pull products off from store shelves and test them on animals, this is often done without the company's knowledge or consent. So at this time, we do not feel comfortable classifying any beauty brand selling their products in-stores in China to be "cruelty-free" to our standards.
#ncla #nclabeauty #balmbabe #nclabalmbabe #nclawatermelon #veganlipbalm #crueltyfreelipbalm #naturallipbalm #cleanlipbalm #gifted

My lips are instantly and...

Let's Get Sheet-Faced!! ✨🙋🏻‍♀️ Some of my favourite cruelty-free and vegan sheet masks include:
🌵 @elfcosmetics (All Vegan)
🌵 @pacificabeauty (All Vegan)
🌵 @acurebeauty (All Vegan)
🌵 @yesto
🌵 @andalounaturals
🌵 @100percentpure
Plans on getting sheet-faced this weekend? Share some of your favourite cruelty-free sheet masks!💕
📸 via @popsugar

Let's Get Sheet-Faced!! ✨🙋🏻‍♀️ Some...

HAPPY 🍟 DAY! "You're not cheating on your diet by eating fries, you're cheating on fries by going on a diet."
📸 via @jiffpom

HAPPY 🍟 DAY! "You're not...

Those Jalapeño Kettle Chips are LIFE!🔥 I also love Takis, Sour Patch Kids Candy, Oreo Cookies in the Carrot Cake Flavor, Dad’s Oatmeal Cookies, and Doritos’ Spicy Sweet Chili chips! 👌🏻✨ — all in moderation, of course 🙂
What are some of your favourite accidentally vegan snacks?
📸 via @livekindlyco

Those Jalapeño Kettle Chips are...

Daydreaming of being on a beach right now with this gorgeous turquoise creme nail polish color called Son of a Beach by @heroine.nyc 🏝
All of heroine.nyc nail polish are cruelty-free, vegan, and 9-free! 💚
#heroinenyc #gifted #beaheroine #beachbabes

Daydreaming of being on a...

Aren’t we all 😔🌱🌍
// #regram 📸 via @thegoodtrade

Aren’t we all 😔🌱🌍 ....

Never too small to make a big difference ✊🏻💕✨
📸 via @theveganbox

Never too small to make...

🎨 via @veronicadearly

HAPPY FRIDAY! 🖤✨ . ....

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


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!


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


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.

$50 iHerb Shopping Spree Giveaway!

Two of you will have the chance to win a $50 shopping spree + free shipping at iHerb.com! The winners are required to register to iHerb to claim their prize. Winners will be notified by email.

Enter to win a shopping spree at iHerb

Giveaway is open to all international readers where iHerb ships to. IMPORTANT: check to see if iHerb ships to your country before entering giveaway. To see if iHerb ships to a specific country, go to iherb.com, add a product to the shopping cart and then click the ‘country’ drop-down menu to see if your country is listed.

Here are some countries that iHerb does ship to and eligible to enter the giveaway:
United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,  Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine

Winners outside of the US are responsible for any additional taxes/duties/brokerage fees levied by your Customs Agency and/or Postal Service.

To enter, all you gotta do is to provide us with your email address in the widget below!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored giveaway post. I received samples in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are always 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links which, while they don’t change the cost for you, earn me a small commission.

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

  • 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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