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 Origins Cruelty Free in 2019? | Does Origins Test on Animals?

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Is Origins Cruelty Free in 2019?
Is Origins Cruelty Free in 2019?

Origins is a US-based, natural skincare, makeup and bath & body brand founded by son of Estee Lauder, Leonard Lauder. We wanted to know, is Origins cruelty-free in 2019?

Is Origins Cruelty-Free?

Origins is not cruelty-free in 2019; Origins products are sold in China and are required by law to be tested on animals.

In addition, Origins is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent corporation that is also not cruelty-free in 2019; Estee Lauder tests on animals when required by law.

Origins Animal Testing Policy (2019)

Origins’ website states that they don’t believe in testing on animals for product safety and claims “so we don’t do it.”

However, Origins admits that “some countries where Origins is sold require animal testing on all imported cosmetics as part of their regulator safety process.”

Below is a screenshot of what is currently stated on Origins’ website:

Origins Animal Testing Policy in 2019
Origins Animal Testing Policy in 2019

The disclaimer that “some countries where Origins is sold require animal testing” implies Origins may be selling their products in mainland China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics in 2019.

Origins Sold in China?

I found evidence of several stores and retailers throughout mainland China selling Origins products, confirming Origins’ statement that their products are required by law to be tested on animals in China.

Below are a couple screenshots from origins.com.cn website:

Origins sold in China; required by law to test on animals
Origins sold in China; required by law to test on animals
Origins sold in several stores in mainland China
Origins sold in several stores in mainland China

Because of Origins’ decision to sell their products in-stores in mainland China, they must consent and pay the Chinese government to test their products on animals as part of the registration process before they can sell in their country.

Origins states they do not agree with these procedures and they’re doing everything they can to put an end to animal testing worldwide through science, including their partnership with The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, but at the same time, Origins is knowingly agreeing to have their products tested on animals just so they can sell in China.

It sounds to me like Origins believes in making more money than ending animal testing for cosmetics.

Many cruelty-free companies have chosen not to sell in China for this very reason or until China changes their animal testing requirements for imported cosmetics, so why can’t Origins do the same if they feel so strongly that animal testing for cosmetics is unnecessary?

Unfortunately, we would not consider Origins to be cruelty-free because their products are sold in mainland China and required by law to be tested on animals.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives

Looking for a cruelty-free alternative to Origins? We recommend the following cruelty-free skincare brands:

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24 Comments
  • Farida
    May 14, 2018

    Hey Vicky,
    I just read somewhere that Origin Cosmetics skin care products are vegan friendly except the lip balmbalm which has been wax in it. Can you please confirm that for me?? My only concern is vegan friendly products. Thanks
    Farida

    • Vicky Ly
      May 15, 2018

      Hey Farida,
      I have not inquired about Origins’ vegan products as they are NOT cruelty-free because they DO test on animals. I personally don’t bother to look into whether brands have vegan products if they don’t pass the cruelty-free verification stage of not testing on animals.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful in this case!

      • Erica
        March 16, 2019

        Do you have any vegan cruelty free alternative?

  • Janet
    May 13, 2018

    According to Tarte, they are vegan and cruelty free. I’ve been using their Amazon Clay full coverage foundation for several years. Can you confirm their status?

    Thank you for all you do!

    • Vicky Ly
      May 14, 2018

      Yes! Tarte does NOT test on animals however, they are owned by a parent company (Kose), that DOES test on animals. Some cruelty-free consumers choose not to purchase from Tarte because they feel that they will be indirectly supporting and funding more animal tests done by the parent company, Kose. If you want to learn more about that, check out this post >> https://ethicalelephant.com/crueltyfree-brands-parent-company/

      Tarte also has a bunch of vegan products that don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients but please note that NOT ALL of Tarte products are vegan as some contains beeswax, carmine, and other animal ingredients. They clearly label which of their products are vegan but you can also find a list here >> https://ethicalelephant.com/tarte-vegan/

      Hope that answers your question, Janet! =)

  • Nicole B
    April 17, 2017

    Hi! What would be a good skin care brand that is cruelty free? I’m having trouble finding one

    • Rachel Wood
      April 27, 2017

      Have a look at Drunk Elephant. They are cruelty free and vegan

    • Nessa
      October 19, 2017

      Lush

  • Emilie Plambeck Pedersen
    January 3, 2017

    Hi

    I was wondering if the companies listed on PETA’S list of cruelty free companies are also vegan companies?
    Can companies on that list still have products that contain animal products??

    • Vicky Ly
      January 3, 2017

      Hey Emilie!
      Generally speaking, not all of the companies listed on PETA’s cruelty-free database are vegan. It’s more of a list of companies they believe do not test on animals.

      They do have a separate designation for companies that don’t test on animals AND are also vegan (no animal products). If you’re looking at their online directory, those companies are identified with a “V” symbol next to their company name. And if you’re on the lookout for their bunny logo, it’ll say “cruelty-free and vegan”

      I have another post you can read more about the different cruelty-free certifications here >> https://ethicalelephant.com/cruelty-free-bunny-logos/

      Hope that was helpful information to you, Emilie!

  • Christiane
    August 19, 2016

    I am Christiane
    I am doing lots of research.. I am shocked to find out that the non cruelty products contain animals product…I don’t know what kind of lipstick to use anymore and I am allergy to scented one.. I am an animal defender and will not wear make up or color my hair…

    • Vicky Ly
      August 19, 2016

      Hey Christiane! Great to hear from ya!
      Yes I know.. it may seem counter-intuitive that products labelled as ‘cruelty-free” can still contain animal products. If you’re looking for products that do not test on animals AND doesn’t contain any animal products.. you want to make sure you’re looking for BOTH “cruelty-free” AND “Vegan” products.

      You’ll be happy to know that there are several Cruelty-Free AND Vegan lipsticks available! I list 10 of them in this post here which you might find helpful! ethicalelephant.com/cruelty-free-vegan-lipsticks/

      I’m not sure what you might be allergic to but maybe try the more natural lipsticks that I listed? Brands like 100% Pure, Pacifica, Gabriel, Au Naturale, Axiology use natural and non-toxic ingredients to make their lipsticks! Definitely email the brand if you have any questions about an ingredient and if its suitable for you! =)

      Thank you for choosing kinder products that do not harm animals, Christiane! =)

  • Joni Jones
    August 12, 2016

    Any recommendation on a good cruelty free face regimen for hormonal acne? I have tried soo many and no luck.
    Thanks

    • angie
      April 23, 2017

      Have you tried bravura products? Vegan and amazing, completely changed my skin. Not had a major breakout for a year and half now

  • Aanshi
    August 9, 2016

    I always feel that companies test on animals if the ingredients used are harsh/ toxic/ synthetic etc. So you know, products coming from such companies might not be best for you in the longer run !

  • Nikki Elaman
    July 1, 2016

    I agree with all of you. With modern technology, no one should be testing on animals! I always look to see if there is no animal testing on any products and also look it up on the Internet. I wish more people would care about where and how things are made, instead of, as long as I get what I want.

  • Par McCarthy
    January 31, 2016

    I am most careful when choosing any cosmetics or hair products. So I checked if Ojon was cruelty free. Their site said it was. I was shocked to learn that Estรฉe Lauder own the company. Their hair products weren’t cheap so I feel doubly cheated. It’s a costly mistake I won’t make again.

  • Jordana
    November 19, 2015

    I find it quite upsetting (for lack of a better word) that Origins are not cruelty free. They market themselves as being so natural and kind to the earth. I was really shocked when I made the move to cruelty free beauty and discovered Origins were not cruelty free. Dishonest really. Very disappointing.

    • Vicky Ly
      November 19, 2015

      I know the feeling, Jordana! =(

    • Traci Stewart
      December 8, 2016

      I agree, misleading. Plus, weak minded, where is the integrity? “Except when required by law” only implies the company cares more about profit then principles,..

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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