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. 🙌🏻
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. 🌿💖
Bite Beauty's Vegan Statement:
"Yes, Bite Beauty products are vegan.
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.
Further, we wanted to create products everyone can love-including people who crave clean, cruelty-free and vegan beauty."
📸 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. 🌍🌿
"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.
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.
Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
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

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via

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”?
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.
Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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.”
Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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.
But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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!)
 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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 🤔✨
(📸 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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What can I say..? I’m...

THIS. 🙌🏻
“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...

LaRitzy Cruelty-Free Subscription Box

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LaRitzy Cruelty-Free Subscription Box

LaRitzy is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly beauty subscription box delivering hand selected and quality products right to our doorsteps every month!

If you love trying out new beauty products but can’t be bothered to keep up with all the latest trends and emerging cruelty-free brands, then you’ve got to get your hands on a subscription box like LaRitzy! All of the work is done for you where LaRitzy co-founder, Emily and her team search and test all sorts of body, hair, and beauty products, sharing with us only the best cruelty-free treasures!

LaRitzy is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box

What You Need to Know About LaRitzy

  • Everything is cruelty-free and vegan!
  • Includes 4-5 full & luxury size products
  • $24.99/month, or you can prepay for 3 or 12 months term
  • No commitment, cancel anytime for monthly service
  • Ships to U.S. (free) and Canada ($5 flat rate shipping)
  • You can get 10% off your first month using the code: ELEPHANT10

Expect to see a mix of products, from hair care to body lotion to a trendy nail polish. We only send you products our team of curators loves and feels you should try. Most of the items will be full-sized, however you might find a few luxury-size samples here and there. ~LaRitzy

LaRitzy is 100% Vegan!

LaRitzy has recently announced that their subscription boxes will only contain vegan-friendly products in addition to products that are not tested on animals! All boxes starting November 2015 will be 100% vegan!

October 2015 LaRitzy Box

I got the opportunity to receive and try LaRitzy’s October box. Everything included in this month’s box is vegan except for Zak Body’s unscented deodorant. You’re basically getting $40 in goods for only $24.99!

LaRitzy's Cruelty-Free & Vegan October Box ReviewGreen Apple Age Defy Hand Cream by Juice Beauty (2 oz for $12)

This product is heavenly and totally season appropriate for the October box. The hand cream is incredibly hydrating but doesn’t leave any greasy or sticky residue behind. And the smell of green apples is absolutely delectable!

Feed Your Ends by Yarok Hair (2 oz for $13.20)

I’ve tried this product before and it’s definitely in my top 10 favourite beauty products! It’s an excellent choice as I recommend it to all of my friends. For someone who has extremely dry ends, I can’t get enough of this leave-in conditioner so I’m happy that I get to restock on it!

Body Wash by Strange Invisible Perfumes (sample sizes) 

The smell of these body wash are the real deal! I got the (1) Lavender & Vetiver and (2) Sage & Rose and they both smell incredibly divine! I’m not the type that likes the smell of perfumes or heavily scented body care products but something about Strange Invisible‘s natural and organic body wash has got me in some sort of trance.

LaRitzy offers deluxe sample sizes of cruelty-free and vegan beauty products Unscented All Natural Detox Deodorant by Zak Body (2.8 oz for $11.99)

Product contains beeswax.

Final Thoughts on LaRitzy

LaRitzy Cruelty-Free & Vegan Subscription Box

The value of the box is truly worth it because most of the products are full size or luxury sample size products! This month’s box also contains a nice range of products from hair, body, and personal care products. I would love to see some color cosmetics in the future though! =)

Want to give it a try? LaRitzy has offered Ethical Elephant readers 10% off their first month’s subscription! Just use the coupon code: ELEPHANT10.

Want to try LaRitzy's cruelty-free box? Use code: ELEPHANT10 for 10% off

Disclaimer: I received press 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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  • Cynthia
    November 7, 2015

    Did you notify LaRitzy that they sent a non-vegan product? That’s lame that people would need to neurotically double check that everything is actually vegan. I personally do use bee products but, for a company who’s claiming to only send vegan products, that’s quite lame. I feel like their customer service needs to know about that one slipping through.

    • Vicky Ly
      November 7, 2015

      Hey Cynthia! I sent an email to Emily, LaRitzy’s co-founder as soon as I read the ingredients for Zak’s deodorant and the October box was curated before their announcement that they were going 100% vegan. Also, on the packaging for Zak’s deodorant.. it does clearly state that it’s vegan so it was also a slip up from the company as well.

      I agree with you that it’s annoying that we have to double check everything but unfortunately the term ‘vegan’ isn’t regulated and there’s not even a standard definition so it has various meanings to different people =( sigh.

“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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