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! 🐘 💕

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Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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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)

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Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

Cruelty-free is the only way...

A quick and easy way to find out if your shoes are VEGAN and whether they were made from animal OR non-animal materials! 👠🌿
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Once you know, you'll never forget! ✨ I've been using this guide for YEARS now and it has saved me so much time and hassle! 💗
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Swipe 👈🏻 to see what each symbol means and which ones are considered vegan materials! 🌱
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NOTE: This pictogram does NOT guarantee whether the glue used contain animal products, please contact the shoe manufacturer/companies to inquire about the source of their glue.
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Shoes: old from @callitspring

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Never too late for a fresh start ✨ doing something is better than doing nothing 🌱
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I had failed to meet my personal goals to living minimally and more sustainably this month, but I will keep trying to do better — even if it means making some mistakes along the way! 🌎 (via @createcultivate)

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Scentuals Natural Products Review + Giveaway! {CLOSED}

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Scentuals Natural Products Review + Giveaway!

A while back I wrote about Scentuals’ animal testing policy and confirmed that they are indeed cruelty-free! I was delighted to have the opportunity to try some of their vegan products because they are actually a local company and all of their products are handmade in small batches in Coquitlam, BC!

Scentuals was also kind enough to offer a giveaway of the same products I got to review to an ethical elephant reader! To enter, all you have to do is visit Scentuals’ Facebook page and leave your e-mail address in the widget at the bottom of this post! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

Scentuals Natural Products

Scentuals makes all-natural and organic bodycare and haircare products packed with the finest quality ingredients and pure essential oils. They put their heart and soul into researching, sourcing, and developing each ingredient and final product; delivering us only the best of the best but at an affordable price!

Review: Shampoo & Conditioner – Rosemary Mint

Both the shampoo and conditioner smells absolutely delectable! I love the smell of rosemary and it’s been known to help stimulate hair growth and strengthen hair while treating dry scalp and dandruff.

The first thing I noticed upon reading the ingredient list was that the first ingredient was organic aloe juice and not water! Most hair products including some allegedly ‘natural’ ones are mostly made up of water and other fillers. For $15 a pop, you are definitely getting your money’s worth with these truly natural and quality haircare products!

Scentuals natural moisturizing shampoo + conditioner review

Shampoo 

Scentuals’ Moisturizing Shampoo is sulphate free and a little goes a long way! You can build up the lather but I’ve gotten the hang of using all-natural shampoo and find that I’m just wasting product when trying to work up a sudsy lather. So if you do enjoy a good lather, prepare to use up more product.

Conditioner

Similar to the shampoo, you only need a little of the product to work it into your ends. After using Scentuals’ Moisturizing Conditioner, I’ve noticed my hair to be less frizzy and my color treated ombre ends was looking a lot more healthy after a week. This has moved up to be one of my favourite conditioners! It leaves my hair feeling softer and smoother. And I can’t get over how great my hair smells after using the shampoo + conditioner duo!!

Review: Anti-Aging Facial Toning Mist

Scentuals’ Anti-Aging Toning Mist is loaded with 100% natural and pure floral waters including witch hazel, rose geranium, ylang ylang, and sandalwood, making it a perfect complement to your regular skin routine.

Scentuals anti-aging facial toning mist review

After cleansing, I would spray the toning mist all over my face. It has an earthy smell but doesn’t linger. My face feels cleanse, fresh, and moisturized after! This is something I see myself using quite often in the colder seasons.

Review: De-Stress – Aromatherapy Roll-On

Perhaps one of the most important but underrated component of any beauty care routine is stress management! I’m a believer that what goes on inside affects how you look on the outside. And stress is known to cause skin flare-ups because when we feel tense, our brain releases cortisol (a stress hormone). As a result, this can cause havoc to our skin including increase in oil production leading to breakouts, as well as, loss of immune function in our skin and increasing the appearance of wrinkles.

Scentuals aromatherapy roll-on de-stress review

But the peeps at Scentuals has got our backs and they’ve carefully crafted an aromatherapy roll-on de-stresser to help calm our nerves and reduce tension. Using a mixture of therapeutic grade essential oils like bergamot, lavender, chamomile, palmarosa with the aim to calm the mind and helping you relax. They’ve even packaged it to be travel-friendly so you can use it on the go or whenever you need it most!

I’ve tried a couple of aromatherapy roll-ons before but found that the scent was too strong and lingered more than I could appreciate and as I was about to give up on the roll-on game, Scentuals’ aromatherapy roll-on de-stress changed things up for me. The smell is definitely not too overpowering but I can smell it as soon as I applied it. As a result, I felt more relaxed and the sweet scent was incredibly calming for me! Because of this, I am really excited to try their other aromatherapy roll-ons for headaches, muscle pain, and sleep!

Where To Buy Scentuals

You can get your hands on an array of Scentual products at Pharmasave, Save On Foods, Whole Foods, Pricesmart, and other Canadian natural health food stores or buy them online!


Giveaway!

{GIVEAWAY CLOSED} One lucky reader will get the chance to try all of the products I got to review by entering our giveaway with Scentuals! The giveaway is only available for Canadian and U.S. residents. Winner will be notified by e-mail and will receive:

  • Scentuals’ Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Scentuals’ Anti-Aging Facial Toning Mist
  • Scentuals’ De-Stress Aromatherapy Roll-On

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Disclaimer: I received press samples of this item 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 express are always 100% my own. 

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3 Comments
  • crystal walker
    January 23, 2016

    I have purchased the muscle pain roll on and I gotta say that I like it. I don’t like to use advil or tylenol because of the damage they can cause to the body. Its nice to use something that is chemical free. I am not really fond of the clove scent but this oil smells really nice and doesn’t overwhelm me. I look forward to trying the shampoo and conditioner to see if my hair will possibly grow a bit faster and thicken up a bit as it is very thin.

  • Brenda Presthofer
    November 15, 2015

    I enjoy shopping local and always look for healthy & organic
    bodycare products to try. I’m happy to hear Scentuals is from
    Coquitlam B.C.! Would love to try your cruelty-free, natural
    products, the scents sound amazing! 🙂

  • Cynthia Knisley
    November 12, 2015

    I would love to try your products. I am always worried about the chemicals that put in products. Yours sound great.

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