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...

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

A quick and easy way...

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)

Never too late for a...

Vegan Snacks Galore with Vegan Cuts Snack Box!

This post may contain affiliate links.

Anyone who knows me well knows the way to win over my heart is a basket of snacks!! And the peeps over at Vegan Cuts hooked me up with my first Vegan Snack Box! I love the idea of a vegan snack box because if you haven’t noticed, there seems to be a vegan option for everything nowadays and if you’re in Canada like me.. it’s almost impossible to find these vegan goodies in our regular grocery stores!

Even if our local stores carry them, I almost never notice them because I just assume they’re never vegan-friendly!

Vegan Cut’s Snack Box solves all those woes as they deliver 10 or more vegan products for you to try every month! The monthly subscription is only $22.95/month for US residents; CA$31.95/month to Canadian residents; $37.95/month for International subscribers!

I’m excited to get into and share with you all the goodness that was included in this month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box! Legooo!

Vegan Cuts Snack Box

Vegan Cuts Snack Box

Instead of reviewing all 13 snacks individually, I thought I’d share with you all my overall opinion of what I liked and didn’t like about some of the snacks included in this month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box!

Most excited to try – Pipcorn Cheddar Mini Popcorn (#5)! I saw these guys on Shark Tank and been dying to try their small kernel popcorn! and the Hazelnut Spread by Nutiva (#10), I heard this was a great vegan alternative to Nutella!

Least excited to try – The Jambalaya mix (#13) was pretty random. When I think of “snacks”, I usually think of something that is ready-to-eat so the idea of making this didn’t excite me.

I would buy on my own – Popchips (#3) and the Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal (#2)! The Popchips aren’t fried, which makes them a guilt-free snack option! They “take potatoes, add heat and pressure, then pop!” and the strawberry shortcake oatmeal tasted like actual shortcake!! Yummers!!

I wouldn’t buy on my own – The mocha shake by Zumba (#12). This is a just a personal preference but I generally don’t like “protein” or “health” shakes because they all have that gritty texture that I can’t stand!

The most interesting – Organic dried mangos by Sol Simple (#1)! Ok, the idea of dried fruit in a vegan snack box doesn’t sound interesting at first until I read the ethics behind this company! These dried mangos are solar dried!!! Sol Simple uses “solar drying system that harnesses the sun’s power to dehydrate [their] fruit and reduce fossil fuel consumption.” Now, that’s pretty damn interesting!

I thought I wouldn’t like but ended up liking – The peanut butter + ginger chews (#6)!! I love ginger candy but when I read the package and saw this one contains peanut butter, I was totally skeptical but this is now my favorite candy!! I would have never thought of putting peanut butter and ginger together!

I thought I would like but didn’t ended up liking – I was totally intrigued by a coffee bar that claims there’s a cup of coffee in every bar! However I think I’m going to stick with drinking instead of eating my coffee. This totally upset my stomach =(

Final Words

I’m totally blown away by the quality and and selection in this month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box! It was a great variety of treats from popcorn, candy, spreads, tea, shakes, and chips! It was everything I would expect a vegan snack box to include and more! and what I mean by more is how I didn’t expect all the vegan products included to also be super healthy! When I think of snacks, I think of highly processed food products containing a bunch of indulgent ingredients but I consider most of the products inside the Vegan Cuts Snack Box to be guilt-free (for my lifestyle anyways!).

And upon reading the packaging of some of the products, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that most of these companies have a strong sustainability or social initiative. For example, for every box of Eat Your Coffee Bars keeps one child in school in Coyol, Nicaragua for an entire week! ?

If you want to try the Vegan Cuts Snack Box yourself, you can sign up and see all the details here!

I’d love to know, have you tried Vegan Cuts Snack Box before? or any of the vegan products that was included in this month’s snack box?


Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. 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.

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