Kale Quinoa Bowl with Creamy Tofu Dressing

Kale Quinoa Bowl with Creamy Tofu Dressing

I have to confess that I am a serious salad junkie. It is not unheard of for me to have a salad for all three meals of the day. This kale quinoa bowl is a way to change things up from the average salad. You have the goodness of all the greens and veggies, extra vitamins from sweet potato, the protein of quinoa and tofu, the probiotics of kimchi, and a yummy and smoky creamy tofu dressing.

It is the perfect way to get more raw vegetables into your diet without feeling like you need to miss out on a warm and savory meal. I especially love it as a post-workout meal.

Continue reading to learn how to make this Kale Quinoa Bowl with Creamy Tofu Dressing.

Pacifica Persian Rose Body Butter Review

Pacifica Persian Rose Body Butter Review

One of my favorite beauty and skincare brands is Pacifica. I have been a fan of theirs for years! After going cruelty free and vegan with my beauty routine I was overjoyed to find out that all Pacifica products are both cruelty free and vegan as well. Their Persian Rose scent has been my go-to scent for a long time now. Because I love the perfume so much, it was only a matter of time before the Pacifica Persian Rose Body Butter made it into my skincare routine.

Claims: “Our blend of Bulgarian rose, subtle violet, myrrh and delicate fruit is a nod to the floral empire of the Persians, the kings of perfume in the 9th century. Spiritual, elegant and classic. Smell incredible with our nourishing and anti-oxidant rich ingredients.  Our body butter helps fight signs of aging while adding deep moisture and protection.  Made with nature’s best moisturizers – shea butter, almond oil and safflower oil –  Pacifica’s paraben-free Body Butter is a skin must-have.

Continue reading to find out more about the Pacifica Persian Rose Body Butter!

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Shadow Palette Review

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Shadow Palette Review

Lily Lolo is a cruelty free company with lots of vegan options. They make a wide range of products. Everything from BB cream and mineral foundation to bronzer to mascara and pressed eye shadows. The Laid Bare palette contains eight shades of their pressed eye shadows. All of which are vegan. The description for the Laid Bare palette stated that the shadows were creamy, easily blendable, and long-lasting.

Finding a good neutral palette of vegan shades can be hard. Often times the palettes are small or do not live up to their claims and simply are not worth the money. The Laid Bare palette includes more shades than the average nude pressed shadow palettes I have seen out there do. When I first saw this palette on Petit Vour, I had to order it immediately. I was very interested to see how pigmented the shades were and how the palette could fit into my daily makeup routine.

Continue reading to find out more about the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Shadow Palette!

Q&A with Holly from FitQuick and PlantFit

Q&A with Holly from FitQuick and PlantFit

This weekend, a brand new cafe and gym is opening in Oakland, CA. Owned by Holly Works and  Ed Bauer, this is a one of a kind fitness and food experience. The PlantFit Strength & Conditioning Gym is combined with the FitQuick Performance Cafe to bring all of your plant based fitness needs to you in one place. The PlantFit gym will offer appointments for private personal training, small group classes, and monthly open gym memberships. The FitQuick Cafe will have food, drinks, FitQuick waffle mix, vegan supplements and more.

I first met Holly and Ed at a vegan fitness expo. Holly is not only a badass in the gym, but also in the kitchen. She is a chef but this year also launched FitQuick, a line of protein waffle mix. When I first found out about the new business that she and Ed would be opening I was beyond excited. Not only could I not wait to find out more myself but I also could not wait to share more with the readers of Logical Harmony! For those who are in the Bay Area, the grand opening of the event is this Saturday, January 17th. You can find details in the Facebook event.

Holly was sweet enough to answer some questions with me about how fitness has impacted her life, her cruelty free beauty favorites, and how she has been able to balance starting a business with taking care of her body.

Continue reading to find out more about Holly and more details about the PlantFit Strength & Conditioning Gym and the FitQuick Performance Cafe.

South Korea Animal Testing Ban News May Have Been Premature

South Korea Animal Testing Ban News May Have Been Premature

Last week the cruelty free blogging world was buzzing about a potential ban on animal testing in South Korea. What many blogs were posting was that animal testing on finished products was going to be banned. I did a lot of digging and could not find conclusive documentation to show that this was the case. In fact, very few reputable organizations were reporting that South Korea had changed their animal testing stance, much less implemented a ban on animal testing.

At the same time that I was digging, Humane Society International (HSI) reached out to me with an update from their end. HSI has always been very research driven and detail oriented. When it comes to organizations, I honestly can say that I trust their research about animal testing policies and changes more than that of any other organization.

What is important to know is that a five year plan has been proposed that, if passed, would potentially phase out animal testing for finished cosmetic products. This is part of one of several five year plans that have been proposed. There is no guarantee that this specific five year plan would be implemented. These proposed five year plans are now being reviewed by several departments before they would then potentially move forward with one. At this time, none of the proposed five year plans have been enacted and neither has a South Korea animal testing ban of any sort. 

What is also important to note is that, in South Korea, most of the animal testing occurs on ingredients and not finished products. The large majority of brands there have already phased out animal testing on finished cosmetic products. A real impact would be made if a ban on animal testing on ingredients was put into place.

Continue reading to find out more about the South Korean animal testing ban – what changes have been proposed and what they would impact.