Vegan Mango & Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

Vegan Mango & Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

The other day I had a craving for ice cream, but was too lazy to leave the house. So I took a quick look in the freezer to see if there were any smoothie options available. Instead, I decided to try to make my own creamy sorbet from simple ingredients. I had never tried making sorbet and had never search for a vegan sorbet recipe, so I just crossed my fingers. It turned out well and now I’ve been making it several nights out of the week. I love that it feels like such an indulgence, but it’s really not at all.

What you will need to make Mango & Raspberry Sorbet:

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon agave (optional)
  • Toppings: chia seeds, frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries, hemp seeds (all optional)

How to make Mango & Raspberry Sorbet:

  • Combine the frozen fruit and the almond or soy milk in a blender. Add the agave now if you want it extra sweet. I used my Vitamix for this but, since I didn’t use any of the high speed settings any blender should work just fine.
  • Turn the blender on to it’s lowest speed setting.
  • Blend until creamy, about 3-5 minutes. You may occasionally need to turn the blender off and stir so that it doesn’t get stuck around the blades.
  • Top with toppings if desired and enjoy!

This is one of the easiest and most delicious deserts I’ve made! If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

5 Ways to Help You Stick To Your Goals

5 Ways to Help You Stick To Your Goals

When I first set my resolutions for this year, I wanted to keep things simple and realistic. So many people set crazy and unattainable resolutions and then wonder why they stop doing them two weeks into January. Not only did I not want that to happen but, more importantly, I wanted to choose goals that I was truly committed to. I told myself, “This is what you need to do for yourself to grow and develop as a person. These small steps will help you get to the next level. They are worth all the effort and energy.” Once I made that decision, I not only started with these goals but I have kept up with them on a daily basis.

I’ve been reading May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein everyday and doing my daily assignments. I will be starting A Course In Miracles soon. I’ve been working out using the Tone It Up program seven days a week. I’ve been responding to more emails, drafting more blog posts, and working towards behind the scenes goals here at Logical Harmony.

Often times, people ask me how I stay motivated and inspired. I wanted to share my tips here in case anyone needs some motivation.

1. Make yourself accountable. For me, that meant making my goal as public as I could and checking in on social media (specifically Instagram) to show my updates. This has worked great for my Tone It Up check-ins because people are constantly cheering me on, and they also notice when I don’t post. I know that each day I need to post my fitness check-in and, you know what? Each day I do it!

2. Buddy up! A goal buddy is someone you know that has the same, or similar, end goal. You can check in with one another on a daily or weekly basis. One of my buddies is Kristiina from Typical Housecat. We met via Instagram and both wanted to work on May Cause Miracles, A Course in Miracles, and Tone It Up in 2014. It’s a friendship that was just meant to be! Having someone whose goals are in tune with yours will keep you motivated, and you have someone to talk to when you struggle.

3. Create to do lists. If I have something written down, I know I need to do it. So each day I make a list of what I need to do that day to help me achieve my goals. Usually it looks something like: Morning workout, PM workout, May Cause Miracles in AM, May Cause Miracles in PM, respond to five emails, draft one blog post. I cross things off as I complete them. Knowing that I’m making progress feels really good! When I’m lacking motivation, I can look back on previous days and see how many days in a row I’ve completed these tasks. Why stop now? Keep going!

4. Reward yourself for the small steps along the way. It’s important to celebrate small successes. With my fitness goals, I noticed changes in my body. Fitness routines that I used to struggle with were fun and I could do them multiple times. To celebrate this small success, I bought myself a foam roller. Even little things like a bubble bath, manicure, or a new book can keep you going along the way.

5. Trust that you can achieve your goals. At the end of the day, the only person who can help you achieve is you. Trust completely in yourself and know that you can do it if you really want to. Sure, there may be hard times and there may be hurdles you need to overcome. But those hurdles just make you stronger and help you push towards your end goal.

How do you help yourself stick to your goals? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Revlon Keeps Their Required by Law Animal Testing Stance

Revlon Keeps Their Required by Law Animal Testing Stance

Recently Revlon announced that they may be exiting China. Many were under the impression that this change meant Revlon would stop sales in China and become a cruelty free brand. After doing more digging, that appears to be simply a business move that would likely not effect their animal testing policy. Their plans are to cut operating costs and staff at beauty counters. In China, Revlon is mostly available at beauty counters, but it can also be found in drugstores.

I emailed Revlon to find out if there was any sort of official statement that I could get about the brand leaving China, what that may apply to, and how it may effect their animal testing policy. I wrote to them asking if they were simply cutting jobs and costs in China but would remain in the market there. This is the reply that I received:

Thank you for your recent comments from our website and for taking the time to contact us.

To address your inquiry, the articles you have read are a true statement.

We appreciate your observations and comments about our product. Please be assured your comments have been noted and forwarded to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you for your interest in our products. We hope to continue to serve your cosmetic needs.

This reply seemed a bit confusing to me and it felt like they were not directly answering my questions. They confirmed that the articles about China are a true statement, but beyond that there was no information of value.

I replied to the email and asked for further clarification – most articles stated that they were cutting costs in China, so does that mean they will continue to sell there? I also asked if this decision effected their animal testing stance in any way. This is the reply that I received:

Thank you for your recent comments from our website and for voicing your concern to us.

Revlon does not conduct animal testing and has not done so since 1989. We comprehensively test all of our products using the most technologically advanced methods available to ensure they are both innovative and safe to use. We believe that women should have the opportunity to express themselves through makeup, so we sell our products in many markets around the world and as such, are subject to local rules and regulations. Regulatory authorities in a few countries conduct independent testing in order to satisfy their own mandatory registration requirements. Revlon complies with all regulations in the countries in which our products are sold, and supports the advancement of non-animal testing alternatives and methodologies in our industry.

Thank you for your interest in our company. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know.

While it is still unclear exactly how the Revlon announcement may effect their sales in China, the brand has not changed their stance on animal testing despite the announcement. This still leaves a lot of room for speculation as to what the brands business decision is and how it effects their sales.

From what I have been reading in articles by the press, it sounds if they are going to change their distribution method to be easily available in more stores. Their animal testing stance seems to be in line with this. However, without a statement from Revlon themselves it’s hard to know which direction the company is going in.

Are Products Sold in Airports in China Cruelty Free?

Are Products Sold in Airports in China Cruelty Free?

Recently a reader emailed me about some brands that they had seen while passing through the Shanghai airport in China. One of them was The Body Shop. While The Body Shop is owned by L’Oreal, they run independently and claim to still be cruelty free. Since animal testing is required by law on products sold in China, I had to wonder how The Body Shop was able to sell there and still be supported by organizations such as Cruelty Free International.

I reached out to several major organizations and did some research of my own. The investigations team at PETA was extremely helpful in assisting me. They did some additional digging and let me know the following -

I am happy to let you know that products sold in China in airport locations only are not subject to the government’s requirements for tests on animals for cosmetics, and so sales at these airport shop locations do not compromise cruelty-free status.

It appears that they are allowed to be sold in the duty-free sections of international airports. Duty-free sections are exempt from the payment of certain local or national taxes and duties. They contain products that are meant to be sold only to travelers passing through the airports that will be taking these products out of the country.

For those looking to avoid brands who test on animals, this knowledge may help you make better informed decisions about which brands you support.

Update on March 11, 2014: Unfortunately, it looks as though the items sold in airports in China may be subjected to animal testing after all. The Body Shop has temporarily pulled items from duty free airport shops in China. Read more - The Body Shop Temporarily Pulls Products from Chinese Airports Due to Conflicting Statements on Animal Testing.

Updates to the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List

Updates to the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List

One thing that many Logical Harmony readers may not realize is that the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List is updated about once a week. In an effort to be more transparent with readers about these updates a recap will be posted once or twice a month of the brands who have been added to various sections of the list. That way, it will make it easier for you to stay up to date on what brands have been contacted and what their responses have been.

Brands added to the cruelty free and vegan brand list are brands who have confirmed they are completely cruelty free and have vegan options, if not being 100% vegan. This means that they have confirmed they do not test the products on animals as a finished product, during production, to comply with local and regional laws or use ingredients that have been tested on animals. This list does include brands who are cruelty free but have a parent company that tests on animals, but in cases like this it will be noted next to the brand.

Brands recently added to the brands to love section -

  • Aromi
  • Becca
  • Marc Anthony
  • Pixi

The grey area section is for brands that have responded, but I have been unable to get a clear response from. Typically these are brands who say that they are cruelty free, but won’t speak to production, finished product, ingredient suppliers or testing to comply with local laws. Brands recently added to the grey area section -

  • Barry M (their published stance on animal testing has changed)
  • Color Club (unclear response about animal testing was received)
  • Deep Steep (unclear response about their ingredient suppliers)
  • LORAC (unclear response about their ingredient suppliers)

Brands added to the brands to avoid section are those who have confirmed that they test on animals themselves, to comply with local and regional laws, or use ingredient suppliers that test on animals. Brands recently added to the brands to avoid section -

  •  none!

Brands added to the pending brands section are those that I  have recently been reached out to with questions about their stance on animal testing and use of animal ingredients. Brands recently added to the pending brands section -

  • Attar Bazaar
  • Collection Cosmetics
  • K. Hall Designs
  • Mineral Fusion
  • Nicka K
  • Rahua
  • RMS Beauty

Curious about a brand and don’t see it on the full list of cruelty free and vegan brands? Please leave a comment there and let me know!