One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is about cosmetics that are made in China. Many are aware that China currently requires animal testing on cosmetics that are sold there. However, it is often unclear to consumers if cosmetics that are made in China fall under those regulations as well.
Many brands who are cruelty free carry “made in China” labels on their packaging and products. I often get asked if, just as when selling in China, this means the brand does take part in animal testing.
Thankfully, the answer is no. Products that are made in China can be cruelty free. They are not subject to the same animal testing laws. Brands who produce their items in China can stay cruelty free so long as they do not sell these items in China.
Often times brands that sell in China continue to state that they are cruelty free. These brands usually say that they are cruelty free, except when required to test on animals due to local or regional laws. This is because animal testing in China is conducted by the Government or a 3rd party agency. The brand still knowingly submits their products to animal testing and pays for any necessary fees associated with the testing. However, since they do not conduct the testing themselves, the typically state that they are still cruelty free.
To learn more about the animal testing laws in China, and how they may be changing, I suggest reading the following posts from Logical Harmony:
Week one of the 2014 Tone It Up Bikini Series just came to an end! This eight week fitness challenge includes cardio workouts, toning workouts, lots of great recipes, and a supportive community of other Tone It Up buddies. I recently talked about why I started doing Tone It Up and the impact that it has made on my health. You can read Why I Started Tone It Up to find out more.
To hold myself accountable, I do daily check-ins on Instagram. I will also be posting a weekly recap every Tuesday right here on Logical Harmony! I believe that beauty is so much more than just makeup or having a good volumizing shampoo (although, those are important to me too!). I think that beauty also includes taking care of your body.
Here’s what I accomplished in the first week of this challenge:
- Monday – Spring Into Summer Cardio (for 3 miles), 3 miles of cardio, Sexy Upper Back x 3, Love Your Body with Yoga
- Tuesday – Love Your Body with HIIT (for 2 miles), 3 miles of cardio, Bikini Body workout x 1, Sunset Stretch from the Beach Babe 2 DVD
- Wednesday – MaliBooty workout x 3, Love Your Body with Kettlebells x 1, 3 miles of cardio
- Thursday – Sunrise Stretch (for 2 miles), 2 miles of cardio, Cowabunga workout x 1, Bikini Strap Workout x 2
- Friday – 3 miles of cardio
- Saturday – HIIT The Beach 2 from the Beach Babe 2 DVD (for 3 miles), 2 miles of cardio, Beach Yoga with Karena, Sunkissed Abs x 2
- Sunday – Rest day. I had planned on doing the arms playlist, but ended up just not having the time
- Total miles of cardio for the week – 26! One of my goals in this challenge is to do 150 miles of cardio.
I hope that some of you will join me with this challenge! It’s a lot of fun and I promise that you will see, and feel, results.
You can sign up for free and you will receive a welcome package with some recipes that can be veganized, workout tips, and the weekly workout schedule. If you want to invest more, you can also purchase their vegan nutrition plan.
On busy days, smoothies are a great way to get vegetables, fruit, and protein into your diet without a lot of fuss. They are quick, easy, and portable. Smoothie bowls, on the other hand, are perfect for lazier mornings. They are lovely to eat out on the back porch with my morning tea and a book. I like to make mine a little more substantial by adding in fresh fruit, dried fruit, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. To add a little extra something to this smoothie bowl, I added some vanilla Perfect Fit protein.
Perfect Fit was created by the girls who founded Tone It Up . It comes in two flavors, is organic, gluten-free, kosher, and vegan! Perfect Fit comes in two forms – a 50 serving bag or a package of 20 individual packets. Perfect Fit is brown rice protein. I’ve tried it in smoothies and to make protein pancakes and was really happy with it. It’s sweet and does contain stevia, but it’s not overly sweet like other protein powders that I have tried.
What you will need to make Banana, Kale & Mango Smoothie Bowl with Perfect Fit Protein:
- 1 packet vanilla Perfect Fit
- 1 cup kale
- 1/3 cup frozen mango
- 1 banana
- 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- Optional toppings – fresh and frozen berries, sliced fresh banana, dried goji berries, dried mulberries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa nibs
How to make Banana, Kale & Mango Smoothie Bowl with Perfect Fit Protein:
- Add the Perfect Fit, kale, frozen mango, and banana in the blender. Then pour the coconut milk over.
- Blend until smooth, adding more coconut milk as needed. I use a Vitamix high speed blender. If you have a regular blender, you will likely need to add more liquid to your mix.
- Top with sliced banana, frozen raspberries, goji berries, mulberries, hemp seeds and anything else you would like!
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.
Petit Vour is a monthly box subscription that delivers cruelty free and vegan beauty items to your door. While they have been doing a normal box for just over a year now, they recently started a Limited Luxury box as well. I subscribe to their monthly box and was offered one of the Limited Luxury Spring Collection boxes for review.
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It’s been almost a year since I posted a curry recipe here on Logical Harmony. Curry is one of my favorite dishes to make. It’s so easy and so tasty! It’s especially perfect on gloomy San Francisco weekends when I just want to stay inside and curl up and watch movies. It’s also perfect for when you know it will be a busy week and need some leftovers on hand.
I recently made this yellow curry when I had a craving for something warm and spicy. I wanted to keep it as healthy as possible, so I added a lot of vegetables and ate it with quinoa. It turned out lovely! Read on to learn how to make this vegan yellow curry with quinoa.
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