Is Perfume Vegan?

Is Perfume Vegan?



We all know that animal testing is a big issue. Sadly, a lot of the major fragrance companies out there are not cruelty free. In fact, if you were to try and buy perfume from a major department store you would have a hard time finding a line that was cruelty free.

What many people do not think about is the use of animal ingredients in perfume. Many fragrances contain lanolin, castoreum, deer musk, cat musk, ambergris, and hyraceum. These may be listed on the labels, but they may also just be listed as “fragrance” instead of being called out individually.

What exactly are these ingredients? You may be surprised out when you find out where they come from.

  • Ambergris is produced in the digestive system of sperm wales.
  • Castoreum is a secretion produced by beavers. In the wild, is secreted mixed with urine to mark their territory. Castoreum is sourced from an anal gland.
  • Civet is a secretion produced by type of cat that lives in Asia and Africa. The African Civet is most commonly used to source this musky ingredient. In the wild, is secreted mixed with urine to mark their territory.
  • Hyraceum is a solidified mixture of urine and feces produced by the Cape Hyrax. This ingredient is also called Africa Stone because of it’s consistency.
  • Kasturi is a secretion produced by male Moschidae deer. These deer live in Nepal, India, China, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Siberia. Kasturi is sourced from a gland located between it’s back and rectum. After removing the gland, it is dried and a paste extracted to be used as a fixative for perfumes.
  • Musk is a commonly listed ingredient that can come from a variety of animals. Aside from beavers, civets, and Moschidea deer, musk can also be sourced from muscrat, ducks, turtles, alligators, crocodiles, and snakes. In these animals, the musk is extracted from an anal gland or glands located in the mouth.
  • Lanolin is oil derived from sheep wool. While it is often presented as a harmless ingredient, sadly it often is not. You can find out more about lanolin by reading What is Lanolin?.

None of these ingredients are items that most people, vegan or not, would knowingly apply to their skin. My guess is that you are now looking at your favorite perfume in a whole new light. It is completely unnecessary that they be common ingredients in perfumes.

There are cruelty free and vegan perfume companies out there who make a variety of scents. None of which require any of the ingredients above. Logical Harmony will soon be providing you with a list of these brands.

Petit Vour August Beauty Box Review

Petit Vour August Beauty Box Review

One of my favorite beauty box subscriptions is Petit Vour.  After curating the July box, I couldn’t wait to see what was in the Petit Vour August Beauty Box! This monthly subscription box brings you items that are not only cruelty free and vegan, but are also natural and from high-end brands. Most of the brands included in the Petit Vour boxes cannot be found in other monthly subscription boxes.

The theme of this months box was Beauty School: Become Your Own Beauty Expert. It contained five products that will help anyone get their own beauty stash started. If you’re someone like me who has more products than you can handle, this box offered some great items that everyone uses and was a great way to round out a bigger beauty stash.

Petit Vour August Beauty Box Review

Included in the August Beauty Box that I received from Petit Vour was:

  • Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Mineral Eye Defining Pencil in Black – This full size product is one that I have heard a lot about, but have never tried before. This item was perfect for me because I wear black eyeliner nearly every day. If you’re not into black, it comes in four other shades. It goes on smooth and, while not as pigmented as I prefer, it does wear very well. I did not find that it faded or transferred during wear. This product retails for $18.50 and is sold in the Petit Vour online store.
  • Earthbody Brighten Cleanser & Mask – This deluxe sample can be used as either a daily face wash or a weekly face mask. The packaging included directions for both uses. I love that it’s a powder that you mix with water to turn into either version. It makes it easy to travel with and easy to store. This mask comes in three different types, this one being meant to brighten dull skin. My skin felt really nice after using this mask. I’m excited that the sample contains many uses. The packaging is lightweight and can be reused or recycled after use. The full size version of this product retails for $24.00 and is sold in the Petit Vour online store.
  • Harvey Prince Journey Perfume –  This deluxe sample is one of the most popular Harvey Prince perfumes. Journey is a mix of clove, sandalwood, rose, bergamot, tuberrose, orange flower, cedarwood, and freesia. It’s very light, but also floral and earthy. None of the notes are overpowering and it has a very balanced scent. I liked this perfume and feel that it’s a good perfume to add to any collection. The full size version of this product retails for $26.00 and is sold in the Petit Vour online store.
  • Mi-Me Tangerine Hydrating Lip Butter – This was the second full size product in the August beauty box. I love the fresh citrus scent. Made from a blend of coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, avocado butter, and vitamin E this lip butter is incredibly hydrating. I also like the slender tube that it comes in. This full size product retails for $5.00 and is sold in a two pack in the Petit Vour online store.
  • Rosemira Organics Sweet Coconut Body Butter – This deluxe sample contains a deceiving amount of product. At first glance, the sample seems so small that I assumed it was only single use. However, the body butter is so moisturizing that I got many uses from this sample. It absorbs quickly and left my skin feeling very soft. The packaging for this product can be reused or recycled after use, which is also a plus. The full size version of this product retails for $36.00 and is available in the Petit Vour online store.

Overall, I really liked this box. It had a variety of items and I was impressed with all of them. This box contained two full size items and three deluxe size items. This is a great value for both the price of the subscription and for the quality of the items included. All of them were very nice and came in great packaging.

The Petit Vour subscription starts at $15.00 a month. The Petit Vour box is also available internationally. This makes it a great option for anyone looking to try out new cruelty free and vegan brands.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Vegan Cuts September Beauty Box Review

Vegan Cuts September Beauty Box Review

Each month I look forward to receiving the Vegan Cuts beauty box because I know that it will contain small and independent brands that are new to me. The Vegan Cuts September Beauty Box introduced me to four new brands.

The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers several cruelty free and vegan items directly to your door. It can also be shipped worldwide! Prices start at $19.95 per month. It’s a great way to try new brands and new products without the commitment of buying the full-size version.

Included in the Vegan Cuts September Beauty Box that I received was:

  • Suncoat Natural Mascara in Black – This was one of the full size products in this months box. This mascara is sugar-based and contains Vitamin E to help condition your lashes. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the ingredient list was something that I could understand. It’s great for a very natural look. I had to apply six coats of this mascara to get the look I normally achieve with one coat of my favorite non-natural mascara. As far as natural mascaras go, this is one of the better mascaras that I have tried. The formula wasn’t too watery and could be built up a bit with multiple coats. This will be nice to have on hand for days when I want to wear lighter makeup, but I do not see this becoming a go-to item for myself. This full size product retails for $14.99.
  • Lunachick Cosmetic Labs Kromatick Silk Loos Eyehadow in Dr. Jekyll – This mineral shadow is a brownish gold shade. I can see this being a good shade that will work for most complexions. It goes on very pigmented and the color stays put. It’s definitely a nice shadow formula. The color is one that I plan to use, but will blend with other shades. At first I thought that this was a full size product but, after opening the shadow pot, I think that it may be a sample of product in a full size package. The shadow pot is about 1/4 full. The packaging is not what the brand advertises their eyeshadows coming in on their website, so I’m not sure how much product I received. The full size version of this product retails for $12.00.
  • Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub – This deluxe sample size is the only product in the box that I have yet to try. This is because I have been using some similar products recently. I looked up some reviews, as I always do before using this type of product, and it has great reviews. This scrub has a very fresh lemony scent. The ingredients look to have a great blend of moisturizing oils to help balance out the citrus oils. The sample included in this months box was labelled with the statement “Sample Not For Resale”, which was a odd to me considering that people pay for the subscription box. The full size version of this product retails for $32.50.
  • Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask – This deluxe sample is a hydrating mask for dry skin. I really like that Vegan Cuts put this product in the same box as the scrub. This mask has a soft floral scent that, to me, smells like Jasmine. Reading the ingredients, I do wish that this was a more natural product. I am not sure what a lot of the ingredients are and, while it worked well, I admit that I am more inclined to spend money on a skin care product made from high quality natural ingredients. The full size version of this product retails for $72.00.
  • Only Goodness Inside My Goodness Deodorant in Regular – This sample size came in a tube that is similar to what eye drops come in. It’s a gel formula that you apply with your fingers. It also claims to be the “healthiest longest lasting deodorant on earth“. While the formula did feel nice on my fingers, I did not feel that it applied well under my arms. I also did not feel that it was the longest lasting deodorant I have tried, much less the longest lasting in the world. That being said, this is a great option for those looking for a very small travel size deodorant to have on hand. I can see it being a great item to toss in your makeup bag for on-the-go use. The full size version of this product retails for $10.95.

This beauty box included several sample sized items and one full size item. The full sized item that was included retails for $14.99. As previously stated in this post, I am unclear if the eyeshadow that was included was a full size product or not. Because of this, I am not sure what the value of this box was compared to the $19.95 price tag.

I liked several of the items included, but the only item I may purchase on my own is the Lunachick Cosmetic Labs loose eyeshadow in another color. I like the Suncoat mascara and will continue to use it on light makeup days. I do like that I got to try four new brands with this box and that it had a variety of items.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Vegan Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal

Vegan Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal

One of my favorite things about fall is that it’s finally apple season. The mixture of apples and cinnamon is so classic. One of my favorite fall dishes to make is apple crisp, but I wanted to try and make a slightly healthier breakfast option. This is how I ended up making vegan baked apple pie oatmeal. It’s warm, comforting, and perfect for chilly fall mornings.

Vegan Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal

What you will need to make vegan baked apple pie oatmeal:

  • 3 cups chopped apples (about 3 small apples)
  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats (I prefer to use rolled oats for this recipe as steel cut tend to get too crunchy)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (learn more about vegan sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

How to make vegan baked apple pie oatmeal:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the spices, flour, brown sugar, and oats. Mix well to combine. Add in salt if you desire.
  3. Add in the vanilla and melted coconut oil. Mix well so that all oats are coated.
  4. In a glass baking dish, layer the chopped apples on the bottom with the oats over the top.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and bake another 5-10 minutes. It all depends on how browned you want the oatmeal to get.
  7. Eat as is, or top with unsweetened coconut milk yogurt. Enjoy!

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag Logical Harmony on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

Petit Vour September Beauty Box Sneak Peek!

Petit Vour September Beauty Box Sneak Peek!

For the Petit Vour September Beauty Box, we are teaming up again! I worked with Petit Vour to co-curate their July Beauty Box. This box featured some of my favorite beauty products for summer (you can see a reveal here). Things went so well with that box that we decided to team up and co-curate another box of our favorite fall essentials!!

Petit Vour September Beauty Box Sneak Peek!

Called Beauty and the Box, the September Beauty box from Petit Vour will bring you a variety of cruelty free and vegan goodies that are great for fall. All items in the box were hand selected by myself and Petit Vour together – we truly love them all!

All week I will be posting sneak peeks on Instagram to keep you on your toes! In each sneak peek an item from the box will be mixed in with other items from previous Petit Vour boxes or from my beauty routine. You won’t know for sure what is in the box until it arrives at your door!

Petit Vour September Beauty Box Sneak Peek!

The boxes start shipping out this week, so be sure to place your order! Petit Vour only carries the best cruelty free and vegan products out there. The boxes start at $15 for subscriptions in the United States. If you are International, the box still only costs $30!

Have you already signed up to receive your September beauty box? If not, when signing up make sure to let them know that you heard about the box from Logical Harmony!