Vegan Cuts October 2014 Beauty Box Review

Vegan Cuts October 2014 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 October Beauty Box was curated by Phoebe Dykstra. I was really excited about this because we chat online about vegan beauty from time-to time. I couldn’t wait to see what items she wanted to include in this box!

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 October Beauty Box that I received was:

  • Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer in Picnic – What immediately drew me to this product was the packaging. I love the gold top to this bottle! It’s so cute. This cranberry creme shade is from the Spring/Summer 2014 Floss Gloss collection, but it’s still a great shade for fall and winter. The formula applied smoothly and evenly. The shade was also pigmented and just as pretty on as in the bottle. I really liked this polish and I love that I got to try a new brand.
  • Lovinah Coffee Bean-Illa Detox Body Scrub – This scrub smelled delicious! I had really high hopes for it. The product texture felt spongy and like the ingredients had separated. When I scooped it out the product consistency was dry in patches and oily in others, but during use it blended together just fine. I didn’t find it to be as moisturizing as other scrubs I have used, but I liked it overall.
  • Lotus Wei Inner Peace Serum – I’ve tried Lotus Wei products before in a past box from Petit Vour and enjoyed the product I received in that beauty box. This is the same product that I have tried in the past, but in a different scent. The Inner Peace scent is a combination of lavender, vetiver, geranium, and allspice. It smells great and is definitely soothing! I didn’t apply it to my face as directed due to some of the spices it contained, but I applied to pulse points. It felt cooling and the scent was calming.
  • Hylunia Travel Set – This set contained four travel-sized products. A Healing & Restoring cream, Facial Cleansing Gel, Facial Day Lotion, and a Night Treatment. I was a bit confused by this set. Two of the products have steps on them – one is Step 1 and the other Step 3 – but none of the other items had steps on them. I could not find an ingredient list for all of the products, so I did not try them all. The cream and night treatment were nice to use. They were hydrating and I enjoyed them.

This beauty box included several sample sized items and one full size item. The full sized item that was included retails for $8.00. I was happy with the nail polish and the serum, but not very happy with the scrub or the skin care set that was included. For me, between the nail polish and the serum alone, the value of this box did not live up to the price tag. That said, I was happy that the box introduced me to three new brands.

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My Five Favorite Vegan Food Blogs

My Five Favorite Vegan Food Blogs

While I usually share a recipe with you on Monday’s, today I wanted to take some time to recognize my favorite sites for vegan cooking and recipes. These are the blogs that I visit when I need some food inspiration or a recipe to make for dinner.

  1. Vegan Yack Attack – Jackie and I both share a love of buffalo sauce and mac’n’cheese. Naturally, her site is my favorite go-to for cooking inspiration. Not only are the recipes amazing, but the food styling and photography is inspiring.
  2. Southern Blonde Vegan – If you’re looking for healthy and simple recipes this is a great place to look. Most recipes Sarah creates are simple and healthy, which I love. It’s a reminder that a dish doesn’t need to be complex to be delicious.
  3. Oh She Glows – I won a copy of Angela’s cookbook from Vegan Yack Attack some time ago and have been following her blog ever since. Her recipes are clean, simple, and delicious.
  4. The Vegan Stoner – This site is worth checking out for the adorable illustrations alone! I love that they veganize a lot of classic items, like the BLT, Waldorf salad, and peanut noodles.
  5. Go Vegan with Sarah Kramer – This is an iPhone app and not a blog, but there is no way that I could not mention it! It’s through Sarah’s cookbooks that I first discovered vegan cooking well over a decade ago. Her app is one of my favorites because it’s easy to use and the recipes are perfect for any occasion.

These vegan food blogs are my five go-to resources for vegan cooking. Are any of these your favorites?

 

Cruelty Free Alternatives to Unilever Brands

Cruelty Free Alternatives to Unilever Brands

When researching any brand owned by Unilever, all of their brands route you to their corporate policy on animal testing. At this time, all Unilever brands state that they do not test on animals unless required by law. Required by law animal testing may sound necessary, but the truth is that the majority of global markets do not require animal testing. In this guide, Logical Harmony will help you find cruelty free alternatives to Unilever brands.

The current animal testing policy of Unilever and all of it’s brands can be found on their Sustainable Living page. It states -

Unilever is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and to the safety of our workforce and the environment. We do not test finished products on animals unless demanded by the regulatory authorities in the few countries where this is the law. In such cases, we try to convince the local authorities to change the law. Where some testing of ingredients is required by law or currently unavoidable, we aim to minimise the number of animals used.

In pursuit of these goals, Unilever on the one hand applies strict internal control procedures to ensure that animal testing is only carried out when no alternatives are available and, on the other hand, invests in developing and applying alternative approaches to replace animal testing in safety assessments for consumer products.

To many this may sound as if the brand is trying to avoid animal testing. However, animal testing is optional for all brands. They choose to sell in markets that require it. In the markets that do require animal testing, the brands themselves pay 3rd parties and government agencies to conduct these tests. Animal testing as required by law may also occur when the brand uses ingredients that certain laws may require to be tested on animals. This is, again, a decision the brand makes on their own. Brands do not need to use ingredients that need to be tested on animals.

Currently, Unilever owns many major household, food, and beauty brands. The beauty brands that they own include Axe, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort, Degree, Dove, Lever 2000, Nexxus, Noxema, Motions, Pond’s, Q-Tips, Simple Skincare, St. Ives, Suave, Tigi, Tresemme, and Vaseline. A full list of brands owned by Unilever can be found here.

If you are looking for cruelty free alternatives to Unilever brands, this guide is meant to help you easily find replacements to your favorite products. My goal with this guide is to suggest other brands that you may want to try. The brands that are suggested do not take part in animal testing in any way and also offer products that are free of animal ingredients. All brands that make only vegan products have 100% vegan noted next to the brand names. More brands can be found on the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List here on Logical Harmony.

When creating this list, I tried to specifically think of brands that can easily be found in the same stores that often carry Unilever brands or are easy to find online.

Instead of Axe, try these cruelty free brands: Aubrey Organics, Herban Cowboy, Lush.

Instead of Caress, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure Organics, Alba Botanica, Andalou Naturals, Aubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, EO Products, FutureDerm, Freeman Beauty, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, try these cruelty free brands: Alba BotanicaAndalou Naturals, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Consort, try these cruelty free brands: Alba Botanica, Avalon Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Degree, try these cruelty free brands: Crystal (100% vegan), Greenbody, Herban Cowboy, Jason Naturals, Lavanila, Lush, Meow Meow Tweet (100% vegan), North Coast Organics (100% vegan), Schmidt’s (100% vegan)

Instead of Dove, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure Organics, Alba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, Crystal (100% vegan), DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Freeman Beauty, Greenbody, Herban Cowboy, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lavanila, Lush, Meow Meow Tweet (100% vegan), Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, North Coast Organics (100% vegan), Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Schmidt’s (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Lever 2000, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba Botanica, Andalou Naturals, Aubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, EO Products, Jason Naturals, Lush, Nature’s Gate, Pacifica (100% vegan), Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Nexxus, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba Botanica, Avalon Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Noxema, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Freeman Beauty, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Motions, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba Botanica, Avalon Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Pond’s, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Freeman Beauty, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Q-Tips, try these cruelty free brands: Maxim, Swisspers, Whole Foods 365 Brand

Instead of Simple Skincare, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Freeman Beauty, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of St. Ives, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Freeman Beauty, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Suave, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou Naturals, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, Crystal (100% vegan), Dr. Bronners, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Greenbody, Jason Naturals, Herban Cowboy, Lavanila, Lush, Meow Meow Tweet (100% vegan), Mineral Fusion, North Coast Organics (100% vegan), Paul Mitchell, Schmidt’s (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Tigi, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba Botanica, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Tresemme, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou Naturals, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Vaseline, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Don’t see your favorite brand suggested as a cruelty free alternative to a Unilever brand? This does not necessarily  mean that they are not cruelty free! Please check the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List for information about even more cruelty free brands.