Balsamic Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Balsamic Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Pizza is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. Who doesn’t love a warm slice with their favorite toppings? Yet we all have to face the reality that even a vegan pizza is far from a health food. I wanted to have something that was just as filling and satisfied my pizza cravings but was also healthy and fresh. This portobello mushroom pizza replaces the dough with a hearty mushroom instead. Topped with fresh veggies and minimal cheese, it is a delicious from traditional pizza. Trust me, you are going to love it!

This recipe is not in the Delicious Winter Recipes eCookbook, but it may be in the next edition! If you are not yet familiar with Delicious Winter Recipes, it’s a downloadable cookbook put together by the team here at Logical Harmony. For the price of a cup of coffee, you will get 13 amazing recipes that are staples in our house during the cold winter months. It includes lots of never before seen recipes and some Logical Harmony reader favorites.

Continue reading to learn how to make balsamic portobello mushroom pizza.

What You Can Do with Gifts That Are Not Cruelty Free

What You Can Do with Gifts That Are Not Cruelty Free

After the holiday season ends, one of the most common questions I get is from readers asking what to do with all of the gifts they have received that are not cruelty free or vegan. They are usually received from friends and family members who are either unaware of your stance on animal testing or have tried to accommodate it, but just did not have a full understanding of your lifestyle. Maybe they found a cruelty free item but the parent company tests on animals or it is not vegan.

No matter what the reason you do not plan to use them – do not throw these items away! There are a few positive and productive things that you can do with them.

  1. Return or exchange them for cruelty free and vegan options. If you know where the item came from, try exchanging it for an item that fits your needs better. Many stores will let you do an exchange without a receipt. Stores usually ask you why you are returning the item. Feel free to let them know you want to support cruelty free brands and that you do not support this specific brand that tests on animals. If you feel comfortable asking the person who gave you the item for the receipt, feel free to do so. This can also lead to an opportunity for a conversation with them about animal testing or the use of animal ingredients.
  2. Use it as a way to create a conversation and educate about cruelty free and vegan items. No one wants to give you an item that you cannot use, and everyone means well when they shop for you. If you are comfortable with the person, use this as an opportunity to educate them on what animal testing is, how they can find cruelty free items, or why using beeswax just is not cool. Be really positive and calm with this approach. Express how grateful you are that they thought of you in the first place, but be honest about why the item does not work for you.
  3. Donate them to a local shelter. This is probably the best thing that you can do with these items. Shelters are always in need of personal care basics such as soap, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, shaving cream, and more. Many general shelters will also take makeup and cosmetics as well. You can also look specifically for women’s shelters that are often looking for these items to help boost the self-esteem of the women who live there. Contact your local police station or fire department for a list of options. Be sure to contact the shelter first to find out what they are in need of and if they have any specifications about the items they accept.

Using these three tips, you can easily turn any gift situation into something positive. This could be new items for yourself, creating a conversation around why choosing cruelty free items is important, or helping those in need.

Lime Crime Cashmere Velvetine Review

Lime Crime Cashmere Velvetine Review

There is a huge cult following behind the brand Lime Crime and especially behind their Velvetines line of liquid lipsticks. After hearing about them for years, I decided to take the plunge and buy a few shades. Lime Crime Cashmere is one of the newest additions to the Velvetines line. It is a very unique and interesting combination of grey and beige. As a nude lipstick lover, I really wanted to try this shade. It looked unlike any other lipstick I have ever tried before.

Continue reading to find out what I thought about the Lime Crime Cashmere Velvetine.

An Update on ORLY’s Animal Testing Stance

An Update on ORLY's Animal Testing Stance

A coupe of weeks ago, Logical Harmony reported that ORLY was no longer cruelty free due to selling their products in mainland China. After some discussion with ORLY, two things have come up that have given clarity into the ORLY animal testing stance. At this time, I feel confident again in saying that ORLY is a cruelty-free brand with vegan options.

In the original post, I reported that ORLY listed a distributor in China on their website as well as an ORLY China website. The ORLY China website showed pictures of ORLY products being sold at beauty events in mainland China. The distributor showed that they sold ORLY products in retail locations as well as wholesale. This combined with several emails from the ORLY Australia team passed on by readers that stated that the brand had a distributor in China seemed pretty damning for the brand. Many of you know that animal testing is required by law in order to sell in China. As I also stated in the original post, the brand had recently gone unresponsive when I would ask about their animal testing stance. PETA had also recently removed the brand from their Does Not Test on Animals list (but they do not appear on their Does Test on Animals list). When I reached out to PETA about this, they were unresponsive to me.

Before the post went live, I tried to contact ORLY several times about the listed distributor and reader emails but did not receive any replies. Because of this, I went ahead and shared the information.

ORLY reached out to me within a day of the post going live. Here is what they told me about the distributor in China that was listed on the ORLY website.

Continue reading to find out what ORLY had to say about the distributor listed on their website as well as the ORLY animal testing stance.

Pacifica Devocean Lipstick Review

Pacifica Devocean Lipstick Review

Recently Pacifica launched a line of color lipsticks called Devocean. This was an exciting new venture for them! While Pacifica has made lip tints and lip butters in various shades for years. Many Pacifica fans, myself included, were anxiously waiting to see if the expansion of makeup products would mean lipsticks. In the fall of 2014, Pacifica launched Devocean – their first lipstick line. I was given the line to try out and with complete honesty can say that this line is one of the best I have tried. It was worth the wait!

The Devocean Natural Lipstick line currently contains five colors – XOX, Tenderness, Rebel Sol, Firebird, and Natural Mystic. They are pictured in that order from top to bottom in the photo above.

Continue reading to find out more information about the Devocean lipsticks and hear my thoughts on each shade!