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Consumer Safety Guide Updates!

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Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

As all people do, when we purchase for the home (whether it is food, cleaning products, wellness items, etc.), we rely on the company and the government to bring to light any hazardous concerns we should be aware of. However, various findings and court proceedings show the opposite and that consumers themselves are the ones who are exposing the dangers of these products.

To help educate the public, Consumer Safety recently released an updated fact sheet of some commonly used products that are still on the market and not banned by the FDA or EDA.

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Image via ConsumerSafety.org

Talc in Baby Powder
Dangers​: Talcum powder has been linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer & lung disease. Additionally, it can contain asbestos fibers, which have been linked with mesothelioma lung cancer.
Findings: ​Industry leader Johnson & Johnson has been at the center of the talc issue. Already, four juries have found in favor of plaintiffs who claimed their ovarian cancer was caused by prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower Powder. Reparations of up to $110 million have been ordered on behalf of the victims. Johnson & Johnson continues to deny any danger, and their talc-containing products are still available across the nation.
Regulatory Status:​ While the FDA does regulate talc in food products, cosmetic products are not currently required to be reviewed by the FDA. There is no federal ban on the use of talcum powder in cosmetic products, despite bans on the use of the ingredient by the European Union.

Teflon on Nonstick Pans
Dangers​:
Increased risk of kidney and testicular cancers, as well as thyroid disease. Higher levels of exposure have been linked with miscarriage and fertility issues or birth defects.
Findings: ​Teflon (brand name) maker DuPont has been found guilty in several personal injury and wrongful death suits after the chemical was found to have tainted water surrounding the plants where they made their nonstick coating for cookware. A paper released in 2015 called the Madrid Statement was signed by over 200 scientists from 40 countries and presented evidence that Teflon, created in part by chemicals called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is carcinogenic. Additionally, these toxins were confirmed both by independent scientists and DuPont’s in-house team to be released by the nonstick pans after just 2-5 minutes of heat on the stove.
Regulatory Status:​ The EPA has ruled that a substance closely lined to PFAS, perfluorinated compounds, is a likely carcinogen. In 2005, the EPA fined DuPont for hiding information on the health hazards associated with PFAS. In 2010, the EPA launched a voluntary program to encourage manufacturers to reduce, and by 2015, eliminate these chemicals in their products. Though the Teflon brand name is no longer used, non-stick coated pans containing PFAS are still widely available in the cookware aisle.

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Image via ConsumerSafety.org

Glyphosate in Weed Killer
Dangers​:
Both the WHO and, more recently, the State of California, have listed glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Glyphosate exposure has also been linked with kidney and liver issues. While more pressing danger has been associated with RoundUp Weed Killer, the use of the pesticide in farming has resulted in finds of trace amounts on popular foods, like Quaker Oats and Cheerios.
Findings:​ Current litigation against Monsanto’s RoundUp product is ongoing, with dozens of plaintiffs claiming their cancer was caused by RoundUp usage. However, Monsanto recently lost a battle with the State of California to keep the ingredient off a list of known carcinogens. Monsanto is now required to label their product with warnings accordingly.
Regulatory Status:​ After being called out last year for not including glyphosate in annual testing practices, the FDA began testing the herbicide; however, the testing was shut down soon after. A new testing period has begun recently, likely as a result of increased pressure stemming from these lawsuits. The EPA previously published reports saying that glyphosate was not a likely carcinogen, but with new studies to the contrary, and with California’s recent decision to list glyphosate as a carcinogen, perhaps it is time to take a deeper look into the issue. The EPA sets “tolerances” for residue from pesticides like glyphosate that remain on food products; American standards allow in some cases double the amount of residue than what the European Union considers safe. 

You can also view all of the safety guides here.

We, at LOVE GOODLY, do our part by being transparent when it comes to sharing what is in each product! Using resources and databases such as the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database and our list of banned ingredients, we thoroughly research each item before we include it inside our bi-monthly boxes or in our online shop.

 

Inside the October/November Box!

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We carefully curate each LOVE GOODLY box with healthier products, always vegan, nontoxic and cruelty-free beauty and skincare that you can use every day. Click here to learn more about banned ingredients.

Fall is here and we are celebrating with a new box! This month’s box features a 5 full-sized beauty & skincare products valued at $104. From a soothing mask to a beauty tool not to miss, scroll down to check out what’s inside…

Bellapierre Autumn Glow Mineral Blush, value $35 mb002_autumn_glow_2-500In a universally flattering color. This natural mineral blush gives you a beautiful, healthy glow or use it to extend a summer tan. Also great on darker skin tones as a luminous highlight. Can also be used as an eyeshadow or mix it with your clear lip balm to add some tint! Made from mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides. Cruelty-free, Vegan.

How to use: Tap a small amount of powder into the lid of the product using it as a pallet. Using a Blush Brush, dip the brush into the loose powder and tap the end of the brush on a surface to remove excess powder and apply to cheek bones.

100% Pure Blush Brush, value $197RFLycSTTAmHbpQicMxx_800xThe soft, bulb-shaped bristles of this cruelty-free blush brush are perfect for sweeping buildable coverage of formula onto cheeks. Can be used for powdered blush, bronzers or luminizers. Made with antibacterial synthetic fibers. Cruelty-free, Vegan.

Mindful Skincare Nourishing Blueberry Facial Mask, value $30

octnov-box-2A delicate cream mask that smells delicious, feels great, and leaves your skin glowing. Packed with nourishing ingredients like organic aloe vera, green tea, vegan hyaluronic acid, and organic blueberries. Great for all skin types. Full size, lasts 4-6 weeks. Cruelty-free, nontoxic, gluten-free, vegan.

How to use: spread smoothly onto face and neck, leave on for 10 minutes, and wash off.

Mr. B’s Necessities Calm Aromatherapy, value $11.95octnov-box-4This all natural aromatherapy, handcrafted in the U.S. blends a soothing mix of lavender, orange, sweet almond oil, jojoba, and spruce essential oils. Full-size 0.5 oz. Cruelty-free, Vegan, nontoxic.

How to use: apply on neck, temples, feet or chest to help calm and prepare the body for sleep.

Moondani Mystic Mint Breath Spray, value $8.50octnov-box-3Your most important purse accessory! All natural breath spray including cardamom, fennel, and ginger. Cruelty-free, vegan, nontoxic.

How to use: shake well before using. Spary 1 or 2 times in the mouth to cleanse and freshen breath.

This month’s box is supporting Farm Sanctuary, whose mission is to protect farm animals from cruelty, and promote compassionate vegan living. Click here to subscribe.

A picture may say a thousand words, but we can’t possibly convey the quality, taste, and feel of these products. Want to try them for yourself? You can subscribe to the box here, or purchase the one-time gift box here.

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Sleep Healthy – Organic Cotton Sheets

We strive to adopt a healthy and ethical lifestyle not just in our beauty and skincare and food, but also in our home. So we were thrilled to discover SOL Organics’ sheets.

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So soft and inviting!

We all know buying organic cotton clothes and organic food is better for the planet, but we knew we were coming up short when it came to our sheets. Organic sheets are gaining popularity as people are aware of chemicals used in everyday products including bedding. Organic sheets are better for the planet. Pesticides to grow conventional cotton can enter the food chain through water run off and can affect the local farming communities. Organic sheets feel better as the fabric has had less contact with harsh chemicals. Organic sheets are not only durable but also biodegradable. Organic sheets are higher quality as the cotton is picked by hand and not washed with chemicals.

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SOL Organics is also safe for babies!

Sleeping in comfort is a necessity in our homes and SOL Organics‘ sheets more than fit the bill. The first thing we both noticed was they are super soft and feel very luxurious – so comfy that our entire families were excited (see last photos!). And since we both love the color gray, we both had to have the dove gray sheets and duvet set (though we both also love the darker Steel Gray color and White as well).  Add to that the commitment to ethical and sustainable manufacturing, we are now completely obsessed with this brand.  Don’t you want to sleep comfortably (and healthier) too?

But it’s what’s behind this brand that makes it truly stand out. SOL Organics has a mission they call “Ethically made from Seed to Sheet.” They are certified fair trade, sourced from Kisan Samiti Farms, Central India. The super soft sheets are made from organic, non-GMO cotton. The crops are only rain-fed, using only natural fertilizers and no child labor. From there the sheets are crafted in their FLO Certified Factory (assuring fairness throughout global supply chains). They only use low impact eco-friendly dyes, reducing water usage. Then the final product comes packed in a re-usable bag made from fabric, natural coconut buttons and FSC certified recycled packaging.

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This company passes on cost savings to consumers by removing distributors and selling direct. Their web site details how they are able to pass the cost savings to consumers they call the “Fair Price” model. We are sold!

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Even Justine’s rescue dog Snoopy and Katie’s rescue cat Gus love SOL Organics‘ soft sheets!

 

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Inside the August/September Box!

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We carefully curate each LOVE GOODLY box with healthier products, always vegan, nontoxic and cruelty-free beauty and skincare that you can use every day. Click here to learn more about banned ingredients.

This month’s August/September box features a full-sized KINDri Organic Beauty Oil, one of our favorite beauty oils, and a Johnny Concert glamour eyeshadow in 10 various colors perfect for Fall and all-year round. The box has a retail value of $82.

Now, scroll down to see what’s inside!

KINDri Los Angeles Organic Beauty Oil, value $45

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Our all-time favorite beauty oil including Argan, pumpkin, and grapefruit — effective, certified organic, light citrus-y smell and fast-absorbing from celeb-fave esthetician. Try using as an eye makeup remover. Nontoxic, vegan, sustainable, organic, made in the USA, fair trade, cruelty-free.

Johnny Concert Glamour Eyeshadow, value $15

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With expressive rich colors, Johnny Concert uses skin-soothing botanicals, natural, and certified organic ingredients. 10 assorted shades. Certified vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the USA. Subscribers have the chance to pick their own color! Please refer to your order confirmation email for more information.

Red & Howling, Custom Frenchie Print, value $9

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This framable print made exclusively for us by Red & Howling who has a deep love for animals and for our planet. Their designer is the co-founder of Adopt-a-Pet.com and a Be Kind activist. Handmade in the USA.

Z Natural Life Deodorant, value $9.99

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We love this natural botanical essential oils deodorant as it keeps us fresh after working out. Free of toxins like aluminum, certified vegan, and Leaping Bunny approved.

Garden of Life Organic Plant-Based Protein Bar in Sea Salt Caramel, value $2.95

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Delicious! Delivering 20 grams of complete multi-sources, organic plant protein, and 10 grams of soluble fiber, they are Certified USDA Organic, NSF Certified for Sport, Non-GMO Project Verified. Certified Vegan and Certified Gluten-Free.

This month’s box is supporting Farm Sanctuary, whose mission is to protect farm animals from cruelty, and promote compassionate vegan living. Click here to subscribe.

A picture may say a thousand words, but we can’t possibly convey the quality, taste, and feel of these products. Want to try them for yourself? You can subscribe to the box here, or purchase the one-time gift box here.

Subscribe now!
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Guest Editor: Jackie Johnson of Natch Beaut

This month’s Guest Editor is Jackie Johnson, founder and host of Natch Beaut, a fun podcast all about modern trends, cruelty-free beauty and skincare, and the golden years known as the late 90s to early 2000s. We chatted with Jackie about why she started her podcast, her favorite LA vegan sushi spot, and Weird Al (um, you will have to read on to find out…)

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Image via Jackie Johnson

How start doing a podcast?
I have been doing live comedy in LA for several years, and last year I got really into Snapchat. I discovered it as a way to directly address my audience in a conversational way, and people started watching and the audience grew. Through the growth, I was encouraged by some fellow comedians to parlay this into a podcast so more people could find me and hear what I was doing. I knew doing a podcast on something as visual as makeup might sound crazy, but I had a hunch it would work if I handled it correctly. And a few months later, Natch Beaut was born!

What is your biggest challenge with producing a podcast? biggest reward?
The biggest challenge I have personally is relinquishing control. I planned an all vegan wedding last year and learned that about myself- I am a control freak. Luckily, I trust my producer Steven Ray Morris along with the entire team at Feral audio implicitly, and they help guide me down this path of team work. I still answer every email I receive myself because the audience is very important to me. I want them to know I am grateful for them for spending an hour of their week with me. The biggest reward hands down are the daily messages I get saying I have opened so many people’s minds up to the plant-based lifestyle and cruelty-free makeup and skincare world. Natch Beaut gives full transparency about the harsh truths of the beauty industry that no one really talks about, and I love that so many listeners have vowed to no longer support these injustices with their wallets!

How do you partner with Feral Audio – explain what they are?
Feral Audio is a “fiercely independent” podcast network (like a TV network, but for podcasts instead of TV shows), which means they host Natch Beaut on their server and allow me to record in their beautiful studio. Every show on Feral is 100% creator-owned, uncut, and unfiltered. When I started shopping Natch Beaut around, I knew I wanted it to be on Feral for those reasons. Plus, the name makes me think of kitties and raises important awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering your pets! We can all get behind that message.

Why is cruelty-free beauty important to you?
Beauty to me is not about achieving perfection. It is about self-care, taking time for yourself, and feeling like the most confident and best version of yourself. As a vegan and an animal lover, having animals harmed for the sake of my beauty would be an absolute irony of the entire point. We can all look beautiful and feel beautiful, animals included, without anyone being hurt in the process.

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Who inspires you?

My sister, who makes motherhood of two look easy. She still hot rollers her hair every day and had both of her babies all-natural at home. She is beautiful, inside and out, and has eaten a plant-based diet since she was a child.

My dog Chooch because she lives her life with such wild trust and unconditional love of all people and things. She is also vegan and the most gorgeous creature I’ve ever seen.

Lisa Simpson for being one of the first people (albeit a cartoon person) for first presenting me with the idea of not eating animals if you love them.

Weird Al Yankovic for being one of my first big comedic inspirations, as well as a longtime friend to the animals.

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What is your morning routine?
The first thing I do every morning is take Chooch on a walk. Then I wash my face with my face wash du jour. Right now I am all about Source Vital apothecary, which is an all-natural, cruelty-free skin care line out of my home state of Texas. I love their algae deep cleanse, and their custom facial cocktail has changed my life. I would bathe in it if I could! I also ALWAYS sunscreen my face and neck. I’ll give the hair and teeth a good brushing as well. I may or may not do makeup, as I love to take a break and enjoy a natch-faced day when I can. I also start every morning with a cup of organic jasmine green tea with a splash of almond milk. I am a big tea lady! And I will most likely check all of my social medias a few times throughout this whole process, let’s be honest.

 

What is your favorite restaurant?
I love the all-vegan sushi restaurant in Los Angeles called Shojin. I have every birthday/anniversary/excuse to celebrate there that I can. They have truly elevated the art of vegan cuisine there, and they are also so ridiculously nice there. The bathroom is also very cute. Go eat there and go in the bathroom and you will see what I mean!

…vacation?
My husband and I love to travel! We love to go on local trips in California, like to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, or down to San Diego where the vegan cuisine scene is top-notch. We did a Euro trip for our Honeymoon and it was absolutely magical. We also love a short jaunt to Vegas for some slot machine action and our favorite vegan pizza place, Slice of Vegas inside of Mandalay Bay!

…Drink?
I don’t drink alcohol, but if I could drink a cold pressed juice from Kreation juice every day of my life, it would be the ultimate #LifeGoals. Everything in that place is delicious and makes my life brighter, although my favorite is the illuminate juice! It is truly the organic nectar of the Gods.

…Thing to do in LA?
I love taking my dog to the beach. She comes to life when her paws hit that sand. She also loves to sunbathe, which she got from her mom (although I SPF myself to a comical degree!) My favorite one is the Huntington Dog Beach. We always get lunch at Vegan Nirvana beforehand, so it’s not an entirely selfless excursion.

If you could have dinner with any 4 people in the world, who would they be?
This is a very difficult question, as I love having dinner with people and have a lot of favorites:

Paul McCartney because he means more to me than any person in the world I’ve never met for many reasons (He is a Beatle, he is a longtime animal advocate, and I like to think on some level that he is my dad.)

Howard Stern because I have been listening to him for so many years and following his life and career. We spend so many countless hours together- it would be nice for me to finally be able to respond to the conversation.

Weird Al. Is it weird that I’ve mentioned him twice in this post? Too late cause I’m going there.

And, Adam my husband who is my favorite person in the world to dine with.

Any advice for budding entrepreneurs?
Just do it. I waited for years to start my podcast because I kept talking myself out of it. “There are already so many podcasts; no one will listen to it. Get a life and stop listening to so much Weird Al, ya goof!” I was just afraid of “failure” or of what people might think. I was being lame. Don’t be lame like me. Put your art into the world. It will resonate with people who appreciate it and that is truly the only thing that matters. Do YOU, honey!

 

Inside the June/July Box!

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We carefully curate each LOVE GOODLY box with healthier products, like nontoxic and cruelty-free beauty and skincare that you can use every day. Click here to learn more about banned ingredients.

This month’s June/July box was guest-curated by Skully Smith, founder of Modern Compassion and one of our favorites advocates for vegan, animal-friendly, and cruelty-free living. She selected one of her favorite beauty products, Kat Von D Beauty’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.

Now, scroll down to see what’s inside!

Kat Von D Beauty’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovecraft, value $20

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Our fabulous guest curator and Los Angeles vegan influencer Skully’s brand pick — and one of the most popular liquid lipsticks! From the vegan, cruelty-free beauty line by Kat Von D, a life-proof lipstick in stunning Lovecraft (a mauve pink nude) that will not wear off! Newly reformulated with safe, nontoxic ingredients, this creamy formula glides over lips like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish. Along with 24-hour wear and high-pigment color, it’s packed with natural moisturizers, includeing Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. Cruelty-Free, vegan, and nontoxic.

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Faby Nail Polish in assorted Summer Colors, value $12

Big 5-free professional grade nail polish in 10 fun summer colors. This means no DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor, and no TPHP, no Paraben, no Xylene. We love the long-lasting, high-shine results. Each box has one beautiful assorted summer color; from nautical blue to summer brights to summer white. Vegan and cruelty-free.

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GemTye Custom Heart Bracelet and Hair Tie in Black or Turquoise, value $28

This custom-designed, dual-purpose hairband and bracelet from GemTye features either a black or turquoise enamel heart charm on a black cord. Wear alone or stacked with your wrap or bead bracelets, or for those of us with longer locks it’s the perfect stylish hair accessory during hot yoga classes! Fair Trade, Vegan, Charity.

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Fred + Far Trillion Pin, value $12

The future is bright, and so are you! Join the self-love movement and wear this pin on your jacket or bag as a reminder to choose yourself on a daily basis. The diamond-shaped pin signifies self-love and what’s better than that?! Fred + Far has created a sisterhood with a powerful message of loving yourself. Charity, Made in the USA, Vegan.

New Chapter Perfect Hair, Skin, and Nails, value $17

Nourish healthy hair and build strong nails with 100% Daily Value of probiotic fermented Biotin to promote your body’s natural production of keratin. Also includes plant-sourced Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant – supporting skin elasticity – made from organic algae, and superfood botanical blends. Non-GMO Project Verified, ICS Organic Certified, made in the USA, 100% Vegan. 15 Day Supply.

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This month’s box is supporting Farm Sanctuary, whose mission is to protect farm animals from cruelty, and promote compassionate vegan living. Click here to subscribe.

A picture may say a thousand words, but we can’t possibly convey the quality, taste, and feel of these products. Want to try them for yourself? You can subscribe to the box here, or purchase the one-time gift box here.

Subscribe now!
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Behind the Brand Part 2: Kat Von D Beauty

To learn more about Kat Von D Beauty, we asked some insiders: Tara Buenrostro and Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick, two incredible vegan makeup artists who are a part of Kat Von D’s Artistry Collective. They chatted about working with Kat, Farm Sanctuary, and our June/July guest curator Skully Smith.

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What inspired you to go vegan?

Kelsey: The day that changed my life forever was at Circle V, a vegan festival in LA, sitting on the ground listening to Gene Bauer (Farm Sanctuary), Kat Von D and Nathan Runkle (Mercy For Animals) speak about veganism. They are such powerful and positive vegan role models. They spoke to what was in my heart and made me feel like I CAN DO THIS, for the animals, the planet, and myself. My favorite quotes that motivate me every day are from Kat “Doing our best is the least we can do” and Mercy For Animals “Do what is right. Not what is easy”.

Tara: I can list a million reasons why going vegan is the most beneficial thing you can do for yourself, animals and the planet. In the beginning, making the transition myself was not easy. I was turning a blind-eye to the truths behind animal exploitation as well as consuming animal products. When I first became vegetarian, I made that decision because of my love for animals. I was vegetarian for about 2 years and eventually started feeling guilty about dairy and leather goods. One day I finally took the plunge and gathered the courage to keep my eyes open during Earthlings, a documentary that was rumored to be graphic but would be the necessary truth I needed to convert to veganism. The reality of what animals go through for fashion, entertainment, food and scientific research and how WE, the consumer, take a life that is not ours to take is and was absolutely heartbreaking. My friend, Kat Von D told me one time that, ‘Every dollar is a vote’ that has stuck with me every time I’m put in a situation that exploits animals. I’m proud to say that those things no longer have my vote, nor hold my interest. It’s true that every “dollar” counts, because every dollar not spent on those things saves lives. People always talk about how hard it would be for them to go vegan, and I used to be able to relate to that statement. But if they could open their eyes to the truth, they would see veganism as I do: “Vegan, that sh*t’s easy!”

Recommended Documentaries: Earthlings, Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy

 

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What made Kat decide to reformulate the Kat Von D Beauty line to be vegan and cruelty-free?

 

Kelsey: Kat Von D Beauty has always been cruelty-free. Kat has been a passionate animal lover her whole life. She was not vegan when she started the line, but once she became vegan, she didn’t feel right producing non-vegan products. This inspired the reformulation, which Kat has worked so hard on! I agree when she says that true cruelty-free beauty is vegan.

Tara: Kat Von D Beauty was, is and has always been cruelty-free! Any and ALL Kat Von D Beauty products will never be tested on animals. The only way Kat will ever test products, is on herself! When Kat first created Kat Von D Beauty 10 years ago the line wasn’t completely vegan, nor was she. When Kat became vegan she wanted to practice what she preached and prove to the world that high quality products don’t need animal products. Even if it takes longer or costs more to find replacements, she would not stop until her line was is completely vegan. It’s inspiring to not only see Kat evolve and make changes to better the environment and save animals on a personal level, but also in her makeup line! It’s like the two are growing together. Being able to work for a brand that represents what CRUELTY-FREE is so rewarding.

We love that you support Farm Sanctuary like we do! What is it like volunteering at their sanctuaries?

 

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Kelsey: I love Farm Sanctuary so much, I wish I could be there every week! The animals melt my heart. They are so sweet and the staff is so dedicated to them. We spend time playing but also work hard cleaning their barns, laying new hay, and helping rebuild the sanctuary. I learned about where each animal came from, their personalities, and the horrors of the animal agriculture industry. Although it is heartbreaking, their ability to forgive and love humans gives me the strength to stick up for them!

 

Tara: Volunteering at Farm Sanctuary was one of the most inspiring days of my life. Not just because of the animals, but because of the people who take the time out of their lives to save another. Loving these animals is so rewarding. The way these animals look at you will melt any heart.

What is your favorite vegan restaurant?

Kelsey: In my hometown, Vancouver BC, my favorite is Virtuous Pie (pizza)!

Tara: CROSSROADS in Los Angeles! Holy Mackerel! The first time Kat took me there I couldn’t believe the entire menu was vegan.  It was the best food I had ever tried. The Crossroads Impossible Burger and Kale Salad is mouth-watering and unbelievably delicious!

Three words to describe yourself.

Tara: Compassionate, Hard Working, Creative

How do you stay balanced in your life?

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Kelsey: I wouldn’t say I have a particularly balanced life, but, I try to stay focused on what is really important to me, instead of forced obligations. I give myself breaks, and try to make time for a few people I love.

Tara: My husband, my dog, and COFFEE keep my feet on the ground. I am nothing without them! As for my diet, I do not miss dairy or meat at all. To stay balanced when being vegan I recommend stop making excuses and comparisons, truly educate yourself, embrace the changes and stay motivated!

What is your daily morning routine?

Kelsey: I start with my skincare routine using Luminance Skincare, listen to music and play with my dog Loki!

Tara: I can honestly say I don’t have an exact routine besides saying a prayer,  brushing my teeth and feeding my dog! Every morning is different with my husband’s job, as well as the amount of traveling I do with the Kat Von D Beauty Artistry Collective. I at some point try to find or make myself an iced coffee with a splash of coconut milk, and eat some sort of cereal or on-the-go vegan coconut cookies from Starbucks! They’re delicious!

You are friends with our guest curator Skully Smith. What’s your favorite thing about her?

Kelsey: I have never met Skully myself, but she is close with my friends. I love that she is a passionate vegan.

Tara: I met Skully through my friend Leah and started following her on social media years ago. When I was becoming interested in veganism, I reached out to her many times with questions. She was always so nice and helpful in her responses. In following Skully and watching her posts about animal cruelty, I found myself inspired to educate myself on the truths. I can honestly say Skully inspired me initially to make the transition from eating meat, to becoming vegetarian. She posted about a documentary called COWSPIRICY and that was truly the start of my road to becoming vegan. I love Skully because she has always been so helpful and her compassion for animals shines – THANK YOU SKULLY!

Behind the Brands: Kat Von D Beauty

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She is known as a famed tattoo artist, but Kat Von D changed the game with her vegan and cruelty-free makeup line, Kat Von D Beauty. Her most popular Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is a favorite with makeup artists, celebrities, bloggers and influencers, and makeup lovers everywhere. We are so excited to feature the shade Lovecraft in our June/July box – in addition to being vegan and cruelty-free, we were thrilled to discover the new formulation of the lipstick is also toxin-free!

We had the chance to chat with Kat about what inspired her to go vegan and what she loves about her BFF (and our guest curator!) Skully Smith

What inspired you to go vegan?
After watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives, the connection between what we put in our bodies and our health really hit home with me.  I had been a vegetarian for years prior to watching that film, but after that, I dropped eggs and dairy right away and have never looked back. But it wasn’t until I learned about the thousands of ways we exploit animals on a daily basis, that I really became vegan for reasons outside myself.  I encourage everyone to watch the documentary, Earthlings, to really get a grasp on what we as human beings are doing to the animals and to the environment.

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What made you decide to re-formulate your Kat Von D Beauty line to be vegan and cruelty-free?

When I first created KvD Beauty ten years ago, I was not vegan at that time. Hell, I wasn’t even sober yet! So it was only natural that the more I learned about veganism, the more I needed the ingredients in my beauty products to align with my morals. And yes, it took a lot of work, a bit of money and patience, but it was well worth it!

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We love that you support Farm Sanctuary like we do! What is it like volunteering at their sanctuaries?

Volunteering at Farm Sanctuary is truly a selfish act for me, considering how much joy it brings me. Being able to spend time with these lucky animals who have survived the tortures of factory farming and animal abuse gives me a certain amount of hope. As an animal activist, I find it vital to be able to see the other side of the harsh truth out there – and it’s a perfect place for people like me, who somehow became so disconnected with the human and non-human animal connection.

What is your favorite vegan restaurant?

Crossroads in Los Angeles.  Hands down.  I could eat there forever and die happy.

Three words to describe yourself?

Trying my best.

How do you stay balanced in your life?

Hm. I wish I truly knew balance, but in all honesty I think its my instability that makes it possible for me to do so much.  I think being as hyper sensitive and obsessively passionate about creativity makes it extremely difficult to balance relationships and socializing in general. I tend to be the happiest in my solitude.

What is your daily morning routine?

My daily routine varies depending on what projects I’m working on or my travel schedule.  But for the most part I wake up quite early, cuddle cats in bed before working out and breakfast, and then dive straight into whatever the day may offer.

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You are friends with our guest curator Skully Smith, what’s your favorite thing about her?

I love Skully for many reasons – but one of the things I admire the most is her ability to be a modern day representation of a vegan.  No offense to the stereotypical vegan out there who likes to eat granola and wear hemp Birkenstocks, but I myself, am a modern vegan. And I think its important to show the world that standing up for animals doesn’t mean sacrificing ones personal style, and Skully makes being vegan sexy as fuck.

Inc. talks to LOVE GOODLY Co-Founders

“Toxin Free Treats: Cleaning Up the Beauty Game”

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“‘I’ve been a long time fan and friend of Justine Lassoff who has a history of successful exits in the LA market, specifically in the eco/beauty/wellness space. Her most recent on-trend undertaking, LOVE GOODLY, with business partner Katie Bogue Miller is making women sit up and take notice of what’s in the products they put on their bodies every single day.

I must admit, I still use Bath & Body Works (I’m a cucumber melon fiend), but after sitting down with this dynamic duo, I think it’s time to clean house and clean up my beauty game.'”

To read the interview with co-founders Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller, click here!