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Vegan Beauty Travel Essentials for the Skin

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Airplane air is dry and often leaves our skin dry, patchy and dehydrated. It would be ideal to bring our whole skin care regime onto the plane but as we know, we can only bring a limited amount of creams and liquids onto planes. Here are a few travel friendly vegan beauty products that will take care of your skin 36,000 miles above ground.

Hurraw! Lip Balm 

A good vegan lip balm is a must -have when traveling. Hurraw! lip balms are non-toxic, vegan, and uses 100% organic ingredients to create a balm that glides on silky smooth and moisturizes the lips without drying after effects. They come in an assortment of flavors such as vanilla, grapefruit, and chocolate.

OSEA Travel-Sized Ocean Lotion

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You can never go wrong with a travel size body moisturizer. OSEA is powered by the belief that all the ingredients we need for healthy skin is given to us in abundance by Mother Nature. No need for chemicals like Benzoyl Peroxide or Hydroquinone. The ocean and its natural ingredients are the inspiration behind the brand. OSEA Ocean lotion is packed with mineral-rich Patagonian algae, kukui oil, avocado oil, shea butter, and rosehip. These oils leave your skin feeling hydrated and soft. Perfect for all skin types.

100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask 

100% Pure bright eye masks helps brighten and de-puff the eyes. It is a perfect vegan mask to use anytime along the flight. This eye mask is “composed from 95% organic aloe water) and 5% plant cellulose made to intensely hydrate.”

OSEA Sea Vitamin Boost

OSEA’s Sea Vitamin Boost mist is perfect to use before or after flying. It provides a surge of hydration for dull, thirsty skin. The mist contains antioxidant-rich Organic Algae, Resveratrol and Pomegranate. 

KINDri Organic Beauty Oil Deluxe Travel 

As founder of the Los Angeles brand, Robin McDonald believes in health and balance of the skin by using solely organic ingredients to nourish the skin. Robin McDonald’s clients including Charlize Theron have seen the benefits of using KINDri. KINDri means kindness to yourself, to your skin and to the environment.

KINDri’s beauty oils are perfect for summer travels. They consist of organic oils such as Prickly Pear Seed oil, Argan oil, Pumpkin oil, Carrot oil, Grape Seed oil and Pine Grapefruit. A few drops of this fast absorbing oil will take care of your skin and hair. Not to mention it smells amazing!

7 Hidden Animal Ingredients in Beauty Products

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You are standing in the store for what seems like hours trying to decipher the list of ingredients on the back of a shampoo bottle. Is this vegan? We know why choosing vegan and cruelty- free products matter. But finding vegan beauty products can get hard and intimidating. We have compiled a list of common hidden animal ingredients (some may be a bit explicit) in beauty products to help you make the most mindful decision for yourself and the planet.

Lanolin
Lanolin is commonly found in various creamy skin care products like moisturizers, conditioners, and lipsticks. It is a wax product produced by glands of wool-bearing animals and extracted from their wool. Sheep are commonly used to get Lanolin for beauty products. Like animals kept for their fur, these sheep are crammed into hot spaces, used and slaughtered. Lanolin is also known as Lanolate, Lanogene, Laneth, Lanolin alcohols, Lanosterols, Aliphatic Alcohol, Cholesterin, wool wax and wool fat.

Cysteine
Cysteine can be found in hair care and cream products. It is an amino acid from various kinds of animal hair. Cysteine can also be found in baked goods and healing ointments.

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Estrogen
Commonly found in perfumes, creams and lotions. In beauty products, estrogen is a type of drug from pregnant horse urine. It is also used in birth control pills and for reproductive problems.

Carmine
Cochineal bugs live on cactuses and feed on red berries. Female cochineals and their eggs are collected by the thousands and boiled. Once boiled and dried, they are crushed, producing a bright red pigment. This dye is used in beauty products that require color like lipstick and blush. Carmine is also known as Cochineal, Carminic acid, and Dactylopius Coccus Extract. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Palette uses fruit and vegetable pigments as an alternative.

Gelatin
Leftover tendons, skin, bones and ligaments of cows and pigs are boiled to make gelatin. Gelatin is not only found in nail products, face masks and shampoos, but also in common sweets like candy, Jell-O and marshmallows.

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Tallow
Tallow is created by boiling slaughtered animals until a fat substance arises. It is used in lipsticks, foundations soaps, paint, crayons, etc.… yuck! Tallow is also known as Fatty acids, Sodium salts, and Stearic acid.

Keratin
The protein of grinded up hooves, horns, feathers, and hairs of other animals make up keratin. Keratin is in shampoos, hair and nail treatment products. It is also known as animal protein, Hydrolyzed protein, Cheratina, Detoxin, and Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl. LVX nail polish is Keratin –free.

LOVE GOODLY makes the search for 100% vegan beauty products effortless. From foundations, lipsticks, to face cleansers and moisturizers, LOVE GOODLY provides 100% vegan and cruelty-free products.

Down to Earth: Natural Ingredients to Nurture the Skin

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Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Along with eating the right healthy foods, natural ingredients can also support the skin’s everyday functions by rejuvenation and nourishment.

SALT

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Sea salt contains an abundance of minerals that our body and skin needs. Sea salt can help keep the balance of minerals in our skin and provide protection.

Other salts such as Epsom and Pink Himalayan salt also contain healing and detoxify qualities. Add salts into your beauty routine with hellomellow’s Relax Pink Himalayan Body Scrub or Mullein & Sparrow’s Mini Rose Bath Salts.

CHARCOAL

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Activated charcoal has powerful absorbing properties. It has been a popular ingredient in a variety of beauty and skin care products. Activated charcoal used in beauty is best known for drawing dirt and skin pollutants from the skin, leaving it glowing. Skin is also known to combat breakouts.

100% vegan Little Barn Apothecary Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanser contains a combination of activated bamboo charcoal and the benefits of aloe which makes it a great daily facial cleanser or treatment cleanser.

Complete the facial cleanse with:

OILS

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From coconut oil to jojoba oil to argan oil, we are no strangers to beauty oils.They are packed with antioxidants and fatty acids that rejuvenate, hydrate and nourish our skin. Amal’s Moroccan Organic Argan Oil is one of the rarest oils in the world. It is known to help moisturize and contains skin regeneration properties through its richness in Vitamen E and linoleic/okeic acids.

KINDri Organic Beauty Oils contain a variety of ethically sourced oils such as grape seed, sunflower, and sweet almond. Oils can also act as a makeup remover or cleaner like the Mullein & Sparrow Cleansing Oil “featuring the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of black cumin seed.”

ALGAE

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Algae are simple, diverse group of organisms found in aquatic environments. We are quite familiar with algae like seaweed. Some algae used in skin-care products contain soothing properties and antioxidants. Red Algae like in OSEA’s Red Algae Mask may also help with aging. OSEA’s Undaria Algae Oil can be applied to the body, leaving the skin supple.

Why Cruelty Free Beauty Products Matter

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Cruelty free products are manufactured without harming or killing animals, especially skincare or beauty that do not test on animals. The world is slowly turning away from animal-testing, which are often painful and cause the death of millions of animals every year, and towards alternative testing methodsMany countries like India and those in the European Union have banned the sales of cosmetic products that use animal testing or are in the process.

However, many beauty product brands in our local U.S. drugstores and department stores still use animal testing. These tests commonly include rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs inhaling or being exposed to chemicals that cause unnecessary mutilations and suffering. Although The Humane Cosmetics Act was introduced in 2014, there is still no U.S. national law banning animal testing on beauty products. Additionally, China still requires animal testing for cosmetics that are imported into the country. Thus, many large cosmetic brands still use or started using again animal testing in order to continue reaching China’s large market.

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Popular brands like Aveeno, Cover Girl, Dove, L’Oréal Paris, M.A.C., Neutrogena and Nivea still use animal testing. Here is a more comprehensive list of popular brands that uses animal testing.

Each and every one of us has the power to voice what we value and support by the purchases we make. Where your dollars go speaks volumes. Let’s choose cruelty-free.

In a nutshell, cruelty-free products are products that are not tested on animals. Instead, companies use other alternative methods such as using artificial skin to assure products are safe for consumers.

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The following 3 cruelty- free labels may be trusted. Products with these labels meet the cruelty-free standards set by each organization. To double check, look for the product’s company name on the organization’s website to verify.

LOVE GOODLY always carries cruelty-free beauty products (brands like LINNÉ Botanicals, Hellomellow, Lippy Girl, and OSEA). LOVE GOODLY also supports the Beagle Freedom Project which helps rescue laboratory animals from testing.

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GO CRUELTY-FREE!

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LOVE GOODLY’s Cruelty-Free + Vegan Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Check out our top gift ideas for a vegan and cruelty-free Mother’s Day weekend!
Take 10% off your order of $15 or more! Enter MOTHERSDAY at checkout.

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Mullein and Sparrow Facial Steam, $22
Featured in the December/January LOVE GOODLY box curated by Emily Deschanel. Beautiful blend of organic herbs.

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GUNAS Cottontail Handbag, $189
For chic moms, a sweet vegan handbag perfect to hold the necessities. In black and light pink.

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LVX Nail Lacquer in Schiaparelli, $18
Creamy gel-like finish, the 7-toxin free LVX Nail Lacquer in Schiaparelli is the perfect fuchsia shade for spring.

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Gemtye Hippie Chic Bracelet in Topaz in X-Small/Small or Medium/Large, $35
Two ways to wear this pretty topaz – as a hair tie or bracelet!

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Hipsters for Sisters Mulberry Fringe Belt Bag, $165
Hipster vegan suede fringe bag in mulberry. Perfect for phone, credit card and your Lippy Girl lipstick.

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Christine Robinson x LOVE GOODLY Mini Pig Necklace, $16
Share mom’s love for animals with handmade necklace. Vegan jewelry designer Christy Robinson.

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Modern Compassion Veganism is for Lovers T-Shirt, $25
Super-soft tee for vegan moms. Designed by LA vegan influencer Skully Smith. Available in sizes Small, Medium, and Large.

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Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick in P-Bomb, $20
Cruelty-free, vegan lipstick in a vibrant, pink color. Treat your mom!

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Pukka Serene Jasmine Green Tea, $6.95
It’s time to take a break… Moms love organic tea!

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Dogeared Best Friends Necklace Set, $102
So sweet – a stylish treat for you and your mom!

BONUS GIFT!

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LOVE GOODLY Bi-Monthly Subscription, $29.95 or One-time Gift Box, $35 
A gift that keeps on giving! A LOVE GOODLY subscription box filled with vegan and non-toxic beauty, skincare, and lifestyle products. Valued at $75+

Cruelty-Free Festival Essentials

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You know it’s officially summer when California kicks off its Coachella Music Festival (and, cities from all over the US are starting to announce their festival schedules!). Well, Coachella Weekend Two is coming up, and we hope you’re stocked with these cruelty-free essentials straight from LOVE GOODLY.

Whether you’re staying fresh and sweat-free with a vegan and non-toxic deodorant or styling with a cruelty-free and vegan belt bag, you will look and feel good during this festival season.

Here are some of our top picks for a cruelty-free (and vegan, non-toxic, fair trade, etc.) festival season:

Festival Essentials

  1. OSEA Travel-Sized Sea Minerals Mist, $16
  2. Blissoma Scentless Deodorant Stick – Mini, $10; or Regular, $16
  3. Hipsters for Sisters Fringe Belt Bag in Black, $165
  4. Gemtye Moonstone Hair Tie (can also be used as a bracelet!) – X-Small/Small, $45; or Medium/Large, $45
  5. Hurraw! Spf 15 Sun Balm, $4.29

…and, so much more!

Oh, and did you know… a portion from each sale made is donated to amazing organizations such as Farm Sanctuary and Cure Cervical Cancer? Look Good. Feel Good. Do Good.

Cruelty-Free and Ethical Handbag Brands

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You can find high-quality, vegan and ethical alternatives of so many commonly used products, and handbags are certainly no exception. Choosing between chic and kind is a thing of the past, and if you just know where to look, you really can have it all!

Cruel factory farming is not exclusive to food products – in fact, according to PETA, most leather is often sourced from cows used for beef and milk. This means that many of the animals used for leather goods experience all of the horrors of factory farming conditions and then some.

Our human neighbors can often be subjected to harsh working conditions in handbag factories as well, including those of brands who charge premium prices for “luxury craftsmanship.” In 2012, luxury brand Burberry faced controversy over the working conditions of their factories’ workers in China. High-end brand Mulberry faced similar accusations of ill-treatment and low pay in their Turkish factories in 2015. In many cases, large companies require large batches from overseas factories, and cannot oversee the conditions in which these high quotas are met. However, this does not mean you should not shop from companies that source from countries outside of the US or Europe – on the contrary, goods manufacture is how many people from these countries make their livelihood. It’s therefore recommended to shop with companies with a commitment to ethics, who use small-scale factories.

Finding a vegan, socially-conscious handbag line that has chic and luxurious designs may seem like a tall order, but here are three vegan handbag companies who fit the bill:

Hipsters for Sisters

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On trend with the hottest hands-free fashion, these waist bags are anything but fanny packs. Vegan and made in LA, Hipsters for Sisters not only oversees production, but has lunch chats with their factory workers on the reg. LOVE GOODLY proudly stocks these small-but-mighty bags in our shop!

 

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According to their site, “What initially began as an all MADE IN NYC label, has now gone global to source and manufacture bags and shoes using artisan and small-scale ethical manufacturers from countries such as India, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong.” Though they source from small-scale manufacturers, they have a huge product offering with a wide selection of styles! You can find LOVE GOODLY’S favorites for sale in our shop.

Angela Roi

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From totes to wallets to stylish mini satchels, Angela Roi’s vegan accessories are the epitome of classic grace. They are dedicated to animal welfare in every aspect of their production, and are official partners of the ASPCA, donating a flat amount to “help mistreated animals and to convey that fashion doesn’t depend on cruelty.” They are also dedicated to the artisans who bring their designs to life, visiting their factories in South Korea quarterly to inspect working conditions.

With handbags, you are quite literally wearing your heart on your sleeve, and these ethical brands help represent your values without cramping your style.

 

 

 

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

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Okay, we have 7-ish more days until the big day and I hope everyone has their holiday shopping done with. But, if you haven’t, we have a quick little shopping guide just for you. Convenient, right?! They’re the perfect to give as gifts or to add to as stocking stuffers.

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First Row: LVX Malbec Nail Lacquer, $16Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Candle, $16Christy Robinson Mini Bunny Necklace with Copper Heart, $35

Second Row: Little Barn Apothecary Carrot Seed + Rose Hip Eye Serum, $32 – Dogeared Two Little Hearts Best Friends Necklace, $102hellomellow Relax Body Butter, $22

Third Row: Hurraw! Cherry Lip Balm, $3.79 – Pukka Vanilla Chai Tea, $6.95Custom LOVE GOODLY Anniversary Heart Necklace, $40

Fourth Row: Kindri Organic Beauty Oil, $22 – Christy Robinson Elephant Keychain, $20LOVE GOODLY Holiday Gift Box, $35

Want them to arrive right on time for the holidays? Place your order no later than December 21 at 3:00PM PST. We ships USPS First Class. Or, if you would like to get it to them quicker, email us at [email protected] so we can arrange rush shipping!

What’s In Your Deodorant?

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Aluminum Compounds

According to Organics.org, “aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compunds can be absorbed by your skin and can mimic estrogen, which promote growth of breast cancer cells.”

Parabens
[Methyl, Propyl, Ethyl, Benzyl and Butyl]
Not only have parabens been linked to breast cancer, but they are also known to disrupt hormonal balance.

Propylene Glycol
Propylene glycol is another common ingredient with health hazards. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver-damage.

Silica

Silica is a known skin irritant, it may also be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a carcinogen. Silica is known to cause cancer, allergies and immunotoxicity.

Ready to make the change? Check out our non-toxic deodorants at LOVE GOODLY!



1. Crystal Essence Pomegranate Roll-On Deodorant
We are obsessed! Enjoy the natural antioxidant powers of this proven “super fruit” to help protect and regenerate your skin.

2. Blissoma Deodorant
This formula from Blissoma will keep odor at bay for anyone. Like many natural deodorants it includes baking soda which absorbs and eliminates odor extremely reliably. 

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