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Flower Beauty May No Longer Be Vegan Friendly

Flower Beauty May No Longer Be Vegan Friendly

Readers of Logical Harmony, it’s with a very sad heart that I write this post. Flower Beauty has just informed me that they are still cruelty free, but that Flower Beauty may no longer be a vegan friendly line.

January 9, 2014 – Please find an update on this situation in the post An Update on Flower Beauty’s Vegan Status.

I previously had received the following statement from their PR firm. I also received the same statement from their customer service team.

1. Are Flower Beauty products tested on animals as a finished product? Either by Flower Beauty, a parent company,  an affiliate or a 3rd party company.  There is no animal testing done on any formula or ingredient.  This includes raw materials for our formulas.  We are not affiliated with any companies that tests product ingredients on animals. Our products do not contain any animal-derived ingredient.  Our cosmetics lab has signed a Statement of Assurance through PETA.  Our ingredients are non-toxic according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  

2. Are Flower Beauty products tested on animals during production? Either by Flower Beauty, a parent company,  an affiliate or a 3rd party company. See above

3. Are the ingredients used to make Flower Beauty products tested on animals at any point? Either by Flower Beauty, a parent company, an affiliate or a 3rd party company. See above

4. Does Flower Beauty have any vegan options (items without animal ingredients)? See above – they are vegan

5. When using ingredients, such as glycerin, that can be derived from a plant or an animal, does Flower Beauty use the animal based item or the plant based item? Plant based item

A couple of months ago, I emailed again asking about the product packaging that was surfacing with “may contain carmine” on the labels. The response I received stated again that they products were vegan and do not contain any animal by-products. I asked if they would help me explain to my readers about the labels. The response I got stated that it was added to packaging due to the cosmetics being produced in a shared equipment factory. They said that they assured me the line was vegan and did not contain carmine or any other animal ingredients.

As I’m sure you have noticed, Flower Beauty has been heavily promoted on Logical Harmony. Most of my personal makeup stash was swapped out for the Flower products. They were cute colors, very good quality, and budget friendly. I was telling anyone and everyone about them!

The other day, I received a tweet from Logical Harmony reader @MsMollyGirl who said she saw a tweet from the brand stating that they were cruelty free and not vegan. I immediately reached out to the brand and got the following response via Twitter

Flower Beauty May No Longer Be Vegan Friendly

We are sorry if there was a misrepresentation of our products. FLOWER Beauty is not vegan. We are cruelty free.

My heart sunk immediately. This is a brand that I had been assured by both their PR and customer service was cruelty free and completely vegan. I had been telling friends, readers of Logical Harmony, and other bloggers about them. I mentioned them to multiple press sources when being interviewed about vegan beauty. I spent hundreds of dollars on their products. And now it turns out that they may no longer be vegan or, even worse, may never have been. I especially feel badly that I have unintentionally spread mis-information about this brand. Thinking of all the animal loving consumers that may have purchased their items based on my recommendation and now to find out this… I have no words to describe how I feel and can only offer incredibly sincere apologies to everyone.

Flower Beauty is still cruelty free. Which is great. But the idea that multiple sources had once assured me they were completely vegan and now to have one say that they are not… It’s hard to take. I have reached out to them about the possibility of putting together a list of vegan options that I can publish here. I have also reached back out to the PR contact I have to see if they can shed some light on this. I have my fingers crossed that there is still some truth to what I was told multiple times by this brand and hopes that they offer vegan options.

If any more news comes out of this, I will update here on Logical Harmony. In the meantime, a disclosure will be added to all previous posts that mention Flower Beauty. Since the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brands List includes only cruelty free brands with vegan options, and it’s unclear at this time if Flower still offers any, they will be moved to the Grey Area list for the time being.

January 9, 2014 – Please find an update on this situation in the post An Update on Flower Beauty’s Vegan Status.

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Vegan Beauty Gift Guide!

Vegan Beauty Gift Guide!

During the holiday season, I love giving and receiving beauty items! Everyone has favorites that are worth sharing and new items that you think others should try. This year, there are six major cruelty free and vegan items on my gift list.

  1. Tartan Nail Wraps from NCLA
  2. Winter Garden set from Lush
  3. Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque
  4. High Above The City Lights Nail Polish from NCLA
  5. Wear Pink Not Mink Hoodie from The Tree Kisser
  6. My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural AHA Moisturizer

What are some of your favorite beauty items to give and receive?

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Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel Review

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Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel Review

Typical seasonal soaps are scents like apple cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and woodsy vanillas. Lush offers the complete opposite with its limited edition Rose Jam Shower Gel. This cruelty free and vegan shower gel has an amazing floral scent and promises to be super moisturizing.

Claims: “A decadent, rosy shower gel made with vanilla pod infusion, goji berry juice and nourishing argan oil, Rose Jam leaves your skin soft, hydrated and sweetly-scented.”

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla planifolia), Cypress Leaf Infusion (Cupressus sempervirens), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Goji Berry Juice (Lycium barbarum), Lactic Acid, Argan Oil (Argania spinosa), Organic Rose Absolute (Rosa Damascena), Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Egyptian Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Coumarin, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, D&C Red No. 33, Methylparaben

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Recyclable packaging available in a variety of sizes. Amazing scent! Super moisturizing formula. Lots of lather.

Cons: Limited edition!

The Verdict: I completely fell for this shower gel. It smells absolutely amazing! Especially when paired with Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, which uses some of the same scents. The body wash lathered really well and was very moisturizing. The argan oil was a really nice touch! I even used this shower gel for a couple of bubble baths and loved how soft and sweet smelling my skin was afterwards. I wish this product was not limited edition as I would love to have it be my daily shower gel. Thankfully, my boyfriend got me the largest size available as a present!

If it was available year round, I would definitely purchase the Rose Jam Shower Gel year round. If you are able to get your hands on a bottle, consider yourself lucky as this product is selling out fast in Lush stores. You can find bottles on eBay and there are still a few on Amazon as well.

You can stay up to date with Lush on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

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.

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Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Lip Balm Review

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Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Lip Balm Review

I’m what some would call a lip balm addict. A tube or two in the purse, one or two on my vanity, another couple on my desk… Does this sound familiar to anyone else? When Out of Africa offered to send me a couple of their pure shea butter lip balms to try, it seemed like a great match. Cold weather this time of year has turned lip balm from a nice to have beauty item to a must have beauty item. Out of Africa makes these cruelty free and vegan lip balms in several flavors, so there is one to please everyone.

Claims: “Our luxurious lip balm does more than taste good, it provides natural healing with healthy fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins A, E & F, that provides moisture to keep lips soft and supple.”

Ingredients:

Unscented – Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Pure Unrefined Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract

Tropical Vanilla – Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) (unrefined), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifolia Wax), Cocoa Butter, Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia), Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia), Vitamin E, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower (organic)

Pomegranate and Acai – Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Candelilla Wax, Grapeseed Oil, Pomegranate Flavor, Cocoa Butter, Berry Flavor, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Calendula

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. No Parabens, Sulfates, Petrolatums or Phthalates.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: I got to try Out of Africa’s Pure Shea Lip Balm in three flavors – Unscented, Tropical Vanilla with SPF 15, and Pomegranate and Acai. What I liked most about these balms is that they are moisturizing without being sticky. I love a good thick lip balm, but really dislike ones that end up being sticky and tacky. The unscented tube was a bit larger than average lip balm tubes. This make it perfect for double duty on other dry spots. Both the vanilla and pomegranate scents were natural and delicious. Neither was artificial smelling or overpowering. Overall, I really enjoyed these lip balms!

You can stay up to date with Out of Africa on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

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Logical Harmony featured on Babble – 25 Beauty Steals Bloggers Are Loving

Logical Harmony featured on Babble - 25 Beauty Steals Bloggers Are Loving

I was just featured in a Babble article on beauty steals that bloggers love talking about one of my favorite cruelty free and vegan products – Flower Beauty Lipstick! The Kiss Stick Lip Color in Camelia Charm is one of my essential beauty products. Read the full article 25 Beauty Steals Bloggers Are Loving on Babble.com.

Other animal friendly items included in this feature are E.L.F.

Update 12/24/2013 – Readers of Logical Harmony, it’s with a very sad heart that I write this post. Flower Beauty has just informed me that they are still cruelty free, but that Flower Beauty may no longer be a vegan friendly line. http://bit.ly/1c48dsH