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Relogy Vegan Skin Care Review

Relogy Vegan Skin Care Review

One item I get a lot of inquires about is finding cruelty free and vegan skincare that is good for acne prone skin. Most of the products on the market for this skin type are not cruelty free or vegan. It seems to have led to a lot of frustrated people out there who just want to treat their skin right. Well, luckily, there’s now a cruelty free and vegan brand that offers just that.

Relogy was founded with the belief that you do not need harsh chemicals to balance out your skin. This is something that I strongly believe in as well. By taking this mentality and applying it to skin care meant for problematic skin, Relogy made products that are not only effective but also are not harsh on your skin either. Not only that, but the products are not tested on animals (all ingredients are cruelty free) and they also do not contain any animal ingredients.

When you buy Relogy, it comes in a kit with three products –

  1. Rinse-Free Acne Treatment Foam
  2. Skin Balancing Lotion with Coconut Milk
  3. Targeted Spot Treatment with Seaweed Extract

You are able to sign up for a one time package or an auto-refill plan to keep the skin care coming your way every 60 days.

Update – Relogy is now sold on Vegan Cuts! If you’ve been wanting to try out the line, you can get the complete package for only $35 through Vegan Cuts!

When I was first asked to try Relogy, I admit that I was a bit hesitant. My skin was in the middle of the winter freak out – where it dries out and then, as a result of being too dry, breaks out. I was worried that it would irritate my skin and make the dryness worse like other skin care items I have tried in the past. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Relogy.

The Rinse-Free Acne Treatment Foam is really gentle. I especially love that it’s a foam. It left my skin feeling really clean, but not dry. I used it as a cleanser, but there is the option to leave it on and use it as a treatment. I would suggest using it as a cleanser first and seeing how your skin reacts before trying this method. Since my skin problems were not too severe, I did not try this method and cannot vouch for how it works.

My favorite item from the kit was the Skin Balancing Lotion with Coconut Milk. It’s a really lightweight but effective moisturizer. I found it perfect to put on in the mornings before my makeup as it absorbed quickly and did not make my skin greasy in any way. Plus, a little bit really went a long way. I love that it comes in a pump for ease of use.

The Targeted Spot Treatment with Seaweed Extract is another great product. It works really fast! I applied it to problem spots (after cleansing and moisturizing) and the spot shrunk visibly overnight. Within a couple of days, it had vanished completely.

Nothing about this skin care line was too harsh, and all of the products were effective. After just a few users, the condition of my skin improved. I only saw more improvement as I went on using the products morning and night. For those with problematic skin (or like me, are dealing with weather changes making a mess of your skin) it’s definitely worth checking out Relogy. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on brand news and product giveaways.

Update – Relogy is now sold on Vegan Cuts! If you’ve been wanting to try out the line, you can get the complete package for only $35 through Vegan Cuts!

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. This post contains sponsored content in the form of links to a third-party website.

Images : Relogy

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10 Reasons to Go Vegan in 2013

Reasons to Go Vegan in 2013

Having a vegan diet and lifestyle has never been easier than it is now. There are so many resources out there! From blogs to books and even vegan lifestyle coaches. Vegan food is also easier to find than ever. Many grocery stores are carrying more and more vegan brands, while more vegan brands are sprouting up and more brands are marketing vegan options. It’s a great time to go vegan!

Here’s a list of 10 Reasons to Go Vegan in 2013! Use these to kickstart your vegan diet, turn your vegan diet into a vegan lifestyle and to remind yourself about how great going vegan really is.

  1. Your health. Having a plant based vegan diet cuts the risk of so many diseases. A vegan diet has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and many more diseases. With all these reasons, why not have a vegan diet? You may end up spending a little more on produce that you do now, but it’s nothing compared to what you could spend on medical bills later down the line.
  2. Your mental well-being. One concept from Skinny Bitch that really stuck with me was the idea that by consuming animal products, you are also consuming the pain and suffering inflicted on that animal to produce those products. By consuming those feelings, you are bringing them into your state of mind. Some may find this too abstract, or just too weird, but it makes complete sense to me. For you, this may apply only to your diet. For myself, it applies to the products that I use as well.
  3. Less exposure to toxins. When you consume animal products, you are also consuming all the antibiotics and hormones that animal was given during it’s lifetime. I think that it’s important to know what you are putting into your body. If you don’t know what you’re introducing to your system, how can you know how it’s effecting your body and your health?
  4. Reduce your eco footprint. It’s been shown that vegan diets produce fewer greenhouse gases than diets of those with animal products. Did you know that the livestock industry itself produces more greenhouse gases than human-cause contributors (such as transportation and industrial practices)? Plant based diets need less resources to grow, and less resources to be transported from field to table.
  5. Weigh less. If you’re struggling to get to your bodies healthy weight, adapting a vegan diet may go a long way in helping you. Another point brought up in Skinny Bitch that I have always found amazing was the point that milk is meant to take a calf to a full size cow. It’s meant to add hundreds of pounds quickly. So is it any real surprise that you will also expand quickly by consuming dairy products?
  6. Have your voice heard. In today’s economy, where your money goes can really determine the future of companies and brands. By moving away from products tested on animals and switching to vegan products (meaning that they were not tested on animals and do not contain animal ingredients) you are telling companies and brands exactly where you stand. You also then have the chance to find out about all the great vegan brands out there! Most of which have better products than many mainstream brands anyway.
  7. Know that you are living with compassion. Seeing animals for what they are – conscious beings just like you and I are – really helps to expand your level of compassion. Think about the family pets that you may have had growing up. Would you argue that they demonstrated mental and emotional intelligence and displayed personality traits unique to them? If so, then why assume that the animals typically consumed are any different?
  8. Have better skin. Did you know that a link between consumption of animal products and acne has been found? Think about all the beauty products for sale that promote their use of antioxidants to help your skin. Now stop and think about all the antioxidants available to you through an increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. You are what you eat, and having a vegan diet will change the health of your skin.
  9. Knowing exactly what you eat and use. Having a vegan diet and vegan lifestyle means that you are likely reading the ingredients of every product you use and becoming more aware about the brands that produce them. You realize all the weird and unknown ingredients that you’ve been ingesting or putting onto your body. Once you start to really think about everything that you’re putting onto and into your body, you constantly want to become more aware. Try it. Read the ingredients of everything that you eat for one day. Make a list of the items that you cannot identify and then research them. Odds are, you will end up wanting to remove them from your diet and the products you use.
  10. Cook more. There are so many new things to try once you go vegan! Anything that you made using animal ingredients can be made vegan. I’ve honestly yet to find a single item that cannot be veganized. It’s fun to try new recipes and experiment with new ingredients!

What are some reasons that you think others should go vegan in 2013?

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Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jellie Review

Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jellie Review

Some days, especially in the fall, there are few things as nice as a long, hot shower. It’s especially better when you have a fun smelling soap on hand. Lush’s Sweetie Pie Shower Jellie is a sparkly purple jellie that smells just like the name makes you think it would – amazing berry pie. It’s sweet but not overpowering. This black current scented jellie contains a seaweed base that’s super moisturizing.

It was a bit different to get used to a jellie at first (instead of my usual shower gel), but it was a nice change. My biggest tip is to make sure that you use a washcloth or shower poof. Otherwise, the jellie doesn’t really lather very well and it is a little difficult to use. Used with my shower poof a tiny bit produced a lot of lather. It smells great, isn’t drying at all, and it’s sparkly! A great combination.

If you’re looking for a way to add some fun to your showers, I’d suggest picking up a tub. You can pick up Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jellie online or in Lush stores.

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.

Images : Lush

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Yes to Carrots is No Longer Cruelty Free

Yes to Carrots is No Longer Cruelty Free

Another skin and hair care line has changed their stance on animal testing in order to do business in global markets. I had heard rumors that this brand had begun to test on animals and immediately contact them to find out more.

Update on February 18, 2013 – Logical Harmony has been working closely with Yes to Carrots and PETA. You can read more in the updated post – Yes to Carrots to Remain Cruelty Free!

Their FAQ page states –

“Do you test on animals and do your products contain animal-derived ingredients?

Yes To is a cruelty-free company and we NEVER test on animals. We love the little creatures!”

However, to be sure, I sent them an email inquiring about their stance on animal testing. This is the reply that I received –

As Yes To expands globally, we have partnered with PETA to navigate local regulations regarding product testing. We aim to meet three goals: PETA compliance, providing safe and effective products to global consumers, and adhering to local law. While we navigate this process, we have requested not to be listed on the PETA website.

Yes To does not conduct any animal testing on our ingredients or during the product development process, and we ensure all of our contract manufacturers adhere to these same principles. We do not conduct animal testing on finished goods and do not ask others to test on our behalf, but rather we evaluate our finished products in clinical test environments or with volunteer panels, except where required by law. We are committed to partnering with global agencies to eliminate animal testing and find safe and effective testing alternatives.

While the first paragraph makes it sound like the Yes to brand is doing a great job to help the future of cruelty free options, the second paragraph contains the one phrase that I hate to hear – “except where required by law”. This statement is a way for brands to admit that they do test their products on animals in a way that not everyone will realize what it means. The term “cruelty free” is not a regulated term. This is how the Yes to brand is able to call themselves cruelty free on their FAQ page.

It’s only required by law that cosmetic products be tested on animals in China. You can learn more about my understanding of these laws in the post Animal Testing and China. Am I encouraging these brands to break the laws in the countries where they choose to market their products? Not at all. What I am encouraging is for them to not sell in these markets or at least be up front with their consumers about the fact that they do test on animals.

As consumers, I urge you to reach out to the Yes to company and let them know that you will no longer be supporting their brand because of their decision to test on animals. I also encourage you to let them know that they should be transparent with their customers about their real status and not call themselves cruelty free.

The former cruelty free brand was known for having lots of vegan skin care and hair care options that were easily accessible and affordable. This makes me very sad to see them added to the list of brands that will no longer be supported here on Logical Harmony.

Update on February 18, 2013 – Logical Harmony has been working closely with Yes to Carrots and PETA. You can read more in the updated post – Yes to Carrots to Remain Cruelty Free!

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Urban Decay Promises To Remain Cruelty Free

Urban Decay Promises To Remain Cruelty Free

The past few months have been pretty crazy for fans of Urban Decay who only use cruelty free and/or vegan cosmetics. First the brand announced their plans to sell in China (where animal testing is required by law), then they went back on that decision. Last week it was announced that L’Oreal bought Urban Decay. L’Oreal is notoriously known as one of the worst offenders when it comes to animal testing, so this raised quite a lot of questions for the once outspoken cruelty free brand. Now the brand has assured PETA that they will not be testing their products on animals.

I am very happy to hear that PETA worked with Urban Decay to get this statement in writing. To many, Urban Decay having a parent company that tests on animals is enough to make them ditch the brand regardless of their own stance. For another large number, the flip flopping of the brand over the past several months is also enough for them to not want to support Urban Decay. On the other hand, I can’t imagine it being easy to be a cruelty free brand that has just been bought out by a company like L’Oreal and how difficult it must be to preserve the brands original morals.

While I as an individual will not be supporting the brand, and you will not see their products featured on Logical Harmony, I am glad that they have decided to not sell in China like the majority of L’Oreal brands. In an ideal world Urban Decay would have never sold to a parent company that tests on animals like L’Oreal does, but them remaining a cruelty free brand is better than nothing. I choose to leave the parent company issue up to readers, but I do believe that having access to information on all cruelty free brands with vegan options is important for everyone – even if you don’t purchase the brand yourself.

Source: PETA