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Logical Harmony To Become An All Vegan Blog

Logical Harmony May Become An All Vegan Blog

When Logical Harmony first made the change to being an animal friendly blog, I wanted to cover both cruelty free and vegan items. While I live a vegan lifestyle and only use vegan products, I wanted to promote cruelty free items as well because I know that not everyone is ready to buy only vegan products. I’ve always felt that everyone has to start somewhere, and that it’s great to do whatever you are comfortable with. I still strongly believe this. However, the longer that I am vegan, the less that I feel I can promote non-vegan products here.

While not testing on animals is great, the fact that animals are still harmed or killed for ingredients used in these products is something that I am not okay with. The term “cruelty free” isn’t regulated and can be used to describe a product where just the finished version isn’t tested on animals. “Cruelty free” products are often far from being actually cruelty free and animal friendly. Sure I’d rather people buy items that aren’t tested on animals than ones that are tested on animals. However, in the long run, I’d rather people buy vegan products that no animals have been harmed for. This is why I’m not sure if I’m comfortable promoting products that are simply cruelty free any longer.

Vegan products are not tested on animals (in the finished form, during the production, or contain ingredients tested on animals by the company or a third-party) and they also don’t contain any animal ingredients. The most common animal ingredients are honey, beeswax, lanolin, glycerin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, silk, pearl, and gelatin. Many of these ingredients are derived from animal fat, skin, and bones. Even if they are in a product that isn’t tested on animals, the fact that an animal died for the ingredients is far from cruelty free. Vegan products are truly animal friendly and cruelty free.

A lot of truly cruelty free brands do have a lot of vegan options. However, a lot of these brands also won’t disclose which products are vegan. I do a very detailed check with companies before I promote them as cruelty free or vegan. Some brands are great about providing information and helping me find vegan options. However, not all of them are. Some brands won’t disclose if their glycerin is plant or animal based, etc. These are the brands that I’m not sure I want to support any longer.

I realize that this is idealistic and possibly unrealistic, but if I’m not at least trying to educate people on how many great vegan products are out there, how can I say that I’m trying my best to promote an animal friendly way of life? If I’m still promoting products that contain ingredients that animals were harmed or killed for, is that really promoting an animal friendly lifestyle?

What I can say is this – It’s not a true reflection of my own lifestyle. I don’t use products that have been tested on animals in any way or contain any animal ingredients. I don’t use products that have caused harm to animals, even down to kitchen items like baking soda and sugar. My bath products and cleaning products are all vegan. I don’t buy food brands that I know support animal testing or cruelty. When I have the occasional glass of wine or beer, I even make sure that it’s made with vegan alcohol. Shouldn’t Logical Harmony not only promote an animal friendly lifestyle, but also be a reflection of my own lifestyle? I know that this isn’t the lifestyle of everyone out there, but is it really a representation of an animal friendly lifestyle if it’s promoting things that I wouldn’t use myself?

This is something that I’ve been seriously debating for a long time. Being the blog to break the news about MAC No Longer Being Cruelty Free really got me thinking and evaluating the direction of Logical Harmony. Once I realized how many people are truly concerned about the treatment of animals for their products, it made me realize how much support there is out there for an animal friendly lifestyle. It was incredibly inspiring and powerful. It’s also made me think a lot more about the future of Logical Harmony on the direction that I want to take.

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  • Reply Moxie Tuesday - March 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Tashina, you have such a great blog! I know that I, along with all your fans, will be reading whatever you write about on Logical Harmony–Fashion, Vegan, etc.! xo

  • Reply Amber Saturday - March 24, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I think an all vegan blog would be great! It’s pretty easy to find brands that are cruelty-free, but this would be a great way of promoting new brands that are 100% vegan, and brands that may have slipped under the radar of vegan product junkies such as myself:) It would also be great to have an accurate list of vegan items from cruelty-free companies…so many are not, especially regarding cosmetics.

  • Reply Janine Friday - March 23, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I definitely think you should cover just vegan items. I don’t even see how items can be marked as “cruelty-free” if they contain animal parts. That’s backwards. Even the most humane way of killing an animal is still cruel if it’s just to make a fucking lipstick.

    Obviously we don’t always agree. I support not being wasteful, and I mainly think that we should be eating whole forms of food (not a burger made from 100 different cows) and using every single part of a killed creature. (I do have concerns with my son’s love for animals and the fact that we eat them though, which sort of makes me question what my beliefs are deep down. It’s a tough one! Maybe I justify a bit because I really don’t think we could make a vegan lifestyle work.) I also don’t really get the problem with using honey etc – Can you explain that one to me? I guess I just don’t see insects as having feelings the way mammals do. (I feel the same way about fish for the most part.)

    You have to go with your true beliefs – It’s why your blog is doing so well since switching to this niche!

    • Reply Tashina Friday - March 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

      “I don’t even see how items can be marked as “cruelty-free” if they contain animal parts. That’s backwards. Even the most humane way of killing an animal is still cruel if it’s just to make a fucking lipstick.”

      Can I just say that I really really love that you feel this way? It’s refreshing and totally awesome. I also agree completely. I don’t see how something is “cruelty free” if it’s not tested on animals but animals were killed or harmed to make it. It doesn’t make sense. This is why I use vegan products. Any truly vegan product isn’t tested on animals and doesn’t contain animal ingredients. It’s actually cruelty free!!

      With Sebastian, I love that he loves animals. I also love that it’s making you think about this stuff more. Like you said, we don’t always agree, but I do appreciate that you don’t support the commercial egg industry, etc. We understand each others morals on the meat/dairy/egg industries and I feel like, for someone who isn’t vegan or vegetarian, at least you are trying your best to do it in a legit ethical way.

      Honey was the last thing I gave up! I don’t do honey because I don’t want to support that industry. It’s not letting the bees live their natural lifestyle. Even if they aren’t pumped full of hormones like cows in the dairy industry, the removal of honey and honey comb from the hives does disrupt their natural circle of life. Plus, I just want to avoid anything that makes an animal part or bi-product about money. There are a lot of begans out there who do eat honey and use beeswax. To me, for my lifestyle, it just felt hypocritical.

  • Reply Heather Thursday - March 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I’d love to see this blog go completely vegan! There are plenty of websites that promote cruelty free products, but like you’ve said, this is not a regulated term and though it is a step in the right direction, it is not a solution. In the last few months I have slowly been transitioning to a vegan beauty regime and it is so difficult to find concrete information about VEGAN products. I enjoy reading this blog as it is now, but it would be even better to know that products featured here are not just cruelty free, but vegan. Wee!

    • Reply Tashina Friday - March 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Hi Heather! Thank you for reading LH and for the support!

      “There are plenty of websites that promote cruelty free products, but like you’ve said, this is not a regulated term and though it is a step in the right direction, it is not a solution.”

      This is exactly how I feel about cruelty free. It’s the reason that I’ve promoted cruelty free items before, as a step in the right direction, but I also don’t use items that are just cruelty free.

      I love that other vegans find this blog helpful. 🙂 It’s really encouraging! I look forward to seeing more on your blog in the future too!

  • Reply Amanda Tuesday - March 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    After reading this I understand where you are coming from and I think you should (without a doubt) be an all vegan blog! I love learning about vegan products and want to start using more in my life….do you think you can do a post about vegan makeup you can find at the drugstore? That would be awesome!

    • Reply Tashina Wednesday - March 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thank you for your continued support, Amanda! It really means a lot to me to have other bloggers be supportive! A post about vegan drugstore makeup is a great idea!

  • Reply Karen/So Fla Tuesday - March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I think you have to be true to yourself and do what works for you and what makes you feel good. I am not vegan, only vegetarian (no eggs or milk though). I know I make a difference in how I live even if it’s only in a small way. I would continue to read and enjoy your blog and learn from it if you do become only vegan!

    • Reply Tashina Wednesday - March 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Thank you for the support, Karen!! I’ve been vegan in diet and lifestyle for some time now, so I feel like it would be natural to do the same here. I’m glad to know that it would still appeal to you. 🙂

  • Reply Sam Tuesday - March 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I totally support Logical Harmony going completely vegan! I’m a vegan, and I use this blog as my primary resource when I’m trying to fact-check my vegan products. And I have a hard time finding out the truth about a lot of products (like Smashbox’s “animals = mammals” debacle) so I love having this resource at my back!

    • Reply Tashina Wednesday - March 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Thank you so much for your support, Sam!

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