UD Abandons Cruelty-Free, Challenges Consumers to Care

So, my apologies for being a little behind on this topic. When I first heard about the controversy being caused by Urban Decay’s decision to sell in China, it came via a Leaping Bunny press release. Now it seems clear, but I’m used to so much double-talk that some of the wording seemed questionable. So my initial response was, “Trying to determine for myself what this means and whether I care. These symbols have such a degree of fluidity to them. Not everything with a leaping bunny is even vegan.” To sum up the press release plainly, the Chinese government … Continue reading UD Abandons Cruelty-Free, Challenges Consumers to Care

BUST Craftacular and Food Fair Bursts with Energy

Today was the Bust Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair from 11am-7pm. Held at 82 Mercer Street, Soho, NYC, the space was packed with vendors. At $3 to get in, a nominal fee to give over if you’re a craft-enthusiast, I handed over the money like I was getting in line for a roller coaster; thinking to myself, ‘Why the hell am I here?’ I’ll admit, the all vegan Cinnamon Snail Food Truck was on hand, but that was at the curb outside…way before getting to the cash box. After picking up their last issue, I’ve become a fan of the … Continue reading BUST Craftacular and Food Fair Bursts with Energy

Vegan Cuts: Sprout Skincare

This one’s for men and women! If you have chapped lips (who doesn’t during the winter season?), you’ll love these lip balms from Sprout Skincare. I grabbed up two (Citrus and Cinnamon) at the 1st ever Green Holiday Festival held by USVegCorp in NYC this past December. With shipping, they’ll come to around $17 ($4.25 a tube) for the tin. You have just over a day to snatch up this deal closing EOD 02/20/2012. Continue reading Vegan Cuts: Sprout Skincare

Save For Valentine’s Day With Vegan Cuts

Vegan Cuts is an amazing site that coordinates and alerts vegans to special deals relevant to them. Currently they have up their Vegan Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas + Coupon Codes. The codes will be good through February 14th. Even if you turn up your nose at this holiday, don’t turn your back on these deals. Co-opt the mainstream notion of the holiday and love yourself…and spread the love to friends and family. For the ladies, get the code for 10% off PRITI NYC nail polish. OPI and ESSIE, can’t hold a candle to PRITI. For your gents, who normally take … Continue reading Save For Valentine’s Day With Vegan Cuts

The Word: EOS

A while back, I saw ball shaped lip balms in a magazine. Some celebrity couldn’t live without it at the time. In a few drugstores, I began noticing the EOS lipbalms. One day, without thinking, I caved and bought one. I was just learning about animal products in cosmetics but it wasn’t until after I broke the seal that I thought, ‘I wander what’s in this?’ Disappointed in myself, I tossed it on my dresser and resolved to email the company…. …Time marches on… Every once in a while I used it, and really liked it actually, justifying that I … Continue reading The Word: EOS

The Word: What ‘Vegan’ Means To UD

Since some of my more recent emails have gone unanswered, I think I’ve probably been added to Urban Decay’s “N list”: nuisance/no response list. No matter, I still heart Urban Decay…and I don’t think that’s a secret. I’m working to bring you all my backlog of company responses. This one is from May 2010. After the response I received from Smashbox Cosmetics, I realized that some companies may define ‘vegan’ or ‘vegetarian’ differently than myself and others, and it made me wonder what the Marley Footprint really meant to Urban Decay. So I asked… TO URBAN DECAY: From: Sarah Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 … Continue reading The Word: What ‘Vegan’ Means To UD

The Word: Korres Skincare and Cosmetics

QUERY: From: Sarah Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 2:02 AM To: Customerservice Subject: Vegan and/or Vegetarian Cosmetics Hello, I was wondering if your cosmetics contained animal derived (including insects) ingredients. If so, do you have a list of those that you make that are vegetarian and/or vegan friendly. Thank you. Sarah REPSONSE: From: Customerservice <customerservice@korresusa.com> Subject: RE: Vegan and/or Vegetarian Cosmetics To: Sarah Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:25 AM Hi Sarah, Thank you for your inquiry and interest in Korres. None of our products are tested on animals. All tests – including dermatological and clinical tests – are performed … Continue reading The Word: Korres Skincare and Cosmetics

Welcome Autumn at the D.C. VegFest

If there was one resonating complaint about the first NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, it was that it wasn’t held outdoors. East coasters, here you go. The D.C. VegFest is a free, outdoor festival being held this year on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 11am-6pm at George Washington University. Organized by Compassion Over Killing and The Vegetarian Society of DC, the event will feature a talk with Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of The Humane Society of the United States and a cooking demonstration by vegan chef, Isa Chandra Moskowitz among its numerous speakers slated to appear. With food vendors, like Sunflower Vegetarian … Continue reading Welcome Autumn at the D.C. VegFest

The Word: M.A.C. Cosmetics

I keep seeing references to M.A.C. Cosmetics as being a vegan brand. They are on PETA’s cruelty-free list, which means they do not test on animals. Vegan and Cruelty-free symbols can create confusion; the two are not one in the same. To clarify, as you’ll read below, M.A.C. is not a vegan brand. Thankfully, they don’t claim to be either. Email the company for more information on specific products. TO MAC: Date: 01/12/2010 01:40:35 EST To: MACInfo@maccosmetics.com Subject: Another issue Name: Sarah Message: Hello, I was wondering if your cosmetics contained animal derived (including insects) ingredients. If so, do you … Continue reading The Word: M.A.C. Cosmetics

The Word: NARS Cosmetics

TO NARS Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:55 AM To: Nars-CustomerService Subject: Ask a Question Message: Hello, I was wondering if your cosmetics contained animal derived (including insects) ingredients. If so, do you have a list of those that you make that are vegetarian and/or vegan friendly. Thank you. Sarah FROM NARS Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:46 AM Subject: Ask a Question Dear Sarah, Thank you for your inquiry and interest in NARS Cosmetics. Regarding your inquiry about vegan inspired products within our line, you can use the NARS skincare products. As for the makeup portion of the line … Continue reading The Word: NARS Cosmetics