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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Vegan Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

The Best Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies



Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegan margarine or butter
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Egg replacer in the amount of 1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of sea salt
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preparation

 
Preheat oven to 375ºF (175ºC).
Cream margarine and sugars until creamy, then add egg replacer and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Add Peanut butter and continue to beat until combined.
Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir to combine.
Add chips and stir again.
Drop small spoonfuls of dough onto parchment
Bake 12 minutes or until just golden.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Vegan Products Featured on Dragons Den (Seasons 9-14)

So Netflix added the Canadian version of Dragon's Den to their library and I quickly got addicted. I had seen episodes here and there in the past as my dad watched it and always found it entertaining but I really got into it when I could binge my life away.

I enjoy seeing all the cool inventions and businesses the people of Canada have. There's so many incredible entrepreneurs and I was blown away by how many vegan or vegan-friendly companies entered the den, many of which got deals from the Dragons too. Since I am the self-titled queen of lists, I thought I'd make a list of all the companies from seasons 9 through 14 that offer plant-based and cruelty-free goodies.

     


     
  1. YamChops- Toronto based vegan butcher shop was featured and they wowed the Dragon's with their plant meats and won a deal with Jim (owner of Boston Pizza) but they decided not to execute the deal. If you're in Toronto visit their business there but they also sell their vegan chicken at fast food franchise WokBox.
  2. Nona Vegan Foods- Creator of cheesy vegan sauces. The Dragon's didn't bite on this deal but Nona is still growing strong regardless. You can find Nona at natural food retailers nationwide.
  3. Newton's No Gluten- Family run business that creates bread and dessert mixes without the 7 common allergens. No gluten, peanuts, soy, eggs, dairy or tree nuts. Their mixes are also vegan-friendly. Newton's didn't make a deal with the Dragon's but can be found in many stores across Ontario.
  4. Happy Pop's- All natural popsicles that are naturally dairy-free and vegan. Happy Pop's landed a deal with the Dragons so I'm sure we will be seeing them nationwide soon! Currently in stores across Ontario.
  5. Grace & Stella Co.- Pamper yourself with the cruelty-free and vegan skin and hair care products from Grace & Stella. A Vancouver based beauty company landed a deal with the Dragons. You can order their products through their website.
  6. Smart Sweets- Wanna enjoy some sweet treats without all that artificial or added sugar? Smart Sweets  has you covered and are sweetened with natural Stevia. They also have a high fibre content, have no added artificial colours and free of common allergens.  The entire product line is NOT fully vegan but 3 of the 5 are which is pretty impressive. Smart Sweets got a deal with the Dragons and can be found at many local retailers include Bulk Barn.
  7. Oat-Deal- A company from Saskatchewan using the power of oats to enhance smoothies, hot or cold drinks to add extra protein, probiotics and nutrients. They made a successful deal with the Dragons. You can order their products online with free shipping Canada.
  8. Bad Monkey Popcorn- Quebec popcorn company landed a deal with the Dragons but apparently after the show they decided to go with another investor. They make vegan popcorn in varieties such as dill, ketchup, nacho cheese and caramel. You can find their products at big retailers such as Winners. Note: Their website states all their products are vegan but I found one at Winners that wasn't. Not sure what that is about but read labels. 
  9. The Green Moustache- Whistler based vegan organic juice bar and eatery faced the Dragons and won a deal with vegetarian Dragon Manjit. If you're in the Whistler area check out their restaurant.
  10. Nomz- Vegan energy ball company didn't land a deal with the Dragons but you can still order their gluten-free balls on their website with free shipping on all orders. They also have a vegan ice cream on the market too.
  11. Fatso Peanut Butter- If you are looking for healthy all natural peanut butter, check out Fatso. They stole the show and got a deal from the Dragons. Their products are vegan, gluten-free and keto and comes in cocoa and salted caramel flavours, yum! You can find their products at many health food stores across the country including many here in the HRM.
  12. Welo- Creators of probiotic bars and drinks snatched a deal from the Dragons. Their products are vegan, gluten-free and come in a variety of tasty flavours, and of course they are good for your tummy. You can find their products at many retailers including Loblaws and Sobeys stores.
  13. Pur Gum- I've been a huge fan of Pur for many years! They make awesome aspartame and sugar-free, vegan gums and mints. They made a deal with Dragons Jim and Arlene. You can find Pur all over the place including big retailers and grocery stores.
  14. BioSecrets- This 100% Argan oil beauty company scored a deal in the den with this pure cruelty-free, vegan oil. Perfect for hair, body and face.You can order straight from the website.
  15. Nova Scotia Fisherman- A couple of entrepreneurs from my neck of the woods who create skincare infused with sea kelp. Their products are cruelty-free but NOT all vegan, as they do use beeswax. However, their lotions and (most of) their soaps are vegan-friendly. They didn't make a deal with the Dragons but here in Nova Scotia you can find their products all over. You're able to order from their website as well.
  16. Tutti Gourmet- This gluten-free company got a deal with Dragon Arlene but from what I read online it didn't work out. Even so, you can find their products in retailers such as Winners and healthfood shops. Their biscotti is NOT vegan but their crackers and bites are.
  17. Naked Coconuts- Vancouver based company sells a line of coconut products, such as oil, energy balls and sauces. They are all vegan, gluten and soy free. They didn't get a deal with the Dragons but you can order their products online and find them in select retailers.
  18. Holy Crap- High fibre, gluten-free, vegan and organic healthy cereal. They visited the Den twice, not impressing the judges the first time around but they ended up being a huge success, so when they came back to the Dragons, they were ready to invest! You can find Holy Crap at many mainstream stores or order from their website.
  19. It's Not Bacon (Everyday Superfoods)- Vegan coconut bacon company faced the Dragons and won a deal with Michele. It comes in 5 flavours and can be found at health food and grocery stores across the country.
  20. SunCoat- Vegan, cruelty-free water-based nail polish and non-toxic makeup brand took on the Dragons and made a deal with Michael. You can order their products on their website or find them in health food stores and select retailers.
  21. Fiasco Gelato- Although their gelato is not vegan-friendly, they offer a line of sorbetto's that are! They made a deal with Jim and you can find their products at most mainstream grocery stores across the country including Sobeys.
  22. Walton Wood Farm- Cruelty-free beauty company that offers bath soaks, lotions, body and hair care and more. They offer many vegan products but some do contain beeswax so read your labels. They made a deal with the Dragons and you can order their products from their website or search to find a retailer near you.
  23. Grind Bar- Organic, vegan, gluten-free CBD infused energy bar company didn't get a deal from the Dragons. You can find their bars through online retailers.
  24. Truly Turmeric-So definitely not vegan specific but I really liked the sound of this product. Turmeric paste, mixed with coconut oil, salt and lime juice. Turmeric is known for its health benefits including as an anti-inflammatory. They landed a deal with the Dragons and you can order their products online or find them at health food stores locally.
  25. Lotus Liners- I've been using reusable pads for years and although they can seem intimidating at first, they are so much better for you, the environment and your pocket book. They also make periods a lot more comfortable. Lotus Liners got a deal with the Dragons and you can buy online or find it at select retailers.
  26. Wilder Harrier- Dog food company trying to take on the sustainability issues with conventional dog food. The company's main focus is cricket based foods for dogs but they also have a vegan dog biscuit made with seaweed. They snatched up a deal with the Dragons and can be ordered on their website or found at select pet stores across Canada.
  27. The Very Good Butchers- Vegan butchery shop hailing from Victoria faced the Dragons and won with their animal-free meats. The Dragons were extremely impressed with their vegan fare. They ship from their website and are carried in retailers in BC and Alberta.
  28. ReMIXed- A new healthy and vegan snack made with wholesome ingredients such as beans, dark chocolate and apple. They got a deal with the Dragons and it can be purchased on their website and retailers in Montreal and Toronto.
  29. Almondia- A new almond milk that is more sustainable as the almonds come from Spain and contains more almonds than your regular almond milk. The Dragons passed on this deal and so far I think their milks are only in Ontario but hopefully they will expand nationwide in the future.
  30. Loop Juice- Juice company creating raw cold pressed juices but what makes Loop different is they get imperfect produce that may otherwise be wasted and turn it into delicious beverages. Naturally vegan. They got a deal in Den and you should be able to find their juice is your local supermarket, including Sobeys.
  31. My Ramen- Vegan ramen that comes in 3 flavours, salt, soy sauce or miso. No MSG and a much healthier alternative to traditional ramen. The Dragons didn't go for it but you can order on their website.
  32. Tuesdays In Love- Water permeable nail polish, cosmetics and skincare that is Halal, vegan, cruelty-free and organic. They got a deal with the Dragons and you can order from their online store.
  33. Evive- A new way to have your morning smoothie. Evive creates smoothie cubes that you simply pop in a jar, let thaw and then shake for a healthy and easy preparation. They come in multiple flavour combinations and they also offer ones with vegan protein powders. They landed a deal with the Dragons and you can buy their products on their website or in Quebec retailers. I am sure they will become nationwide soon. 
  34. Eve's Crackers- If you're looking for a healthier cracker to snack on, Eve's offers a gluten-free, keto and vegan alternative. They landed a deal with Arlene but later backed out.
  35. Cheekbone Beauty- I was super impressed by this cosmetic brand which is Indigenous owned and helps Indigenous youth feel heard through education programs. They are also a cruelty-free and completely vegan company, as well as offering environmentally products, such as their less waste lipsticks. They turned down a deal with the Dragon's but I see a bright future for Cheekbone.
  36. Unscented Company- If you are scent-sensitive and have a hard time finding good products, Unscented Company is an awesome option for you. Their products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They offer everything from laundry soap, hair care, lotion and dish tabs. After appearing on the Den, they got a deal with Canadian Tire!
  37. Good Food for Good- Looking to decrease your sugar-intake? Good Food for Good makes ketchup, BBQ sauces and cooking sauces with no added sugar. They are also vegan, keto and paleo, organic and gluten-free. Also every time you buy a bottle they donate a meal through local food banks. They also landed a deal with the Dragons!
  38. Unbelts- Ethically made, vegan belts and also very stylish and claimed to be very comfortable.
  39. Norden- If you are looking for ethical, sustainable and vegan outerwear, Norden has stylish coats for the winter and fall. They use plastic bottles that they turn into fabric!
  40. Nomad Nutrition- Are you a camper or hiker? This fully vegan dehydrated meal company is truly something I'm happy to see in this market since it's not easy to find these types of meals for vegans.
  41. Happy Gut- Fermented products are all the rage these days. Happy Gut offers water kefir grains kits that you can do from home.

I can't wait to see what new seasons of Dragons Den will offer. I am certain we will see even more vegan companies in the future.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Moncton Vegan Guide

Since Moncton is essentially my second home, and the place I was born, I thought I would be the perfect person to create it's very own vegan guide. My Halifax guide has been so successful and helpful to tons of people, while Moncton is not quite as vegan-friendly as my home in Nova Scotia, it is definitely growing and expanding every day and I see a demand to offer a one stop guide for those from and travelling to Moncton. On top of that, it has some of the most amazing vegan food I've ever had!

So here it is,
with love,
The Vegan Peach.
xox :)


Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants: 


Copper Branch: 100% vegan restaurant on Champlain St., Dieppe. They are a food chain originating from Montreal. Offers burgers, power bowls, smoothies, desserts and so much more.

Veggie Vietnam: Vegetarian restaurant located on Champlain Street in Dieppe. I had been told multiple times over and over that everything was vegan and they did not use egg but a girl on the Moncton vegan page said she talked to the owner and they do have egg in their eggrolls, wontons and some noodles. If you love Chinese-style food, you will love this place. They offer pad thai, mock meat dishes, fried rice and noodle dishes, bubble tea and so much more. Huge menu but I definitely have some trust issues with them now. 

Calactus: Located on Church Street. Another one of my personal all-time favourite restaurants. What can I say, Moncton offers amazing vegan food! Calactus is completely vegetarian but they do offer dairy cheese, however, anything can be made vegan and they make their own tofu cream as a cheese substitute and it's pretty much the best thing ever! My personal favourites are their nachos and their Big Marq burger.

Zen Gardens: On Mountain Road, vegetarian restaurant, they use milk and egg in some things but list ingredients on the menu so it's easy to know what is vegan. I still haven't tried this place. They offer sushi, dumplings, faux meats, tea and much more.

Coffee Shops: 


Duo Cafe: On Main Street, owned by the same people as Tide and Boar, also right next door. They have soy and almond milk for drinks and offer a featured vegan sandwich daily. I have heard they also have vegan donuts on Monday's but haven't confirmed that recently.


Laundromat: Located on Mountain Road, Laundromat offers soy and almond milk in both regular and chocolate for drinks and has a vegan bahn mi.


Clementine Cafe: On Elmwood Drive, They offer soy and almond milk for drinks, a vegan date square, smoothies and a sandwich with vege pate that can be made vegan upon request. I suggest watching the barista's (I usually do everywhere because I have obvious trust issues), as the last time I was there he made mine with dairy milk. He corrected it no problem but I had already taken a sip. :(


Cafe Codiac: Located on St. George Blvd. They offer plant milks for drinks and vegan cookies made by Nico's bakery. They also have daily soup and salad specials that are sometimes vegan.


Jitter Bean Cafe: On Mountain Road, Jitter Bean offers plant milks for drinks, as well as several vegan meal options, including bibimbap (vegetables with steam rice), japchae (vegetables with sweet potato noodle) , mandoo, chao fan (stir fried rice & vegetables) and a sandwich.

Inspiration Cafe: At Church Street, offering a vegan layered toast with beans and a vegetable stir fry. Also offers plant milks for coffee. The thing that is truly unique about this cafe is they are a non-profit that addresses barriers in employment, particularly for mental health, so get your caffeine on while supporting a good cause!

Cafe Cognito: Find this cafe on Main Street, they have soy and almond milk for drinks and a vege pate sandwich.

Cafe Lakay: Donut and coffee shop that is now offering vegan donuts.


Veg-Friendly Restaurants: 


Dolma Food: On St. George Street, first floor is a food market where they sell fresh veggies, breads, packaged vegan products and more. The second floor is their restaurant where they have vegan sushi, donairs, a breakfast sandwich, vegan cake and more.

Red Satay: Has 2 locations, one in Moncton and the other in Dieppe. Offers customizable stir-fry style dishes with veggies, tofu, rice or noodles.

Guacamole: There are 4 locations of Guacamole: Morton, Universitie, Mountain Road and inside Champlain Mall food court. Their menu is fully customizable Mexican style cuisine and they mark what is vegan-friendly. They offer tofu as a protein. Please note that their fajita mix (vegetables) contains honey.

Japan Go: Located on Main Street, sushi restaurant that has a full vegetarian/vegan menu.

Piatto Pizzeria: On Main Street, pizzeria that offers a vegan pizza on their menu that can be customized.

Cinta Ria:  On Robinson Street, has a vegan menu upon request.

Maharaja: In Dieppe, Indian restaurant serving vegan chana masala, cabbage thoran and dal curry

Taj Mahal: Located on Main Street, Indian restaurant that has a vegan menu upon request.

Frahda's Pita Wrap: On Main Street, offers a marked vegan falafel or garden wrap.

Mint Tapas and Martini Lounge: Located on Weldon Street, offers a vegan Lebanese lunch buffet Monday to Friday 11:30am-2pm.

Pur & Simple: On Mountain Road and Champlain mall, breakfast restaurant that offers smoothies (almond milk) and a menu item called "The Vegan", think toast loaded with avocado, beans and a bunch of other healthy junk.

Saigon Thai: Located on Orange Lane, has a vegetarian menu that can be adapted for vegans (no egg, etc.)

Sugar Roll: On Champlain Street in Dieppe, offers vegan options, ask server for details.

Mansu BBQ: Located on Amirault Street in Dieppe. Vegan options include: Veggie tempura roll and Amirault roll and for appetizers: sushi pizza yam, avocucumber roll, edamame and veg tempura and avocado salad!

Famous Peppers: Pizza joint that offers a fully vegan pizza on their menu called "The Garden of Vegan". Offers vegan cheese.  Located in Dieppe.

Tide & Boar: They have finally added a vegan option to the menu, the vegan Big Mac. Located downtown Moncton. Fries are cooked in the same fryer as meat.

Yanakee Sushi BBQ: On Elmwood Drive, Veg sushi, udon, fried tofu and more.

Cavok: Located in Dieppe. Offers hummus and poke bowls.

Thaizone: Locations in Dieppe and Moncton. Choices include general tao, pad thai (say no egg), tum yum soup, thai soup, and stirfry.

Natural Food Stores:  

Sequoia: Natural food and supplement store with 3 locations, one in Dieppe, Trinity and Downtown. Sells vegan foods, supplements and cruelty-free products.

Corn Crib: Natural food and supplement store with 2 locations, one in Dieppe and the other on Mountain Road. Offers organic and vegan food items, cruelty-free products and supplements.

MacArthur's Food Market: Located on McLaughlin. Huge plant nursery that also has a food market attached. They offer an awesome selection of vegan products from local and international companies. Also has cruelty-free products, eco-friendly goods and supplements. Sells Beyond meat burgers and sausages, Sheese. Local brands: Good Parma, Fresh Start Fauxmage and Eggcitables.

Aqua Natural Store: Located on Penny Lane, sells cruelty-free products, supplements, protein powders and natural food items.

Market Stalls: 


Nirvana Nutrition: Sells at the Dieppe farmer's market every Saturday. Nirvana Nutrition makes decadent vegan desserts that will fool any dairy lover. She makes cheesecakes, macaroons, cookies, as well as, black bean burgers and soups. Plus Cindy is a total sweetheart. <3

Red Earth Kitchen: Has stalls at both Moncton and Dieppe markets. They have the most AMAZING vegan and raw desserts imaginable! They also sell vegan meatballs, soups, quinoa salad and more.

Hanami Sorbet: Offers vegan sorbet in many different flavours at the Dieppe market.

Charlson Faumagerie: Artisan handcrafted vegan cheese at the Moncton market.

PastaHouse: Fresh vegan pasta vendor located at the Moncton market. 

Maiz & Mixta: Maker of gluten-free and dairy-free tacos at the Moncton market. Offers 3 vegan options, pinto beans, TVP Al Please and vegan Conchita. 

**Please note, the market is currently on hiatus due to Covid. Hopefully back in September. 

Other: 

Nico's Bakery: Most of their regular breads are vegan and they also have gluten-free vegan cookies.

Tomavo: Grocery store that offers fresh produce and smoothies. Locations in Moncton and Shediac.

Adorable Chocolat: Has a storefront in Shediac but also sells at the Dieppe farmer's market. They have one product labelled vegan (vegan chocolate almond snaps) but most of their dark chocolate is vegan-friendly too.

The Carefree Cakery: Offers custom made-to-order cakes, vegan options available.  

Rosie's Ice Cream: Ice cream shop in Shediac that offers vegan options. 

Cremerie Roule Ta Creme: Rolled ice cream shop in Shediac with vegan options. 

Superstore, Sobeys and Walmart all have decent natural food sections where you can find many vegan products. Winners and Marshall's carries a great variety of vegan snacks and cruelty-free items.

You may also be interested in these posts:  

Shopping Cruelty-free in Canada 
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

So You Wanna Go Vegan... Now What?

Hey! The Vegan Peach here, thanks for stopping by. Have you decided to begin your journey to a compassionate lifestyle? Are you having trouble knowing where to begin? Fear not! I am here to help.

 

I know it can seem like a scary and difficult journey but I promise you it is very much worth it and not nearly as scary as it might seem. Look at it as a step by step process. There's no need to overwhelm yourself, the most important thing is to just start somewhere.

  • Educate yourself: I am a firm believer that getting as much knowledge as possible is going to help you so much in the long run. Watch the documentaries, read the books, visit websites like this one, watch YouTube videos, check your local library for vegan cookbooks and so on. There is an endless wealth of information out there for you and the beauty is, people like myself, have done the research for you. As you search this website, you will find all the tools you need for an easy transition. I have tried to make it as easy as possible for you.
  • Build a community: It is so important to talk to people who understand. It can feel like you might be very isolated in the beginning but finding a space to talk to like-minded people will ease that feeling. Even if you don't have local vegan groups in your city, the internet is chocked full of vegan spaces. Reach out and don't be afraid to ask questions. You might be surprised who you meet online that lives next door.
  • Google is your best friend: Many people think they are going to miss out on their favourite foods, this is where Google comes in. Vegan cookbooks are fantastic and if you can afford to buy some I highly recommend it but there are literally thousands upon thousands of vegan recipes all over the internet for every food imaginable. Type in vegan"enter food here" recipe and you will get hundreds to choose from. Everything can be veganized, you really aren't giving anything up at all.
  • Don't be afraid to speak out: Friends and family may feel concerned or confused by your decision but don't be afraid to express your views.
  • It's okay to make mistakes: Mistakes are bound to happen, sometimes we miss ingredients on prepackaged items, that is okay. The important thing is to make sure you shake it off and move forward. Life is a learning experience.
  • Don't be scared to ask for help: If you need help, ask for it. Find a vegan mentor via Vegan Outreach
  • Remember who you doing this for: Cravings can happen just don't lose sight of who you are doing this for. Look at videos of pigs, cows, chickens and remember what they go through for meat, dairy and eggs. Cravings are simply physical and will most likely go away within a month or so. Animals can't escape the misery and death. Fight past them, you are strong and capable.
  • Become an ingredient master: Labels might seem overwhelming but within a couple months you'll become a speed reader when it comes to ingredient labels. Check for common animal ingredients such as: honey, milk, whey, lard, gelatin, etc. Master tip: Read the allergy warnings first, if eggs or milk aren't there (you know no milk or eggs are in the product) then scan over the rest of the list for honey or other non-allergen ingredients.
  • You aren't really giving up anything: You are simply shifting your current habits to a cruelty free one instead.

Check out below my Beginner's Guide to Veganism and followup video with more tips and tricks. 



 

Originally posted on www.theveganpeach.com

Surprising Vegan Products by President's Choice

President's Choice recently announced they will be releasing 40+ plant-based products to their popular stores; Superstore, No Frills and other sister stores. This is huge news for the vegan world or those simply looking for healthier alternatives. Here at The Vegan Peach, I wanted to compile an easy access list of surprisingly vegan products you can find at your local stores. 

New products will be added when I see them in store. Here is the beginning of my list:

PC Gluten-Free waffles are accidentally vegan. Can be found in the Natural Foods freezers

PC Organics four vegetable pizza with no cheese. Found in the Natural Foods aisle freezer area.

PC Organics has a good variety of shelf-stable plant based milk options.

PC cultured coconut milk yogurt comes in 3 varieties and can be found in the dairy aisle

PC Blue Menu fruit & nut granola bars are vegan-friendly and can be found in the cereal/granola bar aisle. I personally love the dark chocolate cherry.


PC coconut milk ice cream found in the ice cream aisle. New packaging and new flavour. This ice cream is fantastic, super creamy, flavourful and delicious.
New Veggie Bites found with the packaged frozen foods.
Tofu can be found in the deli area with other vegan products.

Tempeh can be found in the deli area with other vegan products.

Mango mochi. If you love mango you will enjoy these. Found at the end of the ice cream aisle.

New Undeniable vegan burger. I believe it's to compete with the Beyond Burger. I prefer this one but it is still too meaty for me and prefer classic veggie burgers. Find this in the freezer section next to the meat burgers.

Two varieties of cashew dip. Found with the hummus. 

Vegan cheesecake. Find it in the freezer section near other cheesecakes. 

Chickeless breaded cutlets, found in the freezer section. Prices seem really high on the chickless products at 12.99 for a small bag.

Chickenless breaded strips. Found in the freezer section.

Chickenless breasts, found in the freezer section.

Frozen chocolate chip cookie dough rounds
More coming soon....

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Not So Cruelty-Free List

I have had much of this list together for a long time on my website but thought I would transfer it over here. Many brands make grand claims of not testing on animals but how many truly live by those ethics? Wondering how brands are dishonest, let me break it down.

Mandatory testing:
"China
requires skincare and cosmetic firms to submit to compulsory animal testing in government labs before regulators approve products for sale in the country." Therefore, if a brand is sold in China, it has to be tested on animals. That means a brand cannot be truly cruelty-free if they are selling in the Chinese market.

Parent Companies:
Another example is brands being acquired by companies that test on animals. This is becoming a very common problem these days. Although this is a grey issue for many people, The Vegan Peach stands by not purchasing products owned by parent companies that test.

I agree with Ethical Elephant when she says: "It might not seem like a big deal but your purchases ultimately make a statement. What sort of statement do you want to make? That’s up to you! Just know that there’s always more going on in the inner workings of a brand, so it’s best to know what you’re truly supporting when trying to make ethical and cruelty-free choices!"

Third Party testing:
Another area where companies can trick you into believing their products are cruelty-free when they are not is third-party testing.
"Third-party animal testing is testing that occurs on products but is not done by the brand itself.


This means that animal testing could be done by an ingredient supplier, a lab formulating the products, an affiliate company, a parent company, or a lab hired by a government agency. Animal testing could occur in a variety of combinations listed as well.

Since the brand itself is not actually testing the products on animals, but instead paying for someone else to test on animals for them, this is third-party animal testing. There are many brands who use third-party testing who state that they are cruelty free. And, while it not transparent, it is technically correct as they are not the ones doing the actual animal testing." Source: Logical Harmony

I want the consumer to make informed decisions when it comes to their products. Here's a list of brands who make cruelty-free claims but don't exactly follow through. 

Brands to avoid... those that tend to trick you with claims of being cruelty-free:

  • Avon (sells in China)
  • Bath and Body Works (third-party testers) 
  • Benefit Cosmetics (sells in China) 
  • Burt's Bees (owned by Clorox + sells in China) 
  • Clarins (sells in China)
  • Coty (sells in China)
  • Dermalogica (owned by Unilever)
  • Ecover (owned by SC Johnson) 
  • EOS (Evolution of Smooth) (sells in China)
  • Estee Lauder (sells in China) 
Owned by Estee Lauder:
  1. M•A•C
  2. Bumble and bumble
  3. Clinique
  4. Bobbi Brown
  5. Smashbox
  6. Origins
  7. Aveda
  • Jurlique (sells in China)
  • L'Occitane (sells in China)
  • L'Oreal: (tests ingredients and sells in China) 
Brands owned by L'Oreal:
  1. Lancôme
  2. Yves Saint Laurent
  3. Urban Decay
  4. PureOlogy
  5. NYX
  • Make Up For Ever (sells in China) 
  • Mary Kay (sells in China) 
  • Method (owned by SC Johnson)  
  • Mrs. Meyers (owned by SC Johnson)
  • Nivea (third-party testing) 
  • Revlon (third-party testers and sells in China) 
  • Schmidt's Naturals (owned by Unilever)
  • Sephora brand (sells in China)
  • Shiseido (sells in China) 

Owned by Shiseido:
  1. Bare Escentuals and Bare Minerals
  2. NARS Cosmetics
  • Seventh Generation (owned by Unilever)
  • Simple skincare (owned by Unilever)
  • Stila Cosmetics (sells in China)
  • St. Ives (owned by Unilever)
  • Tarte (owned by KOSE)
  • The Caldrea Company (owned by SC Johnson)
  • Tom's of Maine (owned by Colgate)
  • TRESemme (owned by Unilever)
  • Yves Rocher (sells in China)
  • Organix (OGX) (sells in China)
  • EOS (sells in China)
  • Younique (ingredients most likely tested)
  • Wet N Wild (sells in China) 
  • Herbal Essences (Owned by Proctor & Gamble)
 Image by Alba Paris

Friday, 9 February 2018

New Companies Added to The Vegan Peach

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