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"I am so particular, even resins which have beeswax in them, I won't purchase or use."
Location: 2520 Bent Pine St., Melbourne, FL. 32935
Owner and founder: Colleen Miller and her husband are both vegans. Colleen has been vegan since 1994 and her husband since 1998.
In business since: 1999
Organic, hand-crafted skin-care products inspired by nature, such as Chamomile Rose Face Cream, Organic Body Cleaning Gel, Face Petals Cleansing Grains, Secret Skin Serum, Rosewater Glycerine Toner, Baby Bath Tub Petals, Spa Bath Crystals, Organic Massage Oil, Whipped Body Butter, Organic Shea Butter Moisturizing Lotion, Essential Oil Soy Candles, and more!
Background: "It was a cold, harsh winter day in Chicago where I was visiting. I just finished having a delicious meal at the first vegetarian restaurant I ever ate at, with my cousin who was vegan. We were driving home and passed a huge semi, carrying animals. I asked her what it was and she explained that it was on its way to the slaughterhouse. Well it was about zero degrees that day, if even that. And these holes were all over the truck so it had to be so cold in there. I was cold in the car, with the heat on! Those animals had to be suffering so much, I couldn't stand it. I vowed never to eat meat ever again. And I haven't.
"I was vegetarian for about two months, not eating any dairy, but stuff with dairy in it, then after those two months switched over completely to vegan. And now the challenge is vegan organic, and making sure I get quality organic ingredients in my food, as well as in my products because what goes on your skin is just as important as what you eat."
Natural Resource Group
The Oshadhi Collection | Professional EcoCert Aroma-therapeutic
Beauty Without Cruelty Organics | Organic, Natural, and Safe Hair, Skin, and Body Care Products; www.beautywithoutcruelty.com
Brookside Organic Herbal Soap Co. | Organic Handmade Bar Soaps; www.brooksidesoaps.com
Owner: Scott Egide, a vegetarian for over 25 years.
Staff: not vegetarian, but several eat organic, natural foods diets.
In business: 15 years
700 essential oils imported from Oshadhi in Germany
7 Brookside Bar Soaps: Lavender & Rosemary, Calendula & Avocado, Spearmint, Tea Tree & Cinnamon, Tangerine, Oatmeal & Almond, Extra Mild Castile
37 Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) Hair, Skin & Body Care Products, 77 BWC Cosmetic items
Background: Originally Scott Egide owned Petaluma Natural Foods. Then due to his passion for essential oils, he became an importer of Oshadhi essential oils from Germany about eight years ago.
In 2002, Scott acquired the Brookside Soap line in which is hand-made in Petaluma, Ca, using organic oils and essential oils.
In 2003, he acquired the BWC line, importing the cosmetics from BWC in the U.K., and manufacturing the Hair, Skin & Bodycare organic aromatherapy line (adding Oshadhi oils) in 2004.
Inky Loves Nature
"Passionately presenting products to the world"
The company offers a unique collection of body wash, body scrub, scalp butter, etc.
Owner: UK native Leesah B, a long time animal lover, environmentalist and a vegan for 18 years. At 15 she became vegetarian and "veganism was just the next step from that".
In business since: the summer of 2005
Fair-trade, organic and vegan.
Indulgent goodies that are vegan certified, free from parabens and formaldehyde donors.
Packaged in funky, eco-friendly and recyclable containers.
Consciously crafted using community traded and traditionally extracted butters and oils, biodynamic herbs and plant-based ingredients.
"Inky screams out to the culture craving 'brown skinned beauty', 'the vegan, the 'organic head', the conscious consumer with funky-fresh style, or anyone."
"We will never use animals for ingredients or testing purposes, and we only work with like-minded suppliers."
Owner and staff: not vegan
Smudgepot Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Michelle Palmer, a Toronto-based esthetician and make-up artist.
They offer 4 Flavors of Lip Balm: Igloo (peppermint), Creamsicle (Blood Orange/Vanilla), Meringue (Lemon/Vanilla), Bean (Vanilla). Other products include: Instant Karma Body Scrub, Instant Karma Body Butter, Instant Karma Bath Salt (all with essential oils of Lavender, Rosewood, Vanilla), Working Class Hero Foot Scrub, Working Class Hero Foot Salve, Working Class Hero Bath Salt (all with essential oils of Peppermint, Blood Orange, and Lavender), Days Like These Bath Tea, etc.
Background: After many months of researching the cosmetics industry, Michelle discovered something she wished she hadn't - that animal by-products are not only used throughout the industry, but they're used excessively. And in many cases, these ingredients are obtained in a manner that is both cruel and unethical. It was then she decided that Smudgepot would be an entirely vegan-friendly company.
"All Smudgepot products are made by hand in small, made-to-order batches, which guarantees that the products you receive are fresh, and of the best quality. All of our products are free of chemicals, as well as synthetic dyes and perfumes. And, of course, all of our packaging can be either recycled or reused. As you can see, Smudgepot is a socially conscious company." explains Michelle.
All Lamas Beauty products including hair care, skin care, and bath and body are certified vegan.
Founder: Peter Lamas, is one of the most respected make-up and beauty experts in the world.
His clients have included: Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Faye Dunaway, Diana Ross, Sharon Stone, Cindy Crawford and Kate Winslet, to name but a few. Peter has worked on numerous television, video, print and film projects.
Fresh Body Market
"I promise that all products are tested on friends and family, not animals."
Fresh Body Market is vegan certified by Vegan Action - a trend started in the United Kingdom and quickly sweeping the United States.
Location: 2030 Century Center Blvd., Suite H, Irving, Texas 75062
Owner & Founder: Delma Hernandez is not vegan, however, she says she's working on it.
Staff: not vegan
In business since: 2001
Body butter, milk bath (coconut milk), soap, etc. The benefit of each ingredient is explained on the 'skin nutrition label' which has become the company's trademark.
The environmentally-friendly packaging is modeled after food containers to emphasize the freshness of the products. In fact, the products are so fresh that an expiration date is on each label.
"Tired of dry and scaly skin, I decided to create my own skin care recipes. I turned to my kitchen and its organic fruits and vegetables. After much trial and error, I finally formulated a product that left my skin softer and better nourished than any product used before. Thus, Fresh Body Market was born. Two years later the skin care line has more than thirty different products. While most 'natural' skin care lines use only food extracts which must go through a chemical process, Fresh Body Market uses only real fresh fruit and vegetables (organic when feasible) to provide skin with the most nutrients possible."
Rosa Y Fruta
Location: Newport, Vermont
Owner: Elizabeth O'Rourke was a vegan for ten years.
In business: two and a half years
All products are 100% certified organic.
Too many products to list, but here is a descriptions of a few of her clients' favorites:
Ambrosia de Rosa (deluxe rose face and eye cream)
Ambrosia de Rosa is a creamy and elegant melange of Ruby Rose Berry, White Rose, and Damask Rose lushly whipped together with Creme of African Karite. Ambrosia de Rosa softens, smoothes, tones, replenishes, restores the skin's pH balance, neutralizes free radical formation on the skin, increases elasticity, and keeps skin healthy and lustrous.
Nectar (fruit antioxidant
face and eye oil)
100% certified organic
A sumptuous blend of European Vineyard Grapeseed, Siberian Orange Berry, and Rosemary Resin Antioxidant.
Nectar is packed with skin vitamins and antioxidants that nourish and replenish while helping to neutralize free radical formation on the skin. Nectar also has a remarkable ability to tighten and tone the skin lessening fine lines especially on the forehead.
Dulce Fresca (fresh candy
cane facial mask & scrub powder)
100% certified organic, simple and sassy
Dulce Fresca is invigorating, purifying, toning, and nourishing! Made with refreshing Sweet Peppermint, nourishing Ruby Cranberry, healing Arauta, and soothing Avena, this mask/scrub smells just like a candy cane! It goes on sweet and pink and gently tingles to deep cleanse pores and help clear skin of blemishes. It tones and tightens while bringing health and vitality back to the skin after a long day or as a pick me up in the morning. You can also pour a little in your bath!
"I created the Rosa y Fruta collection to give women a healthful alternative to mainstream skin care. Rosa y Fruta is about blending business and politics into something beautiful for all. Rosa y Fruta combines the extraordinary with purity, simplicity, and social responsibility. Vegan products are one way my company is socially and environmentally responsible."
"I do not believe it is at all necessary to use animal products in skin care. Many of my clients have requested that I use milk and honey in my line, as both these ingredients are nourishing to the skin, but I have decided not to use these. I was a vegan for ten years for reasons of compassion."
Pallas Athene Soap
"All products are vegan, are biodegradable, are not tested on animals, and are made without artificial colorants, without chemical preservatives, and without synthetic fragrances"
Products include 45 types of natural soap and bath salts.
Owner: Kerri Mixon has been a vegan since 1992.
Staff: 100% vegan
In business since: 2001
All products are manufactured by Pallas Athene Soap; they do not resell other brands.
Background: The decision to sell natural vegan soap as a non-profit venture to raise funds for donations to charity came after Kerri Mixon, the owner, found there were few vegan, natural soaps (free of artificial ingredients) on the market; all other soaps contained some amount of sodium tallowate (tallow) or lard.
Pallas Athene Soap operates as a non-profit vegan business. "For each bar of vegan soap sold, Pallas Athene Soap donates a bar of vegan soap to a Southern California charity. Pallas Athene Soap has helped the community by donating natural vegan bars of soap to organizations. Their need to purchase animal-based soaps has diminished, because their needs for soap are met by the donation of Pallas Athene Soap's vegan soap.
'The overall goal of Pallas Athene Soap is to benefit the community and to see the day when no soap in the world is made with animal ingredients--because animal ingredients are not needed in soap!"
"Pallas Athene Soap's natural vegan soaps won the Natural Soap Council's "Best Handmade Natural Soap" award and competed against other natural soaps that contained animal ingredients, yet our vegan soap won the award over all other soaps--even the competitors' animal-based soaps!"
Pallas Athene Soap, PO Box 133, Spring Valley, CA.
"The products are highly addictive."
Products: body lotions, body scrubs, facial cleansers, moisturizers, toners, aromatherapy oils & balms, lip gloss.
Owner: Jessica Burman, a huge animal lover, vegetarian for four years, now vegan for one year. Jessica became a vegan after learning of the atrocities that are committed against animals in the name of profit. Her husband (the only other staff member) is also a vegan.
In business: 2 years
Jessica Burman lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and her four furry friends. She started her company with a passion for aromatherapy and an eagerness to bring essential oils and botanical ingredients into people's lives.
Sappo Hill Soap company
Owner: not vegan.
Staff: around 20%
In business: 34 years, so I guess they make good soap!!
Products: creamy vegetable glycerin soap. Varieties include: Almond, Aloe Vera, Oatmeal, Cucumber, Desert Sage, Jasmine, Lavender, Aloe Oatmeal, Sandalwood, Natural, Gardeners Lemon, etc.
The soaps are biodegradable, eco-friendly, use minimal packaging, and use organic oats and cornmeal polenta. Fragrance-free bars available, as well.
Sappo Hill is located in Ashland, OR.
Auroma International, Inc.
"Our company is run by practitioners of yoga and focuses on products of value to a yoga lifestyle including natural incense from India and vegan personal care products."
2 varieties of Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap, Herbal Vedic Ayurvedic products including; toothpaste, soaps, clay skin cleanser, pain balm, and amber resin, as well as a wide assortment of incense in many fragrances.
Owner: Santosh Krinsky and his wife are vegetarians for 36 years, but not 100% vegan.
Staff: not vegan
In business since: 1980
Santosh Krinsky started the company due to his connection to the project of Auroville, a new city of human unity being built in S. India. Auroshikha was located there and needed representation in the US. Since that time, the company has expanded its offerings to provide 100% vegetable and herbal-based personal care products.
In 1970, Santosh became a vegetarian, which he has been for his entire adult life. At that time, he included milk, butter and cheese in the diet (no eggs) and basically has maintained that diet for 36 years, except that he has switched to soy milk and dramatically reduced butter and cheese from the diet.
While not 100% vegan, Santosh has a clear understanding and support for the vegan diet and lifestyle from personal commitment. He has experienced the difficulties of finding 'clean' products as well as the difficulties of travel with special dietary restrictions for his entire adult life!
Today he and his wife Karuna both continue with their vegetarian lifestyle after having raised two vegetarian children.
Auroma International is located in Silver Lake, WI
Vegan certified and cruelty-free cosmetic line. - "von Natur never has and never will test on animals."
Owners & staff: not vegan.
In business: 2 years
containing organic ingredients
Their products are for facial skin care and most are for women and men. They also have a body & bath line.
"Von Natur isn't currently known as being Vegan Certified, so we're needing to get the word out there. It's surprising how many vegans don't realize what ingredients are animal byproducts."
The CEO is a cosmetic formulator and registered and certified aroma therapist. She actually has another company, Essential Wholesale (not Vegan Certified), that makes private label products for other businesses, and one day she decided she wanted her own private label. Thus the birth of von Natur (which means "from nature" in German). She wanted to give our skin the integrity that she felt it deserved, so started a line with no cheap ingredients, no animal byproducts, no fillers, no chemicals, no parabens, no sulfates, and gluten-free.
Von Natur, 8850 S.E. Herbert Court, Clackamas, OR
GLYDE Health Pty Ltd has been manufacturing and distributing sexual health products for 17 years.
While they do not market the company as a vegan company, all GLYDE products are vegan (you can see their product listings and contact details on the website).
"We mostly bulk supply our products into AIDS Council, clinics, hospitals and outreach programs."
"Our products are all hand made and made to order using the best ingredients we can source. All our suppliers are cruelty free and work on the same ethics. We have a Vegan Society accreditation, a CCF accreditation (Choose Cruelty Free) for all products vegan, and a BUAV accredition for the Humane Cosmetics standard."
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Owner: Two sisters, one of whom is vegan.
In business since: 2004
Sells: All vegan skincare & cosmetics
They donate monthly to several animal charities to help stop as much animal suffering as possible.
Background: Shane McCann has been vegan for four years, and was vegetarian for most of her life before that (about 40 years). She is a very dedicated animal lover and only recently realized the cruelty of the dairy industry, becoming vegan the day she found out.
In business since: 1998
Sells: Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solutions and Endangered Species contact lens cases.
They give 10% of proceeds to animal welfare organizations.
Background: The business was started to offer cruelty-free contact lens solution as none was available in the U.S.
Rare Natural Care
"We use strictly plant and botanical based ingredients and marine elements in our RARE2B® products."
In business since: 2002
Sells: RARE2B® 100% Vegan Skin Care Products, including Hydrating Day Cream, Restorative Night Cream, Detox Facial Mask, Body Lotion. In Fall 2008, we plan to launch the Toning Cleanser, a new addition to our line, which will complete our basic daily skin care regimen. For a description of their current vegan skin care products, please visit www.rarenatural.com.
Background: Rare Natural Care, Inc. is a family-owned company that supports holistic mindfulness by offering products that are vegan, natural and organic. We strive to provide information and resources that support environmental responsibility, sustainable living, socially responsible capitalism, and a holistic approach to maintaining a healthy life style.
The ingredients in RARE2B® products are certified organic by Eco-Cert, approved by the Fair Trade Foundation, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council with USDA Organic Certification and certified Kosher by the Federation of Synagogues. We use the highest quality natural and organic ingredients from sustainable fair trade sources in the Amazon Rain Forest to the UNESCO protected coast of Brittany, France.
RARE2B® skin care products do NOT contain parabens, synthetic alcohol, PEG and TEA, GMO materials, petroleum derivatives, synthetic colors, artificial fragrances, formaldehyde/formaldehyde donors.
RARE2B® products have been certified by Vegan Action, the U.K. Vegan Society, and are authorized to use the Leaping Bunny symbol by the Coalition of Consumer Information on Cosmetics as being cruelty free.
In April 2008, RARE2B® received the "Best of Show for Best New Vegetarian Product" awarded by VegNews Magazine.
Rare Natural Care,
P.O. Box 3990
Beverly Hills, CA 90212