2020 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I’ve put together the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free gift guide so you can make the holidays merry and bright for everyone on your shopping list! This year’s guide is all about treating yourself and your loved ones to something special (we deserve it!).

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!

Let’s jump right in!

MERSI Ruby Cross-Body

Look at this stunner! The Ruby Cross-Body from MERSI adds style and a pop of color to any outfit! It’s made of the highest quality vegan leather and is the perfect gift for the conscious fashionista on your holiday shopping list!

Fyve 5 Ingredient Skincare

Give the gift of amazing skin! Fyve’s Facial Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Face Oil, and Bamboo Clay Mask gently cleanses, hydrates, and purifies with just five natural ingredients for glowing skin all year round! Read my full review and learn more about the brand in my Ethical Business Spotlight series!

FINE & RAW Chocolate Truffles

Whether you’re looking for a hostess gift, a stocking stuffer, or just want a delicious box of artisanal chocolates for yourself, you can’t beat FINE & RAW Chocolate’s Truffle Gift Set! These adorable boxes include eight handcrafted truffles that are coated in 70% dark chocolate (coconut sugar based), and include flavors such as classic bonbon, hazelnut, sea salt, and a selection of the chocolatier’s choice.

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line Body Butter and Scrub

Colder weather means everyone’s skin needs a little more moisture and TLC. Make Scents Natural Spa Line’s Oatmeal & Vanilla Body Butter features a super hydrating formula made with organic sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. The sweet, comforting scent of vanilla and oatmeal is the ultimate holiday treat! Pair it with the Dulce de Leche Body Scrub that’s made with organic sugar for a gentle yet effective exfoliation to reveal healthy, hydrated skin all season long!

Looking for something for the guy in your life? Try out the Burly Men’s Line!

Grow Fragrance Plant-Based Candle

Grow Fragrance recently launched the first certified 100% plant-based candle! The Ginger Pumpkin scent features a festive blend of fresh ginger, toasted pumpkin, fall spices & a touch of vanilla bean. This highly-fragranced candle is made with soy and coconut oil and is designed to fill large spaces with holiday cheer!

My Favorite Indulgence World-Class Granola

My Favorite Indulgence‘s decadent granolas are a satisfying and delicious meal or snack! If you’re ready to discover the best granola around, try the Chocolate Mocha, Pumpkin-Spiced, Granola with Nuts, and Nut-Free Granola flavors! Then, pour yourself a bowl and be merry!

Hempfield Botanicals Topical CBD

Why not treat yourself or loved ones to some high-quality wellness products? Hempfield Botanicals Topical CBD Sample Pack includes a Massage Oil, Muscle Recovery, CBD Salve, and CBD Lip Balm to ease the stress of the holidays. Give this gift to say you care!

Daily Crunch Snacks

Daily Crunch Snacks sprouted almonds are the perfect stocking stuffer and guilt-free treat! Soaking almonds boosts their nutritional value while enhancing their crunch! There’s a wide variety of flavors to choose from, so there’s something for everyone including Coffee-Soaked Sprouted Almonds for java enthusiasts! Check out my review of these mouthwatering sprouted almonds!

Apothepurity Aromatherapy Roll-ons

Everyone needs a little self-care time! Apothepurity‘s aromatherapy roll-ons are a quick and convenient way to feel better in no time! The Breathe with Ease Aromatherapy Roll-on is crafted with organic peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon oils to help you say goodbye to congestion! The Need My Beauty Sleep Aromatherapy Roll-on includes organic clary sage, frankincense, sandalwood, and ylang ylang so you can peacefully doze off and dream! Use code VTH20 for 20% off!

The Friendly Vegan Cookbook

The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, created by Michelle Cehn, founder of World of Vegan and Toni Okamoto, author of Plant-based on a Budget, features mouthwatering pastas, cookies, soups, sandwiches, and much more! Anyone who wants to master creating delicious vegan entrées, snacks, and desserts is sure to love this cookbook!

Threepaws Gourmet Organic Vegan Dog Treats

Don’t forget a gift for the doggos! Threepaws Gourmet offers healthy, plant-based treats your dogs will drool over! With fun flavors like Coconut Bacon and Strawberry Coconut Cream Bones, you can expect some extra tail wags and cuddles as a “thank you” this holiday season! Learn more about the company in my Ethical Business Spotlight!

Green Apple Active

Looking cute while doing yoga, enjoying time out with friends, or just lounging at home is easy with Green Apple Active! The Mya Essential Leggings, Mya Utility Leggings, and 18″ New Gia Crop Cami with Bamboo Support Bra are made with organic cotton and bamboo! They use anti-microbial, UV resistant, and biodegradable materials to make super high-quality, stylish, and sustainable activewear! How cool is that?!

EVOLVh Healthy Color Trio

EVOLVh’s Healthy Color Trio is a haircare lovers dream! Made from clean, plant-based ingredients, this set includes full-sized bottles of the SmartColor Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner (2019 Glamour Magazine Beauty Award Winner for Best Conditioner in the Clean/Plant Based Category) and SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner (my personal fav!). There’s a Healthy Hair Trio for every hair concern, so no matter who you’re shopping for, you can make sure they have healthy, beautiful hair!

ADORAtherapy Chakra Boost and Room Boost

The holidays are all about joy and love! ADORAtherapy‘s Joy Chakra Spice Roll On Perfume Oil is formulated with organic ingredients to activate your heart chakra with top notes of rose, gardenia, and jasmine. The Passion Room Boost Spray will fill your home with love with sweet, earthy notes of patchouli, sandalwood, and jasmine.

Heartland Farm Sanctuary

Not sure what to get the person who has everything? Make a donation in their name to Heartland Farm Sanctuary! This amazing sanctuary’s mission is to inspire compassion for all beings by offering a safe, welcoming space where people and farm animals come together to experience growth, healing and connection. They provide high-quality, specialized care to nearly 100 rescued farm animals, offer inclusive humane education programs for learners of all ages, and provide experiential therapy to ensure the Heartland community is accessible for everyone.

Make a donation to help care for Maxwell the pig, Daisy the cow, Jemma the rescued turkey, and many more!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! Head on over to Instagram for a chance to win all of the fabulous products in this guide! (Giveaway launches on 11/15 at 12pm ET)

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Embrace a Cruelty-Free Season with Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice!

In many locations, the leaves are falling and there’s a crisp chill in the air. To welcome the changing seasons, I’ve put together a list of fabulous vegan and cruelty-free products that are made with sugar, spice, and everything that makes Autumn so nice!

Hempz Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai Herbal Body Moisturizer

Hempz Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai Herbal Body Moisturizer is basically Autumn in a bottle! The warm, inviting notes of sweet pumpkin, earthy spices, and chai, combined with shea butter and vitamins A, C, and E, hydrate and nourish your skin with a scent that is good enough to eat!

Savor Beauty Pumpkin Seed Serum

Pumpkin seeds are fantastic sources of zinc and Vitamin E, which means they’re as good for your skin as they are a delicious snack! Savor Beauty’s Pumpkin Seed Serum helps tone and clarify your skin and also includes omega-rich rosehip seed oil and hydrating meadowfoam. You’ll love this plant-powered addition to your cruelty-free skincare routine!

Wicked Good Apple Cinnamon Perfume

Tart apples and freshly ground cinnamon make Wicked Good’s Apple Cinnamon perfume the perfect scent for the season! Available in both a roll-on and Eau de Parfum Spray, this scent can be taken with you and applied wherever the day takes you!

Brooklyn Botany Brown Sugar Body and Face Scrub

To keep your skin looking healthy as temperatures drop, it is a good idea to incorporate a high-quality body scrub into your self-care routine! Brooklyn Botany’s Brown Sugar Body and Face Scrub is gentle enough to use all over the body to hydrate while gently buffing away dead skin cells. Talk about a sugar high!

Native Pumpkin Spice Latte Deodorant

Who wouldn’t want to wear a deodorant inspired by everyone’s favorite fall drink? Native’s aluminum-free deodorant is made with sweet and spicy notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove so you can smell like a PSL all day long! 

Crazy Rumors Seasonal Lip Balms

Made with plant-based oils and waxes, Crazy Rumors’ delicious balms are sure to become one of your go-to products this season! Between the Apple Spice, Pumpkin Spice, and Candy Corn flavors, its hard to pick just one! 

Dr. Brite Coconut Chai Mouthwash 

Start and end your day with the delicious flavors of coconut and chai! Dr. Brite’s Coconut Chai mouthwash combines coconut oil with hints of cinnamon, cardamom & aloe vera leaf juice to give you fresh breath and healthy teeth and gums!

Sade Baron Autumn Balance Body Mist 

Sade Baron’s multitasking mist delivers hydration with a subtle earthy scent. Spray all over your body for a refreshing blend of spices, herbs, and cedarwood! 

Desert Essence Green Apple and Ginger Shampoo

Lather up with the invigorating scents of crisp apple and fresh ginger! Desert Essence’s Green Apple and Ginger Shampoo is formulated with plant extracts to gently cleanse and care for your hair while revitalizing your scalp to give you healthy, voluminous locks! 

Soy Much Brighter Candle Co. Pumpkin Coffee Candle

If you’re in the market for soy candles, you must try Soy Much Brighter Candle Co.’s fall collection! Mouthwatering scents like Pumpkin Latte and Pass the Cider will fill your home with warm, inviting scents you can’t find anywhere else! Remember to burn your candles responsibly, out of reach of animal companions and their wagging tails!

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Acorn Spice Kitchen Basics Set 

Who says you need to stick to the same old household cleaners? Mrs. Meyer’s Kitchen Basics Set includes plant-derived cleansers that will thoroughly clean your home while delivering a delightful blend of rich, nutty acorn and spices all season long! *Owned by S.C. Johnson, a parent company that tests on animals

While shopping for bath, beauty, and home products this season, please remember that no animals need to be tortured and killed in testing labs. There are plenty of vegan, cruelty-free options available to help you look and feel your best!

What are some of your favorite products for Autumn?

VERSED Vegan & Cruelty-Free Skincare Review

Long time, no see! It is great to be back at the product review game, and I have some awesome products to share with you!

You may have heard that Target just began carrying a new, vegan and CF line of skincare products… all priced at $20 or below! Versed Skincare offers everything you need for a gorgeous, healthy skin from serums and eye creams, to spot treatments, cleansers, lip oil and more!

Of course, I HAD to get to my local Target immediately! I instantly loved everything about this line from the simplistic yet eye-catching display and packaging, to the exciting range of products. (Did you see the Target display in my IG Story? Follow me!). First, I picked up the Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream

I’m a firm believer that if you’re old enough to (legally) drink, you’re old enough for an eye cream! This bad boy contains olive oil, shea butter, peptides, and algae extract to give your pretty little eyes some much-need TLC! Trust me, when it comes to this formula, she thicc but she absorbs quickly! Whether your undereyes are dry and need a little moisture, or you’re starting to notice some fine lines from age or from crying your eyes out because your ex stole your record collection, this eye cream will help address these issues (minus the ex) for a smoother, hydrated eye area. This eye cream has definitely worked its way into my skincare-lovin’ heart!

Next up, is the Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum made for dull and/or aging skin. Packed with Vitamin C, licorice Root, and turmeric, this serum is locked and loaded with pure pigmentation-fighting power! Like most people, I want to give the finger to acne scars and discoloration and want an even looking complexion! Use this serum before you moisturize to get glowing skin that just screams “Look At ME! I’m a healthy, radiant goddess and I didn’t have to spend millions to look like this!

Versed Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum

Last, I tried out the Hydration Station Booster with HA to give my dry AF face some love!

Versed Hydration Station Booster with HA

Does your face look dry and patchy under your makeup or in general? No? Only me? Well, I add a few drops of this booster into my foundation and serum for an instant kick of moisture. It helps me to not look like a crusty mess, and I’m here for it! Hyaluronic Acid is pretty much a miracle worker when it comes to tackling dehydrated skin. HA is “your body’s natural hydrator that’s able to hold 1000 times its weight in water” so you can bet your parched little face that you will be looking better in no time!

The Bottom Line:

All in all, I really love Versed! The products are clean, fragrance free , dye free, and of course, vegan and cruelty-free. They’re packed with effective ingredients and are available at a great price, so just about everyone can have high quality natural skincare. You really can’t ask for more! Well, I can actually ask for more because I want to try out more of their line, like the lip oil, cleansing balm, and eye gel! Have you tried Versed products? Let me know what to try next!

California Pure Naturals Skincare Review

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! It’s unusually warm in North Carolina today, so I was able to get some sunny pictures of the California Pure Naturals products I recently tried out!

California Pure Naturals
California Pure Naturals Skincare

So, a little info about this vegan and cruelty-free company:

“We are 100% committed to bringing you the safest, most potent and effective natural beauty products. We take the best of nature and combine it with our experience creating dermatologist grade formulas, for a superior, clean and pure skin care experience.”


California Pure Naturals Dual Action Scrub
California Pure Naturals Dual Action Scrub

First, I tried their Dual Action Scrub featuring California Pure Naturals’ Blackberry Antioxidant Complex. This multi-purpose scrub contains organic blackberry, kiwi, pomegranate, and grape to give your skin a burst of antioxidants to combat signs of aging, and walnut shell and papaya fruit extract to exfoliate away dullness.

This scrub smells fresh, fruity and delicious. The walnut shells are very fine, making this the perfect product to use for gentle exfoliation a few times per week. It leaves your face feeling and looking smooth and glowy without irritation. This scrub has definitely made its way into my heart (and skincare routine)!

California Pure Naturals Renewal Facial Serum

Next, is the Renewal Facial Serum designed to nourish and hydrate your skin with their Blackberry Antioxidant Complex mentioned above, Hyaluronic Acid, and vitamins C and E. This lightweight, lotion-like serum, instantly absorbs into the skin, leaving it silky smooth. It has the same, faint berry scent as the scrub, and is the perfect moisturizer to use both day and night. This is another winner!

California Pure Naturals Glow Facial Serum
California Pure Naturals Glow Facial Serum

Last, is the Glow Facial Oil featuring the Black Berry Antioxidant complex, and Jojoba and Evening Primrose oil to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin for a brighter, healthy appearance. Just like the serum, this product absorbs into the skin right away, and gives a dewy glow while providing deep hydration. I used this product at night and woke up to gorgeous skin!

The Bottom Line

Don’t miss out on California Pure Naturals’ products! Fruit is great for your insides, and it’s also fabulous for your skin! The more natural your products, the healthier you will be and the better your skin will look. Don’t clog your pores or absorb harmful chemicals when there are natural, vegan products like these available! I absolutely adore this line of products and my skin looks healthy, hydrated, and happy! I really couldn’t ask for more! Please give these products a try and let me know what you think!

Thank you, California Pure Naturals, for sending me these wonderful products to review!

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SanRe Organic Skinfood’s Hemp Revival Serum Review

Hello again and Happy Holidays! I’m back with a brand new skincare review for you!

If you’ve been paying attention, or on social media at all, you probably know hemp has made its way into the beauty industry! I had the opportunity to try out SanRe Organic Skinfood’s Hemp Revival Face & Neck Serum and I’m so glad I did!

So, why is hemp so beneficial? Hemp is a powerhouse ingredient that contains Omega-6 fatty acids which help to moisturize, soothe inflammation, moderate oil production, and encourages new cell regeneration. Sounds good to me!

This serum not only contains hemp, it also contains chia seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, and sancha inchi to nourish the skin while fighting fine lines and increasing elasticity. In other words… if you want healthy, young looking skin, you want to use these ingredients!

Ok, so this serum contains high-quality, organic ingredients with great benefits… but how did it work?

I used this serum at night after cleansing and toning my face and neck. The thin consistency of the oil helped it to absorb quite quickly into my skin and left my face looking fresh and slightly dewy.. This serum could easily be used before make up if you give it a few minutes to sink in before hand. This product has a very subtle herbal scent to it, which you will not notice once it is applied. It is suitable for all skin types.

The Bottom Line

I really, really love this serum! My face is hydrated and has a healthy glow! This serum helped to reduce redness, improve texture for a smoother look, and generally gives a youthful appearance to the skin! Not to mention, it is vegan (of course), cruelty-free and made with organic ingredients! I’m in love! Thank you, SanRe Organic Skinfood, for sending me this wonderful serum to review!

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