South Korea Rules That Killing Dogs For Meat Is Now Illegal!!!!

This is monumental news!!!!

Now, they need to find a way to enforce these new laws/citations! Keep signing petitions and speaking out!

Get more info here:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/killing-dogs-for-meat-illegal-south-korea-court-

https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2018/06/21/south-korean-court-outlaws-killing-dogs-for-their-meat/amp/

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Happy Mother’s Day to All!

This Mother’s Day, I ask you to not only think about your own mom, but to think of all the mom’s on this planet that love their children. Whether you’re taking your mom out to brunch, you haven’t seen your mom in awhile, or even if they are no longer living, there is most certainly and undeniably a natural bond between mothers and their babies.

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This Mother’s Day, consider the grieving diary cow that had her calf stolen from her only moments after given birth. Think of the mother goat that was slaughtered for meat and didn’t get to see her babies grow up. Think of the mother sheep that witnesses her children’s wool being ripped from their skin… the mother pig that watches her piglets waste away in filthy cages or get smashed against concrete for being “too small.” Think of the baby chickens that will miss out on a life with their mom and are ground up alive only seconds after being born.

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All Mother’s love their children. All beings want and deserve to be loved. A cow, a pig, a chicken, a deer… they are no different than us.

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This Mother’s Day, please open your heart and mind and consider going vegan. Feel free to check out my Instagram @VeganTreasureHunter or send me an email at Vegantreasurehunter@gmail.com if you’d like some help! You can also check out my Resources page to learn more!

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Laurmé Skin Care Review – Powerful, Natural Products for Gorgeous, Glowing Skin!

Company: Laurmé Skin Care

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Products:

Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Intense Rejuvenating Serum

Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream

Review:

I’m impressed.

I’ll just leave a 2 word review, ok? Ok.

Just kidding. You all know that I review a lot of skin care products. A LOT. When reviewing products, I look for a few key characteristics. Does it contain high quality, natural, good-for-your-skin ingredients? Is it easy and pleasant to use? Does it deliver results? Is it reasonably priced? And of course, is it vegan and cruelty-free?

I can say with confidence that Laurmé Skin Care checks all of the boxes of a fantastic skin care line. I truly enjoyed and looked forward to using them because I knew my skin would look better when I did!

Alright, let’s jump right in!

The first product that I used was the Vitamin C Brightening Serum. I was excited to try this out because my pale skin has the tendency to look dull, especially during the cold winter months. This serum contains Certified Organic Bulgarian Rose water to help calm and soothe the skin, along with Organic Aloe, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed oil to soften and smooth. It brightens skin while fighting the signs of aging and provides hydration.

I used this serum in the mornings under my make up in place of a moisturizer. 2-3 pumps was all I needed for my face and it completely absorbed within minutes, which is perfect for people that don’t want to wait 10-15 minutes for their moisturizer to soak in before applying make up. This serum made my skin silky smooth to the touch and made my foundation glide on effortlessly. It definitely gives your skin a brightening effect, so I liked to wear this without make up, as well. It has a subtle citrusy scent that I really like and love that it actually delivers on its promises. My skin look radiant and healthy after using this, and I adore it!

Next, is the Intense Rejuvenation Serum that I used every night.  Since your skin cells renew themselves as you sleep, it is important to use a powerful serum or treatment before you get some zzz’s if you want to wake up to beautiful skin. This serum contains Bulgarian organic rose water and organic lavender to soothe and calm delicate skin, while providing intense hydration. Powerful Anti-oxidant Vitamins A, C & E renew and brighten skin tone, Sodium Hyaluronate provides intense hydration & nourishment, and
Tamanu oil hydrates dry skin.

This serum is a good alternative for people with sensitive skin and could easily be used during the day as a moisturizer, I just chose to use it at night. Like the Vitamin C Brightening serum, my skin instantly drank this serum up! Within seconds, this serum was completely absorbed and my face was noticeably plumped and hydrated, with a nice healthy glow. Two thumbs up!

Last, is the Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream which I used on top of the Intense Rejuvenation SerumThis cream is thick, yet like the other products, absorbs into the skin incredibly quickly, leaving your skin looking hydrated, plump, healthy, and radiant! If you suffer from dry skin, this cream is for you! In fact, this facial cream was formulated to address extremely dry and sensitive skin that did not benefit from other products that were on the market. When you use this facial cream, you won’t even look you have dry skin! It’s true!

What makes this cream so powerful? “Anti-aging powerhouses DMAE & MSM team up with the tropical potency of organic aloe, coconut, and jojoba oils for dramatically rejuvenated skin.” Glycerin provides hydration & nourishment, Organic White Willow Bark smooths out rough, dull and tired skin and Organic Neem Seed oil nourishes dehydrated skin.

I absolutely love this moisturizer! It makes your face look dewy, smooth, and healthy and is now part of my everyday skin care routine!

The Bottom Line

Laurmé Skin Care is a winner! The products are carefully formulated to address the needs of dry, sensitive, and/or aging skin and absolutely deliver results. Individually, these products make my skin look more hydrated and healthy. When used together, my skin looks absolutely radiant, soft, moisturized, and just looks well-cared for! I am a HUGE fan of this line and I am so thankful for having the opportunity to try out these products. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone that thinks that there are no products that will improve their dry, sensitive or aging skin. I’m telling ya, Laurmé Skin Care has products to help you!

Head on over to their website to check out all of the products available and let me know what you think! Thank you, Laurmé Skin Care for sending me these products to review!

Vegan Police Shop – Adorable Totes, Lunch Bags, and Buttons!

Company: Vegan Police Shop

Products:

No Animals Harmed Recycled Cotton Lunch Bag

Vegan Tote Bag

Vegan Buttons

Reviews

Vegan Police Shop creates adorable clothing and accessories that proudly spread the vegan message!

Their “Ferocious Vegan” T-shirt was the first vegan shirt I ever bought and I still love it to this day! It comes in Men’s and Women’s sizes and it is the perfect gift for any vegan on your shopping list!

The Vegan Tote bag is large multipurpose accessory for vegans on the go! It is great as a gym bag, school bag, beach bag… or just anywhere you want to promote veganism and your love of animals! It’s made of a soft cotton material and you can choose the color of ink that you want! *The style pictured above is not currently in their shop, but the “I Don’t Eat Pals” design is!

The No Animals Harmed Recycled Cotton Lunch Bag is AWESOME! It says “No Animals Were Harmed In The Making Of This Lunch.” You’re vegan and doing great things for the animals and the planet… You should give yourself a little pat on the back every now and then! This drawstring lunch bag is the perfect way to do that! This bag is soft and has more than enough room to bring some veggies and an entire container of hummus for lunch, along with other stereotypical vegan lunch items! It has a drawstring and velcro at the top to make sure all of your snacks stay secure. I love this bag so much!

And… Who doesn’t like buttons? Stick these on you backpacks, scarves, shirts… you name it! So cute!

The Bottom Line

I highly recommend these items from Vegan Police Shop! They’re high quality, freakin’ adorable and make the perfect gifts for the holiday! Head on over to their shop to see all of the fun designs that they have for sale!

Happy Holidays!

Maxine’s Heavenly Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cookies… They’re Vegan, Healthy, and Delicious!!!

Company: Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies

Product:

Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cookies

Review: Pumpkin here, pumpkin there… PUMPKIN EVERYWHERE! Its the time of year that you can’t walk into a store without seeing TONS of pumpkin products! From pumpkin spice lattes to candles to chapsticks… pumpkin definitely rules the holidays!

If you’re familiar with Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies, you know that they are super healthy yet somehow taste fantastic! They’re gluten-free, soy free, sweetened with coconut sugar, and of course they’re vegan! Check out my review of their other delicious flavors here.

So… back to these Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies!

To put it simply, they’re outstanding. The texture is soft and chewy thanks to gluten-free oats. I’m happy to announce that the flavor tastes like actual pumpkin and not that crazy sweet artificial flavoring that you’ll find in most pumpkin flavored products. To top it all off, nutmeg and cinnamon really make these cookies taste like pumpkin pie and the pecans give them a nice nutty flavor and crunch.

The Bottom Line

Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies are wonderful, healthy snacks that can be enjoyed by everyone. They’re bursting with flavor and these Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies really put me in the holiday spirit! These are sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike!

This holiday season, put these cookies out with a glass of almond milk for Saint Nick, give them to someone that loves healthy, flavorful snacks, or bring them with you to a party to share with your family and friends!

Happy Holidays!

Guest Post: Vegan Kitchen Magick Chili Recipe

Chili is the perfect meal to make when the weather starts getting cooler and you want something healthy! Check out this recipe below from Deborah, the fantastic creator of Vegan Kitchen Magick! You can also follow her on Instagram @vegankitchenmagick and Facebook to see all of her delicious recipes! Thank you, Deborah, for sharing this recipe… I know you all will enjoy it!

Guest Post:

I am really excited to be sharing my favorite chili recipe with Julie here at The Vegan Treasure Hunter! I love her product reviews so was thrilled when she asked me to write a guest post!

My grandpa loved chili, and we ate it a lot when I was a kid. He always kept cans of chili in the pantry to heat up for a quick snack or meal. Homemade chili is so much better than anything from a can, though, and it is really easy to make! This recipe makes a big batch of 14 bowls. You can cut it in half if you want to, but the chili freezes beautifully and it is so handy to have for quick meals when you don’t have time to cook. I divide the chili into portions and freeze them individually, and I always think of my grandpa when I heat up a bowl! Here are the ingredients you will need to make your own:

Vegan Kitchen Magick Chili Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 2 15.5 oz cans Pinto Beans
  • 2 15.5 oz cans Black Beans
  • 2 15.5 oz cans Kidney Beans 
  • 1 28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 480 g (2 c) Chunky Salsa
  • 65 g (3 TBS) Molasses
  • 42 g (3 TBS packed) Vegan Brown Sugar 
  • 8.4 g (1 1/2 TBS) Cocoa Powder
  • 360 g (1 1/2 c) Water 
  • 28 g (2 TBS) Oil
  • 360 g (3 c) Chopped Onion
  • 270 g (3 c) Grated Carrot 
  • 180 g (1 1/2 c) Chopped Celery 
  • 120 g (1 c) Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 24 g (2 TBS) Magickal Seasoning Blend
  • 35 g (2 TBS) Roasted Garlic 
  • 36 g (4 TBS) Taco Seasoning 
  • 1 13.7 oz bag Gardein Beefless Ground
  • 1 12 oz package Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo

Directions 

1. Open all of the cans, but do not drain them. Add the tomatoes and beans (including the liquid) to a large soup pot. Add the salsa and stir to combine. Cover the pot, and start heating it over medium heat. Stir every five to ten minutes.

2. Whisk the molasses, vegan brown sugar, and cocoa together with the water. Set the mixture aside for now.

3. Cook your vegetables while the tomato and bean mixture is heating up. Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the onion, carrot, celery, and bell pepper. Toss to coat with the oil, then stir in the Magickal Seasoning Blend and cook for ten minutes.

4. Mash the roasted garlic, then stir it into the vegetables along with the taco seasoning. Cook for three more minutes.

5. Add the reserved liquid and loosen any bits that are stuck to the bottom of your pan. Mix together and cook for three more minutes.

6. Add the vegetable mixture to the pot with the tomatoes and beans. Stir well. Cover the pot again, and bring the chili to a boil, stirring every five to ten minutes. (It should boil pretty quickly so you may not need to worry about stirring during this step.) Once it is boiling, reduce the heat and put the lid back on a bit offset. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every 15.

7. While the chili is coming to a boil, prepare the Gardein beefless ground and Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo. If you cannot find these brands, substitute another minced faux meat product. (You can also leave them out and add two cans of chili beans instead.) Add the beefless ground and the Soy Chorizo to the pan in which you cooked the vegetables. Cook together for several minutes, then set the mixture aside to cool. Do not add it to the chili yet, or it will get mushy.

8. After the chili has been simmering for 45 minutes, add the prepared “meat” mixture (or two cans of chili beans) and stir to combine. Cover the pot again with the lid offset. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Your chili is done and ready to serve!

Do not drain any of the cans. Add the tomatoes and beans (including the liquid) to a large soup pot. Add the salsa and stir to combine:

Cover the pot, and start heating it over medium heat. Stir every five to ten minutes:

Whisk the molasses, vegan brown sugar, and cocoa together with the water. Set the mixture aside for now:

Cook your vegetables while the tomato and bean mixture is heating up.

Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the onion, carrot, celery, and bell pepper. Toss to coat with the oil, then stir in the Magickal Seasoning Blend and cook for ten minutes.

Mash the roasted garlic, then stir it into the vegetables along with the taco seasoning:

Cook for three more minutes:

Add the reserved liquid and loosen any bits that are stuck to the bottom of your pan:

Mix together and cook for three more minutes:

Add the vegetable mixture to the pot with the tomatoes and beans:

Stir well. Cover the pot again, and bring the chili to a boil, stirring every five to ten minutes. (It should boil pretty quickly so you may not need to worry about stirring during this step.)

Once it is boiling, reduce the heat and put the lid back on a bit offset. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every 15:

While the chili is coming to a boil, prepare the Gardein beefless ground and Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo. If you cannot find these brands, substitute another minced faux meat product. (You can also leave them out and add two cans of chili beans instead.)

Add the beefless ground and the Soy Chorizo to the pan in which you cooked the vegetables:

Cook together for several minutes, then set the mixture aside to cool. Do not add it to the chili yet, or it will get mushy.

After the chili has been simmering for 45 minutes, add the prepared “meat” mixture (or two cans of chili beans) and stir to combine:

Cover the pot again with the lid offset. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes:

Your chili is done and ready to serve!

Enjoy!

Whole Foods Launches Nationwide Holiday Vegan Menu!!!

If you’re a frequent Whole Foods shopper, you probably know that they offer some pretty tasty vegan options at their hot bar. If you haven’t tried their chicken fried tofu, please put that at the top of your To-Do list!

Last week, Whole Foods announced that they will be launching a new, vegan menu for the holidays! The festive dishes were created by Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby, the culinary plant-based geniuses behind the super swanky VEDGE restaurant in Philadelphia.

According to VegNews, this special holiday menu will include “mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil-mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee miniature cake. The vegan menu will also be available to order online from November 1 until November 6, and the promo code “VEGAN” will discount the price by $5.”

I don’t know about you, but I would love to have some unique dishes this holiday season (and not have to cook it all!).

Let me know if you try out any of these new dishes!

 

 

Dr. Botanicals – Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask Review (Vegan & Cruelty-Free)

Company: Dr. Botanicals

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Product: Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask (1.69 ounces/50 ml)£53.00 / $69.92 USD

Review: Ok, so if you’re still here after seeing how much this product costs, you know that this is clearly a LUXURY item.

For the most part, I collaborate with small(ish) indie companies that are new or just looking for some feedback or marketing. That’s the way I like it! The more vegan and cruelty-free companies out there, the more animals will be saved from cruel animal testing procedures! (Why would anyone want to put cruelty on their face?!)

With that said, I shouldn’t discriminate against high-end brands, now should I? Vegans can take their skincare very seriously, after all!

The Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask is described to be “an intense overnight treatment with refreshing Japanese Orange to leave the skin renewed by morning.” This skin treatment also contains shea butter for deep moisturization and rejuvenation. Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil is part of this million dollar formula to nourish the skin for a healthier and overall younger appearance. As for the rest of the ingredients, they are nowhere to be found on the company’s website or the product’s packaging.

This mask is white and the consistency is very thick. It melts right into the skin which is perfect since you’re wearing it as you sleep. The sophisticated fragrance of this mask is primarily notes of sweet oranges.

After applying a thin layer on my face the night before, I woke up to hydrated and soothed skin. I think this treatment would be great for normal to dry skin, especially during the upcoming winter months. Hydration is the key to healthy and young looking skin, so this would also be beneficial for people with aging skin.

The Bottom Line

Did this product work? Yes, it sure did!

Is it worth the price tag? Well, if you enjoy trying new skincare and have money to burn, sure I’d recommend this product! It’s high quality, vegan, cruelty-free and certainly moisturized my thirsty skin.

Will a less expensive product deliver similar results? Absolutely, but again, if you’re into luxury skincare, this mask is for you!

Thank you, Dr. Botanicals, for sending me this product to review!

California has passed The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, which requires pet stores to exclusively sell rescue animals! Way to go, California!

This is a huge win for animals! With the amount of animal surrenders, homeless pets and euthanization rates on the rise, California has passed bill 485 which will ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from puppy mills, kitten factories, and mass breeding operations.

All animals sold in pet shops must come from animal shelters, rescues, or adoption centers! This will greatly reduce the amount of animals in shelters and increase adoptions significantly! This change will take place by January 2019.

Congratulations, California! Which state will be next?

 

Source: The LA Times

Vegan Muscle Snack Box Review

Company: Vegan Muscle

Product: Vegan Muscle Snack Box 

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Review:

Ya’ll know I love a good subscription box! I love that the Vegan Muscle Snack Box includes a variety of sweet and savory snacks to please vegans and non-vegans alike!

You can choose a bi-weekly subscription to get delicious snacks delivered to your door twice a month or a one time purchase to try it out! They also have a Food Box that includes meat substitutes, etc.

Alright! Let’s jump rights in!

The first product that jumped out at me was the Primal Strips Meatless Vegan Jerky in Texas BBQ flavor. I have been vegan for years and haven’t tried any vegan jerky products. I was never a fan of it back in my meat eating days, so I’ve avoided it altogether.

In all honesty, I was pretty blown away by this! The texture was soft and chewy which made it VERY similar to meat. The flavor was tangy, sweet and simply delicious. My boyfriend (non-vegan) said he loved it, so this would be fantastic for people that are looking to go vegan or cut down on meat in their diet. I would definitely eat this again and again!

Next up, were the Homefree Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies! These little guys are vegan (of course) but are also gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO! I really, REALLY liked these! They are super crunchy with just the right amount of sweetness. The dark chocolate chips were rich and would satisfy anyone’s chocolate craving! These are a big win!

HIPPEAS! I love Hippeas, especially the white cheddar flavor! They are very close to Cheetos in terms of texture… and they’re made from chickpeas! The cheddar flavor is salty and tangy which makes these the perfect healthy and organic alternative to the notoriously unhealthy snack covered in bright orange powder that gets everywhere!

I was a little unsure about the next product. I love veggie sushi rolls with nori (thin, seaweed wrappers) but I wasn’t sure if I would like it on it’s own. The GimMe Snacks Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks in the sea salt flavor were good! They definitely have the salty, grassy quality of seaweed and it absolutely reminded me of eating sushi. The thin sheets are delicate and crispy and they soften as you eat them. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to try a unique snack that is healthy and low in calories, give these a try!

If you’re a fruit snacks fan or looking to eliminate animal products from your kids’ diet, try Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Fruit Snacks! They’re organic, gluten-free, and basically identical to traditional fruit snacks. Did you know that traditional fruit snacks contain gelatin, which is made by boiling animal bones, hooves, and other body parts? I don’t know who decided that was a good idea to put in food, but I am very grateful there are alternatives! These fruit snacks are sticky, chewy, and flavorful… not to mention healthy and cruelty-free. These are fantastic!

Next, I was pretty excited to see a bag of Jasmine Green Tea from Numi Organic Tea. I am trying to gradually eliminate coffee from my day to day life, so I need a healthy replacement. Green Tea is perfect for that! The floral notes and earthy green tea flavors make this a nice pick me up! Coffee, who?!

I love food that can be eaten on the go, so I was happy to try the Health Warrior Coconut Chia Bar! This little snack is low calorie and contains chia, which helps to keep your feeling full. It has 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 1000 mg of Omega-3! I loved the coconut flavor and would definitely eat these again!

Yes!!! I’m not a big candy eater, but these Cocomels are outstanding! They’re made with coconut milk so you get sweet and delicious coconut flavor as they melt in your mouth. The texture is soft, smooth, and somewhat chewy. There’s definitely some “buttery” flavors which makes it very similar to dairy-based caramels. These are fabulous and I want more!

Last, was the Raw Rev Glo Mixed Nuts, Caramel and Sea Salt Bar. This bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein, so whether you’re looking to replenish your muscles with clean protein after a workout or just want a filling mid-day snack, these are perfect! The texture is soft but there are also crunchy nuts throughout. These bars are gluten-free and non-GMO. They have some other delicious sounding flavors that I can’t wait to try out!

The Bottom Line

What could be better than healthy, vegan snacks that are delivered straight to your door?! This is a fantastic products that both vegan and veg-curious people would enjoy.  I got to try out snacks that I know that I love (like the Hippeas) and also snacks that I probably wouldn’t have found myself. I personally love subscription boxes because you never know what you’re going to get, but you know that the products were carefully chosen.

All of the snacks have health and quality in mind and contain protein and/or good-for-you ingredients. I think it would a great idea to send a box to someone that doesn’t believe plant-based food can taste good, you could change their entire world!

Thank you, Vegan Muscle, for sending me this box to review. I highly recommend it!