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?

Not Soap, Radio – Peace, Joy & Sanity Gift Set and The Phoenix Bubbles for Bath or Shower Reviews (Part 2)

Company: Not Soap, Radio

Products:

Peace, Joy, & Sanity Gift Set

The Phoenix (when you need to rise for the ashes, yet again) Bubbles for Bath or Shower

Reviews: It is that time of year when you have a billion things to do and your nerves might be wearing a bit thin. Don’t worry! Not Soap, Radio’s Peace, Joy & Sanity Gift Set is exactly what you need! (Who says you can’t buy a little something for yourself, huh?)

This gift set comes with 3 travel-sized hand/body lotions and 3 travel-sized bubble bath/body washes. The bubble bath/body washes work into a nice, rich lather that leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and lightly fragranced. The lotions absorb quickly into the skin and also leave your skin smelling fabulous! The scents are absolutely mouth-watering and sure to help you unwind! (Nobody said you can’t have a little wine with that bubble bath too, did they?!)

The “To sleep full of sweet dreams (without waking up in a mad panic at 3am)” scent contains chamomile and lavender to calm your overworked mind and smells like lavender and clementine, which is just so so nice! It truly will help you get a (relatively) peaceful sleep!

The “Liquid Freud (when you need to turn up the volume on your inner voice of reason)” scent is made to balance your emotions and act as a little pick me up. The coconut milk, mango and vanilla scent definitely makes you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation… who wouldn’t feel better after that?!

“When life gives you one too many lemons (and you’ve misplaced your happy place…)” is a must try! The fresh, bright scent of lemons and sweet sugar naturally makes you feel more optimistic about life… It reminds me of summertime and lemonade and just generally makes me feel happy!

“The Phoenix (when you need to rise for the ashes, yet again)” is another fun, refreshing bubble bath/body wash that will help you exit the bath/shower with a brand new outlook! The super luxurious lather and intoxicating scent of persimmon and plum are exactly what you need to get back on your feet and attack the day head-on! It doesn’t hurt that your skin will smell like a million bucks!

The Bottom Line

I’m a huge fan of Not Soap, Radio’s bath and body products! They’re vegan, cruelty-free, and have the best scents out there! I love the names and how they are made to really make you feel better. These products would make the perfect gift for just about everyone on your shopping list, or just go ahead and treat yourself (you deserve it… you little badass, you!)

Head on over to Not Soap, Radio’s website to check out these products and all of the fantastic gift sets that they have available! While you’re at it, check out my previous review of their hair/body fragrance that is also a fav of mine!

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!