|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
A Spotlight on Vegan Companies and Businesses
throughout the United States and a few beyond - updated May 2006
by M. 'Butterflies' Katz
co-author of Incredibly Delicious; Recipes for a New Paradigm
by Gentle World www.gentleworld.org
Vegan Cosmetics and Toiletries companies based in Canada:
Cocoon Apothecary sells ONLY vegan products.
The company owner is vegan. (She was vegetarian for 4 years and now vegan for 1 year.) Staff consists of owner and husband, who is also vegan.
The company has been in business for 2 years and offers body lotions, body scrubs, facial cleansers, moisturizers, toners, aromatherapy oils and balms, lip gloss.
Jessica Burman lives in Kitchener, 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.
Jessica, a huge animal lover, became a vegan after learning of the atrocities that are committed against animals in the name of profit.
The products are highly addictive, Jessica informs us!
Smudgepot Cosmetics sell ONLY vegan products. The company owner and staff are not vegan, however.
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.
Smudgepot Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Michelle Palmer, a Toronto-based esthetician and make-up artist. 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 decided that Smudgepot would be an entirely vegan-friendly company.
"We will never use animals
for ingredients or testing purposes, and we only work with like-minded
suppliers. 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.