Month: December 2013

COMPASSIONATE ESSENTIALS.

I am so happy to have found Compassionate Essentials. Steve Lassoff is the creator of the site.This is a perfect place to find the most beautiful items.
I have read everything about Compassionate Essentials and the philosophy behind the brand is awesome.
What makes this site so special is that actually you can “meet” the artist who has made the item you are interested in. I love the way Steve presents each artist. so original!

It’s fascinating to read the story of someone who lives so far away, with a story to tell, to understand how they started making jewelry. I’m making jewelry myself .
I have received this gorgeous pair of earrings and this beautiful bracelet. They are so beautiful and a pleasure to wear. It was so hard to choose on the website because the items are all lovely.
Coins of passion bracelet is gorgeous. It has a boho look. Hippy Chic.

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The dreamers earrings are very delicate. So lovely when you wear them. The moonstones give them a very romantic look and they are catching the light.
There are adorable items on sale too so you should go on the website:
http://www.compassionateessentials.com
and on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/CompassionateEssentials
You can also purchase those gorgeous items on Ebay if you prefer:
http://stores.ebay.com/fairtrademarketplace/

Here is some information about this great brand and their mission:( On the site:)

“Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between real and pseudo fair trade products and the importers.
That is why I offer fair trade products that have been chosen using standards drawn from Buddhist ethical practices, driven by the simple but powerful universal principles of non-harming and caring. For me, concern for the health and well being of all is as important in business as it is in my family.
My global approach, guided by these essential principles and the fundamental principals of Fair Trade, ensures that the product, the workers who produce it, the company that imports it, and the treatment of all are considered. This insures that all aspects of a business are accounted for, including but not limited to, social costs and benefits.

The specific standards I use to evaluate the products on my site and the companies that import them and my company are derived from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Five Mindfulness Trainings. Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, who was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

“May the benefit of our good work enhance the happiness of all beings everywhere.”

The earrings are great, the stones are so beautiful and their color brings out anybody’s skin tone an hair color. They are expertly crafted and look great with anything, they can take an outfit from dressed down to dressed up in seconds.
The bracelet has , on my opinion this lovely Bohemian look that I love.
Both items are for sure attention catchers.

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I was not financially compensated for this post.I received samples of the products for review purposes.All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

The Turkish Animal Group (T.A.G.)

This group is very dear to my heart for so many reasons. T.A.G is a very special rescue group.
I never went to Turkey but I went on holidays to different places where I was feeding stray cats and dogs and it was killing me to leave them. Karen and T.A.G are doing this wonderful thing :rescuing stray cats and dogs ,feeding them, taking care of them and having them adopted.How beautiful is that? This is something that I sincerely admire and support with all my heart. Karen has devoted her life to rescue stray dogs and cats.Everyone at T.A.G is so involved and this is truly admirable. They need our support . this is with our donations that they can take care of the little street dogs and cats.
This is Karen:

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I will never forget how Karen wanted to help me when my cat was sick. This will stay in my heart forever. Karen is a genuine animal lover.She dedicated her life to help dogs in Turkey.
T.A.G’s mission is to rescue sick, stray, injured and starving animals from the streets of Turkey and to rehome these animals to loving homes throughout the world.
T.A.G. is also committed to promoting trap, neuter and release programs throughout Turkey as well as helping to educate Turkish animal shelters in the proper care of its animals. They rehabilitate, rehome, neuter, give medical treatment to so many animals.

The Turkish Animal Group (T.A.G.) is a registered charity (their number is 1148352 ) based in Turkey and United Kingdom.
How T.A.G started:
T.A.G. was founded by Karen Wren after she visited Turkey for the first time in 2002 when she witnessed the horrific living conditions animals were forced to deal with in Turkey day in and day out. From that day forward, Karen knew that the rest of her life would be committed to helping the animals of Turkey.
They have their own private shelter set up to rehabilitate, rehome, neuter, give medical treatment to so many animals.

Karen now, with help from Trustee’s Mustafa, Denise, Linda and Margaret, plus their worker Dunay, Volunteer Admins Kerry ,Sharon,Tracey and Sam help run this amazing charity. After a lot of hard work, Turkish Animal Group became a UK Registered Charity in June of 2012 and they struggle ever single week to feed the 78 dogs they have at their shelter,
dogs they rescued with broken bones, motherless pups, mum with pups, mange, road traffic accidents and ones that simply cannot cope on the streets. They also have 4 dogs and 2 pups in foster and 3 cats in foster homes, plus they also have 2 dogs in boarding kennels as their shelter is full!

How you can help:
http://m.turkishanimalgroup.com/Home-Page.htmlhttp://m.turkishanimalgroup.com/Home-Page.html
Their fundraising is absolutely fantastic and this is a wonderful way to help. I have found adorable items on the auctions page. You are helping the dogs and cats and at the same time you are treating yourself with cute lovely items. I love everything that I have bought from TAG. And those items are even more precious become they remind me that I have been a part of the rescue and this is warming my heart.

Chip In for donations:
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftagfund1.chipin.com%2Fturkishstraydogscats&h=TAQEZYFF4&s=1

http://streetdogtagblog.blogspot.com

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It would be lovely if you could help T.A.G .They deserve it, they work tirelessly to feed and care for the many stray, neglected and abused street dogs and cats in Turkey, they transport them to and from the vets for treatment and neutering, they find foster for cats as the shelter is for dogs.
By donating or buying items on the fundraising page, you become a part of this rescue. You help feeding the dogs and even though you are not in person in Turkey, you are helping rescuing little dogs in Turkey.How awesome is that?

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

I have just discovered this amazing brand. I was looking for a perfume for a very long time.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, also known as BPAL, is an online company selling perfume oils. BPAL is owned by Elizabeth Moriarty Barrial and Brian Constantine, and is based in Los Angeles, California, United States.

It’s really hard to find cruelty free perfumes so imagine how happy I was when I received , what is now, my new perfume.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is against animal testing and tests its own products only on willing humans. Their perfume oils are blended by hand, using natural ingredients such as essential oils and absolutes with some synthetics. With the exception of those containing honey and beeswax, the oils are vegan-friendly.

My new perfume is now: MOUSE CIRCUS

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http://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/beloved-favorites/mouse-circus/

I just love this scent so much.Mouse Circus is exactly my scent. Its beautiful, so evocative.
A toodle oodle of pink cotton candy noses, vanilla spun sugar fur, scattered kernels of popcorn, and a touch of polished golden wood.
I love original and special scents, really unusual. This one , on my opinion is truly a magical perfume.
It seems that it smells more popcorn on me, but after a moment it is really pink cotton candy that you notice.
it’s sweet but not too sweet.It’s really special. so original. I love it!

I have also ordered: FIG & WHITE SANDALWOOD Hair Gloss

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http://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/fig-white-sandalwood-hair-gloss/
This gloss smells so good. I keep on smelling my hair. It makes my hair so soft and shiny.
Product Description
Black Phoenix’s Hair Gloss is paraben and sulfate free, and contains no petro-chemicals, no GMOs, and no triclosan.
Our hair gloss has a six-month shelf life.
Handmade by Black Phoenix. As always, no animals were harmed during the creation of this product, and all products were tested on friends and family.

I find the combination of both the hair gloss and the perfume oil perfect. I love both so much.

They do have some fragrances that are masculine:

The Bow & Crown of Conquest
Dee
Dorian
Dracul
Fenris Wolf
Loup Garou
Mad Hatter
Oberon
Satyr
Titus Andronicus
Tombstone
Vicomte de Valmont
Villain
Whitechapel
Wilde

All of the above are available in both 5ml bottles and the smaller imp sizes.

Compassionate Consumerism

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab practices compassionate consumerism, with a goal to give back to the community as possible through charitable contributions, volunteer work, and by supporting fair trade and self-sustaining growers whenever possible. They have participated in fundraisers for many organizations, including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Hero Initiative, the Orangutan Foundation UK, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Covenant House, the Red Cross, UNICEF, the SPCA, and the Humane Society.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab currently produces and sells perfume oils in two sizes.
BPAL also has “lunacy” releases, which coincide with the full moon. These releases are different each month, following themes established by various mythological and lunar calendars. Additionally, while BPAL does most of their sales online, they host a Will Call event each month that allows people to purchase oils, meet up to test and sniff much of the catalog and interact with the staff and owners. Additionally, they often make additional scents available for giveaway as part of food drives or other charitable events.
BPAL has two additional sites to focus more specifically on certain customer needs: Twilight Alchemy Lab offers oils for spiritual purposes, and Black Phoenix Trading Post, sells officially licensed BPAL-related garments, jewelry, statues, soaps and other bath and beauty products, as well as occasionally offering limited edition and special release oils.

Customers cite the appeal of the seductive product descriptions, the wide variety of scents, and the tendency of certain oils to vary in scent based on the wearer’s unique body chemistry.( Wikipedia)

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Coming soon: COMPASSIONATE ESSENTIALS

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This website is absolutely amazing.

Links:
http://www.compassionateessentials.com
https://www.facebook.com/CompassionateEssentials

From the website:

Mission Statement

Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between real and pseudo fair trade products and the importers.

That is why I offer fair trade products that have been chosen using standards drawn from Buddhist ethical practices, driven by the simple but powerful universal principles of non-harming and caring. For me, concern for the health and well being of all is as important in business as it is in my family.
My global approach, guided by these essential principles and the fundamental principals of Fair Trade, ensures that the product, the workers who produce it, the company that imports it, and the treatment of all are considered. This insures that all aspects of a business are accounted for, including but not limited to, social costs and benefits.

The specific standards I use to evaluate the products on my site and the companies that import them and my company are derived from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Five Mindfulness Trainings. Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, who was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“May the benefit of our good work enhance the happiness of all beings everywhere.”

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TRUTH

I’m so excited to have discovered Truth. And I’m so excited to tell you about it. I truly adore this brand.
I absolutely love my belts, it is such a joy to wear them. They are pure perfection and they are cruelty free. The products are mixed so both men and women can wear them, there is even a children’s section! Truth provides you with fantastic products that range from casual to formal and dressed up, so whatever you are looking for, they will have it!
You should go on the website:
http://www.truthbelts.com
I can’t get enough of the belts and I love how they can transform an outfit! Just like this…

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Truth is a 100% Canadian company started by Renia Pruchnicki
The guiding philosophy is to create durable, ethical, high-quality vegan fashion while having fun and to make a difference in the world.
Renia graduated from Ryerson’s Fashion Design program and worked in the fashion industry designing consumer items. One day, though, after seven years, she was laid off and found herself on the unemployment line. The year was 2001 and it was this experience that gave birth to Truth.
The Early Years
Using her savings, determination, and experience, Renia created her own company and started making belts from the solarium of her downtown apartment.
Having never worked with leather she took her knowledge of technical materials and started making belts that just happened to be vegan.
And people took notice! Other vegan belts on the market tended to fall apart within months while Truth vegan belts lasted for years. It was the combination of longevity & unique fashion that made Truth successful.

The Seva.
I’m the Seva elastic belt, and I’m the belt that fits anyone, anywhere! That’s because I’m an elastic belt! I’ve got a slider too, so I can stretch and shrink to any size! So that means whether you’re doing a weight loss program or at your favourite all-you-can-eat buffet, I’m the perfect belt for you! And my nickel-free belt buckle is smooth and flat, so you’ll never have any unsightly belt buckle bulges under your shirt!

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The Gemini.
Well hello there! I’m The Gemini reversible leather look belt. Now, I know a lot of these other vegan belts say they’re versatile, but trust me, I’m the most versatile, most vegan belt there is! I’m the Gemini, and I’m called that because I’m two belts in one! Does your outfit call for a nice black non leather belt? No problem, I’m a black non leather belt! Or maybe you’re looking for a brown belt. Easy! I’m brown on the other side!

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The I AM.
I am the I AM leather look belt, therefore I am! Confused? Don’t’ be! I’m a pretty laid back belt; I just like to hang out and have some fun. I’ve got that leather look, but don’t worry, I’m no vegan poser. I’m 100% vegan! I come with a super cool plaque detachable buckle that’s been embossed with the Truth logo. It’s a pretty subtle logo, only visible when the light strikes me at just the right angle. But if you already have a buckle, that’s cool too. You can get me with or without the buckle, so you can rock whatever style you like!

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Truth also makes wrists cuffs: The Booboo wrist cuff.
I’m the Booboo wrist cuffs, but I’m no mistake! I’m a stylish 100% vegan wrist cuff! Are you looking for a laid back, distressed rock and roll style? How about a fun, earthy woven look? With an amazing range of colours and patterns to choose from, I can fit with just about any outfit you have! And of course, I go great with a 100% vegan belt!

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I was not financially compensated for this post.I received samples of the products for review purposes.All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

I’ve done your holiday shopping for you! Here are the best cruelty free goods for everyone on your list, even for those that are hard to shop for…and don’t worry I have kept your wallet in mind too.
My list is featuring pretty ideas for friends and family that will be treasured for Christmases to come. It’s not in a special order. I invite you to click on the links and go directly to the websites where you will find a variety of items. I will keep on updating this list. You will find on this list gifts ideas for women and kids too.

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For Men:

-BULLDOG grooming products for men
http://us.meetthebulldog.com

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-JACK BLACK
http://www.getjackblack.com

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For men , women and kids:

-TRUTH
http://www.truthbelts.com

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-VINCA
http://www.vincausa.com/store.php

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-LAVISHY
http://www.lavishy.ca/products.php?cat_id=87

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-SURF DOG RICOCHET
http://www.surfdogricochet.com/stuff-for-sale.htm

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-BOODA
http://www.boodaorganics.com/products.html

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– JIMMY WILSON
http://www.jimmyfilms.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=22
http://www.jimmypicture.com

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– WDC :ADOPT A WHALE NOW
http://adopt-us.whales.org

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-DANIEL THE BEAGLE DWYER
http://www.danielthebeagle.com

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-ADOPT A WOLF PACK.
http://adoptawolfpack.org/products-page/

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LAVISHY FUN AND FABULOUS FASHION ACCESSORIES.

I have received this amazing little vegan bag from Lavishy. I am ecstatic to review it because it is absolutely fantastic.
Each item on the site is absolutely adorable and so original.
This is the link of the website:
http://www.lavishy.ca
And on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/lavishy

If you know me personally, you know how I love Wildlife and nature. I love horses for what they represent :The horse spirit animal symbolizes personal drive, passion and appetite for freedom. Among all the spirit animals, it is one that shows a strong motivation that carries one through life. The meaning of the horse varies depending on whether this animal spirit guide is represented as wild, tamed, moving freely or constrained.
Just imagine how happy I was when I found this gorgeous bag:

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This adorable bag is made with certified toxic-free vegan leather that is recyclable, biodegradable and real leather like, this product is unique , fun and eco friendly.
This little bag is so original. It exists in 3 sizes, I have the small one. There is also a medium and one large enough to carry your laptop.
You can find other designs like one with a little owl, Paris, NY, London…You need to go on the website and look.
It’s a unisex bag. I just love it.
This is what is written on the website:

Bags: Messenger Bag: Vegan leather small messenger bag with horse print: 8-808
Vegan leather small messenger bag with horse print

From our first ever unisex collection Viaggio–Italian for Travel, this small shoulder bag is unique and cool.
Made with certified toxic free & eco-friendly durable vegan leather, this bag features beautiful prints on the font flip cover.
Under the flip-open cover, the body of the bag is safe guided by the zipper closure.
Measurement: 20 x 20 x 6cm / 7.8 x 7.8 x 2.3inch Item #: 8-808

There are so many lovely items on the site. Impossible not to fall in love. There is obviously something for everyone.
Here are a few other items that I really love.

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I was not financially compensated for this post.I received samples of the products for review purposes.All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.