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Archive - March 2013 (clear)
Our Carrot bubble bar was inspired by carrot cake, and now The Carrot has inspired carrot cake - just in time for Easter!
And, just like all of our limited edition Easter goodies it's a sweet treat, but without the sugar. However, unlike The Carrot we can't guarantee that it's reusable... it's too tasty for leftovers!
Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and delicious - Hoppy Easter!
What You'll Need:
- 1/2 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup Quinoa flour (you can use 1 cup of any gluten-free flour, but I like to do a blend for better consistency)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 5 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 5 tablespoons almond milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup peeled, grated carrots
- 1/2 cup of pecan pieces
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- Fine lemon zest, from one fresh lemon
- 1/2 cup of pitted, diced medjool dates
Preheat oven to 350. Line pan with parchment paper. I used a square pan, but a loaf pan or round pan would work well too.
Add the flour, baking soda...
We're proud to be cruelty-free at LUSH.
We test all of our products on very willing human participants, instead of subjecting animals to shampoo in their eyes or soap down their throats. Sounds reasonable, right? Unfortunately, animal testing is a cruel, irrelevant practice that is still commonplace for many companies. Tens of thousands of products lining the shelves of your local drugstore, supermarket or department store are regularly tested on defenseless animals.
How do you know if a company tests on animals? Read the labels! Our packaging says 'Fighting Animal Testing', but other brands will state their message simply, like 'Not tested on animals' or 'We do not test on animals'.
Don't be too quick to judge- if the label doesn't state either way, it doesn't necessarily mean the company tests on animals. The best way to be sure is to contact them directly and ask about their policy. If they do test on animals, ask them why and let them know that you're concerned as a customer. If you're a longstanding customer who won't be buying their product anymore because of animal testing, tell them that too! It's a powerful message, and one that more companies need to hear in order to change their policies.
Here are the top five products you regularly purchase (and might not know are tested on animals):
Okay, this may seem like an obvious one, but many people don't know that the term 'cosmetics' extends beyond mascara and nail polish. It also includes soap, shampoo, facial cleansers, body lotions- anything you put on your skin for cosmetic purposes.
Q: Why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A: Hey there! I'm the newest member of the LUSH PR team and am falling more in love with the brand everyday. I started out in the beauty world as a magazine editor feel so lucky to now be a part of one of the most honest, ethical beauty brands out there.
Q: Now that we know who you are, let's get down to business! What's in your LUSH stash?
A: I'm quite a fragrance addict and love displaying my beautiful bottles on bright trays and keep them on a shelf in my living room. (I live in New York; I have to improvise with my storage options!) I've always loved LUSH for their beautifully scented products, and have a growing collection of proper LUSH fragrances.
• One of my old favorites is Orange Blossom perfume, a really potent, sweet floral fragrance. It reminds me so much of summer, sand and happiness. I mainly wear this in the summer, but spritz it on in the winter when I'm sick of the snow and the cold.
• Sikkim Girls is one of LUSH's new fragrances, and is probably my favorite from the collection. (Although I can be easily swayed on any given day.) I actually keep a few bottles in different sizes because I like to take it with me when traveling or even just in my purse.
• I'm really into floral perfumes and Furze is flowery, but just slightly off-kilter, which I like. Furze is actually a flower that g...
LUSH has been fighting against animal testing for over 30 years.
We've been forthcoming and sometimes downright controversial about our no-nonsense views on animal testing and our policy of testing our products on humans. We often get questions from our customers who are curious to know how we do test our products. We merge scientific analysis with human experiences to ensure that every product is safe and effective.
Our commitment to remaining animal testing-free begins at the product development stage. Our LUSH product inventors are content to work with the amazing ingredients that nature provides, as well as a small palette of synthetic ingredients with a safe history of use in humans. This limited selection of ingredients already have heaps of historical safety data to draw from, so there's no need to test them before we're able to use them safely in our products.
Because we keep our recipes simple, we're never on the lookout for the next fad or "miracle" chemical because those ingredients often have not historically been used on humans and require rigorous testing (some of which is likely to be performed on animals) before they are considered safe for human use. Conversely, many of our ingredients have been used by humans for cosmetics since ancient Egyptian times. Isn't that more appealing than a brand new chemical whose long-term effects on humans and the environment are still questionable? We think so!
An argument we often hear from companies defending their choice to continue testing on animals is that without animal testing, they are unable to use new and novel ingredie...
What better way to start the week than with a guest blogger? We were thrilled to find out that Crystal Bowersox was a LUSH fan and wanted to share her health and beauty tips with us. Even better - listening to her new album while soaking in the tub!
My beauty philosophy is that products are best when they are in their most natural state.
I would consider myself a naturalist, especially when it comes to the things I put on, or in my body. When products are made with pure ingredients, it's safer for not only us, but for the world. There are already thousands of cosmetic ingredients that have already been proven safe, so there is really no justifiable "need" for animal testing. That’s why I use and trust brands like LUSH, I know they use high-quality, fresh ingredients that have been around for ages and therefore don’t need to be tested on animals. I believe that all living things need to be treated with respect, dignity, reverence, and gratitude, even the smallest creatures.
My 5 Key Steps for Health and Beauty
1. Relaxation: Nothing will stomp on your immune system and bring on a cold like a few super-stressful days. I like to use different scented LUSH Bath Bombs to add a little dose of tranquility to every bath I take. I love to mix it up with a different scent each time, but my favorites are definitel...