Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Doc: I AM’s wrong with our world?

What can we do to make it better?

Filmmaker and director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, etc.) contemplated these very questions after an accident almost took his life.  I AM is a documentary that brings together philosophers, scientists and others to help answer those questions.

Well worth the watch!

Check out the trailer:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hoff's Asian Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Asian Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 5 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free


  • 2 cups Brown Rice
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/3 cup Braggs
  • 1 cup Peas
  • 2 tsp. Ginger

  1. Add Rice, Water, Braggs & Ginger to Instant Pot and stir to combine
  2. Set Manual setting at High Pressure for 22 minutes
  3. Set vent to sealing 
  4. When done, turn off IP, natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release
  5. Stir in Peas

Friday, July 21, 2017

Not Going Anywhere Without My Rothy's!
I’m in love!

I know, I know, I say that a lot.  But, I fall hard for things that make me happy, happy and this time, I’m crushing hard for Rothy’s!  

What are Rothy’s you ask?  

Allow me to introduce the new love of your life…

Rothy’s is a vegan, comfort, stylish shoe line hailing from San Francisco.

The more I learn about this brand, this company, the more I fall in love!
  1. Vegan - what’s not to love?
  2. Comfortable – 3-D knit technology means no seams, no rubbing, no blisters – just happy feet!
  3. Stylish! Two styles are available the classic ballet flat & the pointy toe flat - each amazing!
  4. Vibrant & colorful – they are constantly introducing new, fun colors & patterns
  5. Recycled! These shoes are seriously made from recycled plastic water bottles and when they’ve given their all, you can return them back to the company to be recycled!  Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
  6. Machine washable – personally, I have never felt the need to wash a pair of shoes, except for the odd tennis shoe, but after reading horror stories of people spilling coffee or landing in a stray puddle, I’m relieved these babies can be brought back to life on the gentle cycle.
  7. Free Shipping/Free Returns – quite possible my four favorite words after vegan…

If I haven’t convinced you that these babies NEED to be in your fashionable wardrobe, maybe this will.

I jumped for the classic black pointy with white racing stripe (well that's what I call it) & "the look at me" hot pink ballet flat.  I love them both and I'm itching for more!  I feel a sassy red in my future...

I did feel the need to size up a half size with the pointy style, whereas the ballet fit true to size - this is not the norm for me with other brands.  I do however, like to add an additional sole insert, which was causing some cramping, but again, no issues doing that with the rounded toe.

Yes, they are pricey coming in at $125 - $145, but they hand assembled, resulting in high quality & durability.  You are helping to get over 500,000 stray water bottles off the streets!  These shoes have serious, sophisticated style while feeling like you're wearing slippers - slippers!  And, well, they are 100% vegan - vegans know you have to shell out a little extra coin to support companies who are doing the right thing.

Are you dying for your first pair?  Get $20 off now!

Tell them the Hoff sent you (not really, they have no idea who I am)

Keep it healthy & stylish!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hoff's Quick Beans & Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Quick Beans & Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 3-4 Servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 15 oz. can Red Kidney Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Dried Onion Flake
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Cumin

  1. Mix Rice & Water in the IP 
  2. Top with Kidney Beans &Tomato Sauce do not mix together (very important!)
  3. Press "Manual" button & reduce time to 3 minutes
  4. When done, use manual release method
  5. Add Seasonings and stir to combine

Friday, July 7, 2017

Quinoa Pizza Dough

Quinoa Pizza Dough
Yields: 8 pieces
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Water + 1/2 cup Water (reserved)
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • *Seasonings (optional)
  1. Rinse Quinoa, then soak in 1 cup Water for 15 minutes
  2. Add 1/2 cup reserved Water, Salt & Seasonings (optional) to soaked Quinoa
  3. Blend using a high speed blender or Nutribullet until smooth
  4. Pour batter into a Cuisinart Griddler
  5. Level using a spatula
  6. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees
  7. Carefully remove with a spatula (at this point, the dough is fully cooked)
  8. Dress your pizza and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for another 10 - 15 minutes or until the toppings are warm

Hoff Thoughts: I soaked right in the Nutribullet container - easier clean-up.  The bread itself is pretty bland.  Seasoning ideas: Nutritional Yeast, Rosemary, Dried Onion Flake, Garlic Powder, etc.  I did attempt to make this dough in the oven with not much success.  If using an oven be sure to spread the dough out to avoid it still being raw in the middle and use parchment paper.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hoff's Potato Salad (IP)

Hoff's Potato Salad (Instant Pot)
Yields: about 4-5 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 small bag Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 8 oz. oil-free Hummus
  • 1 small Onion (diced)
  • 2 tbsp. Pickle Relish
  • 2 tbsp. Yellow Mustard
  • Paprika

  1. Place Potatoes & Water in IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button & reduce time to 4 minutes
  4. When done, use quick release method
  5. Place Potatoes in fridge to cool, at least 20 minutes
  6. Gently fold together Potatoes, Hummus, Onions, Pickle Relish & Mustard
  7. Sprinkle with Paprika
  8. Allow flavors to blend in the fridge a few hours before serving

Hoff Thoughts: You observant few will notice little orange specs in this salad - it's shredded Carrot.  Not a typically Potato Salad ingredient, but I had leftover so I added with good results.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Basil Avocado Pasta

Basil Avocado Pasta
Yields: 5-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 16 oz. Pasta of choice
  • 2 bunches of fresh Basil
  • 2 Avocados 
  • 1 15oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 Zucchini (shredded)
  • Juice from 1 Lemon 
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Season with Sea Salt

  1. Bring large pot of Water to boil, season with 2 tbsp. Sea Salt
  2. Cook Pasta
  3. Meanwhile blend together Basil, Avocados, Potatoes, Lemon Juice, Garlic Cloves & Seasonings
  4. Combine Pasta with Sauce & Zucchini
  5. Bon appetit!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Baby Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Between 2-3 pm, I require a snacky snack.  Instead of hitting the vending machine, I prefer to make my own snacks.  Most recently, I have been delighting over baked, baby Japanese sweet potatoes to satisfy this period of hunger.

If you are unaware of the gloriousness of these gems, check out my post dedicated to them.

How did I find baby Japanese sweet potatoes?

Simple.  I asked the produce manager of my local grocer to start carrying them (it never hurts to ask).  But, instead of stocking the regular size, which I am used to gorging on for dinner, they stocked the baby ones.  At first, I was like, is this a joke?  What the hell am I supposed to do with these little things?  Then the light bulb went off - a couple of these would make the perfect snacky snack.

So, I grabbed three packs, which gave me roughly 20 potatoes.  Once home, I scrubbed them up, forked each one a few times and baked right on the rack at 400 degrees for about 30 - 40 minutes.  The long, thin potatoes require less time than the short, stocky fellows.  What resulted was pure bliss - the skins caramelized just so and their small stature make them the perfect finger food.  Off to work I went with my four potatoes a day allotment; the jealousy dripping from my co-workers faces. These taste just a good cold as they do warm.

You know you want to try them...

Keep it healthy!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hoff's Cheesy Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Cheesy Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 4-5 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Arborio Rice
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain plant Milk
  • 3/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • Season with Sea Salt

Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Stir Rice & Nutritional Yeast together
  2. Add Broth and thoroughly combine
  3. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  4. Press "Manual" button
  5. Decrease cooking time to 5 minutes
  6. When done, use quick release method, watch for liquid splatter
  7. Stir Rice, Rice will absorb excess liquid
  8. Stir in Milk
  9. Season with Sea Salt

Hoff Thoughts: Kick this up a notch by adding steamed Broccoli.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse
Servings: 4
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 28 oz. Organic Silken Tofu
  • 1 12 oz. bag Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spread Chocolate Chips onto a small baking pan & place in oven for about 3-4 minutes or until melted
  3. Using a high speed blender, blend Tofu, Melted Chocolate Chips, Vanilla & Salt until smooth
  4. Pour mixture into individual serving bowls/cups (I use pretty, cobalt wine glasses)
  5. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes to set-up in the fridge
  6. Serve chilled

Hoff Thoughts: So good, no one will know it's vegan!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Healthy Hoff Broccoli Mac & No Cheese

Recipe adapted from Plant-Fueled Trucker

Healthy Hoff Broccoli Mac & No Cheese
Yields: 6-8 serving
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 12 oz. Whole Wheat Pasta
  • 1 15 oz. can Cannellini Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 2 cups plain unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper (jar)
  • 3/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • 2 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika

  1. Cook Pasta according to directions
  2. Meanwhile put remaining ingredients into Vitamix & blend until smooth
  3. Drain Pasta, return to pot, mix in "Cheese Sauce"
  4. Heat & stir until sauce thickens; about 1 minute
  5. Enjoy!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tarte Pearly Girl Vegan Teeth Whitening Pen

For the past month or so, I’ve been using Tarte’s new Pearly Girl Vegan Teeth Whitening Pen and I have to say, not bad. :)

I’ve been applying it daily and I can’t say I’ve seen dramatic results, but my teeth have definitely lightened or rather my stains have decreased. I wasn’t expecting dramatic results (although that would have been awesome) because frankly this whitening pen doesn’t have all the chemical crap that traditional teeth whiteners have. That being said, I’m also not experiencing any of the sensitivity that is common with traditional whiteners, so I say that’s a win!

That lack of sensitivity is probably due to the fact that this pen is bleach-free and doesn’t contain parabens, mineral oil, phthalates or sodium lauryl sulfates. It also doesn’t have triclosan, soy or a synthetic fragrance. Bonus, it’s gluten-free and completely vegan!

This is what it does contain: water, glycerin, PEG-400, hydrogen peroxide, sodium hydroxide, disodium EDTA, potassium nitrate, mentha pulegium and sodium saccharin. I will say that I am not happy about the sodium saccharin as I avoid all artificial sweeteners, so after this pen runs out, I won’t be buying again.  I am keeping my eye on this in hopes that Tarte sees the error of their ways and reformulates - fingers crossed.

Despite that, whitening pen is super easy to use, simply:

  • Twist at the base of the pen to dispense whitening gel onto the brush-on applicator. You may need to twist it multiple times with the first use for gel to appear.
  • Smile and brush onto front of all teeth and wait 30 seconds before closing your mouth.
  • Allow gel to penetrate for 15 minutes before eating or drinking.
  • Apply up to four times a day for best results.
  • Run brush under warm water to remove trace gel after each use.

Honestly, I don’t apply four times daily, I only do it once, right before bed. So maybe with more use, you’d get dramatic results.

Check it out!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Holistic Holiday At Sea

I just got back from a 7-day vacation in which I never stressed once about what I was eating!  That in and of itself is a real testimonial, considering all of my vacations start with a mandatory visit to to find vegan or vegan friendly restaurants as well as a trip to the grocery store to stock up on, “just in case” food.  I’m exhausted before I ever start my trip!

Dr. Michael Greger,
But Holistic Holiday At Sea changed all that this year.  HHS is a vegan cruise, to be more specific an oil-free (optional), gluten-free (optional) vacation paradise!  

And it gets better! 

The whole week is jammed pack with speakers, most notably Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neil Barnard and Dr. Michael Greger.  As well as additional speakers covering such topics as animal welfare, laughter as medicine and how to eat vegan.  In addition to the daily talks there are cooking demonstrations by well-known chefs in the plant-based movement like Christina Pirello from Christina Cooks (PBS) and exercise/meditation classes.   No matter where your interests lie, health, animal rights, fitness, cooking or mind, body & soul – there is something for everyone. 

Me in Jamaica!
The cruise still offers ports of call and the speaker schedule does slow down so you can get off the ship without feeling you are missing anything.  Now for the islands, I did hit to do some recon before I left and I’m so happy I did, because once on shore, I found that I had no cell service and the locals weren’t very familiar with the few vegan restaurants that were available.  Another option is to book vegan excursions through HHS, but don’t drag your feet, they book up fast.  However, I did find most of the people in our group stayed aboard and took advantage of the spa, salon, gym and pools while most of the ship debarked.  I think we were all exhausted from learning so much and just wanted to hang out and relax.

Did I mention that I lost 3 pounds!!!  Can’t say that with many vacations, let alone a cruise.  The food was good, I wouldn’t say amazing, but I was able to get oil-free and gluten-free at every meal without any hassle.  And every dish had the ingredients listed in case of  food allergies – many took a photo with their phone of the menus for easy reference.  Surprisingly, I was never hungry, each meal had four-courses, breakfast, lunch and dinner – 4 courses!  I never had to break into my emergency food stash while on board.  Oh, and you still get to have fun, there were pizza and ice cream socials almost every night.

This year there were 1,700 participants, we didn’t quite take over the 4,000 person cruise ship, but if things keep expanded like they are, a 100% cruise could be in our future!  It was so refreshing to meet so many like minded people, I made a ton of new friends.  Every meal I was meeting someone new and learning about their own unique vegan story as well as their life - people from all over the world and of all ages!

For those of you who like to mix business with pleasure, CME/CE credits are available for most classes. 

Next year is going to be a big year for HHS; it’s their 15th anniversary and as such they are extending the cruise to 10 days!  By moving it up to February 15-25, 2018, they are taking advantage of President’s Day, which many get the day off from work.  They already have the speakers lined up and it looks to be another fantastic offering and learning experience.  And check out these ports of call - Martinique; St. Kitts and Nevis; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Freeport, Bahamas!

If you have trouble traveling vegan or as a healthy whole-food, plant-based, oil-free vegan, check out Holistic Holiday At Sea, this cruise will keep you on track and is the opportunity of a lifetime!

Keep it healthy!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hoff's Orange Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Orange Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 3-4 Servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 2 cups Orange Juice
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 1 15 oz. can Mandarin Oranges in light syrup
  • 3 tbsp. chopped Cashews (optional)
  • Sea Salt
  1. Mix Juice & Rice together in IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button & reduce time to 3 minutes
  4. When done, use manual release method
  5. Fluff Rice with fork
  6. Stir in Mandarin Oranges with Juice & Cashew pieces
  7. Season with Sea Salt

Hoff Thoughts: I don't actually chop my Cashews, I just throw them in a sandwich bag and bash them a bit with a heavy object, ah...Zen.  I also don't buy whole Cashews, too pricey!  Instead, I opt for their cheaper, yet still tasty alternative - Cashew pieces.  As I typically blend them to make sauces or break them into tiny pieces for a hit of crunch in dishes such as this, the cost effective pieces work out perfectly!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sushi Bazooka Roller

I’ve been a sushi making fiend since I go my latest toy…the Sushi Bazooka Roller by Sushezi (get it, sush ezi...)!

Super simple to use, you can roll your own sushi in minutes! I got the hang of it the first time I used it. It produces the most perfect sushi roll, your friends will be amazed! I was a little nervous about the cutting, but that too is easy – you just need to let the sushi, wrapped in Nori (seaweed), sit for 15 minutes in the fridge. This allows the wrapper to absorb moisture from the rice and become pliable. Next, use a very sharp knife, I use a ceramic knife, and a glass of warm water – wet the knife before every cut, no need to wipe down. This will ensure perfectly cut sushi! Can you get away with no Nori sheet? Maybe, I’ve been too nervous to try, but the rolls are pretty compact, so they might hold up.

I will say that the #1 complaint on Amazon is about the hinges and it’s true; the hinges suck and can get you really frustrated. But with a little maneuvering you can make it work. The good thing about the crappy hinges - the device comes apart really easy for cleaning.

You will notice that the instructions tell you to oil the inside chamber to allow for easy release – like most things that call for oil, I ignore it and guess what, perfect sushi sans oil!

Now to make awesome sushi, you need awesome ingredients and that starts with the rice! Save yourself the hassle and buy sushi rice right from the start, there is a difference (it’s sticky). I make my rice using the Instant Pot, but you can use a rice cooker or traditional boiling method. I don’t know how either of those methods work, but here’s my recipe for the IP.

Sushi Rice
Yields: 2 cups Rice, enough for 2 Rolls
My Masterpieces

  • 2 cups Water 
  • 1 ½ cups Sushi Rice 
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar 
  • ¼ tsp. Sea Salt

  1. Mix together Water & Rice
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  4. Select Rice setting
  5. Manual release pressure for 10 minutes, then Quick release
  6. Remove the inner pot from IP to help Rice cool quicker
  7. While Rice is still hot, stir in Vinegar, Sugar & Salt
  8. Set aside until cool to handle & prep fillings

Next comes all the ingredient combinations! I LOVE Sweet Potato Sushi, but I hate hassle, so I just get a can of Sweet Potatoes, drain it and stuff away. You can also try Shredded Carrot with Avocado, Asparagus with Avocado, Cucumber with Avocado, Mango with Avocado – sensing a theme here? Also try cooked Shitake Mushrooms, Cucumber with Shredded Carrot or straight up Avocado (mmmm)!

Why bother making your own sushi?

Well, for one it’s pretty freakin’ cool that you can do it so easily with this tool and two it tastes waaaaaay better than store bought. I wouldn’t say homemade sushi is going to put any Asian restaurants out of business, but for a quick snack or meal the Sushi Bazooka Roller is worth adding to your kitchen arsenal.

Keep it healthy!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Liz Lovely I Love You! know we just met and you don't know me, but after going gluten-free, you have brought baked vegan goodness back into my life and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my little cruelty-free heart.  :)

I discovered you at my local grocery store after asking the bakery for their gluten-free, vegan goodies and being told that their facilities couldn't handle gluten-free.  My heart sank for a moment, as I feared that might be the case wherever I go.  Seeing the hurt in my eyes, the compassionate soul behind the counter directed me to the Liz Lovely display where a wonderland of delectable goodies unfolded before me. Cowgirl Cookie, a soft-baked chocolate chip cookie drizzled with chocolate, the Chocolate Moose Dragon, a soft-baked rich dark chocolate fudge cookie with chocolate chips, rolled in sugar or the Triple Chocolate Mint, a soft-baked rich dark chocolate and mint fudge cookie with chocolate chips, drizzled with chocolate...  For you non-chocoholics there's the Snicker Dude, Peanut Butter Classic, Oatmeal Raisin, Cowboy Cookie and Ginger Snapdragons.

And I haven't even gotten to the best part yet, the truffle cookies!!!!  Yes, I said it - truffle + cookie and it's even better than you can imagine!

Certified vegan, gluten-free, Kosher and non-gmo - what more could a girl as for?!?  Oh yeah, everything is made by Liz and her team of 20, no factories, no middleman, no corporate BS - just clean, simple ingredients coming together in the Green Mountains of Waitsfield Vermont.  No fillers, no artificial flavors, no shortcuts - everything made from scratch!  And the palm oil (save the orangutans!!!) is coming from a certified, organic, sustainable source.  Woah thought we were going to have to break up there for a second...

Check it out!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hoff's "Chicken" Stew (IP)

Hoff's "Chicken" Stew (IP)
Yields: 10 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 3 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1/2 cup Braggs
  • 4 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • 2 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 package Soy Curls (rehydrated)
  • 1 cartons sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 Sweet Onion (half moon slices)
  • 1 15 oz. can organic Corn (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Green Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 4 tsp. minced Garlic
  • Season with Sea Salt

  1. Mix together Broth, Braggs, Arrowroot & Worcestershire Sauce in IP
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine
  3. Close & lock lid
  4. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  5. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 15 minutes
  6. Quick release pressure
Hoff Thoughts: I like to serve this over Brown Rice - also made in the IP, 2 cups Rice to 2.5 cups Water, Manual for 22 minutes, natural release.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hoff's So Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Hoff's So Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Yields: 4-6 serving
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

"Cheese" Sauce
  • 1 15 oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 3/4 cup plain unsweetened Plant-based Milk
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper (jarred)
  • 3/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • Juice from half a Lemon
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Re-hydrate Hashbrowns per package instructions
  3. Meanwhile put "Cheese" ingredients into a Vitamix/high power blender & blend until smooth
  4. Drain Hashbrowns; mix with Onions & "Cheese Sauce" in a large bowl
  5. Spread Casserole into a 9 x 13 baking dish (I prefer glass)
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until top is browned

Hoff Thoughts: For special occasions, I add a little chopped Field Roast Sausage and top with some Daiya Shreds

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - Vegan? Who knows.

As I continue my quest to rid my beauty stash of non-vegan compliant items, I now find myself writing to various companies to learn about their ingredients.

One such company on my hit list is Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, whom I have been a faithful consumer of their long-wear cream shadow for many, many years - because once you put it on, it stays on.

After an Internet search could not conclusively determine whether this coveted personal staple was in fact vegan, I did what any consumer would do - I contacted the company.

Unfortunately, this is what transpired...

The Hoff:

Can you tell me if your long-wear cream shadows contain any animal derived ingredients?

Bobbi Brown:

Dear Ms. Hoff,

Thank you for your interest in Bobbi Brown.

In reference to your inquiry, we have enclosed the ingredient listing as displayed on the packaging for your review. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 1-888-303-7615 should you require additional information.

Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.
I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your question, and sincerely hope I was able to be of assistance. You are valued as our consumer and we hope you will continue to use and enjoy our products with confidence and satisfaction.


Neha M
Consumer Response Representative
Case ID: 9095966

Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Anybody know what the hell those ingredients are?  What I do know is that Carmine, isn't vegan - it's made by boiling insect bodies in ammonia or a sodium carbonate solution (1). Real compassionate.

After reading this chemical breakdown, there's no way in hell I would put that stuff on my skin - so for this lame ass response, I am thankful.  But, that's beside the point - the point of this post is that I asked a very simple, straightforward question and received a very unhelpful, non-answer.

I don't have a clue what those ingredient names mean and I suspect neither does Neha.  Let this be a wake-up call and opportunity to companies. There is a growing need for vegan cosmetics and we as consumers want to know what we're putting on our skin, just as much as what we are putting in our bodies.  So skirting around the issue, won't land you any new customers or keep the ones you had - we want straight information!

Bottom line, I guess Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is not vegan - I make this assumption based on my inability to get a straight answer from the company itself.  Probably why my Internet search proved futile.  And not a slam against Bobbi Brown, because at least they answered my inquiry.  Many companies didn't even bother replying - more $$$ lost guys...

So, I'm done trying.  I'm voting with my dollar and supporting true vegan companies from here on out!

Here's a few I have been able to find so far...

Beauty Without Cruelty
Dr. Alkaitis Organics
Foreue (natural, vegan, no preservatives)
Intelligent Nutrients
Jeffrey Star
Juice Beauty
Lime Crime
Living Earth Beauty
Living Librations
Luminance Skin Care 
Lush (some products contain honey, yogurt/eggs)
Olivu (all natural, fresh to order)
Thesis Beauty
Urban Decay
100% Pure Cosmetics
Yes To Carrots

Keep it healthy!

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