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Vegan gas relief for onions!

I used to suffer from terrible silent-but-deadly gas, and I never knew when it was going to strike. A house party, a movie theater, and a private kung fu lesson where there were no other suspects were the most embarrassing occasions. But now I’ve found a solution, a vegan gas relief for onions, and my excitement to share it overrides all my old embarrassment!

Several years ago, I did an elimination diet and realized that onions were the culprit. I always assumed it was beans because that’s what you hear, but it wasn’t. So, I avoided onions, most of the time successfully, even though I missed the taste. But my husband loves Indian food, and I kept running into dishes where the onions were blended in. So, whenever we’d go out for Indian food, I’d have to sequester myself in my studio after.

UNTIL! It came up in an internet forum, I can’t remember which, and someone suggested Beano for onions. I had thought that Beano was only for beans, but that’s not true! But, it turned out Beano might not be vegan. That’s when someone suggested my savior: VEGAN BEAN-ZYME!

Regular Bean-zyme uses a gelatin capsule, but the company makes a vegan formula – the packaging says “Vegan Formula” in small letters on the front of the bottle.

How does it work?

Some people are missing the enzymes necessary to break down complex sugars into more digestible ones, resulting in FLATULENCE. Vegan Bean-zyme works the same way as Beano. It contains the enzyme Alpha-galactosidase which is made from a food-grade mold. Apparently, this is just the enzyme I needed to digest onions! I’ve eaten a recipe that called for half an onion with no consequences!

I hope this post reaches someone out there with the same problem and makes their life a little less gassy.

My Purple Carrot Review

Sesame crusted tofu from Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery
Sesame crusted tofu with Israeli couscous, chermoula, and carrots from Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery.

I’ve been subscribing to the Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery service for 14 months! I sometimes wonder if anyone’s been doing it as long as I have. Here’s my review of the pros and cons and how it works. If you’ve already decided to try it and are looking for a discount, please sign up using my referral code here for $25 off your first order, and I’ll get a discount too.

What is Purple Carrot?

Purple Carrot is a plant-based meal delivery service. They delivery different vegan recipes and pre-measured ingredients to your door each week. If you’re familiar with Blue Apron, it’s like that, but vegan. It launched in 2014 in the northeast United States. I first took notice in late 2015 when they brought Mark Bittman, the best-selling cookbook author, on board. I remembered always liking the Bittman recipes that my dad made.

How does Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery work?

Purple Carrot is available in the lower 48 United States. They offer three different subscription options and you pay by the week.

  • $68 – 3 vegan meals, each feed 2 (or 1) people. ($11.33/meal/person)
  • $74 – 2 vegan meals, each feed 4 (or 3) people. ($9.25/meal/person)
  • $78 – TB12 plan – 3 vegan “high performance” meals, each feed 2 (or 1) people. Developed with Tom Brady. ($13/meal/person)

You can pause, cancel, or switch between the three plans if you give a week’s notice. Shipping and tax are included in the price. My husband and I have been using the $68 plan for over a year.

What do you get?

Every Tuesday (or Wednesday if it’s a holiday weekend) you receive a cardboard box with ingredients for two or three recipes depending on your subscription plan. The box comes with ice packs to keep the ingredients fresh. Also in the box are recipe cards with full-color photos, step-by-step instructions, estimated time, tools needed, and nutritional info printed on standard-size paper, perfect for keeping in a binder. The ingredients come in plastic bags and plastic containers, many of which you can reuse, and all of which are recyclable. I stuff all the ingredients into the refrigerator when the box arrives.

Some of my favorite Purple Carrot recipes have been Creamy leak polenta with spinach pear salad, BBQ jackfruit with loaded potato salad, Cauliflower l’orange with beets and fresh herbs, Koshari with zucchini, lentils, and brown rice, and Blackened tempeh chopped salad with creamy ranch & crispy tortillas.

Time and Tools Needed

Besides the cost of the subscription, you’ll need a few things to make the recipes.

  • Time: the recipe cards each generally estimate 35-45 minutes, but when I started out I was new to cooking, and recipes sometimes took me over an hour. I’m a lot faster now, usually finishing in 45 minutes. I think the time really depends on your speed at tedious tasks like chopping, washing and drying produce, and peeling. I’m pretty slow with that stuff.
  • Standard kitchen equipment: stovetop, oven, blender or food processor, pots and pans of varying sizes, mixing bowls, baking sheet, spatula, wooden spoon, peeler, grater, whisk. They usually suggest and alternative when a more specialized tool is called for.
  • There’s only one tool that has given me trouble and it’s only come up twice in over a year: an oven-safe skillet that fits in your broiler. I interrupted cooking to research whether any of my skillets were oven-safe. I was just barely able to fit our smallest pan in our broiler, but I’m still not sure if it is officially “oven-safe.”

Here’s some of the stuff I or my husband cooked. I’m not a professional photographer. Or chef!

Beet noodles from the purple carrot vegan meal delivery
Beet noodles with romanesco and hazelnut hemp seed crumble from
Yaki onigiri from Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery
Yaki onigiri with edamame cabbage and carrot ginger dressing
Sweet potato naan flatbread from Purple Carrot meal delivery
Sweet potato naan flatbread with cashew cheese and balsamic reduction.

Pros of Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery

  • Customer service: One of my favorite things about Purple Carrot is how responsive they are to customer feedback. The few times I’ve written to them, once because I didn’t like a recipe layout change, and once to suggest that they label the produce in a clearer way, the very next week the delivery was inline with my (and possibly other customers’) requests! They also have a weekly survey on their website where you can give specific feedback for each recipe relating to the taste, the cooking process, and suggestions for what you want to cook in the future. And once one of the ingredient in my order burst and they immediately credited me for a reasonable portion of the order.
  • Horizons Broadened: The variety in Purple Carrot’s recipes is amazing, and educational. I used to alternate between a few go-to recipes like pasta and stir-fry. But, in fourteen months of subscribing to Purple Carrot, I’ve cooked more recipes from more cuisines than I had in my entire life prior! I’ve learn how to make vegan ranch dressing and ricotta. This whole time there’s only been one repeat recipe and it happened to be the one that kind of blew my mind: Koshari (Egyptian pilaf). I had never heard of Koshari. The combination of different pastas and grains seemed totally strange to me while I was making it, but when we sat down to eat, my husband and I were both in awe of the rich flavor and textures. I can only assume that Purple Carrot got so much positive feedback that they knew they had to run it again.
  • Health: I always feel good after I eat a Purple Carrot meal. The recipes are delicious and nutritionally balanced. The portions are on the small side, but not so small or even light that they feel like diet food. Usually when I think it’s not enough food, I wait a few minutes for all of it to reach my stomach and then I feel full. I never feel gross or over-stuffed. I am a petite woman who rarely works out. My husband is 6’4″ and has an intense daily workout routine. Usually the Purple Carrot meals are enough for him, but on occasion he has a snack later on.
  • Convenience: Purple Carrot ingredients come right to your door and save you some time from grocery shopping. The website provides a convenient portal where you can manage your deliveries. I like that the cut-off date for skipping a delivery is right on the website under “orders.”
  • Recycled and Recyclable Packaging: I’ve watched Purple Carrot experiment with different packaging over the last year. They use post-consumer waste for all their packaging, and they recently switched to a smaller box that’s easier to carry. You can also even recycle the plastic produce bags.
  • Cooking Skills: I have a much better grasp of the basics of cooking now. Purple Carrot has also taught me some special skills like how to supreme an orange or work with fennel.
  • Price: For us, Purple Carrot is worth the money. The recipes use high-quality ingredients and take some time to make. We live in an expensive city where if we were to order an equivalent dish at a restaurant it would probably cost between $15 and $25, far more than the $11.33 we pay with Purple Carrot.
  • Referral program: Purple Carrot has a great referral program. If you get someone else to sign up, you both get $25 off your order, and it’s easy to pause or cancel your subscription from their website. If you are considering signing up, please use my referral code to get $25 off your first order! Click here for the discount.

Cons of Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery

  • Time: Purple Carrot recipe time estimates generally range from 35-45 minutes but on occasion have taken me over an hour. That happened more when I was starting out with it, maybe because I didn’t have much cooking experience. Sometimes I imagine they get their estimates from timing a professional with superhuman chopping skills. I think if you leave an hour for cooking when you’re starting out, you’ll be safe.
  • Complexity: Purple Carrot recipes always involve several steps and processes. There’s not a lot of down time. For me, it’s impossible to listen to talk radio or a podcast while following the instructions. Music works for me though.
  • Clean up: The mess varies, but Purple Carrot can involve a food processor, baking sheet, large pan, and a bunch of other stuff all in one recipe. So, yeah, sometimes there’s a lot to clean up, sometimes there’s not.
  • Price: If you live in an inexpensive area or on a limited budget, $11.33/meal/person might not save you money or beneficial to your finances.

Is Purple Carrot vegan meal delivery for you? It might be if you …

  • want to expand your culinary repertoire with new recipes.
  • want to know you’ll eat at least a few healthy meals per week.
  • want to reduce your consumption of animal products, whether for health, the environment, or to reduce animal suffering.
  • want to save time on grocery shopping and meal planning.
  • want to improve and expand your cooking skills.
  • spend too much time deciding on what recipes to make.
  • are vegan or follow a plant-based diet.
  • can afford the subscription price or might even save money depending on how much you usually spend on meals.

So, there you have it. I haven’t tried any other vegan meal delivery service, or any non-vegan one for that matter, so I don’t have anything to compare Purple Carrot to. But I’ve liked it enough to keep going this long. Whenever I think of pausing a week or canceling, I actually get FOMO – what if they use fingerling potatoes next week or a vegan ranch?? Please tell me about any other vegan meal delivery service you like.

Get $25 off one week of Purple Carrot using my referral code.

By the way, you can find contact info for other meal delivery services on our customer service number page, to request vegan options.

 

In Search of Vegan Antiperspirant

There are many available vegan deodorants but it’s hard to find a vegan antiperspirant.

What’s the difference between Deodorants and Antiperspirants?

Deodorants merely mask body odor with a more pleasing scent, while antiperspirants prevent or reduce sweat in the first place, reducing body odor.

Body odor is caused by bacteria on the skin breaking down our sweat into acids. Antiperspirants work by plugging the sweat pores in your armpits, and also causing them to contract.

There are several controversial claims against antiperspirants. I read up on them, and have added some information on those claims at the bottom of this post. I am still going to use antiperspirant. So, here’s a list of the few vegan antiperspirants I’ve found:

List of Vegan Antiperspirants – updated 5/21/2017


Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant Deodorant

Tom's of Maine Vegan Antiperspirant (Unscented)*, (North Woods), (Fresh Meadow)
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chlorohydrate
  • Company only uses vegan ingredients
  • Colgate-Palmolive purchased Tom’s of Maine in 2006 but agreed not to test Tom’s products on animals.
  • *This is my antiperspirant of choice.

Jack Black Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant
Jack Black Pit Boss Vegan Antiperspirant
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tirchlorohydreax Gly
  • Company does not test on animals but products are available in China may be required.
  • Company has many marked vegan products.
  • Company uses beeswax, lanolin from sheep, and silk in some products.
  • Company only sells vegan shave brushes and has a FAQ about how badgers are killed for bristles in natural brushes.
Certain Dri Antiperspirant Roll On 1.2oz
Certain Dri Vegan Antiperspirant
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chloride
  • Treats excessive sweating.
  • Company does not test on animals.
  • Certified cruelty free by PETA which means they self-report no animal testing.

ZeroSweat Antiperspirant
ZeroSweat Vegan Antiperspirant
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chloride
  • Treats excessive sweating.
  • Company does not test on animals.
Why do people avoid antiperspirants?

Several health risks have been linked to the aluminum in antiperspirants, though many of these claims have been debunked. And some consider antiperspirants “unnatural” in general. You know what’s not natural? Wearing pants in 90 degree weather!

  • Breast cancer: There is a widespread fear that the the aluminum-based complexes in antiperspirants cause breast cancer. This has not been proven. You can read the full Snopes breakdown of the issue here. And Science-Based Medicine also wrote a post about it.
  • Alzheimer’s: Another fear is that aluminum in antiperspirants causes Alzheimer’s disease. This idea came from some studies in the 1960’s that found high levels of aluminum in the blood of Alzheimer’s patients. Aluminum cans and pots and pans were considered more of a risk than antiperspirants, and the studies were never reproduced.
  • Kidney Disease: Part of the job of our kidneys is eliminating excess aluminum from the blood stream. Most aluminum in our blood comes from food. When kidney function is impaired, kidneys cannot eliminate as much aluminum, and aluminum levels can build up in the blood. If you have kidney disease, consult your physician before using antiperspirant.

I’m always skeptical of research being influenced by powerful corporations. But having read up on these issues, I am not convinced antiperspirant is a great enough health risk to give it up. I would love to find a DIY solution to body odor because I don’t want to contribute to more plastic waste. But until I have time to figure that out, I’ll be slathering my armpits in aluminum on hot days and carrying a titanium spork, bamboo straw, cloth napkins, and thermos.

Do you have a favorite vegan antiperspirant?

Let us know in the comments. And test any other products with our free vegan ingredient checker.

Vegan Protein Powder with No Added Sugar

Why no added sugar?

I wanted to make a list of vegan protein powder with no added sugar because I couldn’t find one, and added sugar is addictive, increases risk of heart disease and tooth decay, among other things. I’d rather save my daily sugar allowance for a delicious vegan donut than use it up on a boring shake – or better yet, try to make it through the day without any added sugar – a rare feat!
Check out this 60 minutes segment on the risks of too much added sugar.

I’ve listed the vegan protein powder I use first. It doesn’t taste bad but it doesn’t taste like my dream come true breakfast either. Most of the powders without added sugar and flavors have lukewarm to bad reviews as far as taste. But, I’m assuming you’re looking for a vegan protein powder with no added sugar for a reason. I’m grateful that I can get so much nutrition for so little money, without added sugar, and it only takes two minutes to make, two minutes to drink, and two minutes to clean up!

List of VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER with NO ADDED SUGAR!

Starting with no sweeteners or flavors at all. Scroll down for powders with stevia extract. Updated 5/16/2017.

NKD Nutrition – Naked Pea*

Naked Pea Protein Powder

Ingredients

Yellow Pea Protein

Approximate cost in USD

$54.99/bottle (5lb)
$0.72/serving
$.03/gram protein

*This is the protein powder I use. I use two scoops (that’s one serving) in a blender with one banana and some water or vegan milk until it’s pourable, maybe adding a few berries depending on what’s in the refrigerator.

Nutrition per serving
  • Protein 27g 54%
  • Calories 120 (cal. from fat 5)
  • Total fat .5g
  • Saturated fat 0g
  • Potassium 100mg
  • Sodium 110mg
  • Total carbs 2g
  • Dietary fiber 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Calcium 95mg
  • Iron .15mg
  • Phosphorous 75mg
  • Magnesium 23mg

(There was some confusion with a label typo on Amazon. This information is from the NKD Nutrition website)

Protein profile
  • Alanine 1271mg
  • Arginine 2382mg
  • Aspartic Acid 2671mg
  • Cystine 535mg
  • Glutamic Acid 4523mg
  • Glycine 466mg
  • Histidine* 453mg
  • Isoleucine *^ 1458mg
  • Leucine*^ 2747mg
  • Lysine* 2411mg
  • Methionine* 583mg
  • Phenylalanine* 797mg
  • Proline 1473mg
  • Serine 1291mg
  • Threonine* 1767mg
  • Tryptophan* 425mg
  • Tyrosine 740mg
  • Valine *^1485mg

*essential amino acids
^BCAA (branched chain amino acids)

Garden of Life Protein Powder – Unflavored

Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Powder

Ingredients

Raw Organic Protein Blend: (Organic Pea Protein, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Buckwheat Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Cracked Wall Chlorella, Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Chia Seed Sprout, Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Organic Lentil Sprout, Organic Adzuki Bean Sprout, Organic Flax Seed Sprout, Organic Sun‑ower Seed Sprout, Organic Pumpkin Seed Sprout, Organic Sesame Seed Sprout), Organic Guar Gum, Organic Carob Bean Gum, Raw Probiotic & Enzyme Blend: Lipase, Protease, Aspergillopepsin, beta-Glucanase, Cellulase, Bromelain, Phytase, Lactase, Papain, Peptidase, Pectinase, Hemicellulase, Xylanase, [Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus] (3 Billion CFU)

Approximate cost in USD

$31.47/bottle
$1.57/serving
$.07/gram protein

Nutrition per serving
  • Protein 22g 44%
  • Calories 110 (20 from fat)
  • Total fat 2.5g 4%
  • Saturated fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat .5g
  • Potassium 50mg 1%
  • Sodium 270mg 11%
  • Total carbs 2g 1%
  • Dietary fiber 1g 4%
  • Sugars 0g
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Calcium 10%
  • Vitamin D 130%
  • Vitamin K 15%
  • Zinc 20%
  • Manganese 40%
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Iron 20%
  • Vitamin E 15%
  • Magnesium 8%
  • Selenium 65%
  • Molybdenum 130%
Protein profile
  • Alanine 900mg
  • Arginine 1800 mg
  • Aspartic Acid 2500
  • Cystine 200mg
  • Glutamic Acid 3700mg
  • Glycine 850mg
  • Histidine 480mg
  • Isoleucine*^ 1020mg
  • Leucine*^ 1800mg
  • Lysine* 1600mg
  • Methionine* 240mg
  • Phenylalanine* 1400mg
  • Proline 950mg
  • Serine 1300mg
  • Threonine* 800mg
  • Tryptophan* 200mg
  • Tyrosine 830mg
  • Valine*^ 1100mg

*essential amino acids
^BCAA (branched chain amino acids)

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein

Nutiva Hemp Protein

Ingredients

Organic Hemp Protein

$37.99/bottle (smaller sizes available)
$0.84/serving
$.06/gram protein

Nutrition per serving
  • Protein 15g 30%
  • Calories 90 (25 from fat)
  • Total fat 3g 5%
  • Saturated fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0g
  • Potassium 370mg 11%
  • Sodium 0mg
  • Total carbs 9g 3%
  • Dietary fiber 8g 32%
  • Sugars 1g
  • Iron 40%
  • Magnesium 60%
  • Zinc 25%
Protein profile
  • Alanine 500mg
  • Arginine 2400mg
  • Aspartic Acid 1800mg
  • Cystine 300mg
  • Glutamic Acid 2800mg
  • Glycine 500mg
  • Histidine 500mg
  • Isoleucine*^ 500mg
  • Leucine*^ 800mg
  • Lysine* 400mg
  • Methionine* 300mg
  • Phenylalanine* 500mg
  • Proline 700mg
  • Serine 800mg
  • Threonine* 700mg
  • Tryptophan* 100mg
  • Tyrosine 400mg
  • Valine*^ 700mg

*essential amino acids
^BCAA (branched chain amino acids)

Naked Organic Brown Rice Protein

Naked Rice Brown Rice Protein Powder

Ingredients

Organic sprouted whole grain brown rice protein

$64.99/bottle
$0.86/serving
$.03/gram protein

Nutrition per serving
  • Protein 25g 50%
  • Calories 120 (5 from fat)
  • Total fat .5g
  • Saturated fat 0g
  • Potassium 20mg 3%
  • Total carbs 4g 1%
  • Dietary fiber 1g 4%
  • Sugars 0g
  • Calcium 72mg 7%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Magnesium 48mg 6%
  • Phosphorous 179mg 8%
Protein profile
  • Alanine 1383mg
  • Arginine 1941mg
  • Aspartic Acid 2247mg
  • Cystine 489mg
  • Glutamic Acid 4482mg
  • Glycine 1089mg
  • Histidine 564mg
  • Isoleucine*^ 1023mg
  • Leucine*^ 2058mg
  • Lysine* 741mg
  • Methionine* 684mg
  • Phenylalanine* 1359mg
  • Proline 1092mg
  • Serine 1284mg
  • Tryptophan* 327mg
  • Tyrosine 1197mg
  • Valine*^ 1800mg

*essential amino acids
^BCAA (branched chain amino acids)

Vega Protein and Greens Vanilla
(w/stevia as a sweetener)
Vega Protein and Greens Vegan Protein Powder

Ingredients

Pea protein, pea starch, natural flavors, organic alfalfa grass powder, brown rice protein, hemp protein, sacha inchi protein, spinach powder, broccoli powder, stevia leaf extract, papain powder, organic kale powder, xantham gum.

Approximate cost in USD

$29.99/bottle
$1.15/serving
$.06/gram protein

Nutrition per serving:
  • Protein 20g 40%
  • Calories 110 (0 from fat)
  • Total fat 0.5g 1%
  • Saturated fat <0.5g 0%
  • Sodium 190mg 7%
  • Total carbs 6g 2%
  • Dietary fiber 1g 4%
  • Sugars 2g
  • Calcium 20%
  • Iron 30%
Protein profile
  • Alanine 790mg
  • Arginine 1629mg
  • Aspartic Acid 2090mg
  • Cysteine 192mg
  • Glutamic Acid 3110mg
  • Glycine 902mg
  • Histidine 421mg
  • Isoleucine*^ 842mg
  • Leucine*^ 1578mg
  • Lysine* 1480mg
  • Methionine* 208mg
  • Phenylalanine* 950mg
  • Proline 680mg
  • Serine 965mg
  • Threonine* 693mg
  • Tryptophan* 227mg
  • Tyrosine 683mg
  • Valine*^ 937mg

*essential amino acids
^BCAA (branched chain amino acids)

This is not a paid or sponsored post. Please consider purchasing a vegan protein powder through one of the links on this page – Double Check Vegan will receive a small commission from Amazon.

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In Search of Vegan Gummy Bears

Most Gummy Bears Aren’t Even Vegetarian

Most gummy bears contain gelatin made from the cartilage, bones, hooves, or skin of pigs, and sometimes other animals. In other words, most gummy bears are not vegan, vegetarian, halal, or kosher. Fortunately there are some vegan and kosher and halal gummy bears on the market. Here you’ll find:

  • List of vegan gummy bears
  • List of gummy bears to avoid
  • Contact info to request companies make vegan gummy bears
  • Links to vegan gummy bear recipes and more

List of Vegan Gummy Bears
(last updated 5/9/2017)

Surf Sweets Gummy Bears
Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Bears & Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears
  • Vegan, 96% organic
  • Company also makes bears (shown on the right) with gelatin – read packaging carefully.
  • Allergy safe for top ten most common food allergies
  • Surf Sweets brand makes 12 different vegan candies clearly marked on their website.
  • Surf Sweets jellybeans use confectioner’s glaze which is made from Lac bugs.
  • Wanna buy 10 lbs of vegan sour gummy bears?
Organic Candy Factory Vegan Gummy Bears
The Organic Candy Factory Mixed Berry Gummy Cubs
The Organic Candy Factory Peach Gummy Cubs
  • Vegan, Kosher certified, USDA organic.
  • Company’s only other kducts are milk chocolate bars with the gummy cubs in them.
  • Contact them with this form if you want to request vegan chocolate bars.
Organic Vegan Gummy Bears in Bulk from Nuts.com
  • Vegan
  • Unclear who makes these.
Kariba Farms Organic Vegan Gummy Bears in Bulk
  • Vegan
  • they look the same as the ones from Nuts.com
Squish Candies Very Beary Gummy Bears
  • No longer available as of 5/9/2017 but …
  • Vegan
  • Company has several other vegan products and vegan website section.
  • Will update this list if they come back.
Make Your Own Vegan Gummy Bears and more …
Going to be in Simbach am Inn, the German Bavarian town just across the Inn river from Austria?

Simbach Am Inn Coat of Arms - Vegan Gummy Bears somewhere

Supposedly the store Rerformhaus Kusiekthey sells some vegan gummy bears.


LIST OF NOT-EVEN-VEGETARIAN GUMMY BEARS
with company contact info.

Black Forest Organics Gummy Bears – NOT VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN
Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears Contain Parts of Slaughtered Pigs
  • Contains gelatin from slaughtered pigs.
  • Ferrara Candy has gone out of its way to rebrand Black Forest as an organic brand. The bears are organic, gluten-free, and have natural flavors – but still have gelatin!
  • CONTACT THEM NOW with this form to request vegan gummy bears.
  • Tweet at Black Forest’s parent company Ferrara Candy @FerraraCandy
Haribo Gold-Bears – NOT VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN
Haribo Gold-Bears contain parts of slaughtered pigs or cows.
  • Gold-Bears produced in Germany contain gelatin from slaughtered pigs.
  • Gold-Bears produced in Turkey contain gelatin from slaughtered cows.
  • Kosher Gold-Bears contain gelatin from slaughtered fish, white and yellow beeswax
  • Website says they also make fruit gummi’s without animal products, but those products are nowhere to be found, and when I e-mailed customer service asking which products were vegan I received a form letter touting the benefits of animal gelatin without answering my question.
  • CONTACT HARIBO with this this form to let them know you want vegan gummy bears.
  • Tweet at HARIBO to ask for vegan gummy bears and other candies @OfficialHARIBO
Albanese 12 Flavor Gummi Bears – NOT VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN
Albanese Gummy Bears contain parts of slaughtered pigs and cows.
  • Contains gelatin. Customer service says it’s a mixture from pigs and cows.
  • Website makes it impossible to find ingredients but touts dairy free and gluten free. Had to find an image of packaging with the ingredients on Amazon.
  • Call (855) 272-3227 or fill out this contact form but watch out – it tries to sign you up for a mailing list, and if you uncheck the mailing list box, but then forget to put a phone number, it reloads and rechecks the mailing list box.
  • Tweet at Albanese candy to ask for vegan gummy bears and other candies @AlbaneseCandy
Trolli Classic Bears – NOT VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN
Trolli Classic Bears contain parts of slaughtered pigs.
  • I don’t think these exact bears are made anymore now that they’re owned by the same company that owns Black Forest but they make many other gummy candies, and you can still find them on a few websites so just in case:
  • Contains gelatin.
  • Also contains Sodium Lactate and Lactic Acid which may or may not be vegan. Have not received a response from customer service.
  • Other Trolli brand gummies also contain gelatin.
  • Tweet at Trolli to tell them you don’t buy their products because of the gelatin@Trolli_USA
YumEarth Naturals Gummy Bears – NOT VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN BUT … MAYBE VEGAN SOON … stay tuned!
  • Contains gelatin.
  • YumEarth Naturals website says: “We are hoping to make all products vegan by the end of 2017, stay tuned!”
  • YumEarth Naturals already makes some vegan products. I love their Pomegranate licorice!
  • Tweet at YumEarth and let them know you’re excited they’re going to go completely vegan! @YumEarth

So, let’s fill the world with vegan gummy bears! Not really, I mean, they’re not great for you no matter what with all that added sugar. But I’d like to have some on occasion.

Vegan Restaurants in Pasadena, California

Pasadena, California is home to A LOT of delicious vegan food, including some great vegan breakfast and brunch options. There are at least five 100% vegan restaurants in Pasadena, a 100% vegetarian drive-thru, and a bunch of other restaurants with great vegan options. Pasadena is even home to an annual vegan beer and food festival.

Below is a list of vegan food in Pasadena. Jump to different sections! Click on the link in the name of each business for opening hours and other info on Yelp. I’ll be gradually updating and adding to the list. Continue reading “Vegan Restaurants in Pasadena, California”

Vegan Brand Feature: Skyn ICELAND

Is Skyn ICELAND vegan?

Yes! Skyn ICELAND is a 100% vegan luxury beauty product line. They’ve been around since 2003 and are currently PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free. The Skyn ICELAND website explicitly states that their products do not contain “animal-derived products or animal by-products, including fish-derived and insect-derived products.”

Many luxury brands rely on animal ingredients. Instead, Skyn Continue reading “Vegan Brand Feature: Skyn ICELAND”

Vegan Beauty Products Update – Bumble & Bumble, Benefit Cosmetics, Elizabeth & James

These vegan beauty product updates were sent in by Double Check Vegan reader Lila G.

Benefit Cosmetics
Customer service confirmed 4/17/2017 that
Gimme Brow eyebrow volumizer is vegan.

Bumble and Bumble vegan product list from customer service 1/24/2017:
Hair dresser’s invisible oil
Grooming creme
Surf Foam wash shampoo
Surf Foam wash conditioner

Elizabeth and James vegan fragrances list from customer service 4/3/2017.
Nirvana Black
Nirvana White
Nirvana Bourbon

How You Can Help

Check out our list of customer service numbers. If you’re ever bored, send off an e-mail to a company asking which products are vegan. If they don’t have any vegan products, request them. You can forward response e-mails to info at doublecheckvegan dot com and we’ll share the results. Every little bit helps. The more companies hear that customers care about ingredients, the more likely they are to chase their policies.

My Favorite Moisturizer is Vegan! Mostly…

UPDATE: If you are looking for Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme, they changed the formula and reviewers are not happy!

The color of the cap is different and so is the product! I contacted Eucerin and they wrote back on May 18, 2017:

We are sorry to disappoint you, but at this time there are no plans to go back to the old formula.  All comments are important to us and are shared with the appropriate departments.

I compared the ingredients from both formulas. The new moisturizing creme no longer contains sodium hydroxide, DMDM hydantoin, methylparaben, or ethylparaben. Instead it has added 1-2 Hexanedoil, Piroctone Olamine, Polyglyceryl-2 caprate, decylene glycol.

It may still be possible to find some of the old product. The original formula had a blue cap, and the new one has a red cap.

Here are a few links on Amazon where they may still be selling the original product because the image is still of the original blue cap packaging. Definitely ask the seller first before ordering.

Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme Link 1
Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme Link 2

If you want to try it, here is the new product.

ORIGINAL POST BELOW


Too Long Didn’t Read

Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme is vegan. But it’s sold in China where animal testing is mandatory on some products sold there.

My Favorite Moisturizer

The only non-prescription moisturizer that works for my eczema is Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizer Cream. I was pretty nervous to put it into the DCV search engine. I’ve been buying this stuff in bulk and I purchased the last batch before I became vegan. I’m about halfway through my last tube and realized I need to make sure this is something I want to buy in the future.

The Search Results

Running a search of the ingredients on Eucerin’s website came back with 5 flagged ingredients, yikes! Two of these (Cetyl Alcohol and Cetyl Palmitate) are “probably vegan” because they are likely derived from Palm Oil – a whole other issue! Eucerin’s website says they are trying to go 100% sustainable with their palm oil by 2020, meaning they do use palm oil as a source. But the remaining ingredients- Glycerin which can come from animal fat, plants or synthetic sources – and Glyceryl Stearate and PEG-40 Stearate which use Stearic Acid which can come from animal or plant sources- were more iffy.

Parent Company Animal Testing Stance

I had hope, because Eucerin’s parent company Beiersdorf has a webpage dedicated to their stance against animal testing. They claim to have been committed to developing alternative methods of research even before the ban in the EU. That means animals were probably not used to test this product during its development.

Customer Service Reply

I received this information from the a Eucerin customer service agent on May 9 and 10, 2016:

Most of the ingredients used in Eucerin products are synthetic or plant derived. The following ingredients are animal derived:

Lanolin alcohol from sheep’s wool
Beeswax…

There are no animal derived ingredients in the Eucerin Skin Calming Crème

Conclusion

I’ll probably keep buying this cream until I find a product that works just as well from an all-vegan 100% cruetly-free company. Hopefully I’ll find one before this tube runs out. If you have any suggestions, please post in the comments!

In Search of Vegan Gummy Vitamins

Too Long Didn’t Read: List of Vegan Gummy Vitamins at Bottom of Post. (updated 5/23/2017)

Finding vegan gummy vitamins is easier said than done. Unfortunately, there’s no vegan search option on Amazon. Have you ever tried searching “vegan” on Yelp only to get restaurants with reviews like “There were no vegan options?” Searching on Amazon can be even more opaque. Sometimes a product shows up in the search results and I can’t find the word “vegan” anywhere.

Sketchy Descriptions

Alive Multi-Vitamin Adult Gummies are not vegan

I recently searched for “vegan gummy vitamins” on Amazon and the top result was “Nature’s Way Alive Adult Multi-Vitamin Gummies, 90 Count.” The bottle boldly says “No Gelatin” on the front, and on the back says that
it has no dairy or eggs. This would lead most people to believe it is a vegan Continue reading “In Search of Vegan Gummy Vitamins”