what up, alba?

so, like, over a month ago (right? i’m pretty sure it was, but i’m not up for searching at the moment) the news hit the vegan airwaves that alba’s hawaiian lip balm had switched to beeswax and was No Longer Vegan. vegans everywhere flipped their shit (and rightly so), and as far as i can tell, alba’s customer service email inbox was flooded with requests to switch back. we all got the “you should receive a response in 7-10 business days” automated reply, but i have yet to hear of ANYONE getting a response from them. what gives? are you just too busy reformulating so you can go back to your vegan ways? i hope so.

but if not, here is a list of who will be getting my business instead:
1. avalon organics vitamin C (as long as they don’t switch too, since it’s the same parent company)
2. crazy rumors (not quite as creamy as alba/avalon, but a great runner-up. i’m partial to the spiced chai, of course)
3. pharmacopia lip elixir (spendy, and the scent needs to grow on me, but so far i really like the texture a lot)
4. clean aura (sold locally; no website yet)

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3 comments

  1. Another good lip balm to try is Makeup Junky. I found them in the PETA shopping mall. They will veganize any of their lip products. You get to pick the container, style (gloss, balm, etc) the color (if any), and the flavor. I am finding them a nice distraction from the whole alba debacle. The owner sends a nice hand written thank you with purchase. She was in the service, so seems a little gungho on the whole armed forces thing (but not spec. Bush). That maybe the only drawback for some.

  2. Yup, I didn’t receive a response here, either. (Actually, I don’t recall even receiving the “you will receive a response” email.)

  3. Wow, that sucks. I’ll have to let my fiance and friends know. Those morons. The sales of that product will only decrease, now that vegans (who know) are out.
    I’m thinking a quick online petition might be in order. That way, we can show them how many people are pissed and are pledging not to support their company now.
    Thanks for the heads-up.
    I always check the label…even with products I know and regularly buy. I’m paranoid and maybe a little OCD.

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what up, alba?

so, like, over a month ago (right? i’m pretty sure it was, but i’m not up for searching at the moment) the news hit the vegan airwaves that alba’s hawaiian lip balm had switched to beeswax and was No Longer Vegan. vegans everywhere flipped their shit (and rightly so), and as far as i can tell, alba’s customer service email inbox was flooded with requests to switch back. we all got the “you should receive a response in 7-10 business days” automated reply, but i have yet to hear of ANYONE getting a response from them. what gives? are you just too busy reformulating so you can go back to your vegan ways? i hope so.

but if not, here is a list of who will be getting my business instead:
1. avalon organics vitamin C (as long as they don’t switch too, since it’s the same parent company)
2. crazy rumors (not quite as creamy as alba/avalon, but a great runner-up. i’m partial to the spiced chai, of course)
3. pharmacopia lip elixir (spendy, and the scent needs to grow on me, but so far i really like the texture a lot)
4. clean aura (sold locally; no website yet)

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  1. Yup, I didn’t receive a response here, either. (Actually, I don’t recall even receiving the “you will receive a response” email.)

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