Yvonne’s Vegan Street Fair Giveaway

YVK is so excited for this weekend’s Vegan Street Fair! Entry is free, are you coming?!

Saturday & Sunday March 23rd & 24th, 2019

11am – 7pm
Chandler Blvd between Tujunga & Vineland
North Hollywood, CA

New delights like Vegan Tiramisu and Cheese + Cracker Snack Packs await you!
Plus, all of your other favorites:
Slices of Cake (Classic Chocolate; Vanilla Lemon with Raspberry Jam Buttercream)
Chocolate Chai Cookies
Chocolate-Covered Donuts
Thin Mints


The Giveaway:

Stop by our booth to enter to win a free custom cake, made by Yvonne! All you need to do is stop by our booth on either day, take a picture, post to Instagram and tag us @YvonnesVeganKitchen! The winner will be announced on Instagram on Wednesday, March 27th!

Here are some of our latest custom cakes to get you thinking of what you might want if you win!

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Where To Find Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen!

At Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen, we are proud to have our sweet & savory tweets sold in over 40 of the top retail destinations across LA and OC. We are so grateful for the longstanding relationships we have with these stores and restaurants and are lucky to have such a loyal following with each.

All of our treats sold at these locations are vegan, gluten-free, and made with love! Pick up Vegan Cheese, Superfood Crackers, Chocolate Chai Cookies, Thin Mints, Vegan Cheesecakes, Chocolate-Covered Donuts, and Cakes by the slice at the following locations:

Anaheim
Mother’s Market
5759 E Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 974-6667

Bakersfield
Lassens
4308 California Ave, Bakersfield CA, 93309
661-324-6990

Beverly Hills
Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills
9700 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 550-5900

Brentwood
Juice Crafters
11682 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 442-9555

Burbank
Rawkin Juice
4201 West Alameda Avenue, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 859-1002

Calabasas
Erewhon
26767 Agoura Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 857-3366

Canoga Park
Follow Your Heart Market Cafe
https://followyourheart.com/market-cafe/
21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 348-3240

Costa Mesa
Mother’s Market
1890 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-4741

Culver City
Rainbow Acres
13208 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90066
(310) 306-8330

Dana Point
Organic Tree Juice Bar
24901 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 276-7202

Eagle Rock
Organix
731 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 254-0284

Echo Park
Lassens
1631 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 542-6535

Glendale
Yoga-urt
1407 W. Kenneth Road, Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 545-3880

Hollywood
Caffé Etc. 
6371 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-8824

Huntington Beach
Mother’s Market
19770 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 963-6667

Irvine
Mother’s Market
2963 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 752-6667

Laguna Woods
Mother’s Market
24165 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Woods, CA 92653
(949) 768-6667

Los Angeles
Bardonna
139 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 871-8930

Carrera Cafe
8251 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046
(323) 852-3337

Erewhon
7660 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-0777

Medidate Coffee
548 S Spring St R110, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Om Nom Organics
215 W. 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 489-3663

Om Nom Organics
444 South Flower St. #180, Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 614-7004

Los Feliz
Lassens
2080 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-0052

Stamp Proper
4500 Los Feliz Blvd. Ste. C, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 953-5181

Marina Del Rey
Juice Crafters
4260 Lincoln Blvd. Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 578-9000

Miracle Mile
Bloom Cafe
5544 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 934-6900

Lassens
710 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 648-7980

Newport Beach
Green Elements
609 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 791-8812

Pacific Palisades
Juice Crafters
15324 Antioch St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 459-4200

San Dimas
Elements Natural Foods
685 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 305-4612

Santa Ana
Mother’s Market
151 E Memory Ln., Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-6667

Santa Monica
Bardonna
1601 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 899-9500

Erewhon
2800 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
(424) 433-8111

Juice Crafters
2811 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-5500

Rawkin Juice
705 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 260-1063

Silver Lake
MatchaBar
3534 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 522-6810

Simi Valley
Lassens
2955 Cochran St, Simi Valley CA, 93065
805-522-6990

South Pasadena
ChefBox
434 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030
(323) 364-3061

Grassroots
1119 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-0156

Thousand Oaks
Lassens
2150 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 495-2609

Upland
Salad Box
296 S Mountain Ave Upland, CA 91786
(909) 440-6072

Venice
Erewhon
585 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
(310) 362-3062

West Covina
Elements Natural Foods
2522 E Workman Ave, West Covina, CA 91791
(626) 339-9179

West Hollywood
Alchemy Health Food
638 North Roberston Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-0238

Westlake Village
Joi Cafe
2855 Agoura Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
(805) 379-5767

Westwood
PURE Pressed Juices
10844 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
(424) 832-3559

Please note that all locations carry different inventory.  We recommend calling ahead before making a drive to make sure Yvonne’s goods are in stock!

Where would you like to see Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen next? Let us know!

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A Peach Cobbler For Stevie Wonder

The last pie I made was not a “pie” per say, but a cobbler. In some circles, cobblers made with pie crust and a filling are considered a pie, or really resemble a pie. My cobbler was a peach cobbler, and it had all of the makings of a pie—peaches tossed with sugar, a little cinnamon, salt, and flour. I poured the mixture into a pie tin and topped it with my cinnamon and sugar cookie-pie crust, brushed with a little coconut oil, sprinkled with more cinnamon, then baked to bubbly stewed fruit, golden perfection. 

Let’s be honest, it definitely was not the prettiest, but in my book, that’s ok. As long as it looks like what it’s supposed to be, and more importantly, if it evokes emotions, excites the tastebuds, and contains functional ingredients, I am happy and my work is done. 

This is the story of my very first Peach Cobbler, and it was made especially for THE legendary Mr. Stevie Wonder. SUpon receiving the order, I had never eaten or made a peach cobbler. So, I did a bit of research, delved into my recipe arsenal, drew a little picture, said a little prayer, snapped my fingers, mixed in some love, and voila—out popped my peach cobbler from the steamy hot oven. Served warm with vanilla ice cream, it was beautiful.

Now I call this special thing Peach Cobbler Pie. I have so much fun testing new recipes, and when I get it right, it’s so satisfying. Icing on the cake is when clients send me photos and tell me their feedback. It fills my heart with joy. This is why I love my job. 

“Stevie loved, loved, loved the peach cobbler. It was a hit. Amazingly delicious. You must add to your menu list! it was the best. Not too sweet or soupy, not overly crusty, JUST RIGHT. I’ll order it AGAIN.”


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The Perfect Mermaid Themed Birthday Party

When the beautiful inside and out Denise Vasi told me she was planning her daughter Lennox Mae’s 4th birthday party, I was so excited! Always one to throw a beautiful party with each and every detail on-theme, Denise, much like myself, loves delving into the details and I couldn’t wait to hear what she and her daughter were wanting. She is an amazing mom, and had asked Lennox Mae which cake designs she loved, and we took those ideas and brought them to life for this all-girls mermaid party in Los Angeles. Read her post here for some serious inspo on how to throw the ultimate mermaid party — it was amazing!

For the party, we made the mermaid cake and mini donuts. The cake was Vanilla Lemon with Raspberry Jam and the donuts were chocolate and plain with pink vanilla glaze and sprinkles. All of these sweets were, of course, vegan and gluten-free, and they tied in perfectly with the mermaid theme!

“Anyone who has baked anything knows that gluten-free, let alone vegan baking is an entirely different skill set. The fact that it has to be on theme, beautifully made and taste good is a whole other challenge.

Enter Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen. There isn’t much to say except that the cake was DELISH and from the photos, you can see that it was magically beautiful. We opted to go for a cake that was larger than what we needed because Lennox Mae really wanted her cake to have mermaid scales.”

Denise Vasi, Maed.co

A little behind-the-scenes detail… From a mere idea to Instagram-ready…

Party Details…

Location: Festoon LA

Decor: Fire and Creme

Tablescape Goodies: Meri Meri

Mermaid: Mermaid Linden

Kids Musical Entertainment: BopTilYouDrop

Photography: Emma Feil

Denise started a blog recently called Maed.com – it’s incredibly well-done and she’s got a following that’s now into celery juice since she started her maed celery juice challenge. Denise and her husband also just opened a new restaurant called My Little Dumpling. I’m so thrilled that they have vegan and gluten-free options!

Follow Denise on Instagram and her content on Maed.co: a nod to what makes a woman feel like she’s truly “made” it. It isn’t living a perfect life or being a perfect woman. It’s being healthy and staying true to your values. In short: It’s being the best version of yourself that you can be.

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Custom Cakes from Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen

Have you ever ordered our cakes or bought a slice in stores? At Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen, we are also known for our beautiful and unique custom cakes! Always guilt-free, our custom cakes are delicious, vegan, gluten-free, for all occasions and celebrations, and we currently deliver them within the greater Los Angeles area & Orange County. From merely an idea to Instagram-ready creations, Yvonne can craft whatever you’d like for your special occasion and is excited to hear what you’d like in terms of flavors and designs! Here are some especially memorable cake designs…


Don’t forget about holiday cakes! Halloween treats have endless possibilities, and Christmas cakes are always a beautiful, festive addition to any family gathering. Valentine’s Day is also a perfect time for a custom creation!


For catering that includes more than custom cakes — think dessert tables, cheese platters, full spreads of your choosing, and more, — click here.


We also make cakes for the most special of special occasions… Weddings!

Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen offers consultation and cake tasting appointments where we can sit down and discuss pricing and design in detail, as well as sampling of our oh-so delicious gluten-free, vegan cakes!  This is your day and we will do our very best to ensure you receive the special cake that you deserve. 

View details here.


Click here for all information on ordering a customer vegan, gluten-free cake from Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen.

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Care Packages from Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen

Who doesn’t love to be thought of? And who doesn’t love to spoil themselves from time to time? Our NEW Care Packages are perfect for both occasions.

Now available on our website for purchase and shipping are seven different bundles of everyone’s favorite Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen sweet vegan & gluten-free treats – and some that include our Vegan Goatless Cheese and Superfood Crackers!

The current line up…

The Week’s Supply Everything you could ever need. Chocolate Chai Cookies, Chocolate-Covered Donuts, & Thin Mints.

The Perfect GiftThe cult-classics: Chocolate Chai Cookies, Chocolate-Covered Donuts, Thin Mints, & Superfood Crackers.

Donuts & Thin MintsFor the chocolate lover! 3 Chocolate-Covered Donuts and 3 packs of Thin Mints.

Thin Mints, Chocolate-Covered Donuts, & Superfood CrackersTwo, two, and two… so you can share! 2 packs of Thin Mints, 2 Chocolate Covered Donuts, & 2 boxes of Superfood Crackers.

4 Cheeses & 3 Crackers and 4 Cheese & 4 CrackersThe ultimate vegan cheese & crackers setup! Our Vegan Goatless Cheese (cashew-based cheese, goat cheese-style) topped with dried cranberry & dill along with our Superfood Crackers that are packed with beneficial superfoods.

Cheese, Crackers, Cookies, Donut, & Thin MintsThe ultimate assortment of vegan & gluten-free snacks! 3 of our Vegan Goatless Cheeses (cashew-based cheese, goat cheese-style) topped with dried cranberry & dill,  2 boxes of Superfood Crackers packed with beneficial superfoods, 1 bag of Chocolate Chai Cookies, 1 Chocolate Covered Donut, and 1 pack of Thin Mints.

Click here to order and explore all of our offerings!

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Get YVK Treats Delivered To Your Door!

I am so thrilled to announce that my line of Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen treats, as well as my cakes and cheese & crackers are all available for purchase online!

 

You can have our entire line of Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen sweet treats, crackers, & cheeses shipped to you, wherever you live:

Chocolate-Covered Donuts

Chocolate Chai Cookies

Thin Mints

Vegan Goatless Cheese – Roasted Garlic, Onion, & Chive

Vegan Goatless Cheese with Cranberry & Dill

Vegan Goatless Cheese – Black Truffle

Superfood Crackers

 

I am also so excited to formally launch our new Care Packages! (View them all here.) From The Week’s Supply (Chocolate Chai Cookies, Chocolate-Covered Donuts, & Thin Mints) to The Perfect Gift (Chocolate Chai Cookies, Chocolate-Covered Donuts, Thin Mints, & Superfood Crackers) and five other fun combinations of our sweet and savory bites, there is a package with everyone’s particular favorites.

I am also offering Gift Boxes – an Instagram-worthy assortment of various treats (many combinations available) that serve as the perfect hostess gift, a wonderful “thank-you” that is fitting for so many, or just a sweet indulgence to have at home to celebrate every day in a guilt-free way! Tied with a bow for easy gifting; tin design and color may vary.

 

Here are the cakes that we can ship to you, wherever you live! We also deliver these locally in Southern California, or you can pick up from Downtown LA or Pasadena.

Chocolate Creme De Menthe Cake

Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting & Amaretti Crumbs

Vanilla Lemon with Raspberry Jam Cake

Funfetti Cake

Triple Chocolate Cake

 

The following cakes & pies are available for local Southern California delivery or pick-ups:

Vanilla Lemon Cake with Raspberry Jam

Custom Triple Chocolate Cake

Vanilla Spice Cake with Sunflower Date Caramel aka Dulce de Leche, Cream Cheesy Pumpkin Spice Ganache, & Vanilla Buttercream 

Chocolate Creme de Menthe Cake

 

Our beautiful cheese platters are available for local delivery within Southern California, or you can pickup before your event in Downtown LA or Pasadena:

3-Cheese Board with Superfood Crackers, Assorted Nuts, & Fruit

 

If you have any questions about ordering, do not hesitate to reach out! We love seeing what you order, so keep tagging @YvonnesVeganKitchen on Instagram!

 

 

Click here to shop online for Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen treats!

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Alice Street: Bringing Back The Art of the Dinner Party

I love connecting with other female business owners… Supporting women who are making their dreams come to life in their chosen endeavors is something that I love to do! When I was in the midst of planning my December dinner party sponsored by The Feed Feed & Austerity Wines, I came across Alice Street’s Instagram. I was drawn to their decorative pieces for my dinner — they have the perfect mix of island-chic and earthy styles, driven by lots of gold and a definite international flair.

 

For my dinner, their Brass Table Candle Holders were a star of my tablescape and their stunning gold flatware was exactly what I imagined…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their La Rochere Bee Glassware, seen here, were some of the cutest water glasses I have ever seen…

Choosing which items I wanted to incorporate into my dinner party was so easy with Alice Street. Emilie, one of the Founders, was my go-to and she truly allowed me to spend little to no time on the logistics of planning, which left me with more time to decide exactly what I wanted to cook! They cater to the everyday hostess or host instead of the bride-to-be or large corporate gathering. A soiree with the Alice Street touch is one that is bespoke and intimate. They even offer catering, as well!

I look forward to collaborating with Alice Street in the future — they made the planning aspect of throwing my holiday dinner very effortless. My favorite part of working with them was the transparency: instead of going back and forth with emails and waiting for an estimate, Alice Street’s automatic booking feature is a rare gem in the event rental space; it’s truly online shopping.  You simply select which items you’d like, and then they deliver everything in boxes that are so cute, you could use them as decor. They offer chic, globally sourced, fair-trade products fitting for many aesthetics, and in curated packages that make throwing a fabulous fête far less daunting. There are also no shipping minimums, so no matter the size of your party, you’ll be set!

For more information, visit their website here: https://alicest.com/

and follow their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/alicestreetla/

Visit my Instagram to see more pictures from my dinner!

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World Bride Magazine Feature

I’m so honored to be featured in the latest digital issue of World Bride Magazine. The profile highlights my journey to becoming vegan, my passion for cooking that began at a young age, and my time in culinary school. See some of my favorite wedding cakes that I’ve created and read the full story for how I engage my clients’ senses with my food (and special occasion cakes!)

“For Yvonne, it’s important to make food memorable to elevate your mood and evoke feelings of trust, enjoyment and relaxation making life rich.”

Click here to read the full article.

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Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen at The Honest Beauty Launch Party

When Jessica’s personal assistant and PR rep contacted me to let me know Jessica was a fan of my cheese and treats and asked me to prepare treats for her Honest Beauty launch party, I was so thrilled and, of course, could not pass on the opportunity.

Our companies are both transparent about what we put in our products and listing ingredients on our packaging, and are made with our customer’s health & wellness in mind, and we agreed it was a good fit.

Sweets, treats, and beauty care items are more affordable luxury items, and there are so many of them on the market to choose from. What I love about our companies is that we make them so you have freedom to indulge, whether it be in having fun with makeup or stuffing your face with cookies. Of course, natural beauty and beauty from within is the best kind of beauty, and drinking green smoothies and eating massaged kale salads will bring you optimal health, but enhancing your beauty with beneficial skincare and makeup, as well as eating healthier and delicious alternatives to donuts and cookies is just icing on the cake—it makes life a little better and more enjoyable.

For the Honest Beauty Party, I had free reign. I could make whatever I wanted, as long as the cheese was on the menu, and I had a whole counter to fill. This was for about 100 people. I decided on…

1) A 3-cheese platter (black truffle, roasted garlic, onion and chive, and cranberry dill vegan cashew cheese) with my superfood crackers, grapes, dried fruit, and toasted nuts.

2) Chocolate Pot de Creme

3) Chocolate Covered Donuts

4) Chocolate Chai Cookies

5) Vanilla lemon with raspberry

6) Fruit Tarts

I not only made a dessert table, I was also invited to stay to enjoy the party.  I loved that they served vegan savory items for me to enjoy. They also had beautiful (vegetarian) geode cookies by Good Vibes Cookie Co, had great music, delicious cocktails, a tarot card reader, the most gorgeous flower arrangements, and some amazing ladies—lots of moms, social media and lifestyle influencers, and entrepreneurs.

I had the pleasure of getting my make-up touched-up by a glam team and tried the new Honest Beauty color palette, and other newly-branded and packaged beauty products. It was a great night.

Before transitioning to the vegan lifestyle in 2013, I was very conscious about products I used on my body and, of course, those that I put into my body, like vitamins. I told my 5 sisters about Honest’s different product lines, and we all subscribed. They sell natural and eco-friendly biodegradable diapers, baby wipes, and other non-toxic wellness, personal hygiene, household cleaning products, and now, beauty products!

Honest Beauty does not test their products on animals. They rely on a combination of scientific literature, non-animal testing, raw material safety testing and/or human testing to ensure product safety as an alternative to animal testing. Since my audience is very diverse, I will tell you which products I’ve tried that are vegan, which are beegan (contain honey or wax), and vegetarian.

They are extremely transparent about their products and lists all of the ingredients on their packaging and website. Some of their products contain beeswax, lactoperoxidase (an enzyme derived from milk), and carmine (a pigment derived from insects) for coloring. You can find the complete list of products below… I find this information incredibly helpful and I hope this allows you  to use Honest Beauty products with complete confidence!

The Honest Beauty “Beegan” Products include:

Detox Mud Mask – Manuka Honey

Magic Balm – Beeswax

Y+C Nourishing Lotion – Beeswax

Creme Blush – Beeswax

Cream Foundation – Beeswax

Eyeshadow – Depending on the color, Carmine

LipCrayons – Beeswax +  depending on the color, carmine

Mascara – Beeswax

The Honest Beauty Vegetarian Products include:

Deep Hydration – Beeswax +  lactoperoxidase

The vegan products I have tried include:

1) Everything Primer Matte

2) Magic Balm

3) Makeup Remover Wipes

4) Gentle Gel Cleanser

5) Organic Beauty Facial Oil

The Everything Primer Matte, which I use under my concealer, is light, buildable, & breathable. It’s oil-free and matte, long-lasting and smooth for makeup coverage that is even!

I use the Magic Balm on my lips, and if I have any dry spots it’s perfect for those… even on my elbows. It soothes and softens.

The Makeup Remover Wipes are gentle on my skin and leave me feeling fresh.

The Gentle Gel Cleanser gently cleans and removes makeup and dirt without over-drying. The chamomile and calendula extracts leave my skin feeling calm and refreshed.

I use the Organic Beauty Facial Oil on my fine lines and as a moisturizer. My sensitive skin seems to enjoy it! I also use it on my neck. Remember to moisturize your neck, ladies and gents!

What I love about the new packaging is that it’s so lovely, simple, and clean that the products look great on the counter, left out, and not stored away… you want to showcase them!

Big thanks again to Jessica and her crew for welcoming me into their headquarters and for allowing me to feed your guests, a few who are now my good friends. It was such a pleasure!

More on the Honest Company…

They manufacture their own natural products and sell them on their site. Or, find them at Target or health-focused markets. The company offers subscription delivery services, wherein you pay a monthly fee to have an assortment of products delivered to your home on a monthly basis, like a “Family Essentials” bundle. You can also buy products at your own pace.

They do NOT test on animals, and they even use renewable or recycled materials in all of their packaging, shipping, and office products. They donate money to good causes, too! Read about their extensive sustainability efforts on their website! In addition to their 100% plant-based baby care, cleaning, and personal care products, their “Honestly Free Guarantee” promises that their products are free of:

phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, PVC, parabens, benzene, chlorine, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, formaldehyde-based preserving agents, nanoparticles, TEA, MEA, phosphates, polyethylene glycol (PEG), quaternium 15, DMDM hydantoin, 1-4 dioxane, bisphenol-A (BPA), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)/nonylphenol, BHA, benzalkonium chloride

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