Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Resources | September

It's never been easier to be cruelty-free and vegan - it's so exciting to see veganism in the mainstream consciousness on a regular basis and have major supermarkets bringing out more and more vegan products. Caring about animal rights has gone from being viewed as solely for hippies and angry protestors to a viable lifestyle choice. So for my second monthly round up I've put together some news, posts and resources to help with choosing cruelty-free, as well as a little vegan inspiration if you're already there.

Cruelty-Free News

In good news, the EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics remains after an industry move to undermine it.

California have banned shelter animals from being used in experiments.

Sadly, Burt's Bees are no longer cruelty-free and have begun selling in China where animal testing is required by law.

Cruelty-Free Beauty & Resources

I loved seeing all the photos from the Lush Creative Showcase, especially the new Halloween and Christmas products!

Phyrra's video explains the difference between the many cruelty-free lists out there and what you need to ask to know if a brand is testing on animals.

If you're just getting started with cruelty-free beauty, Yasmina's Cruelty-Free Essentials post has some great recommendations.

Vegan Food

This month Sainsbury's launched their own range of vegan cheese (otherwise known as Gary). There's even a Wensleydale with cranberries and it's all made from coconut!

More vegan 'What I Eat In A Day' inspiration from Steph and Sarah.

Alpro have three brand new dairy free ice cream flavours - I'll be nabbing some as soon as they're on offer.

I love reading about people's vegan stories and how it's had a positive impact on their lives, like Nicole's post about being vegan for six months so far.

And if you're looking for an extra drool worthy dessert, take a peek at Natalie's Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread Pie recipe.


Saturday, 1 October 2016

LoveLula September Beauty Box

I'm always excited to discover new cruelty-free brands and my interest in natural and organic products as only grown since starting this blog. Recently I was asked to try out LoveLula's monthly beauty box, and wanted to share my first impressions. The products in the box are all natural and cruelty-free but not always vegan, so LoveLula very kindly switched out one non-vegan product from this month's box for me. Instead of a FOM London Serum which contains silk, I was sent an Ermana face oil and PHB Ethical Beauty eyeliner to review instead.

First up I trialled the two sample cleansers. The Kimberley Sayer Gentle Face Cleanser was thick and creamy, with a botanical fragrance that I really liked. I got quite a few uses out of the small sachet and would happily have a full bottle of it as it left my skin looking clean and fresh.

Unfortunately I didn't get on well with the Madara Micellar Water - I've never tried a product with hyaluronic acid before and my skin didn't react well to it, but I'm sure this is just an individual reaction. I had no negative reactions to the Madara Brightening Peel Mask - it's very gentle and I can leave it on for a full 10 minutes if I want to. It's quick to apply and wash off and nice for a mid week treat to keep my skin looking bright and clear. 

Ermana Renew Face Oil is a welcome addition to my routine, as I haven't used a facial oil for a long time and now I don't know why! This oil sinks into my skin so easily, and has a lovely smell like sandalwood. I can use it morning and night, and it even helps to reduce the look of my pores.

Ooh! Rejuvenating Face Oil is a little heavier and doesn't suit my skin as well as the Ermana oil. I'm happy to use it at night to let it fully absorb and it would probably suit those with dry skin. To hydrate even more I've been keeping Balm Balm Rose Floral Water on my desk as it's a really refreshing spray to add moisture to your skin. I like it as a nice afternoon pick me up to freshen up my face and it's had me eyeing up a few of their other products too.

I was really happy to receive a PHB Ethical Beauty Eyeliner as I've recently been told my sensitive eyes are caused by blepharitis, so I'm looking for more natural eye make-up that won't irritate them further. This is a soft black kohl, easy to blend to a smoky eye and quick to take off too. Out of all my beauty products my make-up is the least natural so I'm hoping I can add in a few more new things like this from future boxes.

Skincare is so individual, and as my skin often swings between dry and oily I sometimes have different results from the same products when I use them at different times. This line-up has really benefited my skin and my complexion is so much more balanced after only using them for a short time. 

The Ermana face oil is my favourite of the bunch and I know will be a regular now in my skincare routine. At £12.50 a month I'd say this subscription is well worth the money as the products add up to over £45 separately - I'm really pleased with my first box and already looking forward to my next one.

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? Let me know your favourites.


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Vegan Home | Cruelty-Free Scents For Autumn

Vegan Candle & Pacifica Reed Diffuser Review

At the moment I'm in the stressful process of moving house, and I'm really looking forward to getting settled into the new place. It's always the small details that make a new house feel like home, like a squishy blanket and a familiar scent. I adore Pacifica's Island Vanilla perfume, which has been a favourite in my handbag this summer and last, so I was very happy to try out their natural reed diffusers to have some comforting scents at home too.

The Tuscan Blood Orange* diffuser is very fresh and citrus smelling, perfect for a kitchen or living room. The strong orange notes are delicious, like an enticing cocktail. It's my favourite of the two scents and the bottle looks very cute nestled in next to my plants. I have it next to the kitchen sink and it even helps to lift my mood when I'm doing the washing up. Live the little things and all that!

Hawaiian Ruby Guavais more sweetly perfumed and suits a bedroom. It's a fruity scent, like raspberries with just a little bit of coconut. Neither scent travels far, so I can't really smell the diffusers through the whole room. However they both smell strongly when you're close to them, so I'd recommend putting them wherever you spend a lot of time to enjoy them the most.

As the nights get longer, I can't think of a better way to spend an Autumn evening than by cosying up on the sofa with a good book and a favourite candle burning. Harper's Bizarre soy candles have always impressed me with their strong scents and longevity. This raspberry one has a lovely warm scent that makes me imagine a berry pie baking in the oven. It's an exclusive from a recent Vegan Kind box but I really wish I could get my hands on another! The candles always fill the room with their aroma and last for hours and hours, plus they make great little presents.

What are your favourite candles or home treats? Any Autumn recommendations?


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Resources | August

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Resources | August

Introducing a brand new series, I wanted to put together a round up of recent posts for all things cruelty-free and vegan. I'm hoping to make it a monthly thing, so if you write a cruelty-free blog yourself then do send me your posts if you'd like the chance to be featured. 

There's been a lot happening in the cruelty-free community this year and although some brands have sold to testing parent companies or even begun testing on animals themselves, mostly events have been encouraging - such as Australia introducing a ban on cosmetics animal testing. So I wanted to begin a series to keep up with cruelty-free news, as well as share interesting posts about veganism and maybe some cruelty-free beauty too.

Cruelty-Free News

Household brand Method revealed that they are now testing on daphnia. The brand along with parent company Ecover (who also test on daphnia), retain their Leaping Bunny certification. Unfortunately Leaping Bunny do not consider daphnia, invertebrates, to be animals so this doesn't look set to change. If you're looking for cruelty-free alternatives for cleaning and household products I'd recommend Astonish and Co-op.

It Cosmetics sold to L'oreal, but have stated they will remain cruelty-free. If you're confused about what this means, you can read more in my post Animal Testing & Parent Companies. Whether you decide to buy from these brands or not is completely up to you.

In good news, China are considering using alternatives to animal testing. Currently Chinese law requires that all cosmetics be tested on animals, so this could be a huge step forward for animal rights. Hundreds of cosmetic companies like L'oreal, Benefit and MAC would no longer be required to test on animals to sell to the Chinese market, so hopefully it goes ahead!

Resources & Events

Why you should never rely on a company's website (or social media) to tell you if they test on animals.

I will always support the message of Adopt Don't Shop and absolutely agree that there's no such thing as a dangerous dog.

Mica has been continuing to raise awareness for the plight of orcas in captivity, and recently collaborated with Lush to hold a Blackfish event at their Oxford Street store. They hosted a Q&A with former Seaworld trainer Jeffrey Ventre.

Farplace Animal Rescue are holding the first Welsh Vegan Festival in Cardiff on September 25th.

Vegan Food

Adding to Cardiff's many vegan options is recently opened juice bar The Moos who serve lots of vegan snacks and a very delicious chai latte. It's really exciting to see the vegan community in Wales grow!

If you're planning a day trip, check out Sarah's discoveries of vegan eats in Cambridge and Brighton.

I love vegan 'What I Eat In A Day' posts as they always give me new ideas for quick and easy meals to make.

And if you fancy going on a sunny holiday before Autumn arrives, take your pick of Vegan Friendly Mediterranean Destinations.


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