White Rabbit Skincare, a brand I found quite early on in my cruelty-free journey. Over the past few years I have got to know Melanie, the alchemist behind the skincare range very well and I finally met her last year at Veg Fest London (please see above picture-isn't she a beaut?!) it was great to finally meet her. Melanie produces handmade skincare at affordable prices but extremely high quality. I am a big fan of the White Rabbit Skincare Chamomile and Carrot Seed Eye Cream and I have been meaning to try some more products for some time. The occasion arose where I ran out of my Lush 9 to 5 cleanser and I wanted to try something new, or at least incorporate something new into my routine. When investing in new products I look for more than just cruelty-free and vegan credentials, I try to go for a product that is as natural as possible and where I can - from a small independent business. I got in touch with Melanie about her Comfort Cleansing Balm to see how it works for make up removal. Melanie advised that it would work well but I might get panda eyes with my eye make-up momentarily (nice to have the warning!) but it would work. Melanie very kindly sent me a pot to try, this was packaged beautifully and included an organic white cotton flannel and one of the White Rabbit Skincare product booklets (always good to read up on possible future purchases).Read More
6th January, 2017.
Tilikum is pronounced dead.
As I saw the emails emerge in my inbox and my twitter feed fill with tweets using #Tilikum my heart sank. Tilikum had been suffering from an infection for a while now and I know I was in two minds about it. In one, I hoped he would get better and not be in pain any more but in the other, I hoped his misery would end - not just the misery of an illness but the misery of a life in a tank. Well, finally after years of slavery (33 years in captivity) Tilikum has died. No more performing for food, no more living in a tiny tank, no more loneliness, boredom or frustration.Read More
I have been using bars of soap rather than shower gel for some time now, my initial reasoning for this was for environmental reasons - I was creating so much plastic waste using shower gel. Even though some bottles can be recycled, in my mind it was still creating unnecessary waste that I could avoid. Once I decided to look into alternatives I also started to look into the ingredients in the shower gels I had been using, (unsurprisingly) there were not a lot of natural ingredients or ones that actually benefited your skin. Yes - some of them smell amazing, sweet and delicious but they aren't natural at all - in any way. I'm not quite sure why I never thought about it before, what was I actually putting on my skin?! What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body, it's similar to the aluminium and liquid plastics that are in most deodorants. Luckily, there are lots of natural soaps on the market that are not tested on animals and are completely vegan, I have been using Living Naturally soap bars and some of the Friendly Soap Co bars - both brands I am completely happy with. I came across a new brand of soap bars over on Instagram, Marie's Artisan Soaps. This brand promised natural high quality soaps but with ethics at the forefront so I got straight in touch.Read More
Here is part 2 of my blog post on Dahlia Cake Studio - again I'm sure you can imagine it was quite a hardship to eat and blog about cake.....
Good vegan cupcakes can be hard to come by, there isn't a lot on offer in most supermarkets which is a shame. Baking can be hard to get right too sometimes, you need to know your ingredients. However, Helen has got EVERYTHING spot on. I was so happy with the first batch of cakes from Helen at Dahlia Cake Studio I was sure that I was going to love the rest.Read More
Before I turned vegan I had no idea there was such a hub of vegetarian and vegan places and people in Southend. I have met so many great and enthusiastic people locally who make, cook, create and bake ethical and vegan things its wonderful. The most recent discovery is Dahlia Cake Studio, This cake studio is headed up by Helen, a lovely lady with some serious culinary skills going on. Helen bakes LOTS of cakes, cupcakes, brownies, loafs and cookie treat creations, she does bespoke cake orders and selection boxes as well as selling her baked goods at markets and fayre's. I had seen Helen post a lot in a few local vegan groups so I decided to get in touch to see if we could collaborate/me get fat and buy lots of cake and she very kindly offered to bake me some goodies for free to blog about. Was I going to say no - ABSOLUTELY NOT!Read More
I had been putting off watching this brand new documentary that came onto Netflix on the 4th November because I knew how hard it would be to watch. Most animal based documentaries I watch makes me feel like my heart is breaking in two, I get upset for the animals and I get ashamed of the human race because we are usually the ones doing something horrific and unnecessary to them. Needless to say, like all the other documentaries I have watched I manned up and got over this initial hesitation for the greater good. Once you watch something and learn more about it you become part of the solution by sharing those important messages, so today I watched 'The Ivory Game'.Read More
July 2016 saw one of my favourite festivals happening again in London, the Just V show. This combines vegetarian, vegan, free from, natural and organic items from food to products and clothing. I've been a few years running now and I love it. I really enjoy going around and chatting to the brands I've blogged for in the past and finding new brands that check all the necessary boxes. This year I found two gems, one of them being Earth Conscious Hippy Paste. I was first drawn to their stall because they had a missive board with a sea turtle on, on this board were written some points about their brand that interested me immensely. After chatting with the brand I went away thinking - I need to try this ASAP! A cruelty-free brand that cares and one that has thought about the impact their product has on people and the environment - perfect.Read More
*Public Service Announcement* There is a BRAND NEW vegan shop called Fleur De Leigh that is situated in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Last weekend I made it down to this new vegan shop and I'm so glad I did. This place opened a few weeks ago but already I had seen a lot of positive hype about it on some local vegan pages, so a venture to Leigh was soon on the cards. Fleur De Leigh is a completely vegan wine, beer, cider, cheese, cake and pie shop, including some free coffee with your cake. Now, just take a moment to take all that goodness in because it took me some time. I was really interested to see what the shop was like and of course I was REALLY looking forward to trying the cake!Read More