My first encounter with ADUNA was at the October London Veg Fest, I found lots of new brands that day and this was at the top of the list. ADUNA is a brand that specializes Moringa, Baobab and Cocoa powder products. These powders can be mixed in with smoothies, breakfasts, backing, cooking (it's really where your imagination can take you!) -they also do raw energy bars containing these powders. This Super-Cacao Powder is definitely one of my best buys this year!Read More
Like many people, I used to love going to the Zoo when I was younger, it was always a day trip I looked forward to. I have always been a lover of animals and this was a great opportunity to see them when I was little. I went to the Zoo again (since childhood) about 3/4 years ago with some friends, but for me it was a completely different experience from my younger days. As I went round I was overcome with sadness rather than the childhood excitement I used to go through. I was filled with sorrow looking at the bored and depressed faces of all these beautiful animals, looking at what they have to live like every day. Every step I took walking around the zoo I felt miserable, thinking about how many animals there were in this Zoo and then trying to grasp that on a larger scale - how many Zoo's there are all around the world and all of those poor animals living this type of life there. This particular Zoo is supposed to be all about conservation, the animals seem well taken care of in the sense of, the enclosures looked clean and the animals weren't starving. But is there really any place for Zoo's now? Don't they seem like outdated forms or entertainment?Read More
A brand of soft drink caught my eye in the supermarket one day, once I got home I decided to investigate online and see what I could find. It was a brand called Daymer Bay (a new brand for me). From looking at their site, not only did their drinks look extremely enticing but on their flavour section they include a 9 bullet point list full of excellent information about their drinks (this is also on every bottle label). The 9 bullet point list includes - Less than 80 Calories; With added Vitamins B3, B6, B8 & B12; No artificial preservatives; No artificial colourings; No artificial flavourings; No added sugar (only contains naturally occurring sugars; No allergens; Suitable for vegetarians; Suitable for vegans.Read More
EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT, Koko Dairy Free have cracked the Yogurt market!
I was really excited to hear Koko were bringing out a dairy free selection of Yogurt's, I have been lucky enough to try the whole selection and I've got to say - what a selection it is! Koko have really raised the bar with the vegan options they offer, this is such an accessible vegan brand and what's more every product I have tried of their's tastes delicious. Koko Dairy Free have brought out a Strawberry*, Raspberry*, Peach & Passion Fruit*, Coconut & Lemon* and a large tub of Coconut Plain Yogurt*. What to try first?!Read More
WELEDA, I initially came across this brand because of their dental hygiene range - the first try of their Plant Gel Toothpaste and I was hooked! To date, for me I have found this to be one of the best among the more natural (vegan and cruelty-free) toothpastes I have come across. Along the way I discovered that the more natural the toothpaste you wanted the less minty and foamy the toothpaste got, which is fine as long as it cleans your teeth. I tried some that I ended up not getting on with - they had a funny taste (or no taste), my teeth didn't feel clean after or ones that just didn't really cut it for price and quality of product. So, if you're looking to try a cruelty-free and vegan toothpaste check out WELEDA Plant Gel toothpaste, they do a few so I'm sure you can find one to suit you.
I have been very lucky to be able to try this fabulous product from WELEDA, their Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash and I know what you're going to say - this product is for a baby. Well, the good thing about this particular product is that it is good for any ages, it is also extremely good for the more sensitive of skins (Which I have) so if its good enough for a baby its good enough for me!Read More
If you don't know who Tilikum is, you should. Tilikum is a male Orca that has been in captivity at SeaWorld for 23 years and has been in captivity most of his life before that - he is now 34 years old. In the last few days SeaWorld has revealed Tilikum is extremely ill with a lung infection, I fear we may be saying goodbye to this magnificent creature. SeaWorld have made Tilikum's life miserable and made it into something we can't really describe as 'life'. They make him do tricks for food, they keep him in a tiny tank and have taken every aspect of a natural life away from him.Read More
Shire Snax*, a brand with a J.R.R. Tolkien theme - I'm already sold! I had the opportunity to try some products from Shire Snax, this brand provides snacks and deserts in the form of raw fruit and nut bars that are low in sugar, free from gluten, wheat and dairy and are all suitable for vegan's. A little about Shire Snax - the brains behind this brand are Michelle and Aaron and they create these wonderful foods in Scotland. You can read the back story to Shire Snax on their website, I loved reading the reasons and passion behind why Michelle and Aaron started Shire Snax in the first place. I'm also completely in love with the Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit theme that runs through their branding, products and website. Looking further into this brand, to me, this seem's like a brand that really cares about the product it's putting out there.Read More