Elixirs Of Life is a fairly local brand to me that I discovered this year, who knew this fabulous natural skincare range was on my doorstep?! Natural skincare is something I now never compromise on, not only does it have to be cruelty-free and vegan but every product that is designed to help my skin needs to be as natural as possible, kind to my face and the environment. I was so pleased to come across this brand, Gill who is the magic hands behind the brand is so passionate about her range of natural products and whats more - so in the know about the ingredients she uses in them. All Elixir products are handmade, most products are vegan (bar a few containing beeswax) and absolutely nothing is tested on animals. All of the products from this brand are also free from petro-chemicals, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, parabens and SLS. Elixirs Of Life also only uses reputable suppliers and in particular, uses a sustainable palm oil supplier. You can take a look at the Elixir website for a real thorough look into their ethos and ingredient policy, this brand is 100% open and honest (another box checked for me) and I know Gill is only too happy to answer any questions because I'm sure I grilled her and she was perfectly fine about it!Read More
Soap bars - a product a few years ago I wasn't really a fan of, the main reason was because the bars I had come into contact with in the past always seemed so overly perfumed and as a result always dried out my skin - even the sensitive ones. In the last year or so I branched out from cruelty-free shower gels and washes to soap bars. I had two motives behind this change, one - I wanted to wash myself with a natural product, with minimal ingredients that was kind to my skin, there is so much junk in a lot of shower gels its just not necessary. Two, the plastic waste I was producing because of the shower gel bottles added up quite a bit and again, I felt I could easily avoid this so I decided to make the change. I have found some cracking brands that offer great soap bars like Marie's Artisan Soap's and Living Naturally, but this year I stumbled across a new brand that's on my very own doorstep - Bean&Boy.Read More
Theres a lot of greenwashing out there, a lot of brands say natural and organic but when you delve deeper into them they aren't so natural. Some products claim to be natural but they may not be entirely what they claim. As I use natural skincare now (as well as being cruelty-free and vegan) I thought I was share my 6 top brands that not only have fabulous natural products, but ones that I completely trust - ones I trust to be and do what they say on the tin!Read More
Southend and the surrounding towns are really busting at the edges with vegan food choices and I am forever grateful for that. One of these places that sticks out above the rest for me is The Oak Tree in Leigh-on-Sea. When I decided to initially go vegetarian this was the first place I went to and I've been going ever since. This restaurant has recently undergone a refurbishment and its looking fantastic and only this week they have unveiled a new garden to the restaurant - bring on summer food in the sun! They have expanded the restaurant to cater for their ever growing customer demands, every time I go in here it's always busy - it's so nice to see so much demand for vegetarian and vegan food. With the new refurbishments there is a really nice fresh feel to the restaurant as well as brand spanking new items on the menu. The restaurant put out a call to action for bloggers to see who would be up for doing an honest review of their place so naturally, I leaped at the chance.Read More
There's no denying it, I LOVE these nuts! Aside from sounding slightly amusing every time I mention to someone how much I love these nuts, these Soapnuts are actually a work of genius. I've been using these Soapnuts from Living Naturally as my laundry cleaner for a few years now so I wanted to share my experience and knowledge in the hope other people might think about giving these fabulous nuts a go.
So - what actually ARE Soapnuts?
'Living Naturally Soapnuts or Soapberries are actually dried fruit shells which contain real natural soap and are 100% completely natural...Soapnut fruits actually contain a natural soap called saponin, which is released when they come into contact with water'Read More
When it comes to treats, I always preferred chocolate but most of all, I absolutely LOVED fudge. My mum always used to get me some for Christmas and even from a young age I remember really pacing myself with it because it was so good I didn't want it to go! Since being vegan, I have found a few brands that do vegan fudge, one very early on that resembled butter tablet fudge and that was superb. Recently through my monthly Vegan Kind subscription box I have come into contact with another brand that specialises in fudge - Melting Pot. Needless to say when I opened my Vegan Kind box and I saw there was fudge within, it lasted all of five minutes! I got in touch with Melting Pot to see if they wanted to collaborate somehow, I loved their product and wanted to shout about it (and eat it). The next week I received one of the tastiest looking deliveries I have ever received, I had been sent some of their Stem Ginger & Chocolate*, Chocolate & Orange*, Madagascar Vanilla* and Chocolate fudge* - a glorious looking selection.Read More
I remember when I was thinking about going vegan I wondered if it would be a struggle to eat out around Southend. I wasn't sure what was on offer and what mainstream restaurants offered (if anything at all). Well, in all honesty I haven't ever had so much delicious food as I have now being a vegan in Southend. I'm not one of those people who calorie counts, I am ok eating a cake or cookie (or two) and I don't beat myself up about it. I am also happy to eat a proper plate of food, don't get me wrong I won't gorge myself on something (though bourbon biscuits can be a downfall) but my, I do enjoy a good meal! Life's too short to deprive yourself of these things and be too hard on yourself. So, because I've had so much delicious vegan food in Southend I thought I would do a post highlighting some of the great vegan foods on offer in Southend and hopefully encourage few people to look to these business' and brands for their next meal or sweet treat!Read More
Our society has moved on from a lot of archaic practices and we are getting (very slowly) more conscious of the impact humans have on the environment and the animal kingdom. However, there is one industry I see as completely unnecessary and barbaric that hasn't moved on at all- the fur industry. The fur industry is very much alive for one reason, fashion. How it became fashionable to wear the fur skins of animals I do not know, but in this time - how is it still seen as acceptable by a lot of people? There are (unfortunately) plenty of high street big named brands that still use fur in their fashion lines. There is no doubt fur used to be a lot more popular, it was seen as a status statement for sure. But in London certainly, I see someone wearing a fur item almost daily and its not just the older generation - so some demand for it is very much there. I understand people may not feel the same as me on many of the issues I feel passionate about, but chatting to a lot of people I know (vegan and non vegan) they feel the same as me and wouldn't want to contribute to the fur industry in any way.Read More