Tag

cruelty free

Browsing

Best Vegan Ice Creams: Cruelty-Free Cool Downs

Since the weather is absolutely scorchio, and it looks set to stick around for a while, I thought it was worth rounding up the best vegan ice creams! I’ve got to make sure my fellow dairy-free and vegan gods and goddesses can keep their cool in this balmy weather! Whilst I’ll admit you won’t often find me eating anything sugary, in this heat I will make an exception!

Iced Luxury: Booja Booja

Booja Booja products are seriously rich and tasty. Their products are cashew-based, raw and organic. Really beautifully produced, and pretty packaging too. Branding is on point!

Delicious flavours – Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle, Raspberry Ripple, Caramel Pecan Praline and Chocolate Salted Caramel. Vegan Ice-cream decadence at it’s best! No need to buy a dessert for these to go with, they are perfect all by themselves. Great for a dinner party, or just a Friday night catching up with your friends Netflix!

 

Supermarket Special: Swedish Glace by Wall’s

This is your classic vanilla ice cream, it’s soy-based and you’d never know it was dairy free.  You can also get it in raspberry and chocolate. The best thing is that it’s really easy to find as it’s in all the big supermarkets. I’ve even found it in deepest Devon much to my delight!

Swedish Glace Vegan Icecream

Swedish Glace is a soya-based, Italian-style ice cream that’s deliciously creamy and comes in vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate flavours. The brand also offers a box of mini ice creams covered with chocolate, which you can find in most major supermarkets.

 

On-The-Go Hero: Miiro Ice-Cream

These are seriously ah-mazing – totally moreish and delicious. They are coated with raw chocolate, so even contain the amazing benefits of cacao. They’re gluten-free and refined sugar free and come in three mouth-watering flavours… Peanut Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut and Salted Caramel. No wonder these guys win awards! Out of all the best vegan ice creams… this one comes out top for me every time. Super tasty, lovely treat size and a great young company to support too!

These beauties are available from Whole Foods, Planet Organic and As Nature Intended.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVhyAzFAyuu/?taken-by=miiro_ice_cream

 

Tropical Vibes: Coconut Collab

For those who love the bounty bar vibes, these beauties are spot on! Cute little packs of coconut ice-cream pops, what more could you want during a heat wave? If you’re a fan of ice-cream tubs, have no fear, you can also get chocolate snowconut tubs! Available in Sainsbury’s, and other supermarkets too.

This weather calls for one thing, and one thing only…

A post shared by The Coconut Collaborative (@coconutcollab) on

 

nIce N Nutty: Almond Dream

Delicious flavours of mint chocolate chip, vanilla, and salted caramel – vegan friendly goodness fresh from our yank neighbours over the pond!

Almond Dream Ice Cream

[photo credit @pcos_nutrition] 

 

Plant Power: Alpro

Alpro is a really well known brand when it comes to dairy-free milks and yoghurts, so I was delighted when they announced their new ice-cream flavours;  vanilla, coconut, and hazelnut chocolate! The hazelnut chocolate is one of my all time favourite flavour combinations, great with a vegan pear crumble, or just straight out of the tub…

Best Vegan Ice Creams

[photo credit @spamellab]

 

I hope you’re enjoying this weather and keeping cool!

Happy ice-cream coma’s y’all 🙂

Ruth xx

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Vegan Makeup: My Favourite Products

So one of the perks of deciding to share all the cruelty-free and vegan goodies I find is that the kind and encouraging words from you lovely lot means I am even more motivated than ever to discover and test my favourites. Championing awesome ethical and vegan brands makes me smile and spreading good vibes is always encouraged! Being honest, I was a bit of a ‘makeup junkie’ a few years back, and so vegan makeup was a challenge to switch to at first. You know when you have those favourites that you think you’ll stick to for life? Surprisingly enough, I soon realised that there are so many great vegan makeup brands and even ones that suit my skin (which is a little on the oily side) and fussy makeup taste.

I love a quiet night in with a face mask and luxurious bath, and equally a glam dress-up dinner with friends. Delightfully, both are achievable without the need to harm any of our wonderful fluffy friends. Here are some of the awesome vegan makeup and beauty products that I’ve been loving this month….

Inika

Australian brand Inika have a lovely range of organic and natural makeup. I’ve noticed they seem to be available in more and more stores these days which is great. You can buy their products at Wholefoods and also boutique wellness gyms and yoga studios such as Bhuti in Richmond. And online of course 🙂

vegan makeup inika

I’ve brought the liquid foundation, baked mineral foundation, concealer, lip tint, eyeliner and mascara. All of these I’m planning on buying again when they run out. Really great products! The mascara isn’t waterproof, so not so good for gymming or holidays though.

LUSH

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Lush as they’re bloomin’ marvellous… but have you tried the Cup O’Coffee exfoliator yet? If not, you need it in your life. My lovely friend from Men’s Health recommended it to me, completely raved about it. Seriously, this one is a life essential! I tried it and have never looked back – smells amazing, works so well and gives you super soft baby skin all over! Incredible.

After a good exfoliation, and actually every morning, Karma Kreme is required. Smells divine as the body cream is infused with their signature perfume. Two in one, perfect for slathering on after a morning gym session.

Lush also do a lot of charity work – if you’re looking for an excuse to buy a bath bomb then look no further. Be kind to yourself and support a good cause at the same time. In other news, Lush have just opened a spa on the Kings Road. I will be going in the next few months so watch this space…

lush vegan makeup favourite products

Geo Organics

I was mooching around Wholefoods one evening waiting to meet a friend and I got chatting to this fun American lady in the beauty section. She recommended Geo Organics to me so I thought I’d give it a try as she was so convinced it was fabulous. I’ve been using the toothpaste and mouthwash for a month or so now and must agree, it is really great stuff. Takes a bit of getting used to, as the natural toothpastes don’t foam like the chemical ones. However, you get used to it quickly. I think my teeth feel cleaner for longer and the oil pulling mouthwash is a great addition to my teeth cleaning routine. Love them!

vegan makeup geoorganics

Andalou Naturals

So this find isn’t so recent, I first came across this brand when I was looking for a BB cream to take on holiday with me. I had a friends wedding in Bali so needed some dual purpose vegan makeup. I tested loads, and this one was by far the best. It smells amazing and has a good level of SPF 30 which is perfect for those pastier skin tones like mine. It sets well with a little bit of powder on top, and smells of roses. Which is so luxe.

Andalou vegan makeup

Hourglass

On the pricier side of things is Hourglass. They do the most amazing highlighters, great for ‘strobing’, contouring, generally looking like a glowing goddess – which is totally on my list of #goals. I find Hourglass bits from SpaceNK, however not all the products are vegan within the Hourglass range so it is best to check first. Another similar brand is Illamasqua who are vegan and cruelty free.

Dr.Haushcka

Another Wholefoods find is Dr.Haushcka, all the products are natural and organic. Actually natural and organic though, rather than just saying they are. I’ve nearly used up this bronzer, and will be buying a replacement. It’s a really great colour, and totally buildable depending on how bronzed and dark you want the colour.

drhauschka vegan makeup

There are tonnes of other great vegan makeup brands that I have to share with in the coming months so keep an eye out for these 🙂

Ruth xx

Vegan Makeup: Cruelty-Free Beauty

Why you should switch to using vegan makeup and cruelty free cosmetics…

The cosmetic industry is inspiring, creative, fun and inclusive. It also has a dark side. There are some pretty nasty things going on behind the scenes. Most of the products we buy are ‘manufactured’ on mass scale, and making lipsticks, face washes, mascara, shampoo etc comes at a cost to the planet and unfortunately animals too.

All across Europe millions of animals every year, (approx. 11.5million!) are used in experiments. These experiments can include animals being poisoned, infected with diseases, brain damaged, mutilated, gassed, deprived of food/sleep/water, burned, electrocuted, and subjected to skin/eye irritants and psychological distress. Many are killed too. It’s insanity that this happens to millions of animals every year.

In the EU it is illegal to sell animal-tested cosmetics, however most of the large brands test on animals in order to sell to markets such as China (as it is the law there). So buying from these companies such as Estee Lauder, Lancome, Dior etc means you are indirectly supporting animal testing.

Unfortunately, despite the regulations it is still possible to test cosmetics and other products on animals in the EU if there is a possibility the workforce could be exposed to the chemicals during manufacturing process. This begs the question as to why you would ever want to use products with this sort of chemicals in! I certainly stay away from all products with strange ingredients in now, choosing natural and organic as much as possible (plus cruelty free obvs!). I’ve also started to look into making a lot of products at home too.

Most of us live very busy lives, we live unconsciously for the most part. More and more people are stopping to think about where these seductively positioned luxuries have come from. In the modern western world, it is all too easy to get sucked into the glitz and glamour peddled by celebrities endorsing the latest shampoo/perfume/eyeshadow etc. However, there are so many brands appearing that champion cruelty free ethical production and ingredients. Let’s support these guys who are doing it right.

This year I’ve made simple changes to the items I buy, and have really streamlined my life in the process. I’ve gradually switched to buying organic/natural washing powder, shower gel, shampoo, vegan makeup etc. There are lots of awesome brands championing cruelty free and natural, using gorgeous ingredients such as essential oils, vegetable waxes, and plants. It’s a pleasure discovering the little gems and new products, especially knowing you are supporting brands that are ethical.

Keep a look out for an upcoming post where I’ll be sharing some of my favourite vegan makeup and cruelty free beauty brands. *Update find the post here, and some of my favourite cruelty free travel essentials can be found in this post here.

Spread some kindness and remember every purchase is a vote for the type of world you want to live in…

Ruth xx

Check below for an edit of some of my favourite cruelty free beauty products…