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Glasshouse Salon – Organic & Eco-friendly Hairdressers

I’ve always felt that when you’re having a big life change or starting a new chapter in life, it is obligatory to get a new hair cut. To me it symbolises shaking things up a bit, and making a fresh start. So, back in August when I was getting ready to move to  Bali I decided I needed to take some time out for myself and get a hair cut. I was researching London salons that were vegan and cruelty-free and I was really pleased to come across Glasshouse Salon in East London.

When I called up and spoke with Lucy from the team, she wowed me with its environmentally friendly policies, and I thought I had to give it a try! Glasshouse Salon uses all natural, vegan and organic products, and focuses on methods and products that minimise the use of synthetic and chemical ingredients. HELL YES, that’s what i’m all about!

The Vibe

The ethos at the salon is “uncomplicated hair through care & craft” which I totally love. Glasshouse Salon has a super cute vibe, with vines and tropical plants decorating the space. The space itself is quite cosy and minimalist, with a smidge of hipster about it.

Glasshouse Salon - Cute plants

I had a detailed consultation with Senior Stylist Ashleigh, and decided to go all in with a cut, colour and protein mask treatment. One of my favourite things about a haircut is the chill time, I absolutely loved reading  Grazia  and drinking an insta-worthy matcha latte. The dreamy down time that I needed! The Matcha I ordered came served up in this gorgeous Matcha bowl set by Bikis Ceramics which you can here on the Glasshouse website.

Glasshouse Salon - Matcha Bowls

The Experience

I had a really great cut and decided to get a Balayage colour too. I’ve had my natural colour for a year or so now, and fancied mixing it up a bit. I’m really happy with the colour as it’s nice and subtle, but really freshened up my look. As lightening your hair requires stripping some of the protein,  I had a super nourishing protein treatment to put the protein and umph back into my hair. It smelt incredible and my hair has stayed in great condition despite the colour treatment. 

Glasshouse Salon - Goodies

Glasshouse Principles

One of the reasons I decided to visit the glass house salon is because of its environmentally friendly credentials. Standard hairdressers are full of chemical products, chemical fumes and horrible products that aren’t good for your skin of the environment. Have you ever stopped to think what happens to all the chemicals that are washed down the drain when you shower every day? These chemicals may disappear from view, however where they end up is damaging to the environment. By choosing to limit the synthetic chemicals you use, and sticking to natural and sustainable products you will make a difference.

Glasshouse Salon - Organic Hair Products

At Glasshouse Salon only cruelty-free, organic and eco-friendly products are used, and it makes all the difference. The products feel and smell luxurious, and you don’t get the usual chemical smell from the dyes and sprays. Glasshouse also stock some of the fab hair products they use (hello O&M organic!), and also makeup & skincare. There are awesome makeup brands such as RMS, Jane Iredale and ILIA available. I tried out a few products, and treated myself to an RMS concealer which is lovely and creamy with a great coverage I would actually really recommend the cream concealer. (For more vegan beauty products see this post)

Here are some of the awesome products you can try at Glasshouse Salon, or you can buy below:

The Result

Here I am leaving the salon with my fresh do …

Glasshouse Salon - Hair Colour

Post-salon visit, I hopped on the bus a few stops to visit the famous Temple of Seitan for a sneaky bite to eat. It was super tasty and I even managed to find room for their fudge brownie! 

All in all, I would definitely recommend The Glasshouse Salon for those of you who are keen to vote with your wallet and be a more conscious consumer. I love supporting businesses that are environmentally friendly!

Find out more about the Glasshouse Salon below::

www.glasshousesalon.co.uk  | Netil House,1 Westgate St. London, E8 3RL| info@glasshousesalon.co.uk | (+44) 020 3095 9783

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Header Photo Credit: Dunja Opalko

London Cafe Review: Social Brew & Social Raw

Social Brew & Social Raw is a welcome addition to the Putney café scene. After a leisurely walk along the river it’s the perfect stop off where you can sit down for a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch or drink. Hellooo cooling down with a cold smoothie whilst London is scorchio!

The interior is spacious and light, with friendly baristas and a chilled aussie vibe. If you’re a coffee fan, I definitely recommend the iced coffee. It’s beautifully served with the coffee in ice cubes and the milk to pour over as you wish.

Social Brew Putney - Iced Coffee

There are plenty of vegan options, both savoury and sweet. The counter shows off the beautiful vegan patties, decadent slices and raw cakes. There’s something to suit every hunger level and dietary requirement. I love finding these new cafes that offer such awesome Vegan options!

Social Brew Putney - Counter Treats

Hipsters and health food addicts are well catered for, the menu includes foodie favourites such as avocado on toast, acai bowls and almond butter toasties.  Plenty of Instagram-worthy options to keep everyone happy.

Social Brew Putney - Green Juice & Acai Bowl

With a drink options of matcha lattes, cold-pressed juices and smoothies, you’re spoilt for choice. The smoothie menu features some epic flavour combinations, peanut butter and banana anyone?

These two are a fan…

Social Brew Putney - Smoothie Fans

If you’re inspired to make some raw creations of your own, or just need some more healthy food supplies, you’ll also find shelves of staple raw cooking ingredients like Walnuts, Cacao and Maple Syrup.  The ‘Social Raw’ part of the deal…Social Brew Putney - Tucking into the Cacao Acai Bowl

What a welcome addition to Lower Richmond Road, it’s already proving popular with the locals (don’t worry, you’ll still get a table). When you’re next in the area, pop into Social Brew to fuel up – you’ll be so glad you did!The Vegan Edit - Thanks for reading

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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 🙂

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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. 11.5 million!) 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 of course). I’ve also started to look into making 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…

Farmacy Notting Hill – London Review

If you’re on the search for a chic new brunch hang-out, a healthy lunching oasis or some detox dining, then Farmacy in Notting Hill is your wellness mecca. There are so many good reasons why everyone is talking about this place.

In my opinion, this is one of the best health-food restaurants in London. Located on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, Farmacy is well placed to cater for the fashionable health-conscious locals. From the outside, it actually looks like a pharmacy crossed with a florist, with all the luscious plants in the windows. However once you step inside, it’s clear this is not your typical pharmacy, or restaurant for that matter.

Farmacy's Stylish Interior

The stylish interiors are impressive.  Light-filled, huge, gorgeous garden-inspired décor with gorgeous bronze details – a delight to admire whilst you wait for your table (there is a no-reservation policy).

The menu has a good variety of options, all packed with nutrients and free from gluten, sugar and dairy. The best sort of food to put a spring back in your step!  There are dishes from around the world, and all are vegetarian or vegan.  You’ll find hero dishes such as the Farmacy burger (millet, black bean and mushroom – served with chips and goji ketchup), the pumpkin, coconut and lemongrass curry and the sourdough pizza. I recommend the buckwheat breakfast pancakes as a great way to start the day.

Farmacy's Buckwhat Pancakes

Whilst the focus is very much on fresh, seasonal and nutritionally balanced meals, indulgence and comfort food are still a firm feature.  You’ll find artisan cocktails, cake and ‘nice-cream’ on the menu.

My personal favourite: a raw banoffee pie confected from a biscuit base with bananas, maca caramel and coconut whipped ‘cream’. The ideal vegan treat for when you fancy a spot of indulgence.

Farmacy Raw Banana Pie

The Alchemy Bar serves novelty syringe shots (ginger, turmeric, cayenne, lemon – fire starter), as well as cold-pressed juices and a range of nutritional juice cocktails, organic wines and beers.

Farmacy's Iced Matcha Latte & Witches Brew Juice

I must confess, I have a soft spot for any business with a strong environmental conscience.  Everything Farmacy do is about promoting sustainable living, which means big brownie points.  All the ingredients are sourced from local organic UK farms, so the food is good for you and good for the planet – Win-win.

Anyone in favour of plant-based diets or guilt-free indulgence will love this chic vegetarian and vegan restaurant. In their own words, Farmacy has ‘everything to nourish and inspire health-conscious food lovers with fast-paced lives’. With its delicious menu, elegant décor and stylish bar, Farmacy is bound to appeal to people who are reluctant to try meat and dairy-free dining too. Find yourself a date 😉 and pop down to Farmacy for some good clean fun!

http://farmacylondon.com

Why is Cowspiracy life-changing for so many people?

The documentary Cowspiracy exposes the true conspiracy behind the meat & dairy industries, and has inspired thousands to switch to a Vegan Lifestyle, myself included!  I’ve been thinking about why this particular project by an amateur filmmaker is succeeding in making such a lasting impact on all those who watch it.

On the surface, you might think that the majority of people choose a vegan lifestyle because of health, environmental or ethical reasons. There are many compelling cases supporting any of these agendas.  However the underlying conspiracy behind the meat and dairy industries are emerging as a key motivator for many who are deciding to adopt a vegan lifestyle.

I count myself as a new vegan, having only eaten a purely plant-based diet for the last 9 months. However I’ve been health conscious and health curious for as long as I can remember.  I was recently out enjoying a delicious dinner at Mildred’s in Soho with a friend of mine who has recently turned Vegan too.  I asked the question, what is it about the documentary Cowspiracy that that motivates so many people to make a change? It got us thinking…!

No one can claim to be oblivious (partially or wholly) to the animal cruelty and exploitation explicit in these industries, yet somehow this doesn’t motivate change. The health studies are powerful and undeniable, with scientists from all over the globe relentlessly advocating plant-based lifestyle.  Even Leo Dicaprio’s passionate speeches on the environmental impacts of agriculture aren’t inspiring massive behavioural change.  Despite all this information readily available to the masses, there hasn’t been the logical shift in behaviour that you might expect.

So, what seems to be driving the biggest shift of opinion and action?  The catalyst that seems to be driving the real change, aside from the combination of ethical and environmental issues is the revelation that so much deception and manipulation is happening.  The realisation of the conspiracy and the truth that larger corporations and governments are determined to hide the facts.  Despite the animal cruelty, environmental impacts and health risks, it seems that feeling cheated and lied to is what gets us angry enough to change our lifestyles and rebel.

As someone who has been watching many hours of documentaries and reading countless books on health/fitness/nutrition for years now, Cowspiracy is the game-changer that truly exposes the extent of the global deceit.

IMBD summarises Cowspiracy as this:

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

The scale of the impact meat and dairy industries have on the planet is shocking.  You can check out the facts for yourself: http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ What is the most surprising to learn is the widespread cover-up of agriculture being the largest threat to the planet.  When the facts are so numerous and stark, why is no-one talking about this?  During the documentary filming, the crew are warned by industry whistle-blowers and watchdogs about the risks to their freedom , and even their lives, if they continue.  The near unanimous portrayal that transport and energy production are the leading cause of climate change by most environmental groups, government and media is undeniably linked to profits and hidden agendas.

The feeling of betrayal from so many trusted organisations is the shock factor.  These revelations inspire a new awareness in viewers, and a mind that questions the everyday norms.  With a new perspective, viewers are sensitive to the consequences of their actions, and emotional enoughto change their whole lifestyle from that moment onward.

If you have Netflix the full documentary is available, if not you can rent it directly from the Cowspiracy site. See the trailer below:

If you haven’t already watched the full documentary, I highly recommend you check it out.  I can’t stress enough how important the message is.  It’s a life changer on so many levels.

Let me know what you think.

Ruth x