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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 …

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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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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….


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 🙂

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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.


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!

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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


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.


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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Natural Deodorant: Why I’ve made the switch

As I learn more and more about the chemicals, pollutants and toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, I pay even more attention to the ingredients in products I use.  I’ve slowly switched what I buy so that almost all the products I use now are natural and organic.  The first switch I made was to natural deodorant, and here’s a bit of information why It’s important to be mindful of what you’re exposing yourself to when it comes to anti-perspirants and deodorants.

One of the most interesting books I’ve read in this area is ‘Slow Death by Rubber Duck’ – It is a really thought-provoking read based on scientific results.  Typically we think of pollution as car fumes and  big rubbish dumps.  However, unfortunately there are many more polluting and toxic substances in everyday items too.  At a recent health expo, I learned a lot talking to the charity Breast Cancer UK.  This charity are are doing some amazing work in bringing greater awareness of the risks of some of these chemicals (among many other important issues).

One of the most well researched and discussed compounds when it comes to breast cancer is Aluminium.  Aluminium salts are used in antiperspirants to block the sweat ducts to stop sweating. Doesn’t that sound pretty dreadful and unnatural in itself when you think about it?

Aluminium is absorbed through the skin, however when applied after shaving 6x the amount can be absorbed, plus as it’s left there all day continuous exposure occurs.  I’ve been shocked to learn that Aluminium containing products are linked to many neurological diseases and illnesses –  most famously Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  We come into contact with 25+ different types of aluminium compounds in products like lipsticks, toothpastes, antacids and vaccinations – pretty scary stuff!

Many health advocates have long supported a ban on the use of these risky compounds in cosmetics and food,  particularly in under-arm antiperspirants. Lukily, there have been some positive developments in this area recently with France, Norway and Germany all concluding that ‘based on current knowledge, aluminium in cosmetic products cannot be considered safe’.  At least some countries seem to have some sense!

As with many chemicals found in products made by huge multinationals, despite many questions and challenges born from concerning results and statistics, these are mostly ignored due to ‘no direct causal link’.  However, a recent scientific review collated the most concerning results such as; 50% of breast cancers in the UK start in the area near the underarm, and aluminium has been found at higher levels in women with breast cancer than those without.  Seems logical to avoid nasty chemical deodorants when you hear stats like these.

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Natural Organic Deodorants – Aluminium Free

So most importantly, what can you do to ensure you avoid aluminium whilst staying fresh?  Here are some fabulous brands that offer a range of safe and effective alternatives. Many offer worldwide delivery or free UK delivery.


I personally use Dr Organic deodorant from Holland & Barrett. The range includes a variety of smells such as rose, lavender, etc

What I found when first switching to natural deodorant is that it does take a week or so to get used to it.  At first you may notice a difference, however its quick and easy get used to and worth the minor inconvenience.  I now find the stench of anti-perspirant products awful and can’t believe how severe and chemically they are.

(In case you’re wondering, Deodorant works by using perfumes to mask the smell and antibiotics to kill bacteria which cause the undesirable odour, vs antiperspirants that work by blocking the sweat ducts).

If you’re not into buying products online, check out your local independent health food store.

I urge you to have a think about the products you come into contact with every day, and whether some unnecessary chemicals can be avoided.

Look after yourself, your body needs to last you a long time, and it’s difficult to get spare parts!
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Here are some of the studies relating to this article:

Darbre PD (2010) Environmental oestrogens and breast cancer: evidence for combined involvement of dietary, household and cosmetic xenoestrogens. Anticancer Research

Mannello F, Exley C, Darbre PD (2013) Aluminium and breast cancer: sources of exposure, tissue measurements and mechanisms of toxicological actions on breast biology. J. Inorg. Biochem

European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (2014) Opinion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products.

House E, Polwart A, Darbre P, Barr L, Metaxas G, Exley C (2013) The aluminium content of breast tissue taken from women with breast cancer.

Tropical Travel Essentials: Natural & Organic Products

There’s something undeniably exciting about getting ready for a holiday.  It’s an opportunity to explore new products and brands, have a good old preen and get ready to pamper yourself.  I searched high and low for cruelty free and eco-friendly products to take with me on holiday this year.  Determined from the outset, I’ve managed to find products I’m excited to use, and feel luxurious.  After all, an ethical/cruelty free/chemical free/guilt-free purchase doesn’t have to be boring… Oh no!  Since I eventually found a couple of amazing products that are now my go-to tropical travel essentials I had to share them!

After a few online research sessions, I decided to try the Neal’s Yard Suncare & Travel range. I went into the gorgeous Covent Garden store (first opened in 1981!) and got some great advice from the experts there who talked me through the products.  I bought on the Sun Lotion and Bug Spray – the essentials for a tropical holiday!

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Citronella Formula – Bug Spray

Having spent 3 months in the outback, I know the importance of a good bug spray cannot be underestimated.  Whilst I stayed at a beautiful farm,  it was right on a river so the midgies were savage – You soon learn what works and what doesn’t! I learnt the hard way and it wasn’t pretty!

Mother Nature knows what she’s doing.  The natural herbal products that use citronella or rosemary are far more effective and pleasant to use than the chemical deet sprays that plague the pharmacy shelves.  The Citronella Formula bug spray is toxin free, cruelty free, certified organic and vegan – as are all NYR products. To be honest it’s a gorgeous product to use, and has such a relaxing scent which is really luxurious. It contains lavender oil, thyme oil and eucalyptus oil to name a few – who knew there was such a thing as luxury bug spray?? This one’s a winner – Happy Days!

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Lemongrass Sun Lotion

Now as a fair-skinned ‘English rose’, the sun and I have a somewhat strained relationship. I’m careful to protect myself from burning as it’s so easily done with pale skin.  So for me, finding a good sun cream is a really important part of pre-holiday prep!

Even though I’ve tried out natural products before, I was still a bit dubious about whether chemical free lotion would work. This one does the trick, and doesn’t need reapplying that often unless you go for a swim. As with all NYR products, the Lemongrass Sun Lotion has an amazing smell. There are no parabens or synthetic fragrances added – which is a great bonus for those with sensitive skin. I bought spf 30 but you can also get spf 15 or spf 50.

So there you have it, two fantastic ethical products that are now firmly on my list of tropical travel essentials.

Happy Holidays!

Ruth x

I’ve recently noticed that Neal’s Yard Organic’s have just released a Travel Kit of miniature sized products too – perfect!

Food for Healthy Skin: How to Eat Yourself Beautiful!

We all know that we are what we eat, but nowhere do the results of this show up more obviously than in the largest organ of the body, our skin! Mother Nature has blessed us with lots of amazing food for healthy skin, and most are easy to get hold of, cheap to buy and delicious and enjoyable to eat too!

Whilst the glossy magazines may try to convince us that the latest wonder balm full of chemicals and synthetics is the answer, in reality it’s much simpler.  It might not seem glam… but beautiful glowing skin begins in the gut!  Outer beauty really does come from within, so before splurging on the latest miracle cream, first invest your time and money in eating right and improving your digestive health.

So here you go, the best food for healthy skin…

Power up the Protein

Good quality plant proteins are exactly what the body needs to build Collagen Elastin.  Collagen is the most common protein found in your body, it forms the connective tissues which give skin it’s texture and suppleness. Loss of collagen is a visible sign of ageing, and so having a diet rich in proteins  is super important for maintaining a youthful appearance! Go for beans, peas, lentils chickpeas, tofu, nuts and seeds.

Friendly Carbs

Carbs have an unfair bad reputation, however if you opt for complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, sweet potato and pulses then you can’t really go wrong!  Complex carbs are ‘low GI’ which means they digested slowly, and so the sugar is released into your bloodstream more slowly.  This helps to maintain stable insulin levels meaning you’ll be less likely to reach for a sugary snack.  Sugar laden foods damage the skin’s collagen as the sugar molecules stick to the collagen fibres making them less effective. This leads to wrinkles and sagging of the skin.  Fill up on sweet potato, oats, beans, lentils, peas and green vegetables.  Complex carbs for the win, they’re far friendlier!

Good Fats

Fats are a bit of a contentious topic largely due to confusion over which are good or bad.  Some fats known as ‘Essential Fatty Acids’ are an essential part of a healthy diet, and the proper functioning of our whole body. These EFA’s are grouped into Omega’s 3 and 6; Omegas 3 and 6 are really important for skin health as they work to hydrate cells and repair cell membranes restoring the skin’s barrier and locking in moisture. Their natural anti-inflammatory effect also helps to calm redness and heal blemishes.

One amazing product I’ve recently discovered is Neal’s Yard Organic Beauty Oil, it’s a blend of healthy fats, specifically formulated to match the ratios of Omega 3, 6 and 9 required when living in the UK climate.  The nourishing supplement contains hemp seed oil, evening primrose oil, flax seed oil and avocado oil.  I love to add into smoothies for a skin-boost – I highly recommend it and you can get your mitts on this wonderful concoction here!

NYR Organic Beauty Oil

Go Nuts!

When eaten in their natural unprocessed form, brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, flaxseed, pumpkin and sunflower seeds all provide a rich source of Omega 3 and 6.  Brazil nuts are also rich in zinc and selenium which are essential minerals for calming redness and repairing the skin.

Anti-Inflammatory Spices

Turmeric, garlic and ginger aren’t just tasty ingredients for your cooking, but also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties – great for healing damaged or frazzled skin. Turmeric, spice of the moment, has been used in Ayurvedic practices for centuries to even out skin tone and pigmentation. Garlic is rich in anti-inflammatory sulphur which is great for clearing up blemishes.

This will help you achieve a smooth and balanced complexion, reducing the amount of skin products you need to get your skin looking flawless and glowing!


Beauty Berry Smoothie

Purple Beauty Berries

Berries are a great food for healthy skin, and especially dark pigment rich purple fruits such as blackberries, black cherries and blueberries as they contain anthocyanins. These compounds are especially skin-friendly due to the high levels of antioxidants they contain. Juices and smoothies open up a whole new world of nutritious, skin-friendly treats.  Add berries to your morning granola, smoothies and desserts to load up on even more skin boosting nutrients more often.

If you’re eating a balanced diet full of these nutrient rich foods you will be feeding your skin from within, and glowing in no time 🙂 Then if you want to enhance your gorgeous skin, then check out this post where I recommend some of my favourite vegan cruelty-free make up products!

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