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Vegan Beauty

I’ve never been the kind of girl to spend a lot of time and money on make up. Instead, I’d always be looking for the best moisturiser or the shampoo and conditioner that helped control my fizzy mane. As I get older, I still want a good moisturiser, but it also needs to contain an SPF. I also want my beauty products to be cruelty free and use as few animal products as possible. Here’s what I’ve been using lately.

Vegan Beauty

|| 1. Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar – Lush || 2. Vinali Exfoliating Soap – LoveLuna || 3. Sensitive Daily Cream – Burt’s Bees || 4. UrbanVeda Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish – LoveLuna || 5. The Olive Branch Shower Gel – Lush || 6. Jason Aloe Vera Body Lotion – Big Green Smile ||

[Images via respective sources]

I love the shampoo bar from Lush. Not only does it not have any packaging, but it’s a great shampoo. Poppy does like to eat soap, so we have to keep it in one of the Lush tins but I honestly don’t think I’ll go back to bottled shampoo. This little bar packs a real punch. For years I’ve been making my own sugar scrub, but I wanted something quick and easy to use and this exfoliator bar is perfect. It’s got a lovely smell and does the job. I needed some facial moisturiser and was given the Burt’s Bees one for Christmas. It’s great, lasts ages and isn’t too greasy. Throughout winter, I needed to make sure I took care of my skin by using a gentle facial exfoliator and this one by UrbanVeda is brilliant. It’s really gentle, smells great and you only need a little. Love it! The Olive Branch shower gel by Lush is a recent find but I love it so much. It’s got a great smell and really helps to keep your skin soft and supple. The Jason Aloe Vera lotion is my best find ever. I suffer from really dry skin and this little beauty has kept my skin in tip top shape all through winter. I will never use anything else!

Why I’m a Vegetarian and other rantings

For those that don’t know, I’m a vegetarian. I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years and was initially moved to cut meat out of my life after learning about what life is like for the many animals who form part of the food industry. Battery chickens, intensive farming, inhumane conditions – all of it made me sick and I couldn’t be a part of it any more. I couldn’t stop associating the cute animals in the field with what was on my plate & kept picturing Bambi, the adorable pig from Babe, the rabbits from Watership Down & felt guilty. I appreciate that there are plenty of alternatives to mass produced meat and that lots of animals have very lovely lives before they are slaughtered. But I’m not prepared to raise, kill & prepare meat or fish for me to eat it so I wouldn’t expect anyone else to either and so I said goodbye to meat, poultry, fish & any food that contained an animal by-product such as gelatine. And personally, I don’t agree that there is such a thing as ‘humane slaughter’. Not long after I became a vegetarian, I moved to a flat what was in front of a small abattoir which dealt with a small number of animals on a daily basis (The rent was cheap!) so I understand the process. I also know that a lot of the animals used in the food industry wouldn’t live at all if they weren’t bred for food but for me it’s not enough. As a vegetarian, I don’t eat fish either. I don’t see them any differently to chickens, cows, pigs or horse. If only the food industry understood this.

M&S

I’ve seen restaurants label fish as vegetarian, parmesan as vegetarian and this week, prawns, salmon & tuna even made it in the veggie section of Marks and Spencers sandwich selection. Hey M&S! I don’t care how luxurious your prawns are, veggies don’t eat fish! I don’t expect Joe Bloggs on the street to understand the difference between vegetarian and pescetarian, but the food industry should. It’s their business. I’m no Alan Sugar, but surely it makes good business sense to be able to cater for as many people as possible!

Pescetarian: someone who eats fish but not meat

The Vegetarian Society defines a vegetarian as: “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or by-products of slaughter.”

So often I go to restaurants to find that the veggie options were clearly an afterthought or they haven’t been thought about at all. And god help you if you’re vegan*! By not understanding their customers makes me think that they don’t want my business. They are not worthy of my money. Lots of people are vegetarian for many different reasons. It’s a choice they’ve made. By ignoring them or not putting much thought into them makes me want to take my business elsewhere. So if a restaurant incorrectly labels food as veggie when it isn’t or doesn’t offer veggie options at all, it won’t be receiving my custom at all. Am I a second class citizen because I made a choice to exclude certain food groups from my diet? Is my money less valuable? Oh well, fortunately for me there are still plenty of great options. That’s why I always try to review places I’ve eaten so that other vegetarians in the area know who does good vegetarian food. Plus, even meat-eaters enjoy meat free food sometimes! Be more adventurous than mushroom risotto or, for goodness sake, Broccoli & Cauliflower bake! Use vegetarian ingredients, label your puddings & don’t just give us cheese and pasta! You’re the chefs – be creative!

Being vegetarian is my decision. I don’t force it on anyone else, and no, Poppydog does not follow a vegetarian diet. She enjoys meat &  some of the by-products of the meat industry, including, as of this week, pig trotters from the local butcher. I don’t feel guilt about it – they didn’t die for me, but waste not, want not!

I eat meat

Forgive me if I’ve not explained myself very well – it’s quite an emotional issue. Have a look at what Luiz Antonio views eating meat – He explains my view very well! Out of the mouths of babes…

*I tried to be a vegan, as there are lots of ethical issues surrounding the production of leather, wool and dairy products, but for me, being veggie is enough. Having said that, I avoid leather as much as possible and buy ethical wool & dairy products as much as possible.

Tuesday Treat – Magpie

Well, who would have a thought that a week later the sun would still be shining?! How great is the weather we’re enjoying in the UK? Long may it last too! But as much as I’m enjoying it, I’ve found something extra special for my Tuesday Treat this week: Magpie. I’ve only recently discovered them but I am so pleased I have!

woof

You will be familiar with some of their other designs as they work with different people including Mini Modern. But that’s not all! Not only do they design and work with amazingly creative companies, but all the products are vegan and ethically sourced.

I love the Woof! range the most, mainly because it’s got Percy the Dachshund on it & looks a lot like little Poppy. How very cute! I love the A to Z range too. The lettering and colours are just awesome! I would love to have the C notebook & I am thinking about adding it to my notebook collection. The only trouble is that I want all the products in all the designs! I’d love them to start doing butterflies too, as my butterfly obsession is growing & think they’d make an excellent addition to my collection.

Inspiral, Camden

One of the little gems my OH & I discovered on our weekend away to the Big Smoke was Inspiral, which is a delicious little veggie cafe in Camden. But it's so much more than that. Most of their produce is vegan & environmentally sound. They have a fantastic vision of how food should be – seasonal, healthy, organic etc. Definitely my kind of place. So naturally we had to stop by.

I had a delicious chocolate cupcake & a chai latte. Their food looked amazing and the place was busy but had a great feel to it. I was really impressed with their supply of veggie wines too. 

If I could transport this place to Oxford, I'd be one happy veggie! No more cheese! x