Recently in the media and blogosphere, debate has been raging over the negative impact Western demand for quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) has had on populations in countries where it is a staple food. Much of the blame has been dumped on vegans and vegetarians, for everything from malnutrition to soil erosion and property disputes. While many concerns raised are valid, and this isn’t an issue to be taken lightly, it seems to me as though we’re crying over a scratch while ignoring the bullethole. And fingers are being pointed in the wrong direction. Continue reading
As promised, today I’m sharing with you a guest post written by my friend Chery.
Chery’s journey to veganism led her to create her own all natural cosmetics and skincare products. Through using her own products and eating a vegan diet, she cured her own skin condition, and discovered a lot about commercial products along the way. She also makes the facewash and toner for my skincare regime, which I love. Clearly a lady with talent, I’ve told her that she should start selling them, or at least start a blog!
A few weeks ago Chery showed me how to make bath bombs, which are super simple. I’ve asked her to share the recipe here to get you started. All of the ingredients can be bought in the baking aisle at your local supermarket, and the formula is endlessly customisable. They make great stocking-stuffers, kris kringle presents, or just ‘I think you’re wonderful’ presents, which are the best kind of all! If you don’t have a bathtub, find a bowl big enough for your feet, fill it with warm water and drop one of these babies in it for an indulgent treat. Continue reading
Today we’ll be doing something a little different. Are you excited? You should be! I’ll be showing you how to make an exfoliating scrub for your face and body that is 100% natural, very easy, and that only requires two ingredients.
Over the years as I have become more interested in diet and health, and as a result, more drawn to what is natural and unprocessed, I’m finding I’ve also been putting more thought into the products I use on my skin. Aside from the obvious rule that all of my skincare is animal-product free, and not tested on animals, I have tried to find effective skincare solutions that are free from harsh chemicals, alcohols, and so on.
I’d been using Simple Skincare products for about a year, assuming that they were vegan because they state “No Animal Derived Ingredients” on each bottle. Recently I emailed them to check, and received an email back from Unilever, advising that while they are working towards eliminating animal testing, some of their products still are tested on animals, and in some countries they still do routinely in order to comply with legislation. I was upset that I had not checked this earlier! If you would like a copy of the email, just let me know and I can forward it to you. Anyway, this provided further motivation to find skincare that is 100% natural, animal product and testing free, and from a trustworthy source.
I’m not sure how sound the science is behind this (and please, if you are knowledgeable about it, please comment and educate me!), but I have read that much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. To me that makes intuitive sense. Many times I’ve heard it said that what we use on our skin should be ‘good enough to eat’ – in other words, if it’s full of crap that you wouldn’t put directly into your body by eating, don’t put it on your skin. Once you start going down that path, skincare becomes more and more… edible. It can be easy to make at home, fun and rewarding too! Continue reading