Beauty products I use

Dear Readers,

I thought I would give you a full tour of the natural beauty products I choose to use. All the products are suitable for vegans and I aim to put the least amount of chemicals on my skin as possible.

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After starting my new job with Miss Organics where I write frequent blog posts on the danger of chemicals and the benefits of natural, organic skincare I am constantly becoming more aware of the ingredients in my products. Instead of just focusing on whether they are vegan suitable or not.

So here is what I use;


Hair care

Kind natured, Shampoo

This shampoo is certified for vegans and made from 97% natural ingredients. Its free from sulfates, parabens and  petrochemicals. Both the shampoo and conditioner are designed for curly hair and I have been very impressed with how my curls have

Kind natured, Conditioner

IMG_1004.jpgThe conditioner is moisturising and helps detangle and reshape my curls really well.

Hair gel by Shea moisture

This hair gel is made with a base of coconut oil, shea butter, agave nectar and flax seed oil. The gel includes certified organic ingredients and again is free from parabens, sulfates and synthetic colours and scents.  You only need a small amount and it really helps sustain my curls after being washed for several days 🙂

Kind natured, Detangler

My hair has been really knotty lately so when I saw this detangled next to the shampoo and conditioner on the shelf I decided to give it a try. It says for kids but it works just as well on my hair! Its scented tutti fruitti and so far I am pleased with it.

 

Body care

Raw organic coconut oil 

I use this for moisturising, applying it to damp skin after a shower to retain the moisture left on my skin from the water. I love how natural this product is and it never fails to keep my skin supple.

Lavender scented dead sea bath salts made by totally natural skincare 

Again these lavender bath salts are so natural, containing 21 minerals and lavender essential oil. I find using these salts so relaxing and soothing for my skin.

Lush coffee scrub

I use this 2-3 times a week as a face exfoliator. Made from predominately roasted cocoa extract, vetivert and coriander oil. I leave it on my skin for 15 minutes and then gently remove from my face using circular motions.

Skin care

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Botanics Organic cotton pads

Tropic Bamboo face cloth 

Body Shop Vitamin E face cleanser

Unlike
the cleansers I have tried this does not leave my face feeling dry and tight or break me out in spots. I have been using it for nearly a year and love it

Body shop Vitamin E toner
I never used to use a toner but I decided to try it out. I only use a toner when I am removing makeup and notice it makes such a difference to making sure all my make up is removed properly and  leaves my skin feeling much cleaner. I would now never skip this step out when removing makeup!

Tea Tree Oil

I only use this on occasion to fight any unwelcome spots that may appear overnight. I have been using it for many years and wouldn’t switch it for anything else!

Lush coffee scrub

 I hope you enjoyed a brief look at my beauty products and hopefully you feel inspired to try some of them out! I cant stress enough how important it is to avoid chemicals as much as possible and focus on cruelty free, natural products!

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

My new vegan Job!

Dear Readers,

I have been meaning to update you all for a while on my latest job! Since the beginning of this month I have started working as a business development and marketing intern for Miss Organics.

Miss organics is a natural, organic, vegan skincare company who sell a range of facial and body oils as well as lip balms. The face and body oils combine a variation of plant based oils such as jojoba oil and rosehip oil into one product, rather than using just one oil. Meaning your skin receives benefits from a range of oils all at once. Having a high concentration of just one oil such as coconut oil, which many people including myself often use alone results in slow absorption rate, whilst a combination creates a fast drying effect. Therefore if you are a fan of using oil as a moisturiser these products are perfect since they give you the benefits of using an oil based moisturiser without the slow absorption and often greasy residue that can otherwise occur.

Their products are beautifully packaged in sustainable glass bottles and pots and are enhanced with vitamins and essential oils. Anna, the owner, is a vegan herself and I love working for a company whose ethos I fully believe in.

So far I have accompanied miss organics to the vegan life event in London on the 7th/8th January this month which was brilliant and well attended. Currently I am helping to write frequent blog posts for the company which I am not only enjoying but learning a lot about skincare!

If you haven’t heard of Miss Organics and are looking for a new skincare routine I would defiantly check out their website at https://missorganics.co.uk .

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

Vegan cooked breakfast

Dear Readers,

At the weekend I cooked me and my boyfriend my personal take on an english cooked breakfast….vegan style, Its the perfect weekend brunch dish!

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Here is what I chose to include;

2 Vegan Linda Mccartney sausages

1/2 Avocado

1/2 tin Baked Beans

Fried potatoes (use around 3-4 small potatoes per person, slice thinly, lay in a frying pan with small amount of oil and fry until turning crisp and golden brown)

1-2 Slices of toast with vegan butter

I would also include grilled cherry tomatoes or mushrooms but I didn’t have any when I made this dish last.

Who said vegan food is boring? 😀

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

Cheesy vegan ragu

Dear Readers,

Now that the weather has definitely changed into cold autumnal days I find this meal I made for lunch a perfect solution to warming me up!

Its super quick, cheap and easy as always;

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1 Onion (chopped)

1 garlic clove (diced)

1tbs coconut or olive oil 1 courgette

1/2 can chickpeas

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 cup spinach

1/4 of a slab of violife cheese (gary) or any vegan cheese of your preference (minimum)

2/3 leaves of basil

Method

Heat the oil in a pan, then add the onions and courgette, sweat for 5minutes then add the garlic. Allow to continue to sweat until onions are clear then add the tomatoes and chickpeas.

Simmer for 10minutes or until courgette is properly cooked…..

Finally add the spinach and cheese which you can dice or grate in. Once the cheese is melted into the mixture and the spinach is cooked serve with the basil leaves on top.

I hope you enjoy this delicious vegan comfort food 🙂

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxx

Kale & Avocado salad

Dear Readers,

This salad is super healthy but most importantly equally delicio14331658_10202199395864105_1288486512_n.jpgus and easy to make,

All you need is;

3 Cups Kale

1/2 Broccoli head

1/2 can chickpeas

1 Garlic clove

2 Tsp coconut oil

1 Avocado

1/4 Cup sunflower seeds

1/2 lemon (Juice)

Method:

Dice the clove of garlic and prepare the broccoli heads. Steam the Broccoli and Kale in separate saucepans, meanwhile fry the chickpeas in the oil and garlic until they begin to brown. Remove from the heat and put in a serving bowl along with the avocado. Then once cooked drain the kale and broccoli and combine along with the lemon juice. Finally sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top.

I promise you won’t regret giving this salad a go! Its packed full of nutrients and doesn’t harm a single animal, what more could you want? 🙂

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

 

Cacao porridge

Dear Readers,

Here is a recipe for my favourite breakfast, I eat this most days…

1 cup organic coconut and rice milk

1/2 Cup porridge oats

1 tbsp cacao powder

1/2 tbsp coconut sugar

1 Handful of blueberries

optional extra fruit- bananas, strawberries, apples or raspberries work best!

Method-

Heat the milk and oats in a pan until the mixture boils. Then lower the heat and leave it to simmer for around 5 minutes allowing the mixture to thicken. Once complete take off the heat and stir in the cacao powder and sugar. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the fruit and you are done!

I hope you enjoy this breakfast recipe,

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

Brighton

Dear Readers,

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I have been incredibly busy I started a new job today as a kitchen assistant in Boston tea party which I am currently loving 🙂

Last month I visited Brighton for the weekend with some close friends who nearly all were vegan 🙂 We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit!IMG_7789.jpg

We found some pretty delicious places to eat which I thought might appeal, so here they are!

Purezza, 

This place was the highlight of our trip, 10/10 :D. The restaurant was predominantly vegan pizzas but also offer raw bowls (perfect if you are a raw vegan)! As well as vegan desserts, starters, sides and vegan certified alcoholic beverages. Not only are their pizza’s vegan but also very creative and unusual.

Between us we had (left to right)

Nacho pizza (guacamole base), Pepperoni pizza (using seitan), Hawaiana and Fumosa.

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We also had the garlic bread which was incredible! IMG_7751.jpgRootcandi

This is another brilliant 100% vegan restaurant, if you are looking for a more elegant and healthy vegan meal this place is ideal. Although much more expensive than anywhere else we ate, it was so worth it. The food is presented creatively and the unusual and exciting flavours make the entire meal very enjoyable. We ordered their sets which are displayed almost like an afternoon tea.

The Loving Hut

When we eventually found it, the cafe was a very small building on the edge of a park. Their menu offered a wide range of vegan options from’ fish’ to ‘pork’ to ‘vegan lasagna’.

I had their fish and chips which I was overwhelmed by how realistic their fish was since it even mimicked fish skin. I really enjoyed the meal apart from finding it a bit too greasy. IMG_7672.jpg

The others had ‘chicken burgers’ which didn’t go down so well, the taste was not very realistic and was again too greasy.

 

 

 

 

Boho gelato,

This was not 100% vegan but did offer some vegan options which were clearly labelled.   The parlour was very popular and we had to queue out the door to get one, we found the gelato very sweet but delicious, would definitely recommend it! We ate it in the park before we caught the train home… 😦 IMG_7781.jpg

I would really recommend visiting Brighton if you are vegan as it offers an abundance of choice for you and is such a vibrant city to visit. Wish I could visit their more often, I hope you found this post useful!

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx