Vegan on the highstreet – Cosmetics and Skincare

There are some amazing vegan cosmetic products available here in the UK. A wide variety of these are available online and hopefully I’ll be covering some of these in other posts, but for now I’d just like to focus on vegan products available in actual brick and mortar shops on the high street. This is not a comprehensive list and it will be updated frequently (I’m always trying new brands, especially UK based companies), but here are just a few of my favourites.

bold = companies with some or all products made in the UK, based on information provided on each website. Where no information was found, or no products are made in the UK, text is  in italics only.

Amie – I use their matte finish moisturiser on days when I don’t want something too heavy.  Available at Waitrose, John Lewis and occasionally at Boots.

B. – Clearly labelled vegetarian or vegan. Available at Superdrug

Barry M – Mainly vegan (check out the list of non vegan products here). Super awesome shades of nail polish. Also available in Superdrug and Boots.

Dr. Organic – majority of their products are vegan and are labelled as such. I love the Rose Otto serum. Available at Holland and Barrett

Good Things – I love their face wash. Available at Boots, Tesco and Sainsbury’s

GOSH cosmetics – some vegan products (list coming soon) – available at Superdrug

Green People – wide range of vegan skincare and some make up. You can see their vegan products here. Available at Wholefoods and other health food shops. Contact them for your nearest stockist.

Inika – 100% vegan. John Lewis, Wholefoods (mainly in London :()

Lush – Yes, Lush do make up now, as well as bath and skincare products! Some vegan options, nicely labelled so you don’t have to remember. Find your nearest shop here

Neals Yard Remedies – Skincare and make up. They have their own shops (locations here) or you can find them in John Lewis, Fenwicks or select Boots in Scotland and Wales. They also have many other stockists around the UK (see here)

Weleda – large selection of vegan skincare (list). Stocked at Boots.

What are your favourite vegan cosmetic and skincare brands?  Are they stocked in the shops, or do you have to buy them online? Would you prefer to buy online or from high street shops and department stores? Tell me your thoughts 🙂

PETA Bake off finalists and voting

PETA Bake off finalists and voting

Hi guys, the list of finalists for PETA’s great vegan bake off if up, and I made it on there! 😀 If you go ahead and look at the link you can see that’s pretty amazing as there are some super fantastic looking creations that have been submitted, so I’m pretty happy with that. I’ve now got a whole new set of things to bake at some point. I can’t decide which one to vote for (obviously I’m not going to be voting for myself :P). Juliane’s salted chocolate cupcakes look amazing, as do Sharon’s scones for cream tea. I’ve made vegan scones before and they definitely didn’t look as good as hers! This “snickers” pie is making my mouth water as well, but all the entries look absolutely delicious, so go check out the list and vote for your favourite

I’ve just returned home after a few days away, so it was great to come back to this. I’ve always returned to a parcel containing vegan skincare samples I ordered from Conscious Skincare, so I’ll try those out and let you guys know how I get on with them in a later post.

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Healthy (ish) spiced toffee apple cake

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Well, here’s my entry to the PETA Great Vegan Bake Off. As you can probably tell, I’m not the greatest photographer in the world and I rely a lot on my camera’s AUTO function, but hopefully this will do. The recipe I came up with filled up two (yes, two) loaf tins and had a super duper amount of apple pieces in (more apples + less cake batter = healthier cake, right?).

I wanted something that was in theme with the season and as we currently have several crates full of apples sitting in the garage (yay for community orchards), it definitely had to be warm, comforting and very, very apple-y. I didn’t want it to be too sweet due to my Mum’s non-existent sweet tooth, which kind of put a lid on the “toffee” side of this toffee apple cake. I did however add some golden syrup and black treacle to get the subtle flavours of bonfire toffee underneath all the appletastic goodness. If you want to be really healthy, you can omit the syrup+treacle, but I haven’t tested the recipe without them.

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Recipe (for 1 loaf tin)

175g flour (I used 125g plain and 50g soya flour to use up ingredients in my cupboard, but you can probably substitute for a healthier flour if you prefer)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

0.5 tsp mixed spice

0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Pinch of salt

1 tbs porridge oats

35 mls oil of choice (I used sunflower)

1-2 tbs golden syrup

0.5 tbs black treacle

1 chia egg (add 1 tbs chia seeds to half a teacup filled with water + leave for 15 mins)

175 mls milk alternative (I used soya as that was all I had in the house)

1-2 large bramley apples (roughly 175g-200g), peeled and chopped into chunks. You can pop the chunks in a bowl of water to help prevent them going brown.

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Method

  1. Add flour, spices, bicarbonate of soda, salt and oats to a large bowl and mix evenly.
  2. Slowly add your milk alternative to the dry ingredients, followed by your oil, mixing well. Stir in syrup and treacle if using.
  3. Add your chia seed egg to the bowl (it should be ready by now) and slowly add apple chunks. Mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a lined or greased loaf tin (you can just use a bit more of your oil for this) and flatten down the top with the back of a spatula.
  5. Place in a preheated oven (180 degrees Fahrenheit) and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven when a toothpick, skewer or knife comes out clean and leave to cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from the tin. Best served warm, either on its own or with vegan custard. If you want it a little sweeter, serve with a vegan toffee sauce (recipe to follow).

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Well, that’s it. This was my first ever attempt at my own recipe and a healthy one at that. Well, healthy-ish. I’m sure there are some improvements to be made, but I ran out of time for the bake off.

All in all, I think it turned out pretty well for my first try. I tried to focus on using less fat and less sugar than a normal cake and I think I certainly did so. If I did it again I would experiment using wholemeal flour, trying a no sugar variety and possibly amping up the spice. It was also a little dense, which was noticeable more when cold, so I would attempt to make it lighter.

Also, If anyone has any tips for my photos, or knows of any good guides on the subject, they’d be much appreciated. Only so far I can go with the camera’s auto settings and my limited photoshop wizardry, just sayin’.

What do you guys think? Any tips to make this better/healthier? Has anyone else entered the bake off? I hope so 🙂

Top 10 vegan halloween treats

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Autumn is definitely my favourite time of year. Summer is fine and all, but autumn wins hands down. There are so many amazing colours, flavours and textures around at this time of year, not to mention Halloween and (my favourite) Bonfire Night (yay!). With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of some of my favourite (vegan) sweet treats for your Halloween festivities.

Oh, by the way, the pumpkin just below is mine from last year. I never carved a pumpkin as a child, but now I find it a fun excuse to use pumpkin in lots of recipes, haha.

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1. Sweet vegan marshmallows

These vegan marshmallows come in oh so many yummy flavours and are perfect for Halloween. Made in England, with natural colours and flavours. I’m oddly addicted to the caramel marshmallows, yum yum. Has anyone ever tried their mango flavoured marshmallows? I’m intrigued.

2. Bear yoyos

If you want something a little healthier, without actually giving out fresh fruit (not a bad thing), try Bear yoyos. I emailed the company to ask about their products and they said that all their fruit products are completely vegan (yay). Also, while their products are made all over the world to get fruit that is in season, their head office is in London.

3. Neals yard wholefoods mini bears 

I love these mini bears! I used to snack on them all the time when I worked across from H&B. Perfect for putting in a sweet bowl and handing out to trick or treaters. The only downside is the relatively small packets for the price, but they are oh so yummy. Available at Holland and Barrett.

4. Peppersmith tingz

For a sugar free treat, try these tingz, a gum product accredited by the British Dental Health Foundation (shuuuush! Don’t tell the children). The come in orange + mandarin and strawberry + vanilla varieties. Also, as a Yorkshire lass, I truly appreciate their online shop name http://ebuygum.peppersmith.co.uk/. Hehe, e buy gum, heh *smirk*. Made in UK.

5. Goodygoodstuff cola breeze

Traditional cola bottles, now veganified, what could be better? Natural ingredients and recyclable packaging, that’s what. Luckily, goodygoodstuff has got that taken care of.

6. Freedom Marshmallows

Cheaper per pack than Sweet Vegan, but currently only available in vanilla flavour (strawberry flavour coming soon). However, they are nut free, gluten free and again made with natural flavours and colours. They might be more suitable for topping hot chocolate with as well, but I’ve not tried to do so with either brand. If anyone has, let me know. Some kind of spooky vegan Halloween hot chocolate might be in order :). Head office in Manchester.

7. Fabulous fudge factory

Delicious vegan fudge, this stuff is seriously amazing. I used to take packs of the stuff with me into college and work and everyone would be munching on the stuff, non-vegans included. It’s super creamy, fudgy fudge 😛 If you haven’t tried it, it is definitely a must! They also do coconut ice, which is yumtastic, but with a much sweeter taste (my sweet tooth doesn’t mind at all). Made in England.

8. Hotel chocolat dark chocolate skulls

For something a bit luxurious, try some of the themed chocolate shapes from Hotel chocolat, a British company. These dark chocolate skull lollipop look seriously spooky, but perhaps reserve them for party guests and not the neighbour’s kids. You could also try their tiddly vampires or the dark chocolate boo box.

9. Neal’s yard wholefoods pontefract cakes

A bit of traditional liquorice won’t go a miss. My Dad loves these. According to wikipedia (the source of all, probably factual, knowledge) these were originally called Pomfret cakes, after the old Norman name for Pontefract. Anything originally from Yorkshire gets my vote. Available from Holland and Barrett or try your local independent health food shop.

10.  Over to you! What’s going in your vegan sweet stash this Halloween? Chocolate, biscuits, hard-boiled sweets, fresh fruit? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear about any other vegan sweets, particularly those from the UK 🙂

Events List + Upcoming posts

Events List | My Yorkshire Pudding.

Added some UK vegan festivals to my events page. The list is a much for myself as anyone else, so I can keep track of what is happening and where+when. If anyone knows of any other events, please let me know.

This is a brand new blog and I’d like to thank all of you that have followed/read/liked/commented already. Just so you know, I’ve got plenty of posts in the pipeline, including my entry to the PETA bake off, where to buy vegan beauty products on the high street and my top 10 vegan Halloween treats (loved researching that one ;P)

Is there anything that anyone would like to see on the blog? New vegans (or not so new vegans)- what are you finding it hardest to locate here in the UK? I’ll try and help 🙂 

Join | TheVeganKind | The UK’s First Monthly Lifestyle Subscription Box for Vegans

I used to use Amarya’s tailored vegan box which had a hefty price tag on it, due to its personalised nature. I later found out that some of the products I had been sent weren’t even vegan. Needless to say, I wouldn’t be renewing my subscription.

That’s why I’m so excited to hear about a new vegan lifestyle box via twitter. TheVeganKind box with food, accessories, recipes, cosmetics etc sounds brilliant. I’m definitely considering signing up for their first box next month.

Join | TheVeganKind | The UK’s First Monthly Lifestyle Subscription Box for Vegans.

Has anyone else ever subscribed to a monthly box? What did you think of it?

Edit: You can now see my post on their first box here