What does it mean to become Vegan?

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You may have been hearing more and more about the vegan movement over the past 12 months due to an increasing interest in this way of life. But what does it actually mean to be vegan?

The word vegan refers to people who consume no animal meat or by-products (such as eggs or dairy) and avoid any animal derived clothing, accessories, skincare and more. The word vegan was initially used in 1944 by Donald Watson who was a non-dairy vegetarian and settled on the first three letters and last two letters of vegetarian – ‘vegan’, to separate this way of life from vegetarianism.  

Below are some of the common food or products that Vegans avoid:

  • All animal meat – red meat, poultry, seafood, game meat etc
  • All animal by-products – dairy, eggs, lanolin (oil from sheep’s wool), honey, caviar, beeswax, whey protein powder
  • All animal skins – leather, fur, reptile skin, feathers, wool
  • Animal derived products – goose down jackets/bedding, sheep skin ugg boots, silk clothing/bedding, pearls, ivory, feathered accessories, goat’s milk skincare, makeup that contains animal product like carmine.
  • Animals for entertainment/experimentation – circus’ with animal acts, zoos, sea life parks, travelling animal acts, purchasing of exotic animals as pets, animal testing, factory farm pet breeding, rodeos, horse/dog racing.

This list is not extensive, however it gives you an overview of the ways in which animals are used and exploited for the human population and how adopting a vegan lifestyle can aid in reducing the harm, torture and pain that comes to these animals.

So why do people become vegan? People can decide to become vegan for several reasons, but there are three common themes for why people make this lifestyle switch.

  • One reason is to prevent animal cruelty and the exploitation of animals for food consumption and other general living needs. Every year, 56 billion farm animals are culled for their meat and this doesn’t include seafood and the many millions more that are culled or abused for their eggs, milk, skin, fur, feathers and more. By switching to a vegan lifestyle, each person can save up to 198 animals from being bred for food or accessories each year, which equates to around 1.4 billion animals per year in America alone that aren't bred for human benefit.
  • Another reason for becoming vegan is the environmental impact. The impact that large scale animal agriculture and fishing is having on our climate, oceans and land is now being well documented. The land required to grow grains to feed the livestock industry is responsible for the destruction of many of our rain forests. Imagine what could be achieved with livestock land if the demand for meat was simply not there? The methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the livestock industry is also higher than all of the car and transport emissions put together. These emissions are impacting our atmosphere and leading to climate change issues. Instead of switching to water saving shower heads or riding to work, you could eat vegan for two nights a week and have a larger impact. By adopting a vegan lifestyle, a more sustainable approach to living and land use can be achieved.
  • A third reason for becoming vegan is for health reasons. There is well documented evidence of the benefits of adopting a plant based diet for overall well being. A plant based diet reduces the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular issues, and is linked to longevity in countries who eat a mostly plant based diet. A plant based diet involves eating vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and nuts without processed food or excessive oil.

Vegans may relate to one or more of the above reasons, or may have additional reasons for their lifestyle choice. However, the commonalities of vegans are the choices they make to avoid animal derived food & products and the exploitation of animals.

Don’t forget that I’m all natural, vegan and cruelty free so if you’re thinking of becoming vegan, then my skincare range is a great place to start! Click here to see my range of cleansers, body scrubs, moisturisers and more!

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Arabica Coffee vs Robusta Coffee - The Differences

For most coffee drinkers, the origin or type of coffee that they’re drinking might not be given much consideration. The majority of coffee blends come from the Arabica coffee bean, which is a milder tasting bean with a caffeine content that is suitable for occasional coffee drinkers to frequent coffee drinkers.

However, there is another type of coffee bean known as the Robusta bean that has some benefits over its Arabica counterpart, and that’s why it’s included in my exfoliating Coffee Body Scrub.

  • Robusta coffee has a more bitter and burnt taste than Arabica coffee, which is why it is less popular for cafe coffee blends. Some blends will include a small percentage of Robusta beans for a stronger taste.
  • One of the reasons that Robusta beans have a stronger taste, is that they have a higher caffeine content than Arabica beans. Robusta coffee has almost double the percentage of caffeine than Arabica coffee, and while that’s not so good for taste it is very good for targeting skin conditions and signs of ageing.
  • Robusta beans also contain almost double the Chlorogenic Acid (CGA) content than Arabica beans, which is a powerful antioxidant and something that you definitely want included as part of your skincare regime. It’s also found in common foods like eggplant, peaches and prunes.
  • When Robusta coffee is used as part of an exfoliant, it can help to remove bacteria on the skin and increase blood flow circulation, which can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, signs of ageing and skin conditions. Buddy Scrub is one of the few coffee scrubs on the market to be using Robusta coffee grounds. 

So why not harness the powerful properties of Robusta coffee with my all natural, cruelty free and vegan friendly Coffee Body Scrub!

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5 Brands of Raw Cacao Chocolate for the Healthy Chocolate Lover

As you may know, I’m all for raw cacao as the alternative choice to your regular chocolate and that’s because my Raw Cacao Body Scrub is packed full of it! Raw Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of ‘cocoa powder’, the key ingredient when making chocolate or chocolate flavoured goodies. By keeping cacao powder in its raw state, it retains more of its nutrients and antioxidant power. No wonder it’s considered a superfood! Raw cacao contains essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin C, to help nourish your skin and target the appearance of ageing, stretch marks, dry skin and more. Check me out here and I promise to turn your shower into a chocolate milkshake for the skin!

So, whilst raw cacao is great to rub all over your skin, it’s also pretty great to eat. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of five brands that provide you with chocolate made from raw cacao, and you don’t have to be a health nut to make the switch…

  

Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate specialise in raw, organic and handmade chocolate. Their chocolate is also vegan, gluten free, dairy free and soy free. The company started with its founder, Pana, who made, packed and delivered bars himself and has steadily grown the company to a worldwide brand. They stock 12 different chocolate flavours including ‘Sour Cherry & Vanilla’, ‘Rose’, ‘Fig & Wild Orange’, ‘Pineapple & Ginger’, just to name a few. Pana chocolate also have stores around Australia where they sell raw treats, such as colourful raw cheesecake slices.

 

 

Loving Earth

Loving Earth are based in Australia and sell a range of raw and healthy products. Their chocolate bars are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, fair trade and free from refined sugars. Their chocolate contains as little processing as possible and is also packaged in 97% post-consumer recycled fibre. Their flavours include ‘Hazelnut Mylk’, ‘85% Dark’, ‘Salted Caramel’, ‘Mandarin’ and more.

 

 

Alter Eco

Alter Eco primarily sell chocolate and chocolate related products, but also have some rice and sugar products. They are created by expert chocolatiers in Switzerland and are all organic, ranging from 47-85% cacao. They pride themselves on providing products that are reliably delicious, environmentally responsible and socially just. Their flavours include ‘Brown Butter’, ‘Coconut Toffee’, ‘Quinoa’ and ‘Caramel’ just to name a few.

 

Nibmor

Nibmor have a range of organic and ethically traded chocolate products, including chocolate bars and hot chocolate sachets. Their products range from 72-80% cacao and do not contain refined sugar. Their chocolate bars include flavours such as ‘Almond’, ‘6 Spice’, ‘Crispy’ and ‘Mint’. They even bring out chocolates for certain seasons or holidays so keep updated on their website.

 

 

 

Conscious Chocolate

Conscious Chocolate are based in the UK, and sell handmade, vegan chocolate bars that contain organic and raw ingredients. Their bars are free from gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugars and are made with biodegradable packaging.
They have a range of different sizes and flavours, including ‘Cheeky Cherry’, ‘Mint Hint’, ‘Goji and Coconut’, ‘Essential Orange’ and more.

 

 

So while you're treating your belly to some raw cacao chocolate, why not also treat your skin to my Raw Cacao Body Scrub?!

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Introducing my new Coffee Body Scrub!

 

Hi there, coffee addicts...

My latest outfit is sure to impress you, especially if you find it hard to function prior to a caffeine hit. It's my new Coffee Body Scrub, infused with nourishing plant based oils and delicious mandarin essential oil.

I'm all about making you happy, and my Coffee Body Scrub will do just that. My Coffee grinds will help to stimulate blood circulation in your skin to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. The caffeine also targets skin conditions such as acne, eczema and dry skin, and helps to reduce the appearance of these.

Combine this with my exfoliating brown sugar and sea salt, nourishing coconut, grapeseed and jojoba oil and you're onto a friend with benefits that's a winner! See more of my good qualities below...

 

Sugar is a gentle exfoliant which removes your dead skin cells and enhances blood circulation to encourage the removal of toxins. Sugar is also a natural humectant which means that it helps to pull moisture from the air into your skin for hydration. Sugar also helps to stimulate cell rejuvenation which can lead to smoother, youthful looking skin.

Sea salt is a more intense exfoliant for your skin and is great in removing dead skin cells. Salt is a natural detoxifier which can help to absorb toxins, leaving your skin feeling clean and healthy.

Coffee Bean Powder comes from grinding whole robusta coffee beans and is a gentle exfoliant for the skin that assists with stimulating blood flow. The caffeine in coffee can also assist in tightening skin, helping to reduce the appearance of ageing and wrinkles. The caffeine in coffee also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to improve redness and irritation on your skin.

Grape seed oil provides a great source of Vitamin E which is important for keeping your skin well moisturised. Grape seed oil also has some antiseptic qualities which can help to reduce the likelihood of developing skin blemishes.

Coconut oil is increasing in popularity and is a great way to moisturise your skin. It helps to keep your skin cell connection strong which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or sagging. Coconut oil will naturally clear away any dirt, grime, or dead skin cells. It also assists in soothing your skin irritations, prolonging your tan and reducing the signs of ageing.

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that helps to target the signs of ageing. Vitamin E does this by smoothing skin and reducing the signs of wrinkles, hydrating skin to improve skin elasticity and rejuvenating dry skin.

Mandarin Essential Oil contains properties that can address oily skin and acne. It also leaves your skin feeling fresh and smelling great…like fresh mandarins – YUM!

 

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