Alien on Toast... it's what you think you'd asked for when you tell people you're vegan. This blog is dedicated to all things vegan from someone who lives in a pretty non-vegan world! Stay tuned for food, beauty products/makeup, recipes or restaurant/product reviews.... along with a healthy smattering of bad food photography, half eaten leftovers and bad puns.
I contacted The Body Shop this morning for a list and they replied super quickly! They have a list that is updated quarterly so this is correct for Q4 of 2016 and I'll try and remember to get an update each quarter, to keep this list correct.
(Note: Body Shop are cruelty free but they are owned by L'Oreal who are not, for those of you that avoid CF companies with a non-CF parent.)
I know I know it's a bit of a dirty word, but I am not a rep, so I'm not gonna try and sell you anything.
So apparently Arbonne, who sell vegan products and are Leaping Bunny certified, are moving into selling in Taiwan. I saw a few concerned comments saying that this means they'll now be subject to mandatory testing.
The only source saying this wasn't the case was a rep, so understandably, a lot of people had trouble with accepting that as fact.
I did a fair bit of searching on the issue and I messaged Leaping Bunny to ask them if this will affect Arbonne's certification. They confirmed to me that as long as they stay out of mainland China, then they will still be certified.
It appears that Taiwan do not have the same requirements as China and many cruelty free brands do sell there already (from what I can tell, Lush used to sell there but their deal ended with the distributor so the stores closed, doesn't seem to have anything to do with testing!)
Also, Taiwan have just passed legislation that will see a ban on animal testing and newly testing products, very similar to the EU ban, that will come into force in 2019, details here: Taiwan Testing Ban
So overall this is good news for fans of Arbonne, although I'm still no fan of the aggressive sales techniques or the working practices of Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) companies - John Oliver, as always, brilliantly lays out why. However, I have heard a lot of (non-rep) people say that they love the products.
What do you guys think? I know they're pricey, has anyone tried anything / loved anything?
So in the last couple of weeks, Estee Lauder has acquired both Becca Cosmetics and Too Faced.
Obviously this is bad news for those who prefer not to buy from cruelty free companies with parent companies that test on animals, as pretty much all of the EL brands are distributed in mainland China, where testing is still mandatory.
Both brands say they will stay out of China and remain cruelty free, but I for one will be keeping my eye on them, as Estee Lauder have a history of taking previously cruelty free brands into China.
What do you think about this? I am happy to continue to support Becca and Too Faced for now, as long as they stay cruelty free and don't follow the lead of other Lauder brands.
A few weeks back, I attended a blogger event at Lush in Basingstoke, where they showed us all the new Christmas products. Settle in guys, there's a lot to go through.
If you want to see my video about the event, that goes through my the products I bought on the day / what freebies I was given, please check it out below.
Otherwise, onto the new stuff. If you're a fan of Lush, you'll know they are super vegan friendly and completely against animal testing.
There were so many products that I would literally be here all day writing about them. So I'm going go through the products that I liked the most. To see the full Christmas range from Lush, take a look at their website, HERE.
All the products listed below are Vegan
Firstly, they now make 1KG bottles of Snow Fairy shower gel!! I already have a stash so didn't buy any but that is pretty exciting. (They also do a 1KG of Rose Jam for you RJ fans out there!)
Never Mind the Ballistics: This one is half covered with pink cocoa butter so that it melts slower than the other side. It smells amazing and is pretty cool looking.
The official info from Lush: "God save the clean! This bath bomb contains Lime and Sweet Orange to
shake up your mood. Luxurious fair trade cocoa butter melts in the bath to add moisture to the skin and helps the bath bomb to roll in the water, creating a
colourful, spinning spectacle. Fresh Bananas are blended in to the mix, these
feed the skin with vitamins A, C and E. This innovative bath bomb is multi
layered and sprayed with vivid pink cocoa butter bath melt that melts whilst
the yellow size fizzes faster- this one was inspired by the Sex Pistols
"Never Mind The Bollocks" album."
I first heard of Ciate a few years ago when they brought out the nail caviar thing that was popular for a minute or so. Well they now have loads more products, not just nail polish anymore. I asked them for a list of their vegan options and this is what they sent me:
Lash Chalk – Daydream
Blush Pop – Darling
Blush Pop - The One
Blush Pop – Tantalize
Blush Pop - Girls Night Out
Blush Pop – Glamazon
Glow Pop – Honolulu
Lip Locked – SoBe
Lip Locked - In The 305!
Knight in shining armour
Cooling Eyeshadow Slick - Frozen
Cooling Eyeshadow Slick - Ice Box
Cooling Eyeshadow Slick – Popsicle
Cooling Eyeshadow Slick – Daiquiri
Cooling Eyeshadow Slick - Snow Cone
Cooling Eyeshadow Slick - Ski Bunny
Lip Lustre - Wild Fire
Lip Lustre - Summer Love
Lip Lustre – Dare
Lip Lustre - Kiss Me
Lip Lustre – Truth
Lip Lustre - Call Me
Lip Lustre – Vixen
Lip Lustre – Vamp
Eye Chalk - Jump Rope
Eye Chalk - Dot-to-dot
Instabrow – Blonde
Instabrow - Medium Brown
Instabrow - Dark Brown
Perfect Paint Job
Liquid Chrome – Galactic
Liquid Chrome – Celestial
Liquid Chrome – Lunar
Liquid Chrome – Cosmic
Liquid Chrome – Stellar
Liquid Chrome - Sci-Fi
Kiss Play Stay
Partner in Prime
Geltox Detox Removal Solution
Marula Cuticle Oil for Dry and Peeling
Marula Cuticle Oil for Weak and Thin
Marula Cuticle Oil for Maintaining
Healthy Looking Nails
Zizzi's recently updated their menus and added some more vegan options, including a proper dessert - not just sorbet! So obviously I had to try it.
Last night was mine and Simon's 2 year anniversary so we figured it was a good excuse to go try it out.
Firstly we shared their new spicy nuts which were really good!
And also their new bruschetta; I'd had the old version which was cooked tomatoes and while tasty, wasn't really my thing. Their new one has cherry tomatoes and pesto and is more like a traditional bruschetta. It was really good.
For the main, I decided to try the lentil ragu, rather than go for pizza again (as much as I love their vegan pizzas) and I made the right choice. I LOVE pasta and this was delicious. I've had a lentil ragu before (in Jamie's Italian) and wasn't a fan but this was really good.
For dessert I obviously had to try the dessert calzone. It's sugary dough filled with bananas, caramelised pecans and chocolate and it was yummy. The dough was a bit erm, doughy! haha. It was kind of tough to eat, I definitely needed my knife, but it was worth it. And the coconut / chocolate swirl ice cream that came with it was really good too.
Have you tried the latest vegan offerings from Zizzis? Let me know what you thought if you have, or if you fancy trying them.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that Sainsbury's have brought out a pretty decent range of vegan cheeses (GARY!)
I have so far tried:
The grated cheddar
Wensleydale with Cranberries
Greek Style (feta)
Cream Cheese style
Caramelised Onion Cheddar
All of them are good! The grated cheddar I probably wouldn't eat as it, it's needs to be melted, but all the others are pretty good on their own or on a cracker.
My favourite is probably the feta style, it's REALLY good. I was not someone who was obsessed with cheese in my omni days but I did love me some feta so I'm glad that a decent one has finally been released.
The caramelised onion cheddar melted perfectly under the grill, on a piece of toast... behold it's beauty:
All the cheeses are coconut based and do have soy in, in case anyone with allergies is wondering.
For anyone who wants to know more, here's my review video of these cheeses (except the caramelised onion, I bought that after I'd filmed it as the others were so good!
Have you tried anything yet from the range? Let me know what you think.