Small Steps to Cruelty Free

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Sometimes I feel very contradicting whenever I write about pro-veggie or cruelty free stuff in blog posts, cause in all honesty I do still use or consume products that are probably very against that ethic. I still have a few makeup products knocking around that are Maybelline or Benefit – both of which aren’t confirmed cruelty free, and I do still eat chocolate or products now and again that contain milk or eggs. I never confirm myself as vegan although I am interested in the research and evidence behind it and I know deep down, transitioning to a vegan lifestyle might benefit me in a lot of ways.

However my beliefs are mainly that if people are open to trying more pro-veggie and cruelty free products and reducing their ‘footprint’, if you could call it that. If someone goes vegetarian and uses more and more cruelty free products – that is better than nothing. If people go vegan for two days a week, that’s pretty impressive to me. I think transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle isn’t something anyone can just do. It requires money, time to prepare meals that are completely vegan, research and such. So I decided to write this blog post to introduce some small steps for different ‘areas’ in your daily life that you could switch out products to be more cruelty free/pro-animal.

Kitchen – Butter/Margarine

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Vitalite is only £1 in most supermarkets and is a full tub of dairy-free, sunflower oil based margarine. It’s an easy, food swap out that is vegan because it literally tastes no different to usual butter. In fact I personally prefer it because it feels a lot lighter than butter when used on toast, for example.

Living Room/Decoration – Wax Melt

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So these might be a little bit pricey to some, but if you’re a fan of Yankee Candles or decorations like such. This little UK based shop on Etsy called CarolineJaneCandles has a lovely selection of vegan wax melts and candles made with natural soy wax. The candles are a little bit pricier but the wax melts go at £1.50 so you can’t go wrong! They come in lovely scents as well, my favourite is the shop’s cinnamon whirl melts as the smell of bakeries and pastries are just divine.

Bathroom – Toothpaste

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I have mentioned Kingfisher Toothpastes on a blog post in the past, and I still stand by the toothpaste now. You can get a three bulk pack of Kingfisher’s Fluoride Free Mint Toothpaste on Amazon for £8.91, and these toothpastes would definitely last you a good while, if not a year. They are fluoride free, vegan and cruelty free.

Handbag – Lipbalm

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Lush cosmetics is one of the favourites for many cruelty-free shoppers. They are very committed to their ethics and a lot of their products are vegan. The bath products of Lush are super popular and a great treat for yourself or friends however I want to promote the excellence of their lip balm tins. They are quite pricey but last a long time and definitely moisturise your lips. My favourite lip balm by them is Honey Trap because the ‘flavour’ is so lovely however they are only really ‘cruelty-free’. They are not labelled vegan because of the honey ingredient however Lush do many vegan alternatives like the lip balm ‘None of Your Beeswax‘.

Have you used any of these products before? Is there any other cheaper alternatives you may recommend to people on a budget who want to add more cruelty-free products to their life? Tell me in the comments below and share!

Thanks for reading,

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Missing Illustration

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If you didn’t happen to know what I studied in college, it was Art and Design. I’ve always had an on and off, complicated relationship with art. I love it, I love studying it and looking at it and creating it can be extremely therapeutic but some days doing art just frustrates me and can rough up my confidence with it. I struggle with making art I’m happy with and I always feel like if I had better tools (brushes, watercolours, pens etc) for it, I’d maybe be more motivated, however I do not have the money for that.

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I am choosing to study English/Creative Writing in University because I do long to improve my writing skills and study it a lot more. I’d love a job in the future based around/influenced by my degree, so that’s why I didn’t choose to go on to do an art degree, however I do miss making art a lot. I look a lot of pieces I did in college and it makes me miss sitting down and putting time into a project and liking the outcome. For example, a lighthouse painting piece I did on canvas in my first year of college always makes me long to do a canvas painting again, however I do not have the patience or concentration in my free time. It’s such a shame.

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As well as painting, illustration is one of the loves of my life. I get so envious and overwhelmed stalking the instagrams and portfolios of really talented illustrators. Some artists can make illustrations just so gorgeous and humble that I want to cover my walls in their prints. Therefore, I honestly wish I had their talent, however growing up I have definitely learnt illustration/art skill comes from constant practice and is not just gonna be right there when you touch pencil to paper. I recently followed a beautiful illustrator and lovely girl on Instagram who goes by the username of @AnniePancake! One of her posts talking about facts about herself appeared on my recommendations and honestly her whole style is something I wish I had. She’s been studying at University and says she first thought she couldn’t draw but her art style is just so eye-catching and cute! Her portfolio/store is at http://www.anniedornansmithdesign.co.uk and honestly I recommend everyone check her out because her illustrations are gorgeous!  The typography/font she paints on her designs are so pretty too!

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Greetings Card by Annie Dornan Smith £2.99

So inspired by talent like Annie and a lot of other illustrators I follow on Instagram. I hope in the future to do a lot more illustrations, maybe even some to have on my blog posts to give it a lot more individuality and unique design. Is there any illustrators you love on Instagram that you think I should check out? Tell me!

Thanks for reading,

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peeing in the shower is great

Last night I posted on twitter a tweet concerning doing your liquid business in the shower. Bizarrely enough, my friends responded as if I was absolutely mad which left me quite surprised. How has someone never purposely done a pee in the shower?

It led to me to thinking some of the weird things people do either in habit or with effort that is eco-friendly. ‘Weird’ things I do that I consider quite simple or ‘weird’ things other people do that I’m not sure if I could ever get behind.

  1. Pee in the shower!!
    I will fight for this idea until the end of time. If you are going for a shower and your bladder is ready to go, just save it and go in the shower. Why? Well why not? The liquid all goes down the same plug-hole and will be rinsed quickly if you don’t keep your shower drains clogged. You will save water by not using the toilet flush, you will save waste and money that is spent on toilet paper and you will save time! Now if you plan on doing a number two; please definitely use the actual toilet as that is not a liquid and if it is you should see a doctor.
  2. Coconut Oil instead of Makeup wipes
    If someone said to a younger me to wipe coconut oil over all my makeup and wash it off with water I’d probably grimace and think they’re a bit peculiar. But now the internet really does love coconut oil. I have never gone about trying all of the amazing ‘wonders’ coconut oil apparently has but I can tell you from trying and testing that makeup literally slides off my face with coconut oil! You just rub it onto makeup areas (avoid getting it in your eyes) and rub it off with a damp flannel! Voila! Make sure to splash your face with some warm water when done to prevent oil getting in your pores! Saving waste from wipes!
  3. Toothpaste Tabs
    I am not a dentist so I can’t tell anyone if this is a good way to go with your dental health but one of my favourite companies Lush Cosmetics, known for their eco-friendly, cruelty-free range, have a collection of solid tasting tabs in recyclable, reused cardboard boxes called ‘Toothy Tabs’. With these you basically take one of the tiny tabs crush it with your front teeth and then stick your damp toothbrush in your gob and start brushing! The tab will disintegrate and froth up like normal toothpaste! I have used a box of ‘Dirty Toothy Tabs’ by them before, mainly because of their gorgeous spearmint taste and I am currently using the ‘Sparkle Toothy Tabs’! These are really waste reducing and if you do the traditional idea of not running water whilst brushing – you’re a step closer to being more eco-friendly!
  4. Old clothes or knickers as cloths for cleaning
    Got any old t-shirts, underwear or cotton material that is just messed up and you could never get away with handing it down or giving it to charity? Cut it up and use it as cloths! For wiping down mirrors, polishing furniture, dusting – could save you a couple of quid on buying new ones and you recycle!
  5. Reusable sanitary pads
    Now hear me out, as I can already visualise people going ‘Eww!’ in the distance. Let’s push away the stigma on vagina-owner periods right now. Yes the body randomly decides to expel a huge load of blood from the vagina once a month. Yes this is slightly strange if you have a penis and this doesn’t happen. It’s biology, get over it. Most people are taught how to use a sanitary pad and a tampon. We are not really educated though on how much these disposable products contribute to waste a year though, and the bleach that goes into pads and tampons. Bit gross right? Bleached fabric that we have to stick up our hoo-has?! Maybe reusable sanitary pads are the eco-solution! These ‘pads’ are made out of soft, ‘hoo-ha’ friendly material with no bleaching or chemicals and you essentially wear them like normal pads, you bleed onto them, but instead of chucking them away you wash them(first soak in cold water and then you can chuck it in your washing machine) and you can re-wear them! Personally I’m not using this method right now but people make pads in different thicknesses and sizes and small, light ones are very comfy for those ending days of your period where you’re not really bleeding but don’t want to risk it!
  6. Uhhh… re-usable.. diapers?
    One for the mothers out there. On the topic of re-usable pads, apparently you can get re-usable diapers for your babas! I can see the appeal as sometimes disposable diaper material is bleached much like disposable pads and your baby’s skin is precious, but I’m not sure if I could ever do it. I feel like there is a line between cleaning off my own blood and cleaning off another tiny human’s poo. But that’s just me and I am nowhere near a mother yet! But there is another way to save your tiny baba’s skin and the environment! Plus saves money!

I’m sure there are a lot of other quirky ways to help out our mother Earth but there are a few simple ideas!

Thanks for reading,
Lenah x x