Hello, and welcome to my first vegan favourites post! I love watching vegan favourites videos on YouTube but as I am no video maker I thought it would be a nice idea to start making regular little posts on here about the vegan products I have been loving recently. Since becoming vegan, I feel like I am discovering so many wonderful products and also being pleasantly surprised that some of the products I already loved are actually vegan too. Finding all these new brands and products to fall in love with is making me so happy so I really want to share a little of the love on here and hopefully give you all some ideas for some great vegan products you can buy, use and also fall in love with.
I've always loved Original Source products, mainly because they smell so incredible, but until going vegan I had never actually clocked the little vegan symbol displayed proudly on the front of their packaging. All of their products are vegan, not tested on animals, contain only natural ingredients and smell like heaven. Finding out these products are vegan was definitely a highlight and I know I will be using a lot more of their range now that I know. Their new shower milk range looks so wonderful too so I can't wait to try that!
I've tried quite a few of the Lush face and body scrubs now but I think Herbalism is my favourite so far. It's not too rough in texture so is more of a gentle scrub, which makes it perfect for using on your face. I love using this every night, it makes me feel so clean and fresh. This one contains rice bran and ground almonds to act as the exfoliator along with nettle and rosemary extracts. The ground almonds create a smooth milky feel when mixed with water so it feels wonderful on your skin. I was using the Let The Good Times Roll scrub before I got this one, which although smelled incredible, I found it to be a little too rough for using on my face so Herbalism is a much gentler alternative.
Salt of the Earth Deodorant
I swapped to using a natural deodorant a few months ago now and I can hand on heart say that I have never looked back. I wrote a full post about this over on my lifestyle blog which you can read so I won't go into too much detail here but it's just wonderful. I use the Salt of the Earth one which is totally vegan-friendly and I love it. I've struggled with a skin condition that affects my underarms for years, which was part of the reason I wanted to try a natural deodorant, but I'd also been reading a lot about all the harmful chemicals that are in deodorants and how they can affect your skin. Since using this I've had no problems at all. I was a little sceptical at first as it is completely unscented so I wasn't convinced I actually had any on, and how can a natural crystal act as a deodorant anyway? But it does actually work, even for going to the gym and working out. I'll never go back after using this, it's become a firm vegan favourite.
Missy's Vegan Cupcakes
Okay, this one is probably only going to be of interest to people who live in Scotland, sorry! These cakes were just too good not to include in this post though. This month I went to the Flying Duck Fete in Glasgow for the first time, which is held once a month and involves a lot of seriously yummy vegan cakes. Missy's Vegan Cupcakes was one of the stalls and all the cakes looked incredible. It took me a long time to choose but I eventually decided on the peanut butter cupcake (no surprises there) and oh-my-god, it was the best cake I have ever eaten ever. I was so upset I only bought one because I could easily have eaten 10. I'm definitely going to become a Missy's stalker, following them around everywhere they go to buy all the vegan cakes. If you live near to Glasgow or Edinburgh you need to check them out! They go to the Flying Duck Fete every month in Glasgow and also the Leith Market Vegan Quarter every month in Edinburgh, plus a few others listed on their Facebook page. SO GOOD.
T Plus Teas
I've loved these guys for a while now so they absolutely had to feature in my first vegan favourites post. T Plus make green teas which are filled with vitamins and different fruity flavours. I never used to be a fan of green tea but after discovering this brand through Twitter I have become a total convert, swayed by all their fruity flavours. My favourite one is the orange and blueberry but they are all so yummy. And, they contain 50% of your RDA of essential vitamins, including B12, so they are extra vegan-friendly - yay! I also guest blog over on the T Plus website once a month so be sure to pop over to read my posts (and buy lots of tea) - this month I'm sharing my tips on how to drink more water this summer.
Vegan Aminos is a vegan community-based app that I have recently fallen in love with. It's basically a whole lot of passionate vegan people coming together and sharing their food, recipes, stories, questions, suggestions, advice and love. You have your own profile and can post blogs to it, which can be whatever you fancy - photos, recipes or just text. You can also search for people posting near you which is great for finding other local vegans and you can get involved in discussions, chats and polls. This was one of the first apps I downloaded when I got my new phone having been eyeing it up for ages (my phone before was so old I couldn't download any new apps!). I've just loved speaking to other vegans and getting lots of new recipe ideas, food tips and advice. If you are vegan then this is the perfect app for you!
What vegan products have you been loving recently?