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Cruelty-free Christmas List

HAPPY 23 days until Christmas everyone! I absolutely love this time of year and as Christmas is right around the corner, I  thought it would be a fun idea to share some of the items at the top of my Christmas list with you all in case you’re in need of some inspiration.

Before we get into presents, I have 2 awesome advent calendars to share with you, because of course 1 is never enough! The first is a luxury dark chocolate calendar from Hotel Chocolat and is my all time favourite; you can buy that here. The second calendar by moo free is a more affordable option but is still super yummy and you can order that from Vegusto here.

vegan advent callendars

 

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My Christmas list is filled with some of my favourite vegan products by some awesomely compassionate companies. If you like the look of any of them, you can click on the names of the gifts below to check out the websites where you can purchase them.

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The Tree Kisser clothing – beautiful slogan jumpers and tees promoting animal compassion

Tara Smith hair care products – vegan haircare tested on film stars, not animals (love it!)

Pana chocolate – delicious raw organic chocolate

Vego chocolate – my current obsession and one of the best chocolate bars I’ve eaten

A subscription to The Vegan Kind – a monthly lifestyle box filled with a variety of vegan treats

This year will be my first vegan Christmas and I am so excited to create a vegan christmas menu with my mum and share it with you all on the blog.

What are you all asking santa for this Christmas? Do you have any plant-based Christmas dinner ideas?

How to do Glastonbury… Vegan style

At the end of this week, I will be heading to Glastonbury Festival for the first time ever! Excited does not even begin to describe how my boyfriend feels about this; we’ve spoken about nothing but tents, line ups, and portable chairs for the past few months. I, on the other hand have been feeling a little, okay a lot, apprehensive mainly due to the showering/ toilets/ general personal hygiene issues a festival presents, but also about how I will find food that fits in with my veggie/ vegan lifestyle.

Recently I was trawling through online vegan forums where I stumbled upon a plethora of comments saying that Glastonbury is THE best place for veggies/ vegans. Some people were even saying that Glastonbury was the one time of the year that they ate veggie, simply because the food is so good. After finding this out, I’m definitely giving my boyfriend a run for his money in the too excited to function department, and can’t wait to head to The Green Fields (where all the veggie/ vegan action happens). I’m so excited to share all of my Glasto-food instagram pics with you all and will be writing a full blog post about all my vegan eats when I’m back. For those mornings where we don’t have the energy to roll out of our tent for breakfast, I have packed some Fruitina snack bars; they’re the perfect festival snack: light-weight, healthy and filling!

fruity snacks

To mitigate my no-shower panic, I decided to go on a mini-toiletry shopping spree. I am passionate about using cruelty free beauty products, so shopping for tiny toiletries is as exciting to me, as shopping for collapsable chairs that fold into the size of a shoe (yes, we have those!) is to my boyfriend! So for all you compassionate festival go-ers, here is my:

Festival Shopping List

1. Moisturising Hand Sanitiser (Festival must have!)

Crabtree and Evelyn at Marks and Spencer 

crabtree and evelyn hand sanitiser

 

2. Wet-Wipes (as an alternative to showering, aaaaa!)

Dr. Organic at Holland and Barrett

dr. organic wet wipes

 

3. Dry Shampoo (I’ve been told by seasoned festival goers that realistically, I won’t be washing my hair :o)

Superdrug own brand

superdrug dry shampoo

 

4. Mini bottles of my favourite shampoo and conditioner (just in case I can’t go 4 days without hair washing)

Tara Smith at Marks & Spencer

tara smith hair products

 

5. Mini bottle of body wash (for that shower that may or may not happen)

Original Source at Superdrug

original source shower gel

 

6. One large bottle of sun screen (this is the one thing that my mum insisted I didn’t downsize)

Ultrasun at Marks and Spencers

ultrasun

 

Glastonbury – here we come!!