[September] – Vegan Favorites

My vegan favourites for the month of September.

There is so much more to the plant-based/vegan lifestyle than food. I realise that my blog focuses largely on the food side of things, but I would now like to start incorporating more of the non-food aspects.

Today, I will share with you some of the vegan items that I have been enjoying throughout this month.

Yes To Tomatoes: Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

I struggle with hormonal acne. My skin is fine for most of the month except during the week or two before my cycle starts. Like most women, I have tried lots of drug-store and even some high-end products, but none of them seem to work.

Prior to becoming vegan, I got rid of a lot of the synthetic cosmetics products I had and focused on buying more natural items. Yes To is a brand that I have come to love because all of their products are made using at least 95% natural ingredients.

Charcoal is known to draw out impurities from the skin, so when I saw this mud mask, I knew I had to give it a go. I love it so much because it really calms my skin down whenever I have flare-ups. In addition to charcoal, it contains ingredients like Aloe vera (known for its antibacterial properties), Salicylic acid (helps to unclog the pores), and bentonite and kaolin clay that help to draw out toxins from the skin.

As with all of their products, this mask is formulated without the use of parabens, SLS and silicones. The full ingredients in this product include:

Aqua, Propanediol, Bentonite, Kaolin, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Galactoarabinan, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Charcoal Powder, Allantoin, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Cucurbita Pep Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxide (CL77499), Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum. 

The directions suggest that you apply a generous layer of the mask to your face, leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse it off. it doesn’t tell you how often to use it, but I use mine twice a week.

I noticed that this product contains alcohol. However, because alcohol is at the bottom of the ingredient list, I believe it is used as a preservative rather than a drying agent. This product certainly does not leave my skin dry. It always feels smooth and nourished.

The product costs £11.99 for 93g / 3.3oz. It is not exactly cheap, but it does last up to 8 weeks and I would say it is worth the money for what it does for my skin.  This is my third tube. So yes, I do love it!  You can purchase this from here.

Good Full Stop Snack Bars

I am no stranger to these bars! Ever since I found out about them late last year, I have been hooked! These bars come in so many flavours to suit so many tastes. I wrote a full review about them some time ago, you can check out that review here.

They’re mainly made up of dates, they’re gluten-free and they’re a source of minerals. I love these bars especially during my cycle when sweet potatoes are just not satisfying my cravings for chocolate.

The chocolate in them just enough to hit the spot. If you’re a calorie counter, the bars are no more than 150 calories.

Of all the flavours they offer, the chilli chocolate flavours (red hot and fiery hot), and the caffeine mocha bars are my favourite. If you’re based in the UK or EU, you can get 50% off your purchase by using the code “VBS50” at checkout. You’re missing out if you haven’t tried them yet. Honestly!

The Body Shop Strawberry Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

Now that The Body Shop has been acquired by Natura, I’m even more excited to share their vegan products.  I have been using this Strawberry antiperspirant for the last four weeks or so, and I really like it.

It has a light strawberry scent as you would expect, but the scent doesn’t last for very long. I haven’t noticed any skin irritations and it doesn’t leave any marks on my skin or on my clothes. I would attest to the fact that it keeps me smelling fresh throughout the day, and even on hot days.

The full ingredient list for this:

Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Aluminium Chlorohydrate (Anti Perspirant Active), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Panthenol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Hydroxyethylcellulose (Stabiliser/Thickener), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Fragaria Vesca Fruit Extract/Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract (Natural Additive), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient).

This product contains aluminium according to the ingredients. Aluminium supposedly increases the risk of breast cancer, so if you have a high risk of developing breast cancer (hereditary etc), this may not be the formula for you.

Green People make an Aloe Vera & Prebiotics Deodourant that is free of both alcohol and aluminium. I have not tried it, so I can’t tell you how effective it is. I do plan on purchasing it once this deodorant runs out.

At £4.00 for a 50ml bottle, Body Shop’s strawberry deodorant is more expensive than regular high street deodorant brands. But, like I mentioned, I’ve been using this for the last 4 weeks and the bottle is still at least half full.

My Protein’s Active Women Vegan Blend

I know I have said in the past that I’m not an advocate of protein powders. So, I totally understand if you’re giving me the side-eye right now. But, hear me out…
A few months ago, I decided to start doing some more strength training exercises to help me build more muscle and strengthen my bones. While a lot of people exercise purely for aesthetics, the same is not true for me. I do it primarily for health. Aesthetics are a bonus of course!
When you do a lot of strength-training exercises, it is advisable to increase the amount of protein you eat to help with muscle repair. I can get all the protein I need through diet, but it would mean eating larger portions of beans and legumes than my body can handle. That wasn’t going to happen so the alternative was protein powders.
I did a lot of research before I settled on this particular one from my protein. This one was perfect for me because it is a soy-free formula and because it is fortified with a lot of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12! To be honest, that was one of the key selling points for me.
Prior to buying this 2.5kg vanilla bag, I have bought and finished a 1kg bag of the banana & cinnamon flavour and a 1kg bag of the vanilla bag. So I do really like it. I don’t get any bloating or stomach discomfort from using it.
It does have a bit of a chalky taste if you drink it as a shake. I tend to mix mine with my bowl of oats, so the chalky taste is a lot less obvious. The protein powder makes my oats very thick, and since it is already sweetened, there’s no need to add any kind of sweetener to my oats.
Per 25g, the recommended serving size, you get a decent 17g of protein!
My protein often has discount offers going on so I have never bought the protein powders at full price. Awesome right?  If you’re looking for a protein powder to try out, this is one I’ll recommend.
So there you have it! My vegan favourites for the month of September. What products are you loving this month?


  1. Nicola
    1st October 2017 / 11:34 AM

    Thank you for bringing the tomato mask to my attention. I also struggle with occasional outbursts and more recently have wondered if it’s all the chemicals in products that’s causing the breakouts.

    • 2nd October 2017 / 12:00 PM

      Hi Nicola, thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you found the post useful. I noticed as soon as I swapped from synthetic products to natural ones, my skin started to improve dramatically. Diet has also played a major role too. That tomato mask is seriously good for me, so I hope it works just as well for you 🙂

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