Special Offer at Naturisimo - £21.49 (reduced from £31.95)
Pulsin’ create their delicious morsels on UK premises using 100% renewable energy and their discs taste like healthy and natural treats churned out from the Amazon with exotic ingredients such as raw cacao, goji berries, guarana, ginseng and ashwagandha.
I’m officially hooked and love how there is a disc for every occasion. Try the Energy Bombs before a workout session, Goji Bursts for an antioxidant hit, Bliss Bombs for unwinding at the end of a hard day and to feel protein packed and just a wee bit Canadian there is Maple and Peanut Protein. I also hear there are Coffee Brownie and Protein S’port varieties that will only make it that much harder to choose a favourite.
Purchase at UK health food stores or visit Pulsin’ for further information.
This cute shop near the Greenwich Indoor Market offers organic and natural skincare and cosmetics from all the leading brands. Nvey Eco, Spiezia Organics, John Masters Organics, Sante and Trilogy are just some of the vast lines on offer that meet So Organic’s ingredient criteria of being free from: SLS, parabens, mineral oil / petroleum derivatives, propylene glycol and synthetic colours and fragrances.
This Greenwich gem offers a one stop shop either in-store or online, with homeware, baby and men’s products also available. So Organic earn more eco points too for operating a carbon neutral delivery service.I particularly love how the shop has been designed according to Feng Shui principles. The chi definitely feels right as you wander around perusing the shelves of organic goodies.
So Organic – 7 Turnpin Lane, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JA.
Here is the perfect notebook to use as your diary, travel journal or for jotting down all of your eco friendly ideas! This recycled notebook not only looks beautiful but it also helps the Tibetan community in Dharamsala, India. The Tibetan Welfare Office (TWO) is working to help the local community and environment in Dharamsala through initiatives such as recycling waste paper which will improve the environment, create employment opportunities and increase environmental awareness in the area.
For such a good cause and at affordable prices, you may want to pick up more than one notebook as there are other striking colours and designs on offer also.
Purchase Yellow Tibetan Recycled Paper Notebook online at Ethical Wares for £5.95
Learn more about the Tibetan Welfare Office (TWO)
The perfect LBD with attitude that can be dressed up or down. Love the luxe looking hemp and silk fabric. Size 10 only, hurry while stocks last!
Purchase online at Ciel - was £155, now £75
Annie Greenabelle Prom Dress
For a cute and flirty look, try this strapless organic black cotton dress with full pleated skirt. Pair with bubblegum coloured heels to complete the ultimate prom look.
On sale at Equa – was £92, now £70
Ciel Tallulah Dress
This dress is perfect for girls like me who feel the cold and need a LBD with sleeves. The Tallulah dress is casual yet stylish, made with organic hemp and organic silk. Personalise the look with your favourite long necklace, bracelets and stockings. Ciel is a member of Labour Behind the Label.
On sale at Adili – was £166, now £41.50
People Tree Silk Pod Dress
Calling all size 8s and 10s, rush over to People Tree’s website to buy this Audrey-esque dress made with raw silk. Technically not on sale, but a wise investment purchase that had to be included on this best of black dresses list. Made in Bangladesh to fair trade principles (IFAT – International Fair Trade Association).
Purchase online at People Tree - £146.81
How could you not have fun in this beautiful black dress, complete with playful black bow on the hemline. Fair trade, made in the USA with sustainable silk and azo free dyes, you better be quick to grab this sale bargain for US$177.50, reduced from US$355.
Do you want an ultra hydrating, organic, affordable moisturiser that smells like Tahiti in a jar? Organic coconut oil is perfect for moisturising the body (particularly dry skin) during winter. Use it also for a wonderful hand and foot moisturiser. I have tried many hand creams and coconut oil appears to literally reverse the signs of dry and ageing skin, almost having a Benjamin Button effect. Store at room temperature so you can easily scoop out the solidified oil which will quickly melt into skin when applied. A little goes a long way!
Apply to hair for a deep conditioning treatment (rinse with water first before shampooing out) or massage into scalp to treat dandruff.
Why spend money on shaving gels and creams which are probably loaded with toxic ingredients? Organic coconut oil is the only ingredient in the jar and will intensely moisturise legs during and after shaving.
4) Eyes and Lips
Apply a small dollop to an organic cotton pad or muslin cloth and see eye makeup wipe off completely. It is gentle and makes the lashes look glossy. Also use as lipgloss!
I initially bought coconut oil to make a raw vegan chocolate cake (courtesy of Raw Fairies) which was divine. You can also use the oil in Asian stir fries and baking.
For £3.95, I’ll be keeping one jar in the kitchen and another in the bathroom. The intoxicating reminder of Tahiti and Hawaii isn’t too bad either!
How did your background lead you to create one of the UK’s first online vegan accessories boutiques (that is actually super stylish)?
I’ve been vegetarian all my life, and have always found it hard to source quality shoes and bags that aren’t made of leather. There was never a convenient one-stop shop, I always had to contact individual designers and get my high-heels from one place, my handbags from another, and my pumps from somewhere else. It was driving me crazy! Then I realised other women must be feeling just as frustrated – so armed with savings from my former life as a television editor, I created a vegan boutique that brings together cutting-edge designers from around the world for the first time. My aim is to make it easier for fashionistas to make the short-step to a leather-free wardrobe. And I haven’t looked back since!
Neon Collective stock beautiful shoes by the likes of Olsenhaus and Charmone, which rival any Louboutins or Jimmy Choos. However, what would you say to any non-vegetarians to convince them to cross over to the green side?
Our shoes and bags really do stand up to scrutiny from the fashion pack, not just in good looks, but in quality construction too. People are falling over themselves to shop more ethically – and leading the way are celebrity starlets Natalie Portman and Leona Lewis, who are both committed followers of vegan fashion (and big fans of Charmoné shoes which we stock). In the UK up to 35% of people now consider themselves as ‘meat – reducers’ so I would encourage anyone cutting down on animal products to choose a non-leather shoe.
Simply put, we’d all like to buy more ethically if we could. No-one sets out to buy a pair of heels with the explicit intent of also making animals suffer in the process. But that is exactly what happens by purchasing leather! The trouble is, the industry has been very clever in disassociating leather products from the pain and deplorable practices used in their manufacture, and before there hasn’t been much of an alternative. Brilliantly, new technology means high-quality microfibers can be constructed exactly like leather, making them breathable, lightweight, water-resistant and colorfast. With such a fantastic choice of ethical footwear now available at Neon Collective – you can stay en vogue after turning green!
There is growing public awareness surrounding the manufacturing processes behind many high street stores. Neon Collective only stock designers with ethical manufacturing practices, don’t you?
Yes, that’s right! Ethically sourcing our products is really important to us. To supply Neon Collective, designers must
fully meet our philosophy of responsible luxury: no animal-derived materials, no sweat-shop production and only the very highest in quality and design. Many brands have gone one step further by utilising techniques such as recycling and carbon offsetting. If you chose not to wear leather then you need to ask what materials are used to make the shoes? The fashion industry has long been structured for us to consume, throw-away, consume again - and not even consider what fabrics are used or who made them. However, people are starting to grasp the idea that our purchases have consequences, which gives me hope.
So that’s the hard hitting journalism out of the way, now let’s talk shoes and bags! I’m loving the Crusier bag from English Retreads. Can you tell us what else will be big this Spring?
I love the vintage rubber Crusier bag too - English Retreads have turned recycling into a bold fashion statement, making old lorry tires into gorgeous handbags! Top of my splurge list this season is the Sotero bag from vegan label Matt & Nat. With colour a big fashion story this summer, this hot magenta arm candy is totally on-trend and will see you through a day at the office to a night on the tiles. If you’ve got a special day looming this year, then get in the queue for the Saphire from the new Sui Generis collection (pictured). These super sexy skyscraper heels are rammed with eco features to make you weak at the knees. Made from organic hemp with patent trim and stunning jeweled detail, this luxurious court shoe is skillfully crafted by hand in the UK. They are utterly gorgeous and perfect for weddings.
For any woman starting to build her ethical wardrobe, what are the key items she should invest in?
I’d start off with the basics first – you can’t go wrong with a simple pair of black court shoes teamed with a glossy clutch. Check out the Mariposa in black patent faux leather with the Kala clutch from Matt & Nat. Simple, stylish and trans-seasonal.
Before we let you go, could you share a few of your vegetarian and eco discoveries with us?
I love bright nails and I’ve just discovered Nubar eco nail polish. It’s free from chemical nasties, is animal friendly, and will look stunning with the Matt & Nat hot summer collection of vegan handbags.
I’m a big fan of inhabitat.com and always look forward to their weekly newsletter full of sustainable technology and design - I’m saving up for the fiber optic wallpaper!
Favourite ethical fashion label or designer?
For me Stella McCartney is the queen of ethical fashion. She’s a real trailblazer and inspiration, designing stunning eco-collections year on year. I love her tailored trenches, ultra floaty florals and her passion for animal welfare. But her designs are expensive - a more affordable alternative is Edun or People Tree.
Favourite vegetarian or vegan restaurant?
Luckily for me I live in Brighton where I’m spoilt for fine veggie eateries: I love the veggie breakfast at Sanctuary Café on Brunswick Street, and for a special occasion Terre à Terre on East Street is the place to go. However, the best vegetarian restaurant in the world is Food for Friends in the Brighton Lanes. Simply delicious.
Best green tip for Green Lashes and Fashion readers?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The industry will never change unless we collectively make a stand. Resist the temptation to buy something simply because it’s cheap, as there’s a high chance someone in a developing nation will have been paid a pittance for their hard work. Ask the shop if they can guarantee their products are sweatshop free? If they don’t know – they don’t deserve your custom. If enough people make a stand they’ll be forced to change. And don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to keep totally up-to-date with what’s hot at Neon Collective.
Green Lashes and Fashion readers will receive a 10% discount when using the code, GLF10 at the Neon Collective checkout (valid from 22nd January).
Feel on skin: Rich and nourishing
Scent: Natural fragance with menthol undertones
Skin types: All skin types
Results: Skin appears to have more of a glow
Value for money: Yes, because you need such a small amount and it lasts months
Who would like it? Women that like luxurious products with pure ingredients
How to clean muslin cloth: I thought it would be a pain cleaning the cloth after every use but a few drops of Dr Bronner’s soap cleans it well (then you can machine wash it weekly).
Would I buy it again? The price did seem a lot at first but now that I see how long it lasts and how good it is for my skin, I would definitely buy it again.
More about the Organic Pharmacy's Carrot Butter Cleanser
One application of the Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter Cleanser and I immediately understood why it was a bestseller, award winner and celebrity favourite.
This is a great first product to try from the Organic Pharmacy if you haven’t already sampled their luxurious products that are handmade in London and free from petrochemicals and artificial ingredients. I picked up this cleanser from their new Hampstead store where the staff are really helpful and friendly. I love having a new one stop shop for homeopathy, organic skincare, makeup and spa treatments.
Carrot Butter Cleanser – £29.95
Organic Cotton Muslin Cloth – £3.43
If you want to read about another supreme organic cleanser, read my review on Pai’s Rose and Camellia Cleanser.
Green Lashes Budget Cleanser Tip
Season 5 just started last week with a new bunch of designers oozing creativity and attitude. Start watching now to see which one can 'make it work' for mentor, Tim Gunn or which one can't make it work and unfortunately hears the words, 'auf Wiedersehen' from host / judge, Heidi Klum. Let’s see which designer wins the challenge and proves eco fashion is the way forward! Check it out tomorrow night, Wednesday – 21 January at 8pm on Sky1. (Image: Bravo TV)
Now is the time to stock up on organic treats to nourish your skin this winter. The citrus scented Organic Body Oil was £21.55 and is now £13 and the rich Organic Hand Cream is now £10 reduced from £23.40. Organic baby products such as Baby Massage Oil and Nappy Salve are also majorly discounted.
This is your chance to familiarize yourself with Spiezia’s sublime product range which is handmade in Cornwall and certified organic by the Soil Association. Or if you already know and love them, what are you waiting for? Get your favourite Spiezia Organics’ products today while stocks last!
Corfe Candles hand make their gorgeous and inventive collection of candles in Dorset, always keeping the environment in mind. There are also Soy Scented Votives available in delicious fragrances such as Banana Nut Bread, Vanilla Hazelnut Mocha and Peppermint. I can’t wait to try the Mediterranean Fig or Orange Clove ones. These candles just may be the way to overindulge without going up a dress size!
Corfe Candles offer a bespoke design service and deliver internationally.
Vintage Soy Filled Teacup Candles - £25
Soy Scented Votives - £9.99
For more information visit Corfe Candles
Grab some pancakes, granola or free-range eggs over easy for breakfast or for dinner choose from Mexican enchiladas, burritos, burgers or Asian stir-fries. My all time favourite meal had to be the ‘Maui-Maui Platter’ which featured the Maui burger with mushrooms, water chestnuts, pineapple, teriyaki sauce served with sesame fries, salad and miso gravy. I still dream about it to this day! Despite the large portions it is difficult to say no to the dessert menu which includes the ‘Shakti Cake’, a vegan chocolate carrot cake with hemp icing or try the wonderfully named, ‘Noh-Pie’ which has no eggs and no dairy but lots of yumminess in a banana date nut cream pie.
The Naam is the city’s ‘oldest natural foods restaurant’ and very popular with locals who love its relaxed vibe and live music. The garden patio is especially great during the summer. If you visit, have a ‘Maui Maui Platter’ for me and let me know what other dishes you enjoyed.
The Naam – 2724 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC.
Image: From Naam website.
Pop these chewy bears in your handbag for that 4pm sugar slump or take them to the movies so you feel just like all the other candy munchers. And if you have any kids in your life, decide whether to share these delicious treats with them at your own peril because they will love them.
I have yet to try other confectionery from Biona but they also offer organic tutti frutti wine gums, cola bottles, licorice bears and pineapple chews. If anyone has tried these or other vegan confectionery they love, do let me know!
Available for £1.94 at health food stores or online at Goodness Direct UK.
English Retreads was born and now eco conscious and style conscious girls have a great range of vegan bags and accessories to choose from, all with car themed names (forget the Birkin it’s now all about the Model T or Coupe). I love the Model T Tote Luxe with green apple coloured lining (very Green Lashes) as well as the sleek looking Crusier which is a perfect work bag (pictured above). I had also been looking everywhere for a vegan messenger style bag and have fallen big time for the Coupe bag (pictured below). English Retreads' coveted bags were given to the A-listers at Sundance and the Critics’ Choice Awards in LA last year as part of the celebrity gift bag swag.
English Retreads are definitely stylish and sustainable. The company ensures employees and the environment are their top priorities. Bags and accessories are made in Boulder, Colorado, 100% of the company’s carbon emissions are offset through Native Energy and they are also a member of Co-op America’s Green Business Network.
Pick up a bag here in the UK through online site, Neon Collective or visit English Retreads for more information about their accessory range which includes dog collars, mobile phone and ipod covers, belts and wallets.
Model T Tote Luxe – £94 at Neon Collective
Crusier Bag - £42 at Neon Collective
Model T Tote Classic - $129 Large at English Retreads
Coupe - $85 at English Retreads
Kaight: 83 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002.
I came across some great dresses by London designer, Julia Smith who appears to be the go-to-girl for the ultimate party dress. She has fashion and eco credibility (working with Alberta Ferretti and a fair trade project in Ghana no less). Julia’s collections are made from organic or sustainable materials certified by SKAL and the Soil Association and her ‘trade-fair’ philosophy ensures the design and manufacturing process is highly ethical and kept local, with her mainline collections being produced in the UK.
Angelina, Cameron or Kate would look stunning in the sophisticated black, ‘Silk Grace Dress’ made of hemp and silk with built in corset (pictured above). Brides to be might also like to know the Grace dress is available in cream!
For a youthful and edgy red carpet look, there is the Hilary Silk Hemp Couture Dress, available in either bronze or black. Great paired with black tights or sky scraper nude coloured heels to elongate the legs!
Black Silk Grace Dress available at the Natural Store for £720.
Bronze Hilary Silk Hemp Couture Dress available at Fashion-Conscience for £485.
Available at some UK health food stores or online for £1.49 each at Michaels Luffas or Green Brands.
Good news, green girls! The Organic Pharmacy has opened its fifth London store in North London's lovely Hampstead. You can enjoy shopping for homeopathic products in the pharmacy or indulge at their Urban Day Spa with facials, manicures and more! If you want to kick start your health the holistic way this January you should also pop into the Organic Pharmacy Clinic where vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be detected and stress levels managed with homeopathic treatments and herbs. Stay tuned for upcoming Organic Pharmacy skincare reviews and Organic Glam make up reviews in future posts.
The Organic Pharmacy - 44 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1QG
Feel on skin: Deliciously creamy and soft
Skin types: All skin types
Results: Skin feels thoroughly clean
Value for money: Yes
Who would like it? Women that like the pretty things in life!
Would I buy it again? Absolutely, this was one of those products that got my attention for all the right reasons.
The cleanser feels deliciously creamy and gentle on the skin, even when removing eye make up. An organic muslin cloth is also available to rinse off the cleanser, which has a soft exfoliating effect (£3). The ingredient list is wonderfully minimal and is certified organic by the Soil Association. Pai Skincare are also the first cosmetics company to be accredited by SEE Companies, (which ensures companies meet strict criteria regarding Social, Environmental and Ethical issues). With these seals of approval, Pai certainly live up to their name which means ‘goodness’ in Maori.
Available: Pai Skincare
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Full Ingredient List
rose water*, water, camellia oil*, castor oil*, sweet almond oil*, coconut and corn-derived emulsifier, shea butter*, vegetable glycerine, natural vitamin e, manuka oil, rosemary extract*, lavender oil*, geranium oil*, may chang oil*, rose oil*
January Competition: Win a copy of the new book, Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston (COMPETITION NOW CLOSED).
Quantum Wellness has been a hit in the US and thanks to Ebury Publishing, Green Lashes will be offering a copy of the new book by Kathy Freston to one lucky competition winner this month.
January is often the month we try to improve our lives and this book can offer guidance on how to achieve optimal health for your mind, body and spirit. This New York Times Bestseller focuses on the '8 Pillars of Wellness' which include meditation, visualisation, fun activities, conscious eating, exercise, self-examination, spiritual practice and service.
To be in with a chance to win a copy of Quantum Wellness, simply answer the question below via email to: email@example.com (please write 'Quantum Wellness Competition' in the email subject line).
Author, Kathy Freston inspired which talk show queen to go on a 21 day cleanse?
Competition closes Saturday 31st January 2009 at midnight. Entrants will be selected at random after the closing date. The competition winner will be notified by email.
To purchase online visit Amazon UK. To learn more about author Kathy Freston and her other books, visit her website.
This competition is advertised through The Prize Finder
Being a chocolate lover, I of course opted for the 'Chocolate Bliss' soap which contains fair trade cocoa powder and essential oils of orange, cinnamon and patchouli. In a word it was, bliss! But I also really loved the spiciness of the GKNY bar which contained orange, cinnamon and clove essential oils with turmeric and paprika! The soaps lather well and last a very long time (despite their smallish appearance).
With over 10 bars, I’m sure you will find the right one (or several) to suit you and you may even become slightly addicted to their intoxicating scents like I have.
Available at Lovelula.com for £3.50.
To really get in the yoga mind zone, you can use ‘Yoga and Meditation’ Badger Balm. These USDA certified organic balms contain essential oils of mandarin, ginger, sandalwood and frankincense and can be used to soothe the mind and body. I think their website says it best though that the ‘Yoga and Meditation’ balm will ‘calm, centre and balance your inner Badger’. Available at the Ethical Superstore for £5.86.