Vegan Candles, yes they do exist!

Personally, I love candles they’re great as gifts and they are also great to set the mood and fill my home all year round with light and pleasant aromas.

The problem is that most brands use paraffin or beeswax and stearic acid, produced from animal fat in their candles.

Although most candles contain animal products, vegan candles are easy to find.

There are some brands making non-toxic, cruelty-free candles with high-quality essential oils. The one I love to use is produced locally near me by a certified aromatherapist called Kasia, and her husband. Kasia is the co-founder of LUMINESSENCE NATURALS and she makes the essential oils and creates the delicious aromas. 

They are a small business that sells mostly locally in the UK but they also export to other countries. Their candles are luxurious and smell deliciously.

Why choose 100% Natural Soy Candles with pure essential oils?

Soy candles are made from soybeans, derived from a Eco-friendly natural and renewable source. Plus soy wax is also biodegradable.

A candle made from soy wax burns cleaner and they are also non-toxic. When using Natural Soy Candles rather than paraffin-based candles you avoid breathing in toxic smoke or chemicals.

Soy candles typically last longer, you may pay more initially, but you won’t have to buy new candles as often.

The Luminessence Naturals Soy Candles contain the highest percentage of the best quality essential oils. Each Soy Candle is 100% Natural, ethically sourced & hand poured with absolutely no artificial ingredients. They not tested on animals, they are Vegan, Paraben & Chemical free.

Whether is to relax or lift your mood use eco-friendly, vegan candles 🌱🕯 and relax without the worry of any chemical nasties polluting your home 💙

Let me know if you knew about soy candles and if you have any thoughts or recommendations 🙂

(*Although I talk about a specific brand this post was NOT sponsored *)

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Take That Vacation: Travel is Good for Your Mental Health

You ever notice that when you come back to work after a nice vacation you are calmer, more focused and even happier? There is a reason for that – travel is good for your mental health. While you may think that putting off your use of those vacation days may help you look good at work, chances are you would be better off using them and reaping the benefits of a better work performance spurred by your good mood.

Travel Gets You Out of Your Head

One of the ways travel helps with mental health is through its endless distractions. When you get too caught up in the one or more of the many traps of negative thinking, the result is often disappointment or anxiety. We aren’t supposed to constantly ponder ourselves, our choices and our status in the world. Learning to let these thoughts and judgments go as soon as they appear is a cornerstone of meditation. However, it can be helpful to just live your life to avoid overthinking and travel is just that – life lived at its fullest!

Travel Boosts Your Confidence

When we get stuck in a rut, it is easy to start doubting yourself. You lose your enthusiasm for the things you do throughout the day and things can start to feel hopeless. Shaking things up by going on a vacation can help give your confidence the boost it needs if you’re feeling weighed down by your routine. Traveling allows you to get to know yourself again in an unfamiliar environment.

You can celebrate your small victories while on vacation, whether they are making your flight on time or effectively communicating your needs in another language. Travel is a great way to remind yourself about the limitless potential of the world and yourself. This can be especially helpful for people who are in recovery for addiction. As a supplement to clinical treatment, a journey of self-discovery can be a great way to start out a new, sober life.

Travel Improves Your Communication Skills

So much of the conflict we have to deal with in life is a direct result of poor communication. People tend to be bad communicators when they are unable to see past their own point of view and speak beyond their own personal language. Traveling helps you to see the world from several points of view. Furthermore, breaking out of your comfort zone and having to communicate with strangers when you are on vacation is a great way to reduce anxiety when it comes to dealing with people at home and work. Travel more and watch your relationships in all areas of life improve thanks to your well-rounded communication skills.

Travel Makes You Adaptable

Adaptability may be the key to happiness missing from your life. When we fail to adapt, we fail to live in the present. When we don’t live in the present, we get bogged down by the “shoulds” and “coulds” and fail to appreciate what is happening right in front of us. Traveling instills adaptability at every twist and turn of the journey. From rolling with a departure time change to having to figure out what to do when a plan in the itinerary falls through, you have to take those setbacks and work to not let them ruin your entire trip. When you know that things don’t always go as planned and sometimes a complication can lead to something better, you are less likely to unnecessarily stress out and stew in negative feelings. Instead, you learn to live in the moment and appreciate what you have for increased overall happiness.

Don’t hoard your vacation days. Taking the time to travel can be seriously beneficial for your mental health. Hitting the road helps get you out of your own head and boosts your confidence. Being in a different environment and trying new things can also improve your overall communication skills. Most importantly, travel teaches you to be more adaptable – a key component for a happier life.

Henry Moore is passionate about travel and health, and he writes about how to get the most out of both on his website FitWellTraveler.

Have a look at his page and find more articles with tips and exciting destinations.

Henry believes travel can change you, and good health preserves you.

If you are planning to travel as a vegan / vegetarian follow this link for some great practical tips.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Despite the fact that sounds a bit weird to use Vinegar on your Hair, it is not a joke, it’s actually something that you should consider. If you never tried it, I’m sure you probably are a bit skeptical, to say the least 🙂

After starting making my own apple cider vinegar at home, I started to get more and more interested about its benefits for the health, hair, and skin. And one thing let to the other I said goodbye to the traditional conditioners and shampoos for god.

Now I use apple cider vinegar (ACV) to rinse my hair and works wonderfully. It is one of my favorite ways to keep my hair healthy, detangled, and shiny.And I assure you 100% that after you rinse out the vinegar from your hair and your hair dries, it will no longer smell like vinegar at all.

And I assure you 100% that after you rinse out the vinegar from your hair and your hair dries, it will no longer smell like vinegar at all.

Apple cider vinegar is simply the by-product of the fermentation of apples.

Choose the right Apple Cider Vinegar

You can do the vinegar easily at home or you can buy it at any supermarket or health store, the best ones to use on your hair are the ones that are organic, raw and unfiltered.

How To Do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Mix:  2-4 tbsp apple cider vinegar  + 1/2 liter cool/warm water

(Ues more vinegar for oily hair or dandruff, less vinegar for dry hair, but you can adjust this blend over time to see what works best for you)

  1. Use the shampoo,
  2. Rinse your hair,
  3. Mix the apple cider vinegar and water, in a bottle or jar,
  4. Pour the rinse over your entire scalp, allowing the mixture to run through,
  5. Let the mixture sit on your hair for 1-2 minutes,
  6. Rinse out the vinegar.
Reasons to do an ACV hair rinse
  1. It helps to balance the pH of the hair.
  2. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties
  3. prevents and helps with dandruff
  4. removes build-up
  5. great natural detangler
  6. stimulate hair growth
  7. can prevent hair loss

Please share any experiences or questions, I’d really love to hear from you! 💙🌱

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Shampoo Bars are here ⭐️ what you need to know

As someone that travels for long periods with minimal luggage, finding ways to save space, weight and avoid liquids can be a bit like rocket science 😅. The use of shampoo bars sounds an idea from heaven, not only because is not liquid, but because is small, compact, zero-waist, and seemingly longer-lasting than liquid shampoo.

A bar shampoo it’s essentially a solid shampoo in bar form, often made from just a few and more natural ingredients plus there is no plastic package.

Shampoo bars will likely have Little lather or bubbles to them because they often don’t contain an artificial lathering agent. So if you like lots of bubbles this is probably not for you.

The key is to know what to choose. Try to avoid chemicals and artificial ingredients, palm oil, SLS – aka Sodium Laurel Sulfate, artificial fragrances, harsh preservatives and, dyes. None of these additions are good for you, either the planet. Better to look for shampoo bars with highly nourishing butters, oils, essential oils and botanical extracts.

If you’re vegan, I’m too, so there is no problem here 🙂 there are many brands which make vegan-friendly shampoo bars. When you are looking for a bar shampoo just avoid ingredients like milks, honeys, or other animal products.

I know that it may sound a bit complicated at the beginning…

It’s hard to know what kind of shampoos are there in the market, and which ones are the best ones for your hair type.

In the end, choosing the right shampoo bar will really be a result of trial and error. But I might turn your life just a little bit easier 🙂  > check it here <

To help you (and me 😊) to choose, I’ve been trying different bar shampoos, if you do some research you’ll be amazed at the variety and quantity available on the market (what makes it harder to choose).

How to use a shampoo bar?

First wet your hair thoroughly.

For me workes the best rubbing the bar between my hands first, instead of applying it directly on my hair.

Only a little of shampoo is needed, the bars are quite concentrated. If you use too much they can leave your hair feeling greasy and or waxy when dry. Take your time to wash out properly.

If you keep having the feeling that you are not raising your hair properly or if you live in a hard water area, you may need to do an acidic rise, with apple cider vinegar or diluted lemon juice to help balance and restore a healthy pH to the scalp and to remove old chemicals. Also brushing your hair often helps to redistribute the oils throughout the hair.

Make sure you store your bars in a dry place to prevent them from breaking down or melting. The bar should be completely dry between uses.

Note: for most people, there is an adjustment period of about 1 month on chemically treated hair when using a natural bar shampoo.

I hope you are thinking that this might be a good idea. If that is the case just think about the amount of plastic you can avoid and you will make your mind in a second 🙂

Leave in the comments box any questions or tips you may have!

Lots of Love Ana x💆🏻x

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Must-See Vegan Documentaries (documentários)

vfe-art_2048x2048Because the world is our home and we only have one life… I leave here a few documentaries that you must-see and will inspire you to Leave Animals off the Menu.

  1. Earthlings  is a 2005  documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.  Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research).
  2. Cowspiracy this documentary explains how our meat-heavy diets impact everything from climate change and species extinction to land and water wastage.
  3. Unity explores the reasons as to why the humankind has not been able to live in unity with other stakeholders of the planet despite so much of evolution in religion, philosophy and technology.
  4. Salmon confidential the true about salmon farming, watch it here.
  5. Speciesism: The Movie addresses the core concepts of Peter Singer’s seminal book, Animal Liberation, with a touch of humor.
  6. Forks Over Knives looks at the health benefits of a plant-based diet, including reduced risk and even reversal of  chronic diseases.
  7. Fed UP  focuses on the problem about sugar and processed foods, and points to the monied lobbying power that is blocking the attempts to enact policies to address the issue.