Everything You Need To Know About Vegan Makeup


If you’re ready to make the switch to vegan beauty, or are looking to expand your existing makeup collection, it can be difficult to know where to begin- particularly given how many incredible vegan beauty brands exist today! Natural, vegan makeup is so great for the skin and great for the planet, so there’s truly no time like the present to make the switch.

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To help you build your vegan beauty collection with ease, I’ve compiled a list of some of my all-time favourite vegan makeup brands. I reach for products from these brands every single day, without fail, and you can shop them all right here on Nourished Life.

Eco Minerals

Not only vegan but also environmentally friendly, Eco Minerals offer refills for their powder products in order to minimise waste from product packaging. Made in Byron Bay and founded by Luci Scarman (who has a Masters in nutrition and a science degree), this is one of my favourite vegan makeup brands and my go-to for vegan-friendly makeup brushes.

Eco Minerals

The brand’s Super Soft Foundation Brush is one of my favourite vegan-friendly makeup brushes for applying powder foundations, bronzer and blushes. I also love the Eco Minerals Flawless Foundation and Eco Refill Sachets when I want my skin to look flawless but feel like I’m wearing no makeup at all!

Lily Lolo Mineral Cosmetics

Lily Lolo are a British mineral makeup brand who make my favourite vegan eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes. Their colour range is amazing, their products are such high quality and their formulas are all made from minerals but they don’t sacrifice on depth of pigment.

Lily Lolo

For everyday wear, I’ll usually reach for the Mineral Eyeshadow in Smoky Brown (a loose eyeshadow powder) and Pressed Eyeshadow in Stark Naked (a pressed powder compact), but for a pop of colour I love the Mineral Eyeshadow in Pixie Sparkle– a beautiful, vibrant, sparkling teal.

If you’re new to vegan makeup, I recommend the Eye Palette in Pedal to the Metal as it contains eight neutral shades in a number of finishes, so you’ve got all bases, occasions and looks covered.

Nails by Nourished Life

Traditional nail polishes contain so many harsh chemicals and very few are vegan friendly, which is why we developed Nails by Nourished Life. This will no doubt sound biased, but these really are some of the best vegan nail polishes I’ve ever used. The shade range has something for literally everyone- my favourites are Flashdance, a neutral pink with a pearlescent sheen, No Place Like Home, a metallic ruby red, and The Upside Down, a deep, dark purple.

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For a real salon-quality manicure, I prep my nails using the Nails by Nourished Life Base Coat before applying any coloured polish. When I’m ready for a new colour, I always use the Life Basics Nail Polish Remover to remove the old polish without damaging my nails.

Ere Perez

Ere Perez‘ vegan makeup products are an absolute must in any beauty lover’s kit- her formulas are all natural, look and feel beautiful on the skin, and are great for our planet. Ere is famous for her Avocado Volumising Waterproof Mascara as it’s entirely sweat, swim and party proof (qualities that are so hard to find in a natural, vegan-friendly mascara formula!), but I also love the Carrot Colour Pot and Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint as they’re such perfect multi-tasking on-the-go products.

Ere Perez

Hurraw! Organic Lip Balms

I will always feel sentimental about Hurraw!, as they were the very first brand I ever stocked on Nourished Life! Nostalgia aside, I really do believe that Hurraw!’s range of Organic Lip Balms are some of the best I have ever used. Their range is vegan and natural and made from fair-trade, raw ingredients, plus each balm is individually poured into its pocket-sized tube so you can keep your lips looking and feeling beautiful on-the-go.

Shop our full range of vegan beauty products online now.

Brand: Eco Minerals, Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics, Hurraw Lip Balm, Lily Lolo Mineral Cosmetics, Nourished Life





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Child Labor and Deforestation Issues Haunt Many Large Chocolate Brands


(Photo courtesy of Green America)

For many of us when we eat a piece of chocolate, our biggest concern is how many grams of sugar we are consuming.

Yet, how often do we ask ourselves — was this chocolate bar made with the help of child labor? Or, was the cocoa produced in a way that resulted in deforestation to the environment?

The truth about cocoa – the main ingredient in chocolate – is quite grim.

According to the US Department of Labor, more than 2 million children in Ghana and the Ivory Coast work in hazardous conditions growing cocoa. And while some companies have begun tracing their supply chains to prevent child labor, the vast majority of the 3 million tons of cocoa produced each year come from small farms in West Africa, where farmers and their children live on less than $1 per day.

Additionally, in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, 90% of their forests have been lost, and much of that deforestation was caused by the largest cocoa companies.

To help consumers understand which chocolate companies are sourcing in an ethical, environmentally-responsible way and which ones are not, Green America has unveiled its latest version of its Chocolate Scorecard.

Not surprisingly, the organic brands came out on top (almost all of them received A scores) while the largest conventional brands received C, D and F grades on the Chocolate Scorecard.

What is important to note is that aside from the USDA organic seal, there are many other certifications widely used in chocolate, such as Fairtrade, Fair Trade Certified and Rainforest Alliance.

According to Green America, however, certification programs alone are not enough to solve the underlying issues that contribute to child labor in cocoa, including farmer poverty and a lack of infrastructure. As such, the scorecard looks beyond commitments about certified chocolate to identify programs that support farmers and address child labor when it is found.

Furthermore, chocolate bars that are not certified organic may use toxic pesticides or fungicides, which not only harm the health of consumers but that of farmers as well.

So, the next time you buy a chocolate bar, remember that you aren’t just giving yourself an indulgence.

You are making a statement about what kind of company you want to financially support.

ORGANIC BRANDS THAT RECEIVED VERY HIGH SCORES ON THE CHOCOLATE SCORECARD 

Alter Eco

Equal Exchange

Shaman

Theo Chocolate

Guittard

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Interested in the Vegan Ketogenic Diet? If So, You’ll Want This Book


Everywhere you turn these days, you’ll find news and stories about the ketogenic diet.

This low-carb, high-fat, high-protein diet is helping people lose weight and giving them much needed mental clarity.

However, one of the misconceptions of the keto diet is that animal products are an essential component of it. And for people who only eat plant-based, this can be quite disconcerting.

Along with her co-author Nicole Derseweh, my good friend Whitney Lauritsen — also widely known as the EcoVegan Gal — has just come out with a fantastic book called The Vegan Ketogenic Diet Cookbook, and it is a phenomenal resource for people looking to explore this lifestyle.

Not only does it clear up a lot of the confusion about the keto diet requiring the consumption of animal products, but it provides 75 delicious recipes. And when I was sent an early version of the book, I literally read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. I was that impressed by it.

The other day, I spoke with Whitney and had several questions for her about the book and the ketogenic lifestyle.

What motivated you to write this book?

As advocates for the plant-based diet, we saw the book as an opportunity to show people on the keto diet how to eat fewer animals, or perhaps switch entirely over to a vegan diet.

It also feels like a great way to introduce keto to vegans. Nicole and I each know people who considered taking a break from their vegan diet to try keto, so we wanted to show them how they can do both at the same time. Plus, I have enjoyed eating a low-carb, plant-based diet, and this book was a way to summarize my experience and provide tips that I have learned.

What kind of impact has the vegan keto diet had on your life?

It’s opened up both of our eyes to different ways of eating and helped us get creative with plant-based recipes.

I starting eating a vegan keto diet in summer 2018 and felt major changes in my digestion and an increase of energy, along with a reduction in inflammation. When Nicole eats low-carb foods, she notices faster muscle recovery and clearer mental function.

Where does organic fit into this lifestyle?

Nicole and I both advocate for eating organic, and an important element of the book is the focus on whole foods. Far too many people consume processed, non-organic food when on the keto diet, and we encourage people to eat more fresh, locally grown, Non-GMO foods like vegetables, nuts, seeds, fermented foods, herbs and low-glycemic fruits.

What are the biggest misconceptions that people have about the vegan keto diet?

Many people think that all plants are high-carb, so it’s been exciting for us to bust that myth.

A common question we receive is — “What is left to eat when you’re vegan and keto?!” — to which we can now easily share 75 satisfying recipes that demonstrate how versatile the diet can be.

What is the biggest thing that you both learned from writing this book?

At the end of the day, listening to our own bodies and experimenting with different foods are great ways to figure out how to feel our best.

There are many conflicting opinions about which diet is ideal, and we each need to determine the right path for ourselves (along with the guidance of a medical professional). We have each tried many different diets over our lives, vegan and otherwise, and it’s an ongoing exploration. We don’t believe there is one right way to eat, just the way that feels good at any given time.

Researching and trying out the vegan keto diet has been a wonderful experience for both of us, and we hope our book helps others determine if it’s the best diet for them.

The Vegan Ketogenic Diet Cookbook is an excellent and incredibly approachable resource for anyone looking to explore the vegan ketogenic lifestyle, and I strongly recommend it.

Also, be sure to follow Whitney Lauritsen (website and Instagram) and Nicole Derseweh (YouTube and Instagram). These are two very inspirational women.

(from l. to r, Nicole Derseweh and Whitney Lauritsen)

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