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Friday, October 08, 2021

Trick or Treat - Vegan sweets to buy in Malta

October 08, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Before you stock up for trick-or-treaters, this year, check out this list of vegan-friendly candy. These sweets contain no milk, eggs, or other animal-derived ingredients. 


All the products in this list are available in Malta! 


Skittles and pastilles


Skittles

Whether you’re into the Original red bag, the Wild Berry purple pack, or Sour Skittles varieties in the bright green package, Halloween is a chance to grab all three.


Starburst

You’ll be pleased to know that these fruity favourites are in fact, ‘accidentally’ vegan. 


Starburst in a glass jar

Rowntrees Jelly Tots and Fruit Pastilles

Jelly Tots have always been vegan-friendly while, Fruit Pastilles sweets only recently went fully vegan, pleasing nostalgic sweet lovers everywhere. 


Fruit Pastilles

You can find Skittles, Starburst, Jelly Tots and Fruit Pastilles in all major supermarkets and confectionery shops.


Swizzels Love Hearts

Love Hearts contain zero animal products, making them ‘accidentally’ vegan.


Love Hearts

Hard candy and lollipops

Hard candies are made up of little more than sugar and water. Note that there are a few variations where animal products may be used, such as cream pops. However, classic lollipops and hard candy are vegan.


hard candy


Free From Fellows

100% vegan brand Free From Fellows offer nostalgic sugar-free sweets such as Gummy Bears, Cola Bottles, Rhubarb and Custard, and Pear Drops.


cola bottles
gummy bears

Freedom Mallows

Freedom Mallows create completely animal-free and gluten-free marshmallows in classic pink and white colours. You don't have to give up marshmallows after going vegan!


marshmallows in hot chocolate

You can find Free From Fellows and Freedom Mallows at Holland and Barrett.

Marks & Spencer also have vegan-friendly marshmallows as part of their Plant Kitchen range.

M&S Percy Pig

Percy Pigs are soft and delicious fruit flavoured pig-shaped gums, made with real fruit juice and are full of flavour. As of May 2019, all Percy Pig sweets are 100% gelatin-free.


M&S Fab Flamingos 

After removing gelatin from its Percy Pigs, Marks & Spencer launched new vegan-friendly gummy sweets called Fab Flamingos. M&S Fab Flamingos are pear and strawberry flavoured jelly sweets.


Strawberry Gums 
Flying Tiger has a few vegan-friendly snacks and sweets as well. Their Strawberry Gums are vegan, gluten-free and full of flavour.

Have you tried any of these sweets? Do you have a sweet tooth too? 




Monday, September 27, 2021

DIY: All-natural study aid

September 27, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


Since this is back to school week for many Maltese students, today I want to share a DIY essential oil blend recipe that helps support focus and concentration. This study aid blend can be used at school, at home, as well as at work.


If you use essential oils, chances are you are familiar with essential oil blends in a roll-on bottle. Roll-on bottles are meant to make the topical application of essential oils easier. Since the oils are already diluted, all you have to do is rub the rollerball along your skin. 


essential oil roll on



This is the recipe for an all-natural study aid -


Ingredients:

  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • a tablespoon of carrier oil (such as coconut oil, almond oil, or avocado oil)
  • a roll-on bottle


Always make sure to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before applying them to your skin.


Method:

  1. Add essential oils to the roll-on bottle.
  2. Fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil.
  3. Add rollerball and close the cap, then gently roll the bottle to mix the oils.


If you find yourself reaching for coffee, sugar, or energy drinks to beat your fatigue: you should try boosting your energy with essential oils instead. The following oils help support focus and concentration and can be added to this study aid blend as well:

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Vetiver essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Citrus essential oil
  • Sweet orange essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
essential oil bottles


Where to apply:


The following four specific areas are the best places to apply your roll-ons for maximum benefits: 

  • Bottom of the feet 
  • Behind the ears
  • On the temples 
  • On the wrists

Do you use any essential oils? Which oils do you like best? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, September 24, 2021

Cruelty-free ingredient swaps for DIY beauty recipes

September 24, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


As a vegan who loves cooking, I've become an expert in recipe conversions and vegan substitutions. When I started this blog, I was not a vegan yet. Some of my earlier DIYs contain non-vegan ingredients: namely milk, yoghurt, egg and honey. In today's post, I will show you vegan alternatives to these ingredients. Keep scrolling...


100 percent vegan

If you are vegan, allergic, or don't want to use those ingredients for whatever reason: these substitutes will serve as a great alternative in any DIY beauty recipe!

Honey 
 Pure maple syrup

Honey is a common ingredient in DIY beauty recipes due to its renowned health benefits. Pure maple syrup contains several vitamins and minerals as well. It is also full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, just like honey.



Cow milk  Soy milk 

Just like cow milk, soy milk is a source of protein, calcium, minerals and nutrients.



Yoghurt  Soy yoghurt

Yoghurt is well-known for its moisturising powers. Soy yoghurt, like dairy yoghurt, contains lactic acid, which is a mild skin exfoliant.
 


Egg  Flaxseed

When mixed with water, ground flaxseed forms a gooey and egg-like consistency which helps tighten large pores and tone the skin. It is an excellent alternative to an egg white face mask or a replacement for eggs in any DIY face mask!



When you come across other non-vegan ingredients, ask yourselves what the purpose of that ingredient is in that specific recipe and find the best alternative. Remember, there is always a cruelty-free option to replace any ingredient!



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

First day of autumn | Post-summer DIY recipes

September 22, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since today marks the official first day of autumn (fall), I have a special treat for all you DIY beauty lovers. I want to share two new DIY beauty recipes; one for your skin and another for your hair. 

All the time spent soaking up rays has undoubtedly affected your skin and hair.  With the help of a few ingredients already in your kitchen, these DIY masks will give you a much-needed boost. Keep scrolling for two (2) DIYs, guaranteed to nurture skin and hair. 

hello fall

Nourishing hair mask


I have already posted a DIY banana hair mask and a DIY avocado hair mask on this blog. I also published a vegan alternative! Since post-summer, and post-sun exposure, hair can be especially dry, combining the two for extra nourishment is ideal!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana (1/2 for short hair)
  • 2 tablespoons pure coconut/almond/olive oil (whichever you prefer)


Method:

  1. Peel the avocado and the banana.     
  2. Blend or mix together until it turns creamy.
  3. Add the coconut/almond/olive oil to the mixture and mix well.
  4. Apply the mixture from hair roots to tips.  
  5. Let the hair mask sit in your hair for 30 minutes.  
  6. Rinse the mixture out with warm water.



Hydrating face mask


This is a recipe for and another avocado mask, this time for your face!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon plain dairy-free coconut yoghurt 
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (or jojoba/pumpkin seed/rosehip oil)


Method:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Apply to clean dry skin. 
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off using a washcloth.


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I love autumn and am looking forward to the weather changes and the drop in temperature the season brings with it. What is your favourite thing about autumn (fall)?



Thursday, September 16, 2021

DIY: Essential oil sachets

September 16, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


Why buy overpriced, mass-produced scented sachets when you can easily make them yourself? You’re seriously not going to believe how easy it is! These DIY essential oil sachets can add a pleasant scent in unexpected places and give a tiny dose of aromatherapy.


Supplies:

  • essential oil/s 
  • 1 cup of uncooked rice (brown or white)
  • cotton muslin drawstring bags/ organza bags/ coffee filers/ tea bags (for loose tea)  
  • a mason jar 


Tip: Instead of buying new pouches, go green! You can use an orphan sock and tie the top. If you’re crafty, you can sew a little bag from a scrap of fabric. You can also crochet/knit your own! Be sure to use a breathable cloth bag made of a material such as cotton or linen.


essential oil sachet

Method:

  1. Pour the rice into the jar.
  2. Add about 20 drops of essential oil. (I love using lavender)
  3. Cap the mason jar and shake.
  4. If the scent is not strong enough, add more essential oil. If it’s too potent, add a little more rice.
  5. Once you’ve found the perfect balance, use a spoon to scoop the scented rice into the bags.
  6. Close the bag. If using coffee filters, staple the open ends to close them.


When the scent starts to fade away (after a couple of months), you can repeat the process using the same rice and bags!


Try placing them in...

  • a drawer
  • a linen closet
  • your rearview mirror (car freshener)
  • your gym bag
  • your suitcase
  • smelly shoes 


There are many other ways to use essential oil sachets; such as:

  • a natural insect repellent for clothes, etc
  • a natural pest repellent for books and photo albums
  • a natural air freshener
  • near your bedside or in your pillowcase to help you fall asleep
  • when studying for better memory
  • a gift to your friends and family


The beauty of these simple sachets is that you can tailor them to fit your preferences. Customise your own using any essential oil combo you love most! If you do not know how to blend essential oils, read this: Blending essential oils for beginners.








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