I love beauty products and make-up and have done since I was really young. My best Christmas present when I was 8 was a baby-blue nail polish, I was also allowed an apple flavoured lip-gloss that came in a funny tin. My most treasured possessions at the time 🙂
Nothing has changed. I still love my beauty products but I prefer them to be as “clean” as possible.
We expose ourselves to a cocktail of chemicals every day just by doing a minimum amount of grooming. Showering, moisturizing, deodorizing, brushing our teeth..
It’s estimated that a women slap on an average of 2 kilograms of pure chemicals every year!! (for men that number is 1 kilogram)
We don’t really know how the body deals with all these substances or what happens when they are mixed with other chemicals.
A product might contain a substance that has been deemed safe in small amounts but this does not take in to consideration the cocktail-effect you get by using several products on top of each other.
Some of these products contains chemicals that are questionable and possible harmful for the environment and for our health.
Big brands are changing but only if there is a possibility of a big dent to their revenue. Body Shop and L’Oréal are facing out suspected cancer causing PFAS chemicals thanks to consumer pressure and boycotts.
But big corporations also spend large amounts of money to lobby for the continuous use of chemicals that have been classed as harmful as we’ve seen in the case of preservative PHMB.
I chose to buy most of my beauty products from brands with a mission to sell products that are gentle on the environment and ANY living organism.
We are spoilt for choice with new interesting products hitting the market on an almost a daily basis.
If a brands main mission is to provide clean and effective products, well, then I’m in!
Happy Monday! I got a new recipe for you: The perfect no-bake STAR-BAR! Filled with top-notch nutrients and very popular as a snack in my house.
I keep them in the freezer on a plate and the kids just go and take one when they need a yummy pick-me-up.
They are star shaped to make them look like cookies and also I love stars 🙂 Have them with a cup of warming liquorice or cinnamon tea and they will keep you full and satisfied for a long time.
I bring one with me when I pick up my hungry boy from school or pop one in his school bag if he has an after-school club.
Makes 12 STAR-BARS
– 1 1/2 cup oats
– 10 apricots
– 5 majool dates
– 2 tablespoons dried mango
– 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
– 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
– 1 tablespoon sprouted flax seeds
– 1 tablespoon chia seeds
– 1/2 tablespoon maca powder
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Chop up the dried fruit. Put everything in the food processor and mix until a ball is formed. This takes a few minutes.
Flatten the dough so it’s about 0.5 centimeter thick, then using a star-shaped cookie cutter make shapes. Done!
You can store them in the fridge or freezer for later use.
Every Star-Bar contains about 152 kcal.
Hope you like them!
Hi everyone! This video is about new beauty, hair and skin care products I have bought or have been using in October.
All of these products are paid for by me, no freebies here 🙂
I hope you like it and don’t forget to subscribe here.
The products in this video:
EcoSopia Hand and body wash
RMS un-cover (I have no 22)
Green People Fruitful Nights
Insight Daily Use Shampoo
4 in 1 Tabitha Conditioner
Corinne Taylor Re charge Bath salt
This Lebanese Broad Bean Dip is so easy to make and it taste lovely! It’s completely vegan and gluten-free. Use it like you would use hummus. It’s amazing on wraps, with salads or with oven baked vegetables.
Broad Bean Dip
- 650 gram frozen broad beans
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sumac
- 1/2 teaspoon saltDirections: Put everything in a food processor and mix for a few minutes.
Researchers have found that artificial sweeteners are toxic to our gut bacteria. They found that toxins were developed when gut bacteria was exposed to artificial sweeteners like aspartame. These pesky man-made sweeteners have previously been linked to migraine, obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes and liver toxicity. This is even more evidence that artificial sweeteners should be avoided at all costs!
As far as I’m concerned the whole sugar tax palaver has put us in a worse position health wise and sugar have been replaced with toxic artificial sweeteners.
If there’s anything I hope I have taught my kids It’s to always chose natural sugars over the altricial variety – every time.
These sweeteners are also an environmental pollutants as they are resistant to waste-water treatments according to research. This was news to me but I can’t say I’m surprised.
When I was a teenager I constantly drank Coca-Cola Light as It was called in Sweden at the time and one of my best friends who was studying medicine told me aspartame was linked to brain cancer. He never touch the stuff after that. I wish I had stopped there and then.
Perhaps my diet-coke-habit was part of the reason my first-born developed multiple food allergies when he was little. Microbes are passed on from Mothers to babies at birth and through breastfeeding and researchers have found that allergi and asthma in babies and toddlers are linked to low levels of certain bacteria.
Anyhow, I can only recommend that you read the labels, especially on chewing gum, vitamins, flavored yoghurt and soft drinks. It’s everywhere.
And if you are desperate for a coke always go for the original.
And then let’s FEED our good gut bacteria with healthy foods and fermented foods and drinks!
Eating 7 or more portions of fruit och vegetables every day cuts the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease according to studies. Fresh vegetables gives the biggest protection followed by salad and then fruit according to studies. Fruit juice had so effect and canned fruit increased the chance of dying.
When I was training as a nutritionist we were told 7-9 portions of vegetables and some fruit a day would increase our health, whereas eating only 5 a day keep us where we are health wise.
So why is the government not telling us to up our vegetable and fruit content?
1. Most people are struggling to even consume 5 vegetables and fruit portion a day. More pressure might backfire.
2. The cost of providing patients in NHS hospitals, prison och schools following the guideline of 7-9 fruit and veg a day would be way to draining on the public coffer.
But knowledge is power and with high-speed blenders and juicers it’s not so hard to consume 7-9 a day as it once was.
New week new start!
Today 1st October, I’m also starting something completely new that has been on my mind for a long time. I’m very excited and will tell you more in the coming months.
Yesterday I went the to screening of my friend’s stunning short film Beautiful Dead Things at the Raindance Film Festival. Then we were off to swedish restaurant Aquavit. Fantastic Nordic food but not really geared towards veganism.. so I had fish. The most wonderful cod with pickled cucumber. A perfect end to an eventful week.
Tying a new Clean & Green shampoo from Insight.
It’s getting colder! I’m totally tea-obsessed and right now I’m drinking gallons of Geinmatcha with a drop of stevia for sweetness.
Frozen Yoghurt Triangles is an easy dessert to pull out of the hat.
I always have yoghurt in the fridge and my freezer is full of frozen berries so this is something I serve quite often. It’s an easy and refreshing end to a meal.
Frozen Yoghurt Triangles
– 450 gram coconut yoghurt
– 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
– 1/3 cup honey
– vanilla pod
Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Pour into a round springform cake tin.
Freeze for an hour and a half. Slice and serve straight away.