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A short and sweet post from me today, looking for feedback and just informing you of a new category coming to the blog, (oh and telling you about a giveaway Im running). I know a few of you have missed my product posts and reviews, so I think those people may enjoy this little snippet. I stopped doing lots of product reviews here on the blog, as I became very despondent with the whole sell, sell, sell theme a lot of blogs have. I didn’t feel like I personally wanted to add to the crazy consumerism that we are all so wrapped up in. It was niggling at my conscious and sitting a little uncomfortably with me. However, I also know that like me, a lot of people like to read about peoples latest beauty finds. I wanted to find a way that I could still research products for you, but also keep my own ethics and beliefs as a top priority. It dawned on me recently that I could show you my latest finds that I have been discovering in my ongoing research into ethical, natural and green beauty! A little light bulb moment!
This is not going to be a Naggy-Mc.Nagginess section. Nor am I attempting to bestow any guilt or instruction on anyone. What I am hoping to do though, through the Wellbeing section on my blog, is share the information that my research into eco friendly and ethical products is teaching me along the road Im travelling. Much of it is actually really interesting, and I have found myself enlightened by so many things. I thought introducing this brand new section onto my blog, Ethical Beauty, would tie in with the way I am passionate about moving towards in my own beauty spending. Being someone that travels a lot, I know that I need to reduce my own footprint that I leave on the world, so I have been trying to find ways that I can make small changes and differences in my own behaviour. I am hoping to inform you a little as I become informed, and at least then, we can all make decisions based on information we know. Does that make sense?
As some of you may remember, last year I took a stance to move forward only buying cruelty free products, (you can discover reviews on these in this section – product reviews ) and to learn more about ethical, sustainable living. I had been shocked to find that some brands that I had thought were cruelty free, were actually not! This researching has developed into a passion as I have, at times, been brought to frustrated, heart aching tears by what I am learning and finding out. What we are doing to this beautiful planet of ours. You all know my passion for travel, and my passion for animals and nature (yep, Im a nature nerd) and to think that we are destroying entire parts of our planet, wiping out whole species, that future generations will not get to see, just chews me up. So, I thought I would do perhaps one post a month, sharing with you something I have learnt, and that you may not already know. I have learnt so much, and if I am honest, I thought I was pretty well informed being as I am well versed in product ingredients! I am also hoping to share along the way, some brands that I have discovered along my own education path, that are really trying to make a difference.
I am hoping that through these posts, we can all teach each other a little too. I want them to be inter-active and encourage open discussion. I am so up for people discussing in the comments any brands, information, learnings etc that they have found out in this area. Also, sharing website addresses of bloggers that do great work on educating and sharing information on this subject. Lets all help each other to learn.
“We have a responsibility to look after our planet, its our only home. Earth was created for all of us, not some of us”
As many of you know, I work in the skincare industry in my day job, and have done for 20 years. The issue of sustainable beauty is very under discussed. The big brands that could and should be making great roads into alternatives to say, palm oil as an ingredient, are not! As usual, money is the motivation behind most decisions in business, and palm oil is an inexpensive ingredient in cost to the companies, beyond expensive in the cost to the planet. I could go off on one about this, but thats perhaps a subject for another time….
I hope that this sounds something that will be of interest to you. You know I love honesty so feel free to leave me any comments on what you think, down below. Id love to hear if you too have started to think more about your spending habits in general, and the effect we have? I know a lot of people were moved to be more conscious in their fashion buying since the Stacey Dooley documentary aired. Do you feel the same with product buying? Im made of strong stuff, you don’t have to worry about offending me if its really not something your interested in. Freedom of speech and all that haha!
I have also got a giveaway that I am running at the moment, (Iv pictured some of the stuff in the bundle to win below). Its to celebrate the milestone and happy that I feel I have reached with my blog. I feel like I have really sussed out the things I love writing about. Travel, Lifestyle, Wellbeing, and of course my Cuppa and a Chat series. I feel my blog reflects all of my passions, and that feels so natural and organic to me. I want to encourage people to live their lives. To go out and grab life by its hairy ones. To go on trips. To explore where they live. To try new things and experiences. To open their minds sometimes through my discussion posts. To LIVE. To really, really live because tomorrow’s not promised to anyone!
So, I have put together a bundle of stuff that reflects my passions. It has cruelty free make up, a copy of my favourite book Iv read this year, home fragrance, skincare, wellbeing bits. Its all bought and paid for by me, with the exception of a couple of bits gifted as pr samples. To enter there are a few ways as I always try to make it inclusive. I know some people are not all on platforms. Im so sorry but its a UK only giveaway as the postage abroad would be too costly, sorry. Each way to enter gives you a name in the hat, so the more ways you choose, the more you get entered into the draw (hope that makes sense). So, to enter;
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