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Position Vacant – HHFS Fundraiser & Arbonne Team Member

Are you interested in earning an income and supporting our charity at the same time?

The Idea

Hi! I’m Maree Earnshaw – I’m an Executive District Manager & Independent Consultant for Arbonne. I currently dedicate 100%* of my Arbonne commission income to Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary, our non profit animal rescue that I co-founded and co-direct under our registered charity, Animal Actionist Ltd. I’m looking for passionate and compassionate people to join my Arbonne team to help me raise more money to support this incredibly important and meaningful cause. Could that be you?

By donating my commissions, and building a team of independent consultants within my group, we can generate a larger and more consistent income for the sanctuary. This means that anyone who joins my team and sells the products, automatically sends a percentage of commissions to our cause. This gives YOU the rare opportunity to run your own business, earn a potentially lucrative income AND support our charity without handing over any additional money. We simply earn when you do.

I’m looking for team members in Australia, US, Canada, UK, Poland, New Zealand and Taiwan to join my animal loving, socially aware and motivated team. No prior sales experience is necessary as training is available both one on one and online. Please join us if you are a team player, committed to your own success, love animals, and if you’re self motivated to complete training & business development meetings – either online or in person.

You will be promoting and selling premium quality Arbonne products that are vegan, effective, environmentally friendly, and safe. The Arbonne range is diverse and easy to love! The range includes makeup, skincare, nutrition, body and hair care. Our “Happy Hooves” team is VERY supportive and will guide you every step of the way in establishing your new business and to reach your personal goals. Read more HERE for information about what it means to become an Arbonne Independent Consultant.

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The Offer

Arbonne skincare products, based on botanical principles, became a reality in the United States in 1980 and are now shared throughout the world through the Arbonne network of Independent Consultants. Building on these same founding principles, the product line has since grown to include both inner and outer health and beauty products that are unparalleled in quality, safety, value, benefits and results.

The wonderful thing about Arbonne is that it’s not just about great products, it’s also about great people. The Arbonne family is made up of thousands of individuals working to make their dreams come true. Through sales incentives and rewards, travel opportunities, a generous SuccessPlan and great products, Arbonne offers a unique opportunity that can help make anyone’s vision for the future a reality.

Ready to Go?

Please send me a message to lodge your interest and to find out more by clicking the photo link below.

* Percentage of Maree’s personal income donated to Happy Hooves is subject to change and at the sole discretion of Maree Earnshaw. However the percentage of team contribution remains constant and in line with team sales and earning levels as prescribed by the Arbonne Success Plan.  Find out more about Independent Consultant income potential via the Arbonne Independent Consultant Compensation Summary.
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Vegan Makeup

ALL THE REST (LIPS, EYES, CHEEKS, LIQUID FOUNDATION, TINTED MOISTURIZER, BRUSHES, ETC)

ARBONNE – Various types
AVAILABLE AT – Shop Online (all profits from purchases made from the “shop online” link featured here, go to Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary!)
(vegan confirmation: http://www.arbonne.com/products/)

AUSTRALIS  – Makeup, fake tan, nail polish
AVAILABLE AT – Most pharmacies and Priceline – or Shop Online
(vegan claim: “At Australis, we love animals! … We also know how much you love animals, so we want you to be able to shop our Vegan range too! Our vegan-friendly products do not contain any non-vegan raw materials like beeswax, Lanolin alcohol derivatives and Carmine. All of our suppliers are certified and listed on the Choose Cruelty-Free list and none of our ingredients or products have been tested on animals.)

CHANTECAILLE – Makeup, skincare, sun, fragrance, spa
AVAILABLE AT – www.meccacosmetica.com.au or selected stores http://www.chantecaille.com/locator.cfm?c=AUSTRALIA
WEBSITE – http://www.chantecaille.com/makeup.cfm
(Vegan Claim: “All CHANTECAILLE products are not tested on animals. There are no animal derivatives, lanolin or mineral derivatives in the products. All skincare products are free of synthetic colors and fragrances, and do not contain any sulfate detergents, phthalates, nor petrochemicals.)
*Note! I noticed that makeup brushes sold on the AU shopping site state that they are made from squirrel hair!!! This is surprising from an otherwise seemingly ethical company. Avoid the brushes for now – I’ve sent an email to Chantecaille to get clarification. Interestingly, makeup brushes are not listed on the Chantecaille site.
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COVERFX
– All products with a few exceptions (see vegan claim below)
AVAILABLE AT – Shop Online
Vegan Claim: Are Cover FX products vegan?
“Yes, all Cover FX products with the exception of MintTint FX & MintGlaze FX are vegan as well as cruelty-free.”

DU WOP – Foundation of Youth is vegan (not sure about other products – have sent email and waiting for reply, will update with more info soon)
AVAILABLE AT – Online at Feel Unique.
Vegan Claim: “Foundation of Youth is paraben-free, oil-free, vegan and uses an all natural preservative system derived from Japanese honeysuckle.  DuWop never tests products on animalsSEE LINK  (click the “more info” button)

ELF Cosmetics
AVAILABLE AT – Online http://www.crushcosmetics.com.au/elf?zenid=76dfac1cd6d8e04f9b75c9ccda14b4c7 & some pharmacies, cosmetic stores.
WEBSITE – www.elfcosmetics.com.au
(Vegan Claim; “We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project. Please see our philosophy page for further explanation on our company.”

FURLESS – Brushes (plus mineral makeup and lip gloss)
AVAILABLE AT – Online (see link above)

GABRIEL Cosmetics (and skin care)
AVAILABLE AT – Online (US based)
Website – http://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/index.cfm

JANE IREDALE (pure moist lipsticks)
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/jane-iredale-lips/jane-iredale-puremoist-lip-colours-spf.html
Website – https://janeiredale.com/au/en/mineral-makeup/lips/puremoist-lipstick.htm

NATIO – Cosmetics (and skincare)
NOTE – Everything is vegan but the lip colour and lipstick. Look in the FAQ’s http://www.natio.com.au/about-us/FAQs. Everything else is cruelty free, animal by-product free and animal testing free.
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.natio.com.au/shopping and in most supermarkets & chemists, Australia wide. Store finder here: http://www.natio.com.au/store-locator

LAVERA – Varying types
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.lavera.net.au/lavera/products/trend_organ ic_cosmetics and http://www.inspiredwellbeing.com/store/index.php and many health food shops & some chemists

LOGONA – Varying types
WEBSITE – http://www.logona.com/Startseiten/Startseite_E/index.html
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.organichaircare.com.au/ and http://joipure.com/ and PAWS Perth www.paws.org.au/store

MANIC PANIC – Various types
AVAILABLE AT – http://makeupnet.com.au/page6.htm
WEBSITE – http://www.manicpanic.com/

MODEL CO – Various types – see link below for vegan range.
AVAILABLE AT – Online, Priceline, Chemists, Woolworths
WEBSITE – Shop online – vegan range
NOTE! Not all products are vegan – see link above.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS – face, eyes, lips, nails
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.makeupandglow.com.au/
WEBSITE – http://www.occmakeup.com/
(Vegan Claim: http://www.occmakeup.com/faq.html)

WOTNOT – Vegan makeup brushes
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.ecodirect.com.au/wotnot-for-her-makeup.php
(the only products Wotnot have that they claim to be fully vegan are their makeup brushes http://www.wotnot.com.au/wotnot-for-her.htm#Makeup.  All other products do not have a vegan claim on individual product description pages so it would be worth checking with them first if you wish to try their other products (sun care, skin care & baby products)

ZUZU LUXE – Cosmetics created by Gabrielle Brand.
AVAILABLE AT – http://store.veganessentials.com/categories.aspx?Keyword=zuzu%20luxe (lipsticks Starlet and Vino De Amour come highly recommended!)
READ PRODUCT REVIEW – http://www.veganbeautyreview.com/tag/zuzu-luxe

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Product Review – MOOM Skin Nourishing Hair Remover Products

I previously posted about a new vegan hair removal product I found called “Moom“, and I promised I would write a review about it once I tried it.  Well I have given it a go and here’s what I found;

Unfortunately, I cannot say I’m over the moon about Moom. 

I tried it on my legs and found it rather fiddly and time consuming because it’s not the easiest to spread (there’s a very fine line between not being heated enough to make it spreadable and overheating it so it’s too hot, if you use the recommended microwave method of heating) – so I found myself having to wait for it to cool, or reheat it again during the process.  That would be acceptable if it removed all the hair, but I found that it did not.  I had to repeat over most sections at least twice to get the majority of hair, but still some was not removed.  I ended up giving up and did not completely wax/moom both my legs as I ran out of fabric strips.  This is despite the fact that my hair was at the recommended length and my skin was clean, and I’m honestly not that hairy to begin with.  Sigh.. I was expecting so much more from this product.

When it came to using Moom on my face, I was a bit happier with this.  It still did not remove all hairs but it did a nice enough job and definitely felt kinder to my skin.  My legs too feel soft after Mooming, just not hairless. Oh and I should also mention that when it comes to legs and face, “Mooming” is definitely less painful than regular waxing.  And interestingly, it worked really well on my bikini line – removing all hairs and not much pain at all! I have no idea why this would be the case. 

The next area I tried was my underarm hair and this is where I found Moom really failed.  I applied it to my armpits in the manner directed and …  oh my god…. OUCH! I got an immediate rash, I bled, and still only half of the hair came out!  This never happens when I wax.  I immediately abandoned the task and now have raw underarms that will need to be rested before I can have a go at removing the rest of the hair by some other means.  What a crying shame.  I have no idea what went wrong.. I did everything as directed, my hair was not too long. 

Perhaps our friends at Moom can give us some feedback on my experience, perhaps I did do something wrong and I’m not aware of it.  I really WANT to like Moom and use it but at this point, I have to rate this product as only partially effective and probably not highly recommended as a full body hair removal system.  I certainly cannot say at this stage that it is as effective as conventional waxing.

That said, if you don’t mind spending time on your waxing, and you’re adept at applying the product (perhaps practice makes perfect on this score), and you don’t mind the fact that you have to re-wax the same area a few times to get all hair, by all means give Moom a go for face, bikini and possibly for legs.  If you can overcome these issues, the bonus is that it is less painful than regular waxing (but NOT from underarm hair!!) and it does leave your skin soft.

Sorry Moom… I wish I could have given you a better review. :/

Have any of our readers used Moom before?  What are your experiences?  I would love to read your feedback.

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MOOM Skin Nourishing Hair Remover Products

MOOM is a complete, organic hair removal system that is touted as being less painful than conventional waxing and made from pure botanical ingredients.  They don’t test on animals and the wax removal strips are washable and reusable, making them not only cruelty free, but more environmentally friendly than other wax products.

I’ve yet to try them for myself but I have an order coming in the post – so I will let you all know how I go with using it as soon as I can. 🙂 If you’ve already tried Moom before, I would love to hear your feedback on how the product performs.

As this is an American product with no local Australian stockists (that I know of)  you have to buy online.  The best places I’ve found for purchasing Moom are eBay and Amazon – providing the cheapest shipping rates.

You can see the full product range on Moom’s official website:  MOOM Skin Nourishing Hair Remover and Beauty Products – Product Page.

You can read my PRODUCT REVIEW here.

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Natio – Mostly Vegan Skin Care, Makeup, Personal Care & Fragrances

Natio have a reasonable range of fantastic vegan friendly products that you can find at just about any Australian retail store or chemist – making them a very accessible product range!  Most of Natio’s range is vegan but there are a few exceptions – such as the lip colour line, some makeup and some skin care products.  Read on for details and to see what they say about their vegan status;

“Natio is accredited by Choose Cruelty Free as seen at www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au. The women’s and men’s skin care, body care and eau de toilette ranges are mostly free of animal by-products. However, vegans please note the Restore 10 Minute Moisturising Mask, Wellness Exfoliating Body Bar, Wellness Bath & Shower Gel, Aromatherapy Skin Nutrition Body Lotion, Orange Blossom Hand Wash and Aromatherapy Paw Paw Lip Balm contain honey and/or beeswax.

Natio’s makeup and nail polish range is also mostly free from animal by-products. However, vegans please note some of our lip products may contain lanolin or beeswax and the Natio Lip Colour in Pretty, Blusher in Rouge Glow, Pressed Powder Bronzer & Enhancer, Mechanical Long Lasting Eye Liner in Graphite and some of our eyeshadows contain carmine. The Cream to Powder Foundation, Lash Definition Mascara, Dramatic Lashes Mascara and the Brow Kit contain beeswax.

You will be pleased to know that Natio’s makeup brushes are made with synthetic hair and our mascara wands are made of synthetic fibres.

Please note this may not be a comprehensive list. To check whether a product is vegan friendly, we always recommend you refer to the ingredient listing on our website.

All ingredients are detailed on our website, so you can quickly see which of our products are vegan friendly. Simply look up the product and click the “All Ingredients” tab. Alternatively, refer to ingredients lists on product packaging and/or attached to the side of the Natio display stand at your local pharmacy or department store. – See more at: http://www.natio.com.au/faqs#sthash.lP0KoNYo.dpuf”

So, it looks like Natio has added a fair few products to their non vegan list since I originally posted this in 2012. Please be sure to take note of the non vegan products listed above.  The rest of Natio’s product lines still look great – here are the categories of products they offer:

For more information on Natio products and where to buy them – visit Natio.com.au

* unfortunately, Natio does use Palm Oil derivatives in some of their products.  They claim to obtain their palm oil from sustainable sources but as most of us know, “sustainable palm oil” is a misnomer.  If you like to avoid Palm Oil, Natio may not be a good brand for you.

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Vegan Skin Care – The List

AESOP – Skin care, body care, fragrance, hair
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.aesop.net.au/products

AKIN – Varying types
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.purist.com.au/, Midland Gate Pharmacy (WA)

ARBONNE – Anti-aging skincare, babycare and more
AVAILABLE AT – https://www.arbonneinternational.com.au/shop_online/showCatalog.asp?category=16
And can request samples here- http://pages.oprius.com/QJY8A
(vegan confirmation: http://www.arbonne.com/products/)

AUM – vegan, organic skincare products.
AVAILABLE AT – www.theveganstore.com.au

AYANA – face & body products for mums and bubs
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.ayanaorganics.com.au/osc/

BOTANI – Face, Body & Natural Pharmaceutical
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.botani.com.au/ & Priceline

CHANTECAILLE – Makeup, skincare, sun, fragrance, spa
AVAILABLE AT – www.meccacosmetica.com.au
WEBSITE – http://www.chantecaille.com/skincare.cfm
(Vegan Claim: “All CHANTECAILLE products are not tested on animals. There are no animal derivatives, lanolin or mineral derivatives in the products. All skincare products are free of synthetic colors and fragrances, and do not contain any sulfate detergents, phthalates, nor petrochemicals.)

ENZOSKIN – Facial skin care (some products contain goats milk! check the ingredients list)
AVAILABLE AT: www.enzoskin.com
(vegan claim: http://www.enzoskin.com/#!__about-us/eco-friendly)

ENVIROCARE – Hair, Body, Face, Bath
PRODUCT LIST – http://www.envirocareearth.com.au/productlisting/personal-care-products/default.aspx
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.envirocareearth.com.au/where-to-buy/default.aspx

EVOHE – Skin care, hair care, mineral makeup
PRODUCT LINK – http://www.evohe.com.au/products_listing.ews?products.ewdCategory=2
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.evohe.com.au/index.ews
(vegan claim: http://www.evohe.com.au/clc_free_from_animal_tested_derived_products.ews)

GAIA – Skin care, body care, pregnancy, baby, men
WEBSITE – http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/home.php
AVAILABLE AT – Find a store here http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/GAIA-Skin-Naturals-Australian-Stockists or shop online here http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/GAIA-Online-Store/
(Vegan claim: http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/Our-Ingredients/) *note, one product is listed as non vegan, the rest are.

LAVERA – Womens, Mens, Babys
AVAILABLE AT – http://bioliving.com.au/lavera/shopping, http://www.inspiredwellbeing.com/store/index.php

L’OCCITANE – Various products – mens & womens (not all vegan, some products contain beeswax/honey but no animal testing)
AVAILABLE AT – http://au.loccitane.com/face-care,23,1,1283,142137.htm, L’Occitaine stores across Australia, store locater here: http://au.loccitane.com/boutique-locator-locate-a-l%27occitane-store-l%27occitane-australia,23,1,1224,29648.htm?country=australia

LOGONA – Womens, Mens, Babys (some products may contain lanolin – check the package) WEBSITE – http://www.logona.co.uk/index.html
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.organichaircare.com.au/index.php

LUSH – Varying products (face, body, personal, etc) Not all products are vegan though so check the ingredient list
WEBSITE – www.lush.com.au
AVAILABLE AT – online and various Lush stores Australia wide – see list here https://www.lush.com.au/shop/lush/storefinder

MYUTOPIA – Cleansers, toners, face & body moisturisers, shaving cream, mother & baby products.
AVAILABLE AT – www.myutopia.com.au

NATIO – Skin Care & Makeup
AVAILABLE AT – most chemists, retail stores and http://www.natio.com.au/skincare
VEGAN CLAIM – http://www.natio.com.au/about-us/FAQs
* note that some of Natio’s lipsticks contain lanolin or beeswax, and Natio Lip Colour in Pretty contains carmine.  Natio makeup brushes are made from pony and goat hair and are therefore – NOT vegan.

NATURAL INSTINCT– Varying types
AVAILABLE AT – Australia wide store locater http://www.naturalinstinct.com.au/Product.aspx/WhereToBuy
WEBSITE – http://www.naturalinstinct.com.au/Product.aspx/Face

NATURES ORGANICS – Skin care & just about everything else! (hair, personal, household, etc)
AVAILABLE AT – Supermarkets and Chemists www.naturesorganics.com.au
(vegan claim: http://www.naturesorganics.com.au/about-us/our-commitment) *Note – this company confirms use of Palm Oil but maintains it is from sustainable plantations – read info at the link above for further information.

NATURES QUEST – Hair care, skin care, baby care, household products
http://www.naturesquest.com.au/index
VEGAN CLAIM: http://www.naturesquest.com.au/about.html
AVAILABLE AT: Online or search the stockist list by state here: http://www.naturesquest.com.au/stockists.html

PURE & GREEN – Skin Care, Bath & Toiletries
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.pureandgreenorganics.com.au/ or www.theveganstore.com.au
Palm oil free
Australian certified organic

PURE GAISHA – Body Care, Skin Care, Mineral Makeup
VEGAN CLAIM: http://puregaisha.com.au/
AVAILABLE AT: http://www.theveganstore.com.au/brands/Pure-Gaisha.html

THE PURIST COMPANY
http://www.purist.com/
VEGAN CLAIM: http://www.purist.com/brand-philosophy/
PALM OIL STATUS: Unknown

SANI HEMP – Soaps, SkinCare, BodyCare, Baby, Hair, Aromatherapy
AVAILABLE AT – Various stores Australia wide http://www.hemphealth.com.au/outlet.html

SUKIN – Various types (Skin, Body, Hair)
AVAILABLE AT – Chemists, http://www.sukinorganics.com/
VEGAN CLAIM – http://www.sukinorganics.com/content.asp?id=45&pid=17
Choose Cruelty Free (CFF) accredited – Certified 100% carbon neutral

TINDERBOX – Various types (not all products are vegan (contain beeswax) check ingredients)
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.cheekyherbs.com/

U LITTLE BEAUTY – Various – skin (face), body, hair – Organic
http://www.ulittlebeauty.com.au/
VEGAN CLAIM – http://www.ulittlebeauty.com.au/products.php
AVAILABLE AT – Online or from these selected stores.

WARMSIGH – handmade and totally vegan personal products, skin care, lip balm, candles
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.warmsigh.com/, Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/warmsigh, Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/warmsigh & Markets around Brisbane

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Clean Conscience — Vegan & POF (Palm Oil Free) Cleaning Products

Clean Conscience create a variety of natural, completely cruelty free cleaning products including the following categories:

Here is a little excerpt from their website:

Our passion for the environment drives everything we do.

Created, made and bottled in Tasmania, we aim to provide an ethical, honest and authentic alternative to chemical-based cleaning and show why using back to basic cleaning agents such as bicarb-soda, essential oils, vinegar and pure soap are the best choice for a healthier life and the future of our planet.

To order online or to find a local stockist – and to view their product range – visit their website:  http://www.cleanconscience.com.au/.

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Vegan Travel Ideas

Why vegan travel and what the hell is vegan travel anyway?

Good question – whilst many people nowadays think deeply about the products they buy, the food they eat and the businesses they support so as to encourage cruelty free practices and to “do our bit” for the environment and animals.. travel options rarely come into this thought process.  Maybe it’s because we have the mindset that we’re going on a holiday so lets just “take a break”, leave reality behind for a while and just indulge ourselves.  Well of course we do and you know what, we DESERVE to have time out – we all work hard, have crazy schedules and commitments coming out of our ears so taking time out for ourselves is super important.  But you know what… taking a holiday and finding out that the destination I chose, or the restaurant I went to, or the products I purchased, or the tour I took was deeply connected with human or animal exploitation, with environmental degradation or copious waste.. really puts a bummer on the holiday mojo for me.  I work hard to do the right thing as often as possible by the earth and it’s inhabitants, so taking a holiday that is in complete conflict with how I like to live my life leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

That’s why I’m psyched to see that more and more travel options are popping up for the conscious consumer… from Eco-tourism, to volunteering, to vegan restaurants, healing retreats and animal sanctuary’s… there are some great things we can do and enjoy whilst taking that much needed holiday, that gives back just as much as we take. That’s why I wanted to create a list of vegan friendly holiday destinations/resources… because if it’s vegan friendly, it’s definitely going to be animal friendly… and 9/10 it’s going to be local community friendly, environmentally friendly, and mind & body friendly.

So, for all of us who want to feel good beyond the holiday (and that’s all of us!) I have begun creating a list of vegan travel resources and destinations on my Facebook group – “Australian Complete Vegan Product List”.  You can see the growing list here.

I’ve also blogged about a few in more detail right here on this site.  I did this because these ones really appeal to me and I thought you may want to know about them too.. I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts on them. 🙂  I will be adding to this list from time to time –  so if you do find my ramblings interesting, you can subscribe to the feed to be notified of any new posts.

Let’s work together

If you know of any great vegan friendly holiday destinations, accommodation, tours, packages, etc… please join our Facebook group and post your suggestions under the travel destinations category, or leave your feedback here in the comments section of this post.  This will be an evolving and growing list for all to use and participate in, and I hope that together, we can make a truly comprehensive and helpful “cruelty free” travel guide, that is good for us and the wider world we live in and above all, embraces compassionate and mindful choices.

Now….. where did I put my suitcase? 😀

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Vegan Caribbean Cruise – OMG!

Now THIS looks like sheer heaven to me!!!

I recently went on a cruise on the P&O Pacific Sun (Australia/Indonesia cruise) and whilst they tried to cater for me, it was highly incovenient most of the time as I was forced to eat in the main dining room for every meal, and I had to pre order my meals every day to give them time to prepare it.  I was restricted to only a few options compared to the rest of the travellers who had dozens of options which changed every day… plus they could dine at the buffet, pizzeria, or even go to the much lauded “Steak House Restaurant”.  Let’s not forget that I was paying just as much as every other passenger for my ticket on this cruise, and for me (and most travellers I imagine) the food is such a very important facet to an enjoyable holiday.  Having to eat in the dining room all the time often meant I was separated from my travel companions as they chose to eat at the buffet or anywhere else they pleased.  It was frustrating to say the least, and really did detract from the overall experience.  On top of that, there were cooking classes (if you wanted to cook with meat, or cheese, etc..) and lots of other non vegan stuff that I had no interest in supporting.  I couldn’t even enjoy the Spa fully as they used products I was not sure were cruelty free (and some I knew weren’t)… I eventually did end up using the spa under the reassurance that the products they were using were completely cruelty free.. then I found out later that one of the products was from a different company that tests on animals!!  GOD DAMMIT… why can’t I have a beautiful holiday without supporting industries that torture animals?!?  It shouldn’t ever be this hard to do the right thing.

If you care about the Earth, animals, the environment and your health – this Vegan Caribbean Cruise can help you unwind, relax, get pampered, informed and take you on a gastronomic adventure whilst never compromising your values and compassion.  FANTASTIC!

Here is a little excerpt from their website about the cruise:

For most vegan travelers, cruising is a daunting if not impossible vacation option. Many of the vegetarian options on traditional cruise ship menus use cheese and butter, or other dairy products, which makes eating vegan while cruising a real nightmare. Holistic Holiday at Sea, a holistic health educational foundation, has created the Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Cruise to provide a cruise option for vegans and vegetarians. Each day aboard the seven-day vegan cruise, the guests will dine on specially prepared macrobiotic inspired gourmet vegan meals. The directors of the program bring several well-known vegan and macrobiotic chefs, including executive chef Mark Hanna, to oversee the preparation of the vegan meals onboard the cruise.

More than Just Vegan Meals, an Educational Vegan Cruise

Holistic Holiday at Sea’s vegan cruise program offers a lot more for vegan travelers than just vegan meals. The cruise is an all-encompassing educational experience with over 120 classes, workshops and lectures. These classes cover a wide range of holistic health topics including yoga and Pilates, vegan and macrobiotic cooking classes, massage, meditation, integrative medicine and much more. Many of the classes have a broad appeal, while others are tailored for a vegan audience.

For me, this is definitely going onto my “travel bucket list”.  If you have been on one of the vegan cruises before, we would LOVE to read your feedback – so please post your comments here.

For more information about the Cruise – visit here:  Vegan Cruise – Eat Vegan Meals and Take Vegan Cooking Classes aboard a Caribbean Cruise.

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Vegan Travel Destination – Normandy, France

I just found this pretty little place – called LA MAISON DU VERT which is a Vegetarian/Vegan Hotel and Restaurant in Normandy, France.

Situated in a stunning valley with 3.5 Acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, it looks like the perfect place to hide away, for a relaxing holiday or short break.

They have a Vegetarian and Vegan restaurant proclaiming a “delicious gourmet menu” using ingredients from their own gardens. They also offer a wide range of French Organic Wines, local Ciders and Beer.

Offering 3 rooms in the hotel, and a cottage in the hotel grounds called ‘La Petite Maison Blanche’ which sleeps up to 6 people (the cottage comes highly recommended by this “Vegan Travel Guide“.)

This little place looks gorgeous and seems to be set in a very picturesque area, close to pretty towns & markets – and less than an hour away from the coast resorts of Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville.

If anyone has ever been to this Hotel, I would love to read your feedback.  This little gem is going on my “travel bucket list”, it looks divine and I could really see myself settling down with a glass of vegan wine & reading a book at that pretty white table in the garden… sigh.

To find out more, visit Vegetarian France, Vegetarian Hotel, Vegan Hotel, Vegetarian Restaurant, Normandy.