{Review} Ecologic vegan skin care

Ecologic vegan cosmetics

Happy Spring Day darling veggies! The gloomy days have past, and what better way to celebrate the sunnier season than to spring clean your skin routine?  This past weekend I discussed why I am cleaning out my chemical closet, and … Continue reading

Clearing out my chemical closet – Why I am going ORGANIC!

Did you know…?  The Environmental Working Group estimated that 4 lbs (1.8kg) of lipstick is absorbed into the body over the lifetime of the average lipstick wearer!


It is absolutely horrific to think that our skin, the largest organ that protects our body, can also absorb the ingredients and chemicals it comes into contact with. Can you think about the amount of products you use daily? Let’s look at my average beauty routine:

  1. Face wash (morning)
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Eye cream
  4. Moisturiser
  5. Primer
  6. Concealer
  7. Foundation
  8. Bronzer
  9. Blush
  10. Eyeshadow
  11. Mascara
  12. Lipstick / lip balm
  13. Perfume
  14. Hand cream / cuticle oil
  15. Face wash (evening)
  16. Shampoo
  17. Conditioner
  18. Bodywash
  19. Toothpaste
  20. Eye cream
  21. Moisturiser
  22. Body cream

That’s already 22 items (and hundreds of harmful ingredients), which excludes the daily household products we use such as dishwashing liquid, wood polish, fabric softener – and the list goes on.

So you might think to yourself, so what? Well, have you ever thought about what these chemicals are doing to your organs? Imagine using hair removal cream on your legs – a product that literally BURNS body hair in order to remove it. While you are sitting back waiting for the thick layer of horribly-smelling cream to do its job, these active ingredients are absorbed through your skin, burning its way into your organs. Pretty scary, huh? And we haven’t even gotten into what these products are doing to our environment once we flush it down the drain.

It is already quite difficult for South African vegans to find decent cruelty-free products on the market, now the task deems itself even more challenging. Luckily more and more companies are recognising the issue at hand and are going back to the garden to bring consumers the freshest, safest products made from natural, pure and organic ingredients. I am personally taking on the task to discovering and reviewing these chemically-free alternatives in order to live the healthiest life possible. Keep your eyes peeled to CTVeganista as I bring you latest, safest products from various industries.

In the interim I suggest you educate yourself by starting to read the ingredients breakdown on your favourite products, and learning all you can about harmful chemicals. Also, keep up to date with the latest finding by subscribing to the Environmental Working Group’s website and following them on social media:

This article on Top Tips for safer products is a great start!

Stay fabulous, and safe dear vegans!


Sweet Curried Rice

HCLF vegan curried rice

For Christmas in July, Sebastian pleasantly surprized me with the MasterChef Australia Cookbook bundle! The set features three cookbooks by previous MasterChef Australia winners: Heart of the Home by Julie Goodwin; Next Element by Andy Allen; and A Homegrown Table … Continue reading

{Review} Women’s Day Vegan lunch indulgence and perfume making at Nederburg

First course: Vegan sautéed mushroom soiree

Happy Women’s Day (for yesterday) dear veggies! To embrace the empowerment of women in South Africa, Jasna from FashionJazz invited me to celebrate all things beautiful at the picturesque Nederburg Wine Estate. On this gorgeous winter’s day, we made our … Continue reading

Fat free! Carb free! Spicy! Zucchini noodle soup for winter

Fat free! Carb free! Spicy! – Vegan zucchini noodle soup for winter

There is an icy nip in the air as we endure the last of our winter season. Even though we have been blessed with a few striking sunshiny days, in the shadows creeps a cold that gives you goose bumps … Continue reading