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Sunday, 26 March 2017

5 Simple Ways for Non-Vegans to Help Vegan Causes


There are a lot of ways in which going vegan helps the environment, animals, and even your own personal health, but for a vast variety of reasons – some absolutely valid, others perhaps less so – there are plenty of people who might want to do something for these causes, but can’t or won’t commit to a vegan lifestyle.

Whether or not we should be ‘pandering’ to non-vegans and encouraging so-called ‘complacency’ is a pretty controversial topic to many in the vegan community, but I always have and always will be an inclusive vegan who values the support and activism of non-vegans too. Although going vegan would certainly make the biggest impact and would be what everyone would do in a perfect world, we don’t actually live in that perfect world and at the end of the day, we’re all trying to achieve the same things. I’m of the opinion that each action, however small, can still make a big difference. Nadia of Not So Quiet Grrl recently wrote a fabulous post on this and the challenges of being a ‘liberal’ vegan that perfectly reflects my views and is well worth a read.

In spite of how often I discuss veganism, share vegan items and shout from the rooftops about being vegan on my blog and social media, I have never wanted nor intended to exclude or intimidate any of my followers who aren’t vegan. The Zombie Said is a safe space for anyone wanting to lead a more compassionate and ethical lifestyle, whether they exclude animal products in their entirety or not, and I hope I come across as an open and approachable source of information for my readers!

In the spirit of this, I thought that it was about time I wrote a post I’d been mulling over for a while – ways that non-vegans can help vegan causes. If you aren’t vegan but you care about our planet and the animals we share it with and want to contribute to some of the causes vegans advocate for, then these tips are for you!
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR CONSUMPTION.
The amount of food we waste as a nation in the UK is astronomical, and each piece of food that we waste isn’t just a piece of food – it’s energy, resources and life, too. Particularly when we accidentally don’t use up the animal products we’ve bought, it isn’t just an item of food that we’ve let spoil, but litres and litres of water, hours of human labour, acres of land and many animal lives that have been used or exploited just so those leftovers or that tub of yogurt you forgot you had could end up tossed out. Most people don’t tend to make the connection that a forgotten chicken breast that had to be disposed of is actually an animal that was killed just to go in the bin, and a life completely wasted for no reason.

Throwing out less food is a basic but brilliant way to help reduce your impact on the environment and on animals’ lives, without having to make any drastic lifestyle changes. Simply being a bit more careful about how much food you buy each time you shop does a lot to ensure that all of the valuable things that go into the products we buy don’t end up being for nothing.  Remember that humans gave their hard work and animals gave their lives for your food, and have enough respect for these things to not waste them.

BUY HIGHER WELFARE, MORE SUSTAINABLE OPTIONS.
It goes without saying that the only way to guarantee no animals were mistreated in producing your meal is to just not consume animal products, but if you aren’t ready to cut those out and still want to try to make a difference, then buying from higher welfare and more sustainable sources will not only help some animals and protect the environments that they live in, but will also help to demonstrate a demand for companies to produce more of the same. If you eat fish, for example, go for line-caught, sustainable options and avoid anything trawler caught, as these dredge up the entire ocean floor and are completely indiscriminate in what they destroy. Or, try to avoid palm oil, as this is notorious for deforestation, habitat destruction and exploitation and abuse of indigenous people.

It can be tricky to navigate the world of more sustainable and ethical animal products – one of the reasons that many of us go vegan is due to the deceitful veil that animal agriculture businesses shroud their practices in. They use nice imagery, buzz words and logos like ‘happy hens’, the Red Tractor and bogus cruelty free logos designed to trick us into buying their products because we perceive them as the more ethical choice when, really, they’re utterly meaningless. If you don’t know how to decode any of this I highly recommend reading Farmageddon and checking out Compassion in World Farming. They have a great, simple guide you can download to see which labels mean the most for animal welfare standards and where the best places to shop for animal products are with welfare in mind.

SWITCH TO CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY AND HOME PRODUCTS.
If your diet can’t change but you still care about animal welfare, one of the easiest and most positive changes you can make is to start using beauty and household products that aren’t tested on animals. I’m sure any of my readers will know by now that I’m a huge advocate of cruelty free cosmetics! While food can be perceived as a much more personal choice and changing our diets can be a difficult lifestyle switch for many, cosmetic products are less of a necessity and there is quite literally zero need for an animal to suffer for our vanity given the alternative testing methods available these days.

Testing makeup on animals isn’t as cutesy-sounding as sticking a bit of blush on a bunny rabbit; it’s a brutal process of repeated injections and exposure to chemical substances until the animal dies or is in pain and immediately euthanised as a result. Buying makeup products that carry the Leaping Bunny logo or that have otherwise proven themselves to be cruelty free helps prevent countless animals from needlessly suffering. Logical Harmony and Ethical Elephant are two of my favourite resources for cruelty free beauty brand lists if you’re looking for a place to start, and of course my blog has plenty of reviews and recommendations for cf items. Always feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Instagram if you’ve got a question about cf beauty!

LET YOUR MONEY TALK.
Animal agriculture and the beauty industry are both businesses, and money is the language of business. These companies don’t often really care about animal welfare or protecting the environment, but they do care about their profits. You have the power to sway their decisions simply by being more critical of where you choose to spend your money.

If you aren’t vegan, buy your animal products from known higher welfare supermarkets or brands. Select the items in the super market advertised as better for the environment over the ones that aren’t. Spend your money on a cruelty free alternative to your old favourite lipstick. A lot of people like to say that going vegan or cruelty free is pointless, that we can’t really make a difference, but sales of dairy milk are plummeting while non-dairy milk consumption has sky-rocketed. Big brands like Urban Decay make decisions to pull out of selling in China because of boycotts and outcry over China’s animal testing policies.

They want your money, and if they can see you giving it to someone kinder to animals and the environment instead of them, then that will give them an incentive to change their practices in order to increase their sales.

EAT FEWER ANIMAL PRODUCTS.
Not every vegan will agree with me on this, but when I speak to non-vegans about vegan causes I always advocate reduction rather than restriction. For those like me, completely omitting certain things from my diet was easy and a no-brainer, but not everyone is like me, and being told they need to totally remove loads of things they enjoy from their diets will immediately turn many people off the movement completely. For some, decreasing their animal product consumption is the best way to get them on board, may be the best or most realistic option for them personally and is still a valuable way to help animals and the environment.

At the rate that we’re going, our planet cannot support the demand for animal produce, whether that’s chicken or beef or cheese or you name it. The amount of land, energy and resources needed for animal agriculture and the damage it inflicts on the environment is simply too much, but reducing your consumption can help slow it down again. Obviously I would love it if no one ate animal products at all, but if everyone had a meat-free day per week, stopped having dairy milk in their cereals or stopped consuming animal products with every single meal, that would still have a massive impact on the demand for those products and, in turn, a massive impact on the scale in which they’re produced.

You don’t have to give everything up, but reducing the amount of animal products that you consume and learning to treat meat, dairy etc. as a treat rather than a daily necessity will also help to promote change. As long as we continue to think of animal products a necessary part of every single meal, demand for them will continue to be great enough for companies to ‘justify’ factory farming, habitat destruction and low animal welfare practices in order to meet our so-called ‘needs’.

I hope you found these tips a wee bit helpful and when in doubt, if nothing else, use your voice! You may not be vegan, but if you have educated yourself and are aware of animal welfare and environmental issues, you can still spread the word and promote awareness. It only takes one person – vegan or not – to start up a ripple effect and get others thinking more critically about where their food, beauty products etc. come from!

What are some ways that you try to be an ethical consumer?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

2 Cruelty Free & Vegan Fragrances for Spring

I never used to be much of a perfume person, or fragrance-of-any-kind person really. I’ve always disliked how most popular perfumes and body sprays smell – something about the strength and floral-ness of the scents has always given me a headache. It wasn’t until I started looking outside of the usual high street shops that I discovered that there were perfumes that actually smelled like, well, things. I enjoy fragrances that smell like actual things. Not old lady, obscure floral smells but actual smells – coconut, orange, wood, gingerbread, coffee and so on.

In spite of this, I’m not totally immune to spring fragrance trends! I think spring can be a great time to embrace fruity, floral smells (as long as they don’t smell like a grandma’s potpourri) and since spring has sprung I’ve been using a couple of lovely cruelty free, vegan fragrance options.

The Pacifica Mediterranean Fig Perfume* is the first cruelty free spray perfume I tried out; it’s £20 for 29ml and lasts well throughout the day. On first spray, it’s a much earthier smell than you’d expect from the name, but the earthiness quickly softens into a slightly sweeter, fruitier smell. It’s a very natural smelling fragrance that balances the woody and sweet notes very well and is a perfect scent for a warm spring day when the sun is shining and the blossoms are out. I’d heard good things about Pacifica’s fragrances from other vegan bloggers, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint!

My other favourite that I’ve been using lately is the Balm Balm Mandarin Natural Perfume*. Balm Balm’s perfumes are all single note perfumes that can be used alone, or mixed with their other fragrances to create your own bespoke scent. Because it’s a single note perfume, it’s a very true mandarin scent and is exactly what you’d expect – citrusy and subtly zingy, but fruity, soft and sweet too. It smells almost as though you’ve squeezed some oils straight from a mandarin’s peel! Balm Balm’s perfumes are £22 for 33ml and are also 100% organic and made purely from essential oil and grain alcohol, so they’re about as pure and natural as you can get.

I’m pleased to have finally discovered not just Pacifica, but the lovely single notes of Balm Balm’s line too.  I never would have thought a few years ago that I would be wearing perfumes almost every day but, hey, here I am!  Both of these beauties are available online from LoveLula.com – if you’re a fan of perfumes inspired by nature, I’d definitely recommend giving these a try.

What are your favourite cruelty free fragrances?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Review / Alchemy Oils Amla Hair Remedy

Alchemy Oils Amla Hair Remedy
For nearly the entirety of my teenage years I never made any major hair mistakes. I was one of those lucky kids who avoided totally ruining their hair or doing anything silly with products they didn’t quite understand how to use. The most out there I ever got was in my first year of university, when I dyed my hair a not-so-adventurous shade of black cherry red, until I finally decided to try and hop on board the pastel hair train a couple of years ago.

I had my black hair dye stripped out at a salon, was irritated with how average a job they did for an extortionate amount of money, and attempted to bleach the rest myself. I actually didn’t do too bad a job, but my problem is just bloody patience! After the fourth round of dying my roots and attempting to further lighten some of the stubborn patches, I just gave up and realised I was too lazy for super light hair. You’d feel the same if your hair was three times as thick as most other white gals and was three boxes and a full day’s commitment to bleach or dye.

My hair has almost recovered, with only an inch or so of chemically damaged hair left now, but I’ve been on a quest for products to strengthen and nourish my hair ever since. I came so close to having straw for hair, and I don’t want it to ever go back to that again. So far the only products I’ve sworn by are Paul Mitchell’s Super Strong range, and I’ve been keeping an eye out for treatments, oils and sprays that would help strengthen my hair and promote hair growth to use alongside it.

Needless to say, I was pretty excited when Alchemy Oils got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to try one of their products – what perfect timing! They’re a natural hair oil company, producing 100% vegan and cruelty free products that are free of parabens, harsh chemicals and other nasties. Their Amla Hair Remedy* naturally caught my eye as it’s described as a ‘potent blend of 5 super oils to promote growth and strengthen hair’. Alchemy Oils can be used as hair and scalp treatments (just leave them on for 30+ minutes) or you can use only a little bit to run through your damp hair and style as normal for lustrous locks. The Amla Hair Remedy is heavier than their other hair product, the Grapefruit Hair Remedy, and is better suited to coarser and thicker hair as a styling product, so I figured it would probably be well-suited to mine.

To start, the packaging is rather lovely. They come in a pretty 100ml corked glass bottle (which lends itself well to the name as it looks like it would look right at home on a potion master or alchemist’s shelf) and is sturdy and hasn’t leaked even when I’ve accidently had it laying on its side for a couple of days. Being glass, the bottle is a little on the heavier side so isn’t necessarily ideal for travelling, but Alchemy Oils do also sell little travel-sized versions of their products too. The only major downside of the bottle is that the design does make it a little bit difficult to pour, and it’s easy to tilt it just a tad too much and end up with way more product than you wanted.

The smell of this oil is half the joy of using it – as well as argan, coconut, avocado, sesame and amla oil it also contains a bit of lemon essential oil which makes it delightfully refreshing to use. In terms of texture, it is a thicker, heavier oil so (as they suggest) it may not be better for thin or grease-prone hair, but for mine it’s been perfect. As a styling product, I use just a tiny amount or just dip my finger into the bottle, rub it all over my palms and fingers, and then work it into the length of my hair. On my hair, it doesn’t feel too oily and it adds a beautiful sheen (and scent!) while calming my frizz and helping to tame my hair in general.

I’ve been using the Amla Hair Remedy for a few weeks now in the ways that they suggest: I use this on my hair dry; use marginally more of the oil on my damp hair before my usual routine; and once a week or so I massage it into my roots and scalp, work it into the length and leave it as a mask for a couple of hours before I wash it out again. I have to say, I’ve seen a noticeable difference in how manageable my hair is. Particularly when my hair is shorter, if I go too long without having it trimmed and thinned out again, I run the risk of turning into a puffball and my volume and curls become impossible to keep tidy. Since using this, my hair has calmed right the hell down (even though I’m in dire need of a trim) and my curls and usual poofiness have softened, making it look sleeker, shiner and more like I’ve actually styled it.

In terms of how quickly it’s grown, it’s sort of difficult for me to judge because my hair has always tended to grow relatively quickly when it’s short compared to when it’s longer, but judging by how often I’ve been having to trim my undercut it’s been growing at least one to one and a half centimetres every three weeks or so. That could just be my hair’s natural rate of growth kickstarted by the Amla Remedy rather than purely the product but, well, even then that’s pretty impressive!

At £27 for 100mls it certainly isn’t cheap, but I’ve been using it for quite a while now at least twice a week to style and once a week or so as a treatment, and I’ve only gone through about a quarter of the bottle. Usually I am a little sceptical of more expensive products, but when it comes to haircare I don’t skimp. My big bottles of Paul Mitchell were £35+ each and my heat protectant spray was about £20 – when it comes to my hair, I’m just willing to invest and I will definitely be buying another bottle of this once mine runs out.

I’ve honestly been really surprised and thrilled with the condition that my hair has been in and the speed at which it’s been growing. I’ve finally found a hair product that not only makes a difference to my hair health and texture, but does so with purely natural ingredients to boot! If you’re interested in giving it a go yourself, you can buy the Amla Hair Remedy from Alchemy Oils’ website.  You can even use the code: thezombiesaid for an extra 10% off your order!

What are your favourite natural products to use on your hair?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Review / Barefoot SOS Dry + Sensitive Range

Barefoot SOS Dry + Sensitive
Not long after I wrote about my experiences with their Repair + Renew cleanser, I was asked if I’d be interested in trying out some of the products from their Dry + Sensitive line too. Given that especially during the winter months, my already sensitive skin is quite susceptible to dryness I thought I’d be a great test subject for seeing how some of their products perform!

My skin has been sensitive for as long as I can really remember, although it’s not nearly as bad as some folks’ skin – for example I don’t react to fragrances or have any allergies that I’m aware of. That said, I have always suffered from mild eczema, my face is prone to dry patches and I have to look after the skin that I shave very carefully or I end up plagued with all manner of rashes, razor burns and ingrown hairs.

Barefoot SOS’s Dry + Sensitive range is specifically formulated for anyone who suffers dry, uncomfortable, irritated or sensitive skin, especially those prone to eczema and psoriasis. Their products are supposed to have cooling and soothing benefits while being comfortable, moisturising and delivering protection from the environment and free radicals.

Their Daily Rich Body Lotion* is a nourishing moisturiser that can be used all over the body to provide hydration for dry, sensitive skin. It’s fast absorbing and pleasantly scented without having an over-bearing, unnatural fragrance to it. I’ve been using this every day for a while now on my upper arms as they’re where I tend to get patches of flaky skin, and while this product alone did not make them vanish it helped to reduce them and their itchiness significantly. Half of the moth on my arm tattoo was covered in dry patches but there’s now only a couple of half centimetre-sized spots that insist on sticking around.

This is an easy, thicker lotion to apply with good benefits and I’ve been enjoying using it – the only thing that I’m perhaps not a fan of is that it’s £11 for a 100ml tube, and while the price itself doesn’t necessarily put me off, I would much rather see a bigger size for an all-over body lotion. If I were to use this on my legs (which would probably benefit from it as the skin is so sensitive) I feel like I’d blow through the whole tube in less than a couple of weeks!

The next product I’ve been using is the Soothing Face & Body Wash*, which has been a pleasant surprise! I wasn’t sure what to expect as generally washes that can be used on body and face, or body and hair, tend not to be the best for your skin, to say the least. Essentially, this is a cream cleanser that can be used to wash either your body or as a facial cleanser and I’ve been using it as both.

During my shower at the end of the day, I’ve been using this cleanse my body all over and then using a little bit product with a muslin cloth to gently cleanse and exfoliate my face, too. It has a silky texture and is SLS free so doesn’t foam – to be expected for a facial cleanser, but it’s an odd sensation for a body wash as most associate a foamy cleanser with a good clean. Having said that though, my skin seems to enjoy it and it feels as though my body retains much more moisture post-shower when I use this vs my traditional body washes.

Just because it’s gentle doesn’t mean it doesn’t clean you properly either; I frequently use this after extremely sweaty and intense gym sessions, and this removes sweat and odour just as effectively as any other body wash but with the added benefits of conditioning and soothing your skin at the same time. This is even gentle enough to be used to bathe babies and kids with sensitive skin.

The face and body wash is £16 for 200ml of product, which seems more money than usual for the same amount of body wash but at the same time, is a bargain for a cream cleanser as I very rarely see any face cleansers or washes this generously-sized.  So, I guess it depends on how you intend to use it whether or not it’s worth the cash.

The last product I’ve been testing out is their award-winning Face & Body Rescue Cream*, which comes in three different sizes: 25ml for £5.95, 50ml for £10.50 and 100ml for £18. This is a much more intensive moisturiser than the Daily Body Lotion. although the texture is very similar, and can also be applied to problem skin on the face.

This is advertised as helping to control patches of eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis; provide extra moisture for dry elbows and knees, hydrate sun- and wind-damaged skin and help to soothe allergic flare-ups. It’s a thicker formula than the daily lotion, and has a soft, chamomile-y fragrance.

I’ve used this quite a few times on my entire face overnight as well as more frequently on specific patches of dry skin, and it pretty much does what it says on the tin! Again, like the Daily Body Lotion, it doesn’t magically zap away your eczema, but it’s nonetheless extremely helpful at keeping dryness under control. Those last remaining patches of eczema I mentioned were further reduced when I started using this on it, and they now feel much less tight and irritated even if they didn’t totally disappear.

This has also been a pleasure to use on my face every now and again, because it’s so hydrating but gentle enough that it doesn’t over-moisturise or bother my sensitive skin. This is a new favourite I’ve added to my little collection of dry skin saviours, and is perfect for whipping out on those days when your face is tight and getting a lil’ flaky; it pretty much fixes the problem for me overnight. I will definitely be taking this to save my skin from the nasty, dry, aeroplane air when I’m on my long haul flight next week!

Barefoot SOS Dry + Sensitive Cruelty Free & Vegan


I’m pleased to have found some sensitive skin products that not only seem to help my eczema patches without the need for a prescription, but they’re also cruelty free and vegan to boot which is seems to be a rarity for things that actually help with long term skin issues. My issues with eczema are only mild though, so if you suffer very badly from eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis then the severity of your condition vs mine might mean your experiences with these products are different. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this as a range that will solve all of your problems and make your ailments disappear (they didn’t cure mine and I’m also not a medic; always consult your GP and use their recommendations for serious conditions), but it may be worth a try and, if nothing else, they might be great gentle products that compliment any prescription treatments you use for your sensitive skin.

For me and my own dry and sensitive skin at least, I’ve definitely noticed a positive difference and will continue to use the face and body wash in particular as I’ve never had the pleasure of using an SLS-free, sensitive body wash before. The fact that it can double up as a face wash also makes it a perfect space-saver for travelling, and I fully intend to bring it with my on holiday! In addition to these three products, you can also buy Dry + Sensitive hand cream and Dry Scalp Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner, the latter of which I’ve decided I’d love to try out next since I also suffer from a dry and flaky scalp.

Have you tried any of Barefoot SOS’s products? What are your cruelty free recommendations for sensitive skin?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

My Current Morning Skincare Routine

I didn’t get super into skincare until probably two or three years ago; until then I was just using whatever was cheap and didn’t break me out, with no real understanding of the importance of good products and the benefits that certain ingredients might have for my skin. I’ve always been relatively lucky in that respect I suppose, as I’ve never had any major skin-related issues (until my more recent battles with dryness and the army of blackheads taking over my face) and therefore no need to invest more time into researching how to care for it.

Nowadays though, I try to look after my face as well as I look after the rest of my body, and the changes I’ve experienced in my skin type have definitely been partly responsible for giving me a kick up the arse to start doing so. The rest is just down to investing in the future of my face, I suppose! Given that I blog a lot about individual products and have never actually shared any of my skincare routines before, I thought I may as well start writing skincare posts every now and again and keep you up to date with what products I’m using and why I like them.

My morning skincare routine is much quicker and more basic than my evening routines (which can sometimes include multiple scrubs, masks and treatments depending on how I’m feeling) since I wake up every morning for work at 5:50 and need to be out of the house by about 6:30. Time is of the essence for me in the mornings, so I currently only have 5 easy-to-apply products that I use on the daily at the moment...

CLEANSER: BAREFOOT SOS REPAIR + RENEW NOURISHING CLEANSING CREAM*
I wrote a full review of this product that you can check out here, so I won’t go into too much detail, but this is a beautifully light, refreshing cream cleanser that contains restorative and anti-aging ingredients. I don’t go for full on face washes in the morning because a.) lathering up, scrubbing down, washing off and drying my face takes up too many of my valuable morning seconds and b.) the facial oils and dead skin cells that build up overnight are easily handled using gentler, cream or gel cleansers.

I use just over a pea-sized amount of this, massage it gently all over my face and then quickly rinse it off and pat dry, then move on to the next step feeling cleansed without feeling stripped of moisture.

TONER: PHB ETHICAL BEAUTY GENTLE FACIAL TONIC
I’ve been using PHB Ethical Beauty’s products for about three or four years now and this toner has been one of my staples ever since I first bought it. This is designed for sensitive skin, is alcohol and oil free and helps to calm redness and irritation and improve skin tone. As with all of PHB’s products, it’s vegan, halal, cruelty free, organic and made in the UK.

I’ve swapped toners a few times, but I always end up coming back to this one as it’s my ol’ reliable and I can always count on it to do what I want it to do and to also sooth my skin. I use a spritz of this on a cotton pad to apply it, or spray it directly over my face, and it can also be used as a refreshing mist throughout the day over makeup.

EYE CREAM: REN KEEP YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL EYE CREAM*
I had never been that bothered by eye creams until last year when I realised that I’m finally starting to develop tiny, fine lines under my eyes and figured it’s about time I started targeting that area of my face. Until recently, I had always just tried budget options but when I was given the opportunity to try some REN products without breaking my own bank account I thought hey, why not?

As it turns out, I really love this eye cream. Like every other anti-aging product it boasts dramatic benefits such as instant, visible tightening of the eye area and no, also like every other anti-aging product it doesn’t work miracles. It does however leave my eyes feeling a little bit firmer and very hydrated without feeling oily or interfering with my eye makeup, and I have high hopes for it after long term use. The instructions say to use one pump but honestly, I use barely half of a pump and that’s plenty for my eyes so it goes much further than expected.

Note: REN was acquired by Unilever late last year so although I’m not aware of any changes to their current production practices yet you may want to bear that in mind if you are against companies owned by non-cruelty free brands/corporations.

OIL TREATMENT: FOM LONDON ANTIOXIDANT REPAIR OIL COMPLEX*
I’ve been riding the face oil train ever since I tried my first one and I’m certainly not getting off any time soon! I had never heard of FOM London until I’d had the pleasure of trying a couple of their products in my LoveLula beauty boxes (I talked about one of their extremely nourishing but non-vegan products here) and I’ve been regularly using this one morning and evening over the past several weeks.

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, their Antioxidant Repair Oil Complex helps to mend and soothe tired skin and is deeply hydrating. They say that this oil is weightless and fast-absorbing, but I actually find I need to wait a moment for it to sink into my skin before applying anything else to it – I just put this on before I brush my teeth and use that time to let it get to work.

I pretty much never go without this before leaving for work nowadays because it’s intensely moisturising without making my skin end up a bit too oily later in the day (which I found their Hydra Plump Serum did) and helps keep my skin hydrated when bombarded by the heating in my car and the office.  I just have a tester size though, and the full sized once is hella expensive at £43 for 30ml!

MOISTURISER: KIMBERLY SAYER ANTIOXIDANT DAILY MOISTURISING CREAM SPF30*†
Last but not least, my current daily moisturiser of choice is the antioxidant moisturising cream from Kimberly Sayer. I wanted to try this particularly because of the SPF30, as I’ve found it difficult to find good daily face creams that are cruelty free, relatively natural and have SPF without clogging up my pores. If I’m going out and about outdoors, I try to use my Solait SPF50 face cream which works fine, but it can start to feel a bit much if worn all day, every day for weeks at a time as it’s one of those products designed more for the sun protection than to keep your skin looking nice.

The ingredients-list for this product contains lots of skin-soothing ingredients derived from oats, lavender and chamomile and it’s a great everyday moisturiser that feels hydrating and includes SPF without feeling heavy or pore-clogging. If you’re not a fan of heavily scented face products though, I would maybe steer clear of this as it does have a very heavy lavender fragrance (although this does wear off shortly after application).

I hope you found this post helpful and got some new brand and product ideas – let me know what your favourite daily skincare products are!

† Not vegan, contains beeswax.
* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.