• The Body Shop’s New, Cruelty-Free Body Yogurt Product Review

    I don’t know about you, but, no matter what I do, with every year that passes, I keep getting older… And the older I get, the more I start to worry about what’s happening to my skin. These days, I find myself wanting to give my skin the best care possible; but, as a tree hugging, animal loving, chemical avoiding yogi, I have to take extra care in selecting which products I use. No chemically-laced, animal-tested, un-environmentally friendly products for me, thank you. Just a lightweight vegan moisturizer that I can use every day please!

    Back in my teen and tween years, I always loved using scented lotions, body scrubs, and sprays. Then, as I reached my 20s, picked up my yoga practice, and started living more consciously, things changed. I stopped wanting to use those types of products. Now I prefer more natural options – vegan moisturizers, soaps, body mists, shampoos and conditioners that are all cruelty-free and made with natural ingredients.

    Many people like me choose to make their own vegan skin care products. And while I did dabble with the whole DIY thing for a while, I have to be honest, that got old pretty quick. Fortunately, there are a few, good quality, highly effective, pretty affordable and completely VEGAN skin care products out there.

    Recently, I’ve had the very good fortune of being introduced to a few products from The Body Shop®, including a vegan moisturizer than I am OBSESSED with. If you’re not familiar with The Body Shop, they are a global beauty brand that offers cruelty-free skincare, hair and makeup products that are made with the finest, ethically-sourced ingredients you can find.

    Aside from the amazing products they provide, I love this company because of the work that they have been doing to put an end to animal testing around the world. They were the first international beauty brand to campaign against animal testing in cosmetics, and they have spent decades fighting for this cause.

    The best part is that their products are all amazing, and I have to say, their Almond Milk Body Yogurt is my new favorite thing. I’ve only been using this product for about a week, and in that time, it has easily become a must-have for my bathroom vanity. The Body Yogurt is a 100% vegan moisturizer that is super lightweight, and it absorbs into my skin almost immediately. It’s perfect for summer time, especially here in Florida, where most moisturizers, vegan or not, melt off your body the second you step outside.

    Of course, this product comes in a variety of scents, but I personally love the Almond Milk option for it’s subtle, yet fresh and powdery scent. After application, it always leaves my skin smelling sweet and feeling soft, yet it never seems to feel oily. I personally trend toward dry skin, so naturally, I love how the Body Yogurt basically transforms my skin into something that is silky, soft, and smooth. But, most importantly, this particular scent is specifically designed for sensitive skin, which is perfect for me. I’ve always had sensitive skin and it’s really nice to know that there are vegan products like this that I can invest in.

    The Body Yogurt is a perfect complement to the Almond Milk and Honey Cleansing Bar soap, (which is also designed for sensitive skin). In fact, my favorite time to apply the Body Yogurt is right after a shower. It’s also really nice to apply just before bed so that when I wake up, my skin still smells sweet. More often than not, however, I find myself using the Body Yogurt in the morning before taking on the day. In this case, I like to top it off with a spritz of The Body Shop’s Coconut Body Mist.

    All of these products remind me of the lotions, scrubs and body sprays I used to use all the time; the only difference is, I feel really good about using them. They say that conscious living is both a blessing and a curse, and I can certainly attest to that; but knowing that these products are all ethically tested, made with nature’s best ingredients, and completely vegan, means I can enjoy them all the more.

    So, if you’re looking for some top-quality, cruelty-free, 100% vegan products that won’t break the bank, I recommend checking out everything the body shop has to offer. And if a sweetly scented, lightweight, full-body vegan moisturizer sounds like your kind of thing (or even if it doesn’t) I highly recommend the Body Yogurt. Trust me – you’re going to love it.

    By Alex Wilson

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    Alex Wilson is a writer, a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, and the content manager for OMstars – The Yoga Network.

  • Pan-fried Toasted Greens with Pomegranate and Cauliflower Rice Salad

    This middle-eastern inspired salad is a healthy take on the classic tabbouleh. Substituting white rice or cous cous for cauliflower is a great way of sneaking in that little bit of extra veg, whilst also offering fewer calories and a higher intake of essential nutrients like protein, vitamin C, and vitamin k. These help to support various functions in our body like the formation and repair of muscles, bones and skin cells.

    Loaded with green veggies like asparagus, green beans and spinach, this salad is full of vitamins and minerals that can regulate our digestive processes and protect our bodies from toxins, especially in the gut. Whilst being low in calories, these greens are high in fiber and provide a good source of protein for non-meat eaters!

    Ingredients:

    • 200g of green beans, halved
    • 100g of asparagus, halved
    • 1/2 large cauliflower head, chopped roughly
    • 1 cup of baby spinach, chopped
    • 1 pomegranate, seeds
    • 1 cup fresh herbs – parsley, coriander and mint
    • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
    • 1/2 red onion, diced
    • 2 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 lemon, squeezed to juice
    • 1 tablespoon of butter

    Method:

    • In a large bowl mix the spinach, herbs, tomato, onion and pomegranate.
    • Place cauliflower in a food processor and blitz until the consistency resembles rice. Briefly steam over boiling water for a couple minutes just to soften and warm the cauliflower rice
    • Heat a frying pan over a medium high heat. Add butter and garlic, stirring continuously. Once browned, add the green beans and asparagus, toasting them for about 3-5 minutes. Squeeze half the lemon juice over the veggies while cooking. You want them to be cooked but still crunchy and green.
    • Stir the cauliflower rice into the salad adding the rest of the lemon juice and tossing together.
    • Place the green beans and asparagus on top of the salad and sprinkle sea salt and black pepper generously across the dish and serve!

    By Lee Holmes

    Note: Lee’s original Recipe includes goat cheese, which we left off to make this recipe vegan friendly!

    Lee Holmes, Gut Friendly Food Expert, Super charged foods, recipes, OMstars

     

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