vegan beauty products

A Review of a Highly Vegan Material for Vegan Cuts and some info about the Material Known as Cork

Yay for me!

Today I received a package containing an item that the highly intriguing company Vegan Cuts asked me to review.

If you don’t know about Vegan Cuts, they are a great site. They  are a handpicked selection of cool vegan items that are all moderately to heavily discounted. Check them out! Very cool.

They kindly sent me a very fascinating item. A cork bag from the company CoolCorc.

First of all….. a question arises. Why is it that everybody likes cork?

cork on cork

Cork boards.

Wine cork collecting.

It is such a fun material to touch.

Am I right?

I found out from the website of coolcorc that it is also one of the most environmentally friendly materials in the world.

Unlike natural sponges, which are also so fun to touch, but are killed for their amazing texture….

Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree, and incredibly no cork trees were cut down or harmed in the making of these cork products. The bark is simply harvested from the outside of the tree, and the company says this harvesting, kind of like pruning I imagine, allows the cork tree to live an unusually long life for a cork oak tree of around 200 years. They never cut down a single tree. When cork trees die naturally, their website says they are used for the cultivation of edible mushrooms.

How nice.

This cork tree land that the company owns actually allows the company to preserve and protect a incredible forest sanctuary that houses many endangered species including Lynx,

the Golden Takin  (an animal I just learned about, probably the origin of the Greek Myth about the Golden Fleece, a winged golden ram)

and Golden Monkey.

On to the purse.

Well….. I love the fabric. It is so very smooth. Cork is great. It is smaller than I expected. Not really sure how I will wear it, but I will try to incorporate it one of these days into my attire.

In retrospect, I wish I had gotten the clutch. It looks very chic and magnifique. I like the minimalist design.

Well…to sum up….

I love what CoolCorc, this company, is doing.

I love entrepreneurs and these people are really doing a lot of good in the world…not only by putting out very unique and interesting products, but by inventing a sustainable way to create jobs for cork cutters in Asia, protecting an old if not ancient cork forest which houses endangered species, and making a stand for cool vegan products and vegan materials…and not cutting down a single tree in the process.

Vegan Cuts is offering a site wide discount for the next 3 days (till November 10th) of 10% off anything on their site. Enter the code


Thank you so much Vegan Cuts and CoolCorc for asking me to review your product. That was a lot of fun and is the culmination of a kind of blogg-ish dream I had of getting sent a free gift/product to review.

Amazing work, to both companies.

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Your thoughts?



Vegan Lush Products

I am usually very distrustful of beauty claims ever since trying to find a good facial routine that would solve my problem skin. I tried everything, and nothing helped until I found, but that’s another story.

I have recently found the most amazing smelling hair care routine, from an amazing ethical company that puts an emphasis on veganism: Lush.

Lush is an amazing company. Ever since the beginning of their company far before veganism, organic, and eco-friendly things were trendy they have made an effort to cater to vegans, and were organic and eco friendly. If you go to their website you can see they have clearly marked which of their products are totally vegan, and most of their products are…

Best of all, their products are really effective. At least the ones I’ve tried. I love their soaps. They make me excited to take a shower. They smell really good–way better than any other soaps I’ve used. The soaps have fun qualities to them too–I have two right now. One is called Sandstone–which smells like lemon and has sand in it. It makes me feel like I am being scrubbed in the undertow in the waves at the beach, and one called porridge–which smells like honey and vanilla and has tons of abrasive seeds in it that exfoliate.


I love their bath bombs. They turn your bath different colors, some fizz and pop and make a sound that reminds me of a bath that Roald Dahl would imagine (any one know what I mean–whizzing and banging and fizzing haha), and they all make your bath smell delish.

This one’s called Sex Bomb.

Their hair products really work too. Not only has everything I’ve used made my hair smell amazing (and the smell lasts all day and will even perfume your pillow) but also does do some work on your hair. Like this conditioner I got called Rehab made my hair soft, flat, with no fly aways– truly different looking!! That is truly saying something. I use 4 of their products regularly: Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo which is vegan, and contains beer and some sort of whiskey like smell–an altogether amazing smell.

American Cream conditioner which has a vanilla and strawberries smell

Big asan alternate shampoo–I was really skeptical this thing would work but it does.

And R & B  as a leave in conditioner for the ends of my hair:

I love it when a product works. There is no guessing and hemming and hawing and wondering “Hmmm can I really see any difference” You see a difference within one use! That’s how you know something truly works.

I highly reccomend going to a Lush store, and checking out their website. They have this awesome thing called the Lushopedia, where you can click on a list of ingredients in every product and see a high quality picture of every ingredient in what you’re using. And that includes things like Elderflower Vinegar and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. All those things you see on the back of shampoo bottles and wonder–what the hell is this?–the Lushopedia answers for you. It is like a wikipedia or cookbook for beauty products. Fascinating reading.

I also love Lush’s core values which they put up in all their stores and print on the back of their bags. My favorite one is “We believe words like fresh and organic have honest meaning beyond marketing.”

I love that.

I also learned that Lush has a long history of lobbying against animal testing and refuses not only to use animals in their tests but “prohibits buying any ingredient from any supplier that tests any materials on any animals for any purpose. This policy is unique in the cosmetics world and is pioneering a new way to stop animal tests for cosmetics.” Read more about their inspiring business practices here.

I really think this is probably one of my all time favorite companies if not my favorite. Their story is fascinating. I wish there was a book about them, but since there isn’t, some articles and interviews with Mark Constantine, the founder, have to suffice. Wish I had invented Lush.

Veganese, a best selling conditioner.

What do you think about Lush? Know of them? Love them? Did you know about how committed they are to having an ethical and honest business? So inspiring.