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Atlas Trading of Bo Kaap

Posted on 17 April 2018

Atlas Trading of Bo Kaap, Cape TownEstablished in 1946, Atlas Trading Company of 104 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, is a purveyor of fine spices, rice, beans, lentils, nuts and rare products from across the world.

Atlas Trading is a family-owned and run business with a colourful history and product range. Their heritage lies within the spice that they sell – the tradition and flair of their vibrant community is expressed and can be tasted in the spices they produce.

Opening times: Mon – Fri: 09.00h till 18.00h, Sat – 09.00h till 14.00h, Sundays and Public Holidays – closed.

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Veganism in the Beauty and Cosmetics Industry

Posted on 4 April 2018

The thought of not having that beef curry, chicken breast or fish fillet for the rest of your life is as far as bold choices go. However, going vegan has lots of benefits; improved health, amazing lustrous skin and even saving on expenses. Reports by Time indicate that vegans save at least & US$ 750 moreOpens in a new window than meat eaters per year. Even more interesting is the fact that veganism has widened from monitoring the food consumed and clothes worn like linen, hemp, and cotton. Modern-day veganism encompasses getting involved with vegan cosmetic products as well. The beauty industry is now coming up with day-to-day beauty products and makeup, custom made for vegans.

Over the last few months, vegan products have stretched from the kitchen tables to bathroom cabinets that contain cherry and other fruit-based shower gels and rose water. All championing animal free cosmetic and beauty products without compromising function or feel.

Why choose the right products?

The key to protecting one’s skin lies in understanding the various cosmetic brands, the quality of their products, and the exact chemicals being soaked up by your pores. The effects of makeup products on the skinOpens in a new window are more diverse than creating an even skin tone and improving one’s appearance. However, knowing your skin type, the shape of your face, how sensitive your skin is and your hair typeOpens in a new window is key in choosing the right beauty products.

Vegan facial beauty products

Cosmetics photo by Raphael Lovaski on UnsplashThere are dozens of beauty products that are both cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. These products include the oil-milk facial cleanser. It is perfect for getting rid of makeup and impurities. It also leaves the skin feeling soft, supple and well cared for. Using coffee and sea salt facial scrubs is advantageous. Unlike chemical facial scrubs filled with polyethylene microbeads and other harmful chemicals, such scrubs exfoliate naturallyOpens in a new window. Another alternative is the sesame oil baobab melon seed oi-mil facial cleanser. It is suitable for all skin types and is great for makeup removal. Creameries have a more holistic approach; exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising. Tea tree face wash and green tea face mask are among other brilliant vegan face products.

Vegan products for glamorous hair

It is quite difficult to find decent high-quality hair care products that don’t leave your hair feeling all dried up and brittle. Thank vegan hair products. These include rosemary and vanilla hair shampoo, aromas colour shampoo and conditioner. They contain soothing lavenders patchouli and geranium which helps preserve hair colour and leave it feeling super soft and looking glossy. Also on the list is organic virgin coconut oil, cold pressed castor oil and banana truly nourishing hair mask. Add that to castor and almond oil which are great for the scalp and promote hair growth.

Vegan products for the body

Vegan-friendly soaps are pretty rare but they are among the best. They are naturally produced soaps from healthy plant extracts, some of which even have medicinal value. Peppermint shea butter soap is one of the most amazing vegan soaps. Alternatively, there is the bliss body wash conditioner. It is packed with skin- loving organic apricot kernel and rosehip oils that leave the skin feeling properly nourished. Bamboo charcoal soap with tea trees does not miss a mention either.

Everybody has their own taste and preference when it comes to purchasing different goods and products. However, when it comes to benefits, vegan products are a force to reckon with. Vegan beauty products are highly beneficial. They are better suited for sensitive skin. Furthermore, vegan cosmetics come with packaging that has been made from recycled materials and contribute to environmental conservation.

Written by Sally Perkins


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Spar Veggie Burgers

Posted on 26 March 2018

Spar Crumbed Veggie Burgers
  
Frozen, crumbed, uncooked veggie burgers from Spar home brand. Another exciting potato based alternative in the freezer, crumbed potato burgers filled with a variety of vegetables. 650 grams. Available from Spar supermarkets.
  
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Organic Choice Health Shop, Centurion

Posted on 25 March 2018

Organic Choice Health Shop, CenturionOrganic Choice, of Hokaai Meat Building, Cnr Lenchen Ave North & Embankment Rd, Centurion, is an online and physical health shop dedicated to promoting clean, safe products. Their aim is to educated more people about dangers of chemicals in the daily products we use – from food and drinks to beauty, cleaning and medicines. They strive to promote sustainability, responsibility and respect to all life and our planet.

“We only stock brands with natural products and here are the ones we work with:
Antiperspirant/deodorants – Pure Beginnings, Schmidt’s, The Victorian Garden
Baby Care – Enchantrix, Oh-Lief, Pure Beginnings
Bath, body, skin care – Africa Organics, Down to Earth, Enchantrix, Esse, Pure Beginnings, Pure Simple, The Victorian Garden
Cosmetics – we don’t stock the brands on Vegans website, but we have Logona (Germany), Benecos (Germany) and Crazy Rumors (USA)
Dental Care – Enchantrix, Pure Beginnings + Olgani Mineral Rich Evening Toothpaste
Fragrances – not available at the moment
Hair care – Africa Organics, Enchantrix, Love My Hair, Pure Beginnings, The Victorian Garden
Home care – Better Earth, Enchantrix, Pure Simple,
Shaving products – Enchantrix, Pure Beginnings
Sun protection – we don’t have any of the brand on your website. We stock Oh-Lief natural sunscreens, which are endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty.”

Opening times: Mon – Fri: 09.00h till 18.00h, Sat – 09.00h till 14.00h, Sundays and Public Holidays – closed.

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My Skincare products

Posted on 22 March 2018

My Skincare productsAll natural, nature-inspired skin and body range. Paraben, alcohol and synthetics free. 100% vegan product range, using organic where ever possible. Products are intensely nourishing and there is no skimping on the good stuff. They use weird, wonderful and uncommon oils which are packed with vitamins, minerals and saturated fats to ensure your skin stays soft, hydrated and supple for as long as possible.

Products are endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty and are currently available at Le Petit Bijou (Senderwood), Euphoric Aesthetics (Kyalami Estate), NuLeaf Health Shop (Glenanda), Little Shoppe of Treasures (1 Fox Street, Newtown), and the My Skincare website.

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The Oolala skin care collection

Posted on 20 March 2018

The Oolala skin care collection
 
The Oolala Collection, which is an online eCommerce platform offers a full skin care range of products. A local brand that’s affordable, accessible, and most importantly – authentic. They believe that everyone is beautiful.

THEY STAND FOR: 100% VEGAN, 100% Cruelty FREE, 100% Paraben FREE, Affordable Luxury, Proudly South African, Clean Beauty, Beauty Without Cruelty and Respecting Our Planet.

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Green Beans in Cape Town

Posted on 20 March 2018

At Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Tokai, Green Beans is a small cafe and deli serving a variety of natural and delicious food using only quality ingredients. The menu is for people that care what they eat and is completely flexible.

Vegan options:
Oats with blueberries and coconut flakes,
Smashed avo on toast,
Fresh fruit in a glass,
Green beans house salad,
Spicy lentil and veg pie (wheat-free pastry) with salad or roasted veg,
Vegan curry rooti (gluten-free option available),
Buckwheat wrap filled with roast peppers, aubergine, mushrooms, hummus and sundried tomato pesto,
Pea and rocket soup with homemade bread;
Smoothies and freshly pressed juices,
Rice and almond milk available.

OPENING TIMES: Mon-Fri 07:30 to 17:00 (kitchen closes @ 16h00), Sat 08:30 to 14:00 (kitchen closes @ 13h30). Closed Sundays, public holidays and Xmas.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan-friendly cafes in Cape Town.


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Lulu & Marula

Posted on 17 March 2018

Lulu & Marula body productsLulu & Marula is an all-natural, ethically produced skin care brand. It is endorsed by the Beauty Without Cruelty association, their products are not tested on animals and all ingredients are of natural origin. They believe that caring for our skin is a much-needed daily ritual, for our minds as much as our bodies.

The following products are vegan:
Purifying Treatment Oil, Nourishing Treatment Oil, Refreshing Tonic Mist, Purifying Mask & Polish, Nourishing Mask & Polish, Calming Bath Oil, Energising Bath Oil.

The following products contain responsibly sourced beeswax:
Calming Body Balm, Energising Body Balm, Soothing Hand & Foot Balm, Naartjie Lip Balm, Mint Lip Balm.

No major retailers. Supplied mostly to boutique gift stores and beauty salons across Cape Town, Johannesbug and Durban.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan skincare products in South Africa.


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Old Mac Daddy Trailer Hotel, Grabouw

Posted on 17 March 2018

Part wholesome caravan park, part designer farm lodge, Old Mac Daddy of 112 Valley Road, Grabouw, is a new chapter in adventure, escapism and pure relaxation. Set on the pine-whispering slopes of a beautiful corner of the Elgin Valley, Old Mac Daddy offers trailer units with artist-themed bedrooms and uber-contemporary living spaces, as well as comfortable glamping style tented options, and 2 self-catering units for larger extended families of groups of friends.

Old Mac Daddy swimming poolThe Barn Restaurant and communal area is a slick but comfortable “Scandi-meets-SA” space to take in the views, enjoy some good food, and extensive local wine and craft beers list.

Breakfast options
Plated hot breakfast options
Soy strips, mushrooms, tomato, onion, avo
Breakfast smoothie with your choice of seasonal fruit & almond milk
Almond milk for cereals, coffees & teas

STARTERS & SALADS
Red bean & butternut soup
Chickpea summer salad
Apple summer salad

MAINS
Veggie wrap with side of your choice
Moroccan chickpea stew with basmati rice & sambals
Chickpea & corn burger Pattie with side of your choice

DESSERTS
Peanut butter blondie served with coconut & banana ice cream
Coconut sundae – Coconut & banana ice cream, cashew nuts, coconut flakes & maple syrup

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan-friendly accommodations in the Western Cape.


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BV Cosmetics

Posted on 13 March 2018

This cruelty free cosmetic disinfectant mist has been created for makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts to ensure that their makeup kits can be disinfected professionally.

BV Cosmetics productsIt eliminates germs from your makeup products itself such as pressed powders, eyeshadows, etc. and tools. Leaves your products and tools smelling fresh, will not harm your products. An essential in every makeup artist kit. Lab tested on bacterial organisms most commonly found on makeup products and tools. Bacterial efficacy rate of 99.99%. Products do not contain ingredients derived from animals or animal proteins and they do not test any of products on animals as they are strong believers in Beauty Without Cruelty.

BV cosmetics® makeup brush shampoo – A luxurious shampoo for makeup brushes, high foaming, with a pearl iridescent, leaves your brushes smelling great. An essential in every makeup artist kit. All products created of the highest quality and once again cruelty free.

South African makeup artists should understand the importance of sanitizing/disinfecting the makeup products and tools. Many don’t realize the amount and types of germs that are passed on from product to product and product to face, all by “double dipping”, using dirty fingers or tools, and all these germs are being passed onto faces, which leads to unwanted acne or styes, blisters, etc, and it literally takes just a few seconds to disinfect. Without disinfecting makeup products and tools, the bacteria just builds up, also turning products bad which means that they expire faster than normal. So not only does this help in eliminating germs but it allows your products to last longer.

For beauty that is clean and cruelty free, currently available online.

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Ground Zero, better than Day Zero

Posted on 12 March 2018

Ground Zero, at 122b Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, is a health café with delicious, wholesome food. Their entire menu is vegetarian and more than 80% vegan. There is a wide variety of dishes including breakfasts, toasted sandwiches and wraps, curries, vegan quiche; an assortment of gluten free vegan treats and desserts, including a gluten free vegan wafffle, and vegan cakes, coffees, teas, juices and smoothies.

They strive to encourage enviromental awareness. They are an alcohol-free zone. They are eco friendly and use biodegradable plates, cups and takeaway containers. They also don’t use any straws.

OPENING TIMES: Every day 8 am – 6 pm.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly cafes in Cape Town.


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The Outpost Restaurant Richards Bay, Richards Bay

Posted on 8 March 2018

The Outpost Restaurant, at 7 Kurperkurwe, Meer-en-see, is all about family! Their objective is to cater for everyone’s taste or preference. They believe that if it’s not on the menu, they will make it for you! Salads, Pasta, Pizza, Veggie Burgers.

The restaurant caters for families, with a kids play area and a large swimming pool to enjoy the hot summer days.

Opening Hours: Sun 3pm-10pm, Mon noon-10pm, Tue noon-10pm, Wed noon-10pm, Thu noon-10pm, Fri noon-3am, Sat 1pm-3am.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly restaurants in KwaZulu Natal.


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Matlombe Lounge refocuses

Posted on 2 March 2018

Matlombe Lounge is a premium events venue for hire situated in Newtown, Johannesburg. It is suitable to host all types of events. They offer catering to clients residing in and around Johannesburg and their menu is strictly vegan and vegetarian.

Stellar Winery winesTheir motto is “divine culinary experience” and their menu is available upon request. It consists of herbal tea blends; variety of freshly squeezed juices and fresh fruit smoothies, coffee … and they have a liquor license. The food is “absolutely divine” and they have an excellent variety to suit most vegan and vegetarian clients. Private breakfast; lunch or dinner may be booked and reserved for 10 or more people with a minimum spent of R160 per head. It includes a welcome drink, light starter, main meal and a vegan dessert… “absolute value for money and great tasting cuisine”.

Matlombe Lounge is a perfect venue to use for events for all vegan and vegetarians. The venue has a stage with complete professional lighting and sound. It can accommodate about 250 people and the glass slidable doors allow for an open bigger space. They have their own stretch tents to cover the outdoor space which will have couches and Ottomans for people to sit comfortably.

Venue hire for half day /3-4 hours is charged at R750 ..this is suitable for small events like meetings, conferences, press conferences etc. Projector available.
Premium venue hire is charged at R5000 – kitchen and bar open for the duration of your event till 2 am.

They also have partnership deals for organisations and or companies that are interested in hosting events consistently every month. They offer a 50% discount for events booked and paid for in advanced by 6/8 months.

For more information, like our Facebook pages: MATLOMBE LOUNGEOpens in a new window and MATLOMBE Events and EntertainmentOpens in a new window.

For all catering and venue hire enquiries contact : events.matlombe1@gmail.com .


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Bonafide Beards and Faces

Posted on 1 March 2018

Bonafide Beards offer South Africa the only complete beard grooming range in the country. Their products are handcrafted using all natural, organic & Mother Nature’s finest ingredients to treat, tame & nourish your mane.

Bonafide Beards Grooming Start Up PackBonafide Beards Beard Grooming Range:
1. Vegan Beard Balm – made with vegetable wax (carnauba) instead of beeswax,
2. Beard Oil – Made with carrier and essential oils,
3. Cleaning Bars – chemical free, made with clay and coconut oil,
4. Synthetic beard brush – contains no boar hair,
5. Bonafide Black Cologne for men.

Bonafide Faces Shaving Range:
1. Oil – made with carrier and essential oils,
2. Aftershave Balm – especially formulated for sensitive skin,
3. Synthetic shaving brush – contains no badger hair.

Products are currently available from:
Gauteng – Bonafide Barbers – Parkhurst, Studio 9 – Melrose Arch, Mo’s Barber – Pretoria, Barber on Aspen – Aspen, The Real Barber – Bedfordview, Funki Hair – Edenglen, Puff & Groom – Muldersdrift.
Cape Town – Barnet Fair – Bree Street, Shortmarket Street, Harrington Street.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan-friendly shaving products in South Africa.


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Babette B&B, Swellendam

Posted on 22 February 2018

Babette B&B, SwellendamBabette is a unique, Provencal style home with 3 garden cottages and 1 romantic room with a view. Built in French style, the house and rooms are full of lovely details, wooden beams on the ceiling and robust stone floors, all to create a homely and romantic atmosphere. The beautiful lush garden has a saltwater swimming pool and plenty of quaint corners for you to sit and relax.

Every morning a beautiful breakfast is served on the patio, overlooking the garden and the mountains. Daily changing homemade surprises is served as well as full breakfast made from fresh local produce. Vegan brekfast is:
– fruit, muesli, breads, toast, jams, (vegan) butter and soya milk used, muffins (can be made without eggs on time of booking), smoothies, fruit juices, hearty pancake (from soya flour) with veggies, scrambled tofu.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan-friendly accommodations in the Overberg.


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