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SynerChi Organics

Posted on 21 February 2018

SynerChi Organics health supplementsThese plant based nutrients are ethically sourced and produce the finest quality nourishment for our bodies in order for micronutrients to be absorbed and converted into efficient and electrically energizing cells.

Products are specifically formulated to treat, maintain, regenerate and supply the body with the nourishment it deserves.

Products are available from: Wellness Warehouses, Kauai, BioSil, Jackson’s Real Food Market, Leafy Greens, Movement Crew, Fight Fit Militia, Health Alternatives (Botswana), Organi-Fix, Yan Health, FunXional Fitness, Take-a-Lot, Faithful to Nature, Underworks, and many more to come…

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan health supplements available in South Africa.

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Beaucience skincare products

Posted on 13 February 2018

Beaucience skincare productsBeaucience (pronounced “bo-si-ance”) is a proudly South African, professional skin care brand specifically focusing on using natural formulations and organic ingredients where possible. With the combination of the unique peptide ingredients proteasyl PW, derived from the pea plant and essential oils. The result is a kind, yet direct approach to ageing for men and women.

Beaucience has been designed for the environmentally conscious user by using South African ingredients where possible, environmentally friendly packaging, recyclable glass and bio-degradable plastic.

Products are currently available on their website, and from Takealot, Faithful to Nature, Absolute Skin, and selected pharmacies and health stores.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan skin and beauty products in South Africa.

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Nova Chocolate

Posted on 12 February 2018

Nova sugar-free dark chocolateThere are 5 product ranges at Nova:
Hand crafted dark chocolate slabs (Plain, Peanut butter, Roasted Cacao and Espresso),
Decadent chocolate spreads called smudge in Original or Hazelnut,
Gourmet Hot Chocolate,
Chocolate balsamic reductions (Plain, Chilli, Red wine and Lemongrass),
Selection of Chocolate Bon Bons.

The soy lecithin in the chocolate is non-GMO and they proud themselves as one of the leading innovative chocolate companies in South Africa.

Available at Jackson’s, Fruits and Roots, select Spars, health shops, pharmacies, online store.

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

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Soma Almond Milk and vegan Cold Brew Coffee Lattes

Posted on 11 February 2018

Soma Cold Brew Coffee LattesSoma specialises in “Clean-Label”, plant-based beverages. The ever-expanding product range includes almond milk, and vegan Cold Brew Coffee Lattes, made with organic Fair Trade coffee, imported organic coconut milk, and home-made almond milk. Products are crafted in small batches, in a custom built food-safe facility in the Muizenberg area of Cape Town.

Soma uses NO: Gluten, Soy, Cane Sugar, Artificial Preservatives, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, or animal products in any of their drinks. It’s just real, guilt-free, “Plant-Powered” magic!

All products are free from, Gluten and Lactose.

Available at Wellness Warehouse, select Spars, local premium health shops and delis, and coffee shops. For a complete listing of where to buy, visit their website

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan milks and related drinks in South Africa.

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MannaTech health supplements

Posted on 8 February 2018

MannaTech Advanced Ambrotose health supplementsThere are trillions of cells in your body that communicate with each other. They know when they need nourishment, protection, repair and even destruction. When cells don’t receive proper nutrition, whether from age, diet or other environmental factors, they won’t communicate as well. But with the right kind of nutrition, your body can do amazing things.

Mannatech is the pioneer of groundbreaking technology that’s revolutionizing nutrition, immune health, weight loss, skincare and more. Called Glyconutrition, it provides targeted nourishment for your cells through specialized ingredients derived from plants. These supplements come from real food to help give your body the right kind of nutrition for a healthy life.

They’re so confident that their products will transform your life that they offer an unsurpassable 90-day satisfaction guarantee. All products are ordered online via their website and are conveniently delivered to your door nationwide and in Namibia.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan health supplements in South Africa.

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Lekker Vegan, Cape Town

Posted on 8 February 2018

Lekker is the focus, Vegan is the new standard. They have a beautiful, spacious spot in upcoming Harrington Street, Zonnebloem. They play chilled music to create a lekker vibe. Their food flies out of their kitchen with consistent, superior quality! Explosions of flavours everytime! Their staff are energetic, friendly and helpful when it comes to explaining the menu.

100% vegan menu with chicken style burgers, beef style gatsby’s, cheese style spring rolls, chicken style nuggets and dairy free soft serve ice cream creations. They make their food with meat, dairy and egg substitutes that taste Lekker & Vegan.

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

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2018, Stellar Winery and an evolving wine market

Posted on 3 February 2018

It is a new year and as the tradition has it, it’s time to turn over a new leaf, make some changes or embrace a better lifestyle or world view. Although this mostly happens on a personal level, the wine industry has also made a big move to adopt a greener and more environmentally friendly methodology.

Stellar Winery has supported this movement for more than a decade. With the wine industry’s shift to include more eco-friendly and vegan-friendly options on shelves as well as online, Stellar Winery is proud to say that all their wines are made from organic grapes, gluten free, and also certified as Fair for Life.

Adapting to an evolving market

Stellar Winery wines

One definite trend forecast for 2018 is the move to online wine sales. Lulie Halstead, co-founder and CEO of Wine Intelligence, is of the opinion that online sales represent trust and convenience and that there will be a bigger focus on online purchasing. According to Jacques Skinner, Sales and Export Manager at Stellar Winery, more and more patrons are actively searching for quality, fairly priced organic wines online.

“It is very positive to see that the perception regarding organic wines is gaining popularity in the South African wine patron’s mind as the healthier and more socially responsible choice”, Jacques explains.

With wine availability worldwide under pressure for the foreseeable future, Jacques believes it will be interesting to see what different scenarios play out in the international wine markets.

“As mentioned previously, wine competes with many other beverages, so the question remains, what will patrons do if prices were to start climbing because of normal supply and demand economics? Our perception is that wine patrons won’t necessarily change to another beverage, but they will be more likely to look for a wine that fits their budget”, Jacques explains, and adds that this is exactly where Stellar Winery comes into the reckoning, with good quality, value-for-money offerings.

Stellar Winery’s wines will also be available in Denmark and Mexico in 2018. The wines Stellar Winery will supply will offer the market a large variety of choices, suitable for any occasion. A variety of cultivars will be available in 9 different brand ranges, including the Stellar Mandala No Added Sulphur wines, Live-a-Little for easy entertaining, and Stellar Organics sparkling wine for special occasions.

“We’re very excited that they are taking such a large variety of our wines, which indicates that the market for vegan and organic wines is growing!, Jacques explains.

Shifting focus to healthier options

Stellar Winery is situated at Kys Halte, just outside of Vredendal, Western Cape, and borders the Namaqualand – the only semi-arid biosphere hotspot in the world. All Stellar Winery’s wines offer wine drinkers a guilt free experience, as well as the opportunity to give back to the employees of the winery through the company’s fair trade programme. Stellar Winery also produces no-added-sulphur (NSA) wines, and is one of the largest global producers in this niche category.

“We’re glad to see that NSA wines are becoming even more popular, especially in the USA, and that is why we could expand our offering there to include our popular Running Duck wines on top of our current offering”, Jacques explains.

Earlier in January, the UK in particular was abuzz with news that certain restaurants and chain stores will significantly expand their vegan friendly offerings, especially in terms of vegan friendly wines, in order to accommodate this lifestyle which is gaining popularity.

Lulie Halstead is also of the opinion that organic and healthy-choice wines are starting to play a bigger role in the wine market. According to Jacques, the growing vegan trend is, however, not only limited to the UK.

“We have seen it in other markets, as well as here on home soil in South Africa. People are becoming more aware of the organic/vegan friendly combination. However, we’re happy to say that Stellar Winery can supply the growing vegan movement with wines that fit their lifestyle”, says Jacques.

According to Willem Rossouw, Managing Director of Stellar Winery, 2017 was a challenging year for farmers due to the drought. However, he also says that it is a very exciting time for Stellar Winery. “We are expecting a very busy 2018, with many new challenges, but as always at Stellar Winery we are up to the task of leveraging our business assets and our dedicated loyal staff to best serve the interests of our partners worldwide”, says Willem.

Stellar Winery showcase their wines in South Africa as well as in international markets, and their wine is available in countries such as the USA, UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Malta, and the continent of Africa. Stellar Winery provides Woolworths South Africa with an exclusive organic wine range that is not only great for you and the environment, but is also well loved by South African wine connoisseurs.

For more information about Stellar Winery visit their website or check them out on social media!

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Guinness switches to vegan

Posted on 3 February 2018

Guinness draughtArthur Guinness travelled to Dublin in 1759, where he signed a 9,000-year lease on a dilapidated brewery at St. James’s Gate, which is still used today. This world famous Irish Stout is enjoyed in over 150 countries around the world. It is made from malted and roasted barley, heated water from Country Wicklow, yeast and hops… and that’s all!.

“Our new state-of-the-art filtration process has removed the use of isinglass as a means of filtration and vegans can now enjoy a pint of Guinness Draught, whether from the keg, bottle or from a can… Guinness Original, Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout are now suitable for vegans thanks to our new filtration system.”

“All Guinness draught and Original XX produced in St. James’s Gate Brewery for bottle, can and keg format is now brewed without using isinglass to filter the beer and vegans can now enjoy a pint of Guinness.”

If you’re worried about getting an older version of the product:
“Locate the lot number on the cans or bottle. The lot code you would look for is any date after L7300. The lot code will be listed as a number starting with L followed by four numbers, such as L7300, with additional digits. This would be the 27th of October, of 2017. In this example the first 7 is 2017, and the 300 is the 27th of October using the Julian date calendar.”

Available at most liquour stores throughout the country.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan beers available in South Africa.

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Earthworm Bath & Beauty Products

Posted on 30 January 2018

Earthworm Bath & Beauty ProductsTheir handmade ranges are made from 100% natural ingredients and pure plant oils. Endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, products are humanely manufactured, not harmful to the environment and contain no toxic or harmful chemicals. Ingredients are made and sourced locally, in and around South Africa.

With the daily rush of life, they aim to make you take a deep breath, in and out, let go of the tension in your shoulders, and make your ME time a little more relaxing, without compromising what you believe in.

Range consists of Natural Body Butter, Soy Massage Candles, Himalayan & Epson bath salts, Himalayan & Epson Salt body scrubs, as well as handmade cold process soaps.

Products are currently available at a local store in Ceres, called Landelijk. Hemporium stocks the temp oil salt scrubs too. Soon will be available online.

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

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The Truth Behind the Label

Posted on 25 January 2018

Knowing How to Maintain an Honest Vegan Lifestyle

Illiteracy is what many companies rely on to sneak animal by-products into a multitude of otherwise vegan products. In fact, many companies hope that users fail to recognize ingredients that should raise red flags. Products that are designed to mimic organic or vegan ideals must be researched to make sure they actually are real vegan items. Some margarine products, for example, advertise themselves as dairy-free while including casein which is the main protein found in milk. These companies rely on people either not reading labels, or not understanding what is being read. While there are shops devoted to veganism and many honest manufacturers, the best line of defense is old-fashioned personal education.

Avoiding the Tricky Wording

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At this time, there are some industries that cannot avoid using animal products. However, food and personal care items are not among those industries. Being organic and vegan means knowing how to find true organic products. Reading the label is the first and most important step in working toward a cruelty-free world. It only takes a few moments to review a label and choose the right food or beauty vegan product over the quick, convenient one. Avoid chemical-laden hair productsOpens in a new window and skin brands which are terrible for both your body and the planet and opt instead for plant-based skin care or coconut oil conditioners. This includes organic products as well.

Any product that looks like a good choice must be reviewed before purchasing. Use a smartphone to look up any unfamiliar ingredients, or write them down to look up at home. Don’t be afraid to call the company to ask for clarification as necessary. Keep track of ingredients that don’t work with the vegan lifestyle. Eventually, these ingredients will stand out on all product labels, and href=”” target=”_blank”>finding better vegan productsOpens in a new window will get easier.

Building an Arsenal

As label reading gets easier, finding trusted products also becomes easier. A true vegan will soon have a list of products that truly do not use animal products in any form. However, it is important to remain diligent, avoiding grab-and-go shopping. Companies that were once completely vegan may change product lists without warning. Remember to periodically review all labelsOpens in a new window. A label that reads “organic” may not necessarily be completely organic. Also remember that all plant-based material is completely cholesterol free, so any product listing cholesterol content includes animal by-products of some sort. Also, glycerin can be plant or animal derived, so call the company to find out the true source of their glycerin ingredient.

Buying complete vegan food and beauty products may take some work, but the end result is a home full of cruelty-free products from trusted companiesOpens in a new window.

Being a cruelty-free household may take some work, but it is worth it to know the products are devoted to the vegan cause. Animal cruelty must be taken seriously, and purchasing only real vegan products will send a message of kindness.

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Bellabaci Products

Posted on 24 January 2018

Oil Pulling in Cocobaci can help stop the negative influence by dislodging dental debris into the oil and spitting it out. This assists to prevent problems such as cavities, gingivitis, bad breath, inflammation, and hello to a whiter smile! The fewer bacteria that enters your gut and every cell, the less your body needs to be in an emergency state, giving it more control and helping to clear toxins and repair the cells. Thus – fewer bacteria, less damage, increased repair and regeneration!

Bellabaci ProductsGenie in a Bottle is formulated to nourish your skin whilst giving your body a dose of natural wellness, applied right to the targeted area of concern.

The range consists of 6 concern-driven formulas, incorporating colour therapy to enable self-diagnoses, energetic synergies, choice aromatherapy and special vibrational frequencies. It is a topical formula aimed at supporting and reviving your body’s natural healing processes.

The Genies contains an exceptional high active ingredients and treats the user to prestige and unique bouquet of hand-selected African indigenous oils, wild crafted Aromatherapy and energetic synergies. These formulas are available in a no-mess oil consistency, as well as a deeply nourishing créme.

Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin, either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the Bellabaci Cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.

Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue.

Available from Faithful to Nature,, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Grace Hotel Spa, Life Dayspa, and many more.

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

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El Burro, the donkey of Cape Town

Posted on 24 January 2018

El Burro serves imaginative and authentic Mexican cuisine in a designer home-style setting. They have a big list of craft beer and tequila. Ask for their dedicated vegan menu consisting of starters, mains and salads.

Please note: Their Green Point and Newlands branches offer a dedicated vegan menu, but their Taqueria branch in Tamboerskloof has the following vegan options available in single servings only:
– Vegan Chilli Rellenos
– Cauliflower & Chickpea Taco
– Quinoa Salad: Black beans, sweet corn, red and yellow peppers, avocado, cucumber, red onion with a zesty coriander and lime dressing
– Vegan Taco: Pickled ginger, soy veganaise, carrots, spinach, tenderstem brocoli, chilli toasted almonds and fresh avocado served on a soft corn tortilla

Reservations: Green Point – 021 433 2364, Newlands – 021 201 1421, Taqueria – 021 422 3554.

81 Main Road, Green Point – Mon-Sat 12:00-23:30.
37A Dean Street, Newlands – Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00.
1 New Church St & Kloof Nek Rd, Tamboerskloof – Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00.

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Myoga of Newlands

Posted on 22 January 2018

Situated in the lush 6 acre gardens of the Vineyard Hotel (60 Colinton Road, Newlands) underneath the idyllic backdrop of Table Mountain, over the past 10 years Myoga (meaning Ginger Blossom in Japanese) has developed a world-wide reputation as one of the Cape’s finest culinary attractions. With its emphases on contemporary fusion in both its food and décor, Myoga has constantly won recognition from both home and abroad including Conde Naste Best New Restaurant of the Year, 5-star restaurant awards, and a recently won “One Plate” from the Gourmet Guide.

Vegan Menu:
Sweet potato: Pumpkin Seeds, Orange
Stuffed courgette flower: Mushroom Duxelles, Pine Nut Velouté
Confit Turnip: Dragon Cracker, Avocado, Smoked Tofu, Miso Caramel
Affogato: Matcha Tea, Lime Sorbet
Beet “steak”: Cashew Crumble, Verbena Oil, Crispy Kale
Hazel Nut Blancmange: Yuba,parsnip, Curry Leaf Crisp
Banana: Coffee, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Sorbet

Opening times:
Dinner – Mon-Sat – 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Lunch – Tues-Sat – 11:30am – 2pm

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

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Just Vegan catering service, Johannesburg

Posted on 21 January 2018

Just Vegan catering service, JohannesburgJust Vegan of Randburg globetrots, covering a broad base of cuisines, veganising them all, thus keeping the menu exciting always, using fresh farm to table seasonal ingredients. Šárka Hedström develops new recipes daily. Deliveries Monday–Friday, 17:00–18:00, @ R65.00 per meal, for Jukskei Park at no additional charge. Other areas after agreement. New weekly menus go live Tuesday evenings for the following week. For more details, see website.

Cooking Classes run every 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturday monthly, covering faux meats, dairy alternatives, and egg substitutes.

Kiddies cooking classes available during holiday season on weekdays.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan catering in Johannesburg.

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Spirit Cafe, Cape Town

Posted on 18 January 2018

Health available on the go! Order fresh take-away or quick-grab from the fridge. Their menu isn’t fussy or complicated. They stay as close to the source as possible and work with seasonal availability. They’re very respectful of people’s nutritional requirements and fit into a gluten-free, sugar-free, meat-free category without compromising on the authenticity of good food.

Vegan breakfast options include: Avo on toast, chia pots, farmhouse breakfast (vegan version): roasted cherry tomatoes, avocado, steamed spinach, sauteed broccoli with a drizzle of tahini and seeds. Served with sprouted wheat vegan toast.

Vegan lunch options include: Buddha bowl: grains, greens, kimchee, slaw and avo, cauliflower and coconut oil wrap with veggies, avo and hummus, communal buffet (99% vegan) consisting of 4 large gourmet salads (one grain, one veggie, one kale, one raw) and a main of the day. Their vegan bun free burger topped with hummus and salsa is a buffet winner served on Tuesday and Fridays.
Their lunch menu changes daily.

Vegan treats: Berry cheesecake, avo & cacao mousse cake, millionaire shortbread brownies and more. Soy, coconut and almond milk available. Vegan smoothies

Shop 10A Constantia Village, Constantia, Cape Town; Mon – Fri: 08:00 – 16:30, Sat: 08:00 – 14:00.
26 Dunkley Square, Wandel Street, Gardens, Cape Town; Mon – Fri: 07:30 – 17:00, Sat: 09:00 – 15:00.

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