Why are bees dying out? What is killing the bees...

The bees are dying out. Quickly, in under 100 years, their numbers have plummeted which is bad news not only for bees but for us as well. Bees pollinate about one-third of all the food we eat meaning the death of the bees will result in either a loss of this food for us/or prices for food to skyrocket. The death of bee populations will also have massive effects of the world's biodiversity in terms of flowers, plants and other animals that depend on them.

I've laid out in simple terms below the top reasons I think bees are dying, however, all is not lost some simple things that you can do to help bees are eat and purchase organic products and plant lots of flowers wherever you can!

"According to a recent UN report, more than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world's food rely on bees for pollination. Managed honey bees remain the most economically important pollinator, contributing over $19 billion annually to the U.S. economy."

1. One of the biggest problems for bee populations is the use of pesticides that have skyrocketed since the '40s. Neonicotinoid (similar to nicotien) 24% of the global pesticide market pesticides have emerged as one of the biggest problems for bees; often a very high dose of pesticide will be added to a plant which can result in the immediate death of a bee who tries to help pollinate the plant. However, if the dose is lower, then this can still result in a lot of long term problems for bees including the following:

  • Compromised immune response
  • Shortened adult life cycles
  • Impaired memory and learning
  • Reduced social communication (reduces foraging efficacy)
  • Disorientation, which also impairs foraging
  • Delayed larval development and disrupted brood cycle
  • “Gut” microbe disruption, leading to malnutrition

2. Habitat loss

With more and more of the world surface being taken up with human activities, that leaves less space for nature. Farming and the rise of large urban areas has led to less space being available for plants and flowers that bees need to feed on. This is a big problem for bees not only due to the lack of food and habitat available to make their homes but also as it means travelling longer and longer distances from the hive for food.

3. Monocultures

 The two last revolutions in farming have allowed us to produce huge amounts of food that we now waste. In order for farmers to produce large amounts of food, they must operate under certain types of farming systems if they are to keep up with demand and get contracts. This has resulted in poor nutrition for bees as biodiversity has been destroyed with the large monoculture systems that now dominate much of the world's agriculture.


4. Parasites 

Mites that live in the tracheas of honey bees are causing distress and suffocate the bees. These mites are having devastating effects on already weakened hives.  

I know this is a little different from my usual content but I wanted to raise awareness about this important issue. Bees dying out will have huge implications on our food systems and impact not only fruit and veg but milk and meat production as well.

Please leave a comment below if I have missed something or if you are interested in posts like this in the future.




Inika Organic - Organic Cruelty free beauty Review


Today I wanted to give my opinion on a quite popular organic and cruelty-free make up brand. I hope that this is helpful for anyone who is thinking about starting their green beauty journey or someone who is thinking about buying something from Inika.

The products I am going to be sharing my thoughts are:

Inkia long lash mascara 
Inkia Loose mineral blush in blooming nude
Inika organic black eyeliner
Inika organic lip liner in Dusty Rose
Inika organic lip liner in Moroccan rose


I feel like Inika is a very underrated organic make up brand who don't get nearly the credit they deserve. They are quite difficult to get hold of here in the UK, so I thought I would write a review so people can know my honest thoughts before they buy. 

I first discovered Inika when I started wearing more 'green' makeup and exploring cruelty-free brands. However, something I think is brilliant is that all their products are also organic. I didn't really think much about this at first, but as shopping organic has become more of a big part of my life, I have realised the importance of buying organic products. 

The first thing I ever tried was a blush that I was sent in my Love Lula box and wasn't that obsessed with. I am not a fan of powders as I find them drying on my skin and difficult to apply, however when I apply this with a wet brush I get a lovely smooth finish. The colour is quite good for me with brown/orange undertones which are subtle on my pale skin.

After this, I decided to try a few more products from Inkia, and so far I have been very happy. I saw their demonstrations on Instagram of the long lash mascara and I knew I needed it in my life! I have also tried the liquid liner and the lip liners all which I have been very happy with.

The only drawback is they smudge quite easily which I think you always find with more natural products. I would love to try their foundation next and see if that is a good match for my skin as I have found it hard to find a nice organic foundation that works well for me. 

Overall I would recommend to anyone who is just starting to shop more ethically to try makeup from Inika you won't be disappointed!

Read my full review of their mascara HERE!




Underprotection - Ethical Sustainable Underwear Review

Since deciding to shop slow fashion I have a confession... this has not extended to my underwear. I have been trying to just use what I have and haven't bought as much as I used to, but still. The main reason for this is purely expense! Ethical underwear companies are so damn expensive (not to mention often quite plain and boring).

I finally took the plunge however when I found out Underprotection were having a sale! They are probably my favourite brand of sustainable underwear, because of the attention to style and design; they create feminine pieces that make you feel special to wear them. In my opinion, this is what pretty underwear is for... it's not about impressing a man!

I had a scroll and I decided to purchase the Roberta bra and knickers in nude, the Heather bra in black and the Vanessa bikini. These were on sale, however, altogether still cost around £120.00 plus about £12.00 delivery from Denmark which I thought was quite expensive.

When everything came I was so looking forward to unwrapping my package. I was so excited! Everything I bought was so stunning I couldn't wait to get it out and wear it.



I loved every piece that I bought from Underprotection, mainly for the aesthetic. They are all stunning and you can tell the designs and collections have been well thought out. The bikini is a particular favourite and if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen this making an appearance! I like the other two bras but feel like they can only be worn with certain outfits and sit a bit lumpy under t-shirts. I have also had a slight issue with the stitching quality on the heather bra as it has started to come apart after two wears which I wouldn't expect. I love the print on the Roberta bran and knickers I think it is stunning and would have bought the PJs and dressing gown if I could!

On the website Underprotection say

'We only use sustainable materials such as recycled polyester, recycled wool, lyocell and organic cotton. All our packaging, paper and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable. Most of our products are vegan approved, and if not, it is because it is recycled (wool) or a waste resource (milk). Fair working conditions and a fair wage is a human right. Therefore, we only work with certified factories.
We love women, all kinds, all sizes, and our goal is to make you feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible.'
Overall I would shop from Underprotection again and I think they make such stunning underwear regardless of if you are into slow fashion I would definitely check them out!



Top 10 Ethical and Cruelty-Free Products for Men

I never see any cruelty free and organic blog posts aimed at men! So I thought I would write one for all the men out there who want high-quality ethical men's grooming products! Some of these I know has been tried and tested and are good others are just good ethical brands who I know do high-quality products.

If you can't find what you are looking for here and you are looking for any ethical mens bath/hair products I would recommend having a look at Love Lula as they have an extensive men's section!

1.Seascape Island Apothecary Homme (Men's) Daily Moisturiser 100ml



Sukin For Men Facial Scrub 125ml



3. Weleda Men 24h Roll-On Deodorant 50ml


Weleda Men 24h Roll-On Deodorant


4.Green People Organic Homme Soothing Shaving Gel 100ml


Green People Cooling Shaving Gel 125ml


5. John Masters Organics Hair Paste 57g




John masters organics hair paste 57gJohn Masters Organics Hair Paste 57g


OLD FAITHFUL ORGANIC SHAVING OIL


Old Faithful - Shave Oil 1



7. The Handmade Soap Company Real Man’s Soap 160g


The Handmade Soap Company Real Man’s Soap 160g


8. Lush Shaving cream - Prince



9. Original Bamboo Razor


Original Bamboo Razor

10. Eco Razor kit 


I hope you all enjoyed this post! Keep in touch here to see all my latest news and posts!

Lavera Cruelty Free and Vegan Toothpaste Review


If you follow my blog and Instagram you will know I am a fan of Lavara products. They are the answer to the age-old complaint that cruelty-free and organic beauty is too expensive!

Made in Germany, Lavera make high quality organic, vegan beauty products and yes they are also cruelty-free! They are one of my favourite brands on the green beauty scene, so when I got a chance to try out their new organic toothpaste I was intrigued! One of the areas I have found really hard to find good ethical alternatives is my toothpaste and toothbrush!


This whitening toothpaste is made with bamboo cellulose and whitens teeth gently without damaging the enamel. It is organic, vegan and free from microplastics making it one of the most ethical toothpaste on the market!

I used this toothpaste for over a month and I used it instead of my usual whitening toothpaste. I always used whitening toothpaste as I am quite conscious of my teeth being stained as I drink so much coffee. So far I have been really happy with the results from using this organic toothpaste, I was slightly sceptical as often natural products don't work as well. However, I would say this outperformed my usual brand and left my mouth feeling really clean and fresh!

I was quite pleased to learn that this toothpaste also doesn't cost a bomb and I will definitely be buying this for myself! If you are considering an easy green switch this item is for you, it tastes and feels like normal toothpaste as opposed to other 'green' alternatives like Lushes toothy tabs which are a bit odd to get used to. 

If you have tried any other Lavera products make sure that you let me know below!




Seasonal Eating - Spring in the Garden



One of the best ways to eat ethically and for the planet is to grow your own food. Even a lot of Vegan food has the problem of being genetically modified with lots of air miles! Growing your own food is the best way to have access to healthy cheap local food. It can also be a great activity to do as a family in the summer and teach your children about nutrition. But what can you grow in April in the UK? Here are some lovely things growing in the garden this Spring!


Some lovely celery

Strawberry plants!

Grapes

Chives and lovage 


Flat-leaved parsley 


Wild strawberry and lovage

Gooseberries and blackcurrants

Cavalo Nero and romaine lettuce 

Pak choi


Succulent rocket leaves


Parsley dill and spinach

Lettice 

Rocket


I hope you all enjoyed a tour of the garden! Not everyone has a big garden like this but I hope it has inspired you all to try and grow a little something regardless of space! It can also help save those pennies in the long run with fresh food much cheaper than you would find in the shops!

Inika Long Lash Mascara Review - Organic Beauty

I've been using this mascara for a while and I have to finally announce it is my favourite! I have tried quite a few Inika products over the last year (full review coming soon) but I have to say this is the best. Often there is a lot of hype about products that turn out to be... meh... but this one lives up to its reputation.




"We were born out of a need to detox. Conscious consumers were already removing harmful chemicals from their homes and diet, replacing them with wholesome, pure and natural alternatives. When it came to makeup, there wasn’t a healthy option.
A pioneer in Certified Organic ingredients and healthy beauty, INIKA delivered that and more. We quickly gained a loyal following.
At INIKA, we’re passionate about quality. All our ingredients are ethically sourced, natural and derived from botanicals or minerals.
Our award-winning range is loved by women all over the world." Inika
This mascara is really good at making your lashes super long which I love. It can sometimes run easily so make sure you take it off at night, however, it will last all day! The main things I love about it are the length that it gives you and how natural the formula is. For some natural beauty products, they can't compete with others because of issues with more natural ingredients changing the formulation and the way the product applies. However, I personally have not found that at all with this mascara, it is one of the best ones I've ever used especially for length and would give any other brand a run for its money! 
(plus it is organic so...)
It has a long thin brush which I like forgetting my lower lashes and the corners ones coated. So far has lasted me quite well without drying out and is still going strong 7 months later!
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North Wales - What I did, saw and ate on my trip!

I recently spent a lovely weekend in North Wales and I thought I would share what I saw/did/ate with you all! It is one of my favourite places to go on holiday and one of my favourite places to be in the world.

We stayed in a small air bnb near Llanberis lake (unfortunately I don’t have a photo). It cost £35.00 a night which between two people is very reasonable! I wanted to stop in this area of North Wales as it is close to Snowdon while also not being too far from the beach and other attractions.
On the first night, we arrived late to our little stone cottage so we didn’t really see the area. The next morning we got up early and went climbing Snowdon and we got to see more of the area we had travelled the night before on the way back; oh my god it was beautiful with the sun out!
Steep scree slopes and slate quarries glistened in the sun with the odd sheep basking in the rare warmth. We got to Snowdon and it was so busy we had to park at the hotel at the bottom of the next valley. This added a good mile uphill onto our journey and coming back down I definitely felt it! We went up to the miners' track (classic!) and down the pyg track which are the only routs I’ve ever walked up Snowdon.
The day was cold but sunny and there were still splashes of snow across the hilltops.

On our second day, we drove over the stunning Menai Bridge and went to Beaumaris Castle. One of the last Castles to be built by Edward the 1st it was still very imposing! While we were there we went to a lovely local butcher selling local Welsh produce and had a coffee and cake in Jolly's cafe!

I would defo recommend this cafe if you are dairy or gluten-free as they had some very good choices!



We then went for some food at Dylans, as I love seafood and I wanted to try as much local food as I could. One of my favourite things about Wales is all the local and fresh produce, the small businesses who make delicious food! 



I had local lobster and Menai Bridge oysters while I could see Menai Bridge.. that is locally caught fish!

We then went on to Llanddwyn Beach to look at the lighthouse and Santes Dwynwen old monastery ... very brisk with some lovely views of the mountains of Snowdonia. You have to park at the nature reserve which charges £4.00 for the day but it is defo worth it!



Read more here. 

On our last day in North Wales, we visited bounce below which is basically trampolining in a cave... if you get a chance go it is amazing though be warned it is high! It took me a while to get used to the highest and the nets but when I did it was so much fun.

On the way back we also visited the Rhug Estate Organic Farm shop which I am obsessed with! very ethical it is an organic farm shop with quite a few twists... like a drive through amazing food and a field of bison!

If you would like to see my other blog post on ethical travel don't forget to check it out here!

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Love Lula Organic and Cruelty Free Beauty Box Review

We all know how I feel about Love Lula. Although I have been branching out lately I would never betray old faithful! Always packed with high-quality Organic Cruelty-free products, it is the best place to start if you are looking to go Cruelty-free!

The total value of the box £70.00 but you get it all for just £12.00 which is quite reasonable in the beauty box world.


This is a SARYA eyeshadow in mocha, made with apricot and avocado oil. Free from parabens I love the consistency, it feels very soft not grainy at all and I can't wait to try it out.

I've seen loads of other bloggers go on about Hurraw! I have tried this out over the last few days and I know why. It is very silky soft and super moisturising. I have been really happy with this so far though it is small so you don't get much product.

I feel like every Love lula box has something from MADARA in it! Not complaining over the years this brand has really grown on me. They are usually quite expensive, made in Europe they use really high-quality ingredients. 

Such a fan of Inika so I was very happy to get this! CF and organic I defo have some new bits to add to my makeup collection!

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