Vegan Gifts for the Chocaholic
We all love chocolate and if you are looking for a gift for a loved one then you can rarely go wrong with a box of delicious chocolates. However if your loved one is vegan you are going to find it is a little more difficult as chocolate is made with dairy products and so is obviously a no no. However don’t be despondent as I have found a variety of vegan gifts in the chocolate range from beautiful and delicate vegan truffles to the more robust slabs of chocolate.
Vegan truffles are readily available from a variety of online stores and they come already gift wrapped so you can send them direct to your loved one if you want to. Many of the truffles I found tasted a little different from the conventional chocolates as they were not made with cream or butter dairy products but they were still very tasty and even moorish.
Chocolate Vegan Gifts – what is in them?
The main ingredient in vegan chocolate is Cacao which is really good for you. It is high in anti oxidants which any nutritious will tell you is fantastic for reducing the risk of heart attack and helps with circulation along with repairing cells and reducing cancers. Cacao is also full of minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and potassium all of which help to remove the toxins from your body and gives you healthy skin. We all feel good after a bar of chocolate and the reason for this is the Cacao as it increases the uptake of serotonin in the brain which in known to help with mood and positive feelings.
As there are no dairy products in vegan chocolate the fat comes from coconut oil. Coconut oil is known to help with fighting off bacteria which cause viruses and ill health. Moreover the acid in coconut oil can help with the prevention of the build up of cholesterol and even high blood pressure. Indeed coconut oil has also been known to help with digestion problems and diseases connected with the digestive system such as irritable bowel syndrome.
These two ingredients have fantastic health benefits and I think that together they make some great vegan gifts.
Why choose Cruelty Free Perfume?
When I mention Cruelty Free Perfume I often find that some people are quite ignorant to the reason for my choice. They are totally oblivious to what is included in non-cruelty free perfumes so I thought I’d write a blog to outline some of the disgusting ingredients used by many producers. I’ve even found that some producers will claim that their product is not tested on animals however they have legally hired another company to carry out the testing. Or they may not be testing on animals but they will use ingredients that have been tested on animals by other companies.
We have all seen the perfumes which are labelled as “musk”. Have you ever wondered what “musk” is and where it comes from. Musk itself is taken from an animal, the male musk deer which are slaughtered particularly for their scent. In the hunt for the male of the species the female are often killed too which means the musk deer population is decreasing rapidly.
Musk is not a Cruelty Free Perfume
Sometimes companies interchange the word “musk” with civet or ambergris which are not really known to the consumer so they are overlooked. This is a clever tactic as it is almost like blinding the consumer with science.
If you see the word ‘civet’ listed in the ingredients then you will know that the ingredient is taken from the anal glands of the Civet Cat which is found in Africa. You may ask how do they get this ingredient and the answer is sickening, the cats are either killed and the glands removed or they are tortured as the secretion from the glands is scraped away. I ask myself who would want a perfume that they knew contained this ingredient as a fragrance?
Another “musk” ingredient is ambergris which is used to make the scent last a bit longer. This comes from the digestive system of the sperm whale and it is mostly collected from slaughtered sperm whales which again means the sperm whale population is decreasing.
Producers do not need to use these disgusting ingredients as there are many man made products out there that can be used as a substitute. So I’m asking you to think hard before you make your perfume purchase and look at the ingredients.