A cream that has anti-ageing properties, soothes redness, promotes relaxation, hydrates, nourishes, smooths, protects and promotes healing as well as being eco-friendly and vegan isn't it what we've all been looking for? Well, we have devised a recipe from easily sourced ingredients that you at home, can make for yourself.
For a while now we have been looking for a wonder foot cream. After trawling the internet and checking out different companies we decided to have a go ourselves. We have made face oils in the past and they have been brilliant, so much so that we're still using them twelve months on. The recipe for this can be found in one of our earlier blogs. So, this coconut cream is so easy to make and all you need are a few simple ingredients. This recipe makes a small amount of cream so you can trial it first. Then if you love it which we're sure you will, then you can make a bigger batch. I initially began using the cream on my feet as I am ashamed to say I had terribly cracked heels. Within three days I noticed a difference, the cracks were disappearing and my whole feet feel a lot smoother. I now use the cream on my hands and face because it's so wonderful. Why not share it with family and friends, make some and send little samples in the post to let them know you're thinking of them or missing them :) Read on for the recipe...
For our November newsletter feature we had the pleasure of interviewing our wonderful friend Sue, from The Little Green Pigeon. We first got to know Sue through a zoom business meeting that we were invited to by Birmingham Dogs Home. Straight away we knew that Sue was someone we would get on with and we were proved right. Thanks to Sue, our yoga animals have been brought to life on vegan PETA approved merchandise. As she is such an inspirational person we asked her to provide us with an insight into her pigeon filled world. Kindly, Sue agreed and she even shared some pearls of wisdom too!
From a very young age, Sue has always been conscience about the way animals are exploited and is passionate about preventing this, a passion she now shares with her daughter. We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Sue as we chatted about toilet rolls and electric cars. We truly think you will love reading more about Sue's busy life and learning more about veganism and being eco-friendly from someone who is far more experienced in these matters than us.
Firstly we think you'll agree that these two ladies have picked an awesome Instagram name! The @hummus_whores aka Charlotte and Izzy are two friends from Nottingham who share the account as well as their love for vegan food and dislike for Piers Morgan! Their plant-based journey began in 2019 when the two vegetarians decided to give Veganuary a go. Since then they have become a plant-based powerhouse on social media.
The girls kindly agreed to talk to us and we discussed all manner of things from their love of BBQ's to how they get their buttercream so luscious! They kindly shared their hints and tips with us as well as having some key advice for anyone considering a plant-based journey or just beginning. So if you would like to find out where Charlotte and Izzy get their food inspiration from then please read on :)
Also, if like Charlotte and Izzy you are wanting to participate in Veganuary but don't know where to start find out how we can help by clicking here
we We were so excited when Jordan from Vegan Campout agreed to answer some of our questions. As the world's largest vegan festival we were humbled that a member of their extremely busy team would take the time to speak with us. Campout was launched in 2016 and since then has gone from strength strength. People flock from all over the world to be a part of vegan campout!
Jordan founded the festival as he was feeling disheartened by the lack of options for vegans at festivals, and since the attendance of 412 people in 2016 the attendance grew to 7100 people in 2019.
During the interview Jordan gave us further insight into what the festival entails. From talks, workshops, live music, yoga, family areas, there is something for everyone.
As we always do in our features, we talk about how the UK is fairing in terms of veganism and how the festivals host town of Nottingham compares to other cities within the UK. For those of you who are interested we also touch on activism and Jordan shares some valuable advice for people wanting to actively be involved in promoting a vegan lifestyle.
Unfortunately after we spoke to Jordan Vegan campout had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, we do know that next years line-up is looking fiercer than ever, so get on over to www.vegancampout.co.uk to grab your tickets!
So, Soy Oi had there first official outing on Sunday 25th October at Leamington Autumn market! What an amazing day we had! So many of you came to say hi and grab some grub and we received some wonderful feedback.
Not only on social media but you lovely lot came back to our van to tell us how much you enjoyed the food!!
We also had some beautiful family and friends come to support us for which we will be eternally grateful!
August saw another newsletter and another feature! This time with London based Charlette Hinds from the Instagram account @plant_based_pleasures
Early on in her vegan journey, we were grateful when Charlette agreed to talk to us so we could get her perspective on the increasing demand for plant-based foods.
We talked about what prompted her lifestyle change, from her research about diseases and watching the Netflix documentary 'Game changers'
We also discussed the sudden rise in veganism and the unexpected divide between vegans. As some people are offended by the 'fashion' vegans for using well known fast food chains. However, we agreed that surely any form of veganism is promoting positive change.
As London is one of our favourite cities we were excited to know what it is like for someone following a plant-based diet living in this wonderful city. Charlette was a great advocate for London and shared some of her favourite spots with us.
Inside the feature we also delved into Charlette's life, from her busy work to how she unwinds on a Sunday. Boy are we glad we asked as she had some invaluable advice for us!
It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Charlette as she was so open with her answers and extremely friendly. @Plant_based_pleasures is definitely an account you should be following!
Back in July we had the pleasure of speaking to Viviane from the Instagram account @whatveganslike
Viviane lives in Munich, Germany and inspires her 1000+ followers with her wonderful food pics.
After being vegetarian for a long time she decided to opt for a Vegan lifestyle in 2015 after she moved to Spain.
Viviane thought she would be met with difficulties both in Spain and Germany where meat is a massive part of people's diets. However she informed us that Munich is a wonderful place for Vegans and that Bavarian restaurants are very accommodating.
We discussed Viviane's love of fruit and her absolutely amazing nice cream recipes, if you haven't seen them check out her Instagram page for some food porn.
Viviane also had some invaluable advice for people who are looking to transition to a plant based diet as well as a key piece of advice for everyone, be kind to yourself!
To read Viviane's interview in full please open the attachment and take full advantage of her nice cream recipe :)