September Favorite: Cedar wood insoles from Zederna

photo: vegan sandy

Hello my Lovelies :)

Couple of months ago I have been contacted by lovely Sarah from Zederna who asked me to try the 100% natural & vegan cedar wood shoe insoles (how crazy is that!)

They have been kind enough to give me my size as well as my partners size too ♥

I don't know about you but I am definitely one of those people who get super excited about trying out new and quite uncommon products that are cruelty free and vegan :) 

After watching the video and reading about the health benefits of the Zederna cedar wood insoles 
I decided to give it a go!

"Our hand-crafted cedar wood shoe insoles are made from 100% natural materials. 
These materials ––a cedar wood-cotton mix –– offer a simple, elegant
and effective solution for keeping your feet
and shoes dry, fresh and healthy.

When you step into a pair of Cedar Soles, the cedar wood cotton mix efficiently absorbs and contains any excess moisture, leaving your feet, socks and shoes dry and comfortable. 
When you take your shoes off, the cedar wood naturally releases this moisture into the air. 
Meanwhile, natural chemicals in cedar wood keep bacteria from forming. 
As a result, your feet and shoes stay fresh and fragrant."

"ZEDERNA Cedar Wood Insoles are 100% natural made from a very thin layer of cedar wood on top of a stabilising cotton layer. This unique design makes these shoe insoles very flexible, comfortable, and prevents them from splintering."


"Cedar Wood Shoe Insoles absorb sweat and foot moisture keeping your in-shoe environment comfortable, dry, and healthy. Cedar wood’s natural anti-bacterial properties help to prevent and cure foot and shoe odor as well as common foot woes such as athlete’s foot and fungal infections of the nails and toes. In addition, cedar wood essential oils effuse a pleasant scent and have a shoe deodorizing effect."


I don't want to be gross here but I do have a very mild form of warts on my feet.
 As you all probably know, the weather in Ireland is not the best (and driest!) so my feet spend most of their time in synthetic, vegan, closed shoes which is a perfect moist, dark and humid place for fungus to develop. 
Since using Zederna cedar wood insoles the condition of my feet has greatly improved 
and most of the warts are gone :D

My feet are less smelly and even the shoes itself have a very pleasant cedar wood scent to them.

They can be worn up to 3 months before they start loosing their health properties which I think is long enough period to help treating any fungus or Athlete's Foot.

They are made to size so there is no need for cutting and making a mess of the whole thing 
(we all cut the wrong line once or twice!)

You can swap them from shoe to shoe without any hassle but you can also use a double sided tape 
to make sure it does not move when running, exercising etc.

The are very flexible, water thin, pleasant to wear even without socks 
and make shoes look classy and elegant!

photo: vegan sandy

The price might be a little pricey for some as they are starting at 15.00 Euros for a pair +shipping cost but I think a good pair of vegan shoes is an investment and we want to maintain them as best as possible and that means the inside environment of your shoes is better to be kept dry & fungus free :)
...and of course who doesn't want to have healthy and gorgeous looking feet?!

Zederna insoles are currently an offer when you buy 3 you will get 15% off and when you buy 5 you will get 25% off the order. 


The Zederna Cedar Wood Insoles are a great invention, designed to keep your feet healthy 
and odor free. The insoles not only help your feet but also keep your shoes fresh and dry!
I have been using the insoles in my ballerinas, flats, hills and working shoes and they always performed as expected which is fabulous to see and feel :)

I will be definitely repurchasing!!!

My partner only started using them recently so I can't give you his opinion yet but I will definitely share it as soon he makes his mind up about them ;)


There is so many amazing vegan companies out there that are not discovered yet and I think 
it is very important to share your views and reviews with the vegan community to spread the message and encourage other to bring their vegan ideas to life! 

Have you ever tried Zederna Cedar wood insoles or any other wood insoles?
What do you think of them?




Note: The product featured in this post was provided by the Representative of the Zederna company.
Please note that my review is 100% genuine and a product would not receive a positive review if it didn't meet my expectations.


Vegan ♥ Spring Coats/Jackets ♥

Hi My Lovelies...

Spring is coming and I've decided to look for few vegan friendly light coats or jackets that will keep you warm but also look good and most importantly have no animal parts blended in them.

Don't you just hate when you see a a lovely piece of clothing that makes you eyes sparkle and in addition doesn't cost a fortune? Well the disappointment usually comes next when we look at the label that states that it contains 5% / 10% of WOOL, SILK, MOHAIR or any other type of animal hair/skin and it makes us cringe ;/

It seriously makes me MAD... and I mean MAD cos the look, feel or quality of the clothing doesn't change and it looks as synthetic as the one that is made out off 100% acrylic or polyester fabrics!!! So why? Well apparently some people think is more "luxurious" to have the cruelty on their backs :( Nasty...

Anyways... there is many high street shops that have great pieces of clothing widely available in every town and city but also many have great choices online. They differ in shapes and styles so I think everyone will be able to find something for themselves :)


1. Light pink smart zip-up mac coat - €114.00
Available in light pink and black
Fabric - 96% Cotton, 4% Elastane

2. Grey herringbone long blazer - €100.00
Fabrick - 77% Cotton, 23% Polyester

3. Beige Belted Cape - €73.00
Fabric - 8% Elastane, 78% Polyester, 14% Viscose

H & M

1. Bike Jacket - €49.99
Fabric - 95% polyester, 5% elastane

2. Coat with puff sleeves - €49.99
Available in light pink & black
Fabric - 63% polyester, 32% viscose, 5% elastane

3. Cargo Jacket -  €49.99
Fabric - 100% cotton


1. Denim duster coat -  €22.99 €
Fabric - 100% cotton

2. BSK basic fine padding round neck jacket - €17.99
Fabric - Exterior 100% polyester
Lining 100% polyester
Interior 100% polyester

3. Imitation leather jacket with fringing - €45.99
  Fabric - Exterior 50% polyurethane, 50% polyester
Lining 100% polyester


1. Formal Collarless Coat - €45.00
Fabric - 67% Polyester, 29% Viscose, 4% Elastane, Lining: 100% Polyester

2. Fringed Faux Suede Jacket - €41.00
91% Polyester, 9% Elastane

3. Dare2b Evident Waterproof Jacket -  €45.00
Fabric - 100% Polyester


Fabric - Shell: 100% Polyester, Lining: 100% Polyester

2. BOMBER BLAZER - €39.95
Shell: 100% Polyester, Lining: 100% Polyester

3. FRINGED PONCHO - €47.95
Fabric - 100% acrylic 

All above coats and jackets will keep you stylish and warm... but make sure to always check the labels before purchasing anything as some products may have some sneaky animal parts in them.

Oh... and by the way, don't forget to check your local charity shops as they usually have great 
second hand clothes as well :)

Wear your own skin and be proud!!!





My Catrice cosmetics vegan list is based on the ingredients that I have found on Catrice Cosmetics website.

It did take me couple of days to go tru every product and every color to make sure the research is done thoroughly.

You can also find the original email from 21/12/2015 that was send to me by a Cosnova team (owners of Catrice and Essence cosmetics) about their Cruelty Free stance.

Ingredients in Catrice cosmetics that are animal derived:
CARMINE - crushed red bettles, used in makeup and food as coloring
BEESWAX - made by bees, see here
LANOLIN - oil extracted from wool, see here
KERATIN - protein derived from hair (including wool), horns, nails, claws and hooves of animals
SQUALENE - plant derived


Highlighting Eyeshadow - except 020 Rosefeller Center contains carmine
Eye'Matic Eyepower Pen - all carmine
Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara black
High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder
Blush Artist Shading Palette - carmine 
Ultimate Nail Lacquer - all ok

Soft Baked Eye Shadow - both ok
Luminous Lip Colour - both ok
Lip Oil 
Gradation Blush
Nail Lacquer - all ok
Frosted Matt Top Coat


12h Matt Mousse Makeup 
All Matt Plus - Shine Control Makeup
Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation - beeswax 
Nude Illusion Makeup
Velvet Finish Foundation with Hyaluron

All Matt Plus - Shine Control Makeup
Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder - beeswax
Nude Illusion Loose Powder
Velvet Finish Powder with Hyaluron
Multi Color Compact Powder - beeswax

Defining Blush - all colors
Illuminating Blush - carmine 
Multi Matt Blush

Allround Coverstick
Camouflage Cream - beeswax
Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer - beeswax
Photo Finish Concealer
Re-Touch Light Reflecting Concealer - beeswax
Velvet Finish Concealer with Hyaluron
Allround Concealer

Bronzing Highlighter Pen
Prime and Fine Professional
Sun Glow Mineral Bronzing Powder
Sun Glow Shimmering Bronzing Powder
Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder

Highlighting Powder - 020 Champagne Campaign (carmine)
Illuminating Highlighting Pen


Instant Eye Brightener - carmine
Prime And Fine Anti-Red Base
Prime And Fine Anti-Red Coverstick
Prime And Fine Dark Circle Eraser - beeswax
Prime And Fine Eyeshadow Base
Prime And Fine Healthy Look Primer
Prime And Fine Mattifying Powder Waterproof
Prime And Fine Pore Refining And Anti-Shine Base
Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner - lanolin & carmine


Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette
Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette - carmine
Chocolate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Deluxe Trio Eyeshadows - all ok
Eye'Matic Eyepower Pen - all carmine
Liquid Metal Eyeshadow - all ok
Satin Stay Cream to Powder Eyeshadow & Liner - except 030 Welcome To St. Rosez, contains carmine
Velvet Matt Eyeshadow - all ok
Absolute Eye Colour Mono - except 350 Starlight Expresso/ 540 Rose Marie´s Baby/ 790 I Wear My Plum Glasses At Night/ 880 On The Cover Of PastELLE/ 890 Here Comes The Bright!/ 900 Li-La Bamba (contain carmine)
Smokey eyes Set - both contain beeswax

Cake Eyeliner Wet & Dry
Calligraph - Ultra Slim Eyeliner Pen
Calligraph Ultra Slim Eyeliner Pen Waterproof
Eyeliner Pen Waterproof
Eye‘Matic Dip Liner Waterproof
Gel Eyeliner Waterproof
Lash Boost Lash Growth Eyeliner Pen
Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil - except 060 Lilac Is Back In Nearly Black (contains carmine)
Longlasting Eye Pencil Waterproof - all ok
Made To Stay Highlighter Pen - both contain carmine & beeswax
Made To Stay Inside Eye Highlighter Pen
Made To Stay Inside Eye Khôl Kajal
Multi Style Matt Eyeliner
Velvet Matt Smokey Eyes Pencil - except 010 Please, Mauve Black! contains carmine
Eye Liner Pen
Kohl Kajal - except 200 You're My Rosen One! contains carmine
Liquid Liner
Liquid Liner Waterproof

Allround Mascara Ultra Black
Better than False Lashes Mascara Black
Better than False Lashes Mascara Ultra Black
Better than False Lashes Mascara Waterproof - beeswax
Better Than Waterproof Wash Off Water resistant Volume Mascara
Eyeconic Eye Opening Mascara - beeswax
Eyeconic Eye Opening Mascara Waterproof - beeswax
Glam & Doll Curl & Volume Mascara
Glam & Doll Volume Mascara - beeswax
Glam & Doll Volume Mascara Waterproof- beeswax
Jet Lash Speed Volume Mascara Ultra Black
Jet Lash Speed Volume Mascara Volume & Curl
Jet Lash Speed Volume Mascara Waterproof - beeswax
Lash & Brow Designer - Shaping and Conditioning Gel
Lash Boost Lash Extension Fibres
Lash Boost Lash Growth Overnight Serum
Lash Boost Volumizing & Lengthening Lash Base
Lashes To Kill Ultra Curl & Volume Mascara
Lashes To Kill Waterproof Volume Mascara - beeswax
Luxury Lashes Volume Mascara Dramatic Volume - beeswax
Luxury Lashes Volume Mascara Ultra Black
Luxury Lashes Volume Mascara Waterproof - beeswax
Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara Black
Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara Ultra Black
Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara Waterproof - beeswax
Lashes to Kill Ultrablack Mascara
Allround Mascara
Allround Mascara Waterproof - beeswax

Eye Brow Stylist - lanolin in all
Eyebrow Filler - Perfecting & Shaping Gel
Fixing Brow Wax - all ok
Longlasting Brow Definer - all ok
Eye Brow Set
False Lashes - all ok
Lash Glue 


Luminous Lips Lipstick - all ok
Pure Brilliants Colour Lip Balm - all ok
Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm - except 050 Cherry-ty contains carmine
Tinted Lip Glow Balm
Ultimate Lip Glow – Lip Colour Intensifier
Ultimate Stay Lipstick - all ok
Ultimate Colour - all ok

Beautifying Lip Smoother - all ok
Glossy Lip Glow
Infinite Shine Lip Gloss - all ok
Shine Appeal Fluid Lipstick - except 090 Metal N' Roses & 120 Nude-Tritious contain carmine
Vitamin Lip Treatment
Volumizing Lip Booster

Longlasting Lip Pencil - except 070 I Got You Babe!/ 150 Vintage Rose, contains carmine
Ultimate Stay Lip Liner - all ok


Luxury Lacquers Liquid Metal - all ok
Luxury Nudes - all ok
Luxury Vintage - all ok
Ultimate Nail Lacquer - all ok

Gel Like Top Coat
Million Styles Effect Top Coat - all ok
Ombre Top Coat
Silk Matt Top Coat
Quick Dry & High Shine Top Coat

Colour Brightening Base Coat - keratin
Effect Boosting Base Coat - keratin

CC Care & Conceal - all contain keratin
Express Caring Pen
Express Correcting Pen
Express Cuticle Remover
Luminous Nails 5in1 Care Polish - all ok
Power Nail Hardener
Pro Care Nail Oil
Pro White Effect
Speed Dry Drops
Ultra Protect Base Coat

Ultra Stay & Gel Shine Base Coat - shellac
Ultra Stay & Gel Shine Top Coat - shellac



Email from Cosnova:

"We can assure you that Cosnova is strictly against testing on animals. Our company neither conducts tests on animals, nor commissions it to any third parties and never will. Our suppliers are also selected based on this criterion and we make sure that they never test their products on animals.

In accordance with the new EU Cosmetics Directive, it is generally forbidden to test cosmetics products on animals in Europe. Testing the ingredients for cosmetics on animals is also forbidden in the EU (since 2009).

All cosmetics ingredients are subject to this European legislation and are continuously assessed by independent, scientific advisory boards to ensure the highest level of health protection for the consumer.
 Alternatives to animal testing are constantly increasing around the world. For example, tests can be conducted on artificial tissue, skin models or the cultivation of cells in petri dishes.
As you have already mentioned, the sale of – or as it is defined legally – “the marketing of“ cosmetics products of which the ingredients or the finished product have been the subject of animal testing is strictly prohibited in the European Union. This applies to existing and newly developed cosmetics products and ingredients manufactured within the EU as well as outside the EU. 95 % of the products by our brands are manufactured in Europe. Asian products therefore only represent a very small part of our range.

When it comes to our products manufactured in Asia, we have an eye on the issue of Chinese legislation regarding the topic of animal testing. Of course, the fact that cosnova is strictly opposed to testing on animals and never tests its products on animals applies here, too.

It is correct that testing on animals for the sale of cosmetics in China is still part of the Chinese legislation to a certain extent. However, since July 2014, animal testing has also been deemed unnecessary for most of the products manufactured in China for the domestic market (this was also reported in relevant forums here in Germany). Animal tests certainly do not have to be conducted for products that are not marketed in China. This also applies to the products by our brands: as essence and CATRICE products are not sold in China, these products are not subject to animal testing in accordance with Chinese legislation. 

Our individual suppliers in China must also comply with our extremely strict criteria and are subject to detailed inspection before they are allowed to manufacture products for our brands. The aspect “free of animal testing” is a key pre-requisite for any form of collaboration.

Of course, this does not only apply to our Chinese suppliers. Within the context of our continuous quality controls, we carry out intensive quality inspections and analyses on all our suppliers around the world.

Once again, we would like to stress that our cosmetics products are never tested on animals and that we have always been strictly opposed to animal testing. We hope that we were able to answer your question.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us again."

I am happy to say that Catrice & Essence Cosmetics are Cruelty Free :)

I hope this post was even a little bit helpful for all those who like their makeup but not always have time to go trough the ingredient list every time they want to buy their product.

Let me know what is your favorite cruelty free and vegan brand and I will try my best to make a vegan list for you :)