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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Original Source Cherry & Nettle Shower Gel!

Before i get started with this Product review, i want to let you guys know that i already have a blog post talking about Original Source, the company & products so check it out for more information-
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Original Source make delightful & exciting Showergels & Body Products which are cram packed full of Intense power & natural sensational scents, as well as quality products.
Original Source are proud to carry the Vegan Trademark on their bottles. They do NOT test on Animals nor do they contain Animal Products.

I am over the moon i got my hands on their Limited Edition Wild Cherry & Nettle Shower Gel!
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Sunday, 20 December 2015

A.dorn Vegan & Cruelty-free Nail Polish

If the Colour fits....wear it!
A.dorn is a Nail Polish/Paint company based in the beautiful California, USA!
They have created a range of lovely Products which are Vegan, Cruelty-free and are free from Toulene, DBP (which is a Toxic Chemical) ,Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin.
Their Nail Polishes come in a variety of stunning Shades and textures.
I got my hands on 4 of their Products-

-Fairy Dust and Happy Thoughts (Metallic White with a yellow/Gold Shine)
-All that Glitters (Gold Glitter Polish)
-Violet Moon (Light Grey)
-Vive Le Coquette ( Pastel/Baby Pink)
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Nail polishes can really add a pop to any outfit/look and its always nice (around this time of year) to add extra Glamour to your Look!
I instantly tried out 'All that Glitters'
As it states on A.dorns website-
"All That Glitters" is a fun, sparkling golden glitter. Multiple shades of gold make this polish unique and the glitter finish is the perfect nail color for a night on the town, a holiday party, or just to brighten up your day.  This is a three dimensional glitter, meaning you will feel the texture on your nails, although it is not rough and will not snag.  But unlike many glitter polishes, "All That Glitters" is a snap to remove, with no soaking necessary and no scratching your nail bed''
This Nail Polish has a beautiful Goldie Shine and really captures the light! To get the most out of the colour, you need around 2 coats! It dried fairly quickly on my nails and lasted a good few days without chipping or breaking off.
A MUST have for this time of year!
http://adornnails.com/products/all-that-glitters

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I love the name of this Nail Polish, Fairy Dust and Happy Thoughts! Instantly made me think of Adventure Time haha.

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Lush Holly Golightly Bubble Bar inspired Mince Pies

Warm, Spice and all things Nice!
Vegan, Dairy-free,Gluten-free, Wheat-free, Egg-free


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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Lush inspired Magic Wand (Chocolate Star Cake)

Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free,Wheat-free, Egg-free
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Monday, 14 December 2015

Ethical Superstore

Im sure we all love a little online Shopping from time to time?!
What is Ethical Superstore?
Ethical Superstore supplies Ethical Gifts from Fashion, Home & Garden and Grocery. They have a wide range of products from all different types of Brands.You can explore their range of Fair-trade, Vegan, organic and Eco-Friendly products on their Website. They have a fantastic range of Ethical Christmas gifts to get you in the festive spirit. As its coming upto Christmas, i know personally and from Friends and Family, its much easier & less hassle to order products & Groceries Online.
They have a 4.8 Star rating from over 2050 Customers! Thats vey impressive! They are also FSC Certified (FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, which is an international organisation that promotes responsible stewardship of the worlds forests) and they have been Awarded the Ekomi(Europe's largest Independent provider of Reviews & ratings) Gold Seal of Approval! 

You can check out their Website here-
I have a selection of Vegan goodies to share with you that Ethical Superstore supply. 
All of the products below are 100% Vegan.
All of the products i mention in this post would be a perfect Stocking filler this Christmas!

As you may be able to tell from reading my Blog, i do have a slight sweet tooth...
Ethical Superstore have a great selection of Sweets & Chocolates which are Dairy-free/Vegan.
They stock a wide range of Brands from Luxurious brands such as Booja Booja to fun Candy sweets from The Jealous life...
Booja Booja
Booja Booja is one of my favourite Luxury Chocolate Brands!
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Lush inspired edible 5 Gold Ring Cookies!

''On the Fifth day of Christmas.....''
Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free
Chocolate Orange GOLD COOKIES!

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Lush Peeping Santa inspired Strawberry & Cream edible Santa's!

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free
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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Vegan Ben & Jerrys

You have no idea how excited and how long i have waited for Ben & Jerrys to hop on the Vegan train and create a Dairy-free Frozen Dessert!

You will have to wait a little bit longer, but its coming!

Ben & Jerrys have announced a New line of Vegan Desserts made with Almond Milk.
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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Monday, 7 December 2015

The GLAM CLAM by Spectrum Collections

CALLING ALL MERMAIDS!
This is the beautiful and cute Glam Clam from Spectrum Collections!
Spectrum is a Makeup company, who make dreamy Vegan & Cruelty-free Makeup Brushes & Accessories! Their Brushes are made from 100% Synthetic nylon (so no Animal ingredients here)

It states on their Website-

"All of Spectrum Collection’s brushes are hand finished, Vegan and Animal friendly - composed of the highest quality synthetic hair, ensuring the brushes are not only beautifully soft, but also a compassionate choice"

Their products come in a variety of stunning Pastel shades. The Bristles have a 2 toned, dip dye effect which complements the Pastel Wooden Handle. The Brushes are Unique and a joy to use!
You can find my full post on Spectrum below
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Yesterday i visited Birmingham, NEC to go to the Clothes Show Live. Spectrum Collections had their own Stall this year with their full range of products and i was so excited to visit, as i am a great fan and i use their products regularly.
  
I picked up the Glam Clam which i have had my eye on for awhile.The Glam Clam is a Limited Edition 10 piece makeup Brush set packaged in a dreamy Pastel Purple Faux Leather Clam Clutch with Rose Gold detailing.Oh my gosh how amazing:)
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Festive Spice & Apricot Granola!

Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Guilt-free
Festive Spice Breakfast/Snack Granola with chewy Apricot pieces and Protein Packed Walnuts!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Bitesized Christmas Puddings

Vegan, Raw, Dairy-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Natural Sugars
Healthy Protein Packed Bitesized Christmas Puddings with a Citrus Coconut Frosting!

I was inspired by Niomi Smart's new Youtube Video, where she made some Christmas pudding Energy Balls. You can find that video here-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCY5ygFZA_c
 If you don't follow Niomi Smart, i will link a post i wrote about her and some recipes-- http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/healthy-gingerbread-cookies.htmlhttp://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/beautycon-london-2015.htmlhttp://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/niomi-smart-easter-treats-my-take.html
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The Christmas Pudding Energy Balls look Stunning and i was eager to give them a go!I decided to make the Recipe my own by changing some of the Ingredients and instead of a Cashew Frosting, i opted for a Citrus Coconut Frosting which compliments the nutty flavour of the Pudding Balls.These Bitesized Puddings are Protein Packed as they contain a variety of Nuts, Natural ingredients and Natural Sugars.I am really into my Food Photography at the moment, so these are the perfect little treats to shoot! These would also be a great activity for Kids to make at Christmas time or in the Festive Holidays, as they are appealing, yummy, easy to make and full of goodness!

Ingredients-

Christmas Puddings-
-1 Cup of Dates
1/2 Cup of Raisins
-1/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries
-1 Tablespoon of Orange Zest
-1 Tablespoon of Lemon Zest
(Make sure the Fruit is free from Shellac!)
-1 & 1/2 Teaspoon of Ginger
-1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
-1 Cup of Flaked Almonds
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Coconut Frosting-
-6 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (Melted)
-2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour
-3 Tablespoons of Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup
-1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
-1/3 Cup of Almond Milk ( I used Unsweetened)
-1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
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Lets start off by making the yummy Christmas pudding Balls.
Step 1- Place all of the Ingredients into your Blender or Food Processor and whizz up until fully combined. The Dates help to bind, but if you like you can add some Orange Juice for extra Sweetness  and festive flavour!
Step 2- You know its fully combined when the Ingredients binds together into a Ball.
Step 3- Divide the mixture into little sections and roll between your hands to form a smaller, bitesized Balls.
Pop them into the Fridge whilst we make the Coconut Frosting!!!
Step 1- Add all of the Ingredients into your Blender(at this point it will resemble a Candy Corn colour) , and whizz up until smooth & creamy. Make sure to do a cheeky taste test
Step 2- Pop the Frosting into a Container and place into the Freezer for around an hour to set slightly. 
Step 3- Once chilled, place a small amount ontop of your Pudding Ball to resemble Icing.
Decorate with cut up Dried Cranberries. I also placed a decorative Sugar Snowflake on half the Puddings for an extra Special touch! Serving Suggestions-
-Enjoy with a Hot Drink (Coffee, Tea)
-As a Healthy Snack-Before going to the Gym for Protein & Energy
-Serve along side other nibbles at a Christmas Party/Buffet
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Monday, 16 November 2015

Christmas with Cocoa Libre!

Everyone likes a little bit of Chocolate from time to time especially as its coming up the Christmas. I thought so :D

I have written a post on Cocoa Libre before which i will link below-
If you haven't read that post yet..let me just tell you what Cocoa Libre is-
Cocoa Libre is a Dairy-free Chocolate company, which started by one lady called Louise. She started her company when she found out her Son had developed a Dairy Intolerance & 
wanted to continue giving him lovely Treats on occasion for him to enjoy which were Dairy free, hence Cocoa Libre was Born :D
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Cocoa Libre have two new exciting seasonal products, which would be great stocking fillers or thoughtful gifts.
As you can see by the Photo's....they are adorable Solid Chocolate Penguins! I love Penguins, i think they are so addable and always reminds me of Snow & all things Festive!

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Fruit Scones

Vegan, Dairy-free, Wheat/Gluten-free, Low Sugar
Fruity Vegan Scones with Soya Cream & Jam!
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Friday, 6 November 2015

Melting Snowman Bakewell bites

Vegan, Dairy-free, Wheat/Gluten-free, Low Sugar
Tasty Bitesized Almond & Cherry Truffles covered in Dairy-free White chocolate.
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Monday, 2 November 2015

Lemon, Cherry and Chia Cookies

Vegan, Dairy-free, Wheat/Gluten-free, Low Sugar
Very quick & easy low Sugar Lemon & Cherry Soft Cookies with moist fillings & edible gold leaf!



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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Christmas with Choices

As a Child, i would alway get excited for the beginning of December, as this is the time to deck the house up, get festive and open Advent calendars!!! 
Im so excited for Christmas, i picked myself up a few little Christmas treats to get festive. 

Choices is a Chocolate Company based in Ireland, who make delicious Dairy-free Chocolate Alternatives. They have products all year round in Supermarkets & health food stores and make special Easter & Festive treats.

Choices Xmas Selection Box-
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Autumn Favourites

Hello Autumn!
As Summer has officially left us for this year....we are now in AutumnI wanted to write my first seasonal post. In this post, i will talk you through some of my favorite Vegan Beauty products which will help you feel like its still Summer :)
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The first product is a Perfume! I am a sucker for anything Citrus or Sweet scented. I picked up this Perfume whilst on holiday in France over the Summer.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

TeaTree-The Wonder Product!

First of all, let me tell you what TeaTree is!

What is TeaTree?
TeaTree is an essential oil, which comes from leaves on the Melaleuca alternifolia plant (wow, thats a mouth full to say) 
Colour of TeaTree Oil differs from every bottle, some can be a light yellow and others can be clear. 

TeaTree Oil has many benefits and uses. It is widely used in Hair products and Cosmetics (in low concentrations of course, as it is extremely strong)

TeaTree Oil has been said to help many Conditions such as Acne,Insect bites, Lice,Thrush, Eczema  Ear infections, Ringworm, Dandruff, Athletes foot and many other conditions as it is a natural Antiseptic, anti fungal and has healing properties.

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Not too long ago, i was suffering from a Scalp irritation. I went to the Doctors, and they prescribed me some Steroid cream which i was extremely worried about... especially as its going on my scalp! I try to use natural products and after googling my symptoms online (which girls, i know we all do and need to stop :P ), it recommended that i apply a tiny amount of TeaTree Oil onto my scalp. After 4 days, my irritation was less angry and sore, it felt somewhat back to normal. I really do put this down to TeaTree Oil, as it contains Anti-Fungal and Anti-Bacterial properties. 

Make sure you only apply a small amount at a time, as too much pure TeaTree Oil on your skin can cause an adverse reaction, such as Skin Irritations/Itching....so do be careful especially if you have sensitive skin.It is a good idea to dilute the pure oil in another oil like olive oil.

I myself have been using Tea tree Oil for a good 3 years now. I first started using it when i had mild break outs on my face and when the winters cold weather would arrive to challenge my system. 

At night, i would lightly dab a tiny amount on my skin, and by the morning, redness was less visible. Once i dap the Oil onto my broken out skin, i instantly feel it working. My Skin tingles and feels nice and cool.
Even now and again, i will have a mild break out and i will always go back to my Oil. The reason this Oil helps breakouts and acne as it penetrates your Pores, loosening up blocked Oils and bacteria that can worsen into "Bad Skin"

Sometimes i am clumsy and have end up falling over something, causing minor cuts/abbrasions, mainly on my poor old Knees. Just dabbing a little TeaTree Oil on your Cuts can prevent you from getting an infection.

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My Mum also believes in using natural products, and when i was young (even now when i have a cold) she puts approximately 4-5 drops of the TeaTree Oil on a piece of Tissue and place it somewhere in my room, so while i  sleep, it helps to clear my Sinuses (as we all know how miserable having a blocked nose is!!! ahh) You can also add a few drops into some boiling water and inhale the steam. This will also help clear your Sinuses.

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The TeaTree Oil i highly recommended is the Dr Organics Pure TeaTree Oil. It is Bio-active (meaning it has a biological effect) and is Organicaly Certified. 
It is a 10ml bottle, which is enough considering how powerful this stuff is! A little goes a long way!!!

I absolutely LOVE the smell of this Oil. It is fresh with a very pleasant aroma, which lasts! `Its very pungent which isn't everybody's cup of tea, but personally i could sniff it all day (but that would be a little odd) :P

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I am not a medical professional, i am just passionate on finding the best natural products, that actually work wonders!!!
Teatree oil is safe...but Toxic if Swallowed, so do be careful and DO NOT SWALLOW! :)



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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Avacado, Mint and Raspberry Cacao Mousse

Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Wheat-free, Yeast-free, Guilt-free
Very quick & easy Raw Avacado, fresh Mint, Raspberry, Cacao Mousse with homemade Dairy-free Chocolate Decorations!
(Holly berries are only for decoration only, must NOT be eaten)

As its coming up to the festive season, i decided to create a healthy dessert using only natural Sugars.
The Mint leaves and raspberry remind me of the Holly leaves and berries, i really enjoyed making these little Desserts. I wanted to make some decorations which are edible (so of course i opted for Chocolate) 

This Mousse contains Avocado, which is one of my favourite foods at the moment and has great health benefits. You can read all about Avocado and its wonderful benefits on my blog post linked below-
http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/cucumber-avocado-salad-for-healthy-hair.html

The Cacao adds a lovely dark Chocolaty flavour, whilst being packed with Nutrients and goodness!

Why not indulge in a healthy treat, which tastes too good to be true<3

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Ingredients-
-4 Ripe Bananas
-2 Ripe Avocados
-4 Tablespoons of Almond Butter
-5 Teaspoons of Raw Cacao Powder
-15 Dates
-Handful of fresh Mint Leaves
-Handful of fresh Raspberries
-1 Dairy-free Chocolate Bar
-1 Tablespoon of Water
-Drizzle of Maple Syrup/Agave Nectar
-Sprinkle of Sesame Seeds (optional)

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Make sure you fully wash and prepare all your ingredients! 

Step 1- Slice your Avocados in half and remove the stone. Scoop out the creamy Avocado flesh and pop it into your Food Processor. Whizz up until creamy and smooth.

Step 2- Add the Banana, Dates, Cacao Powder, Almond butter, Mint leaves,Water and Maple Syrup into the Food Processor.
Blend until smooth and creamy.......until it looks irresistible! *drools*

Step 3- Spoon out some of the mousse and serve in cute little bowls or glasses.

Make this dessert extra special with some edible Dairy-free Chocolate decorations.

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How to make the Chocolate Decorations!
This is the exact way i made my chocolate waffle on my Lemon Cheesecake recipe. 
You can check out the recipe here-

All i did for these, was drizzle some melted dairy-free Chocolate onto Grease proof paper in different shapes and whilst the Chocolate was still liquidly,  place on some Mint leaves to look like a Tree and some Raspberry bits to give a really effective...effect :P
I think they really add to the dessert and make it look special and eye catching!


Decorate your Mousse with your Chocolate Decorations and some mashed Rasberry and a mint leaf. Mashed Raspberry tastes delightful mixed into this Mousse! 
I also sprinkled some Sesame seeds ontop for added texture, and Protein :)
It could even be serve up with some cheeky Soya/Coconut Cream.

Keep the Mousse chilled in the Fridge until ready to indulge :)

And were all done!!!


If you like, give it a try yourself, and let me know how you get on, 
I hope you liked this recipe!
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Holly x
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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Its almost Christmas.....

HO HO HO, Have a Moo Free Christmas!

As you may know, i love my Chocolate and especially Moo Free. I have written posts about Moo Free and their Chocolate Range before, but as its almost Christmas, Moo Free have a few products out that will sure to make Christmas Extra Special and Fun for any ages!
All Moo Free products are cute and fun.

This is going to be my first Christmas following a Vegan diet, with intolerance's. I have found a few products that would be lovely little gifts or treats for yourself during the festive season.

Moo Free Advent Calendar-


This is an Organic Advent Calendar containing 24 treats. I love Christmas and the excitement of waking up in December and opening your advent door and nibbling on some yummy Chocolate. The Calendar contains some of Moo free's animals....but you'll have to find out what you get, I'm not opening mine until December the 1st :D

The Chocolate is Dairy, Lactose, Gluten, Wheat, Egg, GMO Free and also Soya Free. It is made from Organic ingredients, suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians

Ingredients-
Allergy Advice: For allergens see highlighted ingredients
Cocoa Solids* [45%] (Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass), Sugar* [35%], Rice Powder* [20%], Sunflower Lecithin (E322) & Natural Flavouring, *Organic Ingredients

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Merry Moo's Selection Box- 

In this delightful little Selection box, you get 1 Bunnycomb, 1 Cheeky Chocolate Orange, Mint and Original Santa Bar.
Ingredients-
Sugar* [44%], Cocoa Butter*, Rice Powder* [16%], Cocoa Mass*, Honeycomb Toffee [20%] (Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Sodium Bicarbonate), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin) & Natural Flavouring, Cocoa Solids 42% min, *Organic ingredients, 80% of the agricultural ingredients are produced in accordance with the rules of organic production

Ingredients-
Sugar* [41%], Cocoa Butter*, Rice Powder* [17%], Cocoa Mass*, Orange [13%] (Sugar, Non-Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Natural Flavour), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin) & Natural Flavouring, Combined Cocoa Ingredients 42%, *Organic ingredients, 87% of the agricultural ingredients are produced in accordance with the rules of organic production, May contain traces of Hazelnut and Soya

Ingredients-
Sugar*, Cocoa Butter*, Rice Powder*, Cocoa Mass*, Mint (Sugar, Non-Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Natural Mint Flavour), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin) & Natural Flavouring, Cocoa Solids 42% min, 96% of the agricultural ingredients are produced in accordance with the rules of organic production, *Organic ingredients

Including Moo Free Santa Bar
Please note, Santa wasn't harmed in the making of this Chocolate bar! 
Ingredients-
Sugar* [35%], Cocoa Butter*, Rice Powder* [20%], Cocoa Mass*, Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin) & Natural Flavouring, Combined Cocoa ingredients 42%, *Organic ingredients

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This Selection box is great for any ages, and is Lactose, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Wheat free and is Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians

This would be a lovely little gift for any ages. Moo free chocolate has quickly become my favourite dairy-free Chocolate, you can read here about Moo free and my review here-
http://thelittleblogofvegan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/vegan-moo-free-chocolate-product-revi.html

All these Bars are quality Milk Chocolate, with different flavours. Im not a huge fan of mint, but i really like the flavour in Moo Frees Chocolate. It is Mild and creamy. 

The Bunnycomb is my go to Chocolate bar, as i really like the chewy and sweet Honeybomb pierces sprinkled all over the Bar. It adds texture and extra flavour.

You can purchase this cute Selection box for £4.49 at Holland and Barrett.

http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/moo-free-merry-moo-christmas-selection-box-60043395

You can also purchase the Bars separately from £0.75+


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Moo free can be found at the following retailers and Online stores-

-Waitrose- http://www.waitrose.com/shop/HeaderSearchCmd?

searchTerm=moo+free&defaultSearch=None&search=

-Holland & Barret- http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/search?query=moo+free&isSearch=true#so=sort_topseller&totalNumRecs=12


-Sainsburys- https://www.sainsburys.co.uk


-Ocado- https://www.ocado.com/webshop/getCategories.do?tags=35645


-Goodness Direct- http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/script/search.html?query=moo+free&snar=


-Wholefoods- http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com


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Discover Moo free on Social Media-

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/moofreechocolate
Twitter- https://twitter.com/MooFreeChoccies


You can buy all of these Bars i have talked about and MORE on Moo frees Website-

and thank you Moo free for supporting my Blog, and sending my these yummy Treats! They will most definitely be enjoyed!!!! :)
Such a Great company and i will continue to love their products! 

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More Reviews of Vegan Products coming very Soon... :)


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