I quit my job and set up EVERYDAY Vegan

I quit my job and set up EVERYDAY Vegan

Yup, I took the plunge and quit my job.

Up until recently, I was a recruiter covering Finance and Risk in the financial services industry. My clients were from international banks in Singapore and Hong Kong.

I didn’t know it back then, but I had FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success. I gave up blogging on SGVegan…halted product reviews…just so that I can focus on my career.

Over the course of 15 months in my previous company, FOCUS led to:

  • “Best Rookie Singapore” 2016 award
  • Promotion + 20% salary increment
  • #2 in the Singapore office billings (after the boss)

But I was unhappy.

Money can bring happiness…until the tipping point is reached.

The tipping point for me came right after returning to the office from my wedding leave.

It suddenly dawned on me that whilst I treasured the relationships that came about during the course of my work, deep down…I was really unhappy.

I had a poisonous relationship with my job.

Thus, with the support of my newly wedded husband, I made the decision to embrace my passion and thus, EVERYDAY Vegan is born. Yes! 🙂

For your daily dose of morning inspiration quotes and lunchtime “Did you know” facts, like and follow Everyday Vegan’s Facebook page / Instagram.

EVERYDAY Vegan is a local vegan business, started by SGVegan to bring quality products into Singapore. The first product line is from Psoria-Gold. These products are preservative free + scientifically proven (published in medical journals) to improve skin appearance!

It shows great results for these conditions:

  • Acne / Rosacea
  • Injured skin (Wounds, cuts, scrapes, lacerations)
  • Inflamed skin
  • Red scaly skin / Psoriasis / Eczema
  • Sunburn
  • Scar reduction and hyperpigmentation

Made from aloe vera, this natural gel uses an active ingredient curcumin (from turmeric) which has shown fantastic anti-inflammation results clinically without any animal testingEveryday Vegan Products.pngEspecially for our blog readers: EVERYDAY Vegan will retail these products at a 20% pre-launch discount** (free shipping yay!):

  1. Daily Facial Wash @ S$26.88 (U.P. S$33.60)
  2. Curcumin Gel @ S$99.68 (U.P. S$124.60)
  3. Face Moisturiser @ S$39.20 (U.P. S$49)
  4. Face Mask @ S$54.88 (U.P. S$68.60)

Simply send us the total amount via our PayPal (paypal.me/everydayveganshop) and drop us a Facebook message or email us @ everydayveganshop@gmail.com to confirm your payment is received and we will reach out to arrange delivery. 🙂

Support us so we can bring you more quality vegan products. Let’s make being a vegan in Singapore more accessible for everyone.

Everyday is awesome when you are vegan!

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*Developed by a certified Singaporean dermatologist in the US, Dr. Madalene Heng, MD, FRACP, FACD, FAAD who has more than 140 scientific publications.

Dr. Heng is a strong proponent of the use of naturally derived curcumin as complementary treatment of skin, and believes that skin health is achieved by not only making important product choices, but lifestyle choices as well.

Back in 2011, Lilou Mace interviewed Dr. Heng during her Juicy Living Tour. In it, Dr Heng shared an least known fact that 99% East Asians are lactose intolerant – she diagnoses them with dark circles around their eyes, heavy eyelids or having large pores on the cheeks surrounded by enlarged oil pores called Sebaceous Hyperplasia.

From https://www.psoria-gold.com/lilou-mace.html

**Pre-launch discount is valid till 31 August 2017.

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5 winners for Que Origin Shower Gel

5 winners for Que Origin Shower Gel

Hey everybody!

For those of you following me on Instagram, I am currently conducting a giveaway, for 5 winners for Que Origin shower gels in a SGVegan customised bottle as seen in the photo below:

Amanda

You get to choose your own scent of shower gel – Lemongrass (my fav!), Lavender or Rose Geranium. 🙂

Contest is running now till 17 Feb 2016, 2359hrs.

Top Prize:
1) 5 winners
2) My personalised bottle filled with your preferred scent of Que Origin natural Shower . Bath. + S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*).
Second Prize:
1) 20 winners
2) S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*).
Note: * denotes only applicable to first time purchase with Que Origin E-store. 

To participate:
1) Follow me @amandateng and @que_origin
2) Like and Repost this photo
3) Comment on your favourite scent – Rose Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass
4) Hashtag 2 friends for double chance.

Rules & Regulations
1) Limited to SG residents only.
2) Contest ends on 17th Feb 2016 2359H.
3) Prizes cannot be exchange to cash nor transferable.
4) Winners will be drawn at random and will be at Organisers’ sole discretion and are final, conclusive and binding on all participants.
5) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

A clean way to spring clean for the upcoming Chinese New Year in Feb!

A clean way to spring clean for the upcoming Chinese New Year in Feb!

(By Angela)
Yet, do you know that common household cleaning products can contain unsafe ingredients that can cause problems in your health? Look out for these ingredients: 2-Butoxphenol, which can cause skin and eye irritations, phthalates (Synthetic fragrances) and synthetic colourant dyes which may cause cancer and other adverse health effects.

Household Cleaning Products Survey 2015 show that 70% of Singaporeans fail to look into green alternatives for household cleaning products.

As a tutor with a home-based business, I tend to cook a lot at home and do household chores myself.

Coming from a family of four, I do most of the dishwashing while my mum washes the clothes mostly.

I came across Biohome, a product range for green household cleaning purposes when I was shopping at Fairprice. These products are made from 100% plant based active ingredients and are therefore vegan by default. I tried the following three products-Dishwashing Detergent, Laundry Detergent and Floor Cleaner.

Dishwashing Detergent

I find that general dishwashing detergent happens to irritate my skin, and leave my hands greasy.

Random fact: Do you know that a hawker works from 5.20am to 11.00pm every day, serving 100 to 120 plates a day. And most hawkers wash the dishes by themselves. I observed that many of them have wrinkly hands and dry skin that get sensitive and red easily. I am actually afraid that I might develop hand wrinkles in the long run, with so much chemicals added to my hands every day.

The detergent is made of derived ingredients from coconut. I like that it removes grease from plates well without leaving any residue or grease. I just need a pump of detergent to clean a load of dishes. It also helps to save water due to its low foam formula. My hands feel soft and smooth,with a slight lemongrass and green tea fragrance, but the fragrance smells slightly chemical.

Laundry Detergent

Due to the rainy season, we sometimes take in clothes that are not completely dry because another round of laundry needs to be hung in the same spot. The clothes tend to smell bad and it is because fillers interact with the bacteria and moisture and cause bad odors.

But my mum found that there was no bad smell after leaving clothes in the open. Perhaps it is because this laundry detergent contains no fillers.

The laundry detergent cleans the clothes well using Plantmoist technology and comes with slight Hyacinth and Nectarine fragrance. The detergent is suitable for indoor drying as well.

The laundry detergent is very concentrated, so my mum just needs to use a little bit each time. My mum found lots of laundry suds with just a little bit of detergent and water.

Floor cleaner

The floor cleaner is also made from natural ingredients. It cleans the greasy floor of my kitchen well.

The floor also doesn’t feel sticky. It does not contain any wax though so don’t expect that your floor will look sparkly shiny. There is a slight lemongrass and green tea fragrance that still reminds me of chemicals. I love to lie on the clean, nice smelling floor and read books!

Summary – Angela’s thoughts:

I am overall satisfied with the green household cleaning products. Though they just contain natural ingredients, their cleaning power is still comparable to conventional cleaning products. The price is also quite affordable. The packaging also looks great. If you want a free trial of Biohome products, just head over to its Facebook page and send through your personal details.

SGVegan’s thoughts:

You can commonly find Bio-Home products in the major supermarkets in Singapore, such as the image below which I took in NTUC:

SGVegan_BioHomeNTUC

Do note that for the Delicate Bio-Home laundry detergent, it contains hydrolysed silk protein, which Bio-Home is only able to verify that the silk worms emerge hatched from the weaved silk cocoons (they eat their way out) but not of the hatched adult moth’s well-bring.

SGVegan has chosen not to review/use the delicate version as we know that usually such silk worms emerge with underdeveloped mouth parts and unable to fly (source).

Here is what Bio-Home has replied with regards to the use of this hydrolysed silk protein in their delicate  laundry detergent:

With regards to the process of drawing the silk protein, supplier has indicated that it is taken after the silkworm have morph into moth because they only need to extract the protein found in the silk by hydrolysing it unlike fabric manufacturer who needs pure and undamaged silk before silkworm turn into moth.

Therefore we do not harm the silkworm – clearly being a eco green brand, we have taken steps to ensure that does not happen. There are no other plant based compounds that has similar silk protein structure.

Why we use silk protein because it is a natural ingredient that is suitable for people with sensitive skin. With more exposure to chemicals on a daily basis (be it processed food, cleaning agent or simply the haze / air) more and more people are getting skin irritation and skin sensitivity.

Silk protein protects and retain moisture on the skin.

I personally find that when I use the regular laundry detergent, I need to use more and sun dry my clothes. Air drying in an enclosed area will lead to some clothes smelling bad. But otherwise, I really like the scent.

Like Angela mentioned, the floor cleaner also foams up really well. Just a tiny small amount in a large pail does the job when mopping.

With regards to the multi-purpose cleaning spray, I personally find that if I happen to take a whiff of the spray scent while spraying, I end up choking as the smell is really strong. So do be careful when using it.

Giveaway!

I have 2 sample bags from Bio-Home, each containing a small bottle of laundry detergent, floor cleaner, dishwashing liquid and multi-purpose cleaner.

SGVegan_Biohome sample bag

Follow SGVegan with your email address (top right of page) and comment on this post as to why you would like to win the Bio-Home sample bag.

Winners to be drawn on 24 January 2016, 2pm. All winners will be contacted and a meet-up will be arranged. 🙂

Que Origin: Natural Shower Gels made with Essential Oils

Que Origin: Natural Shower Gels made with Essential Oils

Today is the launch date (1pm) in Singapore for Que Origin, a shower gel that is made with entirely natural ingredients.

Que Origin is a completely new brand started from scratch with the aim to provide nourishing body care. The first product is the Shower Bath which can be both used as a body wash and bubble bath. It is formulated with natural Argan Oil, infused with botanical extracts (grapefruit, raspberry, aloe vera) and scented with natural essential oils only. Numerous harmful chemicals have been excluded, making the process of formulation a challenge, but it was successfully achieved! 🙂

Here is an image to show you what has been excluded in Que Origin shower gels:

Que Origin Free From List

Carefully selected essential oils from Australia are transported to facilities with GMP for manufacturing in Korea. As such, each and every bottle was made with the purest ingredients in an advance facility. So what’s exactly in the bottle?

Que Origin List 1

Que Origin List 2

So basically the base (1st 2 ingredients) of the shower gel is water and cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), an organic compound derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine.

This is the rating for CAPB from the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website:

EWG cocamidopropyl betaine rating

Que Origin shower gel comes in 2 sizes:

Que Origin: 250mL, $7.90 (left) and 730mL, $14.80 (right)

I (together with the rest of you who voted on pricing) was surprised to learn that the price of the shower gels are very very reasonable!

250mL: $7.90
730mL: $14.80
Customise, 250mL*: $10.90 (more details to be announced soon)

Que Origin contacted me in mid Dec 2015 and I was excited to learn of this new brand that will be launching in Singapore.

Just 2 days ago, the package was delivered to me:

Que Origin product sent

The cardboard box even had the Que Origin logo on it (not shown). Well, they got me hooked on my 1st impression. I will definitely enjoy my shower everyday! 🙂

As seen in the featured image right at the top of the page, I received 3 x 250mL of each scent (Rose Geranium, Lavender and Lemongrass), of which the Lavender scent is personalised with the SGVegan logo on it.

It was an interesting experience as the shower gel when squeezed out, came out with bubbles. Mind you, its not foamy, but I suspect air bubbles so as to make it easier to lather onto the body.

Que Origin Shower gel
Notice the air bubbles? This is from the Lavender shower gel.

I was really looking forward to the rose geranium and lemongrass scent as these are not usually found in the market.

The Que Origin shower gels all smelled like the actual essential oils, and I would say, guys would definitely like the Lemongrass. If you are looking for a more flowery scent for your female friend, Rose Geranium is the one. Or, if you want something less flowery but more soothing and calming, Lavender is the one to go for.

I like that when I shower with it, my skin feels much softer and moist! 🙂

Oh, did I mention that you can personalise your gift to your friend in just 4 simple steps?

Que Origin Personalised gift

There are currently only 3 scents (Rose Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass). More details will be announced soon with regards to customising your scent.

But here’s a little something for you, my readers:

Simply input the code, SGVEGAN on http://www.que-origin.com/ to enjoy $5 off your first purchase (min. order $10). For amounts lesser than $10, you still get to enjoy $3 off!

If you like shower/bath gels from Que Origin, by purchasing from them, you get to enjoy Happy and Reward vouchers! If you share it with your friends, you also get Referral vouchers and jigs. 😉

What are you waiting for?

Check out Que Origin at:
www.fb.com/queSG
www.instagram.com/que_origin
www.que-origin.com

And do stay tuned to SGVegan for more deals! I’m thinking of Que Origin prizes and giveaways. 😀

[Vines and Roots] The Victorian Garden’s Basil and Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent Lotion

[Vines and Roots] The Victorian Garden’s Basil and Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent Lotion
SGVegan_Vines and Roots logo
SGVegan_Vines and Roots logo

Slightly over a fortnight ago, Vines and Roots delivered a mosquito repellent lotion from the range “The Victorian Garden”.

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent

I’ve only known about Citronella used as a mosquito repellent so it was news to me that wild African Basil and Lemongrass are ancient herbs traditionally used by indigenous people to naturally and effectively repel mosquitos and other pesky flies.

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent details

As seen on the bottle, the basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion is chemical-free (no parabens, no petrochemicals, no silicones, no synthetic fragrances) which accounts for the 3 months period-after-opening symbol. There is also a Beauty Without Cruelty rabbit symbol to represent that no animals had to undergo testing with this mosquito repellent lotion.

The bottom photo shows the list of ingredients in this mosquito repellent lotion. Notice that Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter is included in this mosquito repellent, enabling it to be used as a creamy, but non-sticky body lotion.
(Note: The mosquito repellent lotion contains beeswax, please be aware. I only noticed this after using the product.)

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent ingredients

The Victorian Garden also combined other insect-resistant botanical extracts of Thyme, Camphor, Litsea Cubena (Litsea oil) and Lavender into this mosquito repellent, making it even more potent against mosquitos.

As I am not a very outdoors-y person, I did not get the opportunity to try out the basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion until yesterday when I went to the Jurong Bird Park with the boyfriend.

As I am afraid of itchy mosquito bites, I applied the basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion liberally over my legs and arms. The boyfriend being my test subject, decided to go without the mosquito repellent lotion.

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent on hands

The basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion is very smooth and light. As I spread it over my legs and arms, I noticed that it is not a very light lotion, meaning that it took a few rubs before the lotion was absorbed into my skin.

The smell is pleasant too, much better than citronella. Anyone who used citronella will definitely recognise the very distinctive citronella scent. Which is why I like this basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion as it does not smell distinctively of a mosquito repellent. This would definitely be very suitable for babies. 🙂

After walking around for less than 30 mins, the boyfriend surrendered (finally!) to the itchy mosquito bites and asked if he can use the basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion, which, he declares, does the job as no more pesky mosquitoes bit him.

At the end of the day, I didn’t get any mosquito bites, but I got a slight red itch after 3 hours, which I believe is likely due to the mosquito repellent lotion being absorbed into the skin after 3 hours and needs to be reapplied.

I will definitely recommend this Basil and Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent Lotion for the outdoors and especially for babies/children/people who dislike the smell of citronella. As a mosquito repellent that doubles up as a moisturiser too, I would definitely recommend you to get this product. It would be a bonus if future formulations of this mosquito repellent lotion can be made without beeswax.

The Basil and Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent Lotion retails at SGD20 for 100mL and SGD40 for 250mL. Click on any image to bring you to the website to purchase it directly.

As a sweet treat, there is currently an online promotion on Vines and Roots, where you get to enjoy 20% discount until 30 September 2015!

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent online promo code

Check out my other posts on Vines and Roots here and here.

2015 GSS Organic Vegan Promotion @ Crystal Maiden!

2015 GSS Organic Vegan Promotion @ Crystal Maiden!

For those of you looking for an organic and cruelty free treat during this Great Singapore Sale (GSS), look no further.

Crystal Maiden has rolled out a good deal this GSS for you to pamper yourself. Be it a facial for common Asian skin, eye or tummy issues (Jamu), they have just the solution for you! 🙂

Why is it a good idea to head to Crystal Maiden, especially for their organic facial? It is because Crystal Maiden uses Phyt’s:

SGVegan_Take Care of Yourself Naturally at Crystal Maiden

How does this compare to the usual mainstream facials that uses general cosmetic ingredients?

SGVegan_Comparison

If you have dry dull combination skin like me, I go for the Phyt’s Soin Oligo Vital:

SGVegan_Soin Oligo Vital

Enough words! So how does it work on skin? Here’s a collage of Before/After pictures provided by Crystal Maiden when Soin Oligo Vital is used in the Phyt’s organic facial:

SGVegan_Crystal Maiden_Before:After Soin Oligo Vital

As seen from the photo, the lymphatic drainage done during the course of the facial has a positive effect on the neck.

Here’s what’s available for this 2015 GSS @ Crystal Maiden, specially brought to you by SGVegan:

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Do that that these GSS 2015 prices above are valid only from 16 June – 31 August 2015. Remember to quote “SGVegan” when making an appointment to enjoy this special trial price!

All SGVegan readers enjoy an exclusive 5% discount when they sign up for packages after their trial sessions.

If you are interested, check out my previous Crystal Maiden posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here! 🙂

Crystal Maiden:
6 Jan 2016 Update: With effect from 21 Dec 2015, Absolute Aesthetique Pte Ltd has taken over Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals. The new address for customers to head to is:
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#03-21 S(239924)
Singapore Shopping Centre
Tel:6336 2883/6198
Quote “Crystal Maiden” when calling. Absolute Aesthetique will deliver all treatments and packages that were signed under Crystal Maiden.
27 Oct 2015 Update: Crystal Maiden has since shifted to their new location @
1 Coleman Street, The Aldephi
#03-52 Singapore 179803
150 Orchard Road
Orchard Plaza
#02-23 Singapore 238841
Tel: 6735 4540 / 9092 2807 (SMS)
https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMaidenSkin

Crystal Maiden’s CNY 2015 Promo: Organic Diamond Dermabrasion Facial, Jamu Tummy and Anti-Cellulite treatment

Crystal Maiden’s CNY 2015 Promo: Organic Diamond Dermabrasion Facial, Jamu Tummy and Anti-Cellulite treatment

Here’s an upcoming Chinese New Year promotion by Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals, located in Orchard.

I’ve been with them for over a year and seen great results in my skin (photo below) which I’ve shared in a blog post in October 2014 here.

SGVegan_Less than a year
My skin looks much brighter! ^_^v

In addition, unlike any other dodgy facial salons who just hard sell persuade you into signing up for packages or buy products which you don’t need, Crystal Maiden is not the kind of salon to do that.

I have had many readers who have tried the trials with Crystal Maiden. Majority of them chose to sign up for a package on their own accord after their paid trial as SGVegan readers enjoy a 5% discount off treatments and products. 🙂 And they have been very pleased and enjoy their sessions at Crystal Maiden.

Why do they sign up?

Well, one thing that differentiates Crystal Maiden from the run-of-the-mill salons is that they offer a more holistic care. There is no pressure to sign up, treatments are done very professionally, and the staff even share with you relevant tips on how to stay healthy, especially during the Jamu tummy treatment. 🙂

Click on the links to read more about my facial experience and intensive jamu tummy treatment.

So here’s the upcoming deal SGVegan has specially secured for you, valid till end March 2015. 🙂

Diamond Dermabrasion Organic Facial @ $88
– Deep Cleanse
– Diamond dermabrasion to remove dead skin cells
– Extraction (Blackheads, Pimples)
– Choice of Chlorophyll Oxy serum or Anti Sebum Serum
– Face, Head and Shoulder massage to relax
– Customized Facial Masque (Choice of Anti Aging, Purifying, Whitening, Hydrating)
-Natural Crystal Massage for healing and Firming

Intensive Jamu Tummy @ $88
– Vibrotrim (10mins) to breakdown stubborn fats
– Manual Massage for detox (this is Oh-So-Good)
– Tummy masque to expel, wind burn fats, detox
– Wrap to bind the tummy into shape
– Infra Thermal Machine to improve circulation, metabolism and Fat burning

SGVegan_Orange peel, symbolic for cellulite skin

Anti Cellulite treatment @ $88
– Vibrotrim (30mins) on thighs to break fats
– Anti cellulite Masque
– Wrap

To get an additional 10% discount, simply get 2 or more treatments! I highly recommend both the organic facial and jamu tummy treatment. You won’t regret it.

SMS 90922807 for your appointment now. Don’t forget to quote SGVegan for your special rates. I had a look at the schedule and slots are going fast! Especially before the CNY (19-20 Feb). Take note that this CNY promo is till end of March (31 March 2015).

Crystal Maiden:
6 Jan 2016 Update: With effect from 21 Dec 2015, Absolute Aesthetique Pte Ltd has taken over Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals. The new address for customers to head to is:
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#03-21 S(239924)
Singapore Shopping Centre
Tel:6336 2883/6198
Quote “Crystal Maiden” when calling. Absolute Aesthetique will deliver all treatments and packages that were signed under Crystal Maiden.
27 Oct 2015 Update: Crystal Maiden has since shifted to their new location @
1 Coleman Street, The Aldephi
#03-52 Singapore 179803
150 Orchard Road
Orchard Plaza
#02-23 Singapore 238841
Tel: 6735 4540 / 9092 2807 (SMS)
https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMaidenSkin