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Deliciousness on your Doorstep: Online Gifts for Foodies

Deliciousness on your Doorstep: Online Gifts for Foodies

What better way to show you care than by sending a quality food gift straight to a food lover’s door? These online gifts for are tried and tested and will most definitely please the most discerning recipient. Bluebasil Gourmet Brownies: Decadent, handmade brownies, delivered in […]

Yorkshire Food Review: Roots York

Yorkshire Food Review: Roots York

Roots York is the latest venture from talented chef Tommy Banks (of the family run and Michelin starred) restaurant The Black Swan)who has put Yorkshire food well and truly on the map. The menu: Roots is a sharing plates restaurant and the menu changes around […]

Brilliant Cruelty Free Brands for Cosmetics & Cleaning

Brilliant Cruelty Free Brands for Cosmetics & Cleaning

cruelty free brands

There are many brilliant cruelty free brands available online and in our high street shops and supermarkets.  Cruelty Free Kitty have a very comprehensive online list. If, like me, you are passionate about using cruelty free cosmetics and household products you may fancy trying some of these:

Skin Care:

Cruelty Free Brands

Neals Yard: The most fabulous bubble bath- seaweed and arnica is our favourite especially after a long run. It lasts for ages.

Espa- I love the pink hair mud! Many spas use the Espa range which I love as I can relax knowing that my treatment is cruelty free. See our review of The Cambridge Belfry and Bedford Lodge Spa, Newmarket here!

Cruelty free brands

Liz Earle: I could rave about Liz Earle products for hours.They are my ‘go to’ brand and all of the products that I have tried have been wonderful. The ‘Superskin serum’ is excellent for sensitive skin and their classic ‘Cleanse and Polish’ is great too. Hair, body and make up products are also fantastic.

Elemis– Have you tried the Quiet Temple Balm? So calming and relaxing. Perfect for unwinding after a busy day. Used in Y Spa and other spas and salons.

Dermaologica– A great ultra calming range. Quality skincare.

Body Shop– I love the Ginger Shampoo and conditioner which is specifically for dry scalps and the make up range is great too. Look for the great discount voucher codes online (but we aware that some of their products are exempt from the discounts).

cruelty free brands

Lush – For anyone old enough to remember ‘Cosmetics to Go’, the pre-runner to Lush, I have been a fan of the bubble bath bars and natural products ever since then and still LOVE the brand. Try walking past without being seduced in by your nose. Amazing bath bombs, shower gels, lotions and potions and even fragrances. Try one of the amazing Lush Spas for a real treat!

*Also Superdrug and Boots own label products have a wide range and choice – look for the cruelty free bunny on the back. Superdrug has its own toothpaste range and deodorants which are cruelty free.

Original source– scrumptious smelling shower gels.


Finding cruelty free fragrances is more challenging. Here are some brands which do offer cruelty free perfume and aftershaves:

Make Up:

cruelty free brands

Some of my favourite cruelty free make up brands include:

  • Bareminerals– make up that is actually good for your skin. The original foundation powder if fabulous and has an SPF 15. Thye also do a skincare range. Great products.
  • Boots No7– a great and easily accessible range of make up and skincare.
  • Charlotte Tilbury – Lovely eye shadow shades. Stockists include John Lewis.
  • e.l.f – sold at Superdrug, affordable makeup which is easily accessible.
  • Barry M– for nails! Tons of shades.

Household Cleaning:

  • Waitrose – own brand cleaning products are good quality and cruelty free. This includes their washing liquids, dishwasher tablets and fabric softeners. 
  • Aldi- awarded cruelty fee status for their household range in 2017, they have won awards for their reasonably priced dishwasher tablets. 
  • Ecover- a lovely range of eco-friendly products. Available on many supermarkets.
  • Method- fabulous scents, I love the daily shower spray. Available in many supermarkets
  • Greenscents– these organic, natural products smell amazing! Available online.
  • Darceys offer fabulous candles, reed diffusers and room sprays- all are cruelty free and available online. We love the Lime herb and Mandarin.
  • Also try: Co-op, M&S for cruelty free cleaning products.
Michelin Restaurants with Rooms- Winteringham Fields

Michelin Restaurants with Rooms- Winteringham Fields

Nestling on the banks of the Humber estuary is Winteringham Fields, a superb Michelin star restaurant with rooms. We opt for the couples retreat package (a Christmas present to ourselves), which includes an eight course surprise tasting menu, an overnight stay, and continental breakfast. The room: […]

Warm Dog Coats for Cold Days- The Redhound Fleece

Warm Dog Coats for Cold Days- The Redhound Fleece

Warm dog coats are essential kit for our fair-weather whippets. We have been huge fans of our Equafleece Slim Jumpers for a few years now (see our review here) but after years of hard wearing and regular washing we needed new ones. Our heads were […]

Teeth Cleaning Treatments for Dogs- The FairyDogmother, Cambridgeshire.

Teeth Cleaning Treatments for Dogs- The FairyDogmother, Cambridgeshire.


Those Long Noses:

I was forever looking for teeth cleaning treatments for dogs until I found the amazing service offered by The FairyDogmother. Keeping the teeth of our long nosed hounds clean is an ongoing battle and one I was losing despite regular brushing with expensive enzymatic toothpastes and them doing plenty of chewing.

The tartar build up on their back teeth was bad and at the tender age of 6 and 7 the vet had started to suggest descaling treatment. I felt like a terrible owner. So we tried the teeth cleaning service at The FairyDogmother.

tooth cleaning treatments for dogs
This is not either of my boys as sadly I didn’t take a before shot but Finns teeth were like these.

Using 100% ultrasound cleaning, the treatment is gentle with no brushing or scraping. It uses a motionless gentle clean with a deep clean of the teeth up to the gum line. The tartar peels off in layers to revels the clean teeth. Costing £30 for the initial session, and £15 for each further treatment this was stress (and unlike descaling, anaesthetic) free and music to my ears.

clean teeth
Jarvis after 2 sessions. He is 7 and this is 4 weeks after his last session.

The Results:

I honestly could not believe the results. Finn’s teeth were in bad condition and he took only 3 sessions before the yukky brown tartar had gone. Jarvis’ teeth were slightly better so he had 2 sessions. They both still have a tiny amount of tartar on their very back teeth now which I keep on top of with regular brushing. This tooth treatment is something that we will use every couple of months to keep their teeth sparkly white.

The Miracle Maker:

Jarvis after his first nail trim with Kara.

But this is not the first miracle that The FairyDogmother had performed on our dogs. A few years back we hit a wall with nail trimming. After trying numerous groomers, the electric filing machines etc etc; even the vet couldn’t trim Jarvis’ claws. They told me to leave them as it was just too stressful for him.

Then our good friends at JK Petcare took him to a (at the time) new local groomer – The FairyDogmother. First try success! We couldn’t believe it. Now a good few years on, we visit regularly for claw trims and they trot in (with slight hesitation) and easily tolerate it. Wow, what a difference!

I’ve watched Kara work her magic with our boys. She is so gentle and kind but holds them firmly so that they feel safe. They love her. One of the local heroes for us dog owners I think! When looking for a dog groomer in Cambridgeshire look no further than the fabulous FairyDogmother.

For our other dog related recommendations click here.

Personalised Gifts for Pet Lovers

Personalised Gifts for Pet Lovers

There are many talented arts and crafts people making beautiful personalised gifts for us pet lovers. I LOVE the gifts I have received in the image of my dogs; they really are touching and make me smile every time I pass them at home. Here […]

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

As returning customers to the amazing Michelin star food of Restaurant Sat Bains (2 Michelin stars) I thought ‘can this really be as good as last time?’ By the end of my 10 course tasting menu I discovered it wasn’t as good as our last […]

Great value spa experiences in Cambridgeshire-Cambridge Belfry

Great value spa experiences in Cambridgeshire-Cambridge Belfry

As a spa junkie I am frequently searching for great value spa experiences in Cambridgeshire and often end up booking a repeat visit to the Cambridge Belfry. Located a few miles from Cambridge in Cambourne, this DoubleTree hotel is easy to reach.

The Facilities:

Relaxation room.

As a part of the hotels leisure facilities, it is not exclusively for us spa users. Despite a small wait for the relaxation loungers perhaps during busier times, I have generally found the atmosphere to be calm and spa like.

Great value spa experiences in Cambridgeshire

There is a lovely fitness pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and a small relaxation room containing relaxation beds and complimentary herbal teas. A great place for a (quiet) natter, reading time or a cheeky snooze. I think that I have used it for all of these purposes!  My friend and I had the whole room to ourselves this visit so it was all about the natter.


A treatment room.

The treatments here are great value. The therapists are professional and adaptable to the guests needs-nothing is too much trouble. I had a 60 minute Relaxing Ritual which included a back exfoliation, massage, facial and scalp massage. Heavenly! The spa use the wonderful ESPA range of cruelty free products.

Great Value Spa Experiences In Cambridgeshire:

We booked directly using the hotels main website this time and paid £114 for two people. This was inclusive of facilities, a 60 minute spa ritual treatment (there is a choice), a warm buffet lunch (3 courses if you choose) and robe/ slippers and towel hire. Days here can also be purchased from Groupon and Wowcher for slightly less but may not include the lunch and robe hire. 

This is most definitely a great value spa day and they do offer spa stays too. My friend and I actually booked our next trip before leaving. As I said, I’m a spa junkie (and I think that she is too!).

To see our other reviews of great spas click here.


Quality food in Cambridge: Restaurant 22

Quality food in Cambridge: Restaurant 22

If you are looking for quality food in Cambridge Restaurant 22 is the place to go. It has been far too long since our last visit and since then this superb establishment has gone from strength to strength. Gaining both local and national acclaim (all […]