Sunday, 13 August 2017

KiteNest Organic Dry Shampoo Review*


Dry shampoo has become a staple in my haircare arsenal over the past few years. Whether its to freshen up second-day hair or to add some much-needed texture and volume to my locks, I always have a supply of the stuff on hand. 

Last year, I reached out to dry shampoo titans Batiste on Facebook after spotting their new styling range in Superdrug. Unlike the brand's dry shampoo, the stylist range was not labelled as vegan or cruelty free, so I asked them whether it was safe to use. Unfortunately, the response I received was not what I expected...


I contacted their Care Team and received no response. Since then, many other bloggers have reached out to Batiste and received a similar response. Worryingly, Batiste still displays both a 'vegan' and 'cruelty free' icon on its cans of dry shampoo, despite the fact that their animal testing policy is essentially null and void as the company sells in China, where animal testing is mandatory.

Since then, I've tried out a few other brands of cruelty free dry shampoo, the latest of which being KiteNest. The guys behind KiteNest wanted to create a line of products that are naturally good, affordable and effective. The range is extensive, and also includes natural body butters and Himalayan salt scrubs alongside some non-vegan items such as beeswax-based hair waxes and lipbalms. All of the ingredients are listed on the KN website so you know exactly what goes in to each product.


I love the ethos of the brand. Everything is designed to have a minimal impact on the planet, but without compromising on the effectiveness of the product. KiteNest's dry shampoo is 100% organic and comes in a fully recyclable cardboard tube from responsibly maintained forests. Even the packing pebbles used to ship the item are fully biodegradable and made a nice addition to my compost bin!

The dry shampoo comes in two varieties; one for light hair and one for dark. I was sent the light one to try, but KN advised that the dark formula is essentially the same except a darker clay is used to help avoid that powdery look.


Unlike many of the dry shampoos sold in stores, the KiteNest dry shampoo comes in a tub with a shaker, rather than an aerosol can. This can make things a bit tricky if you're trying to apply the powder to a particular part of your head, especially if you're horribly uncoordinated like me and you end up throwing it all over your face... not that I've ever done that...

I found the best way to apply the dry shampoo is to sprinkle a small amount in to your hand and apply to the hair that way. This also means you can massage the powder in to your hair exactly where you want it to go, and you're not missing any of the shampoo.


Once you've massaged it in, leave it for around 30 seconds before brushing your hair. This 30 seconds is crucial - it's the difference between the dry shampoo working and not working! It really needs this time to absorb the oils, otherwise you'll end up adding more unnecessarily. I find you can really feel the powder in your hair at first, but once it's brushed through any stickiness disappears and you're left with fresh hair which is ready to style!

The other thing worth noting is that the KN dry shampoo is also lightly scented with a citrus smell which is really refreshing without being overpowering.

If you're looking for a 100% vegan, cruelty free and organic dry shampoo, you really can't go wrong with this. It's £10 for a 150g tub which will last ages, and supports an independent UK retailer, win-win!

Buy KiteNest Organic Dry Shampoo online here.

Thanks for reading!

Emily xo
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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Grumpy Panda - the North East's first all vegan American diner


Regulars on the North East's vegan festival circuit will no doubt be familiar with Grumpy Panda and its signature large furry mascot. A firm favourite in our household, the Panda's signature mushroom burger was always my number 1 choice at Nevfest, despite the plethora of delights on offer - it's just that good.

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Vegan beauty from B.*


Whenever I'm asked about the best vegan or cruelty free drugstore brands, I find myself consistently recommending Superdrug's B. range. Not only is the entire range suitable for vegans, it's also affordable, extensive and effective. The range covers skincare, cosmetics, brushes and even has a men's line, and is tailored to different skin 'phases', so there's something for every age range and skin type.

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