Bath salts marries body scrub DIY

Hey vegan friendly community, I wanted to share a simple but awesome gift idea which is cruelty free and of course vegan. I do this much often for birthdays, christmas or when I want to appreciate somebody for helping me out like my neighbours the last time. Because our landlord wanted to renovate our complete bathroom all inclusive for just 2 weeks- now we haven’t had a bathroom till 4 weeks and it takes about 2 more weeks to finish the whole construction area in our appartment- we have to take the showers anywhere else. So we have to go to our neighbours spa temple and we’re so lucky that they’re very kind. I wanted to appreciate their help in the meantime so I did the bath salts/ body scrub for them. Because I also quit my job these days because I want to go travelling a long time I had to say goodbye to my colleagues as well. And guys I could tell you, these where the best you could ever imagine! image We where such a great team and helped each other out at any time. We laughed that much the whole day long, it was awesome! So when I leaved I wanted to give them some present. I allways make bath salts which you could also use as a body scrub, because not everyone has a bath tub at home and they have another option using the present.

What you need:

– tea for the scent: I just use tea because it’s all natural and you have great and various options for every season plus it isn’t that expensive and you allways have some at home, right?! 🙂

-> For a good Chai tea bath salt I use the sweet chai tea from Alnatura mixed with vanilla, cinnamon roles, gillyflowers and anise stars. imageimage – dead sea salt: For peelings I mix the salts, big and smaller grains of salt but you should think about rubbing them on your skin so there should be more smaller ones in it.

– oils: I use jojoba oil, a bit of vitamin e oil and almond oil. You could also use argan oil, coconut oil…

Tipp: if you have a great smelling massage oil you could of course mix it in the salt as well.

– baking soda: if you just like to have only a bath salt then you should use baking soda as well for the bubbling experience 🙂 – decoration: for decoration you could use the tea alone or cinnamon roles, vanilla, anise, gillyflowers or dried eatable flowers for example.

How it works:

imageJust put all together and mix it well with a spoon and you’re good to go. It’s that simple and you just need a few minutes to finish such a great present.

I don’t use a scale, I just work with spoons and rub the salt between my fingers for figuring out if it has the best consistence- that’s my indicator 🙂 You mix it best if you use a high jar like shown on the picture. Which scents do like most for bath salts or body scrub?

Do like to read more DIY like this here on my blog?

Happy giving, xoxo

Vegan Traveling to New York City…

Hey there vegan friends,

as you might know I’m right back from the Empire State of Mind, New York City. In case you weren’t there yet, you should definitely note that city on your bucket list. I was there for at least three times and I’m gonna love it even more from time to time. It’s breathtaking, the different cultures, architecture, the style and of course the food.


There are so many restaurants, food trucks, organic grocery stores and so on that you think you are in food heaven sometimes. Like in the Chelsea food market for example. And the U.S. is very vegan friendly so if you’re asking for a vegan option no one would make fun of you. They are very open to that topic- well, if you aren’t in Texas 🙂 Try it out!

I was there just for 5 days and we were busy seeing the city so I decided to eat mostly on the go or catch my stuff and take it with me to the hotel then. Because eating in a restaurant in NYC is just for a big wallet- most of the time 🙂

We were glad having a lot of organic grocery stores around our great hotel- the hotel 31.. This i a great location if you want to be in the middle of the city- well not that Times Square middle of the city but very close to 5th ave and the empire state building and to the green subway line 4,5 and 6 at 33h street. It’s located in the 31st street east and the area is a relaxed neighborhood with lots of nice houses vera close to east village.


We started at the Fairway supermarket for grabbing dinner and breakfast for the next day. This supermarket is located pretty close at 550 2nd Ave New York, NY 10016. This supermarket is open ‚til 11 p.m..



This was my first breakfast. Bagels with vegan cheese and some yoghurt. The cheese was ok but I liked it more with hummus on it. The chia pod with mango was great and I had good protein to start the day right. I had the almond yoghurt at night and this was kinda heavy 🙂 Very filling but good. I guess these three things were about $ 7… Pretty much but if you’re in NYC everything is a bit more expensive than anywhere else, especially if you wanna eat clean.

Lunch AND dinner for this day was from whole foods market at union square. I love this store- great food, great brands and lot’s of great stuff in there. What I love most about them is their fresh food court with lot’s of vegan choices.

I got these box:


Falafel, chickpea salad, spinach noodles, peas and potatoes, brocoli.

I loved this! It was super yummy and 500gr/ 1 lb are bout $ 8. So I payed $12 for this box but I could eat twice and it was very fresh and delicious.

We also went to Erin McKenna’s Bakery in the East Village the other day… This will be a separate post 🙂

Hold on, guys- this will be awesome sauce!


This cake even convinced my omnivore friend that everything’s possible VEGAN 🙂

When it comes to nightlife I went again to 230th 5th rooftop bar. I felt in love with this place in summer 2012 when my boyfriend and me did a 5 week trip through the USA and stopped over there. You could see the Empire State Building right in front of you from the top of this bar. It’s amazing and you should definitely try this out!!!


This was our $8 BIG APPLE BLAST. You always have to watch out for the specials or happy hours in NYC. That’s the key to have a great but inexpensive time in one of the greatest cities on our awesome planet earth 🙂

When we flew back with TAP Portugal from NYC to Lisbon and finally to Munich we had a problem with the communication between the ground stuff and the stewards because of our food at the plain. My friend and I ordered vegan food but they couldn’t make it and so I had to decide between chicken or fish- I asked if they didn’t even have a vegetarian option cause there is always one when you fly with other airlines. But they didn’t and so I ordered chicken just for the side salad and the fruit. She made fun of me and said „Oh just wanted the vegetarian option and now you choose the chicken?“ and finished her sentence with a laughter. So I said very polite: „yes, cause I just want to eat something and so I eat just the salad. Or do you want to starve me up here?“. She gave me all of the salad bowls the other passengers didn’t eat and overtime she came back she said sorry. This might be a hard time for vegans/ vegetarians in portugal, How comes that TAP is that intolerant on longterm and international flights?

In the end all came well and we get our vegan breakfast as we flew from Lisbon to Munich and this was great:

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I’m sorry for the bad quality but I was kinda tired and didn’t want to pull my camera out of her bag 😦 But it was delicious and some other passengers went jealous with their white bread awful cheese and bacon things, haha …

If you were in NYC and checked out some great vegan places please let me know.

Have a nice Sunday everyone and keep reading 🙂



Side effects of vegan travels

Dear careful vegans,

after traveling a while around the world I often saw situations which did’t really make me happy. There are so many poor animals which are locked in cages for entertain tourists. I know that happens since ages and so on but every single one of us could help stop those cruel tourist hotspots!

I remember a tour in Viet Nam. They took us to the Mekong Delta and we just signed in for a river cruise, to visit a floating market and to get to the south of Viet Nam by bus. But the brought us to a crocodile farm. They just kept them in tiny little pool areas like in a zoo…


I told the tour guide that I don’t like to go with her and to wait in the bus for the group because I don’t like seeing animals like this. She was interested and asked me if tourists don’t like this kind of entertainment. I told her how many people from Europe feel when it comes to those attractions. She promised me to talk to her boss- well, of course I don’t know if she really did, but I sent an email afterwards to the farm as well and a few other members of my group waited with me when they saw me having the discussion with the tour guide.

In Bali we wanted to go to famous rice fields and saw a luwak coffee tasting on the side of the road. A few of my travel group wanted to go there and to try the famous luwak coffee. It’s the coffee which is made from „special“ beans. The luwaks, really cute animals, eat the beans and afterwards, of course, poo the beans. The coffee farms take the beans to roast them and offer the famous and expensive luwak coffee. So in the beginning I went in the shop with my friends. As we saw the small cages with the luwaks inside I asked the staff if they could play outside in the trees or if they have bigger cages as well for them and how they treat them there (yes, I know, they wouldn’t be honest but I just wanted to make my status clear 🙂 ). They told me that the animals could play for half an hour every day on a leash and that they just live in this cages for poking the beans. Awesome! This was the moment when I left the shop and waited outside with another friend of mine who’s a vegetarian. The coffee doesn’t even taste special as our friends told us who tried this stuff. It’s just another way to get money from abusing animals.


A year ago I stayed in a really nice hotel resort in Khao Lak, Thailand. There was this cute baby elephant, who came to the resort every single day to entertain the kids there. Unfortunately lot of parents made pics with their children standing in front of the elephant, who was hold on a chain. You could see that there was something wrong with her and that she was really sad. So I asked the stuff of the resort and they told me that she was living alone at her master’s house without her mother. She was way too young and she always did the same moves. I read an article online who said that elephants, who always move the same way, are depressed and sick. So I told the hotel management to stop it and wrote emails and stuff.

The only thing we could do against it: don’t just go there and write emails to the management of those farms, shops, hotels, whatever and tell them, that it’s not ok and there are tourists, who don’t like to see such things! Tell other tourists that it’s not good for animals to be treated like this. Whenever I told other people things like that there were a few who thought about animal abusing and reacted nicely. Just try to make the world a better place for animals. We have to…

Vegan travelling to Maui, Hawaii

Aloha vegans,

a few weeks ago I lived in a nice guesthouse from a really kind family on Maui, Hawaii. It was such a great time and I was so thankful that they let me live in their house and the best: they were vegan friendly and cooked awesome dishes for me.

We drank delicious kale margaritas,


ate sushi,


drank green smoothies and had good coffee and just a good time together.


I always had complete other pictures in my head when I thought about Hawaii. I dreamed of white sandy beaches, relaxed happy people and stuff. But I was a bit disappointed when I arrived there. Don’t get me wrong I had a good time and Maui for example is nice, but not „that“ nice. I missed the happiness and…. yeah, the „amazingness“ there. I quickly felt homesick for Asia 🙂

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Lots of coffee shops in Maui offer vegan options like soy and almond milk. A few of them even got vegan sandwiches and sweets, like the „Wailuku Cofee Co.“ in Wailuku.

My favorite coffee shop is „Sip Me“ in Mackawao:


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Unfortunately Hawaii is really- REALLY – expensive so I didn’t go out for dinner. I bought my stuff in the supermarket and had dinner at my family’s house 🙂 But there are lot of vietnamese and thai restaurants. But in the end I think you*re better off buying your stuff in a grocery store than going to a restaurant. I couldn’t find that much vegan options when I looked in the menus from the restaurants on the shore.


Quick and easy – summer snack

Aloha vegans,

I’m back in munich for a short stop before I’ll go back on the road in mid october. I’m really kinda homesick when I think about Asia at the moment and I can’t wait to get back there. The last 3,5 months were such an inspirational and joyful time and I met many nice people and even new friends. My favorite place to be was Indonesia, especially Bali and Nusa Lembongan so far. I just love the vibe and the scenery there so much, that I can imagine living there for the next years.
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Meanwhile I have to make the best out of the situation, but summer is great in Europe at the moment. The weather is superheat and sunny. I enjoy my time here in nice parks and at the Bavarian lakes. So nice! I spend a lot of time with my friends and family of course but I have to organize a lot of stuff as well. Sometimes there’s not that much time for preparing food. So I thought it might be good, posting a quick summer recipe on the go.

Easy and delicious!
Here is what you need:

– hummus
– cherry tomatoes
– iceberg salad
– olive oil
– spelt or corn bread/ waffles


Just put the Hummus on the waffles, add all of the other ingredients and top it with olive oil. Awesome! It’s a nice and light snack for lunch or a picknick. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have a great and sunny day!