Maybelline Cosmetics vegan range

I was quite shocked and honestly quite excited to see that Maybelline Cosmetics now do a number of vegan friendly make up products. This includes lipsticks, foundations, eye shadows and mascaras, as well as a number of other products. From the look I had at my local display at Superdrug, it seems you could get your entire make up kit (including contour and highlight) all from Maybelline’s vegan range.

However I had always avoided Maybelline because not only did they never offer vegan make up, they were never certified cruelty free. I was therefore a little confused how the vegan range could be labelled vegan without there being any cruelty free certificate to go with this. How can a product be truly vegan if it is not cruelty free?

So I did some digging. I am sure this may be common knowledge to many of you but I did not know that Maybelline was owned by L’Oréal Cosmetics. So it makes sense why they are not cruelty free certified because L’Oréal operate in China.

For those who may not know, animal testing for cosmetics is still mandatory in China, although this did change slightly from 1st May 2022. Before this time, all cosmetics that were being sold in China had to have mandatory animal testing trials before the product could be sold on the Chinese market. From May 2021 however this mandatory testing was removed for cosmetic products, including make up, skin care and hair care. However special use products such as hair dye, hair removal, sunscreen and deodorant all still need to have the mandatory testing.

Now on their website Maybelline and L’Oréal state that they do not pay for animal testing anywhere. But if they sell any kind of hair dye in China then they can’t be cruelty free as they would have to test those products on animals before being able to sell them. Of course on their website I cannot find any information regarding what they do and do not sell in China, so it is hard to be certain of what their current business model is when it comes to animal testing and selling in China. From a practical standpoint, I know that China is a huge economic market and a brand as big as L’Oréal is very unlikely to want to miss out on those big sales. Also, they sold in China before the animal testing was deemed non-mandatory so why would this really change anything? Really it has simply made selling in China far easier for them.

But then I have gotten even more confused. Because L’Oréal owns a lot of vegan friendly brands, most notably Urban Decay which is one of the most popular make up brands for vegans to use. On their website, Urban Decay say that they will ‘never, ever test on animals’ and are fully vegan and cruelty free. They even have a PETA certification for being cruelty free. But if they are owned by L’Oréal how can that be? They also now sell in China (granted after the removal of mandatory testing) but would that not go against the entire vegan and cruelty free message by selling products in a country that still allows for cosmetic testing on animals?

But then I am always drawn back to the reality that there are actually only 7 parent companies that own a combined total of 182 brands. These seven include L’Oréal, Estée Lauder Companies, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Shisheido, Johnson & Johnson and City. Included in the other brands that L’Oréal own include the Body Shop, Garnier and NYX make up, all of which offer vegan friendly and cruelty free products.

A really helpful infograph from the Insider blog.

So all of this made me think…should I really be buying Maybelline’s new vegan range of products? I am slightly conflicted. If this was food – such as the McPlant or the Burger King vegan nuggets – I would buy them to show my support for vegan products and also to hopefully encourage the brand to make more vegan options available. So should that same logic apply here?

I guess I do always come back to the fact that there can be no conscious consumerism under a capitalist society, and so no matter how much I try to always shop ethically there is some degree of exploitation happening simply because of the capitalist society we live in. Also judging by the infograph above it seems I would be unlikely to buy ANY sort of mainstream beauty product that could truly be considered cruelty free. Meaning I would have to support the lesser known brands or the more niche brands specifically made to be vegan and cruelty free, but sometimes these brands are either not easily accessible (perhaps only available online or at certain stores that aren’t in a reasonable vicinity) or are considerably more expensive.

I suppose the other issue would be that L’Oréal is simply trying to tap into a new market that it didn’t have access to before. I think it would be very naive of me to think that this is L’Oréal and Maybelline ‘reassessing their ethics’ or ‘trying to do good for the planet’ because at the end of the day they a huge brand and they didn’t get there by being ethical (another debate to be had but can you ever truly have ethical businesses?). Veganism is also surging in popularity and if money can be made from something, you know that big businesses will want to do so, so it would make sense that L’Oréal would want to make products that appeal to an even wider market of consumers.

So what do we do? Like I said when it comes to food, I am willing to try every vegan offering in the hope it will encourage more options later on. So maybe I should apply the same logic to any of these brands that offer vegan options – in some cases I already have done before I knew their parent company associations, such as Garnier.

What do you guys all think? What is your opinion on cruelty free or vegan brands having parent companies that are not vegan or cruelty free? Would you try a new make up product from a previously non-vegan brand?

T xxx

Honest Burgers Bacon Plant

It has been a while since I went to a decent burger place. There aren’t very many around where I live as the whole global pandemic meant a lot of the restaurants had to close and eventually decided not to bother re-opening the local branches. But recently, Honest Burgers opened in my area and I was quite excited for a real burger joint again.

I have heard decent things about Honest Burgers. Their menu is not huge – including the vegan options there are still only 9 burgers on their menu – but they do seem to pride themselves on using locally sourced products. They also appear to do a specialist burger based on the town and surrounding area in which the branch is based, which I guess is a good idea and helps give it a ‘community spirit’ feel to the branch. It also means that should you travel around the branches you may get a different flavour combination that reflects the local area. Now this is a meat burger so I will never be able to test that theory so…

I decided to go all in and try the full bacon plant. This comes with a Beyond Meat burger, applewood cheese and vegan bacon, as well as all the toppings you would expect from a burger. I have tried a Beyond burger before so knew what to expect from it. Personally I still find the Beyond Meat burgers to be a little TOO meat like – I do prefer my meat to taste and look like fake meat as I have never really enjoyed the taste, texture or look of actual meat. But when mixed with all of the fixings it does cover a lot of that so I was still able to enjoy the burger.

The vegan bacon is exactly like every other type of bacon – it’s really good when mixed with other bits but on it’s own you can tell it is not bacon and doesn’t overly come close. Again, I never really liked meat bacon to begin with so I am quite neutral to the vegan alternative – I can usually take it or leave it and I rarely find it adds much to a meal other than a crunchy texture and a slight smoky flavouring. But in this burger it did give a nice extra layer and did add to a very tasty burger indeed.

I think the real stars of the show though were the chips. For starters, most specialist burger joints make you pay extra for chips, but these come included with every burger. But they are also very generous with the serving of chips. The burgers alone are pretty filling but I have struggled many a time to finish all the chips. Although they taste so good it is hard to leave any – they are very moreish and have the most satisfying crunch I have ever had on chips. They are also slated with rosemary just adds this lovely extra layer to the chips. Hands down the best chips I have ever had before.

Now as always you could make this type of burger way cheaper at home if you really wanted to: the Beyond Meat burgers are readily available at supermarkets and vegan bacon is easy to come across as well. But there is just something special about having a burger properly cooked for you when you’re out at a restaurant. Now each burger is £15 – but does include chips – so it is not the cheapest meal out but I find burger joints charge more for…whatever their reasons are. While it is not something I would have that often, every once and while it is a really good treat. Definitely worth a try if you wanted a slightly posher burger than you can make at home.

Overall: 7/10. A very yummy burger and the chips are amazing. A little more pricey than other options but definitely worth the treat.

T xxx

Vegan Chipotle

Now I live in England, and have done my whole life. I have therefore only heard stories about Chipotle from America. I have tried Chipotle before when I was in LA in 2018, but it was so long ago I didn’t think it fair to really review it now. That being said I remember being pleasantly surprised by Chipotle: The impression I got from online stories and how people spoke about Chipotle was that it was quite greasy and heavy, with very little nutrition to it. But when I did try it in LA it was actually very yummy, not greasy and felt like a very light but filling meal.

So I was quite excited to her that Chipotle was opening a branch in my local area. Now it did open about a month ago but this has been the first opportunity I have had to actually stop by and try it.

I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have the vegan protein option available (the sofritas option) but they had the basic veggie option so I gave it my best shot. I went for the brown rice, black beans and vegetables which therefore came with free guacamole. I had it in the bowl version, rather than the burrito version, as I find burritos to just be too much for me and I always feel bad for not finishing them. That being said the bowl was very generously filled so I’m not sure if it really makes a difference.

Taste wise, this is very yummy. It definitely didn’t taste greasy or highly calorific – I felt satisfactory filled up by the end rather than feeling uncomfortably bloated or a bit sick as can happen with some fast food places. I also feel that the meal itself was overly pretty healthy: According to their online calculator my meal came out at 595 calories, 14g of protein, 29g fat and 70g carbs. Which are really good values, especially for what I am trying to achieve with my current meal and exercise plans. The upside is that these can be quite easily customised if you had other plans – the sofritas seems to make it all 20g of protein in one meal with is super good, and without the guacamole it is 17g of fat.

Now obviously calories and macros are not everything, and you should be focusing more on how the food makes you feel – personally I found this meal to be more than enough to keep me going until dinner and it didn’t leave me feeling bloated or sluggish at all. I did have the fear that the Chipotle reputation would follow me but so far I have only had really good meals from this place.

Price wise it is pretty standard for this kind of meal. We usually frequent our local Tortilla branch who are also consistently great with their options. Usually a Tortilla, for both myself and my partner, would cost around £18 for the vegan chilli bowl and the vegan chilli burrito, and Chipotle also cost us £18 for a veggie bowl and a veggie burrito. So really there was very little difference cost wise and I do think that it is good value. It is obviously a bit more expensive than other fast food places, but is considerably cheaper than an actual restaurant meal. I find it’s a good middle ground of a reasonably healthy take away for a reasonable price.

For my American followers, how does Chipotle hold up in America? Does it vary from state to state? I believe that they have a slightly different menu for the UK than they do in the USA so is there anything that I am missing out on?

Overall:7/10. Pretty happy with Chipotle so far…starting to think many of the stories are unfounded…

T xxx

How to keep pets cool in the heat

We are currently going through a heatwave here in England, with temperatures this week hitting 40 degrees Celsius. This is largely unheard of in the UK and we are definitely not set up for this type of heat: I kid you not when I say that roads melt and train tracks bow. Aircon is also very rare to find in UK homes unless people have installed their own, and even then they are no where near the power or the efficiency that aircon is in hotter countries like the US or the Mediterranean. The UK is notoriously a very cold country and so our houses are built to keep the warmth in – so in this heat it can be very hard to keep places cool.

But at least as a human we know how to cool ourselves down: we can have fans on us, drink lots of water with lots of ice in it, and wear loose fitting clothing – if we chose to wear any clothes at all or if we just opt to wear a swimsuit with shorts. Now these heatwaves in England tend to only last a few days of obscenely high temperatures before they settle back to a bit more reasonable 25 degrees on average, but with the summer holidays fast approaching and the height of summer approaching, we can only assume that this heat will get worse and last longer. While I could go into how this is all impacted by global warming, I shall instead focus on how you can keep your companion animals cool in the heat.

1. The obvious fixes

Now the very obvious things you should be keeping your blinds closed, the windows open and lights off as much as possible. You want to try and limit the amount of sunlight coming in and increase the amount of air circulating the house. Granted in the UK the heatwave wind is also warm, but having any sort of breeze can help keep your house cooler.

Put fans out around the house too to help circulate the wind around but do make sure that these are set up where your pets cannot knock them off or hurt themselves in some way – we have to have our fan on the kitchen counter, otherwise that power cable will be chewed in half by our bunny rabbit.

2. Refill water regularly

Now this may vary depending on your pet but make sure to change their drinking water frequently and to also keep it topped up. Now with rabbits, for example, ice cold water can be quite damaging to their sensitive digestive system, but cold water from the fridge should be fine for most animals. I think dogs and cats should also be able to lick an ice cube every so often if the heat seems to be getting too much, but do make sure that they are supervised so they do not choke on it at all.

3. Freeze some ceramic tiles

We have found this works amazing for our rabbit and it also gives her something new to play with. We bought 3 small floor tiles from our local home ware and DIY store for £3. We put them all into our freezer and we circulate them throughout the day. We find it helps to cool down the area around it so it keeps Lola’s favourite sleeping spots nice and cool throughout the day, and they also provide a fun new thing for her to play with. Her favourite thing seems to be to scratch and dig at the top of the tile, which also causes a very satisfying and very cute chiming sound as she does so, which in turn also helps keeps her paws cool and helps to wear down her nails. We tend to only have one out at any time, so the other two can be kept nice and chilled. The upside as well is that tiles tend to stay cool even in the heat (provided you do not have them in direct sunlight) so even leaving one out can give your little friend a nice respite from the heat throughout the day.

4. Buy some cooling mats

I think these are probably best for cats and dogs, but again make sure to supervise them when using these for the first few times to make sure they don’t try to dig into it or tear it apart. You can buy these cooling pads from most pet stores or online, and believe they work in the same way as the tiles do above in that you put them in the freezer and then leave them around for your pet to lay on. I wouldn’t really recommend these for rabbits as they will most likely just try and dig it up and tear it to pieces, but they may work for cats, dogs, chinchillas, rats or guinea pigs. Again though, always supervise your pet when they first try these cooling mats just in case they do decide to tear through it.

5. Freeze rocks for cages

Now this can be a very cheap (basically free) solution if you have animals that mainly sleep in a cage, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice or rats. We used this solution with our gerbils and it worked like a charm. You can buy bags of rocks from your pet store (normally kept in the fish tank section) and freeze the whole bag, or you can do what we did where we found two or three rocks from our garden. Obviously, wash them thoroughly beforehand, then place them in the freezer for at least a night. Then in the morning you can place a rock in the cage and this will help keep the cage cool throughout the day. It also means there is no condensation as there is no actual water that has been frozen so the bedding in the cage won’t get wet. We found one or two rocks a day was enough to keep them cool, and it is very cute to see them rub themselves all over the rock to help them cool down a bit quicker.

Again, always supervise your pets at first to make sure they don’t immediately try to eat it or dig at it too much so as to cause any injuries to themselves. The occasional little nibble or slight dig at the rock should be fine while they work out exactly what has just appeared in their cage, but always check.

6. Freeze water bottles

Another trick that is quite inexpensive is to freeze bottles of water. Personally, Lola didn’t really take to this too much so the bottle would simply melt and then we’d end up with wet patches all over the rugs, However I have seen this work quite well with cats and dogs, who do enjoy rolling it around the house and licking the cold water off the bottle as the water melts. Make sure the bottle is made out of a sturdy material – those tin/metal water bottles would probably work best, otherwise use one of the thicker plastic bottles – just so you know your pet can’t bite through it and leave massive water puddles everywhere!

7. Ensure there are shaded areas for them to rest in

If your pet has access to the outside, make sure that there are plenty of shaded areas for them to rest in to avoid the sunshine. Even if they are 100% house bound – such as rabbits or caged pets – make sure that their cage is not in any direct sunlight and also ensure that there are spaces around your house that gets zero sunlight throughout the day. Usually the corners of rooms are a good shout as they rarely get direct sunlight and if on the ground floor the heat should rise up through the house so downstairs areas are likely to be cooler than higher floors. Now if you live in a flat this may not always be possible to be low to the ground, but if in doubt use chairs/desks/blankets to block off certain areas of the flat from any sunlight so it stays dark and cool.

Do you guys have any other tips for keeping your pets cool in the heat? Please leave them in the comments or feel free to send me a direct message if you wanted to share any tips and tricks that you may have learnt, especially if you are someone who lives in a generally hot country.

T xxx

PHD smart plant peanut butter and jelly protein bar

We had a big walking day the other day and in 30 degree heat (Celsius) it was not going to be an overly pleasant day. I therefore thought it best to bring some heavy duty snacks with me to keep me going throughout the day and thought that some protein bars would be a good option. Now I don’t have them that often because usually protein bars are more sugar than any other ingredient, but in this heat and with so much walking I thought it best to keep my sugar levels up and not risk heat stroke.

I decided to try this PHD smart plant protein bar. I have found the PHD protein range to be really good quality and to actually taste good too, as well as having really good macros to it. The protein bar was surely a safe bet and so I decided to try the peanut butter and jelly one.

Now right off the bat this bar isn’t too bad. Does it taste like peanut butter and jelly? No, not really. But it doesn’t taste bad either. It was definitely more savoury than you’d expect a bar to be but I would not have been able to tell the flavour had I not already known it. It didn’t really even taste of peanuts, although it did have that odd texture that you usually get with peanut-flavoured things. The almost grainy texture? That’s the one I mean – like peanut paste more than actual peanuts. In all honesty it tasted more like a plain protein shake…like maybe a very subtle vanilla flavour?

Luckily the chocolate covering gave it a nice little taste and it also had rice krispee treats (or something similar) to the top of it which gave it a very satisfying crunch. The main bulk of the bar though had a texture similar to nougat, where it was light and fluffy but also kind of sticky. Again, not necessarily a bad thing as I did actually quite enjoy the bar for just being quite basic.

Price wise this bar was £2 in my local Tesco. Now you do get a pretty big and long bar compared to your basic chocolate bars, but I still think £2 is too much to be spending on one little bar on a regular basis. I imagine these would be good snacks for those very active days, or if you were camping/hiking/festival going and needed some high energy foods that didn’t take up too much room, then sure these would work. But as an every day ‘healthy snack’, I honestly think you’d be better off just having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It would be way cheaper in the long run and I feel it would fill you up just as much.

Overall: 5/10. Nice enough but unfortunately not exactly what is advertised.

T xxx

e.l.f putty blush

In an attempt to branch out I have (very bravely of course) decided to try some actual pigmented blush. For a while now I have mainly just been using a tiny amount of contouring, but with the summer well and truly heating up here in England I wanted something to add some colour to my face without being heavy. As always, I am a big fan of e.l.f cosmetics and have not been let down by any of their products so far. Plus, they are so affordable that if I truly hate a product I don’t feel like I have really wasted my money.

I decided to try the putty blush, as I have found before that powder blush doesn’t last long and ‘putty’ just sounds like it would be fun to use. So far…it is indeed fun to use. I went with the colour Turks and Caicos. Now the picture makes the putty look more orange, but on my pale complexion it actually blends out into a subtle pink colour. I think it looks very natural and blends pretty well. Now I am SUPER pale – a true English rose if you will – and I found that the Turks and Caicos colour gave the most natural looking colour to me. I did however very much like the Caribbean colour option as it gave quite a dark red against my skin. Possibly not the colour I would wear every day, but I imagine it would work well for a dramatic look.

It is very pigmented. I simply swipe my finger across the top and swipe it along my cheek bone, and that is more than enough to give a very soft colour to my cheeks once I have used a brush to blend it out slightly. Occasionally I will use a tiny little extra dab right in the middle of my cheeks to add a little pop of colour, but it is still a tiny amount. I have used other powdered blushes before that seem to take about 3 or 4 layers before you see even a hint of colour, so this putty is amazing. You really don’t need a lot to make a big difference to your appearance.

Price wise this was £6 and I bought this from Boots. I feel that is a very reasonable price for the product, as I think this putty will last me ages given the tiny amount I need to get the colour I want. Bearing in mind I will wear this at least 5-6 times a week, I am still imagining that this little pot will last me for 6 months, if not longer. So £6 is really quite the bargain.

Overall: 8/10. Very rich colour so less is absolutely more with this.

T xxx

B. Filter finish foundation

I want to preface this by saying that I am very inexperienced with make up. I am slowly learning new tips and tricks for make up looks but overall I am pretty basic in my knowledge, especially when it comes to proper application and how to get that truly flawless make up look.

I was always quite a big fan of Superdrug’s own brand make up line, B. It was always very affordable and very beginner friendly – each product was the basic version, so you didn’t need a lot of experience or knowledge to be able to make some easily wearable make up looks. They also offered quite a big range of eye shadows and lipsticks colours, and I remember their foundation being quite a wide range of skin tones as well. However they had a rebrand in the last few years and have become more geared towards the professional make up users, or at least those who have a more advanced knowledge of make up.

This foundation is one of those products that I felt very much out of my depth with. You’re probably thinking ‘how complicated can foundation possibly be?’ and I would say to you, very. This foundation is like emulsion paint. Once it is on, it stays on and I have found it quite difficult to blend. There were definitely many trial and error moments with this and after about 2 weeks of wearing it every day I finally worked out that I had to always start with tiny – and I mean TINY – drops of product and build up.

Now the product itself does say for best results that you should use it with a primer and they were not wrong. This stuff will find every single bump, line or tiny pore on your face and cling to it like no tomorrow. It absolutely needs a primer first because it really does just cling to your face. Unfortunately though I don’t think the coverage is that great – as it is quite hard to blend there were areas where there was too much product that wouldn’t blend out and then other areas that wouldn’t get coverage no matter how much product you used. Perhaps a primer would help with this but I’ve not yet tried that.

As I said I have found that using tiny amounts of product at a time works best. I blend each drop as much as I can before I add anymore to my face and build up the coverage that way. Which again works well for me but it’s definitely not the easiest of products to use, especially for someone quite inexperienced like me.

Cost wise it is still quite affordable, so I’m glad that B. have kept that aspect of their brand. I have tried some of their other more recent products and I think the quality is good for the price, especially fi you want higher quality make up products for a reasonable price. Granted this little tube is lasting me about 6 months at this point because you need so little of the product, but it was quite the learning curve and personally it’s not ideal for me. Most mornings I am only going to work, so I don’t need a really aesthetic make up look, I just need the very basics. Since this product is meant to be used for more professional or advanced looks (or so I feel), it isn’t the type of foundation you can just easily slap on and be ready to go. Sometimes the mornings take longer because I have to spend so long trying to blend the foundation to look more natural, so not really good for those mornings when you’re running late.

Overall: 3/10. For someone more experienced, this product would work well for them, but for a basic user like me it is just too much work for very little pay off.

T xxx

Umberto Giannini curl whip mousse

I think I am finally getting the hang of the Curly Girl method of looking after my curls, and while I am now here near perfect my curls are definitely so much more manageable than they were before. The only issue I have with it is finding a styling product that holds my curls in place but doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or oily for he next few days. I have tried the Umberto Giannini curl jelly before and while it was really good on the day, I found that the next few days afterwards my hair had this slightly sticky feel to it.

I decided to go back to the Umberto Giannini products as overall the curl jelly has worked best so far. But this time I went with the mousse. I have not used mousse in years but I didn’t think it would be too hard. Plus I used to find that mousse would go further than gel or hairspray and therefore would last longer.

I have only used this a couple of times but I am very impressed so far. I have found that a palm size blob of mousse (slightly larger than the golf ball sized amount it recommends) is perfect to keep my curls intact as it dries/I diffuse it and leaves my hair with a very satisfying cast over it. The best part though is that when I come to scrunch my hair out of the cast, it does leave my hair with soft bouncy curls and absolutely no residue on it. It doesn’t look like I have put on any product at all which is just fantastic.

It also smells very neutral, and once you have scrunched out the crunch it has a very soft flowery smell to it, or so I have found. Nothing at all overpowering or too harsh as to make you worry about your hair being damaged, but just a very subtle hint. As I say it doesn’t leave any sort of residue on my hair, so styling it over the next few days was very easy and felt like I was working with freshly washed hair. Also, when you first use it the mousse does have a very satisfying ‘bubble popping’ sort of sounds when you squish it into your hair. You can also see where you have put it when you first apply it so you can have a very even coverage, but it disappears as soon as you squish it fully into your hair.

The bottle cost £5 (although I did get this during a sale so I think full price it is about £7) which is quite cheap compared to some of the other options out there, especially for a completely vegan and cruelty free brand. I very much appreciate that there is no vegan tax added onto this brand and so it is quite competitive with the other options out there. I have only used it a couple of times but I do find that the mousse goes further than the gel – with any of the gels I would need at least two handfuls of the product to do my whole head properly whereas one palm sized lump of mousse does the exact same thing.

Overall: 9/10. Works perfectly is easily available on the high street.

T xxx

Floof Friday

So I realised that I had gone through Rabbit Awareness Week without bringing any awareness to my rabbit. She is easily the most spoilt rabbit in all of England (possibly the world) and I would not have her any other way. She is sassy, she is a banana fiend and she will literally lie there for hours if it means she gets head rubs.

She is also a very messy eater…but only over herself…

I hope this week has provided you with some useful information about rabbit care but if you have found any other useful tips or articles, please do share them with me! I am always looking for more ways to spoil this little bunny rotten…

T xxx

How to bunny proof your home

Following on from my previous post, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the bunny proofing tricks that I have used in my own home to protect my home and my bunnies. A lot of this has been done through trial and error and while a few of them were a bit of a hassle to set up they have been worth it in the long run.

1. Cable covers

Hands down the best purchase we ever made. This has come in handy so many times and since bunnies are absolutely obsessed with eating the forbidden ‘Spicy Hay’, these cable covers will make sure that they can’t chew through the wires no matter how determined they may be. We bought a few packets of this white cable covering from Ikea and that allowed us to cover all of the cables behind our TV: power plugs, internet cable, HDMIs, extension leads…all covered and safe from bunny teeth. I would recommend you get the cable covers that are very tightly coiled so that there are no gaps in the casing once the cable is s covered. I would also recommend that you cover every single cable – even if you think it would be too high for your bunny to reach, trust me when I say they will find a way to chew it.That was how we lost our first internet cable…

2. a puppy pen

Another really useful item that we purchased was a puppy pen. We made sure to get one that was collapsible and came apart, as we use the individual grates to block off any areas of the house which we don’t want our bunny getting to. We use ours mainly to block off the TV (our bunny is quite obsessed with pulling out all of our games and DVDs so she can climb into the TV unit) or the side of the fridge. We also use one as a make-shift baby gate to stop her going into the bedroom unsupervised without us having to shut every door in the house. We also went for a puppy pen that was way higher than needed, just so there was no chance that our bunny could jump over it. Ours came with 8 metal grates that you link together with long poles, meaning that we can use the grates individually or block of areas using only 2 or 3.

The pen was also helpful when we first got our bunnies, as it gave them more space to hop around in when they were first home and meant that we could slowly expand their living area as we got everything bunny proofed. It also came in handy (the real MVP if I’m honest) when our bunnies de-clanned, as it meant we could safely separate them both and attempt re-bonding with much more ease than had we tried to keep them both in separate rooms the whole time. I would recommend though that you get the pen grates that have the thinner gaps, as we learnt early on that rabbits are 90% fluff and can get through the smallest of spaces.

3. Skirting board edges

So this may be a hack but it has honestly worked perfectly for us. We picked up some of these right angle plastic piping covers and cut them down to size to cover all of the skirting boards that the bunnies could easily get to. We stuck them down with just a little bit of double sided tape and honestly they have been fantastic. The bunnies can have little nibbles of the plastic without causing any damage at all to it, and once they’ve worked out that they can’t chew this material, they lose all interest. We mainly have it in our living room/kitchen and the bedroom as this was where the bunnies spent most of their time and started to try and chew these skirting boards the most. Now our bunny pays no attention at all to skirting boards. As the covers are also white, they blend perfectly into the skirting boards themselves so you keep that polished and clean look.

4. Storage boxes

Anything at bunny level will inevitably be chewed. Bunnies explore their surroundings the same way dogs and cats do – with their teeth. They will have little nibbles of everything they come across to work out what it is they have actually come across. As such, anything that is left unguarded on a low shelf or on the floor will be played with by your bunny. We use these fabric boxes to put onto any shelves or ledges that are within bunny reach. We also fill them with somewhat heavy things – blankets, duvet sets, books etc – so that a cheeky bunny can’t just pull it out and go wild. Again…learnt that the hard way. You can pick these up pretty cheaply too and while your bunny may take a few nibbles of them every so often, they are pretty sturdy and unlikely to sustain any real damage. I also find they make my areas look a lot neater as all of the contents are hidden away and out of sight. Again this probably helps make the area look far less interesting to a curious little bunny.

5. Tidy up after yourself!

This is the biggest thing when it comes to bunny proofing. While all of the above will make your life much easier and your home much more suitable for a little bunny, do not leave anything precious within close, unsupervised proximity. I have lost many a bag handle because I left the strap hanging just a little bit too low on the table, or did not put my shoes away properly and woke up the next day to find the covered in tiny little teeth marks. It obviously goes without saying that this is not the best thing for your rabbit – you don’t want them chewing or ingesting anything that could harm them – but it can be hard sometimes to know exactly what is safe out of reach of your bunny. Bunnies are incredibly determined creatures and they love to explore, so if there is a nice new item just out of their reach, they will spend hours trying to get to it. Always make sure that your bunny’s area is clean and tidy, and full of fun and exciting toys to keep them busy especially when you may be asleep or out of the house and they can’t be supervised the whole time. If you have even the slightest concern that they may be able to reach something, move it away. Always better to be overly cautious so as to protect both your bunny and your general belongings.

I hope this all helps but do let me know if you have found any other useful ideas to keep your home and your bunny safe!

T xxx