Let me preface this by saying I am vegan myself and I just want other vegans perspectives on this issue.
We all probably know that the cocoa industry and other industries have child labour and near slavery involved, but ever since I went vegan I've seen tons and tons of recipes that involve chocolate, something that we don't really need in our diets and is primarly used for deserts, but yet we consume a sickening amount of chocolate which most of comes from these horrible industries. So my question to all the other vegans. Why are you consuming this much chocolate and why are you proud of posting pictures of your cocoa-based deserts?
Now, I've been asking this question to vegans in real life, and they all come with some pretty common arguments or opinions and I might aswell type them out and explain what I think about it:
Opinion 1. "You need to live a little"
This is an opinion held by omnivores aswell to justify their eating of meat, we just need to live a little, it won't hurt
Opinion 2. "Bananas and other types of normal food comes from these industries!"
Yes, but I feel like cocoa is an exception where people primarly use it for deserts, it's not really a requirement in our diets and is not used for common-foods. It's just used as a treat, a way to solve our sweet tooth
Opinion 3. "Consuming these products help their economy grow!"
You're not wrong, if we do consume these products and try to go as fair-trade as possible it actually supports them and gives them a ton of money, but at the end of the day if the consumers are buying chocolate it increases the demand, and the increase in demand will increase in the amount of workers. They won't get higher pay the more chocolate you consume, if you really believe this you might aswell donate money directly to them, because the chocolate you consume goes through a lot of barriers, a lot of different people need pay
Opinion 4. "I buy fairtrade so it's okay"
Fairtrade still has insane low pays and it's still near slavery when we can afford to pay them more. Again you should donate your money instead of buying fairtrade
Opinion 5. "I'm only in it for the animals"
Alright so you don't care about humans at all? All you care about is animals? I thought part of veganism was to respect all forms of life, not only one form of life primarly. This is exactly the opinion omnis hold, only that they respect human life more than... keep reading on reddit ➡
It is sonically the most immersive song I’ve ever heard. Only song I’ve ever heard that makes me feel like I’m tripping (in a very good way) while sober. It just takes you someplace else man. If you haven’t listened to it for whatever reason do yourself a favor and put on some good headphones or play it through your car speakers and prepare to be amazed. Most underrated song by GA by far imo. What do y’all think?
I've been getting quite a few new scents these past few weeks, so I figured I would put out some thoughts on a bunch of them! These are my first orders ever from Kyse, Fantome, and CP- so let's get started :D
I'm a fan of STRONG scents, I don't mess around much with super subtle perfumes. I'm also not a huge fan of indie style florals (which is wild, because my favorite perfume ever is Tom Ford Black Orchid and apparently that is considered floral, who knew?). I lean more gourmand / tea / fruit / boozy / tobacco / vanilla in the scent category, so keep that in mind.
Cacao Noisette: Cocoa powder, hazelnut, caramel, Tahitian vanilla, and soft snuggly musk.
My thoughts: Smells just like Nutella, but with a little hint of heaviness to it…like musk. This is such a warm scent, I just want to cuddle with it and drink rich dark chocolate. Or, maybe just eat Ferrero Rocher. Very gourmand, but not fake sweet. A very adult cocoa scent. I really like this one. If you want a sexy hazelnut/cocoa smell, this is it.
Verdict: 5/5 would FS
Vanille Debauche: Vanilla Bourbon, Beeswax, Boozy Notes, Amber, Dried Fruit, Wood, and Tobacco
My thoughts: Soft, smoky, woodsy tobacco with fresh, sexy vanilla extract. Seems a little light, honestly, but I do get whiffs of it through the day. It is a really strong scent on the skin, so there's that at least. The vanilla extract scent is to die for and I like the aura of mystery this scent gives off with the booze and the gentle bourbon. I smell no fruit. The vanilla is the forefront of the woodsy aspect, so if you fear woodsy/tobacco, those aspects aren't super overpowering. The boozy vanilla extract it the forefront.
Verdict: 4/5 would FS
Macarons: Heliotrope, marzipan, hint of cherry, caramelized sugar, velvety vanilla custard, and a soft smooth myrrh.
My thoughts: My husband picked this one over Cacao Noisette when I was wearing this on one arm and Cacao Noisette on the other. He was like, 'ooh that smells good, I like that one a lot'. It does somehow remind me of biting into a raspberry macaron! Not sure where I'm getting the raspberry from, but who cares, it's heckin' fab. Sophisticated gourmand and fruity. Very nice, will full size. I get strong whiffs of this during the day, very good sillage here. Once again, impressed with the quality, not tooth-rotting sweet, but instead very intriguing and wearable.
Verdict: 5/5 will definitely be... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've gotten this twice, and it's always based on my cardiovascular health.
Cocoa puts me over the top, and my reality becomes ultra vivid. My vision has absolute depth, where if I look somewhere, for example, I'll see a tree, the house behind it, the houses behind that, the sky behind that. But I don't feel like a pair of walking eyes, I feel my body in a vivid way too. It's just that vision seems like a lightning rod when this happens. And not in some flat, 2D image, I'm acutely focusing on all these things. But in general, no matter where I look, or how I look at things, I see automatic vivid depth (and feel it, in some form). Looking at this screen right now I feel the space in front of me, the window behind it, I'm sort of looking at the screen, but not focusing and sort of astral-projecting as I do in bad health. I just sort or tested it on a car ride today, and just sights alone were so vivid and explosive in color and crispness, no matter where and how I looked. Of course you focus on what you want to focus on, as vision is a complex sense that's prone to being intertwined with other senses/sensations or being influenced by eye muscles, neck posture, breathing. But when I just let go, have the right postures, and take in the world, this concept of depth is the main point of the vividness of things. And color are just explosive, and the imagery around me seems glued, like I can focus on a tree and how it passes by seems almost psychadelic in its vividness. I can go from looking at a house 10 feet away and seeing whatever, to looking up in a very blue sky and seeing a helicopter a mile away with the same crispness and focus. It doesn't feel like a series of detached eye moments with pin-point focus, which can happen in worse health.
But I woke up and the way I feel, see, hear, SMELL. It's not explosive, it's quietly vivid. And cocoa seems to be the thing that always puts me back into what I think is a more correct version of sensation/senses.
To me, it's nitric oxide related. Which is supported by the science on cocoa. Could be the theobromine a bit. But last night, after a week or so of being a bit out of it, I decided to do my usual bowl of endless legumes, but also did a small beet smoothie, and about 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa twice. Bit of exercise to get the system going.
This body state/cognition/sensation started at 3am last night, and when I woke up, and until now at 5PM I feel exactly as I did last night. I feel so acute... keep reading on reddit ➡
I live in Los Angeles and hot cocoa seasons is over in 3.... 2.... 1.... and it's gone!
What else can I use these silly molds for?