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After 30 years of working in Australian media, Shonagh is one of Australia’s busiest and most in-demand beauty, health, travel and lifestyle writers.

As a health and lifestyle journalist and consultant, Shonagh has worked closely with international wellness experts and icons, including Dr. Sandra Cabot, Therese Kerr and Miranda Kerr.

In other aspects of her work, she has travelled the world reviewing wellness retreats and luxe holiday destinations, and she has interviewed and written feature articles on some of the world’s best love celebrities, including Sting, Elle McPherson, Pamela Anderson, Simon Baker, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Tina Arena, Heather Graham and many more.

She currently lives in the NSW Southern Highlands with her four dogs (three Siberian Huskies and one Maltese Cross), where she grows her own veggies and advocates ending Factory Farming and animal cruelty.

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Craving Cheese? Try These Vegan Alternatives

When it comes to being vegan, there are certain foods that people miss and what we hear over and again is that cheese is the trickiest thing to let go of. It doesn’t have to be. We’ve unearthed some solutions. Missing cheese? Don’t stress … there are so many amazing vegan cheeses on the market […]

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Simple Swaps You Can Make Towards Living A Plant-Based Life

Wondering how you can tweak your daily life to become more plant-based? Yes? Me too! Aside from saving the suffering of the animals and minimising the effect meat and dairy production has on our planet, it’s a major bonus for our day-to-day general health and wellbeing. The secret is working out some simple plant based […]

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Nup to the Cup

We’re Saying ‘Nup To The Cup’. Here’s Why & How You Can Too

The ‘Nup to the Cup’ Movement is no longer just a trend. It’s a groundswell movement sweeping Australia. Why not join it? Sydney vegan restaurant, Bodhi was one of Australia’s first restaurants to say ‘Nup to the Cup’, holding an annual lunch that eschewed the national horse race and instead raised money for animal welfare. […]

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Woody Harrelson At Wimbledon Is A Huge Mood

Everyone’s fave sexy older vegan, actor Woody Harrelson, disrupted the press coverage of tennis’s top event yesterday, as reported by, when he got locked out of the big match by officials. Woody, who’s been a vegan warrior since his early twenties and in 2012 won PETA’s Sexiest Vegan title, got out of his seat between serves […]

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8 Seriously Essential Skin Saving Oils

Winter is here. The temperatures are low and the humidity even lower. This can spell major skin stress, if you’re not careful. The lack of humidity in the air can zap your skin of essential moisture as well as impair its protective barrier, while icy winds and cold temperatures can then cause issues of sensitivity, […]

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Summer Glow In Winter

Keep Your Golden Glow Throughout Winter

Never mind that the temperatures have dropped, hemlines are lower and sleeves are a lot less short … you still want to glow like the goddess you are, right? To help you out, we grilled the ultimate golden glow-inducer, Sonya Driver, founder of vegan tanning company, Eco-Tan, for her top tips to tan this winter […]

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Celebrity Nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin Reveals How To Stay Healthy and Look Gorgeous This Winter

Want to stay looking and feeling your best throughout winter? Put these foods on your plate AND on your skin! Along with the cooler temperatures, crunchy Autumn leaves and the beautiful soft light we enjoy in the cooler months, we may find that our immunity wanes and we become vulnerable to colds and flu. Building […]

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11 Natural Vegan Deodorants That Actually Work

We all know how hard it is to find a toxin-free, vegan, all-natural deodorant that actually works. Some smell great upon application, but then melt to leave your pits a sweaty, stinky mess. Others go chalky and leave white patches, while some are just plain pretty but serve no real purpose. Herewith, a round-up of […]

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7 Vegan Bath Products That’ll Make You Want To Soak For Days

Who doesn’t love a long, luxurious soak? I can’t think of anything I love more, to be honest, especially after a long day hunched over my keyboard! Being prone to back problems, soaking in a beautiful bath with therapeutic salts or oils is a major technique I use to help me wind down at the […]

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Fashion Critical Supports No Meat May & The Internet Can’t Cope

My great buddy, Fashion Critical, recently announced signing up to No Meat May (yes, I know who FC really is, but I’ll never tell). To highlight the post, FC used an ages old pic of Lady Gaga in the gross meat dress, because, you know, the page is all about irony, comedy and being obnoxious, […]

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Unilever launches Vegan & Sustainable Body & Hair Care. Just Quietly, It’s Awesome!

OK, we’ll be the first to admit that a massive corporation like Unilever still has a way to go when it comes to cleaning up their social, ethical and environmental footprint, but as we say here at The Vegan Company – every step towards a more compassionate world is a step in the right direction. […]

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Swisspers Takes A Step Forward to Help Our Sea Life

It’s fairly safe to say that nobody ever wants to see a picture of a seahorse with its tail wrapped around a cotton tip ever again. The picture I’m talking about was taken by Wildlife Photographer of the Year Justin Hoffman in 2017, and it features a tiny seahorse ‘anchoring itself’ on a discarded single […]

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Improve Gut Health, Get Great Skin!

Who doesn’t want glowing skin? Nobody, that’s who. Because we all want skin that looks lit from within, and because we know a healthy diet is the key to getting it, the original Gut Guru, author and wellness warrior, Lee Holmes, shares with us her best advice on great gut health on a vegan diet. […]

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6 Vegan Essentials for Flirt-worthy Brows & Lashes

Who doesn’t want thick, shapely brows and long lush lashes that curve skywards? To help you achieve the look of your dreams, we’ve unearthed some of the best vegan brow and lash enhancing products around. Long Lashes Eyelash Enhancer, $89 This daily application serum relies on vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free ingredients that works to strengthen […]

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Celebrating Inspiring Vegan Women (Part 2)

Welcome to Part two of our Inspiring Vegan Women Series for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019. These two women work tirelessly to help animals and as such, we feel they should be celebrated. Not just today, but all year round! Elise Burgess – Head of Communications, FOUR PAWS Australia As one of the largest […]

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Celebrating Inspiring Vegan Women (Part 1)

Friday, March 8, 2019, marks the 108th International Women’s Day. This year the theme is #BalanceforBetter, aiming to create a gender balanced world. Nobody would argue that is long overdue, but here at The Vegan Company, we’d like to see that balance extend to all living creatures, embracing the animals that we share our planet […]

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The Sydney Hair Salon Offering Fully Vegan Colour Services!

Finding a fully vegan colour service can be hard, but this Sydney outfit has you covered. Despite the recent joyous news that Australia has passed a law to ban animal testings on cosmetic ingredients, it still can be a minefield navigating professional hair colour and care products. I mean, it’s one thing purchasing your own […]

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How To Upcycle Your Pre-Loved Jewellery

… and turn your old, neglected trinkets into something you’ll treasure forever. It’s always the worst of days when we say goodbye to a beloved pet. It wasn’t just an awful day I had five years ago, when my Siamese cat, Truly Scrumptious died, aged 14. It was the worst day of my life. I won’t […]

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Ex Cosmo Editor Launches Vegan All-Natural Fragrance… and you already know it’s scent-sational!

If you’d expect anyone to know a thing or two about fragrance, it would be a former beauty editor of one of the world’s most recognised brands. Little wonder I was beside myself when my friend and former colleague, Nedahl Stelio, announced that she was launching her own line of cruelty-free, vegan, all-natural, chemical-free fragrances, […]

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Is Bodhi The Best Vegan Buddhist-Based Restaurant in Australia? Yes. Yes, it is.

I’ve been destroying dumplings during lunchtime yum cha sessions at Sydney CBD vegan restaurant Bodhi for well over 15 years now. I’ve never been disappointed, but it was only recently that I realised this beautiful al-fresco style dining room offers heavenly a la carte options once the clock ticks 5pm. I say heavenly because well, […]

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The Vegan Science-Based Skin Care You Need To Know About

Ordinarily, the words vegan and science don’t sit next to each other in a sentence. Well, one Sydney-based skin therapist, the incredible Douglas Pereira of Douglas Pereira Clinical Skin Therapy in Sydney’s CBD is set to change the way you look at lab-created skin care. His absolutely beautiful range of active, solution-driven cosmeceutical (science + […]

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Alibi plant based restaurant

With Alibi, We’ve Found The Perfect Plant-Based Date Night Restaurant

Straight out of the gate, I’m going to say I wasn’t on a date when I smashed every vegan morsel at upmarket Sydney plant-based restaurant, Alibi, but I was there with a great male friend (no pity please – I’m consciously single). Anyhoo, my brother-from-another-mother and I both commented on just how amazing a place […]

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How To Vegan Up Your Beauty Routine Without Even Trying

Looking to vegan up your beauty routine?  Just a few simple steps will set you on the right path. We asked vegan beauty brand Lux Aestiva’s founder Katie Blyth for her top tips. 1. Start Off Small Whether it’s switching over one product at a time, or changing them over gradually as you run out, […]

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Can You Be Vegan And Follow A Keto Diet?

The answer is yes, according to naturopath Caroline Robertson, from Flannerys Organic and  Wholefood Market, who explains the whys and wherefores to The Vegan Company’s Lifestyle Director, Shonagh Walker. “The ketogenic, or keto, diet is a very low carb, high fat diet which aims to put the body in a metabolic state called ketosis, when sugar […]

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Longrain vegan menu

Longrain Has A Vegan Menu & We Never Want To Eat Anything Else, Ever Again

Sydney iconic restaurant, Longrain, recently released its sensational vegan banquet menu and boy, oh boy is it amazing! Since its launch 20 years ago, the culinary institution has been a place where lovers of fine South East Asian food and desperately delicious cocktails can convene, knowing they will never be let down in terms of […]

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Is Your Vegan Oral Care Actually Working?

When it comes to caring for the health of our teeth, gums and mouth, as vegans we want to use products that are not only effective, but that do as little harm to the environment as possible. With this in mind, we at The Vegan Company choose to shun toothpastes containing microbeads, toothbrushes made from […]

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Summer Hair Stress? We’ve Got You Sorted…

…Thanks to the Australian celebrity hairdresser who has his own vegan, PETA approved hair care and styling range! If summer has you suffering some serious tress stress, you’re not alone. We are enduring this major First World Problem too. But we’ve got your back. Well, actually, mega-celeb hairdresser, Kevin Murphy, who has his own amazing […]

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There’s A Super Blood Wolf Full Moon Rising & You’re Going To Love What It Brings To Your Life

Listen up! There’s a rare celestial event happening later this month called a ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ and if you’re planning on taking up extra studies this year then go for it with gusto! According to a leading spiritual adviser, Rose Smith, who heads up the Super Blood Moon is all over your intention and […]

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The Great Sunscreen Debate – Chemical vs. Physical

Wherever you live in the world, applying sunscreen every day (summer or winter) is pretty much non-negotiable, particularly if you live in a country like Australia, which has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world (per capita), according the Cancer Council. However, navigating the vast array of sun care products as a vegan […]

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Skin Care Giant Dermalogica Transitions to Vegan

News just in … skin care giant Dermalogica is embracing 2019 as The Year of The Vegan with a new focus on sustainability, environmentally-friendly products, plus a dedicated vegan category on the site. While they don’t have any official statements as to when this transition will be complete, we couldn’t be more thrilled if we’d […]

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Olympic Gold Medalist Stephanie Rice On Living A Kinder, Happier, Healthier Vegan Lifestyle

Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice bursts with vitality and energy when she speaks to you. However, six years ago after retiring from swimming, Stephanie fell into a slump and struggled to get out of bed. “I felt a bit lost after I retired because I had been so used to training for seven hours a […]

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Why Vegans Have The Upper Hand on Relaxation

Despite the age-old, super-tired stereotype of an angry vegan, science now tells us that those who follow a plant-based diet are actually more relaxed – physically, mentally and emotionally. Why? It all comes down to a super-mineral called magnesium, which is abundant in vegetables, fruits and plant-based foods. “Magnesium is necessary for over 300 enzymatic […]

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5 Vegan Wines To Enjoy This Festive Season 

Here’s a little something you may or may not have known: Not all wines are vegan or even vegan-friendly. True story! And as we are pretty much in the thick of the festive season, we thought we’d quickly cover which wines you can safely swill, knowing there’s been no animal cruelty involved. What’s the difference? […]

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5 Brilliant Beauty Boosts You’ll Get From A Vegan Diet

We’ve said it before and undoubtedly you will hear us repeat it until the end of time. There are just so many reasons one might journey to a plant-based-vegan lifestyle and every single last one of ‘em is valid and perfectly fine with us … even the ones that involve vanity! Yes, that’s right. A […]

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The Beauty Industry Is Leading The Way In Vegan Products.

The beauty industry has been much-maligned for decades for animal testing and the use of animal-derived ingredients in its many concoctions. But the truth is, as I see it anyway, that it is actually the most vocal and active of all industries in its quest to ending animal testing and animal cruelty and pushing towards […]

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Put These Vegan-Friendly Countries On Your Bucket List!

Travelling as a vegan shouldn’t be difficult. There’s an array of nations that are actually super vegan-friendly. For many it’s ingrained in their culture. For others, it’s something that is not only catching on, but spreading fast. Here are our top five picks for a Vegan-friendly vacay. INDIA More than 500 million people (nearly half […]

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6 Vegan Candles That Will Light Up Your Life

… according to beauty and lifestyle writer, Shonagh Walker I’ve been a beauty and lifestyle writer for longer than I care to admit. So long in fact, that you’d think I’d be bored of seeing all the new products that are launched literally on a daily basis. Sometimes I am … but never, ever, ever […]

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Meet The Australian Vegan Make-Up Brand That Took Over New York Fashion Week!

It’s not every day an Aussie vegan make-up company is asked to create make-up looks for major designers at New York Fashion Week, but Aussie maquillage brand INIKA ORGANIC isn’t just any ordinary vegan make-up brand. As a long-time beauty editor and writer, I can personally vouch that INIKA Organic is a standout make-up brand. […]

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Planning Your Next Holiday? With These Vegan Travel Tours, Your Only Worry Is What To Pack

Navigating a vacation as a vegan traveller can sometimes be painful. While plenty of countries lean naturally towards a vegan diet (we’re looking at you, Asia), others are far more meat-based. However, the tides seem to be turning, with all four corners of the globe offering plenty for the vegan vacationer to take a bite […]

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seaside vegan cafe

Got a spare $15? You Could Own This Seaside Vegan Café!

Ever dreamt of owning your own hugely successful seaside vegan café in one of Australia’s most pristine and serene tourist spots? Now you have the chance to, for just $15! Yep, Laura and Matt McNamara, owners of Island Whole Foods at Phillip Island, Victoria, are raffling off their enormously profitable seaside cafe to travel through Australia […]

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Five Ways We Can Eat for Sustainability

In honour of 2018’s Meat Free Week (September 24-30) We asked leading naturopath and blogger, Gemma Davis, co-author of The Compassionate Kitchen, for her top tips on eating sustainably. Reduce Meat Consumption – or even better – go completely plant-based Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions – more than the […]

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Meat Free Week Is Almost Here!

Meat Free Week is almost upon us. If you’re already Meat-Free – yay for you!  If not, it’s a fantastic way to explore a plant-based diet. We bet you’ll feel so much better in the first few days you’ll be hooked and will leave meat off your plate more often than not in the future. […]

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3 Vegan Bags You Need Right Now

We know that sometimes when we follow our vegan lifestyle we can miss out being able to follow some cool fashion trends. However, it’s looking like those days may be over with the introduction of some very cool vegan designers creative some amazing bags…have a read  Sash & Belle is a local label, created in […]

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Adidas Parley

Adidas Parley Helps Save The Oceans

Do you want to get fit and super stylish, plus help save the ocean and its beautiful inhabitants? Well, thanks to adidas teaming with Parley you can. Take a read In 2015 Parley teamed with Adidas to create a stylish running trainer called the UltraBOOST which was part of the Adidas/Parley collection. This trainer is […]

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