VEGAN - it’s a small word that can produce disproportionate feelings of dread for charter yacht crew, especially for those in the galley, and particularly if it’s a last minute notification (which is probably about 80% of the time in yachting).
Whilst the chef frantically calls around suppliers trying to source almond milk and seitan, it’s worth taking time to think about other animal products that may be lurking in your spa and beauty items.
A strict vegan will avoid eggs, dairy, beeswax and honey, as well as animal products such as wool and leather. Basically, if a vegan cares about what they put IN their bodies, then they’ll likely care about what they put ON their bodies too.
Mainstream beauty brands often use ingredients that come from animal sources - including (but not always) Collagen, Elastin, Lactic acid and Vitamin A (see here for a comprehensive list). For instance, did you know Molton Brown uses wool derived Keratin, and beeswax and honey in some of their products? And that their shaving brushes are made from badger hair? But even if brands explain this on their websites, it rarely appears on their packaging.
Yes, it’s a minefield, but before you jump overboard in a state of vegan-induced desperation, fear not! There are some great websites such as PETA and Vegan Action which list reputable vegan companies. And of course, any supplier worth their bath salts should be able to do this research for you, and offer you some yummy, ethical, vegan-suitable products.
At Angels On Board, if we have a vegan on charter, we offer plant-based oils for massage, and make sure our facial and body products are vegan. We also use synthetic brushes, avoiding animal hair. If in doubt, we ask the client! A vegan is always happy to talk about what being vegan means to them.
Above and beyond
If your vegan guests are very strict, then check that blankets are synthetic rather than made of wool; cashmere or mohair; avoid using sea shells and coral as table decorations; take out leather accessories such as menu holders; and avoid wearing leather shoes, belts and handbags. To non-vegans, such measures may sound extreme, but remember, we’re in the ‘details’ business, and this is one way we can ensure the guests know that we want them to feel 100% on board.
It may take a little more time in research and sourcing, but going the extra mile for vegan guests won’t just benefit the animal kingdom, it will also make your yacht far outshine the competition.
mallorcavegan.com - a Vegan culinary school based in Mallorca offering vegan yacht chef training