Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Aria Starr ~ Super Retinol

 In the olden days you could only get a product with Retinol with a prescription. Or you could cross the border and bring it back from Mexico but that can get a little pricey…plane tickets and all. Aria Starr provided me with a free bottle of their professional grade Retinol serum in exchange for my honest review. 2.5% Retinol makes it professional strength and provides great results in terms of skin benefits.

You might be wondering what is Retinol? Long story short, it is a form of Vitamin A. It is an antioxidant that attaches to your skin cells and tells them to shape up. It is also the #1 dermatologist recommended cosmetic anti-aging ingredient. While Retinol is great for many types of skin issues, such as acne and hyper pigmentation, no one ingredient can do everything that your skin needs. This product works with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Green Tea and Organic Aloe to sooth, moisturize, and brighten your skin. All of these ingredients are included in my list of favorites and this serum is 72% organic ingredients, gotta love that!

This super serum comes in a lovely 2 oz dark blue, pump bottle that is easy to use. The serum comes out of the pump easily and the dark blue bottle helps to preserve the ingredients that can be damaged by too much sun exposure. The serum itself is a gel-like consistency and has no scent. It glides across my skin and easy to spread. 1 pump of the serum is enough to cover my face, neck, and décolletage so the bottle should last quite awhile. The serum also absorbs beautifully. It takes just a minute to fully absorb into the skin, allowing me to apply my moisturizer quickly after serum application so it does not add a lot of time onto my daily routine.

I recommend that you start slow if you have never used a serum (especially professional strength). If you have a sensitivity it can cause redness, but it is worth it to power through if this happens to you. With continued use the redness and discomfort should go away. I have sensitive skin but have not had any problems with this product, and I use it once per day. I suggest using it twice a week at first, and slowly increasing the application.

The product retails for $99.95. Yes that is a lot! But it is on sale now for only $16.95. Sound better? Yes that is 83% off! Click here to check it out.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 30, 2015

j'adore pura d'or

You know I love Argan Oil. You know I love Organic. You know I love essential oils, such as lavender. All three of these loves are included in the pura d'or shampoo and conditioner that I recently tested. They are so good. Pura d'or has been growing a culture planted on a natural set of values and beliefs for the past four years. Their mission is to create organic personal care solutions that work naturally. Pura d'or products are artisanally handcrafted by a team of artists and scientists, as opposed to machines. All of their ingredients are grown on trees, as opposed to test tubes. It all starts with 100% Cold Pressed Argan Oil, the premiere raw ingredient used exclusively in all para d'or products.

Pura d'or Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo (that's a mouthful) is free from harsh chemicals that are the leading factor in many chronic hair conditions, such as SLS, parabens, DEA, gluten, and other artificial ingredients. Some of their key ingredients, other than Argan Oil, include B vitamin complex, biotin, nettles extract, and He Shou Wu. What is He Shou Wu? A Chinese herb that rejuvenates the body and hair. It has been used for centuries in the treatment of hair loss and premature gray hair.

The shampoo is pictured in the brown bottle with blue label. It is clear with a gel consistency and the scent can be described as a combination of argan oil and Tea Tree Oil. Pura d'or explains that the shampoo works by nourishing hair follicles with essential nutrients to reverse any damage and begin the healing process. It then increases circulation to hair follicles to regulate DHT. They say that continued use will stop hair loss and stimulate healthy hair growth.

If you are the type of person that needs a sudsy bubbly wash in order to feel clean, this shampoo is not for you. Because is does not have added ingredients, you don't get the bubbles. It's a psychological mind trick that we think we need that sudsy wash to clean ourselves. It is not true and the suds actually come from artificial ingredients. I think I have been a victim of this farce and I am actively working to reverse my naiveté.

What can I say about the Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner in Lavender Vanilla other than this…I am so in love with it. The Lavender Vanilla scent is intoxicating. It is just so good I cannot stop raving about it. The conditioner is made from 99% coconut and vegetable proteins to hydrate, heal, and repair damaged hair from root to tip without adding weight and buildup. Many products are so heavy in our hair because of all the added ingredients. This product is lightweight and helps remove all the buildup that has developed over time. The gentle formula is infused with organic argan oil to add shine, body, and moisturizers to any type of hair. Other natural ingredients work to promote control, manageability, and superior smoothness. The conditioner is gentle, natural, and nourishing without the harsh ingredients that we use so often today. It is definitely worth the extra money for these organic products.

Visit pura d'or or Amazon to learn more and check out their other natural products.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Smooth Viking ~ For the Bearded Man in Your Life

I love a man with a beard. Recently there has been a trend that returned to our primal urges where women see hairy men as strong, independent, and wise. Historically, growing a beard showed women that the man was getting mature and ready to plant his seed (sorry I had to write plant his seed) and make lots of babies. I am so glad the beard has made a return. The man with the beard is desirable and confident (and ruggedly handsome). There is nothing sexier than a man who looks like he could build you a treehouse with just his hands. (It's a scientific fact that all bearded men can do this.) Another bonus to a man with a beard? You know he has to be committed and patient to put in the time to let that beautiful thing grow on his face. If you have a bearded man in your life, you know that he takes the beard very seriously. Learn to appreciate the beard. It is his baby, his pride and joy. And while he might let you stroke it from time to time, do not mess with his beard grooming supplies. 

Something magical happens when facial hair goes from stubble to full beard. It gets so soft. Part of the reason for this is the magic. The rest is thanks to products such as balms, conditioners, and oils that are specially formulated for beard strength and masculinity. Smooth Viking sent me these products to test for reviewing purposes. Don't you love that name? Smooth Viking. What do you picture? A manly Norse man with a giant beard and big muscles sailing across the ocean? Did you know that Vikings were ultra hygienic? Vikings were considered very clean and bathed once a week (yes that's a lot). Also, archaeologists have found combs, tweezers, razors, and other grooming utensils that indicate the Vikings took their grooming and their hygiene fairly seriously and they kept up their appearances. Sorry, I digress with my Viking fantasies. 

No one likes a dry brittle beard. We like the magic beard that is soft, smooth, and tickly. And few things are as obnoxious as an itchy beard. Smooth Viking Beard Conditioner softens dry beard hair by nourishing it with natural, hydrating ingredients, while also nourishing the skin behind your magnificent beard. Shea Butter, Mango Butter, and Argan Oil also strengthens your beard from root to tip.

Messy beards can be hard to manage. If styling your beard is nearly impossible, you are in need of Smooth Viking Beard Balm. The balm helps to tame your luscious beard with Mango Butter, Shear Butter, Beeswax, Avocado Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil. The balm can also strengthen a weak beard to beef if up a little and give it some oomph. The balm will hold in moisture particles making hair follicles appear thicker.

Smooth Viking acknowledges that a dry beard can be as hard to conquer as the great Kraken. Smooth Viking's Beard Oil is how you can fight the Kraken. The oil protects against dandruff and keeps the beard under control using Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, and Pure Essential Oil. Massage 3 drops of oil into your beard for a tamer, healthier beard.

All of these products are easy to use and provide excellent beard protection. They are not messy as they come in small tins, except the oil which has a dropper for convenience. All 3 products arrived in their own individual burlap bag that is very rugged and manly (and also adorable), just like a lumberjack. I love the 100% natural ingredients that are known to be hydrating and nourishing. The products are formulated with Viking strength to help you conquer all beard needs. These products are guaranteed to soften your beard and to make you more handsome in general. 

Visit Amazon to learn more about how you can transform you beard.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Organic Dandelion Root Tea

Oh the Dandelion. Did you know that this common yard weed is also a wizardess with exceptional nutrition? The Dandelion Root is perfect as a tea to gain nutrients that help support your digestion and your organ health.

I drink tea every day. It is perfect for any occasion: to start my day, as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or to wind down at the end of a long day. There is a tea for every occasion. So I was excited to be given the opportunity to review a new tea from Kiss Me Organics. Organic Dandelion Root Tea with Hibiscus and Cinnamon is both good tasting and good for the body. It has numerous health benefits including:

~Supports healthy digestion, kidney health, and liver function - detoxes the liver and kidneys from toxins that can build up over time. Healthy digestion helps the body absorb more nutrients and improve physical and cognitive functions

~Raw & Organic - raw dandelion root is extremely nutrient rich and provides vital minerals and vitamins. Raw dandelion root is rich in Vitamins A, C, D, and B-complex plus Iron, Potassium and Zinc. These nutrients can help treat mood disorders, liver disorders, and boost a weakened immune system

~Hibiscus & Cinnamon - enhances the earthy flavor and adds a hint of flowery sweetness to every cup. Hibiscus helps regulate blood pressure and Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar and reduces bad cholesterol

I like to drink Organic Dandelion Root Tea with a touch of sweetener, such as Raw Honey or Agave Syrup. What I really love about this tea is the earthy flavor; I can really taste the cinnamon and I love that in a tea. It is also Non-GMO, USDA Organic and Vegan. By ordering this on Amazon you get 5 boxes of tea, each with 20 sachets for only $19.70. It is naturally caffeine free so it is a comforting cup of tea to unwind at the end of the day.

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Leather Nova

Leather Nova is a company that was born by people that love their precious leather goods, and could not find a quality cleaning product they were happy with. They have a team of passionate people who believe in pushing boundaries and challenging conventions to create the ultimate product line for their customers. The team draws its motivation from "Working every single day as the first day and believe that we're just getting started". The Leather Nova team tested batch after batch of formulas until they found the formulas they were happy with. They use only natural and non-toxic ingredients to make their product environmentally friendly. I also love that their products are manufactured in small batches to ensure quality.

Leather Nova is suitable for all types of leather except Suede and Nubuck. It can be used on a wide variety of products such as:

*Car Interior
*Sporting & Equestrian Goods
*Exotic Leathers (such as snakeskin)

The Leather Nova Leather Cleaner gently cleans vinyl, plastic, and leather surfaces while preventing discoloration and dullness of leather. It works by deeply penetrating leather pores to remove dirt, grime, and oil. Its pH balanced formula maintains the integrity of the leather by preventing discoloration without stripping the essential oils that prolong the luster and shine of the leather. Leather Nova Leather Cleaner comes with its own yellow cleansing cloth and it is a great way to prepare the leather for conditioning.

Leather Nova Leather Conditioner provides safe and durable protection for leather and vinyl surfaces by using high-grade polymers that restore the sheen of leather. Monthly use is recommended as it will maintain and restore the natural suppleness of the leather while also restoring the rich leather fragrance that we all love so much. Leather Nova leaves a non greasy surface unlike other leather conditioners. This product also comes with its own sponge that allows for easy application. Leather Nova notes that use of the conditioner may darken some leathers (especially light colored ones), so it is recommended that you test on a small area first.

The 2-in-1 Leather Nova Conditioner & Cleaner will save you time and energy! This is a great product for when you want to quickly clean and restore your leather. It provides a deep and effective cleaning of leather and vinyl surfaces. While removing dirt and stains, it also conditions and adds vital nutrients to the leather to make it soft and supple. Regular use of these products give your leather everything it needs: Cleaning, Restoration, and Protection. Keep your leather looking and smelling like leather!

I have used these products on my leather boots, bags, and leather car interior. I love the way it deep cleans the leather and it truly does restore the luster and shine. Someone even asked if I got new boots, after I used the Leather Cleaner. The products are ultra easy to apply and I love that they each come with their own cleaning sponge or towel. Who knew it could be so easy to keep your leather products in tip-top shape. I am excited to use this on new leather to keep prevent damage, especially on boots that tend to lose their luster and even crack after long term use. This is a quality, affordable product that is so worth the minimal effort it takes to use. You can learn more and purchase your own leather cleaners and conditioners by visiting Leather Nova.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Argan Oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil by Radha Beauty

I know a product is good when it has 1 single ingredient. Radha Beauty's Argan Oil is 100% Argan Oil. I have used products with Argan Oil but this was my first time trying a bottle of Pure Argan Oil, where I can use it alone or mix up my own concoctions.

What is Argan Oil?

Well it is a versatile oil that is extracted by pressing the kernels of the Argan Tree. It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients such as fatty acids and Vitamin E. This oil is so good that it has been nicknamed "liquid gold". There are many products on the internet that claim to be Argan Oil but are filled with other ingredients. The only way to purchase the good stuff is to check the ingredients and make sure there is only one, like Radha Beauty's oil.

Radha Beauty packages their oil in a beautiful dark blue bottle to preserve the quality of the oil. This is also the best way to purchase the oil. If it is in a light colored bottle it can go bad quickly. The scent can only be described as nutty and earthy, kind of strange really, but it absorbs quickly.

What are the benefits of Argan Oil?

So many benefits I will only list a few:

~Moisturizer - add 1 drop to your moisturizer to hydrate your face and body
~Toner - add 2-4 drops to your toner to take advantage of nutrients
~Exfoliator - mix with brown sugar and use as a yummy facial scrub
~Acne - reduces inflammation caused by acne
~Razor bumps & burns - great for men and women
~Lip Conditioner - great as a lip treatment or chapstick substitute by rubbing into lips

I'm telling you this is just the beginning. Argan Oil can be used for everything on your body. I am so impressed with this oil and am amazed that it can be purchased on Amazon for only $15.89. Argan Oil is usually very expensive because of the extraction process. This price is unheard of and, as far as I can tell, it is just as good as those other expensive oils.

Radha Beauty Fractionated Coconut Oil is another quality product with 1 single ingredient. It too can be used alone or as a carrier oil for experimentation. Mixing Fractionated Coconut Oil with Argan Oil and adding in essential oils is a great way to have fun with scents while deeply moisturizing the skin.

What are the benefits of Fractionated Coconut Oil?

~Improves and heals many skin disease such as fungal infections, acne, eczema, rosacia, and psoriasis
~Penetrates roots to condition and strengthen hair
~The perfect massage or carrier oil
~Soothes dry skin
~Can be used as a natural eye makeup remover
~Antiseptic properties mean it can heal rashes, bug bites, and dry spots
~Very long shelf-life

You cannot go wrong with this oil. It also has an infinite amount of uses. I put a few drops on after my shower and feel moisturized all day. I also like to use the oil in place of shaving cream. There is no scent to this oil (which is why it is so great as a carrier). Using both of these oils makes my skin feel luscious and beautiful.

Radha Beauty Fractionated Coconut Oil can be purchased on Amazon for $14.99.

Radha Beauty backs there products 100% so it cannot hurt to try them out. And the price is unbelievable.

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**Update 3/18/15
Radha Beauty reached out to address the strange scent that was present in a small batch of their Argan Oil. They replaced the original bottle that was sent to me, absolutely free. No shipping charges, no returned product. Completely free. Their customer service is exceptional.

Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask Review

Your skin is alive. The skin is our bodies largest organ. You skin absorbs toxins and pollutants found in many cosmetics just as it absorbs the natural and plant-based ingredients contained in a pure, organic regimen. The Dead Sea, located between Israel and Jordan, is 1400 feet below sea level and is the lowest point on the earth's surface. The healing properties of its mineral-rich mud have been revered for centuries.

At Pure & Essential Minerals, they believe skin care products should nourish the skin, the same way that fresh food nourishes the body. Here is what the company has to say about their Dead Sea mud mask.

The Dead Sea mud mask is laden with over 21 essential minerals from the Dead Sea. Each one is highly renowned for its skin healing properties. While the mud mask deeply cleanses the skin, drawing out excess oils, toxins, and impurities for an anti-aging effect, the organic essential oils keep your skin naturally hydrated, adding a softness and glow to your complexion while also stimulating and improving blood circulation. So what are the benefits?

*Dead Sea minerals cleanse and soften your skin, reducing pores
*No harsh chemicals or artificial additives
*No more expensive spa visits for optimum natural skin care
*30+ facial treatments per jar
*100% natural and organic
*Effective relief for skin disorders such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis
*Animal cruelty free

Now, immediately after I applied a medium layer of this mud to my face, I felt an intense burning sensation. I thought, "okay, I'll give it one minute. If this burning doesn't stop I'm taking it off". But it did stop, almost immediately. Not only did it stop but it was quickly replaced by a pleasant cooling sensation. I let the mask stay on for 10 minutes and then wiped it off with circular motions and a washcloth. My skin felt tight, moisturized, and soft after the mask was taken off. The best part is that it continued to have that cooling effect, even after the mask was removed. I always have fun with mud masks and I am certain that if I continue to use this mask once per week I will look like this in no time at all.

You can purchase this mask here on Amazon for $24.77

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Perfectly Natural Soap

It says it right on the front of the bottle but I do believe this may be "the perfect soap". It contains only exquisite hand-picked botanical ingredients that are 100% natural and 98% organic. The list of ingredients impressed me even before I tried it:

*Purified Water
*Saponified Coconut Oil
*Organic Sunflower
*Organic Castor Seed
*Rosemary Seed Extract

Have you ever heard of the oil cleansing method? Have you tried it? If you have, you probably know it is best to fight oil with oil. I have been curious about it for quite awhile but have yet to take the leap. This soap gave me a chance to get my toes wet. The soap is oil based and it cleanses beautifully. I love the way the oil feels while I am cleansing, it is very different from our typical soaps. Just a tiny bit goes a long way and feels silky, creamy, and smooth on your skin. It doesn't lather the way soaps with added lathering agents do but it has a nice subtle lather that feels great. By using Foxbrim Perfectly Natural Soap you can can rest easy knowing that your soap is absolutely free of detergents, fillers, fragrances, lathering agents, parabens, and other harmful ingredients. This soap is more than I expected a soap to be; I surprised myself by how much I love this soap

Simple. Natural. Perfect.

Click the link http://www.foxbrim.com to visit Foxbrim and learn more.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Instanatural ~ Scar Gel & Stretch Mark Cream

By now we all know that I love Instanatural, their products, their philosophy, and their customer service. They use an excellent assortment of ingredients and they also have great packaging for their products. Most recently, I have tested Instantural's Scar Gel as well as their Stretch Mark & Scar Cream. The Scar Gel comes in a sleek black bottle with a pump dispenser. On the inside is the gel that contains a potent blend of ingredients designed to help diminish the appearance of scars, old and new, by softening the texture and color of scars. Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), a naturally occurring protein, stimulates the healing process. Here are the other wonderful ingredients:

~Gotu Kola helps restore healthy skin
~Gree Tea, Fucoxanthin, Astaxanthin, and Sea Kelp strengthen damaged skin with antioxidants

As the scars are reduced the skin is moisturized giving a healthier, more uniform appearance. Instanatural says this Scar Gel is great for surgical scars, acne scars, burns, or other dark spots. The gel is brownish tan in color and has a unique scent. Unique is not a bad thing…I like the smell, it is slightly sweet almost like molasses. The scent does fade quickly, once absorbed so if you are not a fan of the scent do not shy away from trying this product. I recommend using it twice a day to really get the benefits of the ingredients. I have been using Instanatural Stretch Mark & Scar Cream on top of the gel, after it is fully absorbed. 

The Stretch Mark & Scar Cream comes in 4 oz. tub that will last quite awhile. The oil-based cream is very light and airy and has a subtle floral scent. It is also extremely moisturizing, which is great for scar reduction and skin texture. It is also supposed to be great for preventing new stretch marks from forming. The major ingredients in the cream are:

~Cocoa Butter
~Rosehip Oil
~Mango Butter
~Vitamin C
~Grapeseed Oil
~Evening Primrose Oil

Powerful antioxidants are delivered to the skin to restore the skin. After the gel has absorbed into the skin. I rub this cream in a circular motion until it too has fully absorbed. It is my new one-two punch that I apply twice a day, for best results. I will continue to update with results in actual scar reduction, but I do love these products.

To learn more about these products and the company visit Instanatural or Amazon.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Zenwise ~ Advanced Digestive Enzymes

Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes contain a special blend of plant-sourced enzymes that relieve gas, bloating, indigestion, and constipation. They work with your body and help to absorb fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and cellulose molecules, which can help reduce the risk of high toxicity, fatigue, sickness and disease in men and women. Zenwise Labs special formula improves the bodies ability to absorb vital nutrients to help promote a stronger digestive system for healthier living.

I have digestive issues that can cause discomfort on an almost-daily basis. I will try anything to relieve this discomfort and since Zenwise Labs is a brand I trust, I jumped right on the opportunity to test this product. I love this plant-based blend, which includes ingredients such as:

-Green Papaya
-Apple Pectin
-Fennel Seed
-Sea Vegetable Complex

Advanced Digestive Enzymes are not just plant enzymes, but also has a probiotic. 1 capsule before each meal helps your body digest properly and absorb the good nutrients. I appreciate the Pre and Probiotic in this capsule, but I still take this Probiotic with the Enzyme capsules. I do recommend this product to all of my gassy friends. Click here to learn more about Zenwise Labs.

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil Review & Giveaway

I take my fish oil very seriously. I have been including a fish oil supplement in my dietary routine for several years. Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Advantage Fish Oil soft gels definitely have some great advantages.

Let us start with the benefits of taking a Fish Oil Supplement. What can it do for you?

~Improves Heart Health
~Balances Cholesterol Levels
~Prevents Hypertension
~Facilitates in Building and Maintaining Bones
~Maintains Healthy Brain Function
~Helps Prevent Nerve Damage
~Prevents Mood Disorders
~Helps Balance Hormones
~Aids in Growth, Repair, and Development of Muscle and Tissue

Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been proven to be effective in treating and preventing inflammation within the body, which is at the root of most chronic health problems. Most people in the developed world are deficient in Omega-3s because of poor diet. We have plenty of Omega-6s (found in packaged, processed foods) and Omega-9s (found in olive oil) but the lack of Omega-3s creates an imbalance in our fatty acids that is destructive. This is why it is important to supplement our diet with Omega-3 soft gels. Balancing our fatty acids creates a healthy fat ratio for increased health benefits.

So obviously I love my fish oil. But here are the benefits specific to Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil:

~Highly concentrated & pure, pharmaceutical grade (above 75% Omega-3) EPA/DHA levels
~Fish Oil concentrate made from IFOS 5-star certified fish oils (raw material)
~Contains the minimum recommended 1000mg of Omega-3s per serving
~Sourced from wild Alaskan caught Pollock
~Molecularly distilled, clean refined and tested results show the lowest peroxide and p-anisdine levels on the market
~Easy to swallow soft gelatin capsules
~Enteric coated for max absorption and no fish burps
~USA manufactured and laboratory tested in FDA, GMP, NSF certified facilities

As this picture shows, Life & Food Omega-3s are smaller than comparable Fish Oil supplements, yet they have more Omega-3s.  There is no fishy aftertaste and they are small and easy to swallow. These are a great option for an extra dose of Omega-3s, trust me you need it. Comment below for the opportunity to win your own bottle of Omega-3s.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. I would not recommend a product that I did not test and approve.

Instanatural Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils

My mother has been known as "the woo-woo doctor". This endearing nickname came from her love of, and mixology skills, using essential oils. She is quick to provide a tincture for anything that ails you. If she hears anyone talking about a discomfort or personal issue she always has a suggestion and can often be heard saying "I have an oil for that". I'm not judging here, I love oils too. I have learned to come to her for suggestions of what oils can be used for what. Instanatural gave me an opportunity to test two of their essential oils, Peppermint and Lemon. So I jumped right on it and started to experiment for myself.

These oils come in giant 4 oz. bottles. I have always seen essential oils come in tiny vials so I was pleasantly surprised to receive these huge bottles with droppers to dispense the oil. Oils can be expensive, but to get these large bottles for only $19.97 is literally unheard of. It is a great deal that cannot be beat. The aroma for both oils is extremely potent. You can smell them without even opening the dropper. I love the smell of oils so this is good for me and it makes me happy to smell the oils when I walk in my house. One thing that is great about essential oils is the infinite amount of uses they provide. These oils can be used for aromatherapy, skincare, household cleaning, and much much more.

Instanatural Peppermint Essential Oil is 100% pure steam-distilled Peppermint extracted from the Mentha Piperita herb leaves.  It is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Peppermint Essential Oil provides a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles and headaches when applied topically. I have been using Peppermint Essential Oil for many years to cure chronic headaches. I simply put one drop in a glass of water to curb headaches. It can also be helpful to rub Peppermint on the temples when I feel a headache coming on. Peppermint also has antimicrobial properties that will help with bad breath and digestive issues. Always dilute the oil, it is essential. One tiny drop in a glass of water is plenty. Peppermint Essential Oil can also be used with a diffuser to revitalize and energize the mind. 

Instanatural Lemon Essential Oil is 100% pure cold-pressed Lemon extracted from the rinds of lemon. This cold-pressed oil has a strong bright lemon scent that is both refreshing and uplifting. Its astringent and purifying properties also make it a great aid to cleanse and tone the skin, while delivering a boost of Vitamin C antioxidant benefits. As a facial toner, I put several drops of Lemon Essential Oil into a store bought bottle of Witch Hazel. The result is a citrusy toner that feels and smells great. I also love using Lemon Oil in household cleaning. I put a few drops in my toilet paper rolls and cannot explain how nice it is to always have a fresh smelling bathroom. 

These are both wonderful oils that I use on daily basis.  I cannot wait to try this Lavender Essential Oil next. Visit Instanatural to learn more and purchase the oils for yourself. It is worth it and is the best price I have ever seen for bottles so big (now I'm repeating myself…I'll stop it there).

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

goPure Fractionated Coconut Oil

I am obsessed with coconut oil and its infinite uses. I have been using coconut oil more and more in my diet and my beauty routine. I have always used Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil…until now. I was recently introduced to goPure Fractionated Coconut Oil and agreed to test the product in exchange for my honest review. After using the Fractionated Coconut Oil and doing some research, I continue my love affair with coconut oil.

First thing is first. What is it? Fractionated coconut oil has had the long chain triglycerides removed. In English this means that it is less oily than Virgin coconut oil and it remains in liquid form, as opposed to solidifying at room temperature. This makes the fractionated oil a better use for skincare products, as you do not have to take the time to heat up the oil to return it to liquid form. It is also a better anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and disinfectant. The process in which it becomes "fractionated" makes the oil slightly more expensive, but it is worth the price as the shelf life is indefinite.

The possibilities for this carrier oil are literally endless. I was surprised to find that the oil has virtually no scent, I expected coconuts of course. Being odorless makes it an ideal carrier oil for use in making soaps, perfumes, or massage oils. I have enjoyed making my own sugar scrub for exfoliating my body. It is fun to experiment with different essential oils to make my very own blend of scents. 

Here is what goPure has to say:

*Premium Grade, Grade A - the best carrier oil and moisturizer
*Fractionated coconut oil is a lightweight emollient that provides an effective barrier for the skin without clogging pores or causing breakouts. A must-have for dry or sensitive skin
*Highly cost-effective oil, and because it will never go rancid, it can be combined with other more expensive carrier oils to extend their shelf life. It is colorless and odorless, and it incorporates perfectly with other oils without altering their scent, appearance, or effectiveness
*Each bottle contains 100% pure and natural fractionated coconut oil, ideal for use in soaps, lotions, haircare products, ointments, and other DIY health and beauty treatments
*1 year money back guarantee

I love using oils and they are the best moisturizer for me, especially in the cold, dry winter. My skin feels moisturized, instead of the dry, cracked skin that usually plagues me for 6 months out of the year. I also like to put a little, tiny bit in my hair. Not too much or it will be completely greasy looking. But I rub a bit between my hands and then run my fingers through my hair. It helps with static and gives my hair a glossy shine. This is a great product and, like I said before, the possibilities are endless. I keep learning more about it and coming up with more great uses for the oil.

Click herehere, or here to learn more!

*I received one or more of the products in exchange for my honest review. I do not recommend products that I would not use and/or purchase in the future.

Zenwise Advanced Green Tea Extract

Zenwise Labs is a supplement company that specializes in natural products to improve your everyday life. I have tested their products before and have been pleased with my experience. Today I will be reviewing the Advanced Green Tea Extract supplement.

Green tea is good for you. We all know this, right? It is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that improve brain function, increase fat loss, and lower your risk of cancer. I drink a cup of green tea every (or at least most days) but I have never taken my green tea as a supplement. I will not replace my (almost) daily cup of green tea, because I thoroughly enjoy relaxing with a hot cup of tea, but I will take this supplement in addition to it. I can take the Advanced Tea Extract in the morning and at night because it is caffeine-free, unlike the tea I drink. This supplement also adds Vitamin C to the green tea. This combination helps to increase antioxidant protection against free radicals to promote a stronger immune system and overall wellbeing. With 60 mg of Vitamin C and 725 mg decaffeinated green tea leaf extract, I am confident in this powerhouse supplement.

About Zenwise Advanced Green Tea Extract:

~Increases fat burning
~Improves brain function & physical performance
~Packed with antioxidants
~All natural
~Helps lower cholesterol

Zenwise Labs provides premium quality supplements that are all natural, cruelty free, made in the USA, and Gluten free. They also back their products 100% (and you know how much I love that). 

I have not noticed any major changes in my energy level, but I know the benefits of green tea and I trust that this supplement is providing me with much needed antioxidants that are helping me get through this awful, cold winter.

Learn more about Zenwise by visiting their Facebook page here. They can be purchased on here on Amazon for $22.95.

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Sari Superfoods!

"Sari" means "essence" in Indonesia. The mission of Sari Foods Company is to bring you the "Essence of Food", and to empower conscious consumers to return to nutrient dense, single ingredient, pure foods as the source of life and sustenance - just as nature intended.  I have been trying to eat healthier and to include super foods in my diet, so that I am getting nutrition from a natural source as opposed to synthetic vitamins made in a lab. I cannot tell you how excited I was to try the Sari Superfood Bundle, that included Spirulina, Acerola, and Nutritional Yeast.

Spirulina is a 100% Whole Food Based source of more than 100 nutrients, including Protein, Calcium, Essential Amino Acids (Omega 3, 6, 9's), Iron, Beta Carotene, Chlorophyll, Antioxidants, Folate (aka Folic Acid), Phytonutrients, and Prebiotics. Wow, it's no wonder they call Spirulina nature's multivitamin.  Where does this little miracle-in-a-bag come from? It is an algae that is grown in natural soda lakes in a remote area of Mongolia that is free of industry and pollution. It is a vibrant green, super fine powder that is an easy addition to any meal, but do not eat this stuff plain.

Adding Spirulina Powder to your diet may help you in the following ways:

*Strengthen your immune system, balance you pH & reduce inflammation
*Provide protection from colds, flus, other viruses…& even cancer
*Fight aging and free radicals while promoting cell regeneration
*Promote eye & skin health (helping poor vision, age spots, eczema, etc.)
*Prevent heart disease, reduce bad cholesterol & lower blood pressure
*Improve digestion by encouraging the colonization of beneficial flora
*Boost your energy, stamina, & metabolism - promoting vitality & weight loss
*Stabilize blood sugar & removes toxins from blood and digestive tract

This is a simple addition to my diet that I feel really good about. Sari Foods sent me an e-cookbook filled with Spirulina recipes for me to try.  Here are a few of my favorites:

1) Spirulina Hummus
    Simply add to your favorite hummus recipe

2) Spirulina Gomasio Shaker: traditional Japanese seasoning blend
     1 cup lightly toasted sesame seeds
     2 Tablespoons Spirulina powder
     1 Tablespoon sea salt
           Mix together and store in a container, ready to use.

3) Also great as a face mask or bath soak
       I haven't tried the bath soak yet but plan to soon. I'm a little concerned about turning my bathtub     green, I will soon find out.

4) I easily add 1 Tablespoon to any smoothie for added nutrition

The Organic Vitamin C Powder from Acerola Cherries is another great smoothie additive.  The Acerola Cherry is found deep in the jungle of Brazil. The Vitamin C in one Acerola Cherry is the equivalent of 65 oranges. It is 100% whole food Vitamin C. It also contains Vitamin A (equal to raw carrots!), B1, B2, B3, B5, Magnesium & Potassium (double that of oranges!), Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, and antioxidants.

Adding Acerola Powder to your diet may help you in the following ways:

*Reduce the severity & duration of colds
*Fight aging & protect you from the ill effects of stress
*Promote recovery & cell regeneration
*Reduce the risk of getting almost all types of cancer
*Lower cholesterol & the risk of heart disease & stroke
*Regulate blood sugar, improve circulation & blood flow
*Reduce the symptoms of allergies, asthma & arthritis

Sari Foods recommends 1 teaspoon daily. I tried mixing 1 teaspoon with a glass of water but I recommend mixing it into juice or smoothies. It has a slightly tangy taste (not at all cherry-like) that is just not appealing. But, you can hardly taste it when it is mixed with juice and it is definitely worth it for the health benefits. Sari Foods also suggests adding it to water with a touch of coconut palm sugar to make a tasty punch! 

Last, but certainly not least, the Nutritional Yeast flakes (and my favorite of all three products). Nutritional Yeast flakes are an ancient Egyptian Superfood with a delicious cheesy, nutty, creamy, flaky flavor (that's the best way to describe the unique flavor). Sari does not add synthetic nutrients to the flakes and they promise this product to be 100% whole food based and natural. The nutritional yeast is comprised of 50% protein (from a vegan source), over 20% fiber, contains all 18 amino acids and 15 minerals (including iron, selenium, and zinc), as well as a natural vitamin B-complex and Beta-glucans (known for extreme immune enhancing properties). 

Adding Pure Nutritional Yeast to your diet may help you in the following ways:

*Fight aging, promote cellular repair and guard against free radicals
*Curb appetite and promote natural and healthy weight loss
*Boost immune system, energy levels, and overall sense of wellbeing
*Increase memory, clarity and mental function; eliminate brain fog (I really need this one as I live in a constant state of brain fog)
*Improve sleep; reduce insomnia, depression and ongoing fatigue
*Balance hormones, improve mood and reduce irritability (I know a few people who need this)
*Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers

I have learned that I can add Nutritional Yeast to virtually any meal I eat. I love the cheesy flavor that adds a little zing to every meal. I have frequently been adding the yeast to pastas, soups, a little on top of my pizza, really anything. I must say my absolute favorite way to eat Nutritional Yeast is on popcorn! I don't know what it is but I am addicted to the combination. I have eaten more popcorn, since receiving these flakes, than I have eaten in my entire life. 

In addition to all the great health benefits of these Sari products, I also love that they are Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten Free, and Pesticide/Herbicide Free. You can learn more by visiting Sari Foods. The bags are said to be resealable, but do not count on that unless you have enough time in your day to spend approximately one hour resealing the bag. Once the bag is opened, the powders float around and interfere with the resealing.

All three products can be purchased through Amazon by clicking here.

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