Archive | July 2013

Brave Threads Organic T-Shirt Review

Brave Threads Organic

Overall Rating: 

I am completely new, yet completely
open & excited about clothing made from organic materials.
I’m lucky to have learned about this wonderful & unique
company, Brave
Threads. Here is a glimpse into what Brave Threads is
about: “When the three of us began talking about launching a new
clothing brand back in March of 2011, we spoke at great length of
several things our brand needed to embody. After all, there are
more than a few T-shirt companies out there and we wanted
the Brave brand to stand out boldly in a large and busy crowd.
First and foremost, we decided to create an ethical business that
produced something unparalleled in quality. Secondly, we
set out to found a business that made a difference in the lives of
other Americans. And last, but certainly not least, we wanted to
work as closely as possible with talented artists and designers
from around the country-individuals whose work genuinely inspired
us and energized our imaginations. Over two years later, while our
journey has been long and winding, we’re proud to have arrived
having realized all of these goals. Brave Threads is far
more than a T-shirt company, it’s the idea that our purchases can
make a difference in the lives of other Americans trying to achieve
the American dream, from talented artists and designers
to small business owners and entrepreneurs from coast to
coast. We are both thrilled and proud to be launching Brave Threads
knowing that we’re producing the highest quality T-shirts in the
world. In fact, we’re so confident that your Brave Tee will be the
first and only shirt that you’ll grab from your dresser every
Saturday that we’ll happily refund your purchase if it’s not.” Jake
from Brave Threads has been very generous, friendly and easy to
work with in getting this shirt to me. “Dream
Brave” Shirt
Brave Threads’
“Inspired by the
courage needed to dream, to follow your dreams, and to think of
nature as part of yourself, not separate. ~Artwork by Gera Lozano
& Thoughts:
The idea
behind the artwork of this shirt is just a beautiful thing to
me-such a special meaning. The artwork is impressive in itself,
even without the neat meaning behind it. In regards to the shirt
itself and the organic cotton it is made out of; I’m surprised it
took me this long to get my hands on a shirt of this quality. This
is how it goes in my mind: When we sweat, our pores are
open, readily absorbing what’s around/on it; We know that
organic lotions, oils, etc., are beneficial and safe for our
skin-what about the clothes that we wear? Does our skin absorb the
chemicals some clothing is made with? Surely. This is certainly
something that is worth considering. It might not be first on the
priority list to make the switch to organic, but it certainly
should be in the conversation.
I’m grateful that Brave Threads got me
started on the journey to run on organic clothing with a shirt made
entirely of eco-friendly and organic components. Woop!

This entire shirt is also incredibly soft & comfortable-the seams too. I can see myself both running in this shirt and sleeping in it at times.

I will proudly wear this beautifully made shirt for years to come. Check
out Brave Threads’
website to look at all their unique, organic shirts!

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Review

Hippie Butter Hemp Seeds

Overall Rating: 

Hippie Butter had me at “hippie.” I jokingly call myself that because of the funky plant concoctions I consume and the amount of bumper stickers on my Subaru. Then, learning that they make hemp products amped up my interest even more. I have read about the amazing properties of the hemp plant in Laird Hamilton’s book, Force of Nature, and have been hooked on hemp seeds and hemp oil ever since. Our labrador Kona even gets a dab of hemp oil with her meals.

I’d never tried Hippie Butter’s hemp seeds, though. We connected on Twitter and they generously provided me with some hemp seeds to try. Hippie Butter also makes several other wonderful products from hemp seed coffee to hemp seed bars to hemp skin care. (I’m very excited about the hemp coffee!)

Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds

Hippie Butter’s Description:

“Hippie Butter Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds (hemp hearts) provide all the nutritional benefits of whole hemp seeds without the crunchy hulls. With a taste similar to sunflower seeds and pine nuts, our Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds can be eaten as a snack straight out of the bag or add to your favorite soups, sauces, dips and trail mix. Bake Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds into your favorite breads, cookies, granola and pastries. Sprinkle them on salads, pasta or potatoes to add a unique, nutty flavor.

Hippie Butter Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds are delicious, provide an excellent source of protein and are good for the whole family: mothers, kids, athletes, convalescents and seniors! Hemp seeds also contain 3 grams of “Sea-Free” Omega-3 fatty acids and 9 grams of “Sea-Free” Omega-6 fatty acids per serving.

Hippie Butter Organic Hemp Seed products are USDA Certified-Organic, non-GMO, non-irradiated, non-allergenic, THC-free, pesticide-free, gluten-free, trypsin-inhibitor-free, Kosher and Vegan-Certified.”

My Description & Thoughts:

These seeds are power backed little machines. Not only are they incredibly nutritionally dense, but I love how they taste. To me, they are like a green tasting nut-mild and pleasant. I implement these seeds into my diet by adding them to a mixture I make of chia & flax seeds. I mix equal parts of chia, flax and hemp seeds, add water, then let them soak. I have learned that seeds and nuts are more readily digested when they have been pre soaked. The resulting mixture is a goopy seed concoction. I add it to smoothies and shakes that I mix up in my blender bottle for a good dose of healthy fats.

Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds

Hippie Butter’s Description:

“Hippie Butter Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds are crunchy, delicious and nutritious with a taste similar to sunflower seeds and pine nuts.; seasoned with sea salt. Eat them straight from the bag or shake, sprinkle, bake and grind into your favorite recipes. Our Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds also make great additions to trail mix and granola and provide

Hemp seeds provide the most potent protein of any plant source and are good for the whole family: mothers, kids, athletes, convalescents and seniors. Loaded with fiber, hemp seeds contain 3.5 grams of “Sea-Free” Omega-3 fatty acids and 10 grams of “Sea-Free” Omega-6 fatty acids of per serving. Yummy AND good for you!

Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Products are made from hemp seeds that are USDA Certified-Organic, non-GMO, non-irradiated, non-allergenic, THC-free, pesticide-free, gluten-free, trypsin-inhibitor-free, Kosher and Vegan-Certified.”

My Description & Thoughts:

They little guys are super tasty! A more nutritious alternative to other toasted nuts and seeds. Though I believe the raw hemp seeds to be more nutritious than these toasted seeds, I view this toasted version to be a snack, versus a part of my smoothies. They have a nice crunch and are yummy and nutty with a green background.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Moksa Organics Skin Care Review

Moksa Organics created by Melanie Martin

Overall Rating: 

What a joy it has been to interact with Melanie! She radiates and infuses joy into those she interacts with. I had been following Moksa’s instagram account for a while and was excited to receive an email from Melanie asking me to try some of her products. The quality of her products is so exciting and refreshing. We seem to be kindred spirits, as she is a fellow runner and former athlete. Thanks to Melanie for her generosity and correspondence!

Here is how Melanie describes Moksa Organics:

“Mōksa Organics created a “Clean Revolution.” A Revolution that combines our deep love for nature, a love for activism, and a desire to be a part of a world that offers peace and well being for all species. Social Entrepreneurship is the heart of our Revolution.

Our ingredients: Certified Organic. Fairly Traded ingredients whenever possible. No chemicals.

Our products will never include palm oils. Commercial harvesting of palms for their oil is the leading cause of the ecosystem’s loss of habitat and deforestation. Our ingredients were chosen with the least amount of environmental impact. Our packaging is tree free. We use post consumer waste, recycled materials, and no virgin plastics.

We support: Just and Fair wages. Women’s cooperatives. Environmental advocacy groups. Sustainable businesses. Local businesses. Non-profit environmental organizations.

We’re carbon neutral!

Respect our Planet, Support Human Rights & Start a Clean Revolution!

Enjoy your shower. Love your soap.”

Just. Awesome.

Kona Athletic Bar

Moksa Organics’ Description:

“Personally being an athlete, I wanted to create a bar of soap for my fellow athlete friends. with a mild blend of menthol and other organic cooling oils, it’s a great bar of soap for a post workout shower. and, it’s named after the ultimate destination for swimmers, cyclist and runners…  Our cool blend of organic oils cleans the sweat and grit while soothing those trained muscles. so on the road to kona, train hard, race hard, play hard, and by all means, enjoy your shower! You deserve it.

Note: please avoid contact with face and eyes. will not cause harm, but menthol is too strong for the face and eyes.

Ingredients: no palm oils! the use of palm oils is one of the world’s leading causes of deforestation.

organic saponified olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, organic glycine soja (soybean) oil , organic cannabis sativa seed oil, organic ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, organic orbignya oleifera (babassu) oil, organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, our blend of pure essential oils, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This bar had me at “Kona,” as we have a new black labrador puppy named Kona.🙂 In regards to the product itself, this bar is incredibly invigorating and refreshingly minty-a perfect treat for a post workout shower. The clean and impressive ingredient list makes me feel good about using this soap-the fact that it smells and feels amazing on my skin is the cherry on top. After a long run or a tough workout, this is a soap that targets the soreness that sets in, which is something that not all soaps offer. The minty and fresh aroma that it creates in the shower makes for a soothing experience post run-a pleasurable addition to my daily running ritual.

Orange Ginger Organic Body Oil

Moksa Organics’ Description:

“Incredibly nourishing, healing and moisturizing to the skin. Scented with pure essential oils and nothing more. no chemicals and no artificial fragrances. we even bet you can pronounce every word in the ingredient list.

Ingredients: simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, helianthus annus (organic sunflower) seed oil, prunus amygdalis dulcis (organic sweet almond) oil, our blend of pure essential oils, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m become a huge fan of body oil since being enamored with organic skin care. I love how I can apply it to damp skin right out of the shower and the drops of water help spread the oil out.  This body oil smells wonderfully orangey with a zing from the ginger. It is so lovely to use right after a shower and leaves skin moisturized, nourished & smelling fresh and citrusy. My skin feels healthiest right after applying high quality body oil, like this, onto my skin.

Athlete’s Secret Body Butter

Moksa Organics’ Description (via

“Let’s be honest, athlete or not, we all probably have experienced a run-in with muscle/joint creams like Ben-gay or Icey Hot. What if there were a solutuion out there that did the trick to ease our aching bodies YET was made with the goodness that’s organic? A rub that protected the skin inside & out … and kept the body in tip-top-shape? Here’s the solution you’ve been looking for!
Formulated by an athlete, Founder + CEO of moksa organics, after years of training on the road in the hot florida sun and thick ocean air, Melanie found most topical muscle relief creams created dry skin and were full of chemicals. moksa’s sports rub uses 100% certified organic ingredients and plant oils to provide muscle relief, moisture for the skin and to help with sun damage.
Train hard, Race hard, Rest hard and Play hard!


organic, fairly traded butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, helianthus annus (organic sunflower) seed oil, prunus amygdalis dulcis (organic sweet almond) oil, our blend of pure essential oils, arrowroot powder
My Description & Thoughts:

This body butter is NO JOKE! It reminds me of the homemade “icy hot” that I whip up in my household, except even more intense. I envision myself using this body butter on a daily basis pre and post workout to create an invigorating affect on my skin that will also penetrate into my muscles to sooth and relax them. Will need to restock when I use all of it!

Products like this remind me of how potent compounds in nature can be-and how powerful & effective. A little of this body butter goes a long way. I highly recommend this to runners, cyclists, endurance athletes, and all exercise enthusiasts alike. Anyone can benefit from using this body butter. What a  minty, decadent, skin treat!

Garden of Life Supplements: Organic, Non GMO, Raw, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free

Garden of Life Supplements: Organic, Non GMO, Raw, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free

Overall Rating: 

Garden of Life supplements are the single most exciting line of supplements that I have recently discovered. Qualities like the aforementioned (organic, gluten free, etc.) make them tops. They are readily available at my local health food stores like Whole Foods & Natural Grocers, which is an added bonus. I had tried this company’s  “Raw Meal” before, but they were generous enough to provide me with samples of a range of many other products they create. My fiancee can vouch for my excitement when I received this box in the mail (contents pictured above).🙂 Here are the products that I have been implementing into my daily intake:

Raw Meal Replacement:

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Garden of Life® RAW Meal was formulated to be a snack or meal replacement that satisfies hunger, is naturally filling and provides energy, all while providing the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that you would find in a healthy meal of raw foods. RAW Meal provides the nutrition of a well-balanced, healthy raw meal in one delicious serving.

Why Choose RAW Meal?

RAW Meal goes beyond organic by providing live probiotics and enzymes, Vitamin Code® RAW Food-Created vitamins and minerals, as well as nutrient Code Factors such as beta-glucans, SOD, glutathione and CoQ10, enabling natural recognition by your body.

Containing 26 superfoods from RAW organic seeds, sprouts and greens, RAW Meal provides 34 grams of protein, 9-16 grams of fiber (depending on flavor) and a healthy 2.5 grams of fat making it an excellent choice for “weight conscious” individuals. RAW Meal also offers 20 Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals providing at least 100% of the Daily Value of 16 key nutrients.

Just as important is what’s NOT included in RAW Meal. It is gluten-free, dairy-free and lactose-free. It has no fillers, no synthetic nutrients, no artificial flavors or sweeteners and no preservatives.

What are the Key Benefits of RAW Meal?

A convenient meal-on-the-go, RAW Meal is suitable for almost anyone including those on vegetarian or vegan diets, those on low carbohydrate diets or those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey or other protein sources. RAW Meal offers the following:

  • Provides the nutrition of a well-balanced, healthy meal
  • Naturally filling, satisfies hunger, provides energy
  • Excellent source of RAW organic, plant-based protein (34g) – including all essential amino acids
  • Excellent source of 20 Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals – RAW Food-Created Nutrients and RAW Food-Chelated Minerals that enable targeted delivery and natural recognition by your body
  • Excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber (9-16g) depending on flavor
  • Provides live probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion
  • Made exclusively from RAW natural, plant-based, whole foods – uncooked, untreated, unadulterated
  • Contains 13 RAW organic sprouts, 4 RAW organic cereal grass juices, 5 RAW organic fruits, spirulina and chlorella
  • No Trans Fats

RAW Meal naturally satisfies hunger and increases energy, making it great for those looking to manage their diet and looking for a convenient alternative to the pre-packaged or fast-food meals that dominate our on-the-go lifestyles.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I came across this product initially in searching for a supplement that would provide me with the range of vitamins and minerals that I perhaps do not otherwise get enough of from my daily diet. I was excited to read the ingredient list on this product. Like all Garden of Life products that I have used thus far, the ingredients are recognizable, organic, raw, non-gmo (and the list of positives goes on). Products like this one excite me more than I can adequately articulate-knowing that I am getting so many quality components in each dose of Raw Meal is a great feeling. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to try more Garden of Life products after discovering Raw Meal.

Raw Fit: High Protein for Weight Loss

Garden of Life’s Description:

“RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†

Why RAW Really Matters:

Heat can denature proteins, reducing their availability to your body. But Garden of Life’s USDA Certified Organic plant proteins are different; always gently produced at low temperatures, without any added fillers or carriers (like maltodextrin which can come from GMO corn) preserving their complete amino acid integrity and whole-food, Certified Organic, Non-GMO goodness.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This product intrigued me because of my recent interest in being more conscious of how much sugar I am consuming on the average day. I had been effectively eating less sugar by sensibly (not neurotically) eliminating extra sugar and empty calorie foods like bread. This product helps keep that effort going. This mixture contains fewer carbohydrates than the Raw Meal. I use the Raw Meal, Raw Protein and Raw Fit in a rotation sort of manner in my diet (about 1 serving of each per day). This Raw Fit is also different from Raw Meal in that it contains a green coffee extract blend that has made a splash lately in the world of health discussions due to its supposed ability to help optimize the body’s ability to get rid of extra sugar in the blood stream. On a side note, I prefer the taste of the Raw Meal over this Raw Fit blend.

Raw Organic Green Superfood

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Capture the power of the sun with Perfect Food RAW, packed with the power of 34 nutrient-dense, RAW, organically grown greens, sprouts and vegetable juices for the RAW ENERGY you need every day. Just think of it as RAW organic veggie juice in a bottle.

How Can You Benefit from Perfect Food RAW?

Perfect Food RAW is RAW, whole food nutrition providing naturally occurring antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and dozens of phytonutrients. Bursting with prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes to support healthy digestion and nutrient absorption,† Perfect Food RAW is the convenient and sensible way to get your veggie juice every day.

Perfect Food RAW provides foundational nutrition your body craves to support:

  • RAW Energy
  • Immune System Health
  • Healthy Detoxification
  • Healthy Digestion and Elimination
  • Healthy Blood Sugar Levels†1

What Goes Into Perfect Food RAW?

Young cereal grass juices such as Barley, Alfalfa, Oat, Wheat, and Kamut are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. The green juices in Perfect Food RAW are grown organically, harvested at their nutritional peak, immediately juiced and dried at low temperatures. The RAW, organic cereal grass juice powders contained in Perfect Food RAW are loaded with chlorophyll and trace minerals for energy and support of already healthy blood sugar levels.†1

Each serving of Perfect Food RAW contains over 17 nutrient-dense veggie juices that are freeze-dried using a gentle process that maintains nutrient potency and freshness.

Perfect food RAW also contains over a dozen organic raw sprouts. Sprouting is a term that refers to the process where you unlock the nutrient potential within a seed and is a great way to increase the digestibility of seeds, nuts and legumes while maintaining their raw nutrient density.

Finally, Perfect Food RAW contains a host of live probiotics and enzymes. Enzymes are present in all raw foods and enhance the body’s ability to digest and assimilate the nutrients our food contains while probiotics are key to the optimal function of our digestive system.

Why Choose Perfect Food RAW?

Almost as important as what you get from Perfect Food RAW, is what you’re not getting. Perfect Food RAW is:

  • RAW
  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free
  • No Fillers, Added Sugars or Herbs
  • No Synthetic Chemicals

This means every single ingredient in Perfect Food RAW lends nutritional weight to the formula.”

My Description & Thoughts:

For severals years now, I’ve been a big fan of using organic, powdered greens in my daily drinks because of the amazing benefits of greens (these greens range from sea greens like spiraling and chlorella to spinach, kale & barley). Again, the ingredient list of this product is impressive. One serving is chock full of green power. I like to mix this powder with the Raw Meal in my blender bottle for an extra boost of greens every day. The flavor from the cacao makes the greens yummier than expected.

Raw FucoThin Green Coffee Extract

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Help make your diet and exercise program more effective, naturally, with fücoTHIN® GREEN, the complementary power of clinically studied, clinical potency RAW Concentrated Fucoxanthin PLUS RAW Green Coffee Bean Extract.

  • Clinically Studied Ingredients and Potency
  • Naturally Boosts Metabolism – No Jitters
  • Powerfully Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
  • Minimizes Fat Storage
  • Increases Lean Body Mass

fücoTHIN® GREEN is the first 100% natural, RAW, Whole Food supplement to combine the fat burning power and glucose support of two clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural thermogenics: Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin) and Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract).

Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin): Non-stimulant, natural fat burner, clinically studied to boost metabolism, minimizing fat storage and increasing lean body mass without causing jitters.

Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract): Clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural fat burner with 50% Chlorogenic Acid for powerful support of healthy blood sugar levels.†”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m not generally a huge fan of supplements that act as catalysts in weight loss. That said, a lot of those products are chemical ridden and made of synthetic ingredients. I recently read a piece on naturally occurring foods and extracts that help regulate blood sugar and help optimize the body’s ability to get rid of sugar and fat in a magazine from a local grocery store. It’s funny that I happen to come across this product right after reading about green coffee bean extract, as I had a peaked interest in this sort of product. I had bought a bottle of FucoThin on my own and was excited to get another bottle from Garden of Life to sample more. In the 3-4 weeks that I have been using this product, I have definitely noticed a difference in the amount of bloat in my stomach. For example, after I eat a meal, my body seems to process the sugar and fat more efficiently, lessening the discomfort from fullness that I might typically feel. I love that this product is helping my body optimize the effectiveness of my exercise and current diet. I’m very happy with this product and the ingredient list.

Raw Cleanse

Garden of Life’s Description:

“For those looking for the ultimate cleanse experience, RAW has always represented the standard. RAW Cleanse from Garden of Life features uncooked, untreated and unadulterated ingredients that are designed to support your body’s natural digestive and detoxification systems.

Why Choose Garden of Life RAW Cleanse?

RAW Cleanse is a breakthrough in total digestive system cleansing, active in the entire digestive tract beginning in the mouth and ending with elimination. Designed as a fast-acting internal cleansing system that works in synergy with your body’s own detoxification system, RAW Cleanse is an easy-to-use, triple detox formula that defends, detoxifies and eliminates toxins from the body in only one week.

RAW Cleanse features cutting-edge ingredients that are delivered to you RAW — the ultimate standard for quality. RAW Cleanse is ideal for anyone looking to experience extraordinary health and is suitable for those on vegan or vegetarian diets.

What’s Included in RAW Cleanse?

RAW Cleanse is a comprehensive, fast-acting, RAW cleanse program that provides full-body detoxification in only seven days and is as easy to use as 1-2-3.

Step 1 - RAW Cleanse Toxin Defense - Optimal Oral Health and Immune System Support

Toxin Defense is the first step in the RAW Cleanse experience, supporting optimal oral health and overall immune system function.† Toxin Defense contains a unique combination of oral and intestinal probiotics that work in the mouth to help inhibit harmful toxins from traveling further in the body.† This “point-of-entry” defense contributes to overall immune function and promotes microbial balance in the gastrointestinal tract for proper digestion and elimination. The clinically studied intestinal probiotic contained in Toxin Defense helps to support healthy bowel function, elimination and a healthy gut-associated immune system.

Step 2 - RAW Cleanse Organ Detox - Natural Detoxification of Organs and GI Tract

Organ Detox is the second step in the RAW Cleanse experience, supporting normal removal of environmental toxins and pollutants from the body, as well as internally generated waste by-products.† Organ Detox is formulated with RAW milk thistle, RAW Food-Created glutathione, cysteine, glycine, glutamic acid, melon juice concentrate, a rich source of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and catalase, plus vitamin U. This antioxidant, enzyme and amino acid rich formula supports healthy liver biotransformation and excretion of environmental toxins (and their metabolites) normally introduced into the body in small amounts.

Step 3 – RAW Cleanse Digestion & Elimination - Toxin Capture and Removal

Digestion & Elimination is the third and final step in the RAW Cleanse experience, helping to catch and hold undesirable compounds in the digestive tract and facilitate final transport from the body. Digestion & Elimination contains 800mg of RAW Food-Chelated magnesium to draw water into the colon for effective movement of intestinal bulk.† RAW organic flax and chia seed act as bulking fibers to absorb toxins and pollutants while RAW organic coconut fiber lubricates and facilitates intestinal flow and creates a positive microbial balance in the body.

RAW Cleanse is a gentle, seven-day cleanse that works first to support the health of the entire digestive tract, and then aids the liver in removing toxins. Finally, RAW Cleanse aids the digestive system in trapping the toxins transporting them out of the body.

Finally, there is a cleanse formulation that meets the RAW standard of excellence, and that’s Garden of Life RAW Cleanse.

Suggestions while cleansing:

  • Drink at least the recommended 64 ounces of filtered water each day.
  • Eat fresh fruit, vegetables particularly crucifers and bitter greens (such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive and radicchio), seeds, nuts and lean protein- organic whenever possible, with wild caught fish.
  • Increase your healthy fat intake by adding 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon each of organic coconut oil, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil and olive oil per day to your diet.
  • Keep high allergen foods, such as dairy and wheat products to a bare minimum.
  • Eliminate caffeine, tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
  • Eliminate added sugar, refined flour, processed foods and fatty food with trans fats.
  • Eliminate skin care products with ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • Use natural cleaning products.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Cleansing the body from the inside is something I’ve made a priority in my life, for sure. However, I normally do it using lemons, coconut vinegar, and naturally alkalizing foods like that. This 3-step cleanse sounded like a great idea, and I couldn’t wait to try it. Basically there are 3 mixtures and you ingest each of them once a day.

Step one is a packet of powder; GOL recommends that you empty it onto your tongue and add a bit of water to swish for 45 seconds before swallowing.

Step 2 is in capsule form; GOL recommends that 3 are taken before breakfast and 3 are taken at dinner.

and Step 3 is a powder; GOL recommends mixing two scoops of this mixture with water and drink one hour before going to bed.

Each of the steps are easy to ingest. I have felt less sluggish, more vivacious, more energetic, and truly “cleansed” since using this raw detox.

Raw Probiotic for Women

Garden of Life’s Description:

“A RAW, full spectrum, whole food probiotic formula specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women. RAW Probiotics Women offers 32 “original” probiotics specifically formulated for women to support vaginal health and overall digestive function. Delivering probiotic-created vitamins, minerals and prebiotics, RAW Probiotics Women also delivers dairy-digesting enzymes to help break down lactose and casein.

RAW Probiotics Women goes Beyond Probiotics offering a broad range of benefits specifically targeted for women:

  • Supports colon health, bowel regularity and overall digestive function
  • Supports gut-related immune system function and overall immune system health
  • Supports healthy microbial balance by promoting healthy bacteria in the gut
  • Supports healthy nutrient absorption and assimilation
  • Relieves occasional gas and constipation
  • Supports vaginal health and healthy thyroid function
  • Emerging science suggests vitamin D supports breast health

What you see on the label is what you get in the bottle—temperature controlled cold storage and delivery from the moment the probiotic cultures are harvested until you swallow your first capsule—ensures that your probioticsArrive Alive!™1


RAW Probiotics—The Next Generation of Digestive Health

Garden of Life introduces RAW Probiotics—an innovation that goes Beyond Probiotics—whole food probiotic formulas providing 30+ powerful probiotic strains, along with probiotic-created cofactors including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and prebiotics. RAW means our probiotics are uncooked, untreated, unadulterated; with no binders or fillers.

Original Probiotics

Inspired by the Father of Probiotics, Elie Metchnikoff, RAW Probiotics provides probiotic strains found in Bulgarian Yogurt and Eastern European Wild Kefir—as recommended by Metchnikoff based on his study of Bulgarian longevity in the early 1900s and the probiotic-rich cultured dairy they consumed. RAW Probiotics provides RAW fruits and veggies sourced directly from the region where Metchnikoff made his probiotic discoveries.

My Description & Thoughts:

I haven’t always been aware of how important it is to take care of our digestive health. Essentially, if our digestive system isn’t functioning at a high level, then the organic, nutrient dense foods we strive to eat are not being readily absorbed by our digestive tract.

This supplement helps keep our digestive tract in tip top shape, and maintains the balance of “good bacteria” in our stomach and intestines.

Neglecting this part of our health can ultimately result in uncomfortable episodes of acid reflux, gastritis, and other pain staking illness; you can dodge them by implementing a supplement like this.

Organic Golden Flaxseed

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Organic Golden Flaxseed Benefits:

  • Promotes Healthy Digestion and Regularity
  • Promotes Heart, Breast and Brain Health
  • Supports Healthy, Balanced Hormones

One Serving of Organic Golden Flaxseed Contains:

  • 3g of Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid ALA)
  • 1g of Omega-6 (linoleic acid LA)
  • 1g of Omega-9 (oleic acid OA)
  • 98mg Antioxidant Lignans (SDG)

RAW Organics is a line of USDA Certified Organic, RAW foods reflecting Garden of Life’s commitment to:

  • Re-nourish our country with wholesome, Certified Organic, Non-GMO whole foods brought to you at affordable prices.
  • Re-invigorate the backbone of our culture—family farmers—providing them with guaranteed contracts and fair wages.

Our premium Certified Organic Golden Flaxseed is grown for us in North Dakota on pristine and virgin soils. Our family farmers have been growing flax for generations. Our flax goes through a unique five-step cleaning process that gently filters all impurities, leaving behind only the purest, freshest, Certified Organic Golden Flaxseeds. To unlock their goodness, the flaxseeds need to be milled and that’s where we really shine—using state-of-the-art, cold-milling methods that preserve all of the nutritional value without releasing the valuable oils which can cause the seeds to go rancid.”

My Description & Thoughts:

For several years now, I have been eating flax and chia seeds daily because of the healthy fats they provide my diet. This is the first batch of Garden of Life Flaxseed that I’ve gotten my hands on, though. Since I am trying this after being happy with several other GOL products, I trust the quality and source of the seed. I use this seed in my smoothies and fruit bowls—it adds a hearty, nutty flavor. On a side note, I’ve earned that nuts and seeds, alike, are more easily absorbed by the body if soaked in water prior to consumption. Because of this, I soak all of my chia, flax and hemp seeds in water (it becomes a sludge-y mixture) before I add them to my smoothies.

Elique Organics Skin Food Review

Elique Organics Skin Food

Overall Rating: 

First of all, I love the words “skin food.” Our skin benefits from being fed just like the inside of our body does. We strive to put the best food into our bodies, so shouldn’t we take the same care in putting the best “skin food” onto our skin? Elique Organics certainly values what goes onto skin and their ingredient lists reflect that. Here is a bit from the Elique website on their brand:

“It has been 19 years of dreaming, planning, preparing, formulating, creating, trying and erring and finally perfecting the most special, authentic and never compromised, Elique.

Elique Organics is a niche brand of fresh and custom-made Skin Nutrition products.

We believe nature is perfect and her gifts to be the most effective and luxurious skin foods and we are founded on the belief that one achieves radiant skin for life when using these ingredients in their simplest form.

Little manipulation goes a long way…

We source selectively and maintain an open and honest relationship with our farmer and bee-keeper friends who like us, maintain an ethical and earth-friendly practice and we are grateful to be able to use their most precious herbs, honeys, hydrosols and oils in every single Essential and Limited Edition product.

We believe that luxury co-exists in harmony with something deeper than what is on the surface and that enterprise can indeed be a vehicle for positive transformation that can encourage change for the benefit of all species-kind.

Full Circle. Conscious Consumerism. No Compromise.

This is Skin Care at its Finest.”

Creator Elisha Reverby has really created a phenomenal line here! Thank you, Elisha for providing me with such a generous selection of skin treats to try!

Smooth (Serum)

Elique Organics’ Description:

“Put 90 people in a room and ask them to raise their hand if their skin is sensitive and 80 people will. Everyone’s skin is sensitive because it has been stripped with harsh product and exposed to external elements which have continued to break down your protective barrier. This is actually Sensitized Skin and what it craves most is comfort and nourishment so it can repair and heal. When your skin is fed antioxidants, vitamins, proteins and minerals it gains back its strength and responds immediately by showing a calm, balanced and supple tone.

Smooth is created with feather-weight, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory oils that penetrate deeply, making it ideal for everyday wear. Smooth will build and maintain your skin’s surface immunity and shield it from external elements.

Smooth is great For the Fellas post-shave as it calms the skin and protects the skin from razor burn and ingrown hairs.

Smooth is effective at healing skin post peel and soothing weather tattered skin when layered with your favorite Pampered pH as these precious waters work synergestically with the oils to offer added protection, nourishment and hydration. Now that’s gorgeous skin!

Directions: Using fingertips, press three drops into damp skin and spread evenly across the face and neck, applying more Smooth as needed. Finish with Pampered pH.

Ingredents: Precious oils of unrefined persea gratissima*(avocado), rosa canina* (rose hips) seed, certified GMO-free tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E), hippophae rhainoides (sea buckthorn) berry, calendula officinalis* (calendula) and olea europaea* (olive).

* certified organic ** ethically harvested.”

My Description & Thoughts:

If I had a choice to use a serum or a cream on my face, I would choose a serum because it seems like the most minimalist form of a skin moisturizer. Often, it seems there are not a bunch of extra ingredients just to effect the texture of the mixture. This is certainly the case with this serum that Elique calls “Smooth.” Only high quality, pure oils that nourish and benefit skin are in this rich concoction.

I apply this serum right after cleansing my face, using the drops of water on my face to help the serum spread evenly. A little goes a long way-I only use a dab on the tip of one finger. It prevents my skin from having dry spots and keeps my skin hydrated without leaving it goop-ey. I am very happy with how my skin feels & smells after using this product; soft and slightly flowery.


Elique Organics’ Description:

“Whipped is our signature crème de la crème that goes on on cool, is soft as silk and smells sweet of earth and honey lavender. Whipped beautifies the skin, keeping it supple, hydrated and radiant while deeply moisturizing and enlivening it. Even the most lackluster skin is rejuvenated. Great too for soothing itchy skin associated with eczema and heat rash. This is luxury at its finest. Enjoy.

Use on face and body, ends of hair and on pregnant belly. Great post-shave, wax, sun and sport.

For the Fellas. They LOVE it!

Directions: Use generously on the body and sparingly on the face. Whipped is best applied to damp skin and layered with our Pampered pH precious waters for optimum results. Enjoy.

Oil of persea gratissima* (avocado), lavandula heterophylla** (lavender) flower, hydrosol of lavandula angustifolia* (lavender), cera alba** (beeswax), GMO free mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E), and citrus grandis* (grapefruit seed extract)*

*certified organic   **wild/ethically harvested.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love how Elique suggests uses like ends of hair and on a pregnant belly (need to remember that for when I have a bun in the oven!)🙂 I find myself using this (like the serum) on my face. But I also like applying it to my knees, elbows and other dry spots. Like the serum, this cream is rich and nourishing by way of fantastic ingredients. I prefer the texture of the serum for my face in this case, and the cream for my body. Either way, the cream works great on both and leaves my skin feeling healthy and replenished.

Pampered pH Bulgarian Rose Water

Elique Organics’ Description:

“Kiss Nourishment into the skin. When precious plant waters are in contact with the skin, true magic happens! Hydrosols protect, hydrate and soften the skin when used regularly. Can be applied on top of makeup, great après-ski, jet-setting and post-sun and exercise. Enjoy.

Hydrosols are best refrigerated.

Rose is antioxidant and hydrating. Great when traveling and for quebching parched skin..

Directions: Press into clean skin as often as your heart desires. The more often, the more radiant your skin. Always layer your Pampered pH with serums and creams for optimum results. This is skin care at its finest.


Pure distilled hydrosol of rosa damascena* (Bulgarian rose)

* certied organic.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Using plant water on my body is a new concept to me, but I like it. It’s like a hydration and nourishment boost, yet not as heavy as a serum or cream. Sometimes, the skin just needs a little. During these warm summer months, my skin retains plenty of moisture during the day, so if I use it mid-day, it will be for the nutrients it provides my skin, not the hydration. However, I think this rose water will be a skin savior come fall & winter when my skin is drier and at times chapped. This is a great product and a great idea in bottling it.

Aidance Skin Care Review

I discovered Aidance skincare on Twitter where I became interested in trying their natural healing products for specific skin conditions.

They have a wide range of products that help conditions like psoriasis, cuts and acne.

I found that these two products were the two that would be the most helpful to me. I have occasional facial breakouts for which the “ThatZit!” product comes in handy. The skin repair willl be useful to me to help heal blisters and occasional nicks that I get from my running adventures.

Aidance Skin Care

Overall Rating: 

Terrasil Skin Repair

Aidance’s Description:

“Terrasil Skin Repair is a unique all-in-one skin treatment system in a jar. This powerful FDA-registered remedy combines the latest science with the finest organic and natural ingredients for superior results. Use it for first aid applications, for any skin issues caused or exacerbated by bacterial infection, to calm irritated, angry skin and to support faster healing of ulcers, sores, blisters and skin damage. This multipurpose antiseptic ointment is a must-have for every medicine cabinet.

  • Kills bacteria up to 21 times faster than major brands*
  • Reduces the risk of infection
  • Repairs damaged skin
  • Promotes faster healing
  • Soothes itching, soreness and irritation
  • Calms inflammation and redness
  • Minimizes scarring
  • Improved results within 48 hours*
  • FDA-registered remedy
  • Backed by 10 years of research
  • Free of unnecessary chemicals, artificial scents, parabens and potentially harmful preservatives
  • Moisturizing formula will not dry out your skin
  • 90-day, risk-free guarantee

Terrasil Skin Repair is the only skin treatment of its kind that features patented Activated Minerals™, a proprietary blend including Volcanic Clay (Bentonite), Magnesium Oxide and Zinc Oxide. These nutrient rich minerals support the natural production of new, healthy skin cells and reduced scarring. Terrasil’s all-natural moisturizers and essential oils provide additional benefits to dry, damaged skin.

Terrasil Skin Repair also contains powerful antiseptic (bacteria-fighting) ingredients that protect against infection.

Active Ingredients:

Allantoin (0.5%) as a skin protectant, benzethonium chloride (0.1%) as an antiseptic

Inactive Ingredients:

  • (Organic) Beeswax
  • Bentonite (volcanic clay)
  • Magnesium oxide
  • Peppermint oil
  • Silver oxide
  • Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba seed oil)
  • Tea tree oil
  • Zinc oxide.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I am a big fan of using plants to heal, thus the plant based ingredients in this mixture are very appealing to me. I used this skin repair treatment (it is like a creamy clay texture) on a deep cut that I had on my heel. I found that it helped heal the gash very quickly, in a matter of a few days it was almost completely healed. I do not often have a ton of uses for a skin repair treatment like this, however, I think this is a great product to keep around (similar to the idea of keeping “Neosporin” around for cut) for the occasional times that it’s needed.

ThatZit! Acne Spot Treatment

Aidance’s Description:

ThatZit! All-Natural Acne Treatment is a unique all-in-one acne treatment system in a bottle. This powerful FDA-registered remedy combines the latest science with the finest organic and natural ingredients for superior results.

  • Treats acne pimples, whiteheads and blackheads
  • Controls breakouts & clears skin
  • Soothes redness to even skin tone
  • Promotes skin healing
  • Noncomedogenic (will not clog pores)
  • Therapeutic non-drying formula leaves skin supple and revitalized
  • Improvement within 1 week* for even stubborn acne
  • FDA-registered remedy
  • Backed by 10 years of formulation research
  • Free of unnecessary chemicals, artificial scents, parabens and harmful preservatives
  • 90-day, risk-free guarantee

ThatZit! is the only acne treatment available that features patented Activated Minerals™, a proprietary blend including Volcanic Clay (Bentonite), Magnesium Oxide and Zinc Oxide. These nutrient rich minerals support the natural production of new, healthy skin cells, skin repair and reduced scarring. ThatZit! also includes all-natural moisturizers and essential oils that provide additional benefits to damaged skin and prevent over drying.

Active Ingredient:

Salicylic acid (1%) as acne medication

 Inactive Ingredients:
  • Bentonite clay
  • Capsaicin
  • Distilled Water
  • Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Silver Oxide
  • Zinc Oxide.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I struggled as a teen with acne and till this day have breakouts. Sometimes we look for a quick fix when we have a problem area on our face. I believe that breakouts are often diet related (diet affects our hormones, too), but in regards to what we apply topically-plant based is best. I like the ingredients in this spot treatment overall. Salicylic acid is essentially plant-derived and I see why Aidance uses it in this treatment, as it is effective in clearing up blemishes. For a quick solution to a zit, this product does its job. I applied ThatZit to my blemish before bed at night and could see a reduction in swelling and irruption in the morning.

Ignite Naturals Daily Meal Replacement Supplement Review

Overall Rating: 

I heard about

Ignite Naturals

via Twitter and became increasingly interested in trying their products. They were gracious enough to provide me with a generous-sized sample.

I tend to scrutinize vitamin & supplement ingredient lists before spending money on them. Ignite Naturals offers several characteristics that most readily available supplements do not offer.

Ignite Naturals creates many supplements; ranging from mixtures that target energy boosting to blends that target adrenal health. Here is how Ignite describes Ignite Daily,

“Your all in one real food nutrition shake to get more energy, more efficiently for natural, sustained energy throughout your day.

  • Made from all-natural real food ingredients
  • All-natural fast-absorbing vitamins and minerals
  • Anti-oxidant blend for immune support
  • Ignite Daily’s Energy Complex™ to support your active day
  • Contains no artificial sweeteners, added sugars, artificial flavors or colors


Real food nutrition
At Ignite Naturals, we are proud of our Real Food Complex and want you to know that when you use Ignite Daily, you are getting energy and nutrients from real food nutrition- brown rice, bananas, acai, blueberries and others. So much so, we highlight which foods are included in the Real Food Complex on the ingredient panel making it easy for you to see the difference of our real food nutrition.

Fast absorbing vitamins and minerals
Because Ignite Daily is based around real foods and our 100% naturally-derived Antioxidant and Energy Complex, your body has an easy time absorbing and incorporating these familiar vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into your cells. A serving of Ignite Daily provides a balanced level of 10 vitamins and minerals to that found in real foods.

Everyday energy
Before reaching for that afternoon cookie and coffee, consider Ignite Daily as a great alternative for your midday pick-me-up! The energy in Ignite Daily originates from high quality hormone-free protein, naturally occurring sugars from real foods, and healthy fats providing you with a satisfying medium- to low-glycemic snack. You can feel great about drinking Ignite Daily everyday to support your active lifestyle.”

My only scrutiny of this drink is that it is not comprised of all organic ingredients. They appear to strive for a good quality ingredient list, though, and are honest about their ingredients, as they are clearly listed on the container of shake mix.

The appeal of having a product like this on hand is that you “cover your bases,” so to speak. Consuming this shake provides you with a range of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs & small amount of fat that are necessary for your health. This product will help reach the goal of having a nutrient dense boost in your daily diet.

Thank you, Ignite for allowing me to try your product!