Archive | August 2013

Our Upcoming Wedding

Hello Everyone! First of all, I should take a moment to express my thanks to all of you that follow my blog and value my opinions on the topics I write about.

I have been so fortunate and appreciative of all of the brands that I’ve been working with lately. The generosity has been overwhelming. I am so passionate about trying new products & writing about them.

I’m doing my best to keep up the post-writing amidst my upcoming wedding planning.

What I would love is to pull back the throttle a bit on blogging and enjoy this time more, instead of feeling inundated with these posts that I strive to pour myself into and write earnestly.

Our wedding is a couple of weeks away and during this time, please understand the delay in some posts/reviews being published.

Readers and brands, I appreciate your generosity and understanding more than I can adequately express. I look forward to submitting these posts, but it will take me a bit longer than usual.

Hugs and, as my soon-to-be step daughter would say, “Two Peace!” (her version of ‘peace out’)🙂

Pure Plant Spa Skin Care Review

Pure Plant Spa Skin Care

Overall Rating: 

I am wildly impressed with these lotions-they have so many organic ingredients and are comprised entirely of plant derived components. Here is a bit about Pure Plant Spa:

“PURE PLANT SPA® is a plant-derived collection of body care products which combines the best of modern and traditional healing modalities to help achieve and maintain increased wellness.

All products are made without parabens, harsh preservatives, sulfated detergents, synthetic colors, animal-derived ingredients, PEG, DEA, PPG, TEA, Propylene Glycol, petro-chemicals or artificial fragrances. When personal care products contain harsh chemicals, they can generate allergic reactions, skin sensitivities or irritation.

The aromas of PURE PLANT SPA are completely plant-derived. They are extraordinary blends of essential oils, each of which contain hundreds of natural constituents that have the ability to enter the body through the olfactory system. They are easily absorbed through the skin, and they may benefit the nerve and lymphatic systems. We believe that these complex aromas have the ability to enhance the mind, body and spirit in remarkable ways.

PURE PLANT SPA is committed to uniting ancient traditions and modern science to promote a heightened level of health and well-being.”

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Pure Plant Spa Lotions:

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Body Lotion - Lavender & Tangerine

Pure Plant Spa’s Description:

“Paraben- and preservative-free

Highly aromatic, beautiful, fresh essential oil aromas

Certified organic plant extracts

Certified organic Rose Hips Seed oil Shea Butter

Certified organic Evening Primrose oil

Certified Organic Borage oil Vitamin E and C (healing and restorative antioxidants)

Non-greasy formula

INGREDIENTS:

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Cetyl Palmitate, Sclerotium Gum, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange)Peel Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tonka absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor) bark oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Phospholipids, Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Dog (ORGANIC Rosa Canina) Rose Hip Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (ORGANIC Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Borage (Starflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate (Natural Preservative), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Undecylenate (Natural Preservative), Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Sorbic Acid (Natural Preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract (Natural Preservative), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (ORGANIC Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (ORGANIC Sesame) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Camellia Sinensis (ORGANIC Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (ORGANIC Marigold) Flower.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Who would have thought that lavender and tangerine go so well together? This combo is soothing yet zesty. The flowery lavender and the citrusy tangerine make for a feminine and pleasant aroma.

The lotion itself provides perfect hydration to my skin. It isn’t goopy at all, goes on smooth, and leaves a beautiful scent behind. Truly the ideal lotion, especially when you take a gander through the ingredients, which are all plant based with a lot of organic components.

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Body Lotion - Ginger & Vanilla

Pure Plant Spa’s Description:

“Paraben- and preservative-free

Highly aromatic, beautiful, fresh essential oil aromas

Certified organic plant extracts

Certified organic Rose Hips Seed oil Shea Butter

Certified organic Evening Primrose oil

Certified Organic Borage oil Vitamin E and C (healing and restorative antioxidants)

Non-greasy formula

INGREDIENTS:

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Cetyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Sclerotium Gum, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) oil, Citrus Aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) peel oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) resin, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) Peel oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Phospholipids, Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, (ORGANIC Rosa Canina) Rose Hip Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (ORGANIC Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Borage (Starflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (ORGANIC Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (ORGANIC Sesame) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Camellia Sinensis (ORGANIC Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (ORGANIC Marigold) Flower.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Ginger Vanilla packs a richness and a zing. The vanilla smells good enough to eat. This scent is enjoyable and pleasant, not quite as “bright” smelling as the Pure Plant Spa lotions with the tangerine and other citruses.

All of these lotions are the same to me as far as textures goes-they are all the ideal lotion consistency and leave skin hydrated and resilient.

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Body Lotion - Mandarin Orange & Grapefruit

Pure Plant Spa’s Description:

“Paraben- and preservative-free

Highly aromatic, beautiful, fresh essential oil aromas

Certified organic plant extracts

Certified organic Rose Hips Seed oil Shea Butter

Certified organic Evening Primrose oil

Certified Organic Borage oil Vitamin E and C (healing and restorative antioxidants)

Non-greasy formula

INGREDIENTS:

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Cetyl Palmitate, Sclerotium Gum, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Tangerine Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Orange Peel Terpeneless, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Petitgrain Oil Terpeneless Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Phospholipids, Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Dog (ORGANIC Rosa Canina) Rose Hip Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (ORGANIC Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Borage (Starflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate (Natural Preservative), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Undecylenate (Natural Preservative), Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Sorbic Acid (Natural Preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract (Natural Preservative), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (ORGANIC Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (ORGANIC Sesame) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Camellia Sinensis (ORGANIC Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (ORGANIC Marigold) Flower.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This just might be the best lotion I’ve ever used. Let me break it down for you:

-The smell will sweep you off of your feet. The bright, pure, citrusy aroma is uplifting and beautifully pungent.

-Outstanding ingredients-chock full of organics.

-Moisturizes like a dream.

-I would take a shower just to slather this on afterwards-it’s that good.

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Body Lotion - Ylang Ylang & Vanilla Planifolia

Pure Plant Spa’s Description:

“Paraben- and preservative-free

Highly aromatic, beautiful, fresh essential oil aromas

Certified organic plant extracts

Certified organic Rose Hips Seed oil Shea Butter

Certified organic Evening Primrose oil

Certified Organic Borage oil Vitamin E and C (healing and restorative antioxidants)

Non-greasy formula

INGREDIENTS:

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Cetyl Palmitate, Sclerotium Gum, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit, Linalool, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil,Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) OilGlyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Phospholipids, Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Dog (ORGANIC Rosa Canina) Rose Hip Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (ORGANIC Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Borage (Starflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate (Natural Preservative), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Undecylenate (Natural Preservative), Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Sorbic Acid (Natural Preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract (Natural Preservative), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (ORGANIC Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (ORGANIC Sesame) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Camellia Sinensis (ORGANIC Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (ORGANIC Marigold) Flower.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This scent of ylang ylang & vanilla is decadent, soothing and relaxing. I love vanilla in any lotion, and the ylang ylang is particularly soothing to me, making it perfect to apply at the end of the day for relaxation and full body skin hydration.

Again, with great ingredients-this lotions boasts a lot of organic components.

All of these lotions are the same to me as far as textures goes-they are all the ideal lotion consistency and leave skin hydrated and resilient.

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

Spray Active Review

Spray Active

Overall Rating: 

These unique little sprays were a new idea for new to try. I found it neat that each one targeted a specific “condition”. Here is how Spray Active describes themselves:

“We’re advocates for a better way to get your nutritional supplements — you should be using vitamin sprays!

Spray vitamins offer obvious advantages.  They’re more absorbable — your body utilizes them nearly 10 times faster than vitamin pills.  People who can’t swallow pills (or just don’t like to) can easily use sprays.  They fit right in your purse or pocket so you can take them anywhere.  They’re free of the heavy binders and fillers used in conventional pills. Over 60% of Americans regularly take nutritional supplements — and for good reason.  Supplements have been proven to boost our energy and immune function, support our digestion and neurological health, and stave off aging. We are veterans of the nutraceutical industry and each of us — PhD’s to staff — personally takes a handful of supplements every day to protect our health.  When we discovered what could be done with vitamin sprays we were astonished at the possibilities.  And today, after more than a year of research and development, there is a better way.Spray Active™- get the vitamins and nutrients you need in two sprays a day and say goodbye to swallowing pills — forever!

  • No more problems trying to take pills that are too big— just spray under the tongue and swallow!
  • Instantly gives your body the support it needs
  • Issues digesting pills? Our sprays make it easy to absorb and digest your daily doses
  • PhD-developed with the latest science. Safe and effective
  • Made to the highest quality standards and complies with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Controlled dosage in a simple, easy-to-use spray bottle
  • We source only the purest, most bioavailable forms of nutrients
  • Sugar free and natural (no caffeine or stimulants added)
  • None of the binding agents and fillers you find in pills, tablets, and capsules
  • Great-tasting flavors!
  • Perfect for travellers, trend-setters, and people on the go who are health conscious. Carry your spray with you and take your vitamins at any time.”

Defense

Defense

Spray Active’s Description:

“Don’t want to become a victim of cold season? Potent antioxidants like Vitamin C and echinacea in Spray Active™ Defense powerfully work to support your immune system and maintain your natural defense. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue. Use Spray Active™ Defense anytime, anywhere for optimal health. We know you can’t control everyone around you, but with Spray Active™ you’re protected with the best defense.

Flavor:  Orange Cream.

  • Maintain your natural defense
  • Support the immune system
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Someone on the plane sneezing? Spray Defense!
  • In an office or classroom and everyone seems sick? Spray Defense!
  • Spraying is a quick way to support your immune system.

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin C (as Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid), 10 mg
  • Zinc (as Gluconate), 1 mg
  • Echinacea Angustifolia Root Extract, 1 mg

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative) and Purified Stevia Extract.

Vitamin C is essential for us all to keep our immune systems strong. It’s also critical for the growth and repair of skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, bones, teeth and cartilage. In addition, this powerful antioxidant actually stops damage to the body caused by free radicals. But, because the body doesn’t naturally produce or store Vitamin C (it will actually flush out what it doesn’t need) an adequate supply is needed to keep the body functioning at its best.

Zinc is an essential trace element, used for boosting the immune system and enhancing overall health. Zinc is also helpful in dental, eye and skin health. However, studies have shown that our population does not get an adequate supply of Zinc.

Echinacea, an herb used by many ancient cultures, has been proven to stimulate the body’s immune system and help ward off a wide array of conditions.”

Vitality

Vitality

Spray Active’s Description:

“Get all the health benefits of the sun in a new, convenient spray. The Vitamin D3 in Spray Active™ Vitality builds stronger bones, enhances muscle strength and relieves joint discomfort that often comes with age. With Spray Active™ Vitality your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue, and they instantly begin to strengthen your bones and improve your health.

Flavor:  Pomegranate.

  • Build stronger bones
  • Reduce age-related joint discomfort
  • Support normal neurotransmitter function
  • Improve your mood
  • Enhance muscle strength
  • Get your daily dose of Vitamin D3 in an effective, easy spray
  • 1000 I.U. per dose.

Ingredients:

Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) 1,000 IU

Other Ingredients: Purified water, Cellulose, Sodium Alginate, Natural Flavors, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract.

Vitamin D3 is essential for our overall well-being. Most commonly used for bone health, this crucial vitamin is also known to support the heart, the muscles and the skin, and has even been known to improve mood. Often called the “sunshine vitamin”, most of us don’t get an adequate supply of Vitamin D3 from the sun because of the use of sunscreen, long winter months and busy lifestyles. Those of us in northern latitudes, darker-skinned people, and those who are 65 years and older are most at risk for being Vitamin D deficient. In fact, as we age, the body is less able to convert sunlight into Vitamin D.”

Sleep

Sleep

Spray Active’s Description:

“Trouble falling or staying asleep? Spray Active™ Sleep contains the perfect combination of nutrients, including melatonin and tryptophan, to regulate your natural sleep pattern and leave you feeling well-rested and refreshed. Because travel often disturbs your internal clock, use Spray Active™ Sleep to relieve the symptoms of jet lag. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue and they instantly begin working to ensure you get a great night sleep for a productive next day.

Flavor:  Mint.

  • Help you fall asleep faster
  • Lengthen the duration of sleep
  • Help to regulate your natural sleep pattern
  • Promote relaxation and reduces stress
  • Powerful antioxidant and immune system support
  • Support a healthy mood balance
  • Help relieve symptoms of jet lag like feeling tired and disruptive sleep

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), 50 mcg
  • Folic Acid, 10 mcg
  • L- Theanine, 10 mg
  • L- Tryptophan, 10 mg
  • Melatonin, 1.5 mg

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Citric Acid, and Purified Stevia Extract

B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to regulate your natural sleep pattern an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and restful sleep by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system and help to form new red blood cells.

L-Tryptophan and L-Theanine are both amino acids. L-Tryptophan is not produced in the body but is necessary for protein synthesis, nitrogen balance, and niacin and serotonin production. L-Theanine, derived from tea leaves, has properties which reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood.

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone found in the body, is most commonly used to regulate the body’s internal clock. Because of melatonin’s ability to enhance relaxation and lower stress, it is especially helpful for travelers who experience jet lag, overnight shift workers and people who have sleep difficulties.”

Control

Control

Spray Active’s Description:

“Are cravings preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals? Spray Active™ Control is packed with powerful nutrients like 5HTP and Chromium needed to suppress your appetite and minimize those brutal food cravings. With Spray Active™ Control your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue, and they instantly begin working to reduce your cravings and improve your health.

Flavor:  Green Apple.

  • Help reduce carbohydrate cravings
  • Increase production of serotonin so you feel good!
  • Help suppress appetite
  • Maintain energy levels
  • Support proper digestion and balance food absorption
  • Maintain optimal insulin activity
  • Two sprays is a quick way to curb your cravings!

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 10 mg
  • Zinc (as Gluconate), 1 mg
  • Chromium (as Polynicotinate), 75 mcg
  • L-5-Hydroxytryptophan 5-HTP (as Griffonia Seeds), 20 mg
  • Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Apple Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract.
  • B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to boost energy levels an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and increase energy by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system while producing energy and forming red blood cells.
  • Chromium, an essential trace element, is vital in small amounts for overall health. Chromium has been shown to be effective in reducing food cravings and maintaining optimal insulin levels. It is also used as a natural appetite suppressant. Chromium’s ability to support proper digestion and food absorption, often results in higher energy levels. In addition, chromium increases serotonin, which improves and uplifts mood.
  • Zinc is an essential trace element, used for boosting the immune system and enhancing overall health. Zinc is also helpful in dental, eye and skin health. However, studies have shown that our population does not get an adequate supply of zinc.
  • 5 HTP, a naturally occurring amino acid, comes from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia Simplicifolia. It has been shown to increase the production of serotonin which is an important chemical affecting brain function, mood, appetite and sleep.
  • Griffonia seeds, because of their 5-HTP content, are used to raise serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is an important chemical for brain function, helping to regulate mood, appetite, and sleeping habits. Because of the way griffonia seed affects serotonin levels, the extract is also used to regulate eating habits.”

Energy

Energy

Spray Active’s Description:

“So tired you have trouble functioning? Spray Active™ Energy is packed with powerful B Vitamins and other nutrients to boost your energy, ease your stress, and keep you mentally alert. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue and they instantly begin working to re-energize you!

Flavor:  Orange.

  • Boost energy levels
  • Promote mental alertness
  • Support proper digestion and balance food absorption
  • Ease occasional stress and reduce mild anxiety
  • Improve and uplift mood
  • Enhance antioxidant defense systems in the body
  • Increase your energy with just two sprays!

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine Hcl), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin 5-Phosphate), 1 mg
  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin & Niacinamide), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B5 (as Pantothenic Acid), 3 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), 500 mcg
  • Eleuthero Root Extract 10:1, 500 mcg
  • Other Ingredients: Purified water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract

B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to give you the energy you need, an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and increase energy by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system while producing energy and forming red blood cells.

Eleuthero Root is a plant used for thousands of years by cultures all around the world. Safer than many common stimulants, it is known to reduce fatigue, boost energy, increase mental clarity and ease occasional stress. Eleuthero Root is also believed to play an important role in immune system response. 

My Thoughts & Suggestions for Improvement on Spray Active:

Spray Active health sprays are an interesting and neat way to change up your daily routine. Their portability makes them perfect to keep in your car or purse.

The fact that each spray contains specific vitamins to target specific issues is a neat thing to me. All 5 of the flavors taste very good, not all “vitamin-y” like you might think.

In regards to effectiveness, each spray provides a subtle way of targeting each specific purpose. It is not an immediate jolt, but it has an effect that is noticeable.

The convenience and practicality of these sprays are tops. I would recommend these to someone who is frequently on-the-go and is looking for an easy solution to replenish vitamins during the day.

I can see myself buying more of the sleep and control sprays. As my family is well aware, I have bouts where I wake up in the middle of night very hungry and end up whipping up something substantial to satisfy my hunger. I’ve been using these sprays before bed to help prevent those mid night wake ups and they have been effective for several nights.

My scrutiny is that the vitamins do not appear to be derived from organic sources. If they were, I’d have every intention of implementing these products because they would be (if comprised of organically sourced vitamins) a nutritionally dense health boosting spray. Overall, I’d say this is an average product ingredient wise and an above average product in regards to practicality and effectiveness.

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

Essence of Vali Essential Oil Healing Blends Review

Essence of Vali Healing Blends

Overall Rating: 

About Essence of Vali:

“I am Valerie Bennis, founder and president of Essence of Vali.  The name of the company is very fitting as my nickname is Vali.  Creating blends that smell beautiful and are used in a sensual and healing way are a creative expression of who I am.  From an early age, I have loved self care and taking care of others.

In my thirties, I became interested in holistic healing and studied therapeutic touch, Reiki, nutrition, herbs, detox programs, homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, juicing, fasting, and aromatherapy.  I loved tinkering at home, making therapeutic formulas as well as creating recipes for my beauty regime.  It was always a source of pleasure and fascination for me.

I continued my career in the corporate world and evenings and weekends, continued my other life as an alchemist of sorts.  Then I went through some soul searching about my life and my future and decided to follow my heart and focus on an area of holistic healing.  That was when I decided to focus on “essential oils” also known as “aromatherapy”.  I loved all the ways the essences could be used – therapeutic, medicinal, beauty, and addressing all levels of mind, body, spirit.

Once I made my decision, I found the perfect teacher and studied as an apprentice for an intense six month period.  This was followed by a certification program and a diploma program.  I became a certified aromatherapist four years after I started my studies.  All this time, I was still at my day job, happily making customized blends for individual clients, evenings and weekends.  I lived a bit of a double life and people at work used to sneak into my office for advice and for their customized blends.

My recipe book was quickly being filled up with healing formulas.  To this day, I still have my original book with the person’s name for whom the formula was created.  In the year 2000 I left my corporate life and launched the Essence of Vali line of products. It has been an exciting journey that I am still on as I continue to focus on getting our products out there in the world.

Beyond the products, we love inspiring people to love themselves, age gracefully and experience a whole new way of life.  We believe in challenging your mind, honoring your body and celebrating your spirit.

May you always take impeccable care of your self,

Vali.”

Vali has been a joy to coordinate with and she was extremely generous and allowing me access to a wide selection of samples to try. Thank you, Vali!

Balm

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Analgesic Relief Balm

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Relief Analgesic Balm is used to ease the discomfort of aches and pains, due to chronic conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, headaches and overall discomfort. It is suitable for smaller areas. Massage the areas where you experience pain. It is safe to use several times a day and absorbs easily into the skin. I love to massage my feet with Relief balm!

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, peppermint& birch blended into a base of almond oil, jojoba, beeswax, coconut oil, soybean oil, aloe vera and tocopherol (Vitamin E).”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love to apply this to my “achy” parts like my knees and feet after a long run or workout. It soothes and alleviates slight discomforts I’m having. Love the smell of the peppermint and birch!

Botanical Mists

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Uplift Mood Mist

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Uplift is our “cheer up” blend and my personal favorite! It is wonderful when you are feeling down in the dumps with bergamot and litsea cubeba both providing fantastic “anti blues” properties. Gently shake bottle. Mist around room to freshen air or use as a body spray, avoiding contact with face and eyes. You can also mist sheets and corners of pillowcase.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, spruce, bergamot & litsea cubeba in a base of distilled water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I spray this mist onto the front of my shirt as I’m drinking coffee in the morning. There is a coffee blend that I love and it is called “Uplifting,” so I found this mist to compliment the coffee drinking well.🙂

It smells like fresh plants and flowers and is, indeed, uplifting!

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Passion Love Mist

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Enhancing romantic moments, you and your partner can use this aphrodisiac and sensual blend for misting sheets, pillowcases and body. Gently shake bottle. Spray on sheets and corners of pillowcase. You can also mist the room to create a romantic mood or freshen the air. It can also be used as a body mist.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of orange, ylang/ylang, patchouli & ginger in a base of distilled water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This is a great mist to have in your bedroom, as the ylang ylang is relaxing and soothing. The patchouli & ginger add a nice earthy zest, too! Very unique and lovely scent.

Mini Vials

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Sleep Mini Vial

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Sleep is our most popular blend as it eases people into a peaceful sleep and comforts them during times of stress. The concentrate is the most potent of the sleep collection. A drop is all it takes. Tip bottle to release a drop onto the corner of the pillowcase. You can also put a drop on a tissue or cotton ball and tuck into the corner of the pillowcase.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood & ylang/ylang.”

My Description & Thoughts:

The two main scents I smell from this are the lavender and ylang yang. I find both of those scents to be relaxing-making them perfect for a sleep blend.

I love Essence of Vali’s line of “sleep” products, as I have trouble waking up feeling rested and refreshed on most mornings. These I see why they are some of the best sellers.

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EOV Eau De Parfum Mini Vial

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“I consider EOV my masterpiece blend! It was created over 10 years ago for a private client and I have always loved the aroma of this complex and enticing formula. It is personally my favorite perfume and I wear it year round. Where ever I go, people ask –“what is that perfume you are wearing?” If you would like to try a sample, please call or e-mail and we will send one to you free of charge.

Men and women can both enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy and the pleasure of wearing a beautiful fragrance. Use as you would perfume, misting on pulse points. Some people also like to use it as a room spray.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, rosewood, cedarwood, patchouli, palmarosa, geranium, litsea cubeba and clove in a base of corn alcohol and water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

All of these essential oils together make such a unique, interesting, and even unisex fragrance. It is very wearable for during the day but can be worn heavier for a “night time” scent.

Love the convenience of carrying this little bottle in my purse for quick and easy application.

Massage & Bath Oils

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EOV Body Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“My customers inspired me to create a bath & body oil version of EOV Eau de Parfum. This new product launched in February 2012 and it’s quickly becoming a best seller. When our clients inhale the aroma, they swoon. With a rich and sensual burst of citrus, due to the uplifting essential oil, litsea cubeba, EOV Bath & Body Oil is a personal luxury. Treat your senses to the pleasure of a beautiful fragrance and the benefits of aromatherapy.

Ingredients:

100% pesticide free golden jojoba, essential oils of lavender, cedarwood, rosewood, patchouli, palmarosa, gerainium, clove & litsea cubeba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I apply this to damp skin after showering, as the beads of water on my skin help the oil go on easier. This body oil leaves my skin so fragrant and fresh. No additional fragrance is needed when this is applied all over.

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Detox Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Spring cleaning with Detox massage & bath oil in preparation for revealing the beauty of your skin in the warm weather months a head. We recommend dry skin brushing followed by a bath or massage with Detox. Your skin will glow and will emit the fresh natural fragrance of Grapefruit, Lemon, Cypress and Juniper.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of grapefruit, lemon, cypress & juniper in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have been applying this oil sort of “randomly” on my body before runs, just to give me a little detoxifying, citrusy boost. It also leaves a nice, fresh scent on my skin. Love the zesty, freshness that the grapefruit and lemon provide.

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Balance Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Experience relief from hormonal fluctuations due to PMS, Peri Menopause, Menopause or Post Menopause. For relief of pain, massage areas such as lower back, stomach, temples and back of neck with the massage oil. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin. Bath Oil - Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, grapefruit, clary sage & geranium in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I apply this to my temples, neck, and shoulders when stressed. I find my focus shifts to my rich scent, rather than the stressor, making it very effective.🙂

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Refresh Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Rejuvenating, energizing and uplifting. Massage well into the skin all over your body, or apply to specific areas. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.Bath Oil - Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of orange, lemon & grapefruit in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I use this similarly to how I use the detox oil, before runs for a little added boost. The citrus is such an intoxicating, refreshing scent that I love.

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Relief Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Relief is our second most popular blend as it helps relieve aches and pains due to arthritis, sports injuries, headaches and chronic conditions. For headaches, massage along hairline, temples and back of neck at first sign of pain. For sports injuries, arthritis, foot pain, muscular aches and pains, use on specific areas as needed. Bath Oil - Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, peppermint & birch in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This oil mixture is very similar to the homemade “Icy Hot” that I make. Peppermint and birch are so soothing to me, especially when applied right before and right after workouts-and lavender is relaxing and pleasant. This is a great blend for “relief”.🙂

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Sleep Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Sleep is our most popular blend as it eases people into a peaceful sleep and comforts them during times of stress. Before bedtime, massage well into the skin all over your body. You can also massage a small amount above upper lip and inhale the relaxing aroma. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood & ylang/ylang in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like the vial I shared about earlier, I love these sleep blends. The essential oils used are perfect for getting into a relaxed, sleepy mood. I use it post-shower all over my body. Since I shower in the evenings, it is a perfect oil blend for me.

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Passion Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Indulge in the sensuality of natural essences of orange zest, ylang/ylang petals, ginger root & patchouli leaves. Experience the caress of golden jojoba as you soak in a luxurious bath.  Savor the touch of your lover as you share a pampering massage.  Scent your bedroom with love mist as you delight in one another’s presence.  Treat your loved one or your self this Valentine’s day to Essence of Vali, Passion.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of orange, ylang/ylang, patchouli & ginger in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like the mist, this oil is perfect to have in your bedroom. The essential oils are conducive to a relaxed and loving mood.

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Fortify Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“A grounding, comforting and restorative blend, it is very helpful when you are feeling emotionally fragile. Massage well into the skin all over your body, or apply to specific areas. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of cedarwood, rosewood & spruce in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Thoughts & Suggestions for Improvement:

This blend smells like walking through a thickly wooden forest. I gets me in the mood to be outdoors!

I’d say this blend can be used to inspire yourself to get outdoors and get connected to nature, thus destressing yourself. I look forward to sharing some with my fiancee, as he loves the outdoors like I do and I’m sure would appreciate the scent.

All in all, Essence of Vali has a wide ranging, impressive line of essential oil blends that I have thoroughly enjoyed using. It is such an experience to use and smell these scents. I trust that Vali makes her blends from high quality oils. It would give me an added boost of confidence in the product ingredients, though, knowing that the plants were grown organically.

I would recommend these products to someone looking for good quality essential oils to “tackle” their daily health issues. These are not the best quality I’ve come across, though they are above average.

After all, that’s what the writer of Run On Organic strives for!�

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

Buddha’s Herbs Supplements & Tea Review

Buddha’s Herbs & Supplements

Overall Rating: 

Natural Slim Herbal Tea

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Buddha’s Herbs Premium Herbal Tea for Weight loss presents a natural, safe and healthy way to burn fat. The Proprietary Blend combines four of the most effective, potent and well documented herbs to help you loose weight. Researchers say the results indicate that substances found in green tea known as catechins trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat. These substances have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. However this product is not meant to cure, treat or prevent any related conditions and all information is presented for educational purposes only. Rosemary has been used for centuries as a spice and medicinal plant; it has been approved in Germany for digestive disorders. Rosemary has the ability to inhibit lipase activity. Lipase is an enzyme that the body uses to break down fats. Rosemary consumption may make you feel fuller by delaying the digestion of fats. Oregano is among the highest in antioxidants of the dried herbs and is a great antiseptic. Lemons contain the highest level of citric acid of all fruits. The citric acid reacts with other acids and enzymes in your digestive system to promote healthy digestion and weight loss. As with all weight loss products, this refreshing and aromatic tea should also be used along with healthy diet and regular exercise.

  • Helps Loose Weight naturally and safely with Super Antioxidant Support
  • Formulated by Master Blenders of Europe and contains blend of four highly effective and safe herbs including Green Tea, Rosemary Leaves, Oregano Herb and Lemon Peels
  • Each Box contains 22 double Chamber Tea Bags packed in ecologically friendly filter bags
  • Contains no Artificial Flavors, Ingredients or Preservatives
  • Prepared and Packaged at GMP Certified Facility.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I am a big advocate of making daily “elixirs” that boost health in various regards. Making this tea fits right into that daily routine. The tea itself tastes nice, light, and herbaceous. I sweeten with organic stevia, though I imagine any organic sweetener would taste good, too.

The fact that the herbs this tea is comprised of help in weight loss is, of course, great because I believe we all want to maximize our daily health. I wouldn’t feel good about that “effect” of the tea if it was done with artificial ingredients. Because Buddha’s herbs takes the plant-based route, I am a fan of the idea behind this tea.

My scrutiny is that the ingredients in this specific tea are not organic. While they are derived from plants and said to be processed in trusted facilities, I aways strive for organic ingredients, always.

I would recommend this product to someone who already drinks tea and is looking to shed a few pounds the healthy way. This tea is above average, however, I do not see myself buying more of this particular tea again because I would seek a tea with all organic herbs.

Green Tea with Herbs

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Buddha’s Herbs Premium blend of Green Tea with Herbs is purposefully formulated to wash away fatigue, enhance vitality and supply antioxidants. Green Tea ingredients provide super antioxidant support. Chamomile Flowers imparts comfort and relaxation and also relieve minor stomach discomfort. Thyme is a powerful herbal antiseptic and supports upper respiratory system. This unique formulation is unbelievably refreshing and is prepared from 100 percent natural ingredients. It contains no artificial colors, preservatives etc. Teas are packed in ecologically friendly filter bags with no glue or metal used. Airtight envelopes help retain the natural flavor and aroma of the herbs. So sit back and enjoy a cup of Buddha’s Herbs Green Tea with Herbs for a refreshing treat or an after-meal delight. We believe our humble contribution will make the society become healthier and wealthier in body and soul

  • Contains Green Tea 60 %, Organic Chamomile Flowers 16%, Organic Thyme Herbs 16 %, Organic Peppermint Leaves 16 %
  • Purposefully Formulated to wash away Fatigue, enhance Vitality and supply Antioxidants
  • Twin Pack provides 40 Double Filter Tea Bags sealed in Airtight Envelopes to Preserve Freshness and Aroma
  • Ecologically Friendly Tea Bags with no Glue or Metal used
  • 100 Percent Natural with no Artificial Color, Flavors or Preservatives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This tea is a great blend, especially being made up of organic herbs. Taste-wise, I especially love the zip of peppermint, it makes the tea minty & refreshing.

I have been steeping a bag of this tea along with a bag of the Buddha’s Herbs Slim Herbal tea and together they taste great. To sweeten, I love adding organic stevia.

I find that having a product like this around can help tide you over in between meals or when you’re hoping to curb your appetite. Of course, it also provides the health benefits of the herbs it’s made of.

I recommend this organic tea to an avid tea drinker or health seeker. This blend is certainly above average, it would rate the highest with me if the green tea was organic like the other herbs in it. I do not believe I would purchase more of this blend simply because I normally reach for coffee over tea.

Vitamin D3

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins required by the body. There are many reasons to make sure you are getting sufficient Vitamin D which include improved bone health, support for cardiovascular system and may be reduced risk of catching asthma related allergies. However consumers should keep in mind that this particular supplement is not meant to prevent, cure or treat any disease or body condition. Buddha’s Herbs Vitamin D3 1000 IU tablets are made of Vitamin D3, the body’s preferred form of Vitamin D. Buddha’s Herbs Vitamin D3 1000 IU tablet is perfect for the healthy adult looking for a supplement to meet the commonly recommended daily Vitamin D dosage. The product is manufactured under strict GMP guidelines and is tested regularly at an Independent laboratory for efficacy, purity and disintegration. COA is available on request and one of the very few Vitamin D 3 supplement purified for Lead. For best results take Vitamin D Supplement with your biggest meal of the day as this can increase absorption by as much as 50 %.

  • Supports Teeth, Bone, Immune and also Heart Health
  • Vitamin D3 is more effective for maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D in the body
  • Formulated for Easy Absorption with no Artificial Color, Flavor, Ingredients and is GMO Free (Expiry : August 2015)
  • Tested for Efficacy, Purity ( Lead Free- less than 0.1 ppm) and Disintegration and COA Verified by Independent Testing
  • Manufactured at a GMP Certified Facility by American Natural Products Association

Vitamin A

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin necessary to maintain good vision and skin. It is directly involved in photo-chemical reactions in your retina. It is vital to the growth and maintenance of epithelial tissue and red blood cell production and is essential for proper immune function. Vitamin A deficiency can occur when there is liver disease, malabsorption or severe malnutrition. Increased Vitamin A in the diet has been associated with reduced risk of cataracts. Buddha’s Herbs Vitamin A 8000 IU is manufactured under strict GMP guidelines and is Independently tested for efficacy, purity and proper disintegration. It is purified for Lead and provides Best overall value among similar products in the market.

  • Necessary to maintain Good Vision and Skin
  • Only Vitamin A Supplement purified for lead and Tested Independently for Heavy Metals
  • Each Softgel Delivers 8000 IU of Vitamin A with no Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives
  • Independently Tested for Efficacy, Purity and Disintegration and COA Verified
  • Manufactured at Facility Certified GMP by American Natural Products Association.”

Mega Omega-3

Buddha’s Herbs Description:

“Buddha’s Herbs Mega Omega-3 is a great way to maintain healthy levels of omega-3s (EPA+DHA), two Omega-3, fatty acids essential for heart and cardiovascular health. Each Softgel delivers 400 mg EPA and 300 mg DHA, thus surpassing the international daily recommended intake of 500 mg EPA+DHA, supporting cardiovascular, cognitive, ocular, immune, and nervous system health. And, like Buddha’s Herbs other products, Mega Omega-3 surpasses all international quality standards. Buddha’s Herbs Fish Oil is molecularly distilled and is regularly tested for freshness, efficacy and purity by a FDA registered Independent Laboratory. It has TOTOX Value between 6 and 9 and ANISDINE Value below 2. The product is manufactured under strict GMP guidelines to ensure quality. And to top it all, it offers the Best Price for Omega 3 among all the competing products in the market.

  • Highly concentrated and Purified Fish Oil with each Softgel delivering 400 mg EPA and 300 mg DHA
  • Supports Cardiovascular, Cognitive, Ocular, Immune, and Nervous System Health
  • Certificate of Analysis Independently Verified with TOTOX Value between 6 and 9
  • Manufactured at GMP Certified Facility and Purified for Heavy Metals, PCB’s and Dioxins
  • Provides Best Overall Value for Quantity of Omega 3 per Softgel.”

My Description & Thoughts on Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, & Mega-Omega 3:

I don’t have a major interest, nor do I normally seek out each of these vitamins/supplements regularly. I was more interested in trying Buddha’s herbs products and these three appealed to me simply because of the prior knowledge I had about them, being that:

-Vitamin A for eye health

-Vitamin D for heart health

-Omega 3 for overall health

The standards I hold for the supplements I put into my body are especially high. This is the case because, to me, these supplements are supposed to be pure boosts to our health. If they are not pure and high quality, then how are you boosting your health?

Buddha’s Herbs appears to have above average standards for their supplements. A lot of their ingredients are not organic and some are. All in all,  these products are a great choice for someone looking to improve upon their current drug-store bought supplements without spending much more.

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

Moom Organic Hair Removal Review

Moom Organic Hair Removal

Overall Rating:

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Moom Hair Removal Kit with Tea Tree Oil

Moom’s Description:

“Sweet Natural Alternative to Shaving and Waxing.

This kit includes all you need for a surprisingly refreshing hair removal!

  • 6 oz. (170 g) 100% Natural Hair Remover
  • 18 washable, reusable Fabric Strips
  • 4 wooden applicators

Moom® is chosen by women around the world, who are enthusiastic about natural, herbal skin care.  This revolutionary product offers the benefits of long term depilation, diminishes the pain and eliminates the discomfort of waxing and other methods.  Moom® has taken the ancient art of sugaring and revolutionized it.  Adding only the highest quality beneficial ingredients and using fabric strips, makes the process cleaner and more effective.

Moom® does not damage the skin, thus no need for after treatment lotions to repair the skin.  In fact, Moom® leaves your skin softer, healthier and younger looking naturally.  Moom®’s exclusive formula gently removes the hair from the root, leaving your skin hair free and silky smooth for up to 8 weeks.  This unique product stands alone as the gentlest, the most effective and the most pleasant long term hair remover.

  • The one made by a mother for her daughters.
  • Virtually painless, because of the precise adhesion level of Moom®.
  • Regrowth is sparser and hair finer, reduces hair removal frequency.
  • The original 100% natural, contains only Sugar, Water, Lemon Juice, Chamomile and Tea Tree Oil.
  • As simple as 1, 2, 3.  Spread on skin.  Rub fabric strip.  Pull off.
  • Washable, reusable polycotton strips for face and body last for years.
  • Strong enough for the most stubborn hair, yet gentle enough for the most sensitive area.
  • Can be used for legs, face, bikini area, underarms and whole body.
  • Water soluble - simply rinse with warm water.
  • No animal testing.
  • Unconditionally guaranteed.

Ingredients:

Sugar, Lemon, Chamomile, Water, Tea Tree Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Love the simplicity of the ingredient this. This just goes to show that great products do not have to be complicated.

This sugar based “wax” works very well is is very effective is removing hair from area that the mixture is applied to. The fact that the residue can be washed off with warm water is great. Often times, the clean up is time intensive-but not in this case.

The reusable strips increase the longevity of using this product and show that Moom values making “green” products.

After evaluating the eyebrow mixture’s ingredients, I see that Moom is capable of making high-quality, completely organic hair removal mixtures. My only wish for improvement regards just that. Having this body sugar mixture 100% organic is desirable.

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Moom Eyebrow Shaping Kit

Moom’s Description:

“MOOM Organic Eyebrow Shaping Kit is specifically designed for the delicate areas of the face. You will achieve long-lasting and salon results in the comfort and privacy of your home. MOOM Organic Eyebrow Hair Remover comes in an easy to use tube with precision tip that allows you control and ease of application.

  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Gently removes hair with its root, leaving you hair free for weeks.
  • Effective on fine as well as coarser hairs
  • Ideal for the delicate area of the face
  • Water-soluble
  • Fabric Strips are washable and reusable
  • Pampers your skin while shaping your eyebrows. No need for pre/post treatment lotions.
  • Contains only pure, gentle and Certified Organic ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Organic Sugar Cane
  • Organic Chamomile Tea
  • Organic Lemon Juice
  • Organic Tea Tree Oil
  • and Organic Pomegranate Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Moom is one of the few organic hair remover brands that I have been thoroughly impressed with. They have every facet covered: great ingredients, effective products, portability and fantastic customer service.

This eyebrow kit is nothing short of stellar. It is comprised ENTIRELY of organic ingredients, is highly effective in removing my eyebrow hair, and is the perfect size to toss into your travel bag. This product is an absolute dream for an organic beauty enthusiast to find.

This product could not be better. It is my go-to for facial hair removal. (Hint: you certainly can use this for other areas on your face, if needed!)

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

Forest Secrets Anti-Aging Skin Care Review

Forest Secrets Natural Skin Care

Overall Rating: 

About Forest Secrets:

“Our guiding principle is that all Forest Secrets products are made without compromise; in manufacture and in the raw materials used quality is the watch word. Each of our products is to be packed full of carefully selected active ingredients; all of them natural, sometimes rare and often very expensive, unlike other conventional products which have just a few, or often only one, active ingredient. The products are potent as well as pure – they are extremely concentrated, so that only a few drops of each are needed. This makes them good value, and giving value for money is also a core principle for us. A full size 15ml bottle in daily use may last you for up to three months.

Good for your skin, your pocket and our environment!

Your skin is free to breath and to regenerate itself naturally because there are no waxes clogging its pores thanks to our unique personalised skincare system. Clinically proven plant extracts stimulate collagen production increasing your skin elasticity, making it soft and glowing. 100% natural too.

Your Pocket: iRejuvenate Plus is highly concentrated and can last up to 2-3 months. One 15 ml bottle contains over 300 drops, when using 2 drops per application twice a day, it lasts 2.5 months!

Our Environment: we are the only company committed to minimise the use of palm oil derivatives. Because palm tree plantations cause deforestation and orangutans extinction in South East Asia we do our bit by using only one, glycerine.”

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iRejuvenate Plus Elixir

Forest Secret’s Description:

“The elixir is light an easily absorbed face oil; a concentrated blend of the finest botanical oils with anti-ageing properties. In the iRejuvenate Plus fourfold collagen strategy the elixir’s role is mainly to stimulate the skin’s own collagen production. What is new: Honeysuckle extract, which has antibacterial properties which help to control and prevent spots pimples and minor blemishes on the face. Use in combination with iRejuvenate Plus Serum to benefit from the fourfold collagen strategy (stimulate, protect, feed and nourish) for a pure anti-ageing treatment. Use in combination with iBright Serum to take care of blemishes.

Pure without Parabens, Silicones. PEGs, petrochemicals, Hydrogenated ingredients, Synthetic fragrances and colours, GMO.

Potent with clinically tested herbal extracts and fair trade ingredients.

Personal, providing a bespoke beauty tool that empowers you, allowing you to decide what your skin needs.

Ingredients:

Silybum marianum (Milk thistle) seed oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) kernel oil*, Brassica campestris (Brassica rapa), Prunus armenica (Apricot) kernel oil*, Linum usitatissimum (Flaxseed) oil, Rosa canina (Rosehip) fruit oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Trichilia emetica (Mafura) seed butter**, Parfum (purely form plants), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) flower Extract, Simondisa chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Lupinus albus (Lupin) seed extract, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Benzyl alcohol, Linalool (purely from plants).

* organic, ** fair trade.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I apply a few drops of this elixir to my finger tips, along with a few drops of the serum and apply to freshly cleansed facial skin. I find it neat that the elixir and serum are each formulated with specific purposes. Together, they make a powerful duo that helps keep skin young. This serum smells light and refreshing.

This brand includes some wonderful, organic ingredients-which is what always interests me most in skin care products: clean, organic ingredients. Obviously, Forest Secrets is a brand that is conscious of the ingredients they use. I love that Forest provides a list of harsh components that they do not use in their products.

Going organic with some of these ingredients would be my only improvement. Ultimately, it is refreshing to come across a unique brand like this that strives for goodness in their products.

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iRejuvenate Plus Serum

Forest Secret’s Description:

“Refreshing and velvety, this skin serum is the second element to the iRejuvenate Plus anti-ageing system. The serum helps to slow down destruction of collagen, providing plant based nutrients that can feed the skin to support its replenishment, and deliver the essential amino acids that the body needs to produce fresh collagen. What is new: plant based kinetin. Clinical studies with products containing kinetin on women with photodamaged skin show a visible improvement on skin texture, hyperpigmentation and fine wrinkles. Use in combination with iRejuvenate Plus Elixir to benefit from the fourfold collagen strategy (stimulate, protect, feed and nourish) for a pure anti-ageing treatment. Please note this product is concentrated and a drop goes a long way.

Pure without Parabens, Silicones. PEGs, petrochemicals, Hydrogenated ingredients, Synthetic fragrances and colours, GMO.

Potent with clinically tested herbal extracts and fair trade ingredients.

Personal, providing a bespoke beauty tool that empowers you, allowing you to decide what your skin needs.

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Mimosa tenuiflora bark extract, Kinetin (from plant sources), Chlorella vulgaris extract, Parfum (from plants) Vitex agnus castus extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium hyaluronate (from bio sources), Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, Lecithin (vegetable), Lactic acid, Xanthan gum, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Cyclodextrine, Rhizobian gum, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride.

* organic.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like I mentioned in my thoughts regarding the elixir, I use this serum along with the elixir after I have washed my face. They two together provide the perfect amount of moisture to my skin. The size of these two pretty little bottles are also the perfect size for traveling.

The benefits that Forest Secrets Skin Care lists are wonderful. I appreciate their stance to formulate products free of harsh, GMO ingredients. The only thing that could make these products better is an ingredient list completely made up of organic ingredients. Many of these non-organic ingredients are derived from plant sources, though, which is a good sign.

Thank you, Forest Secrets for allowing to to sample these two products. All in all, I’m impressed with the usage of organic ingredients in your products!

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