Archive | October 2013

A Few Words on my Posts in the Last Few Months

Hi all!

First off, thank you to all of you who have given me support and feedback over these last few months. It’s been a very busy writing time for me and it’s been all I can do to keep up with trying products and sharing my opinions about them.

To give all of you a better idea of how my blogging works, I’d like to share a bit about the last few months with you:

About 4 months ago, I was pondering ideas on how to grow and expand my blog, so I started to search for companies that I believed (as a result of briefly reading the company’s mission) were doing good things in creating quality beauty, skin care and nutrition products. I probably reached out to nearly 80 companies asking to acquire samples to compose a review and help spread the word about their brand.

Out of those 80, I was sure that only 20 (tops) would contact me back and be interested in working with me. To my surprise, about 70 of them responded and were interested in working with me. I was SHOCKED. I didn’t realize having my opinions on products was seen as valuable to so many companies. I was excited and flattered with the feedback. Excited, flattered and OVERWHELMED.

My shower and bathroom have been nothing short of a product testing lab. I have been constantly trying new products: scrubs, balms, creams, pomades, mists, lotions, conditioners, shampoos, body washes, serums, moisturizers, oils, sprays, etc. I have really enjoyed the process but have also felt in over my head at times.

For those that follow my blog, you might have been inundated at times with one review after the next. Keeping a good reputation and level of respect with the companies I work with is important to me, thus, I have felt the need to deliver the reviews in a timely manner-and lately, there have been a lot of them (more than usual).

I’ve made it my goal to offer up my honest opinions about the products that is also helpful for others to read. From my reviews, hopefully people can gain an understanding of what I believe is worth the money. I do my very best to prevent myself from becoming redundant and like a broken record-though at times it is hard to have a fresh take on products that are so similar to others.

I felt the need to describe the chaos that goes on behind the scenes because I assume that many of you have little to no idea and are perhaps curious as to how the whole process has worked for me.

I foresee a transition happening in the near future where I write less reviews and more posts about my own experiences and what I have to offer as “advice” as an athlete and nutrition conscious individual. As always, if you ever have questions about the products I write about or any reviews that I do, I would be happy to elaborate further or answer any questions I have not already covered in the post.

I hope this gives you all some insight into my blogging life lately and understand that I’ve been doing all of this amidst wedding planning and getting married! Thank you all for your continued support!!

Garden of Life Organic Supplement Review (New Products!)

Garden of Life Supplements (New Products!-eeek :))

Overall Rating:

This is the ultimate, organic, “feel good” supplement brand!

About Garden of Life:

“Please join us for a moment in picturing a world where good health is a given, not a matter of chance. In this imagined world, chronic obesity is no longer a problem and couples never rely on fertility drugs to conceive. The 4,000 people we lose prematurely every day to cancer, diabetes and heart disease would still be with us. And when we do contract an illness, we are not dependent on “drug-care,” but are instead able to take control of our own health with lifestyle changes and advanced nutrition.

At Garden of Life, we believe such a world is possible, and that together, we can make it happen.

Garden of Life was founded to help empower others to attain extraordinary health. This is our mission at Garden of Life and the principles behind this mission are carried out by Garden of Life’s innovative health and wellness regimens.

For instance, in this section of our Web site you’ll find a growing library of resources developed to arm you with scientific facts and timeless wisdom—conventional and unconventional—that can bring you to a new level of well-being. It also contains healthy and delicious recipes to enjoy on a daily basis!

We’ve been blessed to achieve a level of success, but our journey has just begun. We want to express our sincere gratitude to those who strive to support world health every day—consumers, our employees, physicians, health food store owners and retailers, among others. I know that each of you shares a similar vision, and that through our united efforts, we can turn the imagined world of good health into a lasting reality.

Here is some information from Garden of Life on these products (pictured above) that they sent me to try and that I had conducted a giveaway with!”

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Raw Fit

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†.”

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My Description & Thoughts:

I love this version of GOL’s Raw Meal, as it is more focused on those looking to amp up their protein intake and minimize their sugar intake. Having a dosage of ashwagandha and green coffee bean extract is even more beneficial to keeping blood sugar levels and stress at bay.

You can certainly tell a difference using Raw Fit. It is a fantastic way to get a whole food meal in and stay on track with your health and fitness goals. Since using GOL’s Raw Meal supplements and now Raw Fit, I have been the healthiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. I’m not my thinnest, and I’ve learned that truly does not look good and isn’t good for the body. However, I feel my leanest and am my healthiest. Focusing on health will allow your body to be lean and mean and beautiful. Raw Fit has helped me achieve that!

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a little extra boost in their weight loss. I have yet to be disappointed with a single GOL product.

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Raw Protein: Marley Coffee Blend & Raw Protein: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

  • “Provides RAW organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
  • Excellent source of protein – 17 grams and 33% Daily Value
  • Contains Vitamin Code RAW Food-Created Nutrients™ with their unique Code
  • Factors™ intact, enabling natural recognition by your body
  • Increases the protein content of meals – just add to food or beverages
  • Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Good for those on low carbohydrate diets
  • Alternative to soy and animal protein powders
  • Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey and other protein sources
  • Easily digested – supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes†
  • Mixes well – great in shakes, smoothies and other beverages

It’s not only what RAW Protein contains, it’s also about what it doesn’t contain – there are no fillers, no artificial flavors and no synthetic ingredients and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free.

So for those looking for highly nutritious, nutrient-dense, easily digestible, high quality protein nutrition, look no further than RAW Protein from Garden of Life.”

My Description & Thoughts:

These two new blends of Raw Protein, Marley Coffee and Yerba Mate have been nothing short of an absolute treat to use! I really enjoy the flavor of coffee, and have loved mixing up a drink in the mornings using the Marley Coffee Blend. It’s makes your morning coffee ritual way more nutritious and energizing.

I can definitely tell that it gets me going and allows me to start the day with a stomach full of protein that will effectively satisfy my hunger.

The Yerba Mate blend is delicious as well. The flavor is a bit lighter than the Marley Coffee blend, and is obviously more tea-like in regards to taste. Both blends are delicious, satisfying, and products that I look forward to drinking. I have also used both of these blends in baking protein muffins and they worked fabulously for that.

I’d recommend both of these blends to coffee & tea lovers, and anyone looking to try a unique, organic, plant based protein. I’ve really enjoyed the change of pace in my protein intake with these two new flavors.

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Perfect Food: Wheatgrass

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Our CERTIFIED ORGANIC, Non-GMO, RAW Wheat Grass Juice is one of the most nutritionally dense greens on earth, power-packed with naturally occurring nutrients including chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, magnesium, potassium, manganese and betaine. Juicing our greens super-concentrates them. One serving of Perfect Food RAW Wheat Grass Juice instantly delivers as much natural, wholesome green food energy as 13 one ounce wheat grass shots at a juice bar.†”

My Description & Thoughts:

Simple, green, nutritious. This wheatgrass is a great supplement to a smoothie or protein shake. I also love simply mixing it with a bit of water and drinking it like a shot. It’s a quick way to get the nutritous and detoxfying benefits of greens (which are the most nutritionally dense food for can consume!).

If you’re looking for an any-time pick me up, I’d say get this product! Having this in the kitchen will allow you to get that boost you need and will help curb your cravings as well-as cravings are almost always a sign of a nutrient deficiency.

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Perfect Food: Alkalizer & Detoxifier

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food® RAW Alkalizer & Detoxifier is the perfect RAW organic green super food complement to support your body’s daily balancing act; promoting healthy elimination of toxins and supporting your body’s own ability to maintain its ideal pH balance.†

  • Highly alkalizing RAW organic lemon juice and RAW organic parsley†
  • RAW organic coconut water for hydration and replenishment of electrolytes
  • Eight powerful cleansing herbs, traditionally used for centuries to gently assist in daily detoxification†
  • Unmatched nutritional power from RAW organic grass juices and antioxidant filled RAW organic fruit and vegetable juices†
  • Digestion soothing RAW organic ginger, plus live probiotics and enzymes†”

My Description & Thoughts:

I use these greens interchangeably with the energizing greens by GOL and find that they go well with any proteins you mix them with. The vanilla and chocolate GOL flavors mask the green flavor pretty well, so you are getting the benefits of the greens but are still tasting predominantly the vanilla or chocolate, respectively.

I love that this blend is comprised on ingredients that specifically target detoxifying the body and decreasing its acidity. A lot of health problems arise from a body whose pH leans more towards acidic than alkaline. Eating more foods like THIS is a great way to prevent that.

I’ve loved adding these greens to my blender bottle and creating meals and snacks throughout the day. It’s not really a flavored green, it’s just green tasting-so it goes well with whatever you’d like to mix it with. My favorite is the Vanilla & Marley Coffee proteins.

I’d recommend this great product to anyone looking to start or amp up their detox routine. It’s a great addition and is palatable, unlike some supplements, which aren’t tasty and are hard to put down.

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Perfect Food: Apple

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″

My Description & Thoughts:

Delicious apple greens! I’m not normally a huge fan of apples, but I really enjoyed this flavor. This flavor goes well with the Yerba Mate Protein and the Vanilla protein that GOL makes. It adds a nice sweetness and dose of nutrients to smoothies and shakes.

Just like all of the other green blends that GOL creates, the quality is top notch. I would recommend this apple flavor for anyone with an affinity for apples or someone who has a hard time with the green flavor on its own.

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Perfect Food: Energizer: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food RAW Energizer is power-packed with naturally occurring chlorophyll, beta carotene, B vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids from RAW organic USA grown grass juices, dark green juices like spinach, parsley and kale, protein-rich sprouts  and juiced-up super antioxidant fruits like RAW organic blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and Indian Amla Berries.

Amazing Organic Energy Activators:

  • Guayaki® Yerba Mate, traditionally used for centuries to promote immediate energy and long term focus†
  • RAW Organic Peruvian Maca, harvested by hand, aged and sun dried to perfection, to support energy production as well as healthy, balanced hormones†
  • RAW Organic Pomegranate Juice and Cordyceps Mushrooms, long prized for providing the sustained energy you need to power through your busy day†
  • RAW Organic African Baobab, rich in minerals, especially magnesium, to promote the production of ATP—energy on the cellular level†”

My Description & Thoughts:

It sounds redundant, but that’s just the case with GOL products. This is another great product with great ingredients that performs GREAT! I love mixing this blend with the Yerba Mate protein or Vanilla protein in the mornings for an energizing boost. Since this product contains Yerba Mate too, it matches perfectly with GOL’s new Yerba Mate protein blend.

I find that starting my day right with Garden of Life Greens really helps me to take on each day with vitality and keeps me on the right track in regards to eating and working out. It’s a great product that has encouraged me to have a positive habit in my every day life.

I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an organic, energizing boost without the jolt of caffeine or other stimulants.

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Fucothin Green

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:

This product has made a big difference in my overall health and weight loss. I am normally very skeptical of products that claim to help accelerate fat loss and sugar levels, however, when I learned that GOL offered this product, I knew it was different because of the quality standards that they hold themselves too.

This product has allowed me to eat a moderate amount of sugar in my diet without seeing it on my waistline because it optimizes how our bodies process and eliminate sugar. Having insulin levels that are high (typical of someone who contains a lot of sugar) is one of the main reasons that individuals have trouble losing weight-and I believe that many people don’t know this. Don’t be afraid to reach for supplements that contain naturally occuring compounds that can help with this issue. Monitoring your own sugar intake helps (fruit is included as sugar) but this product helps take weight management and weight loss to another level.

I really recommend this product to anyone looking to optimize their current diet and workout routine. This will give you the help you need to allow your body to get rid of sugar and fat, instead of holding onto it. I don’t weigh myself, so I don’t have a number to rattle off, but, I know I have been pleased with this product and have felt leaner and lighter since using it.

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

Becoming a Step Parent: What’s Crucial to Making this Transition Smooth

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mommy photoBecoming a Step Parent: What’s Crucial to Making this Transition Smooth by Jesica Cockerham Salyer

A lot can change in a very short period of time when you enter a relationship with someone who has a child, or children.

There are dynamics within the parenting scenario that are already established, will change with you in the picture, and that you can work to change. Most would imagine that this predicament comes with emotion-triggering situations; and it truly does. Some of these are exciting and joyous, whereas others are unexpected and challenging.

There are a few things that are crucial in creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with everyone involved as you become a stepparent:

1. Always make the child your focus.
-It’s easy to get distracted by petty differences or scenarios where you feel you’ve been short changed. Realize that those things are not important. The child deserves a functional…

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LL’s Magnetic Clay (Ancient Minerals, Prescript-Assist) Review: Magnesium, Iodine, Probiotic

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Overall Rating: 

About LL Magnetic Clay:

These supplements are:

“…Products distributed by LL Magnetic Clay, Inc, Livermore, California.

We produce a complete line of foundational protocols to address environmental toxicity, health, and well being, harnessing the forces of nature and the living earth.

LL Magnetic Clay is a family owned and operated company, dedicated to the study of alternative medicine and healing through natural means. Our knowledge in this field is based on years of qualitative and quantitative study encompassing internal and external remedies as well as the removal of toxins from within living systems.

Our Ancient Minerals magnesium oil has gained a following worldwide as a household name for topical magnesiumPrescript-Assist, our line of professional-grade probiotics, is a powerful, clinically-proven probiotic that is multi-strain, shelf-stable and acid resistant. We also carry our popular Nascent Iodine and Magnetic Clay Detox Baths lines.”

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Ancient Minerals: Magnesium Oil Ultra- with MSM

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil is considered the gold standard for rapidly restoring cellular magnesium levels through the skin.

A concentrated transdermal magnesium mineral supplement, our absorbable magnesium oil contains only raw, ultra pure magnesium chloride and other trace minerals drawn from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Northern Europe.

One teaspoon contains approximately 560 mg of elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Oil is:

  • The #1 most recommended magnesium oil in the world
  • Ultra-pure and highly concentrated
  • Rapidly absorbed into the skin
  • Easily applied in a convenient spray
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) spray and 64 oz (1.9 L) professional size.”

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MAGNESIUM?

Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Conditions linked to magnesium levels include:

Pain:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle Spasms and Muscle Cramps
  • Fibromyalgia

Mental Health and Sleep:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism and ADD
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Insomnia
  • Tics.”

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About the MSM Ingredient:

“·Obviously, one of its best and most well-known uses involves pain management. Research has shown MSM to be effective against joint and muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness – helping conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis and gout. Since sulfur is critical for the health and strength of joint tissues (e.g. cartilage), this component of MSM is of primary interest in conditions and stresses effecting those areas.Research has also shown MSM to be useful with various forms of arthritis – not only for pain management but as an anti-inflammatory agent as well, helping to reduce arthritic swelling.

· Many users of both internal and external MSM have reported softer, smoother, and more “elastic” skin resulting from its use.

· MSM helps protect against oxidative damage by aiding in the production of antioxidants like Glutathione.”

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus combines the healing power of magnesium chloride with biologically active, certified organic aloe vera extract (ACTIValoe®).

Magnesium gel is a form of transdermal magnesium, a new method of magnesium supplementation designed to deliver magnesium topically for rapid absorption into the cells

One teaspoon contains approximately 490 mg of elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel is:

  • A powerful combination of magnesium and bio-active aloe vera
  • Significant for massage applications
  • Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
  • Efficient at delivering extensive topical and cosmetic benefits
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) spray and 64 oz (1.9 L) professional size.”

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Formulated for even the most sensitive individuals, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is designed to deliver magnesium through the skin, direct to the cells.

Rich in organic plant moisturizers including coconut oil and shea butter, this lotion soothes and hydrates without leaving your skin feeling waxy or greasy.

One teaspoon contains approximately 185mg elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is:

  • Ideal for children and sensitive individuals
  • Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
  • Significant for massage applications
  • Effective at encouraging healthy skin tissue
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) squeeze bottle.”

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My Description & Thoughts on the Magnesium Topical Products:

I was REALLY excited about these products because they were such a new concept to me: getting minerals into the body purposefully through the skin instead of ingesting it in pill form. I liked the idea and was excited to try it in my daily skin routine.

The way I decided to use it was applying it to my legs, arms, and stomach before a run. After application, the oil, gel and lotion all leave skin a bit tingly with a slightly itchy sensation. I didn’t enjoy that after showering so that’s what I decided to apply it before getting sweaty. I let my skin absorb the magnesium (gel or oil) first, then I apply my homemade “Icy Hot” mixture. Since the magnesium gel & oil is not very moisturizing to skin like you might think, following with a lotion or real oil (as the magnesium oil is not truly oil) helps skin to stay moist & supple.

In regards to effectiveness, it hard to tell how and in what way this magnesium absorption has effected my body. It reminds me of taking a multivitamin: it doesn’t give you a sudden jolt of vitality, but it helps you feel your best. I can say this about the magnesium oil:

-On days when I neglect to apply it before running, I have a more noticeable achiness in my knees-making me think that the magnesium really helps my post workout achiness.

-I have also had better sleep since using it-I sleep more soundly throughout the night without waking up hungry (which I have struggled with in the past).

I found that I like the oil the most. It happens to be the most dense with magnesium out of the three products. I like being able to apply it beneath my lotion or moisturizer. If you like combining the two and applying it at once, then I’d recommend the lotion. I did really like the Melatonin infused lotion. I applied it before bed and felt a noticeable grogginess that helped me fall asleep with more ease.

The ingredients in the lotion aren’t all the best-though some of them are organic. I’d give the oil and gel my highest rating, though, because they are simple and pure.

The gel is less fluid than the oil and makes it a little easier to apply by hand. I would recommend this to athletes and those than go for ease of application. The oil is merely like water in regards to texture and it best applied with the spray feature that comes with the bottle. Regardless of which consistency you prefer, you get the same great benefits of magnesium in using it on skin.

If you are looking for something different in your supplement routine, I’d recommend that you give one of these magnesium products a try. I see them being especially helpful to athletes and those who struggle with aches and pains.

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Nascent Iodine

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Traditionally, the importance of iodine to the biological function of the body was focused on iodine’s role in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, particularly for the production of T3 and T4 hormones and the regulation of metabolism. However, as the understanding of this nutrient has progressed, we come to understand that the role of iodine in the body far surpasses what most thought, and is not only necessary for overall health, but a crucial component of the detoxification process.

What is Nascent Iodine?

Nascent Iodine is a consumable iodine in its atomic form rather than its molecular form. It is an iodine atom that has an incomplete number of electrons. It is paramagnetic. What does that mean? Well, it means that the iodine atoms can hold an electromagnetic charge. While this all might sound a little like a flashback to chemistry class, the most important thing to understand is that Nascent Iodine has a huge energy release when consumed. This “charged” state is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed, whereby it gradually loses energy over a 2-3 hour time span. During this time, Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body.

Where is Iodine Used in the Body?

All the cells in your body contain and make use of iodine. It is concentrated in the glandular system of your body, with your thyroid containing the highest amount compared to any other organ. Significant amounts are also stockpiled in numerous other areas of the body including the salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, gastric mucosa, choroid plexus, breasts, and ovaries.

How soon will I feel the effects of Nascent Iodine?

Some of our clients have noticed additional energy on the first day after taking Nascent Iodine. If you already suffer from an iodine deficiency, you are most likely to notice the effect sooner.

Ingredients

Nascent Iodine in a base of Demeter certified Biodynamic grape alcohol. (2% Iodine by weight / 400mcg of nascent iodine per drop).”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have been drinking Kelp in powder form for several months now because of its iodine content. This product provides me with another option to ingest enough iodine. Hypothyroidism is a condition that runs in my family and I am vehemently trying to “break that mold” within my own body, making this product even more significant than most to me. Here is what I have come to know, in my own words, about iodine:

-Sufficient iodine is needed for optimum thyroid function. All of our endocrine system needs iodine, but the thyroid needs the most.

-Our bodies need very little iodine per day, but it needs it, since our bodies do not make it.

-Hypo and Hyperthyroidism can be a result of inadequate or improper (too much) intake of iodine.

I read with this Nascent Iodine that those with very low iodine levels might feel a boost from taking this iodine right away. I think my iodine levels have been adequate, thus I did not feel a drastic effect after taking it. I do use it daily, interchangeably with the kelp and have noticed a difference in my overall energy level. I used to wake up every morning having a very hard time waking up and feeling energetic. I now wake up every morning and require very little to get going. I take a few drops of iodine in my mouth and gulp it down with a glass of water and I’m set.

I’ve been very happy with this product, overall and would recommend it to:

-those who have a hard time waking up

-those with low energy levels

-those who believe to have or have been diagnosed with a thyroid problem

Needless to say, I am not a doctor, however I found this product to be helpful for my overall energy level and ability to get up and go in the mornings.

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Prescript-Assist Probiotic

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“What is Prescript Assist?

Prescript-Assist® (P-A) is a next-generation combination of 29 probiotic microflora “Soil-Based-Organisms (SBOs)” uniquely combined with a humic/fulvic acid prebiotic that enhances SBO proliferation. Prescript-Assist’s® microflora are Class-1 micro ecological units that are typical of those progressively found resident along the healthy human GI Tract. And, with more than 5 years in clinical development and testing*, Prescript-Assist remains one of the most effective probiotic supplements for restoring levels of gastrointestinal micro-flora compromised from antibiotics, medication, poor diet, stress, and digestive abnormalities.

*Prescript-Assist Probiotic was the subject of a randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind clinical study (Clinical Therapeutics 2005; Vol 27, No. 6, Pgs.755-761.)

Clinical Applications

- Maintains Healthy GI-Tract MicroFloral Ecologies
- Promotes Normal Bowel Function
- Supports Gut Immune-System
- Assists in Stabilizing the Gut Mucosal Barrier
- Supports Normal Absorption and Assimilation of Nutrients in the Gut

Details

A primary objective of probiotic therapy is to provide therapeutic resistance against pathogen colonization in the GI tract. Prescript-Assist® is unique in this regard as its constituent microflora are representative of those found resident along the healthy human GI tract (vs. most common probiotic products). Its beneficial/healthy microflora, coupled with a proprietary prebiotic, provide for robust maintenance/enhancement of gut microflora and resistance to pathogenesis. Prescript-Assist’s® microflora arguably contribute to better health in their in-vitro and in-vivo demonstrated abilities to produce vital nutritional components (antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, etc). Quite unlike most probiotics that incorporate easily degradable lactic acid based microorganisms, the utilization of SBO’s in Prescript-Assist® provides for a pH resistant (able to survive trip through the stomach) and shelf stable (does not need refrigeration) product.

Suggested Use

Take 2 per capsules of Prescript-Assist per day for the first 30 days, followed by 1 to 2 capsules per day thereafter, or as recommended by your healthcare professional. A minimum full 30 day cycle of 2 caps per day should be used to reconstitute beneficial gut flora following any antibiotic regimen.

Ingredients

Each 600mg capsule of Prescript-Assist® contains a proprietary blend of Leonardite, and the following microorganisms: Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

Why is Prescript-Assist a better choice?

  • No need for refrigeration.
  • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
  • Inherent Viability: A matrix of superior, highly-resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
  • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.12
  • 29 Symbiotic Strains: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and Paleolithic diets.
  • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over 2 years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C .
  • Supported By Prebiotics. 
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Though I only had about a two day’s worth of this product to sample, I believe it to be an above average probiotic supplement. If your diet does not already consist of several probiotic rich fermented foods, like kombucha, sauerkraut, or kefir-then this product is great way to get an adequate amount of probiotics so that your digestive system’s performance can be optimized.

Taking care of your digestive system is important because when it is damaged or disrupted, then the foods you eat will not be as readily absorbed as they could be if your digestive system was in tip top shape. This makes the organic food you eat less effective at keeping you healthy. It’s like putting great food into a blender that will only operate on a low speed. Our digestive systems can process a lot of goodness and assimilate the nutrients when it is working well. Taking a probiotic supplement will help it work it’s best.

In taking this supplement for two days, I didn’t notice an immediate difference-as expected. Taking this supplement for several weeks until evaluating it is the best way to give your digestive system time to heal and thrive.

Because I believe this probiotic supplement to be of great quality, I’d recommend it to anyone searching for a probiotic that they can feel good about. Taking care of your digestive system is something that will make a big difference in your overall health.

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

Ellovi 6-Ingredient Skin Butter Review

Ellovi Body Butter

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About Ellovi:

“Ellovi was born to disrupt a beauty industry ruled by products laden with artificial ingredients and cheap fillers. We are passionate about crafting pure and nutritional skincare products from plants. Our aspiration is not simply to make the best natural skincare products, but the best skincare products of any kind.

We believe that what you put on your skin goes more than skin deep. Which is why we are committed to keeping our products free of anything that doesn’t come straight from nature.

Our first product, Butter, is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea. There are no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients.

We promise to always make our products with integrity and the finest ingredients from around the world. We hope you see this reflected in Butter and we welcome your feedback.”

In regards to organic ingredients, I got this great info from Kelly:

“4 of our ingredients are certified organic, and the other 2 are wildly harvested. 

We use the term “ethically sourced” to describe our ingredients because we only buy from companies that treat their employees well and pay them fair wages. We also work with a few fair trade organizations such as Global Mamas, (an amazing company that helps provide sustainable income opportunities for women in Africa).”

I have come to learn that the term “wild-harvested” is very similar to the word organic, but often without the certification. Plants that are wild harvested are grown away from pesticides and harsh chemicals-a great thing! So, when you see that on a natural product, that often is a great sign.

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Kelly Winterhalter

Founder & Beauty Expert

Creator of Butter, Certified Yoga Teacher, former graphic designer at MacWorld / PCWorld, and Vegan.

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Ryan Pamplin

Co-Founder

Serial Entrepreneur, EMMY-Nominated Producer, creator of DefaultCase, Vegan, and Kelly’s biggest fan.

I look forward to experiencing more of the exceptional products that Kelly & Ryan continue to create! What an incredible start they are off to.

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Ellovi Butter

Ellovi’s Description:

“Ellovi Butter is a raw body butter made from just six pure ingredients ethically sourced from around the world. What’s really special about Butter is that we don’t add water. That means it’s highly concentrated and can’t evaporate like other body butters.

Butter soaks in deep and moisturizes skin from the inside out. Even after washing your hands, a bath, or a shower Butter will keep you intensely hydrated for days.

  • Highly concentrated formula without water. A little bit goes a long way (3.5 oz).
  • Only six ingredients: macadamia nut, coconut, marula, hemp seed, shea & non-GMO corn.
  • We don’t add fragrance. Butter’s light nutty aroma is actually the raw ingredients.
  • Butter deeply hydrates skin, preventing fine lines and wrinkles from ever forming.
  • Our natural ingredients provide SPF 15 protection from the sun.
  • We make Butter in small handmade batches in Oakland, California.

We created Butter because most body butters are full of unnecessary chemicals, parabens, and preservatives created in science labs. Your skin is one giant sponge, so you’ve got to protect it from soaking in the bad stuff.

My Thoughts & Description:

I absolutely love the stance that Kelly and Ryan have taken in creating Ellovi. I’ve always thought the same exact thing: If you are going to create your own products from scratch, why not use the best ingredients?

The simple ingredients and the transparency of their mission in creating this product are refreshing to me. “Macadamia nut, coconut, marula, hemp seed, shea & non-GMO corn,” what a rich and dense combination! I am especially fond of hemp seed and coconut, as I have used them in skin care products and have loved their ability to keep skin effectively hydrated for hours and hours.

This product doesn’t contain any fragrance, and it doesn’t need it! I really enjoy the rich, nutty scent of it. I have used it head-to-to; I don’t believe there is a body part that would not benefit from this butter! I’ve even used it on the dry corners of my mouth and flakey tip of my nose (in the cold winter temps that cause skin to dry out). For the ends of hair, it is perfect to use as a pomade-I rub just a small amount in between my hands and then comb it into the ends of my hair with my fingers (only the ends-doing your hair from root to tip would leave hair a bit too oily if you have an oily scalp like I do). This method works wonders for dry ends of hair.

I recommend this to anyone who appreciates simply made, high quality skin care products. I also think it’s ideal for someone who doesn’t like  to have a bunch of different products sitting around for all of their skin care needs. This one does the job of so many serums, lotions and moisturizers and is a great replacement for all of those. I’d imagine this little jar will continue to last me a while-the value of the product is impressive.

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

HollyBeth Organics Review

HollyBeth Organics Review

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About HollyBeth Organics:

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“HollyBeth Organics began as a hobby as HollyBeth was traveling the globe. After 50 countries, 50 years and an epiphany, she decided to put her passion to the test and create HollyBeth Organics, a USDA certified organic skin care line. HollyBeth grew up walking in the woods in North Georgia with her Grandmother who was well versed in plants and their medicinal properties. While living in France, she was introduced to essential oils and organic skincare and living in Latin America, she learned the curative powers of herbs from local healers. While living in Spain, a friend’s mother told her to always use eye cream.  After collecting too many eye creams from her travels, she decided to create her own. The result is a complete line of effective skincare products. HollyBeth hand selects ingredients and formulates her unique recipes based on traditional homeopathic remedies from around the world. Her focus is on results oriented plants and essential oils that are safe for the entire family. All products are lovingly created by HollyBeth in artisan batches in a converted former cotton warehouse in Atlanta.” 

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Flourish Roll-On Perfume

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“Artisan made with love, essential oils that conjure exotic places like cedar wood coupled with jasmine, rose and bergamot take you to an aromatic garden of tranquility. The ideal signature for the ingredient-savvy fragrance aficionado and the girl-on-the-go, just apply to wrists and behind ears, then throw the travel-ready, roll-on into a purse, gym bag or evening clutch for anytime-anywhere refreshing –positively brilliant!

Ingredients: Made with Rose Absolute Precious Oil (Rosa Damascena)*, Jasmine Absolute Oil (Jasminum Grandiflorum)*, and an exclusive blend of Organic Certified Essential Oils & Vitamin E.

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m always on the search to discover new, organic fragrances because the perfumes and colognes you’ll find in your local department store are typically filled to the brim with harmful chemicals. I, like many, have accrued some favorite perfumes over the years. Luckily, I have been able to become more acquainted with essential oils and what they smell like-giving me a good idea of how to recreate my favorite perfumes.

If I could created my ideal perfume scent, it would be a bit different than this one. I really enjoy a musky scent with sandalwood notes.

That said, I really enjoyed this fragrance as a change of pace. It’s typically not what I’d wear, but I like that. It’s rosy with herbaceous and floral notes, making it the perfect girly and flirty scent. It is light and pleasant and I’d deem it suitable for both day and night wear. This concoction is so rich that you don’t need much of it to be adequately doused in the lovely fragrance.

I’d recommend this scent, Flourish, to a gal with an affinity for floral perfumes. I envision a dainty girl with bows in her hair to be wearing this.🙂 This is a great, high quality perfume by HollyBeth!

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Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“For normal to oily skin

This lightweight dry oil features dynamic bergamot to balance skin and reduce oiliness. Combined with breezy marigold it calms and relaxes skin and heals minor irritation. Perfectly smooth and delightful, this is the ideal daily moisturizer for normal to oily faces.

For hundreds of years, perfumers in Western Europe have used the aromatic extract from bergamot oranges for its chameleon-like ability to mingle with many other fragrances. Citrus plants grow best near the Tropics and have long served numerous healing and therapeutic purposes.

To Use: Massage a small amount into face and neck avoiding the eye area. Use morning and night. Keep in a cool dry place away from heat.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Vitis vinifera (Grape)Seed Oil*, beeswax*, Calendula (Marigold) Officinalis ,* Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil,* Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*. * organic

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This oil was a godsend to receive. As many organic products that I use and as many organic foods that I eat, I feel sometimes that I have yet to master how to manage my hormones and how they affect my facial skin. I seemingly always have a problem area on my face. Because of this, I really gravitate towards a product like this that is well thought out, targets oily skin and helps heal irritated skin. I apply this after cleansing to damp skin-a tiny dab does it.

Knowing that I am putting a pure, organic oil onto my face after cleansing is something that brings me some peace of mind. After using this oil, I quickly saw that this product delivers what it promises to. My skin feels soothed, less inflamed and less irritated. Using this product in combination with a mostly clean diet helps my skin to stay clear and allows me to better manage my breakouts. You can absolutely tell that the oil delivers a hefty dose of nutrients to the skin.

I’d highly recommend this oil to any individual plagued with oily or problem skin. This oil will help you skin “chill out,” and you will have peace of mind knowing that a pure blend of organic oils is going onto your skin.

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Chocolate Peppermint Hair & Body Oil

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“A fragrant and luxurious indulgence, this sublime treatment works equally well to nourish and fortify hair and skin. A staple in every Southern garden, the camellia flower provides the gorgeous, lightweight oil that has been the beauty secret of Japanese geishas for hundreds of years. Here it combines with argan oil to moisturize and restore while protecting against UV damage and helping to prevent signs of aging. Meanwhile, chocolate peppermint oil imparts a delightful cooling and tingling sensation and vetiver provides soothing and antispectic properties. Hair & Body Silk leaves skin supple and glistening and hair shiny, healthy and full.

To use: Use this silken blend from head to toe: Apply to damp skin or to damp or clean dry hair. Spread two or three drops between hands, then gently smooth over hair to tame frizzies, shine and hydrate. Use as body oil after shower and can also be used on cuticles to soften and moisturize.

Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Argania (Argan) spinosa oil*, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Andropogon zizanioides (Vetiver) Oil.* *organic

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

What a decadent treat this sample was! This rich duo of chocolate and peppermint does more than nourish skin & hair-it will tempt you to take a slurp! It smells divine, like a chocolate, minty paradise. It’s never a bad thing to smell like a sweet treat, right?!

I enjoyed using this oil most on the ends of my hair. After drying clean hair, I applied it to the bottom 2/3 of hair to give my locks some added luster and yummy fragrance. The uses for this oil are virtually endless-you can use it from head to toe.

It’s such a unique idea-I’ve never seen a product before for this purpose, with this combo and with these high quality ingredients. Because of that, I’d recommend this to anyone who loves chocolate: so……..that is merely everyone!

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

Dr. Bronner’s Skin, Hair & Body Care Review

Dr. Bronner’s

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About Dr. Bronner’s:

“Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are synonymous with Old-World quality and time-honored simplicity, which can be traced back to the family’s German-Jewish soapmaking tradition. Born in 1908 to a Jewish family that had been making soap since 1858, Emanuel Bronner was the third generation certified as a master-soapmaker under the guild system of the time. In 1929, he brought his formulas for high-quality liquid and bar soaps to America, starting Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in its current form in 1948.

Renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps enjoyed a small but loyal following in the early years. In the late 1960s, however, soap sales started to explode, due to the unsurpassed ecological quality combined with Dr. Bronner’s urgent message to realize our transcendent unity across religious and ethnic divides. Word-of-mouth soon made Dr. Bronner’s the iconic soap of that era, and in the decades that followed the soaps spread into every health food store in the U.S. and then into the mainstream as well — winning over fans from all walks of life on the way to becoming the number-one-selling natural brand of soap in North America.

The 4th and 5th generations of the Bronner family who run the company today continue to make our unsurpassed soaps with care and integrity. 2008 marks both the 60th anniversary of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in America and the 150th anniversary of our family’s first soapmaking activity in southern Germany. We strive to honor our heritage with progressive business practices, while devoting profits to worthwhile causes and charities worldwide.”

I have tried several different brands in my organic ventures. That said, it’s reasonable to think that only some of them spend ample time in my shower waiting to be used. Dr. Bronner’s products are one of those brands. These products are a staple in our household & I was happy to try three more products from their line that I had yet to experience.

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Lemongrass Lime Shaving Gel

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified by the same National Organic Program that certifies food, our shaving gels are smooth and effective without any synthetic ingredients. Organic Shikakai comes from the seed pods of the small South Asian tree Acacia Concinna. Extracted in organic sucrose and grape juice it provides soothing moisturizing glide. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Baby Mild Soap provides superior hair lift and wetting. Sold in a 7 oz. tube.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Sucrose*, Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Lemongrass Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Lime Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Dr. Bronner’s shave gels are probably the best shave gels (all other brands of gels & creams included) that I’ve ever used. Though I prefer the peppermint scent over this lemongrass lime, I find both of them (regardless of scent) to be incredibly moisturizing on skin. They prevent skin from becoming dried out after being shaved, and leave a fragrant scent on skin.

Some shaving gels and creams are obviously mostly water, which becomes evident when skin is begging for moisture after shaving with them. This gel is extremely dense with oils, making it the ideal barrier to have between skin and a razor. I just can’t say enough good things about Dr. Bronner’s shaving gels.

After trying both this lemongrass lime and the peppermint (have had it in my shower for several months prior to now), I definitely prefer the peppermint, as I have an unmistakable affinity for all things minty. However, if you typically prefer a light, zesty punch of citrus, than this lemongrass lime just might be your favorite. It leaves a nice, fresh scent on your skin and hydrates skin just as well as the peppermint.

I’d recommend these to men and women for the entire body! I guarantee you will love this product. It is very reasonably priced, especially considering all of the organic ingredients. I’d also recommend to men: ditch that junky shaving cream you got at the drug store and buy a bottle of this! I’d be willing to bet that any irritation or razor burn would go away after substituting with Dr. Bronner’s.

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Hemp-Almond Pure Castile Bar Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Nothing brings the warmth and coziness of home and hearth into your shower like Dr. Bronner’s heavenly almond scent. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Wrapped in 10% hemp-flax / 90% post-consumer recycled paper from Living Tree Paper Co.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Almond Fragrance, Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

* CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS 

** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This soap is simple, clarifying, effective and smelling of almond goodness. I’ve tried many other Dr. Bronner bar soaps before and have loved them all. They are perfect to keep by the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and in the shower. The ratio of oils to sodium hydroxide (also known as lye-used the create “soap”, and like mentioned above, is obsolete when the soap is formed) is perfect, as it gets skin completely clean, but does not strip it of all moisture and natural body oils.

These bar soaps are gentle enough for young skin and are a better option that merely all generic soaps that are “formulated” for youngsters. Funny enough, those products are often full of harsh chemicals. So, tell me, how is that specially formulated for toddlers? Anyways, my point is that THESE bars are fantastic for the entire family. You could mix it up and please everyone’s preferences by putting a different scent of Dr. Bronner’s soap in each bathroom!

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Lavender Coconut Lotion

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified to National Organic Standards our lotions are based on pure organic oils free of petrochemically modified ingredients and preservatives. Organic jojoba oil moisturizes dry skin exceptionally well due to its unique similarity to the skin’s natural oil. Organic coconut oil assists absorption while organic hemp and avocado oils help keep skin smooth and supple. Organic grain alcohol (ethanol) is used as a natural preservative at a level that helps absorption without being drying. Only the finest organic essential oils are used for fragrance. Sold in an 8 oz. bottle.

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Ethanol, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil – (* Certified Fair Trade by IMO).”

My Description & Thoughts:

Who would have thought that lavender and coconut would make a good combination? The calming scent of the lavender and the exotic scent of the coconut combine to make an interesting, unique and suprisingly refreshing duo in this lotion. Its flowery and summery notes make it pleasant and relaxing.

The the texture of the lotion itself lends itself to going a long way on skin. It is a bit “runnier” than a lot of lotions. However, this is not because it has a high water content. On the contrary, I believe it is more liquidy than most because of the organic oils that it is comprised of. A small amount of this in the palm of your hand will completely cover an entire one of my legs (which is a lot of skin-I’m 5’9!). I love that about this lotion because it makes you feel like your money is stretching farther. It has great staying power on skin-soaks in enough to leave skin smooth, yet keeps the moisture barrier on skin solid enough to last all day without a dry skin spell occuring.

It’s essentially the ideal lotion. I’d recommend those interested to check out all of the scents that Dr. Bronner’s has to offer before choosing one. There is surely a scent to please everyone. My favorite is the Peppermint lotion!

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Peppermint Leave-In Conditioner and Hair Styling Creme

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified by the same National Organic program that certifies organic food, our conditioning & styling crème provides light styling hold while making hair silky soft without any synthetic ingredients. Organic virgin coconut oil makes hair shiny & luxurious, organic jojoba oil imparts excellent manageability and feel, while the organic hemp oil moisturizes and softens hair.

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Ethanol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have long hair that tangles easily often needs a moisture boost at the ends, since I shower daily after workouts. I’ve found that a lot of leave in conditioners are not only full of junky ingredients, but they add gunk and goop to hair instead of just adding healthy moisture. Because so many leave in conditioners fall short, I didn’t ever regularly use such a product.

THIS product solved that problem for me. It’s so easy for me to rave about Dr. Bronner’s products because they boast everything you’d want in a product: effectiveness, great ingredients, and great smells!

My hair length is about half way down my back, so in using this product, I only apply it from my ears down (approzimately the bottom 2/3 of hair). Adding leave in conditioner too close to the roots can cause hair to get dirty and greasy earlier than you’d want. Adding it only to the bottom portion of hair will encourage hair to stay tangle free and will add just the right amount of moisture to your tresses so that hair looks healthy, shiney and fresh.

I’ve been using this product daily and thoroughly enjoy using it. I love the peppermint fragrance that is left on my hair after applying. I’d recommend this product to anyone with long, tangly, or dry hair. This conditioner, as you can see on the bottle, also doubles as a styling creme. It would be great or women or men that have short hair and are looking for a bit of texture and moisture. I feel confident that anyone who experiences Dr Bronner’s products, especially the peppermint scented ones, will be hooked.

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