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Life Equals Supplements (KC Local) Review

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Life Equals Vitamins

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Life Equals:

“At Life Equals, we think vitamins and supplements are like anything: you should love them! If every other product has a guarantee associated with it, why not vitamins and supplements as well? 

That’s why all of our products, including our apparel, are a part of our Love Your Health Guarantee. That means, if you have any questions, concerns or issues with any of our Daily Essentials, Specialty Supplements or apparel, we want to hear from you. We’re happy to answer any questions you have, exchange products (well, apparel that is — difficult to exchange an open bottle of vitamins!) or offer a refund up to 60 days after your date of purchase for both our apparel and vitamins. In short, we want you to love your health!
Thanks so much for being a part of our Buy Health Give Health movement where every purchase donates an equal amount of children’s multivitamins to an undernourished child through the Life=Life Project.

Did you know —

In the world today, 2 billion people, or 1 out of every three, lack essential nutrients.

And worldwide, 1 in 3 children die due to undernutiriton. This lack of nutrients is a greater cause of childhood death than AIDS, malaria, and parasitic infections combined.

This crisis facing the world’s children is THE #1 most addressable issue of humanity today.
That is why we started Life Equals, a one-for-one vitamin company. One-for-one? Meaning for every vitamin you buy, we give another children’s multivitamin to undernourished children in 44 countries worldwide and 33 states here in america.”

In regards to the word “organic,” I learned this about Life Equals ingredients:

“Life Equals makes premium quality products by sourcing the best ingredients from quality growers and producers. All of our products have increased bioavailability, improved absorption and are 100% Made in the USA in facilities that exceed FDA regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices.

The LIFE= Prental, Men’s and Women’s Multivitamins all utilize the natural supplementation power of whole foods to increase absorption and make them naturally gentle on the stomach. Life Equals specifically avoids GMO ingredients and is currently seeking Organic certification on their Whole Food Blend to ensure the utmost quality. 
LIFE= CoQ10 already utilizes Certified Organic Flaxseed oil as the binder to assist in the absorption of the coenzyme.  
LIFE= Vitamin D3 was specifically designed with a non-GMO oil binder to create the cleanest D3 product possible. Seeking Organic Certification will be the next step for this product as well. 
It is our mission at Life Equals to bring quality products to the market that not only better the lives of our customers, but the lives of children across the world.  We are striving to expand that holistic commitment to our environment by working towards Organic, non-GMO status for all of our products. Stay tuned to the Life Equals movement as we grow and make our products even better and help more children live healthy, productive lives!”
Life Equals also does a pretty nifty subscription program, where they auto-ship it every month. Every month you get 15% off + free shipping, but your first month you get 75% off the products! It’s no-obligation, cancel any time.

Prenatal Multivitamin

About:

“Multivitamin/Multimineral
LIFE= Prenatal is formulated to promote healthy fetal development while also supporting the mother’s nutrition and energy. Patented mineral amino acid chelates by Albion Labs combine minerals in an organic molecule that the body can readily assimilate – avoiding constipation and discomfort. The Whole Food and Herbal Blend promotes the absorption of vitamins and minerals and the digestion of co-nutrients. The Digestive Enzyme Complex provides the final step to maximum absorption and nutrient availability with plant-based enzymes that support healthy digestion and further reduce stomach discomfort. 

Why LIFE= Prenatal?

  • Gentle on the stomach
  • Naturally Energizing
  • Mineral–Amino Acid Chelates for Better Absorption
  • Plant Based Enzymes for Improved Digestion
  • Non-Constipating Iron.”

Probiotic

About:

“LIFE= Probiotic is formulated to help support and replenish natural healthy bacteria levels in the body. By combining multiple probiotic strains, a more effective formula is created. Each different strain thrives in separate parts of the digestive tract and offers different benefits – together they create a more holistic solution. LIFE= Probiotic strains have natural acid bio-resistance enabling them to withstand low stomach pH and thrive upon arrival in the intestinal tract.* 

Why LIFE= Probiotic?

  • 6 Probiotic Strains for Holistic Benefits
  • FOS Prebiotic for Increased Effectiveness
  • Helps Manage Food Allergies*
  • Supports Nutrient Absorption*
  • Aids Vitamin Synthesis*.”

CoQ10

About:

Multivitamin/Multimineral
LIFE= CoQ10, in easy to swallow softgels, uses only 100% natural CoQ10 blended with natural vitamin E and organic flaxseed oil to ensure the best absorption and availability without the need to accompany with food. CoQ10 has been intensely studied for over 40 years and has been shown to support a healthy cardiovascular system, slow the effects of age-related diseases, promote healthy gums and aid energy production on a cellular level.* 

Why LIFE= CoQ10?

  • Blended with Organic Flaxseed Oil
  • Supports Heart Health*
  • Powerful Antioxidant*
  • Naturally Energizing
  • Promotes Immune Function*.”

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My Thoughts:

Most importantly, this local to Kansas City brand has me impressed and mesmerized by their commitment to provide a dose of nutrients to children in need, all over the world. I was not aware that malnutrition was a cause of so many children’s deaths each year. What a sad reality. I am inspired by the fact that they are making strides to tackle this issue. Thus, when you become a customer of Life Equals, you are helping a child in need get the nutrition their body requires–good things!

I was interested in taking these three supplements because:

1. I believe a good multivitamin can help “cover your bases” in making sure you are getting enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. I have been taking a prenatal vitamin for about a year, as suggested by my OBGYN, as I hope to be expecting some time in the semi-near future 🙂

2. Probiotics are important because they promote healthy digestion. Digestion is important because it allows your body to effectively absorb all of the nutrients you are taking in. With poor digestion and a gut that is not full of the necessary bacterias, your body won’t reap all of the benefits of the healthy food you’re eating. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are important to maintaining a healthy gut. Thus, I don’t believe you should take a probiotic hoping that it will outweigh the bad eating you’re doing.

3. CoQ10 is a supplement that I first heard about in trying to discover products that would help clear my hormonal acne. Since your skin is a reflection of your overall health, I figured that incorporating an antioxidant supplement could only help. CoQ10, in Life Equals’ words: “supports a healthy cardiovascular system, slow the effects of age-related diseases, promote healthy gums and aid energy production on a cellular level.” As a strong antioxidant, it essentially does several great things for the body and your overall health.

In regards to quality, these supplements are way above average, with each of the products being free of common allergens:

-Prenatal: free of  yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor, sodium.

-Probiotic: free of iron, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, preservatives.

-CoQ10: free of yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor, sodium.

In regards to how I’ve felt taking these supplements: my stomach has never been upset after taking them, my digestion is regular, my overall vitality is up and I’m feeling healthy. I have taken these during the final weeks of my marathon training and found them to be a great, added boost to my daily intake of healthy, nutrient dense meals. I believe that supplements don’t replace nutritious, organic food–but they can give you a bit of an athletic “edge.”

Life Equals uses some ingredients that are organic and non-gmo. I’ve learned that they are making efforts to include more and more certified organic ingredients to insure the quality of their products. I look forward to this transition into a super-high quality line of products. So far, so good–but I look forward to “so great!” I’ve been enjoying rocking my Life Equals T-Shirt and look forward to recommending these supplements to more individuals as the prevalence of organic ingredients increases in their products.

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Mun Nighttime Dream Youth Serum Review

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Mun Nighttime Dream Youth Serum

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Mun:

“Philosophy

Created with both you and the planet in mind, our organic skincare products connect the cycles of beauty, health, and sustainability. Pure, natural, and completely free of synthetic chemicals, our ingredients are derived from native plants that are carefully selected by women-owned, responsibly managed local co-operatives.

The organic ingredients in our products are essential both to your beauty and your health—not only do they provide a higher volume of rich nutrients for your skin and your body, but organic farming also protects the soil and the ecosystem of microorganisms within it.

Finally, our business model ensures we adhere to the highest standards of fair trade and sustainable development.

This is the cycle of nourishing and sustaining our bodies and our planet that we so strongly believe in.”

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Mun’s Description:

“Night after night, pure and organic No.1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum renews the beauty of your skin. At the heart of this luxurious anti-aging formula, three treasures work bedtime wonders: Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Argan Oil combine to transform the appearance of your skin, while soothing Rose Oil lightly scents your sweetest dreams. Every night, the look of wrinkles and fine lines gradually diminishes with the firming and refining of your skin. Every day, your complexion is more even-toned in appearance, glowing with the radiance and vitality of youth.

A nightly anti-aging ritual with No.1 Aknari…

* Instills radiance for a captivating complexion.
* Nourishes, softens and smoothes the skin.
* Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
* Prevents premature wrinkle formation.
* Brightens dark circles and evens out skin tone.
* Protects the skin from free radicals.

Ingredients:

Prickly Pear Seed Oil (ECOCERT Organic), in its pure organic form, has traditionally been used to protect and heal the skin from the harsh and burning desert wind in Southern Morocco. One of the most precious plant oils in the world, it is extracted through a time-involved, hands-on process; 1,500 lbs* of Prickly Pear fruit is needed to produce 1 liter of the rare oil. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is exceptionally rich in Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radicals. Its inherent anti-aging benefits help reduce the appearance of fine lines and prevent premature wrinkle formation. Additional optimal properties moisturize, nourish, revitalize, soften and smooth the skin, and effectively brighten dark under-eye circles.

* In the spirit of optimum efficiency, all byproducts are used to feed livestock.

Argan Oil (ECOCERT Organic), oftentimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’ in the region of Morocco to which it is exclusive and unique, is extracted from the nuts of the Argan tree. Used by Berber women in Morocco for centuries, its moisturizing and revitalizing properties restore the skin’s barrier while neutralizing free radicals, making it ideal for daily skincare. Suitable for all skin types, it possesses anti-inflammatory properties that diminish the redness caused by enlarged capillaries in the skin, making it the perfect treatment for acne and sunbathed skin.

Rose Oil is created from one of the world’s most beloved flowers, variously known as the Queen of Flowers and a symbol of love, purity and fragrant perfection. Abundant in antioxidants, our Rose Oil, native to Morocco, features rejuvenating properties that soothe and silken while scenting the skin with its delicate bouquet.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I absolutely love this serum. What a dream it is! Prickly pear seed oil is an entirely new concept to me. Its description sounds like it is an ultra nourishing plant for the skin. The quality of the ingredients are wondrous–straight forward, organic and high-quality.

I’ve known about argan oil and rose oil and the applause they get for how they benefit skin, so I was excited to see those ingredients in this product.

Simple and organic is what I look for when looking for a facial serum. I have been using this serum right after cleansing my face (at night). This serum works best if you use it in combination with the water droplets left on skin after cleansing it. This enables the serum to spread more evenly and easily (it truly makes all the difference in the world doing it this way–it will also allow you to use less product to get full face coverage).

You truly only need a small droplet of this oil to cover your entire face. The way this product leaves your skin is the best possible way you could imagine–soft, smooth, hydrated, healthy, refreshed, protected, renewed.

This is one of those few products that I feel grateful for discovering through blogging. Otherwise, I don’t know that I would have ever stumbled upon it. I would recommend this serum to any and everyone. Thought men are perhaps more reluctant to use a facial serum, I believe it could improve the health of their skin, just as it does for women.

I see this product as being a replacement for those pricey skin products that women buy at the mall department stores. Those products are full of junk, just read the ingredient lists! This Mun Nighttime dream youth serum is what you have really been looking for all along. It’s amazing in that it benefits all ages of skin; young, old and every age in between.

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

Sequoia Beauty Organic Skin Care Review

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Sequoia Beauty Organic Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Sequoia Beauty is a brand that came to my attention in a search for high quality, unique and effective facial serums. Upon further exploration of their website, I quickly learned that they make way more than serums, and those products stack up nicely. On a most pertinent note, these ingredient lists are top notch! All sequoia products are entirely comprised of organic and locally grown ingredients. As Laurel mentions below, this is rare.

There are a plethora of brands available even with “organic” in the name that are not entirely organic. While containing organic ingredients in a certain percentage is commendable and is a step in the right direction, brands like Sequoia are in the upper echelon of the organic beauty world. I am wildly impressed with your mission and products, Laurel!

I always enjoy reading about the beginnings of organic beauty brands, because they seem to have passionate roots. This brand is no exception, and was especially enjoyable for me to read. So, I thought it best that I share. Here is a little background about Sequoia:

“Sequoia Beauty is an organic flower and herb based skin care line with an emphasis on local ingredients. The products cater to the needs of your skin, as well as your own physical and spiritual well-being. Sequoia Beauty started as a result of seeing how mainstream beauty products can affect people’s health. They drastically affect hormone levels (including estrogen, thyroid, cortisol, and many others), liver toxicity, digestion, lymph and immune systems, stress levels, and so much more. I realized that if skin care can do that much damage; imagine what it can do for wellness!

No chemicals, parabens, or artificial fragrances are ever used, and nothing is synthetic – just organic locally grown flowers, herbs, hydrosols, and cold-pressed organic oils all formulated together with your well-being and beautiful skin in mind. Some plants are grown organically in my own garden; most are from bay area certified organic farmers, and others wild-harvested throughout the beautiful California hillsides. Your energy and well-being are thought of throughout the entire process; from the garden, to the SB studio, to your skin.

What most people don’t know is that putting toxins and carcinogens on their face everyday for years is actually AGING them! Most ‘anti-aging‘ solutions are based on antioxidants. However, when these antioxidants are present in formulas with chemical toxins and carcinogens, it is doing a lot more harm than good. In addition to being sustainable, organic, and holistic; ALL Sequoia Beauty products contain herbs that stimulate collagen production, promote cell regeneration and reproduction, tighten and firm pores and cell structure, are loaded with antioxidants, promote anti-inflammatory pathways, encourage detoxing and waste elimination on a cellular level, heal and repair damaged tissue, and so much more!

As we are awakening and learning where our food comes from, this is the time to also be present to where our skin care comes from. Skin care, like food, can and should also be raw, organic, vegan, local, handcrafted, and made with love. Using Sequoia Beauty is making a statement that you support your own health, your own beautiful skin, and a local community that is committed to a greener healthier future.

Light and Love, 

Laurel.”
About the Founder: Laurel
“Herbalist and skin care specialist Laurel Shaffer has been in awe of the world of Holistic Healing since she first found it existed. Always seeking out new forms of healing, she is inspired by how even the energy of healing from one person to another can result in miracles.

While studying physiology and how it interconnects with the world of Western herbs at California School of Herbal Studies, she developed her unknown gift and love for chemistry and science. In her move to Northern California, she also discovered her passion for farming, organics, and good old fashioned dirt.

So how does skin care tie in to all this holistic and organic stuff??? Well, as Laurel got more into what we put into our bodies, she started to consider what we put on our bodies as well. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and the amount of toxins it’s exposed to just by living how we do can be overwhelming. So why would we be giving it more toxins when we could be doing the opposite? All these plants are filled with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, essential fatty acids – and all sorts of other goodies that are crucial building blocks to healthy skin and a healthy body.

Laurel believes that not only can your skin care heal your skin, but it can heal YOU. Your liver, your immune system, keep your hormones balanced…and the light and love put into her lines and formulations makes for a healthy spirit, too.”

Nourish Serum

Sequoia’s Description:

“For all skin types, use our antioxidant serum, Nourish, in the place of a regular cream moisturizer, or in addition to one for drier skin types. Nourish has over 30 organic plants all working for your skin in different ways… plants to stimulate collagen production like Gotu Kola, to reduce sun damage like Sea Buckthorn, to encourage healthy cell reproduction like Comfrey, Calendula for damaged cellular structure and dna damage, and many lipid rich oils filing in fine lines. Nourish Serum contains plants linked to sun protection like Red Raspberry Seed oil, Cranberry Seed oil, and Jojoba. You’ll find plants loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and EFAs; like Nettle, Borage, and Rosehip.  SB’s Nourish is plants that contain the building blocks to healthy skin – the perfect blend of nature and science. Every plant in Nourish is in its purest possible form. Nourish is hands down Mother Nature at her best, and is a favorite amongst Sequoia Beauty lovers! 1oz.

Ingredients: Certified Organic, Raw and Unrefined Oils of Jojoba*, Rosehip*, Sesame*, Almond*, Borage*, Evening Primrose*, Red Raspberry Seed*, Sea Buckthorn*, Cranberry Seed*, and Tamanu*, a Nourish Proprietary Blend of 18 Plants**, Rosemary Extract*, and Essential Oils of Bergamot*, Rose Geranium*, and Clary Sage*

**The Nourish proprietary blend is 100% organic or biodynamic and all plants are locally grown in the bay area. All plants are hand pressed by Sequoia Beauty. If you have plant allergies please contact us for more information. *Please note Nourish is absolutely 100% certified organic ingredients in its entirety – from the oils, the plant blend, to the essential oils – and that is incredibly rare!!”

My Description & Thoughts:

I am very happy with this serum. I can see myself keeping this around for daily use morning and night. It does not leave my skin goopy at all, rather, hydrated and healthy. The ingredients in this serum are a delight to read. They are clean, recognizable and are all components that I have come to know are great at nourishing and healing skin. All of these oils in combination make for an earthy and zesty scent. Scents like this are fantastic because the men in your home can use it too without fearing that his skin will smell girly. 🙂

Eye Dream

Sequoia’s Description:

“Intensely hydrating, regenerative, and nourishing eye cream, suitable for all skin types. Eye Dream’s plants were carefully chosen for fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. Rosehip seed oil and Sea Buckthorn oil, both containing high amounts of vit C, have been linked to collagen stimulation and prolonged life of collagen. Bilberry, Fennel and Nettle, which are very specific to the delicate eye area, reduce puffiness, fluid retention and dark circles. Licorice is also helping to reduce inflammation. The plants in this cream have an abundance of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A,C,E, and K, and are also high in carotenes ideal for the eye area. Rose and Lavender are both gentle and soothing to the eyes. Soft essential oils of Lavender, Sandalwood, and Myrrh are soothing as well as beneficial to aging skin. .3oz

Ingredients:  Rose*, Chamomile*, and Lavender* Hydrosols, Raw and Unrefined Oils of Jojoba*, Rosehip*, Borage*, Cranberry Seed*, Grape Seed*, Red Raspberry Seed* and Sea Buckthorn*; Shea Butter*, 11 Plant Eye am New Proprietary Blend*, Vegetable Wax (Non GMO and Ecocert), Vegetable Glycerine*, Citrus Fruit Blend*, Soy Lecithin*, Licorice*, Gotu Kola*, Rosemary*, Non-GMO Vit E, Sequoia Beauty Flower Essence*, Essential Oils*, and Potassium Sorbate (an Ecocert preservative approved for organic products).

*Signifies certified organic ingredient. The SB 11 Plant Eye Dream Proprietary blend is 100% certified organic or biodynamic plants, all grown thoughtfully with love, and hand pressed at the Sequoia Beauty studio. If you have plant allergies please be in touch for the full list.”

My Description & Thoughts:

If there is one thing I neglect on my face, it is my eyes. I have never regularly used an eye cream of any sort. I was excited to get my hands on this product and do some pampering of the skin around my eyes.

I apply Eye Dream to all of the skin surrounding my eye socket prior to bedtime. I provide nourishment and moisture to the rest of my facial skin, so why neglect my eyes? This product has made me see that perhaps an eye product is a great thing.

In the morning after applying this, it seems as though the puffiness below my eyes is reduced and my eyes look more awake. Great ingredients seem to be synonymous with Sequoia’s skin care, as this product is comprised of a whole lot of goodness.

Purify & Release Cream Cleanser

Sequoia’s Description:

“This Sequoia Beauty cleanser is for problem, oily, or combination skin. It removes dirt, oil, and make up, and leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed. This is a non-foaming, cream cleanser specifically formulated for oily skin– yes, really! No foaming agents, alcohols, or anything that will strip the skin from SB ~ trust us. Our blend of Burdock, Licorice, Echinacea, and Dandelion encourage cellular and pore detoxing. Chamomile, Licorice, and Chickweed sooth the skin to help release impurities. Chamomile, Echinacea, Honey and Calendula are a few of the antimicrobial plants in this formula, without doing damage to healthy skin flora. Raw Honey also helps with gentle and healthy cell turn over. A blend of citrus and sandalwood essential oils restore proper balance to the lipid layer, as well as leave you feeling bright and fresh. This water free product is best used in small amounts with warm water mixed into the cleansing process. 4oz.

Ingredients: Chamomile*, Calendula*, and Lavender* Hydrosols, Safflower*, Sunflower*, Rosehip*, Jojoba*, and Coconut* oils, Honey*, Burdock*, Dandelion*, Licorice*, Echinacea*, Cleaver*, Chickweed*, Calendula*, Olive Wax**, Vegetable Glycerine*, Soy Lecithin*, Leucidal** (a probiotic preservative from radishes), Rosemary*, Grapefruit*, Blood Orange*, and Sandalwood* Essential Oils, and Potassium Sorbate** (a natural preservative)

*These ingredients are raw/cold processed/unrefined, certified organic or biodynamic, and non-gmo. **These ingredients are the safest available natural ingredients, and are Ecocert approved for organic skin care.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This cleanser does a great job of cleaning my skin without stripping it of all moisture. Certain cleansers/soaps I reach for after a sweaty run or workout, but this cleanser is a product that I would use when my skin just needs a moderate cleaning job.

Like the serum, this cleanser has a “unisex” type of scent to it. It is earthy and not too pungent. You can tell after smelling it that these ingredients are hearty and from natural sources. Another great Sequoia product.

Antioxidant Renewal Mask

Sequoia’s Description:

“The Antioxidant mask is suitable for all skin types.  It uses mineral rich Rhassoul clay, which is nutritive and gently detoxifying, but it will not dry out the skin. This mask focuses on the rejuvenating power of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from flowers, plants, and fruits.  Since most people have no idea what sorts of vitamins and mineral their bodies are lacking, this malnourishment shows up on the skin, and eventually leads to inflammation, breakouts, and accelerated aging. The nutrients, trace minerals, and antioxidants found in Nettle, Acai, Noni, and Melissa can truly give anyone’s skin a healthy beaming glow.  The luxurious scent of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang only takes a backseat to its ability to rejuvenate the skin. Like other SB masks, this mask is dry and powdered to best preserve its pure and fresh ingredients. Simply mix with water each use and apply. For easiest application use a brush; and use a couple drops of serum to prevent the mask from drying fully. 2oz

Ingredients:  Rhassoul Clay**, Noni Fruit*, Acai Berry*, Nettle*, Dandelion Leaf*, Echinacea*, Red Clover*, Fennel*, Melissa*, and Essential Oils of Jasmine* and Ylang Ylang* *Each ingredient is organic or biodynamic, and the clay is wild crafted.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have an affinity for masks, often times. I love gooping up my face with a concoction chock full of ingredients that feed and heal my skin. Because of that, I was most excited about trying Sequoia masks.

I love the tip of adding serum to prevent the mask from drying–I hadn’t thought of that. Sometimes, masks can get dry and flake off. Adding the serum would prevent that from happening.

Thought this mask has a ton of great ingredients besides clay, I find that the clay is the main thing you smell and feel. It really feels like the mask is doing a great job of anti oxidizing and detoxifying my skin. It feels renewed after I wash it off of my face. Wonderful mask concoction Sequoia has here!

Honey Berry Enzyme Mask

Sequoia’s Description:

“For most skin types; ranging from mildly sensitive to mature to combination skin. This mask is a true favorite amongst Sequoia Beauty fans. One of its primary ingredients is Raw Royal Jelly.  Royal Jelly is a bee secretion, that is well known for its anti-aging abilities. It is high in Vit B and is considered a super antioxidant!  The enzymes found in raw fruits and raw honey are exfoliating, without manual exfoliation. Organic Strawberries and Blueberries are used for their enzyme and cleansing actions as well as their antioxidant content. Raw honey is nutritive, hydrating and plumping, is antimicrobial to help control breakouts, and the list goes on!  Essential oil of Grapefruit adds a light citrus scent to this already fruity blend. 2oz

Ingredients:  Raw Honey*, Raw Royal Jelly*, Raw Strawberries*, Raw Blueberries*, and White Grapefruit Essential Oil* *Each ingredient is organic, raw, and local to the bay area.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This mask had me at HONEY! I am a huge proponent of the benefits and healing abilities of raw honey. The honey in this mask, along with the other fruity goodies makes for quite a sweet experience! It smells delicious–I had to resist the urge to eat it with a spoon! It smells like honey mixed with fruity jelly.
For my skin, this mask does great things. The honey is hydrating, which prevents me from needing to finish with a serum/moisturizer. Honey has a wonderful way of holding a mask together, thus, the mask stays on great and is easy to wash off after you break the honey barrier. 🙂
I use this mask most on days when my skin needs a moisture boost, whereas I use the antioxidant mask on days when perhaps my pores feel clogged. Both phenomenal products with impressive ingredient lists. I’ve discovered such a remarkable brand in Sequoia! I look forward to being a customer for a long time to come.

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

OMG Organic Meets Good Protein & Superfood Supplement Review

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“OMG” Organic Meets Good Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’m always intrigued and immensely interested in trying new, organic supplements. I learned of this brand, “OMG”, after searching on Twitter for new, high quality options. I was immediately impressed with all of the literature I had found on these products. Here is a bit of information about this company and what their mission:

“Who We Are:

It all started with a group of passionate globe trekkers who traveled around the world in search of the finest organic superfood ingredients. We developed uniquely formulated blends, creating some of the healthiest and tastiest products on the planet. All of our items are made with passion, a strong sense of social-consciousness, and nutrients that are beneficial to your well-being. We strive to make living organically and actively much simpler. We invite you to try some of our products and superfood your day!

Our Three Principles:

1. Provide healthy and tasty products
Ready to create some change in your diet? We make it easy. We create organic products with powerful nutritional value and great taste that you can add to simple, everyday recipes for an extra boost. While we work with expert formulators to create products of the highest quality, we understand that there’s always room for new and exciting ideas. This is why we welcome and appreciate your suggestions. We aim to make our products the best they can possibly be because we know that organic should always meet good.

2. Encourage an environmentally friendly and organic lifestyle
Think organic and go green with OMG! We believe that the earth is our home and that we have a responsibility in preserving it. This is why we encourage eco-friendly and organic farming methods, as well as the consumption of organic products. We understand the valuable benefits that a truly organic product has on keeping our bodies and our world clean and alive.

3. Promote global awareness
Pack your bags and come take a virtual journey with us around the world! We want to introduce you to the magnificent regions from which our ingredients come so you can learn more about their rich cultures and realities. After all, we are all just part of one big puzzle called Mother Earth.”

I was lucky enough to sample two of OMG’s superfood powders and even their newly created quinoa based protein based powder.

Quinoa Based Protein Powder

OMG’s Description:

“The first ever quinoa based protein powder. Our formula is organic, vegan, delicious and practical to use. It’s for people who want a protein boost with superfoods like quinoa, hemp, coconut and sacha inchi. It boasts no sugar added, non-GMO, vegan, 100% organic, gluten free, allergen free and with a delicious taste. We do our best to bring the raw materials directly from the source; we import the quinoa and sacha inchi directly from the producers in Peru. There’s simply never been a product quite like this one so help us bring it to the marketplace and be among the first to try it!

The new product will have 10.5 grams of organic protein per 30g serving. It will be available both as a stand-up pouch with 15 servings per package and a box with 12 single serve pouches. It the convenient way to superfood your day with added protein at home or on-the-go.

The combination of ingredients makes it easy to digest. It is the perfect complement to the diet of vegans and vegetarians or people with intolerance to other sources of protein. The powder can be mixed into cereals, smoothies, shakes, bars, and more. But we can’t do it without you so donate and pick your pre-order today!”

My Description & Thoughts:

I feel lucky to have sampled a serving of this protein that is still being tweaked and formulated. It is excellent; it tastes earthy, delicious and satisfying. I mixed it with almond milk in a blender bottle and it was delicious. I am a huge fan of plant based proteins and am excited for OMG to generate more of this power protein concoction!

Check out and support (if you’d like) their campaign to produce more of this quinoa protein blend here.

Maqui Berry Antioxidant Powder

OMG’s Description:

“Add the Antioxidant Powder to a smoothie, dressing, or your daily granola and superfood your day! Maqui Berry has one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any fruit known. Antioxidants may help to remove free radicals from the body, that could lead to a decrease in cell damage, and ultimately assist in the anti-aging process. In addition to the antioxidants from Maqui Berries, our Antioxidant Maqui Berry superblend contains several other amazing ingredients like acai powder and a green tea extract, both of which have beneficial compounds. The green tea extract scored more than 10,000 ORAC units per gram! Together, these ingredients give you powerful and tasty boost for your daily intake of antioxidants.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’d never heard of this berry before, but it sounds nutritionally dense and full of antioxidants that help keep our cells in tip top shape. It tastes rich and reminds me a lot of a blueberry mixed with a blackberry. I added this Maqui berry powder to my smoothie (with vanilla protein powder) and it was a nice, fruity compliment & antioxidant punch with the protein.

I loved trying this product and I love how easy it is to consume–simply mixed into my daily smoothie/drink. Berry yummy!

Pomegranate Vitamin Powder

OMG’s Description:

“Pomegranate has been consumed for centuries for its magnificent properties. With its high quantity of vitamins, it may help strengthen our bodies’ immune systems.* Our pomegranate superblend combines ingredients like Camu Camu powder, maqui berry powder, and a booster that contains Curry, Guava, Lemon, Sesbania, Amla, Holy Basil and Annato extracts,  providing substantial amounts of beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, iron, and potassium, just to name a few. Just add the Vitamin powder to a yogurt, shake or any other food in need of vitamins and tasty boost! You won’t be disappointed.

My Description & Thoughts:

This product is similar in texture to the Maqui berry powder and has a sweet, fruit flavor. I am slightly biased to the pomegranate flavor because I am familiar with it and find it delectable.

Like the Maqui powder, this Pomegranate powder goes well in a smoothie or simply with almond/coconut milk. I see it as adding a healthy vitamin boost to my drink. Both of these products have been in the rotation when making my smoothies and I’ve been very happy with both of them.

These OMG products are a dream to individuals who are on the constant search for plant based foods to supplement the current diet.

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