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Califia Farms Review

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Califia Farms

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Califia Farms:

“We’re Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the better beverage company that squeezes and presses fruits and nuts from the orchards of the San Joaquin Valley to bring you beautifully bottled goodness – all proudly boasting the Non-GMO Project Verified Label. Led by industry veteran Greg Steltenpohl, Califia Farms has changed the game in the alternative dairy industry, introducing a line of Almond milks in chic, modern carafes reminiscent of classic milk bottles. Califia Farms’ instantly iconic packaging now symbolizes quality, great-tasting alternatives to traditional dairy, translated stylishly and deliciously into our Iced Coffees with Almondmilk. Our California Citrus Juices come in 48-ounce carafes of refreshing Orange Juice, Lemonade, and Lemon-Limeade.

We’re a California-Company through and through, with our Bottling Plant and Operations based in Bakersfield, and our Sales and Marketing Teams working out of our Headquarters in Pasadena. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of  warrior queen Califia who ruled over a kingdom on the mythical island of California. Spanish conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California.”

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Unsweetened Almond Milk

About:

“Fresh from the fields of Califia comes the purest and tastiest Almondmilk you’ll ever have.  As a grower-owned company we use only varietal almonds from California, picked at the peak of their flavor.

Our simple recipe gives you what you want and leaves out what you don’t – it’s all love at the breakfast table.

Made from non-genetically engineered almonds.

Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds).

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Orange Juice

About:

“Can you feel the sun on your face?  Close your eyes. Take a sip of our Premium Pure Squeezed Orange Juice. Follow your taste buds into our delicious blend of Valencia Oranges and other California varietals. This is the fresh taste of the heart of California, right from our family farm, squeezed smack in the middle of our groves.  Califia brings you the best, freshest, tastiest and most true… and we do it all with love.

Ingredients: California Orange Juice With Orange Juice From Concentrate.”

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Lemonade

 About:

“You have a work of art in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Meyer Lemonade is artfully balanced and perfectly refreshing. The Meyer Lemon is the muse to our craft: its sweetness inspires us; its zip makes us feel alive; it lights up our senses with an intoxicating aroma. Califia brings you the Meyer lemon’s beauty in a bottle. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, capturing the taste of summer for you to sip and savor. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors.”

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Lemon Limeade

About: 

“You have a gift from the sun in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Lemon-Limeade is a heavenly fusion of two citrus varietals. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, bringing you the sweet and tangy taste of summer in a bottle. Take a refreshing sip… let the summer linger a little longer. Your body will thank you. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Lime Juice From Concentrate, Ginger Juice, Natural Flavors, Monk Fruit Extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I had yet to try any Califia Farms products before receiving these generous coupons from the brand. I typically seek out organic juices and milk. Since Califia Farms is not organic, it was not on my radar, so to speak. However, don’t write them off completely. If you generally buy your citrus juices from a big box grocery store, chances are that Califia Farms juices are higher quality than those. This is because Califia Farms products are all certified non-gmo, which not all juices and plant-based milks can claim.

Obviously, non-gmo AND organic is the goal. These products are most of the way there, with their simple ingredient lists. My only scrutiny is the use of the phrase (natural flavors). I’m someone that would like to know precisely what those are.

Taste-wise, these juices and milks I tried are delicious-with the orange juice and unsweetened almond milk being my favorites. They are also very versatile. I love using the almond milk (I prefer unsweetened because I like to to limit extra sugar) in smoothies, protein drinks and in fruit bowls. The orange, lemon and lemon-limeade juices are great by themselves, or mixed into a frozen, sorbet type of drink (juice + ice then blend).

In conclusion, I think Califia Farms products are good (not great) in that they boast a non-gmo label. I look forward, though, to seeing organic ingredients. In that case, I would become a regular customer, as my local Whole Foods always has plenty available for purchase.

 

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The Seaweed Bath Company Skin & Hair Care Review

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The Seaweed Bath Company Skin & Hair Care

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About The Seaweed Bath Company:

“The Seaweed Bath Co., LLC is dedicated to fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin naturally with our combination of specific species of seaweed with high-quality, all-natural ingredients that help manage severely irritated skin. Since launching in October 2010, The Seaweed Bath Co. has brought happiness to thousands of loyal customers.

The Seaweed Bath Co. is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals. Seeking to improve the lives of other sufferers, Adam founded The Seaweed Bath Co. to share his remarkable all-natural seaweed bath products with the world.  

In the continuing development of The Seaweed Bath Co.’s innovative product line, we spend countless hours listening to the needs and concerns of our valued customers who are in search of natural ways to treat and soothe their irritated, scaling, flaking and red skin.

The Seaweed Bath Co. sustainably hand-harvests wild bladderwrack seaweed off the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We combine our bladderwrack with the highest quality natural ingredients from around the world. These ingredients are both known to be moisturizing and pH-balancing. In fact, many of the ingredients used in our seaweed-based products have been used for centuries by Asian, African and European cultures to improve the skin’s health and well-being. 

Our mission at The Seaweed Bath Co. is to improve the quality of life for severely irritated skin sufferers by offering a constantly-expanding line of high-quality, affordable, all-natural cosmetic products that have soothing, pH-balancing and moisturizing properties.  Additionally, The Seaweed Bath Co. provides opportunities for psoriasis and eczema sufferers to discuss and share information about skin conditions, all-natural products and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We invite you, your family and your friends to join our psoriasis and eczema blog as we lead conversations on a variety of topics, including natural alternatives for the management of psoriasis and eczema.”

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Soothing Body Wash – Citrus Vanilla Scent

The Seaweed Bath Company’s Description:

“Calm & Cleanse Your Body. Our Wildly Natural Seaweed™ Soothing Body Wash combines the naturally nourishing and detoxifying properties of seaweed with all-natural ingredients to soothe and moisturize your skin.

Amazing Kukui Oil
Brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers, the Kukui Nut Tree is so embedded in Hawaiian culture that it is the state tree of Hawaii. Our pure Kukui Oil, rich in oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids, is a potent natural moisturizer that helps soothe dry, flaking and scaling skin.

Wondrous Neem Oil
The powerful benefits of Neem oil have been known to the natives of India for over 3,000 years. The oil is derived from the seeds of the fast-growing Neem Tree. Our pure Neem Oil is rich in emollients, which help to protect and moisturize dry, cracked skin.

Pure Ingredients:
Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Lauryglucoside Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Spirulina (Blue Green Algae), Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Castile Soap, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate (vegetable derived), Allantoin, Citric Acid, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Essential Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide, Chlorophyll, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Mica, Gluconic Acid, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Essential Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed having this body wash in my shower. It provides a good clean and has a lovely, zesty, orangey scent. I wish the ingredient list was a bit more recognizable and simplified, but it is ultimately an above average product.

Scent wise, this is a great body wash to keep in a shower for the whole family to use–I believe it would please most.

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Argan Shampoo – Lavender Scent

The Seaweed Bath Company’s Description:

“Naturally Strengthen & Volumize Your Hair. Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and gluten-free hydrolyzed barley protein infuses strands with essential nutrients to achieve thicker, fuller, healthier hair.

Pure Ingredients:
AAqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Lauryglucoside Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free) Babasuamidopropyl Betaine, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Gluconic Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).”

My Description & Thoughts:

In regards to effectiveness, this shampoo is fantastic. I prefer a shampoo that gives a very thorough clean because my scalp tends to get oily amidst frequent workouts. This product is ideal for me and I’d imagine it would please most active individuals who have similar issues with an oily scalp.

Like with the body wash, I wish this ingredient list boasted more recognizable and organic ingredients. It is an improvement from the typical chemical ridden, drug-store bought shampoo, for sure.

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Argan Conditioner – Citrus Scent

The Seaweed Bath Company’s Description:

“Naturally Smooth & Nourish Your Strands. Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and nutrient-rich borage, broccoli seed, and flax seed oils naturally tames and protects your tresses to achieve sleek, shiny, manageable hair.

Pure Ingredients:

Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Gluconic Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Essential Oil, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Essential Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I am always on a constant search for a good conditioner because my hair is so long and tends to tangle easily. This conditioner is very effective in detangling my long hair and leaving it with a healthy sheen.

I feel similarly to the body wash and shampoo in regards to ingredients–would love to see more organic ingredients here.

I would recommend these product to someone looking to take a step up from their current shampoo that doesn’t contain any natural ingredients. Though this line isn’t tops, it contains some nourishing ingredients that are a step in the right direction in establishing a routine with organic products.

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

Homemade Natural Deodorant Using Organic Ingredients

I’ve been hearing so much lately about essential oils but I’m a novice when it comes to using them.

Homemade, Natural, Organic Deodorant

My mom shared with me that a friend of hers started making her own, natural, homemade deodorant–something I have considered in the past.

She was using essential oils and coconut oil (the single most useful item in my beauty cabinet/pantry) as two of the ingredients in her recipe.

I wanted to finally make my own!

There’s probably no cute way to say it:

When I run, I sweat. A lot.

It seems like I sweat more than most. Especially outside in the heat, there is no avoiding it. I welcome the sweat and wear it as a badge and proof of my hard work. However, I have no desire to get super stinky and offend others with my stench.

I have been using organic and natural deodorant for a while now (a few years), but It’s neat to know that I can also make my own at home.

As I have aforementioned in past posts, I am 0% a fan of recipes. Maybe even more like -10% a fan of recipes. I just don’t like them. Planning, for me, takes away the fun. I want to wing it. So I wung it. (Wung?) 🙂

If you like to wing it, too, then read this, store it in your mind, but then set it aside when you make your first batch. You might enjoy it more that way.

The deodorant I’ve created contains 4 ingredients:

1. Essential oil

-I used grapefruit here. You can choose any scent you like. For men’s deodorant, try a sandalwood/patchouli combination.

2. Coconut Oil

3. Baking Soda

4. Arrowroot Powder

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Instructions:

-In one bowl, stir together the baking soda and arrowroot powder.

-In a separate bowl, combine the coconut oil (might have to melt it first depending on your room temperature) and desired essential oil(s).

-Mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir (and adjust wet/dry comob if needed to achieve desired consistency)

-Store in a jar or recycled deodorant stick in your beauty cabinet.