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Thayer’s Natural Witch Hazel Review

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Thayer’s Natural Remedies

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About Thayer’s:

The Benefits:

Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners are soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, tone and soothe your skin. Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub and a blend of other time-tested ingredients, these natural elixirs containing important tannins have been a fixture in medicine cabinets for generations. Once you use them, you’ll know why.”

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Cucumber Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

Stay Cool as a Cucumber, Whatever the Weather.

THAYERS® Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Toner cooling essence has a deliciously serene effect on the body. Experience our formula for serenity now! • Fragrance-Free • Paraben-Free • Naturally Preserved • Hypoallergenic.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.”

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Lemon Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

Like a Tall Glass of Lemonade for Your Skin.

Thayers Lemon Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula is a fresh-smelling, gentle astringent that cleanses and refreshes the skin with a delightful lemon essence.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet of Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virgiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Lemon), Citric Acid.”
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Peach Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

An Orchard in a Bottle. 

Thayers Peach Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula is nectar for the skin. It’s got all the soothing properties you’ve come to love in our Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents, with a gorgeous, fresh-off-the-tree scent.

Ingredients: 

Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passionfruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Peach), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).”

 My Description & Thoughts about the different witch hazel scents:

I’m always looking for new ways to change up my skin routine for the better. I love trying new skin care products. I had heard of witch hazel before but was unaware of how to use it with my daily regimen Luckily, Thayer’s contacted me about giving their products a try. I love that a lot of the ingredients are organic and all of them are plant-derived and natural. I’ve been genuinely excited about all of the uses I’ve come up with so far–it makes witch hazel a useful, versatile product, as it replaces several bathroom products.

1. Mid-Day Facial Spray

Sometimes after a workout, half way through the day, my skin needs a refresh. I’ve found that what works perfectly for this is a mixture (1 part filtered water and 2 parts Thayer’s Witch Hazel) sprayed onto my skin with a small spray bottle. I dab the excess witch hazel off of my skin with a clean towel. Doing this helps my skin feel fresh without stripping away all of my skin’s moisture. My favorite for this is the lemon witch hazel.

2. Make-Up Brush Cleaner

It makes sense to clean your makeup brushes with a natural, gentle cleaner if you are already making an effort to use natural skin products.  That said, Thayers Witch Hazel makes the perfect brush cleaner. I simply fill a small bowl with witch hazel and place the end of the brushes into the liquid.  I let them sit there for a few minutes, swish them around and then rinse them. Let them air dry before using them again. Pick the witch hazel scent that you like best, as your brushes will not have remnants of that fresh scent. I like using the cucumber for this purpose.

3. Quick “Shower”

Because I am breaking a sweat at least once a day during my workout, I often find the need to clean up but don’t want to take several showers a day. A great solution that has worked well for me is dabbing Thayer’s Witch Hazel on a wet wash cloth. Wipe down at the necessary spots and you’re good to know! It will help eliminate body and odor and will leave a fresh scent behind. My favorite for this is using the peach witch hazel!

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

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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.

Just Neem Organic Skin Care Review

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Just Neem Skin Care

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Wind & Sea Soap

Just Neem’s Description:

“Our ultimate bestselling scent is now available in an organic Neem soap made with organic oils! Wind & Sea Neem soap is made with a blend of powerful organic oils, rich antioxidants, Aloe Vera, and therapeutic Neem leaves. Ingredients and a fascinating combination of sweet and clean smelling fragrance oils work together to soothe and heal skin and senses. Wind & Sea Neem soap is a perfect bar for face and body! No Sulfates, Parabens, or Phthalates. Gluten free.

Ingredients:

Certified Organic Palm and Coconut Oil, Purified Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Neem, Aloe Vera, Essential and Fragrance Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I got to try a bundle of Just Neem products a few weeks ago that were a bit different than this soap in that they did not contain organic ingredients–were just free of harsh parabens, sulfates, etc. You can read that review here.

Having organic palm and coconut oil is a better base than the soap I tried before that was classified at “natural.” However, I still wish all of these ingredients were organic. It frustrates me a bit, frankly, that companies that are obviously ingredient conscious don’t go the extra mile to make sure that every ingredient they use is organic, yet they market the word “organic” with some of their products.

All of that said, this soap smells very nice and pleasant. I have it by my kitchen sink right now in my “soap rotation.” It is very tough on oil and grime on hands–almost too tough, as it dries out my hands if I lather up with too much of it. I would prefer it to be a bit more moisturizing.

I’d recommend this soap to someone looking for a slightly above average natural soap that provides a very thorough clean.

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Neem Clay Mask

Just Neem’s Description:

Purify Your Skin With Our Neem Clay Mask – Best Seller!

Featured on The Dr. Oz Show in February and June!

Our best selling, natural Clay Mask with Neem promotes clear and healthy skin. Made with the purest French clay, African Neem leaves, and hydrating oils, this natural clay face mask draws out skin impurities, tightens pores, as it deeply cleanses your facial skin.

The invigorating combination of Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils stimulates the skin and increases blood circulation to the skin’s surface, generating a youthful glow. Our Neem Clay Mask has also been used as a natural acne treatment. Read what others are saying!

Ingredients:

Aqua, Illite (French Clay), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower Oil), Azadirachta Indica (Neem), Cetearyl Alcohol & Ceteareth 20, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Essential Oils, Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Thought this mask feels nice on my skin, isn’t messy compared to a lot of masks and is a unique product, I can’t get past the fact that I wish these ingredients were all organic. This mask doesn’t contain a single organic ingredient, which is just plain discouraging to me.

I so badly wish that Just Neem would make an all-organic version of this. I would be in line to get it. I believe the idea and plants used in this mask are a neat idea that I haven’t seen before in a skin care product, they just are not delivered in an organic manner.

I’d recommend this to anyone wanting to take a step up from the mask they bought at the drug store, as it is free of a lot of harsh chemicals and does perform well as far as making skin feel clarified. I would not recommend this mask, though, to someone that is looking for an all organic mask.

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

Skin Mind Body Essentials: Lotus Moon, Detox RX Review

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Skin Mind Body Essentials Brands: Lotus Moon & Detox Rx

Skin Mind Body essentials is a company that is comprised of three brands: Lotus Moon, Detox Rx, Plain Jane Beauty and Son (for men). I was eager to get my hands on these products because their website descriptions immediately impressed me. Lisa of SMB was lovely to connect with–she sent over some great, deluxe sized samples of Lotus Moon & Detox Rx items for me to try, evaluate and write about. I am also loving the tote and Lotus Moon glass bottle that Lisa sent me! I have been using more glass containers versus plastic to avoid BPA, so this bottle came at the perfect time.

Here is a bit of background about Lotus Moon:

“This is our active, natural and organic skin care line that uses therapeutic blends of essential oils and extracts along with concentrated levels of active ingredients to address various imbalances in the skin.”

And a bit of background about Detox Rx:

“To emphasize the important of internal wellness and detoxification and its connection to beautiful skin we offer DetoxRx. A line of supplements, bath and body products that support and improve the body’s natural internal cleansing process. These formulation are gently, yet effective, and only contain the highest quality natural and organic ingredients.”

Lotus Moon

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Unscented Conditioner

Lotus Moon’s Description:

“Hair types: All

pH: 3.5 – 4

Clean and simple. Just how you like it.

HEALTHY conditioner goes back to the basics. When all your hair needs is gentle conditioning then this is your go-to treatment. A low pH balanced conditioner helps to restore hair elasticity, reduce dryness and breakage, maximize color retention and boost shine.

Aloe vera juice, lavender and chamomile hydrosols help to soften your tresses while rosehip seed oil and wheat protein help to nourish and repair.

Although this is an unscented conditioner, meaning we did not add any essential oils to it, you will still notice that is has an inherent scent that is simply from the ingredients themselves. We do not add other chemicals in order to create a “neutral” scent. Many people want an unscented or fragrance-free product but do not realize that often times chemicals are added to remove whatever scent remains. We do not do that, so what you will smell is the natural scent of the ingredients themselves.

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (Aloe) Juice*, Lavendula angustifolia (Lavender) Distillate*, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Vegetable Glycerin, Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Salix nigra (Black Willow Bark) Extract *NOP certified organic.”

My Description & Thoughts:

The two most important things to me in looking for a conditioner that I will keep in my shower are: great, organic ingredients and the conditioner’s ability to detangle the ends of my hair. This conditioner has both of those qualities.

The fact that it is unscented is nice for a couple reasons. First, because it makes it more friendly for male & female usage and second, because it enables you to add whatever essential oil to it that you’d like. Having that creative ability is nice.

It is hard to find a conditioner that meets my two specs, so I’m happy to have come across this great Lotus Moon conditioner!

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Green Tea & Lavender Cleansing Milk

Lotus Moon’s Description:

“Skin Type: All

pH: 4.5-5.5

This fresh, gentle and effective cleansing milk combines an extensive assortment of vitamins, antioxidants and aromatherapy for an out of this world cleansing experience.  This 100% all-natural cleansing milk is formulated with 92% organic ingredients.

It gently removes impurities without robbing skin of its natural oils.

The scent is light yet heavenly, soothing your senses and turning what could be a chore into a delight.

Ingredients:

*Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Juice, *Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, *Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos Tea) Extract, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol), *Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, *Camellia sinesis (White Tea) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide gum), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Panthenol Vitamin B5), Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Lavendula augustifolia (Lavender) and Cedrus deodora (Cedarwood) essential oils. *USDA certified organic

My Description & Thoughts:

Like cleansing lotions that I’ve tried, this cleansing milk does not have much lather to it, as you’d imagine. It is more of a soothing, cleansing, hydrating way of cleansing skin.

For a more thorough, yet nourishing clean, I combine this milk with my favorite organic bar soap to clarify my skin more entirely.

Wonderful ingredients are to be expected with any Lotus Moon product–how refreshing. This cleansing milk is no exception.

I appreciate this milk in that it mixes up my showering routine a bit, which is nice at times. The green tea  & lavender scents together make for quite a therapeutic experience when combined with warm shower water–just lovely!

Detox Rx

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Clean Sweep – Natural Psyllium Fiber Cleanse

Detox Rx’s Description:

“After extensive research and testing we concluded that the best thing to do when it comes to cleaning out the system was to keep it simple. That’s just what we did.

CleanSweep® blends USDA certified organic psyllium husk and seed powders. That’s it! That’s all! While the husk has more fiber than the seed, the seed has more nutrients, and we wanted the best of both worlds.

Psyllium is the strongest natural dietary fiber for promoting regularity and supporting heart health. It is most effective when used everyday, and can be used as long as desired.

Each teaspoon provides 4 grams of dietary fiber. The average person needs about 25 grams of fiber per day. This is an easy way to get the fiber that you need. It can be added to your morning protein shake or simply added to water and stirred vigorously.

What are the benefits of Clean Sweep?

  • Promotes regularity and easy elimination
  • Removes toxins for better health
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps lower elevated cholesterol levels for heart health
  • Helps balance blood sugar levels
  • Reduces problems with diarrhea or loose stools
  • Protects the health of the colon.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m all about detoxing using organic, natural methods. This fiber gives my daily routine an added boost. I have been adding it to my smoothies and elixirs that I make–it has a very mild, earthy flavor the mainly just makes any concoction more robust and thick.

It helps keep the bloat out of my stomach and regulates my digestions. For me, a healthy tummy often means a healthy overall feeling and mindset. Adding this powder to smoothies also makes for a more satisfying drink. Sometimes, I just mix it with water and throw it back down the hatch for a more direct and speedy way to drink it.

This is a great detox product that I highly recommend. I love seeing the organic label on a supplement like this!

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

Rawganic Facial Cleansing Wipes Review

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Rawganic Facial Cleansing Wipes

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Rawganic’s Description:

“Contains natural cleansers, skin conditioners and emollients. So mild, they can be used as part of a daily facial cleansing routine. Supplied in a strong resealable pack, they are suitable for all the family and all skin types.

Enjoy the softness and strength of cotton, respect the environment and avoid aggressive chemicals. Organic cotton is produced in a way that is both natural and sustainable.

  • Gentle and effective cleansing wipes
  • Skin soothing and conditioning
  • Cleanse, tone and moisturise
  • Specially balanced for skin contact
  • Pure organic cotton fabric
  • Fragrance free
  • 95% organic ingredients
  • Certified organic by the Soil Association
  • Certified organic by the Vegetarian Society

Material: 100% pure organic cotton

Free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphate and similar materials.

Made from non-GM ingredients

Aqua, Cotton*, Polyglyceryl-4 caprate, benzyl alcohol, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Camellia sinensis leaf extract*, Dehydroacetic acid, Benzoic acid, Sorbic acid, Sodium citrate, Potassium sorbate, Ascorbic acid, Citric acid

* Indicates certified organically produced ingredients.

95% organic ingredients.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This product is such a wonderful find. In my multi-year experience in learning and exploring the world of organic beauty and cosmetic products, I had not come across a product like this, until now.

Before learning about Rawganic wipes, I was using organic oil concoctions and cotton balls to remove my makeup. Having a wipe that is ready to do the cleaning work is a wonderfully convenient and practical thing. They look like a dream, very thorough on both foundation and eye make-up. The fact that it is made of 100% organic cotton and 95% organic ingredients makes me an interested patron.

I’m glad I discovered this product that that Rawganic was gracious enough to provide me with a sample. It is not everyday that I find new products that I believe are unique and worlds better than other products that they “compete” with.

I also happen to dig the name, big time! RAWGANIC! 🙂

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