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Joulebody Cleanse Review

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JouleBody

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Joulebody:

“Joulebody was created to support the founder’s, Yvette Rose’s philosophy based on the concept of RADICAL BALANCE. In Yvette’s words, “You can still have chips and a cocktail if you eat your greens and move your body. Treat your body like an investment and it will reward you greatly.”

Energize: Acai Berry Juice

About:

WHY WE LOVE IT: We needed to make something sweet yet beneficial to your body as you explore the idea of juice cleansing. Filled with anti-oxidents, this juice is great as a morning “healthy option” drink. A smoothie filled with berries, greens, chia seeds and of course our signature Joulebody Cleanse Mixture. Our juices are different because they are infused with herbs like turmeric and cayenne as well as blended seeds and whole food veggies, for a full balanced liquidized meal!

BENEFITS:

  • A great meal replacement in the AM to help start your day with the right nutrients
  • Blueberries and strawberries research studies show improved antioxidant defenses in body systems
  • A University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study in mice showed that the polyphenols found in blueberries can break down belly fat
  • Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Leafy greens are rich in fiber, an important nutrient for weight loss because it keeps you feeling full and helps control your hunger
  • Add in the chia, flax, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds and get even more fiber and protein the body needs to help remove toxins in the body

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: Antioxidants is what we need if we want to fight any kind of disease. These ingredients are said to be filled with just that so drink up!”

Citrus Juice

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WHY WE LOVE IT: Drink up! With our signature juice. Made with a combination of Turmeric, Cayenne, Mint, lemon, Grapefruit, and maple syrup our version of the “Master Cleanse” is sure to have you feeling like you just took an energy shot. Great to drink whether you are cleansing or not.

BENEFITS:

  • A strong antioxidant, lemon juice is also a mild diuretic so by adding lemons to your water it can help support your liver and kidneys in their natural job of flushing out toxins
  • Lemon juice contains high levels of potassium and vitamin C
  • Cayenne has “capsaicin”, which has been proven effective against pain.
  • According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, can be used to relieve pain, for psoriasis, and weight loss

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: ZING! Right to your blood. A little bit of cayenne, a little natural sweetener and a whole lot of vitamins to suppress your appetite while replenishing the body.”

Green Juice

About:

WHY WE LOVE IT: With a combination of leafy greens such as collard, kale, swiss chard and chlorella, you can consider yourself good on getting your daily dose of greens.

BENEFITS:

  • Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Leafy greens are rich in fiber, an important nutrient for weight loss because it keeps you feeling full and helps control your hunger
  • Add in the chia, flax, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds and get even more fiber and protein the body needs to help remove toxins in the body
  • Studies show kale has cancer fighting phytonutrients

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: Greens are just that, powerful! And this is filled with all sorts of greens and chlorophyll for a detoxifying feeling.”

Ginger Bar

About:

WHY WE LOVE IT: Our detox meal replacement bars have enough calories to replace a meal, ton’s of fiber and natural plant based protein. All ingredients we’ve chosen in our meal replacement bars help supplement a healthy, anti-inflammatory, and weight loss regime. All of these ingredients have been studied by innovative doctors and said to help our bodies heal at the cellular level. Now has 1 year shelf life. Flavors are robust because we don’t use preservatives – ALL NATURAL

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 6 Ginger Bars

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: Joulebody Bar Box

GOOD FOR: Ginger has been scientifically studied to help lose excess weight. Also help regenerate radiant skin with the anti-inflammatory ingredients of cayenne and turmeric.
No Wheat. No Gluten. Vegan. All Natural.

INGREDIENTS: buckwheat Flour, goji berries, chia seeds, flax seeds, Joulebody Cleanse Mix, Himalayan salt, organic raw sugar, ginger, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, coconut oil, water.”

Watermelon Gazpacho

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My Thoughts:

My interaction with Joulebody has been so pleasant–I’m inspired by the founder’s story (Yvette) and the generous woman I’ve communicated with (Yelena) has been very kind and helpful. I also love the mantra and ideals behind JouleBody: “Yvette Rose’s philosophy based on the concept of RADICAL BALANCE. In Yvette’s words, “You can still have chips and a cocktail if you eat your greens and move your body. Treat your body like an investment and it will reward you greatly.”

Incredibly complex and unique is how I would describe these juices, bar and gazpacho. There are so many different flavors going on (all of them so healthy and beneficial to wellbeing). Taste-wise, the flavors are a bit robust and are not overly sweet. I have a pretty accepting palette for all sorts of flavors, but I’d imagine some people might find the flavors interesting. For me, I can tolerate the lack of sweetness knowing that it’s better that my body is getting more nutrients, sans the excess sugar. The gazpacho was particularly awesome in taste–I had a hard time not eating the whole batch in one sitting; it’s fresh, zippy, delicious and a great use of fresh veggies and fruit!

For example, the Acai Berry juice contains berries, greens and a variety of fibrous seeds (like chia, hemp, flax and pumpkin) that truly make these juices a complete, balanced meal. The citrus juice is the one of these three that is a bit lighter, and it meant to be more of a true, detoxifying liquid detox, as it contains lemon, grapefruit and the healing benefits of turmeric. All of them make fantastic additions to your diet and can help you to reach optimum health. I am a huge proponent of plants to heal and nourish the body. I love that my beliefs align with JouleBody’s.

In regards to quality, I was told that the ingredients used in JouleBody are “mostly all organic.” This is good to hear, but I wish that was a bit more transparent on the labeling if that’s the case. As a consumer, transparency is refreshing and I love when a company states, up front, what you’re about to eat/drink. I appreciate that they use mostly organic ingredients, I’d just like to see that confirmed on the label. I love the BPA free bottling–kudos for that. One more thought on the ingredients; an actual ingredient list for each product was hard to find on the website. If I’m someone buying Joulebody drinks for the first time, I’m going to want to see the full ingredient list, since I won’t have the product in hand.

I’d recommend these products to someone needing a healthy reboot. Since the ingredients are mostly organic, JouleBody is above average int he cleanse & detox department. They also offer programs and full meal programs for those interested in incorporating more than just juice and bars into their detox strategy.

 

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Kaia Naturals: Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths Review

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Kaia Naturals: Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Finding organic makeup removal cloths is a rare thing, as most that you’ll find are absolutely chemical ridden. Kaia Naturals is a company I’m glad I came across. Amy at Kaia Naturals was a joy to communicate with and she was gracious enough to provide me with samples in order to try these cleansing cloths for the first time.

Kaia Naturals’ Description:

“The natural cleanser, toner, eye makeup remover that doesn’t fry your skin.  we promise! oh and…it naturally removes waterproof mascara without the torture!”

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My Description & Thoughts:

These little, individually wrapped towelettes couldn’t be any more portable and practical for daily use. I traveled with these recently and they fit easily in my makeup bag and took up virtually no room.

They truly remove all makeup–thoroughly, while somehow still feeling gentle on skin (the good ingredients that the cloths are soaked in are to thank). They even do a great job tackling thick and stubborn eye makeup like eyeliner and mascara. In regards to effectiveness, these could not improve–they are ideal.

It is a real treat for skin to come into contact with organic honey–it is wonderfully and naturally nourishing and also helps maintain an adequate level of moisture on skin. Because of this, these cloths won’t dry out your skin. I would love to see the rest of the ingredients in organic form as well, though I realize organic essential oils are significantly more expensive than non-organic, which would make these cloths pricier, I’d imagine. It would be worth it to me, though, in order to have the peace of mind in knowing I am using the very best on my skin.

It is always nice to see a product that has a list of harmful components that they do not use. This tells me that they are ingredient conscious and see the harm in using those items.

Not having entirely organic ingredients is the only reason that I would not give these Kaia Naturals cleansing cloths “5 stars.” It is worth mentioning, though, that the quality of these cloths is light years better than makeup-removing cloths you’d find in your neighborhood market or drug store. Because of this, and because of the presence of organic honey and gentle bamboo material, I’d definitely recommend these to family and friends who are looking for a natural way to take off makeup.

*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.