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Balanced Guru Farm-A-Ceuticals Review

This is a review of the Balanced Guru organic skincare Farm-A-Ceuticals line.

Balanced Guru Organic Body Care Farm-A-Ceuticals

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

It feels really good when I get the opportunity to meet the faces behind the beautiful products I try. At Expo West this year, I met two of the beautiful people behind Balanced Guru and let me tell you, the kindness and genuine enthusiasm that I perceived from working with them before (via e-mail & social media) was ever-present when I met them in person. You can tell that they are adamant and passionate about putting the very best ingredients into their products.

I’ve tried one of their products and reviewed it in the past, their scalp detox treatment; you can read that review here.

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My Thoughts:

Their body care line is so sublime, it really only requires a few words to accurately capture the gist of their brand. Here are the important things I’d like to point out about Balanced Guru:

  • Their ingredient lists are organic, top to bottom. No kidding. No messing around.
  • The products perform incredibly well because of that fact. Nature is healing.
  • You won’t find many other lines that are THIS clean & THIS pure.

Balanced Guru is one of the few body care brands that gets carte blanche from me. They could hand me any product, and as long as I know they’ve created it, I trust it. That’s because they have garnered such a great reputation with me for only using the best ingredients. They provided me with a handful of goodies at Expo to try (scrub, energy mists, hair oil) and I was amped. I’m excited to try anything that they make beautifully with their ingredient-conscious minds.

The energy mists I see as an uplifting, energizing alternative to junky perfumes (most perfumes don’t even list the ingredients on them–how scary is that?). I love closing my eyes and spraying it over my face and upper body before a workout. They lift my mood and help me stay fresh-smelling amidst the sweaty grind.

With all the grime that builds up on my skin after a week’s worth of challenging workouts, I really enjoy my time exfoliating because it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and rejuvenated. I try to limit my exfoliating to once a week because I do believe you can do it too much–there’s something to be said about leaving your skin alone sometimes. That said, when I do exfoliate, it’s so nice to be able to reach for a gritty scrub like this one that’s chock full of organic goodness like sugar, coffee and spearmint.

I have a semi-oily scalp but the ends of my hair tend to dry out with frequent shampoos. That’s where a pure hair oil comes in. All it takes is a tiny amount rubbed in between my hands and then through the ends of your tresses to give your hair a quenched look.

I urge you to check out their range of products–they make SO many excellent organic products and their purity is really impressive. Balanced Guru’s line also makes for great gifts!

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Luminance Organic Skin Care Review

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Luminance Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Luminance:

The story of our company!  

Kim and his wife Priscilla. Kim was working as an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley when Priscilla became allergic to everything with synthetic fragrance, which is pretty much all commercial skincare products and much of that which is hand made. Priscilla couldn’t use soap, hair spray, perfume, laundry detergent…etc without getting a severe migraine. They looked for good products without synthetic fragrances and discovered that even “unscented” products use a synthetic masking scent to mask the typically unpleasant odor of all the nasty synthetic ingredients. As these synthetic fragrances become less and less expensive they have become more and more pervasive. And the worst part is many are known carcinogens and remain completely unregulated by the FDA because they are not consumed orally.

We maintain that if you put it on your skin you’ve eaten it, you just didn’t have to chew and swallow first.

So what started as a way to free Priscilla from severe migraines has turned into a passion to create the finest, cleanest skincare products in the world. And now, ten years later, the product line includes deeply moisturizing handmade soaps and skin care products that are both organic and raw. Without anything synthetic. Toxic. Or harmful in any way. Every product is formulated and handmade by Kim with an extremely high level of precision, sophistication, care and craftsmanship.

Kim spends most of his time in the studio making all the products and creating new ones. He is very creative!

Cameo. Cameo makes all of our soaps. Cameo has been with us a little over 2 years now and over the last 2 years has matured into a truly, world class master soap maker. Cameo is the only person Kim has ever completely trusted to make the soaps, and I can say without equivocation that this is a big deal as Kim is very very attached to the soaps. Cameo is a treasure!

Phoebe. Phoebe is amazing. It’s a funny story. Kim needed someone to help him cross his T’s and dot his I’s in the studio so he went to Benicia High School’s Career Center and asked them for a serious, well behaved student, with aptitude in math and science. Goo natured  with a sense of humor. And they sent him Phoebe. She keeps our head on straight and brings us joy.

Phoebe is literally brilliant.

Elena. This is me. I was Kim’s customer at the Lake Merritt Farmer’s Market for six months before I started working with him. I do most of the sales and online marketing which is funny because I come from the non-profit world. I worked as an English Teacher to adults, an After-School Program Teacher, Coordinator, and Program Manager. I left that world for this world of wonderfulness.”

Products:

Face Moisturizer

About:

“We hand-craft this organic and all natural moisturizer with the moist nourishing and hydrating ingredients in the world. With nothing synthetic, toxic or in anyway harmful. Vegan and raw. A wonderful moisturizer for sensitive skin.

This cream is designed for youthful skin and is consistently a best-seller. It is somewhat lighter than our Deep Hydration Moisturizer. And every bit as nice.

Rich with anti-inflammatories like Evening Primrose and Meadow foam Oils. Formulated in a base of pure Rose water for the skin calming and nourishing affect of Rose Oil. Argan Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil help the skin hold hydration. And finally, a very therapeutic collection of organic herbal extractions formulated to help your skin heal and stay healthy.

These ingredients are the best there are for your skin.

Hydration Moisturizer is designed to penetrate quickly and leave your skin non greasy and silky smooth. Makeup can be applied within a few minutes.

Tip: This is a very rich cream and so if you happen to apply too much, simply find some more skin and spread it. The skin on your neck and top of your chest is the same skin thats on your face (very delicate). This is a good place to put excess cream.

Hydration Ingredients: WaterRose Water Oils:  Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado,Jojoba, Meadow foam, Argan, and Kukui. Organic Herbal Extracts: Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Comfry, Sea Buckthron, Holy Basil, Calendula, Tamanu, Honey Suckle, Rose Hips. To Naturally Preserve: Red Radish Root Extract.

Craftsmanship. And care.”

Skin Lotion

About:

“This all natural, vegan, and raw body lotion is very similar to our Deep Hydration Face Cream with adjusted viscosity so it is easily pumped from a bottle. Like all Luminance products, this lotion is carefully blended by hand at just a few degrees above body temperature to assure the integrity of the naturally therapeutic ingredients. Designed to absorb quickly into your skin, because nobody likes standing around cold and naked waiting for their lotion to absorb. Your whole body will be as soft as your face.

Perfect for morning, afternoon, or evening. On your sink, in your car, on your desk.

I love this lotion. You will too.

Organic Skin Lotion Ingredients: WaterLavender Water Oils: Tamarind Seed,Tamanu, Apricot Kernal, Macademia, Avocado,Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Argan, and Kukui. Organic Herbal Extracts: German Blue Chamomile, Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Comfry, Sea Buckthron, Holy Basil, Calendula, Tamanu, Honey Suckle, Rose Hips & Lavender. To Naturally Preserve: Red Radish Root Extract. Craftsmanship. And care.”

Anjou Pears Bar Soap

About:

“We hand-craft our moisturizing soaps with organic ingredients. Nothing synthetic, all natural and vegan

This organic, all natural, hand-crafted soap smells just like fresh pears. Really, it’s a secret blend of several 100% pure essential oils. Of course, it lathers wonderfully, deeply and gently cleansing like all our soaps.

Ingredients: Water Purified Water Oils: Coconut, Palm (Orangutan friendly), Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado, Palm Kernel, Meadowfoam, Argan, Kukui, Grape Seed and Rice Bran. Clays: White Benonite, French Green & Red Moroccan Scents:  A secret blend of 100% Pure Essential oils. To Saponify: Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide*

* A few words about Sodium Hydroxide: It is not synthetic.  It is the traditional base component that when added to the fatty acids (the seed and fruit skin oils) to create an reaction resulting in cold process soap. The most gentle skin loving variety of soaps. When the formulation is done right, and we do it by hand is small batches, with engineering precision, all of the Sodium Hydroxide reacts with all of the oils, and clays and essential oils into a wonderfully fragrant, perfectly gentle and safe bar of soap.”

Face Cleanser: Delicate

About:

“We hand-craft this organic and natural cleanser for the most delicate skin. Like all our products it is vegan and raw and without anything synthetic, toxic or harmful in any way.

This face wash is truly the basis for healthy skin.

Formulated with the same wonderful ingredients we use in our moisturizers (and more!) This cleanser will gently cleanse, wonderfully nourish and deeply moisturize your skin.

And it’s soap. Real soap. Fact is, there is nothing better for your skin than a properly made and properly pH balanced hand made soap. When people say: don’t put soap on your face, what they should be saying is don’t put petrochemical grease strippers full of alcohol, metals and solvents on your face. Which by the way, accurately describes all of the commercially available cleansers.

Yup, soap is the way to go.

If you don’t already know what synthetic cleansers do to your skin check out our blog. They won’t kill you but they encourage overly oily, dry and unpredictable combination skin.

Be sure to visit our Instructions Page for a best procedure to use our Delicate Cleanser.

Ingredients: Water Purified Water Oils: Coconut, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado, Meadowfoam, Argan, Kukui,Grape Seed and Rice Brand. Scents:  A secret blend of 100% Pure Essential Oils. Herbal Extracts: Honeysuckle, Orchid and Chamomile. To Saponify: Food Grade Potassium Hydroxide*

* A few words about Potassium Hydroxide: It is not synthetic.  It is the traditional base component that when added to the fatty acids (the seed and fruit skin oils) to create an reaction resulting in hot process liquid soap. The most gentle skin loving variety of soaps. When the formulation is done right, and we do it by hand is small batches, with engineering precision, all of the Sodium Hydroxide reacts with all of the oils, and clays and essential oils into a wonderfullu fragrent, perfectly gentle and safe bottle of liquid soap.

So don’t worry about it.”

Face Toner: Rosewater

About:

“Spraying yourself with our Rosewater is like swimming in freshly plucked rose petals. It’s fragrant, pure, and will leave your face dewey with rose oil.

It also serves as a pH adjustment. This is how you help your face correct dry skin, oily skin, and skin that vacillates between the two (combination skin). Tap water is too alkaline for your face (sometimes in the high 9s). Your face is happy in the upper 6s. Spray your face with rose water after exposing it to tap water and your skin will thank you for it.

Our rosewater is not a hydrosol. It doesn’t have any alcohol, solvents or astringent.

Just pure rosewater.

Tips:

For those of you with acne prone skin, don’t be scared off by the word oil. The oils we use are good for your skin and won’t clog your pores.

If your makeup isn’t blending well (we all have those days) spray some rose water toner on after you’ve put on your powder and it will become seamless with your skin 😉

Ingredients: Water: Organic Rose Water.”

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My Thoughts:

Luminance skin care…..ahhhhhhh. What a treat these organic skin care products are.

My favorite amongst this bunch, because the incredible scent stands out–is the Anjou Pears bar soap. I have been tempted to take a bite out of it–it smells THAT good. It cleanses thoroughly without stripping skin of all moisture.

These products are amongst the very best that I’ve ever used. I am in love with the idea that they put “craftsmanship” into creating these skin care products. With that word, I picture a few individuals handling these products and bottling them by hand, with care. They aren’t cranked out in gigantic masses. They seem to really put care and love into creating their products. It’s inspiring.

I am committed to putting organic, pure products onto my skin–especially onto my face. I’m an active girl who perspires quite a bit when I exercise. Thus, I typically desire a clarifying cleanser to refresh and cleanse my skin after working out. This liquid face cleanser is very clarifying. It feels like it completely and thoroughly cleanses my skin. Without following with a moisturizer, my skin would be dry (it cleanses that thoroughly). But, when I use the cleanser in combination with the face moisturizer, my skin is very happy.The face moisturizer is very creamy and dense. Many synthetic cleansers contain a lot of fillers and water–making them only temporarily moisturizing. This face cleanser & moisturizer are the real deal: simple, effective & pure.

This rosewater (pure as can be; what more can you ask for?) is the perfect mid-day facial refresher. I aim to only wash my face once a day (over washing can cause skin problems), so, this rosewater routine fits perfectly into that strategy.

I’m always searching for the perfect body lotion. Some of them are too creamy to spread easily onto my body, and some are too runny. This body lotion just might be the perfect consistency–and the ingredients (like in all of these Luminance products) are stellar. It’s the ideal lotion–organic ingredients and incredibly nourishing on my skin.

It’s safe to say that Luminance Skin Care is amongst my top 5 skin care lines that I’ve ever tried!

 

Love Grace Foods Juice & Superfood Cleanse Review

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Love Grace Foods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Love Grace Foods:

Welcome to Love Grace, a small company with a big impact.

Our mission is to provide a higher level of vitality and life-force for all with optimal nutrition. Our products are pure, unpasteurized and full of love. With gourmet juices, smoothies, and elixirs we support our customers in reaching their health goals with ease and excitement.

We think health should be fun and delicious. 
All products at Love Grace are chemical-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and Kosher Certified. Unlike other heated juice, we find our raw and organic juice contains vital nutrients, enzymes, and biophotonic light energy that will revitalize and energize your body instantly. Our juices and cleanses are made-to-order with a cold-press extraction for maximum nutrients, bio-availability and lifespan.”

Purify

About:

A natural diuretic flushing out toxins and brightening the skin, Purify also protects the body from free-radicals. Coconut water floods the blood with electrolytes and vitality leaving you refreshed and re-mineralized. The combination of coconut water and the chlorophyll from the green juice creates the ultimate transfusion.”

Restore

About:

Hello Vitamin A, C, K! This diverse array of veggies rebuilds cellular integrity with an abundance of phytonutrients. Parsley, a great source of Vitamin K for strengthening bones and creating the foundation for a strong nervous system. Chlorophyll found in all green plants and juices safely eliminates toxins on a cellular level while flooding the body with super rich minerals and nutrients. We love chlorophyll!”

Longevity Tonic

About:

Considered a master herb, the shilajit in this elixir has been used for centuries for its potent anti aging properties. Users may enjoy a stronger immune system, increased libido, and much much more. Get yourself mineralized!”

Green Sunshine

About:

We couldn’t eat enough salad to get the phytonutrients available in this drink. We love kale with its anti-cancer properties and high doses of calcium and vit B’s.”

Super Cider

About:

Sweet and warming. Full of anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer’s properties. Loaded with tons of minerals to beautify hair, skin, and nails. The juice for people that don’t even like juice. An absolute favorite!”

Probiotic Smoothie

About:

“Good bacteria is key for a strong immune system and optimal digestion. Probiotics help your body to create vitamins and eliminate toxins. Kids love it! Yes!”

Green Protein Smoothie

About:

This complete protein source gives you sustained energy and the building blocks for creating strong tissues. A combination of superior superfoods and nourishing greens, it’s the ultimate feel good smoothie.”

Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

About:

Great for the transfer of nutrients and energy! An abundance of magnesium, calcium, and iron, this smoothie is full of choice superfoods to enrich a diet with longevity and vitality! Oh and it’s chocolate.”

Ginger Bomb Elixir

About:

This cure-all with its anti-bacterial and antiviral properties will keep you fired up and feeling incredible. Keeps the metabolism up and the internal fire strong while juice cleansing! Thank you Ginger Bomb!”

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My Thoughts:

Ahhhh—what a refreshing spread this was to try and enjoy. Love Grace Foods is a superfood & juice cleanse I had only briefly heard of prior to trying. I have been SO impressed with this brand, their ingredients, their blends and their friendliness. These juices and superfood concoctions are truly amongst the very highest quality I’ve ever tried, along with being unique and tasty.

All Love Grace Ingredients are organic and raw (music to my ears!). Where do I sign up for a lifetime supply? 🙂

This cleanse (which I accompanied with other organic food throughout the day) lasted three days. Love Grace has an order that they suggest consuming these juices and I stuck to it. Each of these blends are incredible in their own right, but my two favorite parts of the day were the Smoothies and the Ginger Bombs. The blends that are just fruit & veggie juice are incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating, but they are not quite as satisfying, calorie dense and filling as the smoothies–so I really looked forward to those each day. The Ginger Bomb is an absolutely awesome ginger smack upside the dome. Its hard to describe until you taste it yourself. You INSTANTLY feel lifted and energetic.

There are only a few lines of juice cleanses that truly get my biggest stamp of approval for organic quality, taste, and friendly and passionate blogger relations. Love Grace is amongst those few. I am delighted to have tried them and look forward to consuming many more of these in the future.

I can’t recommend these drinks enough to someone looking for an incredibly healthy boost. Losing a few pounds is just the extra icing on the cake, so to speak. The real important benefits are the energy boost, internal cleanse, digestion break and the glow it gives your skin. Dive right in and give Love Grace a try. I’m sure glad I did.

 

TastyFace Organics Skin Care Review (Must Have!)

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TastyFace Organics Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars (in my Top TWO, ever–entirely organic!)

About TastyFace:

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“That’s me, Kelly. If you follow me on facebook, you know I talk NON-STOP.

I love the passionate people.

The ones who want to change what they don’t like, the ones who will fight for their beliefs. I have a crazy love of food and cooking.

I am the mother of a very sweet little boy… the light of my life. I have a PASSION for health, yoga, hiking, art, the beach, and especially whole, organic, locally-sourced when possible foods.

Through CrossFit, learning about the paleo food movement, I have forever altered my views on health and wellness.

I am devoted. I believe in this movement of beautifully hand-crafted, pure and clean ingredients, and small batch skincare so much. I will do what it takes to get the word out. I most likely annoy my friends with this. I have developed my formulas with incredibly simple, clean ingredients, and also complex aroma combinations, sublime textures, and powerful healing benefits for your skin and body. This is my passion.

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This is Joe. He is my partner and joined the TASTYFACE team this summer. Absolutely one of the most incredible people I know. He’s the details guy. His focus at TASTYFACE is to ensure product quality, consistency, and overall logistics. So honored to have him, and we will all benefit from his fantastically detail-oriented, meticulous, thoughtful ways. He has been a guinea pig, a researcher, a production manager, an inventory manager, a support system, a cheerleader, an avid salesperson since day 1. He is also passionate and determined and here to make our tiny company as awesome as possible! Love this guy.

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Here’s my little man (after Color Me Rad). We haven’t put him to work yet, but this guy inspires me daily – to work as hard as I can, to show him all the ways to put our thought and hearts into our passions and good work.

Why TASTYFACE? Great question. The short story: To fill a giant void I noticed in skincare.

I’ve had a passion for health and nutrition, and whole organic foods for many years. Last year, I started rigorously studying up on other environmental/household/cosmetic considerations.

What I found scared the crap outta me.

We are putting all kinds of toxic junk on our bodies and in our homes. Why? We often don’t know better! A few reasons – the FDA does not regulate the cosmetics industry. Pretty much anything goes. Cosmetics companies use intense artificial preservatives, shelf stabilizers, and the like to maximize profit and sales potential. I mean, even the FDA website has numerous posts about the potential carcinogenic connection from parabens, endocrine disruptors in phthalates… And the labels often lead us to believe we are buying something “natural”. Or even “organic”. Or at the least, NOT completely toxic! I will no longer accept this for me or my family.

So what next?

I started doggedly searching for skincare that I really wanted: TRULY clean, organic, awesome skincare and cosmetics that still do the heavy lifting of cleansing, moisturizing, refining, beautifying. But without the unnecessary and potentially harmfully side effects of those “other” ingredients. Super tough to find what I wanted. So I got to work! A multitude of research, consulting with amazing experts – including aestheticians and hair stylists, and crazy long hours in the TASTYFACE kitchen!

The move toward handcrafted-so-clean-you-could-eat-it cosmetics was the only direction I could take. There was no choice. Once I realized everything I was using was the equivalent of junk food on my face, I was MAD. And ready to commit to change. I try to complain less, and do more. I hope you like what I’ve done!

TASTYFACE Organics are healthy, clean, powerful products with absolutely ZERO chemicals, parabens, petrochemicals, dairy, gluten, soy and ingredients you can’t pronounce. THANK YOU for being here.

“Once I knew better, I did better.” – Maya Angelou

“If you can’t eat it, you can’t put it on your skin! That’s the rule.” – Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.

Love,
Kelly

TASTYFACE Organics
Founder.”

I was so happy to get connected with Kelly. I am so behind everything she says above, it’s not even funny! 🙂 I believe we have a lot of similar passions and we value the same sort of things in life (skin care products included).

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Here’s the TastyFace Lineup:

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Coconut Vanilla Cream Cleanser

About:

“Our top seller! A modern twist on an old classic. This beautifully moisturizing coconut & vanilla scented treat has the consistency of a cold cream: thick, lotion-like, incredibly moisturizing. This is the TastyFace take on the increasingly popular oil cleansing method – smells amazing and much less mess! No detergents, sodium laurel sulfate, yada yada. It is not a lathering soapy cleanser – think more along the lines of a creamy, milky texture. Reduces drying effect that is common from many cleansers. The coconut and vanilla is a subtle scent, 100% naturally sourced and just lovely. Creates smooth, even skin with smaller pores and fewer blemishes. Soft and glowy.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees!

Ingredients: coconut oil*, sweet almond oil*, jojoba oil*, aloe vera*, beeswax, organic castile soap* (water, saponified organic coconut, organic palm, organic olive & hemp oils, organic jojoba oil, essential oils, citric acid, vitamin E), shea butter*, tamanu oil*; sunflower oil* (vitamin e), essential oils.

*organic, high quality source

Directions for use: Gently massage onto damp face, take a deep breath. For best results, wipe off with warm, wet washcloth. Start with a pea-sized amount and adjust according to your skin type and needs. If separation occurs, mix well to redistribute. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening. Always wash hands thoroughly before touching product, and make sure and replace cap tightly to maintain freshness.”

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Vanilla Mint Daily Moisturizer

About:

“Mind blower. Creamy, clean refreshment and moisture. This moisturizer is ultra soothing. Smells amazing, easily absorbed, and most importantly – no junk. Organic coconut, sweet almond and jojoba oils, raw organic shea butter and soothing aloe vera. Finished with refreshing peppermint. Vanilla is known to have tremendous anti-depressant and calming effects on the nervous system. Peppermint refreshes and reinvigorates. They are both subtle and do not overpower at all. This is an intense moisturizer – start with small amounts and let your skin adjust to slowly.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, sweet almond oil*, aloe vera*, aloe vera juice*, beeswax, shea butter*, tamanu oil*, vitamin E, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, peppermint oil*, essential oils*.

*organic/high quality source

Directions for use: This is a rich moisturizer with high intensity, high caliber, nutrient dense ingredients, so start with a pea-sized amount and adjust usage according to skin needs. Apply to face and neck morning and night as needed. Some separation may occur and is normal, depending on room temperature. To maximize product absorption, warm gently between hands and then lightly dab onto face, starting with forehead and working down over cheeks, nose, and chin. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening.”

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Peppermint White Chocolate Shave Cream

About:

“This is a thick and creamy, minty cocoa buttery treat. Great for men and women alike! Gentle on sensitive skin and greatly helps reduce razor burn. Creamy and moisturizing: a seriously awesome shave! Leaves skin smooth and refreshed. And the best part? It smells like the ice cream parlor. Cocoa butter soothes skin and leaves it well moisturized – you might even be able to skip that post-shave step of moisturizing. Ice cream and better time management: Can a shave cream actually be life changing? I vote yes.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, shea butter*, aloe vera*, castille soap (water, saponified organic coconut*, organic palm* and organic olive* oils (w/retained glycerin), organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, essential oils, citric acid, vitamin E), vitamin E* (from sunflower seed oil*), peppermint essential oil*, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, essential oils*

*organic and high quality source

Directions for use: Apply directly to skin or rub shave cream between hands with a small amount of water to create a light foaming action. Separation may occur and is normal, depending on room temperature. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening. Try to keep water out to maintain product freshness and integrity. Replace lid tightly, and always wash hands thoroughly before using.”

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Lemon Rosemary Mint Lip Balm

About:

“This is a big balm – 1 full ounce of fabulous aromatherapy and moisture for your lips. This lip balm has a lovely mix of soft, shine, and staying power. It smells like summer – twist of lemon, fresh rosemary and mint. Can heal even the toughest case of chapped lips. Addictive, aromatherapeutic, love.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, shea butter*, sweet almond oil*, olive oil*, beeswax, vitamin e* (from sunflower seed oil), lemon essential oil*, rosemary essential oil*, peppermint essential oil*, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, essential oils*

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Directions for use: Apply liberally to lips. Can also be used as a healing salve for various cuts and scrapes, or a cuticle softener. Replace lid tightly after using. Balm is temperature dependent. In cold temps, warm by rubbing a very clean finger on product. In warmer temps, throw in fridge to re-solidify. Do not leave out in the hot sun and please take caution when opening product on a warm day to avoid spills!”

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My Thoughts:

Where do i start!? If you saw my rating above, you realize that this is a big deal. I have tried MANY skin care products along the way, and of all of them, TastyFace Organics is one of my top TWO! I simply can’t say enough good things about Kelly & these TastyFace products.

As the name suggests, these products smell and feel good enough to eat! And when you read the ingredient lists, you nearly give them a taste–nothing harsh or toxic in these products! (Not even close).

I have been keeping all of these products (minus the lip balm) in the refridgerator to prolong the shelf life. I take them to the shower with me to use them, but I make sure to put them back in the fridge afterwards.

Here’s some back story on my skin….

If you follow my blog, you know that I am an active gal who has struggled with (what I believe to be) hormonal acne & combination/oily skin. Through implementation of a plant-rich diet and the right nutritional supplements, I believe I’ve tackled my major hormonal acne regions on my face. My skin care routine has played a huge part in normalizing my skin’s oil production and allowing me to have a glowing complexion. Organic is absolutely the answer in striving for your healthiest skin–not chemical-ridden “zit-targeting” harsh products.

TastyFace couldn’t be more of what I look for in skin care. Due to my acne struggles, I am particularly particular about what I use on my face. I wash my face once a day in the evening, typically after I’ve exercised and perspired quite a bit. Washing once a day seems to be what my skin likes best, as twice a day can seem to strip my skin of the moisture.

I’ve been using the coconut vanilla cream cleanser and following with the vanilla mint daily moisturizer. The cleanser is different than most that I’ve used. Since it is comprised of many oils and shea butter, it is rich, dense and nourishing on my skin. It’s a cleanser that does not strip all of the moisture out of my skin. However, I do like the feeling of cleaning away the “funk” and dirt from my skin, so I use the cleanser in combination with a Dew Puff (a plant-fiber exfoliating sponge), TastyFace suggests wiping it away with a warm wash cloth, so this is my version. 🙂 Because the moisturizer is so rich and nourishing, I don’t need to use much of the moisturizer. I rub a tiny dab on the tips of my fingers and rub it in to my entire face and neck. My skin is absolutely glowing and fresh after using this duo! There’s something to be said for the peace of mind that I get, also, from knowing that the ingredients are not only safe, but they reek of organic awesomeness!!

Though I pay special attention to my facial skin, I strive to put the very best on the rest of my body as well. It’s such a treat to shave in the shower with the peppermint white chocolate shave cream. It truly smells like dessert. I have to remind myself it’s for my body! I scoop the cream with my finger tips out of the jar and let it liquify in my palm before applying it to my skin. This product is so jam packed full of the most dense, hydrating ingredients that it makes the perfect foundation for shaving. Also, it doesn’t take much–a little bit of cream goes a pretty long way. Most shaving creams are full of junk and fillers, thus you end up using more to get an adequate feeling of hydration on your skin. I also look forward to having my husband try this cream on his face! He already uses a mostly-organic shave cream, but this TastyFace shave cream would be the ultimate product to eliminate razor burn and irritation. I certainly have no dryness or irritation problems after using this cream!

As part of my showering routine, I always apply lip balm fresh out of the shower to damp lips. I find that this way is best, as my skin absorbs it readily and doesn’t get the chance to get dry and chapped. This lemon rosemary mint lip balm has a trio of scents that somehow reminds me of key lime pie. It’s fresh, zesty and rejuvenating on my lips. As with all TastyFace products, the ingredients are ENTIRELY organic and your skin can tell that difference. My skin is the healthiest and fresh looking that I can ever remember it being. I have TastyFace and a great diet to thank for that!

I can’t recommend these products enough. If you are new to organic skin care, why not try the VERY best–right out of the gate? Go TastyFace!

Kelly has graciously provided me with a coupon code to share with you:

Use the coupon code “TFO4ROO10” at checkout to save 10% on anything TastyFace!

Big Berkey Water Filter System Review

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Big Berkey Water Filter Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Berkey:

This powerful water filter purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The versatile Big Berkey Water Filter removes viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces rust, silt, sediment, foul taste and odors and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This water filter has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey™ Purification Elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour*. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements and is capable of purifying up to 7 Gallons (26.5 liters) per hour*.

*Flow rate calculated with upper chamber full to top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines.

Big Berkey Water Filter Removes:

The powerful Black Berkey™ purification elements also remove or reduce viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, harmful or unwanted chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, VOCs, detergents, organic solvents, trihalomethanes, cloudiness, silt, sediment, heavy metals, foul tastes and odors, yet they leave in the healthful and beneficial minerals that your body needs.

Why a Berkey Filter?

The water my family and I drink has always been in the forefront of my mind and at the top of my priority list in regards to health. I do not go the bottled water route for a few reasons:

1. Bottled water is typically bottled in questionable plastic (made in large amounts, often containing BPA and other potentially other harmful substances).

2. Bottled water is not cost efficient! Investing in a filter for your home will ultimately save you money and is more convenient, to boot.

3. The water in bottled water sits in that same container for potentially months before it is actually consumed. This means that whatever that plastic is made of is having a gigantic window of time to leach into the water.

Those are a few reasons that made me choose a Big Berkey for my family’s drinking water supply. Berkey also offers fluoride filters (without getting into an elaborate discussion about fluoride–I’ll just say I avoid it).

Benefits of Using a Berkey:

-Takes heavy metals out of our water

-heavy metals cause a multitude of health defects including hormone disruption,                 brain fog and chronic inflammation)

-Strips contaminants from water so you don’t ingest them

-As scary as it sounds: parasites, pharmaceuticals, environmental pollutants and                 mold can all be present in our water supply. Each of those will impact your health             negatively, especially through daily exposure through drinking water.

-You’ll experience increased health overall

-I notices that my skin is clearer, I sleep better, my energy levels are higher and my            tests came back very low for toxic contamination in my system.

This filter sits in our kitchen and is our source of water for drinking, cooking, making coffee, filling up our dog’s water bowl–you name it. I would say that we use quite a bit of water, as I’m frequently making almond milk, brewing coffee, making smoothies, filling up blender bottles–which all require water from that filter. We keep a big pitcher next to the Berkey for a quick fill up. We usually have to refill the filtering tank every 1-2 days. It’s not inconvenient, and only takes a few minutes a day. All in all, we love our Berkey filter and are happy to have it as a staple in our daily routine.

I highly recommend this filter to anyone–especially families looking for a non-contaminated source of water. This size works for us, but Berkey also makes them bigger and also smaller (more portable) with the same thorough filtering. The filters don’t need to be replaced until they’ve filtered 3,000 gallons of water, or 6,000 gallons for two filter elements (we have two)–for us I believe it will end up being every 3 years.