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The Gnarly Whale Beach Waves Hair Spray

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The Gnarly Whale

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About:

“Get gorgeous wavy hair without even setting your foot in the ocean. Easily add extra volume and subtle waves to your hair with just a few sprays. Our Beach Waves spray is completely vegan and made from scratch.

USE: Best used on wet hair, but can be used on dry hair as well. Spray on, dry as usual (or even let air dry!) and rock those waves. Great way to get an extra boost to hair that hasn’t been washed for a day or two, also!
SCENT: Peppermint
FRAGRANCE TYPE: Essential Oil
INGREDIENTS: Our beach waves products include water, mediterranean sea salt, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, grapefruit seed extract, and essential oils and/or fragrance.

We don’t consider any of our products or scents to be orga​nic, but some of our scents are natural – any of the ones with essential oils. (This includes Cedarwood, Citrus Sensation, Doublemint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Pink Grapefruit, Spearmint, Tangerine, and Tea Tree.)

All of our products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. Final product testing was done on humans.

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My Thoughts:

If you’ve read any of my prior skin care, hair care & nutrition reviews, then you’re familiar with the fact that I strive for 100% organic (the name of my blog even suggests it!) 🙂

That said, there is a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum lies the junky, chemical-pumped, hazardous products that are so loaded with harmful ingredients that it’s amazing they are allowed to be sold. On the other end of the spectrum is purity: no bull honkey, completely organic wonderment. The Gnarly Whale peppermint beach waves spray falls somewhere in that spectrum, closer to the pure end.

I do like seeing a simple ingredient list in which I can read and recognize all of the ingredients. That’s the case with this spray. However, none of them are organic. The whole reason that organic ingredients are important is because they lessen the toxic burden on the body. So, some people might view this ingredient list and see nothing wrong with it. I see it with a more honed in vision and am wishing for more quality here. I know what non-organic can mean and I don’t want that. I want to use the best products on my hair and skin.

All of that said, this beach spray performs well (which I’m sure is all that some people care about). It provides the hair a bit of volume and texture. The way I see it, it helps you do something with somewhat dirty hair. Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oil scents, and I really enjoy this smell in my hair. I see this product as a pretty good starter for someone looking to start making beauty swaps: throwing out their old junky products and beginning to use products that are closer to nature.

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Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils Review: Rosemary, Peppermint, Thyme, Ginger

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Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils

This is a review of Nature’ Fusions essential oils.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Nature’s Fusions:

The Highest Quality in the World, Guaranteed.

We have worked for years with the best international suppliers, chemists, and laboratories around the world to get the highest quality certified therapeutic grade essential oils in the world. All of our oils are certified to be 100% pure and free of pesticides or other chemical residues. They have undergone rigorous testing to insure they meet or exceed all international standards on Purity and Safety. All of our oils have been cross tested using mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity and composition potency of each batch. Would you like to see the data charts from the tests?  Just ask! We understand that these graphs and charts may be difficult to read or understand and would be happy to discuss the scientific details with you if you’re so inclined.

Ultimately, unless you can read somewhat complicated data charts, are familiar with current medical research, and can determine the impact of hundreds of individual components in essential oils, knowing which oils are not only ‘pure’ but also good enough to be ‘therapeutic’ is a question of trust.

Here at Nature’s Fusions, we value your trust more than anything else – we have put in the time, effort and money to bring you the best essential oils in the world, just as you would expect a doctor would do with a prescribed medication – and this is shown by our 100% satisfaction guarantee and our commitment to honesty in communication. Essential oils are awesome for the uses in which they work. But there are plenty of times they don’t – and while there are plenty of articles that claim essential oils will cure every malady known to man, here we try to cut through the misinformation and pseudo-science that surrounds the essential oil field.  For that reason, we are an ‘open book’ – ask us anything and we’ll be happy to answer.

So give it a try. Try us out, and we guarantee that you will be impressed – not only with the quality and utility of our products, but with our prices, our honesty, and our dedication to you as a person.

If you are currently using an essential company that tries to hide information or won’t divulge their secrets and ‘proprietary’ items, then I wouldn’t trust them.  This is your health – what is there to hide?  Would you trust a doctor that wouldn’t tell you what was in the medicine he/she prescribed?”

I’ve reviewed a few of Nature’s Fusions’ oils before and had a fantastic experience with them. You can read that review here.

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My Thoughts:

Essential oils are an major health booster in my everyday routine. I use them in a multitude of ways and I always get excited to try them differently as I learn more about them. I was eager to incorporate these four into my daily routine in these ways:

Rosemary: added to my shampoo to stimulate hair follicles– it acts as a catalyst for hair growth, added to my green drinks to alleviate headaches

Peppermint: in homemade toothpaste, for acne spot treatments, added to tea.

Thyme: taken orally (in water) for menstrual cramp relief

Ginger: taken orally (in water) for stomach discomfort, or after I’ve eaten some not-so-healthy food–as it rebalances my stomach’s pH.

The most useful essential oil in my house is definitely the peppermint. I use it every day (you can read my homemade recipe here) to brush my teeth, treat a sudden acne breakout and to sooth an irritated stomach and reduce inflammation in my body. Besides the benefits, the best part is that it leaves your breath smelling fresh and minty.

Using thyme for menstrual cramps seemed to work okay–but not completely alleviate my cramps. However, I have always had very intense menstrual cramps. Perhaps, I need to start taking the thyme a few days in advance before my time of the month comes to combat the inflammation and cramping.

I don’t have any issues with thinning hair on my head, but do like adding a drop of this essential oil to my night eye cream to help stimulate more brow growth. Along with tweezing less, it seems as though my brows have filled out a bit more. I also believe you can get the hair boosting benefits of this oil by ingesting it–which is why I sometimes add it to my blended, homemade green drinks.

I seldom have issues with a sour stomach, since I eat lots of plants every day–but it happens on occasion. To prevent and treat stomach and digestion issues, I like taking this ginger essential oil in water–and it works well. Also, it’s completely organic & natural (much better than the junk-filled stomach medication you will find at the drug store).

In regards to quality, Nature’s Fusions is amongst the very best. This brand also creates many different essential oil blends that are geared towards certain things like motion sickness or muscle aches. I look to them for many of my essential oil needs.

Aura Cacia Oils & Essential Oils Review

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Aura Cacia

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Aura Cacia:

“At Aura Cacia, our goal is to make aromatherapy easy! We offer an extensive selection of high quality essential oils and aromatherapy products for all ages and spaces.

We accomplish this with:

Source to the Shelf™ Strategy. Our own ethical and sustainable sourcing program, Well Earth™, in addition to our in-house sophisticated testing capabilities, allow us to guarantee high-quality essential oils that deliver true aromatherapy benefit. We refuse to carry anything less.

Full ingredient disclosure. Every ingredient used in each Aura Cacia products — down to the individual essential oils — is listed in order of its quantity in the ingredients. You will never see vague terms such as “botanical fragrance” in our ingredient lists. We want our customers to know exactly what they are getting when they purchase our products. View an Aura Cacia label.

Environment-friendly policies. We keep the environment top-of-mind when selecting ingredients and packaging materials for our products. We strive to use recyclable packaging, minimize excess packaging, and utilize post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials when possible.

Animal-friendly policies. Aura Cacia products are not tested on animals and contain no animal by-products with the exception of beeswax.”

Lemon Tea Tree

About:

“This Australian tea tree relative offers the protecting power of tea tree with an uplifting aroma similar to lemon. The aromatherapy effects of its lemony-sweet citral and citronellol constituents have earned it the nickname “happy oil.” Lemon tea tree’s purifying properties make it ideal for air diffusion and homemade cleaning products.”

Lavender Tea Tree

About:

“This Australian tea tree relative, also known as rosalina, matches the purifying strength of tea tree and the soothing gentleness of lavender. It contains soothingly sweet and oral aroma constituents without the potently medicinal aroma of tea tree. Lavender tea tree’s soothing properties make it ideal for air diffusion and your skin care needs.”

Castor Oil

About:

“Cold-pressed from the seeds of the tropical castor plant, castor oil has a light, pale yellow appearance. It is known for preserving moisture while its fatty acids leave the skin feeling nourished.”

Vegetable Glycerin

About:

“Sourced from non-GMO seeds (primarily soy), vegetable glycerin is the non-fatty component of vegetable oils. It is a clear, odorless liquid with powerful moisture-attracting properties and is a common ingredient used in formulating natural soaps, creams and lotions. ”

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My Thoughts:

Aura Cacia is one of just a few go-to aromatherapy brands I look to for essential oils and carrier oils. Their quality is exquisite; and I love that I can find Aura Cacia products at my local health food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods.

There is a myriad of ways that essential oils can be used. I can’t possibly list them all out here, but you can take a look at a few of my recipes in which I use essential oils:

Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Icy Hot

Homemade Toothpaste

I have been using the lemon tea tree and lavender tea tree essential oils in my laundry, in a pre-vacuuming baking soda deodorizer mix and in a facial toning mist. Synthetic fragrance cannot even come close to the pure freshness of essential oils. Using the real deal makes all the difference in the world–especially in regards to skin care.

I am still trying to come up with ways to use the vegetable glycerin. I’ve done a little bit of research–and it looks like a great ingredient to use in soap and moisturizers (which I will dive into, eventually). I’ve contemplated using it as a base for a homemade bug spray or a homemade perfume. I’ll update this post with more ideas as they come!

The castor oil has been the mainstay of my nightly beauty routine. Because it has been recommended for use to encourage hair growth, I’ve been applying it to my lashes and to my eyebrows eyery night before bed. I’ve seen slight improvements over several weeks, as I’ve also made a conscious effort to put down the tweezers, so as to let my brows grow freely and fill in a bit. Castor oil can be used in a bunch of other ways in regards to skin care. Can’t wait to discover more uses!

Aura Cacia will remain in my top favorites with their commitment to fantastic, organic, high-quality ingredients. I’ve truly enjoyed using these products and I’ve certainly smelt incredible in the process. (my house, too!)

 

Synergies for Health: Organic Herbal Face Food Review

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Herbal Face Food

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Synergies for Health Herbal Face Food:

“Herbal Face Food ™ is World’s 1st Organic Edible, 100% plants only skin serum with a ORAC antioxidant rating of over 10 million, making it the most powerful anti-oxidizing product of any kind. This healing skin serum is made from organic plant concentrates that are of the highest anti-oxidant score and sourced from all over the world.

Benefits:

  • Benefits Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis, and Acne
  • Treats Melasma
  • Responds to bug bites, burns, and scars
  • Acts as a natural deodorant
  • Reduces wrinkles and sun damage
  • Deeply hydrates and nourishes
  • Promotes cellular regeneration
  • Attacks damaging free radicals
  • Supports collagen and elastin layers
  • Smoother and younger looking skin
  • Controls acne and scarring
  • Repairs, nourishes and feeds the skin
  • Helps diminish deep lines and wrinkles
  • Visibly improves skins texture
  • Increases skin elasticity while it tightens
  • Diminishes pore size
  • Lifts and firms skin
  • Balances extremely dry or oily skin
  • Brightens and evens skin appearance

Herbal Face Food™ is:

  • ANTI-OXIDANT
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
  • ANTI-BACTERIAL
  • ANTI-FUNGAL
  • ANTI-VIRAL
  • ANTI-AGING

NO Toxins, Preservatives, Parabens, Sulphates, Chemicals, Dyes, Petrochemicals, GMO’s, Synthetic Fragrance, or Animal Testing.

All hand made and hand-harvested with LOVE.

Note: Herbal Face Food™ has a strong herbal scent and will create a tingling to stinging sensation that last a minute or so. This is normal and signifies that the antioxidants are healing the skin cells. This sensation will diminish over time as your skin becomes healthier. This will not cause you to peel. Apply a”Quarter” size to the face 2-4 times per day. Avoid contact with eyes. Shake Well Before Use.

Be persistent and you will be happy with the results. Read the testimonials to see how happy my clients are!

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Lavandula AngustIfolia (Lavendar/Orig.France), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano/Orig.Morocco), Syzygium Aromaticums (Clove Bud/Orig. Indonesia), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme/Oig.South Africa), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh/Orig.Somalia). A proprietary source and formulation of Jasminum Officinale, (Jasmine) Absolute, Vetiveria Zizaniodes (Vetiver), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Extra, Pogostemon Cablin, (Patchouli), Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange), Citrus X Limon (Lemon). Patent Pending.”

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My Thoughts:

My experience with herbal face food has been interesting. The first time I tried this serum (after cleansing), I distributed about a dime size of the serum onto my face and……WHOA. Major stinging and irritation. I was so confused. Well, I quickly learned a few things:

-I hadn’t read the FAQ section of their site to realize that this stoning sensation can occur.

-The ingredients contain clove oil (which I assume is similar to cinnamon–which leaves the same stinging sensation on the face, due to the fact that it brings blood to the surface of skin and rejuvenates it.)

-You do, indeed, need to shake up the mixture before using it. This will help equally distribute the oils.

So, the initial use was my own fault. I was ill-equipped (information wise) and I think I used too much. Synergies for Health also states that the stinging will be more intense for skin that needs the boost. I didn’t realize my skin needed it that bad–but I’m willing to accept that 🙂

The next few times I used this serum, I shook the bottle, only rubbed a few drops into my fingertips and then applied to my wet facial skin. This time, MUCH better. There is still a slight zing from this serum, but not painful at all. It feels nice and refreshing, actually.

The best part about this serum is the awesomely, entirely organic ingredients list. This stuff is truly pure. Ingredient-wise, this is a dream serum. Performance wise, it’s a dream serum as well. It feels like it helps balance the oil on my skin, and soothes blemishes if I have them. It feels like this serum does a whole lot of good to my skin, sans chemicals and junky ingredients.

I’d recommend this to someone looking for the real deal facial serum. This stuff is potent (and should be used as they suggest), but it performs wonderfully when done right. My skin feels boosted and glowy every time after using this herbal face food.

The Eczema Company Sunscreen Review

The Eczema Company

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About The Eczema Company:

“The Eczema Company was created by our family to help others dealing with the daily challenges of managing eczema. We know all about the intense itching, the sleepless nights (for the whole family!) and the desperation to find something to make the discomfort even the tiniest bit better. Our son developed a baby rash and was diagnosed with eczema at three months old. His skin continued to worsen and at age three his body was 90% covered in what looked like severe burns. Around that time we discovered he has many food allergies and sensitivities, some lead to eczema flare-ups and some lead to immediate itching. Now that we’ve found his triggers, our son’s skin is much better.

You can follow our son, Tristan’s story on our blog, It’s an Itchy Little World.

We have tried countless eczema creams, eczema clothing, etc. and have made our favorites available to you in this eczema store. As you know, what works for one person’s eczema may not work for another. We realized this after seeing our closet full of partially used eczema creams that were recommended for Tristan, but just didn’t help his itchy skin. While all eczema is different, we want to provide you with products try that we believe in because they work. We hope they bring you and your family some much-deserved relief.

Our hope is that through this website and our blog we can help bring relief to your itchy little world.”

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Raw Elements Sunscreen

About:

“ECO FORMULA 30+ is the conscious consumer’s answer to serious sun protection. All natural and free of all the bad stuff, this formula boasts balanced Physical UV protection through a unique Organic Eco-Shield Performance Technology. As a performance driven sunscreen, it is very water resistant beyond 80 minutes, yet so gentle and moisturizing it is perfect for our young ones! Packed with biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and extracts, it continues protecting our skin long after environmental exposure.

Benefits Include:

  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Never runs or stings.
  • Broad spectrum protection – UVA & UVB.
  • #1 EWG top rated.
  • Non-nano zinc goes on white, stays white.
  • Water and sweat resistant for 80 minutesSafe for babies and children.
  • Reef safe and biodegradable.
  • Can be applied on wet skin.
  • Non GMO Project Verified.
  • Made in the USA.

Ingredients:

Zinc Oxide 23%, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Green Tea, Organic Black Tea, Organic Coffee, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Organic Beeswax, Rosemary Oil Extract, Vitamin E (GMO free & derived from sunflower).”

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My Thoughts:

Though I don’t suffer from eczema on my body, I am always eager to try a new, organically based sunscreen. This sunscreen is one of only a few that I would recommend using. The vast majority of sunscreens that you’ll find at your local drug store are jam packed with questionable ingredients that are doing your skin more harm than good.

Within this ingredient list, you’ll notice a bunch of organic ingredients, preceded by Zinc Oxide. My knowledge about zinc oxide is this: smaller zinc particles (nano-sized) are more able to penetrate skin than non-nano particles. This means that non-nano zinc particles are able to create a barrier on your skin without being readily absorbed. So, your skin will absorb only the goodness in this sunscreen–all of the organic oils and substances. Non-nano sized is what you want to look for in a sunscreen, when shopping around. Zinc oxide is one of many “drug” ingredients found in sunscreens, and is considered the safest. To be the most mindful of protecting yourself, aim to use sunscreen when needed, but rely on hats, shirts and cover-ups to protect your skin for more extended, intense portions of time in the sun.

Thru June 30th, The Eczema Company is offering you 15% off of your first purchase, using the code “RUNON2014.” So go get your hands on this awesome sunscreen as summer approaches!