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Essential Living Foods Diet Support + Wild Protein + Superfood Smoothie Mix Review

Essential Living Foods

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I’ve been a fan of Essential Living Foods for a while now. They are one of a few different brands I look to most often for all of my organic & raw superfoods. Their products range from cacao powder to quinoa bars to superfood blends formulated for weight loss. I love trying their products and am always intrigued by how their concoct their blends. You can read my thoughts on the cacao powder, “keenwah” bars, immune formula & athletic fuel mixes here:

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About Essential Living Foods: 

“At Essential Living Foods, we believe you deserve only the best of the best. We travel the world the year round to bring you only the most nourishing heirloom superfoods emerging from indigenous cultures and unspoiled ecosystems.

Our Farms

It’s shocking, but in most cases when you walk into a supermarket and spend your dollars on superfoods, only pennies actually go to the farmers whose dedication and labor made it all possible. We know there’s a better way. We cut out the layers of middle-men and work directly with farmers. This means we can guarantee the quality of the superfoods you’re putting in your body, and we can do it more sustainably.

Our Mission

Our mission at Essential Living foods is to improve the health of the planet, its people, and their communities.

We work in close collaboration with small farms and indigenous groups to supply our customers with the purest, most nutritious Superfoods on Earth. Our global trade partnerships help nourish sustainable agricultural practices and support meaningful development. 1% of profits are donated back to the communities who supply our exceptional products (via our partnership with 1% For the Planet).”

Essential Living Foods is dedicated to fair, ethical, and holistic business practices with vendors, customers and investors and to maintaining a healthy, rewarding and values-driven work environment for employees and partners.”

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Diet Support

About:

“Diet support is a formula designed to assist with making life changes, manage eating habits, and enhance healthy body composition. Sencha Green Tea, Green Coffee, Ginger and Raw Cacao help speed up the metabolism, gently suppress the appetite, and will boost energy levels while creating an euphoric sense of well being that motivates individuals towards their goals. Perfect for anyone trying to adapt to a new diet or lifestyle.”

Superfood Smoothie Mix

About:

“Make a smoothie with a scoop of this sweet, satisfying, all-natural superfood powder, and discover how delicious good health can be!

Made with seven potent organic superfoods, this unique blend of superfruits and nuts is one of the most powerful sources of nutrition you can add to your daily routine! It’s incredibly rich in complete protein, cell-protecting antioxidants, heart-healthy omega-3s, cholesterol-balancing phytosterols, and an array of immunity-supporting bioflavonoids, minerals and natural vitamins — an energizing, hunger-satisfying formula that also supports natural vitality and well-being.

Drink a glass of nourishment — your body will thank you!

  • Total superfood nutrition in a delicious, easy-to-use smoothie mix.
  • Packed with protein, antioxidants, and a bounty of whole-food ingredients.
  • Sweet, nourishing daily nutrient boost, goes great with juices, smoothies, and water.
  • 100% Organic ingredients from sustainable and socially-conscious farms and cooperatives.
  • Carefully produced to maximize nutritional benefits.
  • No traces of dairy, soy, nuts or gluten.
  • No chemicals, fillers, or artificial sweeteners.
  • Low-glycemic ingredients for minimal impact on blood sugar.”

Wild Protein

About:

“Organic, with no added sugar, this delicious plant-based formula combines revered vegan protein sources to nourish every cell in your body without spiking blood sugar.

Sweetened with stevia and mesquite, this pure vegan blend is formulated for optimal digestion, and is loaded with protein, omega-3s, vitamin A, iron, fiber, and the power of traditional herbs and superfoods.

Each ingredient is minimally processed at low temperatures to deliver a treasure-trove of nutrients to your body the way nature intended. Built on hemp, moringa, and spirulina, this formula also adds the cleansing magic of milk thistle and burdock root, plus the creamy sweetness (and medium chain triglycerides) of magically freeze-dried coconut milk!

What’s in every scoop of this superfood powerhouse?

  • Protein: 10 grams of protein per serving.
  • Amino Acids: All 8 essential amino acids vital to protein synthesis and cell function.
  • BCAAs: Branched-Chain Amino Acids: vital to stimulating muscle regeneration and growth.
  • Omega 3s: 1,000mg of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids from Hemp and Spirulina. Hemp also contains high levels of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), an omega known to support optimal metabolism.
  • Fiber: over 30% of your RDA!
  • Antioxidant Vitamin A: over 30% RDA…food for your eyes!
  • Iron: blood-building goodness…also over 30% RDA!”

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My Thoughts:

I truly feel fortunate to know about an overflowing-handful of brands who have created an expansive line of organic, raw superfood products. (You may have gleaned that I am a superfood fanatic, if you regularly follow ROO). Superfoods for the win! They are the one thing (alongside probiotics) that I would suggest adding to your diet to take your health to the next level.

Essential Living Foods is one of these brands that I am delighted to work with. The variety of raw, organic products and superfood blends they provide created blows me away.

Here’s where the highly-ingredient-driven-discerning consumer comes out of me (and the explanation for 4.5 stars, instead of 5). I noticed in the mixes that not all of the ingredients are raw. Here’s the thing–I REALLY, really, really value a brand who abides by “when you know better, do better.” Thus, in this case–raw is obviously something that’s valued, so why not make every last ingredient raw? Raw guarantees optimum nutriton–so to me, it’s huge. I understand the complexity of sourcing ingredients and how it’s very hard to solidify a supply chain of certain raw materials that are organic, however, I demand the best for my body. When I see that some ingredients are raw and some are not, it just leaves me wanting a product that’s 100% organic & raw.

Okay–got that out of the way. Again, I have a VERY discerning eye for ingredients. These products are about 348587 times better than 99% of every other supplement you’ll find. But, I find it to be my duty to be frank and divulge all thoughts to you guys.

I am actually really enthused about these products. They are pretty close to being full-blown awesome. I love what they’ve done with Diet Support product. They’ve harnessed the metabolism boosting benefits of green tea, green coffee, ginger and paired them with antioxidant-rife cacao. Great product idea!

The Wild Protein (if entirely raw) would be an absolute rockstar product. I am so excited that they added spirulina, moringa (both combatting malnutrition) along with burdock root & milk thistle (strong liver detoxifiers) to the superpowered hemp protein base. Totally awesome.

The Superfood Smoothie Mix is a good one–it’s brown rice protein combined with various superfruit powders (some raw, some not–all organic). I add about a tablespoon to my shakes/smoothies for an added boost of antioxidants and natural energy.

You get to try some too, as Essential Living Foods is offering free supplement sticks to anyone who signs up to their email list.

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Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Review

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Annmarie Gianni Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Ann Marie Gianni Skin Care:

“Annmarie Gianni is an internationally known author, health advocate, personality and founder of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care.

Just a few years ago, Annmarie started to take a hard look at the products she was putting on her skin. In just a few short days of research, what she found shocked her.

Skin care products were severely under-regulated and most contained ingredients that weren’t safe at almost any amount. Even products that claimed they were organic or natural had hidden preservatives and other nasty additives.

She was frustrated and motivated to find a better option, because she realized so many people were using these supposedly “natural” products.

What she found was not encouraging. Many of the truly natural products weren’t up to her standards of quality or effectiveness.

It wasn’t long until she realized that if she wanted to have a truly clean and natural skin care line, she would have to do it herself.

So she did and Annmarie Gianni Skin Care was founded to provide a clean, natural skin care experience using natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients.

Annmarie now spends her time educating audiences around the United States about how to preserve your beauty and longevity from the inside out as well as what to look for when you’re searching for a skin care line that will keep your skin glowing and vibrant. She can be seen as a regular co-host on the popular online health show “The Renegade Health Show” at www.RenegadeHealth.com.

Annmarie has also trained as a massage therapist, athletic trainer and has run a successful personal training business in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Currently Annmarie and her husband and author Kevin are living in an RV and traveling the United States spreading the word of good health and good skin care. When she’s not being a business woman, training others, or hosting her weekly internet show, Annmarie enjoys traveling, being outside and preparing healthy meals. She loves to hike and run in the woods, and spend time with her cat Jonny 5.”

As you can see in the photo, Annmarie provided me with a wide range of samples to try–incredibly generous! This is one of those reviews that is very easy for me to write because to put it simply: “I approve.” These products are obviously thought out, have pure & organic ingredients and are created by a passionate individual.

I want to take a slightly different approach to writing this review….and give more of an overall picture and summary of the products, rather than depicting each one. That way, the “This product is great!” comments of mine don’t get redundant! 🙂

Here is a list of the products that I sampled:

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Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser

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Aloe-Herb Cleanser

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Ayurvedic Facial Scrub

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Repair Serum

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Purifying Mud Mask

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Herbal Facial Oil

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Coconut Honey Mask

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Neroli Toning Mist

I truly felt like every single one of these products was a treat to use. Even better was reading the ingredient lists and knowing that I’m putting good things onto my skin! For example, here is the ingredient list for the Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser:

“Ingredients:

Love, Herb-Infused Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Organic Aloe vera, Organic Lavender flowers, Organic Lemon balm leaves, Organic Neem leaves, Organic Rosemary leaves, Organic Echinacea flowers, Organic Life Everlasting flowers, Organic Calendula flowers, Organic Comfrey leaves, Organic Plantain leaves, Organic Malva flowers); Saponified olive oil; Witch Hazel Distillate; Vegetable glycerin; Aspen bark extract; Xanthan gum; Organic Lemon oil; Organic Rosemary oil; Organic Lemon myrtle oil; Organic Peppermint oil. pH 5.5.”

I don’t have anything critical to say about it. I’m thoroughly impressed with Annmarie and these products. It’s truly one great product after the next.

Something that I have been extra cognizant of lately is the pH of the skin care I’m using. This is important because products that impact your skin’s pH too much can cause problems like eczema, acne and/or dry skin. I love that Annmarie mentions the pH and it is very close to the pH that our skin is normally at (approximately 5.5 on the pH scale).

I would recommend this line of products to anyone! I believe that acne sufferers will benefit from these products the most. Cleansing once a day and following up with the facial oils or serums each evening has worked well for me. I do one of the masks once a week for an extra skin detox. The neroli mist was great for a post-workout skin spritz (when I didn’t want to cleanse my face, but wanted a little pick-me-up). The lavender flowers that were enclosed were an extra treat (lavender has a calming and soothing affect on the skin & body). I brewed it with peppermint leaves and drank it as a tea. It was fresh, flowery and delicious.

Honey Girl Organics Review

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Honey Girl Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Honey Girl Organics’ Founders:

“Anthony Maxfield

I keep bees as a hobby here in Hawaii, and originally developed these crèmes for my wife, Gwen. One day during the honey harvest, after I had squeezed the honey out of the beeswax cappings, she noticed how smooth my hands were. Later she asked me if I thought I could make a lotion that would leave her skin in as good a condition as my hands were. After experimenting for about a year, I found that when beeswax was emulsified in extra virgin olive oil, the skin would rapidly drink it in and feel silky and nourished.

We’ve been making these products for many years and been giving them to our friends and families to use. Everyone always comments how great they are.

Gwen Maxfield

I was born and raised the child of show biz parents in Los Angeles, so make-up, beauty and health have always been important to me. Later I attended More University and studied Lifestyles & Communications. It was there that I met my future husband and where we both later attained our PhDs.

Being the proud mother of four young men and having been an avid student of health for many years, I have learned that the quality of what you put into your body as well as what you put on your skin is extremely important. I now eat mostly organic raw fruits and vegetables and use mostly organic and natural products on my skin.

Christina Sirlin

A native of Germany, I moved to the Philadelphia area as a child with my family.

I’ve always been interested in natural curatives, which led me to become a Chiropractor in NY. Interested in a better climate and proximity to More U., I moved to Hawaii and came across these crèmes. After using them with extraordinary results I began recommending them to people across the country. Many of my personal friends and clients have expressed great delight as well as relief to come across such effective crèmes whose unique ingredients are all natural and organic.”

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Facial Scrub

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“Our Facial Scrub whisks away dead skin cells and increases blood circulation, helping to diminish fine lines. This Scrub leaves your skin plumper, younger looking, and feeling silky smooth. This organic skincare is good for all skin types.

Directions: Slightly moisten your face and gently apply the Facial Scrub in a circular motion. Avoid the delicate areas around your eyes and mouth. Moisten fingertips as needed to adjust exfoliation. Rinse with lukewarm water and remove excess Facial Scrub with a washcloth. Follow the Facial Scrub with one of our moisturizers such as Face & Eye Cream or Night Cream. Our Facial Scrub may be used once or twice per week.

Ingredients: Organic aloe gel, organic coconut butter, super fine granulated cane sugar, Raw Pupukea Honey, organic diatomaceous earth, papaya and pineapple enzymes, essential oil.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love the ingredients, I love the ultra rich texture, I love how gently it exfoliates, I LOVE this facial scrub. I have kept it in my shower and have used it in place of my other facial soaps and cleansers for a while. I believe that this facial scrub is perfect for my skin in the winter months. Normally my skin is oily and hard to manage (during the warmer months), but my skin tends to crave more moisture than normal during the colder months.

After I use this product in the shower, I lightly since the grittiness off and what remains is a sufficient amount of moisture–so that my skin doesn’t need me to follow up with a moisturizer or serum. So for me its really been 1 products in one: a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer.

I would highly recommend this scrub, as it does great things for my skin and I’ve really enjoyed using it. It’s especially a great product for those with dry and troubled skin.

I’ll say this (in advance) about all of these skin products. The use of raw honey is a big deal to me. I’m a huge fan of the healing effects of raw honey. In raw honey, all of the nutrients that nature intended to be in there still remain. Heating honey will kill those helpful nutrients that are so helpful to skin. Good job, Honey Girl! 🙂

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Super Skin Food

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“This rich and nourishing organic skincare formula is the best available for dry, cracked, and rough skin. Our healing formula includes royal jelly and Vitamin E to deeply penetrate and nourish worn and damaged areas like elbows and knees.

Ingredients: Organic extra virgin olive oil, Beeswax with pollen & propolis, Raw Pupukea Honey, purified water, Vitamin E, oil of rosewood and other essential oils, Royal Jelly.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Dense & robust, a little bit of this skin food goes a long way. I use it after cleansing as a moisturizer. Contrary to what you may think, beeswax will not clog pores. Since it is such a rich concoction, I think it’s a perfect remedy for dry or flakey skin. If you have oily/combination skin like I do, experiment with using just a tiny amount (smaller than a dime size). I’ve found that this is all it takes for my entire face to be adequately quenched.

The ingredients are simple, pure and gentle on blemished skin. Often, troubled skin needs gentle facial products, as chemical ridden products can often exacerbate the irritation. Products like this one, with a honey base, are often just what problem skin needs to heal.

I’d recommend this product to literally anyone! Any kind of skin could benefit from this skin food–just in different amounts.

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Rejuvenating Mask

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“Enhance collagen production and stimulate new cell growth with Honey Girl Organics’ Rejuvenating Mask. It softens and moisturizes while providing the skin with the nutrition it needs to look and feel its best. This organic skincare Mask is good for all skin types.

Directions: Cleanse the face and leave slightly moist. Gently apply the Rejuvenating Mask, avoiding delicate areas around the eyes and mouth. Leave on for 10-15 minutes while relaxing. Wash off with lukewarm water. Pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer like our Face and Eye Cream or Night Cream.

Ingredients: Raw Pupukea Honey, French green clay, organic diatomaceous earth, Hawaiian blue green algae, Royal Jelly, propolis.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love the routine of applying this mask and then drinking tea & relaxing for 15 minutes before washing it off. The consistency of this mask is ideal–its rich enough to stay put on my face and it doesn’t flake off like some masks do.

It seems like the clay and algae really clarify and detoxifying my skin and the honey keeps the mask from drying out my skin. I really don’t even need to follow up this mask with a moisturizer. Skin is fresh and clean and healthy feeling after using it.

Another great way to use this mask is to keep the jar in the shower and then apply it to skin after the warm shower water has opened up the pores on your face. This helps the mask to soak into pores better and be even more effective.

I recommend it to everyone, regardless of skin type. It will work wonders on the texture and moisture of any kind of skin.

 

 

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

Alaska Glacial Mud Skin Care Review

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Alaska Glacial Mud

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Alaska Glacial Mud:

Where the river meets the sea. The luxurious spa quality of glacial mud is well known by Alaskans who grow up bathing in its buttery texture. The idea for Alaska Glacial Mud Co. in particular was born in 2001 following an extraordinary journey down the Copper River on a raft where wilderness offered the most auspicious and unexpected spa experience in the world, bathing in glacial pools amidst bear tracks and the call of wild eagles. Since that journey and every time a local resident mentioned that “somebody should bottle this stuff,” Lauren Padawer, the founder of Alaska Glacial Mud Co. realized she was the right woman in the right place at the right time.

The rafting trip was sponsored by the Eyak Preservation Council, a non-profit organization founded by Eyak descendant Dune Lankard. The organization is dedicated to a legacy of cultural and environmental preservation in honor of indigenous Eyak people who have called the Copper River Delta home for thousands of years. The rafting trip instilled a respect and awareness for the Copper River’s bounty and the importance of protecting our planet’s last remaining wild places.

While the playful spa quality of the Copper River mud may have inspired Alaska Glacial Mud Co., it was the river and its inhabitants that gave voice to the importance of sustainability and activism in our company philosophy.

In addition to being purveyors of the finest mineral-rich Alaska Glacial Mud, we are also advocates for the Copper River Delta/Watershed and pledge 10% of our profits to local organizations that love, work and fight for its protection.”

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Glacial Masque (Vanilla Lavender / and Lavender Peppermint)

Alaska Glacial Mud’s Description:

“GLACIAL FACIAL PURIFYING MINERAL MUD MASQUE
Available in unscented, lavender-peppermint and vanilla-lavender (made with essential oils).

FORMULA: Made with the most mineral-rich and pure glacial clay in the world, sustainably hand-carved from the remote waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska and enriched with a special combination of certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts from the Pacific Northwest that are chosen for their moisturizing, skin-softening, anti-aging and immunoprotective properties.

BENEFITS: Our glacial masque detoxifies, exfoliates and softens skin while more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements promote healthy skin cell regeneration. Gentle and balanced for all skin types. Human-tested, allergy-free, does not cause irritation.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Glacial clay and silt – exfoliating and detoxifying natural deposit with more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements, including Mg, Cu, Z, S, Ag, Si, Ca, Na, K and Fe that promote anti-aging, help skin hold moisture and form collagen resulting in radiant skin.
Certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts including kelpnettlehorsetailelderfloweryarrow,cranberryblueberry and vitamins e and b5.

GREEN: Wild & certified organic ingredients. No synthetic fragrances, colors or fillers. No propylene glycol, no pthalates and paraben-free. No animal by-products or testing. Sustainably hand-carved glacial mud. 10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.

RETAIL PACKAGING: 3.5 oz. PETG recyclable jar and 100% recyclable paperboard.

AS SEEN IN: SELF, The Week, Pregnancy & Newborn, LUCKY, SHAPE, Conde Nast Traveler, PLENTY, Coastal Living, Woman’s World.

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS: Alaska glacial mud, purified water, glycerin*, emulsifying wax nf*, natural kaolin, safflower seed oil**, vitamin b5, glyceryl stearate se*, extracts of yarrow**, horsetail**, elderflower**, blueberry**, cranberry** and kelp***; vitamin e, natural xanthan gum, bisabolol*, steam-distilled essential oils (depending on type)**^, preservatives of 1,2 hexanediol*, caprylyl glycol*, tropolone*.

^Refreshing lavender-peppermint version includes essential oils of lavender and peppermint. Relaxing vanilla-lavender includes essential oil of lavender and vanilla flavor extract.
*plant-derived, **certified organic, ***wild-crafted.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love, love, love these masks! Out of the two scents, I like the Lavender Peppermint best–but, it was a close call. I also really enjoyed the Vanilla Lavender combination. I found the Lavender Peppermint to be my favorite because of the cooling effect that the peppermint has on my skin. It makes the mask leave a refreshing feeling on my face even after I rinse it off.

The use of mud in their products makes them extra awesome. Mud is a natural astringent, exfoliator and skin purifier, making it the perfect base for a facial mask. It did all of those things for my skin: stripped away excess oil, exfoliated as I washed it off, and left my skin pure and fresh feeling.

I also found the texture of this mask to be perfect. In general, I like mud and clay masks best because they tend to be robust & dense and also stay on skin well.The ingredients used in these masks are very good and I like how Alaska Glacial Mud differenciates between plant derived, certified organic and wild crafted. It lets the consumer know that they are not trying to hide anything and they are eager for their customers to see what they’re getting. I especially loved seeing pictures on their website of them gathering the mud!

The handy little brush they they included with the samples is perfect. It makes application and clean up a sinch.

Really a wonderful product that I thoroughly enjoyed using. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a clarifying facial mask with organic ingredients.

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Mineral Soap Bar

Alaska Glacial Mud’s Description:

“EXFOLIATING GLACIAL MINERAL SOAP BAR
Available in lavender-peppermint and bergamot-lemongrass-mandarin-lavender (made with essential oils).

FORMULA: Our hand-crafted artisan cold-process bars are made with high quality certified organic emollient oils of olive, coconut and palm and enriched with pure exfoliating and mineral-rich glacial clay and goat’s milk.

BENEFITS: Our exfoliating mineral soap bar is supercharged with Alaska glacial mineral mud to remove tough dirt, exfoliate dead skin cells, detoxify pores, cleanse and help defend against breakouts. Incredibly rich lather, non-drying, divine smell. A masterpiece! Suitable for the entire body, especially great for the face, shaving and as a shampoo replacement. Gentle and balanced for all skin types.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Saponified certified organic olive, coconut and palm oils – Super emollient oils for moisture-rich skin.
Glacial clay and silt – exfoliating and detoxifying natural deposit with more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements, including Mg, Cu, Z, S, Ag, Si, Ca, Na, K and Fe that promote anti-aging, help skin hold moisture and form collagen resulting in radiant skin.
Goat’s Milk – contains natural proteins and triglycerides that are easily absorbed into the skin and over 50 nutrients including vitamins A, C and B-complex, minerals and other elements that nourish and rejuvenate dehydrated skin.

GREEN: Wild & certified organic ingredients. No synthetic fragrances, colors or fillers. No propylene glycol, paraben-free. No animal by-products or testing. Sustainably hand-carved glacial mud. 10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.

RETAIL PACKAGING: 4 oz. 100% recyclable paperboard.

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS: Saponified oils of extra virgin olive*, coconut* and palm*, goat’s milk, Alaska glacial mineral mud**, steam-distilled essential oils (depending on type)***^, vitamin e***.

^lavender and peppermint or lavender, bergamot, mandarin and lemongrass oils
*certified organic, **wild-crafted, ***plant-derived.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This is is ideal bar of soap for healthy, clear skin. Like in the mud masks, the mud in this soap naturally gets rid of extra oil and sebum that sits atop skin. Its a unique thing to find a soap that does a gentle yet thorough job of cleansing skin–and this soap is it! Since it provides such a good job at cleaning skin, I do follow up with a moisturizer or serum after using it to help maintain an adequate level of moisture on my skin.

The scent of the soap is pleasant and herbaceous with a zip and zest from the bergamot and lemongrass. It’s a good bar to keep in the shower for the whole family to use because most of the scents would satisfying men and women both, I’d imagine.

The ingredients are really great; I’ve found Alaska Glacial Mud’s ingredient lists to be pretty impressive. I LOVE when a product has many uses. As they suggest, it is indeed great as a body wash, face wash and shampoo substitute. You will really get your money’s worth with this bar. I’d recommend this bar to bring when traveling or camping, since it will replace several bottles of products and will take up much less space.

This is a fantastic, high quality bar of soap that smells great and performs like a dream.

It’s icing on the cake that Alaska Glacial Mud gives back to a cause they believe in, as they mention….”10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.”

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

Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils Review: Fire & Ice, Vertigo, Dragon’s Breath

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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?”

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Dragon’s Breath Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Protective Blend

Cinnamon, lemon, clove, eucalyptus – the ancient code for powerful strength.

Diffuse, use to clean surfaces, or apply very sparingly – it’s strong.”

Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Muscles and Massage

Peppermint, wintergreen, lavender, marjoram, clary sage, basil, roman chamomile, and helichrysum combine in this fusion for muscles and massage.

Dilute 5-10 drops of Fire & Ice in 5ml (1 tsp) carrier oil for massage.”

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Vertigo Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Grounding

Peppermint, coriander, and ginger blend in Vertigo to promote grounding and mental health.

Apply 1-3 drops to the hands and breathe deeply.”

My Thoughts and Description

In recent years I have been intrigued by essential oils. They smell incredibly fragrant, are known for their healing ability and are convenient for making homemade concoctions.

These three blends are neat in that they target specific things. They can be used three ways: ingested, applied topically, or used in a diffuser.

I got married in September and in the week prior to the wedding, I started feeling sick (sore throat, lost voice, runny nose). Right after feeling these symptoms, I put several drops of each blend into my humidifier to try and kick the symptoms from the get-go. I didn’t feel better instantly, but over several hours, I felt considerably better after using the humidifier.

Many brands and essential oil specialists will recommend that if these oils are ingested, they should be used with caution, as they are very potent. I understand the caution to an extent, but I can’t help but shake my head when thinking that so many prescription medications are not offered up with such a dramatic caution. Here we have plant based healers and we are being told to pump the breaks–in my opinion, the measures of precaution aren’t focused in the right place. But, that’s a whole other issue for whole other post. 🙂

Simply put, I like to use the Dragon’s Breath blend for cold symptoms, the Fire & Ice blend for making my Homemade “Icy-Hot”, and the Vertigo blend for times when I am feeling overworked, stressed, and/or dizzy. They all work very well for their suggested uses. I’d recommend these for anyone interested in the healing powers of essential oils, as Nature’s Fusions has a lot of blends that seem to be unique to this brand.

In regards to these essential oils and the word “organic,” I’ll share this that I learned from the very helpful Co-Founder of Nature’s Fusions, David:

“We don’t intend to seek organic certification. We do testing on our oils to ensure that they have no harmful ingredients and to ensure that they have all the proper chemical constituents to be effective. Organic is usually a proxy for wanting to ensure quality, along with a desire to improve growing conditions. Some of our oils are organic, some are wildcrafted, but in every case testing shows that they don’t have any residuals.”

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