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Honest Fizz Organic, Zero Calorie Soda Giveaway!

Honest Tea

About Honest Fizz:

“Honest Fizz features a tasty blend of two sweeteners – stevia and erythritol. Stevia, a plant originally from South America, has been used as a sugar substitute for hundreds of years. We blend it with erythritol (a sugar alcohol) for the perfect one-two punch of zero-calorie deliciousness.”

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My Thoughts:

I see these drinks as a much healthier swap for traditional soda that is loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. The soda habit is the first bad habit that I would encourage anyone to kick (traditional soda–that is!). One of these Honest Fizz drinks every day will help satisfy your craving for something bubbly without ramping up your body’s acidity & size of your waistline.

Honest Tea wants to give TWO of you a case of Honest Fizz!

To Enter:

-Simply comment below and tell me why these drinks appeal to you!

I will e-mail the winners by 4/22!

 

Clif Bar Variety Pack Giveaway!

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Clif Bar

I’m so thankful to have forged this working relationship with Clif Bar, in which they keep me in the loop with new products to try. Their generosity exceeds just me, as they want to send TWO of you a bundle of goodies like the pictured stash above!

Here’s what I like about the bars:

  • Certified organic (except the big Clif Bars & Kid’s Protein Z Bars, which are mostly organic)
  • Gluten free
  • They taste good!
  • The ingredients are all plant based and recognizable
  • I can find them at most of my local grocery stores

Electrolyte Packets

  • 90% organic

Protein Packets

  • 70% organic

Here’s what I’d improve:

  • More organic AND raw ingredients
  • Lower sugar content

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Giveaway!

To enter this giveaway:

  1. Like Run On Organic on Facebook
  2. Follow Run On Organic on Twitter
  3. Follow Run On Organic on Instagram
  4. Let me know you did so!

Two winners will be chosen and notified via e-mail on 2/17! Good Luck!!

 

 

The Diva Cup: Menstrual Cup Review

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Diva Cup

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Diva Cup:

“The Diva story began in the heart of a young girl named Francine. Over time Francine’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for better menstrual care led her to discover menstrual cups. Today, in partnership with her daughter Carinne, Francine is changing the way women view period care.

My vision for a healthy, more sustainable feminine hygiene product began when I was just a teenager. Each month I would go through the motions of “dealing” with my menstrual cycle. Yet, I quickly grew tired (and frustrated) with the unsanitary, uncomfortable and impersonal feel of disposable tampons and pads. As I grew older, and began researching alternative menstrual care products, I was excited to learn I was not alone in my passion.

The day I discovered menstrual cups, was the day my dream turned into reality.

For ten years, I pioneered the menstrual cup industry, selling and promoting these innovative products around the world. In 2001, the best part about my vision came to life as my daughter Carinne and I began experimenting with our own designs and ideas. After years of experience and research we designed The DivaCup, a reusable menstrual cup that encourages a more positive period experience. I wake up every day excited to share The DivaCup concept with young women, and those a little older, who are not only looking for a better product but also a new relationship with their menstrual cycle!”

 

DivaCup Logo-1 DivaCup on Bag M1-M2-boxes

“It goes where? I have to do what? Yes, you wear The DivaCup in “there”, in your vagina… but we promise, it is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, your body will thank you for giving it the period care it deserves.

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.

Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!”. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.

The DivaCup Features:

  • 12 hour leak-free protection!
  • Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
  • Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
  • Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals.
  • Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
  • Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada.
  • Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the world!

Discover the healthy, “non-ick” alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products. Join women worldwide by switching to The DivaCup today!”

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My Thoughts:

Oh. My. Periods. My menstrual cycle is the only speakable health “ailment” that I struggle with controlling the pain of. Because of my debilitating menstrual cramps, I am always eager to find new products that make my time of the month a little less painstaking, inconvenient, healthy and more tolerable.

Diva Cup was of interest for me for several reasons:

-The fear of “toxic shock syndrome” which can be caused by leaving a tampon in for too long, allegedly.

-Making my monthly period less of an expense. The Diva Cup is reusable, so there’s no more endless boxes of tampons that I have to go through.

-The material that Diva Cup is made of appears and seems to be one of the safest that you can use: BPA free and free of many harsh materials that have been found to leach into the body and cause health issues (however big or small they are)

-The ease of use. I think the idea is brilliant–and there’s no waste like there is with pads and tampons.

So, here’s where it simply has to get really real! 🙂

My experience with the Diva Cup has been pretty good. The capacity of the cup itself is sufficient enough to allow me to leave it in for several hours on end even on my heaviest days. They offer instructions on how to insert the cup (like you read above, yes, you wear it inside your woman part!) and following those worked well for me.

This may be a bit graphic, but there’s truly no way around it if I’m being frank. I have had a few issues with the cup leaking while I’m wearing it. It doesn’t appear to be because it is overflowing. Rather, it seems to be a matter of the internal “seal” that it’s supposed to form not being intact. The instructions do suggest that you insert the cup halfway, then rotate it–I’m thinking this is supposed to insure that the seal is solid. However, sometimes I have a hard time mastering that and the result seems to be leakage. Not much leakage, but still.

That said, I will take responsibility for the fact that it may be operator error. They supply adequate instructions–I just haven’t mastered my “technique”, so to speak.

The other issue I’ve had is that when I take the cup out to empty it, its kind of a messy ordeal. At home, it’s perfectly fine because I have privacy to deal with it. However, in public restrooms, it’s kind of an ordeal. I am a heavy bleeder, so when I take it out, it’s just not always a clean and tidy ordeal! I end up having blood on my hands and use a lot of toilet paper to not have it be a complete disaster. Finding a way around that mess is another aspect of the Diva Cup use that I’ve yet to get down pat.

The capacity of the diva cup is enough, in my opinion, that I could probably always be able to avoid having to empty it in a public restroom, assuming you are home mornings and evenings. It’s just been a matter of getting used to how quickly it fills up. It’s proving to last a long time, unlike tampons. I just had a few public restroom experiences that were messy. In hindsight, they weren’t even necessary because the cup wasn’t full. It’s just hard to tell when it’s inserted when it’s full.

All of that said, I still see it as a better alternative to tampons, because of what it’s made of, because it saves money, and because it is reusable. I’d recommend it! It just will take a little bit of getting used to.

Have any of you tried the Diva Cup? I am eager to hear your thoughts, if you’ve had similar struggles and how you’ve remedied them. Please, don’t be afraid to be candid in sharing your thoughts and experiences!

 

 

 

Eminence Organic Skin Care Review

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Eminence Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Eminence:

Éminence Mission

TO ENHANCE YOUR WELL-BEING NATURALLY

through extraordinary products and extraordinary service.

Éminence Promise

Our promise is to deliver happiness and extraordinary service by providing the healthiest and most effective skin care products. We are committed to protecting the future of our planet through our green practices—for every product sold we will plant a tree.

Free Of

Éminence is picky when it comes to the ingredients we include in our award winning products. We believe that Mother Nature has the best tools for effective skin care so we take great pride in only using her bounty to create all that we offer you. Our products contain organic and Biodynamic®  grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.

It is important to read and understand the labels of the products you use, and with that in mind, there are some ingredients that we avoid. Our products do not contain harmful chemicals like Parabens, Petrolatum, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. They are not tested on animals and are packaged in environmentally friendly packaging.

Certification

Éminence has been providing the beauty industry with organic alternatives to skin care since 1958. With the organic products market growing rapidly due to increasing consumer demand for food, cosmetic and nutraceutical products, it is becoming more important to look for proof of certification to ensure validity of organic claims.

European certification is known to have the strictest guidelines and organic regulations worldwide. Éminence has long been certified organic by Biokontroll, the main certification organization in Hungary where most of our potent and active ingredients are grown.  We are also certified by Demeter International which has been in use in Europe since 1928 and is still regarded as providing the highest standards for organic products in the world. As a non-profit organization, their mission is to “improve the health of the planet and its people by providing certification of products whose ingredients are grown and processed according to the highest agricultural and environmental standards.” From farm to market, only those companies that consistently meet these standards will be certified by Demeter, and Éminence is counted as one of them. Customers can use Éminence products with 100% confidence that they are safe and fully compliant with US and international labeling requirements and regulations as we also hold certifications with both USDA-Oregon Tilth and USDA-ASCO.

Celebrating more than 50 years of organic practices is an achievement of which to be proud but creating products that are kind to the environment is even better. Éminence is committed to being the industry leader in keeping our planet green; since our inception in 1958, we have been using sustainable farming and green practices to create organic products and are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, from the harvest and production of products to how they are packaged and, finally, how they reach spa clients. We even enlist wind and solar power energy in the making of products, use recyclable packaging, vegetable-based inks in printing, FSC certified post-consumer recycled paper and our Beyond Organic line is created with Biodynamic® farming practices. We think Mother Nature would be proud!

If you’ve been keeping track you will notice that Éminence holds certifications for several national and international organic certifying bodies. It is clear that we take our promise to you and the Earth seriously and use organic and natural ingredients in every single one of our amazing skin care products – and we’ve got the stamps to prove it!”

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Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer

About:

“Description: Moisturizing and clarifying

Skin Type: All skin types, especially problem skin

Key Ingredients:

  • Cucumber Juice: revitalizer, toner; tones and shrinks the appearance of skin pores while purifying the skin
  • Willow Bark Extract: astringent
  • Yogurt: exfoliating; contains lactic acid; moisturizing and nourishing
  • Tea Tree Oil: an essential oil
  • Calendula Oil: antioxidant, essential oil
  • Shea Butter: moisturizer high in triglycerides and fatty acids; excellent emollient for skin; replenishes the skin moisture barrier
  • Biocomplex: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to improve the appearance of skin.

Eight Greens Youth Serum

About:

“Description: Energizing serum

Skin Type: Dehydrated, oily, hormonal or dry, devitalized mature skin types

Key Ingredients:

  • Yucca Extract: antioxidant; source of phytoestrogens,
  • Flaxseed/Linseed Extract: Omega 3s, antioxidant
  • Hop Extract: antioxidant
  • Paprika: invigorates and rejuvenates the look of skin
  • Vitex Agnus Castus: source of antioxidant bioflavanoids
  • BiocomplexTM: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin.”

Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher

About:

“Description: Intense microderm skin polisher

Skin Type: All skin types including dry, uneven and congested

Key Ingredients:

  • Pear: bioflavonoids, hydroxycinnamic acids (antioxidant)
  • Green Apple: vitamin C, fruit flavonoids, quercetin
  • Poppy Seed: gentle exfoliation
  • Fine Walnut: vitamin E, gentle exfoliation
  • Green Tea: antioxidant, phenol and vitamin C-rich
  • Apricot Kernel Oil: softening and soothing
  • Alfalfa: vitamin-rich nutrition.”

Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 30

About:

“Product Description: An ultra-light replenishing moisturizer with SPF 30 featuring our exclusive Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex; this moisturizer hydrates, invigorates and promotes the look of elasticity. Experience a refreshingly cool sensation from sustained release tea tree oil which helps reduce the signs of breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal to combination skin types
Key Ingredients:
• Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex: protective complex high in antioxidants from red currant, elderflower
and magnolia bark; protects skin against the abuse of elements, hydrates, invigorates and promotes the look of elasticity.
• Red Currant: good source of Vitamin C to reduce the appearance of signs of aging, antioxidant.
• Elderflower:  high in antioxidant capacity.
• Magnolia Bark: soothes and calms skin.
• Microencapsulated Tea Tree Oil: sustained release of tea tree oil to reduce the signs of breakouts.
• Zinc Oxide: provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
• Biocomplex™: a booster of antioxidants, Vitamins A, Ester C, E, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid; to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin.”

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My Thoughts:

Eminence is a big breath of fresh air. It’s actually really enjoyable to read the mission of a brand that clearly values using organic ingredients and what goes into their skin care products. Besides that, these products have been a real joy to use.

I LOVE the pear & poppy seed microderm polisher. It smells divine (I could just sit and smell it like I would a candle) and the consistency of the scrub is perfect. It acts as the perfect clarifier for the post-workout grime that accumulates on my face (I almost always am outside–and this time of year its warm!).

I am a huge fan of incorporating greens into your diet, thus I really enjoyed applying the Eight Greens Youth Serum to my face. It applied a little bit differently than the serums I’m used to. It seems that the content is more watery substances, rather than oily (not a bad thing, just different). It left a replenished and fresh feeling on my face. Sometimes my skin seems to need mainly moisture, but other days it just appears to need a nutrient boost. This serum is great for those lighter days.

Wearing an SPF moisturizer is not something I’m accustomed to doing, mainly because many of them contain chemical sunscreens. I like that this one uses a physical sunscreen, zinc oxide–which is not readily absorbed by your skin. It sits atop skin and forms a barrier against the sun. I’ve applied it before going off to run in the sun and had no red, sun kissed cheeks. I’d say it worked well.

I know that probiotics are good for my stomach, so I love the idea of putting a probiotic moisturizer on my face. This one is a light moisturizer, is cooling on my skin and I found it perfect as a day cream.

Overall, this is a great selection of products, stellar ingredients and I can’t wait to try more of their unique skin care items!

Mercola Vitamin E Review & Giveaway

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Mercola 

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Mercola:

“You are wise to question who you can trust when it comes to maintaining, enhancing or rebuilding your health.

With all websites, newspapers, magazines and other publications offering health advice, with every new multi-million dollar TV ad for another proclaimed miracle drug, with any recommendation offered by traditional and natural physicians, it is essential to answer this question above all others: what is their real motivation?

Only if the answer provides you with a sense of security, move on to the next important question: what are their qualifications? The primary trick of the existing medical establishment is to get you to forget that first question – their real motivation – by dazzling you with what appears to be magnificently trustworthy qualifications.

But clinical trials conducted by heavily biased “researchers,” advertisements and news stories carefully scripted to scare you into belief, highly polished corporate offices and corporate websites, and an extreme focus on whatever has the most profit potential – not lifesaving or life-enhancing potential – are not qualifications. They are scams.

Don’t fall for them.

My motivation, whether you are a member of the Mercola.com community, or have just heard about me for the first time, is to make you as healthy as you can possibly be. This involves:

  1. Providing the most up to date natural health information and resources that will most benefit you and,
  2. Exposing corporate, government and mass media hype that diverts you away from what is truly best for your health and often to a path that leads straight into an early grave.

Mercola.com is not, in other words, a tool to get me a bigger house and car, or to run for Senate. I fund this site, and therefore, am not handcuffed to any advertisers, silent partners or corporate parents.

When I offer or recommend products, I do so because I have actively researched them and find they are the best in that category for your health. I ignore substandard products, and products not directly pertinent to your health, regardless of any potential financial upside.”

Vitamin E

About:

“There are plenty of vitamin E supplements on the market. You can find one practically anywhere you look. But the vast majority of them use soy as their source of vitamin E.

So when looking for a good alternative, I wanted to not only avoid soy but also wanted to make sure whatever natural source of vitamin E was used was not genetically engineered (GE). That’s why I decided to use sunflowers for the source of vitamin E. They are an excellent natural source of vitamin E.

But soy isn’t the only thing you need to be wary of.

It is vital to get a balance of all eight nutrients in a vitamin E supplement you take to complement your healthy diet.

You see if the vitamin E supplement only contains alpha tocopherol (synthetic or natural), there’s another major issue. If high levels of alpha tocopherol flood your system, they can potentially deplete the other tocopherols and tocotrienols from your body…

Here’s how my Vitamin E supplement provides a fantastic balance of all four tocopherol and tocotrienol compounds…

  • Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol) – 200 international units (IU)
  • Tocopherol complex – 150 milligrams (mg) with alpha tocopherol, beta tocopherol, gamma tocopherol, and delta tocopherol
  • Palm and Rice Tocotrienol – 35 mg with alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols

There are very few formulas I’ve run across that come close to this type of balance. And when it comes to tocotrienols, there are even fewer choices available.”

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My Thoughts:

Like you’ll hear Dr. Mercola say on his website, I do not see a NEED for a ton of supplements. Most of what you need on a daily basis should come from your diverse, plant-rich diet. That’s not to say supplements cannot help fill the gaps in our diet–because they can. As an antioxidant found in many foods (in small amounts–the most concentrated being Wheat Germ) Vitamin E is something our bodies need. This supplement by Dr. Mercola is one of the few out there that is derived from sunflowers, versus soy. Since 91% of soy in the US is genetically modified, it behooves you to steer away from it when possible.

From what I know about this product, I see it to be a good choice as a Vitamin E single-vitamin supplement. I would love to see further proof or literature that this Mercola Vitamin E is derived from ORGANIC sunflower oil. That, to me, would solidify its quality.

Mercola would like to giveaway 1 bottle of this Vitamin E supplement to one of my readers. To enter:

1. “Like” the Mercola Facebook page OR “Follow” Username: “DrMercola”on Instagram.

AND

2. “Like” my Run On Organic Facebook page OR “Follow” Username: “JesRunOnOrganic” on Instagram

3. Comment Below or via Facebook or Instagram!