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Raw Revolution Bars Review

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Raw Revolution

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Raw Revolution:

Raw Revolution was launched in Alice Benedetto’s home kitchen in 2004. A registered nurse and natural food chef, Alice was looking for something that she could give to her kids – a healthy snack that also tasted good.

Alice started slowly, feeding her delicious, natural snacks to friends and family, and then started selling small batches through local stores near her suburban home. When the first bars sold out within days, Alice knew that she was on to something.

With the encouragement of her husband Dave, Raw Revolution expanded.  Alice developed new flavors and taste combinations. Dave scoured factories for used equipment, ultimately putting together a production line of equipment once used at pizzerias, chocolate factories and bakeries.

Ten years later Alice and Dave are producing millions of Raw Revolution bars every year. The bars are now sold through major retailers both in the United States and overseas.  Each one is still made at Alice and Dave’s family owned factory just outside of New York City.

A lot has changed in the last decade, but some things are the same as they have always been. The ingredients are fresh. The taste is revolutionary. And the story is just beginning.”

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Cherry Chocolate Chunk

Ingredients: 

“Organic Almonds, Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Chocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Cherries, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed, Organic Sea Salt, Organic Cherry Flavor. CONTAINS TREE NUTS.  Made on equipment shared with peanuts. Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk.”

Chocolate Crave

Ingredients: 

“Organic Cashews, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Dates, Organic Cocoa processed with Alkali, Organic Almonds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. CONTAINS TREE NUTS. Made on equipment shared with peanuts.”

Dark Chocolate Trail Mix

Ingredients:

“Organic Dates, Organic Cashews, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Coconut, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Cranberries (Organic Apple Juice, Organic Cranberries),Organic Peanuts, Organic Almonds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed, Organic Sea Salt. Contains Tree Nuts, Soy and Peanuts. Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk.”

Almond Butter Cup

Ingredients:

“Organic Almonds, Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Sprouted Flax Seed, Organic Sea Salt. CONTAINS TREE NUTS. Made on equipment shared with peanuts. Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk.”

Chocolate Coconut Bliss

Ingredients:

“Organic Cashews, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Dates, Organic Coconut, Organic Cocoa processed with Alkali, Organic Almonds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. CONTAINS TREE NUTS. Made on equipment shared with peanuts.”

Spirulina Dream

Ingredients:

“Organic Cashews, Organic Dates, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Almonds, Organic Spirulina Powder, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. CONTAINS TREE NUTS.  Made on equipment shared with peanuts.

Double Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients:

“Organic Cashews, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Dates, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Almonds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. Contains Tree Nuts. May Contain Traces of Peanut and Soy. Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk products.”

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My Thoughts:

I’m always eager and open to discovering new, portable ways to consume organic, raw fuel. So many nutrition bars are rife with processed junk. Raw Revolution is a brand I’ve come to know that has a fantastic grasp on providing a way for individuals to carry around a bar of goodness in their car, purse, in their office, etc.

Not only are each of these unique flavors absolutely delectable, but they are jam packed with raw & organic ingredients that truly nourish the body. If you ask me, the best way to consume raw & organic fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds is to eat them freshly whipped up in a smoothie or salad out of your kitchen. That said, we don’t eat all of our meals in the comfort of our home.

Thus, I see Raw Revolution bars as the next best thing.

I see them as a snack and/or meal replacement when I’m on the go, at practice, commuting, etc.

All of the flavors totally rock in their own right, but my favorites are the Almond Butter Cup and the Chocolate Coconut Crave. You forget they’re a healthy food because they taste that good. It’s also worth nothing what Raw Revolution states about their ingredients being raw (which is almost as important to them being organic, to me):

“While there are a number of definitions and opinions on what constitutes something being “raw”, we take it to mean food that is uncooked, unprocessed, and organic. We do not heat any ingredients here in our facility. Some of our bars are 100% raw, such as the Spirulina Dream and the Golden Cashew, while others vary in their raw content, such as the chocolate flavored bars which contain dutch-processed cocoa. Generally, the bars range from approximately 80% to 100% raw. Since ingredient sources can change and there is no legal standard for “raw”, we do not claim a specific “percentage raw” on our labels.”

I do wish they used raw cacao powder versus using their processed cocoa, but 80% raw is pretty darn good and is one of the best options available on the market as far as bars go. Because of that, I give it a hearty two-thumbs up! (5 stars) 🙂

 

 

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Lumi Organic, Raw, Cold-Pressed Juice Review

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Lumi Juice

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Lumi Juice:

Our Juice Code

There are only a handful of bottled juices that I would buy for myself and my family. Lumi is one of those brands. Though showcasing extraordinary ingredients in organic, raw form, they’ve gained my trust as a brand that I can look to for a hearty, convenient boost of nutrition.

As you can see from their labeling, Lumi is certified organic, cold pressed–and to put it frankly & simply: they are just here to provide you with really good juice. No crazy ingredients, just transparent, honest to goodness juices that taste real because they are. I also want to point out that Lumi does a wonderful job of creating juices that are nutrient dense, but not loaded with sugar. Many juice brands use solely or mainly fruit, which certainly has a place in the diet, but should be consumed in moderation, just like anything else. Vegetables often have a higher nutrient content with less sugar–making them a better choice, more often. In other words, you can consume a hearty amount of nutrients through Lumi juices without the massive sugar rush.

The vibrant packaging is beautiful, (that factors into my opinion of a product so little, but I thought it was worth mentioning. I’m a color girl!) I love the smaller bottled juices they offer (like the Wahoo Orange, Piedmont Pineapple and Mountain Mint that I got to try)–I see those as a perfect morning boost or mid-commute energy boost.

My thoughts on Lumi are short and sweet because all I want you to know if that I love these juices! This brand is focused on the right qualities in my opinion: organic, raw and not loaded with sugar. I can buy these locally at The Fresh Market, but you can also buy them online through Lumi! I urge you to give them a try. Consuming fresh juice will allow you to appreciate the intricate flavors of nature, by themselves. It’s a beautiful thing!

Raw Gaia Organic Skin Care Review

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Raw Gaia

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Raw Gaia:

“Raw Gaia stands for something unique and not easy to achieve when you rely on the high street.

And that’s beautiful, radiant, glowing skin…

Forget false claims and promises that you’ve probably tried with products that have failed you time after time – like most people that eventually find us and wish they had sooner!

With principles based on 100% natural, 100% organic and 100% pure, beneficial ingredients, we do WITHOUT the things that every other skincare or cosmetics manufacturer still includes…

And this includes the ingredients that will make your skin worse!

Having been established for nearly 10 years, we serve people from all over the world in every capacity and since our products go such a long way you don’t need to invest a fortune in products that will actually work to relieving you of your skin condition…

Or just allow you to vamp up your beauty regime to gain an unbelievable goddess-like glow of youth and radiance while at the same time transforming the appearance (not just the condition) of your skin.

The products you use on your skin and the food and drink you consume on a daily basis will mean the difference between being or becoming a walking Goddess regardless of age, and an everyday high street brand switcher.

Choosing to empower yourself to the “Walking Goddess” option will align you with yourself far more than you could ever imagine.”

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Hemp Oil

About:

“Hemp seed oil is an emollient which is non-greasy and works perfectly as a moisturizing compound with excellent moisture balancing properties.

Using Hemp seed oil is a great way to achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin. Hemp seed oil prevents moisture loss on a physiological level and doesn’t merely “coat” the skin as do other oils. It contains the ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 based on our cells needs. Hemp so closely matches our own skins lipids, it is able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between them, thus bringing the EFA’s into the body. For this reason EFA’s have been proven to play a preventative role in skin aging and a healthy moisture balance.

Thanks to its high amount of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids), hemp seed oil has excellent anti-inflammatory qualities. It therefore helps to relieve conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as healing skin lesions, balances dry skin and combats skin inflammations.

Hemp is also the only plant oil containing Vitamin D, which is necessary for Calcium absorption and especially useful to vegans. Hemp seed oil contains 57% linoleic (LA) and 19% linolenic (LNA) acids and antioxidants in the form of vitamin E and carotene. Phytosterols, phospholipids, as well as a number of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sulphur, potassium and phosphorus are also found in the oil.”

Moroccan Lava Clay Mask:

About:

“Sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Moroccan Lava clay has been used for hundreds of years as a natural beautifier.

Moroccan Lava Clay is a light brown clay with wonderful exfoliating, cleansing and detoxifying properties. It has a remarkable ability to draw out excess oils and impurities from deep within the skin thanks to its high levels of “ion exchange”.

It is also highly nourishing for the skin thanks to its high mineral content and unique composition including Silica, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.

Because Moroccan Lava clay has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial and antiseptic qualities, it is a great skin cleanser and can be use daily as a face wash. The regular use of Rhassoul clay may also help to improve the appearance of skin troubled by Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne and Rosacea.

Studies have shown that Rhassoul helps to:

  • improve skin texture
  • reduce dryness and flakiness
  • improve skin elasticity and firmness, and
  • Remove dead skin layers, therefore leaving the skin nice and smooth.

Because of its amazing qualities it is not surprising that Rhassoul clay is used by prestigious spas and loved by people from all over the world.

Directions for use

a) Blend one to two teaspoons of Rhassoul clay and enough water (or floral water) to make a creamy face mask. Wash face with warm water and apply the mask. Do not let the mask dry out so apply a moistened cloth or sponge over the face to keep the mask damp. Leave for about 5 to 10 minutes (but no longer than that). If the skin looks inflamed after the first application, don’t worry, this is just a detox symptom and a good sign! Apply the mask once a week.

b) As a face/body wash: Mix one to two teaspoons of clay with water, to form a mixture similar in consistency to liquid soap. Apply the prepared clay to the wet face/body. Massage the area covered by clay for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients:
 Sun-dried Moroccan Lava clay only.
70g.”

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My Thoughts:

I can’t say enough positive things about Raw Gaia skin care. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with these products before I ever received them in the mail. Truly organic & pure skin care is so refreshing and exciting to me. Your skin can thrive if you give it nutrients straight from nature. I love that Raw Gaia obviously believes this as well.

Though I have used hemp oil on and off for a few years as a dietary supplement (in smoothies & shakes as a healthy source of fat), this is the first time I’ve used it as a facial oil (moisturizer). I require no “selling” in terms of why hemp is a great choice for health. I’m completely on board with this superfood. It’s a readymade healer for both the inside and outside of the body–and I couldn’t wait to try it on my skin. The verdict is: my skin all but sang when I applied it for the first time. There’s such a delicate balance of trying to find an oil that soaks into skin well, keeps it moist & nourished, but also doesn’t leave skin feeling goopy. Often times, when you get your hands on the real stuff (organic, raw & pure), all of those issues go away–it works magically on skin & soaks in just right. It also helps to balance my skin’s oil production.

After many years of washing my face morning and night, I have (in the last 6 months or so) started keeping it to once a day. In the morning, I simply mist my face with water + essential oils (filtered water + peppermint + rosemary + tea tree + lavender essential oils), but do not wash it off. In the evening after I’ve worked out, I wash my face with an organic cleanser and follow up with a fairly generous amount of facial oil. There’s an incredibly good feeling using products that are pure as can be. This way, I simply never have to worry about the ingredients being questionable–and I can rest assured that my skin’s health will reflect that.

I use this clay mask by pouring a small amount into my hand + a few drops of water to make a paste. I have a handy little paintbrush-looking mask application brush that I use to apply it to my entire face (minus the eye sockets). I leave it on until it gets dry (about 5-10 min) and then use it as an exfoliant as I wash it off in the shower. 5-10 minutes might sound like a long time–here’s what I do: apply it, take your time and make a green drink or smoothie, then by the time I’m headed back to the shower with my drink, the mask is ready to wash off (and then I drink my green drink in the shower (the ultimate!) :).

Tell me you don’t get excited knowing that Raw Gaia makes even more organic, cold pressed oils?! Jojoba, reshape, etc. These products would make an incredible gift to your loved ones, and for yourself, alike!

 

Odacite Organic Skin Care Review

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Odacite Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars 

About Odacite:

Our Philosophy: Well Beyond Organic 

FRESHNESS = EFFICIENCY. You cannot have one without the other.The key to all our skin care is FRESHNESS. A skin care product can comprise the highest-quality premium oils… or the rarest botanical extracts … or only natural and organic ingredients… but efficacy is essentially negated if the formulation is not FRESH.This is why Odacité commits each and every day to our three primary pillars of freshness. Each and every product is:

  • Formulated FRESH for each customer upon ordering
  • Dated with a Freshiency™ Date that indicates exactly how long the product will maintain its optimal effectiveness
  • Directly shipped from our lab to your door

This one-of-a-kind preparation & delivery method guarantees that every product fully maintains 100% of its beneficial activity from its antioxidants and vitamins. The end product is the most effective organic skin care line—one that offersvisible results and real change in skin health.

NO PRESERVATIVES (& how we do it)

Typically, skin care products are manufactured to have shelf life of 2-3 years. But how can your skin care be active after years in a jar? Studies show that even the best ingredients degrade over time. Worse, the oils become rancid and filled with free radicals that accelerate the aging process of your skin.

To keep a product “fresh” for three years, guess what you need to fill it with… preservatives!

Since our products are made Fresh For You and never sit on store shelves, there is NO need for preservatives or harmful chemicals.

OUR INGREDIENTS: The best of the best (of the best!)

  • Each ingredient in our products is meticulously hand-selected by our CEO to ensure the ultimate in antioxidant activity, effectiveness, freshness and potency. Every ingredient serves a purpose in all formulations, and we absolutely do not include unnecessary fillers of any kind.
  • Our ingredients are chemical-free botanicals that are either organic or wildcrafted in remote natural areas far from pollution.
  • Our oils are cold-pressed in order to bring you the highest content of antioxidants and vitamins, preserving the life force of each ingredient.
  • We only use fresh, pure and organic bioactive nutrients your skin needs to feel alive, healthy and young.

ALWAYS CRUELTY FREE

We test all our products on real people (our CEO first) and never, ever on animals.”

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Discovery Kit for Oily Skin

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About:

“Restore a fresh healthy glow in a few days

This Discovery Kit is designed to let you experience what Freshly Made skin care can do for your skin.

This very complete skin treatment includes 7 products:

Rejuvenating Cleanser 0.5 oz
Immortelle Toner 0.5 oz
Jojoba Beads Exfoliant 0.5 oz
Beautiful Day Moisturizer 0.14 oz
Night Time Repair Serum 0.14 oz
Deep Hydration Mask 0.5 oz
Ultra Effective Eye Cream 0.1 oz

You will also find:

2 facial sponges.”

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My Thoughts:

I love that Odacite offers a discovery kit–one for every skin type. The one I received is designed for oily skin. I would describe my skin as combination/oily, having the most oil issues during the warmer months. i found that these products suited my skin type well.

It was a great way to get a real feel for their range of products through this kit. Sometimes, I’ll receive just a cleanser and toner (which is great!) but getting the whole line in sample form is even greater–plus it gives you a realistic idea of how your skin reacts and takes to all of the products before you invest in the full size.

In the last few months, I am made it a habit to only wash my face once a day, to avoid over cleansing and stripping my skin of its natural oils. So, when my skin is grimy and dirty after a day’s worth of yard work and exercising, I love a good facial exfoliation. Thus, the first product I reached for and tried was the jojoba bead exfoliant. This exfoliator is incredibly gentle. You could massage it very intensely into your skin without risk of irritation. The beads themselves are silky feeling–soothing and lightly cleansing. The rejuvenating cleanser is very smooth and milky, very creamy and acts as a mild cleanser. It will not strip your skin, but will give it a bit of a clean refresh.

I loved following up with the two different toners they sent me. Both the mint & green tea and the rose & neroli toners work nicely after a mild cleanser because they help balance the oil left on your skin, help close up your pores and add an extra boost of nutrients before you apply your moisturizer. These toners both smell wonderful–very minty and rosey, respectively.

I found it interesting that Odacite makes both a day and a night cream. Many might find this normal, but I’m so used to using the same serum any time I’m moisturizing. I’m assuming that Odacite’s night cream contains ingredients more effective in allowing skin to heal, rejuvenate and recover over night–as well as being a tad more dense. In contrast, the day cream is light and wakes up your skin. It doesn’t feel goopy or heavy, as it soaks into your skin very well and thoroughly.

I did not receive the night time repair serum, as pictured in Odacite’s graphic above, but I did get to try the eye cream. I definitely neglect to seek out products that are designed for the skin around the eyes. I typically just spread whatever organic facial serum around my eyes, covering my entire face and neck. This eye cream is similar in consistency to the night cream. Its a nice way to nourish and pamper your eyes at the end of the day. I typically shower before bed and apply all of my toners and creams afterwards. My skin feels fresh and rejuvenated when I wake up in the morning.

One thing that sets this brand apart (that I’ve never seen before) is Odacite’s freshiency date. This is very unique and important because many of these fresh, organic ingredients do have a shelf life (and should!) because that means they are not using preservatives. Cruelty free is also a good sign. The CEO tests them first–love that! Good things here…Kudos, Odacite!

I’d recommend this line for someone looking for a gentle line of organic skin care products that will not irritate even the most sensitive skin.

Forager Project Organic Juice Review

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Forager Project

This is a review of the Forager Project Organic Drinks.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Forager Project:

Having spent more than 20 years making juice and building Odwalla, we present to you Forager Project — a logical progression from fruits to vegetables.

We press organic roots and greens and, where sweetness is needed, we add fruit.

No side ingredient panel necessary – everything you need to know is always front and center.

Our blends are arranged to bring a fresh approach to your daily drink.

It is everyday juice.

Made in our kitchen.

Organic Ingredients

Kale, Celery, Cucumbers, Beets, Spinach, Sprouted Broccoli, Collard Greens, Romaine, Red Bell Pepper, Fennel, Parsley, Sprouted Quinoa, Basil, Sea Salt, Apples, Lemons, Balsamic Vinegar, Carrots, Oranges, Sprouted Ground Flax, Apple Cider Vinegar, Mint, Ginger, Cayenne, Lemongrass, Limes, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Spearmint, Ginger, Sweet Potatoes, Cold-brewed Coffee, Cacao, Matcha Green Tea, Pineapple, Parsnips, Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean, Oats, Dates, Almonds, Cashews.”

My Thoughts:

An instant add to my “Brands I Love” page. This is one of those brands that I can’t say enough good things about. First and foremost, they value transparency–as they provide the list of (entirely organic) ingredients on the front of every bottle. So, each bottle you drink is high-quality, nutrient dense, organic splendor. I also adore the name, “Forager”.

One of my favorite things about these drinks is that they included a drink comprised of healthy fats from nuts and seeds. That is something that is rare for a juice cleanse line. Often times, it’s just the fruit and vegetable juice, sans nuts. For satisfaction and overall satiability, I loved having the two nut-heavy drinks on hand. They are rich, milky and delicious. As for the rest of the blends–I truly love that they do not taste like a sugary, fake, junky juice. They taste like plants, as they should! You really feel and taste the goodness in each gulp. Taste-wise, the “roots” and “nuts” blends are my favorite. The greens are necessary staple and are robust with greenness (but might not have the same appeal (taste-wise) as the other blends.

Drinking these blends made me feel phenomenal. Also, my skin LOVES drinks like this. My skin tends to really glow when my consumption of fruits, veggies is high. It’s an amazing feeling!

I wish I could have a refrigerator stocked full of Forager Project drinks everyday. There is something to be said about ready-made, organic, raw fresh drinks. They are incredibly good for you and are as convenient as can be. I recommend these drinks to every last person on the planet. Seriously.