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Advocare Supplement Review

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Advocare Supplement Review

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Advocare:

“AdvoCare is a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products along with a rewarding business opportunity.

Joining team AdvoCare empowers individuals to explore their ultimate potential. When people try the products, the positive testimonials pour in: “I feel better than I have in years.” “My energy level is unbelievable.” “AdvoCare has changed my life.” AdvoCare focuses on wellness and provides an opportunity to enrich your life in the way that you choose.

Distinguished professionals from the fields of nutrition, pharmacology, biology, kinesiology and medicine formulate nutritional solutions that are based on solid science and created with the highest-quality ingredients. The phenomenal results of AdvoCare products experienced by thousands of people present an exciting business opportunity.

Individuals from all walks of life are realizing the unlimited income potential and creating a more balanced life when they share our world-class products and opportunity with others. Another bonus is our DebtBuster® system that provides a simple method for targeting your creditors and becoming debt-free – a system so effective it received the Education for Life award from the Direct Selling Association (DSA) in 2002. In June 2008, AdvoCare received the prestigious DSA Innovation Award. The DSA honors the industry’s best of the best at the Annual Awards Banquet.

The AdvoCare track record is one of success because we remain focused on what we do best: offering safe and effective nutritional products and providing a compelling business opportunity. The future is bright with AdvoCare because we have the best people, proven science-based products, celebrity endorsers who recommend our products, an exciting growth plan and sound company principles.”

Spark Pre-Workout Energy Drink Powder

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Enhances mental energy and focus*
  • Provides support for long-lasting energy*
  • Helps fight occasional drowsiness*
  • 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients
  • Sugar-free and only 45 calories
  • Helps reduce free radicals*

Ingredients:

Vitamin A (as beta-carotene), Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxine HCl), Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin), Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate), Thiamine (as HCl), Riboflavin, Niacin (as niacinamide), Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), Zinc (as zinc monomethionine), Copper (as copper glycinate), Chromium (as chromium citrate), Choline (as bitartrate and citrate), L-Tyrosine, Taurine, Caffeine , Glycine, Citrus flavonoids, Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), L-Carnitine (as tartrate), Inositol, Maltodextrin, citric acid, sucralose, silicon dioxide.”

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Gel

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Encourages optimal performance through electrolyte balance
  • Allows for immediate and sustained energy with Sequential Carbs
  • Facilitates hydration in conjunction with plenty of water
  • Lemon flavor with only 80 calories
  • On-the-go portable and convenient pouch

Ingredients:

Water, maltodextrin, fructose, dextrose, calcium lactate, natural flavors, citric acid, magnesium citrate, ascorbic acid, L-glutamine, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, potassium chloride, sucralose, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacinamide, beta carotene, calcium pantothenate, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, chromium citrate.”

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Drink Powder

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Helps the body stay hydrated during physical activity
  • Provides a full spectrum of crucial electrolytes for improved electrolyte balance
  • Includes amino acids to help feed your muscles
  • Fuels your body with carbohydrates for energy production and sustained muscle endurance
  • Contains antioxidants to fight free radicals commonly produced during exercise
  • Helps prevent cramping during and after exercise

Ingredients:

Pure crystalline fructose, dextrose, maltodextrin, malic acid, Sustamine™ (L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine), sodium citrate, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, ascorbic acid, calcium lactate, potassium chloride, L-arginine, beta carotene, magnesium citrate, sucralose, chromium citrate complex, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium d-pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamine hydrochloride, d-calcium pantothenate, chromium citrate.”

Slam Energy Shot

About:

Key Benefits:

  • High-powered, portable energy source*
  • Fast acting*
  • Sustained energy without jitters*
  • Sharpens mental focus*
  • Sugar-free

Ingredients:

Niacin, Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine HCl), Folic acid, Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin), Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), Betaine (as hydrochloride), Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), L-Tyrosine (as N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine), Taurine, L-Carnitine, Glucuronolactone, Glycine, Caffeine, Purified water, malic acid, sucralose, potassium sorbate (as preservative).”

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My Thoughts:

I have heard of Advocare before–and known of Advocare users for a few years now. However, I have never implemented them into my own exercise routine.

Taste-wise, the Spark drink mix, Slam Shot, Rehydrate Gel and Rehydrate Powder all taste pleasant, but you can tell that they are not real flavors. I eat so many fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis that my palate can pick out artificial flavors and ingredients like these pretty easily.

Performance-wise, the Spark mix does indeed provide an energy boost and can be used as a replacement for your pre-workout cup of coffee of caffeinated tea. The Slam shot is a quick, convenient way to get a caffeine kick that you can feel. Both the Rehydrate energy gel and powder gave me the feeling of replenishment after a workout. With all of that said, I find that many supplements such as these and similar to these give you the instant gratification because they act quickly via artificial ingredients–not from organic, whole food ingredients. That is what I take issue with. There are a multitude of organic sources that can aid in prepping your body for exercise and also helping it recover. Therefore, brands that choose to use ingredients that are less than conscious of organic, pure ingredients don’t get my vote.

I find that many individuals use a products or supplement because it “works.” Yet, they do not even look at the ingredients. As for me, I want to feel good about what I’m buying and what I’m putting into my body.

Even though I am an optimist, I always strive to make my reviews honest and real. That said, I love the idea of these supplements, but in all actuality, I can’t stand behind the ingredients. Many of them are not recognizable and none of them are a “whole food” source–like chia seed and tea leaves, which are in some organic pre workout and post workout drinks that I love.

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LL’s Magnetic Clay (Ancient Minerals, Prescript-Assist) Review: Magnesium, Iodine, Probiotic

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LL Magnetic Clay

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About LL Magnetic Clay:

These supplements are:

“…Products distributed by LL Magnetic Clay, Inc, Livermore, California.

We produce a complete line of foundational protocols to address environmental toxicity, health, and well being, harnessing the forces of nature and the living earth.

LL Magnetic Clay is a family owned and operated company, dedicated to the study of alternative medicine and healing through natural means. Our knowledge in this field is based on years of qualitative and quantitative study encompassing internal and external remedies as well as the removal of toxins from within living systems.

Our Ancient Minerals magnesium oil has gained a following worldwide as a household name for topical magnesiumPrescript-Assist, our line of professional-grade probiotics, is a powerful, clinically-proven probiotic that is multi-strain, shelf-stable and acid resistant. We also carry our popular Nascent Iodine and Magnetic Clay Detox Baths lines.”

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Ancient Minerals: Magnesium Oil Ultra- with MSM

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil is considered the gold standard for rapidly restoring cellular magnesium levels through the skin.

A concentrated transdermal magnesium mineral supplement, our absorbable magnesium oil contains only raw, ultra pure magnesium chloride and other trace minerals drawn from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Northern Europe.

One teaspoon contains approximately 560 mg of elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Oil is:

  • The #1 most recommended magnesium oil in the world
  • Ultra-pure and highly concentrated
  • Rapidly absorbed into the skin
  • Easily applied in a convenient spray
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) spray and 64 oz (1.9 L) professional size.”

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MAGNESIUM?

Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Conditions linked to magnesium levels include:

Pain:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle Spasms and Muscle Cramps
  • Fibromyalgia

Mental Health and Sleep:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism and ADD
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Insomnia
  • Tics.”

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About the MSM Ingredient:

“·Obviously, one of its best and most well-known uses involves pain management. Research has shown MSM to be effective against joint and muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness – helping conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis and gout. Since sulfur is critical for the health and strength of joint tissues (e.g. cartilage), this component of MSM is of primary interest in conditions and stresses effecting those areas.Research has also shown MSM to be useful with various forms of arthritis – not only for pain management but as an anti-inflammatory agent as well, helping to reduce arthritic swelling.

· Many users of both internal and external MSM have reported softer, smoother, and more “elastic” skin resulting from its use.

· MSM helps protect against oxidative damage by aiding in the production of antioxidants like Glutathione.”

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus combines the healing power of magnesium chloride with biologically active, certified organic aloe vera extract (ACTIValoe®).

Magnesium gel is a form of transdermal magnesium, a new method of magnesium supplementation designed to deliver magnesium topically for rapid absorption into the cells

One teaspoon contains approximately 490 mg of elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel is:

  • A powerful combination of magnesium and bio-active aloe vera
  • Significant for massage applications
  • Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
  • Efficient at delivering extensive topical and cosmetic benefits
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) spray and 64 oz (1.9 L) professional size.”

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Formulated for even the most sensitive individuals, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is designed to deliver magnesium through the skin, direct to the cells.

Rich in organic plant moisturizers including coconut oil and shea butter, this lotion soothes and hydrates without leaving your skin feeling waxy or greasy.

One teaspoon contains approximately 185mg elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is:

  • Ideal for children and sensitive individuals
  • Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
  • Significant for massage applications
  • Effective at encouraging healthy skin tissue
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) squeeze bottle.”

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My Description & Thoughts on the Magnesium Topical Products:

I was REALLY excited about these products because they were such a new concept to me: getting minerals into the body purposefully through the skin instead of ingesting it in pill form. I liked the idea and was excited to try it in my daily skin routine.

The way I decided to use it was applying it to my legs, arms, and stomach before a run. After application, the oil, gel and lotion all leave skin a bit tingly with a slightly itchy sensation. I didn’t enjoy that after showering so that’s what I decided to apply it before getting sweaty. I let my skin absorb the magnesium (gel or oil) first, then I apply my homemade “Icy Hot” mixture. Since the magnesium gel & oil is not very moisturizing to skin like you might think, following with a lotion or real oil (as the magnesium oil is not truly oil) helps skin to stay moist & supple.

In regards to effectiveness, it hard to tell how and in what way this magnesium absorption has effected my body. It reminds me of taking a multivitamin: it doesn’t give you a sudden jolt of vitality, but it helps you feel your best. I can say this about the magnesium oil:

-On days when I neglect to apply it before running, I have a more noticeable achiness in my knees–making me think that the magnesium really helps my post workout achiness.

-I have also had better sleep since using it–I sleep more soundly throughout the night without waking up hungry (which I have struggled with in the past).

I found that I like the oil the most. It happens to be the most dense with magnesium out of the three products. I like being able to apply it beneath my lotion or moisturizer. If you like combining the two and applying it at once, then I’d recommend the lotion. I did really like the Melatonin infused lotion. I applied it before bed and felt a noticeable grogginess that helped me fall asleep with more ease.

The ingredients in the lotion aren’t all the best–though some of them are organic. I’d give the oil and gel my highest rating, though, because they are simple and pure.

The gel is less fluid than the oil and makes it a little easier to apply by hand. I would recommend this to athletes and those than go for ease of application. The oil is merely like water in regards to texture and it best applied with the spray feature that comes with the bottle. Regardless of which consistency you prefer, you get the same great benefits of magnesium in using it on skin.

If you are looking for something different in your supplement routine, I’d recommend that you give one of these magnesium products a try. I see them being especially helpful to athletes and those who struggle with aches and pains.

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Nascent Iodine

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Traditionally, the importance of iodine to the biological function of the body was focused on iodine’s role in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, particularly for the production of T3 and T4 hormones and the regulation of metabolism. However, as the understanding of this nutrient has progressed, we come to understand that the role of iodine in the body far surpasses what most thought, and is not only necessary for overall health, but a crucial component of the detoxification process.

What is Nascent Iodine?

Nascent Iodine is a consumable iodine in its atomic form rather than its molecular form. It is an iodine atom that has an incomplete number of electrons. It is paramagnetic. What does that mean? Well, it means that the iodine atoms can hold an electromagnetic charge. While this all might sound a little like a flashback to chemistry class, the most important thing to understand is that Nascent Iodine has a huge energy release when consumed. This “charged” state is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed, whereby it gradually loses energy over a 2-3 hour time span. During this time, Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body.

Where is Iodine Used in the Body?

All the cells in your body contain and make use of iodine. It is concentrated in the glandular system of your body, with your thyroid containing the highest amount compared to any other organ. Significant amounts are also stockpiled in numerous other areas of the body including the salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, gastric mucosa, choroid plexus, breasts, and ovaries.

How soon will I feel the effects of Nascent Iodine?

Some of our clients have noticed additional energy on the first day after taking Nascent Iodine. If you already suffer from an iodine deficiency, you are most likely to notice the effect sooner.

Ingredients

Nascent Iodine in a base of Demeter certified Biodynamic grape alcohol. (2% Iodine by weight / 400mcg of nascent iodine per drop).”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have been drinking Kelp in powder form for several months now because of its iodine content. This product provides me with another option to ingest enough iodine. Hypothyroidism is a condition that runs in my family and I am vehemently trying to “break that mold” within my own body, making this product even more significant than most to me. Here is what I have come to know, in my own words, about iodine:

-Sufficient iodine is needed for optimum thyroid function. All of our endocrine system needs iodine, but the thyroid needs the most.

-Our bodies need very little iodine per day, but it needs it, since our bodies do not make it.

-Hypo and Hyperthyroidism can be a result of inadequate or improper (too much) intake of iodine.

I read with this Nascent Iodine that those with very low iodine levels might feel a boost from taking this iodine right away. I think my iodine levels have been adequate, thus I did not feel a drastic effect after taking it. I do use it daily, interchangeably with the kelp and have noticed a difference in my overall energy level. I used to wake up every morning having a very hard time waking up and feeling energetic. I now wake up every morning and require very little to get going. I take a few drops of iodine in my mouth and gulp it down with a glass of water and I’m set.

I’ve been very happy with this product, overall and would recommend it to:

-those who have a hard time waking up

-those with low energy levels

-those who believe to have or have been diagnosed with a thyroid problem

Needless to say, I am not a doctor, however I found this product to be helpful for my overall energy level and ability to get up and go in the mornings.

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Prescript-Assist Probiotic

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“What is Prescript Assist?

Prescript-Assist® (P-A) is a next-generation combination of 29 probiotic microflora “Soil-Based-Organisms (SBOs)” uniquely combined with a humic/fulvic acid prebiotic that enhances SBO proliferation. Prescript-Assist’s® microflora are Class-1 micro ecological units that are typical of those progressively found resident along the healthy human GI Tract. And, with more than 5 years in clinical development and testing*, Prescript-Assist remains one of the most effective probiotic supplements for restoring levels of gastrointestinal micro-flora compromised from antibiotics, medication, poor diet, stress, and digestive abnormalities.

*Prescript-Assist Probiotic was the subject of a randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind clinical study (Clinical Therapeutics 2005; Vol 27, No. 6, Pgs.755-761.)

Clinical Applications

– Maintains Healthy GI-Tract MicroFloral Ecologies
– Promotes Normal Bowel Function
– Supports Gut Immune-System
– Assists in Stabilizing the Gut Mucosal Barrier
– Supports Normal Absorption and Assimilation of Nutrients in the Gut

Details

A primary objective of probiotic therapy is to provide therapeutic resistance against pathogen colonization in the GI tract. Prescript-Assist® is unique in this regard as its constituent microflora are representative of those found resident along the healthy human GI tract (vs. most common probiotic products). Its beneficial/healthy microflora, coupled with a proprietary prebiotic, provide for robust maintenance/enhancement of gut microflora and resistance to pathogenesis. Prescript-Assist’s® microflora arguably contribute to better health in their in-vitro and in-vivo demonstrated abilities to produce vital nutritional components (antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, etc). Quite unlike most probiotics that incorporate easily degradable lactic acid based microorganisms, the utilization of SBO’s in Prescript-Assist® provides for a pH resistant (able to survive trip through the stomach) and shelf stable (does not need refrigeration) product.

Suggested Use

Take 2 per capsules of Prescript-Assist per day for the first 30 days, followed by 1 to 2 capsules per day thereafter, or as recommended by your healthcare professional. A minimum full 30 day cycle of 2 caps per day should be used to reconstitute beneficial gut flora following any antibiotic regimen.

Ingredients

Each 600mg capsule of Prescript-Assist® contains a proprietary blend of Leonardite, and the following microorganisms: Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

Why is Prescript-Assist a better choice?

  • No need for refrigeration.
  • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
  • Inherent Viability: A matrix of superior, highly-resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
  • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.12
  • 29 Symbiotic Strains: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and Paleolithic diets.
  • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over 2 years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C .
  • Supported By Prebiotics. 
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Though I only had about a two day’s worth of this product to sample, I believe it to be an above average probiotic supplement. If your diet does not already consist of several probiotic rich fermented foods, like kombucha, sauerkraut, or kefir–then this product is great way to get an adequate amount of probiotics so that your digestive system’s performance can be optimized.

Taking care of your digestive system is important because when it is damaged or disrupted, then the foods you eat will not be as readily absorbed as they could be if your digestive system was in tip top shape. This makes the organic food you eat less effective at keeping you healthy. It’s like putting great food into a blender that will only operate on a low speed. Our digestive systems can process a lot of goodness and assimilate the nutrients when it is working well. Taking a probiotic supplement will help it work it’s best.

In taking this supplement for two days, I didn’t notice an immediate difference–as expected. Taking this supplement for several weeks until evaluating it is the best way to give your digestive system time to heal and thrive.

Because I believe this probiotic supplement to be of great quality, I’d recommend it to anyone searching for a probiotic that they can feel good about. Taking care of your digestive system is something that will make a big difference in your overall health.

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

Dr. Bronner’s Skin, Hair & Body Care Review

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Dr. Bronner’s

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Dr. Bronner’s:

“Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are synonymous with Old-World quality and time-honored simplicity, which can be traced back to the family’s German-Jewish soapmaking tradition. Born in 1908 to a Jewish family that had been making soap since 1858, Emanuel Bronner was the third generation certified as a master-soapmaker under the guild system of the time. In 1929, he brought his formulas for high-quality liquid and bar soaps to America, starting Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in its current form in 1948.

Renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps enjoyed a small but loyal following in the early years. In the late 1960s, however, soap sales started to explode, due to the unsurpassed ecological quality combined with Dr. Bronner’s urgent message to realize our transcendent unity across religious and ethnic divides. Word-of-mouth soon made Dr. Bronner’s the iconic soap of that era, and in the decades that followed the soaps spread into every health food store in the U.S. and then into the mainstream as well — winning over fans from all walks of life on the way to becoming the number-one-selling natural brand of soap in North America.

The 4th and 5th generations of the Bronner family who run the company today continue to make our unsurpassed soaps with care and integrity. 2008 marks both the 60th anniversary of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in America and the 150th anniversary of our family’s first soapmaking activity in southern Germany. We strive to honor our heritage with progressive business practices, while devoting profits to worthwhile causes and charities worldwide.”

I have tried several different brands in my organic ventures. That said, it’s reasonable to think that only some of them spend ample time in my shower waiting to be used. Dr. Bronner’s products are one of those brands. These products are a staple in our household & I was happy to try three more products from their line that I had yet to experience.

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Lemongrass Lime Shaving Gel

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified by the same National Organic Program that certifies food, our shaving gels are smooth and effective without any synthetic ingredients. Organic Shikakai comes from the seed pods of the small South Asian tree Acacia Concinna. Extracted in organic sucrose and grape juice it provides soothing moisturizing glide. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Baby Mild Soap provides superior hair lift and wetting. Sold in a 7 oz. tube.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Sucrose*, Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Lemongrass Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Lime Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Dr. Bronner’s shave gels are probably the best shave gels (all other brands of gels & creams included) that I’ve ever used. Though I prefer the peppermint scent over this lemongrass lime, I find both of them (regardless of scent) to be incredibly moisturizing on skin. They prevent skin from becoming dried out after being shaved, and leave a fragrant scent on skin.

Some shaving gels and creams are obviously mostly water, which becomes evident when skin is begging for moisture after shaving with them. This gel is extremely dense with oils, making it the ideal barrier to have between skin and a razor. I just can’t say enough good things about Dr. Bronner’s shaving gels.

After trying both this lemongrass lime and the peppermint (have had it in my shower for several months prior to now), I definitely prefer the peppermint, as I have an unmistakable affinity for all things minty. However, if you typically prefer a light, zesty punch of citrus, than this lemongrass lime just might be your favorite. It leaves a nice, fresh scent on your skin and hydrates skin just as well as the peppermint.

I’d recommend these to men and women for the entire body! I guarantee you will love this product. It is very reasonably priced, especially considering all of the organic ingredients. I’d also recommend to men: ditch that junky shaving cream you got at the drug store and buy a bottle of this! I’d be willing to bet that any irritation or razor burn would go away after substituting with Dr. Bronner’s.

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Hemp-Almond Pure Castile Bar Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Nothing brings the warmth and coziness of home and hearth into your shower like Dr. Bronner’s heavenly almond scent. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Wrapped in 10% hemp-flax / 90% post-consumer recycled paper from Living Tree Paper Co.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Almond Fragrance, Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

* CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS 

** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This soap is simple, clarifying, effective and smelling of almond goodness. I’ve tried many other Dr. Bronner bar soaps before and have loved them all. They are perfect to keep by the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and in the shower. The ratio of oils to sodium hydroxide (also known as lye–used the create “soap”, and like mentioned above, is obsolete when the soap is formed) is perfect, as it gets skin completely clean, but does not strip it of all moisture and natural body oils.

These bar soaps are gentle enough for young skin and are a better option that merely all generic soaps that are “formulated” for youngsters. Funny enough, those products are often full of harsh chemicals. So, tell me, how is that specially formulated for toddlers? Anyways, my point is that THESE bars are fantastic for the entire family. You could mix it up and please everyone’s preferences by putting a different scent of Dr. Bronner’s soap in each bathroom!

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Lavender Coconut Lotion

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified to National Organic Standards our lotions are based on pure organic oils free of petrochemically modified ingredients and preservatives. Organic jojoba oil moisturizes dry skin exceptionally well due to its unique similarity to the skin’s natural oil. Organic coconut oil assists absorption while organic hemp and avocado oils help keep skin smooth and supple. Organic grain alcohol (ethanol) is used as a natural preservative at a level that helps absorption without being drying. Only the finest organic essential oils are used for fragrance. Sold in an 8 oz. bottle.

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Ethanol, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil – (* Certified Fair Trade by IMO).”

My Description & Thoughts:

Who would have thought that lavender and coconut would make a good combination? The calming scent of the lavender and the exotic scent of the coconut combine to make an interesting, unique and suprisingly refreshing duo in this lotion. Its flowery and summery notes make it pleasant and relaxing.

The the texture of the lotion itself lends itself to going a long way on skin. It is a bit “runnier” than a lot of lotions. However, this is not because it has a high water content. On the contrary, I believe it is more liquidy than most because of the organic oils that it is comprised of. A small amount of this in the palm of your hand will completely cover an entire one of my legs (which is a lot of skin–I’m 5’9!). I love that about this lotion because it makes you feel like your money is stretching farther. It has great staying power on skin–soaks in enough to leave skin smooth, yet keeps the moisture barrier on skin solid enough to last all day without a dry skin spell occuring.

It’s essentially the ideal lotion. I’d recommend those interested to check out all of the scents that Dr. Bronner’s has to offer before choosing one. There is surely a scent to please everyone. My favorite is the Peppermint lotion!

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Peppermint Leave-In Conditioner and Hair Styling Creme

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified by the same National Organic program that certifies organic food, our conditioning & styling crème provides light styling hold while making hair silky soft without any synthetic ingredients. Organic virgin coconut oil makes hair shiny & luxurious, organic jojoba oil imparts excellent manageability and feel, while the organic hemp oil moisturizes and softens hair.

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Ethanol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have long hair that tangles easily often needs a moisture boost at the ends, since I shower daily after workouts. I’ve found that a lot of leave in conditioners are not only full of junky ingredients, but they add gunk and goop to hair instead of just adding healthy moisture. Because so many leave in conditioners fall short, I didn’t ever regularly use such a product.

THIS product solved that problem for me. It’s so easy for me to rave about Dr. Bronner’s products because they boast everything you’d want in a product: effectiveness, great ingredients, and great smells!

My hair length is about half way down my back, so in using this product, I only apply it from my ears down (approzimately the bottom 2/3 of hair). Adding leave in conditioner too close to the roots can cause hair to get dirty and greasy earlier than you’d want. Adding it only to the bottom portion of hair will encourage hair to stay tangle free and will add just the right amount of moisture to your tresses so that hair looks healthy, shiney and fresh.

I’ve been using this product daily and thoroughly enjoy using it. I love the peppermint fragrance that is left on my hair after applying. I’d recommend this product to anyone with long, tangly, or dry hair. This conditioner, as you can see on the bottle, also doubles as a styling creme. It would be great or women or men that have short hair and are looking for a bit of texture and moisture. I feel confident that anyone who experiences Dr Bronner’s products, especially the peppermint scented ones, will be hooked.

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

Primavera Skin Care & Aromatherapy Review

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Primavera Life Skin Care & Aromatherapy

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Balancing Toner: Sage & Grape Seed Oil

Primavera’s Description:

“Spray a little Balancing Facial Toner onto a cotton wool pad or into the palms of your hand and wipe over your face and neck.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Alcohol*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water*, Glycerin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Water*, Salvia Offi cinalis (Sage) Leaf Water*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract*, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Fragrance (Parfum), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Root Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.

* ingredients from organic cultivation.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I don’t always use a toner, but when I do, it is one just like this. (hehe) Seriously, though. This is a great toner.

I also love that it comes with a spray feature. I have used toners in the past that require a cotton ball or square to apply, which I don’t like (though Primavera suggests it–it is not the method I like best) I prefer to waste less of it by spraying it directly onto my skin. It does a great job of evenly distributing the toner.

Limey, zesty, fresh are the aromas that I smell in this product–very pleasant and uplifting. I see this product appealing to both men and women because the fragrance is unisex.

I’ve recently become more open and using refreshing mid day sprays, herb waters and toners. I love them as an alternative and more mild way of cleansing my face in between washes. Primavera has made a great oner here with almost entirely organic ingredients.

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Balancing Gel Cleanser: Sage & Grape Seed Oil

Primavera’s Description:

“Dampen your skin, apply a little of the organic facial cleanser into the palm of your hand, gently massage into your skin to remove all traces of dirt. Rinse thoroughly.

Water (Aqua), Alcohol* org, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Salvia Offi cinalis (Sage) Leaf Water*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Water*, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Bentonite, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Fragrance (Parfum), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Lactic Acid, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.

* ingredients from organic cultivation.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This is the first cleanser I’ve ever tried that is a gel consistency as opposed to a bar soap or liquid soap. It is different, needless to say. A good different.

It provides a gentle cleanse while retaining my skin’s moisture balance. Sometimes I prefer a more thorough, clarifying cleanse, and other times and for more regular washes, I prefer a product like this.

I put this bottle in the shower after using it for the first time and let me fiancee give it a try as well. I thought of him when using it as I felt it had a zesty, herby, masculine aroma to it. He thought it was “light and wouldn’t clog your pores.”

Wonderful, new-to-me product that I think is a great change of pace from a lot of cleansers.

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