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Only Protein: Individually Wrapped Whey Protein Review

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Only Protein

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Only Protein:

“Only Protein is the product of meeting three people’s needs.

Mike Rino is an avid mountain biker. Having mountain biked for some time, he realized that, after riding a substantial amount of time, he was losing muscle and began looking for a way to protect his hard-earned muscle. He needed a product that was easy to carry and use. Mike had been working in the packaging industry and saw the opportunity to package protein in a stick. This would be the answer to what he had been looking for with his long-distance biking.

Jesse Raddon is an avid hunter and works out daily. He needed a way to pack in a meal that was light and required very little space. As he and Mike came together, this was exactly what he had been looking for to take on his hunting trips. Jesse also trains daily and goes right from the gym to work. He didn’t want to pack a big container of protein powder for his post-workout drink, or put a single scoop of protein powder in a baggy so he could mix up his post- workout drink at the office. He loved the idea of a single-serving protein stick. This would give him the convenience he was looking for without the hassle or mess!!

Michelle had just returned from the Olympia—America’s premier bodybuilding and fitness competition—and was frustrated at the fact that she could not find a protein powder that could feed her muscle quickly, while also providing a sustained release of nutrients—and least, one that didn’t have fillers and artificial sweeteners. Anyone that knows Michelle knows that she is very passionate about health and wellness and trains daily. As she worked with people in the fitness industry and her other clients that were trying to reach their fitness goals, she could not find a product that she felt good about recommending. While in her son’s chiropractic office, she was holding a protein powder her son was using and began to complain about the ingredients. Mike was standing there and asked if she knew anything about protein powders and shared what he was working on.

Only Protein not only meets the needs of these three people, but also will meet the needs of the person on the go, without the hassle of blenders, measuring, or mess. We live in a hustle and bustle world and many do not get the nutrition that they need daily because they don’t have the time to fix something healthy. Whether you are rushing to get to work or are a mom getting children ready for school, there is no need to skip meals anymore. Just rip, pour, and enjoy!

High Quality Ingredients

We only use the highest quality ingredients in our products without the cheap fillers. Only Protein contains no fillers, no hydrogenated oils, and no artificial sweeteners such as asparatame, acesulfame potassium (ace-K), and sucralose. To maximize absorption, we have added 200mg of Protease to ensure proper protein metabolism and 200mg of Lactase for those that are lactose intolerant. Cellulose-free fiber has been added to help you meet your daily fiber needs. ONLY PROTEIN contains branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s), including Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine.

Only Protein Contains No Harmful Ingredients: 

Ingredient List from the Vanilla flavor:

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My Thoughts:

The convenience of Only Protein is superior to most. Most whey protein is sold in large containers that, while perfect for home use, are hard to lug around during the work day. These little packets have the dream portability that an athlete, coach, businessperson, student, parent, etc. would find handy. I would toss one of these packets (unopened) into my tall blender bottle and commute like that, adding water when I’m ready to drink.

Taste-wise, the vanilla is my favorite. The mocha was a unique surprise (and delicious) and the chocolate is tasty in its own right. I just find that I often prefer vanilla over chocolate–vanilla is also more versatile to me.

In regards to the quality of the protein, this protein has most specs I like to see, aside from the fact that it’s been produced organically (and extra mystery ingredients). It’s a bit hard to tell. “No Chemical Additives” could suggest that it’s produced organically, but it’s unclear. My experience is that brands that do things organically will tell you that they do, as it costs them more money to produce products that way. Thus, they want to “brag” about it (not a bad thing in this case 🙂 ). I appreciate the gigantic list of “bad” ingredients that are not used. I especially like “no genetically modified ingredients,” “no antibiotics”. I’m hoping that this protein also is made without injecting the cows with hormones.

When you look at the actual ingredient list pictured above, I’m not a fan of seeing all the extra ingredients. They’re likely used to improve the texture or shelf life of the product, but I would rather have to refridgerate the product than have it contain those additives. The fact that theres not even an explanation of why these ingredients are in the product is a little alarming. I like transparency. If a brand stands behind their product, I’d like to see them justify all of their ingredients in terms of health. All in all, this whey protein beats some, but isn’t even close to tops.

That said, I have tried many organic whey proteins that are the next step up from this powder, driving me to give this protein a less-than-awesome rating. I do believe the convenience is a neat component of the product–& again, the quality is a bit better than average, but not great (and they need to ditch the dodgey ingredients!)

 

 

Garden of Life Wild Rose Detox & Raw Fit Review

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Garden of Life

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I have done several reviews and giveaways on Garden of Life products and believe they create high quality, organic supplements.

If you are submerged in the world of health products, you’ve likely heard about the scrutiny that Garden of Life has been under in regards to their products containing heavy metals. My brief  response (just to address it)–as dismissive as it may be, is that when you’re on the top, many will try to knock you down. I feel a bit that way with this GOL situation. As a successful brand, it does not surprise me that they have individuals who are seeking to find flaws. That said, I do not know the specific, scientific data from the tests that were run on their products, but I would venture to say that these supplements are still worlds better than most.

Raw Fit – Marley Coffee

About:

“RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits.
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†.”

My Thoughts:

I used Raw Fit and Raw Meal both for about a 6 month period in 2013 because I found that it was hard to find a protein that’s organic, non-gmo and free of common food allergens (like dairy, gluten, soy). In 2014 so far, I’ve seen the biggest strides in my running performance and overall healthful feeling from omitting grains. Because of this, I haven’t been incorporating brown-rice based proteins like this GOL Raw Fit product. This is a more “paleo” way of eating and I’ve found that I feel my best when I stick to it. So, instead of brown-rice proteins, I’ve been using organic whey and hemp based proteins.

I realize that everyone is different, and many of you are likely vegans. For that group of people, I see the appeal for using GOL brown rice protein, as it’s a plant based source of protein that is satisfying and abides by the vegan way of eating. For paleo-eaters similar to myself, I’d recommend listening to you body and trying to figure out when you feel your best. Is it when you omit certain foods like dairy and grains and increasing your intake of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables? That’s been the case for me.

All of that said, this protein tastes wonderful, is high quality and I think is a great recommendation for many individuals. I am an avid coffee drinker and have been a Marley Coffee fan long before GOL collaborated with them to create this product. Their coffee is USDA organic and is delicious & rich (the roasts are also named after Bob Marley songs–so awesome!). You can check out Marley Coffee products here.

Wild Rose Herbal Detox

About:

“For over 25 years, the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program has been the leader in providing a complete detoxification of the liver, colon, kidneys and lymphatic system in Canada. Now, thanks to Garden of Life, this amazing cleanse program is available to you. By following the recommended diet and taking the herbal formulas provided, the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program helps promote a healthy balance between assimilation and elimination.†

For many, a new detox is the beginning of a new lifestyle, and a time for breaking unwanted habits.† Whether to stay in good health, to support a specific health goal, or to use after over-consumption, a detoxification program can be an integral part of your personal approach to maintain overall health.”

My Thoughts:

I’m all about making detoxification a part of my every day life. Detoxing don’t have to mean implementing a product like this, but occasionally its a great, extra boost. Some great every day habits for detoxing are thinking blended greens (not juiced), fresh fruit and vegetable juices and drinking citrus-infused water.

I was impressed with the list of herbs that this GOL Detox contains, as many of them are naturally potent liver detoxifiers.

I think a common misconception with detoxing is that you are going to feel this instant WHOA! I FEEL CLEANSED! In reality, it’s not like that. If you pay attention to how your body feels daily, though, you will notice that you have a bit more energy, you don’t have digestive issues (bloating, stomach aches. constipation) when you do a detox like this. Those are the main things I noticed.

I would recommend this cleanse to anyone that has not done an herbal detox before. This detox can also help those that suffer from acne–as many acne problems are a result of a liver that is not functioning optimally.

These herbs are different than other detoxes that just use fiber to clear out your digestive tract. You’ll love the slight boost it gives you–you’ll feel cleaner and clearer, inside and out.

Garden of Life Organic Supplement Review

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Garden of Life Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

This is the ultimate, organic, “feel good” supplement brand!

About Garden of Life:

“Please join us for a moment in picturing a world where good health is a given, not a matter of chance. In this imagined world, chronic obesity is no longer a problem and couples never rely on fertility drugs to conceive. The 4,000 people we lose prematurely every day to cancer, diabetes and heart disease would still be with us. And when we do contract an illness, we are not dependent on “drug-care,” but are instead able to take control of our own health with lifestyle changes and advanced nutrition.

At Garden of Life, we believe such a world is possible, and that together, we can make it happen.

Garden of Life was founded to help empower others to attain extraordinary health. This is our mission at Garden of Life and the principles behind this mission are carried out by Garden of Life’s innovative health and wellness regimens.

For instance, in this section of our Web site you’ll find a growing library of resources developed to arm you with scientific facts and timeless wisdom—conventional and unconventional—that can bring you to a new level of well-being. It also contains healthy and delicious recipes to enjoy on a daily basis!

We’ve been blessed to achieve a level of success, but our journey has just begun. We want to express our sincere gratitude to those who strive to support world health every day—consumers, our employees, physicians, health food store owners and retailers, among others. I know that each of you shares a similar vision, and that through our united efforts, we can turn the imagined world of good health into a lasting reality.

Here is some information from Garden of Life on these products (pictured above) that they sent me to try and that I had conducted a giveaway with!”

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Raw Fit

Garden of Life’s Description:

“RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†.”

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My Description & Thoughts:

I love this version of GOL’s Raw Meal, as it is more focused on those looking to amp up their protein intake and minimize their sugar intake. Having a dosage of ashwagandha and green coffee bean extract is even more beneficial to keeping blood sugar levels and stress at bay.

You can certainly tell a difference using Raw Fit. It is a fantastic way to get a whole food meal in and stay on track with your health and fitness goals. Since using GOL’s Raw Meal supplements and now Raw Fit, I have been the healthiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. I’m not my thinnest, and I’ve learned that truly does not look good and isn’t good for the body. However, I feel my leanest and am my healthiest. Focusing on health will allow your body to be lean and mean and beautiful. Raw Fit has helped me achieve that!

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a little extra boost in their weight loss. I have yet to be disappointed with a single GOL product.

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Raw Protein: Marley Coffee Blend & Raw Protein: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

  • “Provides RAW organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
  • Excellent source of protein – 17 grams and 33% Daily Value
  • Contains Vitamin Code RAW Food-Created Nutrients™ with their unique Code
  • Factors™ intact, enabling natural recognition by your body
  • Increases the protein content of meals – just add to food or beverages
  • Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Good for those on low carbohydrate diets
  • Alternative to soy and animal protein powders
  • Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey and other protein sources
  • Easily digested – supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes†
  • Mixes well – great in shakes, smoothies and other beverages

It’s not only what RAW Protein contains, it’s also about what it doesn’t contain – there are no fillers, no artificial flavors and no synthetic ingredients and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free.

So for those looking for highly nutritious, nutrient-dense, easily digestible, high quality protein nutrition, look no further than RAW Protein from Garden of Life.”

My Description & Thoughts:

These two new blends of Raw Protein, Marley Coffee and Yerba Mate have been nothing short of an absolute treat to use! I really enjoy the flavor of coffee, and have loved mixing up a drink in the mornings using the Marley Coffee Blend. It’s makes your morning coffee ritual way more nutritious and energizing.

I can definitely tell that it gets me going and allows me to start the day with a stomach full of protein that will effectively satisfy my hunger.

The Yerba Mate blend is delicious as well. The flavor is a bit lighter than the Marley Coffee blend, and is obviously more tea-like in regards to taste. Both blends are delicious, satisfying, and products that I look forward to drinking. I have also used both of these blends in baking protein muffins and they worked fabulously for that.

I’d recommend both of these blends to coffee & tea lovers, and anyone looking to try a unique, organic, plant based protein. I’ve really enjoyed the change of pace in my protein intake with these two new flavors.

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Perfect Food: Wheatgrass

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Our CERTIFIED ORGANIC, Non-GMO, RAW Wheat Grass Juice is one of the most nutritionally dense greens on earth, power-packed with naturally occurring nutrients including chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, magnesium, potassium, manganese and betaine. Juicing our greens super-concentrates them. One serving of Perfect Food RAW Wheat Grass Juice instantly delivers as much natural, wholesome green food energy as 13 one ounce wheat grass shots at a juice bar.†”

My Description & Thoughts:

Simple, green, nutritious. This wheatgrass is a great supplement to a smoothie or protein shake. I also love simply mixing it with a bit of water and drinking it like a shot. It’s a quick way to get the nutritous and detoxfying benefits of greens (which are the most nutritionally dense food for can consume!).

If you’re looking for an any-time pick me up, I’d say get this product! Having this in the kitchen will allow you to get that boost you need and will help curb your cravings as well–as cravings are almost always a sign of a nutrient deficiency.

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Perfect Food: Alkalizer & Detoxifier

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food® RAW Alkalizer & Detoxifier is the perfect RAW organic green super food complement to support your body’s daily balancing act; promoting healthy elimination of toxins and supporting your body’s own ability to maintain its ideal pH balance.†

  • Highly alkalizing RAW organic lemon juice and RAW organic parsley†
  • RAW organic coconut water for hydration and replenishment of electrolytes
  • Eight powerful cleansing herbs, traditionally used for centuries to gently assist in daily detoxification†
  • Unmatched nutritional power from RAW organic grass juices and antioxidant filled RAW organic fruit and vegetable juices†
  • Digestion soothing RAW organic ginger, plus live probiotics and enzymes†”

My Description & Thoughts:

I use these greens interchangeably with the energizing greens by GOL and find that they go well with any proteins you mix them with. The vanilla and chocolate GOL flavors mask the green flavor pretty well, so you are getting the benefits of the greens but are still tasting predominantly the vanilla or chocolate, respectively.

I love that this blend is comprised on ingredients that specifically target detoxifying the body and decreasing its acidity. A lot of health problems arise from a body whose pH leans more towards acidic than alkaline. Eating more foods like THIS is a great way to prevent that.

I’ve loved adding these greens to my blender bottle and creating meals and snacks throughout the day. It’s not really a flavored green, it’s just green tasting–so it goes well with whatever you’d like to mix it with. My favorite is the Vanilla & Marley Coffee proteins.

I’d recommend this great product to anyone looking to start or amp up their detox routine. It’s a great addition and is palatable, unlike some supplements, which aren’t tasty and are hard to put down.

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Perfect Food: Apple

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Capture the power of the sun with Perfect Food RAW, packed with the power of 34 nutrient-dense, RAW, organically grown greens, sprouts and vegetable juices for the RAW ENERGY you need every day. Just think of it as RAW organic veggie juice in a bottle.

How Can You Benefit from Perfect Food RAW?

Perfect Food RAW is RAW, whole food nutrition providing naturally occurring antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and dozens of phytonutrients. Bursting with prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes to support healthy digestion and nutrient absorption,† Perfect Food RAW is the convenient and sensible way to get your veggie juice every day.

Perfect Food RAW provides foundational nutrition your body craves to support:

  • RAW Energy
  • Immune System Health
  • Healthy Detoxification
  • Healthy Digestion and Elimination
  • Healthy Blood Sugar Levels†1″

My Description & Thoughts:

Delicious apple greens! I’m not normally a huge fan of apples, but I really enjoyed this flavor. This flavor goes well with the Yerba Mate Protein and the Vanilla protein that GOL makes. It adds a nice sweetness and dose of nutrients to smoothies and shakes.

Just like all of the other green blends that GOL creates, the quality is top notch. I would recommend this apple flavor for anyone with an affinity for apples or someone who has a hard time with the green flavor on its own.

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Perfect Food: Energizer: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food RAW Energizer is power-packed with naturally occurring chlorophyll, beta carotene, B vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids from RAW organic USA grown grass juices, dark green juices like spinach, parsley and kale, protein-rich sprouts  and juiced-up super antioxidant fruits like RAW organic blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and Indian Amla Berries.

Amazing Organic Energy Activators:

  • Guayaki® Yerba Mate, traditionally used for centuries to promote immediate energy and long term focus†
  • RAW Organic Peruvian Maca, harvested by hand, aged and sun dried to perfection, to support energy production as well as healthy, balanced hormones†
  • RAW Organic Pomegranate Juice and Cordyceps Mushrooms, long prized for providing the sustained energy you need to power through your busy day†
  • RAW Organic African Baobab, rich in minerals, especially magnesium, to promote the production of ATP—energy on the cellular level†”

My Description & Thoughts:

It sounds redundant, but that’s just the case with GOL products. This is another great product with great ingredients that performs GREAT! I love mixing this blend with the Yerba Mate protein or Vanilla protein in the mornings for an energizing boost. Since this product contains Yerba Mate too, it matches perfectly with GOL’s new Yerba Mate protein blend.

I find that starting my day right with Garden of Life Greens really helps me to take on each day with vitality and keeps me on the right track in regards to eating and working out. It’s a great product that has encouraged me to have a positive habit in my every day life.

I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an organic, energizing boost without the jolt of caffeine or other stimulants.

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Fucothin Green

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Help make your diet and exercise program more effective, naturally, with fücoTHIN® GREEN, the complementary power of clinically studied, clinical potency RAW Concentrated Fucoxanthin PLUS RAW Green Coffee Bean Extract.

  • Clinically Studied Ingredients and Potency
  • Naturally Boosts Metabolism – No Jitters
  • Powerfully Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
    • Minimizes Fat Storage
    • Increases Lean Body Mass

fücoTHIN® GREEN is the first 100% natural, RAW, Whole Food supplement to combine the fat burning power and glucose support of two clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural thermogenics: Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin) and Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract).

Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin): Non-stimulant, natural fat burner, clinically studied to boost metabolism, minimizing fat storage and increasing lean body mass without causing jitters.

Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract): Clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural fat burner with 50% Chlorogenic Acid for powerful support of healthy blood sugar levels.†”

My Description & Thoughts:

This product has made a big difference in my overall health and weight loss. I am normally very skeptical of products that claim to help accelerate fat loss and sugar levels, however, when I learned that GOL offered this product, I knew it was different because of the quality standards that they hold themselves too.

This product has allowed me to eat a moderate amount of sugar in my diet without seeing it on my waistline because it optimizes how our bodies process and eliminate sugar. Having insulin levels that are high (typical of someone who contains a lot of sugar) is one of the main reasons that individuals have trouble losing weight–and I believe that many people don’t know this. Don’t be afraid to reach for supplements that contain naturally occuring compounds that can help with this issue. Monitoring your own sugar intake helps (fruit is included as sugar) but this product helps take weight management and weight loss to another level.

I really recommend this product to anyone looking to optimize their current diet and workout routine. This will give you the help you need to allow your body to get rid of sugar and fat, instead of holding onto it. I don’t weigh myself, so I don’t have a number to rattle off, but, I know I have been pleased with this product and have felt leaner and lighter since using it.

*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:

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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.

Garden of Life Organic Supplements Giveaway!

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Garden of Life Supplements

I’d like to do things a little bit backwards on this post and offer this giveaway BEFORE scrutinizing each of these new products.

Consider it a tribute to how confident I am in Garden of Life products.

Hence, I want to get these products to you soon so that you, too can get hooked on Garden of Life!

This company is not only based near my hometown of Jupiter, FL, but the quality of their products is unmatched. It is my go to brand for all supplements. I already know that I will rate all of these products with my highest ratings because I’ve reviewed several of their products thus far, which you can read about here.

Here is some information from Garden of Life on these products (pictured above) that they sent me to try and conduct a giveaway with!

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Raw Fit

Garden of Life’s Description:

RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†.”

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Raw Protein: Marley Coffee Blend & Raw Protein: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

  • “Provides RAW organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
  • Excellent source of protein – 17 grams and 33% Daily Value
  • Contains Vitamin Code RAW Food-Created Nutrients™ with their unique Code
  • Factors™ intact, enabling natural recognition by your body
  • Increases the protein content of meals – just add to food or beverages
  • Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Good for those on low carbohydrate diets
  • Alternative to soy and animal protein powders
  • Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey and other protein sources
  • Easily digested – supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes†
  • Mixes well – great in shakes, smoothies and other beverages

It’s not only what RAW Protein contains, it’s also about what it doesn’t contain – there are no fillers, no artificial flavors and no synthetic ingredients and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free.

So for those looking for highly nutritious, nutrient-dense, easily digestible, high quality protein nutrition, look no further than RAW Protein from Garden of Life.”

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Perfect Food: Wheatgrass

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Our CERTIFIED ORGANIC, Non-GMO, RAW Wheat Grass Juice is one of the most nutritionally dense greens on earth, power-packed with naturally occurring nutrients including chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, magnesium, potassium, manganese and betaine. Juicing our greens super-concentrates them. One serving of Perfect Food RAW Wheat Grass Juice instantly delivers as much natural, wholesome green food energy as 13 one ounce wheat grass shots at a juice bar.†”

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Perfect Food: Alkalizer & Detoxifier

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food® RAW Alkalizer & Detoxifier is the perfect RAW organic green super food complement to support your body’s daily balancing act; promoting healthy elimination of toxins and supporting your body’s own ability to maintain its ideal pH balance.†

  • Highly alkalizing RAW organic lemon juice and RAW organic parsley†
  • RAW organic coconut water for hydration and replenishment of electrolytes
  • Eight powerful cleansing herbs, traditionally used for centuries to gently assist in daily detoxification†
  • Unmatched nutritional power from RAW organic grass juices and antioxidant filled RAW organic fruit and vegetable juices†
  • Digestion soothing RAW organic ginger, plus live probiotics and enzymes†”

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Perfect Food: Apple

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Capture the power of the sun with Perfect Food RAW, packed with the power of 34 nutrient-dense, RAW, organically grown greens, sprouts and vegetable juices for the RAW ENERGY you need every day. Just think of it as RAW organic veggie juice in a bottle.

How Can You Benefit from Perfect Food RAW?

Perfect Food RAW is RAW, whole food nutrition providing naturally occurring antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and dozens of phytonutrients. Bursting with prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes to support healthy digestion and nutrient absorption,† Perfect Food RAW is the convenient and sensible way to get your veggie juice every day.

Perfect Food RAW provides foundational nutrition your body craves to support:

  • RAW Energy
  • Immune System Health
  • Healthy Detoxification
  • Healthy Digestion and Elimination
  • Healthy Blood Sugar Levels†1″

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Perfect Food: Energizer: Yerba Mate Blend

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Perfect Food RAW Energizer is power-packed with naturally occurring chlorophyll, beta carotene, B vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids from RAW organic USA grown grass juices, dark green juices like spinach, parsley and kale, protein-rich sprouts  and juiced-up super antioxidant fruits like RAW organic blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and Indian Amla Berries.

Amazing Organic Energy Activators:

  • Guayaki® Yerba Mate, traditionally used for centuries to promote immediate energy and long term focus†
  • RAW Organic Peruvian Maca, harvested by hand, aged and sun dried to perfection, to support energy production as well as healthy, balanced hormones†
  • RAW Organic Pomegranate Juice and Cordyceps Mushrooms, long prized for providing the sustained energy you need to power through your busy day†
  • RAW Organic African Baobab, rich in minerals, especially magnesium, to promote the production of ATP—energy on the cellular level†”

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Fucothin Green

Garden of Life’s Description:

“Help make your diet and exercise program more effective, naturally, with fücoTHIN® GREEN, the complementary power of clinically studied, clinical potency RAW Concentrated Fucoxanthin PLUS RAW Green Coffee Bean Extract.

  • Clinically Studied Ingredients and Potency
  • Naturally Boosts Metabolism – No Jitters
  • Powerfully Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
    • Minimizes Fat Storage
    • Increases Lean Body Mass

fücoTHIN® GREEN is the first 100% natural, RAW, Whole Food supplement to combine the fat burning power and glucose support of two clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural thermogenics: Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin) and Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract).

Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin): Non-stimulant, natural fat burner, clinically studied to boost metabolism, minimizing fat storage and increasing lean body mass without causing jitters.

Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract): Clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural fat burner with 50% Chlorogenic Acid for powerful support of healthy blood sugar levels.†”

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

To enter a giveaway to win this awesome spread of products, simply:

1. Like my Facebook page: Run On Organic on Facebook

2. Share this on Facebook and Twitter and tag me: “I just entered Run On Organic’s Garden of Life Giveaway! http://wp.me/p2uyjq-Tn .”

3. Comment on this post and let me know one thing you’d like to see a post about on my blog!

Good luck! A winner will be chosen on 10/23 and I will send you an email if you are it!