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Planetbox Eco-Friendly Food Containers Review

This is a review + summary of my experience with Planetbox eco-friendly, sustainable lunch boxes and portable food containers.

I’ve always been on the look out for reusable, sturdy food storage options that don’t require me to use disposable plastic bags and give me the freedom to tote food/drinks around with me effortlessly. Planetbox totally fits this bill and then some.

About Planetbox:

  • Easy: PlanetBox will serve as your guide for what and how much to pack. We’ve done the thinking for you. And now your morning routine just got a whole lot easier.
  • Safe: We take “non-toxic, non-leaching, safe from BPA, phthalates, and lead” very seriously – in fact, it’s why we designed PlanetBox! We don’t think you will find safer products on the market than ours.
  • Cost Effective: Why should you pay this much for a lunchbox? Because it’s cheaper to buy food in bulk and pack your own meal. Because your health is worth it. And because it’s an investment your family will use every single day for many years to come – over its lifetime, it will pay off in spades.
  • Great Design: When something actually works well, it makes all the difference. We spent years studying and living how people use lunchboxes. We thoroughly thought through all the details, so you and your kids get the joy and ease of using a superbly designed product.
  • Enjoyable: Think packing lunch is a dreaded chore? Our innovative lunchboxes actually make packing lunch fun and enjoyable – for your kids and yourself!
  • Eco: PlanetBox lunches create a whole lot less trash, which should help you sleep better knowing you’re doing your part to help the planet for future generations.
  • Built to Last: This isn’t your childhood flimsy tin lunchbox. Our high quality stainless steel is warrantied for 5 years, and has been known to survive getting thrown off the school bus (not that we recommend that).
  • Healthy: Forget to pack some veggies? The empty compartment will remind you. Concerned about overeating? That won’t happen – PlanetBox is designed to hold sensible portions. So eat a rainbow of foods, and enjoy.
  • Stress-Free Cleanup: Dishwasher safe? Heck yeah. Peanut butter left for a week? No problem – our stainless steel doesn’t retain yucky food odors or stains like those unfortunate plastic containers do.
  • Customizable: Whether you’re a rock star, a paleontologist, or a flower child, we’ve got a magnet set for you. And when you decide to become an astronaut or fairy lover next year, just change your magnets and you’ve got a fresh new lunchbox to suit your style.

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Here are the products I’m using:

Tall Dipper (dip/sauce container)

Tank (snack container)

Launch (Lunch box) with the Rocket Color Bag and Lotus Magnets

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I am just so pleased with how easy my Planetbox is to pack, how it has pockets on the outside of the carrying bag (perfect for a La Croix or even the Tank snack container), how cool it looks, how many compliments I get on it, how easy it is to clean, how it fits a hefty sized meal and how it makes me feel like I’m doing something small + good for the planet.

The only thing I’ve run into is that I had trouble with leakage when I put a tomato sauce on top of some lentil noodle inside my Launch box. It seeped out the side. To prevent it the next time, I just put the sauce in the Tall Dipper instead. Worked well that way!

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If you’ve been looking for reusable options that are not plastic, check them out at Planetbox.com.

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Seaweed Bath Company Review

This is a review of the Seaweed Bath Company’s body cream, shampoo and conditioner.

Seaweed Bath Company

Overall Rating: 3-stars

About Seaweed Bath Company:

“The Seaweed Bath Co., LLC is dedicated to fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin naturally with our combination of specific species of seaweed with high-quality, all-natural ingredients that help manage severely irritated skin. Since launching in October 2010, The Seaweed Bath Co. has brought happiness to thousands of loyal customers.

The Seaweed Bath Co. is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals. Seeking to improve the lives of other sufferers, Adam founded The Seaweed Bath Co. to share his remarkable all-natural seaweed bath products with the world.

In the continuing development of The Seaweed Bath Co.’s innovative product line, we spend countless hours listening to the needs and concerns of our valued customers who are in search of natural ways to treat and soothe their irritated, scaling, flaking and red skin.

The Seaweed Bath Co. sustainably hand-harvests wild bladderwrack seaweed off the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We combine our bladderwrack with the highest quality natural ingredients from around the world. These ingredients are both known to be moisturizing and pH-balancing. In fact, many of the ingredients used in our seaweed-based products have been used for centuries by Asian, African and European cultures to improve the skin’s health and well-being.

Our mission at The Seaweed Bath Co. is to improve the quality of life for severely irritated skin sufferers by offering a constantly-expanding line of high-quality, affordable, all-natural cosmetic products that have soothing, pH-balancing and moisturizing properties.  Additionally, The Seaweed Bath Co. provides opportunities for psoriasis and eczema sufferers to discuss and share information about skin conditions, all-natural products and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We invite you, your family and your friends to join our psoriasis and eczema blog as we lead conversations on a variety of topics, including natural alternatives for the management of psoriasis and eczema.”

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Balancing Argan Shampoo

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (bladderwrack seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant derived), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Babasuamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Dimethicone, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Balancing Argan Conditioner

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Body Cream

About:

“Our Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Cream combines the nourishing properties of seaweed with a variety of natural ingredients, including Shea Butter, Kukui Oil and Argan Oil, to soften and moisturize dry skin.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Unrefined Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Oil, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane),  Stearyl Alcohol, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate-80, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Phenethyl Alcohol,  Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been able to review and experience the Seaweed Bath Company before, and it’s neat for my journey through the world of natural products to circle back around to this brand again. They’re a company that is pretty conscientious about their ingredients (above average) and their products perform very well.

In my dreams, my very own product line would be chock full of peppermint–in every single product. So needless to say, I love the refreshing effect of this shampoo + conditioner combo. The shampoo is perfectly clarifying while still leaving a nice shine throughout my hair. Performance-wise, the conditioner is pretty darn perfect. It’s creamy and rich & a little goes a long way, even in my tangly, often sweaty hair.

This body cream consists of the same eucalyptus + peppermint scents that the hair products do, and I just love it. It wakes up your senses to rub this cream all over your body. It absorbs into the skin well, provides a good amount of moisture and leaves skin smelling clean and minty.

If I could improve anything with these products, I would clean up the ingredient list just a bit. The ingredients are pretty good, but they are not all organic and some of them are clearly added for texture, consistency & shelf stability. My experience with hair products is that it is VERY hard to find the perfect marriage of performance and top-notch ingredients. The Seaweed Bath company does a good job of creating some above average products whose ingredients are plant derived and cleaner than most hair products you’ll find.

This brand is very accessible; I’ve seen them at Sprout’s Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and other smaller health food retailers. You can also find them online on numerous healthy product meccas like Iherb.com, Vitacost.com and even Amazon.com.

Use my iHerb code SDG314 to get a discount on your order!

 

 

The Tea Spot Handcrafted Tea Review

This is a review of The Tea Spot’s tea and tumbler.

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Overall Rating: images

About the Tea Spot:

“At The Tea Spot, we handcraft teas as timeless as the Colorado mountains that surround us. Our innovative Steepware® designs make the premium tea experience effortless and accessible. With one foot steeped in tradition, and the other outstretched toward a healthier future, we infuse the goodness of whole leaf tea into your everyday.

Our company’s focus has held steadfast since the philanthropic business was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of leaf tea during her recovery. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders premium flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco–friendly. Our 10% Pledge incorporates the company’s mission to foster health and wellness through whole leaf tea. Ten percent of our sales are donated in–kind to cancer and community wellness programs. The Tea Spot is a Colorado–based Certified B Corporation, woman-owned and operated business.”

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Pink Rose Lemonade

About:

“Pink Rose Lemonade is a swirling collage of flowers with a hint of lemon and wintergreen. Like a fancy floral confection, this delicately handcrafted tea will refresh and soothe your palate. Pink Rose Lemonade is totally guilt-free, as it has no caffeine and is naturally sweet. Lemon, rose, mint, chamomile, and lavender spring to life in this absolutely fabulous herbal tea. Pink Rose Lemonade tastes distinctively wonderful brewed hot or cold.”

Ginger Peach

About:

“Our rendition of America’s favorite flavored black tea is an elegant and authentic twist on the conventional. We handcraft this tea on a premium blend of two full leaf black teas, which gives added dimension to the peach flavor and the depth needed to provide the perfect balance to the real organic ginger root. You’ll find our Ginger Peach tea to be the warming comfort tea of our flavored tea collection, and absolutely fabulous served over ice!”

Cold Buster

About:

“Back in time for cold & flu season, is our caffeine-free immunity blend to relieve stress and promote health. Our Cold Buster with Tulsi Leaf, aka holy basil, is based on a recipe for a natural cold cure from Europe. This rooibos-based tea is packed with an array of healthy constituents to help warm and fortify you from inside. High in Vitamin C, with lemon and orange peel, hibiscus and rose hips, it also contains herbs and Tulsi to soothe cold symptoms and control coughs.”

Grasshopper Green

About:

“This refreshing blend consists of peppermint and Hojicha, a roasted Japanese green tea. Chocolate mint grasshopper confections capture the essence of this tea. There’s no flavoring involved, but the peppermint leaves pull chocolate notes from the roasted tea resulting in a guilt-free decadent taste and aroma. Hojicha is naturally lower in caffeine than other green teas, while peppermint aids with muscle relaxation and digestion. Together they create a crisp body that is relaxing when hot and refreshing when iced. This brews into a clean, amber liquor with an inviting smell. The roasted green tea creates a nutty base that is brightened by the vibrant peppermint leaves.”

Big Chill

About:

“This mouthwatering hibiscus mint blend is the large leaf version of Chill Out, now available in bulk! It’s truly amazing made either hot or iced. It can also cold brew within just 10 minutes – made easy with Steep & Chill or Steep & Go! The tart hibiscus petals are sweetened with licorice root while peppermint adds a refreshing lift to this well-rounded, full-bodied brew. Naturally caffeine-free, the Big Chill offers a great way to stay hydrated any time of day!”

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My Thoughts:

I am a seasoned, enthusiastic coffee drinker, but have only recently really gotten into tea as the occasional substitute to my coffee habit. I was stoked to hear from The Tea Spot thru Instagram and though I loved the sound of their teas, the Tea Tumbler REALLY got my attention–it’s such a cool way to take tea on-the-go in a glass + stainless steel container. You can get one for yourself here. They come in several other colors–which make awesome gifts for your favorite tea drinker (or non-tea-drinker-that-you-convert).

In regards to the teas, I find myself reading the ingredients in the blends and getting excited for what they’ve put together. There are some really delicious flavor combinations and many that are caffeine free–which I find is perfect to drink at nighttime before bed.

I have created my own hibiscus + peppermint duo at home before, so was stoked to see that the Big Chill celebrates those two flavors. It’s my favorite of the bunch as a caffeine free option. For a caffeination kick, the Ginger Peach is my favorite–as I could drink peach tea until I’m blue in the face.

All of the other blends are awesome and provide their own set of health perks–pretty much all of them boosting detoxifying effects on the body. Who doesn’t want/need that? Each of them has their own set of flavor characteristics–& when you’re shopping for you perfect tea on their site, check out their descriptions. They do a great job of breaking each tea down for you to help you decipher which one suites you best.

It feels good to drink something tasty and feel how positively it impacts my body. When I am drinking herbal tea regularly, I can definitely tell that my energy is sustained throughout the day, my skin is happy & glowing and my digestion is soothed and regulated.

Not all of the teas they sent me appear to be organic, but on their site there is a plentiful amount of organic options (even a Chocolate “O” Tea–whoa!).

I’m amped to have discovered this brand–what a good find!

Here’s how to find them:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theteaspot/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theteaspot

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeaSpot

Website: http://theteaspot.com/

mykind Organics by Garden of Life + Alicia Silverstone Review

This is a review of Garden of Life’s myKind Organics line made with Alicia Silverstone.

 

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