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Teatulia Organic Tea Review: January Edition

This is a review of Teatulia organic teas.

Teatulia Organic Tea

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Teatulia:

“We are delighted to introduce our range of twenty organic Teatulia teas, each offering a unique flavor profile, with one or more that will satisfy every palate.

Our totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

SINGLE-GARDEN DIRECT

All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic tea garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity.

MORE ORGANIC THAN ORGANIC

Teatulia’s mission is to sustain the land and the people while producing top-quality organic tea.

Established on virgin soil and grown following Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” method, Teatulia is the only tea garden in Bangladesh to be USDA certified organic and the only garden we know of that has approached tea cultivation this way.

At Teatulia we:

Do virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.

Develop the soil with cover crops and mulch

Utilize water bodies & herbal shade trees to restore the eco-balance to the area

Use only natural pest & weed controls

Nourish the land with bio-fertilizers

Protect wildlife

Process the tea in bio-gas plants

SUSTAINABLE

Yes, it’s Organic. But that’s just the beginning. Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary and very different from what any other tea-grower is doing (to our knowledge). In the Teatulia gardens, we have implemented “natural farming” practices espoused by the Japanese Master Masanobu Fukuoka, resulting in a closed-loop eco and social system. We use no pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation in the cultivation of our teas – we trust mother nature to establish the perfect balance. Consequently, eight years since its inception, our “virgin” garden, developed on fallow land, is now a thriving ecosystem teeming with once endangered Flora and Fauna.”

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My Experience:

You guys, I’m pretty hyped on tea right now. So, here’s another Teatulia experience I’d like to share with you. I’m thankful to be an ambassador for this brand (just a fancy way of saying–I genuinely love what they are doing and want more people to know about them).

Here’s what makes this teas different and why you would look to them to ramp up your health:

Neem:

Teeth + Gum Health + Overall Cleansing

Detoxing and cleansing are two words that we’ve all heard at some point. They are crucial to overall health because a clean body is a thriving body. A body that accrued a toxic build up will experience slacking performance across the board. This can manifest itself in poor sleep, low energy, issues with integumentary system (hair + skin + nails), moodiness and chronic illness. The upside is that if you regularly perform detoxifying + cleansing protocols (like drinking this tea), you can prevent a lot of that and calibrate your body to be a beaming conglomerate of bumping energy.

Tulsi:

Adaptogen (Helps body cope with stress)

Stressors surround us every. single. day. What we CAN control is how beefy we make our immune response + body’s resiliency in order to deal with this stress. Pretty cool that we can put things into our body that help diminish the negative effects of stress.

Black Tea

Brain Function + Memory

Commonly and anciently (sure, that’s a word), black tea is used as the base for brewing kombucha, a fermented + naturally effervescent tea that aids digestions and boasts probiotics and gut-healing benefits.

Black tea is neat because it ramps up + stimulates brain function and contains half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee. This makes it the perfect compliment to that morning cup of coffee (think: mid-day tea break!)

Drinking these teas makes me feel: Naturally energized + balanced + detoxified + clean inside + ready to perform + peppy. Yep. Gimme mo-of-that!

Their instagram account is my particular favorite; you can find them @teatuliateas!

Use the code runonorganic for 25% off your entire purchase at Teatulia.com

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Jay Robb Organic Psyllium Husk Powder Review

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Jay Robb Organic Psyllium Seed Husks

Overall Rating: images

About Jay Rob Psyllium Husks:

“Jay Robb Organic Non-GMO Psyllium Seed Husks are a great addition to your protein shakes as a means to get organic fiber into your diet.

Made With 100% Organic Non-GMO Psyllium Seed Husks (steam purified) 

Jay Robb Organic Non-GMO Psyllium Seed Husks are a great addition to your protein shakes as a means to get organic fiber into your diet.

Psyllium seed husks, also known as ispaghula, isabgol, or psyllium, are portions of the seeds of the plant Platago ovata, (genus Plantago), grows worldwide but is primarily grown and harvested in India. They are soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when wet.

Psyllium seed husks are indigestible in human beings and are often used as a source of dietary fiber. They can be used as a dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI (gastrointestinal) transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps provide a constant volume of solid material.

Jay Robb Psyllium Seed Husks are Non-GMO, ORGANICALLY GROWN, fumigated with CO2, and STEAM purified. Conventionally grown psyllium (most psyllium that is on the market) is often sprayed with malithion, chlorethoxyfos, endosulfan, parathion-methyl, and /or triazophos and fumigated with methyl bromide. Jay Robb Non-GMO Organic Psyllium Seed Husks are naturally grown without chemical sprays, artificial fertilizers, or toxic fumigation chemicals.

Suggested Use: Add 1 rounded tablespoon to your daily protein shake, or mix in 8 ounces of pure water.”

In regards to the products being raw, I’ve learned this:

“The psyllium in the raw is a powder and it would not handle the same as the husk. Psyllium in the raw is the seed portion that is powdered and doesn’t expand the same way that the husk would. The husk expands and becomes “gelatinous” thus giving you the full benefit of what psyllium is, a fiber. The husk offers a better dietary solution when used to treat constipation as a bulk-forming laxative. It absorbs liquid in the intestines, swells, and forms a bulky stool, which is easy to pass.

While the seed (raw form) can do the same thing, the husk does this process a little more efficiently. Psyllium fiber is not broken down as it passes down the gastrointestinal tract and so psyllium has no nutritive value other than as a source of fiber.”

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My Thoughts:

In addition to doing full-on cleanses every so often, I like to do things daily that help facilitate my body’s natural detoxification process. Keeping my fiber intake high is a big part of that.

I like to incorporate this psyllium seed husk powder (it’s in a coarse, powder-like form) by simply adding it to smoothies to make them more filling and satisfying. I have also found it handy to make a drink with a tablespoon of this powder + water in the evenings to help fend off late night “cravings.”

There is virtually no taste to it, making it perfect to mix into smoothies of any flavor.

I love the fact that this product is organic, & non-gmo and can appreciate the explanation provided by Jay Robb about why the fiber is not raw. I suppose it makes sense that fiber (providing simply a means of aiding detoxification) doesn’t need to be raw to be effective in doing it’s job. It’s not meant to provide a nutritional value, which is the main reason for desiring a raw product. However, knowing that this product was once unheated, I can’t help but think: why not leave it that raw? It seems like there must be some benefit to consuming it raw–just like any other plant. I’m assuming it’s not raw mainly to increase the shelf life of it.

I’d recommend this to someone looking for a doable way to aid detoxification. It’s a small, simple change you can make that will help you clear the “digestive fog” from your system and get your body back on track.

 

 

 

Grimmway Farms, Cal Organic, True Organic Produce & Juices Review

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Grimmway Farms, Cal Organic, True Organic Juice

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Grimmway Farms:

“The story of Grimmway begins right here in an agricultural haven known as the Southern San Joaquin Valley in central California. The Grimm brothers began nurturing their family business in the fertile soil of Kern County more than 3 decades ago. Today, their roots run deep. Grimmway Farms has grown to become the largest grower, producer and shipper of carrots in the world; but the family still insists on walking the fields, visiting the processing facilities and performing their own brand of quality assurance – every single day. In 1968 when Rod and Bob Grimm set up their first roadside produce stand, the brothers made a promise: always take care of the customer.

Decades later, that promise has never been broken. Grimmway Farms’ dedication to consistent quality and dependable service has made us the global leader in our industry.

Yet no matter how the size and scope of our company grows, every Grimmway employee is committed to staying true to our founding philosophies: provide good value, honest pricing and conduct business with integrity.

Grimmway believes in providing service to our customers on a personal level. We believe that today’s consumer wants food products that are innovative, exciting and nutritious. All good reasons Grimmway chooses to partner with other industry forerunners to develop creative new product ideas our consumers and their families will enjoy.

Acknowledging and responding to the issues important to our customers is important to us. To address the growing consumer demand for pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, Grimmway Farms is continuously developing new avenues of opportunity. In 2001, we acquired Cal-Organics, a pioneer organic produce company providing more than 75 organic product offerings.

Your safety and confidence are of the utmost importance to us.

Food Safety
Grimmway Farms knows that it’s important for you and your family to be confident in the safety of the produce you consume. Our safety standards are among the highest in the industry.

  • Awarded Shield #002 for participation and acceptance in the USDA Qualified Through Verification (QTV) program.
  • Third party auditors include USDA, AIB, Siliker Labs, Scientific Certification Systems, Davis Fresh Technologies and many of our customers have excellent in-house audit programs as well.
  • Food Safety Standards and Guidelines: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – October 1998. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 110.
  • Good Agricultural Practices include monthly self-audits, quarterly third party program audits, and an annual intensive 3 day third party audit. Each field is audited prior to harvest. All new contracted growers must complete a self-audit as part of the contract. Audit reports may be reviewed by an additional third party.
  • Mock recalls are completed and documented often, with one of five most probable scenarios.
  • A new isolated Pathogen Laboratory for environmental testing provides us with results in 24 to 48 hours.”

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My Thoughts:

Cal-Organic and Grimmway Farms (both product lines under the same umbrella) are the two primary brands my family looks to when we shop for carrots. In a market full of produce, I typically smell, feel and evaluate the texture of the produce before buying it. In this case, I have always been able to trust that these carrots are fresh, plump and organically grown without scrutinizing them. We don’t typically buy much packaged produce–but Grimmway Farms definitely makes the cut.

We mainly buy the baby carrots and fresh carrots with the greens attached. They are perfect for our girl’s school lunches and our labrador Kona also enjoys them. The carrot stixx make for an excellent salad topper or a healthy fresh boost for mac & cheese–and the carrot coins are a nice addition to a veggie stir fry. I have fun using my imagination with these carrot products. The ways you can use them are virtually endless–and you can always feel good about the nutritional benefits you’re receiving from this root vegetable.

I’ve developed a recent affinity for Grimmway’s new True Organic juices. They are incredibly tasty. My favorite is the pure carrot juice. The other flavors like Bananaberry Crush and Blended Blue taste sublime–but I stay mindful that they are loaded with sugar, since they are mostly fruit. I typically add a few gulps to a green drink so that I get a boost of sweetness without consuming the whole bottle of fruitiness at once.

It’s neat to witness a brand like this, whose values are so high, doing so well and now creating organic juices. That makes me happy for Grimmway and happy for consumers to have access to these products. These products are available in many grocery stores in the produce section, so be sure to keep an eye out for these root-y goodies.

Hilary’s Eat Well Review (Kansas City Local!)

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Hilary’s Eat Well

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Hilary’s:

“Our core principles include making delicious high-quality products, corporate transparency, creating sustainable systems, and having a positive community impact.  Below lists our certifications that reinforce those values.  We love aligning with partners who support our goals and help us change the way our food system works for a better world.

The Hilary’s Eat Well team is committed to the company’s core values of sustainable connections, transparency, and partnerships; we seek to limit ecological impact and increase community impact.

Hilary Brown

Hilary Brown

Founder & CEO

Hilary is the creative chef behind Hilary’s Eat Well creations. She spent a year working as a farm apprentice with the Growing Growers program prior to opening Local Burger®, a first-to-the-market sustainable fast food restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2005.  Now, she’s is hanging ten on the big learning curve of wholesale food business. Digging the challenges as much as the successes and thanking the Universe for the opportunity to work with an energy packed creative team committed to creating a better future for all.

What do you love right now?
Millet, Hemp, Grass-land, Elk, Turmeric, Kim Chi, Trees, Bats, Crows, People, Worms, Dancing, Tipping Points, breathing and hiking with my family at Clinton Lake…just to name a few. :).”

Products I have been lucky enough to try:

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Hemp & Greens Burger

About:

“Hemp and greens and thyme… oh my! Follow the yellow brick road to great taste and healthy eating. This delicious burger is filled with good-for-you greens, wholesome hemp seed and tasty thyme.

Ingredients

Water, Millet, Leafy Greens, Hemp Seed, Parsley, Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, Redmonds Season Salt®, Psyllium Husk Powder, Arrowroot, Thyme.”
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World’s Best Veggie Burger

About:

“When Hilary created this recipe in 2005 for her restaurant, Local Burger, she wanted it to taste great and be free of all common food allergens and artificial ingredients. She met all of her goals with this recipe, and now shares it with everyone!

Ingredients

Water, Millet, Quinoa, Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Onion, Psyllium Husk Powder, Arrowroot, Apple Cider Vinegar, Real Salt, Garlic.”
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Black Rice Burger

About:

“Love at first sight and taste! When the Lotus Foods Rice team shared their heirloom climate-smart More Crop Per Drop™ rice with us, we fell in love with the taste, integrity and the team. This burger is singing the song of biodiversity with the addition of millet, adzuki beans and health-supportive greens. Flavor and sustainability in perfect harmony.

Ingredients

Water, Adzuki Bean, Lotus Foods Organic Brown Jasmine Rice, Millet, Leafy Greens, Sweet Potato, Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice®, Real Salt, Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar, Psyllium Husk Powder, Arrowroot, Cumin, Lime Juice.”
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Root Veggie Burger

About:

“Turnip the beets! This deliciously crunchy millet-based veggie burger is filled with organic root vegetables and a kick of mustard. On a bun, as a side dish, on top of a salad–any way you have it, you’ll be feastin’! Fall in love with these easy-to-prepare patties–it’s eating well made easy!

Ingredients

Water, Millet, Turnips, Sweet Potato, Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, Beets, Psyllium Husk Powder, Arrowroot, Garlic, Mustard Seed, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Paprika, Real Salt.”
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Adzuki Bean Burger

About:

“Millet, adzuki beans, cumin, coconut oil, and Real Salt® are just a few of the stars in this fantastic burger.. We use real-food ingredients that nourish your body and support healthy ecosystems. You’ll fall in love with these easy-to-prepare patties.

Ingredients

Water, Millet, Adzuki Bean, Quinoa, Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, Sweet Potato, Onion, Mild Green Chilies, Psyllium Husk Powder, Arrowroot, Real Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Cumin, Chili & Chipotle Powder, Lime Juice.”
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Original Veggie Bites

About:

“From freezer to table in minutes, these versatile veggie bites are great for busy lives.  Use them as a tasty appetizer, as an addition to salads and casseroles, or as a great way to get kids to smile while eating some veggies. With our stellar ingredients, you’ll feel good about serving them to your family, to party guests, and to yourself!

Ingredients

Water, Millet, Quinoa, Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Onion, Psyllium Husk Powder, Arrowroot, Apple Cider Vinegar, Real Salt, Garlic.”
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Creamy Remoulade Dressing with Dill Pickles

About:

“Ask anyone who ate at Hilary’s restaurant, Local Burger, and you’ll be assured that our Remoulade is a fan favorite! It’s great on salads, spread on sandwiches (or veggie burgers!), or used as a dip. You’ll be amazed that something free-from dairy, egg and more can be so creamy and so super delicious. Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles, coconut milk, and mustard are the star ingredients in this versatile dressing.

Ingredients

Organic Coconut Milk (Coconut, Guar Gum), Water, Cold-Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Organic Mustard (Organic Grain Vinegar, Water, Organic Mustard Seed, Salt, Organic Turmeric, Organic Paprika, Organic Spices), Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles (Cucumbers, Water, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Garlic, Dill, Spices [Contains Mustard Seed]), Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Redmond’s Real Salt®, Organic Gum Acacia, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Onion, Sweet Leaf® Stevia.”
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Ranch Chia Dressing with Omega 3’s

About:

“This beyond dairy-free dressing is packed with omega-3s and is sure to satisfy. Our beloved Ranch Chia offers the comforting taste of your favorite ranch, while flaunting an all-star list of clean, real food ingredients including healthful organic chia seeds. That’s one rockin’ ranch.

Ingredients

Organic Coconut Milk (Coconut, Guar Gum), Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Cold-Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Organic Chia Seeds, Redmond’s Real Salt®, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Mustard (Organic Grain Vinegar, Water, Organic Mustard Seed, Salt, Organic Turmeric, Organic Paprika, Organic Spices), Organic Garlic, Organic Onion, Organic Gum Acacia, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Dill, Organic Marjoram, Sweet Leaf® Stevia.”
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Apple Fennel Dressing with Dandelion Root

About:

“Tart, tangy, and oh so tasty! Our Appel Fennel Dressing is made with thoughtfully-sourced ingredients including organic apple cider vinegar, cold-pressed hexane-free grape seed oil, and health-supportive organic dandelion root powder. You’ll love fixin’ and mixing’ your salad with this delectable dressing!

Ingredients

Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Cold-Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Organic Apple Concentrate, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Redmond’s Real Salt®, Organic Dandelion Root, Organic Gum Acacia, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Fennel, Sweet Leaf® Stevia.”
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Balsamic Thyme Dressing with Eyebright

About:

“Who doesn’t love the classic flavor of balsamic dressing? Well, even if you don’t think balsamic is your thing, we challenge you to give ours a try! You’ll love the earthy organic thyme with a hint of sweetness.  Top it off with innovative ingredients like organic eyebright and you’ll be hooked.

Ingredients

Water, Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Cold-Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Redmond’s Real Salt®, Organic Gum Acacia, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Thyme, Organic Eyebright, Sweet Leaf® Stevia.”

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My Thoughts:

This review will be a little bit scattered and full of random thoughts, as I have so many jumping into my head with this brand.

Out of all of the reviews I’ve written, this is one of my favorite. It added an extra layer to my appreciation for this brand to get to tour their facility with my husband. Becky at Hilary’s Eat Well could not have been more welcoming and eager to show us how Hilary’s Burgers are made–and she did so with enthusiasm. That, perhaps is my favorite aspect of the people behind this brand. You can tell that they believe in it, are passionate about it, and enjoy coming to work because of that. It’s infectious! Paul and I were lucky enough to meet Hilary, herself while touring the facility. She couldn’t have been more bubbly, free spirited and awesome. What a treat!

Hilary’s creates their burgers in Lawrence, Kansas, which is right down the road from us in Kansas City. It feels really good to genuinely feel supportive of a local brand–believing that they are doing great things and positively impacting how people eat.

I’m appreciative for the fact that this brand has reminded me that not all grain-like seeds are empty calories. I typically advocate and practice a way of eating that is loosely-based on the Paleo approach to eating. In summation, Paleo eating doesn’t allow any dairy, grains or processed foods. Needless to say, that idea is neat in theory, but not everything I eat has been picked fresh from our garden, and I’d be lying if I said I never took a bite out of a block of cheese. The idea is good, though–to refocus yourself to eat real, organic food. I aim to keep my percentages good–meaning that 80-90% of the time, I’m eating nutrient dense, real foods. The other 10-20% of the time I don’t beat myself up if I feel that I want to splurge.

I say all of that to say, Hilary’s has reminded me that you don’t need to be scared of healthy legumes (like beans), grains and seeds (that are commonly labeled as grains), as strict-paleo followers will have you doing. If you are consuming large amounts of real, whole foods, including lots of fresh vegetables, then there’s no need to be neurotic about eliminating these food groups. Just pick good ones that are rife with nutrients. It’s all about the quality of these products. You don’t want to eat a bunch of over-processed bread from your local grocery store, but you can seek organic, whole grain-like seeds and beans that will provide you with a dense nutritional profile. That said, I also believe very much in BALANCE. Allowing grains and beans doesn’t mean eating them all day every day, it just means that you can appreciate what they offer your diet and you can incorporate them in some fashion.

This variety of burgers allows you to do that, in an organic, junk free way. Though my husband and I do consume meat, I’d imagine that the fact that these Hilary’s burgers are vegetarian will appeal to many. They are also free of many common foods that contribute to sensitivities like: gluten, nuts, soy, dairy, yeast and corn. All of these ingredient lists are organically sourced, top to bottom. During our tour, I also learned that Hilary’s sources only high quality, organically grown ingredients that often times are from local farms. They even donate burgers that don’t pass their quality tests (shape & thickness) to a local food bank–so thoughtful and neat to me.

To elaborate on the grain discussion: By grains, I am referring to the millet and quinoa used in most of these burgers, and the black rice used in the black rice burger. Though I consider millet and quinoa to be seeds, many lump them into the grain category and avoid them because of that. I personally do not enjoy the calories from rice as much as quinoa and millet, thus the black rice burger isn’t one that I’ll come back to often. I also hardly ever buy rice, simply because I enjoy getting my carbohydrates from other sources instead. I do realize, though, that many enjoy rice and to them, I’d recommend that burger, because it’s got a great, tasty, hearty flavor. For those looking to stick to just seeds, sans a grain like rice, you can eat all of these burgers (exempt the black rice) and keep within your parameters. I realize those last two paragraphs were a whole lot of rambling, but that is the best way I know to get all of my thoughts out.

As far as which burgers I’ve enjoyed most and see myself purchasing often: I am loving the Root Veggie Burger and the Hemp & Greens Burger the most. I’m so impressed with the seasoning in both of these burgers–they are right on the money and make them so palatable and tasty–even to those who eat meat-based burgers. Hilary & Becky even shared a fantastic idea in combining some organic, grass-fed ground meat in with these veggie burgers to create a more robust, protein filled circle of goodness. I have yet to try it but eagerly await testing it out!

As for the dressings–WHOA! All of them are so good in their own right. What a genius idea to put chia seeds in an organic ranch dressing recipe. As far as initial wow factor in regards to the taste, my husband and I both agreed that the Creamy Remoulade Dressing is to die for. Hilary’s even mentions that it was a favorite at Hilary’s restaurant in Lawrence, Local Burger. It tastes like creamy, mustardy, zippy goodness. My husband suggested even using it as a dip, all by itself–its that good. I typically lean towards thick dressings, but actually really enjoyed the flavors in the Balsamic Thyme & Apple Fennel dressings. I was impressed to see the use of Dandelion root & Eyebright, two healing plants that give these dressings an extra punch of health. Becky at Hilary’s mentioned using the Apple Fennel dressing on a bean salad. After trying it, I’d agree it would be delicious when used that way. Even if you are unsure about these flavor combinations, trust Hilary! These dressings will really “wow” you.

My 5 year old stepdaughter tried the bites last night at dinner with the Ranch Chia alongside and had nothing but good things to say about them. She was “mmmmm”ing the whole time while eating them. It’s safe to say they are a hit with our young in! They’re a convenient food you can feel good about feeling your child (and your whole family!).

I’ve had such a pleasant experience interacting with the Hilary’s team and can’t sing their praises enough. This kind of company is RARE. They truly put the time and effort into making sure they heard my feedback in person, as well as making it abundantly clear how much they value quality and how they source their ingredients–& I think they’ve only just begun! Their passion for what they create will continue to grow and “infect” more people with this positive health bug. It’s so refreshing and I am eager for all of you to try their products. Get one of everything! You can shop on the Hilary’s Eat Well site or use their store locator to find your closest grocery store that carries them. Let me know how you like them in the comments below 🙂

AEOS – Active Energised Organic Skin Care & Makeup Review

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AEOS Organic Skin Care

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

AEOS is such a unique brand to me, I am finding. This is mainly because they use crystal essences to create the tint & color of each product. I’ve never heard of this before and am fascinated by it. I am impressed by the attention to ingredients used in AEOS products–it really seems like they go the extra mile. When a brand has an initial commitment to high quality ingredients across the board, I am willing and eager to try any of their products. In this review, most of the products have similar ingredients lists in which they are comprised of chemical free, natural and organic ingredients.

As you read the ingredient lists, you might see some long words that you don’t recognize. Most of the time, this is not a good sign. However,  upon further scrutiny, I have discovered that in this case, they are fancy words for organic compounds found in various plants.

The full explanation behind these products is expansive, so here is some top-to-bottom information that AEOS (Active Energised Organic Skincare) provides to describe all of it to their customers:

AEOS PHILOSOPHY

Outside In. Inside Out…the Synergies of Beauty

Luxurious…nourishing…soothing…the radiance and the scent of all a woman can be. When you think of AEOS, feel. For what AEOS offers to beauty is more than skin deep. The extraordinary possibility at the heart of this skincare homage to total natural beauty is to experience how what we put on our skin can quicken and reveal the mysteries of beauty within.

The secret is in the soil which has given AEOS the beauty of its own “within”. Beginning with the care of the earth through biodynamic farming on our own lands, AEOS is created with extracts and essential oils of herbs and plants cultivated in such a way that they bring new life and vitality to the soil in which they grow. This in turn nourishes and strengthens the immune systems of the plants, and when harvested they are further energized with the resonances of crystal s and minerals. Ten years of development have gone into composing the delicate balance of nature with itself, so that the sum of the whole enlivens and magnifies all the beautiful parts. Thus inherent in AEOS are the life-giving qualities that translate not only to the innermost layers of skin but also support the health and well-being of our own inner natures.

Completely organic natural skincare with no toxic chemicals or synthetics…innovative harvesting of essential oils…cutting edge skincare technology using tocopherols (Vitamin E) from natural sources…a unique use of the ancient spelt grain grown on our Demeter-certified biodynamic farm…the active energies of crystals and minerals…all gathered and orchestrated with the intention to be used for the greater good in the creation of an atmosphere of inner and outer radiance.

For the woman seeking her own mystery and beauty. For a new world waiting for us to bring more of who we are into being. Dynamic. Exceptional. Even revolutionary.

ABOUT AEOS

A healthy glowing complexion indicates a level of well-being, not just beauty.

The AEOS range brings us the opportunity to re-define and re-assess our approach to skincare through an innovative three phase system which amplifies and encapsulates the living energy of the natural ingredients it contains. AEOS products contain natural, organic and biodynamic plant extracts, essences and essential oils, as well as spagyric tinctures of crystal energies, and the waveforms of colour.

This is unique in the history of skincare. Through AEOS products we combine and include the alchemical techniques of the ancients, along with cutting edge skincare formulas, revolutionary for this time, for those of you who wish to nurture and care for yourself in a more meaningful way.

ACTIVE

This refers to the fact that the ingredients used in the products are ‘alive’. They have been sourced from soil which has been nourished and activatedfor optimal performance. In addition, AEOS contains many effective ingredients that are known for their active properties, e.g. plant extracts, essential oils, enzymes etc. We use the best possible raw materials to create products that offer the best potential for optimal results in the care and nourishment of your skin.

ENERGISED

AURA-SOMA®(manufacturer of AEOS) uses its unique energising process to enhance each element contained within the AEOS products. This process offers additional support for our overall well-being. The primary intention within all the products is that they will only activate for the ‘greater good’ of the person using the products.

ORGANIC

The source of the ingredients used in AEOS is of the utmost importance to us. At Shire Farm, our own biodynamic (Demeter certified) farm, we grow as much as we can to be used in our products, sourcing other ingredients from organic and biodynamic farms across the world. Plants grown using these methods have more vitality and a profoundly positive effect on the raw materials produced from them. Embracing this holistic approach from our farming, sourcing of materials, through to creating these skincare preparations, enhances our philosophy – look after the soil, feed the skin, nourish the soul.”

INGREDIENTS

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the whole is greater than the sum of its parts Aristotle 384BC – 322BC

The sum of the parts (or ingredients) within each AEOS product is more effective than any of the parts (or ingredients) individually. Whilst we suggest a few key ingredients to highlight the way in which they may be effective, the important thing to remember is that these are part of a product that has been brought together with great care and awareness of the way in which all the different aspects from the three kingdoms come together to be most effective. (The mineral kingdom of crystals and gems; the vegetable kingdom of herbs, plants and trees; and the hue-man kingdom that pertains to the perception of light and colour).

Everything that goes into the final product is evaluated both energetically and according to its resonant waveform. It is this incredible attention to detail and the underlying understanding of the way in which the ingredients in their various waveforms are compatible that makes AEOS unique on yet another level.

SOURCE OF INGREDIENTS

The source of the ingredients used in AEOS is of the utmost importance to us. At Shire Farm, our (Demeter-certified) biodynamic farm, we grow as much as we can to be used in our products, sourcing other ingredients from organic and biodynamic farms across the world. Our sustained commitment to biodynamic farming standards means that we honor the Being of each plant used within the AEOS range. This process begins with balancing the different aspects of the soil, which then encourages increased strength and vitality within the plants. This attention means that when the plant is harvested, its energy force has been nourished through the well-tended soil so that it can provide us with its optimal quality and essence for use within the products, which in turn offers optimal regenerative opportunities for the skin. It is a gift from nature to us.

SPELT OIL

All AEOS skincare products contain pure biodynamic spelt oil, that is grown and harvested on the Aura-Soma® (Demeter-certified) biodynamic farm in Lincolnshire, and extracted using supercritical CO2 extraction to maintain the full properties of the oils. Spelt is an ancient cousin of modern wheat and is bursting with vitamins and proteins. Due to the way in which the plant itself is grown, the spelt as an ingredient is very ‘available’ to the skin for optimal absorption. Our spelt oil is rich in natural Vitamin E and essential fatty acids and boasts excellent antioxidant, moisturising and regenerative properties. As a result it may be particularly beneficial for prematurely ageing, very dry skin or when the skin is subject to harsh environments or extreme changes in temperature. Spelt oil has also been reported to help those with skin conditions such as eczema.

BIODYNAMICS

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Biodynamic farming is one of the most ethical and sustainable forms of agriculture in existence. It excludes the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides and relies on the natural interdependence between all the different components of the farm to create a self-sustaining, balanced and harmonious environment.

At the Aura-Soma® (Demeter-certified) biodynamic farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds, we grow and harvest as much as we can to be used in the AEOS skincare products, sourcing other ingredients from organic and biodynamic farms across the world.

Our sustained commitment to biodynamic farming standards means that we honour the Being of each plant used within the AEOS range. This process begins with balancing the different aspects of the soil, which then encourages increased strength and vitality within the plants. This attention means that when the plant is harvested, its energy force has been nourished through the well tended soil so that it can provide us with its optimal quality and essence for use within the products, which in turn offers optimal regenerative opportunities for the skin. It is a gift from nature to us.

In the biodynamic ecosystem, man is a conscious and responsible steward, recognising and nurturing the beneficial aspects and interdependence of all these diverse elements for the optimum benefit of the whole.

COLOUR SIGNIFICANCE

All colours in AEOS products are 100% natural and plant derived.

Vicky Wall, the founder and innovator of the Aura-Soma® Colour-Care-System® used to say – ‘The greater guide is within’. This, along with the key phrase in Aura-Soma – ‘You are the colours you choose and these reflect your Being’s needs’ gives us the confidence to choose which products are the most suitable for us as unique individuals.

Whatever colour combination of products you choose are those that are called for to help balance the condition of your skin at a deep level, rather than basing skin care choices by looking at your skin condition on a superficial level.

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Pink is essentially the colour of kindness, caring, warmth – love. We could all benefit from a little more love and caring. Most of us do not allow ourselves the time or space to care for ourselves and more usually that caring energy is directed outwardly towards others – friends, family, loved ones. That of course, is commendable, but there does come a point when perhaps one needs to recognize that we need to replenish that cup of caring and love within ourselves, perhaps to be kind to ourselves, in order to be able to continue offering that same quality to those we care about. If we really would like to look after ourselves, whether that is just our skincare, or through consideration of our whole being, the pink range of products may assist in encouraging and replenishing those pink qualities within oneself. AEOS pink products are enhanced with the crystal essences of fire opal, rose quartz and rubelite.

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Blue speaks to us of the qualities of peace, serenity and nurturing, qualities that we all have need of in the hustle and bustle of every day life. Our days are full of ‘busy-ness’ and extending out of ourselves. The blue gives an opportunity to ‘re-group’ and find some stillness within. Many people feel the need to be more at peace with themselves and their situations/circumstances, and the blue may help to find that aspect. Due to its calming effect the blue range is ideal to use if one feels that their need is for more peace and to develop a more calm approach to their daily activities. AEOS blue products are enhanced with the crystal essences of amethyst, turquoise and emerald.

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The yellow associations are those of self confidence, the feel good associations with a sunny day – joy! The yellow is a lovely balance to the nervous system to encourage a more centred way of being and to bring in happiness. The yellow AEOS products have two different crystal essence blends which gives rise to the energetic differences between the harmonising and awakening products. The Harmonising Body Lotion is enhanced with sapphire, turquoise and clear quartz, whilst the Awakening contains fire opal, calcite and zincite.

SPAGYRIC TINCTURES

Spagyric tinctures are liquid gems and crystals prepared specifically for Aura-Soma® Products Ltd, according to an ancient holistic alchemic process, which views body, soul and spirit as a balanced unity.

Spagyric refers to the process of separation, purification and re-combining of materials – fundamental alchemical techniques used for the preparation of substances. By separation and parting of the original substance into its diverse components, the useful is first separated from the useless. Using a specific method of new composition, the pure and useful components are combined together again. The spagyric tincture manufactured in this manner contains the beneficial substances in refined form and is thus more therapeutically effective than the original substance.

Spagyric tinctures are not effective because of their ingredients; rather, they are effective because of the metaphysical powers released by the manufacturing process. Spagyric is alchemy in practice and adheres to alchemical laws practiced by Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine. By bringing together the alchemical techniques of the ancients along with cutting edge skincare formulas, the AEOS products provide a medium through which these tinctures may have a direct effect on the human energy field. It is a truly unique approach to skincare and general well-being.”

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Beauty Body Lotion

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“This moisturiser is full of nourishing organic and biodynamic oils and plant extracts to help hydrate and soothe, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Glycerin,
Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Gluconolactone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract,
Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Arginine, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Opal Essence, Fire Opal Essence, Zincite Essence, Quartz Essence, Carnelian Essence, Calcite (Orange) Essence, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol*, Citral*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This lotion is rich and moisturizing with a pleasant, fresh scent. It leaves a lasting layer of moisture on my skin that is not goopy or sticky. It truly feels like it is nourishing and hydrating my skin. I use it everywhere except my face, where I use the serum and facial moisturizer AEOS products.

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Beauty Body Shower

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A gentle cleansing wash for the body, containing a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals. Rich in rosemary, white birch and gardenia which leave the skin feeling fresh and soft.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Gluconolactone, Glycerine, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Laurate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenthanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Gardenia Florida Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Opal Essence, Amethyst Essence, Charoite Essence, Turquoise Essence, Emerald Essence, Quartz Essence, Chrysoprase Essence, Linalool*, Citral*. *From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This body wash is gentle and cleanses my skin nicely. It has the ideal richness and potency for a body wash–easy to apply and lather up and does not over dry skin.

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Enriching Moisturizer

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals – this is the final step of the AEOS Skincare Sequence to seal in all the positive benefits of hydration and penetrative moisturisation from the previous products. This light non-greasy moisturiser is absorbed quickly to help protect and hydrate the skin. Particularly beneficial for environmentally damaged, tired skin or if you are exposed to air-conditioned environments.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Gluconolactone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Squalane (Vegetable), Guaiazulene, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Arginine, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Rose Quartz Essence, Topaz Essence, Calcite (Orange) Essence, Quartz (Chalcedone) Essence, Sapphire Essence, Amethyst Essence, Turquoise Essence, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This moisturizer is nice for when my skin needs a little extra hydration boost. It thoroughly replenishes my skin without making my skin feel suffocated and goopy/dirty. A little dab of it will cover my entire face and neck. Great product to keep by the sink to follow with after washing.

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Energizing Conditioner

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals encourage hydration and moisture, leading the skin to its natural balance without being too oily or too dry.

Ingredients:

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Aqua (Water), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Rose Flower Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Gluconolactone, Arginine, Sorbitan Laurate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Cocoate, Hypericum Perforatum (St John’s Wort) Extract, Gardenia Florida Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Opal Essence, Amethyst Essence, Charoite Essence, Turquoise Essence, Emerald Essence, Quartz Essence, Chrysoprase Essence, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, Citronellol*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I would classify this product (in regards to consistency as somewhere in between a cream and a serum. It has a nice weight to it and isn’t quite as heavy as a lotion, yet it sufficiently does its job of providing moisture. I rotate using this product in place of the serum and moisturizer. I use it right after cleansing.

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Gentle Exfoliant

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A gentle face exfoliant rich in seed oils and our biodynamic spelt oil which helps to nourish and hydrate the skin during the process of exfoliation, leaving the skin soft, smooth & receptive to the moisturising products to follow.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Gluconolactone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Ananas Sativus (Bromelain) Extract, Arginine, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Squalane (Vegetable), Guaiazulene, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Gentle exfoliants are a big part of my daily beauty routine because my skin tends to accumulate a lot of “gunk” with constant sweaty workouts and runs outside in the heat. Having a little extra grittiness in my cleanser is something I like a prefer to use once a day.

This exfoliant is great–it does the job of getting the grime off of my skin but its too harshly abrasive. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean.

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Gentle Cleansing Lotion

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A gentle cleanser containing a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals to assist in the removal of make-up and impurities whilst helping to maintain the delicate moisture balance of the skin. Application with water stimulates the active ingredients from plant extracts and fruit oils.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Extract, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Squalane (Vegetable), Guaiazulene, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Arginine, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Rose Quartz Essence, Clear Quartz Essence, Quartz (Chalcedone) Essence, Sapphire Essence, Amethyst Essence, Turquoise Essence, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

From my experience, cleansing lotions do a great job of providing a very gentle clean. They borderline are meant to give skin a hydrating boost, versus cleaning skin thoroughly.

That said, this cleansing lotion is great when my skin is just mildly dirty and needs a brief wash, maybe when I don’t have post-workout sweat all over my facial skin.

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Cleansing Oil

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“An oil-based cleanser containing a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals, for skin that tends towards dehydration. The blend of sesame, avocado and spelt oils help in the removal of make-up and impurities for a gentle yet effective cleanse, whilst helping to maintain the delicate moisture balance of the skin. Can also be used for removing eye make-up.

Ingredients:

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Squalane (Vegetable), Anaiba Osaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Tocopherol, Limonene* Linalool*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Benzoate*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I use a product like this as an “oil mask” when my skin gets dry and needs a restoration of moisture. I apply it for about 5 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

Like AEOS suggests, it is also wonderful as a makeup remover. It works best for me if applied to the area with makeup and then wiped off with cotton ball or square.

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Dew Facial Wash

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A gentle and mild cleansing wash containing a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals that helps to relax the skin for easier absorption of the plant extracts, whilst conditioning and hydrating oils from neroli, lemon and honey gently refresh your complexion.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Mel (Honey), Sorbitan Laurate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Gluconolactone, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Cymbopogon Schoenthanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia Amara (Neroli) Oil, Gardenia Florida Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Opal Essence, Amethyst Essence, Charoite Essence, Turquoise Essence, Emerald Essence, Quartz Essence, Chrysoprase Essence, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’ve never tried a facial wash spray before–its a great change of pace from the typical cleanser! This concoction does the job–my skin is clarified and clear after I wash it off.

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Realive Serum

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A luxurious and intensive serum containing a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals that provide a multi-layered delivery of both hydration and moisture.

Ingredients:

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Gluconolactone, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Laurate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Glyceryl Cocoate, Arginine, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Sodium Chloride, Gardenia Florida Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Opal Essence, Amethyst Essence, Charoite Essence, Turquoise Essence, Emerald Essence, Quartz Essence, Chrysoprase Essence, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

A light, pure, liquify serum that is perfect for use in the morning or evening. It isn’t super heavy on skin like some serums can be. The consistency helps it apply evenly to skin. I use it all over my face and neck–I’ll mix this product into my routine to replace my moisturizer and facial conditioner.

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Refreshing Hydrating Mist

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A refreshing facial mist containing a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals offering a delicate and unique level of hydration, made from a carefully selected blend of fruit and flower hydrosols to refresh and balance the complexion. Spray a few times and enjoy its refreshing fragrance at the same time.

Ingredients:

Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Gluconolactone, Sorbitan Laurate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Extract, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Arginine, Gardenia Florida Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Opal Essence, Amethyst Essence, Charoite Essence, Turquoise Essence, Emerald Essence, Quartz Essence, Chrysoprase Essence, Linalool*, Citral*.
*From Natural Essential Oils.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’ve developed a recent affinity for facial mists and plant waters. They provide my skin with a mid-day mist that enables me to have fresh skin between morning and evening washes.

It smells fresh and herbaceous and helps balance my skin’s oiliness.

Love the great ingredients and the spray feature, which makes it quick and easy to spritz onto my face.

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Biodynamic Nail & Cuticle Oil

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“This rich and protective formula has been developed to replenish the nail and soften the cuticles. Developed using biodynamic Poppy, Sunflower and Spelt Oil all grown with love and intention on Shire Farm, Aura-Soma’s Demeter-certified biodynamic farm, and extracted using supercritical CO2 extraction to maintain the full properties of the oils. Spelt oil is rich in natural Vitamin E and essential fatty acids and boasts excellent antioxidant, moisturising and regenerative properties. The formulation is 100% natural. The oil is enhanced with the addition of Rose Quartz and Clear Quartz crystal gem essences.

Regular use of the oil will help to condition and protect your nails and keep them looking beautiful and healthy. Particularly helpful for nails and cuticles that are dry, cracked and damaged.

Contains a blend of organic and biodynamic plant extracts to help promote beautiful and healthy nails.

Ingredients:

Sweet Almond Oil, Poppy Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Spelt Oil, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Intensely hydrating and rich, this cuticle oil is great for application right before bed, where it can be absorbed thoroughly into skin while you sleep. You’ll wake up with fresh fingers and no-more dry cuticles.

Love the easy application feature on the end of this brush. It makes it great to put in your purse for on-the-go touch ups.

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Illuminator

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“A sheer, complexion enhancer that instantly adds radiance to the face creating a healthy glowing look and luminosity.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,

Tocopherol, Lauroyl Lysine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Silicon Dioxide, Iron Oxide (CI 77491, 77493, 77499), Mica.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Ever since diving into the world of organic makeup and exploration all available brands and options, I look forward to the days when I wear makeup. One thing I’ve learned more about is contouring your face using makeup to bring out key features. To do this, an illuminator is the perfect little helper to accent with.

I apply this illuminator under my eye brows, on the top bridge of my upper lip, on the nose ward part of my eye socket, and on the bridge of my nose. Once applied, I blend it together with the foundation/powder on my face and it makes my face look more dynamic, versus looking flat from having a solid layer of color on my face. Applying this illuminator brings out the parts of my face that the light would naturally hit.

The ingredients are clean and recognizable, making it appeal to me very much. Love this new addition to my makeup bag.

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Organic Creme to Powder Blush – Rose

AEOS Skin Care’s Description:

“Enhances the cheek’s natural healthy glow by effortlessly blending into the skin leaving a velvety luminosity.

Ingredients:

Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.
May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci77491, 77492, 77499).”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like I mentioned above, contouring the face using makeup is something that I’ve recently been intrigued by. When applied in a subtle manner in the right spot, blush can help bring out the cheekbones and make them look more defined. A great way to find the natural shape of your cheekbones is to suck your cheeks in and notice the indention that forms on each side of your face–this will make your cheekbones more pronounced and easy to add blush to.

This blush is free of a ton of chemicals that are common to cosmetics. The list of ingredients is very clean and is not harsh on skin. Great product!

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