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Gr3en Organic Energy Drink Review

Gr3en Energy Drink

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Gr3en:

“GR3EN is Pure. Organic. Power. Our philosophy is simple: supercharge with superfoods. Powered by green tea, coconut water, and kale, GR3EN gives a clean energy boost you can feel. It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you first wake up, need a lift, hit the gym, or hit the wall at work.

GR3EN has the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee, but combines the health benefits of coconut water, green tea and kale juice in one can.

GREEN TEA

The original caffeinated beverage. Traditional Chinese medicine links green tea to many health benefits. It’s been used to boost energy and focus, rev up metabolism, relieve headaches, and much more.

COCONUT WATER

A healthy, natural source of hydration that’s been popular in the tropics for centuries. Loaded with micronutrients, enzymes, and essential electrolytes, the water of young green coconuts is often referred to as nature’s ultimate sports drink.

KALE (KING OF GREENS)

Kale may seem like a hot new trend, but it actually dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe. It’s a powerful antioxidant loaded with too much good stuff to list. Just GOOGLE kale and see what you come up with…the hype is real.

CARBONATED KALE? 

We’ll be honest, people don’t know what to expect when we say “carbonated kale”. But, they are pleasantly surprised when they take a sip. GR3EN is a refreshing lightly carbonated organic beverage that infuses coconut water and green tea with kale so your taste buds aren’t overpowered by the flavor of kale. We did many taste tests to get GR3EN just right.

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My Thoughts:

In the world of energy drinks, these are pretty much the bomb-diggity. I say this because they have a very clean ingredient list, they’re certified organic and they utilize healthy superfoods like green tea, coconut water and kale. They’re not full of toxic junk, rather they actually pack a nutrient punch along with the (naturally occurring) caffeine content.

I found these Gr3en drinks to have an interesting and enjoyable flavor. They are like a zippy, zesty soda with a coconutty, green twist. The flavor actually really works!

My little issues with the drinks are that they list “natural flavors” (what’s that?) and they contain about 15g of sugar per drink. This is handy if I am mid-marathon and need quick fuel via sugar. However, on a day to day basis, I aim to limit sugar. Thus, these drinks would not be my go-to. I would rather reach for a low-in-sugar green juice.

To sum up my thoughts: these Gr3en energy drinks are an excellent upgrade and alternative to traditional energy drinks–there’s truly no comparison. So, if you’re looking for a quick boost or electrolyte replenishment, I’d say give these drinks a go!

 

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KonaRed Non-GMO Hawaiian CoffeeBerry Drinks Review

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KonaRed

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About KonaRed:

“THE KONARED® STORY

KonaRed® is uniquely sourced from Hawaii Coffee, where it has developed for over 175 years. Kona’s coffee growing region is only about fifty square miles in all, and is farmed largely by small landowners. In order for coffee plants to thrive, the region in which they grow must meet six climate elements: rich soil, proper elevation, sunshine, cloud cover, rain and a moderate slope for proper drainage of roots. Like much of Hawaii, Kona offers all six of these ideal climate conditions for growing coffee, allowing for the creation of award-winning coffees and the antioxidant powers of KonaRed®.

But there is something different about the Kona coffee cherries produced, earning this coffee a worldwide reputation for excellence. The difference could lie in the care with which Kona coffee is hand picked, ensuring that only the highest quality coffee cherries are harvested for coffee production. Or maybe it is simply the fact that 100% Pure Kona Coffee is rare and sometimes hard to find.

The power of KonaRed® comes from the coffee fruit that surrounds the coffee bean. The fruit surrounding and protecting the seed (or bean) is removed, dried and condensed into a liquid that we blend with other delicious fruits to create this amazing beverage. KonaRed’s Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® consists of only the ripe red fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the fruit.

KonaRed® provides you with antioxidants that are absorbed at the cellular level which helps your brain and body function more efficiently. And because we use natural ingredients you can follow the drink from where the ingredients are sourced, straight to the bottle. This ensures that the strength and power of the Hawaiian culture is in every bottle.”

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Superfruit Powder

About:

“KonaRed’s powder tub is a convenient way to enjoy KonaRed® at home. Mix it with water or your favorite juice, or add it to a smoothie for extra antioxidant power!”

Coconut Water

About:

“We blend our KonaRed® Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® with Coconut Water from young green coconuts that are picked at the earliest stages of maturity when they have the highest level of electrolytes and potassium, giving you all the benefits of Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® fortified with the wellness and hydration attributes of Coconut Water.”

The Original Superfruit Juice

About:

“The Original Superfruit juice provides your body with countless nutrients for a healthy you. The core ingredient in the Superfruit juice is the Hawaiian CoffeeBerry®, which is the main source of the antioxidants in each bottle.”

Green Tea

About:

“We blend our KonaRed® Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® with Organic Green Tea, giving you all the benefits of Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® fortified with the wellness attributes of Green Tea.”

Superfruit On-The-Go Packets

About:

“The KonaRed® On-the-Go Packs are filled will the same great taste as well as all the nutrients you receive in every bottle. We’ve just made things more convenient for those who are a little more active than others. The packs allow you to have multiple KonaRed® drinks with you at all times without taking up space with the actual bottle.”

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My Thoughts:

This review is a bit different than most for me because for some reason. In doing my research on this product & where the ingredients are derived from–it really struck a cord within me. I was watching the video from Greenwell Kona Coffee Farm on the big island of Hawaii (where KonaRed gets their coffee berries) and was so touched by the family atmosphere and obvious passion that is put into the farming efforts, harvesting, processing, etc. They may sound like minor details, but my husband and I have also been to Hawaii before (fell head-over-heels in love with its majestic beauty) and have a black lab named Kona. Naturally, KonaRed was of interest to me.

I’m really wanting to love and rave about this brand–but I’m not quite there. Here’s why: in a superfood product, I’m really looking for organic and raw. KonaRed is unfortunately neither of those things. I love that the idea behind their product is to harness the antioxidants and powerful nature-given properties of the coffee plant and put them into drink and powder form that’s easy and convenient to consume. I am, however, one of your most discerning individuals when it comes to supplements. I want organic and raw because that assures me that I’m getting pure goodness that’s untampered with.

I have learned that KonaRed products are all non-gmo (rad–good step in the right direction). I am still corresponding with Greenwell Farms to learn more about their pesticide use (or if they use any). I will update this post to reflect their practices as soon as I have that information. They provided an inspiring look at their farm via video, but I didn’t pick up on anything in regards to chemical use.

Taste-wise, all of these products are good (and I will say this–they are a MUCH better alternative to big-box sports drinks) and my husband even enjoys them. I just find myself wishing they were organic & raw, as I know of several other brands that offer an organic & raw choice for post workout replenishment.

I’d recommend these drinks to someone looking to chuck the sports drink they’ve been drinking for years. KonaRed is a big step up from that!

 

Honey Girl Organics Review

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Honey Girl Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Honey Girl Organics’ Founders:

“Anthony Maxfield

I keep bees as a hobby here in Hawaii, and originally developed these crèmes for my wife, Gwen. One day during the honey harvest, after I had squeezed the honey out of the beeswax cappings, she noticed how smooth my hands were. Later she asked me if I thought I could make a lotion that would leave her skin in as good a condition as my hands were. After experimenting for about a year, I found that when beeswax was emulsified in extra virgin olive oil, the skin would rapidly drink it in and feel silky and nourished.

We’ve been making these products for many years and been giving them to our friends and families to use. Everyone always comments how great they are.

Gwen Maxfield

I was born and raised the child of show biz parents in Los Angeles, so make-up, beauty and health have always been important to me. Later I attended More University and studied Lifestyles & Communications. It was there that I met my future husband and where we both later attained our PhDs.

Being the proud mother of four young men and having been an avid student of health for many years, I have learned that the quality of what you put into your body as well as what you put on your skin is extremely important. I now eat mostly organic raw fruits and vegetables and use mostly organic and natural products on my skin.

Christina Sirlin

A native of Germany, I moved to the Philadelphia area as a child with my family.

I’ve always been interested in natural curatives, which led me to become a Chiropractor in NY. Interested in a better climate and proximity to More U., I moved to Hawaii and came across these crèmes. After using them with extraordinary results I began recommending them to people across the country. Many of my personal friends and clients have expressed great delight as well as relief to come across such effective crèmes whose unique ingredients are all natural and organic.”

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Facial Scrub

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“Our Facial Scrub whisks away dead skin cells and increases blood circulation, helping to diminish fine lines. This Scrub leaves your skin plumper, younger looking, and feeling silky smooth. This organic skincare is good for all skin types.

Directions: Slightly moisten your face and gently apply the Facial Scrub in a circular motion. Avoid the delicate areas around your eyes and mouth. Moisten fingertips as needed to adjust exfoliation. Rinse with lukewarm water and remove excess Facial Scrub with a washcloth. Follow the Facial Scrub with one of our moisturizers such as Face & Eye Cream or Night Cream. Our Facial Scrub may be used once or twice per week.

Ingredients: Organic aloe gel, organic coconut butter, super fine granulated cane sugar, Raw Pupukea Honey, organic diatomaceous earth, papaya and pineapple enzymes, essential oil.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love the ingredients, I love the ultra rich texture, I love how gently it exfoliates, I LOVE this facial scrub. I have kept it in my shower and have used it in place of my other facial soaps and cleansers for a while. I believe that this facial scrub is perfect for my skin in the winter months. Normally my skin is oily and hard to manage (during the warmer months), but my skin tends to crave more moisture than normal during the colder months.

After I use this product in the shower, I lightly since the grittiness off and what remains is a sufficient amount of moisture–so that my skin doesn’t need me to follow up with a moisturizer or serum. So for me its really been 1 products in one: a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer.

I would highly recommend this scrub, as it does great things for my skin and I’ve really enjoyed using it. It’s especially a great product for those with dry and troubled skin.

I’ll say this (in advance) about all of these skin products. The use of raw honey is a big deal to me. I’m a huge fan of the healing effects of raw honey. In raw honey, all of the nutrients that nature intended to be in there still remain. Heating honey will kill those helpful nutrients that are so helpful to skin. Good job, Honey Girl! 🙂

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Super Skin Food

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“This rich and nourishing organic skincare formula is the best available for dry, cracked, and rough skin. Our healing formula includes royal jelly and Vitamin E to deeply penetrate and nourish worn and damaged areas like elbows and knees.

Ingredients: Organic extra virgin olive oil, Beeswax with pollen & propolis, Raw Pupukea Honey, purified water, Vitamin E, oil of rosewood and other essential oils, Royal Jelly.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Dense & robust, a little bit of this skin food goes a long way. I use it after cleansing as a moisturizer. Contrary to what you may think, beeswax will not clog pores. Since it is such a rich concoction, I think it’s a perfect remedy for dry or flakey skin. If you have oily/combination skin like I do, experiment with using just a tiny amount (smaller than a dime size). I’ve found that this is all it takes for my entire face to be adequately quenched.

The ingredients are simple, pure and gentle on blemished skin. Often, troubled skin needs gentle facial products, as chemical ridden products can often exacerbate the irritation. Products like this one, with a honey base, are often just what problem skin needs to heal.

I’d recommend this product to literally anyone! Any kind of skin could benefit from this skin food–just in different amounts.

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Rejuvenating Mask

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“Enhance collagen production and stimulate new cell growth with Honey Girl Organics’ Rejuvenating Mask. It softens and moisturizes while providing the skin with the nutrition it needs to look and feel its best. This organic skincare Mask is good for all skin types.

Directions: Cleanse the face and leave slightly moist. Gently apply the Rejuvenating Mask, avoiding delicate areas around the eyes and mouth. Leave on for 10-15 minutes while relaxing. Wash off with lukewarm water. Pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer like our Face and Eye Cream or Night Cream.

Ingredients: Raw Pupukea Honey, French green clay, organic diatomaceous earth, Hawaiian blue green algae, Royal Jelly, propolis.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love the routine of applying this mask and then drinking tea & relaxing for 15 minutes before washing it off. The consistency of this mask is ideal–its rich enough to stay put on my face and it doesn’t flake off like some masks do.

It seems like the clay and algae really clarify and detoxifying my skin and the honey keeps the mask from drying out my skin. I really don’t even need to follow up this mask with a moisturizer. Skin is fresh and clean and healthy feeling after using it.

Another great way to use this mask is to keep the jar in the shower and then apply it to skin after the warm shower water has opened up the pores on your face. This helps the mask to soak into pores better and be even more effective.

I recommend it to everyone, regardless of skin type. It will work wonders on the texture and moisture of any kind of skin.

 

 

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