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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!

 

Malie Organic Hawaiian Body Products Review

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Malie Organic

Overall Rating: images

About Malie:

“Malie Organics is dedicated to using certified organic ingredients or organically grown ingredients whenever possible. Our organic ingredients and products are not only safer for your skin and the air you breathe, they also work in harmony with the body for more deeply therapeutic results. Malie Organics’ emphasis on natural, organic and wild-crafted tropical ingredients allows us to create exquisite products that offer the most transformative aromatherapy spa experiences available in the world.

We translate the purity of the most fragrant flowers and fruits in the world through our advanced hydrosol distillation process, so that you can enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits of each botanical in every product. Click here to learn more about our Hawaiian Hydrosols.

At Malie Organics, we’ve created a sustainable approach to providing the purest, natural ingredients our island paradise has to offer. Our reverence for the land and commitment to the preservation of natural resources guides us in our organic farming methods and in harvesting our wild tropical plant life. We ensure that the fertility of our rich volcanic soil is never depleted. Our highly sensitive “wild-crafting” methods allow the precious flowers from our pristine rainforests to thrive in a state of constant renewal and all wild-crafted ingredients are harvested according to regulation by the Organic Food Production Act.

Everything in Malie Organics’ products is safe and nontoxic, with absolutely no petroleum, mineral spirits, sulfates or parabens. Because of our commitment to your health, well-being and the environment, we only use all natural, organic and wild-crafted ingredients. All ingredients are approved for use in cosmetics by the natural products association. Malie does not test on animals or use animal products.

The preservative system that we use consist of minimal amounts, less than 1% in combination of phenoxyethanol and chlorphenesin which are both mild, low in toxicity and are alternatives to using parabens. Both phenoxyethanol and chlorphenesin are approved for use by the Natural Products Association and other organic certification organizations for use in cosmetics.”

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Mango Nectar Body Polish

About:

“Nurture the skin and relieve the soul. This exquisite treatment is lovingly crafted from natural and organic ingredients, incorporating tropical beauty secrets passed down through generations. Made to exfoliate, nourish and hydrate skin, giving you a beautiful golden glow.

100% organic and/or wildcrafted ingredients.

Mango Nectar Polish Ingredients: Organic Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Orange Peel, Mango Powder, Organic Sandalwood Powder, Organic Turmeric Powder, Mango Hawaiian Hydrosol, Vitamin E Oil, Organic Grapefruit Seed Extract.”

Mango Nectar Body Cream

About:

“Treat your skin to a lush, nourishing blend of organic therapeutic botanicals and oils, including moisturizing Coconut, Kukui and Macadamia Nut Oils. Awapuhi Ginger, Aloe and Chamomile calm and soothe the skin while our pure Hawaiian Hydrosols lend their aromatherapeutic essences to transform body, mind and spirit. Leaves skin soft, smooth and irresistibly beautiful.

70% of ingredients produced by certified organic farming techniques.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Glycerin (Vegetable), Glyceryl Stearate) Coconut), Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, PEG-100 Stearate (Coconut), Cetearyl Alcohol (Palm), Cetearyl Glucoside (Sugar), Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Awapuhi Ginger) Root Extract, Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Lecithin (Soy), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Hawaiian Hydrosol, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Stearic Acid (Mixed Plants), Silica, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum (Tree Bark) Phenoxyethanol*, Chlorphenesin*. (*Ingredients less than 1%).”

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My Thoughts:

Holy cow–both of these products smell like an absolute paradise. This is perhaps the best-smelling body cream I’ve ever used. It is simply intoxicating.

Needless to say, smell isn’t the most important thing to me in body products, but it certainly makes me love them even more (since it’s in addition to awesome ingredient lists).

I prefer a creamier, richer body moisturizer like this one by Malie because it truly moisturizes skin–whereas some lotions are very liquidy, watery and seem to evaporate (more or less) within a few minutes; leaving skin dry and tight again. This cream soaks in just enough so that your skin isn’t goopy, yet it leaves your skin quenched.

The scrub has the same incredible aroma and provides a gritty & effective means of exfoliating skin. I love using the scrub during a steamy shower, then following up with the cream afterwards. This duo is truly a treat for your skin.

Though these ingredients only comprise a small amount of the body cream’s ingredient list (less than 1%), I don’t like seeing any ingredients that have a moderate toxicity level (phenoxyethanol). I could do without it! I’d give these products my highest rating without them. To me, if you’re going to use so many organic ingredients, why throw the junky ones into the mix?

Malie Beauty, overall, is quite an experience of almost entirely organic skin care products. I’ve really enjoyed using them and see myself coming back to the scrub for gift-giving!

Ellovi Lip Butter Review

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Ellovi Lip Butter

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Ellovi:

“Ellovi was born to disrupt a beauty industry ruled by products laden with artificial ingredients and cheap fillers. We are passionate about crafting pure and nutritional skincare products from plants. Our aspiration is not simply to make the best natural skincare products, but the best skincare products of any kind.

We believe that what you put on your skin goes more than skin deep. Which is why we are committed to keeping our products free of anything that doesn’t come straight from nature.

Our first product, Butter, is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea. There are no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients.

We promise to always make our products with integrity and the finest ingredients from around the world. We hope you see this reflected in Butter and we welcome your feedback.”

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Ellovi’s Description:

“We’ve taken all of the best things about Ellovi Butter, and made the perfect portable variation for your lips.

Like Butter, Lip Butter is made with just six ingredients so pure you can eat them.

The six ingredients are Hawaiian coconut, sunflower, hemp, macadamia, Ghanaian marula, and shea.

Each ingredient plays a specific role in keeping your lips hydrated and happy.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I previously composed a review on Ellovi’s other product, butter. Butter is a versatile product and it truly stands out to me within the long list of skin care products I’ve tried. I love how simple and pure the ingredients are.

I have merely the same things to say about this lip butter. It. Is. Awesome! This lip butter quickly became one of the lip balms I use most.

In regards to organic ingredients, I got this great info from Kelly about Ellovi products:

“4 of our ingredients are certified organic, and the other 2 are wildly harvested. 

We use the term “ethically sourced” to describe our ingredients because we only buy from companies that treat their employees well and pay them fair wages. We also work with a few fair trade organizations such as Global Mamas, (an amazing company that helps provide sustainable income opportunities for women in Africa).”

I have come to learn that the term “wild-harvested” is very similar to the word organic, but often without the certification. Plants that are wild harvested are grown away from pesticides and harsh chemicals–a great thing! So, when you see that on a natural product, that often is a great sign.

I recommend this product to everyone. I think men and women alike will find that it becomes their “go-to” lip balm. It’s also perfectly suited for children. My 5 year old turns her nose up at lip balms that sting her lips (products that contain minty ingredients), making Ellovi Lip Butter one that she loves, as it has a pure, fresh, earthy, nutty, pleasant aroma to it.

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