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Luminance Organic Skin Care Review

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Luminance Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Luminance:

The story of our company!  

Kim and his wife Priscilla. Kim was working as an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley when Priscilla became allergic to everything with synthetic fragrance, which is pretty much all commercial skincare products and much of that which is hand made. Priscilla couldn’t use soap, hair spray, perfume, laundry detergent…etc without getting a severe migraine. They looked for good products without synthetic fragrances and discovered that even “unscented” products use a synthetic masking scent to mask the typically unpleasant odor of all the nasty synthetic ingredients. As these synthetic fragrances become less and less expensive they have become more and more pervasive. And the worst part is many are known carcinogens and remain completely unregulated by the FDA because they are not consumed orally.

We maintain that if you put it on your skin you’ve eaten it, you just didn’t have to chew and swallow first.

So what started as a way to free Priscilla from severe migraines has turned into a passion to create the finest, cleanest skincare products in the world. And now, ten years later, the product line includes deeply moisturizing handmade soaps and skin care products that are both organic and raw. Without anything synthetic. Toxic. Or harmful in any way. Every product is formulated and handmade by Kim with an extremely high level of precision, sophistication, care and craftsmanship.

Kim spends most of his time in the studio making all the products and creating new ones. He is very creative!

Cameo. Cameo makes all of our soaps. Cameo has been with us a little over 2 years now and over the last 2 years has matured into a truly, world class master soap maker. Cameo is the only person Kim has ever completely trusted to make the soaps, and I can say without equivocation that this is a big deal as Kim is very very attached to the soaps. Cameo is a treasure!

Phoebe. Phoebe is amazing. It’s a funny story. Kim needed someone to help him cross his T’s and dot his I’s in the studio so he went to Benicia High School’s Career Center and asked them for a serious, well behaved student, with aptitude in math and science. Goo natured  with a sense of humor. And they sent him Phoebe. She keeps our head on straight and brings us joy.

Phoebe is literally brilliant.

Elena. This is me. I was Kim’s customer at the Lake Merritt Farmer’s Market for six months before I started working with him. I do most of the sales and online marketing which is funny because I come from the non-profit world. I worked as an English Teacher to adults, an After-School Program Teacher, Coordinator, and Program Manager. I left that world for this world of wonderfulness.”

Products:

Face Moisturizer

About:

“We hand-craft this organic and all natural moisturizer with the moist nourishing and hydrating ingredients in the world. With nothing synthetic, toxic or in anyway harmful. Vegan and raw. A wonderful moisturizer for sensitive skin.

This cream is designed for youthful skin and is consistently a best-seller. It is somewhat lighter than our Deep Hydration Moisturizer. And every bit as nice.

Rich with anti-inflammatories like Evening Primrose and Meadow foam Oils. Formulated in a base of pure Rose water for the skin calming and nourishing affect of Rose Oil. Argan Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil help the skin hold hydration. And finally, a very therapeutic collection of organic herbal extractions formulated to help your skin heal and stay healthy.

These ingredients are the best there are for your skin.

Hydration Moisturizer is designed to penetrate quickly and leave your skin non greasy and silky smooth. Makeup can be applied within a few minutes.

Tip: This is a very rich cream and so if you happen to apply too much, simply find some more skin and spread it. The skin on your neck and top of your chest is the same skin thats on your face (very delicate). This is a good place to put excess cream.

Hydration Ingredients: WaterRose Water Oils:  Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado,Jojoba, Meadow foam, Argan, and Kukui. Organic Herbal Extracts: Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Comfry, Sea Buckthron, Holy Basil, Calendula, Tamanu, Honey Suckle, Rose Hips. To Naturally Preserve: Red Radish Root Extract.

Craftsmanship. And care.”

Skin Lotion

About:

“This all natural, vegan, and raw body lotion is very similar to our Deep Hydration Face Cream with adjusted viscosity so it is easily pumped from a bottle. Like all Luminance products, this lotion is carefully blended by hand at just a few degrees above body temperature to assure the integrity of the naturally therapeutic ingredients. Designed to absorb quickly into your skin, because nobody likes standing around cold and naked waiting for their lotion to absorb. Your whole body will be as soft as your face.

Perfect for morning, afternoon, or evening. On your sink, in your car, on your desk.

I love this lotion. You will too.

Organic Skin Lotion Ingredients: WaterLavender Water Oils: Tamarind Seed,Tamanu, Apricot Kernal, Macademia, Avocado,Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Argan, and Kukui. Organic Herbal Extracts: German Blue Chamomile, Tamarind Seed, Raspberry Seed, Comfry, Sea Buckthron, Holy Basil, Calendula, Tamanu, Honey Suckle, Rose Hips & Lavender. To Naturally Preserve: Red Radish Root Extract. Craftsmanship. And care.”

Anjou Pears Bar Soap

About:

“We hand-craft our moisturizing soaps with organic ingredients. Nothing synthetic, all natural and vegan

This organic, all natural, hand-crafted soap smells just like fresh pears. Really, it’s a secret blend of several 100% pure essential oils. Of course, it lathers wonderfully, deeply and gently cleansing like all our soaps.

Ingredients: Water Purified Water Oils: Coconut, Palm (Orangutan friendly), Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado, Palm Kernel, Meadowfoam, Argan, Kukui, Grape Seed and Rice Bran. Clays: White Benonite, French Green & Red Moroccan Scents:  A secret blend of 100% Pure Essential oils. To Saponify: Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide*

* A few words about Sodium Hydroxide: It is not synthetic.  It is the traditional base component that when added to the fatty acids (the seed and fruit skin oils) to create an reaction resulting in cold process soap. The most gentle skin loving variety of soaps. When the formulation is done right, and we do it by hand is small batches, with engineering precision, all of the Sodium Hydroxide reacts with all of the oils, and clays and essential oils into a wonderfully fragrant, perfectly gentle and safe bar of soap.”

Face Cleanser: Delicate

About:

“We hand-craft this organic and natural cleanser for the most delicate skin. Like all our products it is vegan and raw and without anything synthetic, toxic or harmful in any way.

This face wash is truly the basis for healthy skin.

Formulated with the same wonderful ingredients we use in our moisturizers (and more!) This cleanser will gently cleanse, wonderfully nourish and deeply moisturize your skin.

And it’s soap. Real soap. Fact is, there is nothing better for your skin than a properly made and properly pH balanced hand made soap. When people say: don’t put soap on your face, what they should be saying is don’t put petrochemical grease strippers full of alcohol, metals and solvents on your face. Which by the way, accurately describes all of the commercially available cleansers.

Yup, soap is the way to go.

If you don’t already know what synthetic cleansers do to your skin check out our blog. They won’t kill you but they encourage overly oily, dry and unpredictable combination skin.

Be sure to visit our Instructions Page for a best procedure to use our Delicate Cleanser.

Ingredients: Water Purified Water Oils: Coconut, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Avocado, Meadowfoam, Argan, Kukui,Grape Seed and Rice Brand. Scents:  A secret blend of 100% Pure Essential Oils. Herbal Extracts: Honeysuckle, Orchid and Chamomile. To Saponify: Food Grade Potassium Hydroxide*

* A few words about Potassium Hydroxide: It is not synthetic.  It is the traditional base component that when added to the fatty acids (the seed and fruit skin oils) to create an reaction resulting in hot process liquid soap. The most gentle skin loving variety of soaps. When the formulation is done right, and we do it by hand is small batches, with engineering precision, all of the Sodium Hydroxide reacts with all of the oils, and clays and essential oils into a wonderfullu fragrent, perfectly gentle and safe bottle of liquid soap.

So don’t worry about it.”

Face Toner: Rosewater

About:

“Spraying yourself with our Rosewater is like swimming in freshly plucked rose petals. It’s fragrant, pure, and will leave your face dewey with rose oil.

It also serves as a pH adjustment. This is how you help your face correct dry skin, oily skin, and skin that vacillates between the two (combination skin). Tap water is too alkaline for your face (sometimes in the high 9s). Your face is happy in the upper 6s. Spray your face with rose water after exposing it to tap water and your skin will thank you for it.

Our rosewater is not a hydrosol. It doesn’t have any alcohol, solvents or astringent.

Just pure rosewater.

Tips:

For those of you with acne prone skin, don’t be scared off by the word oil. The oils we use are good for your skin and won’t clog your pores.

If your makeup isn’t blending well (we all have those days) spray some rose water toner on after you’ve put on your powder and it will become seamless with your skin 😉

Ingredients: Water: Organic Rose Water.”

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My Thoughts:

Luminance skin care…..ahhhhhhh. What a treat these organic skin care products are.

My favorite amongst this bunch, because the incredible scent stands out–is the Anjou Pears bar soap. I have been tempted to take a bite out of it–it smells THAT good. It cleanses thoroughly without stripping skin of all moisture.

These products are amongst the very best that I’ve ever used. I am in love with the idea that they put “craftsmanship” into creating these skin care products. With that word, I picture a few individuals handling these products and bottling them by hand, with care. They aren’t cranked out in gigantic masses. They seem to really put care and love into creating their products. It’s inspiring.

I am committed to putting organic, pure products onto my skin–especially onto my face. I’m an active girl who perspires quite a bit when I exercise. Thus, I typically desire a clarifying cleanser to refresh and cleanse my skin after working out. This liquid face cleanser is very clarifying. It feels like it completely and thoroughly cleanses my skin. Without following with a moisturizer, my skin would be dry (it cleanses that thoroughly). But, when I use the cleanser in combination with the face moisturizer, my skin is very happy.The face moisturizer is very creamy and dense. Many synthetic cleansers contain a lot of fillers and water–making them only temporarily moisturizing. This face cleanser & moisturizer are the real deal: simple, effective & pure.

This rosewater (pure as can be; what more can you ask for?) is the perfect mid-day facial refresher. I aim to only wash my face once a day (over washing can cause skin problems), so, this rosewater routine fits perfectly into that strategy.

I’m always searching for the perfect body lotion. Some of them are too creamy to spread easily onto my body, and some are too runny. This body lotion just might be the perfect consistency–and the ingredients (like in all of these Luminance products) are stellar. It’s the ideal lotion–organic ingredients and incredibly nourishing on my skin.

It’s safe to say that Luminance Skin Care is amongst my top 5 skin care lines that I’ve ever tried!

 

Veronica Malibu Skin Care Review

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Veronica Malibu Skin Care

(this is a must read for acne sufferers)

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Veronica Malibu:

“Veronica Barton-Schwartz is one of the leading experts in skin care in Los Angeles. She incorporates the newest advanced technologies and treatments with a holistic approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle at her Skin and Body Care Center in Malibu, California. At her exclusive seaside retreat, she offers everything from luxurious facials, and body treatments to lasers and injectibles to yoga and private sessions with a Tai Chi Master. Veronica believes that everyone can have healthy, glowing skin if they treat the mind, body and spirit.”

Here is a bit more information about the ingredients that Veronica uses in regard to the word “organic”:

“I do use some organic ingredients, but not all.  I come from a acne background and organic products don’t work on all types of acne.”
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Fresh Mint Wash

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“The Veronica Malibu Mint Wash is a mild pH-balanced facial cleanser recommended for normal to oily and combination skin types. It instantly softens the tap water and dissolves oily and contaminated sebum from the skin’s surface.

  • Beneficial to the skin because of its selective blend of natural botanical extracts
  • Helps control oily skin without over drying
  • Unclogs pores
  • A favorite in Malibu for over 28 years!”

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyiosbutane, Shea Butter, Dimethicone Copolyol, Thyme Extract, Horsetail Extract, Sage Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, , Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Menthol, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sassafras Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carmine, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.”

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Azulene Cream

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“Azulene Cream is a lightweight moisturizer to soothe sensitive skin. This cream is ideal for both adults and teenagers. Azulene and other herbal extracts leave a very thin protective layer on the skin which fights bacteria and prevents the formation of inflammation and pimples. A great primer for make-up and a favorite with men because of its lightness and refreshing feeling after shaving. Helps relieve dryness and increases skin’s natural moisture.

It is recommended for combination, and sensitive skin, as part of a highly effective skin care program.

  • Light feel and texture
  • Great for every age
  • A favorite with men and teenagers because of its lightness and refreshing feeling
  • Recommended for combination and sensitive skin
  • Great primer for make-up

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel, Safflower Oil,Steric Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Alginate, Hops Extract, Rosemary Leaves Extract, Sage Leaves Extract, Hazelnut Oil, Wheat Gern Lil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Triethanolamine, Avocado Oil, Azulene, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Ascorbyl Palmitate, d-Panthenol, Ginseng Extract, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.”

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Micro-Dermabrasion Treatment

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“The Veronica Malibu Micro-Dermabrasion Treatment is a resurfacing cream that gently exfoliates the skin to help minimize fine lines, pores and wrinkles. Natural fruit enzymes, vitamins, herbal extracts and marine salts enhance the process by stimulating the production of new and healthy skin cells. The marine salts assist in the reduction of sun damage and scarring. Revives dull skin and smoothes skin’s texture after one treatment.

  • leaves a healthy glow
  • polishes dead skin cells
  • leaves your complexion noticeably brighter and smoother

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera, Hyrogenated Polyisobutane, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Alginate, Glycerin, Refined Aluminum Oxide, Chamomile, Thyme Leaves Extract, Methylcellose, Safflower Oil, Dimethicone, Micronized Sodium Chloride (Salt), Bromalain Enzymes, Papain Enzymes, Lecithin, Calendula Extract, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Pheonoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.”

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Clarifying Toner

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“Helps purify and refine the skin with the soothing blend of eleven herbs that tones the skin without drying it out.

Cleans and calms the skin with the soothing properties of Hyaluronic Acid. This Toner provides blemish control by tightening pores and reducing oil production. Balances natural pH level (pH 5).

Formulated for those with oily to normal skin.

  • Removes makeup and impurites
  • Sulfate and Paraben-free
  • Soothes skin
  • Balances natural pH levels
  • Free of petrochemicals, paragons, sodium laurel sulfates, and perfumes

Witch Hazel – An excellent natural astringent, reduces inflammation, sanitizes the skin and at the same time, helps with hydration of the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid – Pocesses the ability to rata in water, which contributes significantly to maintaining the skin’s youthful appearance and texture.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Achillea Millefollum Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Gycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.”

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Blemish Drying Lotion

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“Blemish Drying Lotion is an effective spot treatment for blemished skin. It helps dry up blemishes, reduces tissue redness, irritation and helps to prevent growth of the blemish. While other acne spot treatments are harsh and can irritate a dry or sensitive skin, this product is safe an effective for all skin types. The combination of ingredients, including Propolis and Tea Tree Oil make this one of Veronica’s top sellers for clear skin. It’s great for acne on the back and chest. The Veronica Blemish Lotion also takes the redness and itch out of mosquito bites!

  • Sulphur clears comedones & inhibits new ones from forming
  • Salicylic Acid encourages the sloughing of dead skin cells
  • Propolis works as a anti-inflammatory
  • Tea Tree Oil fights off bacteria and is a anti-fungal

Ingredients:

Deionized Water, SD Alcohol 40, Horsetail Extract, Sulpfur, Pyroligneous Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Borate, Propolis Extract, Retinol. Yeast Extract, Tea Tree Oil and Camphor.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have really looked forward to writing this post because these products have triggered me to have some pretty profound thoughts (profound for my mind).

Let me just say this. Obviously, I advocate organic skin care products and believe that they are, more often than not, the best route to take when trying to improve the health of skin. The tiny loophole I encountered throughout this entire process is that organic skin care products have not “cured” my acne. Even the priciest, most simple, organic products have not been the “cure-all.”

I believe that is because acne is not only effected by the outside of our body. Acne is a result of what is going on inside of our bodies. Diet, hormone imbalance and digestive issues seem to be common contributing factors to the presence of acne.

I digress a bit, but I wanted to share those thoughts (briefly) because Veronica Malibu products have triggered me to go down a path of truth finding when it comes to acne.

Ingredients aside, I found that using these products together on a daily basis (besides the microdermabrasion, which I used once a week) tackled the inflammation and redness that I was experiencing with my current blemishes. My skin appeared and felt smoother after doing this routine for about 2 weeks. I did find the blemish drying lotion to be unpleasantly fragrant, likely because of its sulfur content. My routine consisted of washing with the mint wash, dabbed the toner onto my entire face (focusing on the “T” zone), applying the Azulene cream all of my face, then applying the blemish drying lotion to problem areas. Each product had a nice consistency and did it’s job well.

But, not all of the ingredients are “perfect” and organic…. That really threw me for a loop. I truly felt torn. I thought, “here are products that are a result of Veronica’s many years in skin care—they are working in minimizing my acne—but they don’t have the cleanest ingredient list.” She does use several organic ingredients, but like I included earlier in this post, Veronica says,

“I do use some organic ingredients, but not all.  I come from a acne background and organic products don’t work on all types of acne.”

This made me scratch my head and really challenged me to have an open mind. 9 times out of 10 I would vehemently refuse to use pharmaceutical products, or products with “active” ingredients. I generally choose to seek the natural route to skin health.
Since I believe part of my acne problem has been a result of years on birth control, I’ve deemed my acne to be primarily caused by a hormonal imbalance. It’s almost like: because a drug could have caused or exasperated my acne, it might take something “stronger” to help break the cycle that my skin is in.
I have felt the need to recognize that pharmaceuticals just might have a place in skin care. I do not think that they truly cure the problem, but they seem that they can be a short term fix. I don’t see them as a great long term fix since they don’t tackle the underlying issue inside of your body.
Essentially, I couldn’t deny that the products were reducing the inflammation on my face, but I concluded that I, myself, would not be likely to establish a long term routine with these products.
If you are searching for a line of products that simply get the job done and are effective in minimizing the appearance of acne, then I would recommend these products. If you scrutinize ingredients lists and are weary about using anything less than completely pure, then I would say find another line of products that suites your requirements.
I had my eye on Veronica Malibu product for a few years and genuinely felt excited to try them. I REALLY wanted to love them in a whole way (effectiveness & ingredients). I do find them effective, and have opened my mind to understand that sometimes acne can be effectively treated by active ingredients that are not necessarily organic.
I hope that this post will help shed a bit more light on acne. I believe that Veronica is top-notch, was a joy to work and communicate with, was incredibly generous, and is extremely passionate about skin care.

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

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.

LL’s Magnetic Clay (Ancient Minerals, Prescript-Assist) Review: Magnesium, Iodine, Probiotic

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LL Magnetic Clay

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About LL Magnetic Clay:

These supplements are:

“…Products distributed by LL Magnetic Clay, Inc, Livermore, California.

We produce a complete line of foundational protocols to address environmental toxicity, health, and well being, harnessing the forces of nature and the living earth.

LL Magnetic Clay is a family owned and operated company, dedicated to the study of alternative medicine and healing through natural means. Our knowledge in this field is based on years of qualitative and quantitative study encompassing internal and external remedies as well as the removal of toxins from within living systems.

Our Ancient Minerals magnesium oil has gained a following worldwide as a household name for topical magnesiumPrescript-Assist, our line of professional-grade probiotics, is a powerful, clinically-proven probiotic that is multi-strain, shelf-stable and acid resistant. We also carry our popular Nascent Iodine and Magnetic Clay Detox Baths lines.”

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Ancient Minerals: Magnesium Oil Ultra- with MSM

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil is considered the gold standard for rapidly restoring cellular magnesium levels through the skin.

A concentrated transdermal magnesium mineral supplement, our absorbable magnesium oil contains only raw, ultra pure magnesium chloride and other trace minerals drawn from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Northern Europe.

One teaspoon contains approximately 560 mg of elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Oil is:

  • The #1 most recommended magnesium oil in the world
  • Ultra-pure and highly concentrated
  • Rapidly absorbed into the skin
  • Easily applied in a convenient spray
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) spray and 64 oz (1.9 L) professional size.”

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MAGNESIUM?

Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Conditions linked to magnesium levels include:

Pain:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle Spasms and Muscle Cramps
  • Fibromyalgia

Mental Health and Sleep:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism and ADD
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Insomnia
  • Tics.”

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About the MSM Ingredient:

“·Obviously, one of its best and most well-known uses involves pain management. Research has shown MSM to be effective against joint and muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness – helping conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis and gout. Since sulfur is critical for the health and strength of joint tissues (e.g. cartilage), this component of MSM is of primary interest in conditions and stresses effecting those areas.Research has also shown MSM to be useful with various forms of arthritis – not only for pain management but as an anti-inflammatory agent as well, helping to reduce arthritic swelling.

· Many users of both internal and external MSM have reported softer, smoother, and more “elastic” skin resulting from its use.

· MSM helps protect against oxidative damage by aiding in the production of antioxidants like Glutathione.”

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus combines the healing power of magnesium chloride with biologically active, certified organic aloe vera extract (ACTIValoe®).

Magnesium gel is a form of transdermal magnesium, a new method of magnesium supplementation designed to deliver magnesium topically for rapid absorption into the cells

One teaspoon contains approximately 490 mg of elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel is:

  • A powerful combination of magnesium and bio-active aloe vera
  • Significant for massage applications
  • Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
  • Efficient at delivering extensive topical and cosmetic benefits
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) spray and 64 oz (1.9 L) professional size.”

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Formulated for even the most sensitive individuals, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is designed to deliver magnesium through the skin, direct to the cells.

Rich in organic plant moisturizers including coconut oil and shea butter, this lotion soothes and hydrates without leaving your skin feeling waxy or greasy.

One teaspoon contains approximately 185mg elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is:

  • Ideal for children and sensitive individuals
  • Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
  • Significant for massage applications
  • Effective at encouraging healthy skin tissue
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) squeeze bottle.”

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My Description & Thoughts on the Magnesium Topical Products:

I was REALLY excited about these products because they were such a new concept to me: getting minerals into the body purposefully through the skin instead of ingesting it in pill form. I liked the idea and was excited to try it in my daily skin routine.

The way I decided to use it was applying it to my legs, arms, and stomach before a run. After application, the oil, gel and lotion all leave skin a bit tingly with a slightly itchy sensation. I didn’t enjoy that after showering so that’s what I decided to apply it before getting sweaty. I let my skin absorb the magnesium (gel or oil) first, then I apply my homemade “Icy Hot” mixture. Since the magnesium gel & oil is not very moisturizing to skin like you might think, following with a lotion or real oil (as the magnesium oil is not truly oil) helps skin to stay moist & supple.

In regards to effectiveness, it hard to tell how and in what way this magnesium absorption has effected my body. It reminds me of taking a multivitamin: it doesn’t give you a sudden jolt of vitality, but it helps you feel your best. I can say this about the magnesium oil:

-On days when I neglect to apply it before running, I have a more noticeable achiness in my knees–making me think that the magnesium really helps my post workout achiness.

-I have also had better sleep since using it–I sleep more soundly throughout the night without waking up hungry (which I have struggled with in the past).

I found that I like the oil the most. It happens to be the most dense with magnesium out of the three products. I like being able to apply it beneath my lotion or moisturizer. If you like combining the two and applying it at once, then I’d recommend the lotion. I did really like the Melatonin infused lotion. I applied it before bed and felt a noticeable grogginess that helped me fall asleep with more ease.

The ingredients in the lotion aren’t all the best–though some of them are organic. I’d give the oil and gel my highest rating, though, because they are simple and pure.

The gel is less fluid than the oil and makes it a little easier to apply by hand. I would recommend this to athletes and those than go for ease of application. The oil is merely like water in regards to texture and it best applied with the spray feature that comes with the bottle. Regardless of which consistency you prefer, you get the same great benefits of magnesium in using it on skin.

If you are looking for something different in your supplement routine, I’d recommend that you give one of these magnesium products a try. I see them being especially helpful to athletes and those who struggle with aches and pains.

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Nascent Iodine

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Traditionally, the importance of iodine to the biological function of the body was focused on iodine’s role in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, particularly for the production of T3 and T4 hormones and the regulation of metabolism. However, as the understanding of this nutrient has progressed, we come to understand that the role of iodine in the body far surpasses what most thought, and is not only necessary for overall health, but a crucial component of the detoxification process.

What is Nascent Iodine?

Nascent Iodine is a consumable iodine in its atomic form rather than its molecular form. It is an iodine atom that has an incomplete number of electrons. It is paramagnetic. What does that mean? Well, it means that the iodine atoms can hold an electromagnetic charge. While this all might sound a little like a flashback to chemistry class, the most important thing to understand is that Nascent Iodine has a huge energy release when consumed. This “charged” state is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed, whereby it gradually loses energy over a 2-3 hour time span. During this time, Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body.

Where is Iodine Used in the Body?

All the cells in your body contain and make use of iodine. It is concentrated in the glandular system of your body, with your thyroid containing the highest amount compared to any other organ. Significant amounts are also stockpiled in numerous other areas of the body including the salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, gastric mucosa, choroid plexus, breasts, and ovaries.

How soon will I feel the effects of Nascent Iodine?

Some of our clients have noticed additional energy on the first day after taking Nascent Iodine. If you already suffer from an iodine deficiency, you are most likely to notice the effect sooner.

Ingredients

Nascent Iodine in a base of Demeter certified Biodynamic grape alcohol. (2% Iodine by weight / 400mcg of nascent iodine per drop).”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have been drinking Kelp in powder form for several months now because of its iodine content. This product provides me with another option to ingest enough iodine. Hypothyroidism is a condition that runs in my family and I am vehemently trying to “break that mold” within my own body, making this product even more significant than most to me. Here is what I have come to know, in my own words, about iodine:

-Sufficient iodine is needed for optimum thyroid function. All of our endocrine system needs iodine, but the thyroid needs the most.

-Our bodies need very little iodine per day, but it needs it, since our bodies do not make it.

-Hypo and Hyperthyroidism can be a result of inadequate or improper (too much) intake of iodine.

I read with this Nascent Iodine that those with very low iodine levels might feel a boost from taking this iodine right away. I think my iodine levels have been adequate, thus I did not feel a drastic effect after taking it. I do use it daily, interchangeably with the kelp and have noticed a difference in my overall energy level. I used to wake up every morning having a very hard time waking up and feeling energetic. I now wake up every morning and require very little to get going. I take a few drops of iodine in my mouth and gulp it down with a glass of water and I’m set.

I’ve been very happy with this product, overall and would recommend it to:

-those who have a hard time waking up

-those with low energy levels

-those who believe to have or have been diagnosed with a thyroid problem

Needless to say, I am not a doctor, however I found this product to be helpful for my overall energy level and ability to get up and go in the mornings.

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Prescript-Assist Probiotic

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“What is Prescript Assist?

Prescript-Assist® (P-A) is a next-generation combination of 29 probiotic microflora “Soil-Based-Organisms (SBOs)” uniquely combined with a humic/fulvic acid prebiotic that enhances SBO proliferation. Prescript-Assist’s® microflora are Class-1 micro ecological units that are typical of those progressively found resident along the healthy human GI Tract. And, with more than 5 years in clinical development and testing*, Prescript-Assist remains one of the most effective probiotic supplements for restoring levels of gastrointestinal micro-flora compromised from antibiotics, medication, poor diet, stress, and digestive abnormalities.

*Prescript-Assist Probiotic was the subject of a randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind clinical study (Clinical Therapeutics 2005; Vol 27, No. 6, Pgs.755-761.)

Clinical Applications

– Maintains Healthy GI-Tract MicroFloral Ecologies
– Promotes Normal Bowel Function
– Supports Gut Immune-System
– Assists in Stabilizing the Gut Mucosal Barrier
– Supports Normal Absorption and Assimilation of Nutrients in the Gut

Details

A primary objective of probiotic therapy is to provide therapeutic resistance against pathogen colonization in the GI tract. Prescript-Assist® is unique in this regard as its constituent microflora are representative of those found resident along the healthy human GI tract (vs. most common probiotic products). Its beneficial/healthy microflora, coupled with a proprietary prebiotic, provide for robust maintenance/enhancement of gut microflora and resistance to pathogenesis. Prescript-Assist’s® microflora arguably contribute to better health in their in-vitro and in-vivo demonstrated abilities to produce vital nutritional components (antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, etc). Quite unlike most probiotics that incorporate easily degradable lactic acid based microorganisms, the utilization of SBO’s in Prescript-Assist® provides for a pH resistant (able to survive trip through the stomach) and shelf stable (does not need refrigeration) product.

Suggested Use

Take 2 per capsules of Prescript-Assist per day for the first 30 days, followed by 1 to 2 capsules per day thereafter, or as recommended by your healthcare professional. A minimum full 30 day cycle of 2 caps per day should be used to reconstitute beneficial gut flora following any antibiotic regimen.

Ingredients

Each 600mg capsule of Prescript-Assist® contains a proprietary blend of Leonardite, and the following microorganisms: Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

Why is Prescript-Assist a better choice?

  • No need for refrigeration.
  • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
  • Inherent Viability: A matrix of superior, highly-resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
  • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.12
  • 29 Symbiotic Strains: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and Paleolithic diets.
  • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over 2 years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C .
  • Supported By Prebiotics. 
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Though I only had about a two day’s worth of this product to sample, I believe it to be an above average probiotic supplement. If your diet does not already consist of several probiotic rich fermented foods, like kombucha, sauerkraut, or kefir–then this product is great way to get an adequate amount of probiotics so that your digestive system’s performance can be optimized.

Taking care of your digestive system is important because when it is damaged or disrupted, then the foods you eat will not be as readily absorbed as they could be if your digestive system was in tip top shape. This makes the organic food you eat less effective at keeping you healthy. It’s like putting great food into a blender that will only operate on a low speed. Our digestive systems can process a lot of goodness and assimilate the nutrients when it is working well. Taking a probiotic supplement will help it work it’s best.

In taking this supplement for two days, I didn’t notice an immediate difference–as expected. Taking this supplement for several weeks until evaluating it is the best way to give your digestive system time to heal and thrive.

Because I believe this probiotic supplement to be of great quality, I’d recommend it to anyone searching for a probiotic that they can feel good about. Taking care of your digestive system is something that will make a big difference in your overall health.

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

Purple Prairie Botanicals Lotion, Bug Spray, Deodorant Review

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Purple Prairie Botanicals

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Purple Prairie Botanicals:

“Our Story:
Once upon a time there was a mother of three who was tired of her dry, irritated skin and acne problems.  She wondered what happened to the skin she was born with. One day while reading her organic gardening magazine, she found an article about old fashioned soap. She knew this was the answer she had been searching for. Soon after her first batch of soap, her skin was reborn! The instinctual desire to create took over and Purple Prairie was founded in 2000.  We are a Minnesota home grown company started with the belief that our skin needs products made with nature’s ingredients to stay healthy & beautiful. Our products contain the finest nurturing, safe & organic ingredients combined with herbal infusions & pure essential oils which restore the balance of both physical and mental well being. We cater to all skin types including the most sensitive skin. All products are 100% natural unless noted otherwise, environmentally safe, petroleum free & paraben free. We are proud to qualify for the National Green Pages directory.

Our Green Philosophy:

All Purple Prairie Botanicals products are inspired and made with a back-to-basics approach. Our products are made in small batches using nature’s ingredients. Many of our products meet and exceed organic standards. All products must meet the following requirements:

NO Petroleum
NO Parabens
NO Synthetic Dyes
NO Artificial Preservatives
No Animal Ingredients
NO Detergents
NO Sulfates
NO GMOs

Purple Prairie Botanicals has always believed in the protection and sustainability of our natural world and the delicate systems which balance all life as we know it. This planet produces all of the products we share with you, and it is simply a matter of appreciation and respect that must be given. When purchasing our raw materials, we only work with American companies that lead the industry in environmental stewardship and adhere to strict principles and protocols that ensure fair treatment and compensation for the people involved with the production of our ingredients. This includes organic farming and fair trade practices.

Zero Waste:
Purple Prairie Botanicals is a “Zero Waste” company where any materials which might be regarded as waste are either recycled, re-used, composted, reclaimed, or brought back into the production cycle. All invoices, brochures and other paper materials printed for our customers by Purple Prairie Botanicals is a minimum 35% post consumer waste material. We use minimal/recyclable packaging and recycle/reuse everything possible during the production process. We re-use all shipping material(boxes/packing peanuts, etc.) that arrive with our ingredient purchases. All of the office supplies we use are repurposed, reused or recycled. The packaging material we use to cushion your order is 100% repurposed/reused bubble wrap, peanuts and newsprint salvaged and cleaned from other companies and individuals.

Reusing is better than recycling!!

No Animal Testing:
We are in compliance with the PETA statement of assurance. We do not test on animals and do not purchase materials from any company who tests on animals.”

One of the many things this brand description shows is that a company, even without “organic” or “organics” in their name might perhaps use organic ingredients, and visa versa. Checking out their mission and ingredient lists will help give you a better understanding about it.

Great job, Purple Prairie! 🙂

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Patchouli Vanilla Lotion

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“Rejuvenate the free spirit- This rich, warming aroma taps into your sensual side of life. Its regeneration properties benefit many skin conditions. The hydrating properties of organic olive oil & shea butter will leave your skin nourished, soft and glowing.

WARNING: Might evoke sensual freedom.

99% Natural Ingredients: aqua(water),organic cold pressed olea europaea(olive)fruit oil, hamamelis virginiana(witch hazel),kosher vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut), cetearyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parki (shea butter)fruit, pogostemen(Patchouli)oil, vanilla oil, rosmarinus officinalis(rosemary) leaf extract, salix nigra (black willow)extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

My first thought when receiving this product: My husband, Paul. I remember when I first met Paul we were discussing soap scents as we were contemplating starting a soap business down the road at some point. He told me how much he liked Patchouli in a soap. I agreed with him–it’s rich earthiness is pleasant and masculine smelling.

This lotion has the earthiness of Patchouli and the decadence of Vanilla–it’s an intoxicating combination. My new daughter and I like to give Paul foot rubs some times after he comes home from work–and that is how I first used this lotion. He appeared to enjoy the scent and feel of the lotion. I could tell in rubbing it in that it is rich and comprised of dense, nourishing ingredients.

A lot of lotions can contain a large amount of water and junk, leaving your skin needing more moisture just minutes later. This one does a great job of keeping skin hydrated. Many organic ingredients make up this lotion, which I love. It’s a lotion I’d recommend to Patchouli lovers and those looking for an earthy scented body moisturizer.

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Natural Deodorant

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“Our deodorant is a safe alternative to the mainstream aluminum laden versions. This is not an antiperspirant but an effective odor neutralizing solid. Lavender, tea tree and palmarosa oil are proven odor eliminators.

  • 100% natural
  • Non-irritating
  • Aluminum Free
  • Paraben Free

Why choose Purple Prairie deodorant over an antiperspirant?

Antiperspirants and deodorants are not the same thing. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, and blocking the pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. (Note that aluminum can accumulate in the brain.) Sweating is a natural cooling and detoxifying process. Sweating is healthy! Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria.

Directions: Use daily to stay fresh and odor free.

100% Natural Ingredients: Apis mellifera (beeswax), organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, organic cold pressed olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa butter), cymbopogan martini (palmarosa oil), pimpinella anisum (anise) oil, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cupressus sempervirens (cypress oil), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, zinc oxide and cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Man, I was super bummer that this deodorant smells like licorice! I am not a fan of licorice–the smell nor the taste. It must be the anise oil in this deodorant that exudes the licorice smell.

However, my personal preference in smell is no reason to not recommend this deodorant. If you happen to like licorice, I believe you will really take to this deodorant. If you compared this ingredient lists to a stick of deodorant from a big box grocery store, you’d buy this one in a heartbeat. All of these ingredients are familiar and plant based–and a lot of them are organic. What a refreshing thing to see another deodorant (I’ve only come across a handful of good ones that are also effective) that is aluminum free, paraben free and comprised of all natural ingredients.

Despite my distaste for anise, I tried out this deodorant and tested it out on a run outdoors. Funny enough, I knew this deodorant was working well because I continued to smell licorice throughout my run! 🙂 Again, I realize that A LOT of people love this scent. I would recommend this deodorant to THOSE people. It performed well for me, and I perspire profusely when I run in the heat, so that says something.

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Deet Free Bug Spray (for pets, too!)

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“A natural, safe way to to keep gnats, biting flies and mosquitoes away. A special blend of essential oils and plant extracts in a clean witch hazel and water base. Deet free. Try it on itchy bites, poison ivy, chicken pox and other itchies too. Safe for all ages.

Frolicking outside will be fun again!

Directions: Spray on exposed skin to keep away biting flies, gnats and mosquitoes. Repeat as necessary.  Feel the relief. Avoid eyes. Store in a cool, dark place. 

External Use Only

96% Natural Ingredients: aqua (water), hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), polysorbate 20, eucalyptus citriadora (lemon eucalyptus), azadirachta indica (neem) seed oil, nepeta cataria (catnip) oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil and salix nigra (black willow) extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I loved getting a sample of this product. My family does a lot of outdoor walking and hiking in addition to my daily runs. This bug spray has been much needed at times. An outing is just that much more enjoyable when you don’t have bugs buzzing around your face, biting you, etc. The bottle I received fit perfectly and conveniently into a pocket of my Camelbak. The larger bottle looks just as portable and would certainly fit easily into any pocket or pouch that would normally carry a water bottle.

I found this spray to be very effective! I didn’t have one worry about bugs biting me when I had it applied. I’m sure this is because Purple Prairie uses several potent essential oils, many of which are natural bug repellers. They get the job done and also leave a nice herbaceous, earthy scent on your skin and clothes. It doesn’t smell of chemicals at all, like many bug sprays do.

In addition to this awesome bug spray, Purple Prairie Botanicals makes several products specifically geared towards gardening (My Mom is a Master Gardener and I see these gardening lotions, salves and sprays to be perfect for her).

I think everyone needs some of this bug spray around. It’s a great for a family to have on hand to spray themselves, the kids and the pets before going outdoors. It will allow you to be worry-free about bugs and bug bites.

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