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Garden of Flavor Cold-Pressed, Organic, Raw Juice + Probiotics Review

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Garden of Flavor

This is a review and giveaway for Garden of Flavor Juices.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Garden of Flavor:

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Cold Pressed Juices and Juice Cleanses

Nature has already done all the hard work of creating the healthy food our bodies crave for energy and well-being.

Garden of Flavor juices are cold-pressed, organic, never heated and made from fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts – just as nature intended.

So, with every sip, you’re feeding your body with living nutrients. All we do is mix up some delicious blends and pack them up for you to enjoy anywhere, any time.

Garden of Flavor founder Lisa is a Certified Holistic Educator through the State University of New York, SUNY Purchase College. She is also certified through the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda, California, as a Coronary Health Improvement Project program director, as well as a Raw Food Chef. She is certified in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

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Green Harmony

About:

“Achieve inner harmony with the perfect balance of immune supporting probiotics, dark leafy greens and tantalizing taste. Delvering more active probiotics than yogurt, Green Harmony is the daily green juice that promotes digestive health while feeding and nourishing the body.

What’s in the Juice: Organic Cucumber, Organic Apples, Organic Romaine Lettuce, Organic Kale, Organic Celery, Organic Lemon, Organic Spinach, Organic Parsley and Over One Billion Deliverable Probiotic Cultures.”

Mean Green

About:

“The ultimate nutrient packed green drink full of chlorophyll that quickly lowers acidity and balances pH. These highly alkalinizing greens counter the damage done by the corrosive acidic waste products from meat, sugar, dairy and other processed foods.

Mean Green contains a significant portion of kale, the king of vegetables.

What’s in the Juice: Organic Celery, Organic Cucumber, Organic Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Romaine, Organic Lemon.”

Turmeric Tonic

About:

“Energize and revive your senses with our crisp lemonade infused with three of our favorite ancient spices- cayenne, ginger and turmeric root. Turmeric Tonic is a refreshing juice containing immune supporting probiotics to promote digestive health and balance.

Drink Turmeric Tonic and experience a revitalizing, hydration sensation.

What’s in the Juice: Purified Water, Organic Lemon, Organic Blue Agave, Organic Turmeric Root, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Mint, Organic Cayenne Pepper and Over One Billion Deliverable Probiotic Cultures.”

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My Thoughts:

I am totally into the notion that our digestive systems are big-time important for overall health for two main reasons:

-Digestion directly effects the immune system

-Efficiency of digestion is vital in helping you retain the nutrients in what you eat

I feel good about the habits I’ve formed that help contribute to my healthy gut. Fermented foods and raw food containing probiotics are two great routes to pamper your digestion.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see a cold-pressed, raw, organic juice line that harnesses the digestive health-boosting benefits of probiotics in addition to hearty & robust fruits and vegetables. Hello drink wonderment!

I fell in love with Garden of Flavor after reading their mantra: “Nature. We have nothing more to add.” It’s perfect–& it tells me that they have a good head on their shoulders, so to speak, in regards to healthy nutrition. No bogus ingredients, just the good stuff.

Along with my belief in fruits and vegetables, I am a firm proponent that herbs and spices can really have a massive & positive effect on your wellbeing and livelihood. Garden of Flavor includes cinnamon, turmeric, parsley, mint and ginger in their drinks. The Turmeric Tonic they sent me to try had a zippy, light zing to it. What a combination of flavors! The lemon, ginger, mint, turmeric, agave & cayenne made for a complex yet really enjoyable drink.

Whenever I need that extra boost of pep in my stem, or just an overall lively, refreshed feeling, I look to greens. I drink at least one huge jar of homemade, blended green drink every day, but I also value the convenience of having a bottle in the fridge ready to drink. Also, Garden of Flavor adds more goodies to their green drinks that make it an even more power-packed drink. I found the Mean Green to be a big green punch in the face (the best kind) with a zesty lightness from the lemon. The apples and cucumber in the Green Harmony take a little bit of the green edge off, if you find that a big much if you’re new to raw, green juice. Sometimes I just want the greens, no sugary taste, just earthy goodness. In that case, I’d pick the Mean Green. Otherwise, the Green Harmony does the trick. That’s not to say that the Green Harmony is loaded with sugar since it contains the apples–it’s not. You can just tell a tiny bit of difference in the sweet aftertaste.

Garden of Flavor juices offer all of the specs that I look for at this point in my life when I consider nutrition. They’re organic, raw, living, cold-pressed. Basically, they GET IT! They get what the body needs. They’ve bottled it–and they’ve done it well.

Kudos to Garden of Flavor for creating a fresh, health-serving take on the increasingly more common cold-pressed juice. I will be coming back for more! I can’t wait to try all of the other juice combinations.

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DrinkMe Organic Raw Blended Juices Review

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DrinkMe

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Drink Me:

“Drinkme was founded in 2007 when Christina Paganelli began making kale smoothies to satisfy her own health regime. From the Canadian prairies to the booming California market, drinkme rose to the top of the market in both Canada and the USA in 7 years. Brand Story, passion, science, innovation, and rock solid products have led their way to success for this organic and “Kale-roots” growth company.

Drinkme has pioneered the HPP technology in Canada, and has positioned as a first to market company in the fast paced, high growth beverage space in the USA.

We strive to be the best, most nutritious drink on the market. Cliché? We truly put only the most authentic, raw ingredients into our bottles. Read our labels, you’ll see. Every ingredient breathes light and positive energy into our delicious creations and you can feel the life as you drink.

We strive to create a business model that is sustainable. We have grown the organic and grass roots way, and know who we are!

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Christina’s Story:

“My journey began when I was in the prime of my life, finishing years of university, getting married and starting my career. Suddenly, my vision blurred and I was seeing double. One eye went wall-eyed and I couldn’t see. If I tried to open my eyes I would fall over with dizziness. This introduced me to the medical system, and ultimately was sent to a “specialist” who diagnosed me with multiple sclerosis. Six months later, 4 ½ months pregnant, and still reeling from my last diagnosis, I was dealt another blow, I had thyroid cancer. In my fifth month of pregnancy, I underwent major surgery to completely remove my thyroid, and soon after, I was radiated. That’s when I found out that the cancer had spread to my lungs. Another radiation treatment, six months later made me very ill, but the results were the same. The cancer tumors were still the same size, at stage 4 and I was sent home to “wait it out” with cancer and MS.

I began taking an immune suppressant drug to help decrease the effects of the MS. After struggling a month to inject myself, and suffering with side effects, I was informed that the drug company would not allow me to take this drug because I had cancer too. What a waste of time, money, and added stress.

At age 26, I had been poked and prodded long enough. It became apparent that something was clearly wrong with the chemistry of my body. I decided to take my health into my own hands! I attended a health seminar about enzymes, probiotics, and raw foods, and I decided that I would try to heal myself. I made up my mind that I would heal and then I would use my story to inspire others too. My husband and I, and baby Antonio committed to changing our lifestyles and eating habits. We discarded every food from our cupboards, and replaced all of it with only raw organics foods. Then, our diet consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and top quality enzymes, probiotics, and other raw supplements.

The first few days and weeks of our new lifestyle proved very challenging. While my body detoxified, I experienced severe migraines, fever, and blurred vision. Twenty six years of processed and chemically laden foods finally came out of my body. I shed a pound a day and within 3 weeks of adapting to this new lifestyle, scar tissue began healing. Amazingly, I no longer required my prescription glasses.

 

For the last ten years, I have not required any subsequent medical procedures for either disease. Against all odds, I am still thriving. We even had another healthy child Giulia, who is now 7 years old. I attribute my recovery to my new lifestyle, food choices, and pro-active care. Today, my diet consists of at least 50% raw food, with all else as a secondary. drinkmeTM Beverages are an integral part of my day. I visit an endocrinologist yearly and thankfully, everything is normal. I have never felt better in my life, and I am committed to helping others.

A quote that influenced me, is…. “The only thing I drank was a cup of reality, with a shot of appreciation.”– Kermit the Frog.

The truth is, sometimes one has to hit rock bottom before one can bounce back. I am truly grateful for the life journey that I have been through the past ten years. When I hear people say, “I’m sorry for all that you have been through”, I respond, “don’t be sorry…it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!”

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My Thoughts:

If you’re on the hunt for a raw, organic, cold-pressed juice, you’re likely to come across a handful of brands that are accessible at your local health food store. Many of them are great options and are highly nutritious.

What sets DrinkMe beverages apart from the world of juices is that these drinks are BLENDED, not JUICED. Thus, the naturally occurring fiber in the fruits and veggies used is intact in every bottle of DrinkMe. This makes each bottle more satisfying, more detoxifying and more in line with how nature intended us to consume it.

On top of the fact that these drinks are fiber rich, they are also entirely organic, raw and nutritionally rich. There are fewer ways to ingest such a hearty dose of healing nutrients in a short amount of time. A bottle of DrinkMe is ideal to grab on your way to work, with lunch or for a quick energy boost.

The frozen smoothie packs are an excellent way to store a healthy meal in your work’s freezer, or simply keep at home for a quick whip-up. The flavor of them is so fresh and delicious that I didn’t need to mix them with anything. I just let them thaw a bit before I drank them. Refreshing and delicious!

My experience with DrinkMe has been nothing short of spectacular. Christina is so generous, passionate, kind–and I absolutely believe in the products that she has created. My local Whole Foods has these products, making it easy for me to re-stock on them. For you guys and gals, DrinkMe makes it easy to find a store near you that carries DrinkMe. I’d recommend these to anyone looking to make a great, daily investment in your health. These drinks can help take your nutrition to the next level!

Scentsational Soap Skin Care Review

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Scentsational Soaps Skin Care

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Scentsational Soap Skin Care:

“FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: 

My son Chad has a disability chromosome DUP15q and is global development delayed. *Making homemade glycerin soap started as a home schooling, hands on project. Two fold, I was also hoping to relieve his eczema, since commercial soaps, have sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), parabens, phthalates, and petrolatum, which was irritating his skin.

We were delighted to see the clarifying, calming results and  enthusiastically shared them with family and friends, then sold them at local craft shows, and shops, and our self- created website, so more people could experience the benefits of natural soaps.**
I continued to research, to improve, to find what naturally soothes, calms, nourishes, and moisturizes our skin. For thousands of years, people have taken advantage of the healing and nourishing properties of honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis.

Our Honey Bee Natural line was born, and the response has been overwhelming! From humble beginnings, to touching the lives of people globally. Please read our testimonials. Thank you to all of you who have shared your experiences and excitement! Your  thankfulness and thoughtfulness, warms our hearts.

We truly do care.

OUR MISSION:

Our mission is to continue to help you love your beautiful skin naturally by providing the highest level of ingredients in our head to toe body care products, each of which are made with love in Florida. Our moisture rich honey bee naturals include the ultimate benefits of locally bought honey. *** Let your skin feel difference.

As a family company, we care for your skin as we do our own family and are committed to help you cleanse, nourish, treat, & restore your tender skin with care, with natural, proven effective, yet gentle, products.
Join our loyal customers, and Let Your Skin Feel the Difference. Experience the difference of a company that cares.

* For every one BELIEVE soap bar sold, $1 goes to Dup15q Alliance for research-www.idic15.org.”

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Propolis & Hemp Cool Mint Shampoo

About:

“Propolis Cool Mint Omega-3 & Hemp Shampoo is SLS-Free, DEA and Paraben-Free, and does not contain artificial colors or other hazardous chemicals. This is a pure, all natural shampoo. Mild on all hair types. With a wonderful minty scent.

Our shampoo has Hemp Oil to add emollience and shine to hair. The Omega-3 & 6 properties offer needed strength for the scalp and hairshaft. Extracts of Aloe, Chamomile, Calendula, Red Clover, Willow Bark and Elder Flower are used to replenish, highlight and control your hair. Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) acts as a 2 in 1 for thin and medium hair types, without any waxy build up or flaky residue for daily shampooing. Propolis and Essential Oils for scalp infections, dandruff, falling or greying hair, skin ailments as its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects on scalp. Refresh your senses with this cool mint shampoo.”

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Propolis Cool Mint Botanical Conditioner

About:

“This is a Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free natural hair conditioner, made without harmful detergents or wetting agents. Safe for permanent and color treated hair. Protect and restore damage do to chlorinated pools, salt water, hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons.

Our Propolis Cool Mint Botanical Conditioner is meant to provide deep conditioning to the hair with pure ingredients derived from nature. Using Olive, Coconut, Castor and Meadowfarm Seed Oils to add natural emollience back into the hair shaft, without additional oiliness. Panthanol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Chamomile give hair body and shine. Propolis and Essential Oils for antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti inflammatory effect on scalp. A refreshing cool mint scent.

Squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hands, and massage its nourishing ingredients through your hair. Just feel your hair drink in the emollients.

Our Botanical Conditioners can be used in the following ways for natural twists, braids, locs, & curls:

*Styling
*Leave In
*Moisturizer
*Deep Conditioner.”

My Thoughts About the Shampoo & Conditioner:

This shampoo and conditioner duo was one that I enjoyed using and my hair really reacted well to it. The shampoo suds up very well and was able to tackle my greasy, post-run scalp without stripping my ends of all their moisture. As the name suggests, both the shampoo and conditioner have a minty aroma to them–which is one of my favorite scents to have in the shower. I’m also a believer in the power of the hemp plant and I love that the shampoo contains hemp oil.

Besides ingredients, my main concern with a conditioner is that it is able to detangle my long strands. This conditioner worked very well and left my hair soft, moisturized and manageable.

Scentational is clearly a brand is that ingredient conscious. I’m happy to see that they omit SLS and parabens in their hair products. I would obviously love to see them take their hair products to the next level by using organic ingredients. That said, these two hair products are heads and shoulders above the products you would commonly find in your local drug store.

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Lavender Honey Sea Salt Scrub

About:

“Regular exfoliation is necessary to keep the entire body smooth in texture and to eliminate surface toxins, impurities, and dead skin cells.  Our Lavender Honey Sea Salt Scrub is enriched with Organic Oils, Essential Oils, Pure Local Florida Honey and Florida Sea Salt for the ultimate in moisturizing and nourishing, as well as anti-free radical damage benefits to the skin.

Excellent for luxurious manicures and pedicures.

Perfect for using before tanning. (Airbrush tans, Spray Booth tans, Lotion tans and UV tans)

Leaves skin petal soft, purified and toned. Bursting with a sweet floral herbaceous scent.”

My Thoughts:

I have lately become a huge fan of scrubs (even making my own–using coffee grounds). Maybe it’s all of my long marathon training runs that are making my skin feel the need for exfoliation. Whatever it is, I truly don’t mind it because I have great products like this one to get the job done.

The grittiness of this scrub is ideal for me–its enough to thoroughly exfoliate my skin without being too harsh. I use it on my knees and elbow, primarily.

The lavender and honey scents under warm shower water truly make each shower like a flowery and sweet spa experience! Love the use of organic essential oils in this product.

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Cool Mint Propolis Soap

About:

“The Best Soap! Our best seller. Check out our happy list of local wholesalers as well.

Propolis contains a wealth of minerals and a significant amount of Vitamin C. Everyone may use it, as a means of protection against micro-organisms. It has antiseptic qualities and good for the skin and scalp because it is a special natural substance with strong effect. Propolis Bees make Propolis by collecting nectar from flowers of different types of trees and plants and mixing this with pollen to form a waxy substance. Propolis is ideal for arthritis, cancer, asthma, eczema, acne, herpes, burns, wounds, body odor,dry skin, itchy skin, scars, psoriasis…to name a few.

Propolis Cool Mint Soap is suitable for the most sensitive skin, made with vitamin and mineral rich Propolis, a natural antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory. It’s enriched with blends of pure essential oils to enhance your bathing experience with a cool mint freshness.

This is a 4 oz. soap bar, comes shrink wrapped and banded in a cigar band type label with the description and ingredients. This soap bar is perfect for Wholesalers to sell in there Honey Shop or Place of Business.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Canola Oil, Propolis, Natural Stoneground Cornmeal, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Vitamin E, and Grapefruit Seed Extract.”

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Chocolate Decadence Honey Soap

About:

“Chocolate lovers, rejoice- here is a calorie free treat that indulges your cravings for something sinful!

Chocolate and Pure Florida Honey have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-aging properties which cleanse, nourish, and moisturize your skin. Cocoa Butter and Chocolate softens and rejuvenates skin while protecting skins elastin and collagen from free radical damage, leaving your skin with a healthy glow. Ideal for all skin types, acne, lines and wrinkles, to name a few…

This is a 4 oz. soap bar, comes shrink wrapped and banded in a cigar band type label with the description and ingredients. This soap bar is perfect for Wholesalers to sell in there Honey Shop or Place of Business.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Canola Oil, Cocoa Absolute, Pure Florida Honey, Unrefined Cocoa Butter, and Grapefruit Seed Extract.”

My Thoughts about the bar Soaps:

These are my two favorite Scentsational products in consideration to the ingredient lists alone. Nothing makes me “ooh” and “ahh” over a product more that reading one organic ingredient after the next.

In addition to the high-quality ingredients, both are these soaps are incredible to the scenses! Mint is my very favorite scent in a bar of soap because it not only smells fresh and cool, but it feels that way on the skin as well. It truly feels like it rejuvenates your skin.

The chocolate decadence bar is earthy, rich and just as wonderful as it sounds. The chocolate smell is noticeable, but not completely overpowering. This is unique treat for my to have experienced–as it’s one of the few bars of chocolate I’ve had in the shower! 🙂

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Strawberry Honey Lip Balm

About:

“Our Lip Balms are Homemade and All Natural and made with moisturizing mango butter, cocoa butter, nourishing shea butter, skin loving sweet almond oil, beeswax, strawberry tea infused pure Florida honey and vitamin-e as a preservative, flavor oil.

Naturally Bee Kissed with our Strawberry Honey Lip Balm made with sweet, tea infused soothing pure Florida honey, this natural lip balm is packed with moisturizing and nourishing butters and oils to keep your lips soft. Deliciously smooth and soothe your lips with a strawberry flavor.

Shea butter contains natural UV sun protection.

Our Lip Balms are Homemade and All Natural and made with moisturizing mango butter, cocoa butter, nourishing shea butter, skin loving sweet almond oil, beeswax, pure Florida honey and vitamin-e as a preservative, flavor oil.

**For better results it is best to exfoliate lips every night with our Strawberry Honey Lip Exfoliator/Plumper/Edible and follow with our Strawberry Honey Lip Balm.  Exfoliating is to get rid of dry, cracked, peeling lips and lip balm helps lock in moisture and keep your lips soft and smooth.  (ladies, doing so will make your lipstick stay on longer.)”

My Thoughts:

I first thought of my 5-year-old girl when I read about this product. She can’t get enough strawberries!

Often times, strawberry skin products smell and taste like an artificial strawberry flavoring. However, with this lip balm you get the feeling that it’s the real deal. It’s so sweet and fresh! Truly smells good enough to eat. It does an incredible job of moisturizing chapped lips (I even dab some on my nose on colder days to prevent having a dry nose).

I love the simplicity and richness of the ingredients. Again, would love to see this ingredient list like the Scentsational bar soap ingredient lists. I see myself stocking up on this for my little girl when they pack it full of organic goodness.

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Strawberry Honey Sugar Lip Scrub

About:

“Naturally Bee Kissed (Lip Exfoliator & Plumper) is an effective exfoliator and plumping lip treatment. Rich in organic fruits and herbs and proudly free of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petroleum.

The first sugar-based, lip exfoliator/plumper that is perfectly edible and smells delicious.  This natural pure Florida tea-infused strawberry honey lip exfoliator and plumper is packed with moisturizing and nourishing butters and oils to keep your lips soft and smooth.  For extra protection we added essential oils for antiseptic and disinfectant properties.  This lip scrub has uv protection. Use often as needed to keep lips healthy feeling.

Use any of our Honeybee Lip Balms after treatment for soothing and moisturizing lips.”

My Thoughts:

Having a lip scrub in the shower has been a special treat. This scrub is a bit more gentle than the sea salt scrub with finer granules. It leaves me lips soft, smooth and smelling like strawberries! Like the lip balm, this scrub smells good enough to eat. It’s interesting to read that this scrub acts as a natural lip plumped–cant hurt right? 🙂 Love the use of organic ingredients!

If all of these Scentsational products were packed full of organic ingredients, I’d give this brand my highest rating. They aren’t far away from that, though. They are a way-above-average skin care line and I’ve had a pleasant exchange working with them!

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.