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Seaweed Bath Company Body Cream, Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Seaweed Bath Company

Overall Rating: 3-stars

About Seaweed Bath Company:

“The Seaweed Bath Co., LLC is dedicated to fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin naturally with our combination of specific species of seaweed with high-quality, all-natural ingredients that help manage severely irritated skin. Since launching in October 2010, The Seaweed Bath Co. has brought happiness to thousands of loyal customers.

The Seaweed Bath Co. is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals. Seeking to improve the lives of other sufferers, Adam founded The Seaweed Bath Co. to share his remarkable all-natural seaweed bath products with the world.

In the continuing development of The Seaweed Bath Co.’s innovative product line, we spend countless hours listening to the needs and concerns of our valued customers who are in search of natural ways to treat and soothe their irritated, scaling, flaking and red skin.

The Seaweed Bath Co. sustainably hand-harvests wild bladderwrack seaweed off the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We combine our bladderwrack with the highest quality natural ingredients from around the world. These ingredients are both known to be moisturizing and pH-balancing. In fact, many of the ingredients used in our seaweed-based products have been used for centuries by Asian, African and European cultures to improve the skin’s health and well-being.

Our mission at The Seaweed Bath Co. is to improve the quality of life for severely irritated skin sufferers by offering a constantly-expanding line of high-quality, affordable, all-natural cosmetic products that have soothing, pH-balancing and moisturizing properties.  Additionally, The Seaweed Bath Co. provides opportunities for psoriasis and eczema sufferers to discuss and share information about skin conditions, all-natural products and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We invite you, your family and your friends to join our psoriasis and eczema blog as we lead conversations on a variety of topics, including natural alternatives for the management of psoriasis and eczema.”

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Balancing Argan Shampoo

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (bladderwrack seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant derived), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Babasuamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Dimethicone, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Balancing Argan Conditioner

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Body Cream

About:

“Our Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Cream combines the nourishing properties of seaweed with a variety of natural ingredients, including Shea Butter, Kukui Oil and Argan Oil, to soften and moisturize dry skin.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Unrefined Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Oil, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane),  Stearyl Alcohol, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate-80, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Phenethyl Alcohol,  Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been able to review and experience the Seaweed Bath Company before, and it’s neat for my journey through the world of natural products to circle back around to this brand again. They’re a company that is pretty conscientious about their ingredients (above average) and their products perform very well.

In my dreams, my very own product line would be chock full of peppermint–in every single product. So needless to say, I love the refreshing effect of this shampoo + conditioner combo. The shampoo is perfectly clarifying while still leaving a nice shine throughout my hair. Performance-wise, the conditioner is pretty darn perfect. It’s creamy and rich & a little goes a long way, even in my tangly, often sweaty hair.

This body cream consists of the same eucalyptus + peppermint scents that the hair products do, and I just love it. It wakes up your senses to rub this cream all over your body. It absorbs into the skin well, provides a good amount of moisture and leaves skin smelling clean and minty.

If I could improve anything with these products, I would clean up the ingredient list just a bit. The ingredients are pretty good, but they are not all organic and some of them are clearly added for texture, consistency & shelf stability. My experience with hair products is that it is VERY hard to find the perfect marriage of performance and top-notch ingredients. The Seaweed Bath company does a good job of creating some above average products whose ingredients are plant derived and cleaner than most hair products you’ll find.

This brand is very accessible; I’ve seen them at Sprout’s Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and other smaller health food retailers. You can also find them online on numerous healthy product meccas like Iherb.com, Vitacost.com and even Amazon.com.

Use my iHerb code SDG314 to get a discount on your order!

 

 

Annmarie Gianni Essential Oil Blends Review

AnnMarie Gianni Essential Oil Blends Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About AnnMarie Gianni:

Experience a sample of all 5 of our new Essential Oil Parfum Blends – Vibrance, Passion, Love, Calm, and Grounded. Each blend has a unique scent and aromatherapeutic properties, helping to shape your mood and emotions in addition to smelling amazing. You can use them as your natural perfume, in your diffuser, or added to a carrier oil and use as a moisturizer.

For Best Results:

Apply 1-2 drops onto wrists, or add to a carrier oil (such as pure coconut, olive, or grapeseed) and apply like a moisturizer. Use it in your diffuser, or add it to water to make a room spray.

As with all essential oils, we recommend doing a small patch test before using. Our essential oils blends are not intended for internal use.

Vibrance – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Uplift, energize, and be happy.

This light and feminine oil blend will lift your senses with classic, romantic florals and notes of mood-boosting citrus.

Made With:

Essential oils of ruby red grapefruit, Italian lemon, bergamot, lemon verbena, lavender, clementine, jasmine sambac absolute, rose-geranium.

Passion – Essential Oil Parfum Blend

Indulge, electrify, and be sensual.

A warm and sweet essential oil blend to help you relax and awaken your sensuality. Earthy, grounding notes of vetiver and buddha wood provide a base for the passion-igniting aromas of rose and sandalwood.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, rose moroc absolute, sweet myrrh, amyris, buddha wood.

Love – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Adore, embrace, and be tender.

A heart-opening blend of natural aphrodisiac oils to inspire you to be your most loving self. Sweet jasmine and classic rose are balanced by sandalwood and frankincense, for a scent that’s nothing short of irresistible.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, rose moroc absolute, jasmine sambac absolute, frankincense.

Calm – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Relax, meditate, and be peaceful.

Create a sacred space for yourself where you can breathe deeply and release negativity. Spruce oil lends freshness to this blend of florals, tied together with comforting frankincense for a clean and crisp scent.

Made With:

Essential oils of spruce, frankincense, rosewood, lavender.

Grounded – Essential Oil Parfum Blend

Secure, strengthen, and be centered.

Find peace and clarity in this balanced blend. Woody and earthy base notes with a touch of sweetness give you a beautifully understated, quietly confident scent.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, amyris, peru balsam, cedarwood, vetiver, amber (fossilized), copaiba balsam, galangal root, patchouli, ginger root, buddha wood, turmeric root.

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My Thoughts:

I am such a gigantic proponent of essential oils because I believe their versatility and potency is unmatched. Essential oils can be incorporated into a virtually endless list of skin care, beauty and household uses. Since these oil blends by Annmarie Gianni are crafted with care & much thought, I am reserving these for use only in my body care routine.

The first use that comes to mind in regards to essential oils is perhaps the most obvious: using them as fragrance. Your generic, store-bought perfumes are jam packed with toxic chemicals that you do not want coming in contact with your skin nor respiratory system. Sure, you won’t croak on the spot using them, but over time, the exposure will take a toll on your health. Might as well pick a healthier choice, yeah? Enter: essential oils. I like to mix about 10 drops in a 2-oz glass spray bottle for easy use and tote-ability. I keep this little mist spray in my purse and gym bag. It’s a body spray you can feel really good about.

In regards to the quality of these particular oils, I learned this:

“Some of our essential oils are organic and wild-crafted, while others are not. No matter which essential oil we use, we source them sustainably and they go through a thorough testing process for any contaminants, pesticide residue or synthetic chemicals. We only use the best of the best. Also, our supplier guarantees that they are 100% pure essential oils with no additives.”

Other awesome uses include:

-adding it to baking soda + coconut oil to create a toothpaste

-combining a few drops in a 2-oz glass bottle full of water + aloe vera to use as a facial toner

I love and appreciate the thought put into these blends. The combinations are not the creations of amateurs 🙂

They are potent, enriching and intoxicating–they are all unique and oh-so-beautiful in their own right. Bravo, Annmarie!

 

EZC Pak: Immune Support Supplement Review

EZC Pak

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About EZC Pak:

“The EZC Pak is a 5-day tapered immune support pack designed by Sarath Malepati, MD, a California physician and Medical Director of the PPC Group, a health product design team.

Over the past decade, Dr. Malepati has come to manage an increasingly larger number of patients requiring hospitalization from ‘superbug’ infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C. diff) colitis. In the case of C. diff colitis, C. diff is a normal bacteria in the gut that can overgrow and cause serious, aggressive colon infections when the normal gut flora environment is compromised. This generally occurs during antibiotic exposure for unrelated infections. C. diff colitis is what is termed an iatrogenic disease—illness caused by medical examination or treatment. There are now 29,000 deaths a year in the US from C. diff infections, a disease that’s incidence can be significantly reduced by improved hand hygiene measures and more conservative antibiotic use.”

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My Thoughts: 

Antibiotics, like many pharmaceutical “fixes” for ailments, are far too often looked to in order to treat the body. Prevention should be the first focus and then natural, holistic treatments should be used as needed. By the way, isn’t that a pretty alarming bit of info that EZC pack provides (shown above)?

Before trying, I liked that it seemed the ECZ Pak is a little bit of prevention and a little bit of natural treatment in one. It contains vitamin C, zinc and organic echinacea as the ingredients to help boost immune function.

I’ve gotten away from vitamin and mineral powders that are not whole-food based, because I believe them to be harder for the body to recognize and actually utilize. Because I’m mindful of that, I wonder just how much of these vitamin C & zinc doses by body is able to assimilate and use to boost immune capacity. I’d much rather see whole-food based supplements that have naturally occurring levels of vitamins and minerals, rather than isolated powders.

Here’s one of the biggest hold-ups I have here. This product is made by a pharmaceutical company. That brings on flashing lights and red flags for me. I am all about natural healing, so it puzzles me that this would be made by a drug company. It makes me doubt the absorbability, purity & quality of the vitamins & minerals used.

As far as usage, I found that I struggled with some stomach discomfort after taking these supplements. I am familiar enough with how my body reacts to food that I eventually figured out that the discomfort was caused by this supplement. That was a bummer! I was hoping to feel healthier. I do things every day to help my body facilitate detox, but haven’t experienced a pain like that from a natural healing method.

Upon first label reading, I really liked seeing the organic echinacea in the product. Also, it doesn’t appear to contain any outlandish, crazy ingredients that I don’t recognize. Thus, I would say that this supplement is superior to other treatment methods that are artificial and drug-based.

All-in-all, I would much rather take an organic echinacea supplement along with my daily whole-food based multivitamin to help prepare my body to tell with whatever may ail me. I’m always interested in the most natural way to do that, and I try to stay far away from the pharmaceutical companies.

NDX: Natural Dynamix Energy Supplements Review

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NDX: Natural Dynamix Supplements

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About NDX:

“Being an athlete is extremely taxing on the human body. Even with a proper diet it is hard to get all the nutrients you need to perform at your full potential. That’s why we developed a line of activity supplements geared toward athletes. Our Joint DX provides nutritional support for joint health, Endure DX provides essential micronutrients that will make sure you finish strong, and Kramp Krusher Electrolyte Chews are an activity supplement that replaces electrolytes and supports hard training or racing. Try them today and take one step closer to your goals.

I also learned that these products are: “vegan, nothing artificial & gluten free.”

Endure DX

About:

“Endure DX™ was created to help endurance athletes achieve optimum performance. Cycling, paddling, running, swimming, triathlons or whatever your extreme endurance sport, Endure DX™ Perpetual Energy will boost your energy level as you push towards your goals. During intense training, don’t just “hit the wall” with muscle burn and pain – BLAST through it with Endure DX™ a revolutionary performance formula for endurance athletes.”

Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Dynamiser™ (Oxaloacetic Acid) 250 mg *
Betaine 250 mg *
Natur-ele® 250 mg *

*Daily Value not established

Other ingredients: Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide.”

Kramp Krushers

About:

“Kramp Krusher Electrolyte Chewz are a cutting edge activity supplement for athletes. Kramp Krushers are delicious vegetarian gummies, perfect for reloading electrolytes lost through sweat during extreme sport activities, training sessions and races.

Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Calories 150 *
Total Carbohydrate 38 g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars 24 g **
Calcium (as Calcium Lactate) 150 mg 15%
Sodium (as Sea Salt) 310 mg 13%
Potassium (as Potassium Citrate) 95 mg0mg 3%
Dextrose 3000 mg **

*Percent Daily Values based upon a 2,000 calories diet
**Daily Value Not Established
Other ingredients: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Pectin, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Natural Color (Tumeric), Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil, Carnauba Wax. FREE from: Wheat (gluten), Milk, Eggs, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Soy.”

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My Thoughts:

Natural Dynamic (NDX) is a brand that reached out to be to try their energy products. At first glance, they seem like a neat, readymade source of energy to have on hand for perhaps some intense training streaks or just everyday life that requires a little extra boost.

I’ll be frank. I’m a REAL supplement snob. I have used what I believe to be the very best organic, raw, non-gmo, whole-food based supplements and I am familiar with what the ingredient lists look like on those products. You’ll see ingredients like “organic beet root powder” and “organic moringa powder.” That’s what I want to see in a product I’m going to keep coming back to. Ingredients that I recognize, that don’t sound scary and that I know my body will digest and assimilate.

That said, these products are better than many–just not quite up to par with where I’m at. I’m not saying they do not “perform” or do not help for the intended purpose (I found that I did experience a pretty good, sustained feeling of energy from the Endure DX and a added boost & replenishment during outdoor, sweaty workouts from the electrolyte chews), but I just demand super-duper-awesome ingredient lists for myself.

A positive about the energy chews is that I think the idea is stellar. I brought a few packs of these to help fuel my 12-year old volleyball team (they’re now national champs! #proudcoach) during a local tournament and all of them liked the way they taste. Needless to say, sometimes getting the youngins to like what they’re eating is a feat in itself. I just wish the ingredients were organic, whole-food based and recognizable.

I appreciate being able to try these products and will keep them on my horizon as I’m sure they will evolve and continue to improve their “formulations.”