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Garden of Life Wild Rose Detox & Raw Fit Review

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Garden of Life

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I have done several reviews and giveaways on Garden of Life products and believe they create high quality, organic supplements.

If you are submerged in the world of health products, you’ve likely heard about the scrutiny that Garden of Life has been under in regards to their products containing heavy metals. My brief  response (just to address it)–as dismissive as it may be, is that when you’re on the top, many will try to knock you down. I feel a bit that way with this GOL situation. As a successful brand, it does not surprise me that they have individuals who are seeking to find flaws. That said, I do not know the specific, scientific data from the tests that were run on their products, but I would venture to say that these supplements are still worlds better than most.

Raw Fit – Marley Coffee

About:

“RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits.
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†.”

My Thoughts:

I used Raw Fit and Raw Meal both for about a 6 month period in 2013 because I found that it was hard to find a protein that’s organic, non-gmo and free of common food allergens (like dairy, gluten, soy). In 2014 so far, I’ve seen the biggest strides in my running performance and overall healthful feeling from omitting grains. Because of this, I haven’t been incorporating brown-rice based proteins like this GOL Raw Fit product. This is a more “paleo” way of eating and I’ve found that I feel my best when I stick to it. So, instead of brown-rice proteins, I’ve been using organic whey and hemp based proteins.

I realize that everyone is different, and many of you are likely vegans. For that group of people, I see the appeal for using GOL brown rice protein, as it’s a plant based source of protein that is satisfying and abides by the vegan way of eating. For paleo-eaters similar to myself, I’d recommend listening to you body and trying to figure out when you feel your best. Is it when you omit certain foods like dairy and grains and increasing your intake of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables? That’s been the case for me.

All of that said, this protein tastes wonderful, is high quality and I think is a great recommendation for many individuals. I am an avid coffee drinker and have been a Marley Coffee fan long before GOL collaborated with them to create this product. Their coffee is USDA organic and is delicious & rich (the roasts are also named after Bob Marley songs–so awesome!). You can check out Marley Coffee products here.

Wild Rose Herbal Detox

About:

“For over 25 years, the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program has been the leader in providing a complete detoxification of the liver, colon, kidneys and lymphatic system in Canada. Now, thanks to Garden of Life, this amazing cleanse program is available to you. By following the recommended diet and taking the herbal formulas provided, the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program helps promote a healthy balance between assimilation and elimination.†

For many, a new detox is the beginning of a new lifestyle, and a time for breaking unwanted habits.† Whether to stay in good health, to support a specific health goal, or to use after over-consumption, a detoxification program can be an integral part of your personal approach to maintain overall health.”

My Thoughts:

I’m all about making detoxification a part of my every day life. Detoxing don’t have to mean implementing a product like this, but occasionally its a great, extra boost. Some great every day habits for detoxing are thinking blended greens (not juiced), fresh fruit and vegetable juices and drinking citrus-infused water.

I was impressed with the list of herbs that this GOL Detox contains, as many of them are naturally potent liver detoxifiers.

I think a common misconception with detoxing is that you are going to feel this instant WHOA! I FEEL CLEANSED! In reality, it’s not like that. If you pay attention to how your body feels daily, though, you will notice that you have a bit more energy, you don’t have digestive issues (bloating, stomach aches. constipation) when you do a detox like this. Those are the main things I noticed.

I would recommend this cleanse to anyone that has not done an herbal detox before. This detox can also help those that suffer from acne–as many acne problems are a result of a liver that is not functioning optimally.

These herbs are different than other detoxes that just use fiber to clear out your digestive tract. You’ll love the slight boost it gives you–you’ll feel cleaner and clearer, inside and out.

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Dr. Bronner’s Skin, Hair & Body Care Review

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Dr. Bronner’s

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Dr. Bronner’s:

“Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are synonymous with Old-World quality and time-honored simplicity, which can be traced back to the family’s German-Jewish soapmaking tradition. Born in 1908 to a Jewish family that had been making soap since 1858, Emanuel Bronner was the third generation certified as a master-soapmaker under the guild system of the time. In 1929, he brought his formulas for high-quality liquid and bar soaps to America, starting Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in its current form in 1948.

Renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps enjoyed a small but loyal following in the early years. In the late 1960s, however, soap sales started to explode, due to the unsurpassed ecological quality combined with Dr. Bronner’s urgent message to realize our transcendent unity across religious and ethnic divides. Word-of-mouth soon made Dr. Bronner’s the iconic soap of that era, and in the decades that followed the soaps spread into every health food store in the U.S. and then into the mainstream as well — winning over fans from all walks of life on the way to becoming the number-one-selling natural brand of soap in North America.

The 4th and 5th generations of the Bronner family who run the company today continue to make our unsurpassed soaps with care and integrity. 2008 marks both the 60th anniversary of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in America and the 150th anniversary of our family’s first soapmaking activity in southern Germany. We strive to honor our heritage with progressive business practices, while devoting profits to worthwhile causes and charities worldwide.”

I have tried several different brands in my organic ventures. That said, it’s reasonable to think that only some of them spend ample time in my shower waiting to be used. Dr. Bronner’s products are one of those brands. These products are a staple in our household & I was happy to try three more products from their line that I had yet to experience.

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Lemongrass Lime Shaving Gel

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified by the same National Organic Program that certifies food, our shaving gels are smooth and effective without any synthetic ingredients. Organic Shikakai comes from the seed pods of the small South Asian tree Acacia Concinna. Extracted in organic sucrose and grape juice it provides soothing moisturizing glide. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Baby Mild Soap provides superior hair lift and wetting. Sold in a 7 oz. tube.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Sucrose*, Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Lemongrass Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Lime Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Dr. Bronner’s shave gels are probably the best shave gels (all other brands of gels & creams included) that I’ve ever used. Though I prefer the peppermint scent over this lemongrass lime, I find both of them (regardless of scent) to be incredibly moisturizing on skin. They prevent skin from becoming dried out after being shaved, and leave a fragrant scent on skin.

Some shaving gels and creams are obviously mostly water, which becomes evident when skin is begging for moisture after shaving with them. This gel is extremely dense with oils, making it the ideal barrier to have between skin and a razor. I just can’t say enough good things about Dr. Bronner’s shaving gels.

After trying both this lemongrass lime and the peppermint (have had it in my shower for several months prior to now), I definitely prefer the peppermint, as I have an unmistakable affinity for all things minty. However, if you typically prefer a light, zesty punch of citrus, than this lemongrass lime just might be your favorite. It leaves a nice, fresh scent on your skin and hydrates skin just as well as the peppermint.

I’d recommend these to men and women for the entire body! I guarantee you will love this product. It is very reasonably priced, especially considering all of the organic ingredients. I’d also recommend to men: ditch that junky shaving cream you got at the drug store and buy a bottle of this! I’d be willing to bet that any irritation or razor burn would go away after substituting with Dr. Bronner’s.

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Hemp-Almond Pure Castile Bar Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Nothing brings the warmth and coziness of home and hearth into your shower like Dr. Bronner’s heavenly almond scent. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Wrapped in 10% hemp-flax / 90% post-consumer recycled paper from Living Tree Paper Co.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Almond Fragrance, Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

* CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS 

** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This soap is simple, clarifying, effective and smelling of almond goodness. I’ve tried many other Dr. Bronner bar soaps before and have loved them all. They are perfect to keep by the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and in the shower. The ratio of oils to sodium hydroxide (also known as lye–used the create “soap”, and like mentioned above, is obsolete when the soap is formed) is perfect, as it gets skin completely clean, but does not strip it of all moisture and natural body oils.

These bar soaps are gentle enough for young skin and are a better option that merely all generic soaps that are “formulated” for youngsters. Funny enough, those products are often full of harsh chemicals. So, tell me, how is that specially formulated for toddlers? Anyways, my point is that THESE bars are fantastic for the entire family. You could mix it up and please everyone’s preferences by putting a different scent of Dr. Bronner’s soap in each bathroom!

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Lavender Coconut Lotion

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified to National Organic Standards our lotions are based on pure organic oils free of petrochemically modified ingredients and preservatives. Organic jojoba oil moisturizes dry skin exceptionally well due to its unique similarity to the skin’s natural oil. Organic coconut oil assists absorption while organic hemp and avocado oils help keep skin smooth and supple. Organic grain alcohol (ethanol) is used as a natural preservative at a level that helps absorption without being drying. Only the finest organic essential oils are used for fragrance. Sold in an 8 oz. bottle.

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Ethanol, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil – (* Certified Fair Trade by IMO).”

My Description & Thoughts:

Who would have thought that lavender and coconut would make a good combination? The calming scent of the lavender and the exotic scent of the coconut combine to make an interesting, unique and suprisingly refreshing duo in this lotion. Its flowery and summery notes make it pleasant and relaxing.

The the texture of the lotion itself lends itself to going a long way on skin. It is a bit “runnier” than a lot of lotions. However, this is not because it has a high water content. On the contrary, I believe it is more liquidy than most because of the organic oils that it is comprised of. A small amount of this in the palm of your hand will completely cover an entire one of my legs (which is a lot of skin–I’m 5’9!). I love that about this lotion because it makes you feel like your money is stretching farther. It has great staying power on skin–soaks in enough to leave skin smooth, yet keeps the moisture barrier on skin solid enough to last all day without a dry skin spell occuring.

It’s essentially the ideal lotion. I’d recommend those interested to check out all of the scents that Dr. Bronner’s has to offer before choosing one. There is surely a scent to please everyone. My favorite is the Peppermint lotion!

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Peppermint Leave-In Conditioner and Hair Styling Creme

Dr. Bronner’s Description:

“DESCRIPTION:

Certified by the same National Organic program that certifies organic food, our conditioning & styling crème provides light styling hold while making hair silky soft without any synthetic ingredients. Organic virgin coconut oil makes hair shiny & luxurious, organic jojoba oil imparts excellent manageability and feel, while the organic hemp oil moisturizes and softens hair.

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Ethanol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have long hair that tangles easily often needs a moisture boost at the ends, since I shower daily after workouts. I’ve found that a lot of leave in conditioners are not only full of junky ingredients, but they add gunk and goop to hair instead of just adding healthy moisture. Because so many leave in conditioners fall short, I didn’t ever regularly use such a product.

THIS product solved that problem for me. It’s so easy for me to rave about Dr. Bronner’s products because they boast everything you’d want in a product: effectiveness, great ingredients, and great smells!

My hair length is about half way down my back, so in using this product, I only apply it from my ears down (approzimately the bottom 2/3 of hair). Adding leave in conditioner too close to the roots can cause hair to get dirty and greasy earlier than you’d want. Adding it only to the bottom portion of hair will encourage hair to stay tangle free and will add just the right amount of moisture to your tresses so that hair looks healthy, shiney and fresh.

I’ve been using this product daily and thoroughly enjoy using it. I love the peppermint fragrance that is left on my hair after applying. I’d recommend this product to anyone with long, tangly, or dry hair. This conditioner, as you can see on the bottle, also doubles as a styling creme. It would be great or women or men that have short hair and are looking for a bit of texture and moisture. I feel confident that anyone who experiences Dr Bronner’s products, especially the peppermint scented ones, will be hooked.

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

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food Review

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The Honest Kitchen Dog Food

Overall Rating: 4 Stars5 Stars

In our house, filling our kitchen with organic food & products is something that we make a priority. This is also the case for how we feed our black labrador, Kona. Just like us humans, she will not reach her potential health-wise if she does not eat good food. We enjoy and feel good about feeding her well, and it shows! She is an energetic and beautiful almost 8-month old puppy.

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The Honest Company is one of the few brands of dog food that I have felt confident in feeding Kona. They appear to truly use great ingredients in their products. The Honest Kitchen provides this information regarding ingredients on their website:

“We taste every single ingredient that goes into our foods to make sure it’s just right

We’re proud of every ingredient we source for our natural pet food. We choose many ingredients from as close to home as possible, to help reduce our carbon paw print. We also choose ingredients from their native lands around the world and select vendors based on the quality of their ingredients, not cost.

All our dog and cat foods are 100% human-grade and are held to exactly the same quality standards as the food you feed to your human family.

  • We never buy GMO or genetically engineered produce.
  • Several of our ingredients are certified organic and we’re working to add more organic ingredients whenever we can.
  • We require certification to verify that every lot of raw ingredients we buy has been tested clear of salmonella, E-coli, listeria, lead, arsenic, mercury, melamine, yeast and mold & pesticide residues, before it’s even allowed inside our plant.”

Here are the products we tried with her:

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Embark Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Embark™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with cage-free turkey and produce like celery, spinach and apples. It is a higher protein, higher fat natural human grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Embark is gluten-free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also perfect for dogs who do better without beef or fish.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach, carrots, organic coconut, apples, organic kelp, eggs, bananas, cranberries, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 29.00%
  • Fat, 18.00%
  • Fiber, 9.60%
  • Moisture, 7.80%
  • 488 calories per cup.”

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Thrive Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Thrive™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with free-range chicken, organic fair-trade quinoa and produce like sweet potatoes and spinach. Thrive is a natural dehydrated dog food that’s designed for dogs of all life stages including adults, puppies, pregnancy and nursing, as well as active adult dogs who need a performance dog food.

Thrive is a naturally low carbohydrate diet. It is well-suited to dogs who need a limited ingredient food since it contains no fruit and is also free of eggs, beef, fish, white potatoes, flax and alfalfa.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Chicken, organic quinoa, sweet potatoes, spinach, parsley, organic kelp, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 26.13%
  • Fat, 19.00%
  • Fiber, 6.30%
  • Moisture, 7.26%
  • 516 calories per cup.”

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Love Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen’s Description:

“Love™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with dehydrated Midwestern beef and produce like sweet potatoes, dandelion greens and papaya. Love is a higher-protein, higher-fat, natural human-grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Love is gluten free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also ideal for dogs who need to avoid egg or poultry.

Ingredients

All ingredients dehydrated: Beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, organic flaxseed, organic coconut, parsley, dandelion greens, papaya, cranberries, pumpkin, honey, rosemary extract, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 31%
  • Fat, 16%
  • Fiber, 7%
  • Moisture, 7.8%
  • 514 calories per cup.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Kona did not seem to differentiate in between the Embark, Thrive and Love dog food blends, as she gobbled up all of them. As dog owners, my husband and I can feel good about this because of the great ingredients.

All 3 of these blends come in powder form, as it is dehydrated form. To serve it to Kona, I sprinkle a half serving onto the dry food I feed her along with a few tablespoons (approximately) of water, which helps make The Honest Kitchen food more digestible for her. The Honest Kitchen provides more description of how they recommend you feed their food to your dog, as well.

I would rate these dog foods 4.5 stars–I admire their usage of some certified organic ingredients and their guarantee to never buy GMO ingredients. They are striving to include more and more organic ingredients and when that day comes, I won’t hesitate to give this food a flat-out 5 star rating. In comparison to other common store-bought dog foods, this product line is light years ahead–there is merely no comparison. I recommend this very much to pet owners who are looking for one of the best natural dog food lines available, as this is one of a few brands that is worth the money.

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

Ladybug Jane Organic Flavored Lip Balm Review

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Ladybug Jane Organic, Vegan Lip Balm

Overall Rating: 5 Stars (Especially awesome for kids!)

About Ladybug Jane:

“Ladybug Jane is the brainchild of Jane May Graves – Recovered scientist, actress, and model. The Ladybug Jane character was inspired from a dream Jane had when her mom was diagnosed with stage 4 Cancer.

Her mom’s diagnosis inspired Jane to research the link between the environment, chemicals, and disease. She soon discovered the rampant use of toxic chemicals in personal care products/cosmetics. Inspired by her findings, and her desire to share that information with others. Jane created an award winning animation short, conscious video games and an Eco- health conscious product line. Ladybug Jane is about connecting kids and adults to nature and to understand its wisdom.

Jane has been a lip balm user since she was 5 years old. When she found out what was hiding in lip products she couldn’t find one that tasted good and made with pure ingredients. All she could find at the store was lip products containing petroleum or beeswax. She didn’t like this because both ingredients were drying to her lips and didn’t allow her skin to breath. Therefore, she created a custom formula and made the first ever plant based VEGAN LIP HEALER.

Unlike any other balm, Ladybug Jane VEGAN healing Lip Balms- are all about pure ingredients without Beeswax, Chemicals, Nuts, Petroleum or GMO ingredients. Each balm is handmade with your health in mind using only the finest plant based Vegan and Organic ingredients.

Jane’s mom healed from her stage 4 Cancer by using natural medicine and wheatgrass.

Ladybug Jane’s motto is, ‘It all starts with … One Choice, One Step, One Change.’

About Our Products:

  • USDA Certified Organic Ingredients
  • Natural Sun Protection without Chemicals from Organic Aloe Extract and Vitamin E
  • Nut + Beeswax Free *Safe For Anyone With Nut or Bee Allergies
  • Non-toxic – In case you lick your lips;- don’t we all?
  • LONG LASTING- lasts up to 7 hours!
  • No Dyes or Artificial Colors
  • 100% Natural Flavors *No Phthalates
  • Made In The USA
  • ECO Friendly Packaging
  • No Testing On Animals
  • Contains No Nasty Preservatives like Parabens, Propylene Glycol or Polyethylene Glycol
  • Sweetened with Organic Stevia = 0 Calories
  • No Hydrogenated Oils- All Oils are USDA Certified Organic
  • No GMO Ingredients
  • No Petroleum or Mineral Oils
  • Gluten Free

Ingredients: Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Coco butter,Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Aloe Leaf Extract, Organic Carnauba Wax, Candelilla Wax, Vitamin E, 100% Natural Flavor, Organic Stevia

History in the Making:
When Ladybug Jane studied chemistry and researched what was hiding in lip products she was shocked!

Why were so many of her favorite fruity lip balms and lip glosses filled with chemically synthetic ingredients like Beeswax, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol? Citral, Limonene, Petroleum (made from crude oil), mineral oil, dyes like Blue 1 Lake? All of which dry out the skin on your lips.

What is Benzyl alcohol doing in lip products? Do you know its linked to Neurotoxicity, Allergies/Immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes and/or lungs) according to the research done by Skindeep.

Yuck! Don’t we all naturally lick our lips and therefore ingest these chemicals?

So what was Ladybug Jane to do? There was only one solution….. Create her own clean and natural brand.

Ladybug Jane formulated the first ever Plant based Healing Balms. A truly delicious way to moisturize and nourish your lips the chemical free way.”

Lip Balms

All of these balms are virtually identical in terms of how well they moisturize and wear on lips–they all are tops.

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Sugar Cookie

My Thoughts:

An absolute treat for your senses. This flavor is just as yummy, sugary and rich smelling/tasting as you would imagine. Would be a for-sure hit with young kids!

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Wacky Watermelon

My Thoughts:

Bright, fruity, summery, fresh, watermelon-y deliciousness! Watermelon is one of my favorite fruit flavors, so I knew that I would love this one. It does not disappoint, as it leaves this yummy aroma and taste on your lips. Like the sugar cookie, this flavor would surely be a favorite for young kids (and of course, adults too!)

Pomegranate (not pictured on Ladybug Jane website)

My Thoughts:

Unlike the other two flavors, I did not find that this scent/flavor matched up with my own idea of what pomegranate is like. It is pleasant and fruity, though–just not as straightforward as the sugar cookie and watermelon.

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

Forest Secrets Anti-Aging Skin Care Review

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Forest Secrets Natural Skin Care

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Forest Secrets:

“Our guiding principle is that all Forest Secrets products are made without compromise; in manufacture and in the raw materials used quality is the watch word. Each of our products is to be packed full of carefully selected active ingredients; all of them natural, sometimes rare and often very expensive, unlike other conventional products which have just a few, or often only one, active ingredient. The products are potent as well as pure – they are extremely concentrated, so that only a few drops of each are needed. This makes them good value, and giving value for money is also a core principle for us. A full size 15ml bottle in daily use may last you for up to three months.

Good for your skin, your pocket and our environment!

Your skin is free to breath and to regenerate itself naturally because there are no waxes clogging its pores thanks to our unique personalised skincare system. Clinically proven plant extracts stimulate collagen production increasing your skin elasticity, making it soft and glowing. 100% natural too.

Your Pocket: iRejuvenate Plus is highly concentrated and can last up to 2-3 months. One 15 ml bottle contains over 300 drops, when using 2 drops per application twice a day, it lasts 2.5 months!

Our Environment: we are the only company committed to minimise the use of palm oil derivatives. Because palm tree plantations cause deforestation and orangutans extinction in South East Asia we do our bit by using only one, glycerine.”

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iRejuvenate Plus Elixir

Forest Secret’s Description:

“The elixir is light an easily absorbed face oil; a concentrated blend of the finest botanical oils with anti-ageing properties. In the iRejuvenate Plus fourfold collagen strategy the elixir’s role is mainly to stimulate the skin’s own collagen production. What is new: Honeysuckle extract, which has antibacterial properties which help to control and prevent spots pimples and minor blemishes on the face. Use in combination with iRejuvenate Plus Serum to benefit from the fourfold collagen strategy (stimulate, protect, feed and nourish) for a pure anti-ageing treatment. Use in combination with iBright Serum to take care of blemishes.

Pure without Parabens, Silicones. PEGs, petrochemicals, Hydrogenated ingredients, Synthetic fragrances and colours, GMO.

Potent with clinically tested herbal extracts and fair trade ingredients.

Personal, providing a bespoke beauty tool that empowers you, allowing you to decide what your skin needs.

Ingredients:

Silybum marianum (Milk thistle) seed oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) kernel oil*, Brassica campestris (Brassica rapa), Prunus armenica (Apricot) kernel oil*, Linum usitatissimum (Flaxseed) oil, Rosa canina (Rosehip) fruit oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Trichilia emetica (Mafura) seed butter**, Parfum (purely form plants), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) flower Extract, Simondisa chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Lupinus albus (Lupin) seed extract, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Benzyl alcohol, Linalool (purely from plants).

* organic, ** fair trade.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I apply a few drops of this elixir to my finger tips, along with a few drops of the serum and apply to freshly cleansed facial skin. I find it neat that the elixir and serum are each formulated with specific purposes. Together, they make a powerful duo that helps keep skin young. This serum smells light and refreshing.

This brand includes some wonderful, organic ingredients–which is what always interests me most in skin care products: clean, organic ingredients. Obviously, Forest Secrets is a brand that is conscious of the ingredients they use. I love that Forest provides a list of harsh components that they do not use in their products.

Going organic with some of these ingredients would be my only improvement. Ultimately, it is refreshing to come across a unique brand like this that strives for goodness in their products.

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iRejuvenate Plus Serum

Forest Secret’s Description:

“Refreshing and velvety, this skin serum is the second element to the iRejuvenate Plus anti-ageing system. The serum helps to slow down destruction of collagen, providing plant based nutrients that can feed the skin to support its replenishment, and deliver the essential amino acids that the body needs to produce fresh collagen. What is new: plant based kinetin. Clinical studies with products containing kinetin on women with photodamaged skin show a visible improvement on skin texture, hyperpigmentation and fine wrinkles. Use in combination with iRejuvenate Plus Elixir to benefit from the fourfold collagen strategy (stimulate, protect, feed and nourish) for a pure anti-ageing treatment. Please note this product is concentrated and a drop goes a long way.

Pure without Parabens, Silicones. PEGs, petrochemicals, Hydrogenated ingredients, Synthetic fragrances and colours, GMO.

Potent with clinically tested herbal extracts and fair trade ingredients.

Personal, providing a bespoke beauty tool that empowers you, allowing you to decide what your skin needs.

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Mimosa tenuiflora bark extract, Kinetin (from plant sources), Chlorella vulgaris extract, Parfum (from plants) Vitex agnus castus extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium hyaluronate (from bio sources), Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, Lecithin (vegetable), Lactic acid, Xanthan gum, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Cyclodextrine, Rhizobian gum, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride.

* organic.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like I mentioned in my thoughts regarding the elixir, I use this serum along with the elixir after I have washed my face. They two together provide the perfect amount of moisture to my skin. The size of these two pretty little bottles are also the perfect size for traveling.

The benefits that Forest Secrets Skin Care lists are wonderful. I appreciate their stance to formulate products free of harsh, GMO ingredients. The only thing that could make these products better is an ingredient list completely made up of organic ingredients. Many of these non-organic ingredients are derived from plant sources, though, which is a good sign.

Thank you, Forest Secrets for allowing to to sample these two products. All in all, I’m impressed with the usage of organic ingredients in your products!

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