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Alaska Glacial Mud Skin Care Review

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Alaska Glacial Mud

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Alaska Glacial Mud:

Where the river meets the sea. The luxurious spa quality of glacial mud is well known by Alaskans who grow up bathing in its buttery texture. The idea for Alaska Glacial Mud Co. in particular was born in 2001 following an extraordinary journey down the Copper River on a raft where wilderness offered the most auspicious and unexpected spa experience in the world, bathing in glacial pools amidst bear tracks and the call of wild eagles. Since that journey and every time a local resident mentioned that “somebody should bottle this stuff,” Lauren Padawer, the founder of Alaska Glacial Mud Co. realized she was the right woman in the right place at the right time.

The rafting trip was sponsored by the Eyak Preservation Council, a non-profit organization founded by Eyak descendant Dune Lankard. The organization is dedicated to a legacy of cultural and environmental preservation in honor of indigenous Eyak people who have called the Copper River Delta home for thousands of years. The rafting trip instilled a respect and awareness for the Copper River’s bounty and the importance of protecting our planet’s last remaining wild places.

While the playful spa quality of the Copper River mud may have inspired Alaska Glacial Mud Co., it was the river and its inhabitants that gave voice to the importance of sustainability and activism in our company philosophy.

In addition to being purveyors of the finest mineral-rich Alaska Glacial Mud, we are also advocates for the Copper River Delta/Watershed and pledge 10% of our profits to local organizations that love, work and fight for its protection.”

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Glacial Masque (Vanilla Lavender / and Lavender Peppermint)

Alaska Glacial Mud’s Description:

“GLACIAL FACIAL PURIFYING MINERAL MUD MASQUE
Available in unscented, lavender-peppermint and vanilla-lavender (made with essential oils).

FORMULA: Made with the most mineral-rich and pure glacial clay in the world, sustainably hand-carved from the remote waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska and enriched with a special combination of certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts from the Pacific Northwest that are chosen for their moisturizing, skin-softening, anti-aging and immunoprotective properties.

BENEFITS: Our glacial masque detoxifies, exfoliates and softens skin while more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements promote healthy skin cell regeneration. Gentle and balanced for all skin types. Human-tested, allergy-free, does not cause irritation.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Glacial clay and silt – exfoliating and detoxifying natural deposit with more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements, including Mg, Cu, Z, S, Ag, Si, Ca, Na, K and Fe that promote anti-aging, help skin hold moisture and form collagen resulting in radiant skin.
Certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts including kelpnettlehorsetailelderfloweryarrow,cranberryblueberry and vitamins e and b5.

GREEN: Wild & certified organic ingredients. No synthetic fragrances, colors or fillers. No propylene glycol, no pthalates and paraben-free. No animal by-products or testing. Sustainably hand-carved glacial mud. 10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.

RETAIL PACKAGING: 3.5 oz. PETG recyclable jar and 100% recyclable paperboard.

AS SEEN IN: SELF, The Week, Pregnancy & Newborn, LUCKY, SHAPE, Conde Nast Traveler, PLENTY, Coastal Living, Woman’s World.

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS: Alaska glacial mud, purified water, glycerin*, emulsifying wax nf*, natural kaolin, safflower seed oil**, vitamin b5, glyceryl stearate se*, extracts of yarrow**, horsetail**, elderflower**, blueberry**, cranberry** and kelp***; vitamin e, natural xanthan gum, bisabolol*, steam-distilled essential oils (depending on type)**^, preservatives of 1,2 hexanediol*, caprylyl glycol*, tropolone*.

^Refreshing lavender-peppermint version includes essential oils of lavender and peppermint. Relaxing vanilla-lavender includes essential oil of lavender and vanilla flavor extract.
*plant-derived, **certified organic, ***wild-crafted.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love, love, love these masks! Out of the two scents, I like the Lavender Peppermint best–but, it was a close call. I also really enjoyed the Vanilla Lavender combination. I found the Lavender Peppermint to be my favorite because of the cooling effect that the peppermint has on my skin. It makes the mask leave a refreshing feeling on my face even after I rinse it off.

The use of mud in their products makes them extra awesome. Mud is a natural astringent, exfoliator and skin purifier, making it the perfect base for a facial mask. It did all of those things for my skin: stripped away excess oil, exfoliated as I washed it off, and left my skin pure and fresh feeling.

I also found the texture of this mask to be perfect. In general, I like mud and clay masks best because they tend to be robust & dense and also stay on skin well.The ingredients used in these masks are very good and I like how Alaska Glacial Mud differenciates between plant derived, certified organic and wild crafted. It lets the consumer know that they are not trying to hide anything and they are eager for their customers to see what they’re getting. I especially loved seeing pictures on their website of them gathering the mud!

The handy little brush they they included with the samples is perfect. It makes application and clean up a sinch.

Really a wonderful product that I thoroughly enjoyed using. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a clarifying facial mask with organic ingredients.

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Mineral Soap Bar

Alaska Glacial Mud’s Description:

“EXFOLIATING GLACIAL MINERAL SOAP BAR
Available in lavender-peppermint and bergamot-lemongrass-mandarin-lavender (made with essential oils).

FORMULA: Our hand-crafted artisan cold-process bars are made with high quality certified organic emollient oils of olive, coconut and palm and enriched with pure exfoliating and mineral-rich glacial clay and goat’s milk.

BENEFITS: Our exfoliating mineral soap bar is supercharged with Alaska glacial mineral mud to remove tough dirt, exfoliate dead skin cells, detoxify pores, cleanse and help defend against breakouts. Incredibly rich lather, non-drying, divine smell. A masterpiece! Suitable for the entire body, especially great for the face, shaving and as a shampoo replacement. Gentle and balanced for all skin types.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Saponified certified organic olive, coconut and palm oils – Super emollient oils for moisture-rich skin.
Glacial clay and silt – exfoliating and detoxifying natural deposit with more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements, including Mg, Cu, Z, S, Ag, Si, Ca, Na, K and Fe that promote anti-aging, help skin hold moisture and form collagen resulting in radiant skin.
Goat’s Milk – contains natural proteins and triglycerides that are easily absorbed into the skin and over 50 nutrients including vitamins A, C and B-complex, minerals and other elements that nourish and rejuvenate dehydrated skin.

GREEN: Wild & certified organic ingredients. No synthetic fragrances, colors or fillers. No propylene glycol, paraben-free. No animal by-products or testing. Sustainably hand-carved glacial mud. 10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.

RETAIL PACKAGING: 4 oz. 100% recyclable paperboard.

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS: Saponified oils of extra virgin olive*, coconut* and palm*, goat’s milk, Alaska glacial mineral mud**, steam-distilled essential oils (depending on type)***^, vitamin e***.

^lavender and peppermint or lavender, bergamot, mandarin and lemongrass oils
*certified organic, **wild-crafted, ***plant-derived.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This is is ideal bar of soap for healthy, clear skin. Like in the mud masks, the mud in this soap naturally gets rid of extra oil and sebum that sits atop skin. Its a unique thing to find a soap that does a gentle yet thorough job of cleansing skin–and this soap is it! Since it provides such a good job at cleaning skin, I do follow up with a moisturizer or serum after using it to help maintain an adequate level of moisture on my skin.

The scent of the soap is pleasant and herbaceous with a zip and zest from the bergamot and lemongrass. It’s a good bar to keep in the shower for the whole family to use because most of the scents would satisfying men and women both, I’d imagine.

The ingredients are really great; I’ve found Alaska Glacial Mud’s ingredient lists to be pretty impressive. I LOVE when a product has many uses. As they suggest, it is indeed great as a body wash, face wash and shampoo substitute. You will really get your money’s worth with this bar. I’d recommend this bar to bring when traveling or camping, since it will replace several bottles of products and will take up much less space.

This is a fantastic, high quality bar of soap that smells great and performs like a dream.

It’s icing on the cake that Alaska Glacial Mud gives back to a cause they believe in, as they mention….”10% profits donated to wilderness preservation, habitat restoration, environmental defense and education in the Copper River Watershed.”

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

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Palm Beach Athletic Wear Apparel Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

If you have read the story under my “About the Author” tab, you might know that I was born in West Palm Beach, FL and lived there until about age 10. I stumbled upon Palm Beach Athletic Wear’s site while on a mission to discover new fitness blogs. Two other fellow healthy lifestyle bloggers, Lisa and Lindsay had written review about PB Athletic Wear’s apparel and I was instantly interested and intrigued by the products because of their vibrant colors and unique patterns. You can read Lisa’s post here and Lindsay’s post here. I thought it was the neatest thing that there were two other bloggers raving about a brand based in the Palm Beach area. This brand has been on my radar ever since!

Even before reading my review, I am confident that any active gal can find a Palm Beach Athletic Wear product that they will love. Founder of PB Athletic Wear, Kristen Lemoine, has very graciously offered this to all of my awesome readers:

This code they can be used to get 10% off anything in stock on PalmBeachAthleticWear.com. CODE: “RUNON813”

Here is the back story on Palm Beach Athletic Wear:

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Palm Beach Athletic Wear

“In April, 2009, Palm Beach Athletic Wear was created out of a desire to help woman escape from the boring, basic and poorly made fitness wear available at big box retailers. Palm Beach Athletic Wear has quickly grown to become one of the top fitness fashion boutiques online, offering women of all shapes and sizes quality made and unique athletic wear with high style.

Several years ago, Owner and Fitness Wear Designer, Kristen Lemoine, managed a large chain fitness facility. After hearing countless stories from women that felt too self conscious to work out, Kristen knew she wanted to help women feel confident through quality made fitness apparel that would help them achieve their ultimate fitness goals. Kristen researched and found several top fitness brands and workout clothing that held jiggle in, smoothed out the lumps and bumps and was colorful and gorgeous. Many of the athletic wear brands she discovered were hard to find, Colombian designers that understood the importance of looking good and feeling great when working out.

“As the owner of Palm Beach Athletic Wear, I personally inspect, wear and launder samples of all the items we offer to ensure that the quality and longevity of our fitness wear stands up to our highest expectations for our customers. It’s essential that we provide women with excellent products that stand the test of time and hard workouts.” stated Kristen Lemoine, in a recent interview.

Leading the fitness revolution in fashionable women’s fitness wear and colorful yoga apparel for over 4 years, Palm Beach Athletic Wear and Palmbeachathleticwear.com continues to seek out top fitness fashions that are extremely well made, survive countless washings, make women feel confident when working out and fitness wear that can go beyond the gym and yoga studio, for every day comfort without sacrificing style.

Women today, seek active wear designed for them that is made to last, looks great no matter what sport or fitness activity they do, is colorful, unique and doesn’t lack style…. Exactly what Palm Beach Athletic Wear and palmbeachathleticwear.com is all about!”

Kristen graciously provided me with a top and a bottom to try out in my workout ventures:

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Bluefish Tweety Top

PB Athletic Wear’s Description:

Like silk against your skin this beautiful flowy top from Bluefish Sport is made to be worn during your workout, as a cover up and to and from the gym for everyday wear.  This fitness tank top is made of lightweight, flowy yoga soft material perfect for practicing yoga or pilates.  The front pleating creates a very flattering fit and the drawstring tie that cinches at the hem allows for a more custom fit. Silver rings at straps add a design element only found in the highest quality athleticwear.  We love to pair this top with the Basic Capri Pants or Basic Shorts but can be worn will all your fashion fitness pants.

My Description & Thoughts:

Since I am such an avid wearer of spandex pants when I workout, I tend to lean towards looser fitting tops so that I don’t feel that I’m in one big spandex outfit. This tank top is the perfect mix of breathability, comfort, sass, and ability to stay put while running.

The adjustable tie feature at the bottom hem of the top is a great idea and allows me to secure the shirt more around my torso, when I prefer to wear it that way. This piece is a great example of an item that can be worn around running errands after a workout because the mid section is forgiving, so you don’t feel like you’re showing too much.

The vibrant color reminds me of south Florida. Anything that reminds me of where I was born is an instant-favorite of mine. 🙂

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Chill Capri Pant Tie Dye Blue

PB Athletic Wear’s Description:

“This fitness fashion artfully designed printed activewear capri pant by Bluefish Sport is the hottest item to arrive at Palm Beach Athletic Wear.  The print lycra blend not only looks amazing it feels amazing and is so comfortable on you can wear them anywhere. From the gym to the street the Chill Fitness Capris have the potential to mix and match with just about any top for any occassion. We love to wear them with the Tweety Top or T Back Top and the Balance Bra.

Product features:

  • Lycra blend keeps you dry
  • Soft to the hand
  • Smooth flattering fit
  • Wide comfort waistband – no muffin top
  • Machine Washable
  • Odor reducing technology.”

My Description & Thoughts:

One item in my closet that I would deem indispensable is the ever-so-useful running tight, otherwise known as spandex. They have been my go-to for working out because I’m a gal who has always had muscular legs. I’ve found that shorts ride up and don’t stay put on me, especially while running.

I was intrigued to try these tights by Bluefish Sport (and sold by Palm Beach Athletic Wear) and see if they worked well for me during my workouts.

These tights are excellent. They wear like a dream–they don’t bunch up, they don’t move around and the waistband stays put & isn’t too tight. They are also figure flattering, especially with the way the waistband doesn’t cut in dramatically on the hip area–they are snug enough to stay put, yet forgiving enough to be comfortable.

The capri feature of this pants makes them versatile and suitable for summer and cooler temps.

I’m excited and grateful to add these two pieces to my daily workout apparel rotation.

Thank you, Kristen for your help and generosity in this process!

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