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Only Protein: Individually Wrapped Whey Protein Review

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Only Protein

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Only Protein:

“Only Protein is the product of meeting three people’s needs.

Mike Rino is an avid mountain biker. Having mountain biked for some time, he realized that, after riding a substantial amount of time, he was losing muscle and began looking for a way to protect his hard-earned muscle. He needed a product that was easy to carry and use. Mike had been working in the packaging industry and saw the opportunity to package protein in a stick. This would be the answer to what he had been looking for with his long-distance biking.

Jesse Raddon is an avid hunter and works out daily. He needed a way to pack in a meal that was light and required very little space. As he and Mike came together, this was exactly what he had been looking for to take on his hunting trips. Jesse also trains daily and goes right from the gym to work. He didn’t want to pack a big container of protein powder for his post-workout drink, or put a single scoop of protein powder in a baggy so he could mix up his post- workout drink at the office. He loved the idea of a single-serving protein stick. This would give him the convenience he was looking for without the hassle or mess!!

Michelle had just returned from the Olympia—America’s premier bodybuilding and fitness competition—and was frustrated at the fact that she could not find a protein powder that could feed her muscle quickly, while also providing a sustained release of nutrients—and least, one that didn’t have fillers and artificial sweeteners. Anyone that knows Michelle knows that she is very passionate about health and wellness and trains daily. As she worked with people in the fitness industry and her other clients that were trying to reach their fitness goals, she could not find a product that she felt good about recommending. While in her son’s chiropractic office, she was holding a protein powder her son was using and began to complain about the ingredients. Mike was standing there and asked if she knew anything about protein powders and shared what he was working on.

Only Protein not only meets the needs of these three people, but also will meet the needs of the person on the go, without the hassle of blenders, measuring, or mess. We live in a hustle and bustle world and many do not get the nutrition that they need daily because they don’t have the time to fix something healthy. Whether you are rushing to get to work or are a mom getting children ready for school, there is no need to skip meals anymore. Just rip, pour, and enjoy!

High Quality Ingredients

We only use the highest quality ingredients in our products without the cheap fillers. Only Protein contains no fillers, no hydrogenated oils, and no artificial sweeteners such as asparatame, acesulfame potassium (ace-K), and sucralose. To maximize absorption, we have added 200mg of Protease to ensure proper protein metabolism and 200mg of Lactase for those that are lactose intolerant. Cellulose-free fiber has been added to help you meet your daily fiber needs. ONLY PROTEIN contains branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s), including Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine.

Only Protein Contains No Harmful Ingredients: 

Ingredient List from the Vanilla flavor:

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My Thoughts:

The convenience of Only Protein is superior to most. Most whey protein is sold in large containers that, while perfect for home use, are hard to lug around during the work day. These little packets have the dream portability that an athlete, coach, businessperson, student, parent, etc. would find handy. I would toss one of these packets (unopened) into my tall blender bottle and commute like that, adding water when I’m ready to drink.

Taste-wise, the vanilla is my favorite. The mocha was a unique surprise (and delicious) and the chocolate is tasty in its own right. I just find that I often prefer vanilla over chocolate–vanilla is also more versatile to me.

In regards to the quality of the protein, this protein has most specs I like to see, aside from the fact that it’s been produced organically (and extra mystery ingredients). It’s a bit hard to tell. “No Chemical Additives” could suggest that it’s produced organically, but it’s unclear. My experience is that brands that do things organically will tell you that they do, as it costs them more money to produce products that way. Thus, they want to “brag” about it (not a bad thing in this case 🙂 ). I appreciate the gigantic list of “bad” ingredients that are not used. I especially like “no genetically modified ingredients,” “no antibiotics”. I’m hoping that this protein also is made without injecting the cows with hormones.

When you look at the actual ingredient list pictured above, I’m not a fan of seeing all the extra ingredients. They’re likely used to improve the texture or shelf life of the product, but I would rather have to refridgerate the product than have it contain those additives. The fact that theres not even an explanation of why these ingredients are in the product is a little alarming. I like transparency. If a brand stands behind their product, I’d like to see them justify all of their ingredients in terms of health. All in all, this whey protein beats some, but isn’t even close to tops.

That said, I have tried many organic whey proteins that are the next step up from this powder, driving me to give this protein a less-than-awesome rating. I do believe the convenience is a neat component of the product–& again, the quality is a bit better than average, but not great (and they need to ditch the dodgey ingredients!)

 

 

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Blum Naturals Skin Care Review

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Blum Naturals

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Blum Naturals:

“Blum pronounced [bloom] is a condition of vigor, freshness and beauty.

Blum Naturals is built on the simple things in life and uses ingredients found only in nature. Our products are infused with natural plant extracts, fruit sugars and nourishing antioxidants that easily remove waterproof makeup and dirt buildup leaving your skin clean and smooth.

Our History:

Blum is a new line of natural skin care products developed by Jean Pierre Cosmetics. Blum was created to provide a natural and organic cleanser for women to reinvigorate their skin and keep it clean and smooth. At Blum, we believe that your skin deserves the pure goodness of all-natural ingredients from certified sources to keep you fresh at home or on the go.

Our Product:

Our products are developed and primarily produced in Israel and the United States. Our manufacturing processes are natural, energy efficient and environmentally conscious. We remain committed to the environment with recycled and recyclable packaging and use soy ink when possible for printing. We love animals and will never use them for any kind of product testing. Our products are made with certified natural ingredients, are hypoallergenic, alcohol free and PH balanced. By choosing Blum Naturals you are selecting products that are Paraben-free, SLS free, and free of any kind of synthetic preservatives. We know that you deserve the pure goodness of Blum naturals products and work hard to ensure that every item we produce is an effective and gentle cleanser for any skin type.

Our Daily Motto:

Cleanse. Balance. Restore. ®.”

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Daily Combination/Oily Towelettes: Organic Tea Tree Oil and Organic Cucumber & Aloe Vera

Blum Naturals’ Description:

“Our Combination/Oily Towelettes are infused with natural and organic botanicals that gently remove eye & face make-up. These soft towelettes will leave your skin feeling naturally clean and pure.

Featured Ingredient:

Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia, is derived from the leaf itself. It combats oily skin by dissolving oils deep down where the problem begins- leaving your face feeling fresh and supple.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside**, Sage Extract*, Salicylic Acid*, Organic Tea Tree Oil*, Gluconolactone***, Sodium Benzoate***, Glycerin*.

*Plant Derived **Sugar Derived ***Naturally Derived.”

My Description & Thoughts:

My family and I like using these wipes a lot. My husband and I each have a pouch of them in our car for easy cleanups. They appear and feel much better than brands of wipes you’d find at a big box grocery store.

They do a great job of getting gunk and grime off of my hands, which is what I mainly use them for. The tea tree oil and aloe vera in each of these wipe types prevents skin from getting dried out, which seems common with cleanup wipes.

I would recommend these to a family or any individual looking for a more natural wipe to have on hand for virtually any body clean up purpose–and since they are pH balanced, they won’t irritate young skin.

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Face Serum

Description & Photo via Lucky Vitamin online (as product was not pictured on Blum website):

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Propanediol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil (Inca Inchi Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Eurapaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Caprylate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Bisabolol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Isoamyl Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Citric Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Aqua, Parfum (fragrance). May Contain: Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

  • No Synthetic Preservative or Fragrances
  • Paraben-Free
  • No SLS
  • Hypo-Allergenic
  • pH Balanced
  • Not Tested On Animals.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This serum on one that is right about average all the way around–mainly because of the complex ingredients. The scent reminds me of baby wipes, which isn’t too bad–just clean and fresh smelling.

To me, the best, organic ingredients make for the the most effective products. That thought was solidified after using this face serum. It doesn’t have a great lasting effect as far as leaving skin moisturized. Products with a more pure list of ingredients tend to do a great job of that. This one, unfortunately, seems to have a lot of  “filler” ingredients in the mix.

Can’t say that I’d recommend this because I could recommend so many other facial serums that are the real deal, organic and pure.

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Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues

Blum Naturals’ Description:

“Our Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues contains no harsh powders. They instantly soak up excess oil and removes shine from your face without smudging your make up.

Our convenient pack can be used anywhere, anytime, throughout the day.

Ingredients: None.

No Synthetic Preservatives or Fragrances, Paraben-free, No SLS, Alcohol free, Hypo-Allergenic, and PH Balanced. Not Tested on Animals.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This little tissues are an absolute savior and dream for someone with oily skin. I even used these on my wedding day! Especially when wearing foundation and powder, my skin gets increasingly gets more oily as time goes on.

Sometimes it takes two sheets, but the tissues do a great job of getting that greasy, oily look off of my skin without messing up or taking off my makeup. They have a simple ingredient list: none 🙂 and the tissue doesn’t irritate skin at all.

They are also a perfect size to keep in your travel makeup bag or purse. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone, male or female, makeup wearing or not. They are a great “weapon” to have on hand for an oily complexion.

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