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Balanced Guru Farm-A-Ceuticals Review

This is a review of the Balanced Guru organic skincare Farm-A-Ceuticals line.

Balanced Guru Organic Body Care Farm-A-Ceuticals

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

It feels really good when I get the opportunity to meet the faces behind the beautiful products I try. At Expo West this year, I met two of the beautiful people behind Balanced Guru and let me tell you, the kindness and genuine enthusiasm that I perceived from working with them before (via e-mail & social media) was ever-present when I met them in person. You can tell that they are adamant and passionate about putting the very best ingredients into their products.

I’ve tried one of their products and reviewed it in the past, their scalp detox treatment; you can read that review here.

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My Thoughts:

Their body care line is so sublime, it really only requires a few words to accurately capture the gist of their brand. Here are the important things I’d like to point out about Balanced Guru:

  • Their ingredient lists are organic, top to bottom. No kidding. No messing around.
  • The products perform incredibly well because of that fact. Nature is healing.
  • You won’t find many other lines that are THIS clean & THIS pure.

Balanced Guru is one of the few body care brands that gets carte blanche from me. They could hand me any product, and as long as I know they’ve created it, I trust it. That’s because they have garnered such a great reputation with me for only using the best ingredients. They provided me with a handful of goodies at Expo to try (scrub, energy mists, hair oil) and I was amped. I’m excited to try anything that they make beautifully with their ingredient-conscious minds.

The energy mists I see as an uplifting, energizing alternative to junky perfumes (most perfumes don’t even list the ingredients on them–how scary is that?). I love closing my eyes and spraying it over my face and upper body before a workout. They lift my mood and help me stay fresh-smelling amidst the sweaty grind.

With all the grime that builds up on my skin after a week’s worth of challenging workouts, I really enjoy my time exfoliating because it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and rejuvenated. I try to limit my exfoliating to once a week because I do believe you can do it too much–there’s something to be said about leaving your skin alone sometimes. That said, when I do exfoliate, it’s so nice to be able to reach for a gritty scrub like this one that’s chock full of organic goodness like sugar, coffee and spearmint.

I have a semi-oily scalp but the ends of my hair tend to dry out with frequent shampoos. That’s where a pure hair oil comes in. All it takes is a tiny amount rubbed in between my hands and then through the ends of your tresses to give your hair a quenched look.

I urge you to check out their range of products–they make SO many excellent organic products and their purity is really impressive. Balanced Guru’s line also makes for great gifts!

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TastyFace Organics Skin Care Review (Must Have!)

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TastyFace Organics Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars (in my Top TWO, ever–entirely organic!)

About TastyFace:

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“That’s me, Kelly. If you follow me on facebook, you know I talk NON-STOP.

I love the passionate people.

The ones who want to change what they don’t like, the ones who will fight for their beliefs. I have a crazy love of food and cooking.

I am the mother of a very sweet little boy… the light of my life. I have a PASSION for health, yoga, hiking, art, the beach, and especially whole, organic, locally-sourced when possible foods.

Through CrossFit, learning about the paleo food movement, I have forever altered my views on health and wellness.

I am devoted. I believe in this movement of beautifully hand-crafted, pure and clean ingredients, and small batch skincare so much. I will do what it takes to get the word out. I most likely annoy my friends with this. I have developed my formulas with incredibly simple, clean ingredients, and also complex aroma combinations, sublime textures, and powerful healing benefits for your skin and body. This is my passion.

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This is Joe. He is my partner and joined the TASTYFACE team this summer. Absolutely one of the most incredible people I know. He’s the details guy. His focus at TASTYFACE is to ensure product quality, consistency, and overall logistics. So honored to have him, and we will all benefit from his fantastically detail-oriented, meticulous, thoughtful ways. He has been a guinea pig, a researcher, a production manager, an inventory manager, a support system, a cheerleader, an avid salesperson since day 1. He is also passionate and determined and here to make our tiny company as awesome as possible! Love this guy.

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Here’s my little man (after Color Me Rad). We haven’t put him to work yet, but this guy inspires me daily – to work as hard as I can, to show him all the ways to put our thought and hearts into our passions and good work.

Why TASTYFACE? Great question. The short story: To fill a giant void I noticed in skincare.

I’ve had a passion for health and nutrition, and whole organic foods for many years. Last year, I started rigorously studying up on other environmental/household/cosmetic considerations.

What I found scared the crap outta me.

We are putting all kinds of toxic junk on our bodies and in our homes. Why? We often don’t know better! A few reasons – the FDA does not regulate the cosmetics industry. Pretty much anything goes. Cosmetics companies use intense artificial preservatives, shelf stabilizers, and the like to maximize profit and sales potential. I mean, even the FDA website has numerous posts about the potential carcinogenic connection from parabens, endocrine disruptors in phthalates… And the labels often lead us to believe we are buying something “natural”. Or even “organic”. Or at the least, NOT completely toxic! I will no longer accept this for me or my family.

So what next?

I started doggedly searching for skincare that I really wanted: TRULY clean, organic, awesome skincare and cosmetics that still do the heavy lifting of cleansing, moisturizing, refining, beautifying. But without the unnecessary and potentially harmfully side effects of those “other” ingredients. Super tough to find what I wanted. So I got to work! A multitude of research, consulting with amazing experts – including aestheticians and hair stylists, and crazy long hours in the TASTYFACE kitchen!

The move toward handcrafted-so-clean-you-could-eat-it cosmetics was the only direction I could take. There was no choice. Once I realized everything I was using was the equivalent of junk food on my face, I was MAD. And ready to commit to change. I try to complain less, and do more. I hope you like what I’ve done!

TASTYFACE Organics are healthy, clean, powerful products with absolutely ZERO chemicals, parabens, petrochemicals, dairy, gluten, soy and ingredients you can’t pronounce. THANK YOU for being here.

“Once I knew better, I did better.” – Maya Angelou

“If you can’t eat it, you can’t put it on your skin! That’s the rule.” – Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.

Love,
Kelly

TASTYFACE Organics
Founder.”

I was so happy to get connected with Kelly. I am so behind everything she says above, it’s not even funny! 🙂 I believe we have a lot of similar passions and we value the same sort of things in life (skin care products included).

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Here’s the TastyFace Lineup:

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Coconut Vanilla Cream Cleanser

About:

“Our top seller! A modern twist on an old classic. This beautifully moisturizing coconut & vanilla scented treat has the consistency of a cold cream: thick, lotion-like, incredibly moisturizing. This is the TastyFace take on the increasingly popular oil cleansing method – smells amazing and much less mess! No detergents, sodium laurel sulfate, yada yada. It is not a lathering soapy cleanser – think more along the lines of a creamy, milky texture. Reduces drying effect that is common from many cleansers. The coconut and vanilla is a subtle scent, 100% naturally sourced and just lovely. Creates smooth, even skin with smaller pores and fewer blemishes. Soft and glowy.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees!

Ingredients: coconut oil*, sweet almond oil*, jojoba oil*, aloe vera*, beeswax, organic castile soap* (water, saponified organic coconut, organic palm, organic olive & hemp oils, organic jojoba oil, essential oils, citric acid, vitamin E), shea butter*, tamanu oil*; sunflower oil* (vitamin e), essential oils.

*organic, high quality source

Directions for use: Gently massage onto damp face, take a deep breath. For best results, wipe off with warm, wet washcloth. Start with a pea-sized amount and adjust according to your skin type and needs. If separation occurs, mix well to redistribute. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening. Always wash hands thoroughly before touching product, and make sure and replace cap tightly to maintain freshness.”

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Vanilla Mint Daily Moisturizer

About:

“Mind blower. Creamy, clean refreshment and moisture. This moisturizer is ultra soothing. Smells amazing, easily absorbed, and most importantly – no junk. Organic coconut, sweet almond and jojoba oils, raw organic shea butter and soothing aloe vera. Finished with refreshing peppermint. Vanilla is known to have tremendous anti-depressant and calming effects on the nervous system. Peppermint refreshes and reinvigorates. They are both subtle and do not overpower at all. This is an intense moisturizer – start with small amounts and let your skin adjust to slowly.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, sweet almond oil*, aloe vera*, aloe vera juice*, beeswax, shea butter*, tamanu oil*, vitamin E, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, peppermint oil*, essential oils*.

*organic/high quality source

Directions for use: This is a rich moisturizer with high intensity, high caliber, nutrient dense ingredients, so start with a pea-sized amount and adjust usage according to skin needs. Apply to face and neck morning and night as needed. Some separation may occur and is normal, depending on room temperature. To maximize product absorption, warm gently between hands and then lightly dab onto face, starting with forehead and working down over cheeks, nose, and chin. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening.”

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Peppermint White Chocolate Shave Cream

About:

“This is a thick and creamy, minty cocoa buttery treat. Great for men and women alike! Gentle on sensitive skin and greatly helps reduce razor burn. Creamy and moisturizing: a seriously awesome shave! Leaves skin smooth and refreshed. And the best part? It smells like the ice cream parlor. Cocoa butter soothes skin and leaves it well moisturized – you might even be able to skip that post-shave step of moisturizing. Ice cream and better time management: Can a shave cream actually be life changing? I vote yes.

Note: For best results, store below 76-78 degrees.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, shea butter*, aloe vera*, castille soap (water, saponified organic coconut*, organic palm* and organic olive* oils (w/retained glycerin), organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, essential oils, citric acid, vitamin E), vitamin E* (from sunflower seed oil*), peppermint essential oil*, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, essential oils*

*organic and high quality source

Directions for use: Apply directly to skin or rub shave cream between hands with a small amount of water to create a light foaming action. Separation may occur and is normal, depending on room temperature. For best results, store in a cool, dark place and use within 2-3 months of opening. Try to keep water out to maintain product freshness and integrity. Replace lid tightly, and always wash hands thoroughly before using.”

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Lemon Rosemary Mint Lip Balm

About:

“This is a big balm – 1 full ounce of fabulous aromatherapy and moisture for your lips. This lip balm has a lovely mix of soft, shine, and staying power. It smells like summer – twist of lemon, fresh rosemary and mint. Can heal even the toughest case of chapped lips. Addictive, aromatherapeutic, love.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, shea butter*, sweet almond oil*, olive oil*, beeswax, vitamin e* (from sunflower seed oil), lemon essential oil*, rosemary essential oil*, peppermint essential oil*, hand-crafted organic vanilla bean infused jojoba oil*, essential oils*

*organic/high quality source

Directions for use: Apply liberally to lips. Can also be used as a healing salve for various cuts and scrapes, or a cuticle softener. Replace lid tightly after using. Balm is temperature dependent. In cold temps, warm by rubbing a very clean finger on product. In warmer temps, throw in fridge to re-solidify. Do not leave out in the hot sun and please take caution when opening product on a warm day to avoid spills!”

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My Thoughts:

Where do i start!? If you saw my rating above, you realize that this is a big deal. I have tried MANY skin care products along the way, and of all of them, TastyFace Organics is one of my top TWO! I simply can’t say enough good things about Kelly & these TastyFace products.

As the name suggests, these products smell and feel good enough to eat! And when you read the ingredient lists, you nearly give them a taste–nothing harsh or toxic in these products! (Not even close).

I have been keeping all of these products (minus the lip balm) in the refridgerator to prolong the shelf life. I take them to the shower with me to use them, but I make sure to put them back in the fridge afterwards.

Here’s some back story on my skin….

If you follow my blog, you know that I am an active gal who has struggled with (what I believe to be) hormonal acne & combination/oily skin. Through implementation of a plant-rich diet and the right nutritional supplements, I believe I’ve tackled my major hormonal acne regions on my face. My skin care routine has played a huge part in normalizing my skin’s oil production and allowing me to have a glowing complexion. Organic is absolutely the answer in striving for your healthiest skin–not chemical-ridden “zit-targeting” harsh products.

TastyFace couldn’t be more of what I look for in skin care. Due to my acne struggles, I am particularly particular about what I use on my face. I wash my face once a day in the evening, typically after I’ve exercised and perspired quite a bit. Washing once a day seems to be what my skin likes best, as twice a day can seem to strip my skin of the moisture.

I’ve been using the coconut vanilla cream cleanser and following with the vanilla mint daily moisturizer. The cleanser is different than most that I’ve used. Since it is comprised of many oils and shea butter, it is rich, dense and nourishing on my skin. It’s a cleanser that does not strip all of the moisture out of my skin. However, I do like the feeling of cleaning away the “funk” and dirt from my skin, so I use the cleanser in combination with a Dew Puff (a plant-fiber exfoliating sponge), TastyFace suggests wiping it away with a warm wash cloth, so this is my version. 🙂 Because the moisturizer is so rich and nourishing, I don’t need to use much of the moisturizer. I rub a tiny dab on the tips of my fingers and rub it in to my entire face and neck. My skin is absolutely glowing and fresh after using this duo! There’s something to be said for the peace of mind that I get, also, from knowing that the ingredients are not only safe, but they reek of organic awesomeness!!

Though I pay special attention to my facial skin, I strive to put the very best on the rest of my body as well. It’s such a treat to shave in the shower with the peppermint white chocolate shave cream. It truly smells like dessert. I have to remind myself it’s for my body! I scoop the cream with my finger tips out of the jar and let it liquify in my palm before applying it to my skin. This product is so jam packed full of the most dense, hydrating ingredients that it makes the perfect foundation for shaving. Also, it doesn’t take much–a little bit of cream goes a pretty long way. Most shaving creams are full of junk and fillers, thus you end up using more to get an adequate feeling of hydration on your skin. I also look forward to having my husband try this cream on his face! He already uses a mostly-organic shave cream, but this TastyFace shave cream would be the ultimate product to eliminate razor burn and irritation. I certainly have no dryness or irritation problems after using this cream!

As part of my showering routine, I always apply lip balm fresh out of the shower to damp lips. I find that this way is best, as my skin absorbs it readily and doesn’t get the chance to get dry and chapped. This lemon rosemary mint lip balm has a trio of scents that somehow reminds me of key lime pie. It’s fresh, zesty and rejuvenating on my lips. As with all TastyFace products, the ingredients are ENTIRELY organic and your skin can tell that difference. My skin is the healthiest and fresh looking that I can ever remember it being. I have TastyFace and a great diet to thank for that!

I can’t recommend these products enough. If you are new to organic skin care, why not try the VERY best–right out of the gate? Go TastyFace!

Kelly has graciously provided me with a coupon code to share with you:

Use the coupon code “TFO4ROO10” at checkout to save 10% on anything TastyFace!

Honey Girl Organics Review

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Honey Girl Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Honey Girl Organics’ Founders:

“Anthony Maxfield

I keep bees as a hobby here in Hawaii, and originally developed these crèmes for my wife, Gwen. One day during the honey harvest, after I had squeezed the honey out of the beeswax cappings, she noticed how smooth my hands were. Later she asked me if I thought I could make a lotion that would leave her skin in as good a condition as my hands were. After experimenting for about a year, I found that when beeswax was emulsified in extra virgin olive oil, the skin would rapidly drink it in and feel silky and nourished.

We’ve been making these products for many years and been giving them to our friends and families to use. Everyone always comments how great they are.

Gwen Maxfield

I was born and raised the child of show biz parents in Los Angeles, so make-up, beauty and health have always been important to me. Later I attended More University and studied Lifestyles & Communications. It was there that I met my future husband and where we both later attained our PhDs.

Being the proud mother of four young men and having been an avid student of health for many years, I have learned that the quality of what you put into your body as well as what you put on your skin is extremely important. I now eat mostly organic raw fruits and vegetables and use mostly organic and natural products on my skin.

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A native of Germany, I moved to the Philadelphia area as a child with my family.

I’ve always been interested in natural curatives, which led me to become a Chiropractor in NY. Interested in a better climate and proximity to More U., I moved to Hawaii and came across these crèmes. After using them with extraordinary results I began recommending them to people across the country. Many of my personal friends and clients have expressed great delight as well as relief to come across such effective crèmes whose unique ingredients are all natural and organic.”

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Facial Scrub

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“Our Facial Scrub whisks away dead skin cells and increases blood circulation, helping to diminish fine lines. This Scrub leaves your skin plumper, younger looking, and feeling silky smooth. This organic skincare is good for all skin types.

Directions: Slightly moisten your face and gently apply the Facial Scrub in a circular motion. Avoid the delicate areas around your eyes and mouth. Moisten fingertips as needed to adjust exfoliation. Rinse with lukewarm water and remove excess Facial Scrub with a washcloth. Follow the Facial Scrub with one of our moisturizers such as Face & Eye Cream or Night Cream. Our Facial Scrub may be used once or twice per week.

Ingredients: Organic aloe gel, organic coconut butter, super fine granulated cane sugar, Raw Pupukea Honey, organic diatomaceous earth, papaya and pineapple enzymes, essential oil.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love the ingredients, I love the ultra rich texture, I love how gently it exfoliates, I LOVE this facial scrub. I have kept it in my shower and have used it in place of my other facial soaps and cleansers for a while. I believe that this facial scrub is perfect for my skin in the winter months. Normally my skin is oily and hard to manage (during the warmer months), but my skin tends to crave more moisture than normal during the colder months.

After I use this product in the shower, I lightly since the grittiness off and what remains is a sufficient amount of moisture–so that my skin doesn’t need me to follow up with a moisturizer or serum. So for me its really been 1 products in one: a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer.

I would highly recommend this scrub, as it does great things for my skin and I’ve really enjoyed using it. It’s especially a great product for those with dry and troubled skin.

I’ll say this (in advance) about all of these skin products. The use of raw honey is a big deal to me. I’m a huge fan of the healing effects of raw honey. In raw honey, all of the nutrients that nature intended to be in there still remain. Heating honey will kill those helpful nutrients that are so helpful to skin. Good job, Honey Girl! 🙂

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Super Skin Food

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“This rich and nourishing organic skincare formula is the best available for dry, cracked, and rough skin. Our healing formula includes royal jelly and Vitamin E to deeply penetrate and nourish worn and damaged areas like elbows and knees.

Ingredients: Organic extra virgin olive oil, Beeswax with pollen & propolis, Raw Pupukea Honey, purified water, Vitamin E, oil of rosewood and other essential oils, Royal Jelly.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Dense & robust, a little bit of this skin food goes a long way. I use it after cleansing as a moisturizer. Contrary to what you may think, beeswax will not clog pores. Since it is such a rich concoction, I think it’s a perfect remedy for dry or flakey skin. If you have oily/combination skin like I do, experiment with using just a tiny amount (smaller than a dime size). I’ve found that this is all it takes for my entire face to be adequately quenched.

The ingredients are simple, pure and gentle on blemished skin. Often, troubled skin needs gentle facial products, as chemical ridden products can often exacerbate the irritation. Products like this one, with a honey base, are often just what problem skin needs to heal.

I’d recommend this product to literally anyone! Any kind of skin could benefit from this skin food–just in different amounts.

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Rejuvenating Mask

Honey Girl Organics’ Description:

“Enhance collagen production and stimulate new cell growth with Honey Girl Organics’ Rejuvenating Mask. It softens and moisturizes while providing the skin with the nutrition it needs to look and feel its best. This organic skincare Mask is good for all skin types.

Directions: Cleanse the face and leave slightly moist. Gently apply the Rejuvenating Mask, avoiding delicate areas around the eyes and mouth. Leave on for 10-15 minutes while relaxing. Wash off with lukewarm water. Pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer like our Face and Eye Cream or Night Cream.

Ingredients: Raw Pupukea Honey, French green clay, organic diatomaceous earth, Hawaiian blue green algae, Royal Jelly, propolis.

Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love the routine of applying this mask and then drinking tea & relaxing for 15 minutes before washing it off. The consistency of this mask is ideal–its rich enough to stay put on my face and it doesn’t flake off like some masks do.

It seems like the clay and algae really clarify and detoxifying my skin and the honey keeps the mask from drying out my skin. I really don’t even need to follow up this mask with a moisturizer. Skin is fresh and clean and healthy feeling after using it.

Another great way to use this mask is to keep the jar in the shower and then apply it to skin after the warm shower water has opened up the pores on your face. This helps the mask to soak into pores better and be even more effective.

I recommend it to everyone, regardless of skin type. It will work wonders on the texture and moisture of any kind of skin.

 

 

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