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TastyFace Organics Skin Care Review: Part Deux

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TastyFace Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I have been supremely lucky to have gained an organic beauty sister in Kelly, the founder of TastyFace. She’s a vibrant soul and a passionate woman–infectiously so. She also just so happens to make one of my very favorite lines of skin care (in my top 2!). Here are a couple other posts I’ve written on TastyFace products:

http://feelmoregooder.com/2014/08/15/tastyface-organics-giveaway/

TastyFace Organics Skin Care Review (Must Have!)

You can use the coupon code “TFO4ROO10″ at checkout to save 10% on anything TastyFace!

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These are the products that were new for me to try: (I have previously reviewed the Coconut Cream Cleanser–you can read my thoughts here!)

Blood Orange Vanilla Body Butter

About:

“This is a a powerful butter.  Thick, rich, dense with moisture.  We combine organic shea, cocoa butter, coconut and sweet almond combine to create a powerfully moisturizing and nourishing all over body treat.  Finished with vanilla and blood orange essential oil to create a scent that’s quite simply a combo of creamiscle and chocolate.  Delicious. Your skin will soak it up!

(Please note:  Product consistency can vary depending on temperature.  Colder temps will lend to a hardened consistency – will soften at room temp.  Likewise, try to keep below 78 degrees to avoid melting!  *Just like butter.)

Ingredients:  Shea butter*, cocoa butter*, coconut oil*, sweet almond oil*, blood orange essential oil, jojoba oil*, vanilla extract*, essential oils*

*organic/high quality source

Directions for Use:  Slather on as you see fit – this is one that is completely up to personal preference.  It might seem oily/rich at first but it will absorb quickly, don’t fret.”

Tamanu + Grapefruit: Healing Serum

About:

“Our serums are wildly popular for a reason.  They pack a powerful punch!  Designed specifically to address redness, acne, eczema, and other skin issues. Lighter in texture than moisturizer, but filled with nothing but the highest quality organic oils and essentials.  The healing serum is specifically formulated with tamanu oil – which is known for its ability to quickly heal cuts, abrasions, acne, and help reduce the appearance of redness and scarring. This is a lovely light moisturizing serum and can also be layered with other TastyFace products. (We recommend cleanser, toner, serum, then moisturizer!)

Ingredients:  jojoba oil*, tamanu oil*, sunflower oil*, evening primrose oil*, sea buckthorn oil*, calendula essential oil*, grapefruit essential oil*, essential oils*

*organic, high quality source

*Please note:  citrus essentials oils can increase photosensitivity, so be cautious in the sunlight (and use sunscreen!).”

Argan + Sweet Orange: Nourishing Serum

About:

“The TASTYFACE nourishing serum:  Designed to soothe, moisturize, and smooth skin.  This is the serum to choose if you have especially dry skin or if you are concerned with the appearance of lines and tiredness.  Ultra high quality, organic argan oil combines with sea buckthorn, jojoba, and rosehip (to name a few) to deliver awesome and intense nourishment for your skin. Use alone or layered with moisturizer. Leaves skin refreshed, dewy, and happier!

Ingredients:  Jojoba oil*, argan oil*, rosehip oil*, sunflower oil*, evening primrose oil*, sea buckthorn oil*, sweet orange essential oil*, essential oils*

*organic, high quality sourced

*Please note:  citrus essentials oils can increase photosensitivity, so be cautious in the sunlight (and use sunscreen!).”

Sweet Orange Cream Lip Balm

About:

“Our newest!  HUGE tin of lip love right here. Sweet orange combined with warm, comforting vanilla scent our classic balm recipe… coconut oil, cocoa and shea butters, sweet almond oil and beeswax.  Simple yet so awesomely effective on stubborn chapped lips!  And it just plain tastes amazing.  Having a hard time not licking my lips off over here.  Remember, our lip balms are a giant 1 ounce.  That’s about 4 times the size of normal balms!

Ingredients: coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, shea butter*, sweet almond oil*, beeswax, vitamin e* (from sunflower seed oil), sweet orange essential oil*, vanilla oleoresin, 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:

I truly began to laugh to myself in beginning to write another piece on Tastyface. Why am I laughing? Because this could be a 4 word review: “Tastyface Organics freaking rocks!”

Let me just say, I have tried many brands of organic skin care (most of them not actually containing entirely organic ingredients–which in my opinion is an abuse of the word “organic”) and it is rare to find product lines:

1. Made in small batches.

2. Headed by an engaged, warm founder that is eager to help.

3. Is comprised of 100% organic ingredients.

No bull honkey. No tomfoolery. No bogus promises. TastyFace is the REAL deal.

As the name suggests, these products are incredible aromatic, intoxicating and the ingredients are good enough to eat. Kelly truly abides by the idea of “if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it onto your skin.”

Now for the these new products I got to try! These two serums are like summer dreams in a bottle. Not only are the ingredients organic and pure (as always, with Tastyface) but they soak into my skin perfectly. If you’re new to facial serums, don’t be afraid! Even if you have oily skin, nature’s oils are and should be your friend. Damaged skin needs moisture; it shouldn’t be deprived of it. Investing in a bottle of Tastyface serum will do so much more good for your skin than ANY bottle of chemical-filled acne-fighting cream. Chemicals don’t solve imbalances, organic skin care & a healthy diet do.

If I had to pick one of the two serums, I’d say the Tamanu + Grapefruit is my favorite. When I was in college a few years ago, Tamanu oil was one of the very first natural remedies I began to use on my blemished skin. I noticed the health of skin improving almost immediately. It felt better, I was more evenly complected and my skin just stopped freaking the bleep out. Tamanu oil might sound foreign, but your skin will love it.

The sweet orange lip balm was a product that our 6 year old was eyeing. She said “Ohhh orange cream!” It gives me so much peace of mind knowing that we have an organic lip balm for her that she loves. So many sticks of lip balm are riddled with junk. No junk here, just pure, sweet orange goodness. I was lucky that she was willing to share it with me so I could try it 🙂 This balm, along with the lemon rosemary balm by Tastyface is a balm recipe perfected. It’s the ideal consistency–soaks into your lips just enough but keeps them moist. It seems like so many lip balms with a cheap base ingredient don’t hang around on your skin for long (same for cheap, junky lotion), you apply it and then your skin is dry again in 10 minutes. I don’t have that problem with these lip balms. They rock!

It’s a good thing that my husband doesn’t regularly use body butter, because blood orange is his favorite! Blood orange kombucha, blood orange sparkling drinks–blood orange everything. This body butter is such a treat. These scent combinations that Kelly has come up with are simply brilliant. Blood Orange + Vanilla is a sublime coupling. Like in using body oils, I like to use this body butter right after showering, when my skin is still a bit damp. The water droplets help the body butter spread onto skin more easily (it also allows you to use less–so it will last longer!). It gives skin the perfect quench and such a pleasant smell. It’s SO redundant, but seriously, with every TastyFace product I try, I think: “Yep, Kelly has done it again–perfectly.”

If you haven’t read any of this review until right now, what I want you to leave with is the notion that you need to check out Tastyface!

Also, at any time you can use the coupon code “TFO4ROO10″ at checkout to save 10% on anything TastyFace!

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Perfect Supplements Plant Based Protein Review

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Perfect Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Perfect Supplements Protein:

“Raw and USDA Certified Organic Brown Rice, Hemp, and Mushroom Protein

Perfect Plant Protein is an ideal blend of hemp, mushroom, and brown rice protein enhanced with enzymes and probiotics. Vegetarian protein powders are easily digestible and perfect for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. This vegetarian protein powder contains an immune system enhancing blend of super food mushrooms including Reishi, King Trumpet, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Shiitake and Maitake. Perfect Plant Protein is USDA Certified Organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and contains zero artificial ingredients. All ingredients are grown and processed in USA and Canada. Perfect Plant Protein also available in a simply natural flavor that is made with no added flavor or sweetener.

The Health Benefits of Perfect Plant Protein

Vegetarian protein powders offer a variety of health benefits. Protein powders containing super foods such as hemp and mushroom tend to be even more beneficial. Often times, plant based protein powders are easier to digest and contain more bio-available nutrients than whey or soy based protein. Due to their health benefits and nutrient profiles, vegetarian protein powders are perfect for building and maintaining lean muscle and increasing overall health. Perfect Plant Protein is the ideal blend of mushroom, hemp, and brown rice protein.

  • Build and Strengthen Lean Muscle
  • Boost Energy
  • Boost the Immune System
  • Boost Metabolism
  • Improve Digestion
  • Improve Respiratory Strength
  • Maintain Healthy Cholesterol
  • Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar
  • Maintain Cardiovascular Health
  • Maintain Healthy Eyesight and Hearing
  • Slow the Process of Aging
  • Strengthen Skin, Hair, and Nails

Perfect Nutrients

Mushrooms are an important source vegetarian protein and fiber. Most mushrooms are low calorie, low carbohydrate, and fat free. Mushrooms provide vitamin D as well as many of the B vitamins. Mushrooms are also an important source of mineral such as copper, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium.

Hemp is the only known source of edestin, a plant protein that is nearly identical to the protein found in human blood. Edestin aids in DNA repair at a cellular level. Hemp is considered a complete protein meaning that it contains all essential and non-essential amino acids. Hemp also contains an ideal 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Hemp is also one of few vegan sources of the fatty acid GLA. This super food protein is also rich with vitamins B, D, and E.

Brown rice is perfect for everyone because it is vegan, hypo-allergenic, and gluten-free. Brown rice is also considered a complete protein meaning it contains all essential and non essential amino acids. This vegetarian protein source is an important source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Brown rice is also rich with vitamins B1, B3, and B6.

A Perfect Container for a Perfect Protein

  • BPA Free HDPE Container (780g)
  • Includes 1 Serving Scoop (26g)
  • Fully Recyclable.”

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been lucky enough to try a vast range of protein powders in recent years. Normally it goes something like this:

-if it’s a vegan protein, it normally has brown rice protein as the foundation

-if it’s a non-vegan, it normally has whey as the main component

While I welcome and use both plant-based and whey proteins in my diet, I’ve found this “Perfect Plant Protein” to be one of the highest quality and most unique of them all. This blend is comprised of hemp protein and mushroom protein (in addition to brown rice protein). There aren’t many protein blends that utilize the powers contained in mushrooms, so I was intrigued by this trio even before trying it.

Taste-wise, this powder is a little bit chalky (actually, not in a bad way). It’s just very dense, with a slight vanilla flavor. For those that love a thick smoothie, this powder is perfect. If you like your smoothie to be more liquid-y, I’d recommend adding more than the recommended amount of milk (almond or coconut milk). You can also crack an egg into your smoothie to improve the texture of the concoction (I’m not here to debate eating raw eggs, just simply stating that I consume an organic, raw egg almost every day. A raw egg’s nutritional value far surpasses a cooked egg).

As it’s evident, I’m someone who believes strongly in the healing powers of plants, but am not a “vegan.” I just want to focus on the caliber of the food I’m eating. I aim for minimally processed, organic, raw food as much as I can–and this protein fits in that regime.

I also love that the labeling mentions “enzymes and probiotics for optimal digestive health.” I am aware that many foods naturally contain levels of probiotics and enzymes that contribute to a healthy gut. I’m not sure if these benefits are especially true for mushrooms, but it doesn’t seem like many protein brands state that on their label. It certainly peaks my interest knowing that my body is receiving more than just a hefty dose of protein.

I see this protein as a fantastic option for anyone–regardless of dietary restrictions. It’s very satisfying & filling, tasteful and comprised of excellent ingredients. It boasts a certified organic label (if you seek that) and is just one amongst a wide range of organic products that Perfect Supplements makes. I encourage you to give this protein a try.

 

Mercola Vitamin E Review & Giveaway

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Mercola 

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Mercola:

“You are wise to question who you can trust when it comes to maintaining, enhancing or rebuilding your health.

With all websites, newspapers, magazines and other publications offering health advice, with every new multi-million dollar TV ad for another proclaimed miracle drug, with any recommendation offered by traditional and natural physicians, it is essential to answer this question above all others: what is their real motivation?

Only if the answer provides you with a sense of security, move on to the next important question: what are their qualifications? The primary trick of the existing medical establishment is to get you to forget that first question – their real motivation – by dazzling you with what appears to be magnificently trustworthy qualifications.

But clinical trials conducted by heavily biased “researchers,” advertisements and news stories carefully scripted to scare you into belief, highly polished corporate offices and corporate websites, and an extreme focus on whatever has the most profit potential – not lifesaving or life-enhancing potential – are not qualifications. They are scams.

Don’t fall for them.

My motivation, whether you are a member of the Mercola.com community, or have just heard about me for the first time, is to make you as healthy as you can possibly be. This involves:

  1. Providing the most up to date natural health information and resources that will most benefit you and,
  2. Exposing corporate, government and mass media hype that diverts you away from what is truly best for your health and often to a path that leads straight into an early grave.

Mercola.com is not, in other words, a tool to get me a bigger house and car, or to run for Senate. I fund this site, and therefore, am not handcuffed to any advertisers, silent partners or corporate parents.

When I offer or recommend products, I do so because I have actively researched them and find they are the best in that category for your health. I ignore substandard products, and products not directly pertinent to your health, regardless of any potential financial upside.”

Vitamin E

About:

“There are plenty of vitamin E supplements on the market. You can find one practically anywhere you look. But the vast majority of them use soy as their source of vitamin E.

So when looking for a good alternative, I wanted to not only avoid soy but also wanted to make sure whatever natural source of vitamin E was used was not genetically engineered (GE). That’s why I decided to use sunflowers for the source of vitamin E. They are an excellent natural source of vitamin E.

But soy isn’t the only thing you need to be wary of.

It is vital to get a balance of all eight nutrients in a vitamin E supplement you take to complement your healthy diet.

You see if the vitamin E supplement only contains alpha tocopherol (synthetic or natural), there’s another major issue. If high levels of alpha tocopherol flood your system, they can potentially deplete the other tocopherols and tocotrienols from your body…

Here’s how my Vitamin E supplement provides a fantastic balance of all four tocopherol and tocotrienol compounds…

  • Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol) – 200 international units (IU)
  • Tocopherol complex – 150 milligrams (mg) with alpha tocopherol, beta tocopherol, gamma tocopherol, and delta tocopherol
  • Palm and Rice Tocotrienol – 35 mg with alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols

There are very few formulas I’ve run across that come close to this type of balance. And when it comes to tocotrienols, there are even fewer choices available.”

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My Thoughts:

Like you’ll hear Dr. Mercola say on his website, I do not see a NEED for a ton of supplements. Most of what you need on a daily basis should come from your diverse, plant-rich diet. That’s not to say supplements cannot help fill the gaps in our diet–because they can. As an antioxidant found in many foods (in small amounts–the most concentrated being Wheat Germ) Vitamin E is something our bodies need. This supplement by Dr. Mercola is one of the few out there that is derived from sunflowers, versus soy. Since 91% of soy in the US is genetically modified, it behooves you to steer away from it when possible.

From what I know about this product, I see it to be a good choice as a Vitamin E single-vitamin supplement. I would love to see further proof or literature that this Mercola Vitamin E is derived from ORGANIC sunflower oil. That, to me, would solidify its quality.

Mercola would like to giveaway 1 bottle of this Vitamin E supplement to one of my readers. To enter:

1. “Like” the Mercola Facebook page OR “Follow” Username: “DrMercola”on Instagram.

AND

2. “Like” my Run On Organic Facebook page OR “Follow” Username: “JesRunOnOrganic” on Instagram

3. Comment Below or via Facebook or Instagram!

Camelbak Relay Water Filter Pitcher Review

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Camelbak Relay Water Filter

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Camelbak Relay:

“CamelBak® Relay™ reinvents home water filtration with a unique Double Filter Technology that allows you to filter at the speed of your faucet. The innovative double-filter design removes chlorine, taste, and odors twice—every time you fill and every time you pour. Made with plant based activated carbon, each Fresh™ Filter lasts twice as long as the leading competitor—up to four months. With its spill-proof locking lid and space-saving design, Relay goes from your faucet to your fridge in a snap. It’s so fast and easy, you’ll discover all kinds of new uses for filtered water, from making your morning coffee to washing fruits and vegetables. Learn more at relay.camelbak.com. 10-cup (80oz) capacity. Dishwasher safe (top rack). ”

DOUBLE FILTER TECHNOLOGY

Filter as you fill and again as you pour for great tasting water. This dual filter system is the secret to delivering freshly filtered water, fast.

FAST FILLING

The Relay Fresh Filter is pleated, which increases the amount of water that comes into contact with the filter at a time. This design allows Relay to filter water 10X faster than the leading competitor.

EFFECTIVE FILTERING

The Relay Fresh Filter is packed with plant-based activated carbon that is embedded into a non-woven material. Independent test data shows Relay removes 97% of chlorine, taste and odor (see test data here).

LOCKING LID STAYS IN PLACE

No more super slo-mo trips from the faucet to the fridge. The Relay lid snaps on and locks tight, ensuring that you won’t slosh water all over the kitchen floor.

NO SPILLS WHEN YOU POUR

CamelBak Relay filters at the speed of your faucet. This eliminates the need for a filling reservoir (located at the top of most pitchers), making Relay easy to balance and virtually impossible to spill.”

My Thoughts:

When Camelbak contacted me to share their newest product, the Camelbak relay Pitcher,  I was very excited to incorporate this product into my family’s daily routine. Between filling up glasses of drinking water, filling up a blender, filling up the coffee maker, filling up the dog bowl and other kitchen necessities, we require quite a bit of filtered water in a day’s time! Though we have a large filter jug that we keep in the kitchen, this Camelbak pitcher fits into our routine nicely, as it:

-Fits on a refridgerator shelf (our other, larger filter does not)

-(Seriously) filters water as fast as it comes out of the faucet–it’s amazing to watch.

-Holds enough water to fill up several glasses of water-

-Doesn’t leak as you pour (most filters, from my experience, leak and make a mess!)

-Is BPA free, like other Camelbak products

My scrutiny is that with the convenience of quick, filtered water, comes a compromise in how many impurities can be filtered out (understandably so). For a quick way to minimize chlorine and bad taste, this pitcher gets the job done!

Blissmo Subscription Sample Box Review

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Blissmo Subscription Sample Box

Overall Rating: images

About Blissmo Box:

Welcome! Discover exceptional organic, non-toxic & eco products that are safer, healthier and better than conventional alternatives with blissmo.

How it works: Each month blissmo delivers a curated blissmobox to your door packed with a selection of health conscious products. We also offer individual boxes as perfect gifts for friends & family.

Why do we do this? We want to use products that are better & safer for our bodies, our families, our communities and our planet, but realized it difficult to know where to find these products or if they were truly safer. Basically, we’d go shopping and this was us:

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Odwalla Super Protein Bar

About:

“The Original Super Protein is so strong it can carry 14 grams of protein and 8 essential amino acids without lifting a finger. But don’t worry, you’ll have no trouble picking up this protein bar. Because you’re human…and way bigger than a bar.”

My Thoughts:

I like the idea of this bar, but in all actuality, it doesn’t contain a ton of things that would appeal to me. I like the serving of protein, but wish I saw more than 20% organic ingredients in it. I also typically steer clear of grains and gluten–which this bar appears to contain. The taste is pleasant, but the ingredients are not per my choice. I would definitely be more interested in this bar if it was gluten free and paleo (no grains and no derivates of grains).

Bixby Whippersnapper Chocolate Bar

About:

“Premium 72% dark organic chocolate is filled with dried wild Maine blueberries which have a natural, sweet taste and are full of antioxidants; and, with delicious roasted walnuts grown in California; and, then we spice it with a touch of ground Tellicherry pepper, the finest and highest grade of black pepper available from Southern India, where each peppercorn is vine-ripened to ensure a full, rich flavor.  The layers of flavors complement each other, offering a delicacy of an artisan chocolate snack bar that is low in calories, sugar and fat and high in antioxidants, natural fiber, Vitamin C and Omega-3s.

Vegan, Gluten free, no GMOs and Handmade.”

My Thoughts:

YUM! This little bar was a little surprise. I tasted the bar before I noticed that it contained blueberries–what an interesting zip. I love blueberries–but they’re not my favorite combined with chocolate. The chocolate part of this bar, on the other hand, is rich, creamy and totally decadent. Love the organic ingredients–that trait in a product gets me on board right away. I can see myself trying other flavors of the Bixby bar–big chocolately flavor deliciousness.

Nude Food Bar

About:

“Don’t you just love the classics? So do we! Crystal River Organics’ version of this all-American duet pairs the very best dark, rich organic chocolate chunks with the peanutiest of all peanut butters – Valencia. Dates add their subtle sweetness while Pink Himalayan Salt, organic cinnamon & plenty of Madagascar vanilla extract round out this hottie! And, of course, our Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk NudeFood Bar is Raw & Gluten, Soy, Corn & Dairy Free – or, it wouldn’t be one of our most popular flavors.”

My Thoughts:

I’m not even a bar-kind-of-girl but I found this Nude Food bar to be pretty awesome! As they suggest, the peanut flavor is the real deal. I’d say it makes the bar. This bar is chock full of organic ingredients (also gluten free), tastes great and is convenient to tote around–couldn’t ask for much more!

Choice Teas: Organic Breathing Space

About:

“Breathe deep and help maintain healthy airways with this refreshing blend.** Echinacea, one of the most popular immunity-supporting herbs, is paired with elder flower, trusted by herbalists to support healthy sinuses, ears, and throats.** Eucalyptus, known for thousands of years to help support normal respiratory function for healthy breathing, completes the blend.** Enjoy this amber cup with a bright, minty taste. (Caffeine Free).”

My Thoughts:

It’s safe to say that I am more of a coffee connoisseur. I do occasionally enjoy a cup of tea, though–especially if I’m needing it for wellness-related issues like nasal stuffiness. The combination of ingredients in this tea is rejuvenating and awakening. The eucalyptus really comes through and seems to open up my nasal cavities immediately. I enjoyed taking in several deep breaths of my steeping tea before drinking it. I’m impressed with the quality of the tea (organic) and am excited to try out Choice’s other tea blends.

Ola Granola

About:

“Ola! Vanilla Almond Granola is a healthful snack of crunchy clusters of oats and whole almonds infused with pure vanilla and lightly sweetened with blue agave and pure maple syrup. 100 Calories per serving. Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, Vegan, Kosher. 0 Trans Fats, No soy, dairy, or added oils.”

My Thoughts:

As much as I enjoy the flavor and taste of this granola, I won’t be eating it regularly since I typically avoid grains. For those that have no problem eating granola regularly, I think this one is good quality, with gluten-free and non-gmo ingredients. All-organic would be better, but this granola’s quality is definitely above average and so is the taste–the vanilla and almond combo is delicious.

Emmy’s Organics Coconut Vanilla Macaroons

About:

“Our well-crafted take on the classic blonde macaroon. This purely decadent delight features a rich, nutty flavor rounded out by the essence of vanilla extract. truly divine!”

My Thoughts:

Almost entirely organic, and all of it is non-gmo–and so delicious! I took these to the movie theatre as my mid-movie snack and they were an absolute treat! They are so dense and satisfying. They’re a healthy treat that I can feel good about eating and letting my 5 year old eat, too.

Smooch Lip Smackingly Good Pack

About:

  • “100% Natural
  • Natural Source of Omega-3
  • Natural Source of Vitamin C
  • Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly
  • Low in Calories (less than 100 per Smooch)
  • Contains Whole Chia Grains – Natural Fiber
  • 1 of your 5 Daily Fruit Portions.”

My Thoughts:

I love that these packs are plant-based, gluten free, dairy free. Wish they were organic, however, they are non-gmo and free of artificial ingredients. They are a gigantic step in the right direction. Love the convenient pouch–it’s easy to pack into a lunch box or tote in a purse.