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Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel + Rebuild Protein Review

This post is a review + my experience with Tailwind Nutrition’s Rebuild Recovery Blend & Endurance Fuel.

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Tailwind Nutrition is a pretty seriously dope brand based out of Durango, CO. Their focus is on glycogen + electrolyte + energy replenishment for endurance athletes.

I have a full marathon and several halfs under my belt; and running is still a regular part of my training. However, most of my time is spent in a Crossfit gym.

The first Tailwind product I tried (Endurance Fuel-pictured in the orange bag) is awesome game day fuel. I also see it as a great source of readily-absorbed carbs for right when I wrap up a hard workout. Through my experience with grueling crossfit workouts. I’ve learned that my body + recovery respond really well to carb backloading. In other words, right after a workout my focus is carbs and water. Doing this right after a workout helps you bounce back and hormones in check (also prevents your cortisol levels from staying up).

That said, protein is super important for my sport as well. I’m not someone who advocates a ton of animal protein consumption, in fact I always take vegan protein with the exception of collagen and beef bone broth. I love that this Rebuild blend by Tailwind packs 10g of protein per serving, while also giving your body the carbs it needs to replenish your energy stores.

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The ingredients are clean, and I like the choice to use rice protein, as it’s vegan and also is one of the most bioavailable proteins (easily absorbed and used by your body). This blend also features several amino acids that aid in recovery. You can tell they thought about this one!

Taste wise, I found both blends to be light and milky tasting, definitely pleasant. Though they have a carb content, they don’t taste super sweet. I would add some almond or hemp milk to it for optimum flavor + thickness + satiety. I’d say definitely drinkable with just water though.

My boyfriend, who is a Crossfit + Track & Field coach, was my second set of taste buds. He said he definitely enjoy it more when mixed with a plant based milk for a little more body and sweetness.

Tailwind is still in Beta with this product, and I’m just stoked that I have had the priviledge to try it first! It will be available SO SUPER SOON THOUGH (March 12th!) through their website.

Endurance athletes who are looking for a dose of protein are in for a treat. It’s the same great Tailwind quality just with more of recovery bang. I’d also recommend it to anyone doing high intensity training who is looking for a carb + protein duo to keep in their gym bag.

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The Gnarly Whale Beach Waves Hair Spray

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The Gnarly Whale

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About:

“Get gorgeous wavy hair without even setting your foot in the ocean. Easily add extra volume and subtle waves to your hair with just a few sprays. Our Beach Waves spray is completely vegan and made from scratch.

USE: Best used on wet hair, but can be used on dry hair as well. Spray on, dry as usual (or even let air dry!) and rock those waves. Great way to get an extra boost to hair that hasn’t been washed for a day or two, also!
SCENT: Peppermint
FRAGRANCE TYPE: Essential Oil
INGREDIENTS: Our beach waves products include water, mediterranean sea salt, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, grapefruit seed extract, and essential oils and/or fragrance.

We don’t consider any of our products or scents to be orga​nic, but some of our scents are natural – any of the ones with essential oils. (This includes Cedarwood, Citrus Sensation, Doublemint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Pink Grapefruit, Spearmint, Tangerine, and Tea Tree.)

All of our products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. Final product testing was done on humans.

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My Thoughts:

If you’ve read any of my prior skin care, hair care & nutrition reviews, then you’re familiar with the fact that I strive for 100% organic (the name of my blog even suggests it!) 🙂

That said, there is a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum lies the junky, chemical-pumped, hazardous products that are so loaded with harmful ingredients that it’s amazing they are allowed to be sold. On the other end of the spectrum is purity: no bull honkey, completely organic wonderment. The Gnarly Whale peppermint beach waves spray falls somewhere in that spectrum, closer to the pure end.

I do like seeing a simple ingredient list in which I can read and recognize all of the ingredients. That’s the case with this spray. However, none of them are organic. The whole reason that organic ingredients are important is because they lessen the toxic burden on the body. So, some people might view this ingredient list and see nothing wrong with it. I see it with a more honed in vision and am wishing for more quality here. I know what non-organic can mean and I don’t want that. I want to use the best products on my hair and skin.

All of that said, this beach spray performs well (which I’m sure is all that some people care about). It provides the hair a bit of volume and texture. The way I see it, it helps you do something with somewhat dirty hair. Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oil scents, and I really enjoy this smell in my hair. I see this product as a pretty good starter for someone looking to start making beauty swaps: throwing out their old junky products and beginning to use products that are closer to nature.

Scentsational Soap Skin Care Review

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Scentsational Soaps Skin Care

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Scentsational Soap Skin Care:

“FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: 

My son Chad has a disability chromosome DUP15q and is global development delayed. *Making homemade glycerin soap started as a home schooling, hands on project. Two fold, I was also hoping to relieve his eczema, since commercial soaps, have sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), parabens, phthalates, and petrolatum, which was irritating his skin.

We were delighted to see the clarifying, calming results and  enthusiastically shared them with family and friends, then sold them at local craft shows, and shops, and our self- created website, so more people could experience the benefits of natural soaps.**
I continued to research, to improve, to find what naturally soothes, calms, nourishes, and moisturizes our skin. For thousands of years, people have taken advantage of the healing and nourishing properties of honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis.

Our Honey Bee Natural line was born, and the response has been overwhelming! From humble beginnings, to touching the lives of people globally. Please read our testimonials. Thank you to all of you who have shared your experiences and excitement! Your  thankfulness and thoughtfulness, warms our hearts.

We truly do care.

OUR MISSION:

Our mission is to continue to help you love your beautiful skin naturally by providing the highest level of ingredients in our head to toe body care products, each of which are made with love in Florida. Our moisture rich honey bee naturals include the ultimate benefits of locally bought honey. *** Let your skin feel difference.

As a family company, we care for your skin as we do our own family and are committed to help you cleanse, nourish, treat, & restore your tender skin with care, with natural, proven effective, yet gentle, products.
Join our loyal customers, and Let Your Skin Feel the Difference. Experience the difference of a company that cares.

* For every one BELIEVE soap bar sold, $1 goes to Dup15q Alliance for research-www.idic15.org.”

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Propolis & Hemp Cool Mint Shampoo

About:

“Propolis Cool Mint Omega-3 & Hemp Shampoo is SLS-Free, DEA and Paraben-Free, and does not contain artificial colors or other hazardous chemicals. This is a pure, all natural shampoo. Mild on all hair types. With a wonderful minty scent.

Our shampoo has Hemp Oil to add emollience and shine to hair. The Omega-3 & 6 properties offer needed strength for the scalp and hairshaft. Extracts of Aloe, Chamomile, Calendula, Red Clover, Willow Bark and Elder Flower are used to replenish, highlight and control your hair. Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) acts as a 2 in 1 for thin and medium hair types, without any waxy build up or flaky residue for daily shampooing. Propolis and Essential Oils for scalp infections, dandruff, falling or greying hair, skin ailments as its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects on scalp. Refresh your senses with this cool mint shampoo.”

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Propolis Cool Mint Botanical Conditioner

About:

“This is a Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free natural hair conditioner, made without harmful detergents or wetting agents. Safe for permanent and color treated hair. Protect and restore damage do to chlorinated pools, salt water, hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons.

Our Propolis Cool Mint Botanical Conditioner is meant to provide deep conditioning to the hair with pure ingredients derived from nature. Using Olive, Coconut, Castor and Meadowfarm Seed Oils to add natural emollience back into the hair shaft, without additional oiliness. Panthanol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Chamomile give hair body and shine. Propolis and Essential Oils for antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti inflammatory effect on scalp. A refreshing cool mint scent.

Squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hands, and massage its nourishing ingredients through your hair. Just feel your hair drink in the emollients.

Our Botanical Conditioners can be used in the following ways for natural twists, braids, locs, & curls:

*Styling
*Leave In
*Moisturizer
*Deep Conditioner.”

My Thoughts About the Shampoo & Conditioner:

This shampoo and conditioner duo was one that I enjoyed using and my hair really reacted well to it. The shampoo suds up very well and was able to tackle my greasy, post-run scalp without stripping my ends of all their moisture. As the name suggests, both the shampoo and conditioner have a minty aroma to them–which is one of my favorite scents to have in the shower. I’m also a believer in the power of the hemp plant and I love that the shampoo contains hemp oil.

Besides ingredients, my main concern with a conditioner is that it is able to detangle my long strands. This conditioner worked very well and left my hair soft, moisturized and manageable.

Scentational is clearly a brand is that ingredient conscious. I’m happy to see that they omit SLS and parabens in their hair products. I would obviously love to see them take their hair products to the next level by using organic ingredients. That said, these two hair products are heads and shoulders above the products you would commonly find in your local drug store.

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Lavender Honey Sea Salt Scrub

About:

“Regular exfoliation is necessary to keep the entire body smooth in texture and to eliminate surface toxins, impurities, and dead skin cells.  Our Lavender Honey Sea Salt Scrub is enriched with Organic Oils, Essential Oils, Pure Local Florida Honey and Florida Sea Salt for the ultimate in moisturizing and nourishing, as well as anti-free radical damage benefits to the skin.

Excellent for luxurious manicures and pedicures.

Perfect for using before tanning. (Airbrush tans, Spray Booth tans, Lotion tans and UV tans)

Leaves skin petal soft, purified and toned. Bursting with a sweet floral herbaceous scent.”

My Thoughts:

I have lately become a huge fan of scrubs (even making my own–using coffee grounds). Maybe it’s all of my long marathon training runs that are making my skin feel the need for exfoliation. Whatever it is, I truly don’t mind it because I have great products like this one to get the job done.

The grittiness of this scrub is ideal for me–its enough to thoroughly exfoliate my skin without being too harsh. I use it on my knees and elbow, primarily.

The lavender and honey scents under warm shower water truly make each shower like a flowery and sweet spa experience! Love the use of organic essential oils in this product.

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Cool Mint Propolis Soap

About:

“The Best Soap! Our best seller. Check out our happy list of local wholesalers as well.

Propolis contains a wealth of minerals and a significant amount of Vitamin C. Everyone may use it, as a means of protection against micro-organisms. It has antiseptic qualities and good for the skin and scalp because it is a special natural substance with strong effect. Propolis Bees make Propolis by collecting nectar from flowers of different types of trees and plants and mixing this with pollen to form a waxy substance. Propolis is ideal for arthritis, cancer, asthma, eczema, acne, herpes, burns, wounds, body odor,dry skin, itchy skin, scars, psoriasis…to name a few.

Propolis Cool Mint Soap is suitable for the most sensitive skin, made with vitamin and mineral rich Propolis, a natural antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory. It’s enriched with blends of pure essential oils to enhance your bathing experience with a cool mint freshness.

This is a 4 oz. soap bar, comes shrink wrapped and banded in a cigar band type label with the description and ingredients. This soap bar is perfect for Wholesalers to sell in there Honey Shop or Place of Business.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Canola Oil, Propolis, Natural Stoneground Cornmeal, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Vitamin E, and Grapefruit Seed Extract.”

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Chocolate Decadence Honey Soap

About:

“Chocolate lovers, rejoice- here is a calorie free treat that indulges your cravings for something sinful!

Chocolate and Pure Florida Honey have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-aging properties which cleanse, nourish, and moisturize your skin. Cocoa Butter and Chocolate softens and rejuvenates skin while protecting skins elastin and collagen from free radical damage, leaving your skin with a healthy glow. Ideal for all skin types, acne, lines and wrinkles, to name a few…

This is a 4 oz. soap bar, comes shrink wrapped and banded in a cigar band type label with the description and ingredients. This soap bar is perfect for Wholesalers to sell in there Honey Shop or Place of Business.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Canola Oil, Cocoa Absolute, Pure Florida Honey, Unrefined Cocoa Butter, and Grapefruit Seed Extract.”

My Thoughts about the bar Soaps:

These are my two favorite Scentsational products in consideration to the ingredient lists alone. Nothing makes me “ooh” and “ahh” over a product more that reading one organic ingredient after the next.

In addition to the high-quality ingredients, both are these soaps are incredible to the scenses! Mint is my very favorite scent in a bar of soap because it not only smells fresh and cool, but it feels that way on the skin as well. It truly feels like it rejuvenates your skin.

The chocolate decadence bar is earthy, rich and just as wonderful as it sounds. The chocolate smell is noticeable, but not completely overpowering. This is unique treat for my to have experienced–as it’s one of the few bars of chocolate I’ve had in the shower! 🙂

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Strawberry Honey Lip Balm

About:

“Our Lip Balms are Homemade and All Natural and made with moisturizing mango butter, cocoa butter, nourishing shea butter, skin loving sweet almond oil, beeswax, strawberry tea infused pure Florida honey and vitamin-e as a preservative, flavor oil.

Naturally Bee Kissed with our Strawberry Honey Lip Balm made with sweet, tea infused soothing pure Florida honey, this natural lip balm is packed with moisturizing and nourishing butters and oils to keep your lips soft. Deliciously smooth and soothe your lips with a strawberry flavor.

Shea butter contains natural UV sun protection.

Our Lip Balms are Homemade and All Natural and made with moisturizing mango butter, cocoa butter, nourishing shea butter, skin loving sweet almond oil, beeswax, pure Florida honey and vitamin-e as a preservative, flavor oil.

**For better results it is best to exfoliate lips every night with our Strawberry Honey Lip Exfoliator/Plumper/Edible and follow with our Strawberry Honey Lip Balm.  Exfoliating is to get rid of dry, cracked, peeling lips and lip balm helps lock in moisture and keep your lips soft and smooth.  (ladies, doing so will make your lipstick stay on longer.)”

My Thoughts:

I first thought of my 5-year-old girl when I read about this product. She can’t get enough strawberries!

Often times, strawberry skin products smell and taste like an artificial strawberry flavoring. However, with this lip balm you get the feeling that it’s the real deal. It’s so sweet and fresh! Truly smells good enough to eat. It does an incredible job of moisturizing chapped lips (I even dab some on my nose on colder days to prevent having a dry nose).

I love the simplicity and richness of the ingredients. Again, would love to see this ingredient list like the Scentsational bar soap ingredient lists. I see myself stocking up on this for my little girl when they pack it full of organic goodness.

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Strawberry Honey Sugar Lip Scrub

About:

“Naturally Bee Kissed (Lip Exfoliator & Plumper) is an effective exfoliator and plumping lip treatment. Rich in organic fruits and herbs and proudly free of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petroleum.

The first sugar-based, lip exfoliator/plumper that is perfectly edible and smells delicious.  This natural pure Florida tea-infused strawberry honey lip exfoliator and plumper is packed with moisturizing and nourishing butters and oils to keep your lips soft and smooth.  For extra protection we added essential oils for antiseptic and disinfectant properties.  This lip scrub has uv protection. Use often as needed to keep lips healthy feeling.

Use any of our Honeybee Lip Balms after treatment for soothing and moisturizing lips.”

My Thoughts:

Having a lip scrub in the shower has been a special treat. This scrub is a bit more gentle than the sea salt scrub with finer granules. It leaves me lips soft, smooth and smelling like strawberries! Like the lip balm, this scrub smells good enough to eat. It’s interesting to read that this scrub acts as a natural lip plumped–cant hurt right? 🙂 Love the use of organic ingredients!

If all of these Scentsational products were packed full of organic ingredients, I’d give this brand my highest rating. They aren’t far away from that, though. They are a way-above-average skin care line and I’ve had a pleasant exchange working with them!