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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.

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Thayer’s Natural Witch Hazel Review

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Thayer’s Natural Remedies

Overall Rating: images

About Thayer’s:

The Benefits:

Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners are soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, tone and soothe your skin. Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub and a blend of other time-tested ingredients, these natural elixirs containing important tannins have been a fixture in medicine cabinets for generations. Once you use them, you’ll know why.”

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Cucumber Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

Stay Cool as a Cucumber, Whatever the Weather.

THAYERS® Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Toner cooling essence has a deliciously serene effect on the body. Experience our formula for serenity now! • Fragrance-Free • Paraben-Free • Naturally Preserved • Hypoallergenic.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.”

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Lemon Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

Like a Tall Glass of Lemonade for Your Skin.

Thayers Lemon Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula is a fresh-smelling, gentle astringent that cleanses and refreshes the skin with a delightful lemon essence.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet of Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virgiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Lemon), Citric Acid.”
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Peach Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

An Orchard in a Bottle. 

Thayers Peach Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula is nectar for the skin. It’s got all the soothing properties you’ve come to love in our Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents, with a gorgeous, fresh-off-the-tree scent.

Ingredients: 

Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passionfruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Peach), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).”

 My Description & Thoughts about the different witch hazel scents:

I’m always looking for new ways to change up my skin routine for the better. I love trying new skin care products. I had heard of witch hazel before but was unaware of how to use it with my daily regimen Luckily, Thayer’s contacted me about giving their products a try. I love that a lot of the ingredients are organic and all of them are plant-derived and natural. I’ve been genuinely excited about all of the uses I’ve come up with so far–it makes witch hazel a useful, versatile product, as it replaces several bathroom products.

1. Mid-Day Facial Spray

Sometimes after a workout, half way through the day, my skin needs a refresh. I’ve found that what works perfectly for this is a mixture (1 part filtered water and 2 parts Thayer’s Witch Hazel) sprayed onto my skin with a small spray bottle. I dab the excess witch hazel off of my skin with a clean towel. Doing this helps my skin feel fresh without stripping away all of my skin’s moisture. My favorite for this is the lemon witch hazel.

2. Make-Up Brush Cleaner

It makes sense to clean your makeup brushes with a natural, gentle cleaner if you are already making an effort to use natural skin products.  That said, Thayers Witch Hazel makes the perfect brush cleaner. I simply fill a small bowl with witch hazel and place the end of the brushes into the liquid.  I let them sit there for a few minutes, swish them around and then rinse them. Let them air dry before using them again. Pick the witch hazel scent that you like best, as your brushes will not have remnants of that fresh scent. I like using the cucumber for this purpose.

3. Quick “Shower”

Because I am breaking a sweat at least once a day during my workout, I often find the need to clean up but don’t want to take several showers a day. A great solution that has worked well for me is dabbing Thayer’s Witch Hazel on a wet wash cloth. Wipe down at the necessary spots and you’re good to know! It will help eliminate body and odor and will leave a fresh scent behind. My favorite for this is using the peach witch hazel!

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

Purple Prairie Botanicals Lotion, Bug Spray, Deodorant Review

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Purple Prairie Botanicals

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Purple Prairie Botanicals:

“Our Story:
Once upon a time there was a mother of three who was tired of her dry, irritated skin and acne problems.  She wondered what happened to the skin she was born with. One day while reading her organic gardening magazine, she found an article about old fashioned soap. She knew this was the answer she had been searching for. Soon after her first batch of soap, her skin was reborn! The instinctual desire to create took over and Purple Prairie was founded in 2000.  We are a Minnesota home grown company started with the belief that our skin needs products made with nature’s ingredients to stay healthy & beautiful. Our products contain the finest nurturing, safe & organic ingredients combined with herbal infusions & pure essential oils which restore the balance of both physical and mental well being. We cater to all skin types including the most sensitive skin. All products are 100% natural unless noted otherwise, environmentally safe, petroleum free & paraben free. We are proud to qualify for the National Green Pages directory.

Our Green Philosophy:

All Purple Prairie Botanicals products are inspired and made with a back-to-basics approach. Our products are made in small batches using nature’s ingredients. Many of our products meet and exceed organic standards. All products must meet the following requirements:

NO Petroleum
NO Parabens
NO Synthetic Dyes
NO Artificial Preservatives
No Animal Ingredients
NO Detergents
NO Sulfates
NO GMOs

Purple Prairie Botanicals has always believed in the protection and sustainability of our natural world and the delicate systems which balance all life as we know it. This planet produces all of the products we share with you, and it is simply a matter of appreciation and respect that must be given. When purchasing our raw materials, we only work with American companies that lead the industry in environmental stewardship and adhere to strict principles and protocols that ensure fair treatment and compensation for the people involved with the production of our ingredients. This includes organic farming and fair trade practices.

Zero Waste:
Purple Prairie Botanicals is a “Zero Waste” company where any materials which might be regarded as waste are either recycled, re-used, composted, reclaimed, or brought back into the production cycle. All invoices, brochures and other paper materials printed for our customers by Purple Prairie Botanicals is a minimum 35% post consumer waste material. We use minimal/recyclable packaging and recycle/reuse everything possible during the production process. We re-use all shipping material(boxes/packing peanuts, etc.) that arrive with our ingredient purchases. All of the office supplies we use are repurposed, reused or recycled. The packaging material we use to cushion your order is 100% repurposed/reused bubble wrap, peanuts and newsprint salvaged and cleaned from other companies and individuals.

Reusing is better than recycling!!

No Animal Testing:
We are in compliance with the PETA statement of assurance. We do not test on animals and do not purchase materials from any company who tests on animals.”

One of the many things this brand description shows is that a company, even without “organic” or “organics” in their name might perhaps use organic ingredients, and visa versa. Checking out their mission and ingredient lists will help give you a better understanding about it.

Great job, Purple Prairie! 🙂

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Patchouli Vanilla Lotion

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“Rejuvenate the free spirit- This rich, warming aroma taps into your sensual side of life. Its regeneration properties benefit many skin conditions. The hydrating properties of organic olive oil & shea butter will leave your skin nourished, soft and glowing.

WARNING: Might evoke sensual freedom.

99% Natural Ingredients: aqua(water),organic cold pressed olea europaea(olive)fruit oil, hamamelis virginiana(witch hazel),kosher vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut), cetearyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parki (shea butter)fruit, pogostemen(Patchouli)oil, vanilla oil, rosmarinus officinalis(rosemary) leaf extract, salix nigra (black willow)extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

My first thought when receiving this product: My husband, Paul. I remember when I first met Paul we were discussing soap scents as we were contemplating starting a soap business down the road at some point. He told me how much he liked Patchouli in a soap. I agreed with him–it’s rich earthiness is pleasant and masculine smelling.

This lotion has the earthiness of Patchouli and the decadence of Vanilla–it’s an intoxicating combination. My new daughter and I like to give Paul foot rubs some times after he comes home from work–and that is how I first used this lotion. He appeared to enjoy the scent and feel of the lotion. I could tell in rubbing it in that it is rich and comprised of dense, nourishing ingredients.

A lot of lotions can contain a large amount of water and junk, leaving your skin needing more moisture just minutes later. This one does a great job of keeping skin hydrated. Many organic ingredients make up this lotion, which I love. It’s a lotion I’d recommend to Patchouli lovers and those looking for an earthy scented body moisturizer.

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Natural Deodorant

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“Our deodorant is a safe alternative to the mainstream aluminum laden versions. This is not an antiperspirant but an effective odor neutralizing solid. Lavender, tea tree and palmarosa oil are proven odor eliminators.

  • 100% natural
  • Non-irritating
  • Aluminum Free
  • Paraben Free

Why choose Purple Prairie deodorant over an antiperspirant?

Antiperspirants and deodorants are not the same thing. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, and blocking the pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. (Note that aluminum can accumulate in the brain.) Sweating is a natural cooling and detoxifying process. Sweating is healthy! Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria.

Directions: Use daily to stay fresh and odor free.

100% Natural Ingredients: Apis mellifera (beeswax), organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, organic cold pressed olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa butter), cymbopogan martini (palmarosa oil), pimpinella anisum (anise) oil, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cupressus sempervirens (cypress oil), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, zinc oxide and cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Man, I was super bummer that this deodorant smells like licorice! I am not a fan of licorice–the smell nor the taste. It must be the anise oil in this deodorant that exudes the licorice smell.

However, my personal preference in smell is no reason to not recommend this deodorant. If you happen to like licorice, I believe you will really take to this deodorant. If you compared this ingredient lists to a stick of deodorant from a big box grocery store, you’d buy this one in a heartbeat. All of these ingredients are familiar and plant based–and a lot of them are organic. What a refreshing thing to see another deodorant (I’ve only come across a handful of good ones that are also effective) that is aluminum free, paraben free and comprised of all natural ingredients.

Despite my distaste for anise, I tried out this deodorant and tested it out on a run outdoors. Funny enough, I knew this deodorant was working well because I continued to smell licorice throughout my run! 🙂 Again, I realize that A LOT of people love this scent. I would recommend this deodorant to THOSE people. It performed well for me, and I perspire profusely when I run in the heat, so that says something.

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Deet Free Bug Spray (for pets, too!)

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“A natural, safe way to to keep gnats, biting flies and mosquitoes away. A special blend of essential oils and plant extracts in a clean witch hazel and water base. Deet free. Try it on itchy bites, poison ivy, chicken pox and other itchies too. Safe for all ages.

Frolicking outside will be fun again!

Directions: Spray on exposed skin to keep away biting flies, gnats and mosquitoes. Repeat as necessary.  Feel the relief. Avoid eyes. Store in a cool, dark place. 

External Use Only

96% Natural Ingredients: aqua (water), hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), polysorbate 20, eucalyptus citriadora (lemon eucalyptus), azadirachta indica (neem) seed oil, nepeta cataria (catnip) oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil and salix nigra (black willow) extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I loved getting a sample of this product. My family does a lot of outdoor walking and hiking in addition to my daily runs. This bug spray has been much needed at times. An outing is just that much more enjoyable when you don’t have bugs buzzing around your face, biting you, etc. The bottle I received fit perfectly and conveniently into a pocket of my Camelbak. The larger bottle looks just as portable and would certainly fit easily into any pocket or pouch that would normally carry a water bottle.

I found this spray to be very effective! I didn’t have one worry about bugs biting me when I had it applied. I’m sure this is because Purple Prairie uses several potent essential oils, many of which are natural bug repellers. They get the job done and also leave a nice herbaceous, earthy scent on your skin and clothes. It doesn’t smell of chemicals at all, like many bug sprays do.

In addition to this awesome bug spray, Purple Prairie Botanicals makes several products specifically geared towards gardening (My Mom is a Master Gardener and I see these gardening lotions, salves and sprays to be perfect for her).

I think everyone needs some of this bug spray around. It’s a great for a family to have on hand to spray themselves, the kids and the pets before going outdoors. It will allow you to be worry-free about bugs and bug bites.

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

Spray Active Review

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Spray Active

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

These unique little sprays were a new idea for new to try. I found it neat that each one targeted a specific “condition”. Here is how Spray Active describes themselves:

“We’re advocates for a better way to get your nutritional supplements — you should be using vitamin sprays!

Spray vitamins offer obvious advantages.  They’re more absorbable — your body utilizes them nearly 10 times faster than vitamin pills.  People who can’t swallow pills (or just don’t like to) can easily use sprays.  They fit right in your purse or pocket so you can take them anywhere.  They’re free of the heavy binders and fillers used in conventional pills. Over 60% of Americans regularly take nutritional supplements — and for good reason.  Supplements have been proven to boost our energy and immune function, support our digestion and neurological health, and stave off aging. We are veterans of the nutraceutical industry and each of us — PhD’s to staff — personally takes a handful of supplements every day to protect our health.  When we discovered what could be done with vitamin sprays we were astonished at the possibilities.  And today, after more than a year of research and development, there is a better way.Spray Active™- get the vitamins and nutrients you need in two sprays a day and say goodbye to swallowing pills — forever!

  • No more problems trying to take pills that are too big— just spray under the tongue and swallow!
  • Instantly gives your body the support it needs
  • Issues digesting pills? Our sprays make it easy to absorb and digest your daily doses
  • PhD-developed with the latest science. Safe and effective
  • Made to the highest quality standards and complies with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Controlled dosage in a simple, easy-to-use spray bottle
  • We source only the purest, most bioavailable forms of nutrients
  • Sugar free and natural (no caffeine or stimulants added)
  • None of the binding agents and fillers you find in pills, tablets, and capsules
  • Great-tasting flavors!
  • Perfect for travellers, trend-setters, and people on the go who are health conscious. Carry your spray with you and take your vitamins at any time.”

Defense

Defense

Spray Active’s Description:

“Don’t want to become a victim of cold season? Potent antioxidants like Vitamin C and echinacea in Spray Active™ Defense powerfully work to support your immune system and maintain your natural defense. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue. Use Spray Active™ Defense anytime, anywhere for optimal health. We know you can’t control everyone around you, but with Spray Active™ you’re protected with the best defense.

Flavor:  Orange Cream.

  • Maintain your natural defense
  • Support the immune system
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Someone on the plane sneezing? Spray Defense!
  • In an office or classroom and everyone seems sick? Spray Defense!
  • Spraying is a quick way to support your immune system.

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin C (as Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid), 10 mg
  • Zinc (as Gluconate), 1 mg
  • Echinacea Angustifolia Root Extract, 1 mg

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative) and Purified Stevia Extract.

Vitamin C is essential for us all to keep our immune systems strong. It’s also critical for the growth and repair of skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, bones, teeth and cartilage. In addition, this powerful antioxidant actually stops damage to the body caused by free radicals. But, because the body doesn’t naturally produce or store Vitamin C (it will actually flush out what it doesn’t need) an adequate supply is needed to keep the body functioning at its best.

Zinc is an essential trace element, used for boosting the immune system and enhancing overall health. Zinc is also helpful in dental, eye and skin health. However, studies have shown that our population does not get an adequate supply of Zinc.

Echinacea, an herb used by many ancient cultures, has been proven to stimulate the body’s immune system and help ward off a wide array of conditions.”

Vitality

Vitality

Spray Active’s Description:

“Get all the health benefits of the sun in a new, convenient spray. The Vitamin D3 in Spray Active™ Vitality builds stronger bones, enhances muscle strength and relieves joint discomfort that often comes with age. With Spray Active™ Vitality your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue, and they instantly begin to strengthen your bones and improve your health.

Flavor:  Pomegranate.

  • Build stronger bones
  • Reduce age-related joint discomfort
  • Support normal neurotransmitter function
  • Improve your mood
  • Enhance muscle strength
  • Get your daily dose of Vitamin D3 in an effective, easy spray
  • 1000 I.U. per dose.

Ingredients:

Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) 1,000 IU

Other Ingredients: Purified water, Cellulose, Sodium Alginate, Natural Flavors, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract.

Vitamin D3 is essential for our overall well-being. Most commonly used for bone health, this crucial vitamin is also known to support the heart, the muscles and the skin, and has even been known to improve mood. Often called the “sunshine vitamin”, most of us don’t get an adequate supply of Vitamin D3 from the sun because of the use of sunscreen, long winter months and busy lifestyles. Those of us in northern latitudes, darker-skinned people, and those who are 65 years and older are most at risk for being Vitamin D deficient. In fact, as we age, the body is less able to convert sunlight into Vitamin D.”

Sleep

Sleep

Spray Active’s Description:

“Trouble falling or staying asleep? Spray Active™ Sleep contains the perfect combination of nutrients, including melatonin and tryptophan, to regulate your natural sleep pattern and leave you feeling well-rested and refreshed. Because travel often disturbs your internal clock, use Spray Active™ Sleep to relieve the symptoms of jet lag. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue and they instantly begin working to ensure you get a great night sleep for a productive next day.

Flavor:  Mint.

  • Help you fall asleep faster
  • Lengthen the duration of sleep
  • Help to regulate your natural sleep pattern
  • Promote relaxation and reduces stress
  • Powerful antioxidant and immune system support
  • Support a healthy mood balance
  • Help relieve symptoms of jet lag like feeling tired and disruptive sleep

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), 50 mcg
  • Folic Acid, 10 mcg
  • L- Theanine, 10 mg
  • L- Tryptophan, 10 mg
  • Melatonin, 1.5 mg

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Citric Acid, and Purified Stevia Extract

B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to regulate your natural sleep pattern an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and restful sleep by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system and help to form new red blood cells.

L-Tryptophan and L-Theanine are both amino acids. L-Tryptophan is not produced in the body but is necessary for protein synthesis, nitrogen balance, and niacin and serotonin production. L-Theanine, derived from tea leaves, has properties which reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood.

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone found in the body, is most commonly used to regulate the body’s internal clock. Because of melatonin’s ability to enhance relaxation and lower stress, it is especially helpful for travelers who experience jet lag, overnight shift workers and people who have sleep difficulties.”

Control

Control

Spray Active’s Description:

“Are cravings preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals? Spray Active™ Control is packed with powerful nutrients like 5HTP and Chromium needed to suppress your appetite and minimize those brutal food cravings. With Spray Active™ Control your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue, and they instantly begin working to reduce your cravings and improve your health.

Flavor:  Green Apple.

  • Help reduce carbohydrate cravings
  • Increase production of serotonin so you feel good!
  • Help suppress appetite
  • Maintain energy levels
  • Support proper digestion and balance food absorption
  • Maintain optimal insulin activity
  • Two sprays is a quick way to curb your cravings!

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 10 mg
  • Zinc (as Gluconate), 1 mg
  • Chromium (as Polynicotinate), 75 mcg
  • L-5-Hydroxytryptophan 5-HTP (as Griffonia Seeds), 20 mg
  • Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Apple Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract.
  • B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to boost energy levels an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and increase energy by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system while producing energy and forming red blood cells.
  • Chromium, an essential trace element, is vital in small amounts for overall health. Chromium has been shown to be effective in reducing food cravings and maintaining optimal insulin levels. It is also used as a natural appetite suppressant. Chromium’s ability to support proper digestion and food absorption, often results in higher energy levels. In addition, chromium increases serotonin, which improves and uplifts mood.
  • Zinc is an essential trace element, used for boosting the immune system and enhancing overall health. Zinc is also helpful in dental, eye and skin health. However, studies have shown that our population does not get an adequate supply of zinc.
  • 5 HTP, a naturally occurring amino acid, comes from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia Simplicifolia. It has been shown to increase the production of serotonin which is an important chemical affecting brain function, mood, appetite and sleep.
  • Griffonia seeds, because of their 5-HTP content, are used to raise serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is an important chemical for brain function, helping to regulate mood, appetite, and sleeping habits. Because of the way griffonia seed affects serotonin levels, the extract is also used to regulate eating habits.”

Energy

Energy

Spray Active’s Description:

“So tired you have trouble functioning? Spray Active™ Energy is packed with powerful B Vitamins and other nutrients to boost your energy, ease your stress, and keep you mentally alert. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue and they instantly begin working to re-energize you!

Flavor:  Orange.

  • Boost energy levels
  • Promote mental alertness
  • Support proper digestion and balance food absorption
  • Ease occasional stress and reduce mild anxiety
  • Improve and uplift mood
  • Enhance antioxidant defense systems in the body
  • Increase your energy with just two sprays!

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine Hcl), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin 5-Phosphate), 1 mg
  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin & Niacinamide), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B5 (as Pantothenic Acid), 3 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), 500 mcg
  • Eleuthero Root Extract 10:1, 500 mcg
  • Other Ingredients: Purified water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract

B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to give you the energy you need, an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and increase energy by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system while producing energy and forming red blood cells.

Eleuthero Root is a plant used for thousands of years by cultures all around the world. Safer than many common stimulants, it is known to reduce fatigue, boost energy, increase mental clarity and ease occasional stress. Eleuthero Root is also believed to play an important role in immune system response. 

My Thoughts & Suggestions for Improvement on Spray Active:

Spray Active health sprays are an interesting and neat way to change up your daily routine. Their portability makes them perfect to keep in your car or purse.

The fact that each spray contains specific vitamins to target specific issues is a neat thing to me. All 5 of the flavors taste very good, not all “vitamin-y” like you might think.

In regards to effectiveness, each spray provides a subtle way of targeting each specific purpose. It is not an immediate jolt, but it has an effect that is noticeable.

The convenience and practicality of these sprays are tops. I would recommend these to someone who is frequently on-the-go and is looking for an easy solution to replenish vitamins during the day.

I can see myself buying more of the sleep and control sprays. As my family is well aware, I have bouts where I wake up in the middle of night very hungry and end up whipping up something substantial to satisfy my hunger. I’ve been using these sprays before bed to help prevent those mid night wake ups and they have been effective for several nights.

My scrutiny is that the vitamins do not appear to be derived from organic sources. If they were, I’d have every intention of implementing these products because they would be (if comprised of organically sourced vitamins) a nutritionally dense health boosting spray. Overall, I’d say this is an average product ingredient wise and an above average product in regards to practicality and effectiveness.

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

Essence of Vali Essential Oil Healing Blends Review

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Essence of Vali Healing Blends

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Essence of Vali:

“I am Valerie Bennis, founder and president of Essence of Vali.  The name of the company is very fitting as my nickname is Vali.  Creating blends that smell beautiful and are used in a sensual and healing way are a creative expression of who I am.  From an early age, I have loved self care and taking care of others.

In my thirties, I became interested in holistic healing and studied therapeutic touch, Reiki, nutrition, herbs, detox programs, homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, juicing, fasting, and aromatherapy.  I loved tinkering at home, making therapeutic formulas as well as creating recipes for my beauty regime.  It was always a source of pleasure and fascination for me.

I continued my career in the corporate world and evenings and weekends, continued my other life as an alchemist of sorts.  Then I went through some soul searching about my life and my future and decided to follow my heart and focus on an area of holistic healing.  That was when I decided to focus on “essential oils” also known as “aromatherapy”.  I loved all the ways the essences could be used – therapeutic, medicinal, beauty, and addressing all levels of mind, body, spirit.

Once I made my decision, I found the perfect teacher and studied as an apprentice for an intense six month period.  This was followed by a certification program and a diploma program.  I became a certified aromatherapist four years after I started my studies.  All this time, I was still at my day job, happily making customized blends for individual clients, evenings and weekends.  I lived a bit of a double life and people at work used to sneak into my office for advice and for their customized blends.

My recipe book was quickly being filled up with healing formulas.  To this day, I still have my original book with the person’s name for whom the formula was created.  In the year 2000 I left my corporate life and launched the Essence of Vali line of products. It has been an exciting journey that I am still on as I continue to focus on getting our products out there in the world.

Beyond the products, we love inspiring people to love themselves, age gracefully and experience a whole new way of life.  We believe in challenging your mind, honoring your body and celebrating your spirit.

May you always take impeccable care of your self,

Vali.”

Vali has been a joy to coordinate with and she was extremely generous and allowing me access to a wide selection of samples to try. Thank you, Vali!

Balm

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Analgesic Relief Balm

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Relief Analgesic Balm is used to ease the discomfort of aches and pains, due to chronic conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, headaches and overall discomfort. It is suitable for smaller areas. Massage the areas where you experience pain. It is safe to use several times a day and absorbs easily into the skin. I love to massage my feet with Relief balm!

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, peppermint& birch blended into a base of almond oil, jojoba, beeswax, coconut oil, soybean oil, aloe vera and tocopherol (Vitamin E).”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love to apply this to my “achy” parts like my knees and feet after a long run or workout. It soothes and alleviates slight discomforts I’m having. Love the smell of the peppermint and birch!

Botanical Mists

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Uplift Mood Mist

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Uplift is our “cheer up” blend and my personal favorite! It is wonderful when you are feeling down in the dumps with bergamot and litsea cubeba both providing fantastic “anti blues” properties. Gently shake bottle. Mist around room to freshen air or use as a body spray, avoiding contact with face and eyes. You can also mist sheets and corners of pillowcase.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, spruce, bergamot & litsea cubeba in a base of distilled water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I spray this mist onto the front of my shirt as I’m drinking coffee in the morning. There is a coffee blend that I love and it is called “Uplifting,” so I found this mist to compliment the coffee drinking well. 🙂

It smells like fresh plants and flowers and is, indeed, uplifting!

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Passion Love Mist

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Enhancing romantic moments, you and your partner can use this aphrodisiac and sensual blend for misting sheets, pillowcases and body. Gently shake bottle. Spray on sheets and corners of pillowcase. You can also mist the room to create a romantic mood or freshen the air. It can also be used as a body mist.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of orange, ylang/ylang, patchouli & ginger in a base of distilled water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This is a great mist to have in your bedroom, as the ylang ylang is relaxing and soothing. The patchouli & ginger add a nice earthy zest, too! Very unique and lovely scent.

Mini Vials

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Sleep Mini Vial

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Sleep is our most popular blend as it eases people into a peaceful sleep and comforts them during times of stress. The concentrate is the most potent of the sleep collection. A drop is all it takes. Tip bottle to release a drop onto the corner of the pillowcase. You can also put a drop on a tissue or cotton ball and tuck into the corner of the pillowcase.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood & ylang/ylang.”

My Description & Thoughts:

The two main scents I smell from this are the lavender and ylang yang. I find both of those scents to be relaxing–making them perfect for a sleep blend.

I love Essence of Vali’s line of “sleep” products, as I have trouble waking up feeling rested and refreshed on most mornings. These I see why they are some of the best sellers.

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EOV Eau De Parfum Mini Vial

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“I consider EOV my masterpiece blend! It was created over 10 years ago for a private client and I have always loved the aroma of this complex and enticing formula. It is personally my favorite perfume and I wear it year round. Where ever I go, people ask –“what is that perfume you are wearing?” If you would like to try a sample, please call or e-mail and we will send one to you free of charge.

Men and women can both enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy and the pleasure of wearing a beautiful fragrance. Use as you would perfume, misting on pulse points. Some people also like to use it as a room spray.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, rosewood, cedarwood, patchouli, palmarosa, geranium, litsea cubeba and clove in a base of corn alcohol and water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

All of these essential oils together make such a unique, interesting, and even unisex fragrance. It is very wearable for during the day but can be worn heavier for a “night time” scent.

Love the convenience of carrying this little bottle in my purse for quick and easy application.

Massage & Bath Oils

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EOV Body Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“My customers inspired me to create a bath & body oil version of EOV Eau de Parfum. This new product launched in February 2012 and it’s quickly becoming a best seller. When our clients inhale the aroma, they swoon. With a rich and sensual burst of citrus, due to the uplifting essential oil, litsea cubeba, EOV Bath & Body Oil is a personal luxury. Treat your senses to the pleasure of a beautiful fragrance and the benefits of aromatherapy.

Ingredients:

100% pesticide free golden jojoba, essential oils of lavender, cedarwood, rosewood, patchouli, palmarosa, gerainium, clove & litsea cubeba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I apply this to damp skin after showering, as the beads of water on my skin help the oil go on easier. This body oil leaves my skin so fragrant and fresh. No additional fragrance is needed when this is applied all over.

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Detox Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Spring cleaning with Detox massage & bath oil in preparation for revealing the beauty of your skin in the warm weather months a head. We recommend dry skin brushing followed by a bath or massage with Detox. Your skin will glow and will emit the fresh natural fragrance of Grapefruit, Lemon, Cypress and Juniper.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of grapefruit, lemon, cypress & juniper in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have been applying this oil sort of “randomly” on my body before runs, just to give me a little detoxifying, citrusy boost. It also leaves a nice, fresh scent on my skin. Love the zesty, freshness that the grapefruit and lemon provide.

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Balance Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Experience relief from hormonal fluctuations due to PMS, Peri Menopause, Menopause or Post Menopause. For relief of pain, massage areas such as lower back, stomach, temples and back of neck with the massage oil. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin. Bath Oil – Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, grapefruit, clary sage & geranium in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I apply this to my temples, neck, and shoulders when stressed. I find my focus shifts to my rich scent, rather than the stressor, making it very effective. 🙂

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Refresh Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Rejuvenating, energizing and uplifting. Massage well into the skin all over your body, or apply to specific areas. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.Bath Oil – Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of orange, lemon & grapefruit in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I use this similarly to how I use the detox oil, before runs for a little added boost. The citrus is such an intoxicating, refreshing scent that I love.

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Relief Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Relief is our second most popular blend as it helps relieve aches and pains due to arthritis, sports injuries, headaches and chronic conditions. For headaches, massage along hairline, temples and back of neck at first sign of pain. For sports injuries, arthritis, foot pain, muscular aches and pains, use on specific areas as needed. Bath Oil – Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, peppermint & birch in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This oil mixture is very similar to the homemade “Icy Hot” that I make. Peppermint and birch are so soothing to me, especially when applied right before and right after workouts–and lavender is relaxing and pleasant. This is a great blend for “relief”. 🙂

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Sleep Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Sleep is our most popular blend as it eases people into a peaceful sleep and comforts them during times of stress. Before bedtime, massage well into the skin all over your body. You can also massage a small amount above upper lip and inhale the relaxing aroma. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood & ylang/ylang in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like the vial I shared about earlier, I love these sleep blends. The essential oils used are perfect for getting into a relaxed, sleepy mood. I use it post-shower all over my body. Since I shower in the evenings, it is a perfect oil blend for me.

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Passion Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Indulge in the sensuality of natural essences of orange zest, ylang/ylang petals, ginger root & patchouli leaves. Experience the caress of golden jojoba as you soak in a luxurious bath.  Savor the touch of your lover as you share a pampering massage.  Scent your bedroom with love mist as you delight in one another’s presence.  Treat your loved one or your self this Valentine’s day to Essence of Vali, Passion.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of orange, ylang/ylang, patchouli & ginger in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like the mist, this oil is perfect to have in your bedroom. The essential oils are conducive to a relaxed and loving mood.

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Fortify Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“A grounding, comforting and restorative blend, it is very helpful when you are feeling emotionally fragile. Massage well into the skin all over your body, or apply to specific areas. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of cedarwood, rosewood & spruce in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Thoughts & Suggestions for Improvement:

This blend smells like walking through a thickly wooden forest. I gets me in the mood to be outdoors!

I’d say this blend can be used to inspire yourself to get outdoors and get connected to nature, thus destressing yourself. I look forward to sharing some with my fiancee, as he loves the outdoors like I do and I’m sure would appreciate the scent.

All in all, Essence of Vali has a wide ranging, impressive line of essential oil blends that I have thoroughly enjoyed using. It is such an experience to use and smell these scents. I trust that Vali makes her blends from high quality oils. It would give me an added boost of confidence in the product ingredients, though, knowing that the plants were grown organically.

I would recommend these products to someone looking for good quality essential oils to “tackle” their daily health issues. These are not the best quality I’ve come across, though they are above average.

After all, that’s what the writer of Run On Organic strives for! 😉

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