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Kevita Probiotic Drinks Review

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Kevita

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Kevita:

“KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink is delicious vitality in every sip. At the heart of KeVita is its proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotic. KeVita is handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California. Enjoy a variety of low calorie flavors including Coconut, Mango Coconut and Pomegranate. KeVita is certified organic, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan.

Refresh yourself daily with KeVita. Enjoy delicious vitality and love in every sip!”

Coconut

About:

“Yum and yum! The first and only certified organic sparkling coconut water is our most popular thirst-quenching flavor. KeVita Coconut is so pure and light, with a taste so divine you might break into song. So come along and enjoy the perfectly balanced blend of KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Strawberry Acai Coconut

About:

“Sweet and fresh, a KeVita Strawberry Acai Coconut kiss! A flavor loved and adored by all ages. The colors so pretty, the flavor so bright, it’s a sparkling delicious and delightful combination. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of strawberries, acai berries, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Strawberry Acai Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Mango Coconut

About:

“Exotic and delish, KeVita Mango Coconut is a tropical adventure. Drink deeply, a bottle a day just might take the edge away. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of mangos, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Mango Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Pomegranate Coconut

About:

“Delicate yet complex, KeVita Pomegranate Coconut is refreshingly light. This combination conjures the greatest of myths and the easiest of pleasures. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of pomegranate, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Pomegranate Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse

About:

“Spicy and sublime, KeVita Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse™ is lightly sweetened with stevia, and contains no added sugar. Delicious between meals, Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, low glycemic, vegan, dairy and gluten free.”

Tangerine

About:

“Refreshing and light, KeVita Tangerine is our delightfully sweet citrus and creamy vanilla blend. Enhanced with vitamin C and organic green coffee bean extract, Tangerine is sunshine in a bottle. Tangerine is certified organic, non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

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My Thoughts:

Kevita drinks are a unique division of health drinks, as they focus on boosting digestive health via a low-calorie mixture that is packed with organic ingredients and probiotics. Digestion is an important aspect of your health because without digestive efficacy, our bodies cannot absorb all of the nutrients that we take in. Ingesting probiotics helps to keep your stomach’s healthy bacteria in balance–which in turn helps keep the lining healthy and ready to do it’s job (absorb).

Similar to kombucha (but not quite as effervescent as kombucha), Kevita offers an expansive range of flavors, each of which is interesting, refreshing and tasty in its own right.

These drinks are suitable for individuals who abide by a plethora of diets, as they are vegan, dairy free, lactose free, gluten free and free of added sugar. Those facts make it easy for me to recommend to a wide range of individuals with specific dietary needs.

Quality wise, you can see on their labeling that Kevita drinks are certified organic and non-gmo–two important specs that I look for in all products that I buy frequently. On top of quality, these drinks are easy to find if you have a health food store like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods close to you. You can locate them in close proximity to kombucha and coconut water in most stores that carry it.

Taste wise, these drinks are tasty and light–not as heavy as fruit juice. The “sparkling” characteristic of the drink makes it refreshing and satisfying, though it only contains about 10 calories per serving. I’d urge soda drinkers to give this drink a try. These drinks provide nutrients via organic ingredients, whereas sodas can’t claim anything close to that. My favorites of the bunch are the Mango Coconut and the Tangerine. They are the perfect drinks to pair with your summer activities.

Though the low-calorie feature is nice, I don’t focus on it–especially if the ingredients are organic and nutritionally robust. That said, my suggested improvement with these drinks is for them to contain a few more ingredients that make them closer to a meal in regards to how filling they are. I also wish the flavors were a little bit stronger and more intense (they likely are not because of the low calorie content).

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Advocare Supplement Review

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Advocare Supplement Review

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Advocare:

“AdvoCare is a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products along with a rewarding business opportunity.

Joining team AdvoCare empowers individuals to explore their ultimate potential. When people try the products, the positive testimonials pour in: “I feel better than I have in years.” “My energy level is unbelievable.” “AdvoCare has changed my life.” AdvoCare focuses on wellness and provides an opportunity to enrich your life in the way that you choose.

Distinguished professionals from the fields of nutrition, pharmacology, biology, kinesiology and medicine formulate nutritional solutions that are based on solid science and created with the highest-quality ingredients. The phenomenal results of AdvoCare products experienced by thousands of people present an exciting business opportunity.

Individuals from all walks of life are realizing the unlimited income potential and creating a more balanced life when they share our world-class products and opportunity with others. Another bonus is our DebtBuster® system that provides a simple method for targeting your creditors and becoming debt-free – a system so effective it received the Education for Life award from the Direct Selling Association (DSA) in 2002. In June 2008, AdvoCare received the prestigious DSA Innovation Award. The DSA honors the industry’s best of the best at the Annual Awards Banquet.

The AdvoCare track record is one of success because we remain focused on what we do best: offering safe and effective nutritional products and providing a compelling business opportunity. The future is bright with AdvoCare because we have the best people, proven science-based products, celebrity endorsers who recommend our products, an exciting growth plan and sound company principles.”

Spark Pre-Workout Energy Drink Powder

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Enhances mental energy and focus*
  • Provides support for long-lasting energy*
  • Helps fight occasional drowsiness*
  • 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients
  • Sugar-free and only 45 calories
  • Helps reduce free radicals*

Ingredients:

Vitamin A (as beta-carotene), Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxine HCl), Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin), Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate), Thiamine (as HCl), Riboflavin, Niacin (as niacinamide), Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), Zinc (as zinc monomethionine), Copper (as copper glycinate), Chromium (as chromium citrate), Choline (as bitartrate and citrate), L-Tyrosine, Taurine, Caffeine , Glycine, Citrus flavonoids, Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), L-Carnitine (as tartrate), Inositol, Maltodextrin, citric acid, sucralose, silicon dioxide.”

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Gel

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Encourages optimal performance through electrolyte balance
  • Allows for immediate and sustained energy with Sequential Carbs
  • Facilitates hydration in conjunction with plenty of water
  • Lemon flavor with only 80 calories
  • On-the-go portable and convenient pouch

Ingredients:

Water, maltodextrin, fructose, dextrose, calcium lactate, natural flavors, citric acid, magnesium citrate, ascorbic acid, L-glutamine, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, potassium chloride, sucralose, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacinamide, beta carotene, calcium pantothenate, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, chromium citrate.”

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Drink Powder

About:

“Key Benefits:

  • Helps the body stay hydrated during physical activity
  • Provides a full spectrum of crucial electrolytes for improved electrolyte balance
  • Includes amino acids to help feed your muscles
  • Fuels your body with carbohydrates for energy production and sustained muscle endurance
  • Contains antioxidants to fight free radicals commonly produced during exercise
  • Helps prevent cramping during and after exercise

Ingredients:

Pure crystalline fructose, dextrose, maltodextrin, malic acid, Sustamine™ (L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine), sodium citrate, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, ascorbic acid, calcium lactate, potassium chloride, L-arginine, beta carotene, magnesium citrate, sucralose, chromium citrate complex, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium d-pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamine hydrochloride, d-calcium pantothenate, chromium citrate.”

Slam Energy Shot

About:

Key Benefits:

  • High-powered, portable energy source*
  • Fast acting*
  • Sustained energy without jitters*
  • Sharpens mental focus*
  • Sugar-free

Ingredients:

Niacin, Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine HCl), Folic acid, Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin), Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), Betaine (as hydrochloride), Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), L-Tyrosine (as N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine), Taurine, L-Carnitine, Glucuronolactone, Glycine, Caffeine, Purified water, malic acid, sucralose, potassium sorbate (as preservative).”

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My Thoughts:

I have heard of Advocare before–and known of Advocare users for a few years now. However, I have never implemented them into my own exercise routine.

Taste-wise, the Spark drink mix, Slam Shot, Rehydrate Gel and Rehydrate Powder all taste pleasant, but you can tell that they are not real flavors. I eat so many fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis that my palate can pick out artificial flavors and ingredients like these pretty easily.

Performance-wise, the Spark mix does indeed provide an energy boost and can be used as a replacement for your pre-workout cup of coffee of caffeinated tea. The Slam shot is a quick, convenient way to get a caffeine kick that you can feel. Both the Rehydrate energy gel and powder gave me the feeling of replenishment after a workout. With all of that said, I find that many supplements such as these and similar to these give you the instant gratification because they act quickly via artificial ingredients–not from organic, whole food ingredients. That is what I take issue with. There are a multitude of organic sources that can aid in prepping your body for exercise and also helping it recover. Therefore, brands that choose to use ingredients that are less than conscious of organic, pure ingredients don’t get my vote.

I find that many individuals use a products or supplement because it “works.” Yet, they do not even look at the ingredients. As for me, I want to feel good about what I’m buying and what I’m putting into my body.

Even though I am an optimist, I always strive to make my reviews honest and real. That said, I love the idea of these supplements, but in all actuality, I can’t stand behind the ingredients. Many of them are not recognizable and none of them are a “whole food” source–like chia seed and tea leaves, which are in some organic pre workout and post workout drinks that I love.

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!

Jay Robb Protein Review

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Jay Robb Protein

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Jay Robb:

“When you follow your dream with passion, you will never work another day of your life. Even if I didn’t get paid for what I do, I would still do it. That is how you know you are fulfilling your purpose in life. Like Mark Twain said, “Make your vocation your vacation and you will never work another day.” Anyone can be successful if they will stop thinking about money, follow their dream with passion, roll up their sleeves, and go to work. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I merely have used what talents and gifts I have been given and made the most of them. That is life’s secret formula for success.

My love affair with health and fitness is a beautiful experience that will never end. Teaching others how to be happy by living in harmony with nature is my purpose on earth. It is truly an honor to share my knowledge and wisdom with the world. I have also been blessed with an absolutely gorgeous wife, Beth, who is the love of my life along with our four beautiful children. I live in Jupiter, Florida with my family and enjoy surfing, meditation, the beach, working out, writing, sunbathing, and spending time with my family.”

Jay Robb Whey Protein Powder

Jay Robb’s Description:

“Jay Robb’s Whey Protein is made from the finest natural ingredients available and delivers 25 grams of first class protein, 0-fat, 0-cholesterol, 0-sugars, and only 1 gram of carbohydrate per 30 gram serving. Only cold-processed cross-flow microfiltered whey protein isolate is used as the protein source and this material comes from farm-raised, pasture-grazed, grass-fed cows not treated with the synthetic bovine growth hormone rBGH.

Whey protein isolate, which is used exclusively in Jay Robb’s Whey Protein, is created by microfiltering liquid whey through a special ceramic membrane to create the highest grade of whey protein possible. This unique process also yields a whey protein isolate that is much higher in protein than a whey protein concentrate and is also rich in immunoglobulins, alpha-lactalbumin, and beta-lactoalbumin and other immune boosting factors.

Unique natural flavors and the herb stevia are used to create a flavoring system that is palate pleasing and has made Jay Robb’s Whey Protein famous across the nation. Their tagline, “The Best-Tasting Protein on the Planet,” says it all.”

My Description and Thoughts:

I first learned about the Jay Robb brand through following professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece and professional surfer Laird Hamilton. They used to sell these products on their website–and any product they advocate I will at least try. Most times, though, when I try what they recommend, it becomes a staple in my pantry. This protein is no exception. I have tried several different flavors and though I have my favorites, they are all excellent. Though I am aware that the egg protein has been deemed the gold standard for proteins, I would choose the taste of the whey protein over the egg white protein if I had to pick. Here is my breakdown of each flavor:

  • Vanilla: this one is definitely the most versatile for me. The vanilla flavor goes well with so many fruits and other ingredients that I add to my smoothies. The flavor is excellent–very rich and satisfying.
  • Tropical Dreamsicle: I am a big fan of tropical fruits, thus, this protein immediately sparked my interest. It goes well with pineapples, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, peaches, nectarines, and any other similar fruit you can imagine. The protein itself is so yummy and you forget you’re drinking a nutritious drink when you add it to your smoothie.
  • Strawberry: This flavor is also very versatile. I like it best when mixed with bananas. Chocolate almond milk, or something similar is also yummy with the strawberry flavor.
  • Pina Colada: If I could pick a favorite flavor for a drink/smoothie/slurpie/snow cone it would, without a doubt, be Pina Colada. That said, this is my favorite flavor. It tastes like such an indulgence. It goes well with a lot of the same fruits that the “Tropical Dreamsicle” flavor does: pineapples, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, peaches, nectarines, and bananas.
  • Chocolate: Who doesn’t love chocolate? I certainly do. The flavor tastes similar to the real thing. I like it best with bananas and strawberries. I made a chocolate shake for my brother as well (who is open to trying new health drinks, but gives his honest reaction and feedback) and he loved with bananas, almond milk, and ice.

Also, in regards to organic, Jay Robb states this on their website:

Is your whey protein organic?

We are guaranteed by our supplier in writing that the whey comes from cows not treated with rBGH. The product is not certified organic due to limited supply of organic whey protein raw material at this time. We hope this will change in the future as the demand for our product grows.”

I have come to learn that that there are some companies like Jay Robb that merely hold themselves to the same standards as companies that use the “organic” label. Jay Robb simply does not have the certification. They provide a laundry list of ingredients they never use, which is a lot more that can be said about many popular protein brands.

Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder

Jay Robb’s Description:

“Jay Robb Egg White Protein powder is unique and famous for its natural flavor systems. The egg white protein raw material is derived from chickens not treated with growth hormones. The protein is flash pasteurized for safety, with no additional heating used during the final processing.

We believe that nothing on the market out-performs Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder. In the world of protein, egg albumen is nearly perfect! And our egg white formula is chock-full of PURE egg albumen! plus our Egg White protein formula contains no cheap fillers or sweeteners like fructose, malto-dextrin and glucose polymers. Plus it contains NO FAT, making it ideal to blend with a high quality flax seed oil.

Our ingredients contain NO gluten, NO msg, NO casein, NO artificial colors and NO artificial flavors.”

My Description and Thoughts:

I first learned about the Jay Robb brand through following professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece and professional surfer Laird Hamilton. They sold these products on their website, and any product they advocate I will at least try. Most times, though, when I try what they recommend, it becomes a staple in my pantry. This protein is no exception. I have tried several different flavors and though I have my favorites, they are all excellent. Although I prefer the whey protein flavor over the egg white flavor, I include the egg white protein in my routine because it, like the whey, is high quality and has a great reputation. Here is my breakdown of the flavors:

  • Vanilla: like the whey protein vanilla flavor, for me, this vanilla flavor goes with the most things. I have not come across an ingredient (fruits, milks, seeds) that it does not go well with. The flavor isn’t as satisfying as the vanilla whey protein for me, but it does provide a good dose of the egg protein benefits.
  • Strawberry: like the whey protein strawberry flavor, the strawberry flavor goes with many things, but I like it best with bananas. Again, the whey protein strawberry flavor tops this one. It does, however, still tastes a lot better than other strawberry protein powders I’ve tried.
  • Chocolate: this chocolate flavor isn’t as rich, to me, as the whey protein version–but it still tastes excellent and beats other chocolate protein powders I’ve tried. It goes well with bananas and strawberries.

Jay Robb High-Protein Jay Bar

Jay Robb’s Description:

“I’ve raised the bar on bars and created the JayBar—a great tasting protein bar without sugar, corn syrup, casein, artificial sweeteners, maltitol, acesulfame-K, evaporated cane juice, aspartame, or sucralose!

Gluten, wheat, Soy, MSG, hydrogenated oils, transfats, artificial sweeteners, acesulfame-K, aspartame, sucralose, splenda, casein, glycerine or maltitol.

About Xylitol
Our xylitol is naturally extracted from NON-GMO corn cobs (they are Kosher too) to produce pharmaceutical grade xylitol that is basically NON-ALLERGENIC due to the processing and purity of the product. Our xylitol is not derived from birch fiber. Xylitol created from birch trees must be extracted with sulfuric acid, which is a highly corrosive chemical used to manufacture paint, detergents, fertilizers, and explosives. We chose to avoid that.

  1. It is corn based (Kosher corn cob specifically)
  2. The corn is NOT genetically engineered, (Non-GMO) (GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism)
  3. Corn is used to avoid the use of sulfuric acid necessary in birch fiber extracted xylitol.
  4. The xylitol we use is naturally extracted, non-allergenic pharmaceutical grade.”

My Description and Thoughts:

I am normally not a huge fan of protein bars for several reasons:

  1. Normally they contain a plethora of preservatives to extend their shelf-live.
  2. They are not satisfying, have a strange taste, and are not fulfilling.
  3. They have very few natural ingredients and a lot of fillers.

These bars are different, and have thus changed my perspective on protein bars. They are free of the laundry list of preservatives common to other protein bars. They also taste really delicious and are convenient to grab when you’re in a hurry, traveling, or simply want the satisfaction of eating a fudge brownie, peanut butter, or a cashew-coconut flavored bar without the guilt. Here is my breakdown of the flavors:

  • Fudge Brownie: this is my favorite of the three. It’s really yummy and provides a nice chocolately flavor. It has just the right moisture to it and it will give you a healthy chocolate fix. Yum yum.
  • Peanut Butter: this is my second favorite of the three. It reminds you of the real thing, yet doesn’t contain all of the calories from fat like ordinary peanut butter does. This one is nice and moist also, and gives you a salty fix. Delicious.
  • Cashew-Coconut: This one was good, but was not AS good as the other two. I figured that it would be my favorite judging from the flavor names, but the flavor was not quite as satisfying as the fudge brownie and peanut butter bars. This is definitely a good change of pace and is excellent in it’s own right. This flavor is more unique than chocolate and peanut butter–which many other protein bar companies make.

I enjoy protein in my smoothies more than I like the bars, but you cannot replicate the convenience that these bars provide. As far as protein bars are concerned, these are the best protein bars I’ve ever had. 

Even though these bars are intended to be meal replacements, I had the idea to chop them up into cubed chunks and add them to yogurt to make a dessert. I do not normally include much dairy in my daily intake, so I would use a almond or coconut alternative yogurt.

Sequoia Beauty Organic Skin Care Review

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Sequoia Beauty Organic Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Sequoia Beauty is a brand that came to my attention in a search for high quality, unique and effective facial serums. Upon further exploration of their website, I quickly learned that they make way more than serums, and those products stack up nicely. On a most pertinent note, these ingredient lists are top notch! All sequoia products are entirely comprised of organic and locally grown ingredients. As Laurel mentions below, this is rare.

There are a plethora of brands available even with “organic” in the name that are not entirely organic. While containing organic ingredients in a certain percentage is commendable and is a step in the right direction, brands like Sequoia are in the upper echelon of the organic beauty world. I am wildly impressed with your mission and products, Laurel!

I always enjoy reading about the beginnings of organic beauty brands, because they seem to have passionate roots. This brand is no exception, and was especially enjoyable for me to read. So, I thought it best that I share. Here is a little background about Sequoia:

“Sequoia Beauty is an organic flower and herb based skin care line with an emphasis on local ingredients. The products cater to the needs of your skin, as well as your own physical and spiritual well-being. Sequoia Beauty started as a result of seeing how mainstream beauty products can affect people’s health. They drastically affect hormone levels (including estrogen, thyroid, cortisol, and many others), liver toxicity, digestion, lymph and immune systems, stress levels, and so much more. I realized that if skin care can do that much damage; imagine what it can do for wellness!

No chemicals, parabens, or artificial fragrances are ever used, and nothing is synthetic – just organic locally grown flowers, herbs, hydrosols, and cold-pressed organic oils all formulated together with your well-being and beautiful skin in mind. Some plants are grown organically in my own garden; most are from bay area certified organic farmers, and others wild-harvested throughout the beautiful California hillsides. Your energy and well-being are thought of throughout the entire process; from the garden, to the SB studio, to your skin.

What most people don’t know is that putting toxins and carcinogens on their face everyday for years is actually AGING them! Most ‘anti-aging‘ solutions are based on antioxidants. However, when these antioxidants are present in formulas with chemical toxins and carcinogens, it is doing a lot more harm than good. In addition to being sustainable, organic, and holistic; ALL Sequoia Beauty products contain herbs that stimulate collagen production, promote cell regeneration and reproduction, tighten and firm pores and cell structure, are loaded with antioxidants, promote anti-inflammatory pathways, encourage detoxing and waste elimination on a cellular level, heal and repair damaged tissue, and so much more!

As we are awakening and learning where our food comes from, this is the time to also be present to where our skin care comes from. Skin care, like food, can and should also be raw, organic, vegan, local, handcrafted, and made with love. Using Sequoia Beauty is making a statement that you support your own health, your own beautiful skin, and a local community that is committed to a greener healthier future.

Light and Love, 

Laurel.”
About the Founder: Laurel
“Herbalist and skin care specialist Laurel Shaffer has been in awe of the world of Holistic Healing since she first found it existed. Always seeking out new forms of healing, she is inspired by how even the energy of healing from one person to another can result in miracles.

While studying physiology and how it interconnects with the world of Western herbs at California School of Herbal Studies, she developed her unknown gift and love for chemistry and science. In her move to Northern California, she also discovered her passion for farming, organics, and good old fashioned dirt.

So how does skin care tie in to all this holistic and organic stuff??? Well, as Laurel got more into what we put into our bodies, she started to consider what we put on our bodies as well. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and the amount of toxins it’s exposed to just by living how we do can be overwhelming. So why would we be giving it more toxins when we could be doing the opposite? All these plants are filled with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, essential fatty acids – and all sorts of other goodies that are crucial building blocks to healthy skin and a healthy body.

Laurel believes that not only can your skin care heal your skin, but it can heal YOU. Your liver, your immune system, keep your hormones balanced…and the light and love put into her lines and formulations makes for a healthy spirit, too.”

Nourish Serum

Sequoia’s Description:

“For all skin types, use our antioxidant serum, Nourish, in the place of a regular cream moisturizer, or in addition to one for drier skin types. Nourish has over 30 organic plants all working for your skin in different ways… plants to stimulate collagen production like Gotu Kola, to reduce sun damage like Sea Buckthorn, to encourage healthy cell reproduction like Comfrey, Calendula for damaged cellular structure and dna damage, and many lipid rich oils filing in fine lines. Nourish Serum contains plants linked to sun protection like Red Raspberry Seed oil, Cranberry Seed oil, and Jojoba. You’ll find plants loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and EFAs; like Nettle, Borage, and Rosehip.  SB’s Nourish is plants that contain the building blocks to healthy skin – the perfect blend of nature and science. Every plant in Nourish is in its purest possible form. Nourish is hands down Mother Nature at her best, and is a favorite amongst Sequoia Beauty lovers! 1oz.

Ingredients: Certified Organic, Raw and Unrefined Oils of Jojoba*, Rosehip*, Sesame*, Almond*, Borage*, Evening Primrose*, Red Raspberry Seed*, Sea Buckthorn*, Cranberry Seed*, and Tamanu*, a Nourish Proprietary Blend of 18 Plants**, Rosemary Extract*, and Essential Oils of Bergamot*, Rose Geranium*, and Clary Sage*

**The Nourish proprietary blend is 100% organic or biodynamic and all plants are locally grown in the bay area. All plants are hand pressed by Sequoia Beauty. If you have plant allergies please contact us for more information. *Please note Nourish is absolutely 100% certified organic ingredients in its entirety – from the oils, the plant blend, to the essential oils – and that is incredibly rare!!”

My Description & Thoughts:

I am very happy with this serum. I can see myself keeping this around for daily use morning and night. It does not leave my skin goopy at all, rather, hydrated and healthy. The ingredients in this serum are a delight to read. They are clean, recognizable and are all components that I have come to know are great at nourishing and healing skin. All of these oils in combination make for an earthy and zesty scent. Scents like this are fantastic because the men in your home can use it too without fearing that his skin will smell girly. 🙂

Eye Dream

Sequoia’s Description:

“Intensely hydrating, regenerative, and nourishing eye cream, suitable for all skin types. Eye Dream’s plants were carefully chosen for fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. Rosehip seed oil and Sea Buckthorn oil, both containing high amounts of vit C, have been linked to collagen stimulation and prolonged life of collagen. Bilberry, Fennel and Nettle, which are very specific to the delicate eye area, reduce puffiness, fluid retention and dark circles. Licorice is also helping to reduce inflammation. The plants in this cream have an abundance of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A,C,E, and K, and are also high in carotenes ideal for the eye area. Rose and Lavender are both gentle and soothing to the eyes. Soft essential oils of Lavender, Sandalwood, and Myrrh are soothing as well as beneficial to aging skin. .3oz

Ingredients:  Rose*, Chamomile*, and Lavender* Hydrosols, Raw and Unrefined Oils of Jojoba*, Rosehip*, Borage*, Cranberry Seed*, Grape Seed*, Red Raspberry Seed* and Sea Buckthorn*; Shea Butter*, 11 Plant Eye am New Proprietary Blend*, Vegetable Wax (Non GMO and Ecocert), Vegetable Glycerine*, Citrus Fruit Blend*, Soy Lecithin*, Licorice*, Gotu Kola*, Rosemary*, Non-GMO Vit E, Sequoia Beauty Flower Essence*, Essential Oils*, and Potassium Sorbate (an Ecocert preservative approved for organic products).

*Signifies certified organic ingredient. The SB 11 Plant Eye Dream Proprietary blend is 100% certified organic or biodynamic plants, all grown thoughtfully with love, and hand pressed at the Sequoia Beauty studio. If you have plant allergies please be in touch for the full list.”

My Description & Thoughts:

If there is one thing I neglect on my face, it is my eyes. I have never regularly used an eye cream of any sort. I was excited to get my hands on this product and do some pampering of the skin around my eyes.

I apply Eye Dream to all of the skin surrounding my eye socket prior to bedtime. I provide nourishment and moisture to the rest of my facial skin, so why neglect my eyes? This product has made me see that perhaps an eye product is a great thing.

In the morning after applying this, it seems as though the puffiness below my eyes is reduced and my eyes look more awake. Great ingredients seem to be synonymous with Sequoia’s skin care, as this product is comprised of a whole lot of goodness.

Purify & Release Cream Cleanser

Sequoia’s Description:

“This Sequoia Beauty cleanser is for problem, oily, or combination skin. It removes dirt, oil, and make up, and leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed. This is a non-foaming, cream cleanser specifically formulated for oily skin– yes, really! No foaming agents, alcohols, or anything that will strip the skin from SB ~ trust us. Our blend of Burdock, Licorice, Echinacea, and Dandelion encourage cellular and pore detoxing. Chamomile, Licorice, and Chickweed sooth the skin to help release impurities. Chamomile, Echinacea, Honey and Calendula are a few of the antimicrobial plants in this formula, without doing damage to healthy skin flora. Raw Honey also helps with gentle and healthy cell turn over. A blend of citrus and sandalwood essential oils restore proper balance to the lipid layer, as well as leave you feeling bright and fresh. This water free product is best used in small amounts with warm water mixed into the cleansing process. 4oz.

Ingredients: Chamomile*, Calendula*, and Lavender* Hydrosols, Safflower*, Sunflower*, Rosehip*, Jojoba*, and Coconut* oils, Honey*, Burdock*, Dandelion*, Licorice*, Echinacea*, Cleaver*, Chickweed*, Calendula*, Olive Wax**, Vegetable Glycerine*, Soy Lecithin*, Leucidal** (a probiotic preservative from radishes), Rosemary*, Grapefruit*, Blood Orange*, and Sandalwood* Essential Oils, and Potassium Sorbate** (a natural preservative)

*These ingredients are raw/cold processed/unrefined, certified organic or biodynamic, and non-gmo. **These ingredients are the safest available natural ingredients, and are Ecocert approved for organic skin care.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This cleanser does a great job of cleaning my skin without stripping it of all moisture. Certain cleansers/soaps I reach for after a sweaty run or workout, but this cleanser is a product that I would use when my skin just needs a moderate cleaning job.

Like the serum, this cleanser has a “unisex” type of scent to it. It is earthy and not too pungent. You can tell after smelling it that these ingredients are hearty and from natural sources. Another great Sequoia product.

Antioxidant Renewal Mask

Sequoia’s Description:

“The Antioxidant mask is suitable for all skin types.  It uses mineral rich Rhassoul clay, which is nutritive and gently detoxifying, but it will not dry out the skin. This mask focuses on the rejuvenating power of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from flowers, plants, and fruits.  Since most people have no idea what sorts of vitamins and mineral their bodies are lacking, this malnourishment shows up on the skin, and eventually leads to inflammation, breakouts, and accelerated aging. The nutrients, trace minerals, and antioxidants found in Nettle, Acai, Noni, and Melissa can truly give anyone’s skin a healthy beaming glow.  The luxurious scent of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang only takes a backseat to its ability to rejuvenate the skin. Like other SB masks, this mask is dry and powdered to best preserve its pure and fresh ingredients. Simply mix with water each use and apply. For easiest application use a brush; and use a couple drops of serum to prevent the mask from drying fully. 2oz

Ingredients:  Rhassoul Clay**, Noni Fruit*, Acai Berry*, Nettle*, Dandelion Leaf*, Echinacea*, Red Clover*, Fennel*, Melissa*, and Essential Oils of Jasmine* and Ylang Ylang* *Each ingredient is organic or biodynamic, and the clay is wild crafted.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have an affinity for masks, often times. I love gooping up my face with a concoction chock full of ingredients that feed and heal my skin. Because of that, I was most excited about trying Sequoia masks.

I love the tip of adding serum to prevent the mask from drying–I hadn’t thought of that. Sometimes, masks can get dry and flake off. Adding the serum would prevent that from happening.

Thought this mask has a ton of great ingredients besides clay, I find that the clay is the main thing you smell and feel. It really feels like the mask is doing a great job of anti oxidizing and detoxifying my skin. It feels renewed after I wash it off of my face. Wonderful mask concoction Sequoia has here!

Honey Berry Enzyme Mask

Sequoia’s Description:

“For most skin types; ranging from mildly sensitive to mature to combination skin. This mask is a true favorite amongst Sequoia Beauty fans. One of its primary ingredients is Raw Royal Jelly.  Royal Jelly is a bee secretion, that is well known for its anti-aging abilities. It is high in Vit B and is considered a super antioxidant!  The enzymes found in raw fruits and raw honey are exfoliating, without manual exfoliation. Organic Strawberries and Blueberries are used for their enzyme and cleansing actions as well as their antioxidant content. Raw honey is nutritive, hydrating and plumping, is antimicrobial to help control breakouts, and the list goes on!  Essential oil of Grapefruit adds a light citrus scent to this already fruity blend. 2oz

Ingredients:  Raw Honey*, Raw Royal Jelly*, Raw Strawberries*, Raw Blueberries*, and White Grapefruit Essential Oil* *Each ingredient is organic, raw, and local to the bay area.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This mask had me at HONEY! I am a huge proponent of the benefits and healing abilities of raw honey. The honey in this mask, along with the other fruity goodies makes for quite a sweet experience! It smells delicious–I had to resist the urge to eat it with a spoon! It smells like honey mixed with fruity jelly.
For my skin, this mask does great things. The honey is hydrating, which prevents me from needing to finish with a serum/moisturizer. Honey has a wonderful way of holding a mask together, thus, the mask stays on great and is easy to wash off after you break the honey barrier. 🙂
I use this mask most on days when my skin needs a moisture boost, whereas I use the antioxidant mask on days when perhaps my pores feel clogged. Both phenomenal products with impressive ingredient lists. I’ve discovered such a remarkable brand in Sequoia! I look forward to being a customer for a long time to come.

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