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Simply Earth Essential Oils Review: December Edition

This is a review of Simply Earth essential oils; a company that gives 13% of their profits to an organization that fights against human trafficking.

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!”

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My Experience:

 

This is month numero 2 of receiving the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe box and I am really loving it–top to bottom! The ideas + creativity that goes into the box + quality of the oils are excellent and I find myself wondering + anticipating what’s going to be in the next month’s box.

I’ve dabbled in the crafty part of the box but my favorite aspect is that they provide portable little bottles for on-the-go use as well as the drop ratios of the different oils to get a really aromatic blend. These little projects that Simply Earth includes would be the perfect task for a kiddo, I’d imagine!

I am absolutely enthralled with the coffee essential oil (I’d go swimming in coffee if I could) and I love adding the Citrus   Burst to the coconut oil as a hair serum! It leaves my hair smelling enlivening and delicious.

This Christmas box includes goodies to create: bath bombs, hand warmers, a diffuser necklace, supplies to create a roll-on and EO’s especially chosen for use in a diffuser. LOVE.

Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Brightside Organic Skincare Review

This is a review of Brightside Organic Skincare products, made possible by Brightside Skincare.

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Brightside Skincare

Overall Rating: images-8

About Brightside Skincare:

Brightside Skincare products provide an alternative to the harmful skincare options available in today’s US market. The product line is free-from fragrance, parabens, sulfates, lanolin, phthalates, carcinogens, cruelty and gluten. It comes in anti-aging formulas, as well as for acne-prone skin. Currently, the only ‘safe’ options are very costly and most people cannot afford to purchase them. With Brightside Skincare, women of all ages can have access to an affordable, effective and safe skincare regime. Check out the Brightside Skincare website here: Brightsideskincare.com.

Products I tried:

Gentle Tea Cleanser: This 81% organic, non-foaming, organic Aloe juice and anti-oxidant rich Green Tea Extract based cleanser is perfect for deep-cleaning and sloughing off dead skin layers. For all skin types.

Gentle Toner: 95% organic and loaded with DMAE & MSM. DMAE is an amazing nutrient that gives the skin a toned and firm appearance. MSM is soothing and calming, especially for irritated and inflamed skin. For all skin types.

Facial Serum69% Organic. Packed full with active DMAE and MSM this is the perfect serum for all skin types, including blemish prone, oily and sensitive skin. It can be used in addition to a moisturizer on normal, mature and dry skin. For combination or acne prone skin, this serum will offer needed hydration without feeling greasy.

Rooibos Tea & Olive Moisturizer: Vegan & 91% Organic. Every aspect of this lotion is beneficial for your skin. Rooibos Tea is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and limits their damaging effects on the skin. For all skin types except blemish prone skin.

Rooibos & Olive Eye CreamFor all skin types. A rich cream, enhanced with Rooibos Tea, Hyaluronic acid, Lavender, Blue-Green Algae, Calendula & Pomegranate extracts and Evening Primrose to retain moisture in the tender and delicate skin around your eyes. Contains active ingredients that work synergistically to balance, sooth, regenerate and supply moisture. This rich cream can be used

All Natural Vanilla Lip BalmQuench your lips with this very emollient natural lip balm. For all skin types.

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My Experience:

My journey of navigating through the world of “how in the world is the best way to take care of my skin?” has been a relatively long one. It feels like I’ve been troubleshooting my skincare routine since I was in middle school, trying to feel out why my skin isn’t regulating itself, why I get breakouts, what products are helpful, which ones aren’t, etc.

To spare you every details, I’ll simply say that I have discovered this to be true:

Your healthiest skin ever comes from using organic ingredients!

Ultimately, this gigantic layer of skin on your body is partially responsible for eliminating impurities and toxins from your body. Thus, you are crippling your skin’s ability to do this by applying toxins onto it. Those toxins are going the wrong way! Getting toxic skin care products out of your beauty cabinet should be the first step in seeking healthier + more balanced skin.

Enter: Brightside Skincare

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The story behind a product line can really speak loudly in regards to the quality + integrity that goes into each product. I really enjoyed watching Kerri’s video (https://goo.gl/EOAZcT, I encourage you to watch it). She’s a beautiful, humble woman seeking a better way to guide her skin to optimum health.

First of all, I love that she provides several products with the intention that they will be used in sequential order. Our skin is dynamic and ever changing and I’ve learned it needs help periodically detoxing + staying vibrant + eliminating dead skin cells. With Brightside Skincare’s product line, you start by cleansing, then you tone, then nourish with a serum, then quench with a moisturizer and then touch up the eyes and lips with the eye cream + lip balm. This after effect is a clean and glowy complexion.

So, let me walk you through how this line fits into my everyday routine….

I am a very active gal, working out at 5am most mornings and promptly heading to work (managing a juice shop) until the afternoon. I start the day with some powder + mascara + lip balm on my face and that normally gets me through until I get off work. At the end of the day, my face is normally covered in perspiration and the light make up I’ve worn throughout the day. I find myself craving a shower + good face wash. Brightside Skincare products allow me to do this without stripping all of the natural moisture off of my skin. This is important because skin needs to be balanced and quenched, not stripped and covered in chemical-ridden products.

I found the Gentle Tea Cleanser to be a nice balance of mild yet effective. It has a creamy + dense texture while also doing the job of cleansing. I like the usage of witch hazel as a natural cleanser + astringent.

Following with the Gentle Toner allows me to close all of my pores, get rid of any excess makeup that I missed while cleansing and prepare my skin to be get hydrated with the Facial Serum and moisturizer.

I like the idea of using the Facial Serum before the moisturizer. The Facial Serum contains jojoba oil (my all-time favorite oil for facial skin). Like Brightside Skincare mentions on their website, jojoba oil resembles the qualities of the oil that skin naturally produces. It’s also close in pH to it, making it an excellent compliment.

My absolute favorite part of their website is this breakdown that is shown on the Facial Serum product page (https://goo.gl/woBZxG). I think it is so helpful and shows transparency when a brand lists the ingredients and the reason why each of them is in there. It shows that each ingredient has a reason + purpose and what that purpose is.

One thing I learned on my acne journey is not to stay away from moisturizer, despite the fact that it is seemingly counter-intuitive to add moisture to an acne-ridden face. I really enjoy the ingredient choice and performance of the Rooibos Tea + Olive Moisturizer. You can tell it’s going to work well right as it comes out of the bottle. It’s very hydrating without being cakey at all. If you find that your skin is especially acne prone, you may want to check out Brightside Skincare’s Light Moisturizer as an alternative to this more dense moisturizer.

Now is a great time to also mention that for a large portion of my life, I would describe my skin as oily + acne prone. With much attention to my diet and nutritional needs, I would now describe my skin as normal (it took years). I think it all started to balance out. Your skin is connected to every other system in your body, so it makes sense!

Thus, I was excited to try Brightside Skincare’s “normal skin” line, considering my skin’s current state. I find that my skin looks + feels better (especially during the colder months) when I keep my moisturizer close by for daily usage. With that routine, the Rooibos + Olive Eye Cream and All Natural Vanilla Lip Balm act as the perfect follow-up + touch-up tools (if you will) to keep my skin feeling glowing and moist.

My skin care routine plays a big role in my daily efforts to catalyze my body’s natural process of detoxifying. It’s another way to help your body eliminate and cleanse. Brightside Skincare provides you a full product line to help detoxify your system and skin.

Many women shop at department stores for their fancy or luxury skin care items, those of which cost $50 or more per product and hundreds for the entire product line (and–the ingredient lists are scary!). So, why not spend a bit less and increase the quality of the ingredients a ton? That’s a no brainer for me.

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This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

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Simply Earth Essential Oils Review: October Edition

This is a review of Simply Earth essential oils; a company that gives 13% of their profits to an organization that fights against human trafficking.

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!

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My Experience:

It would be a pretty accurate thing to say that I’m geeking out on essential oils as of lately. Particularly for their versatility and pureness, I really value and get a lot of use our of essential oils every single day. Here are some of my favorite uses:

-Homemade toothpaste + deodorant

-Flea repellent for my dog

-Homemade body spray

-Laundry deodorizer

-Hair perfume

The idea of curating a monthly box for customers to enjoy (that contains 5 Eos + Recipes + Recipe Ingredients + Recipe Containers) is super neat to me. It helps introduce people to essential oils with a fun + creative instruction manual, so to speak.

I am impressed by how this brand gives back + impressed with the packaging and curation of the themed box and even more impressed that they think I’m cool enough to pass along some goodies to me in order to retrieve my thoughts. Thank you, Simply Earth (rad name, btw)!

To Enter this GIVEAWAY for some Essential Oil goodness:

-SIMPLY leave a comment below telling me about your experience with essential oils. What’ve you discovered to be your favorite use?

Also, Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Naked Nutrition Whey + Vegan Protein Review

This is a review of Naked Nutrition whey and plant based protein powders.

Naked Nutrition

Overall Rating: images-8

About Naked Nutrition:

“Naked Nutrition strips away all of the marketing and gimmicks that many companies use today. We sell products with only the purest ingredients.”

We strive to help you meet your nutrition and fitness goals by being transparent about what we sell. That way you know exactly what’s going into your body, and what more important than that?

Take your nutrition to the next level with Naked Nutrition.

From Grass-Fed Whey Protein to Pea Protein Powder to Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder, Naked Nutrition provides the purest supplements. Our proteins are loaded with essential amino acids and no artificial sweeteners or colors. Our committment to offering the best protein powders and supplements extends to all our products including Powdered Peanut ButterCasein ProteinCreatine Monohydrate and more. No additives means your body gets more of what it needs and not what big agribusinesses use to pad their bottom line. Take your nutrition to the next level with Naked Nutrition.”

Naked Nutrition Whey Protein Powder:

Always Naked

Using grass fed cows’ milk from small dairy farms, we use careful manufacturing processes to create a non-denatured whey loaded with essential amino acids, glutathione, and clean protein. Naked Whey isn’t dressed up with additives like artificial flavors or sweeteners like most brands, and we are committed to shortening the steps between our farms and you.

Don’t let labels and big agribusiness fool you; additives are for their bottom line, not your health.

The Naked Difference:

  • From Grass Fed Cows’ Milk From Small Dairy Farms in California
  • No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
  • 25 Grams of Protein and 5.9 Grams of BCAA’s Per Serving*
  • Only One Ingredient: Grass Fed Whey Protein
  • GMO Free
  • Soy Free and Gluten Free
  • Growth Hormone Free, no rBGH or rBST
  • Cold Processed
  • Acid and Bleach-Free Processing

Naked Nutrition Vegan Protein Powder:

Always Naked

Naked Rice is a vegan protein made exclusively from organic sprouted whole grain brown rice. Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free; Naked Rice is made using a hexane-free extraction process to create a protein with an excellent amino acid profile that compares favorably to whey protein. Naked Nutrition is committed to shortening the steps between our farms and you.

Don’t let labels and big agribusiness fool you; additives are for their bottom line, not your health.

The Naked Difference:

  • Only One Ingredient: Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein
  •  Vegan
  •  No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
  •  25 Grams of Protein and 4.9 Grams of BCAA’s Per Serving*
  •  GMO Free
  •  Soy Free and Gluten Free
  •  Dairy Free
  •  Independent third-party tested for heavy metals
  •  Independent third-party tested melamine free

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My Thoughts:

The role of protein in my daily food intake has become increasingly significant as my attention to resistance training has progressed. These workouts demand the best of me–which results in days where I feel slightly broken down and exhausted, in need of a replenishing + rebuilding dose of protein.

I was immediately impressed with Naked Nutrition’s Naked Whey because the ingredient list is only three-deep. All you’ll find in there is whey protein concentrate + coconut sugar and raw cacao powder. That’s a refreshing change of pace from most store-bought, generic whey protein powders. They’re normally chock full of hard-to-pronounce ingredients and preservatives to extend the shelf life.

Naked’s ingredient lists make it evident that they are striving for quality and health-boosting ingredients–not primarily profit. They care about what goes into their products and that is awesomesauce. Their commitment to grass-fed is something I applaud. Seeking grass-fed weigh is important because it means that the cows producing the milk from which the whey is derived have been fed the diet they were intended to eat–not one to artificially enhance or increase their milk supply. This means there are no added hormones getting into your system through the whey you’re taking in.

I can speak from experience when I say that consuming cold processed (versus whey protein that has been heat processed–& the majority of them are) whey protein HAS made a difference for me in regards to how this protein sits in my stomach. It feels like my body can absorb and assimilate the protein and amino acids from this whey protein more easily and with more comfort than other proteins that have been exposed to heat. I REALLY like that they choose to cold process.

To be perfectly frank, I would reach for a vegan protein before a whey protein if it was up to me. I’ve found that my body feels its best when I am consuming a lot of plants. I love that Naked provides both options–both whey and vegan proteins: both with superior ingredient lists. THAT SAID, I understand high quality whey protein like this one to be highly bioavailable (easily absorbed by your body), so I like to add it into my protein rotation sometimes.

I found that I enjoyed the whey protein best when I used the recommended TWO scoops of protein, as it made it yummier, creamier and more satisfying than just one scoop. Double UPPPP Uh uh! I couldn’t conclusively decipher whether or not the brown rice vegan protein is raw (that’s the only thing keeping me from giving these proteins a booming 5-star rating).

I like what Naked is doing (totally rad name, too! We were born naked!) and I encourage you to go check them out! You can find them here:

NkdNutrition.com

Fb.com/nkdnutritioninc

Instagram.com/nkdnutritioninc

 

 

 

 

Teatulia Organic Tea Review: July Edition

This is a review of Teatulia organic teas.

Teatulia Organic Tea Review

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Teatulia:

“We are delighted to introduce our range of twenty organic Teatulia teas, each offering a unique flavor profile, with one or more that will satisfy every palate.

Our totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

SINGLE-GARDEN DIRECT
All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic tea garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity.

MORE ORGANIC THAN ORGANIC
Teatulia’s mission is to sustain the land and the people while producing top-quality organic tea.

Established on virgin soil and grown following Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” method, Teatulia is the only tea garden in Bangladesh to be USDA certified organic and the only garden we know of that has approached tea cultivation this way.

At Teatulia we:

Do virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.
Develop the soil with cover crops and mulch
Utilize water bodies & herbal shade trees to restore the eco-balance to the area
Use only natural pest & weed controls
Nourish the land with bio-fertilizers
Protect wildlife
Process the tea in bio-gas plants

SUSTAINABLE
Yes, it’s Organic. But that’s just the beginning. Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary and very different from what any other tea-grower is doing (to our knowledge). In the Teatulia gardens, we have implemented “natural farming” practices espoused by the Japanese Master Masanobu Fukuoka, resulting in a closed-loop eco and social system. We use no pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation in the cultivation of our teas – we trust mother nature to establish the perfect balance. Consequently, eight years since its inception, our “virgin” garden, developed on fallow land, is now a thriving ecosystem teeming with once endangered Flora and Fauna.”

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My Experience:

Teatulia is a brand that I feel really grateful discovered my social media accounts and reached out to me. Organic: check. Plant based: check. Conscious sourcing: check. Believes in plant power: check check. This brand stands for many things that resonate strongly with me.

I am thrilled to be representing them in an ambassador capacity–it’s a natural fit for me. As a part of a clean, real + whole food based diet, I look to tea to take my health, workouts, digestion and energy levels to the next level. Plants are powerful healers. Teatulia formulates tea blends that harness those synergistic powers so that a healthier body is literally just a cup of tea away. (dang, that sounded ultra cheesy!)

I’d describe myself as a bonafide coffee drinker. That said, I really enjoy adventuring into the world of tea and changing up my routine. Teatulia has caffeine-free
(naturally) and caffeinated (naturally) tea, so I have both daytime and nighttime options for a beverage to drink. I love drinking the black or green tea in the mornings (or before a workout) for an added boost of energy, and the red tea before bed for a satisfying, relaxing experience.

When I am regularly drinking this organic tea, I just feel better on 84739 levels. My digestion feels more regular (which means enhanced nutrient absorption, which means a more nourished body!), my energy levels soar, my sleep is more sound, my workouts are more power-packed and my physique is leaner. It’s an important component of my healthy lifestyle that keeps me feeling like the most awesome version of myself. I totally dig it. I totally, totally drink the koolaid. (except this koolaid ain’t cruddy koolaid–it’s organic herbal beverageness!)

So, the tea is grown organically–rad right? But get this: they are are ultra specific and conscious about how they source this tea. It comes from one single garden in Bangladesh. The believe in sustainable growing practices and are pretty much doing excellent things on a larger scale at Teatulia. Super proud to rep them and super happy I have their tea in my belly. Go check them out!

Their instagram account is my particular favorite; you can find them @teatuliateas!

Use the code runonorganic for 25% off your entire purchase at Teatulia.com