Panda Paw – Cute Items for a Great Cause!

Organization: Panda Paw

“Our passion for pandas was ignited when we first saw them at the San Diego Zoo. Someday, we want our children to share that same spark. But with under 2,000 pandas left in the wild – we asked ourselves how could we help? Panda Paw was founded in 2016 to help #savethepandas”

Our goal is to design clothing that makes you look amazing while supporting the conservation of the beloved giant panda. We donate 10% of proceeds to pandasinternational.org. Feel free to shoot us an email! info@pandapaw.co”

Review:

I was so thrilled to be contacted by Panda Paw about becoming an Ambassador! Anytime that I can help protect animals, you know I’m down!

10% of proceeds go to Pandas International, a non-profit whose mission is to “ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda.” Sounds great to me!  

I ordered Panda Paws’ Black Panda Hat. I’ve been on a hat kick lately, so why not get this one? It’s cute, casual, and has a little panda face on the front. What’s not to love?

The hat is one-size-fits-all and adjustable. It has the Panda Paws logo on the back, so whenever people watch you walk away (you know they’re checking you out after all those squats you do!) they’ll see it and hopefully check out the Panda Paw website.

They also have some REALLY cute tops that I plan to pick up soon, and a rose gold bamboo ring (currently pre-order only) that’s adorable!

The Bottom Line

Panda Paws offers high-quality items and donates a portion of their proceeds towards a great cause. With so few Giant Pandas left, we need more companies like this one! Head on over to their website to pick up this hat, or one of their adorable shirts to help the Giant Pandas!

Thank you, Panda Paw, for accepting me a Brand Ambassador! If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador, head on over to their site!

 

Not Soap Radio – Blackberry and Vanilla Pheromone Activation Detox + Hydrate Fragrance

Company: Not Soap Radio

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Product:

The stuff that Cupid dips his arrows in (because sometimes fate needs an assist) – Detox and Hydrating Spray for Hair/Body (4.2 fl.oz.) $18.00 USD

Review:

I am very thankful for all of the bath and body products that I get to review (it’s an awesome hobby!). Every so often a fresh and innovative company comes along that reignites my love of vegan and cruelty-free products. Not Soap Radio is one of those companies!

Their products are made with essential oils, botanicals, and herbal extracts that actually take care of your skin (Bath and Body Works, who?). Their bottles are made of recycled plastic and they practice the “farm to bottle” approach to use local ingredients to lessen their carbon footprint.

Their products are truly eye-catching with their bright colors, fun names, and hilarious descriptions! When you look at their website, you will want to try everything!

I tried their “The stuff that Cupid dips his arrows in (because sometimes fate needs an assist) – Detox and Hydrating Spray for Hair/Body”. Told ya the names of the products were fun! This Blackberry and Vanilla scented spray can be used all over the body, including your hair. This fragrance is bright and sweet like freshly picked berries. Feeling a little tired? This spray has a refreshing and energizing kick thanks to Peppermint and Ginseng extracts. It also contains Argan oil, which makes this a hydrating spray for both hair and body.

On the skin, the fragrance is light and sweet and is suitable for any occasion. You will smell hints of it throughout the day and you’ll think “Damn, I smell good!” which is always nice. I found the fragrance to be a little bit stronger when used in the hair. I liked using this as a hair fragrance most of all since that is how it was most noticeable to me. Who doesn’t want hair that smells fabulous?

These sprays can also be used as room or linen sprays. How cool is that? I love multi-functional products!

The Bottom Line

Not Soap Radio is a company that creates fun and exciting products that are animal and environmentally friendly. Their use of natural, locally-sourced ingredients puts them miles ahead of other, not so socially responsible companies.

Using their products is a genuinely enjoyable experience, thanks to their creative names, vibrant colors and fantastic scents. I am so thrilled to have tried their products and to share them with you! I highly recommend them!

Thank you, Not Soap Radio, for sending me this fragrance to review!

Native Foods Café Review

 Native Foods Café – Westwood 

1114 Gayley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 209-1055
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00am–10:00pm

Atmosphere: I will never forget my trip to Native Foods Café! I’d seen posts of their food all over Instagram, and was BEYOND excited to be eating there for my birthday! Like most California restaurants they have outdoor seating to bask in the beautiful sunshine as you eat. The vibe is super casual and laid back, and the service was quick and friendly.

I honestly could not believe my eyes when I looked at their menu! There were so many incredible options that I had such tough time deciding what to order. Well, I didn’t do that good of a job in my decision making because I ended up ordering A LOT.

Alright, let’s just jump right in!

Food: Like I said, I ordered a lot of food! (Don’t judge me, it was my birthday and first time here!). You can check out their menu, here.

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Native Chicken Wings

First up, were the out-of-this-freakin’-world Native Chicken Wings. I ordered the Regular size, Crispy, and with Buffalo sauce for $7.99 USD. I am so happy I was sitting down when I first bit into these. I’m not kidding you, the texture and flavor were IDENTICAL to Buffalo chicken wings. Seriously! The Buffalo sauce was thin and full of flavor. I considered the spice level to be in the medium range. The ranch sauce served with it nearly brought me to tears! It was super rich, creamy, and zesty and combined with the spicy Buffalo sauce, it was a masterpiece!

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Thai Chili Brussel Sprouts

Next, I had been on a roasted brussel sprouts kick, and just had to try the Thai Chili Brussels Sprouts ($5.00 USD). Halved Brussel sprouts in a thick, crunchy,  batter were fried until golden brown and then covered in a sweet Thai chili sauce. The sauce was more on the sweet side, with bursts of garlic and a little heat. These were PERFECTION!

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Native Chicken, Bacon, and Avo Club Sandwich

Next, was the Native Chicken, Bacon, and Avo Club Sandwich. Basically, this is everything that you could ever want out of a sandwich. You get a big pile of fresh veggies (carrots lettuce red onion) on top of a toasted ciabatta roll. The Deep Fried chicken is absolutely spot-on when it comes to flavor and texture. It is deep-fried in a thick breading and is juicy when you bite into it. The chicken is then topped off with 2 slices of savory bacon that had a meaty texture and smoky flavor. The glorious bright orange cheese added a spicy kick with the slightest hint of sweetness. Last but not least, you get fresh avocado to round out this spectacular explosion of flavor. This blew my mind, kids!

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Lemon Dill Potato Salad

Next, was a side of Lemon Dill Potato Salad ($1.99 USD) I added to my sandwich meal. Haha, I just needed more food, amiright? I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as it was, I mean, it’s potato salad. But no, Native Foods did another amazing job with this! The flavor was bright thanks to the lemon and dill. The potatoes were perfectly cooked, and scallions and parsley amped up the flavor. It was a nice citrusy version of the classic potato salad.

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Walnut Blondie

And finally, because I hadn’t eaten enough (sarcasm), I had this sweet Walnut Blondie that did not disappoint! It was so soft it practically melted in your mouth! The crispy, bitter walnuts gave it some contrasting texture and flavor. Yum!

DIG IT or DITCH IT? 

As if you had to guess, I DIG THIS PLACE SO MUCH! I am so grateful that food this incredibly delicious exists. It truly proves that you can every single thing that you want without harming animals, and that is absolutely amazing. If I had Native Foods Café within a 2 or 3 hour drive radius of my town, I would be there so frequently they would know my debit card number by heart.

I really hope that they expand and open locations all over the country. This would give people access to the BEST vegan food for fair prices. It would truly open people’s eyes to a new way of thinking and would help so many animals!

Please, if you ever have the chance to go to Native Foods Café, do it! And order a lot like I did!

 

 

 

 

Leven Rose Natural Beauty – Rosehip and Jojoba Oil Reviews

Company: Leven Rose Natural Beauty

Products:

Rosehip Seed Oil (1 ounce) $13.97

Jojoba Oil (1 ounce) FREE, just pay shipping!

Reviews:

Oh man, oh man, oh man! I’m so happy that I found these products! They’re AMAZING! These 100% organic and cold-pressed oils seriously nourish your skin! Ok, let’s jump into the reviews!

This Rosehip Night Serum is everything that your skin is asking for! Rosehip Seed Oil is a powerhouse in the skincare game! It’s a light oil that moisturizes and fights fine lines and wrinkles. It is also known to fade scars and sun spots and help with dermatitis and skin irritation. It has a high omega fatty acid content along with Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, and Vitamin C and E. This oil really brings it!

Don’t wait another second! These 1 ounce bottles of 100% organic Jojoba Oil are FREE on the Leven Rose website! All you pay is shipping! I ordered 3 bottles and only paid $9.00 for shipping! Seriously, this is a fantastic deal!

Jojoba Oil is a multi-tasking, all around moisturizer. I use 3 drops on my face to hydrate my skin. This oil is said to diminish fine lines and even acne! I use this as a body moisturizer for smooth skin and in my hair as a leave-in conditioner to soften my dry ends. You can even add a few drops to your moisturizer for an extra boost! You only need the smallest amount of this product so this bottle (did I say it was FREE?! Well, I’m saying it again, it’s FREE!) will last quite some time!

The Bottom Line

These 2 products are like the all-star power couple of skin care. They’re fabulous on their own, but together my skin is looking softer, smoother, more radiant, and the texture is improving. I love knowing that the products I put on my skin have immediate effects and will also help my skin in the future.

I HIGHLY recommend these products to anyone looking for vegan, cruelty-free skincare that is organic and naturally effective! You can pick up the Rosehip Seed Oil and get the Jojoba Oil for free! How awesome is that?

Thank you so much to Leven Rose Natural Beauty for sending me these products to review! I can’t wait to explore more of your products!

Stickers For Animals Review – Simple Activism That Anyone Can Do!

Company: Stickers For Animals

“10% of proceeds donated to animal protection non-profits”

“Printed on 100% recycled material”

Review:

Do you want a simple and effective way to educate people about the animal products that they are at the store to buy?

These activism stickers from Stickers For Animals have great information and pack a punch! I was sent the #DitchDairy stickers, which are perfect to stick on milk containers, cheese or other dairy products at the store.

Stickers For Animals has 20 sticker designs addressing different aspects of veganism and animal use which can be put just about anywhere to remind and inform people of what they are actually paying for with their money. Reminding people that with that carton of milk or package of meat, they are funding the torture and slaughter of innocent animals.

Generally, people choose not to think about how their food gets to their plate, but these stickers give them a quick wake up call. Activism at it’s finest!

The Bottom Line

Stickers For Animals makes activism simple and possible for everyone that wants to make a difference. If you are able to put a sticker on something, you are able to start standing up for animals! Gone are the days of having to be the “preachy vegan”! Just put a sticker on it!

These stickers are great conversation starters, not to mention they’re made of 100% recycled materials so they’re great for the earth as well! Stick them on products, in restaurants and stores… anywhere that could use some Animal Rights info!

I highly recommend these stickers to anybody that wants to speak up for animals!

 

Organic Living Superfoods Sprouted Snacks Review

Company: Organic Living Superfoods

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Products:

Life's Nuts Flavored Sprouted Nuts:

Pizzalmonds

Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews

Salt and Vinegar Almonds

TCG Cashews

Cinnamon Pecans

Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts

Crunch Time Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch

Crunch Time Sprouted Rainforest Crunch

Reviews:

I'm going to start with my favorite, the Pizzalmonds! It seriously tastes like pizza! Sundried tomatoes, basil, dates and bell pepper combine to make a delicious and healthy alternative to actual pizza. Honestly, these taste amazing and I'm super impressed!

The Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews are another healthy replacement to the otherwise extremely unhealthy buffalo wings with ranch sauce. I must admit before I turned vegan many years ago, I did enjoy some wings and ranch. Of course, now, I enjoy the plant-based variety, so I was psyched to try these! The Buffalo almonds have a mild spicy kick while the ranch almonds add oniony and zesty flavor. Another winner!

The Salt and Vinegar Almonds have the signature taste of their distant junk food cousins, the Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips. Salt amplifies the pleasant sourness of the vinegar and nuttiness of the crunchy, sprouted almonds. While you're eating these, it's hard to remember they're raw, vegan, gluten-free and actually good for you!

The TCG Cashews (Turmeric, Cayenne, & Ginger) were the spiciest in my opinion and had a very unique flavor profile. The cayenne and ginger definitely gave it a kick that lingered and burned for while! These ingredients are anti-inflammatory and take these sprouted cashews to the next level!

If you're looking for something sweet but know you probably shouldn't down a whole box of Snickerdoodles, try the Cinnamon Pecans! The nuts are full of protein and minerals, and with the subtle sweetness from dates and cinnamon, these are the perfect snack to quiet your evil little sweet tooth!

The Coconut-Crusted Macadamia Nuts are truly a tropical treat! Shredded coconut and dates add sweetness to crunchy macadamias. They're absolute Perfection!

The Crunch Time Sprouted Blueberry Baobab Crunch is yet another one of my favs! Sprouted cashews and macadamias add crunch and protein while Baobab adds vitamin C and antioxidants. What the heck is baobab? Baobab is a superfruit that grows in Africa and helps with energy production and immune support. To make it even healthier, blueberries are added to the mix for a fruity and satisfying snack!

Last but not least, the Crunch Time Sprouted Rainforest Crunch is a fabulous combination of raw cacao, vanilla, dates, cashews, and Brazil nuts that is guaranteed to kill your cravings! Got a chocolate addiction but want a healthier option? Try this!

The Bottom Line

Sprouted, raw, vegan, gluten-free, Kosher, Paleo… these aren't words that you may automatically associate with delicious snacks, but Organic Living Foods has done an INCREDIBLE job creating snacks that not only taste fantastic but are truly healthy and nutrient dense!

The nuts are soaked in "triple-filtered water to activate live enzymes" and then dehydrated "at very low temperatures to protect the integrity of their vital nutrients." With that level of care and detail, these snacks are a must-try! They are suitable for just about every diet and there is bound to be something for everyone!

I highly recommend these products to anyone looking for healthy snacks with great flavor (who isn't?!). Don't just take my word for it! They have sampler packs for sale so you can try all of these out for yourself!

Thank you, Organic Living Superfoods, for sending me these products to review!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Vegan & Cruelty-Free Gift Ideas for Everyone!

I'm putting together my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide to be released mid-November! These things take A LOT of work, so I'm starting now! If you're a company that makes #vegan and #crueltyfree products and would like to learn more, Message me at VeganTreasureHunter@gmail.com or on Instagram! If you're a company that I've already worked with, let me know! All participating companies will be required to share the gift guide on IG and 1 other social media account to get the word out!

Soothing Sloth Bath Bomb Reviews

Company: Soothing Sloth Soap Co.

Products:

Hey Girl Bath Bomb

Frootylicious Bath Bomb

Hello Lover Bath Bomb

Sunset Sorbet Bath Bomb

Reviews:

If you love pretty floral fragrances, you'll love the Hey Girl Bath Bomb! It slowly fizzes around your bath while turning the water a gorgeous and shimmery light pink shade while making your bathroom smell like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers thanks to gardenia, cherry blossom and cedar wood. It leaves the scent behind on your skin so you can even skip perfume!

The Frootylicious Bath Bomb smells like candy and is a fun, energizing way to take a bath! It's sweet fruity fragrance lingers on the skin long after your bath is over. Berries, white tea and ginger combine to creates unique scent while Kaolin clay and coconut oil moisturize and purify the skin.



The Hello Lover Bath Bomb has a sweet and sexy scent and turns your bath water into a deep sapphire blue shade. I soaked in the bath for a long time and felt like I was floating in the ocean at sunset. This scent reminded me of something but I couldn't put my finger on it. After the bath, my boyfriend said it reminded him of Love Spell, and gosh darn it, he was right! It smells very reminiscent of Victoria's Secret signature Love Spell scent, without all of the chemicals and unnecessary junk. Lavender essential oil helps you to unwind while coconut oil softens your skin. You will love this one!

The Sunset Sorbet Bath Bomb's scent is as bright as the sun with its citrusy notes and vibrant colors. Lemongrass essential oil, kaolin clay and coconut oil are the star ingredients of this little show stopper. It slowly fizzes in the tub and creates swirls of yellow, orange and pink. It really looks like a picturesque sunset that you could spend hours looking at!

The Bottom Line

Besides the awesome name, Soothing Sloth Soap Co. creates fabulously scented bath bombs that completely transform your bath water and transports your senses. They are carefully handmade in Cleveland with surfactants that are much milder than other big competitors like Lush. This makes them suitable for children and much less likely to cause skin irritation (Yay!). Kaolin clay detoxes and purifies the skin while coconut oil naturally hydrates, so you get clean and deliciously fragranced skin!

I wish blogs were "Scratch and Sniff" because these bath bombs are so fragrant and beautiful they have definitely become one of my favorite brands (and I've tested a lot of bath bombs!). I will absolutely be including them in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide, so stay tuned for that!

I highly recommend these products to anyone looking for bath bombs that are fun, high quality, and suitable for all skin types! Be sure to stop by their website to check out these bath bombs and their new skin care products. You'll be glad you did!

Thank you, Soothing Sloth Soap Co., for sending me these amazing bath bombs to review!

NW Beauty Works Reviews

Company: NWBeautyWorks

"Handmade, Vegan & Cruelty-Free!"

Products:

Daily Acne Cleanser

Cucumber & Cranberry Moisturizer

Warm Vanilla Sugar Lotion

Reviews:

Warm Vanilla Sugar Lotion contains Organic Shea Butter, Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, and Grapeseed Oil to hydrate even the driest skin (I would know!). To be honest, the skin on my feet gets so dry sometimes I can't even sleep at night, it's that uncomfortable! If a moisturizer can help my feet, it'll help anybody!

Within minutes of massaging this product into my skin, it was noticeably softer, smoother, and more comfortable. The sweet vanilla scent will leave a subtle scent behind, but it is not overpowering and will not compete with any other fragrances or products you are wearing.

Daily Acne Cleanser has a very strong fragrance of lemon and tea tree oil. It will definitely wake you up in the morning! Lemon is known to fade scars and brighten skin, while tea tree oil is known to kill bacteria to fight breakouts.

Cucumber & Cranberry Moisturizer is intended to be used all over the body without any greasiness. It's a very thin, gel consistency that smells primarily of cucumber. I'm not the biggest fan of cucumber in general, so I let my boyfriend try this one out! He used it and reported having softer, hydrated skin.

The Bottom Line

NW Beauty Works makes vegan, cruelty-free products that contain good for you ingredients without all of the chemicals and bad stuff. If you enjoy natural fragrances in products to moisturize and care for your skin, this brand is for you! Check out their website to learn more about their products and what they have to offer!

Thank you, NW Beauty Works, for sending me these samples to review!

 

 

Plaine Products – Natural Vegan Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash Reviews with Discount Code

Company: Plaine Products

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Products:

Shampoo (16 fl. oz. / 500 ml)

Conditioner (16 fl. oz. / 500 ml)

Body Wash (16 fl. oz. / 500 ml)

Reviews:

Ok, so I enjoy 98% of the products that I review, for one reason or another. Then…along came Plaine Products! I'm in love!

Their recycling program is a stroke of genius and really sets the bar for other companies to follow. Alright, let's jump right into the reviews!

Plaine Products come in sleek and sturdy aluminum bottles that are recycled after each use. It's simple. If you want to order more products, you simply visit their website and order some! When the new products arrive, you send back your old, empty bottles in the box your shipment came in, along with the shipping label that is included (so shipping back your bottles is FREE!). Plaine Products will refill and reuse your empty bottles. How cool is that?!

You can sign up for subscription services, so you never have to worry about running out of products, or you can order them as you need them. This eliminates all of the plastic waste that you would have accumulated if you were buying standard bath and body products.

Did you know that plastic virtually NEVER breaks down? It just collects in landfills, in our oceans, and in our environment. Think about that. That shampoo bottle that you used 15 years ago and haven't thought about since is polluting the earth somewhere. Doesn't make much sense, does it?

Ok, now we know that Plaine Products has a revolutionary recycling program that will help cut down on a tremendous amount of plastic waste, but how are the actual products?

The Shampoo is free of synthetic fragrances and dyes, petrochemicals, parabens, and sulfates. It is suitable for all hair types and is vegan and cruelty-free (of course!). The scent is a refreshing blend of rosemary, vanilla, and mint. It is herbal, sweet, and invigorating… it's pretty perfect in my humble opinion! The formula of this shampoo is thin, which makes it lather up and rinse out quickly. This shampoo left my hair feeling clean, soft, and noticeably shinier. That is really saying something because my hair is naturally curly and bleached, and just generally begs for help and hydration.

The formulation of the Conditioner is also a thin consistency, with the same fabulous Rosemary, Vanilla, and Mint fragrance. The star ingredients include Aloe, Sunflower and Jojoba Seed Oils, along with Shea and Mango butters.  I was a little worried that this conditioner wouldn't moisturize or detangle my hair enough because I am used to using heavy conditioners and hair masks. However, this conditioner is pretty awesome! It worked through my hair easily and actually lathered up a bit. It reminded me of a conditioning cleanser, which would be perfect for people that do not want to shampoo their hair frequently or have extremely dry locks. In combination with the shampoo, my hair was shiny, manageable, and smelled gorgeous!

The Body Wash has the same signature scent as the other 2 products. It lathered up easily and truly felt luxurious! My skin was left feeling soft and clean with a subtle fragrance. Coconut and Safflower Seed Oils, Vitamin E, Bamboo Silk, and Green Tea are just a few of the all organic, non-GMO ingredients that nourish and hydrate the skin. I just love natural products, they really are the best!

The Bottom Line 

I can't say enough good things about this company. Their mission to reduce plastic waste while giving customers healthy, vegan and cruelty-free products is absolutely inspiring! The products themselves make you feel like you're being pampered at a 5-star spa! Your hair will be clean, soft, shiny and manageable. Your skin will feel refreshed and nourished with just a hint of a sweet, minty fragrance.

You really can't go wrong with these products! You will help the environment and animals while taking care of your skin and hair. On top of all of that, these products are delivered right to your door! It doesn't get any better than that!

Head on over to their website to check out their subscription options! Use code "VTH" for 20% off of your order, and me me know how you like the products!

Thank you, Plaine Products, for sending me these fabulous products to review!