2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

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Naked Soul Inspired Organic Beauty – High Quality and Luxurious Skin Care & Giveaway!!!

Company: Naked Soul Beauty

“Our luxurious ingredients and fresh botanicals will transport you to the cherry blossom-lined streets of Kyoto and the white sand beaches of Tulum. As President of Naked Soul, I am committed to bringing you the safest and most nourishing ingredients for your skin and spirit.

You will indulge your skin with exotic ingredients like white camellia seed oil from Asia, known as the “beautification oil” and a geisha’s secret to flawless skin and lustrous hair. All the products in our collection are free of parabens, dioxins, sulfate cleansers, synthetic colors, and fragrances and are never tested on animals.

In addition to carefully curating the finest ingredients, I believe business should benefit as many people as possible. Naked Soul’s strongly supports fair-trade and ecological practices. When you purchase products from Naked Soul, you are investing in your beauty and that of the planet. Now that’s beautiful.”

Reviews:

All of these products contain Organic White Cammellia Oil, a powerhouse ingredient that provides moisture, softens your skin, and fights the signs of aging. Sign me up!

Ok! First up, is the SACRED Cleansing Cream. I love this cleanser! It is just what you need to gently wash away all of your make up while adding moisture and anti-aging properties to your skin. All you do is massage 3-4 pumps onto your face, add a little water, massage, and voilà! Your face is completely clean and hydrated! It easily removed my mascara, eye liner, foundation, and several layers of bronzer (hey, don’t judge me, it’s winter!).

The SACRED Cleansing Oil is the pure oil version of the SACRED Cleansing Cream discussed above. Like the cream version, it completely removes make up and impurities while adding a dose of moisture to the skin. It is just a matter of preference whether you would like to use a cream or oil cleanser!

Next, is the fabulous GODDESS Face & Eye Cream! You all know I love a good, multi-use product! Organic White Cammellia Oil gave my poor, dry skin some must needed moisture. I used 2-3 pumps of this face/eye cream and my skin instantly drank it up! My skin does not feel or look dry whatsoever, it looks dewy, fresh, and hydrated! I really like to use this under my make up and like its subtle, slightly sweet scent.

I was also sent a sample of Naked Soul Beauty’s Hair Prayer Oil Elixir. I have long, curly, highlighted hair, so you know your girl needs some hair oil! I really enjoy this one, especially the floral fragrance. It is absolutely gorgeous! I concentrated this product on the ends of  my hair, then ran my fingers through my curls (staying away from the roots).   I am happy to report that my locks looked healthier and shiny, which noticeably less frizz. I also worked a tiny bit of this oil on my dry hair, which helped to smooth my curls. I really like this hair oil!

If masks aren’t a part of your skincare routine, they need to be! I tried out the BREATHE Ageless Pearl Mask, Naked Soul Beauty’s “most powerful anti-aging mask.” This mask applies to the skin like a gel, and works to build collagen and fight blemishes. It contains passion flower, sea kelp, and actual pearls! It has a sweet scent and leaves your skin feeling smooth, moisturized, and calmed. It is a luxurious treat for your skin!

The HEART Tight Mask is another fantastic skin treatment! It will “lift, tone, and tighten with algae extracts” and has an absolutely stunning rose scent. When you apply this gel to your face, it quickly dries and tightens on your skin. You can actually feel your skin being lifted. How cool is that?!

Next, I tried the SOUL White Camellia Oil Exotic Elixir, starring Naked Soul Beauty’s signature ingredient. This oil can do it all… you can use it on your body, in your bath, and even in your hair to add moisture and nourishment to your routine. My hands were incredibly dry, thanks to the recent cold weather, and this oil really helped to moisturize them. After a few applications, my skin was as good as new. It also leaves a nice, healthy looking sheen on the skin that I really like! If you’re curious about White Camellia Oil and what it can do for your skin, I suggest giving this product a try!

Another great way to try out some of Naked Soul Beauty’s products is their SIMPLICITY Collection Sample Set which will give you “brighter, younger-looking skin.” It includes 4 generously sized samples jars of the ALIGNED Sea Kelp Face & Eye Night Serum, LOVE Exfoliating Mask, Goddess Face and Eye Cream, and the Sacred Cleansing Oil.

The Bottom Line

I love this line! Everything from the sleek, packaging to the high-quality ingredients and formulations, I truly enjoy Naked Soul Beauty’s products! I had never used (or heard of) White Camellia Oil, but now that I have, I’m in love! My skin looks bright, healthy, and hydrated and my hair looks healthy and shiny, as well… who wouldn’t want that?!

It is also great that they offer sample sets to let people discover their new favorite products. Check out my Instagram posts later today for a giveaway of the SIMPLICITY Collection Sample Set and the Heart Tight Mask @VeganTreasureHunter, and Naked Soul Beauty’s Instagram for their latest sales @NakedSoulBeauty.

Have a great day!

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Mint Supply Co. – All Natural & Vegan Candles… It’s Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Christmas!

Company: MintSupplyCo. – Essential Oil Infused Bath Products & Soy Candles

Product: Blood Orange 100% Natural Soy Wax Candle

Review:

If you’re looking for holiday gifts or just a little something special for yourself, look no further! These hand-poured soy wax candles from MintSupplyCo. are just what you need!

I had the opportunity to review one of these candles and I’m in love! They are 100% natural and scented with essential oils, so you don’t need to worry about harmful chemicals that are found in typical store bought candles.

The Blood Orange scent is absolutely fabulous! It is made with Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot, and Wild Orange essential oils which blend together to create a bright, fresh and uplifting scent. It is sweet, sophisticated and I think just about everyone would enjoy this candle! I’ve been burning it for hours and hours so this candle will last for quite some time!

Looking for something a bit more seasonal? I was also sent tea lights in the scents Fraser Fir, Peppermint Bark, and Cinnamon Clove. Ooh baby, these candles are sure to bring on the holiday spirit!

Fraser Fir smells so fresh and woodsy, you may just forget your Christmas tree is plastic! Seriously though, if you opt for a faux christmas tree and light this bad boy up, I don’t think anyone would know the difference! I really like this scent and will definitely be using it when my holiday guests arrive!

The Peppermint Bark scent smells good enough to eat (it’s all natural, so I guess you could if you really wanted to?) It is sweet and minty and perfect to wake up your senses!

Cinnamon Clove has that signature holiday cinnamon scent with some woodsy notes… I know what I’ll be burning on Xmas Eve!

The Bottom Line

MintSupplyCo. makes high quality, vegan candles that are healthy and smell absolutely fabulous! They are long lasting and I love the fact that they are made with essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances that are terrible for you! The candles come in a sleek, frosted glass jar with black and white labels so it will easily match any decor.

I highly recommend these candles to anyone and everyone on your shopping list (or just get one for yourself!). They’re perfect gifts for teachers, neighbors, hostess gifts… or for people with smelly houses (ha!). Go check out all of the products available in their Etsy shop!

Thank you, MintSupplyCo., for sending me these candles to review!

Happy Holidays!

My Favorite Indulgence – World Class Granola That Tastes Like Dessert!

Company: My Favorite Indulgence

Products:

Chocolate Mocha Granola

Pumpkin Spiced Granola

Maple Cinnamon Granola

Classic Almond Granola

Reviews:

Is your morning routine missing a little something? Toast and coffee not cutting it anymore? Try My Favorite Indulgence World Class Granola! (How’d you like my infomercial impression?) These granolas are vegan and made with natural, non-GMO ingredients. There’s nothing on the labels that you won’t be able to pronounce and the flavors are incredible! Alright, let’s jump right in!

First up, is the Chocolate Mocha Granola. I love chocolate. I love coffee. I love granola. So obviously I had high hopes for this one! I was not let down! The sweet, cocoa flavor along with the crunchiness of the oats and almonds really can’t be beat! There is even a hint of cinnamon which really amps up the flavor. I paired this with almond milk and it was like eating a dessert for breakfast. I’m in love!

Next, is the Pumpkin Spiced Granola. As far as I’m concerned, Pumpkin Spiced flavored foods should be eaten year round! Some “pumpkin” flavored foods taste artificial and not very appetizing. This granola, on the other hand, is done right! It contains actually pumpkin which is the primary flavor of this granola, along with pure maple syrup, dried cranberries, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. It is subtly sweet, crunchy and tastes like pumpkin pie. It’s pumpkin perfection!

The Maple Cinnamon Granola (listed on their website as “Nut-Free Granola) is phenomenal! The sweetness from the pure maple syrup with the pleasant bitterness of the cinnamon and the crunch of the oats; this granola does not disappoint! This flavor is nut-free and perfect for someone that isn’t into “dessert” flavors like the ones above or just prefers simpler flavor profiles.

Last but not least is the Classic Almond Granola (listed on their website as “Granola With Nuts”). If you’re a traditional granola lover, this is for you! This variety contains almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. I’ve never had granola with all three, so I was interested to try this! Just because it is “Classic” doesn’t mean it’s boring! The blend of maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla along with the oats, nuts, and seeds is truly delicious!

The Bottom Line

These granolas from My Favorite Indulgence are fantastic. They’re vegan, healthy and oh-so-delicious! All of the flavors are non-GMO and make a satisfying meal or snack.  I love each and every flavor and actually couldn’t pick a favorite! I love that they come in a large 10 oz. size for home and also come in 2 oz. snack sizes to take on the go! Head on over to the My Favorite Indulgence website to check out their world-class granola!

Thank you, My Favorite Indulgence, for sending me these products to review!

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Corkor’s Gorgeous Cork Bags… Perfect for the Eco-Fashionista on Your Holiday Shopping List!

Company: Corkor

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Corkor’s Goals:

“Sustainability is one of the biggest issues of our times. It touches many aspects of our lives, right down to the materials we choose to buy. In these defining times where our choices can and will define the future of the planet, cork stands out as the number one eco–friendly raw material.

At Corkor, we feel we can truly make a difference by providing people with a premium, eco–friendly alternative to other highly polluting products. Cork is good for the environment in more than one way: recyclable, reusable and sustainable, cork is also a high–end alternative to leather. Beautiful, sustainable and vegan accessories are our contribution to a better, greener world.”

Why Cork?

“The extraction of cork also maintains the vitality of the “Montado” habitat and promotes multiple economic, environmental and social gains, allowing for thousands of people to go on living and working in otherwise deserted areas of Portugal.”

waterproof, buoyant, elastic, fire resistant and unique in its appearance, it is a naturally harvested material, mainly originating in the cork oak forests located in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).”

Product: Cork Clutch Natural

Review:

Every girl needs a good clutch for nights out or days that you don’t want to carry around a huge bag. That’s why I am so excited to share Corkor’s Cork Clutch Natural with you! If this is your first time to my website (welcome!), you must know that my style is quite casual and based on comfortable, multi-purpose pieces with a rock and roll flair! Of course, my main interest is vegan, cruelty-free fashion!

IMG_1412.jpgOk, let’s start with the basics! The dimensions of this clutch are 7.5″ long x 4.7″ wide x 2″ inches deep, so it is roomy enough to fit all of your essentials like your phone, wallet, and other necessities. This bag is made of smooth, durable cork from Portugal (yes, the same stuff that tops your favorite wine bottle) that is water-resistant and super high quality.

The neutral color will match everything in your wardrobe which I truly appreciate because I seriously don’t have time to think about what bag matches my outfits on a daily basis!

I love that the natural cork gives it an earthy, eco-vibe while the super shiny, silver metal hardware gives it a classy and slightly edgy look (my fav!). This clutch easily transitions from a fun, daytime over the shoulder or crossbody bag to a sophisticated nighttime accessory, simply by removing the chain. I love multi-use products!

The Bottom Line

I adore this clutch! I love how it easily adds style to any outfit and is perfect for a casual trip to Whole Foods or for a night out! It truly is a special bag and you can count on people asking you about it when you wear it!

Using a sustainable material like cork is a genius idea! It just goes to show that leather and other animal products are not necessary to look fabulous! This clutch is sure to please anyone and everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Thank you, Corkor, for sending me this stunning clutch to review!

Eat Your Coffee Bars… Delicious Vegan Bars with a Caffeine Kick!

Company: Newgroundsfood.com

Products:

Mocha Latte Coffee Bar

Coconut Mocha Coffee Bar

Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar

Review:

Calling all coffee addicts… there’s a new kid in town! Eat Your Coffee Bars contain a cup of coffee in each bar! They’re vegan, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with fair trade coffee!

When it comes to coffee, I’m slightly (and by “slightly” I mean VERY) picky. It needs to be smooth, not too bitter, and of course, it better wake me up!

I recently started a new job that requires me to wake up incredibly early and commute about 40 minutes to get there. So, even making coffee before I leave can throw off my schedule and make me late. That’s why I am so happy to have found these Eat Your Coffee Bars! I don’t need to make my coffee, I just eat a bar!

The Mocha Latte Coffee Bar is made with dates, gluten-free oats, almond butter, and dark chocolate. It is chewy, sweet, and full of chocolate-y coffee flavor. The dark chocolate chips really amp up the mocha flavor and cashews give it some crunch, making this a seriously delicious pick me up!

The Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar actually tastes like a fancy drink that would cost you around $7.00 at Starbucks! The sweetness of the dates and the subtle bitterness of the coffee are in perfect balance. Yum!

The Coconut Mocha CoffeeBar is my favorite! It is chewy like the others and has a sweet coconut flavor that is absolutely mouthwatering. It also has brown rice and quinoa  to make it crunchy and satisfying. The combo of coconut, dark chocolate, and coffee really can’t be beat!

The Bottom Line

Eat Your Coffee Bars are delicious, good for you and will actually wake your a$$ up! Whether you’re a coffee addict (like myself) or just want a healthy, easy way to get energized, these bars are for you! To make things even better, this company is part of The Chain Collaborative, a non-profit that supports coffee producers in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Awesome!

Thank you, Eat Your Coffee, for sending me these fantastic bars to review! I highly recommend them!

True Moringa Face, Hair, and Body Oil Review… a Multi-Purpose Product with a Mission!

Company: True Moringa

The Moringa Tree is also known as “The Miracle Tree” due to its ability to thrive with very little water and its nutritionally dense leaves. 100% cold-pressed Moringa oil that is ethically cultivated by small farming families in Ghana is the basis of True Moringa products. Moringa oil hydrates the skin, nourishes with antioxidants, restores tones and texture, soothes redness and damage, as well as minimizes signs of premature aging!

Best of all, with every purchase made through TrueMoringa.com, a Moringa tree is planted in your name which will help provide food security and sustainable income for small farming families in Ghana.

How AWESOME IS THAT!? Read more about their amazing story here!

Product: True Moringa Refresh Face, Hair & Body Oil

Review: You know who loves a great, multi-purpose product?! THIS GIRL DOES!

True Moringa’s 100% vegan oil can be used on your face, hair and body! The “Refresh” variety contains peppermint oil which gives it a nice, fresh minty scent that I really enjoyed.

I used 1 pump of this oil on my face in the morning for a dose of moisture. It works into the skin easily and leaves a silky finish on the skin. My makeup applied easily on top of it and my skin looked healthy and hydrated without looking greasy. I also used this on my insanely dry chapped lips and it really helped to heal them!

I also used this on my damp hair to eliminate frizz and on my dry hair to smooth fly aways. This product did a great job keeping my frizzy curls under control and left my locks smelling minty fresh!

I also used this as an all over moisturizer and it definitely helped to soften my super dry hands and elbows that were peeling and cracking (which they always seem to do now that the colder weather is starting to show up). With just a few applications, my hands and elbows were moisturized, less red and irritated, and overall the condition of my poor skin was drastically improved!

The Bottom Line

True Moringa makes fabulous, high-quality oils that deliver wonderful results! This multi-use product is  great for travel or for anyone that just wants to simplify their beauty routine with 1 do-it-all oil! It is perfect to throw into your purse or gym bag for an easy way to quickly hydrate your skin and hair!

I highly recommend True Moringa’s Face, Hair & Body Oil to anyone and everyone that enjoys clean beauty and helping people! This company has a great mission that gives back to people in need in Ghana, so you can feel great about your purchase! Of course, all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free… and pretty close to perfection in my opinion!

Thank you, True Moringa, for sending me this fantastic oil to review and for all of the wonderful work that you do to make the world a better place! Head on over to their website and check out all of the products that they have to offer!

Soul Shine Cosmetics – Holiday Collection Reviews!

Company: Soul Shine Cosmetics

Products: 

All Natural Owl Soy Candle

Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub

Green Tea Bath Bomb

Warm Vanilla Sugar Bath Bomb

Reviews: 

The holiday season is here which means my vegan treasure hunt for delicious flavors, warm scents, and fantastic gifts has begun!

I’ve been a huge fan of Soul Shine Cosmetics since trying their tropical bath bombs and lip scrub a few month ago. Check out my review here! I’m thrilled to share my review of their holiday items which are perfect stocking stuffers and gifts for even the pickiest of people on your holiday shopping list! Let’s go!

The all natural, chemical free, soy Owl Candle is as cute as can be! Since it is scented with Sandalwood, Jasmine, and Orange essential oils, it is a healthy alternative to the not-so-good-for-you candles that you can get at the store. The scent is fresh and natural and the glass owl jar is an adorable addition to any decor! This is perfect for hostess gifts, teachers, or just about anyone!

Ooh baby…. the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub is a delicious sugar scrub that’s made with coconut and jojoba oil to really moisturize your lips! All you do is massage a small amount on your lips and BAM! They’re softer and smoother… not to mention this stuff tastes exactly like apple pie (no need to rinse it off, just lick it off of your lips for a low calorie snack!)! Love it!

This time of year can get hectic! Not to worry. The Green Tea Bath Bomb contains green tea, grapefruit oil, lemon essential oil & vanilla extract. This blend dissolves in your bathtub to create a truly relaxing (and much needed) bath to calm your nerves and recharge. Inhale the light and fresh scent as you let go of the holiday traffic, crowded stores, recipes, travel plans and when- the-heck-is-my-package-going-to-be-delivered type of worries that come along with the season!

The Warm Vanilla Sugar Bath Bomb is another fabulous bath bomb that is sure to please! Not sure of what to get someone? Or maybe you need a little treat? You can’t go wrong with a vanilla bath bomb! This little guy will fill your bathroom with the scent of warm vanilla (like sugar cookies) and let you take some time for yourself! Go ahead, spend an hour in the bathtub. You deserve it!

The Bottom Line

Soul Shine Cosmetics makes wonderful, high-quality products that are vegan, cruelty-free, and perfect for everyone on your list! You really can’t go wrong… the bath bombs smell amazing, the lip scrubs soften even the most chapped, winter lips (and they’re pretty much dessert in a jar) and the Owl Candles will make anyone smile! Head on over to their website to check out all of their products!

Thank you, Soul Shine Cosmetics, for sending me these products to review!!! Of course, I’ve included these products in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide, so go and take a look!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Firefly Candles Company – Jon Snow and Wizards Ball Candles Review

Company: Firefly Candles Company – “Movie and Book Inspired All Natural Soy Wax Candles”

Products

You Know Nothing, Jon Snow – Soy Candle

Wizards Ball – Soy Candle

Review:

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Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells like outdoorsy, refreshing men’s cologne. It is exactly what I would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like… woodsy and fresh like a winter’s day! You may not be able to give Jon Snow (such a pretty, pretty man!) to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge could resist this scent!

In an seriousness, if you use candles, it is very important that they are all natural, soy candles. Candles bought at the store contain harmful chemicals, which as they burn, are released and you breathe them in. Not good! The chemicals can cause people to have breathing problems, especially if they have asthma or another breathing issue already. They can even affect your pets! I don’t know about you, but breathing in burning chemicals doesn’t sound like a good idea to me! Go natural!

The Bottom Line

Firefly Candles Company creates fun candles with awesome names that also happen to smell fantastic! They’re all natural so you can feel good about using them during your holiday parties or while snuggled up reading a book! The packaging is beautiful and I love that the glass jars come with a lid!  Please note that these 2 candles in the shop are specifically vegan, as are the other candles without any dyes or colorants. Just message the shop if you want clarification.

I highly recommend these candles! If someone on your list is into Game of Thrones, surprise them with the You Know Nothing, Jon Snow candle! If someone loves wintery scents, the Wizards Ball candle is perfect for them! I’ve been burning these candles for hours and hours and I truly enjoy them!

Thank you, Firefly Candles Company, for sending me these candles to review! I love them!

Happy Holidays!

Soapbox Soaps – Liquid Hand Soaps and Bar Soap Reviews (Part 2)

Company: Soapbox Soaps

Products:

Pomegranate & Plum Restoring Moisture Liquid Hand Soap

Coconut Milk & Sandlewood Deep Moisture Liquid Hand Soap

Sea Mineral & Blue Iris Gentle Moisture Bar Soap

Reviews:

The holidays are here and Soapbox Soaps has the perfect gift for everyone on your list! If you’re not familiar with this company, check out my previous reviews of their fantastic soaps and haircare, here.

Ok, first let’s talk about Soapbox Soap’s Liquid Hand Soaps. These quite possibly may be the most luxurious hand soaps you will ever use! The creamy consistency easily works into a rich lather that thoroughly cleanses your hands while adding moisture. Your skin is left feeling clean, soft and smelling absolutely amazing! These hand soaps make an awesome hostess gift to bring along to all of your holiday get togethers!

The Coconut Milk & Sandlewood Deep Moisture Liquid Hand Soap smells like a tropical paradise! Sweet coconut milk with woodsy sandalwood create an aromatic experience that will make you forget that its snowing outside! I would wear this as perfume if I could! Coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera do a wonderful job hydrating the skin, making this the perfect hand soap to use during the winter months when your hands might need a little help!

The Pomegranate & Plum Restoring Moisture Liquid Hand Soap is a fun and fruity soap that I’m sure everyone on your list will love! Its sweet and citrusy notes create an uplifting fragrance that is sure to brighten your day while shea butter and aloe vera provide moisture. I love this soap!

The Sea Mineral & Blue Iris Gentle Moisture Bar Soap (and all of their bar soaps) are perfect stocking stuffers! This one has such a fresh scent that you can’t help but to slow down, close your eyes, and imagine you’re at the beach! The scent is a combination of floral notes from blue iris and refreshing sea minerals that truly makes you feel like you’re on a tropical getaway! Yes, please! Don’t worry, this bar lathers up nicely and shea butter keeps your skin from drying out!

The Bottom Line

I am a huge fan of Soapbox Soaps! Their products are high quality, smell AMAZING, and they have an amazing mission. With every bar soap that is purchased, they will donate a bar soap to people in need! How amazing is that?! It is the season of giving, after all! I highly recommend this hand soaps and bar soaps for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, you name it!

Happy Holidays!!!