Wild Vine Skin Care Volcanic Vice Facial Exfoliant Review

Company:  Wild Vine Skin Care

“Certified Organic, Natural, and Wild~Crafted Skin Care”

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Product: Volcanic Vice Exfoliant (4 oz, $25.00 USD)

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Review:



Sure, you have undoubtedly heard of exfoliators made with salt, sugar, or coffee… but have you ever heard of one that’s made with lava powder? I sure didn’t, and I couldn’t wait to try it out!

Along with the star of the show LAVA POWDER, this product contains aloe, pomegranate, and acai berry, to provide natural moisture and antioxidants. It has a beautiful citrus scent that perks up your senses as you use it. The lava powder makes this a gentle exfoliant that is suitable for sensitive skin.

This exfoliator foams up slightly with water and small grains help to wash away dead skin cells and debris. As you work the product into your skin, you can feel the lava powder doing its job, but it is not overly rough. After using this product, my skin felt and looked smooth, clean, and soft. It was not tight, dry, or irritated.  My face had a noticeable glow that made my skin look healthy and cared for.

The Bottom Line

I thoroughly enjoy using this Volcanic Vice Exfoliant. It is effective and leaves my skin looking radiant and feeling soft and smooth. I also love the values of this company. With zero carbon footprint, fair trade ingredients, and products that are vegan and cruelty free, Wild Vine Skin Care is an example of how companies can, and should be. I highly recommend this product, and look forward to trying more from this company. Give the Volcanic Vice Exfoliant a try and let me know how you like it!

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Oganikk Superfood Spinach Chips Review

Company: Oganikk Superfoods

Products:

Beet Lime Spinach Chips

Cheezy Paprika Spinach Chips

“An ethically-sourced snack handmade in the heart of Brooklyn.”

These chips contain “15 activated almonds per serving that help sweep away plaque from clogged arteries, farm fresh spinach abundant in antioxidants, and hemp seeds that are rich in omega-3, omega-6, and protein.”  These healthy snacks are Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

Review:

Beet Lime Spinach Chips


So, what happens when Baby spinach is baked with a coating of hemp seeds, almonds, beetroot, lemon, and Himalayan and pink sea salt? Well, you get a pretty tasty snack! The baby spinach is crispy and light, with a fresh and bright lemon flavor. The salt brings out the subtle nutty taste of the almonds, and the beetroot adds a slight sweetness. This is truly a unique snack, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat the entire container! There are 2 servings per package, and each serving is 120 calories. The only con (not even, just more of an observation) was that the chips had broken apart. This may have been due to the recipe or maybe during shipping. Nonetheless, these are a tasty, healthy, and low-calorie snack! Sign me up!

Cheezy Paprika Spinach Chips



I was really excited to try this flavor out because it contains nutritional yeast (life would be a sad place without Nooch)! The coating on these chips was heavier than the Beet Lime flavor, and the chips were not as broken apart. The flavor itself was outstanding! Cheesy nooch, nutty almonds, and smokey paprika make this a savory and truly satisfying spinach chip. I would gladly devour an entire package of these instead of potato chips or tortilla chips. These are the perfect pick-me-up due to the B-12 and B-6 vitamins and 5 grams of protein per serving. I REALLY love these chips!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that is actually flavorful and satisfying, give these Spinach Chips a try! You really can’t go wrong with a tasty chip that is vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, and has enough protein to power you through your afternoon! Give them a try!

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

 

 

 

Pour le Monde Perfume Reviews

Company: Pour le Monde 100% Natural Perfumes

“Pour le Monde, (For the World) is the world’s only certified 100% natural fine fragrances. Vegan, cruelty-free, pregnancy safe with each one supporting a charity.”

Products:

Envision All Natural Eau de Parfum

“Envision benefits the National MS Society whose mission is to ENVISION a world free of MS.”

Empower All Natural Eau de Parfum

“Empower helps Guiding Eyes for the Blind providing service dogs that EMPOWER the blind, visually impaired and children with autism.”

Together All Natural Eau de Parfum

“Together benefits the Cancer Support Community, so no one faces cancer alone.”

Reviews 

 “Daring and exotic. Irresistibly sensual. Incredibly all natural.” With a description like that, who wouldn’t want to try Envision All Natural Eau de Parfum?

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I have not experienced a fragrance quite like this one. It is unique with its sharp floral notes, making it perfect for date night or anytime you want some attention. The citrus provides brightness while the peppercorn provides spice. The middle notes add a floral bouquet to the patchouli and vanilla which provide warmth and sweetness! This fragrance is strong, so a little goes a long way!

 

Empower All Natural Eau de Parfum is described as “Fresh and spirited. Playful and energizing. Incredibly all natural.”

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The top notes of various citrus fruits make this unisex fragrance as bright as the summer sun. Spearmint and basil add herbal notes, and cedar wood and patchouli add earthy qualities to this unique, fun fragrance that reminds me of walking through the woods in July. I really like this fragrance and highly recommend it!

 

Together All Natural Eau de Parfum is “An elegant and graceful classic light floral that’s flirtatious yet delicate.”

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This fragrance is my favorite out of the three. The description is correct. It is light and sophisticated and perfect for any occasion. The floral notes are feminine and gentle and do not overpower. The base notes create a natural and sweet fragrance that will appeal to most fragrance fans! Give this one a try!

 

The Bottom Line

I enjoyed trying out these three perfumes. “Together” was my favorite since it can be worn anywhere and everywhere. Beyond the fragrances themselves, I think that it is fantastic and admirable the Pour le Monde supports charities that correspond to each of their perfumes. If only more companies would do that! These perfumes, along with the company as a whole, are the epitome of beauty and grace. The next time you are looking for all natural fragrances, try Pour le Monde. Give back to others and smell fabulous at the same time!

Thank you, Pour le Monde, for providing me with samples to review!

free2b Product Reviews 

Company: free2b Foods

Products:

All reviewed products are “Top 12 Allergen Free”

Chocolate Sun Cups

Dark Chocolate Sun Cups

Dark Chocolate Mint Cups

Snack Breaks Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Snacking Chocolate

Reviews:

Ok, if you’re a fan of Reeses Peanutbutter Cups or absolutely adore Sun Butter like I do, you will love these Chocolate Sun Cups. Smooth “milk” chocolate covers sweet and savory Sunbutter in the classic peanut butter cup shape. If you haven’t tried Sun Butter, it is a smooth, creamy spread made from sunflower seeds! It’s slightly sweet and entirely delicious. The only thing that could make it better would be to cover it with chocolate… oh wait, they did that. Give these Sun Cups a try!

York Peppermint Patties move the heck over! There’s a new candy in town! These Dark Chocolate Mint Cups are absolutely delicious. They’re everything that you would want… smooth, dark chocolate in perfect harmony with cool, sweet mint filling. Pop these guys in the fridge for an extra refreshing treat!

The same rich, dark chocolate covers the always fabulous Sunbutter to create a delectable and mouthwatering candy. These Dark Chocolate Sun Cups will satisfy chocolate lovers and “peanut butter” junkies alike. These are perfection.

Rich dark chocolate, crunchy pumpkin seeds, and tangy cranberries… what’s not to like? It’s a fantastic and flavorful sweet and salty combo that really is the perfect snack break! Try Snack Breaks Dark Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Seed to see for yourself!

The Bottom Line

These snacks are the heathier, yet still delicious, way to eat some of your favorite candies. Since they are vegan and Top 12 Allergen Free, just about anyone can enjoy them. Head over to their website to get $1.00 off coupon! Let me know which candy is you favorite! 

Nomoo Cookie Company Review 

CompanyNomoo Cookie Company

“We bake gourmet quality, dairy free, certified kosher cookies at our facility in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.”

Products: Vegan Delectable Dozen – an assortment of their vegan line of cookies, including:

Classic Chipper (2)

Chocolate Chills (1)

Sugah Cinnayum (1)

Raspberry Bliss (1)

Loco for Cocoa (2)

Citrus Appeal (1)

Vanilla Bean Dream (2)

Oatmeal Choco-Chip (2)

This item is sold on their website for $19.95 USD. 

Review:

All of the following cookies are soft-baked and have a moist and chewy texture. 

The Classic Chipper is exactly that… a vegan version of the classic chocolate chip cookie. This soft and sweet treat is made with dark brown sugar and vanilla bean paste which would be good enough on its own. Throw in some Belgian dark chocolate chips and you have a winner that will please even the pickiest of eaters!

Oh, I was so excited to try this Chocolate Chills flavor out! I absolutely love mint and this cookie didn’t disappoint! Rich, dark cocoa and chocolate chips are brightened up with the perfect balance of sweet mint flavor. Think of a York Peppermint Patty, but you know, without all of the yucky stuff. Two thumbs up!

Next up, was Sugah Cinnayum flavor. Sorry, ladies and gentlebeans, I got too excited and ate this one before taking a picture. Close your eyes and picture a big, vegan Snickerdoodle with the perfect soft- baked texture, sweetness, and flavorful but not too overwhelming amount of cinnamon. Holy Moly, this might just be my new favorite!

The Raspberry Bliss cookie shocked me! I was thinking that I would get a mouthful of artificial fruit flavor, but no! This tasted like a buttery, vanilla sugar cookie with bright and tangy raspberries on top! My boyfriend (a non-vegan) said it tasted like candy and he is correct! Watch out… here’s another contender for my #1 pick!

I think they may have incorrectly named this one! To me, it looks, smells, and tastes like some of the best brownies I’ve had! You know, where the brownies bake to be chewy and fabulous in the corner of the pan? Yup, that’s Loco For Cocoa. Then, to mix it up, they added Maldon sea salt flakes on top which enhances the overall sweetness and added a contrast of flavor (think vegan salted caramel). This is basically a chocoholics dream. 10 out of 10 stars!

Honestly, I didn’t think I would like the Citrus Appeal flavor, but I was happily mistaken. The buttery dough is topped with a light, sweet almond glaze (so good!). Candied orange peel provides a fresh and bright pop of citrus creating the perfect blend of flavors. I may not have gravitated towards this one if I saw it in the store, but I would have definitely missed out. Watch out, here’s yet another contender for my new favorite!

Who doesn’t like a good sugar cookie? I mean, they’re sweet, soft, chewy and delicious. Nomoo did this and more with Vanilla Bean Dream by amping up the vanilla flavor with bourbon vanilla bean and vanilla bean paste. Genius.

Oh, the almost always underrated and/or overlooked oatmeal cookie. The Oatmeal Choco-Chip variety is perhaps the most “healthy” tasting member of the Vegan Delectable Dozen. It is thicker and drier than the rest of the bunch and contains hearty oats which is why it smells like a big, hot bowl of oatmeal. Dark chocolate chips add sweetness and orange zest lightens and brightens. I’ve heard tales (cough, cough) of “healthy” vegans… I believe this is the cookie for them!

The Bottom Line

These cookies are seriously amazing. Nomoo absolutely mastered the perfect soft-baked cookie. In the future, I won’t be able to eat anther cookie without comparing it to these delicious bad boys.  

Just to make sure I wasn’t biased (I’ve had some badddd cookies in the past and was really rooting for this company), I gave the Classic Chipper, Loco for Cocoa, and Vanilla Bean Dream to three of my not-even-close-to-vegan friends. All three agreed that these cookies are fantastic. They gave them a perfect score and/or looked up where to buy them. Hooray for proving vegan food is better than “traditional” food!

I can’t say enough good things about these cookies… and I’ve used the word “cookie” far too many times in this review so I’m just going to say trust me and give them a try! You won’t regret it!  

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Thank you, Nomoo Cookies, for providing me with these amazing cookies to review!

 

AmaZenSkin Product Reviews

Company: AmaZenSkin

“Handcrafted skin care for a zen body, mind, and soul.”

“All ingredients are fair-trade, organic, and absolutely zero GMO’s”

All products reviewed are vegan and cruelty-free

Products:

CelluLatte Later Body Scrub

AmaZen Spray

Da Bomb Lavender Fizzy Bath Bombs (pack of 5)

Chai Latte Milk Bath

Wildberry Hibiscus Bliss Milk Bath

Pom Diggity Body Scrub

Review:

I’ve used coffee scrubs in the past, and since I’m a coffee junkie, I knew I would love this product. I was right! I absolutely adore how the coffee, vanilla, and peppermint oil blend together to make a fresh and delicious fragrance (honestly, I wouldn’t mind eating this). The sugar and coffee grounds make this a gritty and coarse body scrub, perfect for scrubbing away dry, dead skin cells and stimulating blood flow to the area. This scrub contains coconut oil so your skin is left feeling smooth, moisturized, and smelling fabulous!

The AmaZenSpray is a nice, refreshing treat for tired and/or dry feet. This spray contains witch hazel, aloe vera gel, and tea tree oil, along with rosemary, peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils. It refreshes as it helps to deodorize your tired footsies. I popped mine in the fridge to spray on after work. Girl, Try it!

Duck-shaped Bath Bombs?! I mean, what’s not to like about these cute, fizzy little guys!? Drop 1 or 2 or 3 in the tub for a relaxing and detoxifying (due to Epsom salt) bath time. Try out Da Bomb Lavender Fizzy Bath Bombs (pack of 5)! Quack Quack!

I have to admit, I am new to milk baths… especially since I use vegan and cruelty-free products! This Chai Latte Milk Bath is made with powdered coconut milk! How cool is that? Indian Black Tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and orange peel, along with vanilla and orange essential oils create a spicy, sweet, and floral fragrance that makes you feel like you are actually soaking in a luxurious bathtub full of Chai Tea! Ooh, La La!

The Wildberry Hibiscus Bliss Milk Bath is also made with powdered coconut milk, along with hibiscus, black currant, rose hips, elderberry, and cranberry that combine to create a floral, fruity, and sweet fragrance that is truly a treat! It dissolves in warm bath water instantly and easily rinses from the tub after your bath time is over.

The Pom Diggity Body Scrub in Pomegranate, Cherry, and Cranberry is a very effective sugar based exfoliator that moisturizes with coconut, avocado, jojoba, and grapeseed oils. The scent is bright and fruity, and is definitely fun to use!

The Bottom Line

This company creates handmade items that smell fantastic and get the job done. With no chemicals or nasty additives, these products are a healthy alternative to the junk on the market today. Treat yourself and give AmaZenSkin products a try! Let me know how you like them! 

Demes Natural Products Review

Company: Demes Natural Products

“A family company that makes natural vegan products suitable for everyone of all ages, two legs or four.”

Vegan, Cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny Certified,  Plant-based ingredients

Manufactured in Ottawa, Canada

Products:

“BUTTER ME UP” Moisturizer Stick

“LOOK MA, CLEAN HANDS” Hand and Body Soap

“GET the FUNK OUT” Multi-use Deodorizing Spray

Review:

The “BUTTER ME UP” Moisturizer Stick is made with Shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil which give this stick its moisturizing powers. This little wonder can be used on your lips, body, and even your pup’s paws! The packaging is compostable and cute as can be, and it is perfect to throw in your bag and apply throughout the day.

I used this product as a giant lip balm. It moisturized perfectly and left a very subtle sheen. It’s not sticky in the slightest and it glides on smoothly and easily. I used it on my arms after several hours in the sun and I also used it on my dry as heck elbows. It moisturized without feeling greasy, Hooray! It definitely made a difference!

The primary ingredients of the “LOOK MA, CLEAN HANDS” Hand and Body Soap are coconut oil, olive oil, and aloe. Geranium and bergamot oil give it a floral, fresh, and natural fragrance. This special soap can be rubbed into the skin, wiped and/or rinsed off. I took the traditional route and tested it under running water. It foams up easily and leaves hands feeling clean (not dry at all). It can be used as body wash or even as dog shampoo!

The “GET the FUNK OUT” Multi-use Deodorizing Spray is a very interesting product. It is an all natural deodorant for the air, surfaces, and  body! I tried the Lemongrass Lavender scented spray, and let me say, this is so cool! Truthfully, I’m not a huge lavender fan, but the lemongrass gives it a strong citrus kick and vanilla brings in some sweetness. Again, this product can be used on just about everything to “get the funk out” including my flats that I wore in the rain a few days ago that weren’t smelling too fresh. They do now! As a bonus, the spray contains coconut and olive oil so it moisturizes as it kicks smelliness to the curb. How cool!

The Bottom Line
I think it’s awesome that these products are multifunctional and can be used by everyone in the family including the pups! The packaging is wonderful. It looks fun and fresh and is easily taken on the go. The products themselves are effective and get the job done. Demes Natural Skin Care is truly a special brand with unique products and I highly recommend giving them a try!
Follow me on Instagram @VeganTreasureHunter for my upcoming summer giveaway to win these Demes products and more!

Kiss My Face Dry Oil Sunscreen 

Brand: Kiss My Face

Product: Dry Oil Spray Sunscreen SPF 15

Review:

Ok… when I got this in the mail a few hours ago, I just HAD to try it out! It’s a beautiful day here, so why not?

This spray is, like it says in the name, a dry oil. So when you spray it on in a thin layer, you really don’t even have to rub it into your skin. This spray is air powered, by the way, so you can feel good about not putting harmful gases into the atmosphere! Science!

The smell of this Sunscreen instantly reminded me of summer and the beach. It’s a delightful mix of coconuts and suntan oil and I LOVE it!

So… did it actually protect my skin? It says right on the can that it protects against UVA and UVB rays, and is water resistant for a full 80 minutes. Sounds good to me!

Now, I don’t know if you know this, but I’m pale. Not just pale, but SUPER PALE. My skin honestly burns within just a few minutes, so I was a little nervous to use such a low SPF.

Well, I gave myself a few good sprays on my arms, neck, and chest and sat in the sun for about 25 minutes (anything for the animals!).

I’m happy to report that a few hours later, I am NOT SUNBURNT! Yes, I most certainly got some color, but my skin isn’t tomato red,  burnt to a crisp and/or peeling like it usually does after time in the sun! This sunscreen also contains Vitamin E and coconut oil so it moisturizer as it protects (score!).

The Bottom Line

I love the smell of this sunscreen, the way it applies, and the fact that it is air powered, vegan, and cruelty free. Without a doubt, it did protect me from the sun and I will continue to use it! I would recommend this to just about everyone, but I would warn my fellow pastey people that they need to be aware of how their skin is doing while out in the sun to avoid burning. Kiss My Face also makes other sunscreens that offer more protection, so I will be checking those out as well.

Good Job, Kiss My Face on another awesome product! Thank you for sending me this sunscreen to review!

Vegan Love Apparel Review

Brand: Vegan Love Apparel 

Product: “The Veganning Tank Top in Black ($24.99 USD)


Review: I absolutely love the vibrant colors of this design… it’s eye catching and beautiful. I did, however, have a few issues with the shirt itself. I am very “gifted” up top (I am a G cup) and have a bit of a belly (vegan food is delicious, what can I say?), so I ordered this shirt in a 2XL. The picture on the website looked like it was made of a stretchy fitting fabric, so even if it was too big, it would look fine.

Well, the tank top arrived, and it felt and looked like it was made of a normal, thick Tshirt fabric. I tried it on and it fit loosely and was very comfortable. To test it out, I threw it into the washer and dryer. It shrunk a little and the color faded slightly, so definitely wash it in cold water and dry on low!

The fit of this tank top was not what I expected, but I still enjoyed wearing it. I have to wonder if there was difficulty making the shirt in the 2XL size and they simply altered a regular Tshirt as a solution.

The Bottom Line: 

This is a new company with cute and unique designs. The prices are reasonable and they offer sizes S – 2XL, making this a size inclusive brand. I would gladly order a shirt from them (this one one sent to me for free), perhaps in a smaller size or I would reach out to Customer Service to ask questions about the fabric and fit.