Nelly’s Organics Bars Review

Company: Nelly’s Organics

“We hand-select each ingredient in our bars to deliver nutritional density, while delighting with their flavor. Our bars have the cleanest label imaginable: wholesome, raw, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, vegan and ethically sourced…with NO Preservatives or Additives!”

Products: Nelly’s Bars – Sample Pack

Pictured Above, Left to Right

Nutty Nougat Bar

Peanut Butter & Coconut Bar

Mint Chocolate Bar

German Chocolate Bar

Coconut Bar

Double Chocolate Bar

Reviews:

Based on the description of these bars, you may have the same first impression I did. “Woo hoo! Another healthy snack bar that looks delicious but falls short (way short) in the flavor department.” Well, you wouldn’t be wrong about them being healthy (it’s raw and vegan, for crying out loud!), but these actually taste like CANDY BARS!

Each bar is covered in a layer of smooth, dark Agostoni Chocolate that adds richness and decadence to every bite.

The Nutty Nougat Bar reminded me of Easter candies that I had as a kid. The nougat filling inside of these bars did actually taste like nougat! This variety is loaded with cashews, almonds, and coconut, making this a perfect post workout or mid afternoon snack!  It is sweetened with raw blue agave and covered in the dark chocolate that I mentioned before. Yum!

The Peanut Butter & Coconut Bar is one of my favorites. Whenever you combine peanut butter, coconut and dark chocolate, you have a winner in my book! It’s absolutely a cure for anybody’s sweet tooth but also provides protein and healthy fats to carry you through to the next meal. Delicioso!

The Mint Chocolate Bar was a surprise! Almonds, brown rice crisps, coconut oil, and raw blue agave combine to make the filling of this bar, and organic mint oil sends it over the top! This is a grown up version of a York Peppermint Patty (I’m sure kids would love it, too!). Mint and dark chocolate is just another one of those “can’t fail” combinations. This bar is refreshing and fabulous!

Growing up, my Dad’s favorite cake was German Chocolate. He would ask for it every year for his birthday. Not surprisingly, the German Chocolate Bar reminded me of him and his birthday cakes. Pecans, almonds, coconuts, brown rice crisps, cacao powder, and coconut oil combine to make the signature sweet and coconutty flavor. His birthday would be coming up pretty soon… I may order a case of these for that day to celebrate his memory. He would have loved these bars!

The Coconut Bar is pure, simple and delicious. It’s filling is made of sweet shredded coconut that is covered in a generous layer of dark chocolate. Again, this is a healthy yet fabulous version of a Mounds Bar. I give this one an A+!

The Double Chocolate Bar is perfect for Chocoholics. The rich filling is made with raw dates and cacao powder that’s covered in wonderful dark chocolate. You’d never guess this bar was good for you!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that doesn’t make you feel like you’re missing out, try Nelly’s Organics Bars. With the wide range of flavors, there is something for everyone.  I look forward to trying more of their products in the future!

Thank you, Nelly’s Organics, for providing me with these bars to try!

Purity Smiles Natural Teeth Whitening Powder Review 

Company: Purity Smiles

Contact: info@puritysmiles.com

Product: Natural Teeth Whitening Powder  – 2 oz. (57g)

Price: $26.00 USD

Review: 

How can something so messy get your teeth so clean?!

Activated coconut shell charcoal and Bentonite clay are the main ingredients in this fine powder that buffs away stains and discolorations while removing plaque and remineralizing your teeth. Organic Spearmint oil naturally fights bacteria and freshens your breath as you kiss your yellow chompers goodbye!

To use, dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and carefully tap off the excess. Brush your teeth in circular motions for 2-3 minutes. Do your best to keep your lips closed as you brush to avoid turning your bathroom into a polka dotted mess! Don’t worry, even if you do turn your bathroom into a work of art, it is easily wiped away! Rinse your mouth out several times when you’re finished. Since this product is not a toothpaste replacement, I got into the habit of brushing my teeth right after using it to get rid of the remaining black powder that was on my teeth and tongue. The last step is to stare into the mirror and admire your pearly whites!

After using this product your teeth feel clean. Really, really clean! I used this whitener at bedtime for a week straight and I can honestly say that my teeth look 1-2 shades whiter and brighter, all without sensitivity, irritation or pain. The jar will last me for quite some time (I haven’t even put a dent in it!) so the price is well worth it!

The Bottom Line

This product is an effective and affordable way to whiten and brighten your teeth. Other teeth whiteners weaken enamel and cause sensitivity; this one does not. I am really enjoying the results and can’t wait to see how my smile looks a week from now!

It’s surprisingly difficult to get great pics of your teeth for before or after comparisons… but here they are. Check out their website for more before and afters.

Before:


After 1 week:


Thank you, Purity Smiles, for hooking me up with this product to try!

Pure Stella Skin Care Review 

Company: Pure Stella Skin Care

 “Pure Stella Skin Care creates handcrafted products to nourish and protect your skin naturally. Our line of botanical and essential oil based products includes luxurious lotion sticks, moisturizing and cleansing oils, clarifying masks, and exfoliating scrubs to enlighten your skin. With no harsh chemicals and artificial fragrance, your skin will smile with Pure Stella.”

The products reviewed are vegan and cruelty free.

Products: 

Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub (4 oz. bag, $20.00 USD)

Coffee Infused Eye Serum (1/3 oz., $14.00 USD)

Reviews:

Calling all coffee junkies… here’s a way to get your fix and help your skin at the same time!


I drink a vanilla latte almost everyday, so I just had to try the Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub! Organic sugar makes this a great exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells. The coffee almond oil leaves your skin smooth and moisturized. My favorite thing about this scrub is the smell! As you scrub away in a warm shower, the bathroom fills with a sweet delicious coffee scent. This scrub is truly any coffee addict’s dream!


The Coffee Infused Eye Serum comes in a convenient roller ball that easily glides the product onto your skin. It has a unique coffee/herbal scent and a thin consistency so it absorbs quickly. The coffee infused sweet almond oil, along with rose hip, jojoba, and hazelnut oil nourish the delicate skin around the eyes. After using this product, I noticed that my undereyes were moisturized and “perked up” due to the caffiene. I do not suffer from puffy eyes, so I can’t speak about this product’s tightening abilities, but I do feel like my eyes look more awake when I use this eye serum.

The Bottom Line

Pure Stella Skin Care creates naturally effective products that smell delicious and actually work… all without harming animals! What’s not to love? Turn your shower into the best smelling coffee shop around with the Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub or add a little zip to your skin care routine with the Coffee Infused Eye Serum! Let me know how you like it!


Thank you, Pure Stella Skin Care, for providing me with these products to review!

OM BOTANICAL Anti-Hair Loss Organic Shampoo and One Step Face Wash Review

Company: OM BOTANICAL

“OM BOTANICAL is a beautifully handmade brand of truly natural and organic skin and body care products. The decision as to what goes into our non-toxic products and what stays out is based totally on the safety and efficacy of the final product. Our scientists study the bio-activity of plant molecules, identify the ingredients that work in synergy with your skin’s inherent mechanisms and then develop formulations for specific applications. It is this process that led to the development of this therapeutic brand of 100% natural and organic skin and body care products. Our botanical ingredients are not only the safest, but also have the most powerful healing and renewing properties available.”

The reviewed products are made with all natural ingredients, vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free!

Products:

Sulfate Free Anti-Hair Loss Organic Shampoo with Soapnuts and Biotin  – 15 oz. (430g) $23.00 USD

One Step Face Wash  – 4 oz. (120 g) $24.00 USD

Reviews: 


The Anti-Hair Loss Organic Shampoo is made with soapnuts and all natural ingredients that have not been chemically processed or bleached, which gives this shampoo a “natural tint and earthy fragrance.” The claims of this Ayurvedic formula include that this shampoo prevents hair loss and dandruff and it is a natural DHT blocker. DHT  (dihydrotestosterone) is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that has been said to contribute to hair loss.

This shampoo is also sulfate Free, silicone free, and color safe. Soap nut extract, aloe vera, olive and pumpkin seed oil, vitamin B3 and B6, and Wild Peppermint oil create a moisturizing and nourishing shampoo that does not dry out or damage the hair.

It is a low-lathering since it does not contain sulfates, and the thin consistency provides gentle cleansing. I enjoy using this shampoo because the peppermint oil creates a cool and refreshing treat for my scalp. Both my hair and scalp felt clean and rejuvenated after using this. I do not suffer from hair loss, so as far as preventing hair loss goes, I cannot speak about it. However, you know when you’re getting ready to get out of the shower and you look down to see a bunch of hair stuck in the drain (please tell me it’s not only me!)? I did notice that I did have less breakage and less hair left in the shower… perhaps because this shampoo is low-lathering and didn’t rough up my hair? Interesting…

The One Step Fash Wash is a multifunctional product that cleanses, removes makeup, exfoliates, and tones. It has a slightly earthy yet sweet and fruity scent, and the consistency is very thick, so once you start working it into your skin, it does not drip off. The instructions indicate that you are supposed to massage the cleanser into your wet skin for 1 minute. Although it is recommended on the bottle to use a moisturizer afterward, my skin did not feel overly dry.

Aloe vera juice, castor oil, witch hazel, pineapple, lime, and chamomile account for this cleansers ability to remove all traces of makeup and oil while leaving your face feeling soft, soothed, healthy, and thoroughly cleaned. This one is a winner in my book!

The Bottom Line

OM BOTANICAL makes effective, all natural products that are cruelty-free and vegan (hooray!). They base their formulations on science, not trends. In fact, the labels of these products contain A LOT of information and its a bit like reading a science textbook. Yay for science! Get smarter as you shower!!

I genuinely enjoyed using these products, and recommend that you give OM BOTANICAL a try! Head on over to their website to learn more about the science and values behind the brand!

ELBA Vegan Cosmetics Review

Company: ELBA Vegan Cosmetics (Facebook) (Etsy Shop)

“ELBA vegan cosmetics handmade personal care products are Non-Toxic, Ecological, Natural and Organic for the ethical consumer market”

“No: parabens, artificial colors, fragrances, chemical, sulfates”

Products:
Advanced Hydration Facial Cream (2 oz. – $25.00 USD)

Hand and Body Butter (8 oz. – $17.99 USD)

Hydrating Face Tonic (4 oz. – $17.99 USD)


Reviews:


The Advanced Hydration Facial Cream contains Squalene, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Aloe Vera making this a deeply nourishing and moisturizing cream that also protects your skin from damage.

Prior to trying out this product, I had a serious allergic reaction to a skincare product that I was testing. A red, bumpy rash appeared on my face and chest. After several days and no improvement, I went to see my doctor, and she prescribed me a steroid cream to help with my skin condition. I did not want to fill the prescription since I knew that topical medications are tested on animals. My pharmacy informed me that they were out of the steroid cream anyhow, so I was back at square one.

I decided to try using this Advanced Hydration Facial Cream due to its moisturizing and calming ingredients. I’m so glad I did! My skin was noticeably hydrated and my skin rash had drastically improved! This facial cream makes no claims about being used as a medical treatment, but for me, it was just what my skin needed. My skin is now clear and I continue to use this product. My skin is dewy and hydrated, and I use it under my makeup in the morning and after cleansing in the evening. I really love how this fragrance-free cream soothes my sensitive skin, and how its light consistency quickly absorbs and hydrates. This facial cream really gets the job done and I will be using this as part of my skincare routine for a long time to come!

 

The fragrance-free Hand and Body Butter is extremely moisturizing due to its signature components of coconut butter, shea butter, Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera. It is thick yet absorbs quickly after you massage it into your skin. I use it after spending time in the sun, before heading off to work in the morning and to replenish my skin at night. If it can make my dry, cracked elbows look healthy and hydrated, it can do just about anything!

For the most part, I have not used facial sprays or tonics, but I was curious to try this Hydrating Face Tonic since the other products are so great. This spray contains Chamomile Distilled water, Hyaluronic Acid, and Silk Powder (Some vegans may not consider to this be 100% vegan due to the silk powder since they are an animal by-product). One to two pumps of this facial tonic is enough to cover your face and neck with a fine mist of soothing ingredients. Although my face is dry and needs a moisturizer after it, I think this would be absolutely perfect moisturizer for people with oily/combination skin. I enjoy using it as a pick-me-up throughout the day, and before applying the Advanced Hydration Facial Cream at bedtime.

The Bottom Line

I highly recommend ELBA Vegan Cosmetics! These products absolutely rescued my skin and it gets better and better as I continue to use them! The packaging is gorgeous and durable (great for travel or for people like me that tend to drop things) and the products themselves are naturally effective and luxurious. Give these products a try and let me know how you like them!

Thank you, Elba Vegan Cosmetics, for sending me these products to review!