Meraki Botanicals – Vegan Lip Balm Set Review

Company: Meraki Botanicals

Products: Vegan Lip Balm Set (4 – 0.5 oz. tins) $15.00 USD

Review: It can be tough finding an all-natural lip balm that doesn’t contain beeswax, so I was super excited to try out the Vegan Lip Balm Set from Meraki Botanicals. This set comes with 4 lip balms: Rose, Orange, Lavender, and Mint.

These balms are made with coconut oil, shea butter, and soy wax, which completely proves that you don’t need beeswax to make a good, moisturing lip balm! They are scented with essential oils, and thats about it! Less is more!

When you rub the product with your finger, it melts slightly so when you put it on your lips, it soaks right in. These are definitely hydrating and give your pout a nice glossy sheen that is not sticky whatsoever.

The Mint flavor is my favorite because it smells like sweet spearmint. The scent of the Orange flavored balm is very subtle. The orange scent mixes with the shea butter, giving it a light orange vanilla-ish flavor.

The floral balms, Rose and Lavender, have a stronger scent than the other two. I prefer food flavored lip balms, but these are pleasant and would absolutely be a winner to people that love flower scents. Since coconut oil, shea butter and soy wax can be used anywhere on the body, I will be using these on my elbows, cuticles, and wherever else needs some moisture.

The Bottom Line

These Vegan Lip Balms are as natural as can be and do a great job hydrating. I absolutely love the sheen they give my lips! The colorful labels and the durable metal tins are adorable, so these get an A+ for packaging! The Orange and Mint flavors are fantastic. I highly recommend these products, and if you’re a flower child, try out the Rose and Lavender balms. You can purchase the set of 4 or order them individually. Head on over to the Meraki Botanicals website to see what they have to offer! Let me know what you think of these vegan lip balms!

Join the Worldwide Vegan Chalk Bomb!!!

This weekend, help share inspiring and informative quotes around your city/town!

Worldwide Vegan Chalk Bomb is a fun way to spark the curiosity of others in a positive and non-confrontational way. Check out the Facebook event, here.

You may have an event happening in your area, but you don’t need to have an official event to participate! Just grab some chalk and get to work!

Take pictures of your chalk-activism and share to your socials using #veganchalkbomb

I will be posting my work on Instagram @VeganTreasureHunter tomorrow!!!!

Make Scents Natural Spa Line – Vegan Body Butter and Body Scrub Reviews

Company: Make Scents Natural Spa Line

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Products:

Citrus Grove Body Scrub (10 oz.) $30.00 USD

Citrus Grove Body Butter (7.5 oz.) $22.50 USD

Reviews: I have been SO excited to give these brand new vegan/cruelty-free products from Makes Scents Natural Spa Line a try! They have been in the works for awhile, and let me tell you, they hit it out of the park! I was generously sent 2 products to review, so let’s jump right in!

First up, is the Citrus Grove Body Scrub. I love, Love, LOVE this scent! It smells like a sweet blend of oranges mixed with lemon, lime, and grapefruit. It naturally lifts your spirits and gets you energized for the day! This is a sugar-based scrub, so the sugar granules are abrasive enough to slough away dead skin cells but not too rough that it can’t be used a couple times a week. Alpha hydroxy acids from citrus fruits also help to gently exfoliate the skin. You get 10 ounces of product in a sleek black plastic jar, which is perfect for use in the shower since it won’t break if it slips out of your hands.

This scrub definitely does its job! After the first use, my skin felt soft and smooth and it had a nice, healthy glow. The scrub leaves behind a subtle scent of citrus which is absolutely lovely.

The Citrus Grove Body Butter actually blew my mind! The consistency is so thick and the texture is so smooth, I couldn’t believe it! Sunflower and coconut oil, along with cocoa butter and citrus essential oils makes this a truly luxurious and effective moisturizer to use on your freshly exfoliated skin.

This body butter melts into the skin completely and does not feel greasy whatsoever. You’re left with soft, radiant skin that smells incredible! You get 7.5 ounces of product which will last for quite some time because a little bit goes a long way.

I also used this on my feet and elbows, which are always, always dry. This body butter did a wonderful job moisturizing and bringing my skin back to life. If a product can make my dry feet look and feel better, it is a winner!  

The Bottom Line

These products are fantastic! They are super luxurious and made with high quality, all-natural ingredients. I recommend these products to anyone that wants to pamper and care for their skin! They even have 2 ounce samples that you can buy to try out the line!

Thank you, Makes Scents Natural Spa Line, for sending me your brand new products to review! I’m a huge fan!

Olìe Biologique​ Balancing Oil Review

Company: Olìe Biologique

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Product: 001 Huile Parfaite Balancing Face Oil

(All purchases can be made through their Amazon store)

 

Review:

This facial oil is the perfect shade of yellow because it is absolutely PURE GOLD! My skin loves everything about it and I am so excited to share it with you!

Ok, so if you’ve visited my blog before, you may know that I review a lot of skincare. A LOT. Some facial oils moisturize, others help to reduce acne and bumps, while others calm redness or soften fine lines. Well, I needed all of that to get done with one oil… and I am thrilled to say that I’ve found it with Olìe Biologique’s Balancing Oil!

It is the perfect formulation of non-GMO, plant-based, and all natural cold-pressed oils. Best of all, it is certified by PETA as a cruelty-free and vegan product. Jojoba, Tamanu, Argan, and Baobab oils blend together to make this an extremely effective daily skin treatment.

Every night, I used 3-4 drops of this oil on my face. Its thin consistency allows it to work into the skin easily and it absorbs quickly. I will note that it has a light to medium herbal, almost vegetable-like scent (it is plant-based, after all), but once it is massaged into the skin, it is not noticeable.

After just one week (actually, I noticed a difference after just a few days) my skin was noticeably more radiant, moisturized, even-toned and healthy looking. The stubborn clogged pores on my forehead began to clear out, the redness in my cheeks decreased, and I had absolutely no breakouts. Although it has only been a week, I believe that the very fine lines around my mouth and eyes have also decreased.

My skin has been looking so good that I even went out a few times without makeup! The 0.17 fl. oz. size is about $15.00 USD. It is a sample size, but I think it will last at least 4-6 weeks, so the price is fantastic!

The Bottom Line

I am beyond impressed with this Balancing Oil! I am loving how my skin looks since using this, and of course, I love that it is vegan and cruelty-free!! I highly recommend this exceptional product to anyone looking for healthy, organic skincare that is effective and affordable. The sample size is the perfect way to find which formula is right for your skin type without investing too much money. All of their products are available for purchase through their Amazon store (link above). Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Thank you, Olìe Biologique, for sending me this incredible product to review!

Zablong Peculiar Pizza

Zablong Peculiar Pizza

137 Brevard Court
Charlotte, NC

Atmosphere: This funky little pizza shop in Charlotte, NC is a perfect casual lunch spot if you’re looking for some quick and delicious food! This shop is located in a little alley way with other hidden away, hipster-ish coffee shops and bars. It’s a cafeteria style set-up, so after you walk in, you place your order and they make it right in front of you. There are many menu options, and you can customize your pizza as you like. There are plenty of vegan options, including vegan cheese, veggies, and flavored oils. What makes this pizza unique, is that it is oblong shaped (get it, ZaBLONG?!).

Food: OK, so it’s funny shaped pizza, but how did it taste?! The only description that kind of comes close is that it was a flavor explosion!! I ordered “The Woodstock” which came with Olive Tomato Pesto, Daiya Mozzarella, Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach, Fresh Jalapeños, Cherry Tomatoes & Crushed Red Pepper Oil. Of course, I added more toppings like sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, arugula, and rosemary oil! With all of these ingredients, I’m telling you, this was spectacular!

The perfectly cooked crust was crispy and chewy. The creamy cheese, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, bitter arugula, spicy jalapeños, with the fresh veggies and rosemary oil blended together to make what is probably one of my favorite (and messiest) pizzas ever.

Dig it or Ditch it? 

I DIG IT! The fun atmosphere and the fresh and flavorful ingredients make Zablong Peculiar Pizza a must try! I can’t wait to go back!