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!

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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!

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!

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!

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!!!

Vegan Police Shop – Adorable Totes, Lunch Bags, and Buttons!

Company: Vegan Police Shop

Products:

No Animals Harmed Recycled Cotton Lunch Bag

Vegan Tote Bag

Vegan Buttons

Reviews

Vegan Police Shop creates adorable clothing and accessories that proudly spread the vegan message!

Their “Ferocious Vegan” T-shirt was the first vegan shirt I ever bought and I still love it to this day! It comes in Men’s and Women’s sizes and it is the perfect gift for any vegan on your shopping list!

The Vegan Tote bag is large multipurpose accessory for vegans on the go! It is great as a gym bag, school bag, beach bag… or just anywhere you want to promote veganism and your love of animals! It’s made of a soft cotton material and you can choose the color of ink that you want! *The style pictured above is not currently in their shop, but the “I Don’t Eat Pals” design is!

The No Animals Harmed Recycled Cotton Lunch Bag is AWESOME! It says “No Animals Were Harmed In The Making Of This Lunch.” You’re vegan and doing great things for the animals and the planet… You should give yourself a little pat on the back every now and then! This drawstring lunch bag is the perfect way to do that! This bag is soft and has more than enough room to bring some veggies and an entire container of hummus for lunch, along with other stereotypical vegan lunch items! It has a drawstring and velcro at the top to make sure all of your snacks stay secure. I love this bag so much!

And… Who doesn’t like buttons? Stick these on you backpacks, scarves, shirts… you name it! So cute!

The Bottom Line

I highly recommend these items from Vegan Police Shop! They’re high quality, freakin’ adorable and make the perfect gifts for the holiday! Head on over to their shop to see all of the fun designs that they have for sale!

Happy Holidays!

V-Dog Wiggle Biscuits Review – Vegan Treats Your Dog Will Love!

Company: V-Dog

Product: Wiggle Biscuits

Reviews:

Dogs can thrive on a vegan diet just like humans can! V-Dog makes high-quality plant-based dog food and treats that will make your dog’s tastebuds happy… and you can feel good about giving your dog with a good, clean diet.

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These Wiggle Biscuits are absolutely adorable! They’re small, crunchy heart-shaped treats that contain all natural ingredients that are great for your little fur baby!

Peanut butter provides protein, fiber and biotin, and flaxseed provides omega-3s, vitamin E and is an anti-inflammatory. Banana packs these little biscuits with potassium and electrolytes and coconut oil helps your dog’s skin stay healthy and adds Vitamin K and choline!

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Right out of the bag, you can smell the cinnamon which really helps to reduce stinky dog breath! You can’t get all of these benefits in an everyday dog treat! These are truly special and your dog deserves the best!

The Bottom Line

I have been a huge fan of V-Dog for awhile now. If you haven’t already, check out my review of their Kinder Kibble and Breathbones (the green bones pictured above).

Our dogs are part of the family and deserve to have tasty treats that not only taste great, but helps then live healthier lives. My dogs go crazy over these treats… so crazy that I couldn’t get a good picture this time around!  I highly recommend V-Dog treats and look forward to hearing how much your dog loves them too!

Not Soap, Radio – Peace, Joy & Sanity Gift Set and The Phoenix Bubbles for Bath or Shower Reviews (Part 2)

Company: Not Soap, Radio

Products:

Peace, Joy, & Sanity Gift Set

The Phoenix (when you need to rise for the ashes, yet again) Bubbles for Bath or Shower

Reviews: It is that time of year when you have a billion things to do and your nerves might be wearing a bit thin. Don’t worry! Not Soap, Radio’s Peace, Joy & Sanity Gift Set is exactly what you need! (Who says you can’t buy a little something for yourself, huh?)

This gift set comes with 3 travel-sized hand/body lotions and 3 travel-sized bubble bath/body washes. The bubble bath/body washes work into a nice, rich lather that leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and lightly fragranced. The lotions absorb quickly into the skin and also leave your skin smelling fabulous! The scents are absolutely mouth-watering and sure to help you unwind! (Nobody said you can’t have a little wine with that bubble bath too, did they?!)

The “To sleep full of sweet dreams (without waking up in a mad panic at 3am)” scent contains chamomile and lavender to calm your overworked mind and smells like lavender and clementine, which is just so so nice! It truly will help you get a (relatively) peaceful sleep!

The “Liquid Freud (when you need to turn up the volume on your inner voice of reason)” scent is made to balance your emotions and act as a little pick me up. The coconut milk, mango and vanilla scent definitely makes you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation… who wouldn’t feel better after that?!

“When life gives you one too many lemons (and you’ve misplaced your happy place…)” is a must try! The fresh, bright scent of lemons and sweet sugar naturally makes you feel more optimistic about life… It reminds me of summertime and lemonade and just generally makes me feel happy!

“The Phoenix (when you need to rise for the ashes, yet again)” is another fun, refreshing bubble bath/body wash that will help you exit the bath/shower with a brand new outlook! The super luxurious lather and intoxicating scent of persimmon and plum are exactly what you need to get back on your feet and attack the day head-on! It doesn’t hurt that your skin will smell like a million bucks!

The Bottom Line

I’m a huge fan of Not Soap, Radio’s bath and body products! They’re vegan, cruelty-free, and have the best scents out there! I love the names and how they are made to really make you feel better. These products would make the perfect gift for just about everyone on your shopping list, or just go ahead and treat yourself (you deserve it… you little badass, you!)

Head on over to Not Soap, Radio’s website to check out these products and all of the fantastic gift sets that they have available! While you’re at it, check out my previous review of their hair/body fragrance that is also a fav of mine!

Organic Living Superfoods (Part 2) – Delicious Smoothie Mixes, Fruity Matcha and Sprouted Snacks!

Company: Organic Living Superfoods

Products:

Pomegranate Acai  Matcha ANTIOXI-T Blend

SUPERGREEN Smoothie Mix

Raw Sprouted Cinnamon Pecans

Raw Spicy Santa Fe Trail Mix

Raw Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks

Coconut Fig Superfood Squares

Reviews:

Smoothies just got even healthier with Organic Living Superfoods’ Supergreen Smoothie Mix! All you do is add a tablespoon of this nutrient-packed powder into your smoothie and you have a powerhouse of good-for-you goodness in a glass! This mix contains hemp protein powder (that contains all of the amino acids and omega-3 and omega-6, just to name a few!), chia seeds (for vitamins, minerals, and fiber), moringa powder (which contains amino acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds), and turmeric root powder (a powerful anti-inflammatory properties). It also contains spirulina, wheatgrass powder and maca root powder for energy, nutrients, cleansing and even more antioxidant power! Not convinced that this is great for you yet? Click the link to learn about the organic superfoods that make this smoothie mix so amazing!

As healthy as it obviously is for you, it doesn’t taste overtly healthy! We’ve all had those green smoothies that taste like they blended up some dead leaves from the backyard… not this smoothie mix! It adds a pleasant “earthy” flavor to your smoothies, which you could easily cover up with fruit, veggies, juices or sweeteners if you chose to. I really like the flavor of this mix and how it makes me feel! Super nutritious smoothies are the perfect way to start the day, an excellent post workout snack, or just a mid-day pick me up. You’re going to LOVE this smoothie mix!

If you’re an avid coffee drinker like I am, you’ve probably contemplated switching to a healthier alternative at some point. Well, it is MUCH easier to that when you have a supercharged drink like this Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend! If you don’t know much about Matcha, think of it as a very condensed form of green tea.

“Matcha powder has 137 times more antioxidants then regularly brewed green tea and contains the nutritional content of 10 cups!  It is rich in fiber, vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. Matcha enhances mood, energy and concentration.”

This particular matcha mix is extra special because it contains pomegranate and acai, which are both superfoods in their own right. This mix contains coconut palm sugar which adds just the right amount of sweetness! All you do it whisk some of this matcha blend in warm water, and you have a nice and healthy way to get energized! I LOVE this stuff!

Forget Figgy pudding this holiday season… try these Coconut Fig Superfood Squares! These chewy snacks are the “grown up” version of Fig Newtons. Coconut, cacao, and vanilla amp up the figgy flavor and goji and camu camu powder make this the perfect dessert-like snack!

Oooh baby, go get yourself a glass of water, you’re gonna need it! This Spicy Santa Fe Trail Mix is SPICY and is unlike any snack I’ve had before! This mix includes hot chile cashews, spicy chipotle pistachios, sunflower seeds, and sweet & spicy pumpkin seeds! Just when you think you just can’t take the heat, white mulberries, sprouted pecans and tamari almonds give you a burst of sweetness and flavor! If you like spicy foods, you will LOVE this trail mix!

If setting your mouth on fire with spicy snacks just isn’t your thing, and you’d much prefer something rich and chocolatey, the Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks are sure to please! Sweet and crispy strips of coconut covered in super smooth dark chocolate, I mean, what’s not to love? Since dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and coconut contains fiber and healthy fats, this snack is nutritious, decadent, and able to satisfy even the strongest chocolate cravings!

I’ve never been one to gravitate towards pecans… they were just never that exciting to me. However, these Raw Sprouted Cinnamon Pecans are absolutely delicious! They’re crunchy, sweet (but not too sweet),  have just the right amount of cinnamon. Pecans are full of vitamins and minerals and also help with digestion. What a great snack!

The Bottom Line

Organic Living Superfoods makes exciting and unexpected flavored snacks that are exceptionally good for you! Whether you’re looking for something to satisfy a sweet tooth or chocolate craving, or maybe even something spicy or energizing, this company has something for you! There’s no need to eat junk that makes you feel bad when there are fantastic, healthy options like these! I highly recommend them!

If you want to check out even more products from Organic Living Superfoods, like their incredible Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds, click here for Part 1 of my review!

Just in time for the holidays, Organic Living Superfoods has launched their new rewards program that lets you earn points for every purchase you make AND for your reviews! You can redeem your points for coupons or discounts!

Head on over to their website to check out all of the outstanding products they have for sale, and let me know how you like them!

Happy Holidays!

Evolvh Luxury Natural Haircare – SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner and SmartCurl Wash/Conditioner Reviews

Company: Evolvh Luxury Natural Haircare

Products:

SmartCurl Hydrating Wash

SmartCurl Hydrating Conditioner

SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner

Reviews:

Let me start out by saying that my hair is super curly and dry. I have a hard time finding products that will moisturize my hair, enhance my curls, and fight frizz without weighing it down.

I am thrilled to share these products from Evolvh with you… I’m in love!

The SmartCurl line is a newly released range of products that are formulated to specifically address the needs of curly hair that I mentioned above.

Let’s start with the SmartCurl Hydrating Wash. In all honesty, I would buy this shampoo based on the scent alone! It smells SO fresh and clean with hints of florals and fruit. Its AH-MAZING! The formula is thick and luxurious and you only need a small amount of product to work into a rich lather. It rinses out easily and leaves your hair feeling thoroughly cleansed without being stripped of natural oils.

This shampoo contains nourishing plant-based ingredients like almond oil, kiwi seed oil, seaweed extract, mango, sunflower, wild pansy, and passion flower. No wonder it smells so good!

The SmartCurl Hydrating Conditioner has the same intoxicating scent as the shampoo (YASSS!). It also contains tons of plant-based, good-for-your-locks ingredients. Essential amino acids, fatty acids and botanicals work together to strengthen and soften your curls while fighting frizz. The consistency is thick (I don’t trust thin, drippy conditioners… they slide right out of your hair and barely moisturize), and easily works through even the most tangled of manes. As I do with all of my conditioners, I left this in my hair for about five minutes. It rinsed out quickly and my hair was tangle-free and ready to be styled.

The SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner contains fun, natural ingredients like oils from pumpkin seed, red raspberry seed, cranberry seed, citrus orange, grapefruit peel, patchouli and lemon peel. Whoa! So much plant-based goodness in one bottle! As you can imagine, it smells like a sweet, fruit-filled paradise!

When my hair was damp, I sprayed about 7 or 8 pumps on my just-past-shoulder-length hair. I combed it through with my fingers and just let it soak in. I usually use gel in my hair, but for the purposes of this review, I just let it air dry without any additional products.

The Bottom Line

I can’t think of anything negative to say about these products! After using them, my curls looked hydrated, defined, and bouncy! My frizz was drastically reduced and my hair smelled absolutely amazing! My hair was manageable, free of tangles, and just looked healthy! My sad little curls have definitely met their haircare soulmate!

I highly recommend these products! Thank you, Evolvh, for sending me these products to review!

Maxine’s Heavenly Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cookies… They’re Vegan, Healthy, and Delicious!!!

Company: Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies

Product:

Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cookies

Review: Pumpkin here, pumpkin there… PUMPKIN EVERYWHERE! Its the time of year that you can’t walk into a store without seeing TONS of pumpkin products! From pumpkin spice lattes to candles to chapsticks… pumpkin definitely rules the holidays!

If you’re familiar with Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies, you know that they are super healthy yet somehow taste fantastic! They’re gluten-free, soy free, sweetened with coconut sugar, and of course they’re vegan! Check out my review of their other delicious flavors here.

So… back to these Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies!

To put it simply, they’re outstanding. The texture is soft and chewy thanks to gluten-free oats. I’m happy to announce that the flavor tastes like actual pumpkin and not that crazy sweet artificial flavoring that you’ll find in most pumpkin flavored products. To top it all off, nutmeg and cinnamon really make these cookies taste like pumpkin pie and the pecans give them a nice nutty flavor and crunch.

The Bottom Line

Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies are wonderful, healthy snacks that can be enjoyed by everyone. They’re bursting with flavor and these Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies really put me in the holiday spirit! These are sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike!

This holiday season, put these cookies out with a glass of almond milk for Saint Nick, give them to someone that loves healthy, flavorful snacks, or bring them with you to a party to share with your family and friends!

Happy Holidays!