Dr. Brite Berrylicious and Mint Chip Natural Toothpaste… and Special Discount Link

If you’ve stopped by my blog before, you probably know that I’m a superfan of Dr. Brite’s toothpastes and teeth whiteners! Their products are vegan and cruelty-free (of course), flouride-free, Non-GMO, and Gluten-free. It’s worth adding that they have AWESOME flavors that you won’t find anywhere else!

If you want to check out some of their newly released spring line, check out my review of their Coco Chai Organic Coconut Oil Whitening Toothpaste, Get Brite Whitening Pen, Stay Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Pen, and their Brite and Fresh Breath Freshener, here!

Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love Dr. Brite’s products anymore… look what arrived in my mailbox! Their new Berrylicious Natural Vitamin C Toothpaste and Mint Chip Natural Antioxidant Whitening Toothpaste do NOT disappoint!

If you like strawberries and clean teeth, you will absolutely love the Berrylicious Natural Vitamin C Toothpaste! The berry flavor is definitely there, but not overpowering in anyway. As you brush, it foams slightly (there is NO need for chemical-filled foaming toothpaste for a clean, healthy smile) and gives your teeth and mouth a fresh, thoroughly cleaned feeling. I love this stuff and it is a great change from typical mint toothpaste.

The Mint Chip Natural Antioxidant Whitening Toothpaste is probably the most amazing toothpaste I have ever tried. It gives you a kick of refreshing mint along with delicious chocolate flavor and the same clean, healthy feeling as their other toothpastes. You might be confused when you use this… are you brushing your teeth or eating dessert? You might not be able to tell! 😉

If you’re looking for fantastic quality products that are fun, effective, vegan and cruelty-free, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Brite! These toothpastes and teeth whiteners have been a part of my daily routine for months now and my smile has never looked so good!

If you give some products a try, please let me know which ones are your favorite! To save 10% you can use my affiliate link and enter code VeganTreasureHunter!

Talk soon! 😍

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BioTerra Herbs “boing” Energy Supplement… Vegan Pep in a Bottle

Company: BioTerra Herbs

“Because we believe most of all our 100% Natural Supplements are better than synthetic and chemical-laden answers, many of which probably seems like they leave you feeling worse than before. While with BioTerra Herbs Natural Supplements , you know consequently exactly what’s going into your body.

As a result we create herbal remedies to balance your body, not harm it! First of all we test all of our raw herbs, check for molds and parasites. Finally we confirm that all of our herbs are gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and 100% natural!

From our natural fertility pills to our all-natural energy boost supplements, we create formulas that help balance the body and get you going.”

Product: Energy… boing™ Natural Energy Supplement

Review: 

If you’re new here, Hi, Hey there, Hello! I’m Julie and I’m a coffee addict. I love being fully caffeinated at all times and if I’m not, something is wrong, terribly wrong.

As much as I love and appreciate my daily coffees, I know that they are not the healthiest option and that they do not love me back. I’ve tried many times in the past to give up my beloved almond milk lattes and soy cold brews, but I just go crawling back!

I’m happy to introduce to you BioTerra Herbs Energy… boing Natural Energy Supplement! These little vegan capsules are plant-based and made to boost energy without stimulants.

Let’s be honest, I had my doubts but I’m surprised to say that these bad boys did, in fact, enhance my energy! Asian Ginseng has been used forever to increase energy, improve concentration, boost the immune system and promote overall wellbeing. Sign me up!

It said on the packaging to take 2 capsules after a meal, 1x per day, for 7 days to feel the effects. In all honesty, I did not give up my coffee for the first few days. I shouted to the Universe that someone will have to pry my Starbucks cup out of my cold, dead hands for me to give it up. However, after day 4 or 5 I did notice that I was thinking more clearly after waking up in the mornings which is kind of a big deal. (To put this into perspective, I previously tried to open my car door with my house key and have worn 2 different shoes to work).

I noticed that I just had more pep in my step… but not in a I-just-took- an-illegal-substance kind of way. I didn’t feel rundown into the ground by mid-afternoon and I have generally gotten more stuff done.

The Bottom Line: I generally feel better when taking these supplements! I certainly have more energy but I think most of all, I really love how my concentration has improved and that there is no jitters, no weird coffee sweats, and no “crash” in energy levels. I’m a fan and will definitely continue to use these supplements! Head on over to BioTerra Herbs’ website to check out all of the natural, vegan supplements that they have to offer!

Thank you, BioTerra Herbs, for sending me this sample to review!

*This product was sent to me for free. As always, my reviews are authentic and genuine. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Happy Mother’s Day to All!

This Mother’s Day, I ask you to not only think about your own mom, but to think of all the mom’s on this planet that love their children. Whether you’re taking your mom out to brunch, you haven’t seen your mom in awhile, or even if they are no longer living, there is most certainly and undeniably a natural bond between mothers and their babies.

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This Mother’s Day, consider the grieving diary cow that had her calf stolen from her only moments after given birth. Think of the mother goat that was slaughtered for meat and didn’t get to see her babies grow up. Think of the mother sheep that witnesses her children’s wool being ripped from their skin… the mother pig that watches her piglets waste away in filthy cages or get smashed against concrete for being “too small.” Think of the baby chickens that will miss out on a life with their mom and are ground up alive only seconds after being born.

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All Mother’s love their children. All beings want and deserve to be loved. A cow, a pig, a chicken, a deer… they are no different than us.

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This Mother’s Day, please open your heart and mind and consider going vegan. Feel free to check out my Instagram @VeganTreasureHunter or send me an email at Vegantreasurehunter@gmail.com if you’d like some help! You can also check out my Resources page to learn more!

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Celebrate Earth Day with Nature Inspired Art and Accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

Happy Earth Day! Today is the PERFECT day to share the beautiful, nature-inspired and animal-friendly art and accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

If you’re anything like me, you truly love nature! From the ocean to the forests, to the mountains. I’ve lived in and have loved them all! My admiration of nature and animals are reflected in my personal style and home. These items from Rainbowgrove Dreams fit my aesthetics and ethics perfectly and you will LOVE them too!

I’ve wanted to work with this company for quite some time! Laura, the founder of Rainbowgrove Dreams, aims to educate and ultimately change the world, just like me!

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a beautifully curated collection of unique accessories, art, and home decor items that are vegan, cruelty-free, and showcases the exquisite world around us! This wonderful company gives back to exemplary organizations like Mercy For Animals and Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary.

I truly appreciate a company that offers special items and supports worthy causes. It shows that their heart is in the right place! Alright, let’s get into the review!

Company: Rainbowgrove Dreams

Products

Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art

Casual Messenger Bag (Blue)

Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green)

Reviews:

 

To kick off this review, I’m starting with the item that just so happens to be one of my favorite art pieces of all time! The Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art is a stunning print on canvas that I could stare at for hours! The vibrant magenta and purple hues of the flowering fields pop against the dreamy, cloudy sky! I love art that gives you the ability to add your own personal flair to it. This item comes with 5 individual canvases that you can arrange as you see in the picture or any way you like! This is definitely a conversation piece that brings the beauty of nature into your home!

Next up, is the Casual Messenger Bag (Blue) by Amelie Galanti. This bag is perfect for just about every outfit and is very high quality. The faux leather has a glossy finish and the texture of actual leather. It has dark chrome hardware and multiple pockets and compartments to fit all of your belongings! It comes with a shoulder strap and a long cross-body strap so it can be styled to meet your needs. This bag is built to last, made with animal-friendly materials, and is the perfect everyday accessory!

Last up, is the Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green) that may just be the cutest wallet on the planet! This tri-fold wallet features an adorable, vintage-inspired floral pattern and high quality faux leather-esque material. It is large enough to fit all of your cards, bills, coins, and even your cell phone. This could even double as a clutch to add some springtime flair to your outfit! The inside is a pretty pink faux leather material with a sateen floral material inside the pockets. If you love vintage style, vegan accessories, or are just looking for a new item for the warmer weather, this wallet is it!

The Bottom Line

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a fabulous shop that offers special items that are anything but ordinary! The materials used are vegan and made to mirror the beauty of nature and the world around us. These items are gorgeous and of excellent quality, but most of all, they do not use leather and they are used to support fantastic organizations that make the world a better place for everyone.

This Earth Day, head on over to Rainbowgrove Dreams and check out all of the fabulous items that they have to offer!

 

*Special thanks to my sister for modeling!*

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Organics With Love Skin Care Review – Natural, Vegan, and So Luxurious!

Company: Organics With Love – Truly Natural Skin + Body Care Created With Intention

“Every ingredient we use is the highest of quality, natural, and organic (when available).  All of our oils are cold pressed, unrefined, and carefully selected for their regenerative and/or therapeutic benefits.  We never use synthetic fragrances, dyes, fillers, or parabens, which means you are getting a highly concentrated and effective product.”

Products:

PURITY Cleansing Water

WILD ROSE Complexion Mist

RESTORE Age-Defying Facial Serum

Reviews:

If you’re new to my blog… Hello! Thanks for stopping by!  If not, you probably know that I review a lot of skincare. A LOT. 

That’s why I am thrilled to share my review of O.W.L.’s products with you because they are truly special and exceptional!!! 

Organics With Love PURITY Cleansing Water

The PURITY Cleansing Water gently removes your makeup without over-drying your skin. It has a fresh, invigorating herbal scent. Rose water, tea tree, and lavender cleanse and nourish the skin while removing the day’s makeup, sweat, oil, etc. Of course, the more make up you wear, the more product you will need to use. I have been a fan of the double cleansing method for a long time to make sure that my skin is super clean. If I had a full face of make up, I liked using this cleansing water after using a makeup wipe to remove everything that was left behind (you’d be shocked how much makeup is left on your skin if you only cleanse once!). I definitely could have only used this cleanser to get a clean face but I stick to my double cleansing most of the time!

Wild Rose Complexion Mist

The WILD ROSE Complexion Mist is a fantastic way to quickly hydrate your skin before applying a facial oil, serum, or moisturizer. Rose water, aloe, witch hazel, and hibiscus flower give your face a nice dose of hydration that can be used whenever your skin needs a little pick-me-up! As part of your daily skincare routine, you can apply 3-4 sprays on your face. When your skin is still damp, you apply the facial oil (discussed below) to really seal the moisture into your skin. This technique is the absolute best way to get the most our of your skincare products!

RESTORE Facial Serum from organicswithlove.com

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The RESTORE Age-Defying Facial Serum is so luxurious! From its rosy pink hue to it’s gorgeous floral scent, this facial oil is sure to become you favorite! It feels luxurious because it truly is luxurious! This serum is packed with skin-loving ingredients like Cranberry Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Helichrysum Oil, Rose Damascena Oil, and Carrot Seed Oil. All of these ingredients combine to moisturize, fight signs of aging, slow down collagen destruction, repair free radical and environmental damage, purify the skin, reduce discoloration and scarring, and improve elasticity and firmness! What more could you possibly want?

At first, I was a little skeptical when it came to applying this facial oil with a Rose Quartz tumbled stone, as the instructions suggest. I have never used anything like this before… I mean, why can’t I just apply the oil with my fingers like I always do? (of course, you can apply it will your fingers if you want to!)

Oh, how wrong I was! Applying this facial oil with Rose Quartz is just so enjoyable! Gliding the cool stone on my face felt so refreshing and relaxing and I truly looked forward to applying my skincare at the end of a long day! Can you really say that with a straight face about your current skin care? I know I couldn’t before! 

This serum really made my skin look hydrated and radiant! My cheeks were noticeable less red and I did not break out from this what-so-ever. Yay! I only needed around 5 small drops to cover my entire face and it made my skin look fresh and dewy. I had no problem applying my make up on top on it. This stuff is amazing and stole my heart!

The Bottom Line

When you use O.W.L. products, you really feel like you’re using something special and that’s because you are! The ingredients are so nourishing that your skin will absolutely glow! The packaging is sleek and gorgeous and the scents are so natural and fresh! I truly enjoy this line of products from Organics With Love and highly recommend them to anyone that loves high quality skin care that is vegan, cruelty-free and delivers results!

Dr. Brite’s New Spring Line – Launching April 10th!

Company: Dr. Brite

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I’ve been a fan of Dr. Brite products for quite some time… their products are healthy, work wonderfully, and of course, they are vegan and cruelty-free! That’s why I was so thrilled to get to try out these brand new products that are launching on April 10th!

First up, is the Coco Chai Natural Organic Coconut Whitening Toothpaste. Yup, you read that correctly! This toothpaste is Coconut Chai flavored! Dr. Brite describes this to be “a warm and cozy cinnamon, cardamom, and coconut creation inspired by chai lattes.” Ummm… sign me up!

This toothpaste really does taste like a delicious chai latte from Starbucks, yum! It makes your teeth look and feel nice and clean. This toothpaste does not foam up like traditional toothpastes… and that’s a good thing. Colgate, Crest, etc. are filled with nasty ingredients that make you think you are getting a nice, healthy smile but they are actually filled with crazy chemicals that nobody needs. After just a few uses of using this Coco Chai toothpaste, not only did my mouth look and feel clean and healthy, but I did notice that my teeth were also looking whiter! Love it!

Next, is the Brite & Fresh Breath Freshener with Activated Charcoal. This spray is “formulated with a fantastic blend of organic essential oils that help soothe gums and freshen breath instantly with just a couple of spritzes.” Well, that description is spot-on! With just 2 sprays, my breath was fresh and my mouth felt clean for quite a long time! The conveniently sized bottle is perfect for throwing into your purse or keeping in your car for when you stop by Chipotle for lunch and have a meeting right after. Aloe, peppermint, menthol, clove, holy basil, organic coconut activated charcoal really get the job done, naturally!

Next up, are the Get Brite Brilliant Teeth Whitening Pen and the Stay Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Pen. The Get Brite pen delivers “fast results that can help people achieve teeth that are 2 shades whiter in 2 days.” This claim is absolutely correct!  Food-grade hydrogen peroxide and organic coconut oil gently whiten your teeth to give you a bright, radiant smile! It has a minty flavor and there is no need to rinse it off, so it is perfect to use just about anywhere or anytime! I liked to use this in the morning and right before bed, buy hey, its up to you!

The Stay Brite Pen “helps maintain the appearance of pearly whites by preventing daily stains.” Now that my teeth are looking fantastic, I really love that this pen helps to  prevent stains. This pen can also be used anywhere, anytime but this one is great to take with you. You know you’re going to have something that could potentially stain your teeth at some point during your day. Just stick this pen in your bag, pocket, wherever, to help keep your movie star smile!

The Bottom Line

I love Dr. Brite’s products! The newCoco Chai Natural Organic Coconut Whitening Toothpaste is a must try for all Chai Latte lovers! The Brite & Fresh Breath Freshener with Activated Charcoal is fantastic way to freshen your breathe while you’re on the go. The Get Brite Brilliant Teeth Whitening Pen delivers fantastic results quickly and safely (White Strips, who?!) and the Stay Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Pen is a quick and simple way to keep your teeth looking gorgeous all the time!

I HIGHLY recommend picking up these products when they are launched on April 10th!

Thank you, Dr. Brite, for sending me these products to review!

RAWMIO Organic Gourmet Chocolate Review – Vegans/Chocolate Lovers/Health Enthusiasts Rejoice!

Company:Rawmio Organic Gourmet Chocolate

“At RAWMIO, we embody the ultimate fusion of antioxidant-rich superfood nutrition and complete dark chocolate decadence. We originally set out to create the world’s best chocolate hazelnut spread that was raw, healthy and certified organic. We succeeded, and the product gained such a devoted following that we were about to establish our very own manufacturing facility. It was the beginning of it all.

Rawmio now includes a full range of 6 different chocolate dessert spreads, 9 nutrient-rich chocolate barks, glaze-free chocolate-covered sprouted nuts and fruits, chocolate bars, chocolate hearts, and heavenly raw chocolate truffle cakes. These decadent-yet-healthful treats are handcrafted in small batches with simple ingredients and are rich in both flavor and nutrient density. Our signature low temperature stone grinding process ensures that heat sensitive nutrients such as antioxidant flavonols, as well as the vast array of mood-boosting compounds found in cacao, remain intact for your maximum nourishment.”

Products:

Rawmio Mint Essentials Bar

Rawmio Organic Stone Ground Gourmet Puffed Cereal Crunch Bark

Rawmio Organic Stone Ground Gourmet Active Superfood Bark

Rawmio Chocolate Covered Sweet Cherries

Reviews:

Chocolate Lovers REJOICE! There’s now a way to satisfy your chocolate cravings with snacks that are delicious AND healthy!

Rawmio Organic Gourmet Chocolates are raw, vegan, fair trade, and certified organic! They offer a wide range of products that will make any Chocoholic happy… especially this girl! I was thrilled to try out some of their products and can’t wait to share them with you! Let’s go!

First up, is the Mint Rawmio Essentials Bar with 70% Cacao. This bar starts with single-origin cacao sourced directly from Peru, coconut sugar, and raw cacao butter, then mix with the perfect amount of peppermint essence. Some mint chocolates leave you wishing for more minty flavor and others make you feel like you just brushed your teeth. The chocolate to mint ratio of this bar is spot-on! You get a nice, refreshing burst of mint that pairs perfectly with the deep, rich dark chocolate flavor. This bar reminds me of a healthy, high quality version of Andes Mints that I used to eat back in the day!

The  Rawmio Organic Stone Ground Gourmet Puffed Cereal Crunch Bark also takes me back to my childhood! This decadent chocolate bark features Peruvian chocolate with 70% cacao and puffed quinoa. I absolute LOVE the crunch and texture of the puffed quinoa… and when paired with the smooth, rich dark chocolate, it really can’t be beat! This little bar is the healthy, grown-up cousin of the Crunch bar!

Rawmio Organic Stone Ground Gourmet Active Superfood Bark contains 4 ancient medicinal mushrooms, sprouted red clover, Peruvian maca root, and stone ground raw chocolate, topped with chia seeds and mulberry pieces. Yes, it most certainly sounds healthy… but how did it taste? I REALLY don’t like mushrooms, so I was skeptical.  I am happy to report that this bar was absolutely delicious! You’d never guess it contained mushrooms or was even a healthy snack! The chia seeds added a little crunch and the mulberry added a chewy element to the smooth texture of the dark chocolate. I really like this!

Last, but not at all the least, I tried the Rawmio Chocolate Covered Sweet Cherries. Sweet, chewy cherries covered in a layer of thick dark chocolate… seriously, what’s not to love? Honestly, I could (and would) eat these all day!

The Bottom Line

Rawmio Organic Gourmet Chocolate offers mouthwatering, high quality chocolates that junk food junkies and health enthusiasts alike will love! No detail is forgotten in these little snacks… the packaging is fantastic and the designs on the chocolate bars are so fun and adorable! I love that the chocolate is fair trade, certified organic, and of course, VEGAN! This says a lot of about the company… they care about your health, animals, people, and the planet. Now that’s a company that I want to support and stand behind! !

Thank you, Rawmio, for sending me these wonderful chocolates to review!

Absolute Green: Natural, Vegan Cleaning Products for Your Home!

Company: Absolute Green 

“A home improvement caused Karen to have an allergy-induced Asthma attack. Not wanting health issues to happen to another person or pet, she started refiguring some natural formulas started over 15 years ago.  Absolute Green developed into products that really work, smell great and have no harmful chemicals or artificial fragrances,  Made from 100% natural ingredients and pure essential oils, she’s created safe and all natural solutions for you, your family, your pets and the earth!

Absolute Green has taken the guessing out of “what cleans what” and eliminated the danger of using multiple toxic products, that could create adverse chemical reactions when mixed together, Get rid of those harsh cleaners and aerosols in your home and replace them with our non-toxic, effective and great smelling products.  Our products are a great alternative for those who are chemically sensitive or can’t tolerate synthetic fragrances.

Our products do NOT contain: Synthetic fragrances, Sulfates (SLS,SLES,ALS), GMO’s, Chlorine, Ammonia, Phthalates, Phosphates, Dyes or colorants.  We do NOT test on animals or use any animal by-products.  We are PETA endorsed. Cruelty Free and Vegan.”

Products:

Lemon Multi-Purpose Cleaner (25 fl. oz) $7.49 USD

Peppermint Air Freshener (4 fl. oz.) $6.50 USD

Review:

Are the cleaners you are using safe? Sure, they may have pictures of happy families and pets in their ads… but are they really safe to breathe in and touch? Standard cleaners (think Lysol, Clorox) contain harsh irritants that can cause serious damage to your skin, eyes, and lungs. Sure, they clean pretty well, but is it worth your health? Not to mention, those products are definitely tested on animals. How ridiculous!

I made the switch to natural products a few years ago and have never looked back! That’s why I was thrilled to try out this multipurpose cleaner and air freshener from Absolute Green!

The Lemon Multi-Purpose Cleaner contains plant-based surfactants, sugar-derived alcohol, and fruit oils to make a completely safe and effective cleaner! It has a natural lemon scent that is noticeable yet not overwhelming. It comes is a large 24 fl. oz. bottle with a powerful spray nozzle. It is great for appliances, grease, showers, tile, sinks, floors, mirrors, and just about any solid surface!

The one place in my home that always seems to be messy is my glass top range. It somehow always has dried food or smudges on it (it honestly makes me a little crazy!), so naturally this is the first place I used this cleaner. I am happy to report that it cut through grease, dried on tomato sauce (I really don’t know how it got there in the first place), and whatever else was there. I let the cleaner sit on the surface for a few minutes and it wiped completely clean! My cooktop was sparkly and smelled wonderful! I also used it to clean my sinks and it did a fantastic job there, as well. This cleaner gets an A+!

Next up, is the Peppermint Air Freshener. In all honesty, I stopped using air fresheners a long time ago. The thought of my pets breathing in all of those toxic chemicals was too much for me and I swore them off for good. I was so excited to give this all natural air freshener a try! It only contains a few ingredients: water, sugar-derived alcohol, peppermint oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, and Polysorbate 20.

Listen, let’s get real for a minute. If you’re vegan and you live with a non-vegan, you may notice that after they visit the bathroom that their *business* smells particularly bad. Now, I’m not saying that vegan $hit doesn’t stink, but holy moly meat and dairy do not having any redeeming qualities, including the bathroom odor it produces once digested.

If there was ever a test for an air freshener, using it after my non-vegan boyfriend visited the little boy’s room was it! I hyped myself up, walked into the bathroom and sprayed 3-4 times in the air. Within seconds, the bathroom was filled with the most refreshing peppermint scent… no poo detected! Seriously, if you knew how incredible the before and after was in that bathroom, you’d fall out of your chair!

The Bottom Line

Absolute Green products are a necessity in everyone’s home. There is no reason to put your family’s health at risk for the sake of cleaning. Natural products are the new standard and I highly recommend these products to keep your home clean, safe, and smelling fantastic!

Thank you, Absolute Green, for sending me these wonderful vegan and cruelty-free products to review!

The All Around Vegan Box – A must have for all vegan foodies and activists!

Before we get started, yes that is Bubbles in the feature image!!!

Company: All Around Vegan

Product: March 2018 All Around Vegan Box  (order now to get this month’s box!)

Review:

I love this subscription box.

End of review.

Just joking… but seriously, I love this subscription box for so many reasons! If you missed my previous review of the All Around Vegan Box, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Unlike other vegan subscription boxes that make you choose between bath and body, beauty or food products, the All Around Vegan Box comes with Lifestyle products, Nutritional products, Bath & Body products, and Activism Products. It is perfect for vegans that love trying new foods and new ways to learn and grow as activists. This box is also perfect for those that are transitioning into a vegan lifestyle… I mean, what’s better than getting a box full of vegan stuff at your door every month?!

So, what’s in the March box?

First, we have some delicious Carrot Oat Mini Cookies from Partake Foods.

They’re vegan, gluten-free, nut free, and soy free… I know what you’re thinking… “Yeah, they’re probably “flavor-free”, too.” Well, buddy, you’re wrong! These crunchy little cookies are packed with flavor! Cinnamon, carrot and oat make this cookie taste like a crispy little carrot cake, and I’m here for it!

Next, we have every vegan’s soulmate. NOOCH! That’s right, this month’s box includes Frontier Co-op’s Nutritional Yeast Flakes!

If you’ve never had nutritional yeast, drop what you’re doing, leave work early, drop the kids off at the babysitter, do what you gotta do and go get some. Better yet, just order this box! Anyway, I put nooch on veggies, pizza, popcorn, potatoes, salad, pasta, rice, you name it! It has a wonderful cheezy flavor and makes everything taste oh-so-good! I love that this little jar is perfect for taking with me. Hey, you never know when you’re gonna need a little nooch. You think I’m joking. I’m not. This stuff is awesome.

Next up, are the gimMe Organic Toasted Sesame and Sea Salt Premium Roasted Seaweed snacks. I’ve had these before and they’re definitely a unique and healthy snack! The sea weed is thin and crispy and packs a punch of salty flavor. They’re gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified organic. If you’re looking to spice up your snack game, you’ll like these!

Up next, is the Mint Valley Seed Co. Mustard Microgreens Growing Kit! How freakin’ cute! I was planning on growing some herbs in my kitchen for quite some time, but you know… life. This kit comes with all you need to grow little mustard greens in your home, and they’re ready to eat within a week!

Next up, is Happy Pits Sweet Orange All Natural Deodorant!

If you’re familiar with natural deodorants, you know that they either don’t work or they work pretty well but can really irritate your skin. This deo is aluminum and chemical free, and contains coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, and organic tea tree oil. Arrowroot and baking soda keep you dry, while coconut oil and shea butter moisturize and give you “happy pits.” Now, if they could only make “Happy Hair” because my curls are looking pretty rough lately!

Last, this box included:The Modern Savage written by James McWilliams. The author “pushes back against the questionable moral standards of a largely omnivorous” while revealing “the scope of the cruelty that takes place even on the smallest and – supposedly – most humane animal farms.” “McWilliams advocates for the only truly moral, sustainable choice – a diet without meat, dairy, or other animal products.” Well, this sounds like the perfect book for activists and those that are interested in learning! *I’ll add an update once I’ve read it all!

The Bottom Line

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the All Around Vegan Box is my favorite subscription box! You get delicious foods, lifestyle products, bath and body products, and activism products… What more could you want?!

I don’t know of any other box that will help your pits smell great, give you reading material to add some more wrinkles on that big old vegan brain of yours, let you grow your own mustard greens, and gives you delicious snacks and nooch!

As you can probably tell, I highly recommend this box! Head on over to their website to check out their different subscription options!

Guest Post: Foie Gras, What is it and Why is it Still Being Served?!

With this whole artisan food craze, you may have noticed more and more restaurants including foie gras on their menus. If you’re a foodie, you have known about foie gras for years, and actually know how to pronounce it. { Fo Graaah } You have explained the contents of what makes up ‘foie gras’ but the conversation probably ended there. After you tell your friends that foie gras is actually the fatty liver of a goose or duck, there are no more questions. In reality, there are many questions to consider like; Are bird livers naturally fatty? Why is it so expensive? Is it normal for people to enjoy the liver of a goose? What does it taste like? What if it’s not fatty and just a normal liver? Why is it considered to be a delicacy? Those are just a few of the questions I’ve encountered, so before we go through the answers, let’s discuss a super brief history of foie gras.

Around 2,000 BC, the Ancient Egyptians discovered that right before geese go into hibernation in the winter, they eat lots of fatty food to bulk up as much as they can. But not only do their bodies get bigger and more plump, their livers grow as well. They grow to 4 times the size of a normal goose liver, but they become super large with fat. 

The Egyptians enjoyed the taste of the fatty goose liver, so this is when they actually began the ancient preparatory methods in order to make foie gras. They would feed the geese by hand large quantities of foods from the Nile river region. They would eventually force feed the bird tons of fatty food, in order to produce a goose with the fattiest liver possible. This was called “gavaging”, and this technique spread all throughout Europe. Eventually this delicacy, and the production methods, spread to North America, EXCEPT the force feeding is conducted with METAL tubes stuffed down their long throats which reach directly to their stomachs.

 Imagine being awake and aware of having a metal tube shoved down your esophagus, gag reflexes reacting but unable to follow through, because there is no way you can relieve oneself and throw up.  The long tube continues to be shoved down until it cannot possibly travel any further down. *Tap Tap Tap* the tube cannot go down any more, finally it must be hitting the bottom of the stomach! Now they can start the corn-feed being poured down the tube at an impossibly fast rate- ALL day and EVERY day. These geese have no choice whether they want to eat or not, no choice when and how often they eat, or what they eat. They don’t have a choice to become fat, no choice if they want to fly or walk, no choice except to blink. Blinking is all they can do. 

Some farmers noticed that the geese were so observant and adaptable, that when the goose saw the food coming and knew what was going to happen, they would actually ‘act out’ and try to refuse in some way or another. They would even make themselves sick due to the stress.  To avoid this, the ‘gavagers’ or farmers would start poking their birds’ eyes out so that they could no longer see the feeding coming. 

Their one remaining choice after being tied down, wings clipped, and tubes shoved down their throats, was to blink, and move their eyes to observe their surroundings. Those small choices were taken from them. Once the geese are blinded and fed, the gavaging is finished. The geese or ducks are now four times their natural weight and are slaughtered solely for their fatty livers.

Foie gras is banned in many countries but not here in the US. Many restaurants refuse to have it on their menu due to the inhumane method of production. However, you can still easily find and purchase foie gras.

To answer those previous questions; no, goose liver is not naturally fatty, it is only supposed to be slightly more fatty for the use of surviving hibernation in the wild. Yes, the liver of a goose is very small, but when forced fed in this method, it grows in size (to  about the size of your palm). Foie gras is expensive because it takes a lot of work from the farmers to produce it, and the chef has to do a lot of work to prepare the liver once they obtain it. 

People eat the birds’ liver in the form of a pâté or paste. It can be made into a foam or mousse and ingested that way as well, and the texture is described to be creamy, primarily due to the fact that the animal was fed mostly corn which produces a rich texture. Some people consider foie gras to be a delicacy because of its cost and history. Only the aristocratic part of society could afford to have it made. Due to the extensive preparation of foie gras, it costs $50 per pound today.

Farmers who ‘gavage’ their geese ensure that their animals are going to have the fattiest liver possible right before slaughter. There would be no use for a “healthy liver” in this industry. There has been a long debate in current history on whether the livers are considered “diseased.”. Whether consumers are eating a diseased liver or not, there is no denying that they are eating an unnaturally huge and overtly fatty liver of a goose or duck whose life was torture until slaughtered. 

Geese and ducks may not be the brightest of the bird species, but that doesn’t mean they are stupid. What they lack in “intelligence”, they make up for with their amazing energy conservation, adaptive behavior, and keen observation, which all three are complex in cognition {they’re not dumb!}. Geese use their brain-power in situations that can directly benefit their survival and food consumption. Other birds use precious calories to fuel the parts of their brains that  are responsible for strategy with sneaky behaviors, such as hiding food for later consumption. They basically use calories to fuel behaviors that stem from being fearful of other like-minded birds.

Geese do not use their calories in this way, because they do not see the direct benefits of this kind of sneaky behavior, in fact, it is completely unnecessary to them. Instead, they’ll use their brain-power to adapt to new environments, so that they can be in a grass field in the morning, fly to the beach in the afternoon, and finally end up in the middle of Manhattan at night! 

In all three locations, they know how to thrive because they are masters of their environments. In the grass field, geese eat grass, bugs, and worms, and are hyper aware of any predators nearby. On the beach, the same geese can swim to find food, fly over the water to spot food, swoop down from the sky into the water to hunt, or walk on the sand to find edibles. It seems that geese in a crowded city could not be any more unnatural. How could a goose thrive in a concrete jungle? Well, they learn very quickly that (most) humans are NOT hunters and can be trusted, dare I say even “helpful”, by feeding them. 

Geese learn to stick together in groups, find edible trash, find the closest park, trust most humans, stay away from cars, and basically thrive in a city just as well if not better within a city. Why would a goose end up in a city, why not stay at the beach or field, you ask? Well, geese migrate for the winter, so they are on the move. Perhaps a storm interrupts their travel from Antarctica to Mexico, and they end up in Barcelona, Venezuela. The geese remain in that city until the storm passes. 

If humans could fly and had wings, people would end up in all kinds of climates, environments, and all sorts of situations. So, by now I’m sure you realize that geese are extraordinary animals, to say the least, and are much needed in the bird world, the animal world, AND the world we all know and love. If you are ever in the situation to educate others about the cruel and unnecessary production of foie gras and the awesome abilities of geese/ducks, please take a stand! 

There’s absolutely no need to eat foie gras, or any other animal products, in this day and age. It is time to wave goodbye to out-dated beliefs and practices, and say hello to a compassionate, animal-friendly world.

Guest Post Contributed By: Kristen Massa