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!)
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!
Company: Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare
About the Company:
Y’all know that I love a good multi-purpose product! That’s why I was so excited to try out this Vanilla Avocado Body and Hair Oil from Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare! I absolutely adore anything vanilla-scented and c’mon… I’m vegan, obviously I’m a huge fan of avocado!
So, what exactly is calendula oil and why it is so great for the skin? Calendula inhibits bacterial, viral and fungal microorganisms. It also reduces inflammation, protects against free radical cell damage, increases collagen levels, and helps to prevent scars. It includes a long list of skin-loving ingredients such as fatty acids, beta-carotene, and quercetin for anti-inflammatory and protective properties. Read more about the wonders of Calendula, here.
Well, how did this product perform?
First, the vanilla scent is sweet and delicious. It is the kind of vanilla scent that I love to wear every day. Vanilla is great for anytime of year or occasion and the scent of this hair and body oil is absolutely gorgeous!
This product contains all organic ingredients including: coconut oil, aloe vera, olive oil, calendula flowers, virgin avocado oil, Madagascar vanilla, jojoba oil, and vitamin E. I mean, it doesn’t get any cleaner or natural than that, amiright?
As a body oil, I love to use this after I dried off from the shower. All you do it spray it on, rub it in, and you’re good to go! It absorbs very quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft, hydrated, and smelling amazing. It also leaves a subtle sheen on the skin that is so pretty! I have very dry skin and this product did a great job moisturizing my skin to make it look healthy and cared for. Love!
When this product arrived, I was actually struggling through the Flu. I had been in bed for days and my hair was the last thing on my mind. Needless to say that when I was finally feeling well enough to shower and tend to my hair, it was a dry, tangled mess. Even after I used my normal conditioner, my hair looked dead and I thought I would have to at least get a few inches cut off.
Just out of curiosity, I worked 2-3 sprays into the ends of my hair when it was still damp. I couldn’t believe how much better my hair looked after using this! It was shiny and actually looked healthy! My hair needed a lot of help after all of that time that I was sick in bed and this oil seriously helped! I love this stuff!
The Bottom Line
Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare offers vegan, cruelty-free products that naturally care for your skin. They are sustainably made with the environment and your health in mind. The Vanilla Avocado Body and Hair Oil absolutely brought my hair back to life and it was also a fantastic moisturizer for my dry skin. Of course, it smells absolutely wonderful!
I highly recommend this product and look forward to trying more from this company! Head on over to Bodyceuticals’ website to read more about their mission and products!
Not sure what to get your Valentine this year? Flowers last a few days then end up in the trash (what a freakin’ waste of $$$)! Chocolates are nice while you eat them but they also put you into a sugar coma and are soon forgotten…
Give your Girlfriend/Boyfriend/Wife/Husband/Bae/Partner a vegan and cruelty-free gift that will make them feel special over and over again. Make Scents Natural Spa Line has exactly what you need to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!
Their Chocolate Decadence Body Butter and Strawberry Fields Body Scrub are a match made in heaven and are so much better than chocolate-covered Strawberries (seriously though, how are they so small, gone in seconds, yet so expensive?!) or any lame card you would pick up at the drug store. These luxurious body products smell insanely good and are sure to please even the pickiest of Valentine’s! In fact, you and/or your Valentine will smell SO good you will have to ban yourself from taking a romantic stroll in the woods to avoid attracting bears with the mouthwatering scent of these bath and body products. “Don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t, say I didn’t warnnnnn yaaaaaaaa!”
Ok, back to the goods!
At first, I thought the Chocolate Decadence Body Butter was a joke. It is super thick and smells like rich, dark chocolate. I was convinced (still am) that it belongs on top of a cupcake but hey, it does a great job as a moisturizer thanks to pure, unrefined cocoa butter! It just melts right in to make event the driest skin soft, hydrated and radiant!
Their Strawberry Fields Body Scrub smells like fresh, delicious strawberries… I really just wanted to put it on some toast and eat it, but that would be weird… right?! This sugar scrub contains organic strawberries, vitamin C, vitamin E, and natural oils to gently exfoliate, soften, and scent the skin. This. Smells. So. Good!
These two products are perfect together… Just like you and your Valentine! Use these two products, and I bet my bottom dollar that you and your Valentine will be singing “Let’s Get It On…” in no time. They really are that good!
Head on over to Make Scents Natural Spa Line to check out all of the fabulous products that they have to offer! (They make some of my favorite products!!!)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Company: SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant
Product: SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Starter Kit For Women – $16.99 USD
Review: If you’re familiar with natural deodorants, you probably know that they do a pretty good job keeping your armpits smelling fresh, but they don’t do too much in the sweat-stopping department.
That’s why I was so excited to give the SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant a try! It is basically a 2 product system that uses natural vegan ingredients to keep your pits feeling dry and smelling great!
The first step is the Underarm Detox Deodorant that is made to purify, exfoliate, and balance pH using organic, raw apple cider vinegar! How cool is that?!
The deodorant looks like your standard roll-on. After shaking the bottle up, you apply a few swipes to each armpit, and wait until it is almost dry (about 30 seconds). Then, you use the Underarm Dusting Powder (the part I was most curious about!).
The Underarm Dusting Powder includes baking soda and arrowroot powder which is known to keep you dry, along with sweet orange and grapefruit oils to keep you smelling oh-so-nice! It is packaged in an adorable little powder puff which is perfect for fitting into the armpit area. I applied enough to cover my underarms (about 4 puffs on each side) and was good to go!
So, did it work?
It sure did! I am happy to report that this system delivered results! I felt dry and smelled fresh throughout the day and I did not experience any irritation. It is so important to get rid of unnecessary chemicals in your daily routine, so this system is perfect! It is vegan, cruelty-free, talc-free, paraben-free, aluminum-free, and made with naturally effective ingredients!
The Bottom Line
I recommend this product to anyone and everyone that is interested in cleaning up their daily routine! This unique system is effective, easy to use, and affordable. The packaging is tough so it is great for travel, and I love the citrusy scent of the cute little powder puff!
Head on over to SWAY to check out this system for yourself!
Hello again, thanks for stopping by!
Since trying Arbonne products a month or two ago, I’ve gotten really interested in their wide range of products! I was sent a sample pack of products and here are a few of my favorites!
If you’re looking for a quick, nutritious snack or meal, try Arbonne’s Vanilla Protein Shake Mix! Every serving contains 20 grams of protein from peas, cranberries and rice. These individual serving packets are convenient to take with you to work, the gym, you name it! It is suggested to mix this with water, but I whipped up a fabulous smoothie by using vanilla almond milk and some frozen berries. Yum!
This shake is a good source of vitamins and minerals but you will most likely need to take a multi-vitamin to reach the recommended daily amounts. This is great nutritious snack or post-workout protein source. The Chocolate Protein Shake Mix was also fantastic!
I really like the Pomegranate Energy Fizz Sticks and Citrus Energy Fizz Sticks for a quick and easy pick me up! They are conveniently package to take on the go and help to power through the day! Thanks to Guarana, Chromium, Green Tea, and Ginsing, these little guys will definitely put some pep in your step!
The Shea Butter Hand Cream has a rich formula, sweet scent, and quickly absorbs to hydrate dry skin. Shea butter, coconut oil, and Vitamin E are the star ingredients that combine together to make one heck of a moisturizer! I like to take this with me to apply throughout the day. Love it!
I’m also really loving the Pure Pure Vibrance ColorLast Hair Serum. This lightweight serum has a subtle citrus-y scent and is formulated to help reduce fading hair color, and also protects hair from heat styling, fights frizz, and adds shine. This hair serum delivers as promised! I worked it into my damp hair, and it really helped to smooth the ends and reduce frizz. My curls were noticeably shiny, bouncy, and smelled so nice! Read the full ingredient list here.
The Makeup Primer has a slick texture and easily glides onto the skin and allows for even foundation and concealer application. It smoothes the texture of the skin, so it is great if you are concerned with breakouts, etc. and when applied strategically, it can help reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines.
On days that I want my skin to look its best (which is pretty much every day, amiright?), I use this primer after my moisturizer and before my foundation.
The Bottom Line
Arbonne offers tons of vegan and cruelty-free products that are definitely worth trying out! Whether you’re looking for bath and body products, cosmetics, or health and nutrition products for the whole fam, Arbonne has something for ya!
Visit my friend’s Arbonne page to check out all that Arbonne has to offer!
Company: Swift Heist Beauty
Ooh Baby, it’s cold outside… and you know my skin is as dry as a bone! If your skin is anything like mine, the second the weather drops it gets extremely dry, red, and cracked (not cute). I’m always up for trying new vegan and cruelty-free products that can help, so I was very excited to try out this body scrub and body oil from Swift Heist Beauty!
Using a moisturizing body scrub is a sure-fire way to keep your skin looking smooth and glow-y! The SMOOTH CRIMINÁLE Body Scrub is a sugar scrub that gently polishes away dead skin cells to reveal radiant skin. This scrub rinses away easily and has a gorgeous coconut and rose scent that leaves your skin delicately fragranced. The star ingredients of this scrub are coconut oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil, so you know your skin’s going to feel great!
I used this scrub all over my body, including my insanely dry feet (I honestly don’t know how feet can be as dry as mine and not fall off!). I’m happy to report that with just one use, my feet were softer, smoother, and felt more comfortable! Goodbye dull looking skin!
After using the body scrub, I slathered on the summery, lime-scented HOSTILE TAKEOVER Body Oil. This body oil deeply moisturizes and improved my poor, struggling winter skin. I love that it has a bright lime scent that helped me forget that it is below freezing temperatures outside. This body oil has a thin consistency that quickly and easily absorbs into the skin, giving you instant hydration and a healthy looking sheen, thanks to Grape seed oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Aloe! I’m in love!
The Bottom Line
Swift Heist Beauty offers high quality, beautifully scented products with natural ingredients that deliver fast results!
The SMOOTH CRIMINÁLE Body Scrub is the perfect way to scrub away dead skin cells for fresh, smooth looking skin!
If you have desperately dry skin like I do, I highly suggest ditching the lotions and creams. Just go straight for some body oil! I’m not exaggerating when I say that my skin looked so SOmuch better after using the HOSTILE TAKEOVER Body oil just a few times!
I also really enjoy the sleek, glass packaging (yay, no plastic!) and the simple yet stylish black and white labels of the products.
I highly recommend these fantastic vegan and cruelty-free products from Swift Heist Beauty to get, or to keep your skin looking summer-ready all year round! Head on over to their website to see all of the products that they have to offer!
Thank you, Swift Heist Beauty, for sending me these products to review!
Review: I have always been curious about Arbonne products, but for some reason, had never tried them. They offer a wide range of products from mascara to protein bars, so why not give ’em a try?
First, I tried the It’s A Long Story Mascara. I must say, that I really like it! I am not usually a fan of mascaras with plastic bristle brushes but this one works very well. It separates and lengthens every lash and makes them super black. The more coats you put on, the longer and more dramatic your lashes look. I didn’t have any issues with it smearing during the day. This is generally a fantastic mascara!
Next, is their simply named Makeup Primer. It has a thick consistency and has the typical “silicone” primer feel to it. This primer glides on the skin quickly and easily to create a smooth canvas for your face makeup. I can’t say for sure if it prolonged the wear of my makeup (since I use a setting spray) but it did help to make my skin appear smoother.
Arbonne’s Shea Butter Hand Cream is a great little moisturizer! It has a thick consistency and a sweet, sugary fragrance. It absorbed into my skin within seconds and left behind soft skin. Shea butter is the star ingredient which nourishes skin with no greasiness, yay!
Like I said, Arbonne offers a wide range of products, not just beauty related items. Their Arbonne Essentials Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Protein Snack Bars are one of many health products that they offer. Although the flavor of the bar was dark chocolate, I would say that this bar wasn’t very sweet. If you’re not a huge fan of sugary snacks, but still want a protein boost, this bar may be for you! It has 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, so it was actually pretty filling despite its small size!
Next, the Energy Fizz Sticks in the Pomegranate Flavor is another health item that can give your day a little kick! This powder easily mixes into water to provide B vitamins, chromium, green tea, guarana, and ginseng to help power through your day feeling alert and energized! Although I rely on coffee most days, these energy sticks are a great (healthier) alternative. All you have to do is throw one in your bag and use it when you’re feeling a little sluggish. I like these a lot!
The Bottom Line
If I had to chose, I think the mascara is my favorite product that I tried! I love how it darkens and lengthens my little lashes! The makeup primer definitely made my skin appear a little smoother and the hand cream did a great job hydrating my dry, winter skin, so I really enjoyed those as well.
If you like animal-friendly products that actually work, I think you should give Arbonne a try! I’m particularly impressed with the makeup and body products! Thank you to Natalie, for sending me these products to review, and I look forward to trying more Arbonne products in the future!
Head on over to their website to check out all of Arbonne’s products!
Company: Naked Soul Beauty
“Our luxurious ingredients and fresh botanicals will transport you to the cherry blossom-lined streets of Kyoto and the white sand beaches of Tulum. As President of Naked Soul, I am committed to bringing you the safest and most nourishing ingredients for your skin and spirit.
You will indulge your skin with exotic ingredients like white camellia seed oil from Asia, known as the “beautification oil” and a geisha’s secret to flawless skin and lustrous hair. All the products in our collection are free of parabens, dioxins, sulfate cleansers, synthetic colors, and fragrances and are never tested on animals.
In addition to carefully curating the finest ingredients, I believe business should benefit as many people as possible. Naked Soul’s strongly supports fair-trade and ecological practices. When you purchase products from Naked Soul, you are investing in your beauty and that of the planet. Now that’s beautiful.”
All of these products contain Organic White Cammellia Oil, a powerhouse ingredient that provides moisture, softens your skin, and fights the signs of aging. Sign me up!
Ok! First up, is the SACRED Cleansing Cream. I love this cleanser! It is just what you need to gently wash away all of your make up while adding moisture and anti-aging properties to your skin. All you do is massage 3-4 pumps onto your face, add a little water, massage, and voilà! Your face is completely clean and hydrated! It easily removed my mascara, eye liner, foundation, and several layers of bronzer (hey, don’t judge me, it’s winter!).
The SACRED Cleansing Oil is the pure oil version of the SACRED Cleansing Cream discussed above. Like the cream version, it completely removes make up and impurities while adding a dose of moisture to the skin. It is just a matter of preference whether you would like to use a cream or oil cleanser!
Next, is the fabulous GODDESS Face & Eye Cream! You all know I love a good, multi-use product! Organic White Cammellia Oil gave my poor, dry skin some must needed moisture. I used 2-3 pumps of this face/eye cream and my skin instantly drank it up! My skin does not feel or look dry whatsoever, it looks dewy, fresh, and hydrated! I really like to use this under my make up and like its subtle, slightly sweet scent.
I was also sent a sample of Naked Soul Beauty’s Hair Prayer Oil Elixir. I have long, curly, highlighted hair, so you know your girl needs some hair oil! I really enjoy this one, especially the floral fragrance. It is absolutely gorgeous! I concentrated this product on the ends of my hair, then ran my fingers through my curls (staying away from the roots). I am happy to report that my locks looked healthier and shiny, which noticeably less frizz. I also worked a tiny bit of this oil on my dry hair, which helped to smooth my curls. I really like this hair oil!
If masks aren’t a part of your skincare routine, they need to be! I tried out the BREATHE Ageless Pearl Mask, Naked Soul Beauty’s “most powerful anti-aging mask.” This mask applies to the skin like a gel, and works to build collagen and fight blemishes. It contains passion flower, sea kelp, and actual pearls! It has a sweet scent and leaves your skin feeling smooth, moisturized, and calmed. It is a luxurious treat for your skin!
The HEART Tight Mask is another fantastic skin treatment! It will “lift, tone, and tighten with algae extracts” and has an absolutely stunning rose scent. When you apply this gel to your face, it quickly dries and tightens on your skin. You can actually feel your skin being lifted. How cool is that?!
Next, I tried the SOUL White Camellia Oil Exotic Elixir, starring Naked Soul Beauty’s signature ingredient. This oil can do it all… you can use it on your body, in your bath, and even in your hair to add moisture and nourishment to your routine. My hands were incredibly dry, thanks to the recent cold weather, and this oil really helped to moisturize them. After a few applications, my skin was as good as new. It also leaves a nice, healthy looking sheen on the skin that I really like! If you’re curious about White Camellia Oil and what it can do for your skin, I suggest giving this product a try!
Another great way to try out some of Naked Soul Beauty’s products is their SIMPLICITY Collection Sample Set which will give you “brighter, younger-looking skin.” It includes 4 generously sized samples jars of the ALIGNED Sea Kelp Face & Eye Night Serum, LOVE Exfoliating Mask, Goddess Face and Eye Cream, and the Sacred Cleansing Oil.
The Bottom Line
I love this line! Everything from the sleek, packaging to the high-quality ingredients and formulations, I truly enjoy Naked Soul Beauty’s products! I had never used (or heard of) White Camellia Oil, but now that I have, I’m in love! My skin looks bright, healthy, and hydrated and my hair looks healthy and shiny, as well… who wouldn’t want that?!
It is also great that they offer sample sets to let people discover their new favorite products. Check out my Instagram posts later today for a giveaway of the SIMPLICITY Collection Sample Set and the Heart Tight Mask @VeganTreasureHunter, and Naked Soul Beauty’s Instagram for their latest sales @NakedSoulBeauty.
Have a great day!
Company: True Moringa
The Moringa Tree is also known as “The Miracle Tree” due to its ability to thrive with very little water and its nutritionally dense leaves. 100% cold-pressed Moringa oil that is ethically cultivated by small farming families in Ghana is the basis of True Moringa products. Moringa oil hydrates the skin, nourishes with antioxidants, restores tones and texture, soothes redness and damage, as well as minimizes signs of premature aging!
Best of all, with every purchase made through TrueMoringa.com, a Moringa tree is planted in your name which will help provide food security and sustainable income for small farming families in Ghana.
How AWESOME IS THAT!? Read more about their amazing story here!
Review: You know who loves a great, multi-purpose product?! THIS GIRL DOES!
True Moringa’s 100% vegan oil can be used on your face, hair and body! The “Refresh” variety contains peppermint oil which gives it a nice, fresh minty scent that I really enjoyed.
I used 1 pump of this oil on my face in the morning for a dose of moisture. It works into the skin easily and leaves a silky finish on the skin. My makeup applied easily on top of it and my skin looked healthy and hydrated without looking greasy. I also used this on my insanely dry chapped lips and it really helped to heal them!
I also used this on my damp hair to eliminate frizz and on my dry hair to smooth fly aways. This product did a great job keeping my frizzy curls under control and left my locks smelling minty fresh!
I also used this as an all over moisturizer and it definitely helped to soften my super dry hands and elbows that were peeling and cracking (which they always seem to do now that the colder weather is starting to show up). With just a few applications, my hands and elbows were moisturized, less red and irritated, and overall the condition of my poor skin was drastically improved!
The Bottom Line
True Moringa makes fabulous, high-quality oils that deliver wonderful results! This multi-use product is great for travel or for anyone that just wants to simplify their beauty routine with 1 do-it-all oil! It is perfect to throw into your purse or gym bag for an easy way to quickly hydrate your skin and hair!
I highly recommend True Moringa’s Face, Hair & Body Oil to anyone and everyone that enjoys clean beauty and helping people! This company has a great mission that gives back to people in need in Ghana, so you can feel great about your purchase! Of course, all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free… and pretty close to perfection in my opinion!
Thank you, True Moringa, for sending me this fantastic oil to review and for all of the wonderful work that you do to make the world a better place! Head on over to their website and check out all of the products that they have to offer!