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!

Mint Supply Co. – All Natural & Vegan Candles… It’s Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Christmas!

Company: MintSupplyCo. – Essential Oil Infused Bath Products & Soy Candles

Product: Blood Orange 100% Natural Soy Wax Candle

Review:

If you’re looking for holiday gifts or just a little something special for yourself, look no further! These hand-poured soy wax candles from MintSupplyCo. are just what you need!

I had the opportunity to review one of these candles and I’m in love! They are 100% natural and scented with essential oils, so you don’t need to worry about harmful chemicals that are found in typical store bought candles.

The Blood Orange scent is absolutely fabulous! It is made with Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot, and Wild Orange essential oils which blend together to create a bright, fresh and uplifting scent. It is sweet, sophisticated and I think just about everyone would enjoy this candle! I’ve been burning it for hours and hours so this candle will last for quite some time!

Looking for something a bit more seasonal? I was also sent tea lights in the scents Fraser Fir, Peppermint Bark, and Cinnamon Clove. Ooh baby, these candles are sure to bring on the holiday spirit!

Fraser Fir smells so fresh and woodsy, you may just forget your Christmas tree is plastic! Seriously though, if you opt for a faux christmas tree and light this bad boy up, I don’t think anyone would know the difference! I really like this scent and will definitely be using it when my holiday guests arrive!

The Peppermint Bark scent smells good enough to eat (it’s all natural, so I guess you could if you really wanted to?) It is sweet and minty and perfect to wake up your senses!

Cinnamon Clove has that signature holiday cinnamon scent with some woodsy notes… I know what I’ll be burning on Xmas Eve!

The Bottom Line

MintSupplyCo. makes high quality, vegan candles that are healthy and smell absolutely fabulous! They are long lasting and I love the fact that they are made with essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances that are terrible for you! The candles come in a sleek, frosted glass jar with black and white labels so it will easily match any decor.

I highly recommend these candles to anyone and everyone on your shopping list (or just get one for yourself!). They’re perfect gifts for teachers, neighbors, hostess gifts… or for people with smelly houses (ha!). Go check out all of the products available in their Etsy shop!

Thank you, MintSupplyCo., for sending me these candles to review!

Happy Holidays!

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!

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!