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

Company: Dr. Brite

Screen Shot 2018-04-01 at 1.54.42 PM

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!

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!

Banza Chickpea Pasta – The Perfect, Healthy Alternative for Pasta Fiends!

Company: Banza Chickpea Pasta

“Chickpeas make delicious pasta. That’s why we used them to create Banza®. We took a household favorite and made it even better, turning the pasta you love into the pasta that loves you back!”

Product: Banza Ziti Made From Chickpeas  – $25.00 USD for a case of six, 8 ounce boxes

Review: Who doesn’t like a great pasta dish? I know I do, but don’t eat it as often as I’d like because I’m trying to get “healthier.”

Well, needless to say, I was thrilled to try out this chickpea pasta from Banza! It only has 4 ingredients: Chickpeas, Tapioca, Pea Protein, and Xanthum Gum. This badass pasta is gluten-free, non-GMO, and of course, Vegan! Each 3.5 ounce serving contains 25 grams of protein (whoa!!!!), 13 grams of Fiber, and 43 grams of carbs! Did I mention it was gluten-free?

Ok, so you may have tried brown rice pasta or some other pasta varieties that just don’t cook nicely. They get mushy, stick together, or take on a not-so-appetizing gummy texture. I’m happy to report that this Ziti was simple to cook and it took just 8 minutes to get to the perfect, slightly more than al dente texture.

Trust me when that one serving will fill you up… even for the biggest pasta fiends! All of that protein, fiber, and carbs really make one satisfying meal! I’d love to make some into a pasta salad and take it with me for lunch or after the gym for some long-lasting energy.

I decided to make a Chiken Alfredo… something I haven’t had in a decade. I was worried that my cashew-based sauce was too thick (is there such a thing?) and it would cause the pasta to break apart. NOPE! The ziti and my crazy rich Alfredo sauce paired up perfectly!

The Bottom Line

Banza Chickpea Pasta is some pretty amazing stuff! I can’t get over how easy it was to cook! It tastes just like regular pasta, only it is jam packed with protein and fiber. This is perfect for people that love to carbo-load while watching Black Mirror (me!) or for fitness enthusiasts that want a satisfying, clean meal. I can’t recommend this pasta enough!

Thank you, Banza, for sending me your pasta to review! 

Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare: Vanilla Avocado Body and Hair Oil Review

Company: Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare

About the Company:

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.27.10 AM

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.29.30 AM

Product:

Vanilla Avocado Body + Hair Oil – Sheer Body Oil Spray

Review:

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!

http://www.calendulaskincare.com/whychoose.asp

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!

SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Review… A Natural Way to Have Healthy, Odor-Free Pits!

Company: SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 3.10.34 PM

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!

SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Vegan

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!).

SWAY Underarm Detox Deodorant Vegan

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!

SWAY Underam Detox Deodorant