Essance Organic Skincare

Company: Essance Organic Skincare

“HERBAL INFUSED SKINCARE: Raw beauty is possible with natural ingredients. Handmade so you can feel amazing, loved, and beautiful.”

Review:

I’m so excited to be back! While I was away, I tried out a fantastic products from a brand called Essance Organic Skincare! Their products are made in Portland, OR and honestly, their everything I want in my skincare products! They’re organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and full of beneficial plants and herbs!

I had the opportunity to try out a bunch of their products that are included in their Dragon’s Blood Starter Package. Don’t worry, Khalisi’s dragons weren’t harmed to make these products! They are named for the antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients called Sangre de Drago (aka Dragon’s Blood).

Ok, let’s go!

First, the Dragon’s Blood Cleanser is great for all skin types and does a great job removing the day’s dirt, oil, and make up without drying your skin. Its thick, rich formula contains skin-loving ingredients including aloe vera, olive oil, papaya, rosehip seed oil, MSM, frankincense to not only cleanse, but to moisturize and fight signs of aging, dryness, and inflammation! This isn’t just a cleanser, it is a skin treatment in and of itself.

After cleansing, I spritzed on the Dragon’s Blood Toner. All you need to do is lightly mist this refreshing toner all over you face and let the orange blossum, peppermint, witch hazel, lavendar, frankincense, and Chaga mushroom balance and reinvigorate your skin in preparation for the products below!

To seal the benefits of the toner into your skin, immediately apply the Dragon’s Blood Cream. It easily glides onto the skin which quickly drank it up like a sponge, leaving my complexion looking dewy and ready for make up! This cream has the same plant-based ingredients as the cleanser to really give your skin the benefits of these fantastic ingredients.

At night after cleansing and toning, I used the Dragon’s Blood Serum which has the same fresh, herbal scent as the rest of the line. This product is more like a thick cream/serum hybrid, jam packed with Chaga mushroom, Rooisbos Tea, coconut oil, rose distallate, rosehip, argan oil, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, and carrot oil. This list of superstar ingredients moisturizes and supplies anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties as you sleep. Your skin really couldn’t ask for more!

If you’re looking for a great body moisturizer, their Passionfruit Lotion is great for everyday use to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Like the rest of their products, it easily absorbs right into the skin. I love the light scent and the long list of all natural ingredients including aloe, jojoba, coconut oil, rose, and rooibos tea.

Last but not least, is the Passionfruit Lip balm! If I don’t have lip balm on, I really don’t feel my best! My lips dry out almost immediately (yesssss, mom, I drink plenty of water), so I’m always looking for a healthy, vegan and cruelty free lip product that moisturizes and doesn’t break the bank! I love this lip balm because it does everything a great lip balm should!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for some serious skincare but want all natural, plantbased, and crueltyfree ingredients, Essance Skincare is for you! Each and every product contains all natural, nourishing ingredients that make your skin look healthy and glowing! I love how my skin looks! I only need a little concealer and I’m out the door! The redness is my cheeks is not as noticeable and my skin just looks radiant and cared for! Essance Skincare truly makes amazing products that are good for you, the environment and the animals!

Head on over to their website and let me know what you try! Thank you, Essance Organic Skincare, for sending me these products to review!

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Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare: Vanilla Avocado Body and Hair Oil Review

Company: Bodyceuticals Calendula Skincare

About the Company:

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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!

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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!

Flawless Beauty Essentials Review: Natural, Powerful Ingredients to Give You Gorgeous Skin!

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Company: Flawless Beauty Essentials

     ​”Flawless Beauty Essentials was created for people to be able to find the skin care regimen they have always been looking for. That makes their skin rewind, become smooth, clear, hydrated, and well to be flawless. Our products are free of animal testing, they are Vegan, and they are made in the USA. We collaborate and strive to put out the perfect skin care regimen that will best suit any problem your skin may be having, whether that be lack of moisture, dark spots, wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation or sun damage.”

Products: *Links for Flawless Beauty Essentials Amazon Store*

Rejuvenating Anti-Oxidant Mask, 4 ounces – $17.99 USD

Vitamin C Serum, 2 fluid ounces –  $16.99 USD

Niacinamide Serum – Vitamin B3 5%, 2 fluid ounces – $16.99 USD

Daily Facial Moisturizer, 2 fluid ounces – $16.99 USD

Ageless Eye Serum, 0.5 fluid ounces – $16.99 USD

Click here for a complete list of product ingredients and information. 

Reviews:

I was so excited to try out these skincare products from Flawless Beauty Essentials! These products are full of naturally powerful ingredients that help to reveal healthy, glowing skin! Of course, they are vegan and cruelty free… so let’s jump right in! If you just want a quick recap, skip to “The Bottom Line” at the end of this post.

I’m going to start with my favorite product that I tried, the Rejuvenating Anti-Oxidant Mask. I’ll get into all of the fantastic ingredients in a minute, but the best part of this mask is the scent! To me it smells like a delicious blend of berries and tea… my boyfriend said it smelled like raspberry yogurt. Whatever the scent, it is seriously one of the best smelling products I have ever put on my face!

Ok, so what’s in it? Organic Green Tea, Rosehip, and Vitamin C combine together to help fight free radicals, dullness, and signs of aging.  Kaolin Clay detoxifies and exfoliates to remove dead skin cells. 6.5 % Glycolic Acid penetrates the layers of the skin to speed up cell rejuvenation and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This formula is made to correct skin issues and I’m a huge fan! It definitely made my skin brighter, smoother, and softer with just one use. This will be a weekly skin treatment for me (if I don’t eat it all first! Haha, I probably won’t do that but it really does smell good enough to eat).

Next up, is the Vitamin C Serum that is formulated to brighten and tighten your skin without over-drying your pretty little face. This bad boy contains “a concentrated delivery system for the highest form of active, bio- available vitamin C for beautiful skin without the dryness that can often come with it.”

This is an interesting product! I love Vitamin C serums because of the healthy glow they give the skin. This serum is no different! I applied 1-2 pumps of this in the morning. It is instantly absorbed and has a noticeable tightening effect.  I don’t have sagging skin, but I imagine this would help those that want their face to look tightened and toned. After over a week of using this product, I do notice that my skin looks brighter and healthier.

Next, and probably the product I was most curious about, is the Niacinamide Serum – Vitamin B3 5%. So, what are these things and how do they help the skin? Vitamin B3 helps to hydrate, shrink pores, tighten skin, and even helps to improve acne, rosacea, and hyper-pigmentation. This anti-inflammatory formula also helps to boost collagen production which is essential for reducing and preventing wrinkles for youthful looking skin.

I used 1-2 pumps of this serum before bedtime. Like the Vitamin C Serum, it absorbed into my skin within seconds. It has a thick, gel-like consistency and a fresh, subtle scent. I used this all over my face including the eye area. I have fair, Irish skin and redness is something we pale-skinned girls experience every day.  Using an anti-inflammatory product helps to calm the skin, which I noticed happening after using this serum.

Next up,  is the Daily Facial Moisturizer. No matter your skin type, using a daily moisturizer is very important if you want your skin to look its very best. I really like this product! My skin has been drier lately, probably because I haven’t been drinking as much water as I usually do in warmer months and because of the single-digit temps. we have been fighting our way through in North Carolina!

This is the perfect everyday, anytime moisturizer. I used 1 pump in the AM and PM after the serums discussed above. Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil provide deep hydration without making your skin looks greasy. It absorbs within minutes and makes your skin look naturally healthy. I will absolutely keep using this!

Last, is the Ageless Eye Serum. Whether you are new to skincare, or you’re looking for a new eye product, this one has got it all! Vegan Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides improve “dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffing, loss of plump and firm skin, loss of tone, loss of resilience, and swelling.” Well… what more could you want???

This serum has a gel-like consistency and you only need the smallest amount of product to cover the under eye area, so the bottle will last for quite some time. It glides on easily and absorbs after a few minutes. For me, it had a slight cooling and tightening effect and definitely hydrated my under eyes thanks to Aloe and Vitamin E. It is very important to moisturize this area to reduce and preventing fine lines, but you don’t want a product that is too heavy and slides off. You need a natural eye product that quickly absorbs to deliver results, which is exactly what this little guy does.

The Bottom Line

If you want vegan, cruelty-free products that are full of natural ingredients, Flawless Beauty Essentials is for you. After using the products above, my skin looks healthier, smoother, and younger. It is also noticeably more hydrated and calmed. Whether you are looking for the perfect daily moisturizer, a treatment mask to rejuvenate your skin, or a fantastic eye serum, you will find a product you will love from Flawless Beauty Essentials. 

Thank you, Flawless Beauty Essentials, for sending me these products to review!!!

Naked Soul Inspired Organic Beauty – High Quality and Luxurious Skin Care & Giveaway!!!

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.”

Reviews:

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!

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Eat Your Coffee Bars… Delicious Vegan Bars with a Caffeine Kick!

Company: Newgroundsfood.com

Products:

Mocha Latte Coffee Bar

Coconut Mocha Coffee Bar

Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar

Review:

Calling all coffee addicts… there’s a new kid in town! Eat Your Coffee Bars contain a cup of coffee in each bar! They’re vegan, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with fair trade coffee!

When it comes to coffee, I’m slightly (and by “slightly” I mean VERY) picky. It needs to be smooth, not too bitter, and of course, it better wake me up!

I recently started a new job that requires me to wake up incredibly early and commute about 40 minutes to get there. So, even making coffee before I leave can throw off my schedule and make me late. That’s why I am so happy to have found these Eat Your Coffee Bars! I don’t need to make my coffee, I just eat a bar!

The Mocha Latte Coffee Bar is made with dates, gluten-free oats, almond butter, and dark chocolate. It is chewy, sweet, and full of chocolate-y coffee flavor. The dark chocolate chips really amp up the mocha flavor and cashews give it some crunch, making this a seriously delicious pick me up!

The Caramel Macchiato Coffee Bar actually tastes like a fancy drink that would cost you around $7.00 at Starbucks! The sweetness of the dates and the subtle bitterness of the coffee are in perfect balance. Yum!

The Coconut Mocha CoffeeBar is my favorite! It is chewy like the others and has a sweet coconut flavor that is absolutely mouthwatering. It also has brown rice and quinoa  to make it crunchy and satisfying. The combo of coconut, dark chocolate, and coffee really can’t be beat!

The Bottom Line

Eat Your Coffee Bars are delicious, good for you and will actually wake your a$$ up! Whether you’re a coffee addict (like myself) or just want a healthy, easy way to get energized, these bars are for you! To make things even better, this company is part of The Chain Collaborative, a non-profit that supports coffee producers in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Awesome!

Thank you, Eat Your Coffee, for sending me these fantastic bars to review! I highly recommend them!

Jivana Luxe Ayurvedic Skin Care Reviews- Natural, Vegan Products That Will Give You Healthy, Glowing Skin!

Company: Jivana

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Products:

Aloe and Rose Tonic For Face

Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil

Vata Face Cream

Bhana Body Scrub

Body Butter

Sananda Face Polish

Reviews:

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Aloe and Rose… sounds like the perfect toner to me!

Well, I was right! This toner soothes your skin after cleansing and also adds moisture. It has a subtle scent that smells like a sweet, floral tea that is absolutely delicious! This toner is made with 100% organic Rose Water, rose essential oil, and Aloe Vera to gently clear away any oil or make up to reveal a completely clean and healthy face! This toner is great for all skin types and I highly recommend it!

The Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is an absolute dream for my skin! It is made to address inflammation, redness and reactivity, and sensitive skin. It smells like a bouquet of flowers and is packed with skin loving ingredients. Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil and Chammomile and Green Tea are a few of the star ingredients that make this oil so fantastic. It hydrates and calms the skin without feeling greasy or heavy.

I love using this in the morning. I wash my face, massage 3-4 drops onto my face and let in sink in as I get ready for the day. By the time I am ready to apply make up (10 minutes or so), my skin is completely moisturized and my make up applies smoothly and easily.

This oil definitely calmed and moisturized my combination/sensitive skin without causing breakouts. My skin is less red and it just generally looks healthier! I love this stuff!

The Vata Face Cream is a thick, luxurious face cream that nourishes your skin with essential oils and herbs. It smells AMAZING… light, herbal, refreshing, just trust me! It instantly hydrates to improve the texture and tone of your skin. I like to use this after the Aloe and Rose Tonic at nighttime, however, it would make the perfect daytime moisturizer as well since it is not too heavy or greasy. For a double dose of hydration, this could be used under the treatment oil.

Exfoliation is very important to healthy looking skin. Once or twice a week, use a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells and impurities, improve circulation to give your skin a nice glow, and to improve cell turnover. The Sananda Face Polish is a nice way to do all of these things. This sugar-based facial scrub is made for acne-prone skin and removes bacteria and oil from pores for clearer skin overtime. It has an herbal/citrusy scent and oils to nourish the skin, so it will not cause dryness like typical acne-fighting treatments.

I’ve never used anything quite like the Bhana Body Scrub! It is a sea salt scrub with ground herbs and essential oils. It has a texture that’s somewhat gel-like and it’s very interesting! When you use this scrub with hot water, the scrub breaks down and does a great job removing dry skin cells and moisturizing event the most dehydrate skin. I use this on my feet and elbows, and it really did improve the look and feel of my skin. As with any scrub, its a good idea to put on a lotion or body butter afterwards. This is a unique product that is fun to use and definitely gets the job done!

The Body Butter is perfect treat for your skin. The consistency is very thick but it instantly melts and absorbs into your skin to leave it soft, smooth, and hydrated. It has a subtle scent that is fresh, clean, and herbal and it leaves a nice glowing sheen on the skin. Love it!

The Bottom Line

Jivana products are thoughtfully created with the highest quality ingredients. They effectively cleanse, hydrate and nourish the skin with natural oils, butters, and essential oils. Their range includes products for your face, body, and hair so it is simple to switch to vegan, cruelty-free products that are free of harmful chemicals and contain only the purest ingredients.

I absolutely adore how the Aloe and Rose Tonic and Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil work together to dramatically hydrate and reduce the redness in my skin. I felt comfortable leaving the house without make up and my boyfriend even told me that my skin looked better!

I highly recommend these products and look forward to trying more from this line! Head on over to their website and let me know what you think!

Thank you, Jivana, for sending me these fantastic products to review!!

Clean Kiss Organics – Relaxing Bath Soak and Luxurious Hair Mask Reviews

Company: Clean Kiss Organics

“Clean Kiss has a solution for health-conscious women, men and teenagers that doesn’t compromise quality or effectiveness while offering a completely natural and chemical-free alternative for body, face, hair and home.”

Products:

Lavender Rosemary “Make That Kiss Last” Relaxing Bath Soak

Coconut Kisses Rosemary Peppermint Replenishing Hair Mask

Reviews:

If you need to relax at the end of a long day or the world is just driving you crazy, Clean Kiss Organics’ Lavender Rosemary “Make That Kiss Last” Relaxing Bath Soak is for you! I’m telling ya, run a hot bath and drop in some of this beautifully aromatic bath soak and just let the stress melt away! Why not go all out and light some candles and maybe even pour yourself a glass of wine. Why not? You deserve it!

This bath soak contains mineral salts and epsom salts to detoxify and soothe your muscles. It is naturally fragranced with lavender, rosemary and peppermint essential oils which creates a calming and refreshing aromatherapy experience. After just a few minutes in the bath, I felt SO much better about life (seriously, I’ve been STRESSED!).

You get quite a bit of product in this 500g jar, and you only need about 2 scoops (it comes with a cute wooden scoop) to enjoy the floral and herbal scent. This is a definite winner and I look forward to using this on the crazy days ahead!

The Coconut Kisses Replenishing Hair Mask is exactly what my dry, color-treated hair needed! Its super thick formula coats your strands and gives it a major hydration boost. You can use it as a quick conditioning treatment after you shampoo or you can leave it on for longer. Heat will make it soak into your hair, so you can use a hair dryer or a hot towel to really get your strands back into shape!

I massaged the mask into my clean hair and then covered it with a shower cap. I let it do its thing as I enjoyed the Lavender Bath Soak. I really felt like I was at a fancy spa! It was absolutely fantastic!

The mask left my hair super soft and much shinier, thanks to the 2 main ingredients; coconut oil and shea butter. The scents from the Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils are subtle and refreshing, and you also get notes of coconut and shea to create a sweet, uplifting fragrance. I truly enjoyed using it!

The Bottom Line

Clean Kiss Organics creates naturally effective products for your body, face, hair and home that are high-quality, chemical-free, and good for you! They are vegan and cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny Certified), gluten-free, and come in sustainable packaging. How awesome is that!?

The Lavender Bath Soak is absolute perfection! I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to relax and spend a little “me” time (who doesn’t?!).

The Coconut Kisses Hair Mask is a luxurious hair treatment that will make even the driest strands (like mine) look and feel healthier. This product will definitely be incorporated into my hair routine! Highly recommended!

Thank you, Clean Kiss Organics for sending me these products to review! Head on over to their website to check out all of their products! Let me know how you like them!

Rose Affinity Nourished Foundation and Toner Review

Company: Rose Affinity

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Products:

Nourished Foundation (0.68 ounces/20 ml.) $22.00 USD

Rose Fountain Toner (4 fluid ounces/118 ml) $16.00 USD

 

 

Reviews:

This Rose Fountain Toner smells like a bouquet of freshly cut roses! I really can’t get enough of the scent! When you spray this fine mist on your face it calms and lightly hydrates thanks to Aloe Leaf Juice and Rose Flower Water.

This toner is perfect to use after you cleanse your skin and before using a moisturizer, serum, or beauty oil. It’s also fantastic to mist over your makeup to eliminate overly powdery makeup or just to give your face a dewy finish. You get a lot of product in this bottle so it will last quite some time, not to mention that the packaging is adorable!

The Nourished Foundation is a tinted face cream that is packed with skin loving ingredients. Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil hydrate and calm the skin along with DMAE and MSM to give you a brightening effect. This is a light coverage foundation that illuminates and enhances your skin. I use this all over my face for a healthy glow and then use concealer wherever I need it. I found this product was best applied with my fingertips, as opposed to a blending sponge or brush.

Overall, this foundation creates a your-skin-but-better look.  Usually, I’m a medium to full coverage kind of girl, but I really like how this foundation gives me an effortlessly natural look.

The Bottom Line

From the cute packaging to the natural ingredients, I truly enjoy this foundation and toner! These specific products are vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben free (YASSSSS!). I recommend these products to anyone that is looking to clean up their skincare and makeup routine. Of course, if you love roses, I think you will love this brand!

Thank you, Rose Affinity, for sending me these vegan and cruelty-free products!

Vegan Muscle Snack Box Review

Company: Vegan Muscle

Product: Vegan Muscle Snack Box 

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Review:

Ya’ll know I love a good subscription box! I love that the Vegan Muscle Snack Box includes a variety of sweet and savory snacks to please vegans and non-vegans alike!

You can choose a bi-weekly subscription to get delicious snacks delivered to your door twice a month or a one time purchase to try it out! They also have a Food Box that includes meat substitutes, etc.

Alright! Let’s jump rights in!

The first product that jumped out at me was the Primal Strips Meatless Vegan Jerky in Texas BBQ flavor. I have been vegan for years and haven’t tried any vegan jerky products. I was never a fan of it back in my meat eating days, so I’ve avoided it altogether.

In all honesty, I was pretty blown away by this! The texture was soft and chewy which made it VERY similar to meat. The flavor was tangy, sweet and simply delicious. My boyfriend (non-vegan) said he loved it, so this would be fantastic for people that are looking to go vegan or cut down on meat in their diet. I would definitely eat this again and again!

Next up, were the Homefree Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies! These little guys are vegan (of course) but are also gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO! I really, REALLY liked these! They are super crunchy with just the right amount of sweetness. The dark chocolate chips were rich and would satisfy anyone’s chocolate craving! These are a big win!

HIPPEAS! I love Hippeas, especially the white cheddar flavor! They are very close to Cheetos in terms of texture… and they’re made from chickpeas! The cheddar flavor is salty and tangy which makes these the perfect healthy and organic alternative to the notoriously unhealthy snack covered in bright orange powder that gets everywhere!

I was a little unsure about the next product. I love veggie sushi rolls with nori (thin, seaweed wrappers) but I wasn’t sure if I would like it on it’s own. The GimMe Snacks Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks in the sea salt flavor were good! They definitely have the salty, grassy quality of seaweed and it absolutely reminded me of eating sushi. The thin sheets are delicate and crispy and they soften as you eat them. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to try a unique snack that is healthy and low in calories, give these a try!

If you’re a fruit snacks fan or looking to eliminate animal products from your kids’ diet, try Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Fruit Snacks! They’re organic, gluten-free, and basically identical to traditional fruit snacks. Did you know that traditional fruit snacks contain gelatin, which is made by boiling animal bones, hooves, and other body parts? I don’t know who decided that was a good idea to put in food, but I am very grateful there are alternatives! These fruit snacks are sticky, chewy, and flavorful… not to mention healthy and cruelty-free. These are fantastic!

Next, I was pretty excited to see a bag of Jasmine Green Tea from Numi Organic Tea. I am trying to gradually eliminate coffee from my day to day life, so I need a healthy replacement. Green Tea is perfect for that! The floral notes and earthy green tea flavors make this a nice pick me up! Coffee, who?!

I love food that can be eaten on the go, so I was happy to try the Health Warrior Coconut Chia Bar! This little snack is low calorie and contains chia, which helps to keep your feeling full. It has 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 1000 mg of Omega-3! I loved the coconut flavor and would definitely eat these again!

Yes!!! I’m not a big candy eater, but these Cocomels are outstanding! They’re made with coconut milk so you get sweet and delicious coconut flavor as they melt in your mouth. The texture is soft, smooth, and somewhat chewy. There’s definitely some “buttery” flavors which makes it very similar to dairy-based caramels. These are fabulous and I want more!

Last, was the Raw Rev Glo Mixed Nuts, Caramel and Sea Salt Bar. This bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein, so whether you’re looking to replenish your muscles with clean protein after a workout or just want a filling mid-day snack, these are perfect! The texture is soft but there are also crunchy nuts throughout. These bars are gluten-free and non-GMO. They have some other delicious sounding flavors that I can’t wait to try out!

The Bottom Line

What could be better than healthy, vegan snacks that are delivered straight to your door?! This is a fantastic products that both vegan and veg-curious people would enjoy.  I got to try out snacks that I know that I love (like the Hippeas) and also snacks that I probably wouldn’t have found myself. I personally love subscription boxes because you never know what you’re going to get, but you know that the products were carefully chosen.

All of the snacks have health and quality in mind and contain protein and/or good-for-you ingredients. I think it would a great idea to send a box to someone that doesn’t believe plant-based food can taste good, you could change their entire world!

Thank you, Vegan Muscle, for sending me this box to review. I highly recommend it!

Dr. Brite – Vegan Toothpaste, Mouthwash & Whitening Pen Review – Plus a Discount Code for You!

Company: Dr. Brite

Products: Whitening Mineral Toothpaste (Flouride and SLS Free)

Cleansing Mouthwash

Natural Teeth Whitening Pen

Review:

Woooo! I am so EXCITED to have found Dr. Brite’s products! Did you know that traditional toothpaste contains harmful chemicals and ingredients, not to mention they may be tested on animals (WHY?!). Dr. Brite’s toothpaste, mouthwash, and whitening pen contain natural, good for you ingredients that get the job done!

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The Whitening Mineral Toothpaste contains coconut oil and vitamin C to kill bacteria and improve your gums. Have you heard of oil pulling? I personally have never tried it, but I’ve wanted to. It is basically when you swish coconut oil around in your mouth every day to clean and whiten your teeth. So, this toothpaste is very similar to oil pulling! The spearmint flavor is the perfect… not too weak that your mouth feels dirty after using it and not too strong that it is overpowering. After using this, my teeth, mouth, and gums felt thoroughly cleaned and refreshed! This is a winner for me!

I was very interested to try out the Cleansing Mouthwash because it contains activated charcoal and vitamin C. I have used activated charcoal teeth whitening powders in the past, and they do an excellent job whitening my teeth (but they’re messy as hell!). This mouthwash eliminates the mess and leaves your mouth feeling clean and healthy!

The Natural Teeth Whitening Pen is incredibly easy to use and promises to whiten up to 2 shades in two days! It contains coconut oil and hydrogen peroxide to lighten stains. I’m always a little skeptical when it comes to teeth whiteners because I drink coffee all day long, and my “pearly whites” tend to be stained most of the time.

I applied this whitening pen 1 or 2 times a day for 5 days in a row. All you do is click the back of the pen and the whitening gel comes out of the other side. It takes less than a minute to paint all of your teeth, and you’re good to go! The gel formula stays put so you can go to sleep or go do whatever you need to without worrying that the product will drip all over the place. I did notice some tingling around my gums, but that is normal for whiteners that contain hydrogen peroxide. I can say with confidence that this whitening pen has significantly whitened my teeth after only a few days, with no sensitivity after using it. If you are someone with sensitive teeth, there is a peroxide free whitening pen available.

The Bottom Line

These 3 products are incredible, I’m in love! Dr. Brite uses natural, organic, plant-based and non-GMO ingredients so I know that  I am not using dangerous chemicals, which is so important. My teeth look and feel cleaner and healthier than ever. My teeth are noticeably whiter and brighter and I will absolutely continue to use these products!

I highly recommend these products to anyone and everyone that is looking to get rid of nasty chemicals in their day to day routine. Also, with every purchase, Dr. Brite “provides safe everyday products that are free of harmful ingredients to people in need.”

The kind people at Dr. Brite have given me a discount code to share with you! Use code “VEGANTREASUREHUNTER” to get 10% off!

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

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