Company: Rose Affinity
Nourished Foundation (0.68 ounces/20 ml.) $22.00 USD
Rose Fountain Toner (4 fluid ounces/118 ml) $16.00 USD
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!
“We all believe in natural products, without the fillers. We’re not here to greenwash our products or imply we’re selling you something we’re not. We don’t believe there should be a pink tax. We don’t think all products for women have to smell like faeries and fluff. We’re here to make real products for real people.”
Product: Pine & Peppermint Natural Deodorant
Natural deodorants can be tricky. They can be all natural but not keep you smelling nice for very long. They can keep you dry, but can also be extremely irritating.
I’m thrilled to share with you this Pine & Peppermint Natural Deodorant from LACE! It is vegan, cruelty-free, aluminum free, and smells fantastic!
The Pine and Peppermint scent instantly makes me think of wintertime and the holidays. The Peppermint perks up your senses and the Pine gives it an earthy, woodsy vibe. It’s not an overly feminine or overly masculine scent, so I think anyone can use this!
Ok, so it smells like the “most wonderful time of the year” but does it work?
YES!!!! This deodorant kept me odor-free for over 36 hours! Yes, I did go that long without showering (Writing genuine product reviews is very import to me!). Although this isn’t an antiperspirant, it also kept me dry!
My skin wasn’t irritated by this deo whatsoever and you only need 2-3 swipes per armpit! It glides on easily and clear, and you will get hints of the Peppermint and Pine scent throughout the day.
The Bottom Line
I love everything about this product! The packaging is cute and durable. The scent is fabulous and the formula really works! I absolutely recommend this product to everyone, even those with sensitive skin like me.
Thank you, LACE, for sending me this vegan, cruelty-free and naturally effective deodorant to review! I’m a huge fan!
Company: Make Scents Natural Spa Line
Citrus Grove Body Scrub (10 oz.) $30.00 USD
Citrus Grove Body Butter (7.5 oz.) $22.50 USD
Reviews: I have been SO excited to give these brand new vegan/cruelty-free products from Makes Scents Natural Spa Line a try! They have been in the works for awhile, and let me tell you, they hit it out of the park! I was generously sent 2 products to review, so let’s jump right in!
First up, is the Citrus Grove Body Scrub. I love, Love, LOVE this scent! It smells like a sweet blend of oranges mixed with lemon, lime, and grapefruit. It naturally lifts your spirits and gets you energized for the day! This is a sugar-based scrub, so the sugar granules are abrasive enough to slough away dead skin cells but not too rough that it can’t be used a couple times a week. Alpha hydroxy acids from citrus fruits also help to gently exfoliate the skin. You get 10 ounces of product in a sleek black plastic jar, which is perfect for use in the shower since it won’t break if it slips out of your hands.
This scrub definitely does its job! After the first use, my skin felt soft and smooth and it had a nice, healthy glow. The scrub leaves behind a subtle scent of citrus which is absolutely lovely.
The Citrus Grove Body Butter actually blew my mind! The consistency is so thick and the texture is so smooth, I couldn’t believe it! Sunflower and coconut oil, along with cocoa butter and citrus essential oils makes this a truly luxurious and effective moisturizer to use on your freshly exfoliated skin.
This body butter melts into the skin completely and does not feel greasy whatsoever. You’re left with soft, radiant skin that smells incredible! You get 7.5 ounces of product which will last for quite some time because a little bit goes a long way.
I also used this on my feet and elbows, which are always, always dry. This body butter did a wonderful job moisturizing and bringing my skin back to life. If a product can make my dry feet look and feel better, it is a winner!
The Bottom Line
These products are fantastic! They are super luxurious and made with high quality, all-natural ingredients. I recommend these products to anyone that wants to pamper and care for their skin! They even have 2 ounce samples that you can buy to try out the line!
Thank you, Makes Scents Natural Spa Line, for sending me your brand new products to review! I’m a huge fan!
Company: Cannabliss Organic
“Cannabliss Organic skincare is made with naturally rich hemp oil to provide numerous healing benefits. Our full spectrum hemp oil is grown organically in Colorado and has been shown to work wonders on dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis.”
Products: Topical Cannabis Starter Kit – $25.00 USD
Review: If you haven’t heard of the wonderful effects of hemp oil, where have you been? Hemp oil is known to improve “dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis.” Well… sign me up!
This Starter Kit contains the Revitalizing Serum, Moisturizing Lotion, and Hemp Salve (5 ml each). All 3 products contain hemp oil. The Revitalizing Serum is a thin consistency with a light citrusy herbal scent. This serum works into the skin easily and absorbs quickly. Along with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, this contains fabulous, good-for-your-skin ingredients including resveratrol and vitamin C to fight free radicals and signs of aging.
The Moisturizing Serum is to be layered on after using the serum. The consistency is thin and absorbs quickly like the serum, making this pair of products perfect to use under makeup or at bedtime. The scent is unique and absolutely delicious! It smells like a sweet vanilla creme donut and I really love it!
When used together, these products definitely hydrated my skin without causing breakouts. The redness in my cheeks was reduced and my skin feels firm and healthy.
I have to note that the Hemp Salve that comes with this set contains beeswax, but the company is working on a vegan formula which they hope will be certified vegan soon. Based on that information, I will say that this salve does an excellent job moisturizing. The consistency is that of a thick balm and has a moderately strong lavender/herbal scent. It is intended to use on very dry areas of skin, like elbows, knees, cuticles or even lips. I used this as a lip balm and it made them so soft and smooth with only one use! I will definitely purchase this once they release the vegan version.
The Bottom Line
I truly enjoy these products from Cannabliss Organic! Hemp has such amazing effects on the skin, and these products would be suitable for all skin types. They smell amazing and really bring your skin to life. I highly recommend the Revitalizing Serum and Moisturizing Lotion, and can’t wait for them to release the vegan version of the Hemp Salve!
Thank you, Cannabliss Organic, for sending me this Starter Kit to review! I’m a huge fan!
Company: Soapbox Soaps
Hello, again! I’m back and so excited to share my reviews of these amazing Soapbox Soaps products! As always, if you want quick information about these products (and an exclusive discount code) along with this company’s amazing mission, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post! Ok, let’s get into it!
I don’t know about you, but I get pretty stressed throughout the week and I rely on shower time to relax and to collect my thoughts. I’ll tell you right now, these products have such soothing, spa-like fragrances, I have been looking forward to shower time more than usual lately!
The Sea Minerals & Blue Iris Body Wash has a creamy formula that lathers up nicely with just a small amount of product (Hooray for value!). It rinses easily and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. The fragrance is a refreshing blend of ocean-inspired scents and floral notes. It is absolutely fantastic and I would wear this as a perfume if I could!
The Bamboo Strength and Body Shampoo contains aloe and shea butter to moisturize and bamboo extract to strengthen hair and bring back its elasticity to reduce breakage. Just like the body wash, you only need a small amount of this shampoo, since it works into a rich lather and easily rinses clean. It thoroughly cleanses your locks without stripping it of moisture.
The Bamboo Strength and Body Conditioner also contains aloe and shea butter to hydrate, bamboo extract to retain moisture and strengthen your strands. The consistency of this conditioner is pretty thick, and I actually needed to use much less of this product than I do with other conditioners. It easily distributes through hair, and is thick enough to stay put while you take care of the rest of your shower routine. It detangled my hair while giving it weightless moisture. I am very happy to report that my hair looked clean, shiny, manageable, and full of body after using these two products. My curls looked and smelled fantastic!The fragrance is so unique and refreshing, its actually quite addicting! I find myself smell
After using the Bamboo Shampoo and Conditioner, I am very happy to report that my hair looked clean, shiny, manageable, and full of body. This is no easy task because my hair is typically dry and wild, so I am impressed! The fragrance is so unique and refreshing, it is actually quite addicting! I find myself smelling my hair throughout the day, it is that nice!
The Vanilla & Lily Blossom Liquid Hand Soap smells like a bouquet of sweet flowers and contains aloe and shea butter to moisture. This soap leaves your skin feeling soft, clean, and lightly fragranced. It has a creamy consistency and works into a rich lather to gently wash away impurities. Gorgeous!
Last but definitely not least, the Citrus & Peach Rose Bar Soap has perhaps my favorite scent of all! The delicious blend of citrus and floral is fresh and unique. This bar soap not only cleanses your skin, it uplifts your spirits and calms your mind! Olive oil and shea butter provide hydration while you cleanse and your skin is left renewed and delightfully fragranced. This little soap is a powerhouse!
The Bottom Line
Soapbox Soaps makes incredible vegan and cruelty-free products with spa-like fragrances that leave your skin and hair feeling soft, clean, and healthy. Their products are luxurious yet the prices are very affordable. I could easily see them doubling their prices, and still being extremely successful!
Besides the excellent quality of these products, and perhaps best of all, Soapbox Soaps donates a bar soap to people in need with every purchase. I am thrilled to be working with them to reach their tremendous milestone of donating 3 MILLION BAR SOAPS!
When you use code “vthSbS3M”, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and they will double their donations and donate 2 bar soaps to people in need, either locally or abroad. How amazing is that?!
After you order and receive your products, you will see that there is a unique “Hope Code” that you can enter at soapboxsoaps.com/hope to “see where and how you purchase impacts another life.”
To recap, the Bamboo Strength and Body Shampoo and Conditioner are just what your hair needs to build strength while feeling moisturized and manageable. If it can hydrate my dry curls and decrease my frizz, I am confident it will work for just about everyone. The body wash is truly luxurious and makes you feel renewed and reenergized. The hand soap is high quality and adds a fresh floral bouquet to your hygiene routine. The bar soap is truly one of the best bar soaps out there. It lathers up easily and leaves behind an absolutely gorgeous and unique citrusy floral scent.
I cannot express how wonderful these products are and how fantastic it is that this company is helping so many people! Can you imagine not being able to use soap to get clean? Its something that many people have to deal with and Soapbox Soaps is making a huge difference! Soap truly is life changing!
Please head on over to their website to make a purchase. Don’t forget to use code “vthSbS3M” for 10% off and double donations!
Thank you, Soapbox Soaps, for sending me these products to review! You will get to your 3 millionth donation in no time!!!
Company: Maxine’s Heavenly
“At Maxine’s Heavenly, we created cookies with simple, pure ingredients, because we believe that food should provide nourishment to your mind and body.
We believe food (including dessert) should be nutrient-rich fuel for your body.
We believe that food could be cooked and baked, not manufactured.
And we believe that we all need to rethink how we treat…our bodies, our food, our lives. We wrote this manifesto to share our beliefs, be transparent about our thoughts, and to underscore the values that we live and bake by.”
When you hear about vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and soy free cookies, the words “delicious” or “flavorful” may not come to mind. That’s why I am so happy to have gotten to review Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies! These cookies surely break the mold of what “healthy” snacks taste like. Each flavor is sweetened with coconut sugar and made with gluten-free oats, so they’re as satisfying as they are mouthwatering! As always, if you want to get a quick run down of the products, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post.
If you’re a chocoholic, the Chocolate Chocolate Chip variety is for you! When you bite into these cookies, you experience chewy oats and a mouthful of chocolatey flavor. The rich and smooth semi-sweet chocolate chips amp up the flavor, making this a truly tasty yet guilt-free treat when you need a chocolate fix!
The Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite! This variety tastes like a cross between a classic almond and chocolate chip cookie. The sweet almond flavor paired with rich chocolate chips, can’t get any better in my opinion. I mean, these bad boys are as close to perfect as you can get!
The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is a close second for me! Crunchy roasted peanuts, chewy oats, and rich chocolate chips make these the perfect dessert when you want something “bad” but don’t want to undo the 80-minute hot yoga session you sweat through earlier.
My boyfriend’s favorite of the bunch is the Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin. For some reason, oatmeal cookies are always my last choice. I always gravitate towards chocolate, but I’m proven wrong almost every time! These cookies taste like a freshly made bowl of cinnamon raisin oatmeal and they’re absolutely outstanding! The sweetness of the raisins cut through the pleasant bitterness of the cinnamon. I even warmed it up a little bit, and I’m telling you, these are amazing!
The Bottom Line
Maxine’s Heavenly creates desserts that are full of flavor with natural, good for you ingredients. They’re so good that you will forget that they’re actually healthy! They call them a dessert, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t eat 1 or 2 of these cookies for breakfast!
The hearty oats make them filling and great for any time that you need a sweet pick me up! Each cookie is between 120-140 calories with 2 grams of protein, so they really do give you some energy to power through that mid-week board meeting, parent-teacher conference, or powerlifting competition you scheduled (what were you thinking?!).
Thank you, Maxine’s Heavenly, for sending me these cookies to review! These are fantastic cookies that taste like they were baked at home by Grandma! Visit their site to learn more about this awesome company and their products! When you make an order you will get the brand-new packaging pictured below!!!
Company: Organic Beauty Junkie
“Welcome to Organic Beauty Junkie! You will find natural and organic skincare and personal care products. Our products are handcrafted and contain only the best ingredients to ensure our customers get only the most effective, natural beauty products.”
Hello, natural beauty lovers! I got to try out Organic Beauty Junkie’s vegan and cruelty free products, so let’s jump right in!
The Vanilla Vegan Lip Balm is made with shea butter and coconut oil, so you know it’ll do a good job hydrating your pretty little pout! This balm glides on smoothly and leaves a subtle sheen on the lips. The natural vanilla scent is there, but it’s not overwhelming in any way. It did, in fact, moisturize my lips and made them look and feel naturally gorgeous!
Using natural lip products is so important! You don’t want to put layers and layers of harmful chemicals on your lips because you end up ingesting a lot of it! Natural is the way to go!
The Jasmine Vegan Solid Perfume is made with essential oils and smells incredible! It is sweet and alluring (my boyfriend loves it, wink wink), yet not too overpowering. This product applies effortlessly and does not leave any greasiness behind. I used this on my wrists and pulse points and enjoyed getting hints of the fragrance throughout the day. I did have to reapply this perfume, but since the tube is small and portable, it’s not a big deal. If you like soft, floral fragrances, you will LOVE this one!
The Bottom Line
If you’re in the market for naturally effective products that are vegan and cruelty-free, I highly recommend that you give these products a try! I love that the lip balm has coconut and shea butter because they are the VIPs of natural moisturizers and I don’t have worry about putting toxic chemicals into my body! The scent of the Jasmine Vegan Solid Perfume is absolutely beautiful and it made me feel pretty wearing it! I highly recommend these products to all natural beauty junkies!
Thank you, Organic Beauty Junkie, for sending me these products to review!
Company: Soaps & Sunflowers Bath and Body Co.
Sugar High Candy Scrub (8 ounces) $12.00 USD
Chai-nning Tatum Body Scrub (8 ounces) $12.00 USD
Sweet Tart Soap Bar (3.5 ounces) $6.00 USD
Helloooo again, my friends! I am so excited to talk to you about these Soaps & Sunflowers products! They really exceeded my expectations, which are always high, to begin with! Alright, let’s get to it!
The first product I tried was the Sugar High Candy Scrub because it smells like Cotton Candy and reminds me of the body mist that everyone and their uncle used when I was in middle school! The scent is super sweet and has a slight menthol-like effect when you smell it. It’s really unique and I gotta say, I love it!
This scrub is sugar-based and contains coconut oil and shea butter. When I first used this, I was SHOCKED at how soft it made my skin! I’m telling you, it’s the softest a scrub has EVER made it! Best of all, it not only leaves your skin soft and moisturized, the Cotton Candy scent sticks around for awhile to sweeten up your day!
The Chai-nning Tatum Body Scrub is also sugar-based and contains coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil. It contains Chai tea and vanilla to give it the delicious scent of a vanilla chai latté. The scent is not as strong as the Sugar High Body Scrub, but it is fabulous nonetheless!
Just like Sugar High, the Chai-nning Tatum (I just love the name!) makes your skin incredibly soft and smooth. Your skin is left delicately fragranced and so hydrated that you can skip the lotion after your shower! I don’t know what it is about this specific formula, but I am really impressed!
Last was the Sweet Tart Bar Soap. I love Love LOVE lemon and citrusy scented soaps and lotions, and this bad boy was no exception! This handmade soap contains canola, castor, coconut, and palm oil*** (see below), along with shea butter to create a truly moisturizing lather. The scent is bright and uplifting and your hands are left feeling soft and clean. You can’t ask for much more than that! Oh, they’re also really pretty… they definitely give me a unicorn vibe with its swirls of pink, yellow, and blue.
The Bottom Line:
Soaps & Sunflowers Bath and Body Co. creates some fantastic vegan and cruelty-free products. The scrubs smell fantastic and they leave your skin unbelievably soft. The Sweet Tart Bar Soap leaves your skin feeling hydrated and smelling beautiful. I highly recommend trying out these products for yourself!
Thank you, Soaps & Sunflowers, for sending me these products to review!
***We are aware of the ethical implications surrounding the production of palm oil. While we do use palm oil in our soaps, we buy only from suppliers who carry sustainably sourced palm oil
Company: v-Dog Vegan Dog Food and Healthy Dog Treats
Products: V-Dog Kinder Kibble Mini Bites – 4.5 lbs – $19.99 USD
V-Dog Breathbone Minis – $11.99 USD
Did you know that dogs, just like humans, can thrive on a plant-based diet?! I have been wanting to order the V-dog vegan dog food for awhile now, and am so happy that the company sent a bag of their Kinder Kibble Mini Bites and Breathbones for my little pups to try out!
The Kinder Kibble is packed with protein and vitamins to keep your dog happy, healthy, and energetic! Take a look at the ingredients below:
OUR “ANIMAL-FREE” INGREDIENTS
Dried Peas, Pea Protein, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Potato Protein, Sorghum, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) , Natural Flavor, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate, Flaxseeds, Millet, Calcium Carbonate, Lentils, Peanut Hearts, Quinoa, Sunflower Chips, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dried Carrots, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate), Dl-methionine, Dried Parsley, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hyrdochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (A Source Of Vitamin C), Preserved with Citric Acid, Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Celery, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lettuce, L-carnitine, Dried Watercress, Dried Spinach, Rosemary Extract. Store In A Cool, Dry Place.
As you can see, this kibble provides all of the protein, vitamins, and minerals that your dog needs!
So… it is healthy, but how did my dogs like it?
My dogs, Bubbles and Minnie, get very little people food, so when they get a new dog food or treat, they get veryexcited. I tried to get them to pose like little dog food models to get the perfect picture, but I think the “bloopers” are pretty hilarious! (See end of post)
Both of my dogs are pretty energetic, but I did actually notice an increase in energy after they had been eating the Kinder Kibble for 4-5 days. Whenever you switch dog food, it is common that your dogs may have some digestion issues until they get used to the new food. Both of my dogs adjusted to the new food within a day or two, which is awesome! The kibble is very tiny, which makes it easy for my little pups to eat!
The Breathbone Minis were a HUGE hit! I have a very difficult time brushing my little guys’ teeth, so needless to say, their breath is a little stinky. After devouring these bones, I did notice that their breath was fresher! Take a look at the 100% plant-based ingredients:
Brown Rice Flour, Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Tapioca Starch, Sweet Potatoes, Carrageenan, Pumpkin, Carrots, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Pumpkin Flavor, Cinnamon, Chia Seed, Broccoli, Parsley, Spinach, Fat Product (Natural Source of DHA from Algae), Alfalfa.
The Bottom Line
V-Dog Kinder Kibble and Breathbones are exceptional products that your dogs will LOVE! Just like with humans, vegan diets can greatly improve the health of your pooches. I noticed that my dogs were more energetic and had no issues eating this food whatsoever.
It makes me feel like a great puppy-parent knowing that I am giving my dogs food that will make them healthier. There is no need for them to eat processed dog foods that contain meat by-products and whatever else commercial dog food has in it.
V-Dog is a wonderful company that makes 100% plant-based, cruelty-free products that will enhance your dog’s life! I highly recommend the Kinder Kibble and Breathbones!
Thank you, V-Dog, for sending me these products for my dogs to try out!