Vegan Valentine’s Day Gifts That Are So Much Better Than Flowers!

Not sure what to get your Valentine this year? Flowers last a few days then end up in the trash (what a freakin’ waste of $$$)! Chocolates are nice while you eat them but they also put you into a sugar coma and are soon forgotten…

Give your Girlfriend/Boyfriend/Wife/Husband/Bae/Partner a vegan and cruelty-free gift that will make them feel special over and over again. Make Scents Natural Spa Line has exactly what you need to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

Their Chocolate Decadence Body Butter and Strawberry Fields Body Scrub are a match made in heaven and are so much better than chocolate-covered Strawberries (seriously though, how are they so small, gone in seconds, yet so expensive?!) or any lame card you would pick up at the drug store. These luxurious body products smell insanely good and are sure to please even the pickiest of Valentine’s! In fact, you and/or your Valentine will smell SO good you will have to ban yourself from taking a romantic stroll in the woods to avoid attracting bears with the mouthwatering scent of these bath and body products. “Don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t, say I didn’t warnnnnn yaaaaaaaa!”

Ok, back to the goods!

At first, I thought the  Chocolate Decadence Body Butter was a joke. It is super thick and smells like rich, dark chocolate. I was convinced (still am) that it belongs on top of a cupcake but hey, it does a great job as a moisturizer thanks to pure, unrefined cocoa butter! It just melts right in to make event the driest skin soft, hydrated and radiant!

Their Strawberry Fields Body Scrub smells like fresh, delicious strawberries… I really just wanted to put it on some toast and eat it, but that would be weird… right?!  This sugar scrub contains organic strawberries, vitamin C, vitamin E, and natural oils to gently exfoliate, soften, and scent the skin. This. Smells. So. Good!

These two products are perfect together… Just like you and your Valentine! Use these two products, and I bet my bottom dollar that you and your Valentine will be singing “Let’s Get It On…” in no time. They really are that good!

Head on over to Make Scents Natural Spa Line to check out all of the fabulous products that they have to offer! (They make some of my favorite products!!!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Swift Heist Beauty Body Scrub and Body Oil Reviews… Help For Your Dry, Winter Skin Is Here!

Company: Swift Heist Beauty

Products

SMOOTH CRIMINÁLE Body Scrub

HOSTILE TAKEOVER Body Oil

Review:

Ooh Baby, it’s cold outside… and you know my skin is as dry as a bone! If your skin is anything like mine, the second the weather drops it gets extremely dry, red, and cracked (not cute). I’m always up for trying new vegan and cruelty-free products that can help, so I was very excited to try out this body scrub and body oil from Swift Heist Beauty!

Using a moisturizing body scrub is a sure-fire way to keep your skin looking smooth and glow-y! The SMOOTH CRIMINÁLE Body Scrub is a sugar scrub that gently polishes away dead skin cells to reveal radiant skin. This scrub rinses away easily and has a gorgeous coconut and rose scent that leaves your skin delicately fragranced. The star ingredients of this scrub are coconut oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil, so you know your skin’s going to feel great!

I used this scrub all over my body, including my insanely dry feet (I honestly don’t know how feet can be as dry as mine and not fall off!). I’m happy to report that with just one use, my feet were softer, smoother, and felt more comfortable! Goodbye dull looking skin!

After using the body scrub, I slathered on the summery, lime-scented HOSTILE TAKEOVER Body Oil. This body oil deeply moisturizes and improved my poor, struggling winter skin. I love that it has a bright lime scent that helped me forget that it is below freezing temperatures outside.  This body oil has a thin consistency that quickly and easily absorbs into the skin, giving you instant hydration and a healthy looking sheen, thanks to Grape seed oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Aloe! I’m in love!

The Bottom Line

Swift Heist Beauty offers high quality, beautifully scented products with natural ingredients that deliver fast results!

The SMOOTH CRIMINÁLE Body Scrub is the perfect way to scrub away dead skin cells for fresh, smooth looking skin!

If you have desperately dry skin like I do, I highly suggest ditching the lotions and creams. Just go straight for some body oil! I’m not exaggerating when I say that my skin looked so SOmuch better after using the HOSTILE TAKEOVER Body oil just a few times!

I also really enjoy the sleek, glass packaging (yay, no plastic!) and the simple yet stylish black and white labels of the products.

I highly recommend these fantastic vegan and cruelty-free products from Swift Heist Beauty to get, or to keep your skin looking summer-ready all year round! Head on over to their website to see all of the products that they have to offer!

Thank you, Swift Heist Beauty, for sending me these products to review!

Make Scents Natural Spa Line’s “Burly Men’s Line” – Products for Manly Men That Want to Look Good But Don’t Want to Look Like They’re Trying Too Hard In Front of the Bros

Company: Make Scents Natural Spa Line

Products:

Burly Buff

Burly Balm

Burly Beard and Hair Oil

Reviews:

Are you a manly man? You know… the type of guy that goes out into the woods to build fires, shotgun beers and howl at the moon? Or maybe you’re not into building fires but you slave away behind a computer to build websites? Whatever type of manly man you are, Make Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is for you!

You work hard all day, and maybe your skin needs a little help… give Burly Buff a try! It’s a sugar scrub jam packed with good for your skin ingredients like orange, cedar wood, peppermint and tea tree! Slather this on your super manly skin, rub it in circular motions, and rinse… that’s all you have to do for smooth, soft skin! Your bros will wonder how you look so damn good and your partner will love the refreshing, masculine scent!

Listen… you’re a guy and your skin gets dry. You may not want to use flower-scented body lotion, but trust me, you gotta use something or you’re just not looking your best! Burly Balm is a thick body butter that will moisturize your skin and make you smell like million bucks! Its full of cocoa butter and sunflower seed oil, along with orange, cedar wood, and tea tree to make you smell like the classy, lumberjack that you are. Peppermint will even help soothe those muscles your wore out while chopping wood, or changing the toner in the office’s printer, or whatever manly things you do all day.

For the burliest of burly men, you gotta try the Burly Beard & Hair Oil. Sorry dudes, dry hair just doesn’t look good. Either do crazy, scraggly beards. Get a product that will fix it all in one easy step! This beard and hair oil is made with “invigorating peppermint oil, calming orange peel oil, soothing cedarwood oil, and healing tea tree oil.” It will make your hair and beard softer, more manageable, and smelling freakin’ amazing! All you need is a few drops and about 20 seconds, and you’ll be looking good as hell! (People will notice, I guarantee it!)

The Bottom Line

You want to look good… you just don’t want to look like you spent a few hours in the bathroom getting ready. You have a lot of testosterone and a lot of work to do, and you just can’t be bothered with skin or hair care. For you, my friend, I highly recommend the Burly Men’s Line. Take a few minutes in the shower to scrub off all of the day’s nastiness with the Burly Scrub. Take another minute or two and hydrate your skin with the Burly Balm… your skin shouldn’t feel like sandpaper no matter how much you like building $#%t. Take 20 more seconds and rub in some of the Burly Beard and Hair Oil… and you’re seriously looking and smelling good!

If you’re a reading this and have a certain guy in mind that desperately needs to start taking better care of himself when it comes to his skin and hair, but doesn’t want to be bothered with overly-feminine or unnecessarily complicated routines, give the Burly Men’s Line a try! It’s vegan, cruelty free, and free of any harmful chemicals… I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Make Scents Natural Spa Line, for sending me this products to review! Interested in more products from this company? Check out my previous review of their scrubs and body butters!

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!!

Make Scents Natural Spa Line – Vegan Body Butter and Body Scrub Reviews

Company: Make Scents Natural Spa Line

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Products:

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!

Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare Product Reviews

Company: Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare

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“Ojai Sugar Skincare is a line of artisanal body x foliants, face and lip care, and perfumed oils. We are known for quality and mindfully sourced ingredients. Our entire line is vegan friendly, cruelty “free” with zero toxins: parabens, sulfates, or water. We prepare each product in small batches to guarantee the purity and efficacy of its treatment. Unique hand-poured blends of restorative plant based ingredients with therapeutic grade essential oils inspired by the beauty and diversity of Ojai and California”

Products:

Petals Collection – Facial Waters (2 ounces $17.00 USD)

Petals Collection – Facial Oil (1 ounce $56.00 USD)

LemonGrass Body X Foliants (8 ounces $28.00 USD)

Reviews:

I was very excited to try out 2 products from Ojai Sugar’s Petals Collection! This is a long review, so if you’re curious and want a quick info, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post!

The Petals Collection Facial Waters is made for all skin types and is packed with powerful plant-based ingredients. Rose, chamomile, geranium, and helicrysum hydrate, balance and tone the skin while hibiscus extract plumps and tightens, aloe vera calms, and witch hazel purifies.

This toner does everything that you want and more! It certainly calms the skin, lightly hydrates, and preps the skin for serums/oils. It has a light floral scent and I only needed 2 pumps for my entire face. I used this in the AM and PM and really liked using this on days that I didn’t want to wear makeup. It gave my skin a refreshed, healthy glow.

The Petals Collection Facial Oil is made to complement the Facial Waters and is also suitable for all skin types. The ingredients list includes; Borage, Camellia Seed, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, Meadowfoam, Squalane (olive derivative) Vitamin E. Essential Oils: *Cistus (Rockrose), Rose, Neroli, and Rose Geranium. These ingredients are known to hydrate, nourish, calm, and brighten the skin.  It also contains a unique ingredient that I hadn’t used before called Rockrose. “Cistus/Rockrose with its warm amber notes set this blend apart with its ability to rejuvenate aging skin, reduce wrinkles, tighten loose muscles and calms inflamed and irritated skin.”

This Facial Oil has a sweet, floral fragrance. It comes packaged in a beautiful frosted glass bottle with a dropper to keep the product sanitary and to help dispense the desired amount. I used about 5 drops to cover my entire face a few minutes after using the Facial Waters. I opted to use this at as a night serum because it was slightly tacky for about an hour on my skin. This oil is thicker than other oils I have used, so you do have to work it into your skin for a minute or two. As with any facial oil, you need to massage the product into your skin to get the most benefits from the product. It doesn’t do much good to put it on and just let it sit.

I woke up to hydrated skin that looked healthy and dewy. My face is usually sensitive, dry, and somewhat problematic and after using this product it looked less red and dry. I do have to note that I experienced multiple breakouts while using this, but I have been very stressed, so I can’t say for sure what the cause is. I asked my boyfriend to try it for few days. He did not experience breakouts and said his skin wasn’t as dry or red.

The LemonGrass Body X Foliant has a bright, citrusy and slightly floral fragrance from essential oils of bergamot, geranium, and lemongrass. This sugar scrub will without a doubt perk up your senses while scrubbing away dull, dry skin. It has a whipped consistency and the sugar scrubs away dull skin without being too rough. After using this, my skin was noticeably moisturized thanks to the pumpkin seed butter, almond, coconut, and grapeseed oils! As a bonus, the essential oils fill the shower with their uplifting fragrance and leaves a subtle scent on the skin.

The Bottom Line

Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare creates products that are vegan, cruelty-free and made with fabulous, all natural ingredients including therapeutic essential oils. They are made to address dry, sensitive, mature, acne-prone skin along with rosacea and eczema.

I think the Facial Oil would be absolutely wonderful for people with sensitive or dry skin or people that want to address fine lines and firmness. In my opinion, this Facial Oil would be best for people that are not experiencing acne or frequent breakouts since the formula is quite thick. In my experience, breakouts need to be treated and also need to be able to breathe and heal.

I plan to use this facial oil in the upcoming winter months when my skin gets super dry!  I must note that the fragrance of this oil is quite strong, so if you do not enjoy floral fragrances, this would not be for you. For me, I quite liked catching hints of the scent throughout the day!

The Facial Waters contains Witch Hazel which is a natural acne fighter so I will continue to use it in my routine to clear up my skin. It’s calming and nourishing ingredients make it an excellent way to freshen up your skin or to prep it for serums and other treatments.

The LemonGrass Body X Foliant did a wonderful job softening and hydrating my skin.  Even my boyfriend, who does not enjoy or care about skin care what-so-ever, liked the clean, crisp scent. The sugar is rough enough to smooth and soften skin, but not too abrasive that you can’t use it a few times per week. I highly recommend this product and look forward to trying the other scents!

Thank you, Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare, for sending me these products to review!

Fivesso Coffee Scrub Reviews

Company: Fivesso

Products:

Mint Coffee Premium Coffee Scrub 4 oz. $15.99 USD

Lavender Premium Coffee Scrub 4 oz. $15.99 USD

Cinnamon Premium Coffee Scrub 4 oz. $14.99 USD

Reviews:

If you love coffee, you'll really dig these scrubs! They're made of natural, organic ingredients and smell like a dream!

The Mint Coffee Premium Coffee Scrub smells like sweet, refreshing mint and freshly brewed coffee. The Cinnamon Premium Coffee Scrub is probably my favorite scent. It's smells just like a cinnamon latte and reminds me a little bit of Autumn and cooler weather. The Lavender Premium Coffee Scrub is an interesting scent combination. Who would have thought that lavender and coffee would smell nice together? Well, it works!

The coffee grounds make these scrubs abrasive enough to remove dead skin cells to make your skin nice and smooth, without being too rough or irritating. Coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and cocoa butter really work together to moisturize the skin. You're left smelling delicious with skin that is radiant, hydrated and healthy. I really liked using these scrubs in the morning. The smell of coffee perks me right up!

The Bottom Line

These scrubs smell fantastic and really do a great job smoothing and moisturizing the skin. These would also be perfect to use before applying self tanner or pampering dry feet. These scrubs contain honey, so they may not be suitable for all vegans.

Thank you, Fivesso, for sending me these samples to review!

ahimsa Essentials Product Reviews

Company: ahimsa Essentials

“ahimsa Essentials is committed to providing you with earth-friendly, sustainable, cruelty-free and 100% plant-based (vegan) products that relieve, repair, and renew.”

Products

Glow Detoxifying Scrub (4 oz – $12.95 USD)

Om Organic Whipped Body Butter (4 oz – $12.95 USD)

Sublime Natural Deodorant (2 oz – $9.95 USD)

Reviews:


Organic Sugar, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Organic Essential Oils make up the all natural Glow Detoxifying Scrub. This scrub is the perfect way to relax and unwind while making your skin soft and smooth. The scent is bright and herbal, with basil being the prominent scent. Olive Oil is a wonderful moisturizer so you won’t need lotion or anything else when you step out the shower. The sugar makes this an abrasive yet not too rough exfoliator that will get rid of dead skin cells, old sunless tanners, you name it!


If you enjoy authentic floral scents, you will love the Om Organic Whipped Body Butter! The scent of Geranium and Juniper Berry will make you feel like you’re running through a garden, while Organic Shea Nut Butter hits you with powerful hydration! The texture is light and airy, and I liked using this product to seal in moisture right after the shower. This body butter made my skin looking healthy and dewy, and it was even hydrating enough for my dry-as-heck feet!


The Sublime Natural Deodorant is made for sensitive skin and is baking soda free. I have tried natural deodorants in the past that have irritated my skin, so I was excited to try this one out. The scent is Key Lime and Bergamot which you will smell throughout the day when you use this product. It is a nice and pleasant citrusy surprise! The texture is similar to a balm that melts into your skin when you massage it into your armpits. Shea Nut Butter and Coconut Oil moisturize while Arrowroot Powder absorbs odors. This deodorant was effective for me, and I only noticed the slightest bit of funkiness at the end of the day. I will definitely continue to use this!

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for all natural, vegan and cruelty-free products that are sustainably made, smell awesome and actually work, ahimsa Essentials is the brand for you. I love that they are fragranced with essential oils and the packaging is as cute as can be! I highly recommend these products and would love to hear your feedback about them! Head on over to ahimsa Essentials website and check out their range of products!

Thank you so much to ahimsa Essentials for these products to review!

Pure Stella Skin Care Review 

Company: Pure Stella Skin Care

 “Pure Stella Skin Care creates handcrafted products to nourish and protect your skin naturally. Our line of botanical and essential oil based products includes luxurious lotion sticks, moisturizing and cleansing oils, clarifying masks, and exfoliating scrubs to enlighten your skin. With no harsh chemicals and artificial fragrance, your skin will smile with Pure Stella.”

The products reviewed are vegan and cruelty free.

Products: 

Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub (4 oz. bag, $20.00 USD)

Coffee Infused Eye Serum (1/3 oz., $14.00 USD)

Reviews:

Calling all coffee junkies… here’s a way to get your fix and help your skin at the same time!


I drink a vanilla latte almost everyday, so I just had to try the Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub! Organic sugar makes this a great exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells. The coffee almond oil leaves your skin smooth and moisturized. My favorite thing about this scrub is the smell! As you scrub away in a warm shower, the bathroom fills with a sweet delicious coffee scent. This scrub is truly any coffee addict’s dream!


The Coffee Infused Eye Serum comes in a convenient roller ball that easily glides the product onto your skin. It has a unique coffee/herbal scent and a thin consistency so it absorbs quickly. The coffee infused sweet almond oil, along with rose hip, jojoba, and hazelnut oil nourish the delicate skin around the eyes. After using this product, I noticed that my undereyes were moisturized and “perked up” due to the caffiene. I do not suffer from puffy eyes, so I can’t speak about this product’s tightening abilities, but I do feel like my eyes look more awake when I use this eye serum.

The Bottom Line

Pure Stella Skin Care creates naturally effective products that smell delicious and actually work… all without harming animals! What’s not to love? Turn your shower into the best smelling coffee shop around with the Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub or add a little zip to your skin care routine with the Coffee Infused Eye Serum! Let me know how you like it!


Thank you, Pure Stella Skin Care, for providing me with these products to review!