Farmer’s Market Natural Bar Soap

July 1st, 2014

I love trying out different natural bar soap and the one that I am using right now is Farmer’s Market Apple Orchard.  They come in many different scents: Blackberry Preserves, Lemongrass Basil. Pumpkin Spice, Lavender Eucalyptus, and of course unscented.  I’ve tried Pumpkin Spice and Lavender Eucalyptus but Apple Orchard is by far my favorite scent. Farmer’s Market soap is very mild and does a good job moisturizing the skin . As a matter of fact, I’ve used it as a facial cleanser sometimes. Unlike some natural bar soaps that add fragrance to their products, Farmer’s Market uses natural essential oils.  I avoid natural bar soaps with “fragrance” and artificial colors listed in their ingredients list. These bar soaps shouldn’t be labeled “natural” with these ingredients in them.

Farmer’s Market bar soaps are 5.5oz which is larger than regular bar soaps. They last a long time too. Although Farmer’s Market costs more compares to  other natural bar soap brands,  for the size and fantastic natural ingredients, I think it is well worth it. They use certified organic ingredients such organic avocado, blueberry and shea butters which are rich in essential vitamins and antioxidants to keep the skin soft and moisturized.

Regular bar soaps can cause dry and itchy skin. Synthetic ingredients do not only cause skin irritation and strip the skin of its natural oil, they could also be absorbed into our bloodstreams. The skin is our largest organ. It is porous so that means whatever we put on it can be absorbed into our bloodstreams. I try to do my best to minimize exposing my body to harmful or questionable ingredients. My skin feels absolutely different and better when I use natural bar soap.

To learn more about the benefits of natural handmade soap, simply click on the link .

New Chapter Every Women Multi-Vitamin Review

March 5th, 2014

Chapter One Every Women Vitamins

Being a mom of three kids and a vegetarian, I am fully aware that there may be days when I am not eating healthy. I know that my plant-based diet may not provide me with the necessary vitamins and minerals such as omega-3 fatty acids and B12.

The chaos of the day with 3 kids sometimes make it hard for me to eat right. Juggling from volunteering in their schools to driving them to after school and weekend musical practices, it can be hard to forget to stay on track of my nutrition. This is why I take multi-vitamin supplements.

I recently bought New Chapter Every Women Multi-Vitamin because of 1)  its natural and organic non-GMO whole-food  ingredients, 2) blend of herbs and minerals, and 3) the additional ingredients of ginger and tumeric. New Chapter Every Women is the first multi-vitamin I’ve ever seen that contains ginger and tumeric. Ginger and tumeric are wonderful healing herbs with many health benefits. Including them in the ingredients convinced me the maker of New Chapter is on the right track!

In addition to the regular vitamin and minerals,  New Chapter added an immune support blend using immune booster herbs, Elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra), organic Eleuthero root, organic Astragalus root, which is an added bonus during this awful cold and flu season this year. Prior to taking this New Chapter multi-vitamin, I was taking Astragulus and Echinacea supplement to boost my immune system.

You have to take 2 pills and let me assure you, they are so easy to swallow. This is the first multi-vitamin I’ve came across where you could take it on an empty stomach with no adverse effect. The ingredients are as close to eating actual vegetables and fruits that your stomach can easily digest them. The first week I took the vitamins, I could really feel the difference in my energy level and the look and feel of my skin. This product is truly remarkable. It is slightly more expensive than other organic multi-vitamins but when it comes to your health and well-being, spending a few bucks is definitely worth it. I’d like to also add that there are 2 versions of New Chapter Every Women. One is for women under 40  and the other is for over 40 years old. This is great because our body needs more and less of different vitamins and minerals depending on our age.

Note: Available formula for men too: New Chapter Every Man
Here is New Chapter Every Women Supplement Facts:

Two Tablets Contain:
Probiotic Nutrients %DV
Vitamin A * (100% as beta-carotene) 5000 IU 100%
Vitamin C * 60 mg 100%
Vitamin D3 * 1000 IU 250%
Vitamin E * 30 IU 100%
Vitamin K1 * 70 mcg 88%
Vitamin K2 (MK-7) (from MenaQ7™ ***) 10 mcg 12%
Thiamin-Vitamin B1 * 4 mg 267%
Riboflavin-Vitamin B2 * 5 mg 294%
Niacin * 20 mg 100%
Vitamin B6 * 5 mg 250%
Folate * 400 mcg 100%
Vitamin B12 * 30 mcg 500%
Biotin * 300 mcg 100%
Pantothenic Acid * 25 mg 250%
Calcium (from Algae **) 50 mg 5%
Iron * 9 mg 50%
Iodine * 75 mcg 50%
Magnesium * (70% cultured, 30% from Algae **) 10 mg 2%
Zinc * 7.5 mg 50%
Selenium * 100 mcg 143%
Copper * 750 mcg 38%
Manganese * 2 mg 100%
Chromium * 100 mcg 83%
Molybdenum * 10 mcg 13%
Mixed Carotenoids* 3 mg
- Herbal Blends
Stress/Energy Support Blend * [Organic Schizandra (berry), Organic Maca (root), Organic Chamomile (flower)] 90 mg
Hormone Support Blend * [Organic Chaste Tree (berry), Organic Red Clover (flower), Organic Raspberry (leaf)] 90 mg
Immune Support Blend* [Elderberry Extract (Sambucus nigra) (berry), Organic Eleuthero (root), Organic Astragalus (root)] 60 mg
Digestive Support Blend * [Organic Aloe (leaf), Organic Peppermint (leaf), Organic Coriander (seed), Organic Cardamom (seed), Organic Artichoke (leaf)] 45 mg
Cardio Support Blend * [Organic Fenugreek (seed), Organic Oregano (leaf), Grapeseed Extract (not cultured), Organic Hawthorn (berry and seed)] 30 mg
- Herbal Extracts
Turmeric (rhizome) 4.8 mg hydroethanolic extract and 1.2 mg organic supercritical extract 6 mg
Ginger (rhizome) 2.4 mg hydroethanolic extract and 0.6 mg organic supercritical extract 3 mg

* Nutrients and herbs are cultured in organic media that may contain: organic milled soy,
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (organic yeast: active and inactive), organic maltodextrin, organic
gum acacia, organic orange and lemon peel -natural sources of bioflavonoids, organic
carrot powder, organic alfalfa powder, Lactobacilli (L. acidophilus, L. bifidus, L. rhamnosus)
and enzymes (deactivated).
** Lithothamnion: (L. calcareum and L. corallioides)
*** MenaQ7™ is a trademark of NattoPharma, Norway. International patents pending.

Other Ingredients: Organic gum acacia, silica, lac resin, and carnauba wax.
Naturally gluten free.

 

 

 

Natural Facial Cleanser for Oily Skin

November 13th, 2013

100-pure-mint-white-tea

A wonderful natural facial cleanser for oily and combination skin is by the maker of 100% Pure called Mint White Tea Cleanser. Most drugstore and even expensive department store facial cleansers for oily skin contain harsh detergents that strip and irritate the skin which can lead to breakouts and red botches. I’ve tried many different brands from low-end to high-end facial cleansers before switching over to natural cleansers. The common problem I encountered with conventional facial cleansers was skin irritation. I noticed the quality of my skin improved significantly after I began using natural skin care products.

100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser is made with all natural ingredients without harsh and synthetic ingredients. This cleanser is also 100% vegan and gluten free. I love the minty fragrance which, by the way, is not artificial. The fragrance is derived from peppermint oil and other plant extracts. You will get the tingling and refreshing sensation similar to Clean & Clear Morning Burst Cleanser if you’ve tried it before. Unlike Morning Burst, which is made with mostly synthetic ingredients, Mint  White Tea Cleanser is infused with aloe vera, rose water, mint, and white tea which is anti-inflammatory.

 

100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser ingredients:

Organic Aloe Juice1, Organic Rose Hydrosol2, Cucumber Juice, Saponified Coconut Oil, Organic Extracts of White Tea3, Calendula, Chamomile, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme, Sage, Lemongrass, Nettle, Lemon Balm, Japanese Honeysuckle, Peppermint Essential Oil

Coconut Oil For Healthy Hair And Skin

October 11th, 2013

cold pressed unrefined coconut oil

Coconut oil is a fantastic hair and skin moisturizer. Make sure you buy the right one though. You want the organic and extra virgin – unrefined and cold pressed coconut oil which doesn’t have pesticides, bleaching, and any other synthetic ingredients added. More importantly, unrefined and cold pressed organic coconut oil retains antioxidants that are lost during other methods of processing.  There are also tremendous health benefits of coconut oil which I won’t delve into in this post but if you are interested, you can read about it at Dr. Oz website: The Surprising Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and another great article is from authoritynutrition.com

Did you know that coconut oil is great for dry and flaking scalp? Similar to argan or Moroccan oil hair benefits, coconut oil is rich in vitamin E which can help strengthen hair and increase blood circulation to the scalp. Absorption is better if applied immediately after washing your hair. You will notice that organic coconut oil is solid in a jar if its below 75˚F or 24˚C. Don’t worry about it. It makes scooping up the oil so much easier. As soon as you have it in your fingers, the oil melts fast and all you need to do is gently rub it on your fingertips and it will be good to use. It is best to scoop a small amount, perhaps half the size of a penny, and slowly massage small amounts on your scalp and then your hair. I like to scoop a little at a time and work on different sections of my scalp. That way, my hair won’t look greasy. If you blow dry your hair often, rubbing a bit of coconut oil afterward will enhance shine and softness.

Coconut oil is also an excellent skin moisturizer. It absorbs quickly into the skin without being greasy. Don’t worry, you are not going to smell coconutty because the scent is very light and disappears after you apply it to your skin. You will notice the approved appearance of wrinkles and suppleness.

Sulfate Free Shampoo Brands From the Drugstore

July 14th, 2013

Sulfate free shampoo

We’ve compiled a list of sulfate free shampoo brands from the drugstore. These shampoos do not have the harsh surfactant  - sodium lauryl sulfate – or SLS. SLS free shampoo offers tremendous health benefits to the normal hair growth as well as the overall health of your scalp and hair.

It’s absolutely amazing how many shampoo brands are removing sulfate from their ingredients and replacing it with a milder detergent. You should be aware that just because a shampoo does not contain sulfate, it does not mean all is fine and dandy. Sulfate free shampoo does not mean all natural shampoo. There are still health concerns about the effects of other synthetic ingredients and preservatives. The great thing is we felt at least companies are taking the first step in removing the most questionable and dangerous of the ingredients in shampoo and that is SLS.

Without further ado, here’s our sulfate free shampoo brands list:

1. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – L’Oreal EverCreme shampoo 

L'Oreal Sulfate free shampoo

L’Oreal has a line of sulfate free shampoo for different hair types and needs. Their EverCreme is the most popular line followed by the EverStrong line.

2. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – Bed Head Shampoo

Bed Head Superstar Sulfate Free

All of Bed Head shampoos are sulfate free. They have a full range of line targeting specific hair needs such as curly to dry and color treated hair. Bed Head also has dry shampoo for people on the go.

3. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – Organix Moroccan Argan Crème Shampoo

Organix Moroccan Shampoo

Organix sulfate free shampoo is made with Moroccan or sometimes known as Argan Oil to protect and nourishes hair.

4. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – Alba Hawaiian Coconut Milk Shampoo

Alba Botanical Hair Wash Coconut Milk

One of the outstanding drugstore shampoos available, Alba Coconut Milk shampoo contains coconut milk strengthen and reduce hair breakages. We love that not only Alba shampoos do not sulfates, they are also 100% Vegetarian and do not contain other harmful additives and preservatives such has parabens and phthalates.

5. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – Tresemme Keratin Smooth Infusing Shampoo 

Tresemme Keratin Sulfate Free Shampoo

Tresemme Keratin tames frizz to give you smoother and sleeker hair without SLS. It contains keratin to strengthen hair and to protect it from damage.

Our Sulfate free shampoo brands are common drugstore brand that you can easily find. If not, we’ve included links to online store that you can buy at great prices.