June 29, 2012

Natural Menopause Relief

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Many women struggle when they go through the menopausal transition of life. Hot flashes, restless nights, and night sweats keep women from getting much needed rest. Pharmaceutical solutions come with many risks, thus natural solutions are best.

Estroven Nighttime is a special formula designed to help women rest:

Estroven's nighttime formula has been enhanced with clinically proven melatonin, a common ingredient found in many sleep aids and clinically proven soy isoflavones, among the most extensively studied alternatives to estrogen therapy. When taken as part of a nightly regimen, Estroven Nighttime helps you to have a restful night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed*

I have not been able to test this product out to see if it is effective or not, and I am not a big fan of supplements in general. I would rather drink herbal tea, which I will research and do when that time of my life comes.

 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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June 25, 2012

Memory Loss: Take Your Oxygen First

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I think that one of the first signs of aging we notice in ourselves and our parents/grandparents is memory loss. Little fleeting moments when information escapes us. For some, this memory loss evolves into something more serious. Caring for such an individual can cause depression, anxiety, anger, physical exhaustion, etc.

Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss by Leeza Gibbons reminds caregivers to take care of themselves:

Designed for those giving care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other memory loss disorders, this informative and inspiring guide explores how to take care of oneself in order to meet the challenges of giving care to another. Heartfelt, candid accounts by television host Leeza Gibbons and the members of her family--who cared for Leeza's mother, Jean, for more than a decade after her Alzheimer's diagnosis--are combined with current medical, nutritional, psychological, and spiritual information and advice for caregivers. A comprehensive resources section and photo scrapbook of Leeza and her family are also included.

I can't imagine the difficulties caregivers face. I've seen how it has affected friends, and this book could help focus some of the energy back on taking care of yourself.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.
 

There isn't anything green about this book, but it was sent to use for review.

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June 14, 2012

From Chocolate Souffle Guinness Stout: Make Your Own Natural Soaps

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I have a couple of friends that make soap, and it is a cottage industry I have always wanted to try but don't really know where to begin.

The Natural Soap Chef: Making Luxurious Delights from Cucumber Melon and Almond Cookie to Chai Tea and Espresso Forte by Heidi Corley Barto is filled with delicious recipes to make your own luxe soap.

TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN WITH HOMEMADE SOAPS
Pamper yourself with natural moisturizing lather. Indulge your senses with aromatic fragrances. Beautify your bath with stunning soap that you've created. This book shows how to take wonderful ingredients and turn them into amazing soaps like:

• Rosemary Olive Oil Soap
• Pink Grapefruit Soap
• Lemon Verbena Soap
• Chocolate Soufflé Soap
• Chai Tea Soap
• Baby Rose Soap
• Guinness Stout Soap
• Espresso Forte Soap
• Cut Grass Soap
• Head-to-Toe Shampoo Bar
• Cucumber Melon Soap
• Pumpkin Spice Soap

Including easy step-by-step directions and helpful instructive photos, The Natural Soap Chef is chockfull of inventive recipes and techniques that will teach you basic cold process soap making. Make your own luxurious bars and unique soaps right in your own kitchen that will please even the most sensitive skin.


These soap recipes look good enough to eat, but of course you wouldn't want to. They do include Lye (Sodium Hydroxide), which is one of the reasons I have never gotten into soap making. I have used lye when making an indigo bath for natural dyeing; this caustic substance needs to be handled carefully. Lye is important in the process of saponification. There are ways to make soap without lye, but they are less common.

The pictures in this book are quite beautiful and inspirational. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I think this book is just what I need to start my adventures in soap making.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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June 13, 2012

StaphAseptic: Not All Natural, But Prevents Skin Infections with Tea Tree and Thyme Oil without Antibiotics

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As we spend more time outside during the warmer months, inevitably we need more first aid. Many Americans routinely apply triple antibiotic cream to wounds unnecessarily, and antibiotic resistance is a very real problem caused by such overuse.

StaphAseptic First Aid Bactericide Gel is an alternative to triple antibiotic cream that uses tea tree and white thyme oil. The rest of the ingredients are not very natural.

Antibiotic free. Kills staph. Apply to minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Helps prevent skin infections from bacteria such as MRSA, staph, strep & other germs. Contains Lidocain for pain relief. Child resistant tube. Recommended by athletic trainers. Staph prevention program: Everyone is talking about staph: you can do something about it. Treat & cover wounds. Don't share personal items (like towels). Shower after physical activity. Properly clean gear & equipment. Keep hands clean. Consult your physician for all active wounds. Help protect yourself from skin infections. StaphAseptic helps prevent staph infections when used as a part of a complete staph prevention program. Antibiotic free. Maximum strength antiseptic. Non-irritating. Soothing wound care.

This product was actually investigated by the FDA for making MSRA killing claims. It was considered misbranded, and a new package has been developed. Actually, I am not sure this product is even still available, as its website is no longer active. It is still available through Amazon.

Sometimes there is a need for strong wound care, but most often natural methods are just as effective. Goldenseal sprinkled on wounds is very powerful at healing and preventing infection in my experience.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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June 10, 2012

Natural Weight Loss and Detox: Healthy Fasting Tea

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I recently discovered a lovely blend of tea that is not only delicious, but it helps you maintain proper weight and curb cravings.

Yogi Healthy Fasting Herbal Tea Supplement

Ingredients
Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Licorice Root, Organic Barley Malt, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Organic Red Clover, Organic Alfalfa Leaf, Organic Gotu Kola, Organic English Hawthorn Berry, Garcinia Combogia Fruit Extract, Organic Cardamom Seed, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Clove Bud, Organic Burdock Root, Organic Dandelion Root, Yellow Dock Root, Natural Passion Fruit Flavor, Natural Plum Flavor, Organic Black Pepper, Natural Cinnamon Oil, Natural Cardamom Oil, Natural Ginger Oil.

Detoxification plays an important role in dieting, so look to our healthy fasting tea as part of your weight loss plan. Our flavorful blend of traditional herbs helps detoxify the body and supports stamina and digestion as you diet. A blend of organic red clover with burdock and dandelion supports the liver in eliminating toxins. Licorice supports overall stamina, and Garcinia cambogia supports the body's ability to stay lean. Finally, fennel and cinnamon bark improve circulation and aids digestion. Enjoy healthy fasting as a tasty addition to your weight loss program!


I love this tea!!! It is wonderful to drink between meals! It tastes great and truly helps you fast or reduce your calorie intake.  It is an essential part of any healthy diet plan.

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June 7, 2012

New Sunscreen Rules: Aubrey Natural vs. Jason Naturals SPF 30

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Last year, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attempted to tackle the problem of inaccurate sunscreen labeling. Unfortunately, the FDA has kowtowed to the beauty industry and delayed the new rules for sunscreen labels until December 2012. 

Consumers need to be aware and cautious when selecting suncare products, as there is some evidence that some sunscreen ingredients may actually cause cancer.

We have been sent two SPF 30 sunscreens by "natural" companies to try. Both say they offer UVA and UVB protection.

Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 30 Active Lifestyles Sunscreen

Ideal for swimmers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, this hardworking sport formula goes on smoothly with nourishing kukui and macadamia nut oils and other plant-based skin hydrators.You'll love its exotic natural scent, inspired by the tropics.

Jason Mineral Natural Sunblock SPF 30

This fragrance free, physical sunscreen is ideal to protect sensitive skin from sun damage. A blend of Chamomile and Marigold (Calendula) Extracts helps calm and soothe skin. Safe for use on babies six months and older as well as adults with sensitive skin.

Both products are about the same price ($11-$12). Both contain Zinc oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which they need in order to claim UVA protection.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done extensive research on sunscreens.
Both the Aubrey and Jason sunscreens have low hazard scores of 2 out of 10. Both have excellent sunscreen stability.

These products are very similar, but Aubrey is a brand I trust more than Jason. I have used the Aubrey sunscreen extensively on backpacking trips. It held up to sweat and water well. I have not tested the Jason sunblock as thoroughly.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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June 5, 2012

No Parabens or Phthalates: Jason Calming Lavender "Pure Natural" Hand & Body Lotion

Jason_lavender.jpgAs mentioned in a previous review, I am always suspect of Jason Natural Cosmetic products, as they typically are not all natural.

We were sent JasonCalming Lavender Pure Natural Hand & Body Lotion. I do love the smell!

This botanically rich, non-greasy daily lotion naturally delivers deep, long-lasting hydration. Our natural blend of Vitamin C & E and Kukui Nut Oil wraps skin in relieving comfort while calming Lavender soothes your senses. With use, skin is touchably soft, balanced and relaxed.

Once again, a Jason's product receive a moderate score from the Environmental Working Group. This lotion received a hazard score of six out ten.  I like my products to have much lower scores.

Ironically, it is the fragrance that I like that received the highest marks for toxicity. Also, the polysorbate-60 could be contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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May 31, 2012

Jason Natural Cosmetics Kids Only!: NOT All Natural, NOT "Extra Gentle"

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We've reviewed Jasons Natural Cosmetics before, and I always approach the brand with some trepidation after developing a scalp condition from Jason shampoo. I cannot say for sure the product was the cause, but I have avoided it ever since. That being said, I try to approach any review with an open mind.

We were sent three products from Jason's Kids Only! line. As always, I refer to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) hazard scores for safety. All of these products are free of:


  • Paraben

  • Sulfate

  • Wheat and Gluten

  • Phthalate

  • Fluoride

  • Glycol

  • Mineral Oil

  • Lanolin

  • Petrolatum Free


Jason Natural Cosmetics - Kids Only Orange Toothpaste
EWG hazard score: 2 out of 10
This product is not all natural, as advertised. It contains the synthetic surfactant Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate .

Jason Kids Only Extra Gentle Duo Set Shampoo & Conditioner
EWG hazard score: 5 out of 10
The biggest concern is the fragrance used in these products, which has a hazard score of eight. It is somewhat ironic that a product marketed as "extra gentle" would have such a moderate score. Plus, these products contain the know carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane.

I used to use Jason products because they are the most affordable, but since I have done research, I feel they mislead consumers with marketing terms like "pure", "natural", and "organic".

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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May 30, 2012

Astroturf Contains Lead


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May 22, 2012

Colonix Advanced Internal Cleansing Program by Dr. Natura

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Two good friends of mine are in their fourth week of an Ejuva Intestinal Cleansing Program. It is timely that I opened a cheaper cleansing program by Dr. Natura called Colonix. This 30-day program is an "advanced internal cleansing program".

For more than a decade, the flagship product of DrNatura, the Colonix® Advanced Internal Cleansing Program, has been one of the most popular colon cleanse systems to detoxify the body.* It includes: Colonix Intestinal Cleanser, a cleansing fiber supplement; Paranil capsules with liver detoxifying herbs; and KleriTea soothing herbal tea.*
Powered by more than 40 herbs, Colonix Program thoroughly cleanses the colon and liver to detoxify the body of accumulated build-up.*

  • Promotes regularity & digestive health*

  • Helps relieve poor digestion, including gas, bloating & occasional constipation*

  • Supports a healthy liver*

  • Detoxifies the body in 3 easy steps*

  • Made of all natural & vegetarian ingredients

Unlike the Ejuva cleanse, this cleanse does not limit your eating, so I am not sure if it is effective.  Dr. Natura does recommend:
Essential
  • Water: drink plenty of good, clean water each day
  • Vegetables: minimum of 5 servings daily
  • Fruits: minimum of 2 servings daily
  • Grains/Starches: 4-8 servings daily (choosing whole grains over refined)
  • Legumes: 1-3 servings daily (i.e., beans, peas, lentils, peanuts, etc.)
  • Healthy Fats: 3-9 servings daily (i.e., monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, omega-3s)
  • Herbs/Spices/Seasonings: Experiment daily to benefit from the natural health promoting qualities of herbs

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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