Another iHerb Haul!

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Recently I decided to go all out on my iHerb purchases- it was pretty epic, as you can see!

Though I have not had sufficient time to properly test out all the products, I do have a general idea of how they perform. Here goes…

Earth Circle Organics Raw Maca Powder

I think maca powder is absolutely fabulous. Not only does it provide energy and help regulate hormones, it also has a unique, delicious malt flavour. Since using it I have noticed a small difference in my energy levels and the appearance of my skin, which is clearing itself after a bout of bad breakouts. Whether this is directly related to the inclusion of maca in my morning smoothie is hard to say, but I’m liking it anyway! Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder

Despite the good reviews, I was a little doubtful of whether I would enjoy the taste and texture of this powder, probably because I thought nothing could even get close to the amazingness of the Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion blend. I was proven wrong, however, upon trying it the first time. It was absolutely deeeeeelicious! What I love about this particular brand are the clean ingredients, lack of sugar, and high percentage of protein. It really helps keep my hunger at bay when included in my morning smoothie. Overall, big thumbs up! πŸ‘

Ingredients: Proprietary protein blend (raw organic pea protein, raw cranberry protein, raw organic hemp seed protein), organic dutch cocoa, organic chocolate extract, organic vanilla extract, stevia, natural cherry extract, medium chain triglycerides, ancient sea salt, herbal (tea leaf) extract, natural fibers (fenugreek, konjac), natural citrus extract.

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Chocolate Drink Powder

I could rave on about this product for days. But I think you get the jist if I just tell you I love it and can’t go without it and have it every single day in my morning smoothie πŸ˜›. Not only is it packed full of nutrients, it tastes freakin’ amazing! I have already done a full review of this product on my blog, so if you want any more info, go ahead and check it out! Massive thumbs up! πŸ‘

Earth Circles Organics, Organic Ecuadorian Cacao Powder

I use cacao powder in many things, from smoothies to cookies and avacado chocolate mousse. I couldn’t be without it really! This particular product is organic, good-quality and also decent value. I have already purchased it several times. Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Spry Sugar-free Peppermints

After being introduced to this product by a friend, I was keen to get a hold of it. Although I like Spry chewing gum, mints have several advantages in that they dont upset the stomach (and possibly even lead to ulceration) or have to be spat out afterwards. These mints taste deliciously sweet and are very effective at freshening breath. The ingredients are also nice and clean in comparison to the majority of mints on the market. Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Ingredients: Xylitol, calcium lactate, magnesium stearate, gum Arabic, natural peppermint oil, & beeswax (glazing agent).

Now Foods Organic Maple Syrup, Grade B

Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to test out this product (I blame all the Easter chocolate). Going by the reviews, however, I’d say it sounds very promising! Pure maple syrup is a healthier choice of sweetner compared to regular sugar as it goes through less processing, contains many more minerals and nutrients, and is lower on the Glycemic Index. πŸ‘

Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee Chocolate

If you hadn’t guessed by now, I kind of have a thing for chocolate! I think I pretty much knocked this off in one sitting! Shameful, I know 😭 But let me tell you, it was so freakin’ scrumptious I could hardly resist! The crunchy toffee pieces and smoothness of the chocolate make it an absolute winner, plus I could feelΒ slightly less guilty knowing it’s made from organic ingredients. Big thumbs up! πŸ‘

Ingredients: Raw cane sugar**, cocoa liquor**, coconut toffee (sugar**, desiccated coconut**, butter*, sea salt), cocoa butter**, whole milk powder*, butterfat*.

*Organic **Organic and Fair Trade

Cocoa: 47% minimum

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Capsules

I bought these looking for a way to get my greens in on days when I don’t have my Amazing Grass powder. Turns I pretty much STILL have it every morning, even though I’m trying desperately to conserve it πŸ˜›. In spite of that, I do enjoy having these little capsules on-hand in case I want to up my greens intake. They’re easy to swallow and are packed full of nutrients, just like the powder. They also happen to be very reasonably-priced. Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Sweet Leaf Liquid Stevia, Chocolate

While I haven’t tested this out in anything I’ve made, I did put a little drop on my finger to have a taste. It’s very sweet (as you’d expect) and has a pleasant but mild chocolate flavour. I’m looking forward to using this in drinks and raw desserts. I find that when used in baking, the taste and flavour of stevia tends to disappear, so I now save it for non-baked goods where it works very effectively. Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Ingredients:Β Purified water, organic stevia leaf extract, natural flavors, cocoa extract.

IHerb were also kind enough to throw in a complimentary pencil with my order- cheers! πŸ˜„

So there you go, these are my thoughts on the products so far. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below. Overall, I highly recommend iHerb for online shopping as the range is enormous, the customer service is great and the prices are reasonable, even when converted from the US to the Aussie dollar!

July Favourites!

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Yay, here it is! The end of another month and some exciting products to share with you. Let’s get right into it πŸ˜ƒ

The first thing I’ve been absolutely loving are the Pamela’s Products ‘Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies’. These bite-sized buttons of delight are wheat-free, gluten-free, non-dairy, have 0 grams of trans fat and taste freaking DELICIOUS! It’s hard for me to stop at just a few (so do bear that in mind hehe).

The next item is The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’, which I reviewed in my previous post. I cannot get enough of this stuff! Not only is the price very reasonable ($5.75) but the packaging is gorgeous, the colour is perfect for contouring and the formula itself is creamy and has very decent staying-power (only fades slightly after 4 hours).

The Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner is a favourite among many in the natural beauty community, and I can totally see why. I have the colour in ‘Raven’-a beautiful matte black. Let me just say, if you’re struggling to part with your toxic equivalent, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS PRODUCT! It is almost perfect. The wand makes application a breeze, and the formula itself is incredibly long-lasting. Seriously, once applied, this stuff ain’t budging (unless you do something stupid like forcefully rub a greasy hand across your eyelids).

Next up we have The Body Shop Perfume in the scent ‘Moringa’– yep, I know this isn’t technically ‘natural’ *hangs head in shame*, but I’m still on the hunt for an affordable natural perfume that has good staying power. Most of the ones I have tried just fade after an hour or so. Anyway, this product smells SO good! It was love at first whiff. I would describe the scent as a mix of fresh and floral. The best part is that it does last a long time and can be smelt by people within a 1 metre radius.

Finally the ‘Troubled Skin Serum’ from Rainwater Botanicals. I attribute the vast improvement of my hormonal breakouts greatly (but not of course entirely) to this product. I’ve totally stripped-down my skincare routine to include basically just this product and coconut oil, and it seems to have been working a treat. The ingredients of this product are stellar: Organic Aloe Juice, DMAE, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rooibos Tea Extract, Emulsifying Wax, Organic Green Tea Extract, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Tamanu Oil, Organic White Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin B3, MSM, Organic Black Willowbark Extract, Xantham Gum, essential oils of frankincence and sandalwood. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an affordable and effective acne serum.

So there you have it, my favourites for the month of July! Feel free to leave a comment telling me what you’ve been loving this past month.

Recycle, Reuse + Rejoice tag

I was tagged by Dana from Hearty Habits to do the ‘Recycle, Reuse + Rejoice’ tag. She has a fabulous blog about living a healthy, natural lifestyle and I highly recommend you go check her out!

Anyways, I know I was tagged like forever ago to do this but better late than never so here goes…

What motivated you to become more eco-friendly?:

I suppose I have just always grown up with the mentality to minimise waste and respect the environment. However, ‘natural’ living goes hand-in-hand with being ‘eco-friendly’ so I suppose my healthier lifestyle has resulted in me buying products that are more friendly to the environment

Do you adopt an ecological lifestyle, or do you stick to green beauty only?:

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think too much about living an ecological lifestyle. There is not too much thought put into the packagaing of products I buy, which is something I suppose I should work on. So I guess you could say I just stick mainly to buying toxic-free products as I know these are healthier for both me and the environment

Which ingredients are your store cupboard essentials, with many beauty uses?

Oooh, love this one. Firstly coconut oil, which is great for cooking and as a moisturiser for skin and hair. Secondly, raw honey which is freaking delicious and also great to use as a face-mask for fighting blemishes. Finally, apple cider vinegar is another cupboard essential I could not live without- I use this stuff as a toner everyday and also take it internally.

My favourite plastic-free product is:

Glass jars which are reusable and are used to house products such as nuts, coconut cream and various homemade concoctions

My favourite leftovers (food or beauty) is:

Juice! Juicing is a healthy way to use up bits of vegetables and fruit that you have lying around. Just throw anything you have on-hand into the juicer and voila!

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My favourite food that’s good for my health is:

Cocao. Theres no denying I am a chocoholic! Its great that raw cacao powder is actually packed full of antioxidants so I dont have to feel guilty when I indulge in my morning smoothie or Dr Mercola cocoa cassava bars

Is there any beauty or lifestyle product you make yourself? Tell us about it!

Not specifically, however I do experiment making my own face products. Ages ago my Aunty gave me an old book called ‘Natural Beauty’ by Lorna Horrocks that had all these cool homemade cleansers, toners and moisturizers using herbs and various other kitchen products. I have tried out a few and its really quite fun. For example I made my own toner by juicing cucumber, mint and adding some lemon.

What kind of β€˜eco’ drives you to a product most? E.g. organic? fair-trade? recyclable? cruelty-free?

Generally if anything is all-natural that is a huge tick, both for food and beauty products. Where possible I try to also buy organic.

Finally, are there any products which are not so eco-friendly, but you’re still struggling to part with?

Yes, there’s no way I could part with technology! Sorry, that’s just not happening! 😝

 

I feel like I’ve left this too long to tag anyone else, but if you’re is reading this and want to join in, by all means, please feel free! ❀❀❀

 

February Favourites!

Apologies for being so terribly late with this, but better late than never, right? πŸ˜›

February has been a month of discovery for me. I have tried many new products, but also re-discovered old ones that I’d forgotten about and subsequently come to love.

So here it is, my February favourites *drum roll*

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  • Silk Naturals Lash Serum: this stuff actually works. I did use it quite a while back, but ran out and took my time ordering another. The serum now comes in a handy pump dispenser, so it’s far more convenient. I didn’t use to use it on my lashes, only my brows to try and regrow some sparse areas. But now I use it on both, and it has made a subtle, yet noticeable difference in both areas. My lashes appear to have thickened a tad, and some sparse areas of my brows have hair growing back. I would, however, not recommend going overboard because sometimes the hairs just need a break once in a while (I’ve found that it works best using it a few times a week on the brows).
  • Rainwater Botanicals Perfume Sample in ‘Rain All Day’: so I recently ordered a bunch of samples from Rainwater Botanicals (should have a post on this soon) and one of them included this perfume sample. First off you should note that I LOVE the smell of rain. Fresh, earthy, green. Ugh, it’s just the best!! So this was a must-try for me. Out of all the perfumes samples I tried, this was probably my favourite (tied with maybe Jasmine Winds). Staying power isn’t great, but I think I’d be able to test that better with a full size product. This is somewhat similar to my One Seed ‘Freedom’ perfume, but a LOT less expensive!
  • EO Products Peppermint Hand Sanitizer: when my favourite Hugo Naturals Peppermint-Vanilla hand sanitizer became discontinued, I thought my world had ended! πŸ˜› But now I can breathe knowing that there is another that I love probably just as much. This smells exactly like a lovely, sweet peppermint lolly. I take it everywhere!
  • Rainwater Botanicals Dead Sea Salt Spray: this stuff is the bomb! I use it in conjunction with the Skin Apotheke Gorgeous Hair Rescue Serum (see below) after a shower and it just gives my hair a really nice texture and appearance. If you have naturally loose curls then this will just enhance them and bring them to life! If not, it will give you that nice, casual beachy wave look.
  • Skin Apotheke Gorgeous Hair Rescue Serum: the first thing that hit me when I opened this up was the smell- OMG ITS SO GOOD!!! Like seriously, if they had a perfume of this, I would buy it in a jiffy! The first time I used this, I put it in the roots of my hair, which unfortunately made them rather oily. I now only use it on the ends after I’ve washed my hair and it is still a tad damp, and run it through with my fingers. The ingredients are fantastic and my hair feels super soft after I apply it. HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone, regardless of hair type.
  • W3ll People Universalist Colorstick no.3: this was one of those re-discovery products. I remember being disappointed when I first received it, because the colour was different to what I’d been hoping for. I was hoping it would be the perfect cream contour colour, but it was a bit too much on the rosy side for that. On the other hand, I assumed it would be too dark and just not the right colour for me as a blush, but I was totally wrong. I don’t know what it is about this, but the colour just comes off as a nice, earthy, natural flush on your cheeks, and when you apply it in the right place it actually works very well at giving your face some structure. So, big thumbs up for this one, I love it now!
  • Dr Hauschka Translucent Makeup in 00: I don’t what it is about this. I can’t say it really does a lot, but for some reason I just love it. I think I’d describe it more as a primer or tinted moisturizer rather than a foundation because the coverage is so sheer. But it just works really well at evening out the skin and acting as a base for powder. It never looks cakey on me, and my skin reacts well to it, which are two reasons why I’ve been loving it at the moment. This was another re-discovery product and I’m nearly out of it now, so I’ll be looking at purchasing another bottle. One thing to note about this product, 00 is the lightest shade and I’d describe my skin as light, so people with very fair skin may not find a match 😦
  • Lucy Minerals Foundation in Bisque: so my Lucy Minerals package arrived (should be a full review coming soon) sometime towards the latter end of February, but I don’t need to have been using this long to tell you how much I love it! For something with such great coverage, it looks incredibly natural! On top of that, the shade I got matches my skin better than any other foundation I have used, and my skin has, dare I say it, actually improved since using this!
  • Jane Iredale PureBrow Colour in blonde: total rediscovery. I don’t know why I stopped using this, It is amazing! Gives the brows a completely natural-looking finish and keeps them in place all day. I would perhaps like the shade to be a little darker for my eyebrows (I have medium brown hair) but the blonde has great taupe-ish undertones and still does a fine job regardless. Later on I may consider getting the ‘brunette’ and mixing the two shades together to get the perfect custom-made colour.
  • Dr Mercola Organic Cocoa Cassava Bar: forget February, this has been a YEAR-round favourite! But I havent always been able to get them because they are fairly expensive and I go through them so quickly (I would happily live off these things!!). Although it feels like you are eating something completely naughty, the best thing is knowing that you’re not! The ingredients are as amazing as the taste. They are highly addictive though, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Healthy ‘No-bake’ Chocolate Slice

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This yummy recipe is vegan and also free from dairy, gluten & refined sugar πŸ™‚

You will need:

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  • 180 grams of almonds (or almond meal)
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 50 grams of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder*
  • 40 grams chocolate chips*
  • 30 grams goji berries

*In this recipe I used β€˜Cocoa Ceps’ powder, which is actually a drinking powder that contains Cordyceps & Reishi (basically mushrooms with health benefits!) However, any good-quality cocoa or cacao powder will get the job done.

http://www.iherb.com/Madre-Labs-CocoCeps-Instant-Organic-Ganoderma-Dark-Cocoa-7-93-oz-225-g/23648#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=cocoa%20ceps&rc=4&sr=null&ic=1

*I highly recommend the Enjoy Life β€˜Mini-chips’, which are Dairy, nut and soy free (also vegan)

http://www.iherb.com/Enjoy-Life-Foods-Mini-Chips-Semi-Sweet-Chocolate-10-oz-283-g/32772#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=enjoy%20life%20chocolate&rc=545&sr=null&ic=3

Grind the almonds in a blender or food processor until fine.

Add the dates, coconut oil and cocoa powder and mix together well, either manually or using a food processor. I find it easy to use my hands (clean of course ;-)) so that the dates are distributed evenly throughout the mixture.

Next up, add the chocolate chips and goji berries to the mixture and stir until well-combined

Press the mixture into a tin lined with baking paper and pop into the freezer for about an hour, or until the slice becomes solid.

Remove the slice from the tin and cut into pieces.

ENJOY!

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What the mixture should look like before it gets pressed into the tin

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What the slice should look like after it gets pressed into the tin πŸ˜›