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Sunday, 7 December 2014

A Review of Merry Hempsters


The Wonderful folks at Merry Hempsters was kind enough to send me a selection of their vegan products to try. I have previously used their lip balms and muscle rubs, so I am honored to get the chance to review their products properly.

As the name suggests, Merry Hempsters uses and promotes the benefits of hemp seed oil. They create products that are not only vegan-friendly but environmentally friendly, including using organic ingredients.This is not only the product itself but the packaging and process as well. Read straight from them here: "We strive to be responsible for the entire life span of all of our products from start to finish. Environmental sustainability, from the creation of the lip balm tubing we use (including all who take part in its creation) to the disposal of that tubing, is of utmost concern. We use only tree-free paper produced from hemp stock, soy based inks, and post-consumer recycled content in our correspondence and packaging. Our ultimate goal is to one day use only tree-free hemp stock for all our paper and packaging needs."

Their products are naturally effective and 100% cruelty-free.



They offer 7 unique vegan lip balm flavours and 6 vegan salves. I received all 7 lip balm flavours and 5 of the salves.
The only salve I did not receive is the tattoo balm which is quite alright with me since I don't have any tattoos and it would end up going to waste.


Their lip balms are featured on my Vegan Lip Balm Reviews post. It is one of my favourite vegan lip balms I have tried. They are effective, smell great, non-oily or drying and long lasting. The variety of scents offers something for everyone as it comes in vanilla, orange, peppermint, cinnamon, lemon-lime, spearmint, and natural. I am particularly fond of the mint varieties as I enjoy the cooling tingle of mint balms.

Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Essential Oil of Citrus sinensis (Orange), Organic Calendula officinalis Flower Extract (Organic Calendula officinalis Flowers Infused in Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

I am also extremely impressed with their vegan variety of healing salves. They come in 6 varieties to treat and relieve wounds, irritants or pain. Including rubs for hot and cold muscle relief, bump and bruise salve, cut and scrape salve, baby salve and tattoo balm.


Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Olea europaea (Olive) or Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), (Essential Oils of : Melaleuca minor (Cajeput), Cinnamomum cassia (Cassia), Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus), Mentha piperita (Peppermint), Betula nigra (Sweet Birch), Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove ), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)), Mentha arvensis (Menthol) Crystals, Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor) Crystals, Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract
Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Olea europaea (Olive) or Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), (Essential Oils of: Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor), Mentha viridis (Spearmint), Eucalyptus globules (Eucalyptus), Mentha piperita (Peppermint), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf, Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen), Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme), and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)), Mentha arvensis (Menthol) Crystals, Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor) Crystals, Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract


 Hot and Cold Muscle Rubs: Even though I am still young, I have been prone to muscle aches my entire life. I try now to limit the amount of oral medication I consume when it comes to body aches. When I originally found Merry Hempsters, I was ecstatic to find their muscle rubs. It's actually one of the best products I have used ever for body aches. I work on my feet all day and many times I come home with sore legs, back, knees, etc. I rub a liberal amount of either rub on my affected area and within seconds my pain is relieved. It doesn't burn like some of the highly medicated stuff you find in the drug store. That was one thing I was worried about since I have sensitive skin but this stuff is mild and non-irritating. It has a nice light scent as well. This is one product I highly recommend to anyone who has been looking for a vegan and cruelty-free alternative to your drugstore products.

Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Symphytum Officinale (Comfey) Root and Leaf, Organic Arnica montana (Arnica) Flowers, Organic Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Infused in Organic Olea europaea (Olive) or Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), (Essential Oils of: Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)), Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract
Hemp Bump & Bruise: I thankfully didn't need to use this very often (actually that's kind of amazing considering my clumsy history) but I did receive a couple of bruises from work and put a little of this on and the pain immediately disappeared. This product also has a light scent and doesn't feel waxy on the skin. It helps to reduce aches, sprains, strains, shin splints, and bruises.

Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, (Certified Organic Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Flowers, Certified Organic Calendula officinalis (Marigold) Flowers, and Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Crystals Infused in Organic Olea europaea (Olive) or Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), (Essential Oils of: Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove), Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)), Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract
 Hemp Cut & Scrape: This balm can be used for multiple things including, insect bites, cuts, abrasions, skin irritations, hemorrhoids, and open wounds. I actually tried it on allergic reactions, cuts and other such irritations. It really relieves any pain or itch you have in the area. Non-waxy just like their other balms and has a nice light scent.

Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, (Certified Organic Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Flowers, Certified Organic Calendula officinalis (Marigold) Flowers, and Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Crystals Infused in Organic Olea europaea (Olive) or Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), (Essential Oils of: Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)), Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract.      
Hemp Baby Salve: This is one salve I didn't get the chance to try since I don't have a baby but I think it may come in handy for the summer when I get hot and chafe, so I shall save it til then.

Merry Hempsters is definitely one of my favourite cruelty-free companies and I adore that they offer so many effective vegan products. You can purchase their products from their website at affordable prices, as well as places like Vitacost and other online retailers.

Thanks so much Merry Hempsters for this great opportunity!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A Review of Wonderfully Raw

Wonderfully Raw was kind enough to send me some products to review. I have been a fan of the company for some time as I love their Coco-Roons, so I'm thrilled to do this review for them.

Wonderfully Raw is mostly known for their Coco-Roons but have recently expanded their line to "Snip Chips" and "Brussel Bytes." Their products are raw, organic, gluten-free, vegan, non-gmo and low-glycemic, which means diabetics can safely eat their products. They offer 6 flavours of Coco-Roons, as well as 3 mini Coco-Roons varieties. Two types of Brussel Bytes and 3 kinds of Snip Chips.

Coco-Roons: As I mentioned above, I have had a love for them for quite sometime. I don't think I've ever seen them available in Canada to purchase but friends have sent them to me and I've also had them while visiting the States. If you like coconut, you will love these, I guarantee it. I was sent the lemon pie, vanilla maple and brownie mini Coco-Roons and I loved them all. They each have the flavours they are titled to have. A mild sweet, natural treat that is much better for you than conventional store-bought processed products that fill your sweet cravings. I love the natural flavours that burst in your mouth with each bite. They also don't leave you feeling gross or overwhelmed after snacking, instead they leave you satisfied. I have a definite soft spot for the lemon pie, as I adore lemon flavours. Truly like eating mini lemon pies. :)
 


Ingredients
dried unsweetened coconut*, almond flour*, cacao*, unfiltered maple syrup*, cold-pressed coconut oil*, vanilla extract*, himalayan crystal salt vanilla extract*, Himalayan crystal salt

Brussel Bytes:  I received the chili pumpkin seed crunch variety of their Bytes. It also comes in a tamarind apple crunch variety. I was a bit apprehensive trying these as I'm not a brussel sprout fan but I have to say they weren't half bad. They have the same texture essentially as a kale chip. I never liked kale and these are enjoyed much better as they aren't bitter like kale is. This flavour was unique and had a nice kick with the chili. An enjoyable crunchy snack. My husband who loves brussel sprouts really enjoyed these.
Ingredients: brussels sprouts*, raw cashews*, raw pumpkin seeds*, kale*, tamari*, coconut nectar*, carrots*, raw coconut*, cilantro*, onion*, garlic*, apple cider vinegar*, cumin*, chipotle*      
Snip Chips: I have a confession, I don't know if I had ever really had a parsnip before this. So, these are much like Brussel Bytes, only done with parsnips. I love the flavour of dill so was quite excited to try these. They have a decent flavour and a great crunch and I love the extra touch the coconut gives. They have an awesome dill taste that really clicks with the coconut and parsnip. It's definitely a unique snack that I had never thought to exist but that's what makes this company so interesting!
Ingredients: parsnips*, raw coconut*, raw cashews*, apple cider vinegar*, dill*, garlic*, lemon*, chipotle, mustard seed*, Himalayan crystal salt
I can only dream what other new and delicious creations will come out of the Wonderfully Raw kitchen. I want to say a big thank you to Wonderfully Raw for giving me the opportunity to review their products. You can get your hands on these products and more at www.mycocoroons.com as well as many retailers across the States.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Crazy Rumors Review


Crazy Rumors was nice enough to send me 3 products to try (I just paid shipping costs) so that I could review them for you all. They let me pick 2 lip balm flavours and a single lip colour. Their products are, of course, all vegan, cruelty-free (leaping bunny certified), gluten-free and organic. They use shea butter and jojoba oil for ultra moisturization. They have endless flavours of lip balm to choose from and 6 gorgeous lip colour shades, known by the name Hibiskiss.

Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Oil, Non GMO Glycine Soja (Soybean) Wax, Natural Flavors, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopherol (Vit E), Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni (Stevia) & Love *Organic
 I decided to pick scents that are nostalgic to me. Let's face is, anyone born between the mid 80's and now most likely grew up using Lip Smackers. Moisture and texture are always #1 when it comes to lip products but having an awesome scent makes it that much more enjoyable. I chose Root Beer and Banana Split. Let me tell you, when I sniff them, it's like I'm a kid again. They both smell just like you'd imagine they would. It's like opening a fresh bottle of root beer and peeling a banana. Both are super moisturizing, smooth and make your lips feel great!I also get comments wondering where the incredible smells are coming from when I put them on. :)

Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Oil, Non GMO Glycine Soja (Soybean) Wax, Natural Flavors, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopherol (Vit E), Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni (Stevia) & Love *Organic
Ingredients: Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Oil, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Non GMO Glycine Soja (Soybean) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Natural Flavors, Tocopherol (Vit E), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni (Stevia) Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide *Organic

For the Hibiskiss lip colour, I choose the colour Tropical. It's this beautiful vibrant pink shade. Smooth on the lips with a perfect distribution of colour. It also has a lovely scent and doesn't dry out your lips.



You can order your own at crazyrumors.com full online store. Thanks to Crazy Rumors for giving me the chance to try and review their products!


Saturday, 8 November 2014

I #sharethelove By Being Vegan-- The Truth Behind Dairy

All too often, us vegans hear that we are preachy, that we shove our beliefs in people's faces and that basically, we just need to shut the hell up. My response to this is and always will be, if I shove my beliefs in your face what do you call the mass fast food commercials you watch on TV, the billboards of animal secretions and bodies pictured lining the streets, the fast food joint on every corner and restaurant who promotes their succulent sirloins and famous milkshakes? My question is when did you choose to eat animals? Did you know as a child that that hotdog on your plate was actually the ground up body of someone, I am certain, the majority of you would have called your friend? When did you decide to choose cruelty over compassion?

Now that I've cleared up the misconceptions of preachy vegans and belief shoving, let me get to the real point of this post. Farmers Dairy, a beloved down to earth, homey, friendly company that every Atlantic Canadian knows. Their ads seem to be creeping up everywhere these days, the local papers, the bus stop shelters, billboards, huge ads lining the sides of our public buses, and the list goes on and on. Pictures of cows kissing farmers, woman kissing farmers, little girls sipping their glass of milk, everything that makes you feel at home and like you should be drinking a tall glass of pus, oops I mean milk.


Their slogan, "Everyone loves Farmers" works on your psyche in 2 ways, we love our farmers because they provide us with food, with nourishment, with our basic necessities. They use this as a way to make you think beyond their product but farmers as a whole. Secondly, it shows their product as if it is the necessity, the nourishment and food we need.

The picture of the cow kissing the farmer is so far from the truth, so misleading and so plain disgusting I can't even look without feeling the need to vomit. Let me show you reality, let me give you a glimpse of the life of a dairy cow. Whether you buy organic, pasture fed, free-range, grass fed, hormone free, etc. dairy products, you are still supporting the sexual violation, kidnapping and slaughter of some of the worlds most gentle beings. There is no happy cow on a dairy farm.

Farmers Dairy has a new campaign known as "share the love." A contest in celebrating all the ways you share the love with Farmers milk every day. I am trying to figure out where the love is for the cows who are mistreated every day because of their products.

                                                            The Real Price of Dairy

Sexual Violation: I realize people get upset with the word rape, that somehow it's exclusive to human females. It boggles my mind, especially when self-proclaimed feminists can't see beyond their own species (see speciesism). As all females, to produce milk, you must be pregnant and give birth. The gestation period for a cow, just like a human woman is 9 months. Nine months she carries her baby inside her, 9 months she dreams about nourishing, taking care of and loving her child, just like you would. The majority of dairy cows in Canada, and the rest of the world are artificially inseminated (see article for stats). This commonly entails a human arm with a syringe of bull semen being inserted fully into the cows rectal/vaginal area (see here). Now I don't know about you but I can't imagine it being a very comfortable or pleasant experience for the cow. If this was done to human woman, the moral outrage would be beyond anything we can imagine. Why then, is this accepted simply because they are of another species, one that has no voice to speak out for itself?


Kidnapping: How often I hear people gasp at the thought of someone eating veal. How can someone eat a baby? By drinking milk, you are directly supporting the veal industry. In fact, without dairy, there would be no veal industry. You see, the male calves are an unwanted byproduct of dairy. Remember how I talked about a woman needing to be pregnant and give birth to produce milk? Well that means lots of offspring, in turn, they need a place to go. In animal agriculture, if you have no dollar value, you have no value whatsoever. If you are lucky enough, or unlucky enough, to be born female, they may keep you around simply to suffer the same fate as their mother. Males, on the other hand, shortly after being born are taken from their mother and sent to live their life as a veal calf. Most of which are kept in small crates where they cannot move. They are fed formula and most have never even had the chance to suckle from their mother. The average age of slaughter for a veal calf is between 18 to 20 weeks, still just babies. As you would imagine, the pain of separating mother and child is unbearable. Mother cows have been reported to bellow for many hours or even days after her calf is taken from her. Cows, just like all animals, are intelligent. They have the same wants, needs and hopes that you or I do.





Slaughter: Their natural life span is 20-25 years old, but you would never know it, as cows on modern dairy farms are exhausted and spent after just 3-4 years at which point they are sent to slaughter, where they end up as cheap beef. Many people, including vegetarians, believe that somehow the dairy industry is a much nicer life than that of beef cattle but in reality, it's quite the opposite. No animal industry is pleasant but of all the industries, the dairy is quite possibly the most cruel. Being constantly pregnant, hooked to machines to drain your milk where many get bad infections known as mastitis, your children, 1 after the other taken from you and then, when you are no longer considered profitable, you are sent to your demise. A sad miserable life.


So now, I pose this question to you Farmers Dairy and all other dairy companies, how can you at all claim you #sharethelove? I am sure every single cow on your farms would disagree that there is any love there.

There is no argument, cows milk is for baby cows. Get weened, go vegan!

Visit here for your guide to vegan milks.



Sunday, 2 November 2014

Edward & Sons Review + GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

The Vegan Peach and Edward & Sons have teamed up to bring you my very first sponsored giveaway. This is my thank you to my loyal fans for all your support over the past couple years. Edward & Sons will be providing 2 winners with identical prize packages as the ones I am reviewing for you. Before I get into the details, let me start by telling you more about the company and what you could win. 

Their motto has been "Convenience without Compromise" since the companies beginning in 1978 and what a perfect motto it is. They provide the very best in packaged goods by still standing by their ethics with wholesome delicious food. You won't find any animal ingredients in almost all of their 60+ products. *There's only one product on the website I could find with a milk ingredient. Which means they are an all vegetarian brand specializing majorly in vegan food. They mark their products with their distinct Vegan symbol.

Their product range anywhere from vegan sprinkles, ice cream cones to packaged vegan gravies, cheese-like sauces and coconut products such as milk, flour and shreds. The company is broken down into 6 distinct family brands including Edward & Sons™, Native Forest®, Let's Do...Organic®, The Wizard's®, Premier Japan®, and Road's End Organics®

On top of being a vegetarian company they also strive to offer many allergen-friendly foods with no artificial flavours or colours, no chemical preservatives or hydrogenated fats. They also support fair trade agriculture and other sustainable practices.


Now as far as what you can win, the prize pack includes:
  • The Wizards organic vegan worcestershire sauce
  • Original organic panko from Edward & Sons
  • Edward & Sons organic mashed potatoes
  • Native Forest organic coconut milk
  • Edward & Sons yellow curry 
  • Road's End Organics savory herb quick gravy



The Wizards organic vegan worcestershire sauce: A sauce that replicates worcestershire sauce without the fishiness. Great for recipes that call for it.
Ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar*, Tamari* (Water, Soybeans*, Wheat*, Salt), Molasses*, Filtered Water, Agave Syrup*, Salt, Lemon Juice Concentrate*, Ginger Puree*, Tamarind*, Chili Pepper*, Garlic Powder*, Xanthan Gum, Shiitake Mushrooms*, Allspice*, Cloves*, Orange Extract*, Lemon Extract*, Natural Smoke Flavor, Natural Onion Flavor. *Organic Ingredients

Original Organic Panko: A Japanese style breadcrumb that is used on dishes such as tempura is great for every day breading of veggies, tofu and more.

Ingredients: Organic Wheat Flour, Yeast, Salt, Organic Expeller-Pressed Palm Oil.






Easy breaded tofu recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix 1 tbsp soy sauce with 1 tbsp agave nectar. 
  • Cut a block of medium tofu anyway you'd like.
  • Mix second bowl of breadcrumbs (about half a cup), add garlic powder and paprika to taste, mix together. 
  • You can marinate the tofu in the soy sauce and agave or simply coat, then transfer into breadcrumbs, coating them. 
  •  Place on baking sheet
  • Cook for roughly 15 minutes, flipping halfway, until crispy.

Native Forest Coconut Milk: Perfect for soups, sauces or baking.  My favourite thing to do with coconut milk is make vegan whipped cream. You just need a can of full fat coconut milk (scoop the fat off the top), then mix in a little bit of vanilla and maple or agave syrup to taste. Chill and voila.

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Milk (organic coconut, purified water, organic guar gum).


Road's End Organics Savory Herb Quick Gravy: Rich, thick, savory gravy perfect for mashed potatoes or any other item you like gravy on. Takes less than 5 minutes!


Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Tamari Powder (Organic Soybeans, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Rice Maltodextrin, Salt, Lecithin), Salt, Organic Onion Powder, Nutritional Yeast, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Thyme, Organic Parsley Flakes, Organic Rosemary. Contains Soy.

Edward & Sons Organic Mashed Potatoes: If you're like me, you enjoy convenience, these potatoes are just what you need. They take less than 5 minutes and taste just like homemade ones. Add the gravy mix and you've got yourself some gourmet food.

Ingredients: Organic Potato Flakes (organic potatoes, mono and di-glycerides from organic palm oil), Organic Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Organic Black Pepper.

Edward & Sons Yellow Curry Cubes: Curry, simplified. Add to rice, potatoes or any other dish just like you would normal bouillon cubes for a great curry flavour.


Ingredients: Sea Salt, Organic Expeller-Pressed Palm Oil, Yeast Extract, Organic Cornstarch, Curry Powder, Organic Onions, Cumin, Organic Garlic, Coriander, Ginger.



This giveaway is open to addresses in USA and Canada. :) Thanks to Edward & Sons for this opportunity. Giveaway ends November 22nd, 2014.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Thera Wise Acne Ointment Review


 Thera Wise is based out of Vancouver, Canada who's expertise in natural skincare really stand up to the test of effectiveness, as well as flourishing as a environmentally ethical company. 

I contacted Thera Wise in hopes of reviewing a product and here it is. They were kind enough to send me their acne ointment. I have hormonal acne that has also been exacerbated by a medication I have been on for 3 years. My beautiful skin has declined greatly over the years and I am constantly seeking the major cure. I haven't found it but I have found ways to at least sooth and lessen the intensity of my breakouts. Thera Wise is now one of those helpers.



Ingredients: Salicylic acid (Salix nigra – Willowbark extract), Purified Water, Olive Squalane, Organic Aloe Leaf Extract , Sclerotium Gum, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Organic Tamanu Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Oat Beta-Glucan, Tea Tree Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Tapioca Starch, Tocopherols, Witch Hazel Extract, Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide, Marine Algae Extract, Denatured Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil
Salicylic acid (Salix nigra – Willowbark extract), Purified Water, Olive Squalane, Organic Aloe Leaf Extract , Sclerotium Gum, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Organic Tamanu Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Oat Beta-Glucan, Tea Tree Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Tapioca Starch, Tocopherols, Witch Hazel Extract, Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide, Marine Algae Extract, Denatured Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil - See more at: http://www.therawise.com/products/ac/#sthash.ERsaeTq3.dpuf

Salicylic acid (Salix nigra – Willowbark extract), Purified Water, Olive Squalane, Organic Aloe Leaf Extract , Sclerotium Gum, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Organic Tamanu Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Oat Beta-Glucan, Tea Tree Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Tapioca Starch, Tocopherols, Witch Hazel Extract, Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide, Marine Algae Extract, Denatured Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil - See more at: http://www.therawise.com/products/ac/#sthash.ERsaeTq3.dpuf

 Using plant based ingredients, no animal testing, Thera Wise AC+ acne one of the most natural products you could find on the market.

"Our products and packaging, manufactured in Canada, are BPA and Phthalate free. This means Théra Wise contains:

  •     No parabens
  •     No ethoxylated ingredients, glycols, DEA, TEA, BHT, BHA, synthetic dyes, silicones, hydrocarbons, phthalates, fumarates, amines, polyacrylamide, metacrylate, elastomer, styrene, nitrosamine releasers, aluminum and alumina Théra Wise is also passionately committed to being vegan-friendly, no insect- or animal-sourced ingredients and absolutely no animal testing (on raw materials and finished products)."
Our products and packaging, manufactured in Canada, are BPA and Phthalate free. This means Théra Wise contains:
  • No parabens
  • No ethoxylated ingredients, glycols, DEA, TEA, BHT, BHA, synthetic dyes, silicones, hydrocarbons, phthalates, fumarates, amines, polyacrylamide, metacrylate, elastomer, styrene, nitrosamine releasers, aluminum and alumina Théra Wise is also passionately committed to being vegan-friendly, no insect- or animal-sourced ingredients and absolutely no animal testing (on raw materials and finished products).
- See more at: http://www.therawise.com/about/#sthash.K8NllrrL.dpuf


My personal experience with Thera Wise Ac+ Natural Bio-Active Acne Ointment has been a positive one. It has lessened the strength and intensity of my breakouts, we well as not drying my skin out to the point of a painful irritation. It leaves an awesome tingly sensation on the skin which makes you know it's working, which also soothes the breakout area. The smell is pleasant and not overly potent like some acne medications. I personally recommend this product for anyone with mild to severe acne breakouts.

Thera Wise also specializes in several other products including: Skin healing ointment, hemorrhoidal cream, vaporizing rub, diaper cream and children's toothbrushes.

There is no need to harm animals to get results you want, Thera Wise is proof of that. You can purchase their products directly from their website www.therawise.com or from many participating retailers across Canada, which you can find linked on their website.

Thanks to Thera Wise for the opportunity to review and try this great product!
Thera Wise Ac+ Natural Bio-Active Acne Ointment

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Raw Chocolate Company Review

The Raw Chocolate Company makes pure raw chocolate bars, raw chocolate bagged treats such as raisins, goji berries and more. And raw superfoods such as acai powder and cacao powder. All of their products are vegan and most are fairtrade and organic. Hailing from the UK, they offer a unique award winning taste of new and old favorites. Their products contain zero cane sugar as well, which means not only healthier but diabetic friendly. Who doesn't love a treat you don't have to feel guilty about? I was lucky enough to be sent 4 of their raw chocolate bars to review for you all. 
mint with xylitol
Mint Raw Chocolate Sweetened with Xylitol: Just 4 ingredients, that's right, 4! Cacao, xylitol, virgin cacao butter and mint oil. Being 70% cacao it does have a bit of bite. Dark chocolate lovers will delight in this smooth rich treat. The mint adds a smoothness to it that is indescribable. It's hard to believe these bars are raw. I had raw chocolate before and it was very gritty, these are not. As mentioned, they are smooth and melt in your mouth just like any "normal" chocolate bar would. In case you aren't familiar with Xylitol, here's what the company has to say:
"Xylitol is a sweetener made from Birch Trees in Finland. The name comes from the Greek ‘xylos’ meaning tree and ‘tol’ denotes that it is a sweetener – so literally xylitol means tree-sweetener. It has a low GI and has been proven to actually be beneficial to teeth."





    
organic pitch dark
Raw Chocolate Pitch Dark: Dark chocolate lovers rejoice, you will love this beauty. Extra smooth and rich. I am personally not a huge dark chocolate lover so found this a little bit bitter but that's to be expected. I will most likely add this as a vegan ice cream topping or something of the sort, don't worry, this baby won't go to waste. Only 3 ingredients in this bad boy: cacao mass, coconut palm sugar and virgin cold pressed cacao butter.

organic vanoffe dark
Raw Chocolate Vanoffe Dark: I can't even begin to describe the love I have for this bar. This was my favourite of the quartet, it's a flavour I have never really had before. My husband described it as "Glossette raisins." Creamy, smooth and full of flavour. The ingredients in this one are as follows: virgin cacao butter, coconut palm sugar, cacao mass, lucuma, vanilla.  I believe the lucuma may be the flavour I loved so much.
"Lucuma is a wonderfruit from Peru adding a biscuity, malty sweetness."
goji berry and orange
Raw Chocolate Goji Berry & Orange: The orange and goji berry added a nice flavour to the chocolate. Extra sweetness with the rich cacao flavour. Ingredients: cacao, coconut palm sugar, virgin cacao butter, goji berry powder, orange oil.



Sometimes simple is best. Simple ingredients, delicious flavours and nutritionally value is even better. The Raw Chocolate Company is the whole package when it comes to vegan decadence. If you love chocolate, why not eat it in the most nutritious form possible? They use no additives, no preservatives and none of that nasty stuff that you would find in conventional chocolate. What's not to love?

Just because they are based in the UK doesn't mean you can't enjoy your little piece of paradise, all their products can be ordered directly from their website and they ship internationally! Visit www.therawchocolatecompany.com

Thanks so much to The Raw Chocolate Co. for giving me this amazing opportunity to try and review their products and of course for sharing it with my audience. I need to get my hands on those chocolate covered raisins next!