EcoFabulous sexy.sustainable.style http://www.lunch.com/EcoFabulous <![CDATA[ Ecolissa.com - Eco and Vegan Fashion]]> Ecolissa.com carries only fashionable eco friendly and vegan clothing made of sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, soy, modal, and tencel.]]> http://www.lunch.com/EcoFabulous/reviews/d/UserReview-Ecolissa-747-1691949-199759-Ecolissa_com_Eco_and_Vegan_Fashion.html http://www.lunch.com/EcoFabulous/reviews/d/UserReview-Ecolissa-747-1691949-199759-Ecolissa_com_Eco_and_Vegan_Fashion.html Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:15:56 +0000 <![CDATA[Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-Burt_s_Bees_Beeswax_Lip_Balm-716-1334237-198907.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-Burt_s_Bees_Beeswax_Lip_Balm-716-1334237-198907.html Sat, 8 Jan 2011 00:58:35 +0000 <![CDATA[Bikes Quick Tip by zephyr2050]]>
Hopefully I'll get a new bike for myself and start reaping the benefits from the exercise and its inherent eco-friendliness! ^_^]]>
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<![CDATA[Bikes Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> http://www.lunch.com/Grist_Org/reviews/d/UserReview-Bikes-714-1447815-198860.html http://www.lunch.com/Grist_Org/reviews/d/UserReview-Bikes-714-1447815-198860.html Fri, 7 Jan 2011 15:09:17 +0000 <![CDATA[ Repair Summer Damaged Hair]]> Got lifeless locks? Summer can take its toll on our hair (and liver…hello summer bbqs); sun, wind, sand, and humidity can dry out and fizzle hair, even if its well maintained. Outside of washing your hair with beer or marinating your locks with egg yokes & avocado, there are easier and better smelling ways to recharge your head. Here are some of the best deep conditioners that will bring your locks back to life and leave you with beautiful, refreshed tousled hair!

Check out these Damage Repairing Conditioners:

Bumble and Bumble Deeep $25.00
-A once-a-week protein feast to repair, soften, smooth, revitalize, add shine & increase elasticity – a must for the chemically treated, sun-damaged & undernourished

Biolage Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm $22.99
-Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm replenishes dry, stressed hair with a dose of intense moisture

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner $3.00
- intense, fortifying conditioners, Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner is a seriously simple fix for dry, distressed tresses

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil $30.00
- It takes even the most over-heated locks and spins them to silk through the use of numerous carrier and essential oils like Sesame, Jojoba, and Lavender

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<![CDATA[ Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick ~ My Hero]]> Pros: Works great!

Cons: Scent can sometimes be a bit strong

The Bottom Line: Just one of those products you wonder where it has been all your life.

After reading about all sorts of green products and the like in Renee Loux's Easy Green Living, I'd decided to go green with all sorts of goodies, from cleaning products to my latex pillow (which rules the universe, by the way) to skin care items.

For the longest time, I'd used Clearasil vanishing cream for pesky blemishes, but half the time it didn't seem to work or it just took forever to make any sort of difference.  It actually tends to work better as a preventative measure, but should one big blemish show up on my face one day, it's basically going to be there for a while.

Not anymore.

I did a lot of research on blemish products before narrowing it down to two brands: Desert Essence and Burt's Bees.  In terms of reviews, Desert Essence fared better.  The ingredients were slightly different, and I also continued to have a nagging feeling that Burt's Bees would be...not right for me.  And after dealing with their lotion and other things, I'm glad I went with my instincts.  However, it wasn't until I moved to Missouri that I lived near a store that sold Desert Essence (some green goods can be hard to find!).

Ok, so a 0.31 fl. oz. container of this stuff was around $7ish dollars, but holy cow was it worth it.  This stuff totally blew my old blemish junk right out of the water.  The product itself is actually a liquid and comes in one of those little roll-on containers like some lip glosses do.  All you have to do is roll on a bit over whatever blemish you might have 5-6 times a day.  I know, it sounds like a lot but it isn't, and trust me, it's totally worth it.  If you do exactly what the directions say, you'll see a difference within a day at least.  I've had a few unhappy red spots on my face (the beginnings of really awful zits...bleh), but after applying this stuff - and sometimes not even by the directions - within maybe two days they were seriously diminished or just gone.

I think the main ingredient that does this is the tea tree oil.  Desert Essence took a bunch of natural extracts and essential oils, put them together, and made this little beauty.  From witch hazel to rosemary, they have all sorts of great ingredients in here that really can do what they claim.  Certain ingredients are meant to tackle the blemish while others calm skin down or keep it from drying out.  And that's one thing I really like about this stuff.  While the Clearasil junk would kill my skin if I used it too often (and too often for me would be maybe once a day for a few days in a row), this didn't.  It's non-oily and non-drying.  Yay and yay.

Even better, this isn't just for blemishes.  You can use it on insect bites and other skin irritations.  I haven't done so yet, but summer is coming up so I'm definitely going to try it.**  There is no animal testing with this product (raw materials or the finished product), and there are no synthetic ingredients, which I think is cool.

This stuff is so great, I would use it even on tiny blemishes to the point where I'm about 2/3 empty.  So because it's expensive, I've finally decided that only when I seriously need to use this stuff will I do so.  That way it lasts longer.  But man, it is awesome.  It's one of those things that I can't believe isn't more popular.

Oh!  Right, almost forgot.  Tea tree oil does have a pretty strong scent, and that's one of the things people tend to fuss about the most.  Frankly, when I first smelled it I thought, "It's not that bad."  It seems like it gets stronger every time you use it though, haha.  Even so, I could not care less.  The scent doesn't last forever and I've never had any of my family members asking, "What's that smell?" or anything even right after I've put it on.  I'm fine with it.  And you know what?  Even if I didn't like it, I'd still use this stuff because it works so well.

NT

**I did use it on bug bites and it totally rules the universe in that department as well.

~For a list of ingredients, visit the manufacturer's website for the most up-to-date list (as they may change over time).

Recommended:
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<![CDATA[ A sunscreen without carcinogenic and hormone disrupting ingredients!]]> Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database makes it easier to find safe products. The Loving Naturals Organic Sunscreen is on their list and it is one of the few that gets a rating of 1 (on a scale of 0-10, 0 being least toxic)! Thanks to Loving Naturals we got to try this ourselves.

To me, the most important thing about skin care products are the ingredients. Loving Naturals contains the safest ingredients you can think of and it provides sun protection with the use of non-nano zinc oxide. It also has great water resistance. One of my favorite things about it is that it is so good for your skin, you could just use it as lotion too. So instead of applying yucky toxic sunscreen to spare yourself burning out in the sun, you are protecting your skin and applying a lotion full of anti-oxidants and vitamins simultaneously!

We applied the sunscreen before we went outside on a hot sunny day. By my standards it does not feel greasy. You have to first apply it without rubbing it in, let it absorb a little, and then rub in the whiteness. Once applied it gives you a kind of moisturized glow, but it doesn't leave white residue. It doesn't have any particular scent, and it certainly doesn't have that 'chemical' sunscreen smell. 

For me, there is one more bonus, it is made close to me in neighboring New Hampshire! As for the value, it is more expensive than its toxic counterparts, but you get what you pay for! I would rather pay a little more upfront than pay for the doctor's bills later. You can buy a 5 oz. bottle from their website,  for $18.99, with free shipping. Just one bottle should last our whole family the entire summer because we are seldom in the sun for more than an hour or two at a time. The price is comparable to other non-toxic sunscreens on the market and we will definitely be coming back to this one!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Love this stuff!]]> Ease of use:  Super easy to use.  Love the twist up stick version.

 

Quality/value:  Great quality.  I'm always willing to pay a bit more for things that are better for my family.

 

How is this green:  No deet!  The majority of the ingredients are certified organic.

 

Taste/fit/design:  Smells great and none of that nasty bug spray feel.

 

Company:  This is taken from Badger's website and I think says it pretty well:
"Our mission: To create fabulously pure and effective products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to soothe and heal.

To run a business that is fun, fair and profitable; where money is fuel, not a goal; and where our vision for a healthier world finds expression through the way we work and through the way we treat each other and the people we serve."



 

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<![CDATA[ No fragrant natural sunscreen]]> www.AdadaBaby.com and I got it in a couple days just in time for our weekend trip.  There was no expiration date on my bottles and after asking the seller about it, I was told it was good for 12-18 months.]]> http://www.lunch.com/EcoFabulous/reviews/product/UserReview-Loving_Naturals_Organic_SPF_30_Sunscreen-747-1421145-21386-No_fragrant_natural_sunscreen.html http://www.lunch.com/EcoFabulous/reviews/product/UserReview-Loving_Naturals_Organic_SPF_30_Sunscreen-747-1421145-21386-No_fragrant_natural_sunscreen.html Tue, 27 Apr 2010 17:38:50 +0000 <![CDATA[ Skincare products that are good enough to eat!]]>
I certainly agree with that motto. Though this might not always be possible for everyone, it is something to strive toward - especially if this is coming from the skincare industry. Intelligent Nutrients is a pioneer, providing certified USDA organic, food-based skin and hair care products. Though our ancestors have used food to care for their body for centuries, now after years of toxic potions people are going back to healthy and nutritious ways to care for skin. 

No compromises here. It is not just 'natural', or 'made with organic ingredients', not 'less toxic'. It's food for your skin! Isn't that what skincare is about? I still don't understand the point of petroleum in skin care products. Intelligent Nutrients was kind enough to let us try an array of their incredible, nutritious skin food. I am really excited to be reviewing truly the best for all my followers and readers! Plus, if you have kids in the house, this is the stuff to have around. You will not need the poison control number if they get their hands on it! :)

Certified Organic Total Body Cleanser: This is perhaps my favorite product simply for the fact that it has so many purposes. It can be used as a body wash, shampoo, shave cream, baby wash, pet wash, even to wash your food! Not that I would actually do the later. Now, if you are used to the average shampoo, you'll be surprised that this cleanser doesn't really have a lather. At least I was, I'm used to a lathery soap and shampoo. But let me ask, does the food you eat lather? I thought so. This nutritious cleanser smells so good! I really wanted to eat it, tempting. It is very light and smells a little citrucy; it has the consistency of banana puree. ($29)

Certified Organic Hair Conditioner: Just like the cleanser, I felt like I was putting nutritious pureed food on my hair. This smell is different from the cleanser. It is very fragrant and as I would say - woodsy. It is really strong when you are using it, but once your hair is dry it isn't overpowering. Just fresh and fragrant. I wash it out lightly and then comb my hair once it is dry. It makes my hair look healthy and shiny. ($34)

Certified Organic Hand Purifier: Finally a non-toxic hand sanitizer, these are hard to find! Though it does contain organic alcohol, you will not find things like triclosan in here. Just vanilla fruit extract, peppermint oil, aloe, and tea tree oil. It smells great! I keep it in the diaper bag, it is great for playgrounds, pic nics, and road trips. We just went to a local animal shelter with my sister and her three boys and my daughter. All of them played with the cats and dogs. When we left I shared this sanitizer with them and my sister noted "That's sanitizer?! It smells so good!" It really does, it smells like sweet vanilla, just want to eat it. ($12)

Certified Organic Lip Delivery Nutrition: Smooth, light, non-greasy. Smells so good that it is hard to hold back from taking a bite. I love the combination of beeswax and coconut oil with the blend of other oils that make up this lip balm. Even when I use this every day  it seems like it will never end. Though it costs $12, it will last a while and it is one of the best I've ever tried.

Certified Organic Anti-aging Mist: Alright, so I'm only 26. But it is never too early to start an anti-aging regimen. Not that I feel like I need it, it actually never crossed my mind until now. At this opportunity I decided I would give it a try. As far as I see it, it's more for the purpose of keeping my skin looking younger longer, rather than reversing the effects of aging and giving me baby skin! The mist is just a refreshing prep for the serum. Sort of like a drink of clean water for your body. It can also be used after shaving. This blend of oils does not actual feel oily when you apply it, it is very light  and has a pleasant rose water smell. ($35)

Certified Organic Anti-aging Serum: I really like the serum. At first glance I thought it looked like olive oil, and it does. It has a more distinct smell though. It is made from safflower oil and a blend of a myriad of other nutritious oils. Just like all Intelligent Nutrients products it also has the Intellimune Seed Oil Complex (black cumin, pumpkin, red raspberry, red grape, and cranberry oils). It absorbs very well into the skin. Though it looks green when you pump it out of the bottle, it blends right into the skin. I like using it instead of facial lotion. A little goes a really long way. I usually use it after every time I shower. ($60)

Certified Organic Total Body Elixir (Focus): When I was a teenager I used perfume religiously and well into my marriage as well. When I got pregnant though I could not stand any perfumes because they made me want to gag. I just could not get past the artificial smells. This body spray though is something I think I would use when pregnant. It is citrusy and refreshing, it is completely natural and actually good enough to eat! It also last a while, my husband could still smell it well on me on the second day after I put it on. ($30)

Certified Organic Perfect Hold Hair Spray: This is the only product I haven't tried yet. Since I have long hair, it takes a while to make any kind of hairstyle. I am going to a wedding in June though and this will be the ultimate test! I love curling my hair for special occasions, but it is sort of a love/hate relationship because my stick straight hair will never stay curly for more than two hours. I abhor the smell of toxic hair sprays, that usually becomes the reason I refuse to style my hair. Now it doesn't have to be that way! I just love that it has no petrochemicals. It keeps hair in place using Acacia Gum. Plus it has all these yummy smelling things like Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, and Grapefruit Peel Oil. ($29)

I'll have to say that these are the most expensive skin care products I have ever tried. They are also the best performing products, so I understand the reason for the price. Unlike other companies, Intelligent Nutrients grows their own organic ingredients for the products. You can check out their website when you get a chance (see Wiki on right). They have many other great items, from certified organic room sprays to supplements and organic dark chocolate!

Intelligent Nutrients is generously offering one Eco-Babyz Community member a prize pack of USDA organic skin care products valued at $148!!! See here for how to enter. Ends 5.12.2010.]]>
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<![CDATA[Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/living/reviews/d/UserReview-Extra_Virgin_Coconut_Oil-128-1429564-55750.html http://www.lunch.com/living/reviews/d/UserReview-Extra_Virgin_Coconut_Oil-128-1429564-55750.html Sun, 4 Apr 2010 06:25:54 +0000 <![CDATA[ Glass Drinking Straws From Glass Dharma]]> As you know most plastic straws are flimsy and disposable.  They are also made from polypropylene, which is a plastic that most recycling centers will not take.  This means after you use them you have to throw them in the trash. A great eco alternative are glass drinking straws. A good source of glass drinking straws are those made by Glass Dharma.

Glass Dharma hand-makes each glass straw with borosilicate tubing and is the strongest glass commercially available. The glass straws come in four sizes: 6.25mm Shorty, 7mm Sipper, 9.5mm Ice Tea and 12mm Smoothie. Each glass straw is handmade in the United States and are microwave and dishwasher safe. Glass Dharma straws are fully backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. They are also covered with the manufacturer's Lifetime Guarantee against breakage.

There are three optional accessories for the glass drinking straws: cleaning brushes, soft sleeves made of hemp and hard cases made of bamboo. The cleaning brushes easily wash the inside of each straw after each use. You can store your straws in the hemp soft sleeves which are machine washable and come in four sizes. Finally, there are the bamboo hard cases which come with a cork stopper and also come in 4 sizes. So not only are the straws made of an eco-friendly material, but so do the accessories.

Glass drinking straws are superior to plastic drinking straws in more ways than one. Plastic straws are flimsy and prone to breaking.  Glass drinking straws can be reused again and again for years. Some people love them so much they take them wherever they go; even using them out at restaurants instead of using their inferior counterparts. Glass drinking straws are a great green choice. The only possible drawback is the cleaning of the straws after each use.  Make sure to get a cleaning brush with every purchase.  For more information, go to Glass Dharma or buygreen.com.

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<![CDATA[ I've said Yes To Carrots]]> I have blogged about this product before and would like to share my reviews with you here as I am still using it after nearly a year.
I haven't changed to any other moisturing cream as I absolutely love it!

I happened to come across the Yes To Carrots range of products in Boots pharmacy about a year ago. At that time I was running low on moisturizer and was looking for a new one. Vegan moisturizers are not that easy to find over here and most of the time they are quite expensive. All the Yes To Carrots product range is paraben free and contains only natural ingredients. I wrote to them to confirm whether their products were vegan and they replied:

“Thanks for writing!
Our products do not contain any animal products, other than honey & beeswax which are found in select products. Our products are also endorsed as cruelty free by PETA.”

The Moisturizing Day Cream does not contain any honey or beeswax, so I'm glad it's vegan! I’ve been using it for more than a year now and I am sticking with it! I’ve found my favourite, great on the skin and very reasonably priced. It smells lovely and I love it!

I have also tried their shampoo and conditioner in the Yes To Carrots and Yes To Cucumber range.  I prefer the Yes To Carrots range as it is more suited for my hair type.

And if you’d like to know: Yes To Carrots is intended for those with Dry to Normal skin, but I’ve also seen two other lines - Yes To Cucumbers and Yes To Tomatoes which are aimed at those with Normal to Sensitive skin (Cucumbers), and those with Oily/Combination skin (Tomatoes). More info on their website.

 

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<![CDATA[Glass Dharma Glass Drinking Straws Quick Tip by Arcticwolf]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Glass_Dharma_Glass_Drinking_Straws-20-1437492-54518.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Glass_Dharma_Glass_Drinking_Straws-20-1437492-54518.html Mon, 8 Mar 2010 04:44:21 +0000 <![CDATA[ Manicures that last two full weeks with no chipping? It's possible even for me!]]> Pros: Easy to apply, doesn't mar polish, dries fast, extends wear time significantly, no harmful chemicals

Cons: Not easy to find offline, a bit pricey

The Bottom Line: Zoya Armor Top Coat is a great final step in keeping a manicure fresh and long lasting. No harmful chemicals and UV protection. Extends wear time a LOT!


Although I wear my nails short, I like them to look nice. I am a big klutz with nail polish and, even when I get it right, it chips and peels off quickly in general. I bought several springy shades of Zoya and OPI polishes recently as well as some Zoya basecoat and Zoya Armor Top Coat which I have been using for several months now.

This topcoat is great. It truly extends the wear of my polish by days and gives my nails shine and strength.

About the Product

Zoya Armor Topcoat protects nail color because it employs the latest advanced technology to create an impenetrable clear seal over polish and nail art. UV topcoat keeps polish glossy, flexible and prevents yellowing. Use with Zoya Anchor basecoat and Zoya professional nail lacquer to dramatically extend polish wear on natural nails.

Manufacturer's Info

Packaging

This one half ounce bottle of clear polish comes in a plastic box that is totally unnecessary and large. Once that is tossed, the little bottle is a simple glass one with a purple label. It is marked "4" for step four in the manicure process. This topcoat has no chemicals in it that could be harmful in inhaled or penetrate the skin. It contains a UV block for protection.

My Experience


I usually try to put a topcoat on over polish but I end up messing everything up and having to start over. With Zoya Armor Top Coat, I don't have that problem. It is very thin and applies fast and evenly. It has no unpleasant odor and dries quickly. It gives my polished nails a lot of shine and, boy does it ever work to extend the life of my nail polish.

I have found that Zoya and OPI polishes wear longer than most out there but they still chip and fade after a somewhat short time  because I am so tough on my nails. With Zoya Armor Top Coat over those two polish brands, I can get two weeks or more from an at home manicure with no chipping at all!

When I use other brands of polish, Zoya Armor Top Coat still does a fine job or protecting the color and lengthening the wear time, just not as much as with the pricier brands.

This topcoat can be worn over a basecoat as a clear polish or even over clear polish to keep it flawless and shiny. I wear it over every color and every brand now. I use it on my toes and they don't need touching up for weeks although I get bored and want to change the color before then.

Zoya Armor Top Coat has a great flexible brush that doesn't pull semi damp polish off and it is very soft so it doesn't dent or mar drying nails. That brush is key because others can be hard and make marks in polish even if it is seemingly dry. That never happens with Zoya Armor Top Coat. It applies very fast and smoothly and dries really quickly which is a must for me.

I do use drying drops after to speed the drying process but it isn't a make or break step any longer. My manicures are shiny, strong, and so long lasting.

Zoya Armor Top Coat is a must have topcoat. It's not just a sealant. It truly is armor for the nails to combat chipping and fading for an extended period of time.

Buying Info

Zoya Armor Top Coat is available on the Zoya website or on websites that sell Zoya nail products. I haven't seen it offline but have been told this is a salon brand. The cost is $8.00 a bottle which is a bit pricey but the results are worth it!

Conclusion

I really like Zoya Armor Top Coat and have not found another topcoat better than it anywhere and I have tried many. I also like that this brand is chemical free and that it has UV protection in the formula. It works amazingly well and I don't want to be without it. 5 stars.

Here are a couple of other Zoya product reviews that may interest you.


Zoya Twist Collection Barbie

Zoya Yummy Polish

Recommended:
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<![CDATA[ I hope you like the taste of coconut...]]>

     I’m a vegan that enjoys something sweet from time to time, so when I first tried Turtle Mountain’s soy-based ice cream over a year ago, it was love at first bite (or should I say pint…). However, since then, I have made the decision to consume less soy because of conflicting arguments over the dangers and benefits of soy. (It seems my list of acceptable foods becomes shorter every week.) There are several alternatives to soy when it comes to non-dairy “milks”, etc., but with ice cream, it becomes a bit tougher. Rice Dream has a pretty good line of rice milk-based ice creams, but I really didn’t want to forsake my loyalty to Turtle Mountain because of the good they do for sea turtles (Turtle Mountain has teamed up with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project by providing much-needed funds and promoting awareness). Because of this dilemma, I simply stopped buying ice cream of any kind. However, my family is celebrating a birthday tomorrow, and when I found out that there was going to be ice cream cake involved, I decided to buy a pint of Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream so that I wouldn’t be left out. After testing it out, I decided to share my experience.

 

     With Turtle Mountain’s soy-based ice creams, you can’t really “tell” that they are made from soy. They just taste sweet and creamy, like ice cream should taste. However, the coconut milk ice cream that I tried today definitely tasted like coconut. I purchased the chocolate flavor, and could still detect the coconut. It definitely wasn’t subtle. I like the taste of coconut, but not when I’m expecting chocolate-flavored ice cream. Of course, the chocolate is the only flavor that I have tried so far, but I have a feeling that this coconut undertone will be present in all of the flavors. There is even a “coconut” flavor, as if that was necessary. The coconut milk ice cream still had a creamy texture, and it was pretty sweet, but the coconut flavor did bother me a bit. It will take some getting used to.

 

     As far as nutritional information is concerned, Turtle Mountain’s Coconut Milk Ice Cream is much less healthy than its soy line. While almost all of Turtle Mountain’s ice creams have chicory root extract added to them to boost the amount of fiber, one serving of the Coconut Milk Ice Cream contains at least thirty-percent of your recommended daily amount of saturated fat (that’s the bad kind). Some flavors can have as much as a whopping forty-five percent! So, if you were tempted to consume the whole pint in one sitting, you’d be eating two-day’s worth of saturated fat all at once. Regular consumption of this ice cream is enough to throw every study that suggests that vegans have lower risks of heart disease right out the window.

 

     Overall, if you are looking for a dairy-free, soy-free ice cream, I would recommend Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream only if you enjoy the taste of coconut, and if you are willing to consume it sparingly. The Coconut Milk Ice Cream also costs a few dollars more than the soy-based ice creams. I will continue to purchase this product, but not very often. I can only hope that Turtle Mountain puts out a line of rice milk-based ice cream next.

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<![CDATA[Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database Quick Tip by devora]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/website/UserReview-Skin_Deep_Cosmetic_Safety_Database-51-1380449-54389.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/website/UserReview-Skin_Deep_Cosmetic_Safety_Database-51-1380449-54389.html Fri, 5 Mar 2010 02:35:07 +0000 <![CDATA[Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database Quick Tip by EcoMama]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/website/UserReview-Skin_Deep_Cosmetic_Safety_Database-51-1380449-54388.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/website/UserReview-Skin_Deep_Cosmetic_Safety_Database-51-1380449-54388.html Fri, 5 Mar 2010 02:29:26 +0000 <![CDATA[ Zoya Yummy is creamy blue polish that looks fabulous and wears for ages!]]> Pros: Very pretty shade, only one coat needed, lasts for a long time, no chemicals

Cons: A bit thick so two or more coats can take a while to dry.

The Bottom Line: Zoya Yummy Nail Polish is a very pretty light/medium shade of blue that is creamy and flattering. It wears for ages without chemicals. Great for all ages!

I just bought several bottles of Zoya nail polishes that are lighter and fun for spring that I assume will eventually arrive. I tried out Zoya Yummy Polish first because it really did  look yummy in the bottle.

This color and this brands are both excellent. I really liked the results.

About the Product

Yummy is described as a tasty blue cream and has an opacity factor of 5 which is the highest meaning this not a sheer polish at all.  It is free from many chemicals and can be used safely even by pregnant women avoiding fumes. In fact, a pregnant woman invented this brand of nail products.

The packaging


Zoya Yummy Polish
comes in a angular Italian glass bottle with a black top. The brush is made in Spain and is the perfect size to apply this somewhat thick polish. The color is very creamy and a light to medium blue color. It is part of the candy collection and it has no shimmer or sparkle at all. It is a cream and one coat completely covers my nails.

My Experience


I like Zoya polishes in general so all I had to do was make color choices from the very vast array of shades. Yummy jumped out at me as a really pretty, but not traditional, shade of blue that isn't too "strange" for a 45 year old woman to wear yet is not the usual red, pink, or plum shades that I have amassed.

Applying the polish is really easy because the brush gives smooth, even coverage. Because this polish is very high in opacity, it seems much thicker than sheer polishes I have used. I don't need a second coat. One completely covers my nails and gives them a beautiful shine. If I happen to apply another coat, I have to be super careful for a while, even after applying drying drops, because the polish takes a while to dry.

I usually use Zoya's Get Even Basecoat under the polish and their Armor Topcoat and the polish lasts for ages. For me, getting good wear from nail polish is nearly impossible. If I can get past the drying period of the products, I am good to go for at least a week or 10 days with this polish and even then, I can touch up small chips easily and get a couple of weeks of wear. I am very tough on my hands and polishes usually last a few days before chipping and peeling. Zoya Yummy Polish is thicker and that could be why it has better staying power. Or maybe it's just better than many brands I own. Whatever the reason, the color is exactly as shown on the website and in the bottle and the wear is fabulous.

This polish alone, without a topcoat has shine to it but isn't megawatt. With a top coat applied, it's both creamy and super shiny and stays that way. I really like this shade and will use it a lot in the warmer months or whenever I want to lighten up with a delish looking light/medium blue hue.

Buying Info

This polish can be purchased on the Zoya website or on a number of other sites that sell the brand. I don't know where it is sold offline although friends have said they have seen Zoya products in nail salons. A one half ounce bottle is $7.00 (Up from last year's $6.00 a bottle). It's well worth the cost as far as I am concerned because the color is great and the wear is amazing.

Conclusion

Zoya Yummy Polish
is great on fingers or toes. It's a really pretty creamy light to medium blue that doesn't look garish at all. One coat is all that is needed to get the look and, once dried, the polish lasts a long time before chipping or fading. I also like that the chemicals that many polishes have in them are removed from this polish. It's a healthy alternative for your nails and for you! 4 stars. I took off one because the polish can get "gloppy" if I use two or more coats. But then again, I don't need to!

Recommended:
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<![CDATA[ Turtle Mountain's Coconut Ice Cream Line is Purely Decadent]]> Turtle Mountain's other ice cream products, Purely Decadent, So Delicious and Soy Delicious, when they unveiled their Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream. I already enjoy the flavor of coconut ice cream, but I still wondered how it would stack up and compare to their soy-based line. After all, this ice cream comes in more than just the basic coconut or vanilla, so it definitely needed a taste test or two.

So far, I have tasted the following flavors from the Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream line:

  • Coconut
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Chocolate
  • Mint Chip
  • Mocha Almond Fudge
  • Cookie Dough

The remaining flavors I have not tried are Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl and Passionate Mango.

Assessment of Each Flavor

Coconut and Vanilla Bean are similar in flavor, but the Vanilla Bean has a stronger vanilla taste. They are both creamy and mild, and as with most vanilla ice creams are a perfect as an accompaniment to a baked dessert like pie or cake.

While also pretty basic, Chocolate is one of my favorite flavors. The coconut already lends a creamy richness, but the chocolate brings it over the edge. If you're not a huge fan of coconut, the chocolate also tends to mask the flavor somewhat.

I'm very particular when it comes to a mint chip ice cream, so to me the Mint Chip flavor is underwhelming and disappointing. The chocolate is incorporated more as a swirl and is not in actual chip form, and the mint is just so-so. If you like a mint ice cream no matter what, though, this may be an enjoyable flavor for you regardless.

Not only is Mocha Almond Fudge a great flavor, it also has an interesting texture due to its three star ingredients. The base flavor of the ice cream is coffee, with fudge swirls and almond pieces throughout. The coffee is not too intense, and the fudge and almonds really give the ice cream a nice finish.

While Cookie Dough is not my personal favorite, we probably purchase it more than any of the other flavors above. The cookie dough itself is pretty standard in size and texture, and has a strong maple syrup flavor. What's interesting about that, however, is that it actually contains no maple syrup. It's likely that flavor is from the brown sugar, which, of course, is made with white sugar and molasses.

Overall, I am very impressed with this line of products. They also seem to be coming out with new flavors in this line all the time, so I'll be interested in seeing what's ahead for them. The taste and texture are consistently good, and should be a great substitution for people looking to incorporate less dairy or soy in their diets.

The only real negative I'll post is that their products are fairly expensive (runs about $4 - $5/pint) which can be a barrier for people who have less money to spend on things like a vegan gourmet ice cream. Still, this can be a great splurge for when you've got the cash and the occasion.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Glass drinking straws from Glass Dharma]]> Glass straws from Glass DharmaAs you know most plastic straws are flimsy and disposable.  They are also made from polypropylene, which is a plastic that most recycling centers will not take.  This means after you use them you have to throw them in the trash. A great eco alternative are glass drinking straws. A good source of glass drinking straws are those made by Glass Dharma.

Glass Dharma hand-makes each glass straw with borosilicate tubing and is the strongest glass commercially available. The glass straws come in four sizes: 6.25mm Shorty, 7mm Sipper, 9.5mm Ice Tea and 12mm Smoothie. Each glass straw is handmade in the United States and are microwave and dishwasher safe. Glass Dharma straws are fully backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. They are also covered with the manufacturer's Lifetime Guarantee against breakage.

There are three optional accessories for the glass drinking straws: cleaning brushes, soft sleeves made of hemp and hard cases made of bamboo. The cleaning brushes easily wash the inside of each straw after each use. You can store your straws in the hemp soft sleeves which are machine washable and come in four sizes. Finally, there are the bamboo hard cases which come with a cork stopper and also come in 4 sizes. So not only are the straws made of an eco-friendly material, but so do the accessories.

Glass drinking straws are superior to plastic drinking straws in more ways than one. Plastic straws are flimsy and prone to breaking.  Glass drinking straws can be reused again and again for years. Some people love them so much they take them wherever they go; even using them out at restaurants instead of using their inferior counterparts. Glass drinking straws are a great green choice. The only possible drawback is the cleaning of the straws after each use.  Make sure to get a cleaning brush with every purchase.  For more information, go to Glass Dharma or buygreen.com.

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<![CDATA[ Coconut milk ice cream so good that I don't even eat regular ice cream anymore!]]>
Then I found Purely Decadent Coconut Milk ice cream. Oh... my... yumness. So creamy, so delicious. My favorite flavors are Vanilla Bean and Mint Chip. I am sure I would love the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl but with a nut-allergic daughter in the house, I don't get to indulge in that one. It's okay though, because I have always been a Vanilla girl.

I recommend letting the ice cream sit in your bowl for a little bit after taking it out of the freezer. When it softens a little it gets creamier. Even my Haagen Dasz husband asks me for a bite of my ice cream, to which I endearingly say, "no way buddy."  My girls (ages 5 and 3) love it too, especially on gluten-free cones or with chocolate sauce.

Want to know my secret topping to put on your vanilla ice cream? Maple syrup! Only pure, of course. I can't take credit for this one, as it is my dad's invention, but the combo of the coconut milk ice cream and a little bit of the maple syrup is amazing.

Did I mention that all flavors, including Cookie Dough are gluten-free? Many gluten-sensitive people are also sensitive to dairy, so this is a great ice cream for those avoiding both. Since I have been eating the non-dairy ice cream instead of traditional ice cream, I am not stuffed up at night. I breathe through my nose instead of my mouth, giving me a better's night's sleep (and better breath!) Also, for those sensitive to soy (like me), most flavors are soy-free (Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl contain soybean oil).

It tastes great and makes you feel good -- what more could you ask for in an ice cream?

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<![CDATA[ Purely Decadent, Positively Delicious!]]>


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<![CDATA[ Beneficial Birch]]> Pros: Lovely fresh fragrance, a quality product

Cons: A little too pricy for mean old me

The Bottom Line: An invigorating body scrub with a fresh fragrance

In a bid to save money and declutter the bathroom, I embarked on a challenge in 2009 not to buy any toiletries but to manage solely on free samples and whatever I had already amassed. I was very fortunate to receive a full size sample (150ml) of Weleda's Birch Body Scrub to help me on my way.

Weleda claim that this product "gently exfoliates and smoothes the skin". On the packaging I am informed that "natural wax pearls and pure plant oils gently massage the skin, supporting cell renewal without drying or disturbing the skin's natural balance". Both of these are pretty standard claims so you have to wonder if there is some other factor to justify the rather steep price tag of £8.95.

The product comes in a matt plastic tube which stands on its lid which I can manage to open and close quite easily with wet hands. The instructions for use suggest you should use this body scrub in the shower but I occasionally use it in the bath as well.

The aroma hits you as soon as you open the flip lid. There's a burst of citrus combined with lots of fresh birch smells and a hint of antiseptic rosemary too. Overall it's a very fresh fragrance and it reminds me a lot of the smell of the essential oils used in the steam room at our local pool.

The other thing you notice is the colour. It's a very pale lemon which I think is a lot more pleasing than pure white because it gives you more of an impression of this being a natural product. I presume the scrubbing grains are from apricot shells as this ingredient is listed on the reverse of the packaging; however, the grains are white, not a brown or orangey colour as you find in other products containing apricot shell. For me this is serious advantage because I have a nut allergy and find almond oil and walnut shell are two ingredients commonly found in this type of product - fortunately this one contains neither.

The instructions don't suggest how much of the product to use but I find a small squeeze of about a two pence size is sufficient to do my upper body. I am fortunate enough to have a friend who does my back when asked and about the same amount is enough for this area. As birch oil is supposed to be good for cellulite I also use the scrub on my thighs: I suspect this is more beneficial in terms of simply being invigorating rather than effective. The instructions say you should massage the skin with a circular motion and I find that this releases more of the lovely scent.

The grains are just the right size to scrub well but not too fiercely and the rich cream feels quite luxurious. Rinsing off is easy and there's no residue left on the skin. Admittedly I don't suffer from rough skin on my arms so the product hasn't made any difference in that respect. I do find that it's more effective on my back and this winter I seem to have had fewer of those annoyingly painful spots that crop up from time to time. A once weekly use is recommended but I find that two applications a week are fine.

This is a quality product but I think it is a little over-priced. I didn't know much about Weleda at all until I received the gift and had a look at the company's website but on doing that I learned the company have plant medicine at the heart of their product range. Reading on I also learned that Weleda was founded eighty years ago by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and social thinker who worked in a number of fields including the arts, biodynamic farming and education - quite simply the range of his influence is enormous.

Recommended:
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<![CDATA[ Dr Bronner's Soap & The Great Hemp Adventure (& Fair Trade to boot!)]]> love LOVE LOVE Dr Bronner's range of pure-castile hemp soaps. I cycle through the 'flavors' in some unfathomable body-dance; Tea Tree... for months and months, then Rose..., now Lavender... ; round and round and round.

But second I will tell you with supreme pleasure that I played a small part in hemp oil finding its way into Dr Bronner's soap recipe, and it was way back in 1998.

A brave little group of us had taken on the task of putting on an industrial hemp expo in San Francisco's Fort Mason.  We figured we could pull it off after our very successful Santa Cruz Civic events (2), though we were doing it, as ever, on a shoestring.  I had the inspiration to call Dr Bronner's and ask if they would 'sponsor' the two bathrooms in the Expo hall, with their very fine soap.

My memory is that an hour later I was still on the phone with David Bronner, grandson (or great??) of the original notorious Doctor Bronner. Turned out that David was the new generation Bronner chemist and was seriously interested in the fact the hemp oil is phenomenal for skin ( vitamins A, D, & E, essential fatty acids, enzymes and Omega 3 & 6) and fabulous in soap.

Now I cannot claim more than this, for it took a whole industrial hemp cadre for Bronner's as a company to make their extraordinary journey from there to here but they went on to not only incorporate hemp oil into their broad range of soaps, but became a leading player in the industry, taking on the DEA re hemp prohibition.

It transpires that mutli-generational Bronner's are larger than life! Besides their brilliant advocacy and educational efforts to restore industrial hemp to the Grand Old Republic, they have gone on to forge Fair Trade agreements for every ingredient in their products; a very big deal in cosmetic-grade circles.

Dr Bronner's took on the DEA:
"Dr. Bronner’s funded and coordinated the hemp industry’s protracted and ultimately successful litigation with the DEA, culminating in a clear victory on February 6, 2004 in the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. David Bronner serves on the Vote Hemp board and is currently President of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA)."
http://www.drbronner.com/industrial_hemp.html

Dr Bronner's FAIR TRADE innovations:
Organic Olive Oil from the Holy Land Organic Coconut Oil from Sri Lanka Organic Palm Oil from Ghana Domestic Fair Trade and Hemp IMO’s ‘Fair for Life’ Program

http://www.drbronner.com/fair_trade.html
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<![CDATA[ Finally - winter skin relief!]]>
For some reason or another I found out about raw cococnut oil. I started using it on my entire body about 6 months ago and I refuse to look back!

The trick is to apply a very small amount. The after-effects are a bit on the greasy side to begin with (heck, it's OIL) but (you can always rub the excess off with a towel - I typically do) if you try to put on more than a small teaspoon it will be super messy. Still, when you're done you'll be amazingly soft and smell good, too!

If you go to buy coconut oil, be sure to buy it in it's pure form (not mixed in with other oils). Coconut oil is perfect to condition the ends of your hair, too, AND you can even cook with it - just like olive oil. I love it!]]>
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<![CDATA[Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database Quick Tip by EcoMama]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/website/UserReview-Skin_Deep_Cosmetic_Safety_Database-51-1380449-50850.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/website/UserReview-Skin_Deep_Cosmetic_Safety_Database-51-1380449-50850.html Tue, 8 Sep 2009 20:54:01 +0000 <![CDATA[ Glad mosquitoes hate this delicious smell!]]>
We went on a weekend trip to the Berkshires and this came in so handy. We took strolls with the babies in the evening, we dined outdoors after 6 pm. Plus it was in the upper 80s and very humid the whole weekend, so wearing something long sleeved for the night was not an option because it was the only time to enjoy the weather once the heat subsides. I applied the Anti-Bug Balm liberally on the baby, she had no bites. My husband and I had a couple though since we used it more sparingly on ourselves. Yeah, that's what happens once you become a parent. Here is my take on this nifty little blend of insect repellent.

EFFECTIVENESS: 
Like I said above, this stuff really works. I am often skeptical of 'natural' repellents, but Badger is true to its word. You do have to reapply it every couple of hours, but that is true for any insect repellent. The mosquitoes were all around but did not land. You want to put this on in key spots like neck, ankles, shoulders, inside of the elbow and knees. I also put some on my temples because they always bite my face. No bites anywhere but one on my leg. I shared this with others and on one particular evening when I put this on my daughter another baby did not wear it and actually had many bites visible the next day. I don't take any chances!

PACKAGE DESIGN:
I have the push up stick and I find it very convenient to apply as you don't have to get your hands greasy. It is a lot like lip balm, just a bigger and fatter stick that you push up from the bottom instead of twisting for it to come out. It is small enough to keep in my purse or in the diaper bag so no matter where I go with my baby girl I can whip it out.

INGREDIENTS: Not just harmless, but actually good for your skin. Organic is a plus! It does feel a little greasy when you apply it, although that didn't bother me at all. You can rub it in if you want to, but I just applied with the stick and left it as is. This blend of plant oils smells so delicious and sweetly citrus, I find it refreshing.

PRICE:
I think that $10 is a good price for this product. By the looks of it, it will last a really long time. At least you are not paying money for toxic chemicals but ingredients that are actually good for you.

COMPANY:
I was really excited when I found out that Badger products are made in New Hampshire, the border is just a ten minute drive from my house! For me that is as local as it gets. I like buying local whether it is a product or farm fresh produce. Although even if I lived on the west coast, this little magic wand is worth the CO2 produced in transit. What matters though is not that it is just local, but it is a small family owned business that engages in environmentally responsible practices. That is a +5 in my book! I'm inspired, I want to start a business like that, hm, only what would I make?

They even have a Babies at Work policy where the mother can bring an infant to work with her for the first six months of the baby's life or until the baby starts crawling. Now if that is not cool, I don't know what is! You can read more about it on their website. If you want to know how green the company is you can also find that there.

EcoMama Green Factor: +5 Green company, green product, enough said.

Disclaimer: This was a complimentary product, but lucky for you I do not review complimentary products unless they have great performance! Only the best for my readers.

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<![CDATA[Badger Anti-Bug Balm Quick Tip by EcoMama]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Badger_Anti_Bug_Balm-51-1409228-50252.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Badger_Anti_Bug_Balm-51-1409228-50252.html Fri, 21 Aug 2009 22:54:23 +0000 <![CDATA[ Hey there, Barbie Girl! That's me wearing my Zoya Barbie Nail Polish!]]> Pros: Pretty, subtle shade, long wearing, shiny, not too sheer, buildable color, high quality

Cons: A tad lighter and PINKER than I usually wear but it works for me.

The Bottom Line: Zoya Twist Collection Barbie Nail Polish is a subtle, girly pink that can be sophisticated or fun. Long wearing and shiny, Zoya is right up there with OPI!


I recently found a coupon to get three free Zoya nail polishes from the Zoya website. I just had to pay shipping. Since the site has over 300 shades to choose from, I was totally unsure which to pick. I decided to go way out of my comfort zone and get something light and girly as opposed to the greens, blues, and plums that I usually wear.

Zoya Twist Collection Barbie fit the bill. It's a bubble gum pink frost shade that actually is very appealing!

About Zoya Twist Collection Barbie

Zoya makes nail polishes for salons and spas and is considered a "professional" polish. Barbie is warm frost shade with the intensity level of 3 meaning it's right in between very sheer and very opaque.

The .5 ounce bottle is Italian glass and the brush is made in Spain. The polish itself is made in the United States. Barbie is described as a soft pink which, indeed, it is.

The bottle is somewhat angular and heavy. The brush looks to me like any nail polish brush but it gives great coverage without splaying all over my nails. All Zoya polishes are free from are free from formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate.

My Experience


When my three choices came, I tried all three on my fingernails just to see if the shades were true to what they looked like in the bottles. They were. Zoya Twist Collection Barbie is exactly what you would expect a nail polish called "Barbie" to look like. It is a super girly soft pink. I didn't see any shimmer in the bottle nor did I on my nails.

I finally decided to polish my fingernails all one shade and gave Zoya Twist Collection Barbie a try. I am not one for pink ANYTHING but this polish looked quite pretty and subtle. It doesn't have shimmer or glitter but it does have a pearly finish. I only really needed one coat but went with two for longer wear.

I had no problems with application. The brush is just wide enough to cover a good amount of nail without getting on the sides of my fingers (or toes) and the polish dried quickly to a shiny finish.

The first coat looked good but the second looked better. The pink hue deepened slightly and the shine was amped up. I didn't even bother using a top coat. Zoya Twist Collection Barbie stayed on my nails for at least a week before starting to chip. Considering I didn't use a base or top coat and I am VERY tough on my hands and nails, that's a very good length of time for any polish to last.

Because the shade is light, I was able to touch up little chips to extend the wear for a few more days before removing the polish to try another shade. The polish comes off just fine with my usual nail polish remover.

The Twist collection is a set of six different shades that came out in spring 2009.  Other Twist shades include Harley (soft shimmering gray), Jo (shimmering silver blue metallic), Malia (violet cream), Cassi (shimmering soft peach) and Moxie (vibrant red plum cream).

I wish I could try all 300 shades of Zoya polish!

Buying Info

Zoya Twist Collection Barbie and all 299 other shades of Zoya Nail Polish cane be purchased on the odicial Zoya website and from sites that carry salon nail polishes. I don't know where Zoya polishes are sold offline, perhaps nail salons. A bottle costs around $6.50.

Conclusion

Zoya nail polishes are really high quality. They apply easily, dry fast, shine like crazy, and last for a long time on the nails. Zoya Twist Collection Barbie is great for those who like soft shades or who like pink polish that isn't in your face pink. I actually quite like the shade and I have shunned pink polishes for many years. I would repurchase but I want to try many other shades from the Zoya collection before I repeat one! This is very good nail polish and the shade is universally flattering. 5 stars. I love it!

Recommended:
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<![CDATA[ Chocolate: Gooooood Bacon: GOOOOOOD!!]]> Mike Truffle which is  named for food network Iron Chef and owner of Cleveland's own Lola and Lolita, Michael Symon, is like nothing I have ever tasted before. Made with smoked bacon and topped with organic maple butter all in a delicious chocolate shell it's a small taste of heaven. 

Now my disclaimer: Though I found this truffle to be ridiculously good, I can't imagine eating an entire candy bar based on the concept and I've never tried Vosges Mo's Bacon Bar. This is a culinary decadence that, in my opinion, should be taken in baby steps. That being said, if you love chocolate and you love bacon you owe it to yourself to at least try this but tread lightly and do your research.
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<![CDATA[ Meh - Whatevs.]]>
These would be great little things to eat if one were on a diet, and wasn't enjoying much food anyway. They definitely have their perks - they're low in fat and calories and have a good amount of protein. However, I'm not one to eat based on labels or fancy nutritional ideas.

As far as a processed food goes, they're ok to have lying around in your freezer. That's where mine are, and they've been there for months.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Discover how toxic your skincare products are!]]> I was rather surprised to find that the FDA does not regulate skin care products and their ingredients in any way, manufacturers can put anything they want in them. Ingredients that are known carcinogens are brooding nearly in all cosmetics and skin care products - with skin being our largest organ and it absorbs anything and everything. So this site is the only place where you can find out the toxicity of your products. If they do not have what you are looking for in their database, you can add the product if you have the packaging with all the ingredients listed.

I discovered this site through the Environmental Working Group and then I went crazy checking everything I have in my home for toxicity - then I tossed the things that rated really high and replaced them with greener alternatives, the things that rated in the middle we are using until we run out and then replacing them, the things that rated low - well, there were not many of those.

I found this site when I was pregnant, so immediately I looked for the least toxic diaper creams, baby shampoos, and other baby care items. I found out why I hated my mascara and it made my eyes itch, then replaced it with a healthier one that actually turned out to be better and cheaper. In my research I also learned that healthier skin care products are not necessarily more expensive, you just have to know where to look. ]]>
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<![CDATA[ Gentle and natural, my face is thankful!]]> I thoroughly enjoy this face wash, as does my husband. It leaves the skin very clean, without residue, smells great (although it might take some getting used to for some people), and has natural ingredients without all the parabens and petroleum based toxic nonsense. The reason I did not give it a five is that it does leave my skin a little dry, but nothing a natural moisturizer can't fix! I was also skeptical about the watery consistency until I used it and it foamed a little, but not the way typical  face washes do.

Today I happened to look at the ingredients again while showering and it dawned on me that the main ingredient is castile soap, another data point I want to review because the stuff is nothing short of amazing. Did I mention that this stuff is from my favorite store, Trader Joe's? So here is the breakdown:

  • All natural
  • No residue
  • Great scent without toxic fragrance
  • Lasts a long time
  • Convenient packaging
  • Mix of essential oils
  • Foams well
  • Cruelty free
  • Made in the USA
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<![CDATA[ Eat your greens and wash with them too]]>
This wash beats soap anytime in the shower; the orange gelee collapses on itself when poured and feels cool and refreshing especially in the morning. I love the scent, its very delicate, smell like soft fruit scented air, nothing aggressive and doesn't feel too organic and strange but fancy enough. There is ginko biloba and cucumber water, green tea, chamomile, orange and of course carrots, silky aloe, cleansing Dead Sea water and even spirulina extract, which I have drank before but never used in products. It feels very light and my skin always feels clean but light, never dry and uncomfortable. The bottle is also large and lasts a while, which is nice.

As I get older it becomes more important to me to use as little chemicals as possible, of course in today¡¦s world we are bombarded with them and its hard since they appear in everything but still, ever little thing counts. Parabens for example are used as preservatives and are generally considered safe because of low levels of toxicity, but lately I keep reading how traces are found in cancer lumps especially in women and simply knowing that a cosmetic doesn't have it makes me happy. And I love my cosmetics almost as much as books, the bathroom is always stacked : )

- Kasia S.]]>
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<![CDATA[ A chocolate-bacon bar can't go wrong, right? Right?]]> For years, I lived with the understanding that "Bacon makes everything better." Need to make that bland turkey sandwich more exciting? Bacon! What about this otherwise non-fattening but boring romaine salad? Bacon! Seasonal affective disorder? Bacon!

Unfortunately, this once-reassuring assumption came to an end when I tried Mo's Bacon Bar, from gourmet chocolatier Vosges. This $6 chocolate bar consists of milk chocolate (41% cacao), mixed with smoked salt and bits of applewood smoked bacon.

It sounds so potentially good, and yet, I gotta be honest: I kind of hated it. Here's why:

*The smooth, creamy texture of the milk chocolate in contrast to the hard, leathery chew of bacon was difficult to work with.

*The saltiness of the bacon and smoked salt (what is that?) was a bit too abrasive against the mellowness of the chocolate.

*The fattier pieces of the salty bacon with the milk chocolate made me feel sick. In this case, the animal fat against milk product just drew attention to the fact that I was eating two kinds of fat.

I'm a fairly adventurous eater, and even I could not deal. I'm not against the idea that somewhere out there might just be the perfect chocolate-and-bacon candy bar, but this one isn't it.

That being said, I wonder what other people think about it. Has anyone else tried it?


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<![CDATA[ The tingle means its working]]>
Why do I love this chapstick so much?  It's pretty wild because I actually hate bees.  Did you know that as a child I once jumped out of a moving vehicle because there was a bee in the car? Yeah, my parents were pissed.

Oh, right ... back to the point. I love this stuff because it keeps my lips smooth and it tingles.  Its all about the tingle, people. Something about a tingle just tells you something is happening.  Plus, this tingle is all natural.  There are no funny chemicals in Burt's Bee products. 

This chapstick is also dirt cheap, less than $3 a tube.  You can get it at CVS, the grocery store, and beauty stores.  Get some, you won't be sorry.
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<![CDATA[ The very best of vegetarian frozen foods]]>
The nuggets have a great consistency (similar to actual chicken nuggets) and are extremely tasty. The breading is simple and light as well. Of all the vegetarian nuggets, these are my favorite because they aren't greasy, are easy to make (microwave, oven), and the best calorie-wise. I've gotten a couple of my friends hooked on these and all it took was a taste.
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<![CDATA[ A true Body Butter]]> The only reason I did not give this product 5 stars is because it is quite greasy and does not absorb quickly. That didn't bother me so much because it is a body butter, not a cream and lives up to the name.
It smells organic, in a good way...the fragrance is fresh, but not strong.
I will continue to use this product, but mainly at night because of the thickness.
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