Friday, January 23, 2015

Somnis Natural Sleep Aid Review

Somnis Natural Sleep Aid ReviewSomnis is an all-natural sleep aid that uses melatonin, GABA, Vitamin B-6, and L-Tryptophan. It's drug-free so there are no side effects and it's non-habit forming. Somnis helps promote a healthy sleep cycle by helping to calm and relax the mind to fall asleep faster and then stay asleep for a deeper, longer sleep.

I have been taking Somnis for several weeks now - just one before bed each night - and it's been working great for me. I fall asleep quickly, but don't feel like I konk out before I'm ready to fall asleep. And then I sleep really deep and finally get to the dreaming stage of sleep, which I didn't feel was happening much before. I wake up feeling refreshed and not groggy at all - it's awesome!

There have been a couple nights when I forgot to take it, and there was a huge difference in my sleep - I tossed and turned all night, kept waking up during the night, and felt really tired the next day. So I definitely benefit from taking Somnis and will continue taking it nightly.

Overall, Somnis is a natural, non-habit forming sleep aid that improves sleep and gives me a good night's rest.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Seaweed Complex Organic Lotion Review

Foxbrim's Seaweed Complex Lotion is a daily moisturizer that uses phytochemicals, polysaccharides, and over 90 minerals and micro-minerals in a bioavailable format. The Organic Spirulina contained in this lotion is a blue green algae that helps reduce skin inflammation and boost antioxidants. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a natural moisturizer and one of my favorite facial care ingredients.

The Seaweed Complex light lotion and has a fresh scent that really does remind me of the ocean. It's very gentle on my skin and leaves my face feeling super soft and smooth. It feels both balancing and energizing, and leaves me with a healthy glow.

Overall, I really like the feel and effect of this daily lotion plus it smells nice. It is also organic and natural which is really important in skin care products. My only complaint is that the bottle isn't big enough!

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Living Natural Advanced Probiotics Review

Living Natural Advanced Probiotics Review Living Natural Advanced Probiotics are caplets that support digestive and immune system health. Each caplet contains 75 mg of Unique IS-2 and 500 mg of NutraFlora P-95 and 15 billion CFUs. Probiotics help balance out the gut by keeping good bacteria up and bad bacteria at bay for ultimate digestive health.

Not only do these probiotics work to balance out the gut, but they also help to boost immune system, increase metabolism, and improve mood and energy levels. And of course, the most obvious signs of a good probiotic are going to be reduced bloating, gas and stomach pains and improved bowel movements. I have irritable bowel syndrome and often have ups and downs with my digestive health, so probiotics are very important to keep things on track. So far while taking these, I have noticed way less bloating and pain and a more normalized digestive tract. These are definitely helping me with IBS symptoms and I notice a huge difference on days that I forget taking them.

I really like being able to just take 1 or 2 caplets on an empty stomach because then I can take it right away in the morning before I start my day. I haven't noticed any negative side effects whatsoever and have only had great results with Living Natural Advanced Probiotics.

Overall, these probiotics are effective and can benefit anyone no matter what your health or everyday routine is like.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Limm Sports Armband for iPhone 6 & Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

The Limm Sports Armband is a fully adjustable armband that now comes in a larger size to fit phones like the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy. I have an LG Spectrum which fits perfectly inside the armband.

Limm Sports Armband for iPhone 6 & Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

The band itself is made of a strong but super light and soft neoprene material and the velcro is super strong. The armband fits up to 16 1/8"arm circumferences which is nice. The front clear part of the phone allows you to still use the buttons on the phone, although you have to press down a little bit to get it to work - at least on my phone.

There is one spot on the band where the stitching is kind of scratchy but I think after a couple more uses it will soften up. Aside from that the material is really comfortable and the band stays in place during activity. I also like the secure pocket for a key so you don't risk losing your house key when going for a walk or run.

Overall, the Limm Sports Band is sturdy and functional, and I'm glad it comes in a larger size now.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Pure Body Naturals Peppermint Oil Review

Pure Body Naturals Peppermint Oil ReviewPeppermint Oil by Pure body Naturals is 100% pure steam-distilled essential oil without dilution or additives. It's therapeutic grade, non-toxic and highly concentrated. The oil comes in a huge 4 ounce bottle with a dropper for easy use. Just one or two drops are usually all you need since the oil is very strong, so a 4 ounce bottle will go a long way.

Peppermint Oil is known to relieve headaches, ease respiratory problems, sooth upset stomach, and reduce joint pain and arthritis - among many other things! The main way I've been using it is to help with colds; My grandma always told us to put Vicks on our feet before bedtime to cure a cold, but peppermint oil works 10x better! Tuesday I was so miserable with sinus pain, congestion, headache, an fatigue so I decided to experiment and put 2 drops of this oil on the bottom of my feet before bedtime. I promise you, Wednesday morning I felt amazing! It was so weird until I realized that it was the peppermint oil that did the trick. I've been putting it on my feet the rest of the week since to keep the cold at bay. It's also great to put a tiny drop under my nose to open up my sinuses. It also works to put peppermint oil into boiling water for a sinus-clearing steam.

Technically you're supposed to dilute essential oils with coconut oil or another carrier oil before putting on skin, but on the bottoms of my feet I have no problems. I did try to put a drop on my stomach when I didn't feel good, but my skin got too tingly so I would recommend using a carrier oil in that situation. It also works great to rub a drop or two (diluted) into temples to help relieve headaches, since peppermint oil relaxes the strained blood vessels.

I haven't tried this yet but it's also known to prevent rodents and insects like mosquitoes, bed bugs, ants, roaches, and spiders. It's natural and non-toxic so it can be used around the house and garden to repel these creatures.

Overall, this high-quality Peppermint Oil works wonders on colds, headaches, and digestive issues as well as many other ailments, plus it comes in a huge bottle to last a long time.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream Review + Giveaway

Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a non-irritating cream that serves as a moisturizer, night cream, day cream, and makeup base. The paraben and sulfate free formula uses hyaluronic acid, Argireline, and Matrixyl to stimulate collagen production and reduce lines and wrinkles.

Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream Review + Giveaway
This cream is very hydrating and moisturizing, and it has been protecting my skin during the winter. It's a cold cream type of consistency that's really thick and feels nice on the skin. It has a light scent and has a very mild tingle after massaging into my skin, which is normal according to the label. But the tingle is barely noticeable for me so it doesn't bother me at all. I have sensitive skin and don't get any irritation from this cream; Some anti-wrinkle formulas can be harsh so I'm glad this is moisturizing and gentle.

I've only been using this for a few weeks and my skin feels super smooth, although full benefits will be seen after 12 weeks. The 1.7 jar contains a decent amount of cream, although it probably won't last a full 12 weeks of regular use. This cream definitely makes a great night cream and morning cream, plus it works well under makeup too.

Overall, Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is gentle, hydrating and soothing and makes a great multi-purpose moisturizer.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Poppy Austin Revitalizing Eye Cream Review

Poppy Austin Revitalizing Eye Cream ReviewPoppy Austin Revitalizing Eye Cream is bright eye moisturizer made of a highly concentrated blend of naturally derived and organic (72%) ingredients. Key ingredients include Green Tea, Vitamin C & E, Aloe, Rosehip Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Lemon Citrus, and several other moisturizers and antioxidants. It is intended to reduce dark circles and puffiness and leave the eye area radiant and glowing.

This cream is lightweight and absorbs quickly. It doesn't leave a thick layer or any residue but leaves my skin feel baby soft and silky. My under-eye circles seem lighter and my eye area looks and feels much more youthful. I love the feel and results this eye cream provides.

The 1 ounce bottle is small but a little goes a long way. I always end up taking a little too much cream when I press the pump on the bottle, so it's nice that this cream is multi-purpose and can be used all over the face as a lotion. It is very gentle and naturally free from silicones, parabens, additives, fillers and alcohol.

Overall, Poppy Austin Revitalizing Eye Cream brightens the eye area, hydrates, and reduces puffiness while being gentle on skin.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AlgaeCal Plus Plant-Sourced Calcium Review

AlgaeCal Plus is a plant-sourced calcium and mineral complex made from wild, hand-harvested South American marine algae called Algas Calcareas. Plant calcium is said to be easier to absorb and digest without causing constipation, bloating, or gas so it's a good choice for anyone wanting a calcium supplement that's easy on the digestive system. AlgaeCal Plus contains all natural and USDA organic ingredients, including Calcium, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Boron, and 73 trace minerals that help strengthen and restore bones.

AlgaeCal Plant-Sourced Calcium Review
AlgaeCal Plus is clinically proven to increase bone density, so it is targeted toward men and women age 45 and older who want to prevent or treat osteoperosis or recover from fractures. But it works for any age to build strong and healthy bones, so I am really happy to be supplementing with this product. I am positive I don't get nearly enough calcium in my diet, so it's important to keep my bones healthy especially as the years creep up on me. This bottle contains 90 veggie capsules that are easy to swallow. Directions state to take 2 capsules in the morning and 2 at night with meals. This does get to be cumbersome for me and I end up only taking 2 per day with a meal, so I wish there was a way to make the dosage easier for a busy (or forgetful!) person.

What I didn't realize is that most calcium supplements are made from rocks, so AlgaeCal Plus is very unique compared to most calcium products. It is also apparently one of the few supplements to actually increase bone density. It's hard for me to really know whether my bone density has been increased without an x-ray, but I'm happy knowing that I'm doing something good for my bones. As a woman, I am more prone to osteoperosis so anything I can do to prevent it is great in my book.

As for the supplement itself, I have not had any bloating, constipation, or gas and in fact I haven't noticed any negative side effects from taking this supplement. I do suggest taking with a meal as the directions state, because it doesn't sit well on an empty stomach.

Overall, AlgaeCal Plus is a unique calcium supplement that is easy to digest and helps increase bone density for people of all ages. Aside from the hassle of taking 4 capsules a day, this product works well for me.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pure Body Naturals Lemon Essential Oil Review

Essential oils are all the rage right now, and for good reason - There are tons of uses for these natural oils, and they are great alternatives to harsh chemicals. Lemon Essential Oil by Pure Body Naturals is 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil with no fillers or additives. When looking for essential oils, it's important to look for therapeutic grade oils.

Pure Body Naturals Lemon Essential Oil ReviewThis oil has a very strong lemon scent (as it should) and comes in a large 4 oz bottle which is a lot! Just a few drops go a long way. It works great as a cleaner - put a couple drops in a spray bottle of water to clean the bathroom or kitchen. Lemon is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant, and it cuts grease and grime. Plus it makes the house smell really nice.

I like to add a drop to my tea for flavor and to aid digestion. Lemon is also said to help mood and metabolism. Another use I found for it is to soften hard callouses. The product states to always use diluted if using for anything other than aromatherapy but I did put it directly on my feet and didn't have any negative reactions. However, I think it would be best if I create a DIY foot lotion with a few drops of lemon essential oil and shea butter or fractioned coconut oil. This not only would prevent any skin irritation, but it will prevent me from using too much oil! There are tons of DIY recipes online and on Pinterest, so I plan to make lots of bath and body products.

Overall this oil is very aromatic, useful for household cleaning and personal care, and seems to be high quality.

  Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ultrasonic Dog Training Whistle Review

CLD Brands ultrasonic dog training whistle is a small (about an inch or two) metal whistle with a keyring attached. It is ultrasonic and the frequencies can be adjusted with a little screw on the end that tightens an loosens to adjust the pitch.

This whistle comes with an ebook dog training manual, which is actually very helpful for anyone who is trying to train their pet. It not only includes training guidance but also tips and advice. I'm very glad that the ebook points out that physical punishment is never necessary.

Ultrasonic Dog Training Whistle Review

The whistle itself is very easy to use and effective. I'm still in the process of training Dotty with it, but she does hear me a lot better when I call her to come in after potty time using the whistle. I like that the pitch is adjustable, however, the screw doesn't always stay where you put it (there is no lock feature), so I would have to use a rubber band or something to keep it in one spot. So my only suggestion for improvement is to have a way to lock the pitch into place once you find one you like. (Although I do see how one might want to use different frequencies for different commands, in which case different notches or a way to mark the pitches would be helpful.)

I also want to point out that the whistle is audible so humans can hear it too, which is to help with adjusting pitch. It's nice because then you know it's working. And you don't have to whistle really loud with it, the dog will hear the ultrasonic sounds even at a quieter sound.

I love how lightweight the whistle is and that it comes on a key ring, plus it's small enough to fit in a pocket. I keep mine by the door so I can call Dotty back in easily.

Overall, this is a handy and effective tool for training dogs that anyone can use.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

5-HTP Mood Enhancer Review

5-HTP Mood Enhancer Review 5-HTP is a natural substance that increases the production of serotonin, which controls anxiety, suppresses appetite, and provides a sensation of well-being. It's extracted from the Griffonia Simplicfolia plant.

Super Premium 5-HTP from ChronosPharma is a 50mg capsule that helps increase serotonin and improve mood, reduces emotional eating, improves sleep, and decreases anxiousness. It's pretty easy to take - just take 1 capsule with 8 ounces of water at bedtime. I did take this for several days and could tell that I was sleep better.

However, after doing some research, I found that 5-HTP shouldn't be combined with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft or Sertraline. The combination of the two may result in an increase of unwanted side effects and cause "serotonin syndrome." So for me, for now, I don't want to risk mixing these two substances. But in the future, I would use 5-HTP as a substitute after my doctor takes me off Sertraline.

For anyone who's not on SSRIs, I think it's worth trying 5-HTP and see if it works for you. I didn't notice any negative side effects during the time I took it.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, January 9, 2015

OraMD Natural Breath Spray Review

OraMD Natural Breath Spray ReviewOraMD Breath is a breath spray made of 100% natural ingredients that kills the cause of bad breath at the source. Instead of just masking breath with flavored sprays or mints, OraMD Breath actually cleans and freshens the mouth with 100% pure almond, spearmint, and peppermint essential oils. There are no other chemicals, additives, sugars or alcohols included; just the three oils, which are also clinically proven to kill periodontal bacteria according to a clinical study at the University of Kentucky. So not only does this product freshen breath, but it kills germs and helps keep your mouth healthy and clean.

Essential oils are really wonderful because they are completely natural and pack so many healing and cleansing properties in just a drop or two. I love OraMD as a toothpaste alternative (which is made of the same ingredients), so I was really excited to try OraMD Breath from Trusted Health Products. It comes in a little spray bottle - .17 oz - and is the perfect size to fit in my purse. It's about the same size as a lipstick, so I stick it in my purse right next to my lip products. I really like how small and travel-friendly it is. And even though it is such a small bottle, it doesn't run out very quickly because just one spray freshens my breath like crazy and lasts a long time. Plus, I can refill it with my OraMD bottle if I need to.

OraMD Natural Breath Spray Review

This is definitely a strong breath spray since it doesn't have any sugar or other flavorings (which, by the way, can contribute to bacteria growth or tooth decay.) But it's very effective by removing the bad breath instead of just masking it. At first, it was like a shock to my mouth since it is so strong, but after awhile I got used to it. Plus, I found that - at least at first - it helped to have some water handy to sip on afterward, just to tame the mint taste a bit. But man, does it do the job! I use this before meetings at work and any other close personal interactions. It is the perfect item to have along on a date too - small and discreet.

If you want to freshen your breath with a natural, effective product that is good for your mouth, choose OraMD Breath spray.

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Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

Dead Sea Mud Mask ReviewI love Dead Sea products because they contain all the healing and detoxifying minerals from the Dead Sea which has long been known for it's healing properties. InstaNatural's Dead Sea Mask also contains these healing and detoxifying minerals that are beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium, and calcium.

The mask comes in a huge tub and is literally a mud. It has no scent which I really appreciate! It feels wet and gooey and spreads on my face easily in a nice layer. After about 15 minutes, the mask is totally dry and can be washed off with warm water. I love how this mask dries into a clay and really feels like it is drawing out all the oil, dirt, and toxins from my skin. After removing the mask, my skin feels super smooth and looks clear and glowing. I love how my face looks and feels thanks to this mask, and use it once each week.

The mask can also be used as a body treatment to relieve muscle aches and pains. I haven't tried this yet but plan to do it soon since my shoulder has been acting up.

Overall, the InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask works well and leaves my skin looking and feeling improved.

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.