December Box: Simply Earth Eos + 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!”

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My Experience:

 

This is month numero 2 of receiving the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe box and I am really loving it–top to bottom! The ideas + creativity that goes into the box + quality of the oils are excellent and I find myself wondering + anticipating what’s going to be in the next month’s box.

I’ve dabbled in the crafty part of the box but my favorite aspect is that they provide portable little bottles for on-the-go use as well as the drop ratios of the different oils to get a really aromatic blend. These little projects that Simply Earth includes would be the perfect task for a kiddo, I’d imagine!

I am absolutely enthralled with the coffee essential oil (I’d go swimming in coffee if I could) and I love adding the Citrus   Burst to the coconut oil as a hair serum! It leaves my hair smelling enlivening and delicious.

This Christmas box includes goodies to create: bath bombs, hand warmers, a diffuser necklace, supplies to create a roll-on and EO’s especially chosen for use in a diffuser. LOVE.

Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Brightside Skincare Review + Giveaway to Come!

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com:

Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)
Click here: Amazon http://amzn.to/2e4VvQe.

 

Brightside Skincare

Overall Rating: images-8

About Brightside Skincare:

Brightside Skincare products provide an alternative to the harmful skincare options available in today’s US market. The product line is free-from fragrance, parabens, sulfates, lanolin, phthalates, carcinogens, cruelty and gluten. It comes in anti-aging formulas, as well as for acne-prone skin. Currently, the only ‘safe’ options are very costly and most people cannot afford to purchase them. With Brightside Skincare, women of all ages can have access to an affordable, effective and safe skincare regime. Check out the Brightside Skincare website here: Brightsideskincare.com.

Products I tried:

Gentle Tea Cleanser: This 81% organic, non-foaming, organic Aloe juice and anti-oxidant rich Green Tea Extract based cleanser is perfect for deep-cleaning and sloughing off dead skin layers. For all skin types.

Gentle Toner: 95% organic and loaded with DMAE & MSM. DMAE is an amazing nutrient that gives the skin a toned and firm appearance. MSM is soothing and calming, especially for irritated and inflamed skin. For all skin types.

Facial Serum69% Organic. Packed full with active DMAE and MSM this is the perfect serum for all skin types, including blemish prone, oily and sensitive skin. It can be used in addition to a moisturizer on normal, mature and dry skin. For combination or acne prone skin, this serum will offer needed hydration without feeling greasy.

Rooibos Tea & Olive Moisturizer: Vegan & 91% Organic. Every aspect of this lotion is beneficial for your skin. Rooibos Tea is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and limits their damaging effects on the skin. For all skin types except blemish prone skin.

Rooibos & Olive Eye CreamFor all skin types. A rich cream, enhanced with Rooibos Tea, Hyaluronic acid, Lavender, Blue-Green Algae, Calendula & Pomegranate extracts and Evening Primrose to retain moisture in the tender and delicate skin around your eyes. Contains active ingredients that work synergistically to balance, sooth, regenerate and supply moisture. This rich cream can be used

All Natural Vanilla Lip BalmQuench your lips with this very emollient natural lip balm. For all skin types.

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My Experience:

My journey of navigating through the world of “how in the world is the best way to take care of my skin?” has been a relatively long one. It feels like I’ve been troubleshooting my skincare routine since I was in middle school, trying to feel out why my skin isn’t regulating itself, why I get breakouts, what products are helpful, which ones aren’t, etc.

To spare you every details, I’ll simply say that I have discovered this to be true:

Your healthiest skin ever comes from using organic ingredients!

Ultimately, this gigantic layer of skin on your body is partially responsible for eliminating impurities and toxins from your body. Thus, you are crippling your skin’s ability to do this by applying toxins onto it. Those toxins are going the wrong way! Getting toxic skin care products out of your beauty cabinet should be the first step in seeking healthier + more balanced skin.

Enter: Brightside Skincare

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The story behind a product line can really speak loudly in regards to the quality + integrity that goes into each product. I really enjoyed watching Kerri’s video (https://goo.gl/EOAZcT, I encourage you to watch it). She’s a beautiful, humble woman seeking a better way to guide her skin to optimum health.

First of all, I love that she provides several products with the intention that they will be used in sequential order. Our skin is dynamic and ever changing and I’ve learned it needs help periodically detoxing + staying vibrant + eliminating dead skin cells. With Brightside Skincare’s product line, you start by cleansing, then you tone, then nourish with a serum, then quench with a moisturizer and then touch up the eyes and lips with the eye cream + lip balm. This after effect is a clean and glowy complexion.

So, let me walk you through how this line fits into my everyday routine….

I am a very active gal, working out at 5am most mornings and promptly heading to work (managing a juice shop) until the afternoon. I start the day with some powder + mascara + lip balm on my face and that normally gets me through until I get off work. At the end of the day, my face is normally covered in perspiration and the light make up I’ve worn throughout the day. I find myself craving a shower + good face wash. Brightside Skincare products allow me to do this without stripping all of the natural moisture off of my skin. This is important because skin needs to be balanced and quenched, not stripped and covered in chemical-ridden products.

I found the Gentle Tea Cleanser to be a nice balance of mild yet effective. It has a creamy + dense texture while also doing the job of cleansing. I like the usage of witch hazel as a natural cleanser + astringent.

Following with the Gentle Toner allows me to close all of my pores, get rid of any excess makeup that I missed while cleansing and prepare my skin to be get hydrated with the Facial Serum and moisturizer.

I like the idea of using the Facial Serum before the moisturizer. The Facial Serum contains jojoba oil (my all-time favorite oil for facial skin). Like Brightside Skincare mentions on their website, jojoba oil resembles the qualities of the oil that skin naturally produces. It’s also close in pH to it, making it an excellent compliment.

My absolute favorite part of their website is this breakdown that is shown on the Facial Serum product page (https://goo.gl/woBZxG). I think it is so helpful and shows transparency when a brand lists the ingredients and the reason why each of them is in there. It shows that each ingredient has a reason + purpose and what that purpose is.

One thing I learned on my acne journey is not to stay away from moisturizer, despite the fact that it is seemingly counter-intuitive to add moisture to an acne-ridden face. I really enjoy the ingredient choice and performance of the Rooibos Tea + Olive Moisturizer. You can tell it’s going to work well right as it comes out of the bottle. It’s very hydrating without being cakey at all. If you find that your skin is especially acne prone, you may want to check out Brightside Skincare’s Light Moisturizer as an alternative to this more dense moisturizer.

Now is a great time to also mention that for a large portion of my life, I would describe my skin as oily + acne prone. With much attention to my diet and nutritional needs, I would now describe my skin as normal (it took years). I think it all started to balance out. Your skin is connected to every other system in your body, so it makes sense!

Thus, I was excited to try Brightside Skincare’s “normal skin” line, considering my skin’s current state. I find that my skin looks + feels better (especially during the colder months) when I keep my moisturizer close by for daily usage. With that routine, the Rooibos + Olive Eye Cream and All Natural Vanilla Lip Balm act as the perfect follow-up + touch-up tools (if you will) to keep my skin feeling glowing and moist.

My skin care routine plays a big role in my daily efforts to catalyze my body’s natural process of detoxifying. It’s another way to help your body eliminate and cleanse. Brightside Skincare provides you a full product line to help detoxify your system and skin.

Many women shop at department stores for their fancy or luxury skin care items, those of which cost $50 or more per product and hundreds for the entire product line (and–the ingredient lists are scary!). So, why not spend a bit less and increase the quality of the ingredients a ton? That’s a no brainer for me.

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This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com: Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)

Click here: Amazon http://amzn.to/2e4VvQe.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY! Simply Earth EOs: 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!

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My Experience:

It would be a pretty accurate thing to say that I’m geeking out on essential oils as of lately. Particularly for their versatility and pureness, I really value and get a lot of use our of essential oils every single day. Here are some of my favorite uses:

-Homemade toothpaste + deodorant

-Flea repellent for my dog

-Homemade body spray

-Laundry deodorizer

-Hair perfume

The idea of curating a monthly box for customers to enjoy (that contains 5 Eos + Recipes + Recipe Ingredients + Recipe Containers) is super neat to me. It helps introduce people to essential oils with a fun + creative instruction manual, so to speak.

I am impressed by how this brand gives back + impressed with the packaging and curation of the themed box and even more impressed that they think I’m cool enough to pass along some goodies to me in order to retrieve my thoughts. Thank you, Simply Earth (rad name, btw)!

To Enter this GIVEAWAY for some Essential Oil goodness:

-SIMPLY leave a comment below telling me about your experience with essential oils. What’ve you discovered to be your favorite use?

Also, Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Pact Organic Athletic Apparel Experience

 

 

 

5-stars

About Pact Organic:

“Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. In addition, the World Bank estimates that around 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Not to mention the issues around forced labor, child labor, and factory collapses… it’s a dirty business (and we’re on a mission to change it).

We’re committed to organic cotton to minimize our impact on the environment and improve the conditions and quality of life for the people who make our clothing. PACT ORGANIC unites the collective vision of organic cotton farming, responsible manufacturing, sustainable and ethical certifications, and values-based shopping. We believe organic cotton is the foundation for addressing labor and environmental challenges that surround clothing. Our mission is to change the apparel industry for good. 

No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Organic certification in manufacturing requires dyes to meet biodegradability/eliminability standards, the proper treatment of water, and prohibits the use of toxic heavy metals.

Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income. In India, farmers have the added benefit of earning the Fair Trade premium.

Our organic cotton is certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. One of the key pillars of GOTS is the protection of workers’ rights. Employment is freely chosen, working conditions are safe and hygienic, living wages are paid, no discrimination is practiced, and no child labor is used.

We believe shoppers can change industries with the simple, everyday choices of our purchasing decisions. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the power to influence people and planet in a big way. Organic cotton makes up less than 1% of the world’s global cotton supply – that’s a big opportunity for change!”

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My Experience:

Supersupersuper excited is a good way to describe my feelings when learning that I’d be collaborating with Pact Organic for this run down.

Even if you just skimmed through the information above that Pact shares on their website, so get a good idea that this is very much a “bigger picture” kind of brand. Not only are they thinking about sustainability and the impact of what they are creating, but they are generating beautiful apparel + underwear that feel better and look better.

Not pictured above are the socks Pact sent (crew + dressy style socks) that I’ve been wearing regularly to work underneath my high top sneakers. They provide a comfortable + breathable layer and I’m digging the feel. Also, Pact sent me two pairs of men’s boxer briefs. When my boyfriend first put them on, he smiled and said, “Yeah, they feel good!” That’s a win in my mind!

Having organic underwear is awesome because: you want the highest quality + clean materials next to your most importantest parts, right?

Even if it’s not top priority for you to buy organic + sustainably made clothing, you’d be hyped on this brand SIMPLY because of the feel and fit of the pieces. The underwear and cami are particularly comfy + cozy and the hoodie is already a staple in my gym bag.

The leggings I see as being more of a layering piece, as I’d categorize them as low rise tights on me. I prefer to work out in high rise leggings, so these will be my layering + lounging + around the house leggings. I’m excited that this brand is getting their name out there (and I get to be a part of helping do that–soooo cool).

K guys, you’re about to be HOOKED, so save a little while you’re shopping over at:

Their website using discount code: RunOnOrganic25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upy Insulated Bottle Review

 

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Upy Vacuum Insulated + Stainless Steel + Double Walled + Anti-Condensation Bottle

Overall Rating: 4-stars

About:

  • KEEP HYDRATED, STRONG AND HEALTHY. From a day on your favorite road trip to the office, having a good water bottle is essential to stay hydrated. Also, it makes you feel awesome and taste a whole lot better when the temperature of your drinks is perfect. Let’s make it real with your best buddy, Upy Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle. It helps you to keep your drinks chilled up to 24 hours and warm up to 12 hours. MUCH LONGER THAN MOST OF OUR COMPETITORS!
  • EXTREME INSULATION. Vacuum insulated double wall construction of Upy Running Water Bottle guarantees maximum temperature retention and no sweat exterior. So, you can hold the bottle with a smile and keep it in the gym bag or on your working table with confidence. The integrated carrying loop holds the lid in place and lets you to carry the bottle in a crook of your finger. Instead, you can simply connect the loop to your hiking back pack or your waist belt with a small carabiner.
  • EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN. Upy Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle is made using the high quality, food grade, 18/8 stainless steel and finished with sleek and durable matte white powder coating for long lasting performance. It won’t transfer flavors or odors to your drinks and its super tight, screw type, stainless steel lid guarantees zero leaks and sudden splashes. The wide mouth opening of the bottle makes it easy to add ice cubes as well as the bottle brushes for easy cleaning.
  • WRAPPED WITH FREE BONUSES. Enjoy our exclusive bonuses, an eBook “home bartending essantials” which includes many delicious cocktail recipes and a straw lid to enjoy your favorite drinks anywhere with comfort, absolutely for free with every purchase. This super pack is the best birthday or Christmas gift that you can choose for the one you love most and for your kids.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY WITH EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE. What is your impression on Upy Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle? We are so confident that you will love our Travel Flask. But for any reason, if you’re not completely satisfied, we will refund every cent. No questions asked. You can use Upy not just as a water bottle, but also as a coffee cup, beer canister or as a tea cup. So just make your wise choice today!

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My Experience:

More than ever in my life, I am up to the shoulders in my belief that hydration is a problem solver in regards to health and longevity. Your body functions more efficiently (that means every. single. solitary. system. and organ) when it’s provided with an ample water supply.

Along with my high stoke level on water, I am an avid coffee drinker and have been since I became an adult (huh? what does that even mean?).

What I’m getting to is that I need a great container to lug my beverages around in! I’ve tried many different brands and I (not intentionally) have generated a list in my mind of the things that are important to me in a portable beverage jug:

  1. Must seal tightly so that leakage is not a stressor
  2. Needs to have a decent capacity (Idk, somewhere above 16oz or so)
  3. Also must fit in most of my holders
  4. Added bonus if it keeps cold stuff cold and hot stuff hot
  5. Added bonus if it looks cool!

The only spec that this bottle isn’t totally optimal for is that it doesn’t fit into my Honda’s cupholder, which is a tad of a bummer. Overall though, that’s a tiny detail.

I have been carrying this bottle around with me for a few weeks and let me tell you, it’s a well made bottle. The seal is secure, the material used is substantial and it feels like a fancy bottle without the well-known name. I’m amped up to have this Upy bottle for my sweaty activities. Definitely go check out their site and amazon page (the place to order) to take a gander!

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