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OrganicaPure Review

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Between myself and my teenage daughter, we have a LOT of lotions around the house.  There isn’t much difference that we can tell, aside from scent mainly.  Of course, there are a few exceptions, but not many.

Organica Pure seems to be one of those few and far between lotions.  Instantly after rubbing it into your skin you feel a softness that has no match.  It’s the closest I’ve ever felt my skin be to the softness of a baby’s skin.  That is an amazing result if you ask me!  Who doesn’t love the feel of a Little One’s cheek???

I tried two different lotions: Cocoa & Honey and Aloe Vera & Honey.  While they both yield similar results, the Cocoa & Honey is my favorite.  It could be a psychological chocolate thing.  LOL.  The Coacoa & Honey leaves your skin amazingly smooth with a subtle scent that doesn’t overpower perfume or other natural smells.

The Aloe Vera & Honey lotion also did an amazing job of softening my skin.  It has been said that aloe vera helps with aging skin and the company points that out in the description. If you love the smell of aloe vera, you’ll love this one.  The scent is a little stronger than the other but it’s still a great lotion.  I’m just not a lover of strong scents.

One thing I love about their product, that really adds an additional perk, is that the bottles have a lid that you can turn sideways to close so that you don’t have to worry about accidental discharge.  Extremely important in a house that frequently has curious little hands investigating things!

At $15 a bottle, Organica Pure does an amazing job of creating organic lotion that truly makes a difference in your skin from the moment it is rubbed in and beyond.  Organica Pure also offers FREE SHIPPING on all orders!  That’s always a win!  They have many other products to help your skin, my favorite (with all this pasty skin) would be the sunburn treatments but they also have bath salts, wash gels, stretch mark creams and many others.

Judging by the amazing results I got from the lotions, I’m pretty certain that the others work equally well, if not better!  You’ll want to check them out, I promise!  Getting that spa treatment feel without that spa treatment price is an added bonus!

Company Description

Coacoa & Honey Organic Lotion

Our combination of Mayan’s finest cocoa and healthful honey replenishes moisture to dry skin without a greasy film, and leaves skin with a light, sweet fragrance.

Cocoa is an anti-wrinkle agent: It contains powerful anti-oxidant properties that prevent damage to your skin’s elastin and collagen, restoring and maintaining your youthful glow. It also works to moisturize and nourish your skin. Honey is also a gentle, healthy, natural moisturizer. As a humectant, honey helps your skin retain moisture without an oily buildup. Cocoa and honey work together in this luxurious body lotion to gently replenish moisture.

Treat your skin to this restorative combination, and experience healthier skin than ever before!

Results in: Moisturized, glowing, revitalized skin

Organic Aloe Vera & Honey Lotion

Our signature infusion of Yucatan’s finest aloe vera and healthful honey delivers therapeutic nourishment to needy skin without the greasy feeling and leaves skin with an understated, fresh fragrance.

>Aloe and honey work together in this healthful body lotion to soothe, soften, and brighten your skin. The aloe guarantees that the lotion will absorb quickly into your skin, restoring moisture without leaving an oily film. Honey, a natural humectant, seals in moisture to heal dry, irritated skin. Both Ingredients: also function as natural anti-agers. Our Aloe Vera & Honey Body Lotion will not only moisturize, but leave your skin with a healthy, youthful glow.

Treat your skin to this soothing, moisturizing experience!

Results in: Soft, healthy, younger-looking skin

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Originally posted 2013-09-02 00:01:31.

Khroma Herbal Products

Khroma Herbal Products have completely vegan, organic, not packaged in plastic, and contain no artificial ingredients. We are excited to share with you!

Khroma Herbal Products Giveaway Ends Feb 15

Given that there are chemicals in almost everything these days, it’s nice to find products that don’t have unnecessary side effects from those potentially harmful ingredients.  Having had the chance to try the ones above, we will be sharing our thoughts and results to better help you in your search for amazing products!  One must point out that

A Little About Khroma Herbal Products

Their slogan being: “From Nature, with Love” is absolutely awesome to me!  Being a nature loving person, it totally vibes with me!  Their homepage is also beautiful, in my humble opinion!.  They have a pretty great product line, including the ones listed below, they also have lip gloss, an energy blend, a happy blend (to uplift moods), Hair Skin & Nail blend, inflammation, digestive and circulation blends, just to name a few!

Khroma was founded by Connor & Renee Southworth in an effort to truly incorporate quality and ethics with great products.  They have added to their team and are keeping a people first drive with their business.  All of their products are ethically sourced, so I feel it is safe to say that they are taking their ethics and beliefs beyond just the human race, but to the whole ecosystem as well.  Being a very big animal and environmental lover, this company lines up with a way of thinking that I can completely line up with!

Herbal Products I Tried

Little Warrior Organic Children’s Immunity Blend: This is a blend of herbs formulated for children with no alcohol.  It’s made to taste good so that the kids will like it.  We tried it out on 3 children, ages 10, 4 and 2 1/2.  The older children are in school and exposed to all kinds of germs, which they love bringing home to the heart baby.  Regardless, they did seem to like it.  With the flu being so crazy right now, it didn’t prevent the virus but it did help them get better a lot faster than they have in the past.

Banja Balm Organic Pain Relieving Rub: A vegan, organic muscle rub.  It’s very strong and works well on sore muscles.  A friend borrowed it and I had to fight to get it back.  haha.  Overall, it works wonderfully to ease the pain of sore muscles.  The friend that used it had muscles sore from work (lifting, bending, pulling) and absolutely loved it.  I used it on a very tight and angry neck and had good results as well.

Baby Smile Organic Rash Cream: Our children are exposed to so many additives and chemicals, I love that this one is free of all of those things!  With various natural items such as chamomile, coconut oil, lavendar, this rash cream brings just what baby needs: healing!  The only thing I don’t like is that it has coconut oil, which isn’t good for cloth diapers.  So if you are a crunchy mama, be sure and use liners!

Khroma

Khroma has generously provided this prize and will be responsible for shipment!  Good luck!

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Putting these hops together isn’t easy, and we are truly grateful!

NAAT Brazilian Keratin Review

It’s a little weird posting a picture of your hair, I’m not going to lie.  It also made me realize I desperately need a hair cut and more up to date style.  Monkey said my hair looked like a lion’s mane.  If only I could get that child to know when to shut up!  LOL.  Anyway, my terrible style is not what I’m here to discuss.  
Product Description

Everyday Moisture that Reduces Volume & Frizz

NAAT Brazilian Keratin collection restores and intensifies your hair’s nutritional balance, leaving it incredibly smooth, strong and flexible. Unlike typical animal-based keratins, our exclusive Green Keratin formula stays in your hair longer and is more resistant to rinsing. Promotes vibrancy and hydration, giving hair a natural, healthy shine. Products include: Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, Leave-In, and Serum.
My Thoughts
To be completely honest, I really loved how soft it made my hair feel!  I would say I wish you could feel it, but then I pictured random people reaching through their computers and touching my hair and got a little creeped out.  LOL.  Anyway, I used the shampoo and conditioner from the collection for a while, exclusively, so that I could see if it made a difference and it did.  I agree with what the company says in their description.  You know how when you wash your hair with shampoo it feels kind of icky right after the shampoo is rinsed, like you REALLY need conditioner?  Well, there is a reason for that!  Shampoo strips our hair of natural oils and gives it that rough feeling.  Then we put conditioner on to restore some of the moisture we’ve stripped.  Problem is, you never can get all the natural moisture back.  This collection doesn’t strip your hair of those natural oils, it only cleans it!  My hair felt softer and was shinier when I was using Brazilian Keratin!  
Conclusion
Oooh, doesn’t that make it sound so official?  LOL.  I really liked the way NAAT Brazilian Keratin made my hair feel.  The company didn’t give us any links as to where to buy it but I was able to find it on both amazon and ebay if you are interested.  Given the sites I found it on, the cost varies too much for me to give you a definite cost range, but I do know that it is pricier than most products you’d find on the shelf.  Unfortunately, it’s a bit out of my budget.  If it weren’t, it would be worth it!  

 




Originally posted 2013-05-09 14:28:00.

NAAT Brazilian Keratin

My Thoughts
I got to try NAAT Brazilian Keratin and I have to say, I love it!  Every time I use it my hair feels silky smooth.  It even looks better than when I use my normal shampoos.  I recently fried my hair by using an expensive anti-dandruff shampoo and NAAT has really helped restore the health to my hair.  I’m loving it!  
Product Description

Everyday Moisture that Reduces Volume & Frizz

NAAT Brazilian Keratin collection restores and intensifies your hair’s nutritional balance, leaving it incredibly smooth, strong and flexible. Unlike typical animal-based keratins, our exclusive Green Keratin formula stays in your hair longer and is more resistant to rinsing. Promotes vibrancy and hydration, giving hair a natural, healthy shine. Products include: Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, Leave-In, and Serum. 

Originally posted 2013-04-04 01:08:00.

NAAT Curly Hair Treatment Review

Hey everyone!
Chief Zoo Keeper is always trying to get me to get stuff for him when I do reviews so I was really excited when I was able to get NAAT for him to try out!  He was really happy but it didn’t fare so well.
Let me continue by saying, if you haven’t noticed in the pics, my husband is black.  That’s why we thought the NAAT Curly Hair treatment would be perfect.  Unfortunately, NAAT didn’t work very well for Black People’s hair.  He said that it made his hair frizzy, which is exactly what it’s supposed to prevent.  Of course, maybe Latina curls would be different.
As for me and my straight hair, NAAT gave me some curl which was great as far as I was concerned!  I appreciated the additional body that NAAT provided.  The shampoo was somewhat thinner than I am accustomed to, but other than that I had no problems with it.  I really liked that it gave me some curl, as I usually can’t get my hair to curl for anything!
Anyway, if you have other experiences with NAAT hair products, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As a disclaimer, in case you are offended by my lack of using ‘African American’, my husband says he has never been to Africa, and is simply an American.  Therefore, if one needs to specify race, his race is Black.  Just letting ya know.  LOL.  He is pretty clear about his thoughts, you’d get a kick out of them!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted 2013-02-28 17:21:00.

Udderly Smooth Review

Hey everyone!  Hope all is well with each of you!  I recently had the chance to review some Udderly Smooth products and am super excited to share with you about them!   Of course, we all know you are excited too, since you benefit when I review!  😀  So, I was given each of the products above and can’t wait to share with you about them!

  We’ll start with the Udder Cream.  It is an amazing hand lotion!  I love it!  It fits perfectly in many small places so that you can take it with you and works amazingly well!  The cream leaves your hands feeling super soft, a must against the harsh winter wind!
We all know it’s super important to take care of our feet and Udderly Smooth Shea Butter Foot Cream makes your feet feel wonderful!  It goes on smooth as a think cream and slowly soaks into your skin to moisturize as deeply as possible.
Finally, the body cream.  It leaves your skin everywhere feeling super smooth.  My favorite time to put it on is right after a long hot shower.  I imagine it soaking into my pores and soon feel the benefits of using it as my skin becomes silky smooth!  What an amazing product!
As you have guessed, I am really enjoying the Udder Smooth products.  I love the softness it provides and the history is fascinating.  It was originally made by a pharmacist to soothe and soften cow’s udders during those harsh winter months.  Of course, as is typical, if it works for animals it works for us, so once they discovered how great it felt on our skin, they began making it for people too!  Now, we all know I am an animal fanatic so this story is especially awesome to me!
You can follow them on facebook here and check out their website here.  You’ll love all their awesome products and I am certain you’ll enjoy the feeling of your skin after using it a few times!  SUPER SOFT!!!
Now, we have an awesome giveaway of all of the above products for you!  How great is that!  But first, we shall have the speed talking technicalities:  I was given these products for free to review in hopes that I would mention them on my blog.  All opinions here are my own and always will be.  There is a more specific legally sounding mumbo jumbo on my PR tab, but the basics are: these are my opinions, I received product for free but am not being compensated for this post.  Now, on past that junk!  😀

Originally posted 2012-12-21 18:39:00.

Bryton Picks

                          I recently had the opportunity to try out Bryton Reusable picks.  They are basically, well, a pick!  LOL.  Small and compact, they will slide into the plastic they come in, then right into a credit card slot of your wallet!  Great for those times when you find yourself in desperate need of a toothpick!                I will admit I was initially a bit leery, but I figured, why not!  ere are my thoughts:  they are great for times when you need to floss but don’t have time so you can get the plaque and food from between your teeth.  I wouldn’t use them as a complete replacement for floss, but they are perfect for meals when it’s socially unacceptable to stick your finger in your mouth!  LOL.  (Bet you’d never guess I came from a half redneck family, huh!  LOL.  I don’t do that….  in public…..  LOL)  Also, they are awesome for your front teeth, not so much for your back teeth.  I bent mine when I used it on the back ones!  As for the front, worked like a charm and I didn’t even have to use a mirror!  (Although I did double check myself!)  They will make very easy to discreetly clean between your front teeth!

A nice bonus:  Made in the USA!!!  😀  They have stainless steel cleaning strips which are germ resistant  (this enables them to be re-used up to 30 days!).  Also, they are made from completely recyclable materials!
Anyway, if you’d like to find out more about them, including where to get your own, check out BrytonPicks here!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my Zoo Patrons!

Originally posted 2011-11-29 02:19:00.

34 Uses for Rosemary Oil with #NewYorkBiology

34-uses-for-rosemary-oil-with-newyorkbiologyMy fascination with oils continues!  I am loving all the I’m learning and all the ways the oils are helping me!  I am all for not putting more chemicals in my body when I don’t have to!  New York Biology Rosemary Oil has been great.  It is not food safe, but there are so many uses that don’t require ingesting so it’s all good!  I have tendonitis and am in almost constant pain, even with the brace on all the time.  After doing my research for this post, I rubbed some oil straight onto my wrist with a tissue and the pain was relieved immediately!  I cannot tell you how much value this bit of relief has for me!  I have a ton to do, all of which require my right hand which is getting worse and worse!

As you can tell through the other posts, I’ve worked a lot with New York Biology lately.  I have to say, they are a great company.  They are a small business and sincerely care about their customers.  I’ve always loved supporting small businesses, but having spoken with one of the owners on multiple occasions, I am loving them even more!  I am not sure I’ve ever spoken with a business owner who cared so much about their customers that they’ll sacrifice profit to help ensure their product is affordable to everyone!

Be sure and check out my other recent oil posts, I’ve done lavendar, peppermint, sandalwood and tea tree oil.  There are tons and tons of uses and I’ve made lists of all that I could find.  I’m hoping some of you awesome readers will let me know some more!  This one even gives helps with scars and stretch marks!

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How do you use Rosemary Oil?

I’d love to hear!

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33 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil with #NewYorkBiology

As many of you know, I’ve been playing with oils for a little while now.  Today I’m sharing with you

another oil from New York Biology.  Their Peppermint Oil.  The smell is awesome and I am loving the uses it has!  My favorite is that it helps with joint therapy!  I have recently been diagnosed with tendonitis so I’m doing all I can naturally to relieve the pain!

I’ve also recently posted about lavender oil, sandalwood, Tea Tree and there are more oils to come soon so keep checking back!  If I missed some uses, please share with me!  I want to learn all I can about all the uses!

33 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil with New York Biology

Do you use Peppermint Oil?

I’d love to hear all about how you use it!

Did I miss any uses?

How does it work best for for you?

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36 Uses for Lavender Oil

I have a few friends who have been swearing by the use of essential oils for years.  I always knew that they had a ton of uses, I just never bothered trying to learn what those uses were.  So, having the opportunity to try out Aviner Lavender Essential Oil has inspired me to start learning.  One of my favorite uses is the helping with concentration, I’m excited to play with that one!  Lord knows I need it!  You can read an article about it and 9 other oils that help with concentration on Aviner’s blog.  I had some lavender oil from a friend and had been using it for bug bits and to help with sleep.  When I compared the two (the one I had from a large box store and the Avenir), I realized that the Avenir smells stronger and is more effective, which is interesting since both say that they are 100% pure.  The Avenir, however, also says it’s 100% pure.  That seems to be the only obvious difference, but the subtle difference in smell is also noticeable.  Overall, I really am loving the lavender oil from Aviner!!!  Thier prices are quite reasonable and their selection is outstanding!

36 Uses for Lavender Oil

Please note that I received this product in exchange for a review and my honest opinion.  My Crafty Zoo with never misrepresent their feelings on any product, promotional or otherwise.

I’d Love to Know….

How do you use lavender oil?

Anything I missed?  What’s your favorite?