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Daily Goodie Box July review

Check out all the cool stuff in this month’s Daily Goodie Box below!

Detox Water

This is the second Detox water I try and was just as impressed. This mango flavored drink has aloe, electrolytes and vitamins. Aloe is great for digestive health, which makes Detox water both yummy and good for your gut. Check out their various flavors here

Palo popcorn

Made in Wisconsin,  Palo premium cheddar cheese popcorn was perfectly cheesy! A good snack, low in calories, and made with coconut oil. This cheddar popcorn did not disappoint, definitely recommend it, especially if you love popcorn. Try it here

Watusee foods organic Chickpeatos

Green pea and chickpea puffs, caramel sea salt flavor were one of my favorite snacks I’ve tried in my goodie boxes. They were filling, the right amount of sweet and salty, and a great option for a healthy snack. I highly recommend these, very addicting 👍👍Get them here.

FlapJacked protein smoothie 

I love a good protein smoothie! FlapJacked protein smoothie packs flavor, protein, and probiotics due to the addition of Greek yogurt. I usually mix my protein powder with fruits, peanut butter or coffee, but I wanted to get the real taste of this one so stuck with just coconut milk. Had a smooth, chocolate taste to it. No chalkiness or bad aftertaste, and the coconut milk combined with the chocolate was a great mix! Try FlapJacked protein smoothie powders here.

Goddess Garden natural lip balm 

After three days in Reno, my lips needed some highly needed moisture to stop that chapped feeling. I immediately applied Goddess Garden lip balm which has natural minerals and sunscreen, and the next day my lips felt much better. Huge difference, I felt them getting smoother again, no pain and thankfully prevented the cracking that somethings occurs in drier weather. Goddess Garden has not let me down so far with all their organic and natural products I have tried. Check them out here

Natural Vitality anti-stress drink

Ever feel like you need to just stop, breathe and relax for a minute? Then you must check out Natural Vitality’s Calm. The anti-stress drink in a variety of flavors. Having a pretty busy morning and afternoon one day, I felt like I just needed a moment of calmness to avoid going into overdrive, so I mixed the lemon flavored drink into a bottle of water, watched it fizz,  stirred it and drank it. This powder is pretty much loaded in magnesium, and it does help slow you down, which is sometimes what you need to clear your head and keep going. Check out Natural Vitality anti-stress drinks here.

Davidson’s coconut vanilla dessert tea 

Davidson’s coconut vanilla dessert tea is perfect when you get a craving for something sweet. Especially if you get them at night or in the evenings. Leaves your tummy full, and satisfies your sweet tooth. The tea can be enjoyed hot or iced. The coconut and vanilla perfectly blend for a creamy, and smooth tea. Check them out here.

Honey Stinger bar

Cran-apple & walnut flavored bar. This bar is more on the nutty side, not a chewy kind, but still incredibly tasty. You can taste the freshness of the ingredients used. I’d love to see these at local groceries to try out other flavors, in the meantime find them here.

Curoxen first aid ointment 

Natural. Organic. Effective. Three words I love to see on something that comes in contact with your skin 👍 I actually ended up using this ointment on a sunburn to help relieve the itch, and it was very helpful. Not heavy, or smelly, and definitely effective. Find other Curoxen products here

Balla body powder for men

This body powder for men looks fancy and smells so good. Has a fresh, clean, minty scent and works great at keeping your man dry and fresh in the summer season. My husband approved, and liked the fact it’s portable so you can just toss it in your car or gym bag and go. Get Balla body powder and other products for men here.

Daily Goodie Box June Review

This month’s Daily Goodie Box was full of sweet surprises 🙂

June’s box had a nice variety which included snacks, maple syrup, a body wash and a caffeine energy bar. Keep reading for a close look at each one.

Better than coffee energy bars

You had me at coffee! This plant-based energy bar says it delivers a caffeine kick, better than coffee- I must admit, they are not lying. I got a dark chocolate and mint bar, with the first bite the mint hits you, then you get the coffee flavor, mixed with the chocolate. The bar was good, nice texture, not grainy; and even though you taste the caffeine, it doesn’t feel like you are munching on straight coffee beans. You feel very energized afterwards, and I didn’t feel a crash. The name is fit for the bar, however I still enjoy the ritual of sipping on a cup of coffee. Don’t get me wrong, BTC bars are a good alternative to coffee when you are on the go. Nice to stash them in your office or purse when you are low in energy, without any jitters or crash when the caffeine runs its course. I love the fact these energy bars also give you 5g of protein and 4g of fiber, and the protein is derived from peas. Check out all BTC energy bars here.

Pure growth organic snack mix

Cute packaging for kids, with ingredients that make them a guilt-free snack. Tasted like a less salty version of Chex mix. Both my kids liked them, and the bag was empty after snack time 👍👍 Satisfied kids after a healthier alternative to chips or trail mix, makes for a happy mommy. Try some out for your little ones here.

Goddess Garden Mineral removing cleanser

Second product I’ve used from Goddess Garden, and they have not disappointed! Used this whole packet up in about a week. Worked great to remove and cleanse my face at night, and saw no unwanted side effects on my skin. It’s a greyish, clay-like liquid with not much of a fragrance. Loved the lightness of it, and how fresh my face felt afterwards. Definitely recommend this. Try Goddess Garden mineral removing cleanser for yourself here, or check out some of their other amazing products.

Crown Maple Syrup

My husband tried this one out for me, since I am not a fan of maple syrups. He is very picky about which syrup to use, so he was the perfect candidate to try this one out. Happy to say, he liked Crown maple syrup, very much. Said it’s one of the best he’s tasted, and he wished the sample was bigger lol. Guess that means we gotta put in an order, find more syrup varieties by Crown Maple here!

Tiger Balm pain relieving ointment

Summer season also brings mosquitoes along, and if you’ve ever been bitten I’m sure you’ve experienced the pain after over-scratching.  This Tiger Balm ointment came in handy both to help stop the itch from a few mosquitoe bites, and soothe the slight pain. Nice little packet made it easy to squeeze out a small amount, fold it up and save more for next time. I like that Tiger Balm has that minty/floral scent that it’s known for, but they are branching out into different products to deliver that soothing comfort when it’s needed. Grab some Tiger Balm pain relieving ointment, and check out their other products here.

Prince of Peace ginger honey crystals

My previous Goodie Box had some chewy ginger candy by Prince of Peace that I really enjoyed, so I was pretty sure this tea wouldn’t disappoint. It’s a nice alternative to your standard tea bag; you pour out the ginger honey crystals, add hot water and voilà! The tea tasted very much like the chewy ginger candy, a little bit sweeter, but you still get that zing from the ginger. Very nice tasting tea, even better that it’s made of ginger since it has great health benefits. Prince of Peace truly knows how to make great tasting products utilizing ginger root. Check out more Prince of Peace products here.

BiPro protein water berry burst

BiPro protein water is naturally sweetened and contains whey protein to help your muscles grow and recover post workout. Each bottle is 90 calories and contains a whooping 20g of protein. It is recommended to be taken 30 minutes before or after your workout, right before bed or upon waking up for best results. I took mine 30 minutes post workout to help with muscle recovery, and it was a nice and fruity treat. Doesn’t leave you feeling thirsty for water like some drinks do, and it’s got a nice berry flavor to it, without an artificial or over-sweet taste. It has five ingredients which is nice to see on something that’s supposed to be helping you, and zero carbs and sugars. Good drink to cut your sweet cravings, get a good source of protein and not feel guilty about drinking your calories. Try BiPro for yourself here.

Black Forest organic gummy bears

These gummy bears were so sweet and soft to chew. They tasted very juicy, and have got to be the best tasting gummy bears I’ve had, hands down. I liked them so much, I went out and bought a pack of their organic gummy worms the next day 🙊Those were good too, but the gummy bears were much better. Grab some here!

VitaBath body wash

VitaBath lavender and chamomile body wash is sulfate and paraben free, and it doesn’t lack any good stuff. The scent smells so delicious, almost like a juicy gummy bear. The lavender and chamomile hints are both there, they are strong but not in a bad way. Leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. Massage on the soles of your feet for a nice, soothing feeling on tired feet. I normally prefer a body scrub, but this body wash might have changed my mind. A must try! Find it, and more products by VitaBath here.

Catherine Jinn pro bio-placenta essence serum review

The K-beauty culture is based around prevention, and so is Catherine Jinns’ pro bio-placenta essence. This anti-aging serum provides a cutting edge combo of skin rejuvenating ingredients; and was specifically made for those of us who care about our skin, but are too busy for a lengthy routine…

Catherine Jinn is a company that created pro bio-placenta essence, a serum that mimics all the benefits real placenta has. It is paraben-free, fragrance free, and not tested on animals. It was developed in South Korea, and manufactured in the US. Which is why the name is ,Catherine Jinn, bringing two cultures together to create a product with the best of both. 

When I was first contacted by their company to see if I was interested in sampling their pro bio-placenta essence, I was a little hesitant due to the word placenta in their product. But after checking out their product and company more in depth, I agreed. This product is made of five safely synthesized growth factors that compare to a real placenta. A growth factor is a substance that is required for the stimulation of growth in living cells. It is biotechnologically engineered to mimic what is found in placenta, but doesn’t actually use real placenta. 

Why placenta, you might be asking. Aging is caused by loss of growth factors, which are found in placenta. By creating a product that mimics what is found in placenta, it in turn helps reduce signs of aging.  

I have been testing out Catherine Jinns’ pro bio-placenta essence serum for a little over a month, and I actually really like this product. Personally, I prefer a serum over a lotion for my face because I feel it is lighter and leaves more of a glow on my face. The serum doesn’t smell, it’s very light and two pumps are enough for your face and neck. It is said to be formulated to rejuvenate the skin, and fight crow’s feet around eyes. I have started noticing crow’s feet showing around my eyes, which have diminished this past month of using the bio-placenta essence serum. They are still there when I squint or smile, but no longer show on my resting face. I also noticed my eyebrows growing in, I started losing some of my eyebrow hairs due to pregnancy. I am not sure if it is related to the bio-placenta, but it did occur around the same time as I have been using it. 

I noticed no skin dryness, redness, irritation, or breakouts. ( two thumbs up for that 🙂 ) I literally used facial soap and the serum daily and that’s it.  I used the serum morning and before bed. Applied on my face and neck in a circular motion, especially focusing on the skin around my eyes. It blends into your skin, doesn’t leave any residue or scent behind. I love that about serum, no oily, shiny skin or heaviness to it.

I truly liked this product, and will continue to use it since it has worked out for me. A whole bottle costs $73.97, but it will last you a long time. If you are a busy person, a new mom, or someone who wants a quick cleansing routine, I highly recommend this. The price might seem steep, but considering it’s a big bottle of serum, and the only product you need after washing, it’s worth it. Don’t be scared to splurge on your cleansing routine, especially when it’s on a product that goes directly on your face. Try it out for yourself at CatherineJinn.com or check out their other products. 

             Image via CatherineJinn.com 

*though I did receive a bottle of pro-bio placenta essence serum free of cost, I was not compensated or told what to say. The company simply asked for a review on my blog sharing how I felt after using the product. I strive on providing honest reviews here, whether I purchased the product or received it for free.

Ouai haircare treatment masque review

I purchased a hair treatment box from Sephora a while ago, which had a variety of hair masques to try out. Included was a small tube of Ouai’s hair care treatment masque. I saved it for last, and am pretty glad I did so. Keep reading to find out why!

While maintaining my blonde tresses, I’ve managed to do a hair treatment weekly. I purchased a sample box, because I wanted to do a trial before committing to a full size bottle. (If you are searching for a hair masque/treatment I highly recommend doing this). Within my box came a small 1 oz tube of Ouai’s hair care treatment masque. 

The sample lasted me three treatments. (A little bit goes a long way). I tried the treatment both on wet and dry hair, but felt it worked better on my hair when applied to pre-shampooed, damp hair. The first time I used it, it definitely left my hair feeling silky while the masque was on, when I washed it off my hair felt as though it had a protective silicon barrier, though it is a paraben-free formula. The second time I used it, the jasmine scent really hit me. And I loved it! I’m not sure why I hadn’t noticed it the first time around, but if you are a fan of floral-smelling hair masques you will love Ouai’s. You get the scent while applying it, while the treatment is on, and it washes off to a very faint remain. My third trial had me hooked. This stuff not only smells great, it also helps your hair feel soft and manageable days after you use it. When you have damaged hair, manageable hair days-after is a great thing. 

My only issue with Ouai’s haircare treatment masque is that the full size product comes in packs instead of a bottle. You get eight 3 oz packets for $32, which are nice if you travel often but I’d much rather have a bottle or jar of this stuff. I feel like you have to cut the little packets and wipe them on your hair to make sure you get your money’s worth. Besides that, I would definitely repurchase Ouai’s hair care treatment masques or try other products from the line. 

Have you used Ouai’s masque before, what was your experience with them? Not one product works for all, so your thoughts are appreciated 🙂 


Daily Goodie Box May review

April’s Daily Goodie Box came with all the cool samples below. 

This month had a nice variety with products I hadn’t yet heard of, and a few from companies I already knew about. 

Ona cookies 

Ona cookies brownie tasted delicious. They were soft, but had a nice texture with the chopped nuts added in. It’s a nice snack, especially when looking for healthy and clean products. Would definitely buy these to satisfy cravings. Check them out here!

Viter energy caffeinated breath mints

I had no idea caffeinated breath mints existed, thank you Daily Goodie Box for introducing them to me! I got a wintergreen flavor pack and it was very yummy. Nice way to freshen up your breath, and get a kick of caffeine. Try tthem out for yourself here.

Natralia eczema body wash & shampoo

 I had previously tried this brand from a lotion in a previous Goodie Box, and loved the fact Natralia aims for natural products you can trust. Especially when it comes to products for your kids, you want to make sure you know what goes on their skin. I tried this as body wash and really liked the fact it didn’t have overpowering scents, as well as the active ingredient being colloidal oatmeal. It had a lotion-like texture and left my skin feeling smooth. Definitely nice to keep around if your kids have dry, itchy skin,  or in case rashes happen. Check out this and other great products from Natralia here.

Volo vitamins energy sticks

Grab a stick and go! Nice pick me up to keep in your purse for when you are low on energy. I liked the citrus flavored one a little more than the berry, simply because I prefer lemon flavored drinks. Not too sweet when mixed with a good amount of water, and even more refreshing with ice. I like this type of energy drink over others that overstimulate the body. Check them out here.

Tiger Balm pain relieving patch

Oldie but a goodie! If you have ever used Tiger Balm for pains or sprains you will probably remember it’s scent and goopy texture, and now they offer a quick yet effective alternative with these patches. Ladies who suffer from back pain from pms, you seriously need this. Tried and loved it. Relieves the pain, without the mess or harsh scent. Stock up on these convenient and effective Tiger Balm patches here.

Kicking horse coffee

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I love coffee! My daily coffee ritual started after having my first baby, and it’s still going strong after my second born. With that being said, I was soooo happy to receive this full size sample of Kicking Horse coffee in a dark roast. This was the first thing I tried out of my Daily Goodie Box.  I love the packaging, and even more the fact this dark roast is describedas “sweet, smoky, audacious”. I brewed myself a cup and tried it black to get the actual flavor, it tasted good. Smooth, you get a subtle sweetness, and I actually didn’t mind drinking the full cup with nothing added to it. Coffee lover? You can’t pass this one up, look for Kicking Horse’s various roasts here.

Georgia Grinders creamy peanut butter

If I could describe Georgia Grinders creamy peanut butter in one word, it would be balance. It tastes like you took some peanuts, lightly salted them, and grinded then to a creamy spread. I’ve had various peanut butter brands, and this one ranks as probably the most natural-tasting. I’m sure that’s exactly what they were aiming for, mission achieved. You have to knead it before squeezing it out to ensure it has that soft and creamy texture. Are you looking for a natural and great tasting peanut butter? Then get your own Georgia Grinders peanut butter here.

Andalou face cream

This sample couldn’t have come at a better time! I was literally looking for a new face cream since I had just finished the one I had been using. The sample I received from Andalou was a hyaluronic DMAE lift & firm cream. The job of this cream is to give you a lifted, former and more youthful appearance (who doesn’t want that right?!) It’s vegan, and most importantly, cruelty free. It had a very light fruity scent and left my face feeling soft and clean, with no added weight or oils. I could definitely see myself purchasing a full size of this one, mostly because of that tight, clean feeling it left. No redness, dryness or breakout after using it for well over a week. Try out Andalou’s creams and check out their various products here.

Swago cologne

The hubby was a little hesitant on helping me out by trying this Swago cologne, mostly because it was a wipe 🙂 I wasn’t sure what to expect from a cologne wipe either, but surprisingly it had a nice scent to it. To best describe it, it smelled like a clean man’s cologne. Not too musty, more on the freshly showered side. Be sure to only do a few dabs of these wipes so as not to overdo it. Never had I heard of cologne wipes, yet they seem like a perfect addition for a guy on the go. Keep some stashed in your car, or at the office. Grab some Swago cologne wipes for your favorite guy here.

Prince of Peace ginger candy

I’ll admit, when I saw these in the box I wasn’t too excited. But once I opened one up and realized it was a chewy kind, my first impression changed. I have tried ginger candy before, but a chewy kind was a first for me. I tried four the first time, because I couldn’t stop after the first lol. They are coated in powdered sugar, which is a nice offset to the ginger. The chewy texture makes this ginger candy stick out from others I’ve tried. If you are pregnant or want to get something to keep around for when you have an upset tummy, get these! You not only get the great health benefits ginger provides, but it’s a nice little gummy treat. Buy some here.

How To Break The Lather Habit: A Review Of WEN Hair Care Products

You might be used to dumping a large dollop of shampoo on your head and lathering up in the shower. WEN by Chaz Dean turns that idea on its head.

That thick lather is often produced by sulfates. Sulfates are cheap detergents that are harsh and can strip your hair of moisture and color. You may be damaging your hair as you cleanse it if you use a sulfate-based shampoo.

What Is WEN?

WEN by Chaz is a line of hair care products that doesn’t contain sulfates or harsh chemicals and its star product is the Cleansing Conditioner. This 5-in-1 product cleanses and conditions your hair. You simply massage it into your hair and scalp and then rinse. There’s no need to use a separate conditioner. If you do need additional detangling, you can add more Cleansing Conditioner to your strands at the end of your shower.

WEN also offers a few styling products that can be used after the shower. Nourishing Mousse helps provide volume and protection from the elements. Anti-Frizz Styling Crème goes further than the leave-in Cleansing Conditioner to keep your hair looking sleek. The Moist Intensive Hair Treatment offers more concentrated protection.

Strengthen Hair Naturally

The WEN hair care line provides multi-use products that don’t contain harsh chemicals. When you use these products, you allow your hair and scalp to naturally balance themselves out. Many users report having much softer, shiner hair even after using WEN only once.

Are you used to having squeaky-clean hair after shampooing? While your hair may seem clean, it can also feel frizzy and dry. Instead of stripping your hair of its natural oils, WEN uses natural botanicals to protect your hair. This leaves your hair shinier and less prone to frizz.

As you continue to use the product, your scalp will get used to the new type of cleanser. After using regular shampoo, your scalp might go overboard, producing more oil to try to moisturize your locks. After using WEN products, your scalp may begin to create less oil, letting you go longer in between washings.

For more information, visit WEN Hair Care on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Washing Your Hair Without Suds

So many beauty product advertisements make us believe that a thick lather is the key to proper cleansing. When you begin to use WEN hair care products, you might be surprised by the lack of suds. It can take time to get used to the process.

However, the gorgeous hair that results from using this product will help you quickly adjust to your new, streamlined shower routine. You’ll no longer need to use several different products to make your hair look clean, healthy and perfectly styled.