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REVIEW: InstaNatural Lemon & Peppermint Essential Oils

These powerful oils from InstaNatural have definitely come in handy in our household as of late! With cold and flu season at its’ tail end and allergy season starting, all three of us have been having the yuckies.

InstaNatural Peppermint Essential Oil is perfect for treating your stuffy nose without having to take a ton of medicine. Here is more product info:

InstaNatural’s Peppermint Essential Oil is directly extracted from the leaves of the Mentha Piperita herb for a sharp and sweet minty fragrance. It is a multi-purpose oil that cools, energizes and refreshes the body and mind. Its scent makes it perfect for aromatherapy to lift the spirits.

  • Diffuse oil to soothe nausea and motion sickness
  • Place a couple drops onto your wrists to gently inhale and help clear nasal congestion

I used this oil a few different ways: I added some to my bath for muscle cooling and soothing; I diluted a bit with olive oil and used it on my temples for headache relief; I put some in my humidifier along with other oils to help clear my stuffy nose at night. In fact, I often paired the peppermint oil with the lemon oil for more effect!

The Lemon Essential Oil is just as potent as the peppermint, and manages to give a true, clean lemony smell that doesn’t smell like cleaning products. Here is more product info:

InstaNatural’s Lemon Essential Oil is extracted directly from lemon rinds for a fresh citrus fragrance. This oil is cold-pressed and has a powerful bright scent that is sure to refresh and uplift. It also works well as an astringent to cleanse and tone your skin while delivering a boost of beneficial Vitamin C.

  • Great as a cleaner – use to remove gum, oil, grease spots and crayons on most surfaces
  • Can be used to remove that dusty smell from vacuum cleaners

My 6 year old loved having this oil in his bath and smelling lemony! I also used this oil alone in the humidifier when it was in his room, as the lemon gave a burst of freshness without the super strength of the peppermint.  I also used the lemon oil with a bit of salt and backing soda to remove hard to get rid of smells from my hands!

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As always, InstaNatural offers a 100% money back guarantee for all its’ products.  All items are also made in the USA and animal cruelty free!

**DISCLAIMER: I received free product from the company above to test for this post.  No other compensation was given, and my photos and opinions are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.

REVIEW: Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap

I’m so excited to present to you a new variety in Dial’s Deep Cleansing Soap line: Sugar Cane Husk Scrub!  With a creamy sweet scent inspired by fresh cut sugar cane, this premium formula with gentle micro scrubbers cleanses deeply while moisturizing and smoothing skin.

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You can see a close up of the tiny scrubbers here!  We love to use the Dial Deep Cleansing varieties to get strong smells off our our hands–usually from food preparation.  The soap lathers up very richly, and the scent is just enough–not overpowering, but enough to leave a light trace on your hands after they’ve been washed.

My husband used the Sugar Cane Husk soap after getting his hands all yucky peeling and deveining shrimp.  He washed his hands afterwards with a couple of pumps of this soap, and the fishy smell was gone!

Dial soap is a staple in our household, and we are definitely adding the Sugar Cane Husk Soap to our rotation.

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To find out more about this or other Dial products, visit their website or Facebook page.

REVIEW: Pura D’Or Argan Oil, Shampoo, and Conditioner


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In the past couple of years, argan oil has exploded in popularity, and with good reason–it has several amazing benefits in various beauty products.  I recently got the opportunity to try out argan oil products for the first time ever, from Pura D’Or.

Here’s a bit more about the company:

For more than four years, Pura d’or has been growing a culture planted on a natural set of values and beliefs. But when all is said and done it comes down to one unified mission—to create organic personal care solutions that naturally work.

All our ingredients are grown on trees, not in test tubes. Our products are artisanally handcrafted by a hybrid team of artists and scientists, not by machines. Some say that this is a step backward, but we believe that this is a step in the direction of how things should be.

Pura d’or creates better beauty products from ingredients that are not only naturally beneficial, but are also sustainably grown and raised with respect for the animals that eat them and the people who produce them.

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The Pure and Organic Argan Oil is great for skin! It’s 100% cold pressed. It helps create smoother skin, restores nutrients to cells and reduces scars.

A couple of drops definitely go a long way.  I was at first nervous to put oil on my face, which already gets pretty oily by the end of the day.  But rather than making my face slick or greasy, the argan oil absorbed right into my skin, making it super soft.  This is not something I would use in the summer, as I have a feeling it might be a bit too much for my face then, but in winter it’s perfect to keep my skin from drying out from too much indoor heat.

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The Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo is one of a kind. It contains 12 DHT Blockers, creates thicker hair and prevents from further hair loss.

I definitely noticed much less hair going down the drain after using this shampoo JUST ONCE.  As most shampoos made without chemicals, this one does not lather a ton, so if you’re used to more commercial shampoos, you may think your hair is not getting clean, and finding the right amount to use takes some getting used to. But you will be left with heavenly scented (you’d better like rosemary!), stronger hair immediately.

The Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner adds texture, shine and volume to hair. Pura D’or shampoos and conditioners are free from SLS, Parabens and Gluten!

I absolutely love the scent of this conditioner…lavender vanilla is one of my favorites and surprisingly hard to find in bath and body products.  Aside from that, the conditioner works well at controlling frizz and flyaways, which is very important to me with the spring and summer months coming up.  You only need about a nickel sized dollop for shoulder length hair, and this conditioner rinses away easily and never leaves hair feeling weighed down.

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Showing the textures: shampoo on the left, conditioner on the right.

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All of Pura D’Or’s products are made with only all natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals. They  are animal cruelty free, USDA biobase certified and doctor trusted.

Pura D’Or’s website shop is offering great deals right now, such as free shipping on most orders, and 20% for first time orders!

DISCLAIMER: This post powered by BrandBacker.  I received free product for review purposes, but no other compensation was given. My thoughts and photos contained herein are my own.

REVIEW: Get Safe Email for Kids at KidsEmail.org

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As my son gets older, he is definitely wanting to do things more and more on his own, and wanting a bit of privacy. At 6 years old, he has already learned some computer skills in his Montessori kindergarten classroom.  I decided now was the perfect time to get him an email of his own.

KidsEmail.org is the perfect solution for kids who want the freedom of their own email address, and parents who want to be able to have some control over what their child sees.  Parents have the option to choose who their child can email and who can email them. You can block senders, filter language and attachments, and so much more!

On the kids’ side, they get to pick a fun login name and customize what their email screen will look like. There are many designs to choose from–here are a few examples.

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My son chose the “Racing Champion” template, as I knew he would. There are cool designs for both boys and girls, younger kids, tweens and teens.

Speaking of teens, with KidsEmail your child has the option to have his email grow along with him.  As your child feels they might be getting a little old to have a “kiddie” email address, their account can be changed to a KMail.org address–but still allowing parents that monitoring option.

All of these features are available at one low price, and you can even get your first 30 days free! Try out the KidsEmail service free for the first month, then choose from one of the low priced subscription plans–as low as $2.99 a month.

(Please ignore my perpetually cluttered desk!)

My child thought it was so cool that he could have an email of his very own, and I could tell that he was proud of it and felt so grown up.  It was very easy for him to understand the interface, and he got the hang of his inbox really quickly. He is already asking to check it every day!

If you’re looking for a safe, fun, highly customizable email for kids, look no farther than the award winning KidsEmail.org!

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REVIEW: Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil


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Many years ago, I used to go to a hairdresser who used an amazing shampoo when she washed my hair.  It made my scalp tingle, and smelled spectacular too! When I asked what she was using, I learned that it was a salon grade shampoo and conditioner containing tea tree oil! Ever since, I have been on lookout for products containing tea tree oil.  There aren’t a ton, but I am excited to say that thanks to Apothecary Extracts, I can now create my own beauty recipes!

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil comes in a huge 4 oz size.  I am so excited at the prospect of everything I will be able to make…and when you purchase the oil, Apothecary Extracts will send you an ebook containing over 50 uses for your new oil! You can use it for everything from facial scrub, to hand wash, to a cold remedy, or acne treatment.

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In the few weeks I have had my bottle, I have already found a lot I can do with tea tree oil.  I have put drops in the bath to make it soothing and muscle relaxing.  I have used it in my vaporizer next to my bed at night, to help relieve serious nasal congestion due to a sinus infection.  I have added a few drops to the floor of my shower (only in the corners!) to make it an aromatherapy experience.  I have rubbed a bit on my temples when I had a particularly bad headache.  Tea tree oil is one of nature’s most versatile gifts, and can be used in almost any way you can think of!

Apothecary Extracts 100% tea tree oil is very, very potent, and for most jobs, no more than 10 drops will do what you need it to.  That is definitely not much, so I am thinking this huge bottle will last me for a while yet! And when I run out, I will surely be getting more.

DISCLAIMER: This post powered by BrandBacker.  I received free product for review purposes, but no other compensation was given. My thoughts and photos contained herein are my own.

REVIEW: Dial Miracle Oil Marula Oil Infused Body Wash

 

I had never before heard of marula oil before trying Dial’s new Miracle Oil Body Wash, but I’m very happy that I’ve discovered it!

Marula Oil is meant to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals.  To have this skin protectant in a body wash form is awesome–you don’t even have to think about your skin needing it during the day.

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The miracle oil body wash has a light scent, somewhat floral, but I would think it’d be OK for both men and women to use.  The formula makes a very rich, creamy lather and rinses off easily.

For winter skin that’s trying to shed its’ dryness in preparation for spring and summer, Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash is just perfect.  Even though the wash is made with oil, it does not leave skin feeling greasy at all.  My elbows and knees still have a way to go before being shorts-season ready, so by pairing this body wash with a great body cream I think my skin will improve greatly!

Find out more about this and other Dial products on their Facebook page.

REVIEW: InstaNatural Skin Clearing Serum, Vitamin C Facial Toner, and Vitamin C Moisturizer

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I take vitamin C as a supplement and I try hard to include it in my diet every day, but I never knew it could be so good for my skin!  InstaNatural has harnessed the power of vitamin C in their Pore Tightening Facial Toner, Restorative Moisturizer, and Age Defying Skin Clearing Serum.

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I had never used a serum prior to trying this one out.  I have oily skin and for some reason I thought of a serum as being oily.  That is definitely not the case with this Skin Clearing formula!

InstaNatural’s Anti-Aging Skin Clearing Serum is a comprehensive solution for those who want to reverse the signs of aging while treating acne and hyperpigmentation. This potent formula includes many key active ingredients to treat and soothe blemished and irritated skin. Sulfur penetrates the skin deeply for maximum results, allowing retinol and salicylic acid to unclog pores while niacinamide removes redness and inflammation. Simultaneously, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid restore health to damaged skin by repairing sun damage and micro scarring, all while delivering a youthful, radiant glow.

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Here is a close up of about 3 drops of the serum on my hand.  You only need about 6 for whole face coverage!  I apply this when I get hormonal breakouts, and they usually shrink by the morning.  I will for sure be adding serum to my permanent beauty routine.

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After washing your face, there’s nothing like a good toner to tighten pores and make your skin feel refreshed.

InstaNatural’s Pore Tightening Vitamin C Facial Toner is an all-in-one hydrator infused with anti-aging ingredients to leave your skin feeling refreshed and balanced with each pump of its formula. Vitamin C in the mist helps renew skin by neutralizing free radicals and UV-related damage to protect and strengthen the skin. Witch Hazel’s astringent properties purify oily skin and tighten pores, all while the sulfur works synergistically with other ingredients to increase skin elasticity. With each spray, your face is restored to natural pH levels and is in prime condition to absorb serums and moisturizers effectively.

I loved the fact that this toner comes in a spray bottle…I don’t have to mess with getting out a cotton ball and pouring some out of a bottle and probably spilling.  A couple of sprays gives your face an instant cooling effect, and you can notice a slight orange scent.  I bet this will be amazing in summer after workouts!

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Vitamin C in a moisturizer form is the final touch you need to keep your face soft and supple.

InstaNatural’s Vitamin C Moisturizer contains a proprietary blend of supercharged antioxidants and other powerful ingredients that can help you achieve a healthy and glowing complexion. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant agent, which can help protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and UV rays. Our moisturizer will deliver a potent 20% dose of Vitamin C to your skin, along with other nourishing ingredients – such as Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Plant Stem Cells – that work together to reduce the appearance of signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, discoloration and dryness.

This moisturizer is amazing to me simply because it helps protect from the sun!  I have had a hard time finding a daytime moisturizer that offers sun protection as well as a non greasy feel.  I am happy to say that this one does the job!  I can put it on first thing in the morning and not have to worry about the sun’s harmful rays.  Any dry patches are gone overnight after using this lotion as well, and that is superb.

As always, InstaNatural offers a 100% money back guarantee for all its’ products.  All items are also made in the USA and animal cruelty free!

**DISCLAIMER: I received free product from the company above to test for this post.  No other compensation was given, and my photos and opinions are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.

REVIEW: Tottels–Towels for Tots

 

If you have a young child in your house, then this should be a familiar bathroom sight:

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What is that, you may ask? That is a towel that my six year has pulled off the towel rack, used to dry his hands, and left crumpled on the floor, of course!  When your kid is big enough to wash his and by himself, but not quite big enough to reach the towels on the rod, it presents a unique problem.  This is where Tottels, Towels for Tots, come in!

Tottels are an instant solution to the problem of your kids leaving hand towels all over the bathroom floor.  With their amazing design and built in snaps that promote adjustability, they are a cinch to use.

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As you can see, the towel itself is not like regular hand towels.  It’s long and rather thinner, with a rounded bottom.  On the top half, along the sides are two sets of snaps that you can adjust according to the height of your towel bar and your child.

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You simply put one end of the Tottel over the towel bar, find it’s desired length, and snap the towel’s sides together! The Tottel remains securely in place, and hangs at the perfect level for your young child to dry his or her hands.

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My child is obsessed with cars, so this pattern was definitely perfect for him! He loved having a towel of his very own, and I love the fact that there are no more wet hand towels thrown on the bathroom floor.

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The Tottel is thick, comfortable, durable, and super absorbent.  Its’ uses can far transcend the bathroom! Try taking a Tottel to your kitchen, RV, car, and more!

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Buy your Tottel here, available in three fun designs!

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Purex PowerShot Detergent

Hey yall! I’m here today to introduce you to a revolutionary new concept in laundry detergent.  How many times have you been trying to pour a dose into the cap, only to overpour, miss, or spill all over?  I can’t be the only one.  Now with Purex PowerShot, you don’t have to worry about any of that!

New Purex® PowerShot detergent simplifies the laundry routine by taking the guesswork of measuring. Purex® PowerShot is the only bottle that automatically dispenses the right amount of super concentrated formula with 50% more stain fighting power in every drop.

Here’s how it works:

I have to say, this detergent is definitely so easy to use! One flip is all you need for most loads. No squeezing, no trying to fill to a hard-to-see line in the cap.

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Once you are done pouring for your load, the next dose automatically fills the chamber for the next! This detergent has all the cleaning power and fantastic scent you already love from Purex, now in an easier to use format.

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Be sure to enter this amazing giveaway, open until March 31!

Three grand prize winners will receive a Whirlpool® Washer & Dryer set

300 runner-up winners will get a free bottle of NEW Purex® PowerShot™ Detergent

REVIEW: Dead Sea Mud Mask & Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer from InstaNatural

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We’ve known for a while that the waters of the Dead Sea have some sort of beneficial effect on skin.  The salty water and earth of the Sea have been used in tons of beauty products lately, such as scrubs, soaps, toners, and more.  I got the opportunity to try out a Dead Sea Mud Mask from InstaNatural, as well as an Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer!

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Manufacturer Information about the Dead Sea Mud Mask:

InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium. Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains. Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

 

This mud mask is a huge jar, and I can tell that it will last me a very long time!  Just from one use, this is all that was removed…and I could have gone with less, as I think I put it rather thicker than it should have been.

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The texture is not unlike that of chocolate pudding, to be honest, although there are some small bits that don’t offer much in the way of grittiness.

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There’s not really any scent to be noted.  Upon first putting the mask on, I noticed a cool tingling.  I liked it quite a bit.  My main issue was that as the mask went through the process of drying on my face, it began to itch.  This irritate me to the point where I definitely had to wash it off before the full 15 minutes was up, but I think my skin may be more on the sensitive side.

I did feel an immediate softness on my face after using the mud mask.  I think I will be most interested in using this mask on the rougher parts of my body, such as elbows and feet!

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I had heard of retinol before, but I was never really sure what its’ benefits were. That’s why I was excited to test this moisturizer.

Manufacturer Information about the Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer:

Harness the extraordinary power of retinol with InstaNatural’s Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer… perfect for night and day. InstaNatural’s restorative cream contains a robust formula of handpicked ingredients designed to improve your complexion. Retinol (Vitamin A) promotes healthier skin and helps to reverse the signs of aging, while Vitamin C & Green Tea strengthen skin to protect against external aggressors that cause damage. In addition, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil & Shea Butter deeply moisturize the skin to provide long-lasting hydration.

Using InstaNatural’s moisturizing cream daily will help to transform older, damaged skin into a healthier and youthful appearance by: diminishing the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines; reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, such as sun spots, age spots and dark spots; helping control breakouts and reducing blemishes, restoring firmness and elasticity of skin, evening skin tone & texture; and delivering ultimate moisturize for soft, supple skin.

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I love that this moisturizer dispenses from a pump, and one pump dispenses just enough to cover my face.  The texture is perfect, not too thick but not too thin.  It glides easily on the face and take very little time to absorb.  I began to feel that my face was softer and more hydrated after only a couple of uses.  One important thing to mention about using a facial product with Retinol–being out in the sun can lead to more damage.  So, I will be using this as strictly a night time moisturizer.

I was very impressed with both products I received from InstaNatural.  I’m also happy to say both the Dead Sea Mud Mask and Retinol Moisturizer are made in the USA and animal cruelty free!

Best of all, InstaNatural offers a 100% money back guarantee for all its’ products.

**DISCLAIMER: I received free product from the company above to test for this post.  No other compensation was given, and my photos and opinions are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.