Somnis Natural Sleep Aid Review

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I recently was asked to review these all natural sleep aids from Somnis. I am a perpetual insomniac, partly due to an anxiety condition, so I was hoping these would help me get some well needed shut-eye. They contain only 4 active ingredients, a few I have tried on their own in the past.

The first ingredient, GABA ( Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) is a chemical which is made in our brain, when taken as a supplement it is supposed to help relieve anxiety, improve mood and many other possible uses such as reducing PMS symptoms.

Many people are familiar with L-Tryptophan, supposedly the ingredient in turkey that makes us drowsy. It is an amino acid, and must be acquired from food . Some of it’s many uses include insomnia, sleep apnea, depression, and anxiety.

This next ingredient puzzled me, Vitamin B6. The only thing I could find that might help a person relax is that it is supposed to help with night leg cramps. Its other uses have nothing to do with relaxation or sleep.

The final ingredient contained within this all in one supplement is melatonin, also something most people are familiar with. It is a hormone which is naturally found within the human body, and its primary function is to adjust the body’s internal clock, in other words help it tell night from day.

What melatonin does is what I have no control over, I live in the interior of Alaska, where night and day are not normal. Perhaps for a period of three weeks in the spring and three in the fall. I seem to sleep just fine during those times.

This supplement did make me drowsy when I took it , in about 45 minutes time. Not enough so though to help me fall asleep. I believe if I were living anywhere else it would have been helpful, since I have taken both Melatonin and L-Trypyophan in the past with helpful results.

I guess I was not the best of candidates to review this product based on where I live, but I want to thank Somnis for sending it to me free for review and my honest and unbiased opinion.

It is available here on Amazon.com : http://www.amazon.com/somnis-ingredients-melatonin-l-tryptophan-eliminate/dp/b00qfpeoqa/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=utf8&qid=1418089881&sr=1-1

Soap.Club Review

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I received these two luscious bars of soap for review from Soap.Club This company takes great pride in their premium quality hand made soaps. They are aged up to six weeks and made with only fresh, pure ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, organic shea butter, water and their unique essential oil blends. They carry over 70 varieties , so there is a fragrance for everyone. As I stated before, they are made by hand,starting from stirring every recipe, cutting the bars and packaging each individual item. They are made in the U.S.A.

I was initially supposed to only receive one bar, because they were concerned that the one I ordered was not up to their standards. Each bar was just fine, one was a bit more heavily scented was the only difference in quality that I could tell.

The scents I received were : Black Raspberry/ Vanilla Sweet n’ Sour and Pomegranate Cherry/Crimson Crush. There is a band at the top of each soap marking off the different scents.

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I was very impressed with the packaging right from the start. Each arrived in their own sturdy white cardboard box, and were wrapped in bubble wrap envelopes. Inside those is where you find the soaps in their boxes with a little peekaboo at the top bar.

My first experience was to try the Pomegranate Cherry/Crimson Crush just to shave my legs sitting on the edge of the tub. I noticed when just a little bit of water was added, it turned into a creamy lotion, and was nothing like any bar soap I have ever tried. The aroma was heavenly, it seems there was the scent of almonds as well in this one. It was a very pleasant aromatherapy experience. My skin felt so soft and moisturized after, that I felt no need to apply moisturizer.

I used the second bar for a complete shower. It lathered beautifully as well, and really can replace a shaving cream if needed. The only issue I had was the width of the soap, I seemed to keep dropping it, blame my small hands. It never crumbled once though, no matter how many times it was dropped in my tub and also emitted a delightful scent. Normally I am a body wash person, but after experiencing these, I may have to switch over , as they are such a lovely pampering product.

Apparently, you can become a member of their soap.club on a monthly basis. I recieved mine from Amazon, but here is the link to their website. It appears they will even send samples for free, and all shipping is free as well. https://soap.club/

If you are looking for a luxurious bathing or showering experience, I think you will be happy with these delightful soaps and their awesome fragrances. It is also a plus that they are completely all natural, so you don’t have to worry about sulfates or other nasty things on your skin.

 

I received these at a discount for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Foxbrim Orange Blossom Water Toner Review

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I received this Orange Blossom Water Toner from Foxbrim for review purposes. It has been many years since I have used any kind of facial toner. My skin has gone from oily to normal to the state of being normal to dry. It seemed like an unnecessary step to my skin care regimen.

This product has changed my mind on that subject. There is a long history of Orange Blossom Water dating back to ancient times. It was a particular favorite of Marie Antoinette.   This particular one is steam distilled. That is what you want to look for. It is pure and contains only one ingredient, Citrus Aurantium Amara, which is the essential oil of the bitter orange blossoms tree.

In Morocco, it is offered to guests as a hand freshener upon arrival in one’s home and used in cooking as well. This particular product is not food grade as far as I know.  It is complete with Vitamins A and C  and powerful anti-oxidants.  It clarifies the skin and also has antibacterial properties as well.  It is alcohol free and can help reduce the size of your pores as well as smooth your skin.  It is also an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce redness from acne. It also aids in balancing the ph levels in your skin with its mild acidity.

I have been using this for about two weeks. In the morning, it is wonderful to apply to a cotton pad and remove the grime accumulated over the night. The scent is light and lovely, and very refreshing.  I also use it at night, after cleansing to remove any residue left over on my skin. I honestly can say it is not drying in the least. I have done some experimenting with it, and decided to fore-go my moisturizer and found my skin to remain soft and moisturized.  I have also noticed a difference in the size of my pores since using it. They are reduced. I truly enjoy this product and realized I have been missing out for many years on this step in a skin care routine.

It can also be used if mixed with water as an all -natural air freshener. I may try that this summer.  Another possible and fragrant use it to add it to your bath water.

In closing , I think you will be delighted by this Orange Blossom Water Toner, I know I am, and it is quickly becoming one of those products  that I do not want to be without. Highly recommend!

It is available here on Amazon for purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UHS7CGU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 or you can purchase it on their website along with many other wonderful products here: http://www.foxbrim.com/products/orange-blossom-water-toner

It appears when you log onto the site, you are offered a 10 percent off coupon on any purchase.

 

I received this product free for testing and review purposes only. All opinions are strictly my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Love With Food : February 2015: Mardi Gras (Bourbon Street Tasting Box) Review

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Love With Food is a box I have not reviewed in quite a while. I have continued to receive it for at least the last 9 months or so.  The box I am reviewing is the tasting box. It is a 10.00 a month subscription with 2 dollars shipping at its highest. If you choose to subscribe for more months the price of the box goes down and the shipping is free. If after reading this , and are interested. I will leave a link down below so that you may get your very first box for free and only pay the 2.00 shipping charge. No obligation after that, and can cancel at anytime. You should also know that this company provides a meal for a hungry child with each box purchased. Most of the foods each month are either all-natural, vegan, non-gmo or gluten free or any combination of the above. They also have a shop within their website, where you can purchase all kinds of healthy snacks and items and a points system for reviews that you can save up to get free snacks.

 

Okay, let’s get on to this month’s box.  First off, I was a bit surprised with the theme. They did not go for the obvious at all, Valentine’s Day. Very unique. In fact, overall, I think this box was the finest curation of all the boxes I have received thus far. As you can see in the picture above, they even included a set of Mardi Gras beads. How cute, right?  The pamphlet also was outstanding in its graphic design.  Let’s talk about the snacks!

The first item I received was the Lemon Wafer Bites by the brand Dolcetto.  Basically what they are, are little pillow pockets filled with a delicious lemon cream.  The pocket is like a wafer.  The product contained no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial ingredients and no trans fats. Honestly, this was my absolute favorite item in the box. I have received a similar product with chocolate inside from this same brand and it was equally as good. If they had not been sold out in the shop, I would have purchased more.

The next product was the Traditional Hot Chocolate by Monbana.  According to the flyer I have, it was created by French Master Chocolatiers using 32 % chocolate. There are only 3 ingredients. Sugar, vanilla and cocoa. Silly me, used to making hot chocolate with water, did not read the directions on the back. After I had mixed it with hot water it was a tiny bit bitter, that is when I read the directions and saw that it called for milk. Easily remedied by adding some almond milk to the top and stirring it in. It is a very rich, and decadent beverage, nothing like Swiss Miss at all.  It was a really nice treat for a Sunday morning. The product is also vegan.

Next up, to satisfy my eternal craving for salty foods at least once a day, was the Olive Oil Potato Chips by Boulder Canyon. Amazing kettle cooked chips, made in small batches and cooked in 100% Olive Oil, one of the good fats for you. They were delicious and made with only three ingredients: potatoes, olive oil, and sea salt. The big potato chip companies need to watch their backs. These are also Non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, all natural with no cholesterol or trans fats. They are also Kosher.

Another slightly salty treat, was the Baked Mac N’ Cheese Puffs by Snikiddy. While I can’t say that they tasted like mac and cheese , they were very tasty indeed, and they had me at cheese and puff. This company was created by two moms who were looking for healthy snacks for their children. They are Non-Gmo, Gluten Free, no trans fats, and contain no high fructose corn syrup. I think they hit the mark in the healthy department.

Also included within the box were a couple of chocolate squares by the company Divine Chocolate.Of course, they were delicious as well. I mean it’s chocolate, right? I received this box on Valentine’s Day actually, and it was nice to have some then. They are produced by the only fair trade company owned by its own cocoa farmers.

The chocolate did not end there. We also received two Toffee Crunch TruffleCremes from the company Dilettante. These were so good, I am a sucker for toffee. Not overpowering like a Heath bar, just a soft, delightful truffle.

The last product that I had tried was a Protein+ Almond Honey Bar by Rise Bar. This one was a little on the strange side. It was one small rectangular mold with kind of a strange texture. The flavor was not too bad. I think it was the texture I did not care for. However, it only contained three ingredients: almonds, honey and whey protein isolate and is non-gmo and gluten free.

I have not had the chance to try some seasoning packets that were also included in this month’s box. They are the Original Creole Seasoning By Tony Chachere. Supposed to be good for seasoning meats, stews, veggies and soups.  I am sure they will get used within the next month.

In closing, I really loved this month’s box overall.  The theme was  adorable, the treats wonderful and I think that this is a subscription service that just keeps getting better and better as the months pass.  They also carry a larger box called the Deluxe box which contains some of the same treats and others not included in the tasters box, and a Gluten-Free box as well, which is relatively new.

If you would like to check out this subscription and get your first box for only the 2 dollars shipping, simply hit this link: http://lovewithfood.com/invite?m=r&ref=MRy 

I also have the unboxing of this and all of the other ones on my Youtube channel. Here is the link for the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqhFwZzhncx18-Av_U2pRCDiwjXRP9IgF

Ciao for now!

Debbie

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First Love With Food Box with mini review

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This past week I received my first Love With Food box in the mail. For those of you who have never heard of it, it is a 10.00 a month subscription box, and you can get your first one to try out for only 2.00.( see more below).  They also have a deluxe sized box for 17.99 that has double the snacks, and would be great if you had a few children, so each could get their own package to try.

This box is however , not just for children, but for anyone who likes snacks that are organic, all natural, gluten free with no trans fats or high fructose corn syrup. Many are also GMO ( Genetically modified organism ) free. They also have a give back to the community program much like the Tom’s shoe brand. For every box sold, a meal is donated to a food bank or shelter. There is a map on their website that shows the amount of money donated in each community by state and tells what organization received the donation.

Like other subscription boxes, you can get points for writing reviews and also for submitting recipes. You also are allowed to shop on the website with free shipping and most things up to 25 percent off. This month’s box theme was “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.

Everything I received in my box was a product and brand name that was new to me. Everything was fresh tasting  and really delicious. I received 8 items, one of them being a vegan gumball! Lol! I really did enjoy it and look forward to getting more boxes in the future.

If you would like to try your very first box for only 2.00 , here is a link to sign up. http://lovewithfood.com/invite?m=r&ref=MRy 

You can cancel at any time easily, even after just trying the first box.

Ciao for now!