Win A Cibaderm CBD 5-piece Beauty Kit ($199 value)

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I Tried the 5-Piece Cibaderm CBD Beauty Kit and you can too!

Hubby and I are big fans of Cibaderm CBD products, as well as all CBD products. These products are made from hemp and contain little to no THC, so are legal in all 50 states. Applied topically, CBD can help your skin as an anti-inflammatory agent that stops redness and itching, and since topical products do reach your bloodstream, you may see some internal benefits, such as less pain and better sleep.

I have eczema and hubby has psoriasis, so we are always on the lookout for products that keep our skin moisturized and calm, without feeling heavy. Cibaderm CBD delivers!

The scent is a light eucalyptus mint, and the products are thin in consistency and almost a green color. I would be careful with the shampoo and conditioner on bleached or blond hair, as some folks say it left a greenish tinge. I can't speak to that!

Our experience with these products has been great. They smell nice, work well, and our skin and hair are happy.

Now you can enter to win one of these Cibaderm 5-piece CBD Beauty Kits! Enter below. Winner will be announced 7/4/17!

And if you want to order a kit, or any products from US Hemp, use the code wearehemp and receive 10% off your order.

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Great Gut Prebiotic Fiber Review & Giveaway

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Great Gut Works!

Fiber is a crucially important part of our diet. Seriously, fiber is what bulks up our stools so that they pass easily, allowing us to process nutrients and handle waste efficiently. Our contemporary diet contains precious little fiber, especially in the US, where produce consumption is down while fast food consumption is up!

What Is PreBiotic Fiber?

Prebiotics are a special class of functional food ingredients that resist digestion in the stomach and are selectively fermented in the colon. They stimulate the growth of the good bacteria in our gut that have been associated with positive health benefits, particularly in combination with a gut health diet. Note that probiotics are the good bacteria. Great Gut Prebiotics stimulate the growth of probiotics as they add fiber.

Unlike psyllium, and other purely bulk producing fiber supplements, prebiotic fiber mixes easily in hot or cold water, without making them slimy and weird. Plus, they promote regularity while balancing out your gut flora, which is always a good idea.

The Great Gut Promise

I found this product during a search for a fiber supplement that was unflavored and wouldn't turn everything I mixed it with into a gross slimy gel. Great Gut promised easier bowel movements, a healthy gut, no flavor, and easy blending. Plus, you get a good number of servings in the tub.

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The Good: The dose is small. Just a small scoop (1t). Blends easily, especially into warm beverages, soups, and warn cereals, so you can have fiber in your coffee or tea! Very little flavor. What is there is a bit sweet, but unnoticeable in most foods. I have tried it in chili and soup, as well as oatmeal and yogurt, and no noticeable taste. Bowel movements are definitely better - easier, more formed, more regular.

The Bad: It doesn't always dissolve well in colder liquids, but is fine in cold yogurts and puddings. So really, not so bad.

I don't use Great Gut all of the time, as I have a pretty good whole foods diet with tons of fiber, but I use it as needed and it always works, in a very gentle and efficient way.

The Great Gut Giveaway

Two of my fabulous readers will win a tub of Great Gut! And hey, when you try it, please leave a Great Gut review on Amazon and let folks know your experience. It helps!

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Deozein Natural Deodorant Review and Giveaway

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Deozein Natural Deodorant Actually Works!

I don't know about you, but I like to use deodorant. Given the fact that I live in NYC, where there are many warm bodies packed into small spaces, body odor is an issue. I figure that if I hate smelling other people's funk, nobody needs to be smelling mine.

Basically, underarm odor does not come from sweat itself. It comes from bacteria, so if you can manage to stop or slow down the bacteria from growing in the first place, you will not smell. This means that the best time to put on any deodorant is right after you bathe.

Most deodorants either work by masking the body odor with perfume (Old Spice, for example), or by adding an aluminum-based antiperspirant, which closes your sweat glands. Neither of these seems ideal.

Over the past few decades, I have tried many natural deodorant products, none of which has ever worked. I tried crystals, pastes, Tom's of Maine, and others. So when the folks at Source Vital Apothecary contacted me about reviewing their Deozein Natural Deodorant product, I was hesitant.

"Why bother?," I thought. "They never work!"

Bdeozein zestut then I read some reviews, and took a look at the product page. Deozein is made from:

  • Mineral Salts – Cleansing, purifying
  • Algae extract – Remineralizing, purifying, cleansing
  • Aloe Vera extract – Soothing, calming
  • Lavandin essential oil – Soothing, light herbal scent
  • Patchouli essential oil – Soothing, calming, earthy smell
  • Sage Spanish essential oil – Deodorant
  • Tea Tree essential oil – Purifying, cleansing
  • Cajeput essential oil – Purifying, cleansing you would
  • Lemon essential oil – Cleansing, softening, deodorant
  • Pine essential oil – Purifying, cleansing

And Deozein Zest has the same basic ingredients, with a minty citrus scent (I prefer Zest).

The mineral salts and algae extract have strong antibacterial properties, as do several of the essential oils. Deozein works so well for me that now hubby, who has used Old Spice deodorant for over 50 years, has switched. I once went 3 days without a shower when I was sick, and even then I didn't stink!

At only 2 sprays needed per armpit, I have been using Deozein daily for over a month and still have more than half of a 1 oz. bottle left. How economical is that?

 

Source Vital also sells great lip balms, skin care products, and essential oils. Today's giveaway is for some of my favorites - Deozein, Deozein Zest, Cucumber Eye Cream, and Lip Balms. You may enter daily to win. Good luck!

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Komega6 Sport Essential Oil Giveaway

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Win A Komega6 Sport Essential Oil Travel Kit

Oh yes, I have another awesome giveaway for you this week! This time our giveaway is from my friends at Komega6 Sport Essential Oil.

As you know, I love these oils, which is not typical for me. I generally dislike the smell of most essential oils, and the fact that so many are long-lasting doesn't help. I also find that having to blend them with a carrier oil is annoying, but is necessary to avoid burns and other reactions.

[If your essential oils say that you can use them straight, or ingest them straight, run away quickly! Imagine how a strong lemon or orange oil could burn your skin and the inside of your throat. Plus, carrier oils aid absorption. ]

Komega6 Carrier Supreme

Every Komega6 sport essential oil blend comes ready to apply with their trademarked Carrier Supreme blend featuring coconut oil, avocado oil, flax seed oil, and kenaf seed oil. This carrier blend delivers an all-natural transport vehicle for topical oil use. Carrier Supreme also aids the absorption of potent essential oils to the skin for various sport and health related uses, all without the risk of unwanted side effects. Here is more info:

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Right now, you will receive kenaf seeds in every Komega6 order as part of their #GrowTogether initiative.

 

Four Targeted Sport Essential Oil Formulas

Instead of having many bottles of essential oils around, with Komega6 there are four blends: Focus Factor, Metabolic Lift, Recover, and Rest Easy.

I use the oils in my day - Focus Factor before I leave for work and later if I feel scattered, Metabolic Lift on my muscles before a workout, Recover both on sore muscles and in a hot epsom salt bath, and Rest Easy an hour or so before bed, or at any time when I need to chill and relax. Here is more information about the oils generally, and each formula specifically.

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The Komega6 Sport Essential Oil Giveaway

This giveaway will have TWO winners! Each winner will receive a Komega6 Sport Essential Oil Traveler Kit ($49.95 value), giving you all four oils in a handy travel bag. I have this kit and I love it! Come back daily to share on Twitter and up your chances of winning!

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Win the Full Salonpas Pain Relief Product Suite

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Salonpas Pain Relief Products Are My Go To!

I can remember my parents using BenGay for pain relief. That smell of the menthol and camphor was so strong!

A Less Messy and Smelly Alternative

As I grew up, I looked for products that smelled a bit better, but since everything uses the same base of camphor and menthol, I either avoided topical pain relief or just sucked it up with the smell. I tried IcyHot, Biofreeze, and even the Thermacare-style hot and cold packs.

Meanwhile, my Japanese friends were using Salonpas, which combines the camphor and menthol with an actual anti-inflammatory (methyl salicylate), and doesn't smell as intense. They would bring me boxes when they went home to visit.

And because the products are Jet-sprays, gels, and patches of varying sizes, they are much less messy than the old ointments and creams.

FDA Approved for Pain Relief

But now, I can buy Salonpas here in the US! And in addition to the regular patches, sprays, and gels, they have a hot patch and a lidocaine patch - all of which are FDA approved for pain relief and are viable alternatives to increasingly expensive prescription patches.

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What Do I Use Salonpas For?

The toe I crushed in 2013 still vexes me, especially in damp cold. I wrap my toe in the small Salonpas patch and it really helps!

I have chronic nerve pain from shingles, and I use the large Lidocaine patch when that gets bad, as well as the heated large patch.

Hubby has chronic back pain, and a shot of the spray helps him feel better for 6-8 hours at a time.

Plus, if I am extra sore from working out or an old injury flares up, Salonpas really rescues me!

Recently, the Salonpas folks sent me the entire product line. And now, they would like to give this same set to you!

And we have a winner! Congratulations to Carol Reid. You should already have an email from me.

 

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Win an Ultimate Skin Care Set from Serenity Skincare

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Enter to Win An Ultimate Skin Care Set from Serenity Acres Goat Farm

A few weeks ago I received a new Stress Relief Ultimate Skin Care Set from my friend Julia at Serenity Acres Goat Farm - one Salt Glow scrub, one Body Creme, and one bar of Soap.

I have written before about my love for Serenity Acres Goat Farms, and their moisturizing and heavenly-scented goat milk soaps and body cream. And now they have introduced a Salt Glow salt scrub, containing just Sunflower Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Avocado Oil, with a touch of Jojoba Oil, scents, and Sea Salt.

The Ultimate Skin Care set makes a perfect gift for others as well as a perfect gift for YOURSELF! Yesterday I bathed using the soap, then did a salt scrub, and finished with the body creme. My skin felt the best it has in months, and I enjoyed the minty scent of the Stress Relief products.

The sets come in four fragrances (lavender, stress relief, mother earth, and rosewood citrus, plus unscented.

Enter below to win one of two Serenity's Ultimate Skin Care Sets, in your choice of scents or unscented. I will be drawing TWO WINNERS on Christmas Day (also the first day of Hanukkah)!

**UPDATE - The two winners are Christopher & Linda, who both have emails this morning. Congratulations!***

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Are You Eating Enough Fiber? Enter to Win A Box of GoMacro Thrive Bars

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Are you eating enough fiber? Here are some great ways to make sure you are eating enough to stay regular, and enter to win a box of GoMacro Thrive Bars

Fiber is crucial to our gastro-intestinal health. Without enough fiber our stools do not pass easily, leading to all kinds of complications ranging from constipation, bloating and abdominal pain to impacted stools that require medical intervention. Plus, straining to poop can cause issues with pelvic floor function, hemorrhoids, and diverticulitis (pockets in the lower intestine that can become inflamed). At the end of this post, please enter to win a mixed box of GoMacro Thrive Bars, which will help you get your daily fiber.

What is fiber?

Basically, fiber is indigestible plant matter that helps bulk up our stools for easy passage. In addition, fiber helps feed the pre- and pro-biotics in our guts that keep our immune systems on track.

We generally get insoluble fiber (which bulks when mixed with water) from produce, especially the skins of fruits and vegetables. We also get it, as well as soluble fiber (which gels when mixed with water), from whole grains, nuts, and seeds, especially from the outer layers. This is why so many fiber supplement products are made from ground psyllium husks - an inexpensive source of plant fiber.

Fiber keeps us feeling full, slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, and helps lower LDL cholesterol in addition to its awesome affect on our gut health.

How to get enough fiber

I eat a lot of vegetables, as well as nuts, seeds, and grains. Due to my diverticulosis (precursor to diverticulitis), it is important that I get a lot of fiber, so I also supplement.

Psyllium Husks

I always have a bottle of Konsyl in the cabinet. Konsyl has the most fiber per serving of any other brand. I use the unflavored plain ground psyllium husks. For breakfast I toss a teaspoon into my Shakeology to boost the fiber, and sometimes I toss another into soup, yogurt, or cottage cheese later in the day. It all helps!

Fiber-enhanced Yogurt

Dannon's Oikos Triple Zero and Chobani's 100 greek yogurts are protein-packed, sugar-free, and contain at least 5g of fiber in a serving. If you add 1/3 cup of Kind clusters for a yogurt and granola mix, you up that to 11 grams without having to supplement anything. And it tastes like dessert!

GoMacro Thrive Bars

I have reviewed GoMacro bars before and loved them, so I was thrilled to try a mixed-flavor box of their new Go Macro Thrive bars. These bars are organic, non-GMO, vegan, low glycemic, kosher, gluten-free, and soy-free. They are made from a superfood ancient grain blend, provide plenty of protein, and are under 200 calories. And they taste great!

With flavors like Almond Apricot, Ginger Lemon, Caramel Coconut (my favorite), and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, to name a few, how could you possibly go wrong?

Enter below starting at midnight on 10/30/16 to win yourself a box of assorted Thrive bars (msrp $26.28). The contest runs through 11/6/16. I will email winner and announce here.

And if you just can't wait to try them, head on over to GoMacro and use code Thrive30 for 30% off!

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