Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Konjac Sponge: Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge - Review

 

 
 My Konjac Sponge was founded by two sisters with a love for chemical-free and fragrance-free beauty products; one of the sisters realized that beauty products that fit into this category (especially for skin care issues) were few and far between, making it hard to combat specific needs during pregnancy. When she was introduced to the Konjac sponge, it made a world of difference for her and, thus, the sisters began to distribute My Konjac Sponge, to share this natural beauty secret with the world.

All of the products manufactured by My Konjac Sponge are additive free, vegan (registered with the Vegan Society), and environmentally friendly. All Konjac sponges are free of talc, preservatives, parabens, and artificial colors as well. My Konjac Sponge is committed to reducing their ecological footprint, and only uses packaging that is biodegradable and recyclable. They are Leaping Bunny certified, and do not test their products on animals. My Konjac Sponges are made in Korea using a high-quality and precise manufacturing process.

I received a Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge for the purpose of writing this review. I have heard a lot about Konjac sponges through social media and from a lot of my friends, so I wanted to see what all the rave was about. It seems like one of the newest and most effective ways to cleanse and revitalize your skin - something I always can use. My skin is in that awkward transition period from oily in the summer to dry in the winter, and the changing seasons on top of stress has left me with some unforgiving patches of acne in the past few weeks. Luckily, I am following a pretty good regimen with other products daily, and I knew the Konjac Sponge could only help me more.

My Konjac Sponge sells a variety of Konjac sponges, each differing with what conditions or skin types that it targets best. Besides the sponge that I reviewed, My Konjac Sponge also offers:
  • All Natural Pure Konjac Face Sponge - Great for all types of skin (even very sensitive); a soft sponge that helps to rejuvenate and exfoliate
  • All Natural Konjac Face Sponge with Added French Green Clay - Great for oily skin; absorbs bacteria, dirt, and oil well
  •  All Natural Konjac Face Sponge with Added French Pink Clay - Great for very dry skin; helps soften and rejuvenate rough skin and adds elasticity
  • All Natural Konjac Face Sponge with Added Volcanic Scoria - Great for dry and mature skin; works on men's skin as well for razor burn, and combats aging
  •  All Natural Six Wave Konjac Body Sponge - Works for all skin types -- the better version of an exfoliating loofah
  • All Natural Konjac Baby Bath Sponge - Perfect for the sensitive skin of babies; it is hypoallergenic and nonabrasive



 What is the Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge?

It is like a loofah that is much more powerful, and gets down into the crevices of your skin. It is made from pure Konjac Powder, water, and bamboo charcoal. This sponge was specially formulated for oily and acne prone skin. It can help manage and prevent break-outs. Its ingredients give it minerals and activated carbon that easily remove oils and bacteria from skin. This cleans out and reduces the size of your pores, while also exfoliating old skin layers. The Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge contains antioxidants that target bacteria which notoriously cause bacteria that other soaps and products may miss, because of their difficult-to-reach position. This My Konjac Sponge can help give you a more flawless and smooth look overall.

The Konjac Sponge is easy to use; it comes to you inside the package, hardened as you see in the pictures below. You need to rinse and soak the sponge until it becomes soft. You then massage the sponge around your face in a circular motion for optimal results. When you are done, you can rinse, squeeze out the water, and hang your sponge up to dry within your shower or in your bathroom.

Right now, you can purchase the Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge here, on Amazon, for just $10; if you have Amazon Prime, you will qualify for free shipping! My Konjac Sponges are also available for purchase through other online retailers and even in stores in some states, so make sure to check out their website for more purchasing options. 



I think the My Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge is the perfect addition to my beauty routine. I like this product because it is something that I can use during my showers, and although it barely takes any time at all to massage and exfoliate my face, the results are very noticeable. I wasn't much of a loofah fan previous to experiencing this sponge, to be honest. I have one in my shower, and now I know why I never used it -- if you have a cheap one, it just barely touches the surface of your skin. Where the loofah is superficial, the grooves and the texture of the Konjac sponge feel as if they are getting into every pore and every crevice of your face. I feel like I have finally sufficiently cleaned my skin and helped rid it of unwanted oils and bacteria. When I come out of the shower, my face feels fresher and more soft. I love that I can hang my Konjac sponge up in the shower around the shower head. It dries fairly quickly, and it is ready to be wet and used again the next day. It has really made an improvement in how oily and how acne-prone my skin is, especially during times of stress. I think that during the winter I would like to try one of their sponges for dry skin! This would make an excellent gift for any beauty lover.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Gurin Spa Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser: Review and Giveaway!


Gurin Products


Gurin Spa is a company based out of Tustin, California, that specializes in manufacturing lifestyle and fitness products. Gurin Spa carries affordable products which can help consumers achieve healthier and more active lives. They care about providing top-notch customer service and innovative products. At Gurin Spa, you will find products such as:
  • Portable Ultrasound - for advanced pain relief
  • Face and Body Ultraclean Brush 
  • Electric Compact Dehumidifier
  • Wireless Mini Dehumidifier
  • Ceramic Flat Iron
  • Professional Rechargeable Water Flosser
  • Infrared Family Ear Thermometer
  • Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Precision Bathroom Scales
  • Steam Inhaler and Mask
  • Massage Roller
  • Otoscopes

I was lucky enough to receive a Gurin Spa Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser for the purpose of conducting this review. I had never heard of Gurin Spa before reviewing this product, but I was excited to try an oil diffuser. I have several candles and plug-in scented warmers around the house that I have to alternate between rooms, to keep the house smelling good throughout each season. I can never have too many things that keep each room fresh, I have found. I also love aromatherapy and using all-natural, essential oils. I loved the way this product looked, combining style and effectiveness, so I had to reach out and apply. 






The Gurin Spa Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser is an innovative product that uses 2.4 million ultrasonic vibrations per second and ionizes essential oils into the air. It does this using a heat-free diffusion method. That's right -- there is no heating or burning of oils in this product. The diffuser is a cylinder shape (3 inches by 6 inches), with a pretty floral design on the outside and an included AC adapter. It is white, but offers six color LED lights which can create a customizable color scheme of blue, green, red, or white. There is a light button on the front that you press to alternate between colors. Each of these colors has a "bright" option which casts more light, and a "dim" option, which is great for nighttime, or creating an even more relaxed environment. This gives you a total of eight different modes of color/intensity that you can choose from. These different lighting options make the Gurin Spa Diffuser extremely versatile, and great for manipulating mood in a small or large space.





The Gurin Spa Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser comes with a small bottle of lavender essential oil to get you started, which is a nice, relaxing scent. It is very easy to get the Gurin Spa Diffuser to start spurting essential-oil-containing mist into the air. All you have to do is take off the top, plastic portion of the diffuser and fill it with water (using your included measuring cup) and essential oils. Then you place the plastic portion of the diffuser back where it came from, and the diffuser will start to produce mist. According to Gurin Spa, the mist output is 15-150ml/h and covers an area of up to 120 square meters. What is really nice about Gurin Spa's Diffuser is the fact that has a timer, with four different settings: 30, 60, 120, or 180 minutes. This is great for anyone who likes to use aromatherapy to help them sleep, but doesn't want to worry about having to unplug burning oils, or the like. In addition to the timer, there is also a safety, "auto-off" feature that automatically shuts the diffuser off if it is getting low on water. It is a low-energy use item.

Right now, you can purchase the Gurin Spa Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser on Amazon, here, for just $32.95; if you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free! If you are at all unhappy with your product, Gurin Spa offers a 100% money-back guarantee, so don't be afraid to go ahead and purchase this! It makes a wonderful holiday or birthday gift for any age!




Overall, the Gurin Spa Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser is a great product. My favorite feature is the LED design, with eight different color/intensity options. I find myself changing the color based on the room I have the diffuser in, and which mood I am trying to convey. I love having the dim and bright settings -- if I have the diffuser in the bathroom or the bedroom, I tend to go with the dim, softer light. If I have it in more wide-open spaces, I go with the bright, less "romantic" lighting. I find the lights very soothing as I am taking a bath or relaxing and starting to drift off to sleep. I think this would make an excellent night-light for a child that has trouble sleeping, or is scared of the dark. You don't have to worry about not unplugging it because of the safety features and the timer. With oil-burners and candles, I do find myself worrying -- if you forget to turn those off or blow them out, you could risk a fire. This is a much safer alternative. Lavender isn't my favorite scent, but I do think that it helps people relax, as a general rule of thumb. I found that I had to put a ton of the lavender oil included into the diffuser to smell anything, which I found strange. When I put my own oils in (be careful, you have to make sure that they are the right kind before doing this!), I smelled them a lot more strongly, so I think it was more a matter of the oil than the diffuser itself. Still, I don't think the diffusing properties are efficient enough to cover a very large room; I think I would prefer the Gurin Spa diffuser in smaller rooms, where the oils are more detectable. I found the diffuser very easy to use, and I would love to get more for other rooms!



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Nordic Naturals: Ultimate Omega Review + Giveaway



Nordic Naturals is a company based out of Watsonville, California, that specializes in manufacturing and distributing different varieties of fish-oil containing products. Founder Joar Opheim, a native of Norway, found that supplements rich in Omega-3 and quality fish oil were lacking in the United States. Working with a team, Opheim was able to develop "several patented fish oil technologies", including superior forms of taste, absorption, and delivery. Nordic Naturals cares about providing the highest-quality fish oil in its supplements to help defeat the global Omega-3 deficiency; their products are distributed worldwide. They have a transparent business model which encourages environmental consciousness and education. Nordic Naturals is proud to offer effective formulas which are regularly featured in worldwide trials and research. 
 Nordic Naturals is one of the only companies that meets the highest purity standards for their Omega-3-containing products. They go beyond what is required of them in the United States, to adhere to the European Pharmacopoeia Standard (EPS), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega–3 (GOED). These regulations ensure that Nordic Naturals has no detectable heavy metals, dioxins, or PCBs in their products (every batch is tested). The consumer can rest easy knowing that Nordic Naturals really is the ultimate in quality when it comes to choosing a fish oil supplement.

The fish oil supplements sold by Nordic Naturals are free of harmful chemicals and are produced without excessive heat, with a multistep processing plan. They use only sustainably-sourced, wild-caught fish for their products, including Arctic Cod, Pacific Sardines, and Peruvian Anchovies. They believe in following regulated fishing procedures and in protecting marine life habitats. 

What else makes Nordic Naturals' products so great?

Quite a few things! Their freshness levels also follow international standards, which means that you are receiving the most effective and pure product. Their fish oil has a peroxide value that is below the limit set by the EPS -- the lower the peroxide value, the greater the freshness. Nordic Naturals' products do not have harmful free radicals; they contain Vitamin E and rosemary, which enhance the freshness and test of their supplements. Many companies market their fish oil in the ethyl ester molecular form, but Nordic Naturals produces theirs in the true triglyceride form, which is absorbed up to 70% greater. The oxygen-free processing that Nordic Naturals uses to create their supplements makes them lack that fishy after-taste that many brands of fish oil supplements have. There is no smell or fishy taste -- instead, Nordic Naturals puts fruit oil extracts into their soft-gel capsules and liquid, giving them a light taste. The awards that Nordic Naturals have received are many..some of them include: 2014 Superior Taste Award, 2014 VITY Award, 2014 Clean Choice Award, 2014 Delicious Living Supplement Award, 2013 Essentials Award, 2012 Foodie Award, etc. 


What can Omega-3 in fish oil do for you?

Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 are essential to many different aspects of our health. As you probably know, Omega-3 is indicated in cardiovascular health, in terms of promoting a healthy heart rhythm, and supporting healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Omega-3s are also great for improving vision, promoting back and joint health, and promoting a healthy pregnancy. Omega-3s can improve the state of your hair, skin, and nails, and can help improve the functioning of your digestive system. Healthy brain function and immune responses are also indicated by Omega-3.

I received a bottle of Nordic Naturals' Ultimate Omega for the purpose of conducting this review. I was excited, because I have heard many great things about this company. I used to get disgusted by the thought of taking a fish oil supplement, but I know how absolutely beneficial it can be to your health in many ways, so I decided to get over it, and apply to try this product. I know that I must be deficient in Omega-3 and Omega-6, because my diet is not rich in foods that contain these fatty acids. The only seafood product that I will eat is tuna fish, and that's only if it has enough mayo so that I can't distinguish a fishy taste. I clearly needed this supplement!

Nordic Naturals' Ultimate Omega comes in three sizes: a 60-count, 120-count, and 180-count bottle. It is suggested that you take two soft gels daily, with food, as directed by your healthcare professional. You can take two soft gels twice daily if you need even more support. This is Nordic Naturals most popular product, as it offers double-strength EPA and DHA (two forms of Omega-3) in fewer soft-gels. This concentrated formula can help "support healthy glucose levels, healthy lipid levels in professional athletes, bronchial health, and the body's ability to respond to stress in a healthy way". Each serving of Ultimate Omega (2 soft gels) contains: 18 calories, 2 g of fat, and 1280 mg of Omega-3. It contains the following ingredients:

Purified deep sea fish oil (from anchovies and sardines), soft gel capsule (gelatin, water, glycerin, natural lemon flavor), natural lemon flavor, d-alpha tocopherol, rosemary extract (a natural preservative)

You can purchase Ultimate Omega here, for just $27.95/60-count bottle, $49.95/120-count bottle, and $69.95/180-count bottle. Nordic Naturals offers discounts when you buy in bulk (10% off three bottles, 15% off six), and they also have a club that you can join, where you receive quarterly shipments and free shipping. Shipping is also free when you have an order that is $25 or greater.

As I mentioned above, I am NOT a seafood eater, and anything remotely fishy really turns my stomach, whether it is the smell or the taste. I was very wary about trying Ultimate Omega, but I knew that I was very deficient in Omega-3, and it could really help my overall health. I don't have any specific medical conditions, but I know how important preventative health measures can be. I was really excited to find how superior Nordic Naturals' supplements are, in terms of quality and purity. It is important to me to see these figures and data, because it makes me more comfortable to ingest something that is safe. I was drawn to the fact that Nordic Naturals has a powerful formula of Omega-3s compared to other brands, and that they claim their products do not have a fishy taste. After opening bottles from other brands, just the smell was enough to turn me off. This was not the case with Ultimate Omega. I actually thought the fruity, lemon-type scent was pretty good. (Apparently my dog thought so too, because she knocked the bottle down, tore the top off, and ate three soft-gel capsules) Although I have problems swallowing pills, these seemed to glide down fairly smoothly. I got the hint of a lemon taste, but definitely nothing fishy as an aftertaste. This alone is enough to make we want to purchase this supplement in the future. If it did have a fishy taste or smell, I wouldn't be able to take it -- now I will be able to enjoy the huge amount of benefits that Omega-3s have. I love that this supplement includes a "double whammy" of Omega3's. I now take this twice a day (when I remember) with food. I am hoping it will help with my overall stress levels, and that it will promote healthy exercising and heart health for me. I have to add that Nordic Naturals gave me a huge, fun package full of samples of their other products, which were also pretty great! I really appreciated being able to test their other supplements. I can tell you that you won't be disappointed, and as a future medical provider, this is definitely a supplement I would feel safe recommending to patients!

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