Friday, November 14, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy: Review

I recently received a bottle of the new Purex Aromatherapy Crystals, in scent "Energy". I have shared the fact, in the past, that although I only live in a small apartment with my boyfriend, we manage to go through a ton of laundry (even during just one week!). It is important to me to purchase quality products for our high efficiency washer that are affordable for our school budgets and long-lasting. That being said, we love Purex products, which easily fit into both of these categories. We regularly use Purex pods or liquid laundry detergent, as well as a variety of Purex crystals. We were happy to give the new Aromatherapy Crystals by Purex a shot, but I already knew we would love them before I even poured them in the washer!

Purex Aromatherapy Crystals are a new edition to the Purex line, and are scented crystals that go right in with your laundry in the washing machine. They are scent boosters, for use with either scented or unscented laundry detergent, to make your laundry smell even fresher! These crystals give your laundry a scent that doesn't just last for a few minutes, but until the next time you wash them. Aromatherapy crystals come in three different varieties: energy, well-being, and serenity. The Well-being scent smells like fresh blossoms and can help increase mood and happiness. The Serenity scent smells like water-lilies and induces a calm and peaceful mood. The Energy crystals have a revitalizing citrus scent that can help you work your way through a long day with more vitality. 

Purex Aromatherapy Crystals come in two different sizes: 18 oz and 24 oz. They are sold in most major retailers in the United States. Within the crystals are essential oils which have a dual purpose: to increase the freshness of your laundry while also creating a variety of moods through aromatherapy. The crystals are safe in regular and high efficiency washers and should be added (a cap full for a normal sized load) right in with the laundry before you turn the washer on. 


The Energy Purex Aromatherapy Crystals have a really bold and fresh scent of both citrus and floral tones. They are really easy to use, just like all other Purex Crystals. Although this scent may be powerful for some people who are sensitive, I happen to really enjoy it (I'm a big fan of citrus scented anything). I can attest to the fact that one cap full for our very large loads is enough, with the addition of detergent, to produce extra fresh smelling laundry. Since I hang the majority of my clothes up that could become damaged or shrunk in the dryer, it is really important to me to find a combination of laundry detergent and additives that can hold a scent really well, without getting the extra smell from the dryer sheets. I find that my clothes still smell like fresh oranges after a day or two of hanging up on a drying rack. These crystals are great, and the smell really is invigorating, so I'm sure that the other two scents are true to their aromatherapy "moods" as well!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Youphoria #Yoga Mat Review & Giveaway

Youphoria Yoga sells high-quality yoga supplies which will help customers get the most out of their experiences, whether it be at home, at class, or in the gym. Youphoria Yoga cares about providing tools which will help you achieve balance and harmony in your life; they are committed to providing a customer-centered business with top-notch products.

Youphoria Yoga currently sells Yoga Mats and Yoga Towels. Their Yoga Towels retail for just $24.99 and are available in pink, green, blue and blue & green options.

I was lucky enough to receive a Youphoria Yoga Mat for the purpose of this review, in exchange for sharing my opinions with you. I chose the green mat because it was a very unique color (I tend to go for things that stick out), and I figured that my boyfriend would be more apt to share it with me than a pink one. I have been wanting to get into yoga for a long time, but I was always lacking the right equipment; the mats at the gym are very flat (and dirty) and tend to slip out from under me; I'm not even sure you can actually call them "mats" as they aren't much better than laying on the hard floor. I also wanted something to use at home. Although my second year of medical school is not as stressful as the first, it still has its moments, and yoga can work as a great relaxation and exercise routine. I was happy to receive a mat that really looked like it would do the job for me.

The Youphoria Yoga Mat is the highest-rated yoga mat currently sold on Amazon. It comes in four colors: pink, green, blue, and black. It measures 24" x 72" and is 1/4" thick. One of things that sets this yoga mat apart is the material that it is made out of; it is ultra-comfortable, as it is crafted from a high density memory foam. This foam is thick and helps to stabilize you during your yoga session, while also providing support for your back and relief of pressure points and sore muscles by molding to the natural curvature of your body. This material is durable and easy to clean. You won't have to worry about slipping across the floor on a flimsy, cheap mat, as the Youphoria Yoga Mat has circular, gripping pads on the bottom which will stick to the surface of the floor. The top of the mat is also textured in a way that you will have better grip with your hands and feet when you are in certain poses, so you don't slide on the mat either (especially if you are sweating). The mat is chemical and Phthalate free, making it safe for your body, as well as the environment. Its material is designed to be odor-free, which is a great feature for yogis. 

This yoga mat comes with a free carry strap, which makes it easier and more convenient to transport from your home to the gym, or to your next workout session. Youphoria Yoga's mat "outperforms competitors" while costing less (than some of the leading brands). To clean the mat, all you have to do is wipe it down with non-oil based soap or detergent (or use a mat spray), and then air dry by hanging outside or inside. It is recommended that you use a yoga towel when using your yoga mat to reduce the amount of sweat and natural oils saturating and dirtying your mat.  

Right now, you can purchase the Youphoria Yoga Mat here, on Amazon, for just $35.00; if you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free. If you purchase a Youphoria Yoga Towel and mat, you will receive $5.50 off your purchase. Youphoria Yoga also has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

I really have been enjoying my Youphoria Yoga Mat. I get a lot of compliments on the vibrant and unique green color -- I have the prettiest and most comfortable mat at the gym! I have been experimenting by using my mat for home workouts as well as gym workouts, and find that it works great on a multitude of surfaces. I have had a lot of borrowed mats in the past that have slipped quite easily, and I find that this mat has a much better grip on the floor as well as my body. I always end up pushing it a little, but not nearly as much as the cheaper mats. I use a yoga towel along with my mat, so I haven't had any issues with odor...the clean up is also really easy, but I would suggest hanging it outside to dry if you can. My favorite part about this mat is its comfort level; I really think that the memory foam helps me endure and enjoy more time exercising and practicing yoga. Being in weird study positions often, I find myself with the occasional back or leg issue, but the memory foam material always puts my body at ease. I really don't have anything bad to say at all about this mat -- I think it is really going to help me meet my goals of exercising more frequently and finding a new source of relaxation and energy.

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Beauty by Earth: All-Natural & Organic Sunscreen SPF 25 Review & Giveaway!

Beauty by Earth is a company based out of Frisco, Texas, that specializes in manufacturing beauty products which are all-natural. Beauty by Earth has a mission, which is to "inspire beauty, nurture health, and create a better quality of life for people everywhere through authentically organic products crafted from the highest quality ingredients". Their company was created when the founders entered parenthood and realized how many products on the market (for children and adults alike) contained harmful chemicals and additives. They went on to create several wonderful beauty-centered products which are safe for both your skin and the environment.

Some of the products not featured in this review that Beauty by Earth offers include:
  • Organic Argan Oil
  • Lip Balm (many flavors)
  • Konjac Sponges

 I was given the chance to review Beauty by Earth's All-Natural and Organic Mineral Sunscreen (SPF 25), in exchange for sharing my opinions with you. It may not be the ideal season to use sunscreen, but we had a few random, beautiful days stuck in the middle of fall here in Maine, so I was able to test out the sunscreen to the best of my ability. Sunscreen is something I feel like you can never have too much of; I used to use mostly dark tanning lotions, but the more I learn about skin cancer and the like, the more I tend towards protective measures for my skin. I was happy to try a sunscreen which was NOT from the grocery store and did NOT have a thousand things in the ingredient list that I could not name. 

Beauty by Earth's Mineral Sunscreen comes in a 4 fl. oz container, which is a pretty generous size. As aforementioned, it has a mineral and plant-based formula, which makes it have an immediate effect, unlike other sunscreens that take up to 45 minutes to start working. This sunscreen has a water-resistant formula, which I think is an essential for anyone who spends a lot of time at the beach. I don't like to have to reapply my sunscreen after going in and out of the water, especially if I do it frequently! It is also reef and eco-friendly, so it is safe for use around marine life. Without any unnatural ingredients, it is great for use on all skin-types, even those that have very sensitive skin. Its formula is easy to apply, and is very smooth - it is supposed to be residue free. The scent is not overpowering but mild, for those who are irritated by perfumey type sunscreens. With an SPF of 25, Beauty by Earth suggests that you apply their sunscreen every 45-60 minutes; this is still better than reapplying every time you get in and out of the water. It helps to protect your skin against harmful UV rays and skin cancer, but also moisturizes at the same time.

Beauty by Earth's All-Natural and Organic Sunscreen contains the following ingredients: 

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide ...... 8% Zinc Oxide ...... 4% Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Organic Safflower Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin (vegetable derived), Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Fractioned Coconut Oil, Cetyl Alcohol (organic and plant based), Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (plant based)

Right now, you can purchase Beauty by Earth's All-Natural and Organic Sunscreen on Amazon, here, for just $13.99; Amazon Prime members will qualify for free shipping. Beauty by Earth has a 100% money-back guarantee if you are, for any reason, unsatisfied with your purchase. 

Overall, I was very pleased with Beauty by Earth's Mineral Sunscreen; although I did not get to use it on the hottest day with the most direct sunlight, I could still generally assess most of its features. One of my favorite things about this sunscreen was its lack of "sunscreen" smell. I'm sure many of you know what I mean when I say that most typical grocery store brands have a very distinct and slightly irritating smell which is not pleasant. This sunscreen has a very natural and light scent, almost like something tropical. It does have a very thick consistency which some people may not prefer, but I actually do -- I prefer to know that it is actually blocking the sun. I would take a thick consistency over greasy any day. My suggestion is to apply less so that your skin will fully absorb the sunscreen -- this way you won't look much whiter and chalkier after you put it on. The only time that I found it left residue was in places I wasn't fully able to reach and just sort of slapped it on. I felt like it really covered every area of my skin accurately, and it did NOT irritate my very sensitive skin. Instead of feeling like the sunscreen was blocking all of my pores and creating an oily and acne-prone appearance, I actually felt like it was moisturizing my skin and improving the texture. My skin felt much softer after using it. Of course, my favorite feature was the lack of unnatural additives! I feel like I am helping both my skin and the environment by making the switch to this sunscreen.

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