Friday, August 23, 2013

Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar: Review and Giveaway!

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The Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar is a laundry bar and stain remover that has been on the market for over one hundred years (that should be telling enough, for any product to stand the test of time!). The Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar is specially formulated to remove deodorant stains, grease stains, oily stains, and ring around the collar. It is made to fight the toughest of your stains!

The Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar comes in one 5.5 oz package. It contains the following ingredients: Soap (sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate or sodium palmate kernelate and sodium palmate), water, talc, dipentene, coconut acid, palm acid, tallow acid, Peg-6 methyl ether, glycerin, sodium chloride, pentasodium pentetate and/or tetrasodium etidronate, titanium dioxide, triclocarban, fragrance, acid orange 24, acid yellow 73.

How do you use the Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar? It's easy! Follow these directions:

To PRE-TREAT your stains:

1) Wet stain and then rub with bar
2) Wait one minute and wash your laundry as normal

To use as a LAUNDRY BOOSTER:

1) Grate 1/16th into washer with your normal detergent
2) Wash clothes as normal.

For severe soil stains, you can use a soft brush to work the Fels-Naptha in to the stain before putting the garment in your washer. I have heard that Fels-Naptha is also great to use as an insect repellant (grate some soap off and mix with water), and also to help wash your dishes!

 The Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar can be purchased at many major retailers, including: Hannaford, Shaw's, Walmart, Market Basket, Price Chopper, Tops, etc. You can also purchase it online through the Purex website, which will direct you to Amazon, Soap.com, Drugstore.com, Rakuten, or ACE.





As part of a Purex Insiders promotion, I received one Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar for review, so that I could share my opinions with you. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I did not spill anything or accumulate any stains on any of my or my boyfriend's clothing since I received the laundry bar to review. I am probably jinxing myself. However, I did rub the bar over a shirt that has a tendency to show sweat stains a lot, which must mean that it is gathering a lot of sweat and could eventually lead to a stain. I decided to be proactive and stop the stain before it started. The laundry bar seemed to remove any remnants of the deodorant and the sweat. I will have to check back with you when I get an ACTUAL stain on my clothing. I was thinking of taking a slightly older shirt and staining it myself for the purpose of this review, but since I moved I realized I did not bring a ton of old clothes with me, and I didn't have any that I wanted to try staining on purpose. I do not doubt the Fels-Naptha's ability to remove stains, but I figured an oil or perspiration stain is different than a wine or mustard stain. I did, however, try using my Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar as a Laundry Booster, since it is such a versatile product. I put it in with a bunch of clothes that weren't necessarily stained, but that were slightly dingy or were athletic clothes that really needed a boost. The Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar worked great for this aspect! 



What I can say is that I am glad Purex Insiders introduced me to this product. Generally I do accidentally stain things at least once a month, whether it be from food or just my carelessness. I typically just go ahead and throw my clothes in the wash as soon as I can, but it would really help to have the Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar around to take a second hit at the stain before I put it in the laundry. I was excited because I actually hadn't heard of the Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar previously, even though it has been around for so long! My mom told me that it has been around a long time, and that she has always heard good things about it, and has even used one in the past. The Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar smells great, and I know that one bar will last you a long time. Although price varies by location, the Laundry Bar is very affordable and is great to have around for those emergency occasions! This would be a great product for mothers of young children or puppies who are very accustomed to frequent stains.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Zevia All Natural Soda: Review and Giveaway!

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Zevia was founded in 2007 in Seattle, with the following products available: Cola, Lemon Lime Twist and Orange soda. They wanted to introduce the world to a guilt-free soda with a natural sweetener and ingredients that everyone would be proud to consume. After their brand took off, Zevia quickly introduced Ginger Root Beer, Black Cherry and Ginger Ale. In 2009, Zevia made the move from Seattle to Los Angeles, California. By 2011, Zevia launched five more flavors and was finding widespread growth. Since then, Zevia has continued to introduce more flavors and to market their all-natural, zero calorie soda to new distributors.


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Using natural Stevia sweetener and wholesome ingredients, Zevia is truly the healthy choice for many people worldwide. Zevia can help towards the nationwide fight against obesity and diabetes. I know that when I have my future practice, I am going to suggest that patients switch to Zevia. It may cost a little more than typical soda, but your health is worth it! Here's a little blurb about Zevia's sweetener, the Stevia extract:

Rebaudioside A, otherwise known as Reb-A (Stevia Extract) is one of the sweetest and best-tasting sweet compounds found in the stevia leaf. And there are more than 10 of these 'steviol gycosides' in the leaf! This all natural sweetener is commonly used in powder or liquid form to heighten sweetening intensity and improve taste. In its highly purified form, it has sweetness between 250 to 350 times that of an equal weight of sugar but with no calories and no effect on blood glucose levels!

Reb-A that is part of Zevia is grown in the Sweet Green Fields in the United States. It is recognized as being "generally safe" by the USDA and does not affect blood glucose or insulin levels.


 Flavors not featured in this review include:
  • Mountain Zevia - You know those sodas you drink when you want to unwind after a long day? The sodas that have a light, subtle flavor? The ones that you can enjoy right before you go to sleep? Mountain Zevia is not one of those sodas. Considered the rebel of the Zevia line, the bold citrus flavor in Mountain Zevia awakens your taste buds and breaks the mold of other sodas in the natural soda category. Mountain Zevia is pumped with orange, lime, lemon and grapefruit essential oils. One thing we didn’t do is pump Mountain Zevia with the artificial colors, flavors and preservatives that usually accompany that great Mountain taste. This caffeinated natural pop will boost your energy, spirits and just about everything but your calorie count.

  •  Grape Soda - Have you ever wanted to go back to the good old days? The days when your gym was a jungle gym? One sip of Zevia Grape soda will take you there. Zevia Grape has that great flavor you remember from childhood but none of the calories you want as an adult. Unlike the grape soda you enjoyed when you were little, Zevia Grape is made naturally. This diet grape soda contains zero calories and no sugar, so call it “diet” if you want, but know that natural sweeteners make all Zevia sodas safe and delicious. Not only did we make Zevia Grape soda clear and mess-free, we put the big, bold taste of a Concord grape into a drink that will quench your thirst for soda and nostalgia.

  •  Caffeine Free Cola - We know everyone loves Zevia Cola, because it’s our best-selling Zevia flavor. But sometimes you want the citrus and spicy flavor you enjoy in Zevia Cola without the caffeine that comes along with it. Meet Zevia Cola’s laid back sister, Zevia Caffeine Free Cola. It has everything you love about Zevia Cola, except the caffeine. You can expect the same flavors that wake up your taste buds when you drink Zevia Cola, all without actually waking you up. You requested it and we listened. When it comes to diet soda and health, we know that not everyone drinks caffeine. And we’re excited to offer you a Caffeine Free Cola just the way you want it.

  •  Lime Cola - We like to think of limes as nature's little zing. A little citrusy splash makes everything a bit more delicious so why not add that zest to the popular ZEVIA Cola? ZEVIA Lime Cola is the zesty, delicious addition to the Zevia line of naturally sweetened sodas. Unlike most lime colas, this flavor-filled, better-for-you soda is all natural and contains no artificial sweeteners. If Zevia Lime Cola had a job, she would be a comedian. Full of zing and zest, this delicious alternative will give you a chuckle when you think about how delicious zero calories can taste.

  •  Cola - Zevia Cola has notes of citrus and spice, the perfect combination for a cola and a rare find in natural soda. When you find out that our naturally sweetened cola has zero calories, no sugar and nothing artificial, you may even find yourself reaching for a second can. Whether you have special diet needs, health concerns, or are just looking for a low carb drink that is all natural, our cola delivers all the things you like about traditional cola, without any of the traditional things you don’t. We’ve worked hard to perfect this staple flavor because it’s always been one of our favorites. Zevia Cola is what soda should always have been.

  •  Dr. Zevia - Dr. Zevia isn’t a real doctor, but it does have a way of making you feel healthy. Dr. Zevia All Natural Soda is made with stevia, a botanical sweetener used around the world for hundreds of years. Since this stevia soda has no effect on your blood sugar and no net carbs, you don’t have to worry about adding to your waistline. When you get a craving, indulge in the bold and unique taste of Dr. Zevia. It’s overflowing with variety of flavors that will quench just about any thirst. It’s got a bit of spice, a dash of citrus, and a delicious, cherry fruity finish. Since Dr. Zevia is a naturally sweetened soda with zero calories and no sugar, we’re sure it will be the soda recommended by your real doctor.

  •  Grapefruit Citrus - Zevia Grapefruit Citrus is the magician of the Zevia flavors. Don’t believe us? Bring a six-pack to your next party and watch it disappear. Some say that Zevia Grapefruit Citrus is the most refreshing of all the Zevia flavors. All would say that the perfectly balanced ruby red grapefruit taste with a punch of lemon and lime will create a sparkly sensation in your mouth. You may give Grapefruit Citrus a try because of its colorful exterior and refreshing name, but it’s the feeling you get when drinking it that will have you coming back for more. That, and the fact that’s it’s actually a healthy diet soda.
  •  Ginger Ale - Zevia Ginger Ale is a sophisticated soda and like any sophisticate, it has a little bite. Brilliantly refreshing in every sip, Zevia Ginger Ale will illuminate your taste buds with its pure ingredients. With a sweet blend of real ginger and citrus oils, Zevia Ginger Ale has a delicious taste with zero calories and no sugar. Be it an upset tummy or a cocktail party mixer, Zevia Ginger Ale is always as refreshing to taste as it is on your waist.

  •  Orange - Orange soda is normally orange. It’s also normally full of calories, sugar and artificial flavors like other diet sodas with aspartame. Zevia Orange soda is clear, which makes it perfect for the kids in your home and the kid in all of us. And just because it isn’t orange in color, doesn’t mean it isn’t orange in taste. Zevia Orange soda is like biting into your favorite piece of citrus (minus the seeds, the pulp, and potential to squirt juice into your eye). The bold flavor in this orange soda makes it tangy and delicious. Plus, it’s the only orange soda that’s zero calories, no sugar, and all natural. If you’re looking for a diet soda without aspartame, you’ve found it. So go on, take a big gulp. It might just replace your morning OJ.

 Zevia can be purchased online (through links on Zevia's website) at Amazon, Nettrition.com, or at the Low Carb Grocer if you live in Canada. Zevia is also available at many major retailers, such as: Sunflower, Shaw's, Whole Foods, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Fairway, Hannaford, Target, Safeway, Price Chopper, Albertsons, Jewel, Cub Foods, Ralphs, Smith's, etc.








Zevia was generous enough to send me a mixed six pack sampler of their soda for review so that I could share my opinions with you. The flavors that I received were: Black Cherry, Cherry Cola, Cream Soda, Ginger Root Beer, Lemon Lime Twist, and Strawberry.



Black Cherry

Zevia Black Cherry naturally sweetened soda has won the hearts of soda lovers everywhere, young and old. And with an optimal blend of cherry essence, clove and cassia oils, what’s not to love? Bursting with the taste of juicy ripe black cherries, your favorite berry is always in season. Zevia Black Cherry is a caffeine-free soda, so you can drink it no matter the time of day. Unlike other fruity diet sodas, Zevia All Natural Black Cherry is colorless. So, if someone spills a Zevia Black Cherry on you, the only thing you have to be upset about is that your shirt couldn’t appreciate the flavor.


 This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and has 0 calories, 0g of fat, 20mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, citric acid, Reb A (Stevia extract), natural flavors, cherry essence, cassia oil, clove leaf oil.




Cherry Cola

Some things were just meant to go together; like Sonny and Cher, Peanut Butter and Jelly, fireworks and the 4th of July. No two soda flavors were more destined to be together than Cherry and Cola. When we thought about creating the perfect zero calorie Cherry Cola, we knew it would become a fast fan favorite. Zevia Cherry Cola is the combination of delicious Bing cherry flavor and our popular Cola, which itself has light citrusy notes. Complex in flavor, easy to drink and naturally sweetened. We like to think of Zevia Cherry Cola as nature's little win.

This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 20mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, caramel color, tartaric acid, Reb A (Stevia extract), citric acid, caffeine, natural flavors. There are 38mg of caffeine per can.




Cream Soda

 Every soda in the Zevia line is a sweet treat, but Zevia Cream Soda is practically a dessert. This natural soda has an incredible deep aroma and luscious taste. It might be even more creamy and delicious than you remember but this is a natural cream soda, the way cream soda should always have been. With hints of vanilla and butter, the flavor in Zevia Cream Soda can satisfy even the greatest sweet tooth. And since it’s zero-calorie and sugar-free, you can make happy taste buds without upsetting the rest of your body.

 This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 20mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, natural flavors, Reb A (Stevia extract), citric acid, caramel color.




Ginger Root Beer

There’s root beer. Then there’s Zevia All Natural Ginger Root Beer. We took the rich and creamy traditional flavor that you would expect from a root beer and enhanced it with a hint of ginger (hence the name). A little creamy, a little spicy, absolutely zero calories. It doesn’t matter if you drink a cold Zevia Ginger Root Beer straight out of the can, or pour it in a glass and top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. What matters is that the diet root beer soda you know and love is back with a twist. Zevia Ginger Root Beer, naturally sweetened. You’ll love it a little more with each zero calorie sip.

This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 20mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, caramel color, Reb A (Stevia extract), citric acid, natural flavors, wintergreen oil, anise oil, lemon oil, orange oil, ginger extract.




Lemon Lime Twist 

Look up refreshment in the dictionary and we bet you’ll find a mention of Zevia Lemon Lime Twist. We’ve replicated a classic lemon lime flavor and re-created it in true Zevia fashion, a diet drink with none of the bad soda stuff and a pretty delicious taste. Zevia Lemon Lime Twist is naturally flavored with a blend of pure lemon and lime oils. We know we’re biased, but if you’re looking for low calorie, lemon lime soda, Twist is one of the best diet drinks you can get. It might relieve your thirst like the competitors, but remember, Zevia Lemon Lime Twist is all natural, with zero calories, no sugar and naturally sweetened. A playful flavor that won’t play with your weight.

 This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, natural flavors, citric acid, Reb A (Stevia extract).




 Strawberry

Zevia Strawberry soda is what we might call the perfect summer treat. Only it doesn't have to be summer and it definitely doesn't have to be a treat. Always zero calories and no artificial sweeteners, this is the diet soda you can love while loving your waistline. Zevia Strawberry is the sweet, tangy, tart, refreshing alternative when you are looking for a little bold berry taste without the calories. Clear in color and not sticky makes this berry soft drink a perfect beverage for kids, and the kids in all of us.

 This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, natural flavors, citric acid, Reb A (Stevia extract).


My overall favorite was the Strawberry! I have actually never seen a strawberry flavored soda, and I was expecting it to taste artificial and funny, but I was entirely wrong. This soda tastes like you are actually eating a fresh strawberry -- I think I will have to buy this again, because the flavor was so unusual and good! I had previously tried the Ginger Root Beer before, so I already knew that that flavor of Zevia was great. I discovered the Ginger Root Beer one day while I was walking around the grocery store I used to work at. I was looking for a better alternative to the Diet Pepsi that I consume too much of every day. The fake sugar sweetener in Diet Pepsi is something I really want to get away from; it is full of chemicals, unnatural for your body, and I have heard that it actually makes you more hungry throughout the day, so that defeats the reason that I buy it in the first place - because it has no calories. I won't drink regular soda because I feel that it is too sweet and I hate wasting 300 calories on a soda which doesn't even contribute to filling me. When I found Zevia, you can imagine how excited I was! Another zero calorie option, with a whole ton of flavors, LACKING an artificial sweetener. Can you get any better than that? The Ginger Root Beer has a flavor that nearly parallels regular root beer, diet or otherwise; it also has a tinge of ginger which gives it a nice kick.

The Lemon Lime had a nice flavor -- my boyfriend grabbed that flavor right up and had no complaints at all. He doesn't drink diet soda (he thinks it's gross), so I was very surprised that he didn't seem to notice it didn't have zero calories. To him, it does not have that gross "fake sugar" taste that most diet sodas do. This would be a great way to get him to transition from regular soda to "diet" soda as well. I am not the biggest fan of black cherry in the first place, but I didn't mind Zevia's flavor. My boyfriend really liked this flavor. He doesn't like cream soda, so that flavor was left for me to drink. I liked the Cream soda better than the Black Cherry; I thought it had that "old home" taste, as if it were homemade soda. Occasionally I have had cherry Pepsi, and I would say that Zevia's Cherry Cola is very comparable, except you don't have all the calories and bad ingredients!

If you can't tell, I am a huge supporter of Zevia. You are not compromising flavor if you switch from your beloved soda brand to Zevia. The flavors are not EXACTLY the same as other name brand sodas of similar flavors, but you won't miss them. I plan on making the switch to cola and ginger root beer from Diet Pepsi, so that I still have the comfort of having soda, but I don't have to feel bad about it. I am very picky about my soda (a lot of store brand diet sodas have a funny taste), so the fact that I find the Zevia flavors tasty is saying something! My one suggestion is to keep your Zevia cold (the company suggests this as well), because it tastes bubbly and "fresh" that way. When it gets warm, the flavor is not as good. Also, you want to drink it directly from the can rather than pouring it into a cup in order to preserve carbonation and flavor as well (you don't want it to go flat before you finish it).


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Woolzies Eco-Friendly Wool Dryer Balls Review

 Woolzies are manufactured by Soft By Nature, LLC, a family owned company operating out of the
Hudson Valley region of Southern New York.

What are Woolzies?

They are handmade New Zealand wool dryer balls which are 100% eco-friendly, lacking the harsh chemicals typical of some laundry softeners and dryer sheets. Unlike some plastic dryer balls, Woolzies are not made from PVC or other chemicals; this is great, because plastic dryer balls can expose your laundry to the chemicals from PVCS and are even toxic to the environment. Certain plastic dryer balls have a tendency to melt or to become ineffective over time. In addition, using tennis balls or similar items may SEEM to have a similar effect, but the materials combined with the bouncing around can actually damage your dryer's electronic sensors!

Woolzies are a wonderful alternative to a fabric softener or a dryer sheet, for individuals who are either sensitive to chemicals (or have allergies to certain products), or who simply choose to follow a natural, chemical free lifestyle. Many of the chemicals contained in conventional laundry products are harsh or toxic. The fragrances themselves are enough to irritate sensitive skin. However, if one does not want to lose the benefits of a dryer sheet or softener (for reduced static cling or softened laundry), Woolzies are the answer. Woolzies soften laundry, reduce static cling, but ALSO have the added benefit of reducing drying time by 25% in large loads, and 35-40% in small loads. If you still miss the fragrances or even more enhanced static cling, not to worry! Woolzies suggests added a piece of plain aluminum foil together with the six Woolzies's balls to further reduce cling; to add scent, you need to wait until your laundry is completely dried, then take out two of the Woolzies and apply pure essential oils. Toss the two balls back into the dryer with the other four and run on air dry (no heat) for 10 minutes. Woolzies says that this makes the scent last for up to ten days. I haven't tried it, but it sounds awesome!





How do Woolzies reduce drying time? Since they bounce around, they naturally separate your laundry and create spaces, which allows hot air to circulate. Besides saving time, this helps cut down on cost and on energy, which is better for the environment as a whole.Although they are bouncing around in your dryer, Woolzies are almost completely noise free.

Woolzies are guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads, or your money is refunded. I love when a company is so confident in their product that they offer this option. Can you imagine trying to count up 1,000 loads of laundry? Woolzies are really worth the investment, because of their long life! Also, although dryer sheets and fabric softeners are relatively cheap, 1,000 loads may end up costing you a comparable amount to one box of Woolzies.
 You can purchase Woolzies online through their website, for just $34.95 per six pack and FREE shipping throughout the United States. For international shipping, the cost is only $6.95. If you want to purchase Woolzies as a gift for someone special, you can add a gift wrapping option to your order for just $5.00 per box.






Soft by Nature, LLC, was generous enough to allow me to review their Woolzies Dryer Balls so that I could share my opinion with you. I was very excited, because I had never heard of such  a concept. I jumped at the idea of integrating another eco-friendly product into my life. I really liked the idea that Woolzies can reduce drying time, because now that I have my own apartment and I am actually paying for utilities, I have realized that running the dryer many times can start to increase the bill. Also, while getting your clothes dry faster, you are skipping out on harsh chemicals, without losing the effects of laundry softener or dryer sheets! I was surprised that when I put the Woolzies in my dryer, I did not hear anything more than my dryer's usually noise.

I found that Woolzies really do work just as well as they say they do. My dryer is slightly old and the timer is broken, which means that I have to manually time it and remember to shut the dryer off when I think my clothes are ready. This is annoying, but it actually allowed me to see an exact difference in drying time. It usually takes me about an hour and a half to dry a typical load (unless I have put a ton of bathroom towels in, which I am trying not to do anymore), which is medium - large sized. I put the Woolzies in and timed the dryer, to find that it was closer to an hour for drying time! I was very excited. I found that my clothes were just as soft as they would have been with laundry softener, and they had no static cling. Although I sometimes like the fragrance of laundry softeners or dryer sheets, I did not find myself missing it. I felt that my clothes were just as fresh and clean smelling, as if they did have fragrance on them. However, if I do, I happen to have orange essential oil laying around...adding oils to the Woolzies Dryer Balls is a really cool idea, because then you can have laundry that has ANY scent. I don't know about you, but I think laundry detergents and softeners don't come in enough scents, compared to air fresheners.  I am happy to know that this is better for the environment, better for my cost of living, and better for my easily irritated skin. The Woolzies are a very cool concept, and they actually work! You may think that putting six dryer balls into your dryer may compromise space, but it really does not, since they are so effective at drying large loads. I recommend Woolzies to anyone who wants to try something different and cut down on the time it takes to dry their laundry!


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The Ecology Works: Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent Review



 
The Ecology Works has been devoted to helping people stay allergy free since 1995. They are proud to offer earth friendly, plant-based solutions to tackle dustmite allergies, allergies in general, and disinfection as a whole. They make a wide range of effective products that can control the symptoms associated with allergies, such as asthma and other breathing problems. They offer something for virtually every environment, from school to work to the household. The Ecology Works is Medinex certified and has the Green America Approval.

 


Here are some of the products that The Ecology Works has to offer that are not featured in this review:
  • DustMiteX Ready To Use Liquid - This EPA registered product is colorless, odorless and will not harm water-safe fabrics. The Dust Mite and Flea Control powder works together with The Ecology Works® Anti Allergen Solution to first kill the dust mites and second to denature the allergens they produce. Our newest product in The Ecology Works® is a ready-to-use Liquid, Dust Mite and Flea Control called DustMitex. This is a 32 ounce spray that costs $9.95 per bottle.
  •  DustMiteX Powder - The Ecology Works® DustMite and Flea Control is a specially formulated borate compound that mixes easily in water and provides long lasting control over dust mites. Boron is a natural element that is essential for healthy plant growth and aids in the assimilation of calcium in the human body. Borates have a long history of use in insect control, and are effective against fleas, termites, cock-roaches and ants. This powder comes in an 8 oz. bag (for $9.95) or a 2 lb. bag (for $34.95).
  • Anti-Allergy Solution The effectiveness of Ecology Works Anti-Allergen Solution has been confirmed in both independent laboratory analysis and in field tests by private and government sponsored studies. The results showed very effective reduction of allergens from dust mite, dog and cat dander and cockroach. The Anti-Allergen Solution is a great for removing dog and cat dander, giving immediate relief to people allergic to pet dander allowing them to spend time with their pets. Neutralize proteins with allergens with the 3 oz. Anti-Allergen Solution ($7.95 each), 32 oz. Anti-Allergen Solution ($24.95 each) or 1 gallon of the Anti-Allergen Solution ($64.95 each). 
  • Anti-Allergen Pet Shampoo - The Ecology Works® Pet Shampoo is a hypoallergenic formula designed to neutralize protein allergens on contact. This treatment helps pets overcome skin problems caused by dust mites- while limiting pet dander- a major allergen for many people. Our sustained release odor protection will keep your pet smelling fresh longer. You can purchase one 16 oz. bottle for just $10.95.
  • Vital Oxide Disinfectant - Kill 99.9% Bacteria and Remove Mold! Kill MRSA, Norovirus, Salmonella, E coli. and other bacteria. Powerful Mold and Mildew Eliminator. EPA Registered in all 50 states. One 32 oz. bottle is $14.95 and one 128 oz. bottle is $37.95. You can purchase this in combination with the Vital Oxide Disinfectant Fogger for $137.95.





The Ecology Works was kind enough to provide with me a bottle of their Anti-Allergen Laundry Detergent to review, so that I could share my opinions with you. This detergent comes in one size (40 oz.) and can be purchased on the Ecology Works website for just $15.95. 

 The Ecology Works' Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent is recommended by both allergists and dermatologists. It is a hypoallergenic detergent with a plant and mineral based formula (it is 100% biodegradable!) that is environmentally friendly. It contains: deionized water, plant and mineral based surfactants, and allergen and odor neutralizer. This laundry detergent is made for COLD WATER usage, and is free of dyes (colorless solution), perfumes (unscented), and the enzymes and other allergy triggers found in conventional laundry detergents. It is free of d-Limonene Terpenes, Phosphates, and Nitrates. 

The Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent is highly concentrated, and can wash up to 40 loads. That's a lot of loads for the size of the bottle, which will save you money compared to other unscented detergents. This detergent works by "super micelle action", which is highly effective at removing a variety of irritants. The Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent can remove (besides your everyday wear and tear stains) :
  • Dust Mite Allergens
  • Pet Dander
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Smoke
 The Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent has an odor neutralizer which keeps your laundry smelling fresh, without having to use irritating fragrances to do so. A lot of detergents on the market have chemically-ridden solutions that are very harsh on sensitive skin, or that contain certain elements that can initiate an allergic reaction. Some laundry detergents are so overpowering that the smell they leave on clothes after the fact is almost bothersome to me.

To use the Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent, simply pour one half cap full in for medium loads, and one full cup for large loads. To pre-treat stains, you can rub some of the detergent onto the area first. If you have a high efficiency washing machine, use only a quarter cup for medium loads and a half cup for larger loads.






I do suffer from seasonal allergies, which tend to get worse in the late summer and early Fall. I also have very sensitive skin that is easily irritated. I haven't noticed irritation from other commercial laundry detergents, but I know that my skin would appreciate not having the chemicals from those formulas or the dustmites from clothing anymore. Although my allergies haven't been as bad since I moved, I do wake up feeling groggy with puffy eyes and a sore throat some mornings. I also sneeze a lot in response to household allergens such as dust. I decided that the Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent could only be a positive thing, so I wanted to test it out.

I was somewhat wary of the unscented feature at first, because I have only used scented detergents in the past, and there are a few that I actually like (and also a lot that are way too overpowering). I found that it really did not make any difference to me NOT to have the fragrances in the end. My clothes still smelled fresh and seemed to be equally as clean with the plant-based formula. I felt as though I was able to use less detergent than I usually do per load, which was nice, because it will save money overall. I think that the Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent is great, because our bodies are exposed to too many unnatural chemicals these days. I also know many friends and family who have very severe allergies to dust and pet dander. I am going to let them try the Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent, because I believe that it is a really strong neutralizer. The detergent is also not harsh on clothes at all, and just as effectively removed some of the stains on my clothing (from food). 

I will continue to use The Ecology Works' Anti Allergen Laundry Detergent to keep my skin chemical free, and to keep my seasonal and household allergies at bay during the upcoming Fall season. I recommend this detergent to anyone suffering from allergies, anyone who wants to incorporate more eco-friendly products into their lives, or for anyone who is allergic to the ingredients in standard laundry detergents.

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Bare Fruit Snacks: Review and Giveaway

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 Bare Fruit, LLC is a company based out of Washington state, created by founder Eric Strandberg. Bare Fruit has been manufacturing food products throughout the United States for over ten years; it has become one of the industry leaders in the sale of apple chips and other dried fruit chips. The company makes great efforts to be environmentally sustainable -- during this year they will become 100% carbon neutral! They are also a certified B corporation. The founder of the company, as well as his wife and children, actually own and operate a 400 acre farm where they themselves produce some of the fruit seen in the Bare Fruit Snacks.

 Bare Fruit Snacks consist mainly of different types of apples, but also mango, pear, and apricot. Their snacks are either one hundred percent all-natural or one hundred percent organic. Washington state has one of the most rigorous organic certification programs, so you know that you are getting a great USDA certified product. Everything made from Bare Fruit Snacks is specifically made in the United States.

Bare Fruit Snacks are like sweet flavored chips without the high fat, sugar, or salt content. They are low in calories, high in protein, and fat free. Bare Fruit Snacks are a more convenient way to get your daily fruit serving in, and a great way to introduce children to fruits. They are a much healthier alternative to regular potato chips, but you still have the satisfaction of being able to crunch on something while you sit on the sofa and watch TV. Bare Fruit Snacks are made by a special process which allows the natural sugars of each fruit to caramelize on the outside. This gives the snacks "a sweet and tart flavor combination" that will satisfy your craving for sweets, but without adding chemicals, sugar, or preservatives. They are made with Washington state apples. Bare Fruit Snacks are also GMO free, cholesterol free, and gluten free! They are also lactose free, trans-fat free, and certified Kosher. These are great snacks for all types of diets. Also, for people with sensitivities or allergies, Bare Fruit Snacks products contain no nuts and are produced in a nut free facility. They use no wheat, gluten or other allergen causing ingredients.


 

 Here are the other products that Bare Fruit Snacks offers that were not featured in this review:

  •  100% Organic Bake-Dried Pear Chunks
  • 100% Organic Bake-Dried Mango Chunks - One 12 pack of 2.2 oz bags is $44.51.
  • 100% Organic Bake-Dried Apricot Chunks
  • 100% All-Natural Crunchy Granny Smith Apple Chips - One 24 pack of .53 oz bags is $25.38 and one 10 pack of 1.7 oz bags is $23.85.
  • 100% All-Natural Crunchy Fuji Red Apple Chips - One 24 pack of .53 oz bags is $25.38 and one 10 pack of 1.7 oz bags is $23.85.
  • 100% All-Natural Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips - One 24 pack of .53 oz bags is $25.38 and one 10 pack of 1.7 oz bags is $23.85.
  • 100% Organic Crunchy Granny Smith Apple Chips - One 12 pack of 2.2 oz bags is $26.79 and one 2 pack of 11 oz bags is $16.26.
  • 100% Organic Crunchy Fuji Red Apple Chips - One 12 pack of 2.2 oz bags is $28.04.
 All Bare Fruit Snack products can be purchased through their website (which has a store on Amazon), and also at many major retailers, including: Walmart, Whole Foods, City Market, Costco, Giant Eagle, Hannaford, Jewel-Osco, Kroger, Nugget Markets, Publix, Ralphs, Rite Aid, Winn Dixie, etc etc. 





Bare Fruit Snacks was generous enough to send me one 14 oz. bag of 100% Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips so that I could test them out and share my opinions with you. I was happy to review a snack that would not compromise my new commitment to (sometimes) eating healthier foods. Right now we are doing a health assessment at school where we have to record all the foods that we intake and how much exercise we do in a week. We are trying to see the major instabilities, fuel wise, in our diet, and what types of foods we need to eat to improve that. Guess what one of the top foods is that I need to improve? Fruits!

Bare Fruit 100% Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips contain 16 servings per bag; each serving has only 58 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 34mg of sodium, 16g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. They contain 2% the daily value of Vitamin C and 2% the daily value of Iron. The only ingredients are organic apples and organic cinnamon. In every bag there are thirty apples! 



I really enjoyed the Bare Fruit 100% Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips. I actually had another brand of dried fruit at my apartment, and I brought it as a snack to school one day and actually had to spit it out -- it was so bitter and fake tasting. These are anything but! They taste natural, and they don't lose any of the apple flavor from the drying process. The carmelization really makes a difference. The texture is nice and crunchy, not soggy like some dried fruit..and not so dry that it crumbles. The cinnamon is a great touch. I love apple slices dipped in cinnamon, and this tastes almost exactly like that. I love that the Bare Fruit Snacks are easily portable, and that in the 14 oz. bag, you have more then plenty to share. These would be great for a wine and cheese party. I may bring the rest of my bag to class this week, when we sit in small groups to discuss our nutrition plans. You do not have to worry about losing flavor or having your Bare Fruit Snacks becoming stale; Bare Fruit Snacks has integrated a nice, resealable bag into their packaging. This makes life a lot easier when you don't have a chip clip handy! I think that the Bare Fruit 100% Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips gave me faith in dried fruit once again. It is much easier to just grab a bag of apple chips to take with me during the week than it is to cut open an apple and put that and some cinnamon into a container. These apple chips are versatile and make life easier. I love the healthy contents, and I think that bringing fruit to class in this form would greatly increase my fruit intake. All-in-all, I highly recommend Bare Fruit Snacks, especially if you need something to snack on (such as during a long trip or while studying). My boyfriend loves the Organic Cinnamon Chips also!



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Bare Fruit Snacks has also offered one lucky reader a chance to win a case of their awesome apple chips! For this giveaway, all you need to do is follow the link HERE. This takes you to a special entry page on Bare Fruit Snacks' Facebook page, but it is tailored specifically for my blog. To enter, you just need to follow the directions indicted on the page. You can also scan the cool QR code below with your smart phone and that will take you directly to the giveaway! THIS GIVEAWAY WILL END MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH.
 
""Winner" must be a Fan of Bare Snacks at the time of drawing. “Winner” must be a US resident. “Prize” valued at $25. “Winner” will be notified via email by The Second Thought and be given an option of product flavors. The contest begins Monday, August 26 and ends Friday, September 6 at 11:59pm."



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Purity.Organic Juice Review


Purity Organic 


Purity Organic, LLC is a company based out of San Francisco, California, which specializes in manufacturing fresh fruit produce and juice. Twenty years ago, Pacific Organic Produce was introduced with one goal: to create sustainable agriculture. Today they partner with many organic farmers from the Western United States to bring you the Purity.Organic line. They still have the mission of supporting their organic farmers, and to increase higher returns for them. They believe that the best fruit and fruit-based drinks come from organically grown fruits. They also care to provide their customers with affordable prices, which they are able to do since they cut out the "middle man" in the process of providing you with their drinks and fruit.

Purity.Organic juices are pasteurized (without preservatives or additives) and have a shelf-life of up to one year; they last for about two weeks upon opening in your fridge. Their bottles are made from PET1, which is a highly-recyclable and eco-friendly plastic. Most of the sugar content in Purity.Organic is from the natural fruit; some of it comes from organic evaporated cane juice. 

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Flavors of Purity.Organic you can enjoy that are not featured in this review include:

  • Grapeade - Soil, water, and air. That’s what gives the majestic grape its flavor. Around the vines, the harvest is the most exciting time, when the grapes are juicy and ready to eat. Tart and sweet and deliciously refreshing, Grapeade connects you to the vineyard on a warm day.

  •  Orange Juice - Each year we work with organic farmers to bring juicy varieties of oranges to market. When we visit the citrus groves, we leave with bags full of oranges and take them home to squeeze. Now, experience the taste (and convenience) of Purity Organic Orange Juice.

  •  Cranberry CocktailBegin with tart cranberries. Expertly blend them with the sweetness of apples and grapes. VoilĂ ! Cranberry Cocktail, a sweet, sharp melody your tastebuds will never forget. We work with organic farmers each autumn to flood the cranberry bogs and bring you delicious fruit juice.

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 You can order Purity Organic online or you can also purchase it at Safeway, Vons, Dominick's and select Whole Foods Markets and Panera Bread Company Stores. You can also find Purity.Organic in several independent grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes around the United States.



Purity.Organic was generous enough to send me a whole case of their juice/coconut water to review, so that I could share my opinions with you. I received: Apple Juice, Peach Paradise, Organic 100% Coconut Water, Organic Mango Coconut Water, Peach Black Tea, Pomegranate and Blueberry Plus, Lemonade, Honey Green Tea, Iced Tea and Lemonade, Orange Mango Paradise, and Strawberry Paradise. 



Purity.Organic Apple Juice - "Purity Organic Apple Juice is the uncompromising juice. We choose from a variety of organic apples at the pinnacle of their flavor to blend. We work with organic farmers by selling their fruit (and now their juice), making sustainable agriculture a reality." This 12 fl. oz. bottle contains 1.5 servings; it has 120 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 5mg of sodium, 180mg of potassium, 29g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. Purity.Organic Apple Juice has 2% the daily value of calcium, 4% the daily value of Vitamin C, and 6% the daily value of iron. The only ingredient is organic apple juice!




Purity.Organic Lemonade - "Purity Organic Lemonade begins on a farm. The farmers grow and pick their fruit, and then entrust it to us. When they first gave us lemons, we made a delicious Lemonade. Our Lemonade is like squeezing these yellow beauties on a sunny afternoon." One 16.9 fl. oz. bottle of Purity.Organic Lemonade contains two servings; it has 123 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 33g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It has 4% the daily value of Vitamin A and 100% the daily value of Vitamin C. It contains the following ingredients: Filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic evaporated cane juice, organic natural flavors, ascorbic acid.



Purity.Organic Peach Black Tea - "From Georgia to Michigan and New York to California, festivals across the land celebrate the juicy, ripe peach. We bottled the taste of a perfect peach with organic black tea to bring you a refreshing iced tea that will leave your tastebuds wanting more." One 16.9 fl. oz. bottle of Purity.Organic Peach Black Tea has 2 servings; it has 70 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Premium brewed organic black tea using filtered water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, natural flavor, organic peach puree.



Purity.Organic Honey Green Tea  - "Buzzing around the fields all day, the noble honeybee is a welcome visitor to the organic farm. We combine organic green tea with a drizzle of organic honey to create a smooth and invigorating blend that will leave your tastebuds wanting more." One 16.9 fl. oz. bottle of Purity.Organic Honey Green Tea has two servings per bottle; it has 70 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and 0g of proteins. It contains the following ingredients: Premium brewed organic green tea using filtered water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, natural flavor, organic honey.



Purity.Organic Orange Mango Paradise - "We work for organic growers who farm beautiful valleys abundant with orchards. Hanging heavy on those trees are these orange and red globes, shielded from the hot sun by the leaves of the tree." One 16.9 fl. oz. bottle of Purity.Organic Orange Mango Paradise has two servings; it has 110 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 0g of sodium, 28g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It has 10% the daily value of Vitamin A and 100% the daily value of Vitamin C. It contains the following ingredients: Filtered water, organic evaporated cane juice, organic mango puree, organic orange juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid, ascorbic acid.



Purity.Organic Pomegranate and Blueberry Plus - "We combined two favorite superfruits, pomegranates and blueberries, to create a hydrating blend that tastes great too. Plus, we added essential B Vitamins and your daily dose of Vitamin C to keep you going strong." One 16.9 fl. oz bottle of Purity.Organic Pomegranate and Blueberry Plus has two servings; it has 60 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 15g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains 100% the daily value of Vitamin C, 20% the daily value of Vitamin B6, 20% the daily value of Vitamin B3, 20% the daily value of Vitamin B12, and 20% the daily value of Vitamin B5. It contains the following ingredients: Filtered water, organic white grape juice concentrate, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pomegranate juice concentrate, organic blueberry flavor, organic blueberry juice concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, citric acid, vegetable color, ascorbic acid, Niacin, Panthothenic Acid, Pryidoxine, and Cyanocobalamin.



Purity.Organic Iced Tea and Lemonade - "What could be more thirst-quenching than combining lemonade and fresh brewed tea? We've blended our famous organic lemonade with fair trade iced tea to create the perfect combination of taste and refreshment." One 16.9 fl. oz. bottle of Purity.Organic Iced Tea and Lemonade has two servings; it has 80 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 0g of sodium, 20g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Organic kettle brewed black tea (water and organic fair trade black tea leaves), organic evaporated cane juice, organic lemon juice, organic lemon flavors, citric acid.



Purity.Organic Strawberry Paradise - "An afternoon at our favorite restaurant in the Mission District of San Francisco inspired us to bottle an intriguing new beverage. Now it's here: from the sun-drenched fields of California, strawberries so sweet we had to marry them with a tart splash of lemon juice." One 16.9 fl. oz. bottle of Purity.Organic Strawberry Paradise has one serving; it has 260 calories, 0g of fats, 64g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It has 100% the daily value of Vitamin C and 6% the daily value of Iron. It contains the following ingredients: Filtered water, organic evaporated cane juice, organic strawberry puree, organic lemon juice concentrate, fruit and vegetable juice for color (organic black carrot juice, organic black currant juice, organic apple juice), natural flavor, ascorbic acid, citric acid.



Purity.Organic Peach Paradise - "It is difficult to beat biting into a juicy, ripe peach. But we set out to bottle paradise: the delicious taste of the perfect peach, any time. Now it's here and yours to enjoy: Peach Paradise." One 16.9 fl. oz. bottle of Purity.Organic Peach Paradise has two servings; it has 110 calories, 0g of fat, 0g of sodium, 27g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains 100% the daily value of Vitamin C. It contains the following ingredients: Filtered water, organic peach puree, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pear juice concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, natural flavor, citric acid, organic fruit and vegetable juice for color, ascorbic acid.



Purity.Organic Organic Coconut Water - "Start climbing and reach up to crack open nature's source of organic hydration. We searched far and wide to bring you a 100% coconut water that is refreshing and tastes great. What is inside is great for your thirst - with five essential electrolytes. And the way it is grown is better for the earth - certified organic." One 17 fl. oz. bottle of Purity.Organic Coconut Water has two servings; it has 45 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 80mg of sodium, 560mg of potassium, 11g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains 15% the daily value of Magnesium, 6% the daily value of Calcium, 6% the daily value of Phosphorous, and 2% the daily value of Iron. It contains the following ingredients: Organic coconut water (water and organic coconut water concentrate).



Purity.Organic Organic Mango Coconut Water - "Start climbing and reach up to crack open nature's source of organic hydration. We searched far and wide to bring you a mango coconut water that is refreshing and tastes great. What is inside is great for your thirst - with five essential electrolytes. And the way it is grown is better for the earth - certified organic."  One 17 fl. oz. container of Purity.Organic Organic Mango Coconut Water has two servings; it has 50 calories per serving, 0g of fat, 80mg of sodium, 560mg of potassium, 13g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains 15% the daily value of Magnesium, 6% the daily value of Calcium, 6% the daily value of Phosphorus, and 2% the daily value of Iron. It contains the following ingredients: Organic coconut water (water and organic coconut water concentrate), and organic mango puree.


I couldn't believe how many drinks that Purity.Organic sent - it was like Christmas opening the box! Naturally, my boyfriend and I were very excited to review these products, because we love trying new beverages/foods. I found out about Purity.Organic through another blog, and I really liked the fact that they had certified organic juice, as well as the variation in flavors. The packaging is really cute -- I think the size of the Apple Juice would be perfect if you have children, to pack in a lunch bag to send to school. The other sizes are great to slip in your bookbag to bring to class, or when you need a refresher at home throughout the day.

I had only tried coconut water once before trying Purity.Organic coconut water, and it was not a great experience. I had a fruity flavored one from a company that I cannot remember, but I know that it tasted sour and strange to me. This was not the case with Purity.Organic Coconut Water. I still prefer juice, but I can't deny the benefits derived from coconut water. It definitely tastes "healthy", and coconuts are on the rise for their nutritional value. I actually like the plain coconut water more than the mango, but neither were bad at all. The mango was a lot smoother - not subtle, but not overpowering and more tasty than the other brand of fruit flavored coconut water. The plain coconut water is very basic, but definitely has a taste more than plain water - I would love to incorporate this into my diet instead of water, since I can't bring myself to drink ANY cups of water a day. I am sure this would help with weight loss as well. Coconut water may not be for everyone, but if you haven't tried it before, I recommend giving Purity.Organic's a taste, because it definitely trumps other brands. It is an acquired taste, but I think that I would be buying it again.

My favorite juice was the Strawberry Paradise, probably because strawberries are my favorite fruit. It is really hard to find a strawberry juice blend - usually if you do, it is in a vending machine, which means it tastes like melted gummy bears and it is full of chemicals and fake sugar. I was surprised to find that this Strawberry juice blend, while sweet, had an overall great flavor. It's hard to believe that it is also organic. My boyfriend's favorite juice was the Orange Mango Paradise. He said that it tasted very tropical, and would go great in a smoothie with pineapple. He ended up bringing it to the beach with us one day. I had a sip and loved the flavor as well - very original.

The Pomegranate Blueberry Plus was another of my favorites, for two reasons: the flavor and the added nutritional benefits. I love pomegranate, and you can't beat all of the daily values of vitamins you are getting from this drink. It really has a low amount of calories and carbohydrates as well for having such a large amount of supplemental vitamins. It also has no fat or sodium. This seems like it would be a natural way to boost energy, just from having an increased intake of vitamins - and you won't even know that you are consuming them, because it tastes so good! I haven't finished ALL of my Purity.Organic drinks, since there were so many, but I did also try the Iced Tea and Lemonade. That was a great "Southern" tasting beverage. It was like some of those great half and half flavored drinks, except it tasted more natural! I am looking forward to finishing the rest of my Purity.Organic drinks, because so far I have not had one flavor that I (or my boyfriend) dislike...that's a good record!

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