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One could argue that a sore throat is among one of the worst symptoms of a cold (right next to a stuffy nose), and with winter here (almost), the colds are coming!!!

Well, they are already here. You hear the coughs in the background, on the subway, in the gym, in the classroom. It’s inevitable you will get a cold, unless you have some secret in which, please let a girl know ūüôā

Chloraseptic has provided me with 2 sore throat relief products, The Fast Acting Lozenges, and the Sore Throat plus Coating Protection Max Strength relief spray.

The Fast Acting Lozenges are in wild berry flavor, and¬†have a soothing liquid center. They contain benzocaine and menthol as means to “numb” and soothe the throat as well as oral mucosa/pathways. They are of a decent size, and you have to suck on the lozenge a decent amount of time before the liquid center opens up and releases. The lozenges are mild in flavor, and not overly mentholated. As you picked up from my last post, I can’t stand the taste of menthol! However, these are tolerable for the menthol, and they do really help.

I got a minor cold a week ago and used these every couple of hours to soothe that annoying, scratchiness. The effect lasts a bit after finishing the drop as well. The liquid center is like a menthol burst, and has even stronger potency.

The Sore Throat spray however, is NOT my thing. I found it awkward to put in my mouth and try to spray down my throat, and I missed several times, just getting the back of my tongue. The taste is also very chemical like. It does leave a coating and prevents some of the soreness, but to me I wouldn’t buy this in the future because I just don’t enjoy this type of product. It contains Phenol and glycerin (as a coating) as active ingredients. Effective? yes. Easy to use? Eh. ¬†To be honest it depends on your preference. And, with most things, DO NOT SHARE THIS— germs!

 

Overall, I like that Chloraseptic has a few options for sore throat relief. I way prefer the drops over the spray, and would buy those in the future for the next time I have a nasty cold (which we all know will happen). The spray is really dependent on if you like that sort of “numbing” and can apply it easily, but not my cup of tea.

 

Note: I received these products for free. This is an unbiased review.

 

 

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Hi Guys!

Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I know I ate too much. But certainly enjoyed all the food, and hope everyone else did too AND enjoyed their family time.

In the spirit of Black Friday, I will be hosting a giveaway today based on this review.
Go Macro sent me a box of bars, the “Thrive” line. These bars are organic, non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, kosher, vegan, and low glycemic. ¬†They come in a variety of flavors, which we will go over below.

The bars more or less had the same texture- dense and chewy. They were hearty and most had a sesame seed and date flavor.

Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt--> this one was pretty darn good. The chocolate amount was decent– I feel like sometimes when companies add chocolate chips you get like 3 chips for the whole bar and they have the NERVE to call it a chocolate flavored bar… haha, not the case here. The dark chocolate chips are prevalent. The cashew flavor goes well with the chocolate. The sea salt? lacking. Needs more of that, however, still good. ¬† —-4 stars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip--> this one was a bit more dense than the others, but very good. A peanut butter base, with peanut butter chips and a hint of chocolate. Picture a peanut butter cup but in a “granola” bar form. So did I like it? Yeah I liked it. Do you like peanut butter cups? Yea? Okay, you’ll like this one. ¬†— 4 1/2 stars

Almond Apricot–> this one is pretty good. Seems “nuttier” than the others in flavor, a tad bit more crunchier. The apricot gives a nice sweetness that is scattered throughout the bar, and the almond adds that crispy crunch you sometimes crave in a “chewier” bar. —-4 star

Blueberry Lavender–> lavender… personally I am not a fan of ingesting lavender. Makes me feel like I am eating soap. But I digress…. anyway, this bar was okay. Lightly sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste. The blueberry flavor was prominent, and lavender had a hint. I think the flavor overall was a bit flat and almost needed a pinch of salt. ¬† ¬†— 3 star

Ginger Lemon–>The ginger in this bar was mild, but prevalent, and went really well with the lemon flavor. I happen to be a fan of ginger, and the “burn/spice” you get from ginger was not present, which is good for those who don’t enjoy ginger, however I felt myself missing that. ¬†However, it was a great combo and almost reminded me of a cookie. But again, I felt it was a bit flat/missing something. ¬†—- 3 1/2 star

Caramel Coconut--> my personal favorite, wish I could order a box of just these. It was super, super yummy! Lightly sweetened with coconut and a mild caramel flavor, but went oh so well together. Reminded me of these coconut condensed milk brownies my mom makes for the holidays. The coconut flavor shines through and overall, a delicious bar. ¬†— 4 1/2 stars

You can try these bars 30% off with the promo code THRIVE30  here!

GIVEAWAY!!!!

You will win 1 box of assorted Thrive bars! ūüôā

TO enter….
1) you must like Go Macro on one of their social media outlets. Please leave a comment below telling me which outlet you used (IG, Twitter, FB, etc.)

2) If you do not have any social media, you may leave a comment below saying which bar you would like to try the most.

3) for an additional entry, follow my fitness/blog IG at lisa_liftsx. Leave a comment saying you did so!

U.S. only. Giveaway closes 1 week from today, December 2nd, 12 pm.

 

 

 

disclaimer: I received these bars for free. This is an unbiased review.

18 Nov 2016, Comments (0)

Olba’s Herbal Tea, Lozenges & Pastilles

Author: Healthnuttxo

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With the cold weather coming (um… eventually… it’s 60 here mid November, but I’ll take it!), having some delicious tea to warm you up or lozenges to soothe the inevitable cold thats “always going around” are ideal to have.

Olba’s sent me some of their instant Herbal Tea, lozenges, and Pastilles to try.

Let’s get started!

The Tea is gluten free and made from 20 herbs. It is is instant…I never had instant tea before. I always used bag tea. Hmm. How do I work this?

Simple! You take a teaspoon (or more, dependent upon your preference) and place it in a mug, and add hot water. The “pellets” instantly dissolve and voila! Tea! No annoying waiting! No annoying tea bags! No annoying burning of the tongue! Just kidding. I still did that. The tea however, was delicious. I am not a *huge* tea person per se, I like my caffeine in coffee form (a little too much may I add) but this one is a keeper. It was slightly sweet and had almost a honey taste to it, and almost a chamomile hint to it as well. Me like. Me like a lot. Like I said, I normally am not a tea drinker, if I do, it’s a honey lemon and it has like 6 packets of sugar added to it (kind of takes away the “health” of tea, doesn’t it?)

This tea as 3 carbs/sugars per teaspoon. I used about a tablespoon (go big or go home!!) for 8-10 ounces of hot water and found that to be my ideal “cup of tea” (hah… Ok I’m tired, I try to be funny when I am tired).

I do wish the bottle listed how much caffeine was in the tea, however!

Tea gets 4 stars

Moving on!

Olba’s Pastilles¬†were green and looked as if they were sugar coated. They had a medicinal taste and well…tasted a bit like a generic cough drop. My brother tried one and said “they taste like they work” (LOL) which was a good thing for him, as he was currently battling a cold.

The Black Currant lozenges¬†were honestly pretty good. Clear (which is cool— no artificial colors!)

Let’s put it this way. Have you had a menthol lozenge? Hall’s perhaps? I tend to not buy those (LOL) because I can’t stand menthol, BUT…these were actually good. The menthol wasn’t overpowering. The black currant flavor was very mild, but persistent throughout. These are an ideal cough drop for me. The lozenges contain 10 mg of menthol, so they are both a cough suppressant and oral anesthetic.

The lozenges are warming and soothing, but not overpowering, which is KEY for me.
I hate when cough drops make me feel like I have freaking ice down my throat. Overly mentholated–> no bueno in my book. Olba’s lozenges–> bueno!

Overall, I give these 4  stars for both efficacy and flavor.

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these products from Olba’s for free of charge. This is an unbiased review.

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All right so I have some new stuff to try from Zims! I recently reviewed another pain relief product of Zims, which was pretty good but overall nothing special.

First I tried the Max Freeze Patches which have both lidocaine and menthol. I was sent a tube of six patches in medium size which are 3 x 5″ each. They are individually wrapped and also come in extra large large and medium.

First, I put it on my neck. It is easy to unwrap and apply. I had a bit of a stiff neck, and it seemed to help. It was mostly cooling, but really make my neck feel less stiff. The patch stays on, and the odor is low, and it doesn’t linger or smell. The patch does not fall off easily which was a plus, and left no irritation.

The patch was also used on lower back and my knee and was effective on both of those as well. It doesn’t really have a heat sensation mostly just cold or cooling but no burning or irritate. it¬†did a good job of loosening up and/or relieving some pain in the areas. It wasn’t AS STRONG as other patches I have tried but I actually prefer these, because I did not get any irritation.¬†

4/5 stars 

Next, we have the Zims Max Crack Creme.¬†¬†The main ingredients in this is aloe and arnica extract. I constantly have dry hands because I wash them all the time due to taking public transportation or because of the nature of my profession. Also with winter approaching my hands get extra dry and take an extra beating. This cream was lightweight, non-greasy, and smelled pretty good. It had almost a floral scent but very very mild and smelled “natural”. It smoothed out my dry hands and made them soft and supple with no irritation. 4/5 stars¬†

Overall, these products worked great for me! Definitely worth a try ūüôā

These products were given to me for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
12 Oct 2016, Comments (0)

ToGoSpa Face Mask and Eyes

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hey!

So I got some pretty awesome facial products from ToGoSpa.

I tend to be on the minimal side when it comes to makeup and facial products. 1) I have no clue how to buy or use makeup. 2) I have super sensitive skin so I tend to stay away from face creams, products, etc.

However, I was offered to try some of these products, including the Face Mask and “Eyes” by To Go Spa, and was told they were perfect for all skin types. So I decided to give it a try.

The face mask gave me a chuckle, I will not lie. It reminded me of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire with the mask and the cutouts for the face. However, once I took it out of the package, the “cutouts” of the face were easily moldable to my face.

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So the facemask feels a little weird on, you can’t really talk, and have to stay a little still cause it does slip a little bit. It feels kind a little wet jellyfish on your face or like some type of Jell-O, since it is both “gooey” but “stiff”.

Once I put it on I kind of smoothed it out on my skin that way it fit and it does stick well for the most part. You have to keep adjusting it a tad because it does slip¬†off unless you are laying¬†¬†completely¬†¬†flat for about 30 to 45 minutes. I was doing computer work while using it… I’m a busy grad student!

When I took it off, my face felt clean and “tight”, but moisturized. It felt smooth, and smiled great and fresh. The next time I use this (came in a pack of 3 for me), I will take full advantage of the “soothing” properties and lay down and RELAX!!!

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For the under eyepatches, they came in 4 varieties. Coconut, Pomegranate, Green Tea, and ICE. Here is the back of the Pomegranate package.

img_5094I put them all pretty much in the refrigerator and then as I needed one, I would pull them out and put it on. You can observe the patch above, the thicker portion of the crescent goes medially, by your nose, and then it fans out. They do slip a bit while using, due to gravity, but easily adjustable (but better used laying down).

Like I said, I am in grad school so I get very little sleep and I will say that the patches definitely helped my under eye circles when I was looking really puffy.

Obviously there’s no miracles being worked here, you are putting a cold compress on, and you’re constricting the blood vessels underneath your eye reducing the puffiness, but¬†have this benefit of it having all these other soothing ingredients for your skin.

I have sensitive skin and I haven’t had any problems when I use the products and I will say decrease some of the puffiness/left my skin looking fresh.

Overall, I like them! I think the eye patches are handy to use before going out, or if you pull one too many all nighters and need something that sticks and is soothing for those under eye puffiness.I liked the feeling of my skin after using the face mask. Smooth, and fresh! 4 stars. 

 

Disclaimer: I received these products for free of charge. This is an unbiased review.

 

 

4 Oct 2016, Comments (0)

Love Our Nuts Raw, Whole, Natural Almonds

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Nuts are one of my favorite snacks. There are only a few things that I crave when I am insatiable (despite eating enough) or in a mood where I want something crunchy and satisfying. I LOVE the sweetened (honey roasted…) versions of nuts, and typically I go for roasted or salted.

Love Our Nuts¬†has some gluten free, raw, whole and natural nuts. You can get 2 lbs for only 13.99 which I think is a STEAL seeing as these small cans of nuts at the store is 6-7$. If you aren’t a fan of raw, you can totally roast and flavor these yourselves!

They are a hard and crunchy nut, fresh, and bursting with flavor. There is no salt, and they are not roasted. Typically, I prefer roasted/salted nuts, but I cannot lie, these are yummy! I tend to prefer roasted because the raw almonds are usually “soft”, and I like a crunchy nut in order to be satisfied. However, these were really good!

They are smaller than most almonds I have seen, the shell of the almond doesn’t fall/flake off, and you don’t miss the salt. They almost have some type of SUPER mild “vanilla” type flavor, which must be the natural almond flavors shining through. I like them.

I think these would be great in a trail mix, with some sweeter components, such as raisins and some chocolate. They are plain, but have that “real” flavor. Unadulterated, nothing added, almonds. Can’t argue with nature. 4 stars
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I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.

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So if you live an active lifestyle like I do, aches and pains are inevitable. You commute, you have a heavy bag or backpack, that shoulder and trap area will be sore. You run? Maybe you have shin splints. You lift weights? Maybe you went a little too hard and strained a muscle.

There are plenty of pain relief products on the market. Pills, patches, etc. How often do you find one made with NATURAL ingredients? Not very often.

In comes Zim’s Max-Arnica. It is a roll on “gel” that you apply to minor aches, bruises and sprains/strains. It contains Arnica Montana (plant), Aloe Vera , Calendula Officinalis (plant), and Bellis Perrenis (plant).

There is NO animal testing with this product.

So I like that this is a roll on. I have used pain relief gel before with menthol and such in it, and not only does it STINK, but you have to get it all over your hands, and then wash very thoroughly to be careful not to get in your eye. This is not to say you shouldn’t wash your hands after using this to prevent eye contact with Zim’s, but less chance of exposure using the roll on.

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I also liked the roll on feature because it helps you really work into the muscle. If you have bruising I would probably apply gently, since it probably is very sensitive.

First things first, make you sure shake it well! I was rolling it a bit and realized nothing was coming out…LOL whoops!

I applied this to two areas, my shins (shin splints) and the outside of my Glute after a strain at the gym. I do a lot of heavy squats and I think I tweaked it just a bit.

There is no smell which is a plus. It had very, VERY mild cooling sensation. But it is gentle. It doesn’t not burn intensely like some of those other pain relief products do.

As for my pain? I didn’t notice a drastic difference but I do think it helped provide some comfort, moreso with my Glute strain than on my shins. I have sensitive skin and am happy to report there were no side effects.

Overall? A 3 star rating. It’s not SUPER intense, but provided mild relief without utilizing synthetic pain pills or medications. Nature only!

 

 

 

(Please note: this is NON medical advice. I am not a licensed professional. This is my opinion ONLY. Always see your doctor and work out what is best for you).

 

This product was sent to me free of charge. This is an unbiased review.
30 Aug 2016, Comments (0)

Ban Roll-on Antiperspirant Deodorant

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi there!

Even with summer coming to a close…still need that Antiperspirant and Deodorant! Ban has a Roll-on formula, that attacks both sweating and odors!

I was given two of these roll on Deodorants to try, in Unscented, aimed at sensitive skin, and in Satin Breeze. Retail price of both are $4.99 each at most Drug stores and Mass Retailers.

Now some background information… I weight train/workout 6 days a week. I’m on my feet most of the day. I commute. In other words… I am constantly moving, and being sweaty and stinky are things I DO NOT have time to worry about! My ideal¬†Deodorant is one that I don’t have to apply multiple times per day just to work.

These Deodorants state that they have 24 hour invisible protection, and are non irritating.

For the roll to start working, you have to shake down the contents a little bit, unless you will apply just a dry roll on with no¬†Deodorant…bad! However after you apply, I recommend keeping them upright, as the¬†Deodorant will leak onto the side and appear all gooey. (see below)

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It does indeed roll on smooth. The satin breeze smells nice, a bit floral, and fresh. The Unscented is…well unscented. No smell at all. Which I can’t tell if I like or not.

Happy to report there was no irritation on my skin, even when using after shaving. There were NO white marks, which was also a plus. I HATE THAT!!!! That is one of the reasons I will only use gel¬†Deodorants…. no white marks all over my clothing.

But okay…okay… HOW DOES IT WORK!?

Honestly…it’s OK. The antiperspirant side worked pretty well, I didn’t feel like I was sweating in any of my shirts (nobody likes those sweat stains!). However, I personally feel the¬†Deodorant aspect of this product isn’t strong enough. I ended up applying a few times per day, before and after gym, when I got home from work, after a shower, etc., and moreso on those hot and humid days where you are just sweating non-stop.

Overall, not my favorite. I would use it in a pinch, but I wouldn’t buy in the future. I personally need something a little stronger. But if you are content with an average strength¬†Deodorant, then this product is worth a try. For me… 3 stars.

 

I received this product to try for free. This is an unbiased review.
10 Aug 2016, Comments (0)

ZERO deodorant

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi There! ūüôā

Got something fun to review today…deodorant! I am constantly going through deodorants…I live an active lifestyle, so I can sweat a lot, and I am constantly applying to make sure I stay fresh.

Of course there is a lot of talk about ingredients that are “bad for us” in deodorants, and while I won’t go into that, for those of you who want to stick to more natural brands, in comes ZERO deodorant. These products are made with shea butter and beeswax, which kills the odor causing bacteria, and is super gentle on skin. They are made¬†without any parabens, aluminum, and baking soda.

I got 2 varieties to try, the Vetiver & Ylang Ylang, and the kids’ Peppermint Candy deodorants. Happy to report that both of them caused zero irritation on my skin. They were great after shaving too, because the gel type deodorants tend to sting/burn slightly when applying after a shower after shaving. Not the case here.

No white marks were left on any items of my clothing, which was also a plus.

They feel a little “sticky” when you apply it, but that feeling quickly dissipates. Your armpit is left slightly “moist” from the deodorant, so I think it would be easy to slide off, so make sure you get dressed and then apply, as you may slide the deodorant off.

You will definitely smell the deodorant throughout the day. I got mild whiffs of Ylang Ylang or peppermint as I worked throughout the day.

I will say, although I did not notice a smell, I definitely felt like I sweat more than I would using another deodorant. So this product lacks in the antiperspirant aspect, at least for me.

However, it did cover “the stink!” I work 12 hour shifts on Tuesdays, and I walked up to a coworker of mine and asked truthfully if she smelled anything on me, and she denied….You know how sometimes you are immune to your own smell! =)

Overall, a good product, especially for those who want a natural route, or something for sensitive skin. You have to like the smell of shea butter, because you will smell it! I will use up these deodorants, but not sure if I will buy in future, just because I need an anti-perspirant as well. However, I will definitely recommend, we don’t all sweat the same ūüôā

3 1/2 stars

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
29 Jul 2016, Comments (0)

Delicacies Jewelry Thick Cut bracelet

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Delicacies Jewelry sent me one of their products for “the Foodie Father”. Delicacies is partnered up with charities, so every purchase you make helps feed the hungry. You can read all about their backstory here.

I was sent the Thick Cut bracelet. This particular product that I was sent¬†is¬†made with highest quality silver, minimalist design, and an Italian leather band. It comes in a black, brown, or natural band with red trim, and you can pick which charm you would like. I was sent the Artichoke, which “promotes Peace, Wisdom, Partnership & Passion”.

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I got the black band with the red trim. I like the bracelet, it is a simple but nice design. The artichoke charm is embedded on the front, so it does not have a “charm bracelet” feel. The leather is sturdy, but soft and comfortable to wear. The bracelet closes with 2 parts you can push through to secure and fasten, which is both easy and convenient.

I think it is a great idea for the “Foodie” man who likes simplistic jewelry. However, I also like wearing it, so no need to just be sold to the men! It is great for unisex, and I like how each charm/vegetable/animal has it’s own story.

Each bracelet is around $85.00. They are a tad on the expensive side, but they are made with Italian leather, and proceeds go to feed the hungry. Cheers!

 

I received this product to try for free. This is an unbiased review.
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