25 Sep 2021, Comments (0)

CBD ME by EcoLips Lip Balm

Author: Healthnuttxo

Do you use CBD?

I have a couple of products in my rotation infused with CBD oil.

CBD ME, by Eco Lips, is a company focused on making great quality CBD infused lip balm. According to their website, the CBD is extracted from Hemp grown in Oregon. It is 3rd party tested to ensure there is no THC. The hemp seed oil has essential fatty acids to keep your lips smooth and supple.

The company sent me 3 lip balms to try, Lavender Mint, Natural, and Lavender Orange.

Below are the ingredients:

Overall, I like these.

As a caveat, I have very sensitive skin, including lips. I used to use an undisclosed brand for the longest time and my lips would be chapped – until I spoke to my dermatologist who told me I was ALLERGIC to those ingredients!
Needless to say, I had no problems with these lip balms.

I will say I found *no difference* between the natural, lavender orange and lavender mint. To test if It was just me, I had my fiancé smell the lavender orange variety and he stated he could not discern what It was because It was too faint. I don’t entirely think that’s a bad thing. I dislike when lip balms are overly scented or “flavored”.

These lip balms are smooth, long lasting, without any flavors. A very VERY mild scent to them, which I like. I had no irritation from them, and the lip balm itself is not sticky, which is always a plus.

They are about $7.99 each, which is a bit steep for a lip balm, however I did like the final result. I also love supporting companies for which products are made in America.

4.5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THESE LIP BALMS TO TRY FOR FREE FROM THE COMPANY. THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW.

Baobab fruit? A what?

Yeah, I’ve never heard of It either.

According to the founders over at Tiiga, the Baobab fruit is native to Africa. They made an electrolyte drink mix based upon this fruit. According to the packaging, Baobab is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and has natural fiber.

Now, I live in Arizona and let’s just say in the summer, I am in a constant state of dehydration. I feel as if I cannot hydrate ENOUGH on the days It is over 105. So these sounded quite perfect for me.

Here are the nutritional facts below:

So not entirely sugar and carb free – but not crazy high in sugar either unlike some other electrolyte based powders.

How were they?
I will say they are thicker and don’t mix as smoothly as you would expect a powder to, but keep in mind the first ingredient is a fruit.

However, overall I think It is a hit. The Raspberry Lemonade flavor is not super sweet, has a tart lemon flavor and light raspberry flavor. Not overly powerful but mild. It feels hydrating, for lack of a better word.

The Orange Mango is delicious! Sweet, tart and refreshing. The mango flavor really shines through here and the orange is nice undertone.

I am not sure if baobab has a flavor itself but if It does It must be pretty mild.

OVERALL – 4 stars. I think this is a great product for a hike. Has a decent amount of sodium without a ton of sugar to help replenish what you lose during a sweaty hike or grueling workout.

The cons are I don’t think it’s appropriate for every day use, due to the sodium content. They are about 24$ for 16 of them which is not bad when you consider how much sports drinks can cost.

I do think its great for active people to replenish their bodies or for those who sweat a lot. (As always, contact your MD, PA or NP to make sure product is right for you!)

DISCLAIMER: I received this to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

12 Sep 2021, Comments (0)

CBD Shot

Author: Healthnuttxo

New product CBD Shot. This is definitely the first of it’s kind to my knowledge. I am well accustomed to CBD gummies, lip balm, creams and more. A CBD “drink” if you will, is definitely a new one for me. The people over at CBD shot contacted me to give It a try and my fiancé and I happily obliged.

This product has 50 mg of broad spectrum CBD. The company is located in Texas. Claims for this product are that It is triple lab tested, 100% natural ingredients (Water, CBD and orange extract) and NO THC.

Each bottle contains 2 servings and is $4.99 per bottle.
It is sugar free, caffeine free.

So my fiancé and I both tried this before bed one night. My fiancé uses a lot of CBD products and likes them very much.
We shook the product well as instructed.(Well, I shook the product. Product definitely does not need TWO people shaking It…)

It is…well… awful.
It’s aiding and honestly tastes like plastic
It’s oily in consistency. Like imagine drinking watery oil. With a hint of orange.

My fiancé took one sip and the look on his face made me hesitant to try mine.
I tried It and well… same look.

It’s a no from me. And him. Pass on this one guys. Unless you truly are not bothered by the taste then proceed on.

This is my first 0 star review.

DISCLAIMER: I received this to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

Image Source: https://red-chocolate.com/3-5-oz-bars/

Chocolate with less fat, less calories and still a delicious taste? Count me in!

The nice people over at RED Chocolate sent me over some delicious treats to try. They had me sold at no sugar added – being a Type 1 Diabetic I often avoid sweets all together due to the hyperglycemic spike. However, the no sugar added component intrigued me for sure.

This chocolate has 50% less calories and 43% less fat than regular chocolate. No sugar added. No GMO and gluten Free. I was sent a few flavors to try. 6 pieces is around 100 calories, 8 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, 0 sugar, 10 sugar alcohols (erythritol) and 2 grams of protein.

The bar comes in rather large squares which…ok is not a bad thing. I just want ONE piece. And with ONE piece I get a decent size, 1 inch by 1 inch I would say.

Milk Chocolate – Creamy, sweet, but not sugary. Reminds me of an Easter bunny type flavor. Light in flavor. Enjoyable for sure. – 4 stars

Dark Chocolate – I’ll be honest with you I don’t typically like dark chocolate due to the bitterness however this one was not bad at all, in fact It was sweeter than typical dark chocolate. I can taste the erythritol which allows for a melt in your mouth consistency. – 4 stars

Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Macadamia – oh MY is this one delicious! Seems to be the sweetest of all the flavors but a perfect mix of chocolate and macadamia, makes It feel quite decadent. My fiancé and I fought over this one and well lets just say he almost ate all of my half of the bar! – 4 1/2 stars

60% Extra Dark Chocolate -this one wa surprisingly not that bitter, again. Creamy, mild sweetness. I find It was rather muted. Not quite bitter enough for those who enjoy that in a dark chocolate and not that sweet for those who like more of a sweet treat. 3 stars

Dark Chocolate with Orange and Almond – my fiancé and I both were not a fan of this one. The orange was a bit overpowering for me but I also think this particular flavor only calls to the people who enjoy that orange flavoring. I was not a fan. 3 stars

Overall, these are a hit! Would definitely buy the milk chocolate and the hazelnut variety in the future. I noticed minimal spike with my blood sugars too which is always a Nice perk. It’s always nice finding a sweet treat that doesn’t cause havoc on my sugars!

(that being said, this is not medical advice, consult with your RD, CDE, PA-C, NP or MD regarding your own dietary needs!)

DISCLAIMER: I received this to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.

Do you travel a lot? Or does your hair look like you rubbed a balloon on It (helloooo static?!) Well Face Secret to the rescue! The nice people over at FaceSecret sent me a pink satin case to try and I happily obliged.

It’s SUPER easy to put on and I had plenty of room with my king size pillow.

I slipped It right over my pillow (the darker pink underneath).

Overall…I loved It! I have super sensitive skin so I can have irritated skin from even a cotton pillowcase due the friction overnight. I won’t lie, I also think my acne was reduced a bit for that reason! My hair woke up way less of a mess with less tangles as well. It was soft and silky on my skin and helped keep me cool at night.

I love that you can take It with you in a cute travel case (I always bring my own pillow case as I hate using the generic hotel ones!)

Overall, LOVE this. I have zero complaints. I was also happy this is machine washable 🙂

5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS TO TRY FOR FREE. THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW.

31 Jan 2021, Comments (0)

CBD living Vegan PM Gummies & PM Syrup

Author: Healthnuttxo

For the insomniacs out there who hate using medication that makes them groggy in the morning, here is a product that may be worth a try for you!

The nice people over at CBD living sent me over 2 bottles of their PM syrup and PM CBD gummies to try. They have a combination of CBD + melatonin to help you get a restful, goodnight sleep.

The products are THC free, non GMO, vegan, and gluten free.

The syrups are pretty good. I was sent the grape and cherry flavors.

Heres some details about the syrup

Excuse my nail. I work in health care so my hand washes are 1000x times a day and my nail polish cannot keep up despite weekly manicures!

The syrups have a thick consistency. There is a medicinal vibe to them with the flavor but It is totally tolerable as there is a good amount of sweetness. No notable aftertaste and goes down easy.

The gummies come in Cherry, strawberry, orange and lemon. They remind me of the texture of sour patch kids. They have less of a medicinal flavor and are quite good. They are chewy but not tough. I have tried CBD gummies in the past that are VERY hard to chew through and these are much softer. They are tiny and you only need one for a serving (please, keep out of reach of children!)

Overall, a very good product. My fiancé tried these as well and he ended up using It every night as It helped him sleep (he is more of an insomniac than I am!), without feeling groggy in the morning. They started making us feel sleepy within 20-30 minutes so I recommend if you do try them, take It right before bed.

4.5 stars

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I RECEIVED THESE TO TRY FOR FREE FROM THE COMPANY.

Earthbaby is a company that makes products that are gentle, non toxic and effective for cleansing your baby’s soft and delicate skin and hair. The company was founded by Florence Nacino, a health and beauty formulation researcher. While I do not have a baby of my own, the company sent me some products to try. I have VERY sensitive skin, so I happily obliged.

The products are relatively affordable, average 5-15$ each (with the exception of the hand sanitizer).

The products are held to certain standards. They are FREE of artificial dyes, phthalates, mineral oil, DEA, CHT, BSE, formaldehyde, sulfates and paragons. They are hypoallergenic and nonirritating, with no animal byproducts. Certain products in the lines are made with 90% natural derived ingredients and 70% certified organic ingredients.

The have Oleosphere Technology, which according to the pamphlet they provided me, has a delayed release and immediate release for hydration. There is Hyaluronic Acid, natural fragrance , vitamin E and fresh cells.

So lets delve into It!

Shampoo & Body Wash – infused with chamomile, honey and apple. I found It gently cleansed my hair and I really loved the apple scent.

Conditioner + Detangler- enriched with mango, murumuru butter and lemon verbena. This I think is great for baby’s hair, as It is very light weight, not like a conditioner where It weighs down the hair. The scent is very mild. It did do a good job of preventing nasty knots when brushing my hair

Bubble Bath- while I haven’t used this one yet as a bubble bath, I did use It as a mild body wash. I like that It has chamomile, oat and Dead Sea salt to help gently exfoliate.

Moisturizing Lotion – I am honestly not crazy about the scent for this one. It is enriched with cocoa butter, lavender and carrot, but the carrot scent seems to be overwhelming. However…It hydrated my dry skin (I live in the desert!) and I work in health care so I do a LOT of hand washing, and It hydrated my hands without leaving them feeling greasy!

Germ Buster Mist– I love the idea of this! Especially in these trying times, great to apply to surfaces before changing your baby on changing tables or even commonly touched objects such as doorknobs and high chairs.

Hand Sanitizer – Winter Apple – love the scent in this one! I find scented hand sanitizers to often be overwhelming but this has a fresh apple scent that is light and fresh. I feel It doesn’t leave my hands quite as dry as other hand sanitizers can.

Overall, I really like this brand! Affordable products, and non-irritating. I often have skin reactions to anything with fragrances but I did not have a problem with these products. Although I used these on my own skin, if I had a baby I would definitely use this brand as well, especially given the fact that I have SUPER sensitive skin.

4 1/2 stars

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS TO TRY FOR FREE FROM THE COMPANY. THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW.

20 Dec 2020, Comments (0)

AYO Almond Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

Do you love yogurt but can’t tolerate dairy? Or maybe you adapted a vegan diet, but do miss having a yogurt parfait in the morning. Here is where AYO Almond Yogurt comes in to play!

Each yogurt is non dairy, vegan, gluten and soy free. There are added probiotics as well, similar to what you would get from dairy/milk yogurt. They come in blueberry, strawberry, peach and vanilla.

It’s pretty amazing to me how they made yogurt from almonds. From a NUT!

Similar to almond milk, these are a bit thin in texture, so do not be fooled by the “greek yogurt” style container. The flavor of the strawberry and blueberry is a bit mute. Not overly sweet but also not tart which I did enjoy.

The nutritional profile isn’t amazing, which is my major drawback. 1 yogurt (based upon strawberry- may vary flavor to flavor) is 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 19 carbs, 6 fiber, 11g of sugar and 4 grams of protein. Now, because I know there is NO lactose in this (natural sugar) , I know that those 11 grams is pure added sugar. The protein is lacking and the fat is quite high for me but…again…this is from Almonds which is almost pure fat.

Would I buy It? Honestly I am not sure. If I couldn’t tolerate dairy and I really wanted a yogurt parfait I would buy It. But the flavor isn’t amazing enough for me to buy It instead of a low sugar greek yogurt which packs more protein for me and is more satisfying. But given they cater to those who cannot eat dairy or follow a vegan diet, they are pretty good and worth a try.

3 1/2 star

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I RECEIVED THESE TO TRY FOR FREE FROM THE COMPANY.

What is Biodynamic Coffee? The folks over at Holistic Roasters make just that. According to their website, “Our Biodynamic Coffee is grown without the use of herbicides, fungicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. And, unlike organic farming, which makes exemptions for the use of certain broad-spectrum natural pesticides such as rotenone, ryania and sabadilla (which kill pollinators), there are no exemptions for their use in Biodynamic farming”.

Hollistic Roasters is USA company that sources their coffee from family run Biodynamic farms and cooperatives.

They sent me over a box of the Rise and Shine to try – Medium Roast. According to the box, It has Caffeic acid and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and prevent premature aging.

Box and bag are compostable – awesome!

It comes In whole bean (so, I had to go out and buy a coffee grinder…whoops!). Here is what It looks like below, pre ground up

The smell was amazing. A fresh aroma.

But how did It taste?

Honestly…It was good! I definitely think It was more of a light roast than medium roast because there was hardly any “bite” or bitter flavor to It. It could have been my imagination but It seemed a little more potent than other coffee for me to start feeling the caffeine kick in. It was very smooth and light. Went well with some creamer 🙂

Overall, love the idea of this company. A 12 oz. box will run you about $20. So while its not the most affordable, It definitely tastes great and is good for the environment. And if you think about It, it’s a whole box! You can spend easily 5$ on a pre-made cup of coffee. So I think It all evens out in the end.

4 stars

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOX TO TRY FOR FREE. THIS IS AN UNBIASED REVIEW.

6 Sep 2020, Comments (0)

Pure CBD Vapor- CBD product review

Author: Healthnuttxo

CBD- better known as cannabidiol – is known nowadays for being the non-THC component of Marijuana. In short – you can get the medical benefits of marijuana without the high. To read more about It, this is a recent article from Harvard.

CBD is known for its anti-anxiety, anti-inflammation, and even I have seen some articles for its use in epilepsy and seizures. (please contact your doctor- this is NOT medical advice).

Lemon Tincture – by For The People – the flavor is lemony – think lemon meringue type of flavor- oily in consistency, non bitter. Leaves an oily consistency in your mouth, so you will want a palate cleanser…but then again It is an oil! — 1.65 mg per drop

Lemon-Berry-Mint, by Hempzilla – flavor – I like this one! Very mild mint flavor with a hint of blueberry. The mint flavor lingers. This one seemed less oily than the previous lemon tincture. — 1 dropper = 10 mg

Koi Naturals Pure Spectrum CBD– sadly, this one is a spray and I was not given a spray top to use. However, once I find one, review will be updated!

Koi CBD Gummies- at 10 mg full spectrum CBD per gummy. The flavors were decent – a little bitter but tropical fruit flavors. Was not a fan of the texture however, very chewy and almost like a stale gummy bear.

Hempzilla CBD Gummies- apparently the strongest percentage (~80%) full spectrum and terpene profiles, 3rd party tested NO THC – at 10 mg CBD per piece. These are much better than the Koi ones in my opinion, due to the much softer texture. They almost melt in your mouth and are not as chewy.

Hempzilla CBD Organic Honey Sticks- while the idea of these is cool, add It to your tea, or a quick “shot” in the morning, I do not like the flavor of these. The CBD flavor overpowers the honey and leaves a bitter flavor.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats by Hempzilla – while I can’t provide 100% feedback for this one, I CAN tell you Charlie loved these, and he is VERY picky eater! He is a pretty anxious dog (the wheaten breed!) and seemed a bit more mellow the rest of the day 🙂

Koi Lavender Hand and Body Lotion – CBD in hemp oil , 200 mg (assuming per bottle). I honestly can’t say if I have any therapeutic benefit from using a CBD hand lotion, however, I do like the light lavender fragrance and how It is non-greasy on my skin. A fresh, out of the shower, clean smell.

Americana Sport Rub – a thick ointment/cream to rub into those achy muscles and joints. 125 mg CBD per 1 oz. I like the light lemongrass aroma, and honestly, not too waxy! Typically sport rubs feel gross on my skin, but this one felt light and was easy to massage into my muscles.

Overall, a great array of products to try! You can purchase these products at Pure CBD Vapors.

*DISCLAIMER: I received these products to try for free. This is an unbiased review.

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