Categories: Equipment & Products

18 May 2016, Comments (0)

Senita Athletics apparel

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Attention all fit peeps!!!!

 

 

So we all know, or should know, how I am a huge gym rat. I grew up athletic…softball, track, kickboxing…and now I have moved on to weight lifting with occasionally races, and some cardio thrown in for fun. With all that movement, and squats…you need clothing that is not only comfortable and stylish, but affordable. This is where Senita Athletics comes in!

They sell athletic clothing that ranges from Capris, Pants, Tank Tops, Sports Bras and more. Everything is under 50$ which is really awesome considering how expensive workout apparel is these days. I have easily blown 80$ on a pair of pants before…and while I love the pants, my wallet is NOT HAPPY! And you really want good quality clothing, because you do not, I repeat, do NOT want to buy something dirt cheap and have it be see through!!! Not good!!!

So Senita Athletics sent me a pair of their Race Day Pants in purple. They were super comfy and supportive, not see through at all. They fit me perfectly. I am five foot 2, and they hit my ankle just right. Nothing is more annoying then buying pants and having an extra foot of material on the bottom bunched up by my ankles!

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There are no tags which is awesome (those are itchy!), and a hidden key pocket. My favorite part was the two zipper pockets on the side. I carry my phone (I use wireless ear phones) and my Dexcom CGM for my diabetes everywhere I go. I HATE putting them on the dirty gym floor, so I love, love, LOVE that these pants had two pockets I could put them in.

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Overall, I will definitely be buying from this company in the future. Reasonably priced and awesome quality. I am sold!

YOU can get 10% off your next order until May 25 with code “lisa10”! Enjoy!!!!

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I was sent this article of clothing for free from the company. This is an unbiased review. 

 

 

 

29 Apr 2016, Comments (0)

Nixall First Aid Solution

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hiya!

With summer on it’s way, comes outside activities. With any outdoor activities, comes the risk of minor injuries, scrapes, bug bites, and sunburn. This is where Nixall First Aid Solution  comes in! It is good to use on minor irritations that may occur from scrapes, stings, rashes, etc.

I get a lot of mosquito bites, and I am fair skinned, so sun burn is always an issue for me. I am a Diabetic and also suffer from poor healing and a weakened immune system, making me susceptible to infections.  According to the website (link above), this product helps oxygenate the skin and helps the healing process be expedited.

I had a minor cut on my shoulder. I sprayed the solution on the cut. No burning, or any side effects what so ever. It had no odor, and did not leave stains. It mostly just felt like and looked like water.

The spray was easy to use, and came in a larger and Trial size, which I think is good for on the go. I think this is good to have in a household with kids (those stubborn knee and elbow scrapes!!), and if you are someone who scratches cuts or picks scabs, it’s a good thing to keep around to clean an open minor wound to prevent further infection. Keep it clean, peeps!

 

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

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Hello!

I got a box of goodies from the fantabulous (yes thats a word) Vitamin Shoppe! I was sent an assortment of protein powders, a shaker cup, a shirt, protein bar, protein chocolate, and a protein cookie! Perfect gift box for the avid weight lifter like myself. So let’s get started!

First up, let’s get to the protein powders.

Bodytech Whey Tech, Micellar Casein, Hexatein, and PRO PUDDING samples. Note: all proteins (except pudding) were mixed with unsweetened almond milk.

Bodytech Whey Tech is a quick absorbed protein and good for post workout. I got these in Strawberry  and Chocolate Mint. They both mixed relatively easy.

The Strawberry flavor was not a favorite of mine. It tasted and smelled overly fake, and had a funky strawberry flavor. Reminded me of a muted strawberry milk, but the artificial sweetener was too prominent to enjoy. 2 stars.

The Chocolate Mint flavor was…eh. It tasted like spearmint, with very mild chocolate undertones. It was very, very mildly sweet so the flavors were sort of muted. Not a fan. 2 stars. 

 

Moving on…

Hexatein. I heard good things about these!

IMG_1249 These proteins are a blend of whey, casein, and egg protein for assorted absorption and digestion rates. I got these in Chocolate and Vanilla. Both flavors were on the harder side to mix without getting clumps.

The Chocolate flavor tasted like cocoa powder moreso than chocolate, but did remind me of a chocolate milk. It had a creamy taste and mild sweetness, but it was a bit chalky. Not too bad. 3 1/2 stars.

The Vanilla flavor reminded me of a frosting, but was not nearly as sweet (obviously). It was creamy, and had an okay vanilla flavor, however the fake sweetener aftertaste was a tad too noticeable for me. 3 stars.

Next…

The Casein protein. Casein is a slow digested protein, and typically consumed before bed. I got this variety in Cookies and Cream, which happens to be my favorite protein flavor usually. It was thick, mixed easily, creamy. I kind of liked it because it had a mild cookie flavor, with mini pieces, but not too sweet. I don’t like overly sweet powders, they make it hard for me to drink. My favorite of all the proteins. 4 stars.

Next up, The PRO PUDDING!

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IMG_1254 These were mixed with 5 ounces of cold water. You have to let them sit a bit for them to set up and thicken. To be honest, I did not like either one of them. The vanilla reminded me of a sugar free vanilla jello (that you make from the box), but the flavor was lack luster, too artificial tasting, awkwardly sweet, and too much to consume with one muted flavor. The chocolate was a little better, not too sweet, chalky, and tasted more like cocoa powder. Both were OK but need mix ins. I can see how they can be useful during dieting with some mix ins, perhaps a crunchy component, or some banana slices, but I was not a fan. 2 stars. 

Next up, the Complete Cookie by Lenny and Larry’s in Birthday Cake flavor. Oh MAN was this good! A HUGE cookie ( be careful…two servings!!!) It was sweet, but not overly sweet, had NO protein flavor, was soft baked but dense, had a somewhat brown sugar flavor…very good, just not super healthy. 370 calories and 30 grams of sugar for one cookie, but if you need protein and you are craving sweets, this is totally the way to go.  4 1/2 stars

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Next, the PowerCrunch Dark Chocolate bar. This had two servings in it,surprisingly. and overall was OK but not worth the calories. If I am craving chocolate, I was CHOCOLATE! It had a semi sweet but more on bitter side flavor with little krispies in it, kind of like a Crunch bar, but not as sweet. The chocolate was not smooth in consistency, and it was OK. 3 stars

 

Lastly, and a product I actually purchased again for both awesome nutritional stats and flavor, the Oh Yeah! ONE protein bar in Birthday Cake flavor. Only 1 gram of sugar with 21 grams of protein, and freaking awesome flavor. Dense, chewy, sweet, tastes like a sugar cookie meets vanilla cake. I love it, and the sprinkles on top make it feel decadent. This is my new favorite protein bar! 4 1/2 stars.

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Overall, got some good stuff! The shirt and shaker bottle from Vitamin Shoppe added a nice touch. The shirt was super comfy, and fit well. The shaker cup was sturdy, and had a jack-like shaped object instead of those annoying metal wire balls that you cannot get untangled if you store them together or throw them in dishwasher, which helped mix protein. Thank you, Vitamin Shoppe, for my care package!IMG_1248

 

This is an unbiased review. I received these items for free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 Oct 2015, Comments (0)

Livionex Dental Gel

Author: Healthnuttxo

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I got this sample of Livionex Dental Gel to try out. Notice, I said dental GEL, not toothpaste. This is intentional. This dental gel is made without fluoride, dyes, detergents, and antimicrobials, and is aimed to reduce plaque.  You are instructed to use it twice a day, with a pea sized amount.

The gel comes off easy on the toothbrush, so for those of you who are used to wetting your toothbrush, applying toothpaste, then wetting it again, this is a habit that will have to be broken. I did that, and the gel comes right off. I had to learn to place gel on the toothbrush, start brushing, and then wet the brush.

The gel is mildly flavored, very mild mint. The fact that it is not that minty and does not have microbial fighting agents makes me worry about breath smell post pungent meals. I am a gum chewer, so I never really worry, but for others I do not know how effective it would be.

It does not foam up at all when brushing. Since it was thin, I felt I hit my gums more brushing (I use a soft brush). However, my teeth did feel nice and clean after. Like smooth and clean of food residues.

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Some spillage underneath the toothbrush. The gel is very thin, so it comes off the brush easily.

Overall, I like it, but I am not crazy about it. I like to brush with something minty, BUT, I do like the fact that it is mild and 1) doesn’t burn my mouth like some toothpastes do and 2) I can still have orange juice after and have it not taste bad 🙂 We all have done that…brush your teeth upon waking, go have a glass of OJ…yuck!!!

Overall, 3 1/2 stars. I wish it was thicker and had more body to it, and maybe was a tad mintier or some antimicrobial effects. It claims to virtually eliminated plaque, which I can understand because it leaves a very clean mouth feel. I also wonder the efficacy for dental cavities, since it is fluoride free. It is also a tad expensive, at $20 for a tube.

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
21 Oct 2015, Comments (0)

AirFree Air Purifier

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Truth: I have NEVER had an air purifier before! I’ve been told they are great products, but never thought of getting one. I was offered one to try for free by Airfree. This purifier is supposed to help clear the air and help those suffering with asthma and allergies, as well as prevent yucky things like mold and germs!!

How does it work? The infographic below shoes that the air enters the purifier, they are heated to 400 degrees F (and killed!!!!), the air is then cooled and then put back into the environment.

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As you can see below, it helps get rid of odors, dust, mold, viruses, pet dander and more.

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First I placed the filter in my room. It is a bit of an odd shape, and very light. You are not supposed to keep it by an open window (for then, all the clean air gets out!!) or directly by a strong wind/air conditioning. I placed it in the corner of my room.

It is completely silent when it is on. It is slightly warm and there is a blue light that turns on so you know it is plugged in and working. You are NOT supposed to unplug it…just leave it and let it do it’s job!IMG_6736

Honestly…I loved this! I felt my room felt less stuffy, and my mild allergies were reduced. I ended up putting this downstairs near our dog since she is super old and now has a lot of accidents. I wanted to see if it would help any odors. While it did not eliminate them, it definitely helped decrease pet odor which was a plus.

I love that it is quiet too. It also does not need any filter to be replaced, only a quick and easy clean up. Overall, 4 1/2 stars. Great product 🙂

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
4 Sep 2015, Comments (0)

ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Alright!
So I was given a box (2 month supply) of ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets to try out. These are drug free and latex free, and helps to minimize the appearance and/or discomfort of scars.

These patches were used on a stretch mark that extended from the chest area to deltoid region. This is a common stretch mark in males who weight train or put on weight quickly. The stretch marks were there for a few years, so I was not expecting miracles, but was eager to see the results.

The patch was worn a minimum of 4-5 nights a week, roughly 10-12 hours a day. Each patch can be worn for 1 week, and then placed in the provided storage case. The box advises 12 hours, 7 days a week. It was worn while sleeping/before bed rather than during the day since it was in a visible area. It was worn for approximately 1 1/2-2 months.

The patch was comfortable, flexible, and non irritating. It stuck well and peeled off easily.It did fall off a few times in the middle of the night, so that is definitely a caveat to using it while sleeping. The scar began to soften by week two.

 

The end results were not miraculous, but definitely noticeable. The stretch mark was lightened, and felt smoother and like there was less scar tissue to the touch.

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I believe it one rigorously follows the directions for the box, better results may have been achieved. Life gets in the way…a few nights the patch was forgotten to be put on/ fell asleep before patch could be put on. This then resulted in wearing the patch during the day, which disrupted the cycle a bit.

Overall, a good product. A solid 3 1/2 stars. Somewhere in-between there. I would like to see it on more of a traditional scar versus a stretch mark in the future. I also think it would work better on “fresher” scars, or immediately post injury (once healed, of course).

 

 

 

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

IMG_4779Ahhh summer….what a great time of the year. However, with every great thing comes tiny bits of annoyances, right? Summer’s annoyances = BUGS and SUNBURN!!!! Two things that can turn outside play time into a serious pain (literally).

Selestial Soap sent me some of their natural bug sprays and sunscreen. There is the
I’ll Fly Away 100% naturally non-toxic Insect Repellent,

the Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen with skin moisturizers, SPF of 30,

& Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen/ Repellent Combo with SPF of 30.

 

So let’s begin!
I’ll Fly Away 100% naturally non-toxic Insect Repellent. I LOVE THIS STUFF! I hate the smell of traditional bug spray…smells like straight up chemicals. This has a nice lemongrass smell, not too strong, but noticeable. It is non greasy, and most of all…EFFECTIVE!!! I wore it almost every night I went out with my friends or to walk the dog. They all got bit up, and I maybe got one bug bite. I couldn’t help but brag about this product to my friends, it is relatively inexpensive, natural, and effective.  You can buy it here. 5 stars

Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen with skin moisturizers, SPF of 30

This product is a bit runny, make sure you shake it well before use. I did not do that and had a large waterfall of white liquid running down my hands. Oops.

Happy to report no sunburn with this product…I put it on my face, and although I did not break out, you could definitely feel it on. It didn’t feel greasy per se, but there was a “residue” left behind. Also…this stuff does not rub in well! Below is the product RUBBED in on my friend who is tan already for the summer, but as you can see, the white of the sunscreen is totally noticeable.

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this is an HOUR post application. It was applied liberally but not excessively. So while effective…a little annoying to have a super ghost-like face. No break outs, no burns…but I would stick to body parts and not my face for this one. 3 1/2 stars

Protect Extreme 100% naturally non-toxic Sunscreen/ Repellent Combo with SPF of 30.

This is essentially the same two products in one…just as effective too. No sunburns, no breakouts, same “residue” feel on skin, and still need to shake well before use. The lemongrass scent from the bug spray component is stronger smelling than the spray alone. I think this is good for days when you’re going hiking or camping, something where you’ll be outside where bugs and sun are both factors. I like the concept! 3 1/2 stars

 

 

Overall, good products. I will definitely buy the bug spray in the future. I LOVE it!!!! The other products are worth a try as well, just be warned of the ghost-like color that may be left behind! (muhahahaha!)

 

 

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

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Laundry… the inevitable chore. While you may lose a sock or two in the process ( I always do…), have you ever wondered what exactly is in your detergent, that you are then putting on your skin? After all, you use it to clean your sheets, pillow case, and clothing, it WILL hit your skin at some point!

I was sent My Green Fills natural Laundry Detergent, Softener, Color Safe Brightener and Enzyme Stain Remover. I was excited to try these, because I have very sensitive skin. I use detergent that has no scent or dyes, and just cleans the clothing without leaving much residue behind. Harsh detergents make my skin break out, which is very unpleasant!

These products by My Green Fills are non toxic, hypoallergenic, vegan, cruelty free, HE washer friendly, and chlorine free. How is works is you get one jug that you recycle and use over and over again, and you get refills of a powder that you add to the jug with warm water, and voila! Liquid detergent. This is environmentally friendly, since you are reusing the jugs and saving companies from producing more plastic. Each bundle of refill + powder is 12$, which can be purchased at their website.

The powders come in a rice paper package, which is recyclable, and sturdy. The package is filled with a white powder.

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First, you add warm water to the fill line of your plastic jug. Then you add the entire packet to the jug, close the lid and shake! It was super easy to mix. We accidentally added the powder first and THEN the water to one of the jugs….don’t do that! It started to bubble before we could close the lid!

Now…how did it work!?

LAUNDRY SOAP– this one is unscented. I used it with the FABRIC SOFTENER. Both hypoallergenic, 100% natural and non-toxic. The Fabric softener smelled of lemon and herbal type of smells, almost like lavender. I really liked the smell of it, since it was gentle but went well for a laundry aroma.

I had 0 problems with both of these regarding my skin. No breakouts, no irritation, nothing. The clothes came out of the dryer soft, which was exactly what I wanted. I wish the odor of the fabric softener stayed with the clothes once they were dry, it did disappear. This could be since it is a natural product, so I will take the loss over a harsh chemical scent. The clothes just smelled like nothing- like clothes- but were soft and non irritating.

The COLOR SAFE BRIGHTENER OXYGEN BOOSTER– just as promised, color safe! There was no bleeding of colors. We all know that the more you wash bright clothing, the more “dingy” it gets. This product helped prevent the dingy-ness, and kept my bright colors bright. I wear a LOT of bright clothing too…lime green, hot pink, you name it, I most likely own it. So this is a great product for me to have with all my bright gym clothes and pants.

Lastly, the ENZYME STAIN REMOVER. This one you DO NOT add water to! You just add it into the wash. We cheated a little bit and made a little paste out of it and put it on a really hard stain. To be fair, this stain was an older, set in stain. While it did not get rid of it completely, it definitely lightened up the stain, which made Mama happy (it was her towel). You can see below, LEFT is before, and RIGHT is after.

 

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Overall, I am happy with these products. I will definitely use and buy the detergents in the future. They are only 9 dollars for a refill, which isn’t bad at all, and it lasted us a while (family of 4!). It is a bit more expensive than say a traditional brand you can get at the store, but I am willing to pay extra for something environmentally friendly, and that is easy on my skin. ALSO, you get free shipping. Score! Overall, 4 stars.

HOW TO GET A FREE JUG!

The nice folks over at MyGreenFills are giving YOU a free jug of their product for you to try!

All you have to do is click on THIS LINK HERE, and fill out the proper information, and voila! A free jug will be sent to your house to try. Comment below to let me know if you tried it!  🙂

 

 

 

I received these products for free. This is an unbiased review.
14 Aug 2015, Comments (6)

Essentia Natural Memory Foam Pillow

Author: Healthnuttxo


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Here’s a fun review today! I received a pillow from Essential, a Natural Memory Foam pillow! According to the website, the pillow is made out of Hevea MILK, and is a latex-based foam. It is also the only one on the market that is entirely natural. You can read about it here.

The outer design is also made of Zebrano Fabric, which is both unbleached and organic cotton.

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So I got this rather heavy package in the mail, puzzled as to what it was…turns out it was this pillow! It was rather large, I would say it is a little over two feet in length and about an inch and a half or so thick.

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The pillow is very dense and like I said, heavy. The outer fabric feels kind of like a terrycloth bath towel. I like to sleep with silk pillow case (keeps my hair from getting messy, and I like cool pillows) so this was a change in itself for me. However, I do normally sleep on a memory foam pillow, so I was excited for a change.

I took this baby to bed and noticed my head didn’t really sink in. Hmm. It kind of caused a bit of neck strain since my head just would not “mesh” and “mold” in with the pillow. It was almost TOO dense, and it prevented my head from resting comfortably. I ended up falling asleep, but woke up in the middle of the night with my neck hurting me. I resorted back to my old pillow for there rest of the night.

I passed the pillow along to my Father, who likes his mattress/pillows a bit more stiff. Plus, I figured maybe I had a small frame, and the pillow was too thick for me, but would work well with someone else. He attempted to sleep with it, and then ended up just using it for a back support. He said it was too stiff to sleep with, but it was great to sit up in bed with and rest against the wall/the head rest behind the bed.

The pillow was then passed along to my mother to try. She had the same issue, she began to have neck pain while sleeping and ended up using it as a pillow for her to put in-between her knees while she was sleeping on her side. This took strain off of her hips.

Overall, it’s hard for me to give a rating for this because it is good for back and body support, but rather awful to sleep on (from 3 people, we all had the same issues). I love that is is made with organic and unbleached cotton, as well as all natural memory foam. I think it’s great that we are using stuff we find in nature to make products rather than commercial, chemical filled products. HOWEVER, this pillow is downright stinky when it comes to a traditional style sleeping pillow for your head. No pillow should cause a stiff neck/ neck pain! But, it molds well with the body to sleep with in between your legs while laying on your side, or your back while sitting up.

With that being said, 2 stars.

 

This product was given to me for free. This is an unbiased review.

I was sent some of the Summer Essentials suggested from Vitamin Shoppe‘s Expert Brianna M. Diorio, who is an MS, Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. In my little package I got a Vitamin Shoppe pill box, a sunscreen from Goddess Garden Organics, and a Kiss My Face Sport lip balm!

 


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Alright! Let’s review the sunscreen first. I like that this is organic and a natural sunscreen, I often wonder what kind of chemicals we are using and putting on our bodies every day!

This sunscreen has an SPF of 30, which is good for someone super fair skinned like me (I get kind of toasty in the sun…). It comes out with a light mist, and feels cool once applied. It doesn’t smell like sunscreen which is my favorite part! I definitely do NOT like the smell of sunscreen, and I know it ALL too well seeing how fair I am. It has a lemon grass type of aroma which I actually really enjoyed.

I could certainly feel the sunscreen while it was on me, and left a type of residue, but it wasn’t oily, and more slightly sticky. It wasn’t bad at all or uncomfortable. Also, I did not break out or anything and I used it on my face. I like this stuff! I would buy in the future.

4 stars, here is some facts below as well
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Moving on to the pill box from Vitamin Shoppe. It is definitely on the smaller side…Is this a daily pill box? Only 6 compartments…not 7. Odd. I think it is good for short term, maybe 2 or 3 days worth of pills (depending how many you take!), or you could use it daily if you need to take pills several times per day in separated increments.

I was surprised because the squares were bigger than they looked, and even fit 2 of my HUGE fish oil pills without problem. It is made of recyclable plastic which is a plus. It is small and discreet, and easy to carry along.

The plastic isn’t super sturdy but it does the job. I just hate that there are 6 compartments not 7…I almost wish they did 8 compartments so it could still be in a square format,  but at least fit a week of pills! 3 1/2 stars

 

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Lastly, the Kiss My Face Sport Balm. This has sunscreen in it as well, SPF of 30, which I REALLY need when I go to the beach. I always forget about my lips and they get super dry after! It is made with coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E. It goes on super smooth and is super soft, almost waxy, but doesn’t taste like wax. It has a bit of a minty flavor to it (not that I ate it! You know, some just happen to be tasted!), and a mix of a medicine-y type flavor. I really liked it though, as it kept my lips soft and supple, and protected them from the sun.

4 1/2 stars

Good ratings all around! You can check out these products and more at Vitamin Shoppe.com 🙂

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