Categories: 1/2 star

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I got this carepackage from Salonpas! They sent me an array of pain relief in the form of patches, a spray and a gel. I was excited to try these out! I do a lot of heavy lifting at the gym, and sometimes my muscles ache (think: traps and legs!) or my lower back is stiff post deadlifts, so I thought these would certainly help. All together this bundle is valued at $100.

Deep Relieving Gel- This is clear and jelly-like…looks like a clear jelly fish in my hand! It absorbs quickly into my skin, and leaves no residue behind which is a plus. I put a dime size amount on upper back and neck.I wish I used gloves since the smell of menthol stayed on my hands for a while even post washing! But now I know for next time.

It first started with a cooling sensation, then warmed up. It felt pretty good…but needed more than it said I think. Next time around I used a little more than a dime-sized drop and felt better. My neck and trap area seemed to loosen up a bit! 4 stars

Pain Relief Patch-

Smaller, beige in color, and thin. It was Easy to apply, and stays on easy.I applied to my lower back, and it starts with cooling sensation, and then that was it. Generally ineffective…I didn’t feel anything after that initial mild cooling sensation, and my back feels the same. As a plus, it didn’t fall off. Maybe it needs to be used on smaller areas? However I would argue that if it isn’t meant for the lower back, they can’t advertise it as use for lower back. 1 star

Pain Relieving Gel Patch-HOT-

IMG_2410I used these post heavy deadlift day when I woke up to a sore back. The patches were flimsy but thick, and flexible. It was relatively easy to apply, even on my own lower back.

It started off with a cooling sensation, and left with heat. It didn’t’ seem to penetrate deeply at all, more like surface, but still helped loosen up my lower back/make it feel a little better.

The patches didn’t stay on easily. I put one on and ate breakfast, and just shifting in my chair caused the patch to start to peel off. I reapplied it a few times until I finally took it off out of frustration. Luckily, the heating sensation continued for quite some time post patch removal. However, annoying! 2 ½ stars

Pain Relieving Jet Spray-  Alrighty, let’s be blunt here…this one stinks. Literally, and figuratively. The smell is awful…like a foot cream or something mixed with menthol. It comes on nice and cool, which feels nice, but it literally does NOTHING! I sprayed it on my hamstrings and at first felt nothing. I tried another day and put more on, and again, nothing. Ineffective. Feels good being sprayed on, but did not work for me.  1/2 star

Arthritis Pain patch- This one was applied to the knee (don’t we all have arthritis in our knees?!) It was a comfortable patch, you don’t feel it while it’s on, and stays on easy. It was relatively thin. There was a cooling sensation that seemed to come and go during the duration of wearing the patch, but nothing spectacular.  2 stars
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SO, a summary. If you are going to buy any Salonpas products, I would go for the deep relieving gel. It’s a little stinky, but hey, get some rubber gloves, rub it in, and enjoy. And while the patches are less smelly, they were also generally ineffective for me, except the Gel patch, which worked better but hardly stayed on. I would skip the Jet Spray entirely…my mother and I both tried it and both felt NOTHING! Stay pain free, my friends!!! 😀

I received these products for free. This is an unbiased review.
3 Jun 2014, Comments (0)

Klara’s Gourmet Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

The nice people over at Klara’s Gourmet Cookies sent me some yummy cookies to try for free. Being a Diabetic I try not to eat sweets, but I allow myself some nibbles every now and then for events like this- a review!! 😀

I got a nice assortment and was excited to try! Let’s begin 🙂

Vanilla Walnut Crescent-

These are so cute! They are tiny cookies, powdery, soft yet crunchy, but not crispy in texture. They had just the perfect amount of sweetness and powdered sugar. They are light and sweet, with a vanilla flavor. There is a tiny walnut aftertaste, but not too much. It is a nice little most dinner snack and great with a cup of tea! They are actually so good I wanted to keep eating them, but watching my diet I gave the rest to my Mama, who happily obliged 🙂 4.5 stars

Chocolate Macaroon- These are soft and chewy, and had a strong coconut flavor. The chocolatey flavor is predominately milk chocolate, and these cookies are very sweet! It has flaked coconut in it, so I would only eat these if you are a fan of coconut! Gluten free and all natural. 4 stars


Ginger Shortbread– This cookie was spicy! It was a soft cookie, not too sweet, and it lacked shortbread flavor. In fact, you cannot really taste the shortbread part of the cookie at all. There was a “raisin” texture in the cookie, which I found out was actually pieces of ginger. But there was certainly some HEAT!!! It cleared up my sinuses after eating just one cookie. It reminded my friend of a “soft ginger snap” flavor. This one gets 2 stars, I wasn’t really a fan.

Lemon Poppy Shortbread– this is a soft cookie, a little dry, and crumbly. The smell is a nice lemon- the flavor, is, well, disappointing. It has this overwhelming metallic taste to it, with slight lemon undertones. Not sweet, or buttery in flavor. Just really a fail. I had a bite or two and then threw the rest away. My friend also was not a fan. Leaves a bad aftertaste as well. This is my first 1/2 star rating. I do not recommend this cookie, and I really did not like it.

Coconut Macaroon

Insanely good!! These were phenomenal! They were very sweet, chewy, and had a very nice honey and vanilla flavor. They were dense and chewy, and almost had a meringue aftertaste. Gluten free. The outsides of the cookies had a nice little crunch to it from the caramelized sugar. These were literally SO good, I had to give the rest to my Mom again, who again, happily obliged. 4 1/2 stars


Overall, Klara’s Gourmet Cookies has potential! Their macaroons are amazing. The other cookies were OK. But still worth a try. Let me know if you have tried these before and which is your favorite!

28 Oct 2011, Comments (5)

Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda

Author: Healthnuttxo

Pumpkin Pie Soda. Say whaaaaaat?!

I saw this in Whole Foods, and KNEW I had to try it. Really? Pumpkin Pie soda? How can that even be?!

It came in a 6 pack, or individual. I thought it would be best to try one, and then if I (hopefully!!) liked it, go back and buy the 6 pack of these sodas. I mean, how on earth could Pumpkin Pie Soda taste bad, given the fact I LOVE pumpkin, LOVE pumpkin pie, and well, not going to lie, soda is yummy too!!

I opened up the top and poured some out. It certainly screamed pumpkin with the color, and it even smelled like pumpkin. We were headed off to a good start.

Eagerly, I took a sip.

🙁 Gross.

In fact, it turned my stomach a bit. It was nasty. It really was not good at all. Upon first taste, ALL I tasted was sugar. It had this syrupy, sugary taste to it. Almost like a artificially flavored pumpkin lollipop would taste if it was melted down and carbonated.

It had somewhat of a vanilla creme flavor too, but it was not good. BLECH. I only took two sips and poured the rest out.

OVERALL, my first 1/2 star rating. I would never buy or drink this again. And I’m really disappointed because I really wanted to like this!!!!!

Here’s the nutritional facts, which also aren’t pretty. And no wonder it was so sweet, look at all that sugar!!

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