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Rael – Organic & Natural Feminine Care Products

Rael – Organic & Natural Feminine Care Products

This is a new company on the scene, founded in 2016 and launched Rael in 2017, that is owned by 3 women that are looking to educate us about the importance of the choices we make in our feminine care products and to realize why we need to change what companies we support for the benefit of our own health and that of the planet, as well.

Many people don’t know that cotton is one of the most pesticide-laden crops and is in the top 3, between coffee and tobacco. The fact that this would come in contact with some of the most sensitive and absorptive area of a woman’s body that it can cause so much harm, is reason enough to immediately throw away all your conventional pads, pantyliners and tampons, as well as undergarments and switch to using only 100% organic products. What we can do to prevent damage, there is no excuse to not take precautions for them. If you choose to spend your money on material possessions, and then tell me you have none for products that promote health, then maybe it is time to re-evaluate your choices and ask yourself what really matters to you and it’s time to cut back on those purchases and spend wisely. Whereas, other conditions are out of our control, like who are parents are, where we were born, what our mother ate when she was pregnant, etc. The issue is that when you use toxic products, they are cumulative and will take time to cause problems in our bodies, physically and otherwise. The sooner we can take steps to change this, the better to our overall health. As time goes along in years of our lives, it may get more difficult to undo what was done, so prevention is really the best way to help yourself in the long haul.

It is time we all know the real truth about what is used to make feminine care products, aside for the toxic cotton that already mentioned. In pads, they use things like styrene (used in car tires), acetone (used in nail polish remover), etc. Do you want these ingredients touching the skin around your private area? Let’s not forget about tampons, feminine wash & wipes, as well. Please do check out this website: as this information is so important for every woman to know and to use our voices to speak out against these businesses that are making these products and give full disclosure on the ingredients, so we can choose what we purchase.

Rael, has many feminine care products and I am reviewing a few them here.
You can check out their website to see all that they offer:

Rael Pantyliners – Long

These are made with 100% organic cotton cover and it is important to have what is closest to your skin and especially in a private/sensitive area to be free of toxins, fragrances, dyes, chlorine and pesticides because it will get absorbed into the body. Thankfully, this product is free of all of the above and is hypoallergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin, as they will not irratate you, as when you ones made with commercial cotton.

I like the longer ones that are 6.8 inches long because it covers more surface area and keeps you fresh all day long and I like to use them on a daily basis between my menstrual cycle. They are soft, breathable and comfortable. They also have the regular size, which is 6 inches long. They come 18 per pack.

Rael Ultra Thin Pads – Regular

This are also made with 100% organic cotton cover and all that is mentioned above applies to these, as well. The regular are 9.6 inches long. They have 2 other sizes: large – 11 inches long and overnight 13 inches long. It depends what you need, in the days/nights of your cycle and also the stage of your life you are in. At this time in my life, I do not have as heavy flow as I used to and not for many days, so the regular one works for me. They are made of 3 absorbent layers and can rely on them even for your heaviest flow. They come 14 per pack.

Rael 100% Organic Cotton Period Panties

Even though the pads will allow you to feel secure in the fact that they are reliable even for your heavy flow days, you may want to consider these specially made panties, designed specifically for your cycle. Use these for an extra layer of protection as they are thicker in the area where you would apply your pad. They are made with the same high standards as the pads and pantiliners. No dyes, no bleach, no insecticides, no fungicides, no pesticides and all natural colors. The cotton is ultra soft and comfortable. They have the Global Organic Textile Standard (also known by its acronym GOTS) for certified cotton, which is of the highest out there in the textile industry. They come in a 3 pack resealable pouch.

It is great to be worry free and I am happy that there are more choices out there of companies, like Rael, that are doing it right to protect our health and also help to heal the planet, too. As the more we are using organic products that are grown organically, like cotton, we are rejuvenating and revitalizing the earth and making it a healthier, happier and more sustainable place for all of us to live in, for this generation and all future generations.

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Company Review: Nourish – Organic Food for Healthy Skin – Organic Body Butter

Company Review: Nourish – Organic Food for Healthy Skin – Organic Body Butter in business since 2003

I have known about this company from the Expo West in Anaheim, CA and they recently reformulated their products and are now the first USDA 100 percent certified organic bath and body collection on the market. I recently tried their Almond Vanilla Organic Body Butter. When I opened the container (packaging is made from recycled content) it smelled “yummy,” as I LOVE vanilla. It almost smelled good enough to eat, since the ingredients are so pure, but please don’t do that! (Disclaimer: neither I, nor the company or any of their associates will be liable or have any responsibility for any adverse affects that may occur if you decide to do so). I use the body butter right after I get out of the shower and my skin is still wet, as it absorbs better on damp skin. My skin felt soft and silky afterwards and I loved the scents from the essential oils (I could actually open up the container and smell it all day for the aromatherapeutic benefits).

I am one who does my research before trying out/using any products. I don’t just grab the first thing I see on the store shelf, or opt for what is on sale (either because I don’t want to spend more money or figure that it doesn’t matter) because you will get what you pay for. Most importantly, not all products that say “natural” on their product, actually are. Don’t take this lightly! Contact the company if you are not sure and want more information. You have the right to know what goes into the products you are using.

Another important thing to remember, is that the skin is the largest organ of the body. What you put on it, is absorbed right into the bloodstream. If you are so careful about what you put in your mouth (i.e. food), is what goes on your skin any less important? Seek out only the best, even if it costs a little more (better to spend less on other things that don’t affect your health and you can do without such as more shoes, more clothes, electronics, etc).

There is so much “garbage,” when it comes to products being sold and the companies have famous spokespeople promoting them, so you think it has to be ok to use. Well, think again! Don’t rely on some “pretty face” who is only trying to make more money for themselves and the company. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients or there are things listed in a general sense like “natural fragrance” or “natural color” or the list of ingredients in a mile long (this isn’t always correct because some companies, like Nourish, list the common name in parenthesis, as well as, the botanical name) likely the product is best kept on the store shelf where you saw it and NOT in your shopping cart.

I am happy to see/say that there are more companies out on the market (some sold in stores and some only online) that have gotten it right and realize the importance of “feeding” your skin the proper nutrients that will benefit you and also not have a negative impact on the planet.

This information is taken from regarding the organic body butter:

Ultra-hydrating for even the driest skin
Minimizes signs of aging with antioxidant-rich ingredients
Clinically proven to hydrate and nourish skin
Melts onto skin with a pure, delightful scent

The ultimate moisturizer, this light and creamy blend of whipped shea butter, concentrated coconut and olive oils and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E smoothes on easily, absorbs quickly and leaves even the driest skin soft and supple.

All the skin care products in the Nourish line:
No parabens. No phthalates. No sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes or silicones. No propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, triclosan, EDTA or aluminum. And absolutely no artificial fragrances or preservatives. Period.

For more information on all the products this company sells you can go to their website

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review – Lily Organics: 100% Pure Organic Cruelty-Free Skincare Part II

Lily Organics Skincare in business since 1986

I want to again thank Christy for providing me with some other sample products to test out and review. If you want to read the first review, you can do so by going to September 2, 2012 post. Of course, I am already thrilled with the products from Lily Organics that I’ve been using as they are pure, natural and smell like a fresh bouquet of organic flowers. If you have not as yet tried their skincare, I highly recommend you get some of their trial size products. I don’t get any ‘kickbacks’ for promoting them nor do I expect any. I approached Lily Organics because they ‘fit’ my extremely high standards for products that I would use on my skin (which ultimately gets absorbed right into you bloodstream through your pores). The integrity and commitment of the owner has made a great impression on me and is commendable. Please read more about Lily on the company website – link on the right-hand side of this page under the column Blogroll.

I tried the Kukui Sensitive Facial Oil Treatment – it is unscented and certified organic. I used it as a facial moisterizer instead of the Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment. It is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. I used it on my face and neck both during the day and at night before bed. I always apply it while my face is still wet after using the Organic Rose Facial Toner as the oil absorbs better into the skin (again, please check back to the first post I did on this company to see my skin care regimen when using their products). If you have sensitive skin or simply prefer a product without a scent this would work well for you.

I wanted to know more about Kukui nut oil, so I did some ‘googling’ and found out as follows from Wikipedia: Candlenut oil or kukui nut oil is extracted from the nut of the Aleurites moluccana, the candlenut or kuku’i. The candlenut originates in Hawai’i. The word kukui means “enlightened” in Hawai’ian. The oil contains 19% oleic acid, 41% linoleic acid, and less than 27% linolenic acid. Candlenut oil is light yellow, with an amber tint, and has a shelf life of 6-8 months. Historically, it has been valued as an emollient, and is currently used primarily in skin care products. Kukui Nut oil absorbs into your skin quickly and easily without blocking skin pores. The company, Mountain Rose Herbs (I highly recommend their products as they are of the highest quality) also mentions that this oil is good for the following: Burns – including: sunburn, windburn, radiation burns, and heat induced burns, eczema, chapped skin, mature and prematurely aged skin, dry skin conditions, psoriasis, acne, scars, lesions, dry hair and scalp. There are many other sites that have more info on this oil, so please do some of your own research if you are interested. My personal feelings is that the oil worked well to nourish and moisturize my skin without feeling greasy. It was ok not having a scent either, although their other scented products are only made with pure essential oils, flowers and herbs.

The other product I tried was the Organic Moisture Mist. I spray it on after I apply the oil treatment and moisturizer to my face and neck. I love the refreshing feeling it leaves on my skin. The ylang ylang scent stands out for me the most. I also spray it on during the day to hydrate my skin and as a pick-me-up. When you breathe in the scents in a product that you spray on your face/body or smell on someone else, your lungs uptake it and if it is ‘chemically’ enhanced, I would start coughing because I can’t handle anything that isn’t pure. If someone walks by and has perfume/cologne on that is unnatural, I cover my mouth and nose and may also spit to get it out of my system. My body has gotten so clean that it has a sensitivity to most things that are toxic, especially when it comes to smell/scent – such as cigarette smoke, detergents, leaf blowers, etc. That is why I am so thrilled to have found Lily Organics and will continue using their products and recommending them to others.

Check out their website – Lily Organics – for information and to purchase their products – scroll down to the column on the right-hand side of this page titled Blogroll. The skincare products are handmade in small batches and may take longer to receive, so be patient, it is worth the wait!

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review – Rainbow Research: Henna Natural Hair Color

Rainbow Research Henna Natural Hair Color – in business since 1976

I have been using the henna hair color from Rainbow Research for many years and decided it was time to write a review. I want my readers and those who may ‘stumble’ upon my blog, to read about this amazing product that truly works and is 100% pure, or I wouldn’t use it! It has gotten my stamp of approval so you know it is the best.

Some years ago, I wanted to start using a hair coloring product. Of course, the market is “saturated” with numerous commercial products that claim to be ‘natural’ (the word is used so loosely these days that it really doesn’t hold to the standards of people like me who is very well educated with ingredients and can read a label and discern instantly if the product is natural/pure), but they are using so many chemicals and dyes to make the product. If you think about it, you are using this on your scalp, not just on the ends of your hair to either cover the gray or add highlights to your existing hair color. This is a significant factor to using only a pure product.

I always go back to this point, if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth because it is not organic/whole/pure, why would you be ok with putting it on you skin/body? Do you think it doesn’t absorb through your pores and go directly into your body/bloodstream? Well, if you don’t know this already, then it is time to be enlightened! YES! it absolutely does and much quicker because you don’t have to break it down through your digestive tract like when you consume food (I have written quite a few company reviews on skin and body products that I recommend. You can click on the link on the right-hand side of this page under the title Categories and look for Company Reviews). There is a danger of commercial chemical hair dyes. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 20% of the non-Hodgkins lymphoma (the cancer that killed Jackie Kennedy-Onassis) is linked to the use of such dyes. Other cancers include bladder, breast cancer and leukemia have been linked to those products. Rainbow Research hair colors are pure botanical products and do not contain any of the chemicals linked to the cancer risk.

Now getting back to my search for a quality hair color product. I was already living a healthy vegan lifestyle (it has evolved and improved over the 22 years I have been doing it) and would not compromise in any way shape or form and buy a product that using ingredients I disapprove of. Before I found Rainbow Research at a health food store in NY, I used some other natural hair color products, but they did not work for me. Then I found this product from Rainbow Research. Of course, I don’t just take what the company says on their label as absolute truth, I do my own research and read up on their ingredients to make sure it is of the highest purity and quality. People that spend exhorbitantly on products they use on their skin/bodies usually are paying for the name brand and packaging, but don’t know that the price may seem ‘rich,’ but the quality is actually ‘poor.’ The more costly something is, doesn’t have an absolute correlation that what your are getting is ‘good for you.’ Do your do diligence and don’t take this lightly! You are ‘eating’ through you skin, as it is the largest organ of the body.

I was very happy to know that this product has only a few pure ingredients and was excited to try it. Most commercial and some quasi-natural skin/bodycare companies have a list a mile long of ingredients you can’t pronounce and don’t know what they mean/are. There would be so much ‘work’ involved in discerning them, that you may use it anyway because you already bought it and don’t want to throw it out or have time to go back to the store and look for something else. You would plan to look for something else the next time. What you don’t realize it that chemicals are cumulative in the body, meaning they accumulate and the factor of time and continual use is what causes health problems in the body.

I was very happy with the results of this product and let others I know about it. I liked that there are many color choices and the brochure gives you tips and hints to help the color adhere better to the hair. It is not complicated to use, either. You mix with water (and can additionally use brewed tea, apples cider vinegar, etc – see website for details and instructions) and then apply to the hair. You keep it on for a specified amount of time, depending on the color used. It does take some extra time in the shower when you are washing it out, so be aware of that. Also, you may still have some small pieces from the henna that you will see on you bedding (use a towel on your pillow so it doesn’t get all over your sheets) until the next time you wash your hair. It is a small price to pay for getting the results you want and the purity you desire/deserve!

I use the henna on my hair once every 2 months and am very happy and satisfied with the results. It gives texture & body to my hair and feel silky & smooth, as well. I like the fact that the color fades gradually so you don’t need to use it that often. I do not need to use the whole container, as I mostly put it on the roots. I will continue to use this product for many years and recommend you read more about it and the instructions how to use it at home (if you do get your hair colored at a salon, you can always being the product there to be used instead of their ‘toxic’ ones). You can read more about the company, Rainbow Research, their henna and other products they sell by clicking on the link I have provided for you by scrolling down on the right-hand side of this page under the heading Blogroll.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review – Lily Organics: 100% Pure Organic Cruelty-Free Skin Care

Lily Organics Skin Care – in business since 1986

I first met Lily at the Expo West in Anaheim a few years ago and I didn’t realize what an Exceptional woman she is and all the wonderful community work she does,(you can read more about her on the website, specifically the About Us tab and click on it twice)besides running the only organic skin care company in the world that is a USDA certified organic grower. That is an amazing accomplishment considering all it takes to be certified by the USDA. They also get audited to make sure everything they do is “truly” organic.

I took some literature about the company, but didn’t really persue getting any products. Boy was I sorry 😦 I didn’t at the time. Lily has been in business for 26 years producing some of the best products on the market. I am always looking/researching to share with the public the best and the purest out there. I do not make any compromises ever. I don’t use “crap,” so why would I want others to! If it doesn’t live up to my extremely high standards, I would even consider trying the product(s). I am a voracious reader of ingredients and have studied for many years what is truly pure. I can look at a bottle, package, can, etc and tell you in mere seconds if it is good for you or not. I am that efficient and that good! I am not trying to brag, I have simply done my homework.

During the most recent Expo West this past March, I took a card, knowing I wanted to test out the products myself and write a review about it. Thanks to Christy, the media and PR lady, I was able to get some to try. What is so awesome about this company, is that they make fresh batches of their products on a regular basis and don’t have them sitting on a shelf for months. So when you order, be patient because it may take a little longer to receive then you thought, but, honestly it is worth the wait.

I decided to try out a trial size kit, specifically the Dry/Mature Kit as I am not 21 anymore, but truly feel and look like a kid! I received it on August 28th and have been using it every day since. It comes in a nice pouch you can reuse or takes the products with you when you travel. There is also an instruction sheet on using the products, which is very helpful. There were five different products in the kit and I will go through each one and share my thoughts with you. First, in general, all the products smell so fresh and alive and if you would “accidentally” swallow some, no harm would come to you, as opposed to those from other companies that may even have a warning label – Harmful if swallowed – that you need to contact the Poison Control Center if you do so. If that is the case, why would you want to put it on your skin! The skin is your largest organ and gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream and can harm you internally.

I will now share my opinion on each product. First, the Rejuvenating Enzyme Mask. When I opened the container it smelled like honey and is the first ingredient in the product. I used it daily in the mornings and rubbed it over my entire face and neck, leaving it on for 30 minutes. Some of it seemed to drip into my mouth, but I didn’t mind tasting the yummy flavor! I loved how it felt on my skin and could feel the live enzymes in the pineapple and papaya, doing their “work” to exfoliate and stimulate my skin to create new cells. I can attest to seeing a difference in my skin from using it. One thing to note, is that you will use it up faster then some of the other samples. I also use a facial skin brush daily to exfoliate and the combination is very effective (you can find out about the skin brushes and other products from the website of Tonya Zavasta from the picture link I have on the right-hand side of the blog page). After I wash my face, I then use the Organic Rose Facial Toner. I put some on an organic cotton ball and rub it on my entire face and neck. I love the rose scent, as I am a Big Fan of the flower. It feels very hydrating to the skin and also keeps it moist and supple. The trial size toner also does not last as long as the other products in this kit.

After using the toner, I then apply the moisturizers. First I put on the Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment all over my face and neck, which has seven different oils that are great for the skin and help to reduce wrinkles. Next, I apply the Organic Moisturizing Cream all over my face and neck. It has lots of wonderful oils and herbs that help to balance the skin and protect it from the elements. A little goes a long way, so you only need a small amount of both of these moisturizers. At night, I use the Nourishing Facial Cleanser rubbing it all over my face and neck. The rosemary essential oil stands out for me more so then any of the other ingredients. It works very well to clean the face without drying -there is no alcohol in this product, which is very drying to the skin. Next, I use the Organic Rose Facial Toner which I wrote about above. Finally I use the two moisturizers that I wrote about above before going to bed.

All the products have exceeded my expectations for purity and integrity. I highly recommend that you check out the products on the website and try them out. You will not be disappointed. I give you my seal of approval! You can click on a link to the site by scrolling down the right-hand side of this page under the title Blogroll.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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