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Health and Beauty products Review

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Disclosure: Thank you Vitacost for sending me these products free of charge to facilitate this review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinions, which are 100% my own.

You may remember my health and nutrition bars review for Vitacost in March where I explained that I had received a box full of goodies from them and I wasn’t told upfront what I might receive.  The products in the March review were well received and were a good fit here on My WAHM Plan.
I can’t say the same about this second batch of products, some of which I would have never purchased for myself or agreed to review here. However, I am a “product reviewer and brand awareness builder” so I will fulfill my obligation as such. 

clay mud

Product Description:
Redmond clay facial mud helps to clarify your skin, remove excess oil, shrink pores, draw out toxins, tone skin, remove impurities, and deep clean. Redmond Clay Facial Mud is safe for all skin types.
 Redmond Clay is naturally absorbent and very gentle. Acting like a sponge, it draws dirt, grime, oils, impurities, and other harmful toxins into its internal structure. Free of chemicals.

My Review:
 I really liked this product! It did all that it claimed it would without drying my face. I loved that it was fragrance free. When you need to leave a product on your face for 15-30 minutes, scent is important. I highly recommend this product and would purchase it again.


reading glasses


Product Description:

Go Green! Readers:  Eco-friendly reading glasses made with recycled materials. Optical quality frames made from recycled polymer plastic.  Flex-comfort spring hinges made with recycled steel.  Recycled water used in lens manufacturing.  Package contains four fashionable frames styles for women in the same reading power. Available in reading powers +1.00, +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00. Readers come with coordinating protective eyeglass case.

My Review:
This product was not a good match for me. I do not require +2.50 readers and if I did, I would have never picked this style for myself. In an effort to do an honest review, I asked my daughter who wears glasses to try a pair on. She said the lenses worked fine but the glasses arm broke right off as she was trying to put them back in their case! At $23.99 for a 4 pack, you are paying $5.99 for a pair, so these might be perfect for somebody who misplaces or are hard on their readers.
I recommend you proceed with caution because of how easily the arm broke off these glasses.


Product Description:
Innersense color radiance daily conditioner revitalizes and nourishes color treated hair. 100% color safe. Pure ingredients of rice bran oil, pumpkin seed oil, sunflower seed oil and rooibos tea combined with Shea butter to provide high antioxidant protection from color fading.
My Review:
Here is another product that I normally wouldn’t have purchased because I don’t have color treated hair. However, I wound up really liking this daily conditioner as a weekly deep conditioner. It is that thick and luxurious with little beads of pulp that leaves your hair super soft and nourished and it smells so good! I did notice it had a tendency to make my natural copper highlights look a bit brassy.

I highly recommend this product to those that color treat their hair.
* Product may be temporarily out of stock, since it is not available for purchase on website. I used another inneresense product link and picture out of necessity in order to give credit to inneresense.*


Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Curl defining Gel:


Product Description:

Certified Fair Trade Shea Butter, handmade by Alaffia, herbal extracts and plant gels hydrate and define waves and curls. With natural vitamins for shiny, lustrous, long-lasting curls, this all natural gel reduces frizz and provides residue-free soft hold for natural styles of all kinds. Also great for finger styling, twist-outs and braiding.
My Review:
 Since I don’t have curly hair, nor do my daughters, this product gave us a challenge. But, we rose to the occasion and again my daughters were game to help me with a review. They used the product on their hair while braiding. They used it very sparingly and surprise! Their hair looked smooth and shiny, not greasy at all. But, I could not abide the scent! It was so over the top herb-ally, it reminded me of something I would put on my salad! 
I would recommend this product for those with thick curly hair who need control and moisture and don’t mind a highly scented product.
Honey Girl Organics personal lubricant:

Product Description:
Organic Skin Care from Hawaii's Rich Beehive Harvest This organic personal lubricant softens and smooths skin, while enhancing sensual intimacy. It helps relieve dryness. Created from pure and organic ingredients. Completely free of parabens, glycerin's, fragrances, hormones, silicone's and petroleum products.
My Review:
Another surprise product in the box I would have never agreed to review here on my family friendly blog.
I used this product as a skin softener in my delicate under bra area after a workout. It did sooth, soften and moisturize if I used a very small amount. It caused irritation if applied in more than a scant amount.
I would not recommend this product because I did experience irritation on delicate skin.

Product Description:
America's #1 Selling Weight Loss Supplement Brand, Lose Weight, Stimulant, Free Great Tasting, Natural Flavors. Losing Weight Can Taste Great. All-New! The 1st Weight Loss Gummies from Hydroxycut™. Lose Weight and Reduce BMI with Clinically Proven Key Ingredients.
 New Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Gummies are a delicious new way to get the clinically proven key weight loss ingredients in Pro Clinical Hydroxycut in great-tasting gummies.
 Average weight loss with key ingredients (lady's mantle, olive extract, cumin extract, and wild mint) was 20.94 lbs. in the 12-week study and 16.50 lbs. in the 8-week study. All groups followed a calorie-reduced diet.
My Review:
I wanted to like this product because it I want to lose a few pounds and these gummies are stimulant free.
I tried taking the gummies as per the instructions (2 gummies before meals, 3 times a day). By the second day, I noticed I had a headache at lunchtime. At first I didn’t contribute this to the Hydroxycut, but when my head hurt again at dinner time I took notice. I also noticed no discernible difference in my appetite.
On day 3, I only took 1 gummy at breakfast and I still had a headache so I stopped using them.
I don’t recommend this product unless you read the ingredients listed at Vitacost and know you won’t have a reaction to one of the ingredients. I couldn’t take this product long enough to offer a valid opinion on whether it helps with weight loss.
 Please be sure to visit Vitacost to discover their low prices on name brand items and to learn more about any of the products in my review.
I hope you found these reviews helpful. I would love to hear from you if you’ve used any of these products.




Health and nutrition bars review

in , , , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, March 01, 2013

Recently I received a box full of goodies to review for Vitacost. Since the representative couldn’t tell me exactly what products I might receive, I was pleasantly surprised with my box. It was a mixed lot comprised mainly of health and beauty products and health and nutrition bars and supplements. 

Today I want to share my thoughts on the bars I received and a little bit about Vitacost the company.

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All the top brands for discount vitamins, supplements, whole foods, health foods and sports nutrition online at up to 50% off other companies. Plus, they offer a flat rate shipping fee of $4.99, or free with any order of $49 or more. 
They also have a refer a friend opportunity where you can earn $ 10 each referral.  I signed up and would love it if you signed up using my link here.

My Product Reviews:

Promax Fit 'n Crisp Protein Snack Cinnamon Crunch:

crunch bars

These bars are like a cinnamon-y rice crispy treat, only better. They are not icky sweet, and have 13 grams of protein and 140 calories. Both my daughters loved this one, so I will buy again.

healthy snack bars

Their tag line says it all for me. They really are the best tasting, healthy snack bars we’ve had in a long time. KIND bars are all natural with ingredients you can pronounce.

We received 3 KIND bars: Almond and Coconut, Dark Chocolate & Cherry Cashew, and Cranberry Almond. Each bar had its own unique quality and taste but the one I would buy over and over again? The Almond & Coconut!  It’s like a not so good for you candy bar (think Payday) gone healthy. I am hooked and will buy again!

blueberry bar

I wanted to love this totally organic, healthy sounding, delicious smelling bar, but I didn’t. I just liked it. 
I could taste the dates and Agave nectar more than I could pick up on the blueberries.   My daughter and my husband on the other hand LOVED this bar and wanted more, so I will buy again.

health bars

This bar is made with raw and super foods, one of them being Hemp.  Again I wanted to love this bar. 
It looks like dark chocolate and smells like Mocha. Win-Win for me.
  But, I did not like this bar at all. It is thick and dense. It leaves a vitamin taste in your mouth. And I experienced a mild case of burps in which I could taste the Hemp, or what I perceived to be the Hemp, I likened it to eating grass clippings. My family didn’t care for the taste or texture of this bar either, so we won’t buy again.   

peanut butter bars

This is a huge protein bar, so you could split it. It has 28 grams of whey protein. Overall, I liked the flavor and consistency of this bar, but my husband liked it more. My kids thought it was just okay. If we bought again, it would be for keeping in the car for road trips or when hunger strikes and you can’t stop and eat. 

I hope you have found these reviews helpful. I will have another Vitacost review for you soon where I will share the rest of the products included in my Vitacost box.

To learn more about Vitacost, visit their website or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

Disclosure: I received the above listed products to facilitate my reviews. No monetary compensation was provided, however, if you should use my refer a friend link provided in this post, I may receive a referral credit to my Vitacost account. All opinions are 100% my own.