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What the heck is a Flub Buster ? Anti-Cellulite Cream Review

SKIN-QR-Organics-Nuelle-Cellulite-Firming-CreamI recently received a tube of cream called NuElle that said it had 25 Flub Busters.  I googled Flub Buster, and that is not a term anywhere! Go ahead and try it!  The phrase “Flub Buster” should be trademarked by Skin QR Organics. Wait, did you guys mean “Flab Buster”?

I used it for a couple weeks on my inner thighs and back of my thighs, missing some days here and there.  When I was using it, I noticed that my skin looked tighter and less flubby.  I mean flabby.  The appearance of my inner thighs looked smoother and were definitely more moisturized.

The cream has real caffeine (Coffea Arabica) in it, I was scared to try it because I didn’t know if the caffeine would penetrate enough into my bloodstream to cause me to be wired.  I know that’s funny…maybe?  Well lately I don’t tolerate caffeine really well so that is why I try not to have any, in any form.  The back says, “Due to diuretic effect this product might cause, we do not recommend this product for use while pregnant.”  I’m not pregnant but the word diuretic made me nervous.

I applied it the first time and I didn’t feel any caffeine wired feeling.  My skin got a little warm though.  I was scared again thinking my skin was going to burn off or something.  I have high anxiety, so don’t mind me.  I read the ingredients and felt better emotionally because they were mostly organic plants/herbs/flowers.  Until I got to one of the last ingredients.  Phenoxyethanol.  Phenoxyethanol is at a rating of 4 (from 1-10) on the overall hazard scale as seen here at Environmental Working Group’s website.  It is known to cause organ system toxicity.   WHAT!?  Come on QR Organics!  All the rest of the ingredients are good though.  So it’s not a total throw away.  If you use this a couple days before the beach on your problem areas, your skin will look more tight.  If you use every day for life, then I’d be worried for you because of the Phenoxyethanol.  The smell is refreshing.  The consistency was like lotion and not greasy, so that was a plus.

Excuse the glare, if you want to read the bottle better, go to their Amazon page here

If you are pregnant, DO NOT USE!

List of ingredients:

Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Organic Beeswax, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Essential Oil, Pinus Pinaster (Pine Essential Oil), CoQ10, Betula Alba (Birch) Essential Oil, Agathosma Betulina (Buchu) Essential Oil, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Ruscus Accileatus (Butcher’s Broom), Coffea Arabica (Caffeine), Organic Cola Nitida (Kola Nut), Organic Capsicum Annuum var. Aannuum (Cayenne), Organic Juniperus Communis (Juniper), Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, L’Carnitine, Organic Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwack), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Organic Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut), Organic Cinnamomum Aromaticum (Cinnamon), Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen Essential Oil), Organic Uncaria Tomentosa (Cat’s Claw), Organic Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Caviar Extract, Cymbopogan Flexuosus (Lemongrass Essential Oil), Organic Joeniculum Vulgare (Fennel), Pelargonium Gravolens (Geranium Essential Oil), Seaweed Extract (Algae), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum Essential Oil), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil), Allantoin, Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica) flower extract, Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

I received this item as an active blogger from SweetSation Therapy in exchange for my honest review.

Win 8 oz block of Raw Organic Unfiltered Shea Butter Giveaway Contest

I am giving away Raw Organic Unfiltered Shea Butter


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Raw Unrefined African Organic Shea Butter Imported from Ghana South Africa Review

Raw-Shea-Butter-Beauty-By-Shea-Block-4Today I received a 1 pound block of 100% Organic Raw Unrefined African Shea Butter from Beauty by Shea to review.

I opened it up and realized it was a nice big block.  I did not know that it was going to be in a block, for some reason, I thought it was going to be already in a lotion form.  After that initial shock, I was really happy to see it come in the block form, so I could make my own lotions and soaps.  I have never done that before, but I plan on making some in time to try it before the holidays.  Homemade shea butter lotion for stocking stuffers.  I think it sounds good.
Ok, so if you’re family or friends, pretend you didn’t read that!!!!

I really loved using this straight from the block, (it was more like a squished block.)  Due to the heat, the block got a little soft on it’s way to me, so it wasn’t actually a block.  I would suggest that you two day this product or even overnight if you want it in the block.

I put a dime-quarter sized piece of the block in my palm.  The directions said it will just melt in your palm.  It really did!  I took a picture of it.  As you see above, the middle of my palm still has a little piece that did not “melt” completely.  Around that piece is how the shea butter softens out and then you can apply.

I applied it to my dry feet.  I always have dry feet.  I wear flip flops 90% of the time and even in the winter.  (Hey, I live in Florida!)  Wearing flippy flops do dry out my feet.  I was amazed as soon as I rubbed this lotion into my feet, they looked nourished, healthier, and moisturized!  I didn’t see one dry area on my feet.  I also put some shea butter on both of my elbows.  They were much better after one application, but I did have to keep applying this to my elbows every day to keep them soft.  I did not have to apply the shea butter to my feet again for a few days.

It did take A LOT of time to rub that sized piece of the shea butter into both my feet and elbows.  I kept rubbing it in because there felt like so much on my skin that I needed to rub until it was absorbed.  So a LITTLE goes a long way!  Trust me on that one!  I would suggest a dime size, divide it in half, each half for one foot.  I cannot stress enough how a little goes a long way.

The smell was slight like a nutty aroma.  It did not overwhelm me or make me smell like peanut butter or anything.  As soon as it was absorbed into my skin, I could smell it even less.  Within a couple of hours, I didn’t smell any shea butter on my skin.

I did not try it in my hair yet, if I do, I will come back and edit and update!

You do not need to make a lotion or soap out of this to reap the benefits.  The raw organic twice filtered shea butter is perfect as it is, in my opinion.  You won’t be disappointed in the moisture it brings your skin.  You will feel happy knowing that this is a pure and natural one ingredient moisturizer for your whole body.

The description on their Amazon page says this:

Grade A, Fair Trade, Premium Shea Butter From Ghana- Great Natural Skin Lotion- Naturally Rich in Vitamins a & E – Unrefined Organic Shea Butter Is Extremely Nourishing and Perfect for Skin and Hair, in Homemade Soaps, Lotions and More- Net Weight 16oz (1lb)

Beauty By Shea 100% Ivory Organic Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter is imported directly from Ghana, and is 100% pure and natural, nothing else added!

South Africa!

Naturally rich in essential vitamins for beautiful skin, Beauty By Shea Organic Shea Butter will nourish your skin with Vitamins A, E, F & K.  Use this Beauty By Shea Organic Raw Shea Butter daily and often for beautiful, moisturized, luminous skin.

Raw Organic Unrefined Shea Butter is perfect for topical use on skin and hair, and the perfect essential ingredient for homemade lotions, soaps, conditioners and more!

16 oz (1lb) of Pure Organic Unrefined Raw Shea Butter from Beauty By Shea is made with extra care to ensure you receive the purest Raw Shea Butter. Beauty By Shea Organic Shea Butter is double filtered, which means it is made and filtered in Ghana, and then shipped to the US where it is filtered a second time to provide customers the purest Raw Organic Shea Butter possible. After being filtered a second time in the US, the Raw Organic Shea Butter is made into the 16oz (1 lb) bricks, packaged and heat sealed into the packaging thereby preserving the natural richness, and purity of the Shea butter for our customers.

You can only buy this on Amazon.  I googled like crazy to see if it was available on a website, but this is the only place.  If you’re interested in reading the many many positive reviews on the Amazon page, here is the link.

I’m giving away an 8 ounce block, go here to enter!!!

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Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics Review

Today I received a 4 ounce bag of Matcha Green Powder Tea by Kiss Me Organics.  You guessed it, it is Organic.  It is culinary grade, so you can add it to drinks, tea, and bakery items. It was darker in color than I was expecting, about this color –> O.
The serving size is 1/2 to 1 tsp.  It says it will give you energy for 4-6 hours both as a stimulant and relaxant.  I was excited to try this because of that statement in the description at Amazon.  I have a hard time with caffeine, as it makes me jittery.  I was worried about using such a potent green tea powder, so I started off with 1/2 teaspoon in my smoothies.  It did not alter the taste of my 12 ounce fruit smoothie at all.  I didn’t notice a huge boost in my energy, but I did notice I didn’t want to take a nap in the middle of the day like I do sometimes with my son.  I made it through a long day with just a 1/2 teaspoon.  I decided that I would not try 1 teaspoon, as the 1/2 teaspoon serving seemed just right for me.  I did not feel jittery at all ever during the day or after I drank my smoothie with the Matcha Green Tea Powder in it.  I like the convenient resealable pouch that it comes in.  I am happy with this product for what I am using it for.  It is too early to tell if it has changed my skin, which it claims it does through improving blood flow and oxygen levels.  If Matcha Green Tea Powder can help with oxygen levels, I am interested in seeing if it will help with my asthma or if it’s just for skin.  This is a good product.  It is made in China.  But here’s what the company has to say about that, directly from their Amazon Q & A:

Our Matcha powder is from China. We did a significant amount of digging beforehand and we found a couple things about Matcha and Matcha drinkers. 1) Is that the price of ceremonial grade Matcha makes every day consumption very expensive and thus prohibitive 2) The radiation in Japan is still a real concern, especially for teas that are consumed through ingesting the whole leaf, of which Matcha is made. We visited and received samples from dozens of farms in China, had them tested for purity and chose the one with the best results. Our goal was to offer a culinary grade Matcha that can be used everyday, is high in antioxidants and will not drain your monthly budget. 🙂 We hope you will try us out for yourself. Thanks again for your interest and if you need anything else, please feel free to contact us via Amazon or through our website’s contact form anytime.

I still recommend using Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder because it is Organic and it did give me a steady, gradual feel of not being exhausted.  I liked that it just felt natural and that I wasn’t on speed or something.  Usually green tea in any form makes me hyper and has a crash at the end.  This product did not do that for me.  I am happy and relieved!  I plan on continuing to use this anytime I have a smoothie, which is a few times a week.  Let’s see how it does on my skin and maybe even my asthma?

You can visit KissMeOrganics.com here!

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