Monday, February 19, 2018

AMG Naturally Skincare Products Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you skincare products from AMG Naturally! The founder and CEO of AMG Naturally has been a practicing nutritionist for over 15 years. Linda Lizotte has successfully treated thousands of clients with a wide range of health issues. Linda has developed a line of skincare products that are natural and safe to put on your skin. Linda is the founder of the #1 nutraceutical company in the country.

AMG Naturally Skincare products do not contain any synthetic chemicals. But, they do contain ingredients that are derived from all-natural plant sources. AMG Naturally's products are also non-GMO, cruelty free, non toxic, vegan and gluten-free. They are however medical grade and plant based. Here I what I got to try:


Morning Glory Moisturizer- The synergism of healthy oils:  Aloe, Moringa, Jojoba, Avocado, Sea Buckthorn and more, will deeply moisturize, rehydrate and nourish dry, thirsty skin. The proprietary, transdermal delivery system allows for deep absorption into the skin making this a moisturizer to use every day to soften the skin. Continued use allows for promotion of skin firmness and elasticity and protection from environmental damage.  SPF chemicals, meant to stay on the surface of the skin, are too harsh for your skin and may make you more susceptible to skin cancer.  Protect your skin naturally with antioxidants and sun-blockers found in nature; rather than blocking vitamin D production in the skin.  Nature knows best.

Benefits:
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Promotes skin firmness and elasticity
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Protects the skin from damage
  • Smoother, silkier skin
Key Ingredients:
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • MSM (Plant Sulfur)
  • Moringa Oil
  • Sacha Inchi Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Seabuckthorn Oil
Ingredients: Aqua (purified water), Moringa oleifera seed oil, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, stearic acid, glyceryl stearate, dimethyl sulfone (plant MSM), Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Plukenetia volubilis seed oil (Sacha inchi), glycerin, glyceryl stearate SE, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Cananga odorata flower oil, xanthan gum, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), tocopherol, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, gluconolactone, Rosa canina seed oil, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract, Moringa oleifera leaf extract, calcium gluconate, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, proprietary plant-based preservative system.

Directions for use: After using AMG's Papaya Splash Face Cleanser, spray with Mineral Mist, then apply Morning Glory Moisturizer gently and evenly over the entire face for softer, healthier skin.


Miracle Elixir Oil- This botanical elixir for skin and hair contains a synergistic blend of Moringa oil with Sacha Inchi oil.  By pairing Moringa oil’s potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories and high oleic acid content (also found in Olive oil known for healthy Mediterranean skin)  with the high omega 3 content of the Sacha inchi plant, this elixir provides a much-needed, healing tonic for stressed hair and skin. This oil combination is ideal for combating the signs of aging and dryness of face, hands, and extremities. With continued use, this elixir has the potential of ridding acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and redness of the skin.

Benefits:
  • Supplies omega 3s for tissue repair and skin rejuvenation
  • Reduces free radical damage for younger looking skin
  • Gives skin a radiant glow
  • Heals sunburn and protects skin with built-in anti-inflammatories
  • Great for dry chapped lips and hands
  • Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal
  • Great after shave
  • Removes makeup without chemicals
  • Fast absorbing
Why did Linda Lizotte, R.D. add CoQ10 and vitamin E to our Elixir Oil?
AMG's Miracle Elixir Oil now contains not only Miracle Moringa oil and anti-inflammatory Sacha inchi oil but also CoQ10 and vitamin E.

Researchers concluded that topical skin application of the powerful antioxidant CoQ10 resulted in:
  • 29% reduction in fine lines/wrinkles
  • 26% reduction in skin roughness/dryness
  • 37% increase in skin hydration
  • Increase in collagen
  • Decrease in inflammation
Research also reveals that vitamin E works on epidermal and fibroblast growth factors to protect the skin from oxidative stress (anti-aging) from factors such as photodamage (excessive sun exposure) and other environmental assaults.
 
Ingredients: Moringa oleifera seed oil, Plukenetia volubilis seed oil (Sacha inchi), Cananga odorata flower oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Rosa damascena flower oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil.

Directions: Apply a small amount to your fingers and rub gently into the skin. Allow a few minutes for the oil to be absorbed. Dispense onto cotton pad to remove mascara and makeup. Rub into hair before bed and wash out in the morning. Use daily, prior to make-up, for a clear, matte finish with beautiful shine.

Airless pumps: Always know how much product you have left and no wasting product you paid for that is left at the bottom.


Dead Sea Mud Mask- AMG Naturally's Dead Sea Mud Mask also features Bentonite and French clays. It is designed to pull out toxins while increasing circulation to the face bringing vital nutrients and oxygen to your cells while carrying away toxins. The Dead Sea is 1320 ft. below sea level making it the lowest place on the planet. It is 10 times saltier than oceans. All streams and rivers in the area flow into it bringing rich minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and sulfur. This mineral rich mask leaves the skin soft and healthy.

Benefits:
  • Rich in minerals from the Dead Sea
  • Pulls toxins out of skin and detoxifies
  • Absorbs excess oil in skin
  • Softens skin
  • Penetrates deeply
Key Ingredients:
  • Dead Sea Mud
  • French Clay
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Moringa Oil
  • Sacha Inchi Oil
  • Rose Oil
All-natural plant preservative and anti-bacterial system based on citrus extract and moringa oil.

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified water), Dead Sea mud, Kaolin clay, Bentonite clay, Volcanic clay, Marine colloidal clay, Glycerin (plant glycerin), Dimethyl Sulfone (plant sulfur), Moringa oleifera seed oil, Sunflower oil, Sacha Inchi oil, Stearic acid (plant-derived emulsifier), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut-derived emollient),  Glyceryl stearate (plant-derived emulsifier), Moringa oleifera leaf extract, Citrus medica limonum (lemon peel extract), Essential oil blend.

Directions for use: Apply a thin layer to face and neck. Avoid the eye area. Let dry from 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and washcloth. For best results use twice weekly.

My Thoughts

AMG Naturally has wonderful, natural skincare products.  Now that I am getting older, I try my best to use better skincare products. Especially on my face. I really love all three of these products. The moisturizer keeps my face soft and nourished without having to deal with breakouts. I love using the elixir for removing my eye makeup. It works so well! I also use the elixir in my hair. My hair is down to my waist so sometimes it needs a little oil. Helps with brushing it. ;)  The Mud Mask is great for when my face needs a little extra attention. I usually use it twice a week. Each of these products has a little bit of a scent to them. Nothing floral, just the scent from the natural ingredients themselves. I really love AMG Naturally's products as well as what they stand for. Great skincare with all-natural ingredients!

I received free AMG Naturally products in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

SHOP
 
Elixir $50


Friday, February 9, 2018

Vida Soap Review

 

 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Vida Soap. Vida Soap is an all natural soap brand that is passionate about making positive choices in life, especially when it comes to taking care of our skin. Their approach to skin care is based on simple, sustainable ingredients that invigorate our minds and bodies. Vida Soaps are 100% handmade, with love!


Vida Soaps are made with the finest ingredients. The base of their soaps contain olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil & essential oils. They also use Lavender Buds, Oatmeal and Rose Clay when making their soaps. Our bodies absorb 75% of what we put on it. Why would we want to put toxic chemicals on them? Vida Soaps is non-toxic and free of synthetic and harmful chemicals, so you can trust it to soothe irritated skin. The soaps lather to soften and attract moisture to the skin, all while removing unwanted dirt. Vida Soaps come in 6 amazing scents:
  • Lemongrass
  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood Oatmeal
  • Eucalyptus
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Rosemary Mint
Vida Soaps come in biodegradable packaging. The packaging is infused with wildflower seeds. Toss it in your garden and support bee life!


My Thoughts

I love the fact that this soap is all natural and safe to use on my two boys. I don't like using any harsh soaps on their tender skin. Vida Soaps are Vegan and handcrafted in the USA. Their ingredients are of the highest quality and sourced ethnically. These soaps are great for the whole family to use!

Vida soaps smell so good! My favorite scents are the Lemongrass and Pink Grapefruit. Anything citrus scented, I love! My skin feels so soft and nourished after using Vida Soap. My skin also feels cleaner and healthier. Around this time of year, I need to use a lot of moisturizer because my skin get so dry. But, from using Vida, I have not had to use lotion as often. The nourishing oils found in Vida Soaps stay on my skin. And, I love that! I love how Vida not only cares about our skin, but, they care about the environment, too! I cannot wait to toss the biodegradable packaging into my garden to see what flowers grow!

**Vida Soap recommends that their soaps not to be submerged in water. Also, allow the bar to dry in between uses.


"Our mission is promote self love and equality for all men and women. And empower people to embrace a natural lifestyle that gives back to the earth."- via Vida Soap
💮💮 
 
I received Vida Soaps in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
 
SHOP || $8/per bar + FREE Shipping
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kitchfix Grain-free Granola Review

 

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Kitchfix Grain-free Granola! This honey pecan flavored granola is Paleo, gluten-free and does not contain any preservatives or refined sugar. Kitchfix products are chef crafted and made with nature's most delicious flavors. Enjoy healthy granola for breakfast, as a snack or on-the-go treat!

Kitchfix Grain-Free Granola comes in 5 flavors: Original, Lemon Berry Chia, Honey Pecan, Cocoa Sea Salt and Vanilla Berry. The granola is made with nuts and seeds and its roasted in coconut oil. Kitchfix Granola is certified gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and 100% Paleo. The Honey Pecan flavor is flavored to taste like a pecan pie. It's full of crunchy pecans, nut, seeds and sweetened with pure maple syrup and honey.


Honey Pecan

Ingredients: Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Pecans, Cashews, Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Oil, Flax Seed, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Sea Salt.

Serving Size: 1 oz (28g); Servings per bag: 10

Calories: 158; Fat: 13.2; Carb: 7.9; Protein: 4.4; Sugar: 3.6g; Fiber: 2.3g; Sodium: 10.6mg


My Thoughts

Kitchfix Granola is hands down the best granola that I have ever had! It's crunchy, flavorful and full of yummy ingredients that I love. Pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon.. yummmm! I love eating this granola straight out of the bag or with milk. It also goes great with cottage cheese! The Honey Pecan flavor tastes just like a pecan pie. But, healthier for you, of course. This granola is great. I cannot wait to try their other flavors. I highly recommend!

I received Kitchfix Granola in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
 
SHOP || $9.99/10 ounce bag
Thursday, January 25, 2018

January's Degusta Box USA Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing with you January's Degusta Box USA. This monthly food subscription box delivers 9-14 full sized samples right to your door! The boxes are loaded with snacks, drinks and meal prep items. Get 50% off your first Degustabox! Enjoy 9-14 FULL-SIZE tasty goodies worth over $30 delivered straight to your door for just $9.99! Shipping is free!
 
See what's inside January's box...
 
 
Explore Cuisine Pastas are made with one ingredient. Just organic edamame beans! Eat great tasting, healthy pasta that gives you nutrients from beans. 24 grams of protein in 2 ounces. Explore Cuisine is gluten-free, Kosher and non-GMO. $4.99


Boomchickapop Sea Salt Popcorn contains just popcorn, sea salt and just a bit of sunflower oil.
One cup of popcorn is only 35 calories. guilt-free popcorn, yes please! $1.39


Dole Fruit Bowls contain mandarins and pineapple and is lightly sweetened with coconut water. A healthy treat for the whole family. $2.79


Monini Originale Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a versatile and balanced oil. It can be used for bread dipping, salad dressings, sautéing and for light cooking. $10.99

 

Wasa Thins are oven baked for a light, delicate crunch. They are seasoned with a hint of rosemary and sea salt. One serving of Wasa Thins contains 9 grams of whole grain and is just 70 calories! $3.19


Maya Kaimal Naan Chips capture the essence of naan in its unadorned form. They are light, airy and straight from the tandoor oven. Dip these naan chips in dips, cheese, anything! Naan Chips are vegan and non-GMO. $1.29


Go Organically Fruit Snacks are USDA-certified organic and made with real fruit. They are also non-GMO, gluten-free and have no preservatives. $3.99



Loacker White Chocolate is creamy and delicious! Inside of this delicious chocolate is a layer of melting chocolate and a crispy wafer. $1.99


Crown Maple Sugar is rich in antioxidants and is a healthy alternative to granulated sweeteners. Great for adding to coffee, tea, baked goods and cocktails. $1.00 each



Cello Whisps are airy, crispy, crunchy and tasty. Cello Whisps are 100% real cheese! Made with sharp baked cheddar cheese. Great for snacking on straight out of the bag, or on top of a salad. $3.99



My Thoughts

Degusta Box USA is my favorite subscription box! It's so fun to get so many yummy products delivered to my door every month. Most of the products in this month's box are new to me. That's another reason why I love this box. It allows me to try new food products each month. My favorites this month are the Naan Chips, Loacker Chocolate, Whisps and the Olive Oil. Oh, and the Wasa Thins! Those thins are so good with a slice of cheese or guacamole. Degusta Box USA is only $19.99 a month and worth every penny! Subscribe today and save 50% off your first box!

I received Degusta Box USA in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, always!



Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sneakz Vegan Protein Powder Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Sneakz has a new product available! Introducing the new Vegan Protein Powder! Sneakz products are aimed towards the little picky eaters in your life. The ones who push their vegetable off of their dish or feeds them to the dog. It's time to change that, moms and dads! Sneakz's mission is to help provide a happy, healthy life for families and their little ones. And, I'd say that they are doing just that!


Sneakz Protein Powder is a nutrient rich protein powder that is packed with 14 grams of protein, probiotics and 10 essential amino acids. Each serving contains 1/2 serving of daily vegetables. The protein powders contains an organic veggie blend of  pea protein, carrot, cauliflower, beet and sweet potato. Other ingredients include: Organic cane sugar, Organic flavors, Citric acid, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086. Sneakz Vegan Protein Powders are organic, non-GMO and gluten-free. They do not contain any carrageenan, antibiotics, artificial ingredients, artificial flavors or colors, sweeteners or synthetic hormones. Sneakz Protein Powders come in 3 different flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate.


My Thoughts

Sneakz does a great job at "sneaking" vegetables into their products. I cannot tell, nor can my kids tell, that there are vegetables in this protein powder. If you're anything like me, I am always so worried that my kids aren't getting enough vegetables in their diets. With Sneakz in their diet, I worry less. Knowing that they are getting at least some vegetables daily. My kiddos got to try the strawberry flavor and they loved it! I added the protein powder into their smoothies as well as mixed the powder with just milk. The really liked it both ways. I enjoy drinking a shake with some Sneakz, too! It's really good! Sneakz are a much healthier alternative to flavored milks. They contain less sugar and are much healthier. We also love their Milkshakes! Read my review HERE.

I received Sneakz Protein Powder in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SHOP || $21
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Crispy Green Freeze-Dried Fruit Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! If I haven't said this already.. Happy New Year! I hope each and every one of you have a spectacular 2018! Today, I am reviewing Crispy Green's Dried Fruits. This company was founded in 2004 and is now the number 1 dried fruit brand. Their philosophy is to keep it pure, keep it tasty and keep it wholesome. This has always been their guiding principle for their continued product development. Since 2004, the Crispy Green team has been providing high-quality freeze dried fruit snacks. Providing nutritious and delicious snacks to consumers of all ages is what Crispy Green is all about!

 Banana & Apple

 Pear & Pineapple

Tangerine & Mango

Crispy Green's products are 100% fruit and nothing else! Each bag contains a single ingredient, FRUIT! You won't find and additives or preservatives in Crispy Green. You won't find any cholesterol or fats, either! Their sophisticated freeze-drying process removes the water from the fresh fruit. Leaving behind the fruit's true essence and a light, crispy texture. Crispy Green Fruits are gluten-free and non-GMO. Crispy Green Fruits are a healthy snack that is perfect for snacking!

My Thoughts

Have a craving for a healthy snack? Then try Crispy Green's Dried Fruits! I love these freeze-dried fruits because, for one, I know that I am eating just fruit. Second, they're like chips! But, much healthier! They're crispy, too! My favorite flavors are the Pear, Mango and Pineapple. Crispy Green Fruits are low in calories, low in sugar and low in sodium. Snack on Crispy Green Fruits in between meals, take with you on-the-go, or pack in lunch bags! They're delicious!

I received Crispy Green products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, Always!

Melissa


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Redd Superfood Energy Bars Review

 

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you superfood energy bars from Redd! Alden, the founder, started his business out of his dorm room after realizing that his meal plan wasn't cutting it. He had burned through his meal plan within the first few weeks of the semester. It was then that he realized that eating healthy foods helps us mentally and physically. So, he found his way to a local health food store. He didn't have a lot of money, so he went to the bulk food section and mixed a bunch of inexpensive ingredients into a bulk bag. Alden started carrying his new "energy bar-ish" thing to class. And, that’s how the predecessor to Redd was born. Fast forward to June of 2014, Alden released his first product: Chocolate Brownie by Redd!


Redd Superfood Energy Bars are made with 9-10 grams of clean protein from pumpkin seeds. They contain over 35 milligrams of natural caffeine from maca and yerba mate. Each bar contains 11 superfoods: chia, quinoa, acai, mangosteen, goji, cacao, yerba mate, pumpkin seed, maca, schizandra and dark chocolate. Each bar also contains 23 vitamins and minerals. Redd Superfood Energy Bars provide 2-3 hours of positive energy. All of their bars are manufactured in Oregon.

Redd Superfood Energy Bars come in five energy-boosting flavors: Oatmeal, Mint Chocolate, Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter.


 
Top: Chocolate, Oatmeal, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter.


 My Thoughts

Redd Bars are amazing! I love how they're chewy, all natural, full of deliciousness and full of flavor. My favorite flavor is the Mint Chocolate. The mint chocolate flavor tastes just like a peppermint patty. These bars are loaded with pumpkin seeds, dates, chia seeds, chocolate chips, maca, antioxidant and vitamins and minerals. Redd Bars are make a great snack and they are great for breakfast. They're great for travel, hiking and family adventures. Redd Bars give me enough energy to make it through my day. Great bars that my whole family enjoys! Yummy, energizing and healthy! I recommend!

I received Redd Bars in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!


~Melissa~