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March Daily Goodie Box

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It’s March and spring comes in, I am happy to report that I received another Daily Goodie Box.I love sharing these products with my fans because they are some of the best quality that I have had. Most of the products are organic and contain no GMO’s. What’s not to love?! Here is what I got in the March box.

Avitae – Caffeinated Sparkling Water: I received the strawberry kiwi flavor. I have to say, I was impressed. I never really drink energy drinks, but this was so much more. The flavor is so good and I did get a little boost of energy when I drank it at work! I can say that it did give me just about the same pep as my morning coffee!
Fyve – Coconut Lime Lip Balm: I am a sucker for lip balm and glosses. I am so happy that I got another lip balm to try. Being a huge fan makes me a skeptic when it comes to how well it will work. This one works really well, makes my lips super soft, and stays on for hours! What more could I want?!
GLEEN – Electronic Cloth: I was not too impressed with this cloth, but it is generally something I don’t use or need in my daily life. I don’t think it is a bad product, just not something I use.
Greenshield Organic – Lavender Organic Laundry Detergent: I am now hooked on this detergent. My clothes smell amazing and even my husband mentioned how great the laundry smelled! I will buy this brand from now on!
Hubs – Virginia Salted Peanuts: YUM YUM YUM YUM! How much can I say it? I love these peanuts!
Jessica’s – All Natural Gluten-Free Granola: I got the vanilla maple flavor and I really enjoyed this granola. My only complaint is that the bag was too small!
Prince & Spring – Jackpot Popcorn: Sweet and salty popcorn is my favorite and I was super excited to get this one! This is one of the best that I have tried and if you know me, I am very passionate about popcorn!
Natralia – Eczema Moisturizing Lotion:I don’t have eczema, but I do have very dry skin. This lotion has been saving me every day since I got it!!!
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February: Daily Goodie Box

The newest Daily Goodie Box to come my way was for this month. I received the box a few days ago and I have to say that this has been one of my favorite boxes to date! Here is what was inside and how much I enjoyed it!!

 

Sprig – CBD-Infused Soda: This was a tasty beverage and since I don’t drink soda, the bubbles were a bit much at first, but the flavor was great and it made my body feel pretty good too!
Zest Tea – High Octane Tea: I love tea! I love tea with a caffeine kick even more! I was so happy to try these teas and the blueberry one is by far my favorite so far!
Bambo Nature – Skincare Essentials:With sensitive skin, it is tough for me to find the right products. I really did like these products because they are gentle enough for babies!
Undercover Chocolate Co – Crispy Quinoa Snacks: YUM YUM YUM! I was very very skeptical about these snacks at first. I ate the whole bag and still wanted more!
Dimension Nails – Premium Nail Lacquer: I was really excited to find a nail polish that uses ingredients that I can pronounce. I didn’t like this color so much, but it went on smooth and didn’t have a strong odor like most others.
AWSB – Organic Wild Bar Soaps: I make my own soap, but I always like to try other brands. This one is good. It made my skin smell delicious!
Flickable – Lollipop Lip Gloss: I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!! I cannot get over how cute it is and how well it goes on. It’s not sticky like I thought it would be.
CURAD – Germ Shield Antimicrobial Wound Gel: Curad always has great products and as soon as I used this one, I was impressed, yet again!
If you all have a chance to check out these products, you should!!
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Another Great Goodie Box

It’s that time again where I share another company that has been so good to me! The Daily Goodie Box. I received my box just a few days ago and I cannot believe the greatness in the box! Here is a list of the items and my honest opinion of them.

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The Grandpa Soap Co – Thylox Acne Treatment Soap
I loved the scent of this soap. It wasn’t overwhelming and it works really well. As someone who makes soap, I always like to try others and this one is great!
Organic OCHO Candy – Chocolate Covered Coconut Bars                                                            https://www.ochocandy.com/product/coconut/
YUM YUM YUM! I love everything about this bar! It was way too small, but I know it’s just a sample. Now I’m hooked!
The Original MakeUp Eraser – Sample Pack
Again, I wish this sample size was a full size because I loved the way this eraser works. It was smooth and gentle on my skin and all I had to do was wet it. There were not added chemicals that irritated my skin like other types of makeup removers.
Hyalogic – Vitamin D3 Gummies
First off, they are delicious! I love when I find vitamins that I enjoy taking. I’m not sure how long it takes to see and feel results, but so far, I like these.
Sprig – CBD-Infused Soda
This was actually not something I would try again. I didn’t like the flavor at all. I think they do have other flavors which could be better.
KiZE – Raw Energy Bars
The idea behind this bar is great, but the taste and texture were not for me! It was really dry and stuck to my mouth. It made me feel dehydrated.
Alcala San Diego – Deodorizing Body Wipes
My husband really likes using these. They smell good too!
Herbal Zap – Party Detox Herbal Supplement
This is not something I generally use, but I tried it and it was okay. I don’t know if I used it for what it was supposed to be for.
Chocolat Frey® – Milk & Dark Crunchy Nuts Bars
You can never go wrong with chocolate bars! This one is amazing!!!
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Sharing Some Love

Every few months or so, we like to share with our loyal fans some of the other products that we love. We work with Daily Goodie Box to help share some awesome products that came to us in the mail. Part of doing our part for our fans is to recommend some products that they could use in their daily lives too.

We recently received the November Goodie Box and we have really enjoyed the products in it. Here is an idea of what we received and our honest opinion on the products in the Daily Goodie Box.

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Love Grown – Kids Cereal Cups
I was super excited to try a kid’s cereal again because I never do. I was slightly disappointed by the flavor of this one. I received the sea stars flavor and it was pretty tasteless, in my opinion. I love this company and their granola products, but I was slightly less thrilled with the kids stuff.
Rise Brewing Co – Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Blood Orange
Coffee!!! How could I not love it? I was so excited about the flavor of this cold brew too. It was delicious after being chilled for a few hours in the fridge! YUM!
Ecosafe – Vitamin C Gummies
The one great thing about these vitamins is that there is no gelatin in them! This is huge for me because I cannot eat it and it is so hard for me to find gummy vitamins that do not contain it. This is huge! I would highly recommend these!
Green Goo – 100% All Natural First Aid
This stuff works wonders! I am so impressed with how well it goes on the skin and how great it made my skin feel!!!
Softer Than Brittle – Cashew
I am now hooked on this stuff! I just wanted more! It was so tasty and was so soft!
My M&M’S® – Personalized M&M’S®
We got the happy birthday ones and they were absolutely perfect!!
Eat Your Coffee – Salted Caramel Macchiato Bars
I was not a big fan of the taste or texture of this bar. It has potential to be awesome.
Choice Organics Teas – Earl Grey Tea
You can never go wrong with Early Grey! I loved this brand of tea and it is probably one of my new favorites.
All Good – SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion
I like the way that this goes on so smooth. The odor was minimal and it gave me a lot of protection overall in this Colorado sunshine.
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Eucalyptus to the rescue!

The seasons are changing!  There is a chill in the air that some of us have looked forward to!  The holiday season is approaching; And while some are so excited, others dread what comes with that cooler weather – COLD AND SINUS ISSUES!

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Some struggle with stuffy noses and itchy sinuses the entire cold season.  It seems just when we start to feel better, something else gets stuffy or starts to bother us.  Enter, MAGICAL eucalyptus to the rescue!

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For centuries, Eucalyptus has been known for its medicinal qualities.  Not only does the aroma help clear the sinuses, but the essential oils from the Eucalyptus may be effective in fighting viruses and bacteria that cause colds and sinus issues.

At Passion Flower Beauty, we have several products that include magical eucalyptus!  The Sinus Relief bath bomb, the Eucalyptus bath bomb, the shower steamers and the Stress Relief bath bomb all have this special plant to help all your aches and pains this cold season!

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Coloring Soaps: The Natural Way

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Making soaps is one of our loves. Ever since we began doing it, we have felt this sense of pride as we cut each one. The molds that we have are all part of the personalities here at PFB. The ingredients are our favorite scents, oils, and colors. You are probably thinking, “how do you get those amazing colors?” The answer, our friends, is natural colorants.

It is difficult to find the most natural and healthy ingredients to put in our soaps. We have change the soap recipes so many times and we have now gotten our soaps to where we want them. Healthy, healing, and all-natural. This has come with time, a lot of time in the lab, and testing out things over and over again. We are proud of what we have done and want to introduce you to more of our colorants.

Orange Peel Powder

Orange peel powder has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. We use it to add yellows and oranges to our soaps. It has a small aroma to it, but we love to mix it with Wild Orange and Tangerine oils.

Rose Clay

Rose clay is in the Kaolin clay family. It is generally used to help to exfoliate the skin and we love the beautiful light pink, dark pink, and almost red shades that it brings to our Rose soaps.

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Madder Root

Madder root powder can give soaps a bright orange and bright red look. It is generally used for softening the skin and making it have a healthy glow.

Spirulina Powder

This is one of our favorites because it’s something that we use for smoothies too! It is very green in color and makes gorgeous greens and blues when mixed with whiter powders.

Activated Charcoal

For the black color in soaps, we like to use activated charcoal. It is also in our mascaras. It can make beautiful blacks and grey.

Hibiscus Powder

Although it looks red in color, when added to our melt and pour process, it comes out very grey and blue. Made from the flowers of local hibiscus flowers too!

We are always experimenting with different flowers from our greenhouses to add color and aromas to our soaps. We will continue to find new, all-natural colors to add to our soaps.

In fact, we have quite a few new ones that features these powders. Please check out the soaps at http://www.passionflowerbeauty.com.

 

 

 

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What a Lovely Bunch O’Coconuts

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By now, you have heard all of the rumors about coconut oil. The great thing about these so-called rumors is that most of them are true! And by most, we mean about 98%!

Coconut oil has gained quite the reputation among the natural beauty world and for good reason. One of the best carrier oils on the market, coconut oil can be used with your essential oils and even in your food! The benefits of coconut oil seem almost unreal, but if you haven’t been using it, now is as good a time as any to start!

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Take Care of Your Hair

If you have a constant battle with fighting dandruff, coconut oil could be your solution! It can also help to rebuild your damaged hair. Coconut oil can actually help to repair the moisture levels in your hair when can fight damage and dandruff. If you have noticed that you need more and more conditioner each time that you wash your hair, try adding some coconut oil into your hair washing routine. You can even find coconut oil based shampoos and conditioners that will give your hair that extra boost.

Protecting Your Brain

One of the most beneficial properties of coconut oil is the large quantity of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) that it contains, as opposed to the long-chain fatty acids that many other foods contain. Ketones are utilized by the brain as an important energy source and have been shown to have possible therapeutic effects on people suffering from memory loss, such as in case of Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, unique phenolic compounds and hormones found in coconut oil may be able to prevent the aggregation of amyloid beta peptides, which are part of a leading theory concerning the cause of Alzheimer’s.

Need to Lose Those Extra Pounds?

Coconut oil contains the fatty acids that help to boost your metabolism. When you cook with coconut oil or use it in any of your foods, the way that the food digests is much different than with other oils. It can also help to reduce your appetite so that you will not be snacking during the day and adding more and more calories into your diet. If coconut oil can boost metabolism and reduce appetite, then it should help you lose fat over the long term.

These are just a few uses for coconut oil, but at Passion Flower Beauty, we use our fair amount of coconut oil as a carrier oil and as one of the main ingredients in quite a few of our products. A few bath bombs use them and you have probably noticed that when you use them. Your skin will feel so soft and silky shortly after. If you are uncertain on the brand of coconut oil that you should invest in, here is a great resource https://www.reviews.com/coconut-oil/.

 

 

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For the Love of Lemongrass

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Ahh the fresh smell of Lemongrass. We have really started to love it more and more here at Passion Flower Beauty. What is it about that fragrance? Is it the sweet, citrus scent or the way it makes us feel? Recently, we have noticed that Lemongrass has gained quite a bit of popularity. That is why we wanted to share with all of our fans what we have found on it.

Lemongrass is native to Asia and has been used for centuries in healing ailments such as colds. It is now being used in Aromatherapy for killing germs and helping to reduce muscle aches and pains. The aroma of it is much like lemon, but with a little sweeter touch to it.

There has been quite a bit of scientific research done on Lemongrass and the findings have been quite astonishing! When used in an office setting, when Lemongrass was diffused, it actually helped to get rid of 85% of the bacteria and germs that were lingering around the office! Science has also proven that it can help you to fight off pesky insects like mosquitoes.

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At Passion Flower Beauty, we have been using Lemongrass in our lotions and soaps. We are launching a new line of Lemongrass soaps and Goat’s Milk. These soaps will help those sore muscles and keep your body smelling and feeling good!

When used in lotions, Lemongrass has antiseptic properties as well. It can help to treat internal and external wounds. If you have a cut or scrape, applying Lemongrass to the cut will help it heal and without becoming infected.

Lemongrass can also be used to help get rid of headaches. When you add two drops of Lemongrass to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, then apply it to your temples, you will be able to find some relief from those awful headaches.

Lemongrass not only has these healing powers, but it can also help to boost your mood. Being a citrus oil means that it has mood balancing properties much like wild orange and grapefruit. Are you curious about Lemongrass? Let us answer all of your questions and even tell you where to find the best!

misty@passionflowerbeauty.com

 

 

 

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For The Love of Soaps!

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Have I mentioned how much I love making soaps? Seriously, it’s as if I can’t get enough. Just the past week, I had a custom order for unicorn soaps for one of my favorite three year olds at my preschool! I was so delighted when I talked to her mom about how fun bath time was with these soaps! Things like this make my heart smile so big!

I’m here to talk about the benefits of goat’s milk soap, 98% of the soaps on http://www.passionflowerbeauty.com are made of goat’s milk. Do you know a lot about goat’s milk? Oh, pull up a chair, I can share some information with you.

Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation. Water-based soaps may use harsh chemical acids to accomplish this, frequently with skin-damaging results.

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Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief. Water-based soaps can be artificially fortified with vitamins, but most aren’t.

Fat molecules are an important part of making good soap. The cream that is present in goat milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goat milk soaps. Since many people suffer from dry skin, particularly in the winter months, this is an important quality for soap. Goat milk soap will not dry your skin out like many other soaps. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy.

Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. Although the water used in other soaps may contain minerals such as calcium, sodium, or iron (commonly found in tap water), that’s not much help when it comes to your skin.

 

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Arnica Creams for those Aches and Pains

Are you a runner? Do you experience serious pains when you run or after a long run? You may need a more natural solution to your pain. It could be time to try, if you haven’t already, arnica creams for your aches. Arnica comes from the Arnica flower. Arnica is a great, natural alternative to over the counter pain medicine. The healing effects that it has vary from user to user, but you will find relief when you use it on your aches and pains. arnica-1603658_1920

Many doctors and coaches have suggested using Arnica creams for sore muscles, bones, and joints. Some doctors have even told patients who suffer from arthritis and fibromyalgia to use Arnica to find relief from the pain that they wake up with. When you massage Arnica into your sore muscles, you will feel it work almost instantly. Although, if you do not feel the relief after the first application, wait a few hours to reapply. The results all depend on the user and the amount of pain.

Arnica creams are now being found all over the web. Passion Flower Beauty even makes a Chocolate mint creme that is filled with it. If you are suffering from aches and pains, try it. It smells amazing and you can never go wrong with Arnica!

 

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Holiday Beauty

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The holidays are now upon us! How can we keep our skin healthy and beautiful as the snow starts to fall (hopefully) and the breezes get cooler and cooler? There are many ways that we can change our beauty routine and one of those is to moisturize! There are so many products on the market now that promise to give your skin the best ingredients. It is important that you look out for these products because not all of them are good for your skin. So what do you need to look for?

Lip Balms:

In the winter, we all use a lot of lip balms. If you are not sure if you are using the right ones, your lips could be getting dryer by the minute. Here are some that dry out your lips and you should not use them during the cooler months.

Castor Oil

Petroleum Jelly

Phenol

Any artificial flavors and colors

Lotions:

Lotions are important for our chapped hands and faces so what ingredients are good and which ones are bad? Here are a few that are really good for your skin.

Shea Butter

Olive Oil

Almond Oil

Hyaluronic acid

These are bad for your skin.

Parabens

Phthalates

Toluene

 

If you are looking for some great holiday lip glosses, look no further than these new ones at http://www.passionflowerbeauty.com

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November Goodie Box Review

As readers of my blog have seen, I love to share my products, but also share the love for others. This month, I received the Daily Goodie Box and it was pretty amazing. Here are some of the products that were in it and what I (and my husband) thought of them.

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Prince of Peace – Lemon Ginger Honey Crystals: This could not have come at a better time. I had the stomach flu when the box came to my door and ginger is just what I needed. I added these crystals to mint tea and it really helped me feel better. Great flavor too!
Liquid Ice – Energy Drinks: I am not a fan of energy drinks, but I did taste it. The flavor was not that bad and if I were to buy these drinks, this would be a brand I could get behind.
Black Forest Organic – Sour Heads: YUM! I actually never eat candy, but these were too hard to resist. I love that they were not overly sour like a lot of other sour gummy candies. I would buy these again if I ever feel the need to eat sugary sweets.
Vive – Hangover Prevention: I saved this one for a Friday night and it was a good choice. At my age, it is hard for me not to have a hangover so these were a perfect cure. I took them before I began my beers and had a lot of water. I had no hangover the next day!
Mirabella – Black Magic Marker Eyeliner: I do not wear eyeliner so I cannot give a good review of this product.
Pure Cosmetics – Pure Illumination Light Up Lip Gloss: I love the fact that this lip gloss has a built in flashlight! It makes me the happiest. Goes on smooth and lasts for hours!
Napz – All-Natural Sleep Solution: Better than melatonin!!
Desserts on Us – Milk Chocolate Macadamia Cookies: My husband loved these cookies. The perfect cookies according to him!
Fix – Signature Sriracha Hot Sauce: My husband took all of these samples from me and wants to buy only this hot sauce now if that tells you anything.