Month: August 2009

If rain could talk…

Twist is a certified organic and 100% natural beverage made by TalkingRain. With “simply a twist of juice” this refreshing, thirst quencher has just a hint of fruit and a hint of sweet. I haven’t tried all eight of the fun flavors, but I am definitely a huge fan of the Mandarin White Tea. It really tastes natural and it has the perfect hint of sweetness (from organic agave). All of the Twist varieties are under ten calories, sodium-free, and never have artificial sweetners. Twist is a delicious way to stay hydrated, especially if you get bored of plain old H2O!

Photo Credit: TalkingRain Beverage Company

Photo Credit: TalkingRain Beverage Company

An all-around awesome face mask!

You shouldn’t expect this mask to smell sweet or flowery, or even fruity. I can’t quite put my finger on on the overriding fragrance, but without a doubt it smells like it came straight from the earth. Basically, it did. With an array of potent natural ingredients, Pangea Organics Japanese Match Tea with Acai & Goji Berry mask simultaneously clarifies, enlivens, and soothes the skin.

 

Pangea recommends using this mask once per week, but I love it so much I’ve had to stop myself from using it once per day! This supreme antioxidant driven concoction has received numerous beauty awards – I am so not surprised.

 

For more info on this mask and other great products: Pangea Organics.

Photo Credit: Pangea Organics

Photo Credit: Pangea Organics

Honeysuckle Soap

Honeysuckle Soap uses the cold press method to make each bar so it retains the naturally occurring glycerin. The result is a soap the actually attracts moisture to the skin. The addition of healing ingredients like olive oil, vitamin E, and honey combined with a lack of skin-irritating preservatives, results in a bar of soap that has been known to aid skin infirmities. 

I tried the Citrus Splash, which smells delightfully fresh and sweet and was very mild on my sensitive skin. Honeysuckle Soap also makes face lotions and body lotions: HoneysuckleSoap.com.

Photo Credit: www.honeysuckle.com

Photo Credit: Honeysuckle Soap

Glop & Glam – fun haircare for kids

Glop & Glam is a line of  hair care designed especially for kids. Each styling tool has a really playful appearance and smells exactly as you would expect it to from the title. Ranging from the Creamsicle Detangler to the anti-frizz Chocolate Cream, each product is an ode to a sweet treat making hair styling a lot more fun! The full variety of scents include: creamsicle, bubble gum, banana, watermelon hard candy (my favorite), and chocolate. But not only are the products fun for kids, every Glop & Glam product is free of harmful alcohol, paraben and formaldehyde (unlike most detanglers and other finishing products).  Although the products are geared towards young boys and girls, they are effective for adults as well. Regardless of age, everyone can benefit from Glop & Glam’s usage of beneficial organic and natural ingredients like euterpeoleracea fruit extract, glycine soja (soybean) protein, aloe, camellia leaf extract (green tea) and echinacea. Check out the website for more info: Glop & Glam Hair Products.

 
 
Hair Glop Watermelon Hard Candy Gel (below) is perfect for instant definition and hold.
Photo Credit: Glop & Glam Hair Products

Photo Credit: Glop & Glam Hair Products

Where did the whole milk go?!

I’m really wondering who was the first person to think that it was a good idea to stop providing whole milk at institutions that specialize in coffee and tea. I have a bone to pick with whomever this might be and with every other copycat out there. Has anyone else noticed how a majority of places such as Panera Bread and Caribou Coffee and other providers of caffeinated products are currently only providing three complimentary dairy products: skim milk, 2% percent milk, and half & half. Where is the middle man?

 

To me, skim milk and 2% taste too watered down, while half & half is too rich. Whole milk is called such because it is closest to its original form. After all the human processing is said and done, whole milk is the least altered of the bunch. I like that. And I like how it tastes in my coffee and tea. I personally love organic whole milk, but I would happily settle for any old whole milk at this point. I continue to be disappointed as I see other chains following this unfortunate trend.

 

At some locations, like Barnes & Noble, I’m pleasantly surprised when there is at least some whole milk behind the counter if you ask for it. However, more and more, I’m finding that these coffee and tea retailers are not even having whole milk within the store at all! How can this be happening? I have expressed my disdain and the most common response I receive is that “no one really asks for whole milk.” Can I really be such a minority? Can I be the only drinker of coffee and tea that likes the most basic option, the most moderate (in my eyes at least)?

 

Some other employees have explained the lack of whole milk along the lines of “going healthy.” Going healthy? Is America really going to start blaming whole milk for an obesity epidemic? Whole milk, especially the organic variety, actually has health benefits! Also, who has ever heard of someone having a problem with putting the milk carton down? I think I can guarantee that it’s not the whole milk that is putting on the pounds for a lot of people, it’s the super-size fries, the candy bars, the lack of exercise, etc. The problem could also be living in a world of food extremes, where people are either completely depriving themselves of taste and enjoyment (to me, that would be equatable to the skim milk) or they’re being over indulgent (in this situation, that would be the half & half). 

 

All of these crazes of no fat, no carbs, no sugar, have they really gotten anyone anywhere good? And in terms of there not being whole milk available to patrons, wouldn’t that be like going to a restaurant and only being offered diet soda? Or only margarine instead of butter? Good or bad, we all deserve our choices when it comes to food and drink. 

 

Somebody else out there has to be missing the whole milk. If not, I’m going to be on a one woman mission to bring back the true blue cow juice to every server of coffee and tea out there (or at least in my neighborhood). If you agree, don’t hesitate to comment to places like Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee, etc. Even if you aren’t a whole milk user, wouldn’t it be nice for all options to be on the table?