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23
JAN

What’s New? Sibu Seven

Filed Under: Personal Care,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Vegan products continue to grow in popularity across the country and, following this positive trend, we have great news for our customers. Lucky Vitamin is introducing a premium vegan brand of products to our site: Sibu Seven.

Sibu Seven offers a top-quality line of vegan products made from the Himalayan sea buckthorn berry. Known as the “beauty berry” across Europe and Asia, sea buckthorn contains over 190 bioactive compounds that restore, revitalize and protect youthful beauty. These hardy berries help nourish skin, hair, and nails with powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids, including the rare Omega 7, a key building block not only to healthy skin, hair, and nails but also aids digestion and may help you maintain a healthier weight.

Sibu Seven beauty features luxurious natural skin cleansers, moisturizes, and other topical treatments as well as dietary supplements that beautify and protect from the inside-out. Founded in 2003, the company has designed a variety of products based on this powerful holy fruit. All sea buckthorn berries used for the products are harvested from the most remote locations of the Himalayas, known to be a superior source of this fruit.

Also known as palmitoleic acid, omega 7 fatty acid can be found in animal and plant sources, including macadamia nuts and cold-water fish. However, sea buckthorn contains a much higher concentration of this valuable fatty acid, up to 40% as compared to 17% in macadamia nuts. While this omega has numerous skin and health benefits, it is also known for its ability to support a healthy weight, cardiovascular health, and gastro-intestinal health.

You can save even more when you shop Sibu Seven products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JAN15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% all products of this new brand.

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Sibu Seven – Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil – 60 Vegetarian Softgels
Sibu Seven – Omega 7 Organic Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil – 50 ml.
Sibu Seven – Omega 7 Pure – 750 ml.

 
13
JAN

6 Effective Tips to Banish Cellulite

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Did you know that cellulite can affect men and women of any body weight or size? Cellulite is the presence of toxic deposits of subcutaneous fat material and fibrous tissue that are not able to be eliminated, causing a dimpling effect on the skin. These deposits often occur on the thighs and hips of women but do happen to men too. There are many ways to treat cellulite, often done by techniques to break down these toxic body deposits and remove them out your body. Here, we present you 6 effective tips to banish cellulite.

1. Dry Brush: 

Dry brushing can help minimizing cellulite. Just use a dry body brush to scrub thighs and buttocks vigorously, promoting nutrients and removing toxins from the skin. Dry brushing promotes the tissue to swell hiding the uneven dimpling effect of cellulite. This is an easy-to-do, efficient treatment but only removes it temporarily, so you may have to do it as often as needed.

2. Coffee Scrub

Coffee can help too as caffeine is an excellent ingredient to treat and reduce the appearance of cellulite. You can make a homemade mix of olive oil and warm coffee grounds, creating a thick paste. Then, use it as a body scrub on areas that have cellulite, rubbing into problem areas to stimulate the blood flow. Massage vigorously for a few minutes then shower to wash it off.

3. Seaweed

Seaweed baths have been used in the Mediterranean for many years as it may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. An inexpensive home treatment, you just need to add four sheets of seaweed to your bath once a week to get the maximum benefit.

4. Stretching

Stretching and exercising are very effective ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Combine strength training, to improve the tone of muscle tissue, with regular high-intensity interval-training, to burn fat and speed up your metabolism. Stretch before and after exercise to promote better circulation, minimizing cellulite appearance on the skin.

5. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used as a cellulite massage oil treatment. The massage exfoliates the epidermis, stimulates blood flow and lymph circulation, and encourages the growth of new skin, factors which contribute to reducing the appearance of cellulite. Prepare the skin for the massage treatment by taking a hot shower, opening your pores. Then, vigorously brush the area affected by the cellulite in a circular motion to increase circulation and remove any dead skin that is preventing the body from absorbing the oil.

6. Healthy Eating

Many foods can help you battle cellulite including foods high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids such as fish and flaxseeds, food with unsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds, and avocados, as well as lean protein like chicken breast, and whole grains foods such as whole grain bread and cereals, brown rice, pasta, quinoa and barely. Fruits and vegetable are also helpful. Bananas and papaya are particularly effective in cellulite prevention due to their high potassium content. Fruits high in vitamin C such as oranges, berries and pineapple may boost collagen levels, a protein found in the connective tissues of the body, which may strengthen tissues and reduce appearance of cellulite. Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach or kale, as well as asparagus can also fight cellulite. And of course, drink lots of water, the most important ingredient to banish cellulite.

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Ideal Marketing Concepts – AmiLean Advanced Cellulite Slimming Lotion with Aminophylline – 8 oz.
AHAVA – DeadSea Plants Firming Body Cream – 6.8 oz.
Seaweed Bath Company – Wildly Natural Seaweed Detox Cellulite Cream – 6 oz.

 
11
JAN

5 Natural Ways to Battle Acne

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Dealing with acne can be a pain. Finding an efficient product can be just as painful as many conventional products don’t produce the results they claim, and also contain all kinds of hazardous chemicals in their formulas. More people are switching to natural remedies and treatments to acne, so here’s a list of 7 natural remedies to treat and reduce the appearance of acne.

1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A has long been associated with reducing acne and many prescription acne treatments are based on this vitamin. Vitamin A can also be applied directly to the skin to minimize pimples.

2. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is associated with healthy skin and reduced inflammation. Vitamin E is often applied directly to patches of psoriasis with some positive results. Vitamin E can also be applied directly to the skin as this vitamin is fat soluble.

3. Green Tea

Green Tea provides a dual-pronged approach to combating acne. It can be both consumed and brewed as well as applied directly to acne. When consumed or drank as tea, green tea is a major anti-inflammatory. It has anti-oxidants which can reduce inflammation and improve skin health. Additionally, when applied directly to the skin, green tea appears to be able to help by destroying the bacteria that cause acne.

4. Probiotics

Probiotics are also a great natural acne remedy. Probiotics helps the breakdown of fiber as well as to fight off harmful bacteria and fungal infections. The collective of bacteria in the digestive tract is often referred to as gut flora. When gut flora is sparse or unbalanced, many problems may result including increased inflammation. Keeping your flora balanced reduces the risk of inflammation and, therefore, the chances of acne.

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an excellent natural acne remedy due to its ability to destroy bacteria. The oil extracted from the tree possesses anti-bacterial properties and as a result can be applied to the skin with noticeable benefit. Tea tree oil is meant to be applied to the face as oil or as part of a lotion.

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Yes To – Tomatoes Clear Skin Daily Pore Scrub for Acne – 4 oz.
Earth’s Care – Acne Spot Treatment Maximum Strength – 0.97 oz.
Nature’s Way – AKN (acne) Skin Care 465 mg. – 100 Capsules

 
10
JAN

A New Superfood You Need In Your Pantry

Filed Under: Personal Care,Superfoods,Supplements at 8:01 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Eaten for thousands of years by Africans and Ancient Egyptians, baobab was traditionally used for fevers, dysentery and diarrhea. All told, the baobab fruit has higher antioxidant levels than acai berry, significantly more vitamin C than an orange, and is a good source of fiber, calcium, and potassium. Studies even show that polyphenol-rich baobab fruit reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans

It’s easy to add baobab to your daily regimen, and trust us, it’s easy. The Powbab Superfuit Chews are AMAZING. It’s fruity, chewy goodness is similar to a Now & Later candy but gives you 100% daily antioxidant dose per chew! We guarantee that you won’t be able to eat just one.

The cold winter months can leave you feeling sluggish and tired but adding one scoop of Powbab Organic Baobab Superfruit powder to your smoothie or oatmeal can give you that extra boost to help you power through the day. Here’s a delicious recipe we tried and loved. It will give your digestion system the attention it deserves — especially after post-holiday overindulgence — by supplying your body with 20% of your daily recommended dosage of vitamin C and 8% of daily fiber in just two teaspoons.

Dry and flaky skin is an unfortunate fact of life for most of us during the long winter doldrums, but we were lucky enough to find some relief after finding Powbab 100% Baobab Oil. While many oils can leave your skin feeling greasy, this Boabab will not. It absorbs quickly into your skin, leaving it smooth and soft without the residue.  Not only is Baobab Oil perfect for sensitive skin, it heals eczema, psoriasis, scarring and stretch marks too!

When it comes to superfoods country of origin is very important. Be sure to buy only from trustworthy brands that are fair trade. Powbab® baobab is IMO Certified, USDA organic, Kosher, Non-GMO project verified, vegan, sustainably harvested and fair trade.

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22
DEC

7 Health Benefits from Biotin/Vitamin B7

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Biotin or B7 is a vitamin needed by every living cell of your body. Eggs, cheese, mushrooms, tuna, sardines, berries, leafy vegetables, peanuts and are good food sources of biotin. Getting enough biotin can provide multiple health benefits. Just to mention a few, here are 7 health benefits from biotin/B7:

1. Promotes beautiful skin: getting the sufficient amount of biotin may help promote glowing, wrinkle-free skin. Biotin is used in several skin care products like massage oils and creams. Lack of biotin may cause several skin problems including rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and acne.

2. Keeps your hair healthy: biotin supports hair growth and strengthening as a variety of hair products, shampoos and conditioners have biotin as a key ingredient in them. It works wonders for problems like dry, brittle hair and hair fall.

3. Promotes healthy nails:  the cosmetic industry has used biotin in a variety of products for nails. In fact, many supplements are labeled “hair, skin and nails” and contain significant amounts of biotin in their formulas.

4.  Weight loss helper: studies have shown that biotin is essential to sustain proper rates of metabolism. With high biotin levels, your body is able to breakdown food at a faster rate increasing your metabolism, thereby helping in weight loss.

5. May prevent diabetes: Biotin plays a role in enhancing the secretion of insulin, a protein that regulates blood sugar levels. Multiple studies have suggested that biotin may play an important role in preventing and treating diabetes.

6. Improve digestion: biotin’s main function is carrying out metabolic processes of the body. When you eat, several reactions rely on biotin to properly breakdown the food, including breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. If your body has sufficient levels of biotin, the food will instantly be processed.

7. May Prevent Heart Disease: research suggests that biotin helps in reducing certain risk factors leading to heart disease. Regular biotin supplementation may reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and total cholesterol, as well as reducing the risk of, heart attack atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.

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Superior Source – Biotin Instant Dissolve 5000 mcg. – 100 Tablets
Good ‘N Natural – Biotin 7500 mcg. – 50 Tablets
LuckyVitamin – Biotin 5000 mcg. – 240 Capsules

 
18
DEC

What’s New? Seaweed Bath Company

Filed Under: Health Aids,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Seaweed Bath Company.

Seaweed Bath Company offers a variety of skin care products to naturally help fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin, as well as managing severely irritated skin. With formulas designed with a combination of high-quality, all-natural ingredients, the company hopes to bring the ocean’s bounty into everyday life. Seaweed Bath Company was born from the belief that healthy hydration is the basis of true beauty. From the ocean’s nutrient-rich waters, the company discovered a special ingredient capable to revitalize stressed skin of all types.

Bladderwrack seaweed is an amazing ingredient rich in essential and non-essential amino acids found in your skin. The Seaweed Bath Company sustainably hand-harvests fresh bladderwrack seaweed from cold, mineral-rich waters off the coast of Maine to create the highest quality, all-natural products. Amino acids can help to hydrate dry skin and alleviate flaking, scaling and red skin often associated with certain skin conditions.

Seaweed Bath Company blends certified organic seaweed-based with pure Neem and Hawaiian Kukui oils for vitamin E and essential fatty acids, from oleic to linoleic and linolenic, plus natural anti-bacterial and emollient protection. For generations, cultures around the world have used the power of seaweed to help soothe irritated, flaking and scaling skin. Today, seaweed-based bath products are an integral part of both Thalassotherapy and Balneotherapy–holistic water-based therapies that help manage the skin conditions associated with psoriasis and eczema.

You can save even more when you shop Seaweed Bath Company products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code DEC14NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 12/31/14.

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Seaweed Bath Company – Wildly Natural Seaweed Powder Bath with Hawaiian Kukui Oil Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent – 16.8 oz. (8-16 Baths)
Seaweed Bath Company – Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Wash Unscented – 12 oz.
Seaweed Bath Company – Wildly Natural Seaweed Volumizing Argan Shampoo Lavender Scent – 12 oz.

 
14
DEC

Save Your Skin with Hypoallergenic Personal Care

Filed Under: Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Many people, myself included, have sensitivities to certain ingredients found in body washes, shampoos, deodorants, and laundry detergents.  Whether it’s breaking out in a rash, redness, itching, stinging, dry scaly skin we can all react differently to the ingredients found in our daily products.  However, you shouldn’t feel limited in what you can use on a daily basis. Lucky Vitamin carries a wide selection of hypoallergenic personal care products.

Laundry detergents are often forgot about when it comes to making sure your personal care products are not the cause of your skin problems. Chemicals, fragrances, and other ingredients found in your detergents are then washed and imprinted onto your clothes. When you wear these clothes directly against your skin this can cause your skin to become irritated. LuckyVitamin carries top rated brands like Earth Friendly and Seventh Generation, which come in a variety of scents, and is gentler on your skin. Worried about the little someone in your life as well?  We also carry Attitude, a hypoallergenic laundry detergent to help protect your baby’s soft yet sensitive skin.

Your daily shower or bath routine can also be a burden to your skin.  Like your detergents, certain chemicals, artificial scents, and other ingredients contained in your body washes can be detrimental to your skin. When it comes to keeping clean choosing the right body wash for you makes all the difference. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of body washes that smell delicious yet wont leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. We even carry a variety of body washes that you can use the next time your baby needs a bath.   Lastly don’t forget to check your moisturizer and body lotions. These products go onto your skin to help keep it soft and smooth, but make sure it doesn’t leave you feeling the opposite. With such a large selection of products to choose from on our site, you shouldn’t be stuck using something that isn’t working for you or your skin!

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7
DEC

5 Winter Skin Care Tips

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Maintaining healthy skin can be difficult during the winter. The harsh cold weather outside along with the blasting heat inside can create many skin problems. As your skin needs extra attention in the winter, we offer you five skin care beauty tips during cold weather conditions:

1. Drink Water

Drinking water is essential for good health not only the winter but all year long. Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water including when you go outside. Herbal teas are also a great way to keep it up with proper hydration.

2. Flax Seed Oil

Flax seed oil can moisturize your body from the inside. This amazing supplement contains vital fatty acids which can do a lot for your overall health. It is available in oil form as well as in capsule form.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is essential during cold days as this process help removing dead skin cells from your body. Exfoliating once or twice a week can keep your skin free from old dry cells as well as properly preparing to moisturize your skin.

4. Oil-based moisturizer

Most people prefer creams and lotions but they do tend to dry out the skin rather than keep it moisturized and soft. Oil-based moisturizers can help protect your skin from moisture loss and are often more efficient than lotion forms.

5. Humidifier

If you are willing the buy one, a humidifier is one of the best tools to keep your skin in good shape during the winter. A humidifying system puts moisture back into the air and helps your skin remain supple instead of cracked and dry.

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Nourish – Organic Body Lotion Pure Unscented – 8 oz.
Saavy Naturals – Moringa Oil Body Wash Bulgarian Rose – 8 oz.
Nubian Heritage – Body Wash Coconut & Papaya – 13 oz.

 
4
DEC

4 Tips To Heal Itchy, Flaky, Dry Winter Skin

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

H2O On The Go

While drinking plenty of water is a well-known tip to maintain hydration, we often neglect how important it is to consistently drink water-containing fluids throughout the day.   The adage of 8 glasses of water a day just isn’t enough to keep up with the body’s water needs.

Keep your fluid intake eco-friendly by carrying a glass or stainless steel water bottles with you to take your beverage of choice with you or fill up on the go.

Omegas From The Inside Out

While water hydrates the body, omega fatty acids keep that precious fluid in your skin cells to keep your skin hydrated.  When omega oils are low in the diet, there is increased permeability of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin) and increased skin water loss.  Regularly consuming Omega’s 3, 6, 7 and 9 will lock in moisture from the inside out.

A recent study out of Turku Finland demonstrated that 2 grams (2000 mg) of a sea buckthorn fruit and seed oil supplement taken daily showed a significant increase in skin hydration and elasticity at the 1 and 3 month marks.  Skin hydration increased by 33.6% at 1 month and 48.6% at 3 months compared to the control group.  Skin elasticity increased by 16.3 % at 1 month and 25.8% at 3 months.

Exfoliate

Dry, flaky, itchy skin can leave an accumulation of dead skin cells that prevent moisturizers from properly hydrating skin.  Gentle exfoliation will prevent this build up and improve the ability of moisturizers to create a lipid barrier to protect your skin from dry environments.

When choosing an exfoliator, it is especially important to use an emollient-based product to prevent further drying of skin.  Choose an Exfoliating Scrub  that moisturizes skin while exfoliating and sloughing away dead skin cells.  Use once or twice a week on  facial skin and 2-3 times a week on elbows and knees or any other rough spots that need extra attention.

Slather On The Lipids

Moderately dry skin will benefit from traditional body lotions. However, for the driest, itchiest skin, look for ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter that create strong moisturizing barriers against dry environments. .

Give your skin the extra pampering it needs during the winter by hydrating from the inside out and the outside in.

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28
NOV

What’s New? Sow Good

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Sow Good.

Sow Good offers a variety of personal care products which are good for you and good for the world we share. Sow Good is committed to giving back to others by creating luxurious, natural products as well as donating to charities which are in line with the company’s mission.

Sow Good knows the importance of the environment. As a manufacturer of bath products, water is a big part of the system and the company ensures that only the very best, cleanest water is used for the creating of the product. This is one of the highest priorities in the manufacturing process. Additionally, the company is located on Lake Champlain in northeastern New York. While beautiful, it has its challenges, like many bodies of fresh water. Years of pollution and the introduction of non-native aquatic life are posing serious environmental threats to the lake and the surrounding environment. Thankfully, with the support of federal, state and local funds, a plan has been developed and action is being taken to benefit the Lake Champlain basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.

Sow Good is a proud supporter of the program Water for People. A portion of the sales of every Sow Good product is donated to this very worthy charity. Additionally, the company encourages all consumers to check out this important program and hopes that you’ll be happy that part of each and every product purchases is helping Water for People, by providing safe drinking water to people around the world.

You can save even more when you shop all Sow Good  personal care and beauty products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Rollerball Generosity – 0.34 oz.
Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Spray Generosity – 1.7 oz.
Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Spray Happiness – 1.7 oz.

 
10
NOV

3 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes for The Beauty Junkie

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Nothing says put together like a woman with a chip-free manicure or pedicure. This female ritual, as silly as it may seem, can be an instant mood booster or the perfect finishing touch for any occasion. Take things to another level by swapping out your old chemical-filled beauty products with new natural or non-toxic alternatives. Finding a new, natural nail polish can be a little bit of trial and error. For starters, you’ll need to purchase the base and top coat that go along with the brand to achieve the best results – especially with water-based formulas. Here are some of our favorites:

Zoya –If you are a recovering OPI junkie, Zoya’s your best bet for not turning back. This brand is long-wearing and contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor. Zoya provides a great selection of subtle shimmers, bold glitters, gorgeous neutrals and more.

Scotch Naturals Scotch Naturals has a buzz that extends even beyond the world of natural beauty. They not only have a great name and even better tagline (Not all Scotch is an acquired taste…brilliant!), they are truly non-toxic and contain none of the abrasive chemicals that are found in typical nail polish. Scotch’s line of polishes offers a wonderful eco-friendly option that comes in a variety of sophisticated colors that don’t require an acquired taste. Just remember, since this is a water-based nail polish, stick with their base coat, top coat and even polish remover for best results.

Piggy Paint – It’s all about female bonding with this one. The brand name is cute and the colors are bright and fun! This is another great water-based formula which is odorless and hypoallergenic which means it’s mommy (or big sister) approved. You won’t find any toxic chemicals here because Piggy Paint is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. This nail polish brand is perfect for sleepovers or as stocking stuffer. One tip: Piggy Paint recommends using a blow dryer on a low heat setting for maximum chip resistance.

No matter what brand you end up leaning towards, it’s fun finding your favorites!

 

 

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9
NOV

What’s New? Balanced Guru

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Balanced Guru is a recently added premium line of certified organic skin, body, hair and energy products, now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Balanced Guru offers unique products created and developed to help you find balance in every aspect of your being. All products can help balance your beauty through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. By combining ancient eastern wisdom with modern western science, the company has unique formulations to integrate the benefits of aromatherapy and wholesome ingredients to balance your health and beauty.

Beauty and health starts from within, thus, Balanced Guru believes in simultaneously nurturing body, mind and spirit in everything we do. Additionally, Balanced Guru was created with a conscious and passionate commitment to promote the wellbeing of customers and the planet we all share. The company crafts wholesome products that are certified organic, cruelty-free, and sustainable while limiting the environmental impact and maximizing the social impact by giving it back to communities.

The company only uses ingredients and materials that are safe for our bodies and the environment, including raw ingredients which are always natural, certified organic and come from sustainable harvesting. All jars and bottles are made with 100% recycled and recyclable post-consumer resin. In addition, all packaging, marketing and shipping materials are made with 100% recycled and recyclable paper, and labels and formulations are 100% biodegradable, free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

Save even more when you shop Balanced Guru products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Balanced Guru – Face It Off Facial Cleanser – 4 oz.
Balanced Guru – Drop Dead Salt Scrub Body Exfoliator – 9 oz.
Balanced Guru – Balm Me Up Body Balm Cocoa & Tang – 4 oz.

 
7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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YS Organic Bee Farms – Raw Tupelo Honey – 13 oz.
CC Pollen – High Desert Totally Desert Honey – 1.5 lbs.
Wholesome Sweeteners – Fair Trade Certified Organic Raw Honey – 16 oz.

 
26
OCT

Turn Heads with Love Your Color

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary, healthy hair color to our customers: Love Your Color by CoSaMo.

Love Your Color offers its users something unique. An easy to use, one bottle formula for hair coloring. To get started, all you would need to do is open the box, twist the top and apply it to dry hair. Have any leftover color? KEEP IT! This line allows for users to keep leftovers and use it for root touchups! We’re happy to add such an awesome, unique color line to our profile.

Inspired to create a no ammonia and peroxide formula that was free of PPD, the CoSaMo team worked diligently for 2 years testing and sampling this line. A great deal of research has gone into Love Your Color to provide you the ultimate in non –invasive color. Even people with the most sensitive skin, including those allergic to most other colors, are able to use this gentle, soft, and incredible product. . Love Your Color is highly effective at gently covering grays. Plus, all products are made in the United States.

The company also takes pride in the environmental responsibility by handcrafting products with a smaller carbon footprint and free of harsh chemicals. All products are engineered specifically for you. Love Your Color is no ordinary line. Try it for yourself and you’ll see its power to gently color your hair like no other product you’ve ever used.

For a limited time, you can enter to win a hair color giveaway. Hurry, contest ends 10/30/14.

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19
OCT

5 Ingredients Hiding in your Feminine Hygiene

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

More and more people are reading foods labels to check for GMOs and other harmful additives. But what about your feminine hygiene products?  GMO cotton is bleached, sprayed with pesticides and is teeming with toxins. Do we really want these poison products anywhere near our private parts? This has got to end.

Rayon/Viscose – When choosing feminine care look for brands like Maxim that use 100% organic and natural cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Sewage Sludge, Irradiation or Genetic Engineering. Instead, Organic Farmers use natural alternative methods and tools that help enhance soil quality and biodiversity and protect the air and water on which we depend. Who wouldn’t prefer their most intimate products to be made from only all organic and natural methods?

Chlorine/Dioxin  – Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate body parts. Dioxin is a chemical substance or resulting residue of the Chlorine bleaching process. It can stay within the fluff fibers of the product materials that come in contact with your body, leading to prolonged exposure to this toxic carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Maxim products are bleached through a safer process which uses Hydrogen-Peroxide, a natural and safe alternative to Chlorine.

Synthetics – When synthetics come in contact with the body they can create unfavorable conditions leading to allergy, irritation, discomfort, and even that slight discomfort you may have experienced recently with your conventional products.

Wood Fluff Pulp – A tree byproduct that is obtained by destroying natural forests.  Maxim products use cotton which  is a more renewable crop that can be harvested once a year, whereas trees take 6 – 12 years to grow. Also, once the trees are harvested and cut down, they go through a very harsh chemical treatment in order to break them down in to the cotton-like and looking absorbent core you’re used to seeing in other pads. Do not be fooled – even though it looks like cotton, it might not actually be cotton.

Fragrance – Many conventional feminine hygiene brands use irritants, such as Fragrances, which are not natural and can cause irritation and discomfort. The plastics, viscose, wood fluff pulp, perfume, super-absorbents and other petro-chemical fillers found in standard feminine hygiene products creates what’s called a “heat-dampness micro-climate” in the body, which is an ideal environment for encouraging the growth of bacteria, fungi and other irritation-causing subjects.

This week, enter our giveaway to win four Maxim products of your choice. Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate parts!

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