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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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15
OCT

4 Nutrients You Need For Younger Looking Skin

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

 

Let’s face it, no one wants to grow old. If there was a magic serum to stay young and beautiful forever, everyone would want a bottle. While this may sound like make believe, science and research shows that certain nutrients can, in fact, slow down the aging clock. Olympian Lab’s Optimal Blend Skin Support can help nurture and support your skin with these four ingredients.

Hyaluronic Acid – As we age, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid begins to slow down. This molecule is responsible for the skin’s moisture. Hyaluronic acid helps rehydrate the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

DMAE – This ultra-firming ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties which provide a lift to aging skin and improves elasticity. This nutrient works best when applied topically and taken as a supplement.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – Considered one of the most powerful antioxidants, this compound is fat-soluble and can prevent free radical damage from occurring inside the cell. As we age, the cell’s natural defenses begin to decline, but ALA reduces the damage that results in wrinkles.

Grape Seed Extract – Another antioxidant powerhouse, grape seed extract is rich in fatty acids that are important for maintaining a cell’s structure. Plus, it’s astringent-like properties tone and tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.

LuckyVitamin is offering an exclusive deal with Olympian Labs. When you purchase Optimal Blend Skin Support you’ll receive a FREE 1.7 oz. serum. Both products promote youthful looking skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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12
OCT

13 Deadly Toxins in Your Make-Up

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Looking to shop make-up products? Be careful! Many products contain hazardous chemicals ingredients that can be dangerous to your health. Here’s a list of 13 deadly toxins to avoid in your make-up, cosmetic, and personal care products.

1- Parabens: commonly used in makeup, this toxic ingredient may interfere with hormone function and it has been associated with breast cancer. Look out for ingredients with “pararaben” in their name such as methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, or ethylparaben.

2- BHA and BHT: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are widely used as preservatives in makeup products, lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. BHA and BHT are closely related synthetic antioxidants known to induce allergic reactions in the skin, cause cancer, and interfere with hormone function.

3- Siloxanes (Cyclomethicone): these silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics and facial treatments to soften, smooth, and moisten. It can interfere with hormone function, may impair human fertility, and damage the liver. Check for ingredients ending with the word siloxane such as cyclotetrasiloxane.

4- DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA: widely used in moisturizers and makeup products. DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy but are known to cause skin irritation. DEA also acts as a pH adjuster, counteracting the acidity of other ingredients.

5- Parfum and Synthetic fragrances: widely used, even in some products marketed as “unscented”. Mixture of chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.

6. PEGs: these petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases and may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which can cause cancer.

7. Petrolatum: used in a variety of make-up products, as well as lip balm/lipstick, and skin care products. Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers that can be contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.

8. Mineral Oil: often used in beauty treatments products, mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which may clog the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Its solvent properties are used on cleansers that are intended to use in removing oil-based makeup and in removing the accumulated dust and dirt on oily skin types.

9. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used in cosmetics as a detergent, SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. SLS may damage liver, irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract.

10- Dibutyl Phthalate or DBP: often found in nail products and some hair sprays, this toxic to reproduction may interfere with hormone function. DBP’s are commonly hidden on ingredient labels under the term “fragrance”.

11. Heavy Metals: heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel can build up in the body over time and are known to cause many health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems; memory loss, cardiovascular, kidney and renal problems; headaches, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea; among many others. Multiple conventional cosmetic products such as foundation, mascaras, lipsticks, tints, glosses contain multiple heavy metals.

12.  Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: widely used in moisturizers, formaldehyde is known for causing cancer. Look out for ingredient such as DMDM Hydantoin, Daizolidinyl Urea, and Methenamine.

13. Coal Tar Dyes: Labeled as P-phenylenediamine, this toxic is known to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Coal tar-derived colors are used extensively in cosmetics, generally identified by a five-digit Color Index (C.I.) number.

 

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Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. – Eyeliner Chocolate Brown – 0.04 oz.
Jason Natural Products – Makeup Remover Quick Clean – 75 Pad(s)
Honeybee Gardens – Truly Natural Mascara Espresso – 0.2 oz.

 
10
OCT

Animal Testing – It Ain’t Pretty

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

 

When shopping for cosmetics, most women look for products to give them a shine-free appearance, longer eye lashes or a plump pout. What you probably don’t think about is whether or not this product was tested on animals.

Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require animal testing for cosmetics, and alternative testing methods are widely available and often lead to more reliable results. Before you make your next cosmetics purchase, here’s a few facts about animal testing that you should know from dosomething.org:

1. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year.

2. 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.

3. Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

4. Up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested.

5. It’s mandatory for all products to be tested on animals in China. Meanwhile, the European Union issued a ban on the sale of new cosmetics that are tested on animals.

Don’t be cruel. Choose natural and organic beauty products that bear the leaping bunny symbol and contact your favorite beauty brands to ask them to stop testing on animals if they do.

 

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6
OCT

Acure Skin, Body and Hair Care: Battling Breast Cancer with Better Choices

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Personal Care,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

On average, women use a dozen personal care products containing 168 chemical ingredients every day.  Manufactures claim levels are too low to cause harm, however, low levels layered on everyday, add up. When one third of personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer and up to 80% of products may contain one or more hidden hazards that are not even listed on product labels, it is no wonder that the likelihood of a woman being confronted with breast cancer in their lifetime has risen to 1 in 8. Fortunately, recent studies show that breast cancer is linked to several environmental and genetic factors, which can be controlled or mitigated. Using clean personal care is an amazing first step.

Acure is a family owned and operated company, founded on sustainable principles, to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Kristy and Jon Guerra founded Acure as a way to honor Kristy’s grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years.

“I wanted to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while also providing healthy products that promote healthier living and a greener planet,” says Kristy.

In addition to creating clinically proven effective formulas that steer women away from cancer-causing ingredients, Acure also donates 5% of their skin care proceeds to Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. They arm young women with knowledge, options and a great attitude, and offer companionship and empathy during their journey.

Acure continues their commitment to clean, healthy, clinically proven effective products, as they extend the facial and body care line to include hair care.  These formulas are salon tested for maximum performance, using the finest natural, organic and fair trade ingredients available, leaving out the parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal bi-products and synthetic fragrances found in most shampoos and conditioners.  Acure uses cutting edge plant stem cell technology to address specific hair concerns at the root and follicle level.  Argan plant stem cells extracted from the Moroccan argan tree, famous for its prized argan nut oil, are the first active stem cells with proven effect on real dermal stem cells. In the skin, argan stem cells support the dermal stem cells in their regenerating potential, accelerating the skin’s natural repair process. In the hair, they strengthen the follicle connection between the hair fiber and the follicle itself, promoting healthy hair retention and growth.

Not only is plant stem cell technology impactful to the skin and hair, it also has far reaching positive impact to the environment in that it supports preservation and availability of the most rare plant species for generations to come. Argan plant stem cells are 100% non-GMO, free from herbicides, pesticides and fungicides and organically extracted.

Acure’s Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner not only embody these dynamic little buds of gold but also folds in organic Moroccan argan oil and CoQ10 to support keratin production and strengthen the follicle connection, rich avocado oil, which provides vitamin B12 and moisture, while lemongrass cleanses and clarifies.  All of our shampoos and conditioners are vegan, gluten free and color safe, plus for each hair care product Acure sells, they donate 10 cents to Water.Org. Water.org provides underdeveloped communities with sustainable, sanitary water sources through local partnership, technology and education.

Try them all and fall in love with the results while making a healthy choice that supports the fight against breast cancer!

 

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1
OCT

What’s In Your Pocket?

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

You might not be thinking about it every time you reach in your pocket to grab your chap stick, but this common lip remedy can contain many chemical toxins. Ingredients such as petroleum jelly, parabens, camphor, mineral oil, Polyphenylmethylsiloxane 556, petrolatum, artificial fragrances and flavors as well as D&C red no. 6, can be found in many lip balms on the market today.

Although it’s a natural product, petroleum is toxic to the body. Petroleum jelly is a by-product of oil refining and is supposed to be free of carcinogens depending on the refining process and purity of the jelly. Parabens are another common topic when discussing any beauty or personal care product. These chemicals are used as preservatives to prevent the growth of microbes. They can be absorbed through the skin, blood and digestive system. Common health concerns for parabens include: endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity, and cancer. Camphor, a waxy substance derived from the camphor tree, has been classified as toxic known for potentially causing nausea, vomiting, seizures and in small children, can even cause fatal poisoning.

Chap sticks found on LuckyVitamin usually contain beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.  These key ingredients seal in moisture and don’t come with some of the risks that those other chemicals do. Burt’s Bees, EOS, Acure and Mode De Vie are just some of our most popular brands and products. Make sure to always read the ingredient label so you can ensure you’re keeping your body safe and avoiding these common toxic compounds.

 

 

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26
SEP

What’s New? Trilogy

Filed Under: Personal Care,Women's Health at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of beauty products to our customers: Trilogy.

Trilogy offers a variety of skincare products created from simple and unique blends of the purest natural plant oils and botanical extracts. Trilogy has an international reputation for producing ethical, sustainable, high-performance natural skincare. Trilogy believes true beauty is real beauty and creates efficient natural skincare products to help you feel good about your skin, feel good about life and when you feel good about life, good things happen. The company does not promise perfection but Trilogy skincare will help you achieve your best, most radiant complexion naturally.

Only the purest natural plant oils, extracts and actives make it into Trilogy products for hair care and body care. More than 100 raw ingredients are used and one can trace every one of them back to source. All ingredients used are non-GMO, sustainably produced and fairly traded. The company keeps it simple, pure, and vital as all ingredients used work in perfect harmony to restore and maintain the natural vitality and radiance of skin.

Additionally, Trilogy skincare is a Choose Cruelty Free accredited company. From the very beginning, animal testing has been off the cards entirely and the company does not test ingredients, product prototypes or finished products on animals, working closely with ingredient suppliers to ensure they are aware of the company’s values and policies. Trilogy is also supporting and being fully involved in local communities and causes. Whether it’s a charity, community event, play group or school activity, Trilogy likes to help wherever possible.

You can save even more on these fantastic new products from Trilogy Skincare at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code ‘SEP14NEW15′ to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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Trilogy – Vital Moisturising Cream – 2 oz.
Trilogy – Balancing Face Lotion – 3.3 oz.
Trilogy – Ultra Hydrating Face Cream – 2.5 oz.

 
23
SEP

#ExpoEast – Bring More Health to More People

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods,Nutrition,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

The natural products industry is on the rise. With so many choices and niches to explore, it’s no wonder that people are becoming more enlightened and inquisitive about what ingredients are in their food and personal care items.

Here at LuckyVitamin, we want to be your go to for all things natural and organic. In order to keep up with the trends, we attended the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD to learn about new products and hot trends in the industry.

Here’s what’s new from the brands you love:

Badger Balm – Coming this November, Badger’s men’s line of personal care products. USDA Certified Organic & 100% natural grooming products for men. Soothe, refresh, restore and improve your skin and hair naturally.

Ways Out Wax – Just in time for the holidays, Way Out Wax’s Buddha Beeswax Ornament is perfect for setting your intention and practicing mindfulness. Their waxes are 100% natural and biodegradable. Plus, they use 100% soy wax in all of their container candles.

Nutiva   – O’Coconut snacks from Nutiva are crafted from lightly sweetened organic coconut flakes and have only 60 calories each. You can start noshing on these tasty treats in late November.

New brands coming soon in 2015:

Cultures For Health – A wide selection of starter cultures and supplies available including those that can get you started on making traditional foods such as kefir, yogurt, sourdough and more.

Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips – Made from only sustainably grown, organic seaweed and other real, gluten-free ingredients, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are baked, taste great, and are packed with six grams of protein and loads of Vitamin A, B12, Folic Acid and essential minerals like potassium, manganese and iodine.

Beard Balm – Beard Balm makes beards happy. Good for your face, good for the earth, quality-controlled and endurance-tested on real beards. Warning: May cause excessive beard. Natural. Local. Awesome. Handcrafted in Detroit!

Mediterra – Mediterra has created a healthy option to complement the accelerated pace of modern life. Inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra’s savory nutrition bars are made from all-natural ingredients such as nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and fiber-packed grains and seeds. Healthy and delicious. What’s not to love?

Follow us on social to keep up-to-date with the newest brands and products!

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22
SEP

What’s New? Jeffrey James Botanicals

Filed Under: Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to announce the addition of another top-quality brand of natural personal care products to our customers: Jeffrey James Botanicals.

Jeffrey James Botanicals offers a unique line of elegant, natural products created with the finest organic actives, organic botanicals and beautifying minerals. All ingredients are handpicked and hand crafted to deliver stunning results. The company believes that customers should be able to look in the mirror after one day and see a difference of using their products.  Jeffrey James Botanicals’ products are designed to leave you feeling healthier about yourselves, knowing you are nourishing your skin and taking great care of yourself.

Jeffrey James believes that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in. If your body is a temple, why would you ever want to put chemicals or toxins in or on it? With that in mind, every ingredient in every product is hand selected for its organic purity, delicious smell, healing properties and how well it absorbs into the skin. This should start with making a conscious decision to use organic naturally pure products that allows your skin, your face, and your light to shine.

Jeffrey James was created with the desire to help others look and feel amazing about their health and themselves. The company’s luxury, organic products are created and developed to promote radiant skin and radiant health.

You can save even more when you shop Jeffrey James products at LuckyVitamin.com. Click here and check all our specials for products of this new brand.

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Jeffrey James Botanicals – The Eye Creme – 0.5 oz.
Jeffrey James Botanicals – The Eye Gel – 0.5 oz.
Jeffrey James Botanicals – The Serum Deeply Hydrating Facial Serum – 2 oz.

 
17
SEP

Amazing Body Oils

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

One of the best ways to keep your skin properly moisturized is to use body oils regularly. Not as popular as body lotions, body oils are an excellent alternative and offer additional benefits to keep your skin moisturized while relaxing your mind and improving your body’s overall health.

Body oils are smooth, thick and highly concentrated liquids that are usually clear in color and enhance the appearance and quality of skin. The best body oils are organic, free of chemicals and extracted from roots, fruits, flowers and leaves. Some people avoid using body oil because they believe oil and skin don’t mix, often leaving the body greasy. In fact, body oils actually enhance the quality of your skin because they soak quickly and deeply into skin to leave it moisturized for longer periods of time.

Massaging your skin with body oils may help to improve your overall health by reducing aches and pains and decreasing stress. Some body oils contain special blends of ingredients designed to target specific areas of your body. For example, some oils help to relieve upset stomachs while others improve circulation, alleviate pain in sore muscles and relieve stiff joints. Many of the benefits of body oils relate to their use in massage therapy. Body oils make it easier to rub and massage skin, causing less friction and discomfort when a masseuse manipulates your body tissue.

Additionally, body oils are perfect for Swedish massage techniques to calm the nervous system and increase nutritive circulation in the skin. In addition to helping alleviate everyday aches and pains, studies have shown that massage lessens stiffness and increases the function of joints for those suffering from osteoarthritis.

Lastly, body oils are more economical than lotions. This might seem contradictory because the best body oils are more expensive than lotions, but remember that a little body oil goes a long way and you used much less than lotion for each session, saving some money on the long run. You only need to use a little bit of oil to cover a lot of skin and moisturize skin effectively. While it might take several pumps of body lotion to quench your skin’s thirst, a tiny dollop of body oil will be sufficient in covering most of your body.

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Bathtime Baby – Purely Pampered Massage Oil – 4 oz.
Via Nature – Skin Care Oil Grape Seed – 4 oz.
California Baby – Aromatherapy Massage Oil All Natural Calming – 4.5 oz.

 
25
AUG

What’s New? My Konjac Sponge

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
My Konjac Sponge

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary 100% eco-friendly product to our customers: My Konjac Sponge.

My Konjac Sponge offers unique sponges which are soft, gentle, safe and yet can provide a very deep skin cleaning without damaging skin. Made with superior quality, My Konjac Sponge products are made to the very highest of standards, using the purest volcanic rock filtered water, and 100% food grade konjac fiber, a pure vegetable fiber taken from the root of the Amorphophallus Konjac plant. The company selects only the best quality ingredients and every product contains no fragrances, artificial colors, preservatives, parabens, or any other additives that are known for causing cancer and other diseases.

Inspired in traditional Japanese sponges, My Konjac Sponges are highly effective at cleaning skin. A great deal of research has gone into My Konjac Sponge to provide you the ultimate in purity and quality. Even people with the most sensitive skin, including infants, are able to use this smooth, pure, and 100% natural product. All products carry the Leaping Bunny logo, the highest standard of cruelty-free status in the cosmetics industry.

The company also takes pride in the environmental responsibility by handcrafting products which are all vegan (registered with the Vegan Society), natural and free of chemicals that can harm the environment. All products are biodegradable and every material used in the packaging is recyclable. My Konjac Sponge is no ordinary sponge. Try it for yourself and you’ll see its power to gently cleanse your skin like no other product you’ve ever used.

Save even more when you shop My Konjac Sponge products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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My Konjac Sponge – All Natural Fiber 6 Wave Konjac Body Sponge Fragrance Free
My Konjac Sponge – All Natural Konjac Face Sponge with Added French Green Clay
My Konjac Sponge – All Natural Konjac Baby Bath Sponge Fragrance Free

 
20
AUG

What’s New? Pur Gum

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of natural, great-tasting chewing gum to our customers: Pur Gum.

Pur Gum offers a unique selection of aspartame-free gum products. The company has developed this exclusive great-tasting chewing gum using only the highest quality ingredients available. Pur Gum has become the number one selling aspartame-free gum worldwide since the initial launch in 2010. The company’s philosophy is to make simple substitutions by eliminating chemical sweeteners thus providing consumers with optimal health, and confidence in chewing gum.

Pur Gum products are vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, nut-free, diabetic friendly and dairy free. Swiss made, Pur Gum products are made without chemicals or artificial sweeteners, and only sweetened with xylitol, a natural sweetener derived from corn fibers grown in Europe. Pur Gum contains absolutely no animal ingredients, and is 100% certified Vegan.  Aspartame is the man-made, synthetic sweetener found in most sugar-free gums, beverages, and candies. This food additive has been linked to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, mood change, vomiting, nausea, and change in heart rate. Pur Gum is completely aspartame-free, sweetened instead with Xylitol, an all-natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables.

Xylitol is good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Xylitol looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, and has the same sweetness as sugar, making it the ideal natural sugar replacement. Each Pur Gum contains one gram of Xylitol and only 2.4 calories per gram.

Pur Gum is available in four mouthwatering flavors: spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen and pomegranate mint.

Save even more when you shop Pur Gum products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Pur Gum – Sugar Free Chewing Gum Spearmint – 9 Piece(s)
Pur Gum – Sugar Free Chewing Gum Peppermint – 9 Piece(s)
Pur Gum – Sugar Free Chewing Gum Pomegranate Mint – 60 Piece(s)
Pur Gum – Sugar Free Chewing Gum Wintergreen – 60 Piece(s)

 
1
AUG

Stop the Stink Naturally

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably heard about how the deodorants commonly found at your local grocery store are filled with nasty stuff that can cause Alzheimers’s, birth defects and multiple types of cancers. Before you make your next purchase, be sure to check out the label and try to avoid the following ingredients:

The main ingredient in antiperspirants is aluminum. This metal helps prevent sweat from leaving your pores and has been linked to breast cancer in women and Alzheimer’s in men. Another toxic component is propylene glycol – a petroleum-based product that easily penetrates the skins and acts as a wetting agent. It can cause cancer and contains toxins that disrupt reproductive function.

Other chemicals to watch out for include Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan, Diproplyene Glycol, 1 PEG-14 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG – 18/18 Dimethicone and PEG-8 Distearate. I know this may seem confusing (unless you’re a chemist) but when in doubt check out Environmental Working Group’s  site for a list of natural deodorant brands that are safe to use.

Before you make the switch to the au naturale route there are a few things you should know. For the first 7-14 days your body will go through an adjustment period – ie, you might stink during this time. But have no fear; your body is merely detoxing years of accumulated toxins that have burrowed themselves in your underarm areas. During this time it’s best to wear loose, breathable fabrics to prevent your perspiration from sticking to your body. Also, try to reduce your intake of red meat. Recent studies revealed those who have a higher consumption of red meat have an increased likelihood of sweating. Also, try to stay away from processed foods, opting instead for a more plant-based, whole foods diet. While showering, rub a sugar scrub on your armpits to exfoliate the top layer of skin and speed up the detox period.

Remember, everyone’s body is different and what works for you may not work for somebody else. Keep trying different brands and feel good about your decision to stop the stink naturally!

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21
JUL

What’s New? Kind Soap

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Personal Care at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Kind Soap Company.

Kind Soap Company offers a variety of personal care products created with the highest quality natural ingredients without sacrificing the effectiveness of these “healthier” products. The company uses various organic and wild harvested ingredients and the label listing is always complete and 100% guaranteed, unlike many companies that “legally” omit ingredients and preservatives that fall below .5% of the product formula.

Kind Soap Company philosophy is to always be kind in three different ways: kind to your skin, kind to the earth, and kind to others. Kind to the skin means never formulating a product with known skin irritants like sulfates and synthetic fragrance, hormone disruptors, and carcinogenic chemicals commonly found in traditional body care products. No parabens, formaldehyde-releasing agents, or any other suspicious preservatives will ever be used in any Kind Soap products. Only pure, non-solvent-extracted essential oils are used to give the products their wonderful scents, and natural botanicals, spices and naturally mined pigments are used for color.

Being Kind to the earth involves eco-conscious decisions about packaging and processes. The goal is to reduce deforestation and depletion of natural resources by utilizing tree-free labels, water free printing, and vegetable based inks. Kind Soap wants to reduce toxic emissions and polluted air and water by using only biodegradable product ingredients, and wind energy for printing as well as minimizing the ever-growing mounds of non-biodegradable trash on land and sea by reusing and recycling of all packaging. Lastly, be kind to others. A portion of every product sold goes to the Autism Speaks organization, in addition to funding many other worthy organizations through product sales and donations throughout the year.

You can save even more on all these fantastic new products from Kind Soap Company. Just enter promo code JULY14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Kind Soap Co. – Artisan Aromatherapy Bar Soap Wild Lemongrass – 4.5 oz.
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What’s New? Moon Valley Organics

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 2:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Moon Valley Organics.

Moon Valley Organics offers herbal products developed with the intention to nourish and heal your body, mind, and spirit, as well as to care for the Earth. The company started in 1998 conceived out of a passion to live ethically and sustainably. Today, that enthusiasm carries forth from the ingredients from a certified organic, biodynamic farm to the traditional knowledge from a family of artisan farmers, herbalists and beekeepers. Each element coming together to create amazing products made from the best things on Earth.

Moon Valley Organics formulates unique blends of medicinal salves, which combine western herbs with traditional Chinese medicinal ingredients. The bulk of ingredients are grown and processed in the Cascadia Bioregion, meeting high standards of integrity, quality and sustainability. The company grows 100% USDA certified organic, sustainably farmed herbs using biodynamic practices. They are carefully dried, processed, and packaged on site. What they can’t grow, it’s sourced from local organic farms and suppliers who support fair trade and (RAN) Rainforest Action Network.

Moon Valley Organics is also fully committed to green packaging, using only materials that will do the least harm to the planet. All packaging is BPA-free, 100% recyclable and made from the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled material available.

You can get five times Lucky Reward Points when you shop Moon Valley Organics products at LuckyVitamin.com. Five points based on normal point ratio of one point earned per $1 spent. Actual points offered are displayed on item detail page for each item. Click here for more information on LuckyRewards program.

Additionally, you can save extra on all these fantastic new products from Moon Valley Organics. Just enter the promo code JULY14NEW15 for an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Moon Valley Organics – Foaming Herbal Hand Soap 3x Refill Pouch Orange Spice – 10.7 oz.
Moon Valley Organics – Moon Melt Lotion Bar – 1.9 oz.
Moon Valley Organics – Rejuvenating Rub – 1.7 oz.

 
 
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