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top favorite brand of organic jojoba oil sold on iherb; excellent for complexion!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

23 people found the following review helpful

of the organic jojoba oils (100%, no additives) sold on iherb, here's my preference ranking, since sizes and prices are more-or-less pretty similar at the time of writing this: 1) desert essence = this would be my favorite, because the oil itself smells more lively and earthy (leading me to the assumption that it's somehow less refined). 2) aura cacia = my second favorite, good to purchase at least once, so you can keep refilling the nifty bottle (which has a great flip top that keeps it tidy and an excellent reducer hole so you don't spill out too much in one slosh). 3) now brand = oil seems fine, but no fancy bottle, no earthy liveliness. sorry, now, that makes you third. ...for what it's worth. regarding the product, organic jojoba oil itself has been an excellent boon to my skin care regime. i actually use very little else, even on my face, since it doubles as cleanser and moisturizer (google 'oil cleansing method'), and makes my skin happy. good luck finding what works best for you!

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one of my favorite things on this planet!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

4 people found the following review helpful

scrub-a-dub-dub. bring this into the tub. open its cute lid, hunt for the tiny little dirt scoop (for this is a powder still, as packaged). dump a scoop into the bowl/lid, add a squirt of organic jojoba oil (or not) and a few drops of warm water from the tap. stir with finger or handy scoop thingamajig for a few seconds. make a nice soft paste, not too dry or wet. smooth onto skin. look like you were rolling around in the mud with your dog. look like you are wearing intriguing coppery body paint. look like you live in an underground mud grotto. but only for a few minutes. perfect! rub it around lightly to exfoliate. let it soak in a bit til dry. rinse off gently... = glowing, lovely skin! amazingly lovely skin, really. it's very gentle on skin, and even if it gets in your eyes, it won't hurt 'em (i can vouch for that). and the benefits are wow. i'm all kinds of impressed is what i'm saying... try it yourself; they offer a smaller size here on iherb, if you want to get a sense for this formula before ordering the bigger size. soon enough you'll be back here, to pick up this large one. yup, it's that good... p.s. tub cleans up quickly with a squirt of castile soap (like dr. bronner's), if you make a royal mess... which is kind of hard not to do. it's part of the fun. come to think of it, kids would LOVE this -- an excellent bath-time incentive, if you've got to bribe 'em to get clean. healthy, radiant skin is a good enough incentive for me!

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yes, well... not my fave of the monoi oils.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

4 people found the following review helpful

i am a huge fan of the scent of sandalwood. i'm guessing they may use a synthetic fragrance oil or some kind of natural perfume oil blend or something in making this version (maybe since real sandalwood oil is costly and endangered/not eco-cool), but, consequently, this monoi oil doesn't smell at all like any kind of sandalwood to me. i just couldn't get myself to use this up slowly over time, b/c i didn't want to smell like this and then go out...ever. so, tonight, i took a bath, and floated the bottle in the tub until all the oil was liquified. then, i gave myself a really good hot oil hair treatment. used it all up. washed it out, glossy hair. empty bottle. good solution! now, i'm back to other monoi oils, like the gardenia one. mmm...

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one of my favorite things on this planet!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

8 people found the following review helpful

scrub-a-dub-dub. bring this into the tub. open its cute lid, hunt for the tiny little dirt scoop (for this is a powder still, as packaged). dump a scoop into the bowl/lid, add a squirt of organic jojoba oil (or not) and a few drops of warm water from the tap. stir with finger or handy scoop thingamajig for a few seconds. make a nice soft paste, not too dry or wet. smooth onto skin. look like you were rolling around in the mud with your dog. look like you are wearing intriguing coppery body paint. look like you live in an underground mud grotto. but only for a few minutes. perfect! rub it around lightly to exfoliate. let it soak in a bit til dry. rinse off gently... = glowing, lovely skin! amazingly lovely skin, really. it's very gentle on skin, and even if it gets in your eyes, it won't hurt 'em (i can vouch for that). and the benefits are wow. i'm all kinds of impressed is what i'm saying... try it yourself; they offer a larger size here on iherb, if you want to get a better deal on a product that may soon become a holy grail product for you, like it has for me. seriously, soon enough you'll be back here, to pick up the large one; it's that good... p.s. tub cleans up quickly with a squirt of castile soap (like dr. bronner's), if you make a royal mess... which is kind of hard not to do. it's part of the fun. come to think of it, kids would LOVE this -- an excellent bath-time incentive, if you've got to bribe 'em to get clean. healthy, radiant skin is a good enough incentive for me! wow!

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a simple solution for dry, tangle-prone hair

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

2 people found the following review helpful

not only does this smell divine, but a 1/4-teaspoon-sized amount, rubbed between your palms to emulsify it, can be patted onto wet hair after a shower. this seems to act as some kind of magical detangler and perfume all-in-one, and it's way better than pricy leave-in conditioners or styling lotions. i say this b/c i've been getting more compliments on my hair lately (plus, i've got thyroid issues galore, and good healthy hair isn't exactly our strong suit). by the way, don't worry about the odd brownish sediment you'll notice in your bottle. on a warm day, your lovely monoi coconut oil will melt and become translucent, showing you a formerly lovely pitate flower in the bottom of the bottle. when the oil is solid, however, it does look like your bottle may have been filled by a chocolate fiend. the look of it is a bit disconcerting until you realize it's just flowery bits that account for the dark sediment! the bits stay at the bottom, so their presence is not an issue in my experience, and they don't seem to muck up the oil. ok, essay complete!

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yuck + ick = i can't get it down often enough to benefit

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

3 people found the following review helpful

please let the citrus flavor taste better than this one. "berry splash" is very hard to drink, not because of vitamin-y taste (which it doesn't really have, thank heavens), but, rather, because the stevia in here makes it way beyond sickeningly sweet. and nothing we mixed it with cut down on that cloying sweetness one bit. so, just writing in to suggest going with citrus for anyone in doubt (though i haven't tasted it yet), because i'm thinking it ought to be better mixed with tart things (like ascorbic acid powder or grapefruit juice or lemon or something) than this flavor. blech.

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ooh i luuuuuurrrrv it! <3

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

this IS the holy grail lip balm for me. perfect smooth texture, slightly exotic (but mild) scent, neutral taste, clear appearance, easy and fun dispenser, good moisturizing capabilities, great ingredients, ethical company, fabulous price. done deal. yay!! finally.

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good mood-evening results!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

yay for perika. my boyfriend has seen great results with both this brand and kira. we've been under tremendous stress in the last several years and combining these two high-quality brands of st. john's wort with holy basil caps (and sometimes some ginseng caps for energy) has prevented him from needing prescription anti-depressants and/or mood stabilizers. i'm on the rx stuff, myself, but i wish i'd had the forethought to try these first beforehand. don't switch to and from Rx antidepressants before making sure s.t john's maoi similarities won't interfere with your health; washout is usually recommended. anyway, excellent stuff!

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smooth lip balm

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

this is a nice un-pigmented lip balm, thin and not waxy, more oily. i don't taste the honey listed in the ingredients, so it's not sweet or honey-flavored. so, boo. (burt's is better on that tip, if you care.) for a sheer lip balm, i prefer the karite shea butter lip balms, if i have a choice (especially the cardamom flavor). though more waxy, that brand has a bit more flavor (and natural!) going for it. this one just tastes like nothing, so if that's what you're after, you've found your balm!

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3rd favorite organic jojoba oil on iherb; fabulous for complexion issues

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

2 people found the following review helpful

fyi, ours came in the purple opaque NOW bottle with the silvery cap (and IS still organic). even though jojoba is quite shelf-stable, i like that it's currently being presented in a tinted bottle, instead. and the oil works famously. my boy and i use a small amount of organic jojoba to wash our faces (in very warm water); rubbed in, it seems to cleanse pores very well and rinses off to a soft feeling like you've already moisturized. (unless you don't rinse well enough, it's not at all greasy; google 'oil cleansing method'.) so, ultimately, you save $$ in not needing something extra for moisturizing afterward, and this does have mild SPF protection naturally (maybe an SPF of 8, i think?). one product, and depending on how you feel about sun-exposure, you're set. btw, we both have MUCH better complexions using jojoba as a cleanser than we did with natural face-washes and organic cleansers. i get compliments on my skin often, and i really think it's because of using minimal products; and of those i do use, keeping it natural, organic, simple, without many ingredients seems to be the way to go, for me. if you decide to try this as a face wash, look into finding the aura cacia organic jojoba oil for your first time (it comes with a really cool cap for dispensing extra tiny amounts), and you can just refill that bottle as needed, in the future buying whatever brand of organic jojoba suits your fancy and your wallet. EDIT: here's my review ranking iherb's organic jojoba offerings: of the organic jojoba oils (100% oil, no additives) sold on iherb, here's my preference ranking, since sizes and prices are more-or-less pretty similar: 1) desert essence = this would be my favorite, because the oil itself smells more lively and earthy (leading me to the assumption that it's somehow less refined, but that could be wrong). 2) aura cacia = my second favorite, good to purchase at least once, so you can keep refilling the nifty bottle (which has a great flip top that keeps it tidy, and an excellent reducer hole so you don't spill out too much in one slosh). 3) now brand = oil seems fine, but no fancy bottle, no earthy liveliness. sorry, now, that makes you third choice.

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fabulous balm!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

this lip balm got me to login here to leave a review, when my normal inclination is to love my new find and just be lazy. with many iherb orders, i get a new lip balm to try, since i've never found one i totally love. this is it. this balm has got a smoother-than-smoooooth texture, even with its high cocoa butter content. it's somehow orange (in a natural way), which leads to a bit of a sensory disconnect when you taste the dusky cacao flavor. it's not cocoa butter chalky (seriously not trying to dis cocoa butter, but...!!); it's very moist. the tube is oddly large but i'm loving that aspect of it. it's got excellent ingredients, earned itself a strong vote from the boyfriend in the kiss taste test, and managed to make me think it's somehow "sexy" ...even with a badger waving a magic wand on the label. the litsea does make it kind of lemony, but i don't mind it not tasting of pomegranate, as long as the benefits are there. so i'm happy. try it once and see if you might be!

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so much more convenient than horsepills!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

this is the first time i've tried ascorbic acid powder vs. a time-released version of vitamin c, usually 1000 mg per mega-tablet x a handful of tabs. i was pleasantly surprised that i could megadose with c much easier with the powder than with gagging down a handful of huge horsepills. soooooo much more convenient and palatable. and i could imagine it making a pretty good mock-lemonade as a way to get a lot of vit. c down without extensive puckering at the sourness. yay! i like this stuff! (edited to add: also, we're both already seeing really good complexion improvements taking it internally - only one serving a day. excited to make my own 'vit c serum' with it as well!)

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