ok but not fabulous
Posted by IHeartIHerb on Jun 30, 2013
first of all, let me preface by saying that i want to like this brand - i love the packaging, the genesis/mission of the company, and the super clean ingredients. to their credit, and unlike a lot of brands here at iherb who bill themselves as "paraben free" "blahblahblah-free" but cheat and sneak in tons of toxic ingredients, acure is clean enough that you could practically eat it for breakfast. and i must say that i do like their "ultra-hydrating body lotion with coq10". but i was disappointed with this face cream. it's a bit expensive for what it is, the consistency is too thick (it sort of just sits on the skin in a shea butter/waxy way), it's not emollient enough for my skin, and i'm not in love with the lavender scent, as light and as lovely as it is (i just prefer unscented face creams as i find them irritating to my sensitive skin and they also sometimes clash with my perfume). i only bought this because the olivevitale coq10 night cream has been maddeningly out of stock for MONTHS now... and i lovelovelove that cream... so on a lark i thought i'd try this.... but i will not buy this again. i'll use the rest of the tube by mixing with a little jojoba oil.... and wait for olivevitale to restock...
there were ROCKS in my quinoa!! :-(
Posted by IHeartIHerb on Jun 30, 2013
i love quinoa but will buy another brand next time. the grain itself tasted fine but there were tiny gritty rocks particles throughout. i made it as a semolina replacement for a gluten-free north african couscous dinner and what a disaster! soooo unpleasant that every third chew produced that icky painful grit feeling. like having sand in your food. luckily i didn't break any teeth or fillings! YUCK!!!
best gluten-free pancakes ever! easy non-dairy tips below
Posted by IHeartIHerb on Dec 15, 2013
these are so delicious and so easy to make! just make sure you have eggs, butter (i used coconut oil), and milk on hand. as light and fluffy as regular wheat pancakes -- zero loss of flavor or texture or taste. i will never miss regular pancakes again! my only complaint is that the box is small - the bag/box is only half full and one box made about 6 large pancakes. my partner and i finished one box easily over breakfast. so if you have a big family or make 'cakes often, i recommend stocking up on this. i'm definitely ordering more and am going to experiment with blueberries and also crepes. update: today i tweaked the recipe by substituting 3/4 cup coconut milk for 1 cup regular milk and cutting the flour mix by substituting 1/8 cup of this mix with 1/8C of coconut flour. since canned coconut milk contains the cream as well as the oil, i eliminated the oil/butter that the instructions on the box require. these are approximate measurements so if you're reading this, please experiment and don't follow mine to the letter. the results were a teensy bit denser than when made with the traditional ingredients for the recipe on the box. hardly noticeable difference though. they were absolutely fabulous! no one had any idea that there was no milk and butter in the recipe - absolutely heart-healthy and perfect for vegans or people with dairy allergies. even if you're neither you will still love this non-dairy version.
my new favorite lip color
for the past ten years in my 30s, i've switched over to lipglosses which are very flattering. i stopped wearing lipstick due to the limited and unappealing range of colors in 'natural' lipsticks. the colors tend to look too heavy and unnatural and "aging". the natural/organic lipsticks tend to be really drab in color and tending to the beige/brown side which is really unflattering for me. i'm super delighted to have finally found a color that has a bit more 'blue' in it - the perfect shade of pink - not too bright and not too muted. very flattering for my medium tone skin and black hair. it's sheer enough that it doesn't scream "lipstick" and yet it adds great color to my look. it's got a great smooth and emollient consistency and a great matte look. but looks fabulous with a touch of clear gloss on top. it's nice to go through a dinner without losing my lip color (which is always what happens with lipglosses). fyi on my computer screen iherb's photo is showing this as a bright fuschia, which it is not. it's really a bit lighter, much more of a rosy pink color. gorgeous!
the best nontoxic body lotion out there
i use this as a face cream as well. after doing extensive research, this is the cleanest most truly synthetic chemical-free cream out there. read the ingredients - so plant-based you practically could eat this breakfast. i transfer this to a pump dispenser and add a few argan oil drops to make it slightly more emollient (i have very dry skin so that's just my preference - the product's fine without it). this is truly unscented which is really a welcome relief as i'm really getting tired of the super clever concoctions these organic companies are coming up with which is getting out of control and sometimes verges on the ridiculous ("vanilla-blood orange-sandalwood-hazelnut" ? i mean come on, do we really need to smell like a fruit and nut mix??).
JUST REORDERED! I LOVE THIS - PERFECT COLOR AND TEXTURE
Posted by IHeartIHerb on Nov 16, 2013
i just reordered another one of this within two weeks of the first purchase. i plan to stock up as it's so hard to find the right combination of flattering color, nontoxic ingredients AND moisturizing texture. bee's new lipstick, along with emani's plush lipstick, is my new favorite lip color! this is more of a lip STAIN than a stick. it's semi-opaque (or would that be semi-sheer?), almost the same opacity and texture as my other favorite lip balm/gloss, colorganics lip tint in "love" except that that one is more reddish whereas bee's redbud 6 is more rose or bubblegum pink. it looks like bright fuschia on my computer screen but don't be fooled - it's a lovely sheer and soft pink. i love this as an alternative to emani's plush color because it combines stick with gloss (whereas with emani i have to always apply gloss on top because it's too matte), so i don't have to carry both in my bag. wonderfully moisturizing and luscious without being gooey or greasy looking. i hope iherb never discontinues this item! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
great grey coverage but TOXIC ingredients! beware of PPD!
i was fooled into thinking this was more natural and safer than regular dyes. i was wrong. this has PPD (google it) which i only recently learned has been linked to bladder cancer and a plethora of allergic reactions - some of which i've been experiencing after several years of using this. i'm totally switching to henna/indigo and less toxic dyes like surya brasil.
wonderful scent but switching to less toxic brands
i'm gradually removing all the "green-washed" items from my life -- products which deceptively sell themselves as "natural" and "organic" and "free of xyz chemicals" and yet are still packed with questionable if not downright dangerous ingredients. this is one of them. although i love the jasmine scent and the nice consistency (not too oily, not to thin or thick), just look at this list of very non-organic-sounding things it contains: dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, amyl cinnamal, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl methylpropional, hydroxycitronellal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, and "fragrance" (probably synthetic). after scrutinizing the labels of most face creams, most of them have at least one risky or toxic ingredient. so i've concocted my own nontoxic face cream by using acure organics body lotion (excellent; one of the cleanest most nontoxic body lotions out there) mixed with a few drops of argan oil - this has been as good as any other face cream i've used. but will continue checking out the other face creams out there just for variety.
did nothing for me and watch out for gross additives
too many questionable additives; will not buy again.
not a fan of the plastic coating but otherwise GREAT product
Posted by IHeartIHerb on Dec 15, 2013
i've tried 3 other digestive enzyme brands and these are by far the BEST. they may seem a bit pricier but notice the higher level of enzymes per capsule compared with the cheaper brands which are often mostly questionable filler. also, unlike a lot of cheaper brands, they have the extra enzyme for processing gluten - and a decent amount, so you don't need to supplement with an extra gluten digesting capsule -- just in case there's some hidden gluten in my food (i was recently diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity). these are soooo essential as aiding digestion is the first step to good health. i wish there were non-cellulose versions of all of these capsules on the market. cellulose (especially enterically coated capsules) is essentially just plastic. otherwise i think these are pretty effective. can't be 100% sure what's going on down there in my gut but i seem to feel less bloated and tired after taking these with carb meals. i take 1-3 tablets depending on the amount of carbs in the meal and how i feel.
this is the best lip gloss! gorgeous color!
this is the perfect lip gloss - adds shine, sheer but noticeable enough, beautiful and flattering pink color, no gross or toxic ingredients. absolutely the best - i have been using this shade since 2005 or 6 and after eight years this still tops all the other newer trendier eco-glosses out there in terms of color and consistency. like most glosses it doesn't last forever - you need to reapply after an hour or so and always after eating and drinking. but totally worth it. i've got a stash of like 20 of these in case they ever discontinue this shad!
my favorite lip product - i carry this everywhere
the perfect lip gloss - great ingredients, not too greasy not too waxy, lovely light rosy red. color is sheer but substantial enough that it can replace lipstick. i'm going to order 20 of these in case they discontinue.