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LessSugarNaturally

Savouring Life with Less Sugar Naturally

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I'm a mom, wife, "food detective" and blogger learning to live with Less Sugar Naturally. A little research about processed foods and learning tricks with real foods (like dates, stevia, spices, whole foods and a touch of sugar) was all it took to convince me to embrace a less processed life...not to mention a little humor and balance. My health improved immediately and I've never looked back. Convincing my family was a challenge, but the right products made a big difference. I really do love iherb. It allows me to save money on my stevia products, spices and low-toxicity beauty products at a savings of 25-50% off local prices. I hope you don't mind my very detailed honest reviews. I do a lot of research and testing for my blog and like to include my findings here. If you are new to iherb, feel free to use my coupon code listed above to save money off your first order! I live in Canada and receive my orders between 1-2 weeks. So far, I haven’t had to pay any additional duties.

My Reviews

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My favourite mint lip balm

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

I recently decided to switch out all my beauty products to non-toxic products. I purchased 3 different lip balms to replace my "toxic" medicated peppermint lip balm ..... "Sierra Bees Organic Mint Burst", "Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Organic" and "Burt's Bees Beeswax". All three use beeswax as a base and peppermint to flavour. The main difference is in the oils each uses. The Sierra Bees uses olive. Dr. Bronners uses jojoba/avocado, whereas Burt's uses coconut/sunflower oil. I really liked all three but Burt's has a long ingredients list including soy and canola, so I won't be buying it again. The remaining two are both organic and great products. If I had to pick my favorite it would be the Sierra Bees as the addition of spearmint gives it a really great taste. It also has the shortest ingredient list and is the cheapest. I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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Great lip balm!

Posted on Sep 14, 2013

I recently decided to switch out all my beauty products to non-toxic products. I purchased 4 different lip balms to replace my "toxic" medicated peppermint lip balm ..... "Sierra Bees Organic Mint Burst" and the "Vanilla Beeswax", "Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Organic" and "Burt's Bees Beeswax". All use beeswax as a base. The main difference is in the oils each uses. The Sierra Bees uses olive. Dr. Bronners uses jojoba/avocado, whereas Burt's uses coconut/sunflower oil. I really like that Sierra Bees is organic and has a short ingredient list. It's also the cheapest. I like the vanilla, but prefer the "mint". I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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Great lip balm, short and clean ingredient list.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013

I recently decided to switch out all my beauty products to non-toxic products. I purchased lip balms from 3 different brands to replace my "toxic" medicated peppermint lip balm ..... "Sierra Bees Organic, "Dr. Bronner's Organic" and "Burt's Bees Beeswax". All use beeswax as a base. The main difference is in the oils each uses. The Sierra Bees uses olive. Dr. Bronners uses jojoba/avocado, whereas Burt's uses coconut/sunflower oil. I really like that Sierra Bees is organic and has a short ingredient list. It's also the cheapest. I really like the cocoa butter. I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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Wonderful non-toxic nail polish

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

I chose this product because it rates really well....a "2" for toxicity with the EWG. I've always been really sensitive to the toxic smell of conventional nail polish, almost getting an instant headache from them. I thought my nail polish days were over. SMELL.....First of all, this nail polish did have a smell. It reminded me of water-based latex paint. The smell quickly dissipated though and it didn't send me running for fresh air like most conventional nail polish. INGREDIENTS....Keeki's nail polish DO NOT use any Toluene, Formaldehyde nor Acetone. That makes me very happy to use them! DURABILITY....I used 2 coats of nail polish and 1 layer of the Keeki top coat. I didn't use the base coat. A week later....no chips...my nails are still flawless and beautiful! I am really impressed! COLOR....Most of the Keeki colors are bright and youthful. I'm pretty conservative and like simple shades that go with classic looks. I love this shade as well as the "Hot cocoa" shade. They go with everything. My teen daughter attempted to steal both. I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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Love the smell. Love the ingredients. One of my favourite hair products!

Posted on Sep 14, 2013

I love this shampoo. I was apprehensive at first because of the strong smell but it's become one of my favourite hair products. It reminds me of a summer night in my mother-in-laws garden (that's a good thing :) ). Along with the honeysuckle conditioner it leaves my hair soft and curly. It doesn't irritate my scalp like my old shampoos did. I prefer the honeysuckle line to Aubrey's peppermint line, which I found a bit drying. There are no sulfates in this shampoo which is great. This shampoo does produce a bit of lather, Sometimes a second application will give you that lather satisfaction. Most of Aubrey's shampoos score a 3 or a 4 on the Environmental Working Group skin deep database. This seems to be due to an error as Retinol (a from of vitamin A) is listed as an ingredient. This ingredient is a bit controversial because of how it degrades when exposed to the sun. However, I noticed that most Aubrey shampoo bottles now list beta-carotene instead of retinol. Beta-carotene is another form of vitamin A.....which, in the body, gets converted into retinol. According to EWG, beta-carotene seems to be safer for use on the skin. I asked Aubrey about this and they confirmed to me that indeed they use the beta-carotene from of vitamin A and not retinol. My guess is that this product rates closer to a 2 or 3. I've looked at each ingredient and am satisfied with them. I rotate between Dr.Bronner's products and Aubrey's products and my hair has never felt and behaved better! I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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Love the smell. Happy with the ingredients. One of my favourite conditioners.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013

I love Aubrey's honeysuckle shampoo and conditioner. I was apprehensive at first because of the strong honeysuckle smell but it's become one of my favourite hair products. I had pretty frizzy unruly hair at one time. This conditioner leaves my hair soft and curly. It doesn't irritate my scalp like my old hair products did. Aubrey's conditioners are thick and luxurious. I found the honeysuckle conditioner to be the easiest to dispense. You might find that you need to dilute this conditioner, especially for the first few uses. I just use a squeeze bottle with added water. There are no silicones in this conditioner so it doesn't create a build up. This product scores a 2 on the Environmental Working Group skin deep database. I've looked at all the ingredients and feel good about using this conditioner. I rotate between Dr.Bronner's hair products and Aubrey's products and my hair has never felt and behaved better! I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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One of the few flavoured stevia products I like!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

I’ve been using stevia products since January 2012 and have done a lot of baking and research about it. The stevia leaf has about 10 components. SweetLeaf's sweetdrops are made with the FDA approved sweetener "High purity steviol glycoside extract" which is made from 2 components of the stevia leaf....approximately equal parts Stevioside and Reb A. There are more refined stevia products out there and also more whole forms of stevia. Flavored Liquid Stevia Extract is simply stevia extract with added flavors, spices in such small amounts that they are not required to be listed in the ingredients. To be honest, after months of experimenting, I'm not a big fan of flavoured stevia from any company. I much prefer using natural flavours in my baking and beverages. That said, the Chocolate Sweetdrops are one of three flavoured stevia products I buy regularly. I use it in my chocolatey greek yogurt and chocolate chip cookies. I did compared SweetLeaf's Chocolate Sweetdrops and NuNaturals Cocoa Bean Extract in my cookie recipes. SweetLeaf is milder but sweeter. NuNaturals has a much more intense...deep cocoa taste. In fact, you can actually see the cocoa settling on the bottom of the NuNaturals bottle. I think this one comes down to chocolatey bitterness preference. The other two flavoured stevia products I love: NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia (Check on my review) and NuNaturals Peppermint Stevia. I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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The best Vanilla Stevia!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

I actually compared this product with SweetLeaf's Vanilla creme. To be honest, I've never been a fan of flavoured stevia products. I prefer to use natural flavours. I also tried some of the "soda" flavoured stevia by SweetLeaf. The whole family thought they tasted awful and like artificial sweeteners. That said, I was shocked when I found myself loving the taste of this Nunaturals Alcohol-Free Vanilla stevia. 20 drops in 500ml of carbonated water makes a delicious vanilla-cream soda with no funny taste! NuNaturals uses Singing Dog Vanilla. You can even smell the difference between the SweetLeaf and NuNaturals vanilla stevia brands. NuNaturals Vanilla is the clear winner here! I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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Great conditioner with some reservations

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

I recently decided to switch out all my beauty products to non or low-toxic products. I purchased this conditioner because it scores a "2" with the EWG and doesn't contain any ingredients I don't want. The first time I used Aubrey's conditioners, I found it really thick, "claylike" and hard to dispense. Now, to avoid waste, I simply add a capful of conditioner to a squeeze bottle (ketchup/mustard bottle bought at a restaurant supply store), along with a cup of warm water and give it a good shake. I pour half on my head, comb it through and then pour on the remaining half. I rinse the bottle out and it's ready for the next use. This conditioner left my normally very dry fine frizzy hair silky smooth. To be honest, I wasn't crazy about the rosemary smell of this conditioner. I much prefer Aubrey Island Naturals Conditioner. However, the peppermint does leave the head feeling really refreshed and the smell is gone when the hair is dry. I just felt that it left my hair a little drier than my other organic conditioners. This conditioner was $4 cheaper here on iherb than buying it locally in Canada. I figure each bottle has about 20 uses. I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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Good product but prefer another.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

I purchased this product because it scores a "2" for toxicity with the EWG. Because of the natural oils, you have to use these "natural" leave in conditioners sparingly...just a pea size amount in the palms and finger comb through focusing on the ends. This product helps make my hair curlier and bouncy and tames the frizzies. To be honest, I prefer Bronner's hair creme, but I like to alternate products on my hair so I use both. I live in Canada and have received all of my iherb orders within 2 weeks. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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I'd rather have the real thing...

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

I'm a bit stumped. The texture is strange and the taste is slightly bitter. That said, it's a very unique product in that it is simply dried raspberries with no added sugar or chemicals. I think it's worth a try but personally I'd rather eat fresh raspberries. Feel free to check out my other detailed reviews on products like stevia, baking staples and low-toxicity beauty products and do let me know if you found this review helpful :)

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