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.

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Not happy with the ingredients

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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I meant to buy the Passion Fruit Nectar Alba lip gloss which scores a "2" with the EWG for toxicity. This pineapple quench flavour actually scores very poorly, scoring a "5", with ingredients like geraniol, citral, and benzyl alcohol, it's safe to say I won't be using it. The gloss on this product was fine but I think in the end I prefer the feel of lip balms. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I wasn't a fan of the pineapple flavour either. 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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30 Second Gum!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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To be honest I never use Xylitol products. As a person who's spent the last year learning to eat as whole as possible, i didn't realize until later that manufactured xylitol was not a natural product at all. It needs many chemicals like sulfuric acid, calcium oxide, phosphoric acid and active charcoal to process it. It can affect your digestive tract and I don't like that risk. However....on rare occasions, like at work or at a meeting I need a quick breath freshener. Because I don't eat sugar, and all the artificial sweetener alternatives are awful...this is the only time I use xylitol products. Over the past year I've compared Glee Gum, Xyla Gum, Spry Gum, and Spry Peppermints. I found all the gums initially tasted good but had one common problem. They all last about 30 seconds and they're out of flavour. For this reason I prefer the Spry peppermints the best. 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 hand balm, safe, and effective

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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My hands are always brutally dry and cracked, therefore, I was looking for hand creams that I can use regularly and feel good about soaking in my body. I picked this balm because Badger balms rate very well for toxicity on the EWG Database. It's very similar to Burt's Bees Hand Salve which I also use, although based on the ingredients I believe the Badger balm has a slightly better ingredients list. Both are greasy so I use these when I have a good 10 minutes to let it sink in. The main difference I found between Burt's and Badger's is the smell. Burt's has a almond/lavender smell....great for relaxing or bedtime. The Badger cream has a wintergreen smell...a more unisex...active smell. It reminds me of those thick pink peppermints I loved as a child. Like I mentioned before, the only problem with this balm is the greasy hands, so for work I use Andalou Naturals hand cream. I will definitely buy this product again! 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 Jun 12, 2013

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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 I personally like the addition of spearmint which gives it a really great taste. It also has the shortest ingredient list and is the cheapest. However, I like to alternate products, so will purchase both products again in the future. 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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My favourite mint lip balm

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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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 product for frizzy hair but use sparingly!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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I already use the Dr. Bronner's Organic Almond castille soap and Shikakai Conditioning Citrus Hair Rinse. I finished off by using this hair creme which scores a "1" for toxicity on the EWG. I just spread a pea size amount in my palms and finger comb my wet hair concentrating on the ends. Make sure you avoid the scalp as it can make it oily. This product offers a light hold. I noticed my natural curl was more defined...curlier and bouncy. On days that I need extra hold I add a gel. I can honestly say that my hair has never felt more beautiful and light and the peace of mind of knowing how healthy these products are for me is priceless. This product has a light lavender scent that doesn't linger too long after drying. 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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Excellent Smooth Non-Toxic Eyeliner

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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I picked this eyeliner because it rates a "0" for toxicity with the EWG. It's one of the best rated eyeliners for toxicity here on iherb. It's jojoba-based. I got the "jet set" color. It's a nice subtle black. It's very smooth, glides on without pulling any skin. This eyeliner needs to be applied lightly. Less is best in this case...giving a beautiful natural look. It's softer than most eye liner formulas so more care needs to be taken when sharpening. My eyes are really sensitive and I'm prone to rashes in the corner of my left eye but so far this eyeliner has caused me no irritation! 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

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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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My favourite stevia product!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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I’ve been using stevia products since January 2012 and have done a lot of research about it. It’s important to understand that the stevia leaf contains at least 10 different steviol glycosides: stevioside, rebaudioside A, B, C, D, E, and F, dulcoside A, rubusoside, and steviolbioside. 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. The other sweetener “Reb-A” is highly refined made from 95% of the single component rebaudioside A. It’s mostly used in packaged products and in sweeteners like Truvia and Purevia. These products also contain sugar alcohols. What's interesting is that the FDA states this about Reb A products on its website: “These products are not Stevia". Back to SweetLeaf's Sweetdrops...While I wished I liked less processed forms of stevia, this is my favourite stevia product....my happy medium. I can’t live without it. It’s clean, pure, and has no bitter taste. I love that SweetLeaf only uses water in its liquid stevia. The drops make it super easy to be consistent in my recipes and unlike the powdered extract, I find that it has no aftertaste. I use this product in all of my baking and beverages. My son and husband who are not sugar-free like this product too and can’t tell when I’ve used it in cookies, ice cream, drinks, etc...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

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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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My favourite Coconut Oil!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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If you’re shopping for coconut oil then you already know it’s good for you. I’ve been using coconut oil in my baking since January 2012 and have found Nutiva to be the best. I know this because I’ve also bought a few really bad coconut oils that tasted old, rancid, and overpowering in my recipes. I find Nutiva’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has always tasted subtle and amazing. They carry both a packed on and a best before date on the lid. It's made from fresh coconuts, not dried copra (coconut flesh). It's unrefined, made from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconuts without the addition of any chemicals, solvents, or bleach. It's cold-pressed in a heat-controlled, chemical-free, hexane-free process where temperatures are kept below 120 degrees. The more heat oil is exposed to, the more prominent the coconut flavor. It's unfermented which means the coconuts were processed promptly and properly. It tastes light, smells fresh and works great in all my recipes. I love using it in my homemade Oreo cookies and it's perfect for making chocolate. I also use coconut oil as a moisturizer for my face and hands. It feels great knowing that my beauty product can be eaten. 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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Simply Organic makes Simply the Best!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

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For the greater part of my life I bought imitation vanilla from the grocery store....a time in my life I will sadly never get back. I remember the first time I tried organic madagascar vanilla.....It was love at first smell. This organic vanilla lingers and flows from your nose to your tastebuds. There’s 3 main types of vanilla.   Tahitian vanilla .... best paired with fruit, Mexican....with spices like ginger and cloves and Madagascar which goes best with cream and chocolate. Simply Organic also sells Ugandan vanilla which is slightly sweeter than Madagascar and has hints of chocolate. I like the Madagascar the best. I love Simply Organics as they don't sell any products that have been irradiated. Their products are dated so that I know how fresh they are ... and they give 1% of their profits to support organic farming causes. 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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