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

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

19 people found the following review helpful

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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

3 people found the following review helpful

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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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if you seek to avoid PG, beware!

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

4 people found the following review helpful

how about negative stars?!!? it's absolutely misleading, but that FIRST ingredient--the one that is listed to seem like a 'natural' ingredient from good ol' corn--is a pseudonym for propylene glycol. propylene glycol is a substance many 'natural' deodorant formulators seek to avoid because it's a known toxin. interesting that this deo company lists all kinds of positives for their formula, but "propylene glycol-free" is missing! the environmental working group's huge and terrific "skin deep" database on cosmetics (www.ewg.org) lists neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, and even cancer among the numerous possible negative effects from topical exposure to PG/propanediol. this manufacturer (and others!) should be ashamed of themselves. i'm really pi$$ed off that so many natural products companies seek to mislead potential customers; a brief visit to various deodorant ingredient labels shows you what i'm talking about. just fyi. i guess now we all have to go out and get biochemistry degrees to buy supposedly NATURAL products that purport to be safe. how sad is that?

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one of my favorite things on this planet!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

7 people found the following review helpful

Purchased at iHerb

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

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

3 people found the following review helpful

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

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

3 people found the following review helpful

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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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a simple solution for dry, tangle-prone hair

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

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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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ooh i luuuuuurrrrv it! <3

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

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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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yay for mushrooms, for people and pets alike!

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

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can i just say how great this formula is?!! we love it for the humans in our family, but we really have seen it shine when considering our cats' health. several of our cats have chronic stomatitis (gum/mouth disease), but dosing them every meal with this, coQ10, and buffered vitamin c has done wonders (try using the size 3 empty caps iherb sells). i think this mushroom complex has helped them with their minor colds, as well. no one has had weepy eyes, mucus, anything. fyi, these tablets (large) grind up easily with a mortar and pestle, having a bit of a chocolate aroma, which the cats don't seem to mind one bit mixed into their food. i knock a couple tablets back whenever i've been especially stressed or over-tired and feel a cold coming on, otherwise just taking a few a week. does the trick each time so far! (add now brand ascorbic acid powder to a glass of h2o for an extra immune kick when you swallow these suckers!) yaaaaaaaay, mushrooms!!

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smooth lip balm

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

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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

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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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BEWARE OF USING on/for CATS AND KITTENS

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

despite popular thought, tea tree oil is toxic to cats. in some cases, death has resulted. do a google search to read up on this fact--cats can't metabolize the phenols as dogs can. also, beware of the many pet formulations that haven't done their research and aren't aware that tea tree oil is ok for dogs but NOT OK FOR CATS. ...tell a friend, save a kitty. EDIT: not sure why when i wrote this i didn't rate the oil itself highly, because it works well for its purpose and smells of good, high-quality tea tree oil. updating stars now to reflect the product itself. plus, i like that it's in a dark bottle, since most retailers present this oil in clear bottles for some reason, and i worry about oil degradation by light exposure. k, essay done.

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