Aloha, I'm a geneticist and I'm tangentially interested in supplements and natural living. I've tried about, erm, a gazillion products and most of them I never re-order. But there are several that I have found to work, and work well. So if you're interested in my opinions, please feel free to peruse my reviews and look for items that I have given four- or five-stars — those are the products that actually work and that I order again and again from iHerb. Mahalo nui loa, and aloha!
First the taste: It is sweet, but it's not quite honey-like. The consistency is a little grainy and the aftertaste is earthy. Regarding the results: I've found that within about an hour of having a teaspoon of Y.S. Eco Bee Farms, Royal Jelly & Pollen, in Honey I'm revived and ready to go, even if I was feeling tired or sleepy before. I like to have it in the afternoon, mixed into plain Greek yoghurt or plain skyr/skjør. I have had my friends try it and they have had similar experiences, too. I would hesitate to give it to children, however, or to those with compromised immune function. I will re-order since I like the results and I don't have any real complaints, but I would prefer that the manufacturer certifies this product as organic and I'd ask them to consider adding propolis to the formula.
I've been using Mono'i my entire life. It's great as a general, all over moisturizer, as a shower oil, on sunburned skin, and I've known women who use it as a hot-oil hair conditioner (they say that it's the best). When using it on the face, I find that it can be comedogenic when used daily, so I suggest alternating it with a lighter moisturizer. Mono'i is a traditional Polynesian product, which is made by macerating the flowers of the Tiare (Gardenia taitensis) — a small, white, star-like flower and a native Polynesian member of the Gardenia family — in coconut oil that has been obtained by grating, drying, fermenting and pressing the meat of germinated coconuts. Listed among the ingredients is "parfum", which is slightly concerning to me, since I prefer all-natural products and I'd like to know exactly what kind of "parfum" is used. However, I have such a sentimental attachment to this product and it works so well I almost don't want the manufacturer to start tampering with what is deservedly called a classic.
Posted by HawaiianViking on Aug 28, 2012 | Verified Purchase
These Cotton Rounds are made from organic cotton, but that's about all that can be said for them. While they are organic, the cotton is bleached, not natural, so it's not exactly the most environmentally-friendly product. It would be better if they were well made and functional, but these fall apart and stretch easily, which makes them pretty much useless. I won't re-buy.
Posted by HawaiianViking on Nov 11, 2012 | Verified Purchase
Labrada Nutrition HumanoGrowth does work — at least to some extent — but I think that there are better alternatives. The important ingredients in this product's formulation are essentially the ingredients of raw egg whites: beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin. Beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin contain gamma-Glutamylcysteine, which is a precursor of glutathione. It is formed by gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase and used by glutathione synthetase to form glutathione, something that is crucial to overall health. The only other source of these ingredients — beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin — is undenatured whey protein. After trying both HumanoGrowth and undenatured whey protein, I prefer the latter; In undenatured whey I'm getting beta-lactoglobulin, serum albumin, and immunomodulators, in addition to a hefty amount of quality protein, all at a comparable price. I probably won't reorder.
Posted by HawaiianViking on Feb 03, 2013 | Verified Purchase
If you're looking for high-quality poppy seed for baking, look no further. Poppy seed purchased in supermarkets is usually dried-out and stale, not to mention nearly tasteless. Frontier Natural Products, Whole Poppy Seed, on the other hand, is nothing of the kind. Possibly because this product is Non-Irradiated, the aroma is satisfyingly earthy and rich, as poppy seed ought to smell but rarely does. While it's not a complaint, I was surprised to find, on closer inspection, that this is actually a mixture of different varieties of breadseed poppy: there are white seeds, brown seeds and black seeds, which makes me curious about the growing and processing of this product.
Posted by HawaiianViking on Oct 16, 2012 | Verified Purchase
I like the formulation containing both Hyaluronic Acid and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane, a kind of Sulfur). It's been my experience, after several months, that my back and knee feel much better, and seem to be cracking and aching less than in recent memory. Even better, my skin feels great; It's as though the whole body, inside and out, is being moisturized and lubricated. In general I've had good experiences with Now Foods products, and regarding this specific product, I'm a satisfied customer.
Posted by HawaiianViking on Mar 04, 2013 | Verified Purchase
I like to take Wheat Germ Oil for reproductive and immune system support as well as help for my skin and hair, and it performs well for my purposes. I know people that have had great success in treating their hypertension and hypercholesterolemia with Wheat Germ Oil. I give this product four stars and not five because I haven't found it to be nearly as effective as whole wheat germ, and not even as good as liquid Wheat Germ Oil. However, it is very convenient and relatively inexpensive. One piece of advice: Keep this supplement in the refrigerator; It will keep it from becoming rancid.
Posted by HawaiianViking on Feb 11, 2012 | Verified Purchase
Perhaps I have a different body chemistry than other reviewers, but these wipes are really tough on my hands. If I happen to use a few wipes in a given day, I'll notice that same evening that my hands are chapped and cracked and dry. So if you find yourself in the same situation, stay well moisturized! With that said, the benefits are still so great so as to outweigh the occasional dry hand; Importantly, there is no testing on animals. Additionally, there is no Benzene or Isopropyl Alcohol in this product, either. I think that the packaging could be made better by decreasing the amount of plastic relative to the number of wipes, maybe by increasing the wipe count, which would make it a better value, also.
I've purchased Bio Kleen, All Purpose Cleaner, Super Concentrated several times and I've found it to be effective for things like: Washing cars; Scrubbing floors; Washing exterior windows and screens; Cleaning up outdoor furniture, et alia. My only real reservation about this product is the vagueness in the listing of ingredients: "Surfactants from coconut and/or corn"; I would like to know which surfactants are being used — the manufacturer ought to know; I would much prefer that only coconut-based surfactants were used but if the ingredients are corn-based, I'd like to know if they are GMO-free. I hope that the citrus extracts (grapefruit seed and pulp extract, orange peel extract) are anti-microbial even though the label doesn't make the claim and I don't know that I've ever made 32 gallons from one 32 oz bottle, but it is certainly concentrated.
When doing laundry, I alternate between Bio Kleen, Laundry Liquid, All Temperature and Method, Laundry Detergent, Free + Clear. Both detergents are great at cleaning filthy laundry without toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances, and neither product is tested on animals. It would seem, however, that Bio Kleen, Laundry Liquid is a much better value (at less than half the price). I appreciate that it's so concentrated — it makes toting the bottle to the laundry much less cumbersome. The suggested use is "Only 1 oz Per Load!", but I always use more, not because it's necessary, but because of my own compulsion to see a lot of sudsing action. In all, I'm a satisfied customer, and I will re-order.