Product Review: Kiss me Organics Dandelion Root Tea

These items were provided by Kiss me Organics for review. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.

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Tea is a part of my daily routine.  I enjoy multiple cups of various varieties of tea a day.  Dandelion root has been highly acclaimed for its myriad of health benefits and thus I was eager to try it!  This Dandelion Root Tea is made by Kiss me Organics and is blended with Hibiscus petals and Cinnamon.

Benefits of Dandelion Root Tea via Kiss me Organics

1.  Detox the liver and kidneys from toxins that can build up over time. Healthy digestion helps the body to absorb more nutrients and improve physical and cognitive functions.

2. Raw Dandelion Root is extremely nutrient rich and provides more vital minerals and vitamins to your body when compared to roasted Dandelion Root.

3. Raw Dandelion root is rich in Vitamins A, C, D and B-complex plus Iron, Potassium and Zinc. A diet rich in these nutrients can help treat mood disorders, liver disorders and boost a weakened immune system.

4. While enhancing the earthy flavor, and adding a hint of flowery sweetness to every cup; Hibiscus has been shown to help regulate blood pressure and Cinnamon has been shown to regulate blood sugar and reduce bad cholesterol.

*These claims have NOT been verified by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Product Details:

Item: Tea in Cloth Bags
Color: Light Red (Brewed)
Scent: Light Cinnamon and Hibiscus
Environmentally Friendly?: Yes, USDA Certified Organic. Recyclable Cardboard Box

Product

This is a great tea.  Quality of the tea itself is quite good.  The wrappers of the tea itself has room for improvement.  The tea should also include brewing information (temperature, how long to steep) so that tea drinkers can ensure they are brewing the tea to obtain the maximum nutrients and health benefits

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Flavor

This tea has a light, slightly sweet flavor.  It does not need a sweetener, but a small amount of sugar heightens the flavor and aroma.

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This product is certified organic by the USDA!  My only gripe with this product is that is not have the taxonomic name of the dandelion root used.

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2.7/3 Globes

This is a great tea!  Not only does it taste great is boasts excellent health benefits!  Being that it does not contain caffeine, you can enjoy multiple cups a day with no reservations

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Product Review: Radha Argan Oil

These items were provided by Radha Beauty for review. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.

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Product Details

Consistency: Liquid
Color: Yellow
Scent: None
Environmentally Friendly?: Yes, Recyclable Glass Container.
Animal Testing?: No.

Product

This is a really great oil!  It is slightly more viscous than olive oil and has no smell.  It absorbs well into hair.

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Functionality

This product can be used for hair or skin.  I used this product on the ends of my hair and have already seen a reduction in split and broken ends!  Amazing!

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EnviroFactor

This product is only 1 ingredient, pure Argan Oil!  The bottle of this product says “100% organic” but it does not have a seal of the organization that certified it.  Being that the argan oil is imported from Morocco, it is possible it was certified there, thus not having the USDA seal.

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Overall, this is an excellent product and will most definitely be a staple in my hair regimen!  I will see how it does on skin and will update this post!

Pulchritude: Aurora Borealis

Copyright Crey – CC BY 2.0 Aurora Borealis March 17, 2015

Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is a rare geomagnetic phenomenon that occurs in the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.  The Aurora Borealis is characterized by green and yellow colors, with blue and red occurring on a less frequent basis.  An aurora occurs when charged particles from outside the Earth’s atmosphere enter and cause ionization and excited atmospheric constituents.  This results in an optical display of emissions known as ‘lights.’

How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XLIII

It has been a particularly harsh winter, which has resulted in your hands being dry and rough.  You are ready for spring and want moisturized hands along with it!  You are looking for a high quality moisturizer, so you went to a health food store to explore their products.  You find a hand cream that has 4 ingredients!  There is nothing you cannot pronounce and nothing looks too chemical-ish, but is the product what it seems?  Remember, I am teaching you Label Poise–how to walk the walk, talk the talk, and buy products that meet YOUR standards, whether natural, organic, or safe enough.  For instructions on Label Poise visit our Label Poise page.

The Label

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The Ingredients

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter: Safe!  This ingredient is derived from the nut of the Shea Tree and is used for its moisturizing properties.  (MSDS)

Goat’s Milk: Safe! Goat’s Milk is used in cosmetics for its high moisturizing effects. Goat’s Milk contains various vitamins ((A, B6, B12, E), proteins, beta casein, and triglycerides which give it its moisturizing capabilities. Avoid!  if vegan, vegetarian, or you have a milk allergy. Goat’s Milk is not known to be toxic, nor a skin, eye, or lung irritant in individuals without a milk allergy. (MSDS; MSDS; MSDS)

Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract:  Beware! Green Tea extract is used for its antioxidant, antimicrobial, astringent, emollient, skin conditioning, uv absorption, and humectant properites. It is typically used in concentrations not exceeding 2% in leave-on products, and 1% in rinse-off products and are considered safe for use in cosmetics when formulated to be non sensitizing. Green Tea Extract is a slight skin, eye, and lung irritant in pure form.  No information on developmental, reproductive, or teratogenic toxicity available. (MSDS;CIR)

Rose Extract: Safe!/Beware! This ingredient is obtained from Rose buds and petals. It is typically used in concentrations of 5-10% as an astringent, anti-inflammatory, and emollient. This ingredient is not known to be an irritant to skin, eyes, or lungs, nor is it known to be carcinogenic. (MSDS)

 

Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict: 4 ingredients. The Green Tea and Rose extracts are likely in concentrations of less than 5% each and are likely of minimal concern!  Looks like your Label Poise is really developing!

Cosmetic Preservative In ‘Natural’ Products Causes Allergic Reactions

This article is not surprising.  The ingredients in question have been featured here before.  Once it again it is important to know what ingredients are in your products and to pay attention to any irritation or sensitization and see what common ingredients are in the products you are using!

(Sydney Lupkin, March 11, 2015)–Skin-care products may have labels touting natural and hypoallergenic ingredients, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cause allergic reactions, doctors say. 

Studies have shown that some people are allergic to a preservative called methylchloroisothiazolinone that appears in some skin, hair and other personal care products and household goods. Diana Wilson of Houston said she thinks she’s among them because she developed an itchy mystery rash on her hands that doctors at first thought might have been eczema.

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“I was just at my wits’ end,” Wilson told ABC’s Houston station KTRK. “This is when it was at its worst. It was cracking, it was hurting. It was very painful. I couldn’t touch anything, couldn’t do anything, and it looked awful.”

She said she found the preservative listed on many products in her home, even her dish detergents. But what struck her as odd was that most of her products were labeled hypoallergenic or all-natural.

“That was the most frustrating part,” Wilson told KTRK.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone and its relative methylisothiazolinone — MCI or MI for short — have been used in products in the United States for years, experts said. Though allergies to them are considered rare, they’ve been on the rise, said Dr. Stacy Dorris, a pediatrics professor at Vanderbilt University Medical School who specializes in allergies. The American Contact Dermatitis Society named MI “allergen of the year” in 2013, she noted.

Dorris said she sees these allergies most often in adults and children who are using diaper wipes or other wet wipes, and it initially causes what looks like chronic eczema that doesn’t clear up on the face, hands or rear-end, she said.  Since she’s on the lookout for it, she tells parents to stop using the wipes, and the rash clears up in about a month.

Hypoallergenic products can be “a little bit of a misnomer,” she said, because the label really means these products contain chemicals that aren’t likely to cause allergic reactions.

It doesn’t mean it’s absolutely not going to cause allergies,” she said.

The wipes tend to be a bigger issue than face wash, for example, because it is a leave-on product, she said.

Dr. Corey Hilmas, the Natural Products Association’s senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, said the more MCI or MI a product contains, the more likely it is to cause sensitivity.

Neither MCI nor MI are allowed in products that bear an NPA certification seal, he said.  But not all natural products are certified.

“Any time you see the word ‘natural,’ you always have to ask yourself as a consumer, ‘What is the standard they’re using?’ ‘Is it a marketing ploy?'” Hilmas said.

Still, Hilmas stressed that preservatives in general are important because they prevent bacteria, fungus and other microbials from growing in personal care products.

Having a preserve is not something that’s optional,” he said, explaining that they prevent products from growing things like E. coli.

But there are alternatives, such as benzyl alcohol. And there are natural alternatives, such as grapefruit seed extract, he said.

(via ABC News)

 

Product Review: Dr. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

This product was purchased by Nature’s Pulchritude.  All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.

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Dr. Braggs Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is a truly versatile ‘jack of all trades’ product.  I have used this product in a variety of ways for over 5 years.  I use it as a rinse in my hair, diluted as a facial toner, to ‘sanitize’ and tenderize poultry, added to a facial mask, and as a drink to help with a cold.  Not only it is multi-functional it works VERY WELL each way!

Product Details:

Consistency:  Liquid
Color:  Amber
Scent:  Vinegar
Organic Ingredients: Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Environmental Friendly?: Yes.  Recyclable Container (Glass)

Product

This is a very high quality product.  It is quite strong and potent in scent, and is cloudy due to it being unfiltered.

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Functionality

Skin, Hair, Food.  This product can be used for ‘all of the above’ and is very effective on each.  The acidity (pH of ~4) of the apple cider vinegar works as a hair rinse to provide shine and close any open cuticles.  On skin it helps to draw out impurities and decrease oil and bacteria, as well as reduce the appearance of pores.  It works well on poultry, there is no research to support that it kills bacteria on meat but it seems to make the meat tender and more moist after cooking.  Apple cider vinegar is also great for thinning mucus in the sinuses and especially in your throat when sick.

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EnviroFactor

This product is only one ingredient, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar that is certified organic and non-GMO project verified.

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3 Globes  Nature’s Pulchritude MVP!

Raw ACV is a staple for me!  It is a great item to just have on hand even if you are not using it on a weekly basis.  It can be used in so many ways and does a fabulous job in each use!

Have you tried Raw Apple Cider Vinegar?  How to you use it? 

How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XLII

Remember, I am teaching you Label Poise–how to walk the walk, talk the talk, and buy products that meet YOUR standards, whether natural, organic, or safe enough.  For instructions on Label Poise visit our Label Poise page.

The Label

The Ingredients

Aqua (Water): Safe!  Water is the ultimate moisturizer and is a key ingredient in many moisturizing products.

Glycerin: Safe!  Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture in the skin. Glycerine can be derived from fats and oils, or synthetically–which is not indicated here.  (MSDS)

Propylene Glycol: Beware!  Propylene Glycol aka PPG is used as a penetration enhancer, humectant, and stabilizes the product despite temperature changes. This ingredient is not believed to be carcinogenic or a developmental toxin, though it may be contaminated with impurities such as Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-dioxane which are carcinogens. It is a suspected mutagen and teratogen. It is believed to be a skin irritant. In pure form it can be toxic to the central nervous system and may cause target organ damage (lungs and kidneys) with prolonged or repeated exposure. This ingredient is low on this list and should only be a low-moderate concern.  (MSDS)

PPG-5-Ceteth-20: This ingredient is a polyoxypropylene, polyoxyethylene ether of cetyl alcohol and is used as a surfactant and emollient. PPG-5-Ceteth-20 is typically used in concentrations of 0.05-10% in leave-on products and 0.5-9% in rinse-off products. The primarily concern of this ingredient is contamination with Ethylene Oxide, a suspected carcinogen, and 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen. It was not found to be a skin or eye irritant in tests performed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR). There is limited additional information available about this ingredient, it is not known to be a carcinogen. (MSDS)

PEG-12 Dimethicone: Beware!   This ingredient is 12 molecule polyethylene glycol combined with dimethicone, making it a silicone-based polymer.  It can also be described as an ethoxylated polymidethylsilocane.  It is used to improve spreadability and create a smooth feeling.  It is typically used in concentrations of 0.5-3%.  It can be a skin and eye irritant in pure form.  This ingredient, along with various other ethoxylated chemicals and PEGs, may be contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals such as 1,4-dioxane and Ethylene oxide, as well as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). (MSDS; MSDS; MSDS; CIR)

Honey Extract: This ingredient is an extract of honey and is used for its antiseptic, skin moisturizing, and soothing properties. No toxicological information available. (MSDS) safe/beware

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Safe!  This ingredient is used for its nutrient content and moisturizing properties.

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein: Safe!  This ingredient is naturally derived and contains wheat oligosaccharides (carbohydrates) and acts as a moisturizer and film former to nourish skin (or hair). It is not known to be a carcinogen or mutagen, though it can cause eye and dermal irritation in pure form.  Avoid! if you have a gluten allergy. (MSDS)

Panthenol: Safe!  This ingredient is a provitamin of B5.  Panthenol is an alcohol analog of Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid).  It is used as an anti-static and conditioning agent.  It can be derived from plants or animals therefore it may not be vegan friendly. There is debate about what benefits panthenol can actually provide to hair as a vitamin being that hair is not living.  Panthenol is a mild skin and eye irritant in pure form, though there is no information on carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, mutagenicity, or developmental toxicity.  It is low on the list of ingredients and should not be a concern.  (MSDS; MSDS)

Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract:  Beware! Green Tea extract is used for its antioxidant, antimicrobial, astringent, emollient, skin conditioning, uv absorption, and humectant properites. It is typically used in concentrations not exceeding 2% in leave-on products, and 1% in rinse-off products and are considered safe for use in cosmetics when formulated to be non sensitizing. Green Tea Extract is a slight skin, eye, and lung irritant in pure form.  No information on developmental, reproductive, or teratogenic toxicity available. (MSDS;CIR)

Amodimethicone: Beware!/Avoid!  This ingredient is a derivative of silica and is used as an anti-static film forming agent.  Silicone polymers typically are not toxic though they are not the best ingredients for hair due to their film forming properties which prevent moisture from entering the hair shaft.  No toxicological data available. (MSDS)

Trideceth-12: Beware!/Avoid! This ingredient is an ether of polyethylene glycol and tridecyl alcohol, a long chain fatty alcohol, with 12 units of ethylene oxide, a suspected carcinogen. Tricedeth-12 is primarily used as a surfactant that reduces the buildup of silicones (a silicone is the 5th ingredient). This ingredient has a low molecular weight and show not be used an broken or irritated skin or scalp as it has the ability to absorb through the skin. 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogen, is often a byproduct of the reaction used to make this ingredient (ethyloxylation), and therefore may be present in low levels. This ingredient is deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review when formulated to be nonirritating and in current use concentrations, however, there is limited information about this ingredient and no MSDS available, therefore it is rated AVOID as a precaution.

Cetrimonium Chloride: Beware!  Cetrimonium Chloride is a positively charged quaternary ammonium salt. It is used as a conditioning agent and softener, it also improves wet and dry combing of hair. It is also listed as a topical antiseptic and preservative. It is listed as a skin irritant and allergen in a small portion of individuals; it is not a carcinogen (MSDS;MSDS).

Hydroxyethylcellulose: Safe!/Beware!  This ingredient is a modified celluose polymer. Hydroxyethylcellulose is primarily used as a binder, viscosity controlling agent (aqueous), emulsion stabilizer, and film forming agent. It is typically used in concentrations of 0.1 – 3% by weight of the formula. It can be a mild skin or eye irritant in pure form, though it is not known to be carcinogenic. (MSDS;MSDS)

Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer: Avoid! This ingredient is used as a film former and anti-static agent. It is typically used in concentrations of 0.1 to 0.25% by weight of a formula. No MSDS found.

Dehydroacetic Acid: Safe! This ingredient is a preservative used for its fungicide and bactericide properties. Dehydroacetic acid is a sodium salt of sodium dehydroacetate. It is suggested to be used in concentrations of no more than 0.6%. It can be a skin, eye, and lung irritant, and can be toxic to kidneys, liver, and central nervous system in pure form. It is not believed to be carcinogenic or mutagenic. (MSDS)

Benzyl Alcohol:  Beware!  This ingredient is made naturally by many plants or can be synthetically derived. It is typically used as a preservative and based on its placement on the list is in low concentration. Benzyl Alcohol is not known to be a carcinogen or teratogen, though it is a mutagen in bacteria and yeast, and may be toxic to the liver and central nervous system in pure form. Benzyl Alcohol can be slightly hazardous with skin contact, but due to its concentration it should be okay. (MSDS)

Parfum (Fragrance): Beware!  Fragrances are often synthetic. Though they are low in concentration in the product, there is still a small chance of having an allergic reaction.

Amyl Cinnamic Alcohol: Beware!  Also known as alpha-amyl cinnamic alcohol or amylcinnamyl Alcohol, this incredient is a water insoluble synthetic fragrance. The used of Amyl Cinnamic Alcohol is restricted by the International Fragrance Association because this ingredient is a possible skin sensitizer. It is not known to be carcinogenic, though it is a possible eye irritant. (MSDS)

Lilial: Avoid! Also known as lily aldehyde or butylphenyl methylpropional, this ingredient is a synthetic fragrance ingredient. It is a suspected cause of contact dermatitis in certain individuals and is a suspected immune system toxicant. The use of lilial is restricted in the European Union and must be labeled if used in concentrations greater than 0.001% in leave-on products and 0.01 in rinse off products. No MSDS found.

Linalool: Safe!/Beware!  This ingredient is used as a fragrance and is banned in rinse off products above a concentration of 0.01% (or 0.001% in leave-on products).  It is naturally occurring in various plants and spices, though it may also be made synthetically.  It is considered a skin irritant (causing eczema) and allergen, though pure linalool can have anti-cancer properties.  Given that the concentration is likely quite low it should be fine unless you are allergic to it.

CI 15985 (Yellow #6): Beware!  This is a synthetic yellow dye (food coloring) also known as FD&C Yellow 6 or Sunset Yellow FCF.  This dye in manufactured from the aromatic hydrocarbons of petroleum.  It is not known to be toxic and there are low instances of allergic reaction (aspirin intolerant should avoid this ingredient).  There is no data on mutagenicity, teratogenicity, developmental toxicity, or carcinogenicity.  (MSDS)

CI 140700 (Red #4): Beware!  / Avoid! This is a red pigment also known as Carmine, or C.I. 75470 (Author’s Note: this ingredient appears to be labeled incorrectly. “CI 140700” only yields results for the products it is found in).  Red #4 is obtained from the aluminum salt of carminic acid. This ingredient is toxic to blood, kidneys, bladder, glands, and gastrointestinal tract in pure form.  There is no data on mutagenicity, teratogenicity, developmental toxicity. It is not known to be carcinogenic to humans (IARC Group 3).  (MSDS)

CI 17299 (Red #3): Beware!  / Avoid! This is a red pigment also known as Erythrosine, or E127 (Author’s Note: this ingredient appears to be labeled incorrectly.).  Red #e is organoioine compound derived from fluorone. This ingredient is toxic to nervous system, mucuous membranes, and lungs in pure form, and is a skin, eye, and lung irritant .  There is no data on mutagenicity, teratogenicity, developmental toxicity. It is not known to be carcinogenic to humans (IARC Group 3).  (MSDS)

Here’s the Staggering Healthcare Cost of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Endocrine disruptors have become increasing prevalent in the past several decades, with exposure occurring from food, makeup, and food containers, etc.  A study released in a peer reviewed journal quantified the cost of ailments caused by endocrine disruptors in the European Union and United States.

March 5, 2015, Mandy Oaklander–A suite of new studies puts a price tag on health problems linked to certain chemicals in our food, makeup and even couches—and it’s steep.  The series of papers, just published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, convened expert panels who reviewed laboratory and population-based evidence that certain endocrine-disrupting chemicals—including pesticides, bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, which are said to interfere with hormones in the human body—contribute to disease and disability.  The cost in the European Union, they concluded, is likely €157 billion ($209 billion U.S.) per year, and may be as high as €270 billion ($359 billion) a year.

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The scientists looked at 5% of known endocrine disruptors and estimated costs of exposure, including loss of economic productivity through disability and disease, in the European Union. They focused on three categories of health issues for which they felt the evidence was strongest: impacts on the developing brain and neurodevelopmental disabilities, obesity and diabetes, and male reproductive disabilities.  Their estimates were approximately €157 billion per year—more than 1% of the European GDP, the researchers note.

Organophosphate pesticide exposure accounted for the biggest chunk of the cost, at €120 billion.  Plastics, cans, phthalates and BPA came in second at €26 billion. Neurological health problems including ADHD were by far the most impactful, researchers concluded, at €132 billion per year.

“Our findings suggest potentially that endocrine-disrupting chemicals are replacing lead and methylmercury as leading contributors to neurodevelopmental disease and disability in children,” says Dr. Leonardo Trasande, lead author on the papers and associate professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine. By comparison, he says, the cost of lead exposure in Europe is roughly €50 billion.

Trasande adds that the cost estimates would likely be similar in the United States, though because of U.S. efforts like the Food Quality Protection Act to lessen pesticide exposure, pesticide-related costs would probably be lower.

There are proven ways to lower your exposure to the major endocrine-disrupting chemicals, Trasande says, including eating organic to cut out organophosphate pesticides and not microwaving plastic to limit phthalates.  But real change will need regulation reform, he says. “Except for the Food Quality Protection Act, the regulatory model in the United States assumes innocent until proven guilty, resulting in broad and widespread experimentation on humans with exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals,” he says. “We’re just trying to put information into the hands of decision makers, so that we can consciously and openly decide whether it’s appropriate to allow for a 50% probability that the use of a chemical may contribute to a condition and lead to billions of dollars of costs.”

(via Time)

Review: InstaNatural Peppermint & Lemon Essential Oils

These items were provided by InstaNatural for review. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.

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Essential Oils first made their way into my routine several years ago, when I purchased 3 to add to conditioner for a pre-shampoo treatment. I’ve also used essential oils for aromatherapy and in at-home pedicure soaks.  I used InstaNatural‘s Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils for those purposes!

Product Details:

Consistency: Liquid
Color: Yellow
Scent: Peppermint & Lemon
Environmentally Friendly?: Yes, Recyclable Glass Container.
Animal Testing?: No.

Product

These products are labeled as 100% pure and natural essential oils, therefore there should be no fillers or additives in this product!  Both essential oils clearly identify the taxonomic nomenclature (genus and species) of the plants they were extracted from.  The Peppermint Essential Oil is steam distilled and the Lemon Essential Oil is cold pressed.  Unlike other essential oils these oils are not labeled as “aromatherapeutic,” though they are intended for use an essential oil diffuser.

Peppermint: .95 Globe
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The Peppermint Essential Oil is POTENT!  I could smell the Peppermint through the box it was delivered in and there were no spills or leaks!  The lemon is not as strong but still has a crisp scent.

Peppermint:  1 Globe
Lemon:  .97 Globe

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EnviroFactor

These products only have one ingredient and also identify the genus and species of the plant the essential oils were extracted from.  However, these products do not state what part of the plant (i.e. leaves, stem, rind) the oils were extracted from though the extraction method was identified.  The Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils are not labeled as being scientifically checked (via gas chromatography/infra-red spectroscopy, “GC/IR verified”) for purity.

Peppermint: .9 Globe
Lemon: .9 Globe

 

Peppermint: 2.85/3 Globes 
Lemon: 2.82/3 Globes

Both the Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils are good quality products.  They are both labeled very clearly, though the can add information on verification of authenticity and part of the plant or fruit the oils were extracted from as well as their country of origin.  If you decide to use the Peppermint Essential Oil in a pedicure soak, be sure to wash off the oil throughly as you will feel the high menthol content of the oil if there is a breeze!