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Jan 31, 2018 - crate 61 organics lemongrass soap

Our family likes to try new soaps. There are so many to choose from, so many scents and so many different styles. Carefully pick them and they’re relatively inexpensive too. Pick extra carefully and you might even get decent ingredients.

See this bar of Crate 61 Organics Lemongrass Soap? Well, we picked it up on sale as a combo pack which meant each bar was just under $2. Particularly enticing was the scent: lemongrass? We’ve never tried lemongrass scented soap before so decided to give it a go. – Continue Reading

Sep 15, 2016 - tide big bar

Occasionally, I’ll walk into a store just to browse. It’s a rare moment when I feel like I have a few moments to spare but I had one of those days a little while back and browse I did.

There I was, strolling along and this is what I stumble upon.

A Tide Big Bar?


I had no idea Tide made bars like this. Now, I have no idea what the bar itself says but I’m guessing if it’s made by Tide, it’s likely a detergent bar. Prior to me stumbling into this store I only knew of the typical Tide products, liquid laundry detergent and such but a Tide Big Bar?

I was surprised! I almost bought it just so I could see what was inside but then I didn’t want to be wasteful since I use a different brand of laundry detergent.

It’s funny how something so small could be so intriguing. Why? Because this Tide Big Bar was unexpected and out of the norm. I blurred out the price and name of the store because I didn’t want the focus of the post to be about any of that. For me, it was purely the surprise of seeing a familiar name with an unfamiliar product.

Has anyone used a Tide Big Bar? Let me know if you have!

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Jun 3, 2016 - lafes crystal deodorant stone

You know summer is just around the corner and with that comes sweat. Sure, we sweat during all the other seasons too but you know and I know people seem to sweat a whole lot more during those hot summer days.

Not everyone is a big fan of antiperspirant and heavily scented deodorants can be overwhelming. At the same time, so is body odour.

A possible alternative? What about a mineral salt stick like Lafe’s crystal deodorant stone? Now, I’m not saying you should buy Lafe’s crystal deodorant stone or that it’s the only brand that carries mineral salt sticks but it is something to think about. I mean, as a consumer, information is valuable. – Continue Reading

Jul 7, 2015 - green beaver citrus natural deodorantIt is obviously summer time which means we’re all going to sweat a little more. Now, I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of antiperspirants. I hate sweating and I hate to be smelly but I’d rather not use antiperspirants unless I really have no choice.

Speaking of choice let me introduce you to the Green Beaver Citrus Natural Deodorant. I came across the Green Beaver Citrus Natural Deodorant during a recent sale at my local health food store. I purchased 2 Green Beaver Citrus Natural Deodorants for the price of 1 which meant each cost less than the average stick of antiperspirant.

With a really great list of ingredients and an even better price point, how could I resist? – Continue Reading

Jun 26, 2015 - marvis ginger mint toothpaste

A little while ago, contacted me and asked if I’d do a review on Marvis toothpaste.

Huh? Marvis?

Marvis, who?

Obviously, I had no idea what Marvis toothpaste was so I had to do a little digging. Turns out, Marvis is a particular brand of high end toothpaste with a variety of unique flavours. I agreed to try the Marvis toothpaste because I was honestly intrigued.

A special thanks to the folks at for giving me this opportunity to test the Marvis toothpastes. – Continue Reading

May 20, 2015 - kiss my face triple action cool mint get toothpaste

I haven’t been happy with my toothpaste for a very long time but I haven’t found one that I like. I’m trying to move away from the big brand names with toothpastes that are made with creepy ingredients that I’d prefer to stay away from. I’ve tested some more natural toothpastes before but I still can’t say I’m completely 100% satisfied.

During a recent shopping trip at my local health food store, I decided to pick up this tube of Kiss My Face toothpaste. The Kiss My Face Fluoride Free Triple Action toothpaste claims to remove plaque, prevent tartar build up, while whitening my teeth and do it all while being fluoride free! Could this be my one true toothpaste? – Continue Reading

May 12, 2015 - marvis toothpaste

Amidst the sea of ragged facial tissues, guess what showed up at our doorstep?

Marvis toothpaste from

Never heard of Marvis toothpaste? Well, neither did I until I was contacted by the lovely folks at I did a little internet digging and it turns out that Marvis toothpaste is based in Italy and made using a traditional processing method with an end result that’s smooth and rich. Marvis toothpaste comes in different flavours which may not seem like much since other brands have that too but it sounds as though Marvis may be in a league of its own.

I chose 2 different flavours to try: Aquatic Mint and Ginger Mint. I’ve only gotten so far as to look at the packaging and I’m intrigued. It certainly doesn’t look like your average drug store brand. I plan to take a closer look and actually try out the Marvis toothpaste when I’m feeling a little better and my taste buds are back to their usual functioning selves. For now, I’m going to just stare and admire the elegant and cool packaging.

Big thanks to for sending these Marvis toothpastes my way. I can’t wait to try them!

Now, if you’d like to do a little research yourselves, here are 2 sites you can visit:


2. the Marvis Mint website (p.s. I can guarantee you’ve never seen toothpaste advertising like this before).

Reminder: this post was written by and for only. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

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Jan 23, 2015 - nature clean citrus liquid soapCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

Winter weather = constant hand washing. It’s one of many ways to keep the icky bugs and germs away. So, it should come as no surprise that I’d want to equip my home with decent hand soap to make hand washing a positive and pleasant experience.

The smell of lemons and limes are a big hit in our home so when I saw this bottle of Nature Clean Citrus Liquid Soap on sale for $3.99 at my local grocery store, I was excited to pick it up and give it a test run. The bottle tells me it’s 100% natural made with 100% natural ingredients. The Nature Clean Citrus Liquid Soap has been allergy tested which is a nice bonus and it’s biodegradable. So, based on that list, the Nature Clean Citrus Liquid Soap sounds like a sure win, right? – Continue Reading

Jan 11, 2015 - green beaver cinnamon natural toothpasteCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

When I was a kid, you brushed your teeth with toothpaste. That’s it. It was just called toothpaste. No one ever mentioned the ingredients that were in the toothpaste. I had to brush and floss. Case closed.

Fast forward and now we consumers have options. We also have information at our finger tips. We learned about fluoride and ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS. Trust me, I know my memory isn’t stellar but I know for certain that sodium lauryl sulfate was never mentioned when I was a kid (not that I’m dating myself or anything).

Enter Green Beaver Cinnamon Natural Toothpaste. It’s sodium lauryl sulfate free and fluoride free. If you don’t like cinnamon, there are other options.

Yes folks. Options. – Continue Reading

Oct 4, 2014 - andalou naturals sunflower and citrus shampooCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Soaps, shampoos. You know, the stuff that gets all sudsy. Most of that stuff is full of questionable chemicals (sodium lauryl sulfate, SLS, I’m staring right at you) so if I can, I try to test other options to see if they’d be a good fit for our family.

On this particular occasion, I picked up a bottle of Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo. Why this one? Well, mainly because the Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo was designed for colour treated hair and yep, I do dye my hair (see the Herbatint review I do way back when). I’ve been looking for a natural shampoo that will work with colour treated hair and my sensitive skin. Fingers crossed the Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo will work for me!
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