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Friday, September 12, 2014

Review of Shopping Experience with Reptile Direct (Cheapest Turtle Supplies I've Found)

I realize this may seem a bit out of place for a review on reptile supplies since here at Ribbons and Pearls, there's never been a review category for such products. However, the goal of this site has always been to provide reviews, experiences and product information for virtually any and every product I've had a share-worthy experience with. So it's official -- we've probably covered virtually every product category possible. Lol. From herbal supplements to fitness products, clothing/fashion items, drink-ware, home related products, beauty & skincare and even survival product reviews have been featured here on the site. You've seen a few reviews for other pet products, but incorporating a review on reptile supplies just gives me a sense of completion here. Like I've finally managed to cover the whole spectrum of product categories.

Okay, enough talk about milestones. I wanted to share a recent experience I had while shopping with a company called Reptile Direct

I haven't told my readers this yet, but we've added a new pet to the household -- last winter, actually. It's a Red Ear Slider turtle, who I named Myrtle.  Myrtle the turtle. Myrtle was my niece's turtle since she was a baby (the turtle), and last winter, they were doing some moving and well, I ended up with a RES that I had no clue how to care for. 
Meet  Myrtle!

After a few weeks in her small tank in my bathroom floor, I came to love the turtle so much I needed a name for her. So, Myrtle it was. You'd be surprised at how attached you can get to a turtle!


I mean, you can't brush your teeth, use the toilet and shower in the same bathroom as someone else and not get attached. By the way, Myrtle was living in the bathroom because it was the warmest room in the house for her -- it was winter & all the other rooms were freezing.

But, as I heavily researched the needs of a Red Ear Slider so that I could provide for Myrtle to the best of my ability, I realized she didn't have much of what she really required, for a happy, healthy turtle anyways.

Darn image is distorted a bit thanks to Blogger, but I think this gives you an idea of Myrtle's set-up. You can spot her over in the left corner hanging out there. P.S. The odd red wands you see (lol, no that is not a whip & tickler! Haha) are for Myrtle's entertainment. Odd, but turtles -- well, Myrtle, anyways -- appear to crave some form of entertainment, even if it's just something to look at. Myrtle will stay well entertained for hours simply by looking at our fingers against the glass. Strange turtle! So I like to tape random objects to the aquarium for her to look at, that way she has newer things to see instead of the same old glass.

It's the end of summer now (August, 2014) and while Myrtle has moved into my bedroom (& into a huge tank that takes up the entire surface of a 6-drawer dresser), I realized she needed something to keep her warm, quick. Even now, as hot as it is (although I run an AC on about 65), Myrtle's water needed warmth. I found out that a Red Ear Slider actually needs around a 90 degree basking spot as well as the 75 degree water temperature, so a heating device was necessary.




I'd been using those purple bulbs to heat a basking spot in Myrtle's tank -- the $5 bulbs you get at Walmart, but they were blowing within weeks of purchasing them, and for such a large tank, they just don't suffice for warmth.

I spent hours searching for the perfect heating product for Myrtle. I originally planned to buy a simple submersible heater (like you find at Walmart). They were pretty cheap and seemed the perfect way to go until I read hundreds of Amazon reviews where people had said the heaters cooked their fish! Many people mentioned that for a super large tank, you could use one safely since it would only heat a corner of the tank. This meant if the heater did go crazy and get too hot, it wouldn't cook my turtle since it would only be sufficient to warm the one side of the tank...

But I was too worried about the risks. There were so many things negative I'd read about those heaters & I just didn't like the idea of having to worry about it hurting Myrtle, or at the very least, not providing enough warmth period.

So, I went with the only other option I could find -- a heat emitter, although they are a good deal more expensive than those unreliable heaters. I already had a Zoomed fixture and went on my hunt for the best deal I could find on a heat emitter.

There, I ran into some more issues. What wattage should I use? I don't know the exact size of Myrtle's tank. And the products say that they should only be used with certain fixtures. So I chose the safest route -- a low wattage emitter (100 watts), knowing that it couldn't ever totally warm the entire tank. But I couldn't figure out what model my fixture was and didn't want to risk getting a more appropriate wattage (about a 300 watt emitter), and ruin the fixture if it wasn't a match for the model I have -- like the emitter product's label claims can  happen.

So, the 100 watt heat emitter would suffice to at least keep the basking area of the aquarium warm. 

After searching every website that sold these supplies, and reading as many reviews on the companies as possible, I was determined that Reptile Direct would be the perfect source to obtain the supplies I needed. They had glowing reviews on their Facebook page, a fantastic supply of reptile products (which isn't that common), and even better -- their supplies were the cheapest I could find.

Even Petco and PetSmart didn't offer anywhere near the low price I found on Reptile Direct. I was ready, and happy to place my order for the emitter, feeling confident with my choice.

Unfortunately, I had trouble getting my order to go through (thanks to the internet browser I was using). I had an email later saying I had items in my cart, and to proceed with checkout easily by clicking the link, if I still wanted to complete my purchase. 

I clicked the link, and was happy to see my order placed until I realized the shipping option I'd chose (the lowest one which was like $6), didn't select. Instead, my internet browser kindly chose the shipping option for me -- the highest and quickest shipping option available, ($13.67).  Even with the highest shipping charge Reptile Direct offered, my total was still a bit less than any other company I'd checked with. 

However, I wasn't willing to pay the highest charge, even though it was a great price for such quick shipping (uncommon for online shopping where you easily pay $40 for a 1-2 day shipping.) But, I'd had a bill to pay (past due at that point), which was going to come out of my Paypal account and paying the highest shipping charge at Reptile Direct would've left me short. In other words, paying for the quicker shipping would've left me a bit too short to pay the bill that was past due, in full. Otherwise, I'd have been okay with the shipping price since it's really not a bad deal at all.

Anyways though, I contacted Reptile Direct letting them know I couldn't pay the fee and asked would they refund the $6 and send the product for the lowest shipping charge. 

Surprisingly, their response -- which made my day --came before 24 hours had even passed. 

 Reptile Direct -- who actually made an effort to not only get back to me via Facebook, but also e-mail just to let me know they had already taken care of it -- was shipping the order still, and had already refunded me for the accidental shipping option!

I was even more happy when the order arrived in less than 2 days, all perfectly wrapped in a huge sheet of bubble wrap, and packaged with care.




Myrtle was all set that very evening, and for the cheapest price available on the web. Reptile Direct made Myrtle and me very happy and they really warmed my heart (and Myrtle's shell) with their kindness and fantastic customer service.

Here are several photos I took of the Zoo Med Ceramic Heat Emitter I ordered from Reptile Direct:

As you'll notice on the box it came in, this heat emitter is appropriate for 30-40 gallon aquariums. I'd hoped to get a photo of Myrtle's aquarium so ya'll could get an idea of how large the aquarium is. Like I said, this 100 watt emitter really doesn't provide much heat at all for such a large tank (don't know the gallons of my tank, but it takes up the entire surface of a 6-drawer dresser, if that helps.)

For now, this one provides just enough warmth usually that the corner of the tank stays warm, but I know I'll have to buy another one, that'll heat up more of the tank since summer is ending. I'll just have to find out what model of a fixture I have so I can be sure that a higher wattage will go in without ruining the fixture or something.

For 30-40 gallon tanks, like the package advises this heat emitter for (it's also listed on the product description on Reptile Direct), it's going to work splendidly for heat. Any aquarium smaller than a 30 gallon and you might even have to give it a break to be sure it doesn't warm the water too much.

Here's an image of the emitter in its fixture: 

Apologies for the blurry, low quality photos, but I was horrendously shaky as I took these. And the lighting there is horrible.











End notes:
If you're like me and shop online more than you do your local grocery store, then you know what a big deal it is to find a site offering your product for lower than anywhere else. Not only that, but you also know the importance of good customer service who gets back to you in a timely manner. And then there's the whole trust thing... Yea, online shopping can be amazing or it can be awful, so when you find a great company, you'll devote yourself to them.

And that is what I've done with Reptile Direct. From that day on, they were bookmarked on my computer and will be my go-to for all my reptile supplies. 

Their kindness, help with my order, and that I was able to obtain the heat emitter for as low of a price as possible made life 10x's easier.


I felt compelled to write a review for Reptile Direct, sharing my experience shopping with them. Just as I said in my review I left on Reptile Direct's Facebook page, I highly recommend them for all reptile supplies. And I was happy to see that another reviewer had mentioned on their Facebook page that they were able to get a discount of hundreds by using Reptile Direct. So, these folks are even more reputable than I could've imagined. 

As you can guess, Reptile Direct earns a 5 star rating from me.  Here's a re-cap for folks who didn't want to read the entire experience/review above:

- Lowest prices

- Low shipping
- Fast shipping

- Fabulous packaging, keeping items as protected as possible and well bubble-wrapped.

- Excellent customer service

- Large selection of products. (They carry absolutely everything my turtle could ever need (or want, for that matter) where as I wasn't able to find this kind of selection anywhere else, including PetCo.  

I imagine they carry a great selection for all reptiles, not just turtles from what I can see.

- User-friendly website setup and navigation.



Disclaimer:
I did not receive any monetary or other compensation in exchange for a review for the company Reptile Direct. The only thing I received from the company was what I explained in the review -- a refund, upon my request, of part of the shipping. I was not asked to write a review at all, but chose to do so myself since I felt that my experience and other information provided could be of use to other online shoppers. This review is in compliance with the FTC's guidelines for bloggers, and everything written, as always, is my opinion and 100% honest.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waterproof High Speed Memory Card by Leef Pro



 16 GB Leef Pro Ultra High Speed Memory Card 

 16 gigabyte version of the Leef Pro Ultra High Speed Memory Card, which comes with an adapter (making me a very happy girl!) I love an everything-in-one type of package. 

Leef Memory Card also comes in a 32 or 64 GB.

"The technical advancements used in Leef Pro cards support recording of full HD video and real-time broadcasts from mobile phones or digital cameras. Leef Pro cards use an increased clock speed of 100MHz, four times faster than standard cards. This allows the cards to operate at up to 45MB per second in 4-bit transfer mode, which is found on many new devices."

What I love about Leef Pro Ultra High Speed Memory Card -- aside from the awesome fact that it's a water and shock-proof memory card --is that I can use it in my Canon Powershot SX500 IS. The memory card by Leef is optimized for HD videos and photos, which allows my camera (and phone, too) to produce high quality content. I can also remove the tiny memory card and use it alone in my phone either for extra storage (for even more music and photos) or transfer the stored data to my laptop, and all my devices. Very, very cool!

I literally noticed a difference in the images and image quality once I had the Ultra High Speed Memory Card by Leef inside my camera. The horrible lighting in my bedroom usually causes an image taken with flash to be way too washed out, and without flash, super dark and sometimes grainy. If you check out my review on the Leef Ice, you'll notice some grain-iness in a couple images. But the review of the Micro USB Connector & SD Reader will show much clearer images of the device held in my hand (I was using the Leef Memory Card to take the images where I'm holding the little device I put on that review.)  Note: I didn't use Leef's product to take the first images shown in the review because it stupidly didn't even occur to me to use it right away.

Here are some recent photos I took using the High Speed Memory Card, in case you're interested:
 The image here of my reptile product came out more clear and stable than the ones I'd taken minutes before using my old card. So it does appear that the Leef card has improved the quality of my images some.


The adapter that comes included with Leef Pro microSD card is also compatible with their microSD Reader for Androids, Leef Access. This means you can use this tiny memory card inside the Leef Access too.  

System requirements for the Leef Pro: Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows® XP (SP3), Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2), Windows 2000®, Apple® Mac OS X or later.

Here's a cool video about Leef's High Speed Memory Card:



 Like the other Leef products I've been ravin' about, this too has a 5-year warranty. 

Other specs include:  
Operating Temperature: -25°C ~ +85°C
Storage Temperature: -25°C ~ +85°C








































































 Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.

Leef's 3.0 USB Flash Drive "Ice" is Rave-Worthy

 You'd think a product as simple as an SD card wouldn't be excitement-worthy, but I've been totally impressed by Leef products. The features alone are quite amazing, and the durability -- like no other, which is the main reason I found myself enthralled by their products, especially the Copper Edition line. With a 5-year limited warranty on their products, and the water-proof and dust-proof products, Leef is a whole 'nother notch above the rest.

And here is the Ice USB 3.0 Flash Drive, from Leef's Copper line which I'll still be raving about well into next year.


     
                       Ice -- 16 GB, comes in a 32 GB as well. 





The description for Leef's USB 3.0 Ice Flash Drive is so eloquently put that I figured I'd let it do the talking first:

"For over 10,000 years, copper has added quality and prestige to everything it touches. Leef Ice 3.0 combines the beauty of copper  and a crystal-like methacrylic resin to add Leef's signature "Ice” feature.
"






Ice USB 3.0 Flash Drive is part of Leef's Copper Edition line, and built with their "PrimeGrade Memory."  I have to admit, it's extremely pleasing, aesthetically and for some odd reason that I could never explain, feels really awesome in my hand... or pocket... And it even looks cool sticking out of the side of my laptop all lit up with its crystal looking self. It's like decor for my plain charcoal colored Sony Vaio. 

That gorgeous clear end and the way that beautiful cap slides shut over the USB part, protecting it from my pocket lint. It's just so cute & I can't believe I am saying these things about an electronic. Never thought I'd find a flash drive attractive, or cool to the touch, but wow this baby sure is. Since I've already shamefully admitted that, I'll just say this  too: the packaging is even attractive. 

The shiny copper colored text and  the cool way Leef put its very own scientific box thingy in the lower corner is just too neat.

An awesome video about the product:




Ice's Cool Specs:
    - Waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof
   - Leef's signature soft-glow LED (which causes the gorgeous fella to light up when in use.)
   -  Copy and share data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0
  -  Ice 3.0 also available in black with a charcoal band Capacities:   16 GB, 32 GB
USB Standard
   -  High-speed USB 3.0 Compliant, USB 2.0 Backwards Compatible

- Operating Temperature: 0°C - 70°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C - 85°C
  -  5-year limited warranty

System Requirements
    Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows® XP (SP3), Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2), Windows 2000®, Apple® Mac OS X or later















Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Leef Access Micro USB Connector and MiscoSD Reader (For Android)

 The Leef Access is a micro USB connector and a microSD reader all in one, which is compatible with loads of Android devices. This fella is handy because it expands your device's memory capacity, allows you to share photos, transfer music between different devices. It also allows you to "enjoy playback of movies from a microSD card to your Android tablets and phones."

I absolutely love this handy, all-in-one little device because I can transfer almost any data to virtually every device I own. I can go back and forth between my phone and even share pictures from my phone to B's phone, or my mom's and vice versa. I love being able to get everyone's pictures on my own devices. Especially since I always get too excited to stop and take photos when something special is going on. So it's my mom and B who end up with the great pictures, and I'm left wishing I'd have taken them.
 
 Now I can just snag theirs by sticking the Leef Access into their device, saving their photos/videos to it, then stickin' back in mine. A simple way to jack their photos once and for all.

Here's a pretty awesome video about Leef Access, straight from Leef's website:




You can see a list of devices compatible with the Leef Access here

Access requires Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher and an enabled USB OTG system.

System requirements for the Leef Access are:  Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows® XP (SP3), Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2), Windows 2000®, Apple® Mac OS X or later 




To use Leef Access with a memory card, you simply slide the tiny memory card into the back slot, until it clicks in place. Then you can stick the USB end into an Android device. Otherwise, you simply stick the USB into the port for USBs on your computer, phone or wherever else. Access comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB. I love this tiny little thing's cool features.



 In just this one itty bitty package, you have a Micro USB (for Android devices), a MicroSD reader and a MicroSD storage slot, which I thought was so cool. The two slots (the one for the memory card, and the storage slot) are located on top of each other, so they're easy to access. 

 Leef Access Micro SD Reader/USB Connecter's Cool Specs  

-Superior case-compatible microUSB 2.0 connector 

-Expands the memory capacity of your Android phone or tablet.
-Waterproof and dust-proof -Includes a storage slot for an extra microSD card and LED indicator. The cool LED feature, located on the side of the device, and comes on to indicate it's in use. 

- Waterproof and dust-proof 
- Operating Temperature: -25°C ~ +85°C 
Storage Temperature: -25°C ~ +85°C

 - Warranty 5-year limited warranty 
($9.99)


 
Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fundamental Natural Skin Lotion from Earth Turns *Review*


Recently, I have had the amazing opportunity to try a few products available at Earth Turns, who happen to be a very friendly company that carries a variety of high quality products like supplements and natural/herbal products, and even a beauty department. All of the products Earth Turns carry are manufactured under Current Good Manufacturing Process Standards and are natural, safe and effective. At this moment, I've been slathering on the on this hydrating Fundamental Natural Skin Lotion.

Before I get into the review for the Fundamental Natural Skin Lotion,  I wanted to take a second to include that Earth Turns has an A+ BBB rating, and at the moment, they're doing free shipping for  US orders! You really can't beat free shipping these days.
 
The Fundamental Natural Skin Lotion is also part of the line I've come to love, available at Earth Turns.


The Fundamental Natural Skin Lotion contains all natural and organic ingredients that are intensely moisturizing, totally safe and effective for maintaining healthy skin.  And I absolutely love this lotion. I have to say, after using a couple of sample packets, it ended up being a favorite of mine, and I was quite sad to use the last bit. The Fundamental lotion has been the best lotion for my skin. I could use it before makeup application just fine. It didn't mess with my acne, which was flared up at the time I was using the lotion. If anything, my skin was improving quickly. Even as a light weight moisturizer, the lotion took nice care of my severely dry areas (forehead, cheeks, nose.) 

In fact, I used the Fundamental Lotion all over, and was comfortable trying it on my face since it's natural and non-pore clogging. I loved using it from head to toe (feet, legs, arms, everything was covered in this stuff.) It leaves no sticky or greasy residue behind, which meant I didn't have to run around with an even shinier forehead. I love how soft, smooth and supple it made my skin.

Aloe Vera Gel soothes inflamed skin, is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Chamomile Extract is an anti-septic and anti-spasmodic that helps heal wounds.
Avocado Oil hydrates and moisturizes.
Coconut Oil intensively moisturizes, is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, soothes and protects skin.
Hemp Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which allows healthy cell production that can improve skin conditions. It prevents premature aging and moisture loss.
Shea Butter provides intense hydration and can minimizes marks and scars.
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) reduces wrinkles.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects skin from UV damage. It also may help treat scars.
Grapeseed Extract is an anti-septic and anti-inflammatory that may also be helpful for hair loss. GSE contains antioxidants, which help prevent damage and repair previous damage.

What I Love About Fundamental Natural Skin Lotion

  • Cruelty free. Fundamental Earth Products have been approved by Leaping Bunny & PETA as cruelty free.
  • Vegan
  • Good for all skin types
  • Uses aloe vera to soothe and heal.
  • Certified organic






















Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.

Organic Fundamental Face Cream from Earth Turns *Product Review*

 
Recently, I have had the amazing opportunity to try a few products available at Earth Turns, which happens to be a friendly company that carries a variety of high quality products like supplements and natural/herbal products, and even a beauty department. All of the products Earth Turns carry are manufactured under Current Good Manufacturing Process Standards and are natural, safe and effective. At this moment, I've been enjoying the pleasure of using a product from there called the Fundamental Face Cream.


Before I get into the review for the Fundamental Face Cream (which I'm loving, by the way), I wanted to take a second to include that Earth Turns has an A+ BBB rating, and at the moment, they're doing free shipping for  US orders! You really can't beat free shipping these days.


What Makes The Fundamental Face Cream so Fantastic
The Fundamental Face Cream is 100% natural and contains organic ingredients, nutrients and antioxidants that fight wrinkles and other signs of aging. This is one of the most important things I look for in a face cream -- it absolutely must moisturize my skin well without leaving too much residue behind, without interfering with any makeup application and lastly, it must have some type of anti-aging properties. Brownie points because it contains my all-time favorite ingredient & remedy for anything -- Aloe vera.

The Fundamental Face Cream does everyone of those things in the most rich & creamy way! I really adore the texture and consistency of this cream. It makes applying it to my skin a real pleasure. I enjoy seeing it almost melt into my skin instantly, like butter and leave a nice, supple appearance behind.


Aloe vera soothes inflamed skin, promotes healing and is a natural anti-bacterial.

Organic Cacao Seed and Shea butter provide intense hydration and Cacao Seed butter protects and conditions skin. Shea butter has antioxidant properties, can reduce scars and other marks. It contains Vitamins A & E, and can help reduce UV radiation damage.


Organic Soy Lecithin an emulsifier that promotes moisturization.


Organic Rice Bran Extract contains antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory that prevents aging.


Organic Tremella Mushroom is rich in Vitamin D, can help fill in places where wrinkles form, and improves skin complexion and overall appearance by promoting Hyaluronic Acid production in skin. Moisturizing.


Organic Pomegranate Oil an antioxidant that supports cell function and regeneration. It can improve skin's texture and might help with hyperpigmentation.


Organic Grape seed Oil is an anti-inflammatory that soothes skin. GSE contains antioxidants -- which help prevent damage and repair previous damage,  -- rich in Vitamins C, D, E, and Beta Carotene and essential fatty acids. This ingredient can help minimize scars, prevents acne and definitely prevents aging signs, as it helps restore collagen. It can even help with excessively oily skin by balancing it.

Organic Marshmallow Root Extract helps skin regenerate from damage, helps reduce inflammation.



More Reasons I Love The Fundamental Face Cream

  • Free of PEG's, BHA, Mineral Oil and Petrolatum
  • Completely safe & impressively effective.
  • Makes my skin appear plump, healthy and clear
  • Doesn't interfere with my makeup application
  • Hydration is one of a kind with this Face Cream.
  • Feels silky and velvety, goes on without sticky or greasy residue left over.











Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fundamental Chemical-Free Organic Shampoo Review


I've just had the lovely opportunity to try a few products that are available at Earth Turns, who happen to be a very friendly company that carries a variety of really amazing quality products like supplements and natural or herbal products, and even a beauty department. All of the products Earth Turns carry are manufactured under Current Good Manufacturing Process Standards and are natural, safe and effective. I've recently been trying various samples of their product (like the "Relax Already that I recently reviewed) and this new, chemical-free shampoo. 

Before I get into the review for this interesting shampoo, I wanted to take a second to include that Earth Turns has an A+ BBB rating, and at the moment, they're doing free shipping for  US orders! You really can't beat free shipping these days.
 


Fundamental Shampoo is a chemical & SLS-free shampoo with organic ingredients designed to restore hair's shine and body. 

Obviously, as with any natural shampoo, you're going to experience little to no lather. This sometimes means you feel the need to use more product than normal, as I do, so when I dumped an entire hand-full of shampoo in my hair, I was shocked to learn that with the Fundamental Shampoo, that was not necessary! The stuff actually lathers as good as any typical shampoo! So, I kicked myself for wasting so much.

Something I love about Fundamental Shampoo is my hair always smells, feels and looks totally clean, even though I didn't use sulfates to clean it.  The shampoo has a minty scent that does not stay in hair.

 I once thought that natural shampoos that did not contain some sort of harsh sulfate couldn't truly clean my hair. I think we've all been kind of brainwashed as to what the real definition of clean is. It seems we've been thinking that "clean" means stripping all of our skin and hair of anything and everything. If any little natural oil was leftover (which cannot be seen when you first wash the hair with Fundamental Shampoo) is considered dirty.

In fact, my hair feels, looks and smells just as clean as when I use the average drug-store shampoo.

Another plus is that the scent of the Fundamental Shampoo is "acceptable" by either gender (male or female.)

After using the Fundamental Shampoo, my hair was different in texture and appearance. It had more fluff/volume than it normally does, which can be a great thing when hair is flat.


My ends, while they appeared a lot fuller than normal (plus!), they felt a tiny bit drier than they do when I use a good leave-in conditioner, but I made sure to use my leave-in the next night when washing my hair with Fundamental Shampoo  & that helped my ends a lot. I normally always use the leave-in since my ends have some damage, but I skipped when I used the shampoo for the first time because I wanted to be sure I could get the best idea of how this shampoo does. 

I do want to make it clear that I love this shampoo! I really do. My hair actually felt cleaner than it does with other shampoos, and I have been able to skip a day between washes (I normally do that) without my hair looking oily at all the last day. Very impressive.


Benefits of the Ingredients in Fundamental Shampoo
With ingredients like saponified olive oil and coconut oil, the Fundamental Shampoo is nicely moisturizing for hair, and will help with damage and promote shine.

Ginger extract is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, which makes it great for sensitive skin. Ginger extract may also be a useful remedy for hair loss and can make the hair stronger & healthier. Ginger plus olive oil makes a great dandruff remedy, so since the Fundamental Shampoo contains both, it'll be useful for that too. 

Honey, a natural anti-bacterial is an all-around amazing ingredient for health in general, which is why I try to consume pure, raw honey at least 5 times a week, daily when I can. As for hair, though, honey may be useful for preventing hair loss since it helps hair to retain moisture, and it's conditioning. It also makes hair shiny.

Comfrey Root Extract is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, too. It also prevents dryness, is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and may stimulate hair growth. The plant protein Mucilage in Comfrey is a foaming agent, which gives the Fundamental Shampoo a bit of sudsy-ness, it also softens hair.

Grape Seed Extract is an anti-septic and anti-inflammatory that may also be helpful for hair loss. GSE contains antioxidants, which help prevent damage and repair previous damage.

Rosemary Extract, an anti-microbial and anti-fungal with some scientific evidence showing that Rosemary oil may be able to help with hair growth. Rosemary extract will help soothe any scalp irritation and keep it clean while also preventing dandruff

Burdock Root Extract helps promote healthy scalp and hair. The Vitamin A, Mucilage and essential fatty acid content in Burdock helps nourish and strengthen skin and hair. It can also provide relief from itchy, inflamed and dry scalp problems.

What I Love About the Fundamental Shampoo:

  • Cruelty Free. Fundamental Earth products have been approved by Leaping Bunny & PETA as cruelty free products.
  •  The shampoo contains organic ingredients and vitamins.
  •  Is nourishing to hair
  • Won't damage hair at all as it's free of toxic chemicals, sulfates, parabens, etc.
  • Maintains hair's pH balance.
  • Doesn't dry out scalp

I can't say that I would actually go so far as to totally switch to this shampoo at this moment in my life. Mostly just because at $11 something for a full sized bottle, considering how much shampoo my hair uses, it just wouldn't be affordable right now. However, I have checked around and it appears that it's as much as $5 elsewhere online, so I certainly cannot complain about the $11 price for it at Earth Turns, especially with free shipping on top of it. I would certainly jump all over that offer when my usual budget allows just a bit extra spending, though.





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