Boka Toothpaste Review

Move aside Crest, because there’s a new toothpaste in town! Boka creates fluoride-free natural toothpastes using nano-hydroxyapatite. Swapping toxic fluoride and SLS for a safe alternative, nano-hydroxyapatite, Boka helps remineralize teeth, and fight plaque and sensitivity. Nano-hydroxyapatite is an evolution in dentistry that’s already been a gold standard in Japan for over 40-years. Also known as n-Ha, it makes up the foundation of teeth and bones, meaning it’s naturally restorative and helpful in reducing sensitivity. Boka’s Ela Mint Toothpaste has become wildly popular and was sold out on Amazon and the Boka site for quite a while until they restocked this month. I’ve been using the Boka Ela Mint Toothpaste, Boka Sonic Toothbrush, Boka Mint Floss and Boka Tongue Cleaner. Read on for my Boka toothpaste review and use discount code OBL to save 15% at Boka.

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Bearaby Weighted Blanket Review

Bearaby Weighted blanket Review

I’ve had the Bearaby weighted blanket for almost a year now and wanted to share my experience with this popular weighted blanket brand. Bearaby uses high-quality sustainable materials for all their products. The Bearaby weighted blanket comes in three different fabrics (Cotton Napper, Tree Napper, Eco Velvet Napper) and a variety of weights and colors. I own the Bearaby Tree Napper, which is made of Eco friendly Tencel. Scientific research shows that sleeping under an evenly distributed weight brings about a deeper, more natural sleep cycle. The sensation of feeling cocooned can also help reduce cortisol levels. I also had a few people who like to sleep over at my place try out the Bearaby weighted blanket to get a feel for their opinion. Read on for my honest Bearaby weighted blanket review.

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Pique Tea Review 2022

If you’re looking for the latest innovation in tea, look no further because Pique Tea is here and they’ve reimagined tea in a way that has got this diehard coffee (and matcha latte) addict excited about drinking tea. Pique Tea isn’t your usual tea bag that you’ve always known. Pique Teas are cold-brewed tea crystals. Sounds perfect for the modernista lifestyle. Founded in 2014 in San Francisco, Pique Tea offers the purest, healthiest tea that are available in the form of crystals that dissolve in both hot or cold water. Read on to learn all about Pique Tea and my honest thoughts – plus save 10% with Pique discount code OBL at

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Best Natural and Organic Deodorants That Work 2022

Best natural deodorants

As an organic beauty blogger for eight years now, I’ve tested so many natural and organic deodorants. Switching to a non-toxic deodorant is one of the first things you should do. By now we all know the serious health risks aluminum and toxins in conventional deodorants pose to our well-being, most notably breast cancer. But with all the natural deodorant options that exist today it can get more than confusing knowing which one you should buy. So, I decided to finally take my years of deodorant experience and create the ultimate guide to aluminum-free, natural deodorants that actually work to help people understand which clean deodorant is right for them. Discover the best affordable budget nontoxic deodorants, best natural deodorants for men, best clean luxury deodorants and more. Scroll on for my guide to the best natural, non-toxic and organic deodorants!

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Madame Lemy Deodorant Review + Discount Code

If you’re looking for an all natural deodorant that’s a little more fun and unique than your traditional natural deodorant, let me introduce you to Madame Lemy. Luxurious and glamorous, Madame Lemy is an all natural and certified vegan and cruelty free deodorant made of loose powder. Madame Lemy was created after the founder’s best friend was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, and despite the founder’s own life-threatening setbacks, Madame Lemy has met a ton of success and even launched at Urban Outfitters. Inspired by the 1920s era of glam and glitz, Madame Lemy features a puff applicator and chic box with a soft, fine powder that can be used as a deodorant, body powder and dry shampoo. Read on for my Madame Lemy deodorant review and use discount code OBL to save 20% at Madame Lemy.

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Somavedic Review: Is It Worth It?

Somavedic review

After hearing biohackers and wellness gurus rave about the Somavedic EMF mitigation device, I had to put the Somavedic Vedic to the test. Is a $950 frequency therapy device made of crystals housed in a fancy glass dome actually worth it? Besides fighting EMF radiation and 5G radiation, the Somavedic can also fight free radicals, viruses, parasites and mold as well as structure water. I purchased the Somavedic Vedic, which is the new and improved version of the original Somavedic bestseller Medic Green Ultra, to see for myself. Read on for my honest Somavedic review, the benefits of a Somavedic and whether it’s worth buying. You can always use Somavedic discount code OBL to save $90 at the Somavedic website.

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Higher Dose Sauna Blanket Review 2022

Popular with the likes of Lady Gaga and Bella Hadid, the celeb-favorite Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blanket harnesses far infrared rays inside Amethyst, Tourmaline, and Charcoal layers for all the benefits of a sauna in the comfort of your home. If you’re not able to get a full-size sauna but you love sauna sessions, portable sauna blankets are a a convenient way to boost your wellness without ever having to leave the house. I’ve had a foot injury that’s prevented me from exercising, so getting a good sweat session through a sauna blanket to detox and burn calories seemed like a perfect solution. But is a $600 infrared sauna blanket worth it? In this Higher Dose review I’m sharing what it’s actually like to use an infrared sauna blanket, Higher Dose benefits, and how to use a Higher Dose sauna blanket. If you’d like to get your own Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blanket, use discount code OBL to save 15% at Higher Dose

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Purity Coffee Review: Best Healthy Coffee

If you’re looking for the healthiest organic coffee brand that’s delicious, high-quality and mold-free, look no further. Purity Organic Coffee is the best organic coffee brand I’ve tried and one that I’ve been drinking for years now. While there’s a ton of organic coffee brands out there, the taste of Purity coffee is just sublime to me. In line with being the best healthy coffee brand, Purity Organic Coffee is full of antioxidants and actually good for you. Certified Organic beans are just the beginning when it comes to Purity Organic Coffee. 97% of the world’s coffee uses pesticides, so if you’re someone who drinks coffee daily, you’re going to want to make the switch to organic coffee sooner rather than later! Find out why organic is so important when it comes to coffee and why Purity Organic Coffee is the best organic coffee brand. You can always save 10% with my Purity Coffee discount code OBL here.

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How To Make Your Home More Sustainable: Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps in 2021

Eco friendly bedroom

Making eco-friendly swaps in the home is super easy, and you get to help the environment and reduce your exposure to toxins at the same time. Gone are the days when we carelessly used plastic wrap for all our stored fridge food and plastic bags when we shopped for groceries. There has been a societal shift as it becomes more and more imperative that we start taking care of the environment. And it all begins in our home by making conscious daily choices and small, gradual changes. In this guide to making your home more sustainable, I’m sharing easy eco-friendly swaps for green living.

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Narwal Robot Vacuum and Self Cleaning Mop Review 2021

Narwal robot vacuum mop

The Narwal Robot Mop and Vacuum is an award-winning brand new invention that started out as an uber successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and Kickstarter — and will be launching June 1, 2021. Narwal reached out to me to send over their Narwal T10 and they had me at self cleaning. Narwal is the world’s first, I repeat first, self-cleaning robot mop and vacuum. Meaning, the mop cleans itself so you don’t have to lift a finger. This technology is so impressive that it won CES 2020 INNOVATION AWARD PRODUCT for its unique mop self-washing and deep cleaning technology!

Before I go further with this Narwal review, I have to mention that the price is steep – while it retails for $1099, my readers can use code OBL to save $200 off Narwal’s price from launch date June 1, 2021. (You can reserve yours by pre-ordering with just $1 now then use code OBL at checkout on launch day.)

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Daily Harvest Organic Smoothies & Meals Review + Coupon Code

I’m so excited I got to try Daily Harvest and share them with you, including a coupon code! Their concept is refreshingly simple:

  1. Nourishing fruits and vegetables frozen within hours of harvest to lock in the nourishing goodness of peak season ripeness. For instance, Blueberries have 200% more vitamin C when frozen vs fresh after 3 days and Cauliflower has 50% more antioxidants frozen vs fresh after 3 days.
  2. Pre-made and pre-chopped frozen recipes delivered to your doorstep. It’s so convenient not having to shop for the individual ingredients, chop all the fruit and veggies and clean up the mess. All you have to do is add your milk base and throw it into a blender.
  3. A wide variety of OPTIONS: SmoothieSoupsHarvest BowlsLattesOat Bowls & Chia Bowls
  4. FLEXIBLE subscription based service that can be paused for any period of time you wish
  5. ORGANIC ingredients!

Affiliate code OBL gives 3 bowls free (roughly a 35% discount on your order). DAILY HARVEST WEBSITE

They have an endless number of options and varieties and you can actually filter according to your “Likes & Dislikes,” “Key Benefits”, or “Dietary Needs.” I selected my cups based on Anti-Inflammatory benefits, which produced 30 results, and received the below 6 to test out:

Carrot+Coconut Soup
Blueberry Majik Chia Bowl
Beet+Avocado Poke
Dragonfruit + Lychee Cup

I loved the ingredients in this cup since I don’t eat too much dragonfruit or lychee. I did find it to be a bit bland on the taste but my boyfriend loved it. If you find it isn’t as sweet as you’d like you can add an all natural sweetener to it!

organic strawberries, organic lychee, organic peaches (ascorbic acid and citric acid added to prevent oxidation), organic pineapple, organic bananas, organic dragon fruit (pitaya), organic golden flax seed, red beets, hemp seed

Carrot Coconut Soup

I added some water to a microwavable bowl and poured the frozen ingredients in. Then I microwaved for 3 minutes and stirred it as I waited for it to cool down. It’s a super flavorful Indian soup, and very light, so don’t expect that incredibly rich curry soups you have at Indian restaurants. The veggie ingredients tasted extremely fresh!

organic carrots, organic coconut milk (organic coconut, water), organic tomato paste (organic tomato paste, citric acid), organic spinach, organic cauliflower, organic green bell peppers, organic red bell peppers, ginger, himalayan pink sea salt, organic madras curry blend (organic turmeric, organic coriander, organic cumin, organic fenugreek, organic mustard seed, organic black pepper, organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic chili pepper, organic allspice), organic cilantro, garlic, green onions, organic peppercorns, galangal

This works as a subscription based service and you can choose from the below 4 options:

Weekly: 9 cups per week
Weekly: 12 cups per week
Weekly: 24 cups per week
Monthly: 24 cups per months

The important thing to note is that you can pause your subscription for any period of time you wish. So if you feel like Bimonthly deliveries are more your jam then you can manually tailor the deliveries to fit your needs.

My Experience with Lucky Vitamin’s Membership Program

This post was sponsored by LuckyVitamin. All thoughts are my own

a b o u t  l u c k y  v i t a m i n

LuckyVitamin is a family-owned online health products store dedicated to helping people lead healthier lives through a vast array of 35,000+ products, a team of health experts and strong company values. This hugely successful corporation offers brands that believe in fair trade initiatives and helping to develop better trading conditions in developing countries by promoting sustainability and gives back to local communities and charitable organizations.

Their main categories are natural & organic, vitamins, supplements, pet, baby, household, personal care/beauty, foods, gluten free, paleo, keto and more. I found that they carry a TON of natural & organic brands including:

-Badger Balm
-Goddess Garden
-Dr. Hauschka
-Herbivore Botanicals
-John Masters Organics
-Meow Meow Tweet
-S.W. Basics
-Clove and Hallow
-Indigo Wild
-Derma E
-Plant Apothecary

I personally ordered items to get a feel for how the site is and I noticed that:

– Face oils were 20% off
– They have a “Clearance” section that had over 1000 products in the beauty category.
-Shipping took about a week

m e m b e r s h i p  b e n e f i t s

They recently launched LuckyVitamin+ an annual membership program that comes out to about $4 per month ($49.95 per year).

LV+ Member benefits include:

  • Stackable 10% Savings on Everything

They have monthly sales, flash sales and buy-1-get-1 free deals going on all the time (a couple that they have going on now are spring cleaning sale and 20% off Derma E products) so you can save even more by adding this combinable discount. If there’s certain vitamins and food items that you need on an ongoing basis then you can autoship them (a feature available to all customers) and save 5-10% making your savings 15-20% at the bare minimum automatically.

  • Free Shipping on Orders $25+

Regular customers get free shipping on orders of $49 but LV+ members only need to order a minimum of $25.

  • Personal Certified Wellness Consultant

This is my favorite part about the membership. If you want to take charge of your health or become more knowledgeable this is a really interesting feature to take advantage of. After logging in to my account I went to my Membership and clicked on “Schedule a Call” and was able to schedule for any time that I wanted and got an immediate confirmation with whom I’d be speaking with.

The box will say,

“Wellness Consultants

All LV+ Members have the option to get 1:1 access to a personal Wellness Consultant. Your Wellness Consultant will provide professional product and lifestyle advice, personalized outreach and checkpoints tailored to your wellness goals, plus fast and expert service on orders with follow up care.”

I spoke with Matthew and he was very knowledgeable about my health-related questions and sent me a follow up email with information and links to products. He said to email or call anytime I had questions and I felt like he genuinely loved advising and assisting.

Benefits of the wellness consultant include:
-A Personal point of contact
-Professional product guidance and advice on orders from a Nutritionist
-Fast response time for email questions about products and orders
-Expert customer service and follow up care
-Direct phone support with less waiting time than Customer Service
  • Exclusive LV+ Samples and Gifts
  • LV+ Community Forum and Members Only Content

Check out LV+ here.

Colombia’s Zuana Beach Resort

99% of the time I blog about cities in Europe, so I’m excited to have my first Latin American travel destination on the blog. I honestly never thought I’d return to South America, except maybe as a retired 60 something year old because I spent a decent amount of time there during my teens. But as fate would have it, I found myself on a plane to Panama then Cali, Colombia ..and then Santa Marta for a wedding. I was looking around for where to stay and Zuana immediately caught my eye because of the extensive number of amenities it offers. Funnily enough, I booked the standard room but then was offered a Deluxe Suite by the hotel.

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Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa

“While we can’t change our genes, we can alter our lifestyle to protect the longevity of our skin, body and mind.”

– Dr. Claudia Aguirre

Just 2 hours away from LA in the desert landscape of Corona, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a wellness enthusiast’s ultimate playground built around mineral hot springs and their incredible health benefits. It’s been around for over 150 years but it has certainly evolved over time, including in recent years to cater to today’s eco-friendly luxury seeker. With its 19 different pools, mineral hot springs, exceptional spa treatments, gourmet cuisine, Scandinavian-inspired Starbucks-serving cafe. cocktail bar and the one-of-a-kind Club Mud and Grotto, Glen Ivy has all the makings for an epic spa day with a loved one or friends.

Last month, Glen Ivy celebrated the new skincare line /skin regimen/ (launched Feb 2018) at their spa and invited bloggers and influencers to learn more about the science behind the products, enjoy the facilities and experience the line firsthand with an Urban Longevity /skin regimen/ facial. Dr. Claudie Aguirre spoke about the

  • Effect of psychological stress on skin
  • The psychological power behind touch and music
  • DNA only being a factor not a determinant in how we age (we are not locked into our DNA)
  • and other skincare science topics.

The Urban Longevity /skin regimen/ Facial Review

This expertly designed facial is for stressed skin or skin showing the first signs of aging. It is customizable to correct dullness, dehydration and expression wrinkles, it deeply renews the skin and leaves it glowing and protected.

The spa has a beautiful entrance where /skin regimen/ products, Jane Iredale, NuFace skin tech devices, COOLA and other products are displayed and several treatment rooms. The facialist began with aromatherapy then proceeded to cleanse the skin. As it was a mini-facial there was no steaming involved. She used a 16% acid peel mask which felt very tingly and included a massage session using a Qigong and Rolling Roulage technique with her fingers, which felt like she was rolling my skin continuously. It also included  Macro Waves Sound, which uses both natural and synthetic sounds that help the mind detach, and a shoulder and upper back massage to provide a deep relaxation effect as the mask sat. Finally, the mask was wiped off and /skin regimen/ MicroAlgae Essence and Jane Iredale BB Cream SPF 15 was applied. My skin looked brighter and luminous, though I’m sure with the full facial you would reap even more benefits. The facialist also advised to reapply sunblock every hour not every few hours when in the sun.

Sole Focus Massage Review

This indulgent foot massage uses a technique called Zone Theory which stimulates points on the feet that improve circulation, stimulate mental calm and relieve physical tension throughout the body. 50 minutes felt like 5 with my massage therapist using her expert fingers to knead, rub, pull, and tap her way into the souls of my feet. If I get a massage I usually go for a full body one, but there’s something interesting about the Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy that the foot is connected to everything in the body. Perhaps there’s some truth in this as I still felt relaxed and like I was walking on clouds after.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Review

I’m not even sure where to begin, but Glen Ivy is simply beautiful- it’s like a tropical oasis wonderland with every kind of amenity you would desire. Need a pool filled with red clay mud? Check. Need a pool with a panoramic view? Check. Want to lie in a pool that’s basically a giant Epsom salt bath? Check. Healthy cocktail during the day? No judgement. Healthy cuisine crafted by an executive chef? Check. I could go on and on. It truly is an adult playground and an all day affair. I don’t believe a day here is complete without complementing it with one of their spa treatments. Can it really be a spa day without some sort of massage? To give you a better idea of all that Glen Ivy has to offer, here are the deets:

  • 19 mineral baths and pools
  • Club Mud (Californai red clay pool)
  • Women’s Bathhouse with our own indoor pool
  • 2 stylish saunas
  • Ivy Kitchen serving healthy, Mexi-Cali with a coastal twist and farm-to-table philosophy
  • Bar & smoothie café
  • Spa treatments


About /skin regimen/ skincare science-focused line for the stressed out urbanite

I wanted to wait to until I had tried out the /skin regimen/ products we were sent home with so I could share my experience. Please note I’ve only used these for about a week so these are merely my first impressions and not a real review. This is not an organic line, but takes a natural approach with zero synthetic fragrance, silicones, animal derivatives, artificial colorants, mineral oils and parabens. /skin regimen/ was designed for the urban-dweller living a fast-paced and stressful lifestyle. This kind of lifestyle alters the skin’s normal cellular processes, particularly DNA methylation, glycation, oxidation and inflammation, contributing to cellular breakdown and eventually hindering skin health, even in biologically young skin. The /skin regimen/ products target the most common stress-related signs – dehydration, city-gray skin, wrinkles and imperfections using their signature Longevity Complex™ an exclusive mix of organic superfood extracts and a high-tech molecule, counteracting the effects of stress and aging accelerators. It contains the anti-inflammatory Wild Indigo, modulating excess cortisol and boosting beta-endorphins, Maqui Berry with powerful antioxidants anthocyanins, and anti-glycation Spinach and Carnosine, a dipeptide. Spinach, thanks to its folic acid content, also promotes a correct DNA methylation.

MicroAlgae Essence Iluminating Lotion

This is definitely more of an essence and a thick toner than a lotion. It gives a nice glow to skin and I use it underneath my serum and moisturizer, but as far as “illuminating” it does not contain any shimmer or mica. This has to be my favorite product out of the three I tried. It gives a major boost of hydration to my dry skin and has an invigorating scent that reminds me of cinnamon. The essence is concentrated with unicellular micro-algae and their Longevity Complex to recharge the skin and maintain optimal hydration.

Tulsi Booster

This is a super lightweight concentrated oil featuring Tulsi, an adaptogenic ingredient used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote antioxidant activity and is designed for particularly dry and depleted skin. It feels almost like a serum than an oil, provides lasting hydration and I love that it incorporates Ayurveda. The scent is the same as the MicroAlgae Essence- a spicy cinnamon like scent.

/night detox

This is another very interesting product – you leave it on overnight rather than washing it off after it dries and it works to detoxify the skin from accumulated pollution. It contains Gluconolactone and alpha-glucan yeast to boost the skin’s ability to eliminate the toxins accumulated during the day. The mask has a balm-like texture and a beautiful natural scent I can’t quite put my finger on. My skin feels softer and looks clearer and significantly more toned the next morning.

Thank you Glen Ivy Hot Springs and /skin regimen/ for this unforgettable experience!