Shaklee Youth Skincare for Anti-Aging

Shaklee Youth Skincare Set

You all know from previous posts that I am an advocate for great skincare. I love choosing products with natural ingredients. Well, I am very excited to tell you all about Shaklee YOUTH products!

Shaklee Youth Skincare

Shaklee YOUTH products are made to help aging by remedying it at the cellular level. What impresses me about Shaklee’s products is the fact that they have a comprehensive “free of” list of over 2,500 chemicals that never touch their products. So you know you’re putting only good things on your face.

The three products I was sent from the Shaklee YOUTH Skincare Set are:

YOUTH Activating Serum – This is a blend of vitamins, polyphenols (micronutrients), and YOUTH complex which helps support collagen production. You apply this twice daily and only have to use 1-1 1/2 pumps each use. I like how nourishing and moisturizing this serum is. I have very dry skin so this serum is perfect for me.

Shaklee YOUTH Radiance C + E

YOUTH Radiance C + E – This is used to “plump, brighten and visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles”. It contains 20% pure Vitamin C, raspberry extract, as well as Vitamin E. I love the fact that these are single dose capsules that you can burst open when you need them. 

Shaklee YOUTH Activating BB Cream

YOUTH Activating BB Cream with SPF 30 – A 5-in-1 beauty balm that : nourishes, protects, evens, corrects and hydrates! This beauty balm comes in 4 shades. I do think it should come in more so it can work with more complexions, but, I like this BB cream. There are Vitamins C, E, and B5 as well as muscadine grape polyphenols in this. The Muscadine Grape Polyphenols help protect against free-radicals and the Vitamins nourish your skin and help it feel soft and hydrated. Green algae in the cream helps to bring firmness to the skin. 

YOUTH Radiance C + E

YOUTH Activating BB Cream SPF 30

I’ve been really liking these products. As you get older like me, you realize that excellent skincare with top-notch ingredients is important. Definitely check out Shaklee’s YOUTH products. They are 100% cruelty-free and vegan which is definitely nice too.

*These products were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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How I Got My Hair to Grow Back After Pregnancy

Among the many things that happen during or after pregnancy is the unpleasant surprise of learning that you may lose clumps of your hair and have bald spots. :O I wish I could write a book about all the things I learned during and after pregnancy. There’s so much that you’re not told when you become pregnant. I’m not sure if women want you to hear all the wonderful things about pregnancy so they don’t scare you off, or if they just simply forget. Either way, I learned a lot during and after those 9 months of my pregnancy.

One day, while I was pregnant, I ran my hands through my hair in the shower and out came a handful of hair. I have thick hair, so I’m used to pulling out some. But when I saw twice as much hair in my hand, I became worried. As the months went on, my hair wasn’t stopping coming out. I had read that during pregnancy a lot of women get luscious, beautiful hair, but mine was looking and feeling far from that. Months after I had had my baby, my hair was still not growing back, and I was feeling really self-conscious about my hair.

I took my prenatal vitamins, I drank water, I brushed my hair, but nothing was working to help my hair grow back.  I went on my phone and happened to see an Insta Story of a girl that I love following on Instagram and she had raved about a product called Vital Proteins. She mentioned how it helps your hair and nails because it is collagen. I’m no stranger to taking hair, skin and nails products, but I was desperate to find something that ACTUALLY worked. I decided to email them and ask if I could try their products out. They happily obliged and sent me their Collagen Peptides as well as their Collagen Beauty Greens.

When the products showed up to my house, I quickly ripped them open to try them out.

I’ve been using them for months now (the Collagen Peptides more than the Collagen Beauty Greens) and I can say that they WORK. Like, ACTUALLY WORK. Within a month of taking the Collagen Peptides my hair was growing back and I could notice the baby hairs sticking out my hair. I can’t tell you the amount of joy I had seeing my hair start to fill back in. There’s a confidence that comes from little things like that.

What I love about the Collagen Peptides and the Collagen Beauty greens is that you can use them in both cold or hot drinks. I, personally, like to put my Collagen Peptides in a hot drink like a hot chocolate. I’ve put it in apple juice before and it makes a weird texture and flavor, which I don’t love. You can mix these both up into smoothies and they’re wonderful. The Collagen Peptides have no flavoring really and the Collagen Beauty Greens have a slightly fishy taste due to having marine collagen in them. They also raw greens in them so there is that taste as well. Hence, why I say to put them in a smoothie. They’re not my favorite flavor. Two great things in the Collagen Beauty Greens is that they also contain Hyaluronic Acid which is great for joints and skin and they contain Probiotics, which are good for digestion.

Would I recommend these? Yes, yes I would. I think they work wonderfully. I would choose the Collagen Peptides over the Collagen Beauty Greens as far as taste, but I think Vital Proteins has done an incredible job making these products. I’m tempted to wrap this up in a friend’s baby shower gift next time! 😀

You can check out Vital Proteins HERE!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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VIIcode O2M OXYGEN EYE MASK *

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask  is a gel-like, over-night  treatment that  helps to firm, brighten, smooth and hydrate your under-eyes by using eco-friendly plant oxygen extracts. It provides continuous wear for up to 8 hours!

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Inside the VIIcode O2M Oxygen Mask is essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, peptides as well as botanicals. Here are some of the ingredients of the eye mask and their properties:

  • Allantoin – has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) – Stimulates cells that bring about collagen production,
    protects from UV damage, is anti-inflammatory, contains 75+ components including: several vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and minerals, has healing properties, and is anti-aging.
  • Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) – soothes dry skin and wounds.
  • Smart Q10 – promotes cell-regeneration.
  • Citric acid – revitalizes skin and helps absorption of minerals
  • Vitamin E – blocks free-radicals that cause skin aging, moisturizes skin.

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VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Packaging

You may apply the masks up to 3 times a week. Three boxes give the best results of treatment.

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Being Worn

So, what was my experience like with the eye masks?

Because of the mask’s ingredients like aloe, the  VIIcode O2M Oxygen eye masks are cool to the touch. What’s cool is they stay cool on your skin for hours. I have used the masks both during the day as well as at night and I found that they don’t really shift around at all. I move around a lot in my sleep and I haven’t had any problems.

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen eye masks have a really soft, gel-like texture and I thought that made them extremely comfortable for me to wear. It’s definitely rejuvenating wearing these. After several hours, the gel dries up and I like that while the gel  is not dry, it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your skin when you take the masks off.

After wearing these masks, I have noticed my under eyes feel soft, the puffiness has gone, and very fine lines seem to disappear.

These masks retail for $55 a box.

VIIcode has given me a Black Friday code for their Oxygen Eye Masks on Amazon (<—Link here). 🙂

Use code RQLQ-QPAB5X-89C82H for $5 off. This code expires 11/30/15.

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*This post is Sponsored by VIIcode.

Jealous Body Scrub – Grapeseed and Macadamia

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If you’ve read my previous post on Jealous Body Scrub, you’d know that I absolutely love this scrub. It doesn’t just exfoliate and moisturize, it really transforms your shower or bath with its rich aroma.

Jealous Body sent me over one of their new scrubs to try — Grapeseed + Macadamia and I really liked it. It’s got a few different ingredients than the last..

Ingredients:

  • robusta coffee beans — ground
  • grapeseed oil
  • macadamia nut oil
  • raw brown sugar
  • sea salt
  • vitamins A & E

What It’s Meant to Do

Exfoliate. Tighten skin & treat acne. Balance out oil production. Protect & repair skin with its vitamins. Leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

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My Thoughts on the Scrub

My skin felt really soft after using it and even though I’ve got sensitive skin, the ingredients are so gentle that I don’t need to worry about breaking out or anything like that. I used this scrub in both the bath and shower and loved the rich aroma that enveloped my bathroom. I imagine myself in a coffee house or walking down the coffee aisle in the store (am I the only person who purposefully walks down that aisle because I love the aroma?).

I would say that after having used the coconut and coffee scrub I actually prefer the coconut scrub over this just because I feel like it moisturized my skin better and allowed me to really spread it around easily on my skin. However, both are great scrubs and I really have nothing bad to say about them.

If you’re interested in buying one of these scrubs you can buy these scrubs HERE.

I highly recommend them!

Each retails for $17.95.

You can find Jealous Body on these platforms:

FACEBOOK // TWITTER // INSTAGRAM

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to me free of cost for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Clarisonic Mia 2

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So, a while back I was given the opportunity from ProductTestingUSA.com to try out a Clarisonic Mia 2 ! 🙂 I was pretty stoked because I’d been hearing about them and heard loads of great things.

Unfortunately, I’m not someone who splurges on everything I like — it takes me years to pep talk myself into buying some things. (Example: any of the Naked palettes .. I’m in love with them <3 … yet, I still haven’t talked myself into spending $56 a piece. Why must you be so expensive?! 😐)

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Anyways, I’ve been really loving this cleansing brush! It doesn’t work like your typical cleansing brush – it uses sonic speeds and pulses which cleanses your face more thoroughly.

Here’s how Clarisonic explains it:

Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.”

Sounds cool, right?

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Sooo.. my original face-washing routine was: grab lots of products, clean my face for like 5 mins, splash hot water on my face and then cold water, and then put lotion, etc on. After using the Clarisonic, my routine was cut down to 3 mins – tops! 🙂 I simply follow the face washing routine (twice) of: 10 seconds – forehead, 10 seconds – nose and chin, 20 seconds – one cheek, 20 seconds – the other cheek. Clarisonic recommends you do one round of 20 secs for chin and nose and then 20 for forehead and 10 for each cheek , but I don’t have very oily T-zones so I switched it up. I find that this works great for me. 🙂

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I’ll admit that it took me a bit to get used to it. Having had a spinning brush before this, I expected a similar feeling. After putting the brush to my face, I realized it is very gentle and doesn’t move all over the place. Instead, it just pulses super fast but not in an uncomfortable way. After one wash using this, my skin felt amazing! 🙂

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Here’s some cool features it has:

  • 2 Speeds – Delicate and Universal. I used delicate the first two weeks because I’ve got sensitive skin.
  • Cleans your skin 6x better than using just your hands!
  • A one minute timer that pulses when you need to move to the next zone.
  • It’s rechargeable & also waterproof 😀 Hooray!
  • Has a 2 year warranty.
  • You can switch out the brush head. They’ve got one for sensitive skin, acne, deep pore cleansing, body, combination skin, and several others. (Basically one for everyone. :))

By the way, the charger is freaking cool! 🙂 It’s magnetic so it snaps right on and it vibrates and makes a noise when it’s connected. In order to know everything is charged, you’ll see a light going off and on around the “on” button and when it’s charged fully the light will go solid.

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I feel like the battery lasts a good while. I can use my cleanser for half a week to a week using it twice daily and nightly.

Over-all, I’ve been loving this cleansing brush! 🙂 It’s been in my cleansing regimen for the past few months and I feel like my skin has stayed mostly clear, the texture is much better and my skin is verrry clean after using it. My skin doesn’t look so hot when I’m not using it.

I would warn you that the first week or 2 using it – you will break out. It’s not because this brush is irritating your skin or anything like that but rather it’s cleaning your skin so well that all those impurities are coming out. Wait it out.. keep using it.. and thank me later. <3 If you use this right, you’ll love it.

Do any of you own a Clarisonic cleansing brush? What are your thoughts?

*Disclaimer – I received this product free of charge. All opinions expressed are my own.

You can find ProducttestingUSA’s site HERE

& Clarisonic’s site HERE

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Acure Organics

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I’ve been using an amazing brand of products for my skin for about the past few months and I love it. The brand is called Acure Organics and they’re a family owned company who make paraben-free, sulfate-free, and synthetic fragrance-free products for bodies, faces, and even products for babies. They don’t test on animals – which is awesome. What’s sweet is that Acure was founded as a way to honor the founder’s grandmother who battled beast cancer for years. They wanted to provide good products that promote healthy lifestyles, while also raising money for breast cancer research.

What I’ve been impressed with, is the fact that when I buy one of their products, I know I’m going to get a product that has exceptional ingredients that are good for my skin. Not only that, but their products are affordable for all budgets. 🙂 You can find some of their products in Target!

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Sensitive Facial Cleanser –  Cleanses your skin while not drying it out. I have used this every day this past month and love it. It lathers up nicely and when used with my Clarisonic Mia, my skin feels incredibly soft. My skin has also stayed clear while using this cleanser. It doesn’t have much of a scent so if you’re someone who isn’t much into scented cleansers, you’ll like this one.

What it contains: Coconut Oil, Rooibos, Acai, Chamomile, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Probiotics, CoQ10, Pumpkin Seed and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, Vitamin E and some other ingredients including Omega Fatty Acids.

Price: $9.99

A moisturizing mask that draws out impurities. This mask is so gentle on the skin and leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft. It feels somewhat slimy and goopy – but it’s fantastic. It spreads on thinly and evenly and it doesn’t dry. I had had a few bumps on my skin and within the week they were gone. I made sure to leave this mask on the full time for optimal results and I think it worked wonderfully. I love the instructions!

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What it contains: Acai Berry, Blackberry, Rosehips, Rooibos, French Green Clay, Chorella Growth Factor, Cocoa Butter, Algae, Sea Buckthorn, CoQ10, Argan Oil, Sage and Spearmint Essential Oils, Peony Stem Cell and Sweet Iris Stem Cell, plus some extra ingredients.

Price: $12.99

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 Acure Day Cream – A light-weight moisturizer that helps keep skin firm while keeping away free radicals. I really like this day cream because it smells citrus-y, which I love, and I don’t feel like it irritates my skin. A lot of times I put moisturizers on, my skin gets red and bothered. I use this both night and day and I’ve never felt like my pores are getting clogged when wearing this cream.

What it contains: Red Mandarin, Vitamin E, Clove, Evening Primrose Oil (wonderful for your skin!), Sunflower Seed Oil, Blackberry, Pomegranate, Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Probiotic, Argan Oil and other ingredients.

Price: $16.99

Unscented Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes – Wipes you can use for both face and body to remove dirt and makeup. You can find these in Target, which is where I bought them. I have used these a bunch of times and I don’t mind them but I don’t love them. I think my skin is too sensitive to use these. The texture feels like fabric, which is really nice but I don’t feel like it gets my makeup off amazingly. When I used these near my eyes it burns. It has lots of oils in it but it also has Citric Acid, which I think is why it burns. I would not recommend using these near your eyes. I haven’t been able to get my eye makeup off well with these either, which is a big thing I look for in makeup wipes. The other thing I don’t particularly like is that these wipes lather on your face but I think because my skin is dry it just kind of sits on my skin and doesn’t particularly scrub or really clean my face. These may work wonderfully for someone else and I know there’s some great reviews on them – so, if you feel like trying them – I say do. I have loved almost all the Acure products I’ve tried minus these.

What it contains: Olive Oil, Water, Sesame Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, other ingredients

Price: $6.99 – On sale for $5.00

Over-all, I really like this brand. You can tell they put a lot of really great ingredients into their products and that they care about their products. I think their pricing is fair and their products last quite a while.

If you feel like checking them out you can find them here:

ACURE ORGANICS 

ACURE TWITTER

ACURE FACEBOOK

*Disclaimer – some products were sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

CIAO! 🙂

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Two Products That Will Help You Have Clear Skin + Giveaway!

I’ve used 2 products this week that have truly been wonderful for and helped me to have clear skin. The first is one that was given to me by Apothecary Extracts. It’s 100% pure Australian Tea Tree oil.

Firstly, you can use Tea Tree oil for so many things. I really had no idea it wasn’t just for skin. It’s anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, so not only can you fix skin problems with it but you can clean with it as well or use it in your hair.

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I decided to use this for my spots because I’ve heard a lot of great things about Tea Tree oil for acne spots. I noticed that within a few days my spots were shrinking and going away. It says you should mix this with another oil at first but I wanted to use it by itself and I didn’t feel like I had any issues.

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PROS:

Works well for acne

Has many uses

Great consistency

Bottle has a small hole in the top when opened so the oil doesn’t spill out everywhere

100% Pure

CONS:

Strong smell that makes me think of gasoline but it goes away fairly quickly and you don’t notice any more.

I really like this oil. So far it has proven to work pretty well. 🙂 I’ve used it every day for the past week and it’s consistently worked to make my spots smaller. I have seen girls mix this with their face masks which I think I will try soon and post for ya’ll. 🙂 I would definitely recommend this.

A large 4 ounce bottle is $25 but can easily last you a year or more. I barely use any when I cover my spots.

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This is a blackhead and whitehead extractor I bought off Amazon by Malva Belle. It cost about $12 and it’s been one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I saw someone on YouTube using one of these and I immediately wanted one because I struggle with both black and white heads.

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The first end is the whitehead extractor. The loop goes around the whitehead and pulls the junk out. It all stays in the loop which is really nice.

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The flat side is the blackhead extractor. You run this down your nose, chin, etc., and it pulls all the little blackheads from the top of the skin into the loop.

This little tool makes clearing spots SO much easier. You don’t get scars, it’s not painful, and it works quickly. All you need to do is steam or clean your face so your pores are open. I’ve noticed that between using this and the Tea Tree oil, my skin has been mostly clear this week and that makes me really happy. My pores look smaller because they don’t have gunk in them.

Like I said before, I would highly recommend buying these. They work well and they work quickly. 🙂

What top skin care products do you recommend?

GIVEAWAY

Apothecary Extracts wants to give a free bottle away! 🙂 You will receive a code for a huge bottle like I have. Just simply leave a comment on my post!  This giveaway is open to US entrants only, sorry! You must have an Amazon account as well so you can use the code. 🙂

*Disclosure – I received the Tea Tree oil free of charge from Apothecary Extracts via Tomoson. All opinions are my own.

Kneipp Product Review

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In the past few months, I’ve gotten the pleasure of getting to know this wonderful company called Kneipp. I love the story of who they are and why they are and I adore their products. What they offer is natural products based on the holistic philosophy of Sebastian Kneipp.

Sebastian Kneipp was a naturopath and priest and when he was younger he had an extreme case of tuberculosis. Happening to stumble across a hydrotherapy book, he decided to immerse himself every so often into the freezing waters of the Danube river. With those sudden shocks to his system, he actually strengthened it and even put his tuberculosis into remission! Because of this, Sebastian decided to dedicate his life to utilizing the healing properties of water.

As Sebastian got older, he made friends with a pharmacist who also believed in naturopathy and they created products from natural plant extractions and created products that Kneipp to-this-day uses as a basis in their products. Kneipp has been manufacturing health and wellness products since 1891! Their main site is actually in Germany but they’ve got employees world-wide.

Here are some of their products: kneipp-enjoy-life-bath Enjoy Life Bath with May Chang & Lemon – Said that it is mood-improving, refreshing and uplifting 🙂 This has Sunflower seed oil, Lemon peel, May Chang and Citronella oil. May Chang is a citrus-y smelling evergreen that is mostly found in China and Indonesia. Sources say it is antibiotic, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory. This fragrance will lift your spirits. I find that citrus smells are invigorating and help you feel at ease. If you know how much I love cleaning, you know I love the smell of clean. lol . This makes your skin feel soft, too. 🙂

Soft Skin Bath with Almond Blossom – This is for both dry and sensitive skin. I’ve got both, unfortunately. The fortunate news is that this contains:

  1. Almond Oil – Rich in A, B, and E vitamins and is great for your skin! It’s super moisturizing and anti-inflammatory.
  2. Guaiacwood Oil – Used as a fragrance and has notes that are honey, floral, and woody. Used as aromatherapy it is anti-inflammatory, stress-relieving, and a lymphatic decongestant.
  3. Orange Flower Extract – Smells amazing and is soothing.

kneipp-stress-free-bath-mandarin-orange Stress-Free Bath with Mandarin & Orange – Contains Mandarin Orange Peel and Orange Peel. I think it smells really nice. I love how this foams in the bathtub. (Not to say this is a bubble bath. It’s not.) It also dilutes in the bathtub. There are directions on the bottle but you can pour in what you’d like. The only thing I’d be careful of is that it does have dye in it and will semi-dye your hands if it gets straight on them haha. Other than that, very relaxing and smells wonderful. Not too strong of a fragrance.

Anti-Callus Salve with Calendula and Rosemary – Contains Jojoba oil, Beeswax, Rosemary, Orange Oil, and Carnauba Wax. I really wanted to try this on my husband and see what his results are. He walks all day long with a 60 lb camera in his hands so this would be perfect for him. But, I tried it on myself and it was extremely moisturizing. I didn’t love the smell, but hey, if it works , it works! 🙂 I’ll have to experiment on my husband soon lol.

Jojoba Massage Oil – Contains Jojoba, Primrose, Avocado, Cymbopogon Martini , and Cinnamomum  Cassia(Cinnamon) Leaf Oils. Loved this oil. It’s very moisturizing, it smells nice (not too overwhelming) and it’s very relaxing. Smells sort of Christmas spice-y but not super strong. My husband and I used to go to a massage school and get massages but since we moved, we haven’t had the chance to get a massage. We’ve taken turns using this and it’s super relaxing. 🙂 I would totally recommend buying this for yourself but also for a relaxing go-to for your spouse or loved-one. Trust me, they’ll love you.

So far, I’m totally impressed with Kneipp. They have great products for all different circumstances and their products are of great quality.

If you’d like to buy any products from them go to : http://kneippus.com/

All of their products are fairly inexpensive.

*Disclaimer – I did receive these products free of charge. As with all posts, my opinions are my own.

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