Mystical House Citrus Body Butter Review

Mystical House Citrus Body Butter Review

Body butter is one of my favorite winter skin care products. Winter is hard on my skin. I tend to have more dryness and irritation in the winter than any other time of the year. A good body butter helps to keep my skin moisturized and in good condition. When Mystical House sent me this body butter, I was immediately intrigued by the scent. A refreshing combination of citrus flavors and a smooth texture got me hooked on this body butter right away!

Claims: “The traditional use of shea butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn… Cocoa butter is a natural source of vitamin E as well as a beneficial treatment for chapped hands, feet, lips, pregnant skin and other skin irritations… Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-Fungal properties…”

Ingredients: Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, lime essential oil, grapefruit essestial oil, tangerine esential oil

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. All natural and organic ingredients. Fresh and invigorating scent. Very rich and creamy formula. Portable, travel sized packaging. Easy close container.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: The Citrus Body Butter from Mystical House is a great addition to your winter skin care routine. I love the scent! To be honest, I often avoid citrus scents because they tend to be too artificial and too sweet. That is not at all the case here. It’s a great combination of citrus fragrances that smell like real fruit, it is not at all artificial or overpowering. The creamy formula really moisturized my skin. Even my boyfriend was using this body butter daily on his dry hands and felt that it really helped to improve the condition of his skin.

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Garlic & Ginger Tofu with Coconut Rice

Garlic & Ginger Tofu with Coconut Rice

One of my favorite treats from a local food truck is lemongrass tofu with coconut rice. It’s a simple and savory dish. I wanted to make a budget friendly version at home that could easily be made in large portions and give leftovers for workday lunches. Using just a handful of ingredients, Garlic & Ginger Tofu with Coconut Rice is the perfect at home version.

What you will need to make Garlic & Ginger Tofu:

  • 1 16 ounce package firm or extra firm tofu, pressed and cut into cubes
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos (You could sub soy sauce, but it does not have the benefits of liquid aminos. Read more about those here.)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Canola or coconut oil for cooking

What you will need to make Coconut Rice:

  • 1 cup white jasmine rice
  • 1 15 ounce can lite coconut milk (note: You can use regular if you like, but the rice will not turn out as light and fluffy as it does with lite coconut milk.)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

How to make Garlic & Ginger Tofu:

  1. In a glass baking dish or re-usable container, combined the garlic, ginger, Bragg’s liquid aminos and brown sugar. Mix well – until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add in the tofu cubes.
  3. Let the tofu marinade for at least an hour, longer if possible. Flip the tofu or shake the container up every 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add about 1 tablespoon of canola or coconut oil. Once the pan is hot, add the tofu and any marinade that was not absorbed. Cook until browned on all sides.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and green onion if desired. Serve immediately, with Sriracha on the side.

How to make Coconut Rice:

  1. Rinse the rice in water two to three times. To do this, place the rice in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Swirl the rice around in the water. You should see the water getting cloudy. Drain the water. Repeat two to three times, until the water is clear. Drain all the water from the rice after rinsing.
  2. In the same medium pot, add the can of coconut milk, water, and chopped garlic to the rice.
  3. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the mixture is rapidly boiling, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 30 minutes. Once that time is up, take the pot off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes with the lid on.

This is one of the easiest and most delicious deserts I’ve made! If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.


Vegan Super Bowl Recipes

Vegan Super Bowl Recipes

Tomorrow is the Super Bowl. For many, this means that they are preparing lots of snacks for game time. I have to say that the food is definitely my favorite part of the Super Bowl! Featured in this post are recipes from Logical Harmony that are perfect for your Super Bowl party guests.

Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites

This delicious combination of vanilla protein powder, cashews, maple syrup, chocolate chips and raw cacao nibs are a healthy way to serve sweets.

How to make Buffalo Cauliflower

Easily the most frequently made recipe from Logical Harmony (by both myself and readers), this recipe takes things up a notch from most that have been published since. With extra kicks from garlic, oregano, and cayenne, these buffalo bites have a lot of flavor.

Vegan Mango & Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

I’ve been addicted to this sorbet recently. Frozen mango’s give a creamy base to this sugar-free treat.

How to Make Curry Chik'n Salad

This retro classic from the 1960′s is a new popular staple. Eat alone, on bread, or in wraps.

How to Make Cornmeal Crusted Tofu Tacos

Tofu coated in cornmeal and spices then fried up and served with spicy cabbage slaw and fresh salsa are the perfect quick and easy dish to add to your party.

Mango and Lychee Salsa Recipe

Mango salsa is one of my favorites. Use this recipe to combine mango’s with fresh jalapeno, onion, garlic, peppers, and lychee or any other tropic fruit.

How to Make Buffalo Seitan

Having guests over that may not be interested in buffalo cauliflower? Seitan is a gluten based meat alternative that goes over really well with meat lovers.

Buffalo Tofu Kale Salad Recipe

Marinated and oven-grilled buffalo tofu mix perfectly with fresh kale and vegetables for a savory salad.

Soy-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic chocolate chip cookies are a staple for anyones recipe box. You can stick to the classic version with just chocolate, or add in other add-ons. The possibilities are endless! Though my favorites are adding dried coconut, a pinch of cinnamon or instant coffee to the dough.

How to Make Truffle Kettle Corn

Sweet and salty, kettle corn is a crowd favorite. Using truffle oil really takes things to the next level.

How to Make Kale Stuffed Mushrooms

Simple and delicious, stuffed mushrooms are always a crowd pleaser. They are incredibly versatile. This basic recipe is one that tastes great as is, but is also easy to add to.

How to Make Easy Homemade Pickles

One of my guilty pleasures are pickled items. Cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, radishes.. You name it and I’ve probably tried to pickle it at least once. These easy pickles only take a couple of hours before they are ready to serve!

How To Make Brussels Sprouts Chips

Crispy, salty, and lemony these are a delicious substitute for regular chips and a fresh alternative to kale chips.

Logical Harmony in Vegan Lifestyle Magazine – January 2014

Logical Harmony in Vegan Lifestyle Magazine - January 2014

The January 2014 issue of Vegan Lifestyle Magazine is now available! This issue is full of amazing recipes, features on Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods, vegan gardening, and an article by myself on what China’s potential changes in animal testing laws could mean for the cosmetics world. I’m very excited to be able to write for such a wonderful magazine!

You can find Vegan Lifestyle Magazine in the app store (it’s available for both the iPad and the iPhone) or buy directly through iTunes. You can also preview the magazine online.

Tone It Up Tuesday – A Week in Review #LoveYourBody

Tone It Up Tuesday – A Week in Review

Each week that I stick to the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge I feel positive changes. Each week certain routines get a little easier. Each week, new challenges present themselves as there are new routines added into the challenge. There are just over two weeks left in the challenge and I am impressed with how much I am still loving it.

Here is what the past week in workouts looked like:

  • Monday – Love Your Abs x 3, 4 miles of cardio
  • Tuesday – Cupid’s Cardio x 1, Love Your Full Body with Kettlebells x 1, Foam Roller Workout x 2, 2 miles of cardio
  • Wednesday – Malibooty x 2, Love Your Arms & Abs x 2, 3 miles of cardio
  • Thursday – Love Your Booty x 3, Wild Child Cardio x 1, 3 miles of cardio
  • Friday – Cupid’s Cardio x 1, Love Your Arms & Abs x 1, Love Your Total Body 2 x 1, 4 miles of cardio
  • Saturday – Love Your Body with Kettlebells x 1, 3 miles of cardio
  • Sunday – 4 miles of cardio

Since the Love Your Body series started, here is where I am with my goals:

  • Working out every day: Yes! I have continued to work out daily since the start of this challenge on January 2nd.
  • Bootycall workouts 4 days a week: Yes! I’ve been able to fit in a morning workout 6 days out of the last week!
  • Checking in on social media: Yes! I have been checking in daily with a recap of my workouts for that day. Tone It Up has a great online community. I use Instagram for my check-ins with the hashtags #LoveYourBody and #TIUteam. It’s also a great way to hold yourself acocuntable.
  • #100byVDay: Part of the challenge is to do 100 miles of cardio (any kind!) by Valentine’s Day. I’m currently at 95 miles! I’m going to strive to hit 150 by Valentine’s Day!

Curious what’s on the agenda for this week? Check out the most recent schedule online! I’d love to hear how things are going for you with the Love Your Body Challenge!