Out of Africa Shea Butter Body Oil in Grapefruit Review

Out of Africa Shea Butter Body Oil in Grapefruit Review

In the warm summer months, I love a heavy duty moisturizer that will make my skin feel super soft. The problem with many of them is that they are just too heavy and end up leaving my skin feeling sticky. When I was given a chance to try the Out of Africa Shea Butter Body Oil in Grapefruit, I was interested to see how it would work out. I previously used their Shea Butter Lip Balm and was really pleased with the results. I have used a variety of body oils in the past and the results tend to vary.

Claims: “Our body oils contain pure, unrefined shea butter and are infused with avocado, sweet almond and olive oil. These oils will glide on smoothly and penetrate deeply into your skin without ever feeling greasy or sticky. Naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants A, E, and F, they provide the ultimate nourishing, hydrating and anti-aging benefits. Your skin will feel incredibly soft and supple!”

Ingredients: Pure unrefined shea butter, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E, grapefruit oil

Pros: Fresh and natural grapefruit scent. Very moisturizing. Absorbs into skin quickly. No greasy feel. Paraben free. Sulfate free. Phthalate free. Cruelty free and vegan formula.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: Overall, I really enjoyed this body oil. I loved the scent! It smells like you just cut open a grapefruit, which is super refreshing and energizing. It moisturized well without leaving me feeling sticky or heavy. I’m not sure if I saw any anti-aging benefits like the claims mentioned, but with long-term use and the ingredients used I could see there potentially being some anti-aging benefits.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Vegan Protein Waffles with Chocolate Protein Soft Serve Recipe

Vegan Protein Waffles with Chocolate Protein Soft Serve Recipe

My protein waffle kick has only increased over the past couple of months. It’s just so quick and easy to make a batch of delicious waffles that are not only vegan, but also soy-free, and gluten-free! Recently I paired them with some healthy chocolate protein soft serve for a super decadent feeling brunch that was actually quite healthy.

To make the protein waffles, you can follow my recipe from the post Vegan Protein Waffles with Perfect Fit. Perfect Fit is one of my favorite protein powders. It’s made from brown rice protein, which seems to work really well in this recipe. Despite being gluten-free, the waffles are fluffy and moist like traditional waffles. This protein powder is also  organic, raw, gluten-free, soy-free, and Kosher.

That being said, I find that Plant Fusion protein powder actually works the best in the soft serve. It blends in really well and doesn’t have that gritty texture that some protein powders can have.

What you will need to make Chocolate Protein Soft Serve:

  • 2 ripe bananas, frozen
  • 1 scoop chocolate Plant Fusion protein powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened almond milk

Vegan Chocolate Protein Soft Serve Recipe

How to make Chocolate Protein Soft Serve:

  1. Put a scoop of chocolate protein powder in the bottom of your blender.
  2. Add the frozen bananas in a blender and let them sit for about 5 minutes. This lets them thaw out a little bit for easier blending.
  3. Start blending at the lowest setting possible. It will take a bit for the banana to start blending. At first, it will blend into pea size chunks but then start to turn creamy and smooth. I use a Vitamix for this. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, or just want a creamier texture, add in the almond milk.
  4. Continue to blend on the lowest setting until it’s creamy and smooth.
  5. Enjoy!

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.

Food styling by Justin M.G. Mendez.

Logical Harmony for Vegan Lifestyle Magazine Issue No 9

Logical Harmony for Vegan Lifestyle Magazine Issue No 9

The most recent issue of Vegan Lifestyle Magazine is now out! I contributed an article on cruelty free and vegan razors. While making sure that items like our cosmetics are cruelty free and vegan, it’s a shock to many people to find out that their razor may not be. It could be from a company who tests on animals and could even contain animal ingredients. Download the magazine and read the article to find out all the details.

I have some exciting news for Logical Harmony fans – I am now a monthly contributor to Vegan Lifestyle Magazine! This magazine is available through iTunes and the AppStore and is full of amazing articles, recipes, and more. I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to share more articles in the future.

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NCLA Launches myNCLA

One of my favorite cruelty free and vegan brands, NCLA, just announced some VERY exciting news! They just launched a new iPhone app that seriously changes the manicure game.

Their app myNCLA allows you to create your own custom nail wraps! You can use any photo that you have taken with your phone and choose from four different styles of nail wraps. You can even name the wraps!

I can’t wait to start creating my own nail wraps. To make your own, simply search for “myNCLA” in the AppStore, download the free app, and sign up. It takes just minutes to create your own wraps. They will then be created for you by NCLA and shipped to your door.

Have you created your own set? What did you make? I would love to see you wearing your custom nail wraps on Twitter and Instagram, so please tag me in any pictures. I’ll be sharing my myNCLA wraps with you as soon as they arrive!

Vegan Cuts July Beauty Box Review

Vegan Cuts July Beauty Box Review

I was so excited to receive the Vegan Cuts July Beauty Box! It was curated by fellow vegan beauty blogger Sunny of Vegan Beauty Review. I was so curious to see what she picked to be included in this months box.

The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers 4-7 cruelty free and vegan items directly to your door. It can also be shipped worldwide! It’s a great way to try new brands and new products without the commitment of buying the full-size version.

Included in the July Beauty Box that I received was:

  • Emani Hydrating Lip Color in Temptress – This full size lipstick looks purple in the tube but goes on as a pinkish-purple hue. I loved the hydrating formula! I think that it’s a very pretty shade and I loved it in the tube and swatched on paper, but sadly it doesn’t work well on my olive skin tone. I can see this being a gorgeous color on other complexions. I saw it on Sunny and it looked amazing!
  • Ellovi Butter – This mini sample size tub is perfect for keeping in your makeup bag or purse. I love love love Butter! You can read my full review of Butter to find out more of my thoughts. This little tub is just adorable and I will definitely be using it all the tip. In fact, I’m going to put this in my purse right now so that I always have Butter on hand. This multi-use moisturizer is seriously amazing. You can buy a full-size container of Ellovi through Vegan Cuts.
  • Savvy Boheme Bath and Body Oil in Tall Americano – This blend of coffee infused oils smells delicious! I love coffee scents, so I was really happy with how real this smells. It’s also super moisturizing.  I only put a few drops in my hand and it was more than enough product to moisturize my hands and arms. Despite coming sealed, my deluxe sample sized bottle is only about halfway full of product. I am looking forward to using it though and just wish I had more to use.
  • Original Sprout Hair & Body Baby Wash – Another deluxe sample that works for everyone. This is a great travel sized all-purpose soap. It’s free of skin irritants and has a light and fresh scent. For those without kids, you can still use this product! Baby washes work really well with sensitive skin and are also great for washing your makeup brushes. I don’t have sensitive skin, so I plan to use this for washing makeup brushes. I’m excited to see how it works in my brushes and beauty blender.
  • Just The Goods Lavender Hand & Body Lotion* – This sample size is also perfect for carrying on-the-go. The formula is super smooth and creamy. I like that it hydrated without being greasy and it has a very subtle scent.
  • Just The Goods Peppermint Hand & Body Lotion* – This sample sized lotion was so refreshing! I loved the scent! Like the lavender, it was subtle but unique and delicious. I also really liked the formula of this lotion.
  • Nouveau Organica Organic Cream Color in Compassion – This multi-purpose cream color is such a cute shade that is flattering on so many complexions. You could use it as a lip color, cream bronzer, or cream blush. The color is a orange tinted nude. The formula is really smooth and moisturizing. It’s also highly pigmented. You can buy a palette of these cream colors through Vegan Cuts.

Vegan Cuts July Beauty Box Review

This beauty box included several great travel sized moisturizers, a color pigment, body oil, face and body wash, and a lipstick. I liked the items that were included and overall was really happy with this box.

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*I would like to note that included in the packaging with the Just The Goods item was a card from the brand that promoted the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. While the end goal of this campaign is to reduce animal testing, if it goes into effect it would actually require animal testing in the United States for a length of time. This act is not supported by Logical Harmony or Leaping Bunny. You can read more about the impact this act could have by reading Animal Testing Could Soon Be Required by Law in the United States and An Update on the Humane Cosmetics Act & the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. A press release from Leaping Bunny can titled Study Finds Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act will result in an increase in animal testing can also be found, as well as their call for an opposition to this act.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.