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Brandi, over at Brandi’s V-Spot blog, was holding a contest for a free Arbonne Seasource Detox Spa Express Set. As I love any good contest that is vegan related, and has such an awesome prize as a full size (what you’d buy if you’re purchasing the same pack) Arbonne Express Detox set, I entered my answers to the questions – basically how much I love animals and how long I plan on being vegan (can you say ‘to infinity and beyond’?). I was amazed when I got the email saying I had won!! I was ecstatic to say the least! So Brandi sends me the kit, and I’m blown away by the amount of stuff I won. Full bottles of Detoxifying Rescue Wash, Fortifying Hair mask, Sea Mud Face & Body Mask, Renewing Body Gelée, and Foaming Salt Scrub! Not only did she include the full kit, but she was kind enough to toss in a couple bags of detox tea, a few stickers from PETA, and of course info on the kit itself.

So to the review part. The first time I washed my face with the body/face Detoxifying Rescue wash, I could instantly feel a cleaner wash (and I’d been using Alba Organics, which gives a pretty clean wash) – but this was different. Maybe it’s because my skin was so desperate for something more with all the construction going on (see Apologies and News)..I don’t know, but it felt great! It has a bit of a citrus scent to it (which I know is excellent for reversing damage to skin). The Body Gelée has that wonderful minty scent that perks you right up – perfect for my legs during ladder climbing and such. And it makes my skin feel just like silk…vegan silk! The Fortifying Hair Mask makes my hair as soft as the day I was born – before any damaging sun rays, or hair coloring or product infiltration! I didn’t even have to use a leave-in conditioner out of the shower in order to comb it out (you know, to detangle it). I felt like a whole new person – or better yet, I felt like the beautiful girly girl I was before all this manly manual labor commenced 😉 The Foaming Salt scrub buffed away the impurities and my skin glowed after the shower!

Of course, I wouldn’t recommend doing construction just so you can buy a Detox Kit…I think you could reap even more benefits on a ‘normal’ regular basis from such products. So thank you, Brandi, for my random selection so I could experience something I normally wouldn’t have splurged on myself. I have a feeling, I’m going to be working Arbonne into the budget for beauty regimen in the future.

This was not a solicited review, but Brandi is now a consultant for Arbonne International…if you need products, Brandi is your gal!

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Turtle Mountain has already won over the innocent primates with their Coconut Milk Ice Cream.  I serve it to dinner guests just for the pleasure of seeing them go from “oh, great, the vegan is serving us some yucky fake ice cream” to “oh, wow!”  Now they’ve done it again with their Coconut Milk Beverage.  You’ll find it in the refrigerated case next to the soy milk, and you can use it just like your favorite soy, oat, hemp, or almond milk.  Don’t get me wrong, regular old coconut milk certainly has its place in my kitchen for use in curries and home made ice cream, etc.  But its heavy richness doesn’t lend itself to cereal, drinks and baking.  So Delicious has taken the wonder that is coconut milk and lightened it up, smoothed it out and boosted it with folate and B12 to make a healthy, easy going drink with subtle coconut flavor.  They’ve made three varieties:  Original, Unsweetened, and Vanilla.  I use the Original in my Sunday Chai (which I’m drinking as I type this) and it is very yummy!

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Although all of Sara’s ice cream and sorbet recipes are delicious, not all of us have the equipment to make them (like me).  I certainly intend to get an ice cream maker at some point, but for now, I wanted to share with everyone what I get when I need some ice cream.  For those lucky folks who live in the Western US, go out and buy some Coconut Bliss right now!  It is soooo good!  (Cherry Amaretto, I will miss you.)  You may also be able to find FreeZees, which is a cashew milk based ice cream, or as I like to call it, nut-cream, hehehe.  I think it’s really good, and even our brother, who is definitely not vegan, liked it.  

Now that I’m on the East Coast, I thought my ice cream days were done (I am NOT into soy ice creams), but it turns out that Purely Decadent has started making a coconut milk ice cream, too!  I tried out the Mint Chip last weekend, which was very good and today I brought home some cookie dough, yum.

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