Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Queen Rose U Shaped Pregnancy Body Pillow (Review)

I wanted to do a short review on a pillow I was sent recently for my unbiased opinion. I am not pregnant, but as I have back pain almost daily and frequent insomnia, and so I thought I might try something new for support. We do have a Tempur-Pedic bed that works to some extent, but I think it is too soft and does not support my back as much as I need. I am a side sleeper and I also toss and turn a lot. I use a pillow under my head, on top of my head, clutched in my arms, and in between my knees. :) We have a queen size bed so already there is not much excess space, and I am thinking of adding a GIANT crazy shaped pillow?? Yes. I might as well try.

This is 100% Cotton and looks very similar to most pregnancy pillows I have seen. In fact, it was interesting to note that the pillow was packaged twice (with pillow directions for the actual brand of the pillow as well as the pillow under the Queen Rose Amazon store name) inside the cardboard shipping box. It seems this might be a generic or wholesale brand that can be sold under the name/branding of other stores.

This oversized, U-shaped pillow is designed to follow the natural shape of a woman's pregnant body. As a woman's belly expands and the baby gets bigger (taking up more space and putting a strain on the mother's organs and such) back pain is inevitable. Support is needed to provide some relief.

While I am not pregnant, I have seen others use this type of pillow effectively for reducing strain and providing a more comfortable sleep. This can be used for drug-free pain relief and comfort (whilst sleeping) for people with all many types of health issues such as fibromyalgia, sciatica, gastric reflux, congestion, carpal tunnel syndrome, and the like.  

I do not use it as pictured in the first (stock) photo. I found that the pillow was not comfortable on my head and was not more comfortable than my memory foam pillow (Sleep Number CoolFit Foam Contour Pillow).  This was much too stiff and overstuffed for my head or neck.  I decided to flip the pillow around and have the U-shaped area at my knees/legs/feet. This worked much better for me. I am able to use this for pillow clutching (like a large teddy bear) and knee support. The U-shape still helps with back support as well.

This maternity body pillow has been used for nursing my baby as well. It is also a great lounging pillow. Overall I like this pillow a lot. It does take an incredible amount of room in the bed and I dislike when I need to get out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom as it takes a few extra moments to get fully situated and comfortable again.  I like how it aligns my knees and provides support for my back.

I am pleased that the cover unzips for washing, however, would have liked a much softer pillow case included.  I also do not think white is practical.  There are pink and blue options, however, they seem to be more pastel shades. 

This was sent to me complimentary for review. This is my honest opinion.

Queen Rose provides 30-day refund or exchange GUARANTEE if you are not satisfied with the body pillow.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Luming Premium All Natural Cold Baked Rose Flower Tea Review

I love drinking tea as it is healthy, aromatic, and flavorful. Tea can be beneficial in healing health conditions, detoxing, relieving stress as well as be used topically on skin and hair. I always prefer using whole, loose leaf or flower teas instead of bagged teas that have been shredded to small fibers and potentially processed.  I find it relaxing to drink tea hot in the evenings or in cooler months. I love using fragrant floral teas to naturally nourish my skin and hair.  You can brew tea, allow it to cool, then put it in a spray bottle to spritz your hair or face.  This is very soothing, especially if you put the bottle in the fridge!

I was recently sent a rose tea from Luming Tea, complimentary for review.  It comes in a gorgeous cardboard box that is sturdy and fits together in 2 pieces.  The tea itself is packaged inside a bag that keeps it fresh and locks out light.  According to the manufacturer, this rose tea has approximately 60 to 65 rose blooms which make approximately 30  7 oz. servings.  These are dried rose blooms and not only are these beautiful and aromatic, but this "tea" has no preservatives, additives or artificial ingredients.  These are "cold baked" which keeps maintains the potency of freshness and purity.

I like this "rose tea" and use it mainly for spritzing my hair and face.  I do not drink it as I generally enjoy the flavor of Jasmine floral, peppermint or herbal teas over rose.  I do enjoy the fragrance of this tea and how it makes my hair and skin feel.  I also mix the tea with my natural shampoo.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lavilin's Underarm Deodorant Cream Review

I have been using natural and aluminum free deodorants for several years now.  I have less odor, regulated my sweating to a natural and more balanced level, while also not absorbing harmful chemicals into my body.  One of the deodorants I have tried recently is Lavilin.  This is quite a unique deodorant in that not only is it cream in texture and consistency, but it is said to work for up to 7 days after one application.  I love this product as the packaging is attractive, yet also easy to take along in travel.  There is nothing to spill and it sets nicely on the vanity.  I love that it comes with a dipper to keep fingernails clean.  The scent is unisex and fresh.  I do use a small amount daily after my shower, however, you can use it once every few days.  I like to freshly shave any stubble under my arms and apply this deodorant cream (after a nice hot shower).  I have tested this product previously when in the hospital when I had my baby (last year).  I did not shower the first 2 days as I had a Cesarean.  This worked very well.  This product is meant to be used once every 7 days or when needed.  It will get used up quicker if used as often as I use it and could get costly at the retail price.  

I always use natural based products and this deodorant has plant extracts and oils to help prevent odor without interfering with the body's natural cheistry.  Pores are not clogged and the body can still sweat when needed.  It is healthy to sweat as it releases toxins and cools the body.  

I like how this is baking soda free as well.  While most natural based deodorants include baking soda due to its deodorizing abilities, I am highly sensitive to baking soda.  It irritates my skin and causes redness.  Lavilin does not cause any irritation and works incredibly well.  I find that the zinc oxide is the star ingredient.  I have used zinc oxide based creams in the past (same ingredient in sunblock) with wonderful results.  

I was sent this particular Lavilin jar complimentary for review.  This is my honest opinion of it.  I have used it previously in the past and always have positive results.  
  • One application lasts up to 7 days
  • Aluminum-free, alcohol-free and paraben-free formula that won't clog pores
  • Hypo-allergenic and suitable for delicate skin
  • Bathing, showering, sports and strenuous physical activities do not interfere with Lavilin's effectiveness
  • Proven effective—tested extensively at a leading international research center
Product Ingredients:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil & Hydrogenated Castor Oil & Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax,  Zinc Oxide, Potato Starch (modified), Talc (pharma), Triethyl Citrate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Glycine Soya, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactose, Milk Protein, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Fragrance, O-Cymen-5-Ol.