Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review of Dr Bronner's Peppermint Toothpaste

As promised in a previous post, here is the review of a much better alternative for brushing your teeth than Essential Oxygen's Organic Brushing Rinse.

I had had a conversation with a person from Dr. Bronner's on Instagram a few months earlier, asking for a sample of this product in order to review it. They rejected my request (I guess I didn't have enough followers?) So I was a bit reluctant in buying this product - and even more so in writing this review.

But it's so hard to find a toothpaste that is actually healthy (as opposed to all the healthwashed ones out there) and affordable at the same time. Plus, since I have used liquid and bar soaps from this brand before, I know the quality of their products. So I decided to give this toothpaste a try.

The Value

As I mentioned, this toothpaste is on the affordable level, costing just a bit less than Redmond's Earthpaste, and way less than the expensive and weird Organic Brushing Rinse from Essential Oxygen.

Again, comparing it to Essential Oxygen's Organic Brushing Rinse, my first pleasant surprise was the size of the box it came in. And then the second pleasant surprise was the size of the toothpaste tube itself. It's amazing how much bigger it is. It's pretty close to the same size as regular (non-healthy) toothpaste.

When I unscrewed the cap, there was a small aluminium foil protecting the top of the tube. On one hand I find that nice, because you know the product is fresh. But on the other hand, that's not a very eco-friendly material.

After removing the aluminium cap, there was still a plastic film underneath it that was quite hard to remove. That's another material that isn't very eco-friendly. Plus, it makes the process of opening the toothpaste for the first time a bit time consuming.

Looking at the directions, I found it curious that it states the obvious "brush 2x/day" (everyone hears that from their dentist), but doesn't say how much toothpaste to put on the toothbrush - which is unique to each toothpaste, hence an important information to give to your customer.

The Product

The paste itself is great. It has all the elements that my hubby was looking for in a toothpaste (which Redmond's Earthpaste doesn't have):  it looks and tastes like regular (non-healthy) toothpaste, but it is very healthy. (I like Redmond, by the way!)

It foams a little less than regular (non-healthy) toothpaste, but at least it has some foam - unlike Redmond's Earthpaste, which makes no foam.

The colour is white and has that minty taste of regular toothpaste, again unlike Redmond's Earthpaste, which is brown and has (according to my man) "funny taste".

After using it, the mouth mouth feels very fresh and clean, just like regular (non-healthy) toothpaste.


If you have someone fussy in your house, this is a great product. It is healthy, but feels like non-healthy stuff to please the picky people, and most importantly, it is very affordable.

I highly recommend this toothpaste and will continue buying it until I find something else that is equal in features and price.


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review of Nature's Path Organic Kamut Puffs

Nature's Path Organic Kamut Puffs Cereal

If you follow this blog you know that I've been on a quest for a sugar-free organic cold cereal for the past several months.

So when I found this product on the supermarket shelf, I was really hopeful. Could this finally be the one?

The price is not exactly cheap (considering it has only 170g), but since I've been on this quest for so long, I've decided to give this one a try.

I initially tried it raw (without my non-dairy milk) and it tasted very sweet. It is very airy and fluffy. I found the taste and texture to be very similar to those puffcorns that I used to eat when I was a kid.

However, after having a few puffs I noticed a little bit of a bitter flavour at the end. That's no problem for me since I've learned to like bitter flavours (especially after I learned about - and experienced - how good they are for me. More on this on a future post...)

Since they were similar to puffcorns, I wanted to see if I could eat them raw (without my non-dairy milk), but after a while it just felt too dry (like most cold cereals).

So I went ahead and poured my rice milk on it. I felt like a little kid when I heard the puffs cracking just like rice crispies (for an in-depth explanation of why puffed cereals make this sound, check this page).

I also added the rice milk to see if the taste would change. But it didn't get any sweeter (or less bitter) with rice milk. However, the puffs became very moist (like it happens to rice crispies).
If you like sweet flavours you will definitely want to add some honey or maple syrup to this cereal. I like (and need) bitter flavours, so this is ok for me

I liked that the package is eco-friendly. I've been trying to be a more conscious consumer when it comes to packaging, so this brand has really made it easy for me.
My only issue with the package is that I wish it was bigger. That way I could pay less per weight and use less packaging (even if it the plastic is eco-friendly, I'd still rather use less of it).

As you might remember from a previous post, I've had issues before with cereal not being as filling as expected. So I was very curious about this one.
I poured 1 serving as directed in the package (1 cup) but I did not feel full at all. I'm used to eating oatmeal and whole wheat bread, so this felt very light. Even though I wanted something light that day, this was too light and I had to eat a slice of bread (after I finished the cereal) to feel satisfied.

I also liked this cereal because its organic. Trying to find cereal that is organic and refined-sugar-free at the same time is very challenging. This one is definitely a find, but only for a very light breakfast.

After I first tried this cereal, I've also found myself snacking on it. I think the idea of using it as a snack came from the realisation that it tastes like puffcorns. It was a helpful snack when I wanted something small to tidy me up while I prepared food (I'm so focused on work sometimes that I only remember to cook when I'm already pretty hungry).

In conclusion: if you can afford it, I highly recommend this cereal. It is a good choice if you are looking for a very light organic refine-sugar-free breakfast cereal, or if you are going to eat other things with it (fruit, eggs, etc). I will also recommend this as a snack, especially for kids, if you want a healthy alternative to puffcorns. I will keep on buying this until I find something better.


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