Oh My Gaia! {Northwest Living}

This is the first in a new series: Northwest Living. I’ll be featuring a great selection of natural products that are local to the Northwestern portion of the United States. I’m really excited about it, and I am so happy to start things off with a review of OhMyGaia. 

OhMyGaia is a company based out of Hayden, Idaho. They have created a line of hand-crafted, all natural deodorants, fragrance oils, and beard oils. 

OhMyGaia deodorants are created using a base of pure oils and butters, baking soda, and various essential oils and natural fragrances. Their products are cruelty free and free of aluminum and aluminum biproducts. 

A lot of natural deodorants contain baking soda, which can make many people, myself included, very itchy. OhMyGaia has done something absolutely wonderful. They’ve developed a formula that keeps the baking soda, and the wonderful smell absorption properties it holds, but is ITCH-FREE. Obviously, this sort of thing is different for each person, but I really think OhMyGaia has come up with an amazing formula. 

In addition to being itch-free, their deodorants blend into the skin well and don’t leave a thick, white layer on your armpit. 

Their deodorants and fragrance oils come in a variety of tantalizing scents. I tried several and loved them all, but my favorite is the Cherry Almond. It’s such a unique scent for a deodorant, and I am positively obsessed with anything almond scented.

Look for a YouTube video next week where I go in depth on the profiles of all the different scents, and give a how-to tutorial on application of the deodorant!

But, I know what you really want to know….does this stuff work? The answer is YES. Please note that these are deoderants, not antiperspirants, so they do not keep you from sweating. However, they do keep you from smelling! I’ve used this product on days when I was running about town, days when I was chasing my nieces around for hours, and other various days when I normally would have STUNK by the end of the day. But with OhMyGaia? Nothing! Totally fresh & clean.

While deodorant is the star of the show at OhMyGaia, the fragrance oil I was sent was fantastic, as well. Who says only armpits should smell good? πŸ˜‰ The oil isn’t greasy, and it has great staying power. 

Overall, I am very happy with the products I was sent by OhMyGaia and will absolutely be purchasing from them in the future. 

The lovely folks at OhMyGaia were generous enough to offer me a coupon code to give my followers. Through the end of June, use the code: CRUNCHY on ohmygaia.com for a discount off your purchase. 

Have you made the switch to natural deodorant? If so, which is your favorite? Have you tried OhMyGaia? Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on social media.

Stay Crunchy,

-m

INSTAGRAM: @girlgonecrunchy

TWITTER: @girlgonecrunchy

EMAIL: mattiethegirlgonecrunchy@yahoo.com 

**DISCLAIMER: I received these products free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I was not monetarily compensated or coerced in any way.**

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Surf Sweets/Tru Joy Sweets {Healthy Halloween Haul #6}

It’s the night before Halloween, and this is the final installment of my Healthy Halloween Haul Series! 

TruSweets (Tru Joy & Surf Sweets) are sister companies owned by Wholesome Sweets (sellers of natural sweeteners and organic sugars). And let me tell you…this candy is the *REAL DEAL*.

You can hear more specifics about each candy in my “Healthy Halloween Haul” YouTube video, but take a look at these pictures: 

The organic fruit chews are *BETTER* than starburst. The texture is identical, but the taste is far superior. 

The fruity bears? A HUGE hit amongst my entire family. They’re just like little bear shaped “fruit slice,” candies….and they have a grapefruit flavor!!!!!!

The jelly beans are excellent, as well, and they also have a grapefruit flavor. All of these great tasting grapefruit candies have me *quite* excited, as you can tell. 

Spooky Spiders are great gummies that I think would be a huge hit on Halloween. 

Head over to TruSweets.com and buy as many of these as you possibly can and eat them as quickly as humanly possible!!!! (Okay…probably *don’t* do that, but you get the point πŸ˜‰)

Follow @wholesomesweets & @surfsweets on Instagram πŸ’—

Which of these sweets intrigues you the most? Let me know in the comments below, or connect with me on Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

Stay Crunchy

-m

*I received these products free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated monetarily* 

Sjaak’s {Healthy Halloween Haul #5}

White chocolate skulls? Melk Chocolate? We must be talking about Sjaak’s!

Sjaak’s is a vegan/all natural chocolate and confectionary company based out of Petaluma (NorCal represent!!!) that sent me some treats to review. 

I received some of their filled chocolate bars, a white chocolate skull, and some Eli’s earth bars. 

The melk chocolate smells milky, and maintains a creamy texture. The dairy milk is *not* missed. These bars use rice milk as a base, which adds an extra dimension of flavor. The chocolate has a great snap, and a mouthfeel quite reminiscent of a traditional chocolate bar. The peanut butter filled bar was my personal favorite! Two thumbs up! 

The Eli’s earth bars were tasty, but they didn’t “wow,” me like the filled bars. There was nothing bad about them. They were good quality vegan chocolate bars, but, in my opinion, they didn’t have the same special quality the bars did.

The white chocolate skull was *AMAZING* It was creamy and not overly sweet. It used a rice milk base, and was sweetened primarily with brown rice syrup. Truly, a home run! This was the only thing (out of the entire Healthy Halloween Haul Series) that I didn’t share with my family. I’m greedy for good white chocolate hahaha


Head over to their website & order some for yourself ( Sjaaks.com ) If you live in Northern California…take a day trip to beautiful Petaluma, hit up the best farmer’s market around, and pop in to Sjaak’s storefront. 

Have you tried Sjaak’s? What’s your favorite vegan chocolate? Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

Stay Crunchy!

-m

*I received these products free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated monetarily* 

Glee {Healthy Halloween Haul #4}

Glee /gle/ noun; great delight

Verve is an awesome company that specializes in all natural, non gmo gum (Glee Gum) and gum pops (Glee Gum Pops). All their products are gluten free, vegetarian, and kosher, and their 6 classic glee gum flavors are certified fair trade.

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Glee Gum Pops were a huge hit with my family. Green Apple was my personal favorite. They were crunchy, sweet, and filled with delicious gum. Unlike a traditional blowpop, the gum center takes a bit of chewing before it truly turns to gum.
Glee Gum comes in a variety of traditional and non traditional flavors, including cinnamon, refresh-mint, mixed berry, and tangerine. They come in cute little squares, and are available in traditional and sugar free (xylitol sweetened) varieties. They’re flavorful, and have an excellent texture. My favorite flavor was tangerine.

Guess what?

Glee is so wonderful that they offered me a discount code to give you lovely people. Use the code: CRUNCHY for 15% off everything. (offer ends 11/30/16)

Use the code at their webstore.

Connect with Glee:

Facebook

Pinterest

Twitter: @gleeguy

Instagram: @glee.gum

Have you tried Glee? Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

Stay Crunchy,

-m

*I received these products free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated monetarily. All opinions are my own.*

YumEarth {Healthy Halloween Haul #3}

YumEarth is one of my favorite healthy candy companies. I’ve worked with them several times in the past, and they never disappoint. I love working with them 😊

I knew if I was doing a Halloween Haul, YumEarth *had* to be apart of it!

YumEarth are truly pioneers in their field, and were one of the first to on the market.

They sent me some of their scrumptious fruit snacks, fabulous lollipops, and, a brand new treat to me, sour beans.

β€’Before I go onto the sour beans, I’d like to share a fun little story: In a public speaking course at my university, I performed a demonstrative speech about blogging. I used YumEarth’s lollipops as my visual aid, and passed them out while I was speaking. They were a *huge* hit. Everyone loved them, and truly couldn’t believe they were all natural.β€’

“Beans with Attitude”. Ahhh, that never fails to crack me up. The marketing for these beans is pure genius. You guys know I am a sucker for adorable packaging and anthropomorphic food πŸ’–

These beans are vegan, which most jelly candies aren’t. They are peanut/tree nut free, gluten free, and contain no artificial flavors or dyes. 

{These beans do have, “natural sugar,” which I’m definitely not an advocate of, but for people who aren’t whacked out sugar addicts like me, you’ll be totally fine}

The texture of these sour beans is identical to that of a traditional jelly bean: crisp, crunchy shell, and a chewy interior. 

The sourness level on these beans is very kid friendly, which I appreciate. You get a sour punch, but it doesn’t lock your jaw. For me, the balance of sweet and sour is perfect. My younger brother thought these beans were great, too! 

Sour Beans, and any YumEarth product, would be a fun, healthy, and kid friendly addition to any Halloween festivities.

Stay Crunchy

-m

Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy 

*I received these products free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated monetarily*

SmartSweets {Healthy Halloween Haul #2}

We’re back at it again, talking about another healthy candy (oxymoron? I think not!)…SMARTSWEETS.

Today’s selection is the healthiest of any of the candies I received for Halloween.

SmartSweets are sweetened with stevia (NO SUGAR ALCOHOLS!), are nut allergy friendly, gluten/dairy/soy free, contain nothing artificial, have 24g of plant based fiber, have 5g of protein, & have only 9g of net carbs. 


These gummies tasted wonderful! They came in two varieties: original and sour. The flavors were accurate to the fruit they represented. They each had a distinct taste. There was not a strong stevia aftertaste. They were bright and effervescent to the palette.

I must warn you, though, the sour gummies are VERY sour when they first hit your tongue. It tones down quickly, but the initial sour punch is intense to say the least. If you don’t *love* sour, definitely go for the original gummies. 

Now, onto the texture. These gummies seem quite tough/sticky at first. I am sure this is simply a result of the amount of fiber they contain. This issue didn’t affect my overall eating experience, because it can be easily solved by warming the gummies in your mouth for a few moments before chewing 😊 If you let the gummies warm up a bit, the texture becomes very similar to that of a typical gummy bear. 

As you all know, I have PCOS, which means my blood sugars are completely whacked out. I love that SmartSweets has created a candy option that’s friendly to people suffering from any sort of blood sugar issue or sugar sensitivity.  

Eating these gummies left me happy and satiated.

SmartSweets is definitely a candy I’ll purchase in the future! πŸ‘πŸ»

Check out SmartSweets on Instagram @eatsmartsweets. 

Have you tried SmartSweets? What do you think of this “healthy candy,” trend? Let me know in the comments below πŸ˜‰

Stay Crunchy

-m

Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy


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*I received these products in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated monetarily* 

JJ’S COCOMELS {Healthy Halloween Haul #1}Β 

Halloween is a few short weeks away, and for crunchy folks that is extra spooky! GMO’s, refined sugars, allergens…EVERYWHERE!!!!!

But never fear, I’m here this week to give you hope. There are healthier alternatives to all those processed treats. 

Let’s start the week off with JJ’s COCOMELS 

JJ’s COCOMELS are sustainably sourced, organic, non gmo, gluten free, soy free, corn syrup free, vegan (they’re made with coconut milk), and naturally sweetened with brown rice syrup and dried cane syrup.

They are available in four flavors: original, sea salt, vanilla, and espresso. 

These caramels are the real deal. Sweet! Creamy! Chewy! Rich! I would dare someone to  tell me that these taste healthy. The texture is spot on. The taste is extraordinary. 

My four year old niece is a caramel fiend, and she went crazy for these caramels.

{For those of you who aren’t fans of coconut, I think I should point out that the coconut flavor in these caramels is very mild.}

One thing I especially enjoy about COCOMELS is that they are not sickeningly sweet as a lot of caramels are. 

Vanilla is the most *kid friendly* flavor, in my opinion, but my niece enjoyed the Original.

Any child would be happy to get a few of these in there Halloween goodie bag πŸ’–

Big thanks to JJ’s for sending me this lovely treats. Be sure to head over to there website, and follow them on Instagram: @jjscocomels

Stay Crunchy

-m

INSTAGRAM: @girlgonecrunchy

EMAIL: mattiethegirlgonecrunchy@yahoo.com

*I received these products free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not compensated monetarily*  

Rainwater Botanicals {review}

Rainwater Botanicals has been around since ’99. They’re dedicated to making 100% natural products that are sustainable and never tested on animals. They sell an extended variety of skincare, bath care, fragrance, and cosmetic products. 

I had heard rave reviews about Rainwater Botanicals and knew I had to get in on the fun πŸ’–

Take a look at what I received: 


The Cream Blush in Rosehip: It truly does smell like roses…BIG PLUS!!!! I find light, floral scents to be perfectly pleasant. This cream blush blends out well & doesn’t cake. In the tin, and when you first apply it, it’s is a rich, red color. When blended out, the blush becomes a clear, matte, pink shade. The Rosehip shade suits my skin tone perfectly, but if you’re not extremely pale (or at least relatively pale), I would reccomend looking at the other shades available.  

Gardenia Natural Perfume Oil: It’s nearly impossible to find gardenia scented anything these days, and when I do, the products always artificial and overpowering. This blend of gardenia, jasmine, ylang ylang, and vanilla is based in jojoba oil, and in a convenient roll on container. This perfume oil has lasting power, and you can adjust the strength of the scent depending on how much you apply. The scent profile is sweet, delicate, and slightly warm. I’m very scent sensitive, and this oil doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but if you have an aversion to floral scents, this probably isn’t the right product for you. Perhaps you could check out the perfume oil in scents Coconut Lime or Spice?

Color Corecting Cream & Sunscreen in Light: I may never use another foundation or CC cream again. I’m not exaggerating…I am obsessed with this stuff. It has a wonderful herbal scent. It keeps my skin soft and supple. It doesn’t clog my pores. It goes on creamy. It blends out splendidly. It has great coverage, but maintains a very natural finish. It’s one of the only pale foundations or creams I have found with neutral undertones. Most are quite yellow. When I want more coverage, I’ll use a damp beauty blender to apply, and when I’m just looking for a little bit of something, I’ll quickly apply some with my fingers. This is a MUST HAVE!

Head over to the Rainwater Botanicals Website to get your hands on these and other wonderful products!

Stay Crunchy!

-m

Find me on Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy
*I received these products in exchange for my honest review. I was neither persuaded nor monetarily compensated to provide positive feedback* 

Trimona Bulgarian Yogurt {REVIEW + RECIPE}

Remember I mentioned in a previous article that I’m obsessed with Bulgaria? Well, guess what? It’s Bulgarian Snacks ROUND TWO….with Trimona Bulgarian Yogurt. 

Bulgarians eat around 30kg of yogurt a year…and in a not so odd coincidence, Bulgaria has one of the highest concentrations of people over the age of 100 #themoreyouknow

  
What makes Bulgarian yogurt different from Greek? Well, I’m glad you asked! Bulgarian yogurt uses a specific strand of bacteria: L Bulgaricus, that has been directly linked to the longevity of Bulgarians. (It is also much thinner than Greek Yogurt, because it does not contain any thickeners or preservatives)

Let’s take a look at what makes Trimona the best Bulgarian Yogurt brand around: 

 

Sounds pretty great, right?

Trimona Yogurt has a thin consistency, similar to European style yogurt, but has a signature tangy kick. The tang is much more subtle and enjoyable than that of it’s Greek cousin πŸ˜‰ It’s creamy, smooth, and very pure tasting. 

It can be eaten alone, used to make dressings or sauces, or put in a delicious smoothie like this one: 

TRIMONA STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE

  

1/2 cup organic frozen Strawberries
1 container of Trimona Bulgarian Yogurt                             1/2 large Banana                                                           1 Cup of Almond or Rice Milk                                   1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract                                                     1-2tsp of raw, organic Honey

Place all ingredients (in the order listed above) into a high speed blender.  Blend for 1-2 minutes, or until the smoothie reaches the consistency of a “Danimals” drinkable yogurt. If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add  1/2 cup of ice.

Big Thanks to Atanas from Trimona for hooking me up with this wonderful Bulgarian treat! 

Are you a big yogurt person? What are your favorite ways to use it? Would you try Bulgarian yogurt?

Lemme know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

Stay Crunchy!

-m

*I received this product in exchange for my honest review* 

GoodOnYa {REVIEW}

Interesting Fact: It is impossible to say the words Good Eye Might without sounding Australian πŸ˜‰

GoodOnYa Organics is a line of healthy sports drinks! Sounds like an oxymoron, right?

Sports Drinks are usually filled with corn syrup, sugar, artificial dyes, artificial flavors…just JUNK!

GoodOnYa saw a problem, and they aimed to fix it:

Doesn’t their Instagram page just make you want to go to the beach? 

  
In delicious flavors like Lemons, Berries, and Oranges & Pineapples, how can you go wrong? They’re sweetened with stevia (heck yes!) and packed with electrolytes. They’re refreshing, energizing, and just plain fun! 

I should note that these sports drinks are not like typical sports drinks, they’re slightly more watery and definitely less sweet. To me, that’s a good thing. But, if you’re used to drinking Gatorade…Powerade…Flavorade…your taste buds will need a bit of adjusting. 

Head over to GoodOnYaOrganic.com NOW and check them out for yourself.

What are your favorite pre and post work out snacks/drinks?

Stay Crunchy

-m

*I was sent samples of these sports drinks for my honest review*