Did the Turmeric Teeth Whitening Method Work?

It's been one week since I've started the turmeric teeth whitening method! Did it turn my teeth white? or stain it yellow?

Let me just get one thing out of the way, the turmeric definitely DID NOT stain my teeth! PHEW! 

If you missed my previous blog post sharing my first time experience using this method you can check it out HERE and this is the blog that intrigued me to try the natural method posted by Healthy Holistic Living

Before I get into the results,  the photos that I took of my teeth were unfortunately inconsistent (with lighting) and I forgot to take a photo on the Wednesday. So please be  mindful when viewing the photos! 

DAY 1 - Thursday February 11, 2016

I took this photo the day I filmed my announcement that I was going to try the turmeric method and BEFORE I tried turmeric.  First thing's first, this photo is very bright and I'm not sure why it's so much brighter than all the other photos I took the days after (maybe it was my shirt, the sun that day or where I clicked focus). In this photo my teeth look so white, but they really aren't, so unfortunately this photo is a poor representation of the colour of my teeth before I started the method.

For the rest of the photos, I took them right after I used the turmeric paste!

DAY 2 - Friday February 12, 2016

In this photo, my teeth look more true to colour and I decided to start holding a piece of white paper to compare my teeth and hopefully see a difference.

DAY 3 - Saturday February 13, 2016

Day 3 compared to Day 2, I feel like there's a slight "whiter" difference.

DAY 4 - Sunday February 14, 2016

DAY 5 - Monday February 15, 2016

DAY 6 - Tuesday February 16, 2016

DAY 7 - Wednesday February 17, 2016

I forgot to take a photo this day :(


DAY 8 - Thursday February 18, 2016

DAY 9 - Friday February 19, 2016

DO YOU SEE A DIFFERENCE? (Click on the photo for enlarged view)

MY THOUGHTS

In my opinion,  the photos from Day 2 to Day 9, I did not see much difference. In fact, my teeth fluctuate in colour (white/yellowy/blue) due to colour imbalance.  However, in real life, I honestly do believe the method SLIGHTLY whitened my teeth (around the gums). The turmeric method is not going to give you the same results as Crest White Strips, so don't have high expectations. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative that is all natural, I'd say give this method a whirl. I've read so many articles claiming that it's a miracle teeth whitener but of course through these photos, you will think otherwise.  Maybe 1 week wasn't enough and so I plan to continue to use it and  see if I notice any major differences over the next month.  Unfortunately these photos aren't a great representation of my experience, and I apologize for that!  I hope you guys enjoyed this little experiment and if you have tried this method and had a different or similar result let me know in the comments :) 

Thanks for reading!

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REVIEW | True Nature Botanicals

Another review! Yay!

True Nature Botanicals has a skincare line that is non-toxic, organic, high-end quality but is still affordable. 

A few of you requested me list the ingredients list in my video so they will be attached to the bottom of each product photo

PACIFIC CLEANSER:

Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*, glycerin (vegetable glycerin)*, camellia sinensis (camellia) oil*, xanthan gum, sucrose cocoate, decyl polyglucoside, leuconostoc/radish root ferment (Leucidal**), gluconolactone/sodium benzoate (Micro Guard**), lavendula angustfolia (lavender) essential oil*, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*  * organic **Ecocert, paraben-free anti-microbial agents

Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*, glycerin (vegetable glycerin)*, camellia sinensis (camellia) oil*, xanthan gum, sucrose cocoate, decyl polyglucoside, leuconostoc/radish root ferment (Leucidal**), gluconolactone/sodium benzoate (Micro Guard**), lavendula angustfolia (lavender) essential oil*, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*

* organic
**Ecocert, paraben-free anti-microbial agents

This product has been my new daily cleanser, I've been loving it. It smells wonderful and is gentle for the skin.  The consistency of it is light yet a bit on the watery side.  I've gone through half of the bottle in about a month.  However, I find that you do not need a full pump, a quarter to half a pump is enough for my face.

PACIFIC MIST:

Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, green crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract, saccharomyces/xylitum black tea ferment (kombucha) extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide (Cosmocil CQ**), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, polianthes tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*  * organic ** Paraben-free anti-microbial agent

Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, green crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract, saccharomyces/xylitum black tea ferment (kombucha) extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide (Cosmocil CQ**), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, polianthes tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*

* organic
** Paraben-free anti-microbial agent

Let me just start off by saying that this spray literally smells like you're face planting into a bed of flowers! It smells absolutely beautiful! I use this as a post-cleanser toner and I like to use this in the morning to wake my skin up. 

PACIFIC FACE OIL:

Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil*, vitus viniferi (grapeseed) oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, oenotherus biennis (evening primrose) oil*, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil*, squalene (vegetable squalene), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, passiflora incarnate (passion fruit) oil, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed CO2 oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, pinus densiflora (red pine needle) oil*, haematococcus pulvialis (astaxanthin), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) essential oil**, rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil*, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*, boswellia carterii (frankincense) essential oil*  * organic ** obtained from a reputable source that complies with government regulations to reforest

Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil*, vitus viniferi (grapeseed) oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, oenotherus biennis (evening primrose) oil*, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil*, squalene (vegetable squalene), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, passiflora incarnate (passion fruit) oil, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed CO2 oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, pinus densiflora (red pine needle) oil*, haematococcus pulvialis (astaxanthin), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) essential oil**, rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil*, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*, boswellia carterii (frankincense) essential oil*

* organic
** obtained from a reputable source that complies with government regulations to reforest

This is my favourite product from the skincare line.  My skin loves this oil mid week just to rehydrate. I find that because it's summer, I wash my face a little bit more than often due to sweat, and my skin can get a tad dry. Using this oil once a week has helped my skin find it's balance and it's great waking up to a soft, supple face :)

*TIP* When using this product, 1 - 2 drops should be enough but don't plan to use it by itself! You're going to want to apply this straight after spraying the facial mist to allow the oil to spread evenly across the face since the oil is pretty thick!

PACIFIC EVERYDAY SHEER COVERAGE (Medium Tint):

Active ingredient: 17.7% non-nano zinc oxide.  Camellia sinensis (green & white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, vegetable glycerin, Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli seed oil), Prunus avium (cherry kernel seed oil), emu oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate seed oil), Rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Calodendrum capense (yangu oil), Cosmocil CQ*, xanthan gum, n-acetyl glucosamine, lecithin, potassium sorbate, pearl powder, Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin), beta glucan, Coffea arabica (coffee fruit extract), Hydrolyzed silk (silk powder), Rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) essential oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum essential oil), Cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, iron oxides.  *Paraben-free anti-microbial agent

Active ingredient: 17.7% non-nano zinc oxide.

Camellia sinensis (green & white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, vegetable glycerin, Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli seed oil), Prunus avium (cherry kernel seed oil), emu oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate seed oil), Rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Calodendrum capense (yangu oil), Cosmocil CQ*, xanthan gum, n-acetyl glucosamine, lecithin, potassium sorbate, pearl powder, Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin), beta glucan, Coffea arabica (coffee fruit extract), Hydrolyzed silk (silk powder), Rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) essential oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum essential oil), Cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, iron oxides.

*Paraben-free anti-microbial agent

A non-toxic alternative to tinted moisturizer here! This product is great for days that you're running errands and you want to even out your skin tone without looking like you've applied a crap ton of make up! The only thing I recommended is applying this product with a brush, do not use your fingers because over blending will cause it to peel (weird I know).  There is a scent to this product that smells much like the facial mist. I'm not a huge fan of scented make up but I was glad to find out that it fades after 15-30 mins of wear. 

REVIEW | Herbivore Botanicals

Their products are created WITH:

  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Plant-based food grade cold pressed oils
  • Steam distilled therapeutic grade essential oils
  • GMO free soy wax
  • Recyclable and reusable packaging (always glass, never plastic)
  • Many certified organic ingredients

Their products are created WITHOUT:

  • Synthetic ingredients
  • Animal ingredients
  • Parabens
  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate
  • Alcohol
  • Phthalates
  • Chemicals
  • Artificial Colorants/dyes
  • Unnatural preservatives
  • Fillers
  • Animal testing
  • Mineral oils
  • Petroleum 

THE PRODUCTS

ROSE LIP BUTTER:

The lip butter is in a tin container, which I usually am not a fan of because they are a bit more difficult to open. However, because the tin is a rather medium-large size, it opens fairly easy. The product itself is super moisturizing and the scent smells just like roses & rose water. 

GLOWING HYDRATION JASMINE BODY OIL:

While I was testing this product, I used this oil in place of my daily moisturizer (coconut oil). This oil is very moisturizing, my skin just absorbed this product right up. However, the only thing I wasn't too fond of was the scent of this product.  Jasmine smells great when it's in tea form and thats what I associate it with when I smell it, but wearing the scent is a different story.  I think this is a great body oil, but I would probably use up this entire bottle if it was the 'Citrine' Body Oil since I gravitate towards citrus scents!

COCONUT SEA SALT SPRAY:

Guys, this sea salt spray is EVERYTHING. As some of you may know, I have been on the no-poo (no-shampoo) method for over a year and a half now. The only downfall about no-poo is that your hair doesn't really smell like anything anymore.  This sea salt spray is a GAME CHANGER for me. This makes my hair smell like an island heaven with the mixture of vanilla, lime and coconut :) Looking at the ingredients listed in it below, not only is it safe to spray on your hair, you can use it on your face and as a room scent!  This spray is just absolutely amazing and a must try!  It adds just enough texture to your hair as if you've walked along the beach and your hair absorbed some of that ocean mist. 

Travel Size 2oz

Travel Size 2oz

Full Size 8oz

Full Size 8oz

Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Vera Water, Dead Sea Salt, Coconut CO2, Natural Vanilla Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Leucida

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Look at how gorgeous their packaging is! It's just simple, minimal and things that you would want to display in your bathroom.

Do you want me to review anything else from this brand? Let me know!

REVIEW | Dr. Alkaitis Organic Travel Kit

This review is on a skincare line that EcoDiva sent to me called, "Dr. Alkaitis".

Before I begin, if you haven't heard of EcoDiva, they are an online store that allows you to order a variety of the purest, most effective and sustainable products available. They have everything ranging from makeup, hair, skincare and bath & body products. 

ECODIVA PACKAGING:

First off, I just want to show you how EcoDiva packaged me their products so you can get an idea of what your order would look like.  They put your products in this gorgeous black box with a magnetic flap closure which gives this luxurious feel.  Inside, all of the products are safely placed on top of a bed of shredded, crinkled, black paper which is great since those are recyclable! 

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 I had never heard of the brand Dr. Alkaitis until they sent me the products, so I did some research on the brand and I just immediately fell in love with it. 

ABOUT DR. ALKAITIS:

Dr. Alkaitis is not just the name of the brand, but it is also the name of the creator of this amazing skincare line. He is a world-renowned scientist who actually started this brand initially for his wife.

Dr. Alkaitis is a 100% organically grown, raw skincare for all skin types.  Dr. Alkaitis uses certified organic, biodynamic and ethically wild-crafted ingredients in their raw state for the greatest effectiveness.  Everything is made in-house; formulated and manufactured by Dr. Alkaitis himself and his products are NEVER tested on animals. 

His products are 100% NATURAL & ORGANIC or wild-crafted, vegan, gender neutral, chemical-free, cruelty free, contains no GMO's, and raw (unheated).

What I love the most about the Dr. Alkaitis skincare line is that their guideline for formulation is:

"IF YOU CAN'T EAT IT. DON'T PUT IT ON YOUR SKIN"

I absolutely love this guideline because our skin is our largest organ, so whatever you put onto your skin gets absorbed into your body. Therefore, you are essentially eating the products you put on your skin anyways. 

THE PRODUCTS:

ORGANIC PURIFYING FACIAL CLEANSER:

The base of this product is organic castile soap, and it is a gentle cleanser. Because it is gentle, I use this as my daily cleanser on days that I don't wear makeup (which is most). On that note, this cleanser is NOT meant to remove makeup, so do not depend solely on this after a night out. I recommend using a makeup remover before this cleanser.

The product has a medium consistency with an orangey-yellow colour. With my experience, the cleanser smells amazing, it has that a sweet-clean scent (thats the best way to describe it, I can't figure it out!) and it left my skin feeling soft and hydrated (but still follow up with a moisturizer!)

ORGANIC HERBAL TONER:

The consistency of this toner is watery, and there definitely is a particular way of applying this. One pump into the palm of your hand is enough, and you're going to want to use your other hand to dab the product onto your face. The scent of this toner is pretty much the same as the cleanser but lighter.  What I loved about this toner is that it absorbed quickly into my skin, doesn't leave a residue and it doesn't give you that "tight" feeling on your face. 

For those of you with oily skin, you can also use this toner in place of a moisturizer and just end your skincare there and you'd be fine since it is light, and still moisturizing to the skin.

ORGANIC SOOTHING GEL:

The liquid of this soothing gel is a bit thicker than the toner and it has a gel'y consistency from the aloe. I tested this product on my legs since I do shave my legs the most and found that it did soothe the skin and also added some moisture. Aside from using it for its actual purpose, this soothing gel is also great as a facial moisturizer. Right now, during the summer, this makes a great substitute as a light moisturizer (1 pump). 

ORGANIC NOURISHING TREATMENT OIL:

This oil has an herbally scent but it is a super relaxing. My best way of describing it, is that it smells like a spa. I used this on my face once a week, either on a Wednesday or on the weekend to treat my skin. 1 pump was enough for my face and it leaves your skin feeling super soft, supple and nourished. This oil gets absorbed  nicely into the skin and doesn't leave it feeling greasy.

ORGANIC DAY CREME:

This day creme has a thick consistency, and I knew exactly what this product smelled like from the first whiff. The scent reminded me of POPSICLES! Yes, that's right. Now with this product, it is not really the right season for me to be using it. The creme is super moisturizing and a little goes a long way, but at the moment my skin doesn't need all this moisture during the summer. If you have dry skin, this product would be perfect for you and your skin will just eat this up! I do plan to use this creme more in the winter when I do have dry skin. 

ORGANIC NIGHT CREME:

With the night creme, it has a thick consistency (thicker than the day creme) and has a scent very reminiscent of sunblock. This is a great overnight treatment to get some moisture back into your skin, but like the day creme (above),  I can only use this on some nights that are cooler and will mostly use it during the winter. 

ORGANIC EYE CREME:

This eye creme has the lightest consistency between the cremes in the travel kit and has a scent like the day creme just lighter. This product is amazing, I absolutely love this eye creme. It is super moisturizing for the under eyes and I find that it reduces fine lines. 

ORGANIC CELLULAR REPAIR MASK:

First off, if you are allergic to strawberries, avoid this product!

Unfortunately, I do not think it's right for me to give you guys a review on this product since I don't think I was able to use it enough. This product was the only one in the travel kit where I felt that they didn't give enough of product. I only got to use the mask once, and I believe there is only enough for 2 masks.  For me to give you an honest review on this mask, I feel like I would need to use this for at least a month since you are only recommended to use this once a week (and there's only enough for 2 masks). However, I can tell you about my experience using this mask, and if you do want to know about it watch my video down below where I filmed my mask experience near the end!


GREEN & NATURAL HAUL! Well.ca

I discovered this great online Canadian health & beauty store called Well.ca! I have used their service for about a year now and they have fast shipping and great customer service! 

Here's a little insight into what I usually order from them as well as some extra goodies.

https://well.ca/

If you are looking to order from them I have a coupon code for you for FIRST TIME BUYERS only! Use the code: "GreenOrder10" and receive $10 off of $40 or more

What I Purchased:

NATRACARE TAMPONS & PADS | https://goo.gl/G8mJZY

GREEN BEAVER NATURAL TOOTHPASTE | https://goo.gl/L3K1tq

METHOD Aloe & Green Tea HAND SOAP | https://goo.gl/5K3YAz

SWISS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL | https://goo.gl/ORjkte

NOW SOLUTIONS JOJOBA OIL | https://goo.gl/gR3LPy

HERITAGE CASTOR OIL | 973 mL currently SOLD OUT

DR. BRONNER'S ORGANIC CASTILE SOAP | https://goo.gl/QfTpjk

DR. BRONNER'S SHAVING SOAP GEL | https://goo.gl/X6kKcS

METHOD GLASS CLEANER SPRAY | https://goo.gl/o5sTHO

METHOD BATHROOM CLEANER SPRAY | https://goo.gl/KWU5EY

PURE ANADA NATURAL MASCARA | https://goo.gl/GIcWPk

REVIEW | Common Goat Sense (All Natural)

Brittany from the Common Goat Sense reached out to me and asked if I would like to try out some of her products!  Her products are all handmade in small batches and her goats milk soaps are made by using goats milk from her own herd of goats! How cool is that?!

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Goats Milk Soapgoo.gl/5mRTAJ

This soap is one of my ultimate favourites to date. The soap is super moisturizing, smells absolutely delicious and the oats that are embedded within the bar are exfoliating to the skin leaving it super soft and silky. I highly recommend trying out this product if you want to try one thing from her Etsy store!

Blackberry Sage Shave Bar | https://goo.gl/HfeFUO

This shave bar is very unique and definitely different if you are used to using conventional shave foams and creams.  With this bar, lather it in your hands while you're showering and you'll know it's ready when you get a gel-y, goopy consistency that sticks to your hand. Apply this onto your legs and shave away! This product is very moisturizing to the skin as well and doesn't leave your legs feeling dry after stepping out of the shower. Also, the scent of this shave bar is to die for! 

Lip Balm (Orange Cream) | https://goo.gl/xNnV2B

This lip balm might not look like anything special but the product itself is just amazing. First off, if you like the smell of creamsicles, you're going to love this.  It smells like the sweet vanilla mixed with the fresh orange sorbet however, the major plus is that it doesn't taste like anything!  My pet peeve is when I am at the gym and I have a lip product on and I take a swig of my water and it leaves a flavour around the mouth piece which will alter your water experience later. BLEGH! This lip balm on the other hand does not do that! AND it's super moisturizing.

All Purpose Healer Lotion Stick | https://goo.gl/s8jybi

A lotion in a stick?! That's what I thought too! Definitely something you don't see all too often but it has come in handy a few times when I forgot to lotion my legs before going out.  What's great about this stick is that it's pretty easy to use, you just apply and rub it in. I also find that because it's in a stick form, it's very travel friendly since it won't explode in your purse! Maybe a great gift for a guy?  I found this lotion stick's scent very similar to the cinnamon hearts that come out around every Valentine's day (which I like)

Hand Sanitizer (Orange Spice) | https://goo.gl/sEPzfv  

This hand sanitizer in comparison to the traditional ones differ in a few ways.  With regular hand sanitizers, I find that it is very cold, dries out your hands and leaves a sticky residue.  With this Common Goat Sense one, because there is no use of alcohol, it actually is very moisturizing from the aloe gel and it also does not have the smell of alcohol. It smells just like orange spice (fall scent)

If you are interested in purchasing any of her products she supplied me with a coupon code for my readers and YouTube Subscribers.  Use the code "YOUTUBE6" and get 10% off of your order! Thank you Brittany :) 

*I am NOT getting paid or receiving any incentive if you use the coupon code*