Clean Green: ECOS Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products

We’re definitely past spring house cleaning, but this feature isn’t about spring cleaning, it’s about eco and healthy cleaning of your home. Today we highlight a responsible company that cares about this planet and us, its inhabitants. We were introduced to ECOS Earth-friendly cleaning products (celebrating their 50th anniversary this year) a while back and after using it in our homes, we’re absolutely hooked on these hypoallergenic, naturally formulated and scented cleaning products.

Finding cleaning and other products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be easy, and ECOS Earth-friendly cleaning products are easy to find; in fact, ECOS offers over 200 environmentally friendly products. Derived from replenishable resources, this range of plant-powered products is full of award-winning eco-friendly home cleaning products including household cleaning products, laundry detergents, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, dishwashing liquids, pet, and baby products.

The plant-derived ECOS All Purpose Cleaner Parsley Plus will get almost any surface clean with the fresh and unique scent of Parsley. The perfect for everyday use cleaner is also available in Ginger Plus, and Orange Plus, with a concentrated version in Orange Plus. The ECOS Dishmate Hypoallergenic Dish Soap is concentrated with powerful, plant-derived cleaning agents that doubles as a hand soap. It’s available in the above Lavender, as well as Bamboo Lemon, Almond, Grapefruit, Pear, Apricot, and Free & Clear. The ECOS Hypoallergenic Hand Soap, available in Orange Blossom, Lemongrass, and Lavender, is blended with nourishing vitamin E and antioxidants. It cleanses and softens your hands with Non-drying, plant-derived ingredients that also leaves a delicate, refreshing aroma. The last product we tried was the ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent with Enzymes (the #1 selling green laundry detergent in the world), a concentrated formula with plant-derived cleaning agents and a built-in fabric softener; this hypoallergenic laundry detergent boasts scents made with aromatic natural fragrances and essential oils, such as Magnolia & Lily, Honeydew, Fresh Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Free & Clear.

ECOS products are made in the USA at one of four manufacturing facilities that are carbon neutral, water neutral and Zero Waste Platinum certified, saving over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and diverting over 95% of all waste from landfills.

Are you ready for a healthy home for yourself and your family with the safer, green plant-powered cleaners from the range of ECOS Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products? Learn more about ECOS by visiting www.ecos.com.

Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive: Free Up Space On Your iPhone & iPad

We bet you complain about the storage space on your phone at least once a day, or that you have too many photos. But these photos are your life’s experiences and you cannot delete those memories, even if it is to free up your phone’s dwindling storage space. What if you didn’t have to? What if you could keep all your photos and still have an abundance of storage space on your phone? What if your gallery was as empty as when you first bought your smartphone but you still had access to all your photos and videos? In other words, could you use more storage on your smartphone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive is the answer to your prayers.

With the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive, you never have to worry about not having enough phone storage space to take or watch photos or videos. This wonderful little gadget offers many incredible features and advantages, which allows you to free up storage space on your phone. It’s an easy way to free up space on your iPhone or iPad quickly, automatically back up your iPhone or iPad camera roll anytime the drive is connected without using the cloud, watch popular format videos (.WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV) so you can store and watch videos straight from the drive, is designed with a flexible connector to plug directly into your iPhone or iPad without having to remove your case (there’s also a version built for the OtterBox uniVERSE case system), and the ability to transfer files in a flash through your computer’s USB 3.0 port.

The  Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive is available in four capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, all equipped with a Lightning™ Connector and USB 3.0 interface. Through the iXpand Mobile App, available from the App Store, you can easily manage and watch your photos and videos directly from the drive. The Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive can be purchased at www.sandisk.com, BestBuy, and B&H Photo, www.amazon.com, Staples, and www.CDW.com.

Beat the Heat with San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream

As the saying goes, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream”, and we’ve been screaming for the decadent San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream flavors since winter. Since Mother Nature has finally realized we’re in the warmer months, we can finally sing the praises of (and keep cool with) the sinfully delicious, and utterly indulgent range of San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream pints, commanded by Owner and President, Jonathan Tammara. The family owned San Bernardo Ice Cream has been in business for over 40 years by the same family and offers signature flavors created with natural flavors and the finest ingredients from around the world.

We were first introduced to San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream last winter, not the best season to enjoy frozen treats, but we survived thanks to the tropical heat setting in our apt. That’s a very different story now that we’re experiencing 90+ degree days. The San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream pints are available in seven delicious flavors: Amaretto Praline Pecan, Biscotti, Cannoli, Italian Cheesecake with Raspberry Swirl, New York Style Cheesecake, Spumoni, and Tiramisu. These most famous Italian ice creams flavors are made with only natural, quality ingredients for a pure, creamy and delicious ice cream experience. It is quite difficult to select a favorite, and every time you think you have one, the next flavor blows you away. Like their other “escape” ice cream collections, the San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Creams contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and no high fructose corn syrup.

Amaretto Praline Pecan

The ultimate old-world indulgence, a rich amaretto ice cream filled with crunchy, sugar-covered pecans.

Italian Biscotti

An all-time Italian favorite transformed into a creamy frozen treat. It boasts biscotti ice cream with a vanilla base, with a dash of almond and finished up with almond slivers, chocolate-covered biscotti pieces, and a thick caramel sea salt swirl.

Cannoli

Even better than you remembered it. Painstakingly crafted with ricotta cheese and blended with pieces of chocolate-covered cannoli shell, this cannoli ice cream evokes the warmth of an authentic Italian kitchen.

Italian Cheesecake with Raspberry Swirl

In true Italian cheesecake fashion, this ice cream base includes real mascarpone cheese and is topped off with a thick, decadent raspberry swirl.

New York Style Cheesecake

This luscious, authentic New York-style cheesecake ice cream conjures up the Big Apple with the magic of graham cracker pieces, real cream cheese, and rich sour cream.

Spumoni

A traditional Italian dessert, taken to the next level. Bernardo’s signature Spumoni includes chocolate swirled with pistachio, strawberry and vanilla ice creams, mixed with fresh sliced cherries and pieces of almonds, and topped off with a tantalizing hint of amaretto.

Tiramisu

The only thing better than tiramisu is tiramisu ice cream. This fabulous re-creation of an old Italian classic includes marsala wine and an authentic mascarpone cheese base to complete the experience.

The San Bernardo Italian Escapes Ice Cream collection is available in 16oz Pints and 48oz Scrounds and are a delicious way to cool down in this sudden and instant heatwave we’re experiencing. Get to know more about San Bernardo and their ice creams by visiting their website, www.sanbernardoicecream.com.

MURAD Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment for Acne Awareness Month

There are so many notable things to observe this month, we’ve honored and made note of a few, now it’s time to bring attention to another. It’s observation of a skin problem that plagues just about every teenager on Earth, and quite a few adults, with sufferers totaling in the double-digit millions, that skin condition? Acne! While many may only experience an occasional breakout or one or two pimples, zits, or blemishes here and there, many severe acne sufferers are quite emotionally impacted by this skin disease. As almost lifelong acne sufferers ourselves, we’re always on the lookout for solutions to our acne issues, and with June being National Acne Awareness Month, what better time to explore new acne fighting solutions, like the NEW Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment.

Just in time for Acne Awareness Month, Murad has added a new acne fighting solution to their sought after, and award-winning Acne Control collection (some of which are pictured below in their Advanced Breakout Control Regimen 7-Piece kit), scientifically proven to clear current breakouts and help prevent new blemishes from forming. We sometimes experience large, red, and painful breakouts called cystic acne, a painful annoyance that can take weeks to fully disappear, the perfect blemish candidate to try Murad’s latest acne relief on.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, which launched on June 1st, is a fast-acting, invisible gel that reduces blemish size and redness in just four hours. This newest acne fighter boasts a powerful, next-generation formula, and features the maximum strength of Salicylic Acid (2%, the highest percentage available without a prescription) to clear pores, smooth skin and treat acne at the source by killing bacteria.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is formulated with a patented complex that features thyme and pine extracts to fight irritants while preserving your skin’s natural balance. Horse chestnut and oat extracts help to reduce redness and soothe the skin, for an even and clearer complexion. A recent Murad sponsored study showed that 97% of acne sufferers agreed their blemish appearance improved after just one day of using the Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, something we can attest to as well.

The 0.5 oz tube of Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is available now nationwide and retails for $22.00. Like all other Murad skincare products, you will find this newest product on www.Murad.com.

Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water Launches New Ruby Rose Flavor

Last year, while attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to several wonderful drinks and beverage brands, once of which was an all-natural and organic sparkling beverage, Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, which we highlighted in our Good for You Summer Drinks blogpost. During our introduction to Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, we feel in love (at first sip) with their delicious flavors: Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry, Summer Pear, and Zesty Orange. We were more than happy to get reacquainted with them as they launch their newest flavor, Ruby Rose.

The newest refreshing flavor to join the Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water range of sophisticated sparkling beverages is a combination of organic grapefruit, honey, and rosemary extracts. It has a refreshing, tangy kick from the grapefruit, with slightly sweet hints of honey, and a fragrant finish of rosemary. As with their other sparkling flavors, the Ruby Rose is USDA certified organic and lightly sweetened with agave. At the launch event, we were treated to some refreshingly delicious cocktails made with the new Ruby Rose flavor, as well as Zesty Orange and Lemon Flower. The three refreshing flavors were paired with Gin, Tequila, and Vodka respectively.

“We are really excited to be adding our sixth flavor to the line,” said CEO/Founder Beth Wilson-Parentice. “As with our other flavors, Ruby Rose’s ingredients are culinary-inspired, perfect for enjoying with a meal or mixing in a cocktail. I’m really looking forward to hearing feedback about the flavor at Expo East.”

We can honestly say that the new Ruby Rose flavor of Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water is our new favorite flavor taking over the title from Sipp’s Ginger Blossom – but not by much. When we had those few days of 90+ degrees, a cold 12oz bottle of this invigorating, sparkling beverage was just what the doctor ordered. Sipp Ruby Rose is available now and is available at Whole Foods, Fairway, Balducci’s, Wegman’s, Target, etc.

emerginC: Helping Your Skin and Healing the Planet

We live in a time where the products we use greatly affects our lives; not just our bodies, but our environment as well. We no longer just have to worry about what we put into our bodies, attention must be paid to what we put on our skin and how we treat our environment. One skincare brand making sure that both our bodies and our surroundings are well protected is emerginC, an ethical and sustainable organic skincare company that incorporates clinically proven cosmeceutical, medical-grade, and fair trade ingredients, active botanicals, and marine extracts into their products. For over 20 years, emerginC has been using only high-quality, cutting-edge ingredients formulated with natural plant-based preservatives.

We had the opportunity to meet Ian Lirenman, CEO, and founder of emerginC, as he introduced the brand’s latest launch, the Scientific Organics Body Firming Serum, an advanced, lightweight body firming serum formulated with Actigym™, Nocturshape™, arnica extract and fair trade aloe, features a unique glass roller ball tube application system to help reduce the appearance of cellulite while toning and firming the skin. We also got to know more about their cult-favorites, the Vitamin C Serum (the most stable and effective vitamin C serums to emerge on the market, and the very first product they created), Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser (which we’re currently using and loving), and Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes.

But creating exceptional skincare products is not all that emerginC does. They are also giving back with the industry-first “buy one, plant one” tree planting program in collaboration with Plant-It 2020. For every emerginC product sold, one indigenous tree is planted in a non-harvest location. As of today, emerginC and Plant-It 2020 have planted over 600,000 trees in such areas as Madagascar, Nepal, Poland, etc. The organic skincare company, known for their history of environmental consciousness, have also started an emerginBees bee habitat initiative as well as an emerginCeeds organic vegetable program.

The brand is headquartered in a wind-powered building near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the company offers its staff accesses to weekly yoga classes, a rooftop garden with vegetables and flowers, and chickens that produce organic eggs all year round. See Founder and CEO, Ian Lirenman, planting Pok Choi on the emerginC rooftop garden below:

We love companies that are doing great things, especially when we, the consumers can be a part of that initiative. So whether you purchase their famed Vitamin C Serum, Facial Cleaning Wipes, or their new Body Firming Serum, you’re helping to save our planet, one tree at a time. Have you tried any emerginC skincare products? Share your thoughts with us.

Mighty Mug with Smartgrip Technology: No More Coffee and Tea Spills

We have many memories of ruined paperwork, homework, receipts, and so forth from the numerous accidental tea spills, we’ve endured during our lifetime. Thankfully those days are well behind us thanks to the innovative creation, the Mighty Mug, a wonderful travel mug that won’t fall over. While we are still a bit clumsy, at least all our important documents are safe from knocked over mugs of hot tea and/or water and juice.

The Mighty Mug is what happens when tech and everyday home goods combine, and frankly we the clumsy, and over stressed are breathing a sigh of relief and appreciation that this fun and innovative gadget exists. Whether you use it at home, work, or while on-the-go, their range of products (they make mugs for both hot and cold beverages, and even for the bar) ensures that even the clumsiest person will be accidental spill-free. In other words, if Mighty Mug was a boxer, he would be the opponent that never goes down……..don’t believe us, check out the video below:

Featuring the brand’s Smartgrip technology, which gives the Mighty Mug its gripping power so you won’t accidentally knock it, this amazing mug also lifts naturally, and never wears out. The mugs boast two Double walled vacuum insulated Stainless Steel to keep beverages warm for 6 hours and cold for 12 hours. They are BPA free, car cup friendly, and dishwasher Safe. As stated above, Mighty Mug offers more than just hot drink cups, your work is also safe from your ice cold drinks with Mighty Mug Ice, and cocktails with the Mighty Mug Barware.

These innovative chill mugs, constructed of durable Tritan plastic, also boast a double wall construction and patented Smartgrip™ Technology to grip any surface, this tumbler will keep your hands dry and your beverages chilled.

Say goodbye to stained and ruined carpets, laptops, and clothes. The Mighty Mug Barware collection, made with Crystal Clear Unbreakable Tritan Plastic, grips to any smooth and solid surface such as your table, desk, counter, or bar. We promise you won’t be disappointed with the performance of these mighty mugs.

The Mighty Mugs range from $16.99 – $19.99 for singles, $29.99 for a set of two barware, and  $59.98 – $89.96 for bundles of four. All can be purchased on www.themightymug.com. Could you use a Mighty Mug in your daily life?

MAKE UP FOR EVER and The Colored Girl’s #BLENDINSTANDOUT Campaign

Hello my fellow brown beauties, have we got some exciting news for you from the world of Make Up For Ever! The universally loved beauty brand has teamed up with Victory Jones and Tori Elizabeth, the dynamic creative duo behind The Colored Girl to bring you and extension of their #blendinstandout Campaign. What is this revolutionary campaign you ask? This latest campaign from Make Up For Ever, which launched earlier this year, supports self-expression and celebrates all people. It features empowering women of color sharing their favorite Make Up For Ever products from the brand’s extensive range and the important causes that they stand for.

Through Make Up For Ever’s #blendinstandout, each woman expresses her own unique, natural beauty through the campaign images, shares her favorite complexion product and advocates for the cause that matters most to her. These amazing women are Khoudia Diop (Model), Christina Bright (Entrepreneur), Leineal Howard (Student/Model), Monica Torres (Student/Activist), Mominatu Boog (Model/Advocate), Leyna Bloom (Transgender Model), Nakissi Dosso (Muslim Fashion Blogger/Student), Rachel Kumar (Teacher/Writer), and Victory Jones and Tori Elizabeth (Founders of The Colored Girl).

The #blendinstandout Campaign extension with The Colored Girl asked six boundary-pushing influencers (pictured above), “What do you stand for?” This campaign, which supports community, self-expression and the celebration of all people and was originally launched on Make Up For Ever’s social channels. Check out the below video featuring these six influencers who are definitely blending into their favorite Make Up For Ever products, and standing out when it comes to self-expression:

The collaboration between Make Up For Ever and The Colored Girl comes as no surprise as the makeup brand makes sure to recognize the unique beauty in all people and has always celebrated both individuality and inclusion. The cosmetics giant has long been known for its industry-leading, high-performance products featuring one of the widest complexions available in the beauty market.

What are your thoughts on the Make Up For Ever and The Colored Girl’s #blendinstandout Campaign? Share your thoughts with us.