July 7, 2017

Aroma Foundry Essential Oils

Aroma Foundry asked me to review their essential oils and boy am I glad I did.  I always loved essential oils but used them rarely.  Now, I can't wait to use them everyday.  And, I'm finding more and more ways to use them and using less chemicals to clean or scent my home.

Aroma Foundry is an excellent source essential oils.  They have 100% pure and natural essential oils, hand bottled in California, that are made from the best sources in the world. "Their Mission is to offer consistent oils with tested and verified purity you can trust, sourced from locations where the ingredients grow best. They created packaging that'll make you feel like you're opening a gift each time you receive a bottle." And boy have they! I love that the boxes were so special and informational. They told me the batch number in which the bottle was made, the country of origin of the ingredients, etc. They even come with a little Aroma Foundry sticker. How cool is that?!?
The cute little stickers that come in each box.
I had no idea the worlds best Bergamot was from The Netherlands!
Now lets get to the scents. I was astonished at how strong they were.  Bottled in the cute little cobalt bottles to block any light that may damage the oils and preserve the scent.  I tried Bergmont, Ylang Ylang, Spearmint and Lavender.  They were all AHHMAZING!  I don't think the other oils I have bought in the past smelled anything like what they were actually suppose to.  My favorite *I think* was the Bergamot. It is very fresh and wonderful.  I also loved the Ylang Ylang.  Who am I kidding...I loved them all.

I've been using dryer balls in my dryer to help dry my laundry faster and with less wrinkles, etc.  After receiving the essential oils from Aroma Foundry, I began adding a few drops of Lavender to my dryer balls.  It scents my clothes, sheets, towels whatever, much better than dryer sheets or fabric softnener.  Plus, I can feel good about using them because it doesn't contain liquid glass aka (silicants).
I sometimes add the drops at the end of the drying cycle to retain a stronger scent.

I used the Spearmint to make my own household cleaner. Just take plain white vinegar, mix it 1:3 with water and add about 5-10 drops of any Aroma Foundry essential oil...viola! Cleaner that smells great, works well and is safe to use around your family and pets.  I also want to try making my own fabric or room freshening spray.

Next, add a few drops to your toilet paper or paper towel roll to help keep your kitchen and bathroom smelling fresh.
Also, you can add them to a small container, like a small glass jar or metal tin with some baking soda or just on an old cloth.  Place it under the seat of your car and you have a great air freshener that will last longer than those little trees. Having my SUV smell of Ylang Ylang is a blessing each time I get in. Its much better than that- old car smell.

Finally, just add some to an essential oil diffuser if you have one.  I had to purchase one after I fell in love with these oils. It makes my entire home smell amazing. I've been using the lavender which helps me relax after a long day or, the Ylang Ylang when I just want a nice pleasant scent.
My cute little room diffuser. It has a fan so it blows the smell around really well.

I know I must sound like an advertisement but, I honestly love these essential oils.  They can do so much for our health and well being! Clear up skin problems, help with headaches, colds, etc. Not to mention using them instead of cancer causing chemicals is much safer for everyone.  I love Aroma Foundry for taking such pride in their oils and producing products we can trust.  I will be using their essential oils for years to come.  I can't wait to try some of their other oils such as the Lemon, Tangerine and Cedarwood.

The super great folks at Aroma Foundry are going to give one of you lucky readers a $25 gift code to try out their oils! To enter the giveaway, visit their website and tell me which of their wonderful essential oil you would most like to try.  The winner will be chosen via Random.org on July 28th.  Good luck!

July 5, 2017

Winner of the Infinity Jars Giveaway!

I'm so sorry I did not get this posted yesterday.  Its been crazy around my house with the Fourth and we have a new addition which I will tell you more about later.  Also, we have a new litter of puppies that the mother is not feeding.  So I'm doing that for her...

Anyway, the winner of the Infinity Jars giveaway is:

#3 Ashley Blankenship!!

Sorry for the crappy picture.  I had to use the free version of Random.org for the drawing and it would only rank the number of comments. 

Congratulations Ashley!  Email me with your contact information and I will have the great folks at Infinity Jars send over your gift coupon code.

Thanks to everyone else for commenting.  I will be posting another review/giveaway tomorrow. So please come back and try again.

June 21, 2017

Infinity Jars-Review and Giveaway

I was given the opportunity to do a product review for an amazing company called Infinity Jars.  I had never heard of them but after perusing their website I was very eager to try out their jars.

Infinity Jars are ultraviolet storage jars which claim to "slow down the decaying process of organic matter while maintaining the freshness of whatever you put inside".  Their pigmented jars block harmful light rays and come with screw on glass lids which block odors and make them airtight.

As you can see, very little light passes through even when held right under to a fluorescent light.

I like to preserve everything. Fruits and veggies, herbs, seeds, nuts, you name it.  I wanted to put these jars to the test.  So, I decided to test them with something I knew couldn't last too long in a jar.  Especially since I didn't want to spend a year waiting to see if my chia seeds went stale.

I decided to see just how long these jars would keep red raspberries fresh.  I put one batch of raspberries in a standard glass mason jar with a standard metal lid and ring.  I put the other bunch in a screw top Infinity Jar (500 ml)

Fresh berries ready to go in the jars.

Both jars packed with berries and ready for the fridge.

I went back and checked the berries in each jar after 1 week.  I was fairly surprised with the results. I thought they were probably beginning to go bad. The berries in the mason jar were getting mushy, overly juicy and starting to sour.  The berries in the Infinity Jar, well, they looked just as good as the day I put them in the jar. Firm, sweet and perfect.

The berries in the mason jar were going downhill fast.

I put the berries back in their respective jars, placed them back in the fridge and waited...another week. 

The following week I did the same test.  Poured them out onto a paper towel to see just what changes had occurred with the berries. I immediately noticed juice in the bottom of the mason jar. Of course I couldn't see the bottom of the Infinity Jar so I turned it upside down to see if any juice ran out- It didn't. The berries in the mason jar were all mushy, rotting, molding and definitely smelling.  Time to throw them out. They were not going back in the fridge. The berries in the Infinity Jar....still perfect.  UNBELIEVABLE!  Never have I had red raspberries for two weeks! Those things are usually beginning to mold at the store!

No question which jar is doing a better job preserving the fruit.
The berries from the Infinity Jar are virtually the same as they were two weeks prior.

I am amazed at the results.  I tested blackberries with this same method he blackberries lasted over 6 weeks! They probably would have kept going if I hadn't made a cobbler. Same with the raspberries. Who knows how long I could have kept them fresh.  I'm guessing another two weeks at least.

I am so happy with my Infinity Jars I will be purchasing more.  I currently have my chia seeds in one and pecans in another. Two items are so pricey these days I want to keep them as fresh as possible.  If I bring home more berries I'm sure I know where I'll be keeping them.

The great folks at Infinity Jars are so generous they are going to also give one lucky reader the chance to try out their jars! You can win a $30 gift coupon code to get your choice of products from Infinity Jars.  They not only have the great jars like I chose, but apothecary jars, jars for oils, makeup and more! I can hardly decide which to get next. Not to mention they just look great sitting out on your countertop.

To enter the giveaway, you must sign up to follow my blog. AND, leave a comment.  The winner will be drawn  Tuesday, July 4th.  Good luck!