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Thin Stix Giveway

GIVEAWAY

Don’t miss your chance to win a free set of Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc!

If you don’t know what Thin Stix are, then check out these stories for more information about these wonderful MESS FREE tempera paint sticks. 

Thin Stix Creativity Pack Review & Giveaway

Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors Review

Enter this Giveway for a chance to win.  Each person is allowed 2 entries.  

Giveaway entries will be accepted between 11/9/17 and 11/22/17 for your chance to win.

Must be 18 and older and on mainland USA to participate.

Winner will be selected randomly through the Rafflecopter entries as noted at the bottom of the Thin Stix Review and Giveaway post. 

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Winners will be emailed that they have won and will need to send their shipping information within 24 hours of winning.  The will be sent a free Thin Stix prize directly from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Thin Stix would make a great addition to your arts and craft supplies, your home, office, or classroom.   Thin Stix make a great gift to give away too. 

I would greatly appreciate your help in getting the word out about this Giveaway.  If you would kindly share the giveaway with your family, friends, and on your social media: facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc. 

I can’t wait to see who the winner is!

Be blessed!

 

 

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Feel Beautiful with Koru Naturals Review

I love using natural products in and on my body.  Nature just makes me feel beautiful inside and out.   Koru Naturals has a whole line of wonderful natural body care products that I am certain you will want to incorporate into your beauty routine too.

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We are currently using the Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser , Manuka Honey, Tamarind and Manuka Oil Facial Toner,  Manuka Honey Propolis Soap, and the Skin Clear Cream from Koru Naturals.   I would like to tell you about some of the benefits of using each one.

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Koru Naturals has a complete line of beauty products for your skin and hair.   No matter what area of the skin you want to focus on, they have a natural product to handle those trouble spots and help you keep your skin healthy and soft.    Koru Naturals have many products that contain Manuka.   Koru Naturals sources their Manuka directly from the Manuka of New Zealand.

Manuka is a similar plant to the Melaleuka of Australia, but more has more powerful properties. Koru Naturals use both the honey and oils that are made sustainably from Manuka (and Kanuka) trees.   New Zealand produces only about 1,800 tons of the worlds 10,000 tons of Tea Tree oil that is produced and sold each year. In my research, I found that only New Zealand’s Manuka contains a specific property called non-peroxide anti-seceptic and is the most powerful version of Tea Trea oils.   This non-peridoxide anti-septic is the key desired ingredient in Tea Tree that promotes health.   So you are basically throwing your money away at less quality and less effective Tea Tree Oil products when you buy Manuka harvested from other countries.

Whenever you buy Manuka products, be sure they are sourced from New Zealand to be guaranteed to have the most beneficial qualities.   Read more about the difference in Tea Tree Oils I found in my research I have posted below under the section titled:  “What is Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil?”.  You can also read about how Koru Naturals produces their Manuka Oil on the farm in New Zealand on their web site.

USING KORU NATURALS PRODUCTS IN OUR HOME

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Honey & Propolis Soap

4.93 oz

Honey & Propolis Soap is a beautifying soap that contains both Manuka Honey and Bee Propolis found inside the comb.

Octagon Shape Bar with a Bee Stamp.

Beautifully boxed for gift giving.

Retails for $7.90

You can cleanse, moisturize, and protect your skin with nature and all those benefits are packed right into this amazing soap.  Manuka Honey is a natural moisturizer. Propolis from the cap of the honey comb also moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

Both honey and propolis are naturally anti bacterial and anti fungal and my family and I have used these protective natural resources for years in our health care.    Using them on the outside of our body as part of our skin care routine is a win win!   Both are well known for their natural intense moisturizing and protective qualities.   Manuka honey and propolis are the perfect ingredients for a beneficial gentle cleansing and skin nourishing soap.  We love the delicious smell of honey on our skin, and the soft feel of our skin every day when we use this wonderful soap.

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Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser

4fl.oz./120ml.

Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser Gel, from the New Zealand Fusion Botanicals collection of manuka skin products.

Packaged In A Lovely Brushed Aluminum Pump Action Bottle.

Retails for $13.60

If you have sensitive skin, you will love the fact that this gentle cleanser is free of parabens and artificial colors.  Natural ingredients like:  Aloe Juice, Lavender,  Oat Extract, Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, and Vitamin E, will leave your skin feeling fresh and nourished.   I love the smell and feel of this cleanser.   I have sensitive skin and I have peace of mind knowing this cleanser works for me.  It provides a gentile cleansing of my skin, leaves it soft and supple, and it protects my skin from damage and irritations.

The directions are so simple, just apply the cleanser by hand,  or with a cotton cloth.  Focus on your problem areas as you use an upward motion while applying.  You can rinse it off after two minutes for a fresh clean feel.

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Manuka Honey, Tamarind, and Manuka Oil Facial Toner

4 fl.oz/118ml

Manuka Honey, Tamarind, and Manuka Oil Facial Toner makes a great toner / conditioner for your skin.   This bottle matches the facial cleanser mentioned above.

Packaged in a Lovely Brushed Aluminum Pump Action Bottle.

Retails for $13.20

The facial toner is an improved formula that I really like how it leaves my skin feeling toned.   They have added Vitamins B3 and A to an already great formula for additional skin nourishment and protection.  Just like all of Koru Natural products, the toner is no exception to quality.

With wonderful all nourishing ingredients like: Aloe Leaf Juice,Vitamin B3, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B5, Manuka Leaf Essential Oil, Manuka Honey, Tamarind Seed Extract, Cucumber Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, and Green Tea Leaf Extract, my skin feels amazing and yours will too!  I can’t say it enough about how much I love the smell of these products and how wonderful they make my skin feel.   I am loving this for my combination skin.

This toner is so easy to apply and include in your daily beauty routine.   You will want to use this toner before you apply any moisturizers.   Just pump the toner onto a cotton cloth and apply over the desired area.   Any skin type, whether you have acne prone skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, or just natural skin types, you will love how this toner handles them and can help you feel beautiful.

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Skin Clear Cream

This amazing product has been going for 20 years strong and is celebrating!

4oz / 113gr  Size

Skin Clear Cream with Manuka is packaged in a clear jar with metal looking lid, similar to a mason jar appearance and it is just lovely to look at.  Perfect in your bathroom or to give as gifts.  It also comes with it’s own serving spoon to dish out just the right amount of cream.

Retails for $19.20

The Skin Clear Cream is great for all skin types and is especially helpful for those  with acne-prone skin.    It helps to improve the appearance of blemished skin.  It also helps promote elasticity of the skin because the natural ingredients such as Manuka honey.  There are lots of amazing natural moisturizers combined into this one product.   This product can help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier with continued use.  It also helps reduce and prevent future damage.

Applying this cream is simple and you can use it up to two times a day as part of your beauty routine.  The Skin Clear Cream is made with so many natural ingredients, it will be hard for me to list the benefits of them all.  Here are just a few to share with you:  Aloe Leaf Juice,  Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Manuka Honey, Lactobacillus, Thyme Extract, Burdock Root Extract, Manuka Leaf Oil, Bergamot Oil, Roman Chamomile , Sweet AlmondOil,  Lemongrass Oil, Aspen Bark Extract,  Zinc, Turmeric, and more.

We love using Koru Naturals products in our home for the entire family.  I have 5 sons and 1 daughter and Koru Naturals has products made with Manuka and natural ingredients we can all use.  The quality is superior and Koru Naturals has raving fans to prove it is a brand you can trust.   Great products for you and your family, and products you will want to give away as gifts to friends and relatives too.  Go natural with Koru Naturals!

“What is Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil?”

This might be a question you have, I know when I first heard the word “Manuka” several years ago, I didn’t know what it was and what it wasn’t.  Sometimes I heard it called Manuka and sometimes it was called Tee Tree and other times I heard Tea Tree referred to as Melaleuka, so it was a bit confusing to me for a long time.

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Manuka Flowers with 5 Petals (image source)

After doing some research I learned there is a shrub like tree in New Zealand called Manuka.  It has antiseptic, anti fungal, anti parasite, and anti bacterial properties.  Manuka is similar to Manuka, Kanuka, and another tree called Melealuka.   It is thought that is origionated in Austalia and perhaps “morphed” into it’s present stronger healthier version in New Zealand.    Scientists are not sure how it escaped from the mainland of Austrailia.   Perhaps it didn’t escape at all, but is a slightly different variation from the beginning of creation by a loving God.

Though Tea Tree (Manuka, Melaleuka, Kanuka, etc) is grown today in several places around the world, only the New Zealand Manuka Tea Tree has the desired properties.  There are many countries selling tea tree oil labled Manuka, but don’t be fooled!!!

For many years I did not understand the difference in the kinds and quality of tea tree oils.  I began using tea tree oils many years ago as part of our first aid kit on our family’s ouchies, infections, and added it to shampoo and my soap making craft projects for several years.  Then about three years ago, I bought my first jar of Manuka honey from New Zealand to try.  My family had gone through an illness and I felt having Manuka honey on hand would make a difference in relieving the symptoms and speeding recovery. I learned right away that Manuka honey is a lot more expensive than other kinds of honey, and it has a dark color, is thicker than any honey I have used before, almost like caramel, and it has a very robust flavor.  It almost has a stinging sensation when I swallow a spoonful of raw Manuka honey because it is so powerful. It has been used for thousands of years to boost people’s health and wellness and is useful to fight colds, flu’s, and infections and is a wonderful food source for energy.

Manuka Honey (image source)

Manuka Honey (image source)

For the purpose of writing this review, I went on a deeper search for a good description of the Manuka Tree that the honey and essential oil that I have come to love over the years is made from.   The word Manuka is a specific kind of Tea Tree.   Though some sellers misuse the term and sell products labeled Manuka from other countries, it is not real Manuka.   Real true Manuka is specific to New Zealand that has a perfect growing environment for it, and has properties that differ from other kinds of similar Tea Tree plants.  10,000 tons of tea tree oil is produced and sold every year, but only 1,800 tons of it is true Manuka.  So be wise when purchasing your oil and honey and skin care products and don’t let advertising fool you.

Manuka Tree Leaves and Flowers (image source)

Manuka Tree Leaves and Flowers (image source)

Manuka
“Leptospermum scoparium, commonly called mānuka, manuka myrtle,[1] New Zealand teatree,[1] broom tea-tree,[2] or just tea tree, is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family Myrtaceae, native to New Zealand and southeast Australia.” Source 

The Manuka Tree is a shrub like tree and grows most often from 7 feet to around 16 feet tall, but it can grow as high as 49 feet tall.  It has prickly leaves, white (sometimes pink) five petal flowers, and hard wood that has been used to make tool handles and for smoking meats.  The sap is anti parasite and used by wild birds to prevent parasite infestations.   The tree is mainly cultivated for both honey (bees making honey from the nectar of the Manuka flowers), and for the leaves that are steamed distilled and made into essential oil.  The tree got it’s nickname “Tea Tree” from Captain Cook who made a tea drink with them in the 1700’s.  (Description of Manuka paraphrased from Manuka related articles on Wikipedia)

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