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Phytoceramides Review – Weeding Thru the Lies to find the Truths

Phytoceramides for Dummies
Okay so this is a Joke Cover… but read on to find out what lies to be aware of and what the truth is about Phytoceramides

Phytoceramides Review – Weeding Thru the Lies to find the Truths

As a former Cosmetologist I have sorted through Phytoceramides Lies & Truths. I have also tried out the Phytoceramides for myself and so this post also contains my honest review of Phytoceramides (I reviewed Phytoceramides by Purely Holistic). My review can be seen at the end of this post.

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The Truth, The Lies and a Honest Review

Phytoceramides, has been said, by Dr. Oz to be “The Natural Facelift.” So many people are seeking out Phytoceramides and unless they do careful research they are bound to find misleading posts about this supplement. I hope to help you sort through this information and as always, if you have questions please do comment and I will try my best to answer them for you.

First off what got me (a former Cosmetologist) interested in Phytoceramides?

I first heard of Phytoceramides through Dr. Oz and his show. I had written down the word “Phytoceramides” online and read up on it after seeing the Dr. Oz show and I told myself to remember that I MUST try it someday. Well we all know how the “Somedays” can go, don’t we? Things get set aside, forgotten and if it’s online (and if you are like me) it is added to your ever growing list of bookmarks in your browser. Where do you save those things that you want to try out someday? Mine go into my Wish List & Gift List Folder in my bookmarks and it gets buried in with all the other things that I wish to explore further one day.

The Lies:

Don’t Trust Everything You Read Online (Claims from some brands and online posts/reviews etc):

These Claims Could not be verified by me: While doing my research, I had read repeatedly, that Ellen Degeneres, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, and Kelly Ripa all were claimed to use Phytoceramides and it was told to some magazine (mysteriously left out of all articles saying this) by a dermatologist, Dr. Richard Peters. But strangely enough all the sites used the same wording and didn’t reveal the magazine.

Strange dramatic, Photoshopped pictures: Almost all of them had pictures of wrinkles, some the exact same one, even showing drastic improvement in 5 days! Oh, come on, 5 days and wrinkles almost gone? Nope!

And this always makes me feel uncomfortable: Basically each of these suspicious sights had two other things in common.

  1. The same article written over and over, on different sites (just changed ever so slightly).
  2. On some pages, you had to click a little pop up asking you if you were sure that you wanted to leave!

 

Now here is the Truth:

HonestlyMariah Beauty Lady wwwhonesltymariahcomWhat Lies (above) upset me the most?

They are out and out lying that the results could be seen within a few days!

The results take about 27 days to be seen. This former Cosmetologist isn’t fooled by the false claims of results within days and Photoshopped pictures that those sites show. For a supplement like this that helps support your skin by binding moisture to your skin to work, it has to start from the inside outward. You have multiple layers of the skin that come up to the surface as the natural regeneration of the skin takes place. On average it takes 27 days to regenerate the skin  and as you age the regeneration of skin cells (the turn over rate) can take longer.

Information I found from the FDA’s Report on Photo-derived Ceramides   (http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/95s0316/95s-0316-rpt0240-05-Udell-vol175.pdf):

If a certain amount of Phytoceramide is ingested every day, the following benefits could be attained.

  • Because ceramide suppresses free radicals, ceramide can enhance the protection of tissues from external harmful effects (pollution, sunshine and stress).
  • Ceramide moisturizes the skin by its hydration capability.
  • Ceramide achieves wrinkle prevention by its elastase suppression and collagen protection.

My Review Phytoceramides for Purely Holistic

I was fortunate enough to be one of the chosen people to receive a chance to review this product, yup, sometimes dreams really do come true!

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy SupplementI received my bottle of Phytoceramides from Purely Holistic on Amazon in no time at all and still a bit skeptical about all the benefits that I found online… but, you know me by now, I am a sucker to fact check left and right, especially when it comes to beauty products.

About This Product, by Purely Holistic, Just the Facts First:

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Click to see this Infographic full size.
  • 100% Pure
  • Capsules

They DO NOT Contain:

  • GMOs
  • Additives, fillers, artificial ingredients or preservatives
  • Stearates (a toxic ingredient, and is said to be put in our supplements to keep capsule contents from sticking to machinery)
  • Silicon Dioxide, or Titanium Dioxide

The DO Contain:

  • 100% Daily Value of Vitamins A, C, D & E
  • Ceramides (providing glycolipids, phytoceramides & glycolipids)

The Phytoceramides Contained in this product, sold by Purely Holistic, is derived from rice… so you don’t have to worry about wheat based/gluten allergies.

What do I think of Phytoceramides?

Here is how my 51 year old Peri-menopausal Skin has responded to the Phytoceramides.

My skin has been breaking out with my hormones going wild and nothing had been helping. I couldn’t believe that while using product I woke up to find my skin had cleared up.

As I look in the mirror, carefully and judging my skin… it’s been a month and I have finished my bottle. My skin looks and feels smoother. And I see better results than using my usual facial care routine alone! The skin looks firmer and the wrinkles, that have been creeping into my skin, have softened now. What more can I say, I smile and walk away, ready to share with the world that I am pleased with the results I see.

I need to get my hands on more Phytoceramides from Purely Holistic as I heard (somewhere) that it can take up to 3 months of taking the supplements to see the fullest results of taking the supplement.

Mariah of HonestlyMariah dot com and her Phytoceramides supplementMy Advice to you:

I know this sounds cliche but here it goes, don’t be fooled by a lot of dishonest companies and affiliates out there! There are a lot of lies out there as well as phoney reviews.

What to watch out for:

  • Claims of results within days accredited to the supplement.
  • Pages that has the exact same results pictures, wording or claims as other articles (posts or reviews) that you have seen elsewhere.

PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THE COMPANIES OR REVIEWERS THAT LIE OR MISLEAD YOU BY BUYING FROM THEM!

Who I DO TRUST is Purely Holistic and their Phytoceramides. But remember, this is only my opinion and my results, folks yours may vary. Please do your research before you trust that any supplement may work for you and check with your doctor to make sure Phytoceramides are right for you… I haven’t heard of any problems with these products, except for Gluten & Wheat Allergies (no worries with Purely Holistic’s Phytoceramides, they are rice based), but you never know.

Thank you to Purely Holistic for allowing me the wonderful opportunity to both try out their Phytoceramides and to run the recent massive giveaway! I have seen the results and I am sold and I want to continue using your product to watch for further enhancements to my skin with  your Phytoceramides.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I am not currently affiliated with the sponsor. I received above mentioned product for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. Your results may vary from my own and my thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by the sponsoring company and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

Exclusive Skin Care Supplement Giveaway (100 Winners) – Coming Up Tomorrow!

 

Update: This Massive Winner Giveaway will run from noon PDT Wed August 27th to noon PDT Friday August 29th

Howdy there folks, every now and then there is a product that really helps me and I like to contact those Companies to see if we can offer a giveaway. The people at Purely Holistic are my kind of people, they have offered us the most wonderful of Giveaways, we will have 100 winners. This will be an exclusive giveaway, only for my readers! Can you tell that I am doing the HAPPY DANCE right now?

Snoopy dancing the happy dance
Dancing the happy dance for this skin care supplement giveaway! Hey 100 Winners, for my readers and followers only! Get Ready!

The product we will be giving away is for the very same supplement I’ve been using for several weeks now, it’s:

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement from Purely Holistic

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy SupplementThis supplement nourishes your skin from the inside out!

Dr Oz has called Phytoceramides “The Natural Facelift”! So you can see why a 51 year old like myself is excited not only to be giving this product away with the makers of this supplement, Purley Holistic, but to also have the product myself to review! So far, a couple of weeks into using the product, I feel that my skin has improved! Watch for the review to be posted tomorrow, just so you remember, subscribe to my blog, and keep an eye on my facebook and Twitter Feeds for the start of this HUGE Giveaway for my readers/followers ONLY!

Purely Holistic asks that if enter to win this giveaway, you promise that you will try the product and leave an unbiased review it on Amazon, please! With an exciting product like this in your hands, others need to know if it seems to help you! 🙂 Please, do not apply for the giveaway if you do not plan to leave a review on Amazon!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Purely Holistic or their product Phytoceramides. I wrote Purely Holistic and knowing the reports of how great Phytoceramides were, and being fortunate enough to receive a bottle for a review through Tomoson, I asked them if I could run a giveaway for my lovely readers and they said yes. Yes, as simple as all that… I feel very fortunate that my request was not only answered with a yes but I was offered the biggest best giveaway ever for my blog as an exclusive! Yay.

Growing Plum Crazy – Wordless Wednesday Pictures

We are Growing Plum Crazy here at our house, thanks to some tips and tricks I found online. The plum tree has been a sad story for the past 2 years, since we moved into this little house. Now it’s Growing Plum Crazy with Plums! Yay!

I found a tip that told me to hang old CD’s on the tree… birds are afraid of shiny things. Done.

Next I realized that I had to address the insects. I sprayed the tree down with a spray bottle of this Organic solution: 1 Tablespoon of Castile Soap to 1 Gallon of water, respraying for every day for a week, and then after heavy rain fall.

The results, the branches are so full of plums that I have to go to that tree and tie up the branches, they are almost to the ground!

Okay now for the Wordless Wednesday Part:

Growing Plum crazy at my house 1Growing Plum crazy at my house part of the secret revealedPlum crazy at my house 2Plum crazy at my house closeup of plums

 

Bully Sticks Dog Treats- Review

Hi all, I more than happy to share my Canine Fur Babies Review of Bully Sticks Dog Treats with you all today. Yes my dogs tell me a lot, it’s just a shame they don’t like to speak in public to others.

Bully Sticks labelWhat had me excited about Bully Sticks by Best For My Pets:

  1. Bully Sticks AREN’T Made in China – they are made in Brazil and packaged here in the USA
  2. Bully Sticks are 100% Digestible – if your dog practically swallows his treats, rawhides and food whole, you don’t have to worry about it plugging his digestive track. When the digestive tract in dogs get blocked they can need emergency surgery as they would starve to death.
  3. Bully Sticks are ALL NATURAL – 100% Beef
  4. Bully Sticks are ODOR FREE!
  5. Bully Sticks are 100% Guaranteed – No Questions Asked (and the Guarantee goes beyond the Amazon 30 day limit).
  6. Best For My Pets (the makers of Bully Sticks) – A portion of their Proceeds and Send it Out To Pet Rescues in the USA!

Mr.Peanut Bully Sticks yummy dog treatTiny Dog Bully Sticks yummy dog treatMy Dogs may not be camera shy, but they don’t think you would understand their voices, like I do. It’s actually quite sad that I have to try and draw out of the dogs a previous action to show you on video or in pictures. They act cute when they think that only their Mommy or Daddy are watching, then we have to reproduce what the dogs have just done from time to time, so we can show you. This time around it is no different, except for while eating the Bully Sticks.

Mariah dogs bully sticks package and sticksTiny Dog wasn’t his usual nervous hyperactive self and just kept chewing away, not distracted by the flash of the camera and he loves chasing after the flash of the camera, the anti red eye light etc.

Now Mr. Peanut, I’ve never taken a treat away from him (well the occasional mouse caucus while we lived in apartments years ago…Yikes!) but he was upset that I was looking at him through the camera lens and kept trying to hide his treat from me. Must be pretty good if my dog, who is almost 13 years old, decides to suddenly hide his treat from me, like I was going to take it away. He must love the treat!

I went to move the package of Bully Sticks off from my husband’s TV tray and Tiny Dog decided that it was time for another treat! So cute how he begged and made noises for his treats… a good sign! I admit I had to recreate the begging for my camcorder, but after a short beg for the video, Tiny Dog decided at that time to be respectful and just come to my side to beg, away from the bag of treats. Lol

After my dogs had several Bully Sticks, I didn’t notice any diarrhea, as some of you may know Dachshunds have sensitive tummies and raw hides, for my long haired Dachshund, always caused him to get the runs. Not a problem with the Bully Sticks!  And Tiny Dog, had no problems with the Bully Sticks either.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed the product mentioned above. I received this product for this review from Best For My Pet. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by the sponsor and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Worlds First Certified Non GMO Cheese – Review


rumiano cheese logoToday I would like to introduce you to Non GMO Organic Cheese by Rumiano. These Organic Cheeses by Rumiano were the worlds ONLY certified Non GMO Cheese, until recently… Now they can proudly say that they were the worlds first! Cool huh? Not only that but these cheeses are also Kosher, American Humane Certified and Non GMO Verified. The cows that supply the milk for this cheese are grass fed all year round. No hormones or pesticides are used.

I was worried that a cheese like this could be difficult to find in my area, so off to do research I went. It is always helpful to look at a specific brands website and have a listing of stores near you that carry their products and Rumiano was no different. I was so happy to discover that my area Whole Foods Store carried their product.

hotdog with worlds only Non GMO Certfied CheeseNow it took me about 15 minutes in the store to find their product with all the other natural cheeses they had in store, it was a shame that they only carried 2 types of their cheese and that they only carried the 6 oz sliced cheese, not the bars of cheese that I prefer to get. So I picked up one of each type of cheese, Mild Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese. Now neither of these cheeses were the ones I was hoping for as I like my cheeses with a bit more of a bite and flavor to them, but I enjoyed them all the same. We still enjoyed them all the same, we had some on our sandwiches, and some melted on our hot dogs.

Cheese and Crackers using The Worlds Only Non GMO Certfied CheeseAnd the last slices of each cheese, I cut into smaller slices, to enjoy with friends on some crackers. Our friends loved both of the cheeses! I showed my girlfriend a package and told her about the fact that they were organic and the Worlds ONLY certified Non GMO Cheese. She was so impressed with this that I, unfortunately (for hubby and I), I felt that I HAD to give her my last coupon for a free package. *insert teary eyes here* I was hoping to use my last coupon for when I visited my parents again soon, as I’d pass through Boulder and SURELY Boulder, Colorado would have more people insisting on this brand of cheese in all of their many natural and health food stores! Ah well… that will teach me for being a good friend, right? lol

thick slices of Rumiano Organic CheeseI would like to add that the cheese is thick sliced at 1 oz a slice, so there were 6 slices of cheese to a package in a 6 oz package. Hey but with thinner slices I would be placing more cheese on my sandwiches than I had to with their slices. 🙂

The Cheddar was extremely mild, and the same for the Monterey Jack, but a nice consistency on both of them. We especially liked the creamy texture of the Monterey Jack. I can’t say much other than it was nice to have good cheese in our house and to enjoy the thought of looking for more of their cheese in the future. I will check back in a month or so to see if our local Whole Foods decided to carry more, and we will keep a watchful eye out whenever we are nearby another store that should be carrying their cheeses to see if they have what we really want to try. 🙂

I looked at the back of my packages of Non GMO Cheese from Rumiano and their ingredients are simple and the same on both of the cheeses that I tried:

Rumiano Cheese Picture of a brick of their wonderful Certified Non-gmo cheese.Ingredients: pasteurized organic milk, cheese cultures, sea salt and vegetable enzymes.

 

 

Being a cheese lover, I did turn around and write to Rumiano about the shortage of variety at my Whole Foods Store. Rumiano was so kind to contact me in return and ask me to go to their store locator page and submit their form to request they contact our store. I saw that link at first visit, but I thought it was just to request that a store pick up their cheese, good news, it can also notify them of a shortage of variety in a store like mine. 🙂 Here is what you do to try and either get their cheese into a store near you (if they aren’t showing up in the locator) or to request they carry a bigger variety… look just to the right of the area where you’d search for a store and there is link “Request Rumiano Cheese to contact your store”…. to do this have the name of the store, city and zip code, then fill in the area with your request.

I am very satisfied with Rumiano cheese and all they have to offer…now I want to see more from the stores locally, you’d think that with a company like Rumiano Cheese out there producing the worlds first certified Non GMO cheese, that the natural  & health food stores would pounce on the products. My only disappointment was not with Rumiano it was with the store near me that didn’t supply more of the best of the best, that people would want to feed to their friends, family, children and grandchildren! Shame on places that don’t pounce on this excellent brand of cheese!

Thank you Rumiano for entrusting me with a review of your fine cheeses, I can’t wait to get my own personal letter out to local health and natural food stores about your product… I want to see more of you!

Want to share some news with friends and family about this cheese? Please use the hashtag: #RumianoCheese and a link to this review! 🙂

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received free cheese for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Rumiano and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.