Natural Toothpastes

April 30, 2014


Trenutno imam v v kopalnici kar tri naravne zobne paste in zakaj jim torej ne bi posvetila današnje objave? Kot v kozmetičnih izdelkih, se tudi v zobnih pastah skriva marsikatera nepotrebna in celo škodljiva sestavina, kot je na primer fluorid. Pustimo naravni fluorid, ki ni enak kemikaliji fluorid, ki je le stranski produkt, ki nastane pri pridobivanju aluminija in jekla ter v nuklearni industriji. Fluor povečuje verjetnost zlomov kosti, osteoporoze, poškodb živčevja, bolečin v sklepih ter glavobolov. Povezujejo ga tudi s splavi, genetskimi okvarami, nekaterimi vrstami raka, pešanjem spomina, intelektualno počasnostjo in zmanjševanjem IQ-ja. Amm ja, ne hvala! Pojdimo zato raje kar na zobne paste, ki fluorida ne vsebujejo. :)
Natural Toothpaste Sante Mint, Himalaya Neem Pomegranate, Redmond Earthpaste Wintergreen

Sante Toothpaste Mint
Sante Natural Toothpaste Mint
Sante zobna pasta neguje in ščiti zobe in dlesni z aktivnimi sestavinami, kot so žajbelj, zeleni čaj, meta in ksilitol. Izdelek je veganski, ne vsebuje sestavin živalskega in sintetičnega izvora, ter je brez glutena. Na sestavine zobnih past se sicer ne spoznam ravno najbolje, a barvilo titanov dioksid se mi zdi čisto nepotreben. Zobna pasta je bele barve, goste konsistence, za naravno zobno pasto se dobro peni. Eterično olje peperminta oziroma poprove mete krasno osveži dah ter odlično očisti zobe, tudi po žvrkljanju olja. Pred tem sem uporabljala tudi Sante zobno pasto z miro, a mi je ta z meto ljubša. Na voljo v različnih trgovinah, jaz sem jo kupila v Dm-u.
Sante Toothpaste Mint ingredients

 Redmond Earthpaste Wintergreen
Redmond Earthpaste Amazingly Natural Toothpaste Wintergreen
Najbolj popularna zobna pasta med "zelenimi blogerkami" in tudi najbolj naravna pasta, kar sem jih preizkusila. Vsebuje le nekaj sestavin, ki so popolnoma varne in zobno pasto lahko tudi pojeste. Saj ne, da bi to želela ampak za otroke je pa super, ki jo pogosto več pojejo kot pa izpljunejo. :) Vsebuje torej vodo, glino, ksilitol, sol in eterična olja. Zobna pasta je drugačna kot ostali dve, ne vsebuje nobenih penilcev in se zelo, zelo malo peni oziroma skoraj nič. Čeprav ne maram, da se zobne paste preveč penijo, je občutek nepenjenja dokaj nenavaden, sploh, če si celo življenje vajen, da se pasta peni. Zobna pasta je tako tudi kar precej tekoča in umivanje zob nad umivalnikom je nujno. Pasta ni ravno najlepše barve, je rjava, pač po glini. Neverjetno pa pusti svež dah in dobro očisti zobe. Uporabljam jo le zvečer, ker zjutraj po žrvkljanju zob ne očisti dovolj dobro, takrat imam vseeno raje, da se malo peni. Imam tako boljši občutek. :) Kupila sem jo na iHerbu, je pa eden izmed izdelkov, ki bi jih z lahkoto ustvarili le doma, malo vode, gline in eteričnih olj in zobna pasta je narejena.
Redmond Earthpaste Wintergreen

Himalaya Toothpaste Neem Pomegranate
Himalaya Toothpaste Neem Pomegranate
Moja zadnja pridobitev je Himalayina zobna pasta z neemom in granatnim jabolkom. Vsebuje tudi triphalo, ki jo zvesto uživam, glicerin, ksilitol, mentol, sol in vrsto drugih indijskih rastlinskih izvlečkov. Med vsemi se mi zdi najbolj podobna konvencionalnim zobnim pastam, tako po teksturi kot zmožnosti penjenja. Zobe in ustno votlino pusti zelo sveže in očiščeno, odlična je za jutranje umivanje zob po žvrkljanju olja. Dobila sem jo na iHerbu, ko si jo lahko dobil brezplačno, ne dvomim pa, da jo bom naslednjič kupila. :) Himalaya Toothpaste Neem Pomegranate ingredients
Natural Toothpastes Swatches
 Od leve proti desne oziroma od spodaj navzgor: Sante, Redmond Earthpaste, Himalaya.

Morda za nekatere malce nenavadno a pri naravnih zobnih pastah mi je najljubše to, da me ne pečejo tako kot so me "navadne". Včasih mi je šlo pa res že na živce, ko mi je skoraj jezik pregorel, pa imam drugače kar rada pekočo hrano. :) 
Med naravnimi zobnimi pastami sem med drugim preizkusila tudi Alverdino, ki je mimogrede zanič, so pa zato Weledine zobne paste zelo dobre.


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At the moment I'm using three natural toothpastes so why not write a post about them? As in skincare, bodycare and other cosmetic products there are some pretty nasty ingredients in toothpastes as well. Fluoride is one of them. Don't mind the natural fluoride which is good but fluoride in conventional toothpastes is all but good. It's a by-product of extraction of aluminium, steel and the nuclear industry. Flouride increases the likelihood of bone fractures, osteoporosis, nerve damage, joint pain and headaches. It's also associated with miscarriages, genetic defects, certain types of cancer, memory dysfunction and reducing IQ. Um yeah, no thanks! So let's rather talk about toothpastes that don't contain fluoride.
Sante Toothpaste Mint cleans and protects teeth and gums with active formulation of sage, green tea, peppermint oil and xylitol. It's vegan, it doesn't contain any animal derived ingredients, synthetic colors, fragrances and preservatives. It's also gluten free. The toothpaste has a thick consistency and it lathers quite well. It has a very pleasant taste and it makes my breath nice and fresh, even after oil pulling. I also used Sante toothpaste with myrrh but this one is in my experience way better.
Redmond Earthapste Wintergreen is the "it" toothpaste in the green blogger community. It contains only a few ingredients which are completely safe to eat - perfect for kids. They mix some purified water, clay, xylitol, essential oils, salt and that is it. A toothpaste you could easily make at home! Toothpaste doesn't contain any foaming agents so it doesn't lather, well maybe just a little but definitely not much. Because of that it's quite runny so brushing your teeth over the sink is necessary. The toothpaste isn't the prettiest, it's brown but that's the colour of clay. I don't mind that but the first time trying it was a bit strange. Also because it doesn't foam and I'm just used to that. My main negative for this toothpaste would have to be that I can only use it in the evenings because it doesn't clean my teeth after oil pulling in the mornings as well as I would like. But otherwise it works lovely.
My latest natural toothpaste is the Himalaya Toothpaste Neem Pomegranate that I got for free on iHerb. It contains vegetable glycerin, xylitiol, menthol, salt, water, neem, triphala, pomegranate... Among all I find it most similar to conventional toothpastes, both in texture and foaming ability. It leaves my teeth and breath really fresh and clean, it's the perfect toothpaste after oil pulling.
The one thing I really like about these natural toothpastes is that they don't sting! I find that quite annoying. :) I've also tested the Alverde toothpaste which I don't recommend, but I did like the Weleda's toothpastes, they work great.


Jana xxx

Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree

April 27, 2014


Kako čistite čopiče za ličenje? Jaz sem jih predolgo lepila na okensko polico, kar izgleda takole, ter si obenem vsakič želela Benjabelle stojalo. Še v enem izmed mojih prvih wishlistov je bil! Tako, da si lahko mislite kako nadvse vesela sem bila, ko sem prejela svoje Benjabelle Daisy Stojalo za sušenje čopičev*.
Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree
Benjabelle with brushes
Ali ne izgleda super? :) Tole stojalo je takoj postalo eno izmed mojih najljubših "napravic", res mi je všeč! Kot vidite na prvi sliki je spravljeno v škatlici v katerem so zloženi trije deli tako imenovanega drevesa. Sestavljen je iz glavnega dela, ki ima tri sloje - dva sta iz plastike, med njima pa je silikonska plast, ki oprijema čopiče, ter dveh delov, ki tvorijo X in podpirajo prvega.
Benjabelle
Benjabelle Pink
Benjabelle Pink Brush Tree
Benjabelle Daisy Pink
Stojalo je enostavno za uporabo, sestavi se zelo preprosto, a pri razstavljanju imam vedno težave. Dela, ki predstavljata spodnji del stojala se zatakneta v glavni del in vedno, ko ju želim spraviti narazen sem v strahu, da bo kaj počilo ali pa se zlomilo. Na srečo je izdelek iz trde plastike tako da se to ne zgodi, a vseeno bi želela, da bi bilo zasnovano drugače. Ali pa le jaz ne poznam najboljšega načina in je po vsej verjetnosti čisto preprosto. :) In če sem že zelo natančna, ena "noga" je malenkost krajša in s tem celotno stojalo deluje rahlo nestabilno. Kar pa ne pomeni, da ni stabilno, sploh ne! Le v vednost, ker mene je to presenetilo. 
Daisy stojalo je primerno za sušenje 14 čopičev, 2 večjih, 4 srednjih in 8 majhnih. Super za število čopičev, ki jih uporabljam vsakodnevno. Ne bom zdaj pisala, kako pomembno je čiščenje čopičev a le pomislite na to, kaj vse se nabira na njih, bom pa napisala, da je najboljše, da jih sušite vertikalno. Torej tako, da so obrnjeni navzdol. Pravilno sušenje je zelo pomembno, ker sicer voda lahko pronica v držalo čopiča in s tem rahlja lepilo, ki skupaj drži ščetine. S tem pa se seveda uničuje čopič. S Benjabelle stojalom pa teh problemov ni. Mokre čopiče dam v silikonska oprijemala od spodaj, nato pa jih po nasvetu mojega fanta, odstranim enako ter jih ne povlečem od vrha. Mislim, da bodo silikonska oprijemala tako dlje časa v dobrem stanju in se bodo kasneje uničila.
Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree Pink
Benjabelle Pink Daisy Brush Tree
Benjabelle Daisy stojalo zelo priporočam, sploh, če čopiče sušite vodoravno. Meni je zelo olajšalo delo in lepljenje čopičev na polico, zaradi česar sem tudi manjkrat očistila čopiče. In če niste najbolj navdušeni nad roza barvo, je na voljo tudi v črni.:)

Kako se vam zdi? 


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How do you dry your brushes? I used to dry them like this, like a pro I know! :) Drying your brushes this way is better for them, because the water can't leak into the holders of the brushes and ruin the glu that holds the bristles together. So for that reason I've always wanted to try the Benjabelle Tree and was lucky enough to get my own Benjabelle Daisy Brush Tree* in pink. So happy, no more sellotape for me, yaay! :)
The tree comes in a nice little box with three pieces made out of a thick plastic. The main one also has a sandwiched sillicone layer that grips brushes. The tree is easy to assemble but I do have some problems when I have to disassemble it. The two pieces that form the X shape are so hard to take apart from the main piece. I always think that something will break. Maybe there's an easy way to take the tree apart but I don't know it. :) And If I'm already picky, one piece from the X is actually a bit shorter and it doesn't support the board. The tree is sturdy, it doesn't fall over or anything like that, but I wish it wouldn't have that wobbly feeling to it. But other than that, it's an amazing contraption!
The Daisy Brush Tree holds 14 brushes, 2 large, 4 medium and 8 thin brushes. Just perfect for my everday makeup brushes. I stick my brushes into the sillicone holes from the underneath and I remove them in the same direction, as my boyfriend recommended. :) That way the sillicone "teeth" will hold the shape better and longer. I hope! 
I love my Daisy Tree and I really recommend it! Makes drying your brushes such an easy chore. :)
What do you think about it?


Love, 
Jana xx
*sample generously provided

Lily Lolo All Natural Lip Slick, English Rose

April 25, 2014

 
Lily Lolo Lip Gloss English Rose* je srednje temen pink odtenek s sijočim zaključkom. Dodan vitamin E in organsko jojobino olje ustnice negujeta in izdatno vlažita.
Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup All Natural Lip Slick English Rose
Lily Lolo All Natural Lip Slick English Rose
Bleščilo za ustnice ne vsebuje škodljivih kemikalij, parabenov, konzervansov, nano delcev, sintetičnih polnil ali umetnih arom. Vsebuje naravne sestavine, a če ste vegan oziroma se izogibate karminu in čebeljemu vosku, potem izdelek ne bo za vas. Sicer pa med drugim vsebuje tudi ricinovo in jojobino olje, vitamin E, karnauba vosek in še kaj. Lip gloss je vlažilen, ustnic popolnoma nič ne izsušuje in je tako zelo prijeten. Tudi zaradi čudovitega vonja po čokoladi. Je rahlo lepljiv, za vetrovno vreme ni najbolj primeren, sploh pri spuščenih laseh. Ja, lasje se mi nalepijo na gloss. :) Ni pa tako lepljiv, da bi se mi ustnice kar skupaj lepile. Sem pa očitno ena izmed redkih, ker po večini blogerke pravijo, da je nelepljiv. Odtenek English Rose vsebuje tudi zelo drobne in fino mlete bleščeče delce, ki se na ustnicah sploh ne opazijo in tudi na fotografijah niso vidni. Ustvarijo pa čudovit sijaj. Lip gloss je kar pigmentiran, sploh z dvema nanosoma (na fotografijah spodaj imam le eno plast). Obstojnost bleščila ni velika, od ene do dve uri, a lip glossi na sploh niso tako obstojni kot so šminke. Sicer pa lepo zbledi, brez obrobe ustnic in podobno, obenem pa ustnice še krasno vlaži. Običajno lip gloss uporabljam samostojno, včasih spodaj uporabim še svinčnik v nevtralni kožni barvi in s tem rahlo podaljšam obstojnost.
Lily Lolo Lip Gloss English Rose swatch
Lily Lolo English Rose Lip Gloss
Lily Lolo English Rose
Lily Lolo English Rose All Natural Lip Slick
Sicer sem bolj za šminke, a v zadnjem času sem večkrat posegla po tem lip glossu, sploh zaradi čokoladnega vonja in prekrasne vsakodnevne, nežno roza barve. Poleg tega pa ustnice še vlaži in je tako zelo prijeten za uporabo. 


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Lily Lolo Lip Gloss English Rose* is a gorgeous sheer dusky pink shade packed with vitamin E and organic jojoba to nourish and protect your pout. It doesn't contain any nasties like harmful chemicals, parabens, preservatives, nano particles, synthetic fillers or artificial flavors. It contains natural ingredients like castor and jojoba oil, carnauba wax, vitamin E but also carmine and beeswax, so it's not vegan friendly. 
Lip gloss is moisturizing, not drying at all and therefore very pleasant to wear. Big plus is also the lovely smell of chocolate, yum! I find it a bit sticky and not the best option for windy days. Yes, my hair do stick on my lips but there are lots of bloggers saying it's not sticky. :) The shade English Rose contains very small shiny particles but they're not visible on the lips. Nor the photos. I like them, they create such a lovely sheen on the lips, very nice! Lip gloss is quite pigmented, especially with two coats (on the photos I only have one). The lasting power is alright, nothing special, for about one to two hours.
All in all I really like this lip glos, English Rose is a beautiful everyday colour with a lovely hydrating formula and even though I'm more into lipsticks I've found myself using the gloss quite a lot.


Love, 
Jana xx

*sample generously provided

Secret Ingredients In My Smoothies

April 23, 2014


Smutiji so ena izmed mojih vsakodnevnih navad in redko se zgodi, da ga ne spijem. Običajno ga pripravim vsako jutro, včasih pa tudi kasneje, odvisno od časa in dneva. Poleg sadja in zelenjave pa v smutije vedno vmešam še štiri "skrivnostne" sestavine, ki vam jih bom danes na kratko predstavila. Tako so napitki le še bolj zdravi. :)
Kokosovo olje - deluje protivnetno, podpira imunski sistem, izboljšuje absorpcijo hranljivih snovi, uravnava prebavo, delovanje ščitnice in krvni sladkor, normalizira raven holesterola v krvi, odličen je tudi za zdravo kožo, nohte in lase. Enkrat sem že pisala, da ga Miranda Kerr obožuje in zakaj ga torej ne bi tudi jaz? :)

Kurkuma - čarobna oranžna začimba, ki ima močno antioksidanto delovanje, kot kokosovo olje deluje protivnetno in uravnava prebavo, deluje antikarcenogeno, čisti kri in jetra, pozitivno vpliva na kožo... Preprosto odlična je za celotno telo in nadvse priročna je tudi za uživanje po športni aktivnosti, saj lajša bolečine.

Črni poper - z njim se poveča zdravilna moč kurkume in to je edini razlog, da ga dodajam. Pri raziskovanju za objavo pa sem odkrila, da tudi poživlja in pospešuje prebavo, lajša artritis in revmatizem, krepi organizem, pomaga pri prehladu, kašlju, pomaga pri slabosti, glavobolu in tako dalje.

Morska sol - dodajam jo vse odkar sem videla ta video, ki je mimogrede super, o morski soli govori bolj na koncu. :) Glede na to, da je priporočljivo piti veliko vode s katerim telo nato lažje izloča strupene snovi in tudi sol, je nujno, da jo vnesemo nazaj v telo. Sploh, če ne jemo veliko slane hrane. Za dodatek k smutiju uporabljam čisto, nepredelano morsko sol, najraje solni cvet, ki vsebuje veliko mineralov. 

Tako izgledajo moji smutiji. Kakšne druge superhrane ne dodajam, ker jo imam ali je v obliki tablet ali pa z njimi ne želim uničiti okusa smutija in jih tako raje na hitro pojem. :)


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I enjoy a glass of smoothie every day. Well, almost, sometimes I'm too lazy or in a rush to make it. In my mix of fruits and vegetables I always add four ingredients that make my smoothie even healthier. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it supports the immune system, improves absorptions of nutrients, regulates digestion, thyroid function and blood sugar levels in the blood and it's also great for healthy skin, nails and hair. As I said it already in an old post, Miranda Kerr loves it so of course I love it too! :))
Turmeric is a magical orange spice with amazing antioxidant values. As well as the oil it has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with digestion, it purifies the blood and liver and has positive effects on skin, also has pain-relief benefits... It's just perfect fot the whole body.
I add black pepper to the mix because turmeric absorbs better into the body like that. I've also discovered black pepper invigorates and stimulates digestion, relieves arthritis and rheumatism, strengthens the body, helps with colds, coughs, helps in nausea, headache, and so onLast but not least is the sea salt. Joy made me do this, just watch this video. :)
So here you have it. I never add other superfoods because they often ruin the taste or the texture. :)


Jana xx

Say No To Palm Oil + Gaia Creams Giveaway

April 20, 2014


Zelo sem vesela, da imam možnost gostiti novo nagradno igro. Tokrat nagrado prispeva čudovita angleška znamka naravne, etične in vegan kozmetike Gaia Creams. Izdelki so iz sestavin ekološke pridelave in niso testirani na živalih. Nadvse prijazna ustanoviteljica Anna trem srečnim nagrajenkam po njihovi izbiri podarja eno izmed prekrasnih, surovih in sveže narejenih krem za obraz in telo. Zelo sem navdušena nad to nagrado! Tako boste tri dobile kremico z vašim imenom na embalaži! :) Res ne morem mimo tega, če pa je tako lepa pozornost. Meni so Gaia Creams izdelki krasni in zelo sem presrečna, da sem imela možnost preizkusiti že več njenih stvaritev. Zaenkrat sem na blogu ocenila le dve: Argan & Sea Buckthorn* in Palmarosa & Thistle Raw Face & Body Cream*. Trenutno pa preizkušam Chia, Flax & Hemp Raw Face & Body Cream*.
Gaia Creams Argan & Sea Buckthorn, Palmarosa & Thistle, Chia, Flax & Hemp Raw Face & Body Cream
Gaia Creams je zelo predana in zavezana boju proti industriji palmovega olja. O tem sem na kratko že pisala v tej in tej objavi, a danes bom problematiki namenila več besed, ker menim, da se veliko ljudi tega niti ne zaveda.
Palmovo olje je v današnjem svetu ena izmed najbolj uporabljenih maščob. Olje je zelo razširjeno, ker težko oksidira, ima daljši rok uporabe od masla in drugih rastlinskih olj, je relativno poceni in vsestransko uporabno. Vsebujejo ga piškoti, čips, večina margarin, sladoledi, čokolade, namazi, najdemo ga v kozmetičnih izdelkih, v pralnih praških, detergentih, plastiki, farmacevtskih izdelkih, tekstilu, svečah, uporabljajo ga kot biogorivo in tako naprej. Kot torej vidite, se mu zelo težko izognemo.

Palmovo olje izdelujejo iz plodov oljnih palm, ki najbolje uspevajo v tropskih regijah. Največji pridelovalki olja sta Indonezija in Malezija, vendar tudi številne druge države v Afriki, Aziji in Latinski Ameriki odobravajo družbam gozdne koncesije za vzpostavitev nasadov. Za nasade pa seveda potrebujejo prostor in tako prihaja do obseženega uničevanja in krčenja deževnega gozda. Posledice na okolje in podnebje so katastrofalni. Palmovo olje spodbuja izsekavanje gozdov, s tem pa se uničuje naravni habitat nekaterim živalskim vrstam in življenje prebivalcev, ter povečuje izpuste toplogrednih plinov. Ogrožene vrste živali, kot so orangutani, azijski sloni, sumatrski tigri so na pragu izumrtja, stopnja krčenja gozdov pa se le še povečuje. V primerjavi z letom 2000, naj bi se zahteva po palmovem olju do leta 2030 podvojila, do leta 2050 pa potrojila. Indonezija ima tako na primer 6 milijonov hektarjev nasadov, do leta 2015 pa načrtuje še dodatne 4 milijone. Indonezija je leta 2008 dosegla rekord s katerim se je vpisala v Guinnessovo knjigo rekordov kot država, ki najhitreje krči svoje gozdove. Država pa je tudi tretji največji onesnaževalec okolja s toplogrednimi plini na svetu, za Kitajsko in ZDA.
Palm oil plantation in Indonesia
Palm oil plantation in Cigudeg, Bogor, Indonesia. (vir)
  
Industrija palmovega olja predstavlja ogromen problem, ki bi se ga morali zavedati vsi ter se truditi, da bi zmanjšali njegovo uporabo. Začnite prebirate sestavine in se raje odločite za izdelke, ki olja ne vsebujejo. In da vam povem en moj primer. V DM-u imajo dva Alnaturina arašidova masla, en vsebuje le arašide, drugi pa še nekaj sestavin in med njimi je tudi palmovo olje. Tako vedno vzamem tistega, ki palmovega olja ne vsebuje.
Palmovo olje se v izdelkih skriva za sestavinami, ki imajo predpono palm- (Palmitate, Palm Stearine, Palmitic Acid, Cetyl Palmitate...), lahko se skriva tudi pod Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Sodium Laurly Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Kernelate... 
Don't Palm Us Off

Depresivna tema, upam, da ste prebrale, a zdaj pa le pojdimo na nagradno igro. Kot sem že napisala, izžrebane bodo tri zmagovalke in vsaka bo lahko izbrala 30 ml kremo po želji. Tukaj jih lahko pregledate. Za sodelovanje izpolnite Rafflecopter obrazec na koncu objave. 
Obvezno morate:
- spremljati moj blog na Bloglovinu ali GFC-ju,
- "lajkati" Gaia Creams na Facebooku in
- v komentarjih pod objavo napišite ali se izogibate izdelkom, ki vsebujejo palmovo olje oziroma kaj mislite o tem problemu.
To je obvezno! V zadnji nagradni igri je bila sprva izžrebana oseba, ki ni izpolnila vseh pogojev, zato je bila izbrana nova. Tako, da prosim, bodite pozorne. :)
Za dodatne točke, ki izboljšajo možnosti za zmago, a niso obvezne, pa izpolnite še ostale možnosti v Rafflecopter obrazcu.
Nagradna igra traja do 4. maja. Zmagovalke bodo izbrane naključno in obveščene po elektronski pošti. Morajo odpisati v 48 urah, če ne bodo izbrane nove.

Veliko sreče!!


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I'm very excited to announce a new giveaway! This one is sponsored by the beautiful natural, ethical, cruelty free, organic and raw English brand Gaia Creams. The lovely founder Anna will give away three of her gorgeous raw face & body creams of the winners choice. Yes, there will be three winners, isn't this awesome! I'm really happy with the prize, Anna is so so kind! And you know what that means right, three of you will get a cream with your name on it! :) I can't help but to mention it everytime, it's just the best detail ever! You can see on the photo above that I am fortunate enough to own not just one, but three raw creams. I've already wrote about Argan & Sea Buckthorn*and Palmarosa & Thistle Raw Face & Body Cream* and at the moment I'm testing out the Chia, Flax and Hemp Raw Face & Body Cream*.

If you didn't know, at Gaia Creams they care depply about the devastating effects the palm oil industry has on the environment and they refuse to use it (more here). I've already wrote a bit about this huge problem (here and here) but today I'll write some more because I think that quite a lot of people don't know (a lot) about it. 
Palm oil is one of the most used fats in lots of products. Oil is so popular because it has a high oxidative stability, has a longer shelf life than butter and other vegetable oils, is relatively cheap and it's versatile. It's almost everywhere, from cookies, chocolate, ice cream, chips to cosmetics, washing powders, detergents, pharmaceuticals, textiles, candles and many more, including biodiesel. Oh my, as you can see it's everywhere!

Palm oil is derived from the fruit of the palm. Most of the palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, but there are also some other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with palm oil plantations. And for these plantations they need land, which they get by destroying the tropical rainforests. That means the natural habitat of certain species is destroyed, farmers and indigenous people are displaced from their lands and there are also vast amounts of greenhouse gases  realeased into the athompshere. The cost to the environment and the global climate is devastating. Endangered animals such as orangutans, asian elephants and sumatran tigers are on the verge of extinction, but the deforestation is only increasing. Compared to levels in 2000, demand is predicted to more than double by 2030 and to triple by 2050. Indonesia already has 6 million hectares of oil palm plantations, but has plans for another 4 million by 2015 dedicated to biofuel production alone. The country was also in the Guinness World Records for the "highest deforestation" title in 2008. It is also the third largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, after China and USA.

The palm oil industry is a huge problem which we all have to be aware of and try to make a difference. If you aren't doing it already, start reading labels and ingredients and rather choose a product that doesn't contain palm oil. Watch out for the ingredients that start with palm- (Palmitate, Palm Stearine, Palmitic Acid, Cetyl Palmitate), the oil can also be labelled under Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Sodium Laurly Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate... Now you don't have any excuse for not checking!

A depressing subject, I know, but I really hope you read it. Now let's go to the fun part, the giveaway. As I said, there will be three winners and each will get a 30ml Raw Face & Body Cream of choice. You can feast your eyes here. Giveaway is Europe only (EU and non EU). If you want to enter the giveaway fill the Rafflecopter form. 
You have to:
- follow my blog via Bloglovin or GFC,
- like Gaia Creams Facebook Page and
- leave a comment telling me, do you check if the product contains palm oil or what do you think about the problem.
This is mandatory! Be careful to fill out everything because in the last giveaway the first winner didn't fulfil the terms and that's why I  had to pick another one.
All other entries are optional but they increase your chances of winning. Giveaway will be open for 14 days, till the 4th of May. After that the winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email. I will wait 48 hours for their answers and if I don't get it, another winners will be picked.

Good luck! 

Jana xxx 


*samples generously provided

Izdelki tedna #16

April 18, 2014


Biopark Kokosovo olje, Gwdihw Balm za boljši spanec

Biopark Čisto kokosovo olje
Biopark Čisto kokosovo olje
Kokosovo olje je eden izmed izdelkov brez katerih preprosto ne morem živeti! No pa saj to tako že veste in morda vam je malo čudno zakaj ga spet omenjam, a tole Bioparkovo me je v tem tednu res pozitivno presenetilo. Je nerafinirano in hladno stiskano, mene pa je najbolj navdušilo z vonjem! Diši veliko bolj kot ostala kokosova olja, ki sem jih preizkusila. Vonj je enak svežemu kokosu, prav kokosovemu mesu in res krasno diši. Uporabljam ga za nego las, odstranjevanje ličil, za nego telesa, v DIY izdelkih in spisek se lahko kar nadaljuje. Na voljo tukaj.


Gwdihw Night Owl Sleep Balm*
Gwdihw Night Owl Sleep Balm
O tem srčkanem balmu sem že pisala tu. Gre za balm, ki poleg olj in čebeljega voska, vsebuje še eterični olji mandarine in ylang ylanga ter je namenjen za pomiritev in boljši spanec. Mene vonj sprva ni preveč navdušil in balm je zato nekaj časa sameval v predalu in čakal na boljše dni. Vse odkar pa sem začela uporabljati Schmidt's deodorant, ki prav tako vsebuje ylang ylang, me je vonj zasvojil in seveda sem se takoj spomnila na tole sovico. Kremo sem začela uporabljati za nego obnohtne kožice in rok. Trenutno imam zelo suho kožo na rokah in balm kožo pomiri, navlaži in poleg še čudovito sladko diši.


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Lately I've been loving Biopark's Pure Coconut Oil which has the best scent ever. You all know by now that I love me some coconut oil, like a lot! I use it for hair, skin, cooking, DIY, it's so versatile! I've used a few different brands but this one is by far the best. It has such a real and strong scent of coconuts, like straight up coconut meat, so good. I wish you could smell it!
The other product I've been loving this week is the cutest little balm from Gwdihw, the Night Owl Sleep Balm* which I've already talked about here. I wasn't really the biggest fan of the scent, it contains mandarin and ylang ylang essential oils. I love mandarin oil but the balm is all about the ylang ylang. But ever since I've started using Schmidt's Deodorant with ylang ylang everything changed. I grow to love the scent and of course I remembered this cute little owl which was all alone in my drawer. Well not really, but you know what I mean. :) So I started using it for my cuticles and hands and it works great. At the moment I have quite dry skin, don't know what's going on there, but the balm helps and the lovely sweet scent is making me very happy. :)

  Happy Easter! 
Jana xx

*sample generously provided

**And check out my Instagram, there's a little giveaway for hitting 500 followers! :)**

The Magic of Honey

April 17, 2014


Že od nekdaj obožujem izdelke, ki vsebujejo med, vedno dišijo in delujejo. Redna uporaba medu dela čudeže na moji koži in če ga še ne uporabljate, ga morate nujno začeti! :)
Eucalyptus and Local Floral Honey
Z domačim medom eksperimentiram že dolgo. Sprva sem ga začela uporabljati kot hranljiv balzam za razpokane ustnice, nato kot masko in kasneje še kot čistilo za obraz. O uporabi za vsakodnevno čiščenje obraza sem prebrala že ogromno pozitivnih komentarjev, a mene je popolnoma navdušil šele, ko sem preizkusila ekološko pridelan evkaliptusov med znamke Gepa, ki ga lahko kupite v Müllerju. Ta je že moj drugi. Na žalost ga ne prodajajo v vseh, v Ljubljani ga imajo na primer v BTC-ju in na Rudniku, v Müllerju na Čopovi pa ga nimajo. Vsaj pred enim mesecem ga niso imeli. Med je pridelan v Urugvaju ter je del pravične trgovine.
Gepa Organic Eucalyptus Honey
Surovi in nepredelan med vsebuje veliko učinkovin, med drugim vitamin C in nekatere vitamine B skupine, kot so B2 ali riboflavin, B6, B9 ali folat, B3 ali niacin, minerale, kot so kalcij, fosfor, železo, natrij, magnezij, kalij in še kaj. Vsebuje flavonoide, antioksidante ter deluje protibakterijsko in protiglivično. Evkaliptusov med pa ima še močnejše protibakterijsko delovanje, kar pomeni, da je odličen v boju proti aknam in pri celjenju ran. Sicer pa naj bi bil eden izmed najboljših manuka med, ki ga pridobivajo na drevesih čajevca. Ta še vedno ostaja na mojem spisku želja.
Med je tako nepogrešljiva sestavina za mastno in mešano kožo, kožo nagnjeno k nepravilnostim, po drugi strani pa je več kot odličen tudi za nego suhe kože. Med vlaži, pospešuje ohranjanje vlage in kožo mehča. Kožo ščiti, obnavlja, ohranja mladosten videz, varoval pa naj bi tudi pred sončnimi žarki. Sliši se krasno in verjemite, da tudi je!
Honey face wash and mask
Trenutno za nego obraza uporabljam že omenjeni evkaliptusov ter lokalni domači med, če se ne motim je cvetlični. Tekstura domačega je kar precej trda, evkaliptusov je bolj kremen in prijetnejši za uporabo. Načine uporabe sem že omenila, a naj opišem še postopek. Zvečer najprej odstranim ličila in nato na očiščen obraz nanesem malo več kot pol žličke medu. Nanesem le med ali pa ga zmešam skupaj z zmletimi ovsenimi kosmiči (recept) ali pa na primer pripravim antioksidantno masko. Čeprav najpogosteje uporabim le med. Nato ga pustim na obrazu pol ure, lahko tudi le 5 minut ali pa več. Sperem z vodo in nanesem serum in olje. Pa ne mislite, da ga je težko sprati, sploh ne! Čeprav je lepljiv se z lahkoto odstrani. Koža je po uporabi neverjetno mehka, navlažena in sijoča. Mehkoba kože je bila pri meni še posebej opazna po prvi uporabi evkaliptusovega medu.
No, uporabljam pa ga tudi zjutraj, kot čistilo za obraz, brez predhodnega čiščenja. Malo medu nanesem na obraz, zmasiram in sperem. Za lažje masiranje včasih dodam malo vode, za še boljše rezultate pa ga pustim na obrazu 5 minut, med tem pa se stuširam. 
Honey face wash, Eucalyptus and Floral Honey
Med uporabljam skoraj vsak dan, vsaj za hitro čiščenje obraza, in ne morem ga dovolj priporočati! Še posebej preljubi evkaliptusov med. Ob dnevih, ko se moji koža meša (beri postanem cela mozoljasta), ga zjutraj in zvečer nanesem kot masko in moja koža je zelo hvaležna. Ranice se hitreje zacelijo, rdečica oziroma brazgotine nastale zaradi mozoljev pa hitreje izginejo. Če imate brazgotine, ga le preizkusite. Poleg pa še krasno navlaži kožo.
Kot pri vseh izdelkih, pa bodite pazljive. Nekateri so lahko alergični na med in rezultati na koži bodo tako vse prej kot pa čudoviti.

Dobro, je zdaj vsem jasno, da obožujem med? :) Aja in da ne pozabim! Priporočam nepredelan in surov med, brez primesi, saj tak vsebuje vse naštete čudovite učinkovine. Predelanega, po možnosti tekočega trgovinskega medu pa se raje izogibajte, ker je včasih lahko le sladkana voda.


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Oh honey, honey, honey! I've always loved products containing honey. They always smell good and work for my skin so I think it's finally time to give this magical ingredient a whole post.
Raw honey contains vitamin C and B like B2, B3, B6, B9, minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, sodium and more. Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants and it has anti-microbal and anti-fungal properties. At the moment I'm using two, one is homemade, local honey and the other one is my favourite - Eucalyptus honey from Gepa. As you may know, eucalyptus is known for its anti-septic, anti-microbal, anti-fungal properties so it works even better than my local honey. The other honey that has even more anti-microbal properties is manuka honey from manuka or tea tree. And it is still on my wishlist! 
Because of these amazing properties, honey is great for oily and combination skin but also for dry skin. Honey acts as a moisturizer, it has the ability to absorb and retain moisture and this helps in keeping the skin well hydrated, fresh and supple. It works as an anti-aging treatment and also helps protect from UV rays. It sounds great and it actually really is!
I love using honey as a face mask and a face wash. In the evenings I first remove all my makeup and dirt from the day and then apply some honey on freshly cleansed face. Sometimes I mix it with some ground oats (honey and oatmeal mask) or some other ingredients, like green tea and cocoa (antioxidant mask), but most of the times I use it alone. If I have time or my skin is acting up I leave it on for half an hour. Then I rinse it off with water which removes it quickly and so easily. If I'm honest, the first time I really didn't expect that and was so pleasantly surprised. Honey leaves my skin really, really soft, smooth and moisturized. The first time I've tried the eucalyptus honey I couldn't believe the softness of my skin! I also use honey as my morning cleanser and sometimes I leave it on for 5 minutes for even better results.
I use this gorgeousness almost every day and I can't recommend it enough! My skin looks brighter, smoother and overall healthier. And when I get some annoying pimples, the honey heals them faster and works some magic on fading nasty scars. And it also moisturizes my skin. That's a win win in my book! 
I love honey and I encourage everyone to give it a go! I hope you're not allergic! :)


Love,
Jana

Gaia Creams Palmarosa & Thistle Raw Face & Body Cream

April 15, 2014


"Globoko in učinkovito očiščevalna krema za obraz in telo, ki vzpostavlja ravnovesje kože. Ta čarobna krema deluje v harmoniji s kožo in hitro ter naravno zmanjša produkcijo sebuma in izgled razširjenih por. Krema spodbuja novo rast celic, izenačuje ten kože, zmanjšuje akne, brazgotine in gube."
Gaia Creams Palmarosa & Thistle Vegan Face & Body Cream
Gaia Creams Raw Face & Body Cream
Gaia Creams Palmarosa & Thistle Raw Face & Body Cream* kot glavni učinkovini vsebuje palmaroso in pegasti badelj. Palmarosa je hitro rastoča talna rastlina, ki v zrelosti požene majhne cvetove, vendar pa se jo za pridobivanje eteričnega olja nabira preden razvije cvetove. Njena značilnost oziroma sposobnost je regeneracija celic. Torej je odlična za obnovo novih celic, to pa zagotavlja mladosten videz kože. Uravnoveša kožo in lasišče, zmanjšuje akne, brazgotine in dermatitis. Palmaroso zaradi prijetnega vonja imenujejo tudi vzhodnoindijska geranija. Za to rastlino sem pvič slišala, pegasti badelj pa poznam že od prej. Pegasti badelj je zdravilna rastlina, ki je odlična za razstrupljanje in čiščenje jeter. Semena vsebuje mešanico različnih spojin, imenovana slimarin, ki varuje jetra. Ima tudi antioksidacijske lastnosti. Raziskave naj bi pokazale, da je učinkovit tudi v boju proti fotostaranju (staranje, ki je posledica izpostavljanja sončnim žarkom) ter kožnemu raku. Torej dobra izbira za prihajajoče sončno obdobje. Seveda poleg kreme, ki vsebuje zaščitni faktor. 
Gaia Creams Palmarosa & Thistle Raw Face & Body Cream
Krema, ki jo je Anna ustvarila že veliko pred samim nastankom znamke poleg omenjenih dveh eteričnih olj vsebuje še, karitejevo maslo, olje svetlina in konoplje, sončnično, jojobino, kokosovo olje in še nekaj dodatnih izvlečkov zdravilnih rastlin. Sestavine so ekološkega izvora in vegan. Ne vsebuje vode in tako gre za bogato hranljivo kremo, ki ne maši por, pravzaprav kožo uravnoveša in preprečuje nastanek aken. Krema oziroma balm je zaradi vsebnosti olj mastna a kože ne masti ampak jo pusti sijočo in navlaženo, brez kakršnegakoli zategovanja. Kožo pomiri tako s sestavinami kot tudi s sladko cvetličnim vonjem, ki ima zelo rahel pridih citrusov. Vonj je naraven in nevsiljiv.
Gaia Creams Palmarosa & Thistle Cream
Gaia Creams Palmarosa & Thistle Face & Body Cream swatch
Krema je primerna za obraz in telo, uporabljam jo le za obraz in vrat, občasno tudi za komolce, sicer pa mi jo je škoda za telo. Bi jo porabila v enem tednu. Zame je edina "negativna" stran rok uporabe, ki je kratek, a s hranjenjem v hladilniku ga lahko malce podaljšamo. Po drugi strani pa tako ne vsebuje nobenih škodljivih konzervansov.
Krema je primerna za vse tipe kože, tako za mladostniško kot zrelo, še posebej se mi zdi super za mešano in mastno kožo. In ja, nujno potrebujete kakšno kremo z vašim imenom na embalaži. :) Na voljo tukaj.


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"Deeply and effectively purifiying, re-balancing and repairing face and body cream. This magical raw cream works in harmony with your skin and quickly and naturally reduces sebum production and the appearance of enlarged pores. It promotes new skin cell growth, evens skin tone, clears acne, scars and wrinkles."
Gaia Creams Palmarosa & Thistle Raw Face & Body Cream* contains beautiful 100% organic, vegan and ethical ingredients. Two active ingredients are palmarosa and thistle. Palmarosa is a wild growing grass with small flowers. It is harvested before the flowers appear. Palmarosa oil is known for balancing the hydration levels and stimulating cell regeneration. It balances production of sebum and keeps the skin supple and elastic. It helps with clearing up acne, dermatitis and scars. Thistle is an amazing herb that contains silymarin which works wonders for treatments of liver diseases. It is great for detoxifying. Studies have shown that it can also prevent photo-aging and skin cancer.
This lovely cream also has shea butter, evening primrose, hemp, safflower, jojoba oil and some other gorgeous stuff. It doesn't contain water so it's actually a balm. I love the balmy texture, it goes on so smooth. You can imagine that it is oily but it doesn't break me out, not at all! It leaves my skin moisturized, glowy and it just calms my skin. Also has quite a pleasant scent, sweet and floral, maybe with a hint of citrus. Nice, natural and light scent.
The only "negative" thing for me would have to be its shelf life, which is short but that also means it doesn't contain any nasty preservatives. 
This raw cream can be used on young and mature skins, I think it's especially great for combination and oily skin. All I have to say is, you need a product that has your name on it okay?! :) You can buy it here.


Lots of love,
Jana

*sample generously provided

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

April 12, 2014


Danes bo govora o deodorantih. Vedno sem imela težave z njimi in odkar sem začela uporabljati naravne, se problemi niti malo niso zmanjšali. Le še povečali! Večina naravnih deodorantov po mojih izkušnjah ne deluje, sploh ne. A mislim, da sem končno našla enega, ki deluje. In to celo na meni! I'm a bit of a sweaty betty okay?! :) 
Schmidt's Deodorant Ylang-ylang + Calendula, Lavender + Sage, Bergamot + Lime
Ja, to so deodoranti. Tako je, v lončkih so. Morda nenavadno a v zadnjem času so postali kar popularni in od vseh sem slišala le pozitivne ocene. Schmidt's Deodorant je ameriška znamka naravnih deodorantov, ki ne vsebujejo škodljivih sestavin, kot so aluminijeve soli, propilen glikol, parabeni in ftalati. Na tem predelu telesa je po mojem mnenju nujno, da uporabljamo čim bolj naravne izdelke, saj veste kako vsi povezujejo raka na dojkih in škodljive sestavine v deodorantih oziroma antiperspirantih. Zato vam pa danes predstavljam učinkovite naravne deodorante. :)
Bergamot + Lime* - diši zelo limetasto, zelo sveže, super za poletje.
Lavender + Sage* - diši po sivki, pomirjujoč vonj.
Ylang-Ylang + Calendula* - prevladuje sladek vonj ylang ylanga s komaj zaznavnim cvetličnim vonjem ognjiča.

Vsi trije delujejo a ostredotočila sem bom na zadnjega, saj ga uporabljam skoraj vsakodnevno.
Schmidt's Deodorant Ylang-ylang + Calendula
Vsebuje 8 sestavin: karitejevo in kakavovo maslo, sodo bikarbono, arrowroot (maranta) prah, vitamin E, eterično olje ognjiča in ylang ylang ter ekstrakt hmelja. Deodorant ima teksturo gostega balma, včasih se celo malo drobi. Vsakemu lončku deodoranta je zaradi tega priložena majhna spatula s katerim deodorant dobim ven iz lončka in ga nato s prstom nanesem na očiščeno in suho kožo. Balm se ob stiku s kožo stopi in krasno razmaže. Ne pušča nobenega občutka mokrote, deodorant kožo pusti rahlo sijočo in se hitro posuši. Pravzaprav se običajno takoj po nanosu oblečem, kar pri drugih deodorantih ni bilo mogoče.
Schmidt's Deodorant Ylang-ylang + Calendula
Uporabljam ga že skoraj dva meseca in moram reči, da deluje. Seveda ne preprečuje znojenja, čeprav sem brala, da se nekatere zaradi sode manj potijo. Preprečuje pa neprijeten vonj. Res je, da ga včasih čez dan nanesem ponovno a to je le moja "fobija", da ne bi slučajno smrdela. :) Čeprav mislim, da je ob bolj stresnih dnevih dobro, da ga nanesem še enkrat, vsakodnevno pa po tem ni potrebe. Zvečer še vedno dišim in včasih me tudi po urah hitenja po mestu preseneti, da ga pri preoblačenju v trenirko še vedno zavoham. Upam, da me bo ob vročih dneh tudi tako navdušil!
Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Ylang-ylang + Calendula
Negativna stran je, da pušča sledi na belih oblačilih. 
Druga negativna stvar bi bila lahko preobčutljivost kože na sodo bikarbono, česar sem se na začetku tudi sama bala in zato tudi dolgo odlašala z nakupom deodorantov, ki jo vsebujejo. A bila sem zelo pozitivno presenečena, tudi nanos po britju mi ne povzroča nobenih težav, nobene rdečice ali srbečice! 
Tretja stvar, ki jo velja omeniti je nanos s prsti. Seveda bi mi bilo ljubše, če bi bil deodorant v stiku a saj veste kako je, vsega se navadimo. Poleg tega se mi zdi, da ga tako porabim tudi veliko manj kot bi ga sicer.
Zadnja pa je še cena. Sicer deodorant sam po sebi niti ni tako drag, 6 €, a skupaj s poštnino znaša 13 €. Kar drago, kajne? Ne glede na to, ga bom kupila ponovno in če iščete dober deodorant, po možnosti naraven, potem nedvomno preizkusite tega. Vsaj ne boste za zanič deodorante zmetale toliko denarja, kot sem ga jaz. :)

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Let's talk natural deodorants, shall we? I guess we all have problems with them, it's so hard to find a good one, like mascara, am I right? :) But there are some outstanding products and Schmidt's Deodorant deodorants are exctacly that. They just work! 
It's almost two months since I've started using the Ylang-Ylang + Calendula deodorant* and I really love it. It has a sweet scent of ylang ylang with a slight hint of floral calendula essential oil. It contains shea and cocoa butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, vitamin E, essential oils and hop extract. Deodorant comes in a glass jar with a small spatula which is beyond useful. Deodorant has a hard balmy texture and without the spatula my life wouldn't be the same! It makes it so easier. :) Okay, so, I scoop some deodorant with the beloved spatula and than spread it with my finger. Easy! It melts right onto the skin and leaves it soft and a bit shinny. Usually I can dress almost immediately, I have no problems with sticky or wet armpits like I've always had.
As you know, this is deodorant not antiperspirant so it won't prevent sweating but it does prevent funky smells. I can't lie, sometimes I reapply it throughout the day, better safe than sorry smelly right? :) I can't help myself, if I'm having a bit of a stressful day I reapply it but for everyday use I don't and I love it! In the evenings I still smell it on me and sometimes it really surprises me when I'm running around the city and when I finally change into my sweatsuit at home, the smell is still there. I really hope it will also work like that when the summer comes!
All that in mind I have to mention some negatives. First is that deodorant leaves stains on white clothes. Some could also have problems with Baking Soda. That is the main thing why I haven't tried these types of deodorants sooner, but you know what, I don't have any problems! No redness or itchiness, even when I apply it after shaving! There is also this thing about the jar and using your fingers. I'd definitely prefer the stick but I quickly got used to it and I think I also use less that way. So not really a negative after all. :)
If you're on the lookout for an effective natural deodorant, definitely try one of the Schmidt's natural deodorants! They have five scents and if you're not into sweet ylang ylang then you can go for the calming Lavender + Sage* or maybe the fresh smelling Bergamot + Lime* which will be perfect for hot summer days. 

Have a great weekend!
 Jana xx 


*samples generously provided
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