Oliviate – Bringing the natural goodness of olives to your beauty routine

8 Jun

I am a scrubber… and have been since my days in high school.  I’ve always used a facial scrub to exfoliate my face and keep it looking its best.  And more recently I have also become a body scrubber, to make my skin feel soft and avoid any ingrown hairs after waxing.

But I must admit, even though I always try to go for the most natural products, I was not aware that many popular scrubs out there are made with small pieces of plastic.  And when I rinse them off my skin, I am contaminating the environment and possibly endangering many ocean species.

When I published the article on my friend Robin’s experience using coconut oil as a beauty product, Emily reached out to me to see if I wanted to try out their natural olive oil based scrub, in which the scrubs are made from ground up olives pits from California.  How can I turn down such an invitation???

I received a small sample of Oliviate to try…

Oliviate Sample

The first thing that impressed me about Oliviate was it is made almost entirely with organic, whole, California-grown olives that are stone-ground to create a scrub that clears away dead surface skin cells.  The scrub is made from the pits of the olives, not artificial plastic beads.  Then, using the natural oils in the olives it capitalizes on all the benefits of olive oil, in a topical format for your skin.  I love that they also have thought of their packaging to make it more environmentally-friendly.

Oliviate looks like olive tapenade in a jar.  I had to stop myself from trying to spread in on a cracker and taste it because the aroma is so completely wonderful.  In the description Emily sent on what to expect from the product it said Aroma: Lemongrass, Wine, Earthy.  It smells like wine alright… but it doesn’t have an ounce of alcohol.  The ingredients are natural as they come – Organic Olea Europaea (Olives), Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Cymbopogon citratus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil and a bit of Potassium Sorbate, a food grade preservative to make it last a while until you finish your jar.  This is basically food you’re putting on your skin…

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The experience in my shower was magical… the smell of the scrub transports you immediately to the wine orchards of Napa Valley.  Or maybe even an olive grove in the Mediterranean.  The scrub is mostly fine, but you need to be careful in your face because there are a few larger pieces that could feel a tad more abrasive that you would want in your delicate face skin.  The good thing is the olive oil in the scrub counteracts any grittiness and your skin is left feeling soft and supple.  It worked great to scrub by elbows, knees and the back of my thighs after I waxed them a few days ago.

Oliviate Exfoliating – Moisturizing Olive Mask & Scrub

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And how can you get a hold of your very own bottle of Oliviate?  By contributing to their IndieGoGo campaign.  Oliviate is not currently available in stores.  It is only available via Emily and Rob, the manufacturers directly.  They need to raise $25,000 to help them purchase equipment, packaging etc to be able to bring this wonderful product into the market.  We only have until June 20, 2014 to raise these funds.  Contribute a little and you get a little product… but contribute a lot and you get MORE – even an experience visiting the olive grove where they source their olive pumice.  We only have a few weeks left…  so I urge you to visit their Indiegogo page, make an investment in this organic natural initiative and let’s be all part of contributing to bring good, natural, organic products to market!!!

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I already did my part… help us doing yours too!!!  If you like Oliviate and what they represent please select a perk and enjoy the natural beauty benefits of California olives in your own home.

 

 

I was only given a small sample of this product to try.  I was not compensated in any way for this product review.   The views and opinions are entirely my own. 

Roasted Tomatoes with Basil and Garlic

19 May

Has it ever happened to you… you’re going on a trip and you have tons of fresh stuff in your kitchen and fridge you know will rot by the time you get back home?  This happens to me ALL THE TIME!!

I’ve been trying to be better at not going grocery shopping before a trip, especially before a trip that’s over 1 week.   But still, even when you try to plan to eat most everything fresh by the time you leave, there might be things here and there you forgot or where unable to eat completely.  This was the case with an almost full case of Campari Tomatoes I had bought at Costco.  I hate to place them in the fridge because I believe they taste different after being refrigerated.

So I needed to do something so these tomatoes would not go to waste and still be good, edible and better yet tasty to integrate into my back-from-the –trip recipes…

 

Roasted Tomatoes w Garlic Basil KFC

ROASTED TOMATOES WITH BASIL AND GARLIC

Roma or Campari Tomatoes, cut in half and seeded
Garlic Cloves, sliced thinly
Basil, I use freeze dried herbs
Salt and Pepper
Turbinado sugar
Olive oil

 

  1. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Massage the tomatoes somewhat to ensure the olive oil, salt and pepper kinda coat the tomatoes evenly.
  2. Make sure tomatoes are arranged cut side up in a single layer.  Place a slice or two of garlic inside each tomato, sprinkle liberally with basil leaves and a little sprinkle of turbinado sugar.
  3. Roast in a 375F – 400F oven for about 45 mins to 1 hour.  I usually place them, leave them and when they look cooked and a little caramelized.  I just turn off the oven and leave them there to cool together with the oven.

Place them in an air-tight container and save for future recipes.  Use them in any recipe that calls for sun-dried tomatoes.   I used them in a version of my pasta with marinated tomatoes where I used part fresh tomatoes and part these roasted ones.  I also used them in a filling for stuffed bell peppers and to add a nice pizzazz to my easy pasta with fresh baby spinach.

Fruit Smoothie with Fresh Baby Spinach

14 May

This was the smoothie recipe we shared at the 3rd KarmaFree Cooking Class recently.  I just wanted to share with the class how easy it is to add nutrition to a fruit smoothie by adding fresh spinach.  The green flecks might be a bit strange, but the vegetable flavor is masked with the sweetness of the banana and berries.

If you prefer not to see any green flecks at all, you can try my Stealth Shake which has darker berries and the spinach is completely masked.

Also, you can boost the power of your smoothie by adding chia seeds, flaxseeds, maca all together or any of them individually.

 

Breakfast Smoothie for Mom

FRUIT SMOOTHIE WITH FRESH BABY SPINACH

1 banana
4 strawberries
A handful of fresh baby spinach leaves
½ cup plain yogurt or kefir
1 cup passion fruit juice
A squirt of honey or agave nectar
1 tbs ground flaxseeds
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs maca powder
3 ice cubes

 

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Serve ice cold.

Double Mustard Roasted Potatoes

12 May

These are an updated version of my Mustard Roasted Potatoes… double the magic, double the fun with two times the mustard.  Dijon and Grain Mustard are my absolute favorite mustards and they make a zesty potato, worthy of celebrating the Moms in your life.

Great with a Tofu Scramble filled with tomatoes, peppers, onions and grape tomatoes.  Super colorful, super tasty and great vegetable-based protein too.

 

Double Mustard Roasted Potatoes

DOUBLE MUSTARD ROASTED POTATOES

2lbs red-skinned potatoes, cut in fourths
3 tbs Dijon mustard
3 tbs whole grain mustard
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbs Italian Seasonings
Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper to taste
2 tbs Olive Oil and a little more to grease the baking sheet

 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the mustards, garlic, Italian Seasonings, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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3.  Add the cut-up potatoes to the bowl and toss to coat the potatoes well with the mustard mixture.

Double Mustard Roasted Potatoes

4.  Transfer the potatoes to an oiled baking dish, making sure the potatoes are in one single layer.

5.  Roast for 40-45 minutes until the potatoes are cooked thru, tender on the inside and crispy and golden on the outside.

Double Mustard  Roasted Potatoes

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Happy Mother’s Day to Mother Earth

11 May

Happy Mother's Day

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