Another of My Favorite Things

It has come to my attention that even when you do not purchase sugar-free gum or mints, they still include aspartame and such in order to enhance the flavor. I know several people who cannot ingest the questionable artificial sweeteners. I also have found that many of the health store brands of gum usually lose their mint flavor within two chews.

I recently, however, came across XyloBurst which is sugar free AND Aspartame Free. The sweetener is Xylitol which doesn’t have the problems other artificial sweeteners. And, for some wonderful reason, the company has managed to produce a softer gum which retains the flavor for a lot longer. A few other pluses are that it is non-GMO and gluten-free. Some studies have indicated that Xylitol may even reduce the risk of tooth decay and improve oral help.

I found this product on https://www.swansonvitamins.com/. At the time of purchase, the price was under $8 for 100 pieces. Swansons does have sales so it may be more or less when you check it out. It comes in a nice plastic container which makes it convenient for stowing in the glove compartment or a handy nook in your kitchen.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things – Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap

These are a few of my favorite things . . .

I’m always doing a lot of research before buying most anything. I usually read the one-star reviews, first, to see how serious the complaints actually are before reading the five-star rave reviews. One can usually ascertain between one and five the real value/use/benefit of any said product. There are also the times when someone will had me something with a, “Here, try this. You’ll love it!” Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t but I’m always up for the adventure.

Thought I’d share some of my current favorite things. Although since discontinued, Costco was selling Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap. I’m a huge fan of anything peppermint so it got my attention immediately. A quick search revealed that, as usual, Costco had the best price by far so I treated myself to a bottle of the liquid soap and wasn’t disappointed. Especially on those mornings where the California summer heat is already making itself known, it is a great shower scrub leaving your skin feeling cool for a while after the shower and smelling delicately nice. As I said, I like peppermint. In addition, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap has a multitude of other uses. Such as:

1. I use this as a body and face wash. It only takes a small amount to get through a shower. It doesn’t dry out your skin and won’t interfere in any cologne you might add on later.

2. When you feel the hair spray and other hair products are weighing down your hair, this stuff is a great scalp shampoo and rinses clean. Followed up with your favorite cream rinse and you have manageable hair for the rest of the day. (Yes, Dr. Bronner sells a great stay-in cream for after your shampoo!)

3. It works well as a shaving cream without any burns or scrapes.

4. Combining ½ cup of the soap with a cup of baking soda really cleans and deodorizes your laundry.

5. Using ½ cup of soap in about three gallons of hot water makes a good floor mop. Also noticed that ants do not like this stuff so it seems to have kept any thirsty pests out of my kitchen this year.

6. It makes a good scrub for fruits and vegetables. Just a dash in a bowl of warm water and scrub with your hands to get off any dirt or residue. Rinse in cold water.

7. It is a good wash for your dog. Wet down the dog and use what you need (depends on size of dog) to wash down you dog, rinse.

8. A mixture of one tablespoon of peppermint soap in a quart of water makes a good anti-bug spray for your plants. Really have a problem, add a bit of cayenne pepper and/or cinnamon into the mix. Put in a spray bottle and rescue your plants, chase away the bugs, and make your house smell great in one process.

Since Costco no longer offers this product, the next best price I found was on Jet.com. Health stores sell it but it is usually a lot more expensive.