Thrive Natural Care

thrivecollectionAs an introduction to product reviews, I wanted to feature an incredible brand that I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with recently. Offering a unique line of skincare products, Thrive sets themselves apart. Not only do they offer high quality, all natural, and hard working products, but they use plants cultivated in Costa Rican Restorative Gardens designed to improve soil and bio diversity. Creating a positive impact on the environment, they are quite literally helping local farmers, students, and entrepreneurs thrive. 

Whether you are looking to wash, shave, restore, or scrub – Thrive has something for you.

THE FACE WASH

thrivefacewashIf you are in the market for a new face wash, look no further. Thrive’s hardworking face wash effortlessly removes dirt and oil from your skin leaving you with a feeling of refreshment. Upon first use of this wash I was struck by the pleasant scent, and with a single application I was hooked. What really stood out to me about Thrive’s face wash was the consistency. In past experience, washes I’ve used have either been too watery or lathery, but Thrive got the formula just right. A perfect gel-like feel with a light foamy application that rinses away to revitalized skin.

THE SHAVE OIL

thriveshaveoilSay goodbye to old-school foams and gels and do yourself the pleasure of trying Thrive’s shave oil. This being the first shave oil I have used, I must say I was rather impressed. Just a few pumps was all I needed to get the closest shave I have ever experienced. To my surprise, the oil began to lather as it mixed with water thus giving me an up close and personal shave with minimal irritation.

THE FACE BALM

thrivefacebalmNever using a face balm before, I was once again impressed with the quality of this product. Working in perfect harmony with my skin post-shave, Thrive’s face balm is highly concentrated. Just a little dab did the trick to soothe my skin and leave it feeling restored and refreshed. With a simple once-a-day application, I’ve noticed almost immediate results. My face is looking more healthy and clear than it has before!

I only have positive things to say about the Thrive skincare collection. I have had the pleasure to sample all of their products minus the new Energy Scrub, which looks mighty enticing. I can say with confidence I will be a long time supporter of the Thrive brand and I am looking forward to what else they have in store, not only product wise, but for helping communities and economies thrive as well.

Sweet to Lick Vegan Bakery – Williston Park, NY

Nestled in a quiet and conservative town in the heart of Long Island, NY, the family owned and operated Sweet to Lick Bakery stands proudly among mom and pop shops, diners, and niche boutiques. With the sweet smell of baked goods in the air and cases filled with cruelty-free creations, it became immediately clear why they call this place what they do. With local art displayed on the walls, and big comfy chairs towards the back, Sweet to Lick was radiating with a welcoming and comfortable vibe.

Knowing little-to-nothing about this place before arriving, I asked the owner for a few recommendations. As luck may have it, it was #sconesunday, and an assortment of specialty scones were available. With no hesitation I ordered a cinnamon cranberry scone. This light and fluffy treat was generously topped with cinnamon and baked to perfection with dried cranberries inside. It paired perfectly with a coffee, and after devouring it, I ordered more. This time, I tried the cheesy turnover made with Teese brand cheese, a savory snack that quickly disappeared.

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I sat for a little while on my computer planning trips and working on a few projects. Watching the diverse array of people walk through the door over the course of two hours was fascinating to me. All walks of life came in to enjoy the delicious pastries, cakes, cupcakes, and of course the scones and turnovers. From artists to grandparents and families to couples on dates, it was clear that Sweet to Lick has made a name for itself and a very loyal following.

I was able to have great conversation with the owners about their mission and the success of their little bakery. I was delighted to hear that the co-owner subscribes to the Vegan Cuts beauty box and how much she loves receiving it each month. With their little children running and playing about, the family-oriented spirit of the bakery made it even more special. Two hard working parents and running a successful business speaks volumes of the work ethic and quality of their goods.

As I was getting ready to leave, I purchased a rainbow bar, an oatmeal whoopie pie, and a cookie dough turnover to go.  I promised I would be back, and most likely on a Thursday since that’s the day they offer a hot lunch. From the way it was described to me, it doesn’t seem like something to pass up.

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For anyone who lives in, or is planning on visiting Long Island, NY – Sweet to Lick Bakery is worth going to! It can be found at 78 Hillside Ave in Williston Park, NY. Show them some love on Instagram and Twitter @sweettolick  and at sweettolick.com