The Body Shop At-Home Facial Mask Experience with the Recipes of Nature Collection

Recipes of Nature CollectionI think we could all use a little de-stressing right now, and The Body Shop has a nifty five-in-one collection of facial masks called the Recipes of Nature Collection.  Each mask is full of superfoods, 100%  vegetarian ingredients, and have no parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils.  This is a beautiful set that will put you and your skin totally at ease.                                                                                                                                                                 samples

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

What I love about this set is the concept of ‘multi-masking’.  I love to multi-task…put the word ‘multi’ into anything and I pay attention.  Your skin isn’t typically all dry or all oily or all congested.  Some parts need one kind of help while other parts need a totally different intervention.  The Recipes of Nature Collection has five great masks that can be used together on different areas of your face…it’s what we call in the educational field ‘differentiation’, recognizing that everyone isn’t in the same place and we all have different needs.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The five masks in this collection include AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASK,  ETHIOPIAN HONEY DEEP NOURISHING MASKBRITISH ROSE FRESH PLUMPING MASKHIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK, and CHINESE GINSENG AND RICE CLARIFYING POLISHING MASK.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask is a gel mask with acai berry and guarana seed extract.  It is an exfoliating gel facial mask that revives and energizes the skin.  If you are really tired or feeling super stressed, this is the mask for you.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is another gel mask gel-textured moisturizing mask that plumps up dry skin and makes it super soft.  My cheeks are always so dry that I need this mask there…but my t-zone doesn’t need it.  That’s why the multi-masking approach is so perfect.  Ingredients include the ultra moisturizing aloe vera and pressed, crushed, and blended rose petals, which you can definitely smell right when you open the jar.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask is a beautiful honey based mask that moisturizes skin and improves elasticity.  Super dry skin will practically cry in relief from this combination of honey, marula oil, and olive oil.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask was the first mask I tried because I had a bizarre breakout in my t-zone.  This mud mask is a great decongestant for skin that pulls out toxins.  Bamboo charcoal, tea tree oil, and green tea leaves make this mask a total zit-busting treatment.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask is probably the most unusual of the masks, with a white almost chalky texture that exfoliates and tones skin.  It brightens the complection and reduces pore size with ginseng, rice extract, and sesame seed oil.

Whatever you skin needs, there is an answer within the Recipes of Nature Collection.  I highly recommend you pick this up and experiment with multi-masking.  And in some really great news, with the purchase of any of these masks The Body Shop will restore 1 square meter of rainforest through their new Bio-Bridges program. The ultimate goal is to restore 75 million square meters by 2020!  So you can feel good about feeling less stressed while also multi-tasking with multi-masking.  Sounds good to me!  – Lisa

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Clear up skin congestion with our derma*e® giveaway!

fall-season-brings-congested-skinThe change of seasons means confused skin that makes too much oil and gets congested from a build up of dead skin. Keeping clear, glowing skin requires preventative measures, and we have an awesome giveaway for exactly what you need to stay on top of skin care woes. Prevent those disasters with Purifying products from derma*e®, a fabulous eco-ethical company that is completely committed to your health, well-being, and the environment.                    samples

derma*e® giveaway!We have five of our favorite derma*e® products in this giveaway:

  1. Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50)
  2. Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50)
  3. Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50)
  4. Purifying Toner Mist ($15.50)
  5. Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50)

The key to creating skin that gets the most from skin care products is exfoliation. derma*e® has some of the best exfoliating products out there.

DermaE Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

As a deep clean once a week, the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50) detoxes skin in two ways:

(1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries

(2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion.

Apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin, concentrating on areas that have a tendency to be problematic. For me, that means nose and chin. It only takes about five minutes for it to dry, then using wet fingertips massage the mask in small circles. This ‘supersizes’ the exfoliation and really cleans out those pores. Rinse off with warm water or a damp washcloth. This treatment mask has many of the same powerful ingredients as the Purifying Gel Cleanser, so it’s the perfect complimentary deep clean.

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

The Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50) is a facial exfoliant paste that is gentle but very effective. It has a great ingredient list, starting with the charcoal that absorbs impurities so they can be washed away. The scrubbing power comes from Apricot Seed Powder that sloughs off any dead cells, dirt, and oil. The aloe keeps skin super soft and moist. Like all the Purifying products, it also has the Kimarine® and bladderwrack mentioned earlier. Because the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub doesn’t have a whole slew of complicated ingredients, this gentle scrub is safe for even very sensitive skin. I think it’s a fantastic way to keep skin glowing and ready for serum and moisturizer.

DermaE Purifying Gel Cleanser

I am a huge fan of derma*e’s® Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50) because it exfoliates so gently. Even though it’s an exfoliating cleanser, I can use my Luna cleansing brush without fear of being too rough on my skin and I think it would be perfect to use with a Clarisonic. I have been working out like crazy for the last six months and this is my favorite choice for washing my face when I get home because it is perfect for removing sweat, toxins, and bacteria.

This cleanser is pH balanced and has no fragrance or sulfates. Ingredients include these minerals and natural toxin fighters:

Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals).

Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.

Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps thoroughly remove toxins from the skin’s surface.

Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense, and a base of Aloe Leaf Juice revives skin with fresh, healthy hydration. 

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

Once you have exfoliated and cleansed your skin, the next best step is to hydrate and treat with antioxidants using a great toner. The derma*e® Purifying Toner Mist ($15.50) is the toner for the job since it has Marine Algae and Green Tea to refresh and fortify your skin against the environment. It’s also pH balanced with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack, Green Tea antioxidants, and Aloe Leaf Juice. I use this after exfoliating and cleansing at night, as well as in the morning before treatment and moisturizer. While it’s a spray, I don’t recommend spraying it directly on your face since it comes out a little heavy and uneven. It’s better sprayed onto a cotton pad then wiped on. An added bonus – if you happened to miss any makeup or dirt while cleansing, this lifts away anything that might cause clogged pores.

DermaE Purifying Youth Serum

With skin clean and ready to make the most of any treatment, an excellent treatment serum is the Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50). Holy smokes is this good stuff! Awesome ingredients like Kimarine® Wakame,  Bladderwrack, and Green Tea together in an Aloe Leaf Juice Base makes for super healthy, glowy skin. This is a great primer for foundation, too. And like all derma*e® products, it’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

You can find products derma*e® at Ulta and at Whole Foods.  Two Beauty Info Zone readers will win this giveaway – just list the products you want to win in the order you want them!  The Grand Prize Winner gets 3 products, and the 2nd place winner gets 2 products.  This is a US only giveaway that ends at 11:59 pm EST on 11/19/16.  As always, you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s emails and comment. Rafflecopter has a way of going all wonky sometimes and the comments may mysteriously close before the giveaway is over…if that happens just shoot us an email with your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your message DERMAE.

Here’s to heading off congested skin before it even happens! – Lisa

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*products reviewed and giveaway courtesy of derma*e®

Detox and get fresh skin with our Citrus Clear Giveaway!

Citrus Clear Giveaway!Have you got oily skin that is prone to blackheads? I know it’s not fun dealing with the problems that come with this skin type, but today is your lucky day because we have a giveaway just for you!

Citrus Clear has offered a giveaway for two products that are heavy hitters when it comes to decongesting skin:  the Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask ($35) and the Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer ($25).  (samples)

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Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

The Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask is a clay mask that is not for wimps. This is gold for those with very oily skin and lots of clogged pores. It has plants, herbs, and two kinds of clay that really go deep into pores to pull out blackheads and dirt.

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

Just apply a thin layer to clean dry skin and leave it on for about five minutes. While the mask dries, it grabs whatever is blocking your pores and absorbs it into the clay, which you then wash off. This process definitely makes skin tingle and I found the mask continues to work for the next day or two. If you don’t have super oily skin to begin with, don’t be surprised if you have some peeling for a day or two! Pores look smaller immediately…the effect is pretty impressive.

Some of the key ingredients:  KAOLIN CLAY, a highly absorbent clay; PURIFIED SMECTITE CLAY, great for detoxing skin; LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL, an antibacterial that helps decongest skin; ORANGE PEEL EXTRACT, another ingredient for dissolving dirt and blackheads; SEA KELP, an exfoliant; and GRAPESEED OIL, another antibacterial that kills infections.

After such a thorough cleansing, skin needs some TLC which the Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer provides.

Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer

The Sensitive Moisturizer can be used every day, but it’s especially soothing after the mask treatment. This moisturizer rehydrates skin, helps to balance out oil production, and has wonderful ingredients like Amino Acids and Vitamin B5.

Take some time to detox your skin and get rid of those nasty blackheads! Our Citrus Clear Giveaway has one winner and the prize is a Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask and a Sensitive Moisturizer. This giveaway is US only and ends 10/5/16 at 11:59 pm EST. If the Rafflecopter gets cranky and won’t let you leave a comment, just email your comment to us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it CITRUS CLEAR.  Good luck for some good skin!!  – Lisa
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Mask Ingredients: Organic Citrus Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Kaolin clay, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Vanilla, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina, Sea Kelp, Grapeseed Oil.

Moisturizer Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Palm Oil, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Safflower Oil, MSM, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Citric Acid.

Recipe for calm and hydrated skin with Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Ingredients:

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

scoop of your choice

hair tie back

washcloth

water

Timing:

one minute for application

two to three plus minutes to “bake”

one to two minutes to wash off

press sample

Farnhouse Fresh’s new Peat Perfection Mask is different from the other Farmhouse Fresh masks I’ve tried. The others, Pudding Apeel and Guac Star, have looked and smelled good enough to eat. BUT who wants to eat Peat? Normally I’d pass this by except when it’s a mask from Farmhouse Fresh the answer is yes, I’ll try.

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask box

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask box

At first glance you might be thinking chocolate, then you’d smell and know that it’s not chocolate. While this doesn’t have the smell of what you know as peat, it does have a fresh outdoorsy aroma that is not offensive at all. It’s actually only noticeable if you purposely smell it to check out the fragrance as I’m wont to do.

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

Peat Perfection is a vegan mask that’s created with peat, the highly concentrated organic plant matter that’s harvested from ago-old enriched wetland vegetation. This natural resource contains a cocktail of calming, hydrating, and moisture locking ingredients. It features locally grown cold pressed organic cucumber extract (full of vitamin C), caffeic acid, silica, and other minerals which all provide anti-oxidants.

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

The purpose of Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask is to help detox, calm, and soothe irritated skin while also hydrating it and locking in moisture. While I don’t have irritated skin I do have skin that wants extra hydration. I have large pores on my nose and cheeks and I find that a mask that dries down like Peat Perfection does wonders to cleanse my pores and keep them looking smaller.

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask

The ingredients in this mask are what made me want to use it. Of course it’s paraben and sulfate free since it’s Farmhouse Fresh after all. It contains essential oils of orange peel, grapefruit, and lavender. Ingredients like bentonite and kaolin clays help remove impurities and at the same time balance oils, unclog and refine pores. In addition it contains anti0xidant rich safflower and soybean oils, pro-vitamin B5, and allantoin. All of these repair the skin’s barrier, attract and hold moisture, and help with irritation.

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Mask ingredients

This is one of the easiest and least messy masks I’ve used. It takes just minutes to set up so even if you have just a few minutes this is perfect. I pull my hair back, smooth the peat perfection on with my fingers and wait for it to dry. It takes maybe 2 to 3 minutes to dry but I like to leave it on longer. I rinse off with warm water and my wash cloth and VOILA I’m done and ready to glow. For those of you who have irritation you’ll want to use this daily, it’s that gentle. The glass jar is 3 oz and you should be able to get 14-16 uses out of it.

Farmhouse Fresh can be found on their website, on Amazon, and at top destination spas like Red Door Spas, Ritz-Carlton, The Spa at Camelback Inn, and many more. The jar retails for $30 making it approximately $2 per use. Wouldn’t you spend $2 to make your skin feel refreshed and hydrated to start your day?  —  Marciapeat-perfection-enriched-peat-purification-mask-9

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Purifying inside and out with DermaE

DermaEI was recently sent a beautiful gift box full of all sorts of ‘good for you’ goodies. derma e’s National Educator, Jaime cane, did a wonderful job curating this box for ‘beauty gurus’.
DermaE

There are lots of things we can do to feel great and look even better. This beauty box listed some important points: be sure to exfoliate so your skin care fully absorbs and works most effectively. Love your greens to stay  healthy on the inside. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water – it helps keep the wrinkles away. And get 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night to prevent puffiness, acne breakouts, and premature aging.

DermaE

Included in the box was an awesome derma e water bottle, some delicious Vita Coco Lemonade (soooo good!!) and some Green Superfood, which is a terrific way to get every bit of nutrition you need to stay looking and feeling healthy.

DermaE Purifying Gel Cleanser

Exfoliation is the best way to make sure all of your products are working as hard as possible. I really like derma e’s Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50) because it exfoliates so gently. I use my Luna cleansing brush with it no problem, and I think it would be perfect to use with a Clarisonic.  I have been working out like crazy this summer and I always wash my face with this when I get home because it is perfect for removing sweat, toxins, and bacteria.

This cleanser is pH balanced and has no fragrance or sulfates. Ingredients include these minerals and natural toxin fighters:

Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals).

Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.

Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps thoroughly remove toxins from the skin’s surface.

Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense, and a base of Aloe Leaf Juice revives skin with fresh, healthy hydration. 

DermaE Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

Once a week, I use the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50) for an even deeper clean. It detoxes skin in two ways:

(1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries

(2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion.

With many of the same powerful ingredients as the Purifying Gel Cleanser, this treatment mask is the perfect complimentary deep clean.

DermaE Purifying Youth SerumWith skin clean and ready to make the most of any treatment, a great option is the Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50). Holy smokes is this good stuff! Awesome ingredients like Kimarine® Wakame,  Bladderwrack, and Green Tea together in an Aloe Leaf Juice Base makes for super healthy, glowy skin. It makes a great primer for foundation, too. And like all derma e products, it’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

You can find these great products at Ulta and Whole Foods.  Pick them up and get healthy inside and out this summer!  – Lisa

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7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac – what have you done to me?

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

I’ve reviewed a lot of masks from 7th Heaven and each has their own unique differences. The latest one to grace my face is the DEAD SEA MUD PAC. This is actually for combination and oily skin while I have combination/dry skin. But I’m not fussy about things like that since I already know how 7th Heaven masks work for me.

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7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

This is a once a week mask that is meant to draw out impurities and open blocked pores. Even though I’m no longer considered to be oily I still get blocked pores. Using this for the last month has helped with my pores, even my dermatologist noticed.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

This mask has aromatherapy benefits too. The key ingredients are Lavender which is well known to be soothing and relaxing; Seaweed and Sea Salt. The mask is made with nutrient rich minerals that were harvested from the Dead Seas.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

While the mask looks blue on the package it’s a very light shade of blue so you won’t look like a Smurf. The mask hardens but never feels uncomfortable. It doesn’t crack off but it does crack when dry. I have no trouble removing this with just a washcloth after my 15 minutes are up but I always wash my face after anyway. I have gotten two uses out of each package, I just seal my package in a sandwich size zip bag and it’s good for one more time.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac (right after application)

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac (right after application)

You can find this and other 7th Heaven masks at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kroger, Harmon Discount and KMart. Go from blue to beautiful with this $1.99 mask.  — Marcia

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Add a little green to your life with Guac Star

Icon of Shamrock Clover Leaf, Vector Illustration to St. Patrick's Day

How green are you willing to go for St. Patrick’s Day? Do you dress green even if you aren’t Irish? Do you seek out green treats? Do you imbibe in all the green beer that your body can tolerate? How about a change of pace with a green mask, specifically Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star? For me it’s a perfect way to celebrate this green holiday or any day of the year.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

GUAC Star is a revitalizing avocado hydration mask that is good enough to eat. I’m amazed at how Farmhouse Fresh has changed my taste. After using half a dozen Farmhouse Fresh products I’m more than willing to use everything in their line. Everything they make is pure, smells fresh and authentic, and does its job exactly as stated.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

GUAC Star made me love it instantly. The green pudding like potion applies with a refreshing coolness. It contains fresh avocado butter, oil and extract. All Farmhouse Fresh that I’ve used has been loaded with antioxidants and GUAC Star is no exception. It contains green tea, allantoin, and sodium PCA which all work towards making your skin become hydrated. The fragrance is hypnotizing. It is sweet but not cloying. I am not known for a love of fragrance but I love this one. I was using it while emailing a friend and I kept telling her how much I loved it. Her reaction was total shock.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Applying this is a delight and you don’t look like Shrek while it’s on. It feels so cool when you are applying it. Storing it in the refrigerator will certainly be a summer treat. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes, wash it off with a warm dampened cloth, and your skin will glow. It hardens while on but not stiffly. It doesn’t prevent you from doing anything since it stays partially damp. When you are finished your skin will be incredibly soft. Avocado is a wonderful ingredient since it’s loaded with vitamins B5, B6, K, E, and C, copper, folate, and potassium. Its naturally high moisturization factor completely comforts and nurtures skin according to the Farmhouse Fresh website.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

My favorite time to use this is before my shower. I apply, sit at the computer and 25 minutes later jump in the shower. My skin looks plumper and glowier all day. I can picture doing this after work too to refresh from a hard day. Each jar will give you 14-16 uses. I’ve got another mask from Farmhouse Fresh that I thought was the IT mask but GUAC Star beats it.

What’s your green for March 17th? Mine is from Farmhouse Fresh. — Marcia

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star ingredients

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