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Aura Cacia Essential Oils

Not a Newcomer to the Industry!

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Urbana, Iowa was the place and 1982 was the time. The Essential Oil Company Aura Cacia was begun to provide natural and organic personal care products. They believed in using only 100% pure essential oils in their products, and the Natural Products Industry took notice. After several years of producing and selling their practical and beneficial products, Aura Cacia was purchased by the Frontier Natural Products Co-op, which was established in 1976 in nearby Norway, Iowa. The Co-op now includes the Simply Organic brand, introduced in the 2000s.

This is just the background to the amazing Aura Cacia brand of Essential Oils.

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Some of the Lassen’s team traveled to Iowa to visit the Aura Cacia operation. We were all impressed by the research and testing that goes into every bottle of their essential oils. They are careful to make sure that every herb is exactly what it says it is.

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Essential Oils have been surging in popularity for a couple of years. But they are nothing new to Lassen’s and Aura Cacia. You may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, here’s a bit of a tutorial on the subject!

Essential oil is the aromatic substance found within plants. They can be extracted from various parts of the plant, and each has its own characteristics. Leaves, roots, bark, seeds, flower, resin, or branch — the oils are extracted in one of several methods, including steam distillation, solvent extraction, and cold-pressed expression. Most essential oils are extracted by steam distillation, but some herbs are better suited to the other methods.

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Aura Cacia sources their herbs from reliable farmers and foragers from around the world. They work to establish trusting relationships with the farmers and foragers, and make sure that they are receiving a fair price for their products.

When the raw materials arrive in Iowa, the scientists at Aura Cacia go to work verifying that the materials are what they are supposed to be. They literally put them under the microscope! We took turns looking into the microscope so that we could see the difference between the various Lavender varieties, each of which have different properties, scents, and uses.

Why use Essential Oils?

Essential oils contain many organic compounds which have been found to promote beneficial responses. The oils can be applied topically, inhaled, or diffused into the air. Although some will say that essential oils can be used internally, Aura Cacia cautions, “DO NOT use oils internally. Aura Cacia does not recommend cooking with or taking essential oils internally. There is not enough substantiated evidence to warrant this practice and it is a widely misrepresented and misunderstood topic. Essential oils are highly concentrated and toxicity varies with each oil.”

If you would like to learn more basics about Essential Oils, check out this page from the Aura Cacia website.

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You can buy blends of essential oils, but it’s really fun to blend your own! We got the chance to make our own blends, and I have enjoyed my blend of Lime and Jasmine! I used some Argon Oil as my carrier oil, and then added a few drops of each of my chosen essential oils in my small roller bottle (available at Lassen’s!) I love the scent, and it really gives my mood a boost!

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Aura Cacia is a brand that has proven itself to be a quality leader in the industry. You can trust their quality and their integrity, from the raw material through the entire manufacturing process and into your shopping cart. For decades Lassen’s has been a proud supporter of quality producers like Aura Cacia.

Now’s a great time to pick up some Essential Oils — Prepare for your holiday gift giving and make some Aromatic DIY Gifts! Click here for some recipes on the Aura Cacia website.

And feel free to dig around the lassens.com/blog archives for DIY recipes (just type DIY into the search bar, and several posts will come up!) Here’s one post on Salt and Sugar Scrubs that make wonderful year-round gifts!

If you haven’t tried using Essential Oils, give them a try!

Love,

Lassen’s

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From Yogurt to Probiotics — Natren is the Pioneer!

If you know the words “Yogurt” and “Probiotics,” you have the folks at Natren to thank.

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Natasha Trenev’s father was the Official Food Supplier to the King of Yugoslavia, Peter the II, in the late 1930s and early 1940s. But in 1941, after the fall of the Yugoslavian monarchy, the family fled to Vienna. They lived in the America sector of Vienna (it was divided into four parts — USSR, USA, France, and England), and immediately applied to immigrate to the United States. In 1956 they made their way to Hollywood “with one hundred dollars and no prospects.”

When we visited the Natren plant in Westlake Village, this origin story, told by Natasha’s husband, Yordan Trenev, sounded familiar. Lassen’s founder, Oda Lassen, along with her husband Hilmar, also lived through World War II in Europe — Denmark — and then came to America in 1951 with a trunk, two suitcases, and fifty dollars. So my ears perked up to hear their story!

Once in America, Natasha’s father introduced natural Bulgarian style yogurt and liquid acidophilus to America. He brought his own formulas from Yugoslavia, and started his business in a little garage. Yordan said that that when he would go to hotels to give people samples of this new product, he would have to spell Y-O-G-U-R-T for them!

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Continental Yogurt was born, and Natasha encouraged Health Food store owners to put refrigeration into their stores in order to sell this new product.

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Natasha’s family found that the market in California, particularly San Francisco, was eager for the new product, and soon Continental Yogurt expanded their offerings. They were the first to add fruit on the bottom of yogurt. People loved it! The product spread throughout the country, and even globally. Buckingham Palace called and wanted “Royal Yogurt” shipped, so the company arranged to have refrigerated shipping via “Flying Tiger,” a global freight carrier (purchased by FedEx in 1988).

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The company was growing quickly, but Natasha knew that yogurt was more than just a food product; she saw the health benefits. By 1974, she split off from the original company to concentrate on the science behind yogurt. In the early 1980s, knowing how Bulgarians had extraordinary health, she started studying the science behind it all with the help of chemists in Russia. In 1984 she introduced the term “probiotic” to the health food industry. There has been much research on the importance of probiotics on our health, and Natasha has worked tirelessly to educate doctors as well as consumers.

Did you know?

Did you know that “Probiotics” means “for life”?

The difficulty of pronouncing the strains of bacteria prompted Natasha to come up with catchy names for the Probiotic products, and her first product was Superdopholis, and then Megadopholis. The company kept growing, and in 1990, they moved to the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village area, and have just begun an expansion of their facility. This facility is set to increase probiotic production capacity by 5,000%, and will also improve neighborhood sidewalks and storm drains. And for those of you in Thousand Oaks, the facility is less than a mile from our TO store. Now, that’s local!

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There’s so much more to the Natren story, but let’s jump into what makes their probiotics so highly regarded.

First, everything they do is scientifically based. Natren does not jump on fads. We were able to meet one of their chemists when we visited their plant. They do the research and develop formulas themselves, as they have been doing for more than thirty years. They have a long track record of helping consumers optimize their health through the use of quality probiotics. Probiotics is all they do.

Second, they manufacture all of their probiotics strains themselves. They control the product from start to finish. They stand behind their products, with a “True Potency Guarantee.” And that potency is verified by an independent, international, government agency (Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration, or TGA). Other companies use probiotics that are cultivated overseas, and don’t have this independent certification.

Third, Natren’s probiotics have been third-party inspected and certified three different times before they are shipped. They have international, pharmaceutical (not just food) grade certification of their facility and of all of their products. There is a potency guarantee of each species and strain of live bacteria listed on the label. Natasha also authored the labelling standard for probiotics, which were then adopted by the NNFA (National Nutritional Foods Association, which is now the Natural Products Association.) Natren adheres strictly to these probiotic labelling standards, which include viable cell count, species identification, storage requirements, and a listing of other ingredients.

Fourth, Natren takes special care in the packaging and shipping of their products. There are three enemies of probiotics: moisture, heat, and light. Natren uses dark amber glass bottles and tin lids to protect the live probiotics from all moisture and light. They use thermally controlled boxes, with cold packs (and dry ice in the warmer months) to keep out the heat. And they 2-day ship to quickly get the product from their facility to the stores. They also require that the stores refrigerate their products.

Big News!

Natren is now launching a “Locally Grown” Campaign to educate consumers about the benefits of adding probiotics to their own customized diet and exercise lifestyle. Check out their campaign when you stop by the Supplement Department at Lassen’s!

We are proud to have supported Natren and the Probiotic industry for decades, and are proud to continue to offer their outstanding products. Here’s to Natren, and to your (gut) health!

Love,

Lassen’s

Our Branded Honey helps to Save the Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder

Bees have had quite a hard time for a while. For about a decade, they’ve been dying off at an alarming rate. In 2006, beekeepers reported that they were losing between 30-90% of their hives over the winter. What was so alarming was that up to 50% of those hive losses were due to unknown causes. The worker bees were just gone, leaving the queen and some of the brood (immature bees). The hive could not sustain itself without the worker bees, and it just died. There are several reasons that a hive could die off (including acute pesticide poisoning, disease, stress, change in the habitat, poor forage/nutrition, or pests), but this was different. With other causes of hives dying off, there would be many dead bees around the hive. But Colony Collapse Disorder (as it is known now, or CCD) the worker bees abandon the hive and don’t return. Many millions of beehives have been lost to CCD in the last decade.

When Colony Collapse Disorder was first identified, the cause was very puzzling. But in the last few years compelling scientific evidence began piling up around a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. Found in many commercial applications, these chemicals can have lethal effects on bees. Of course there is no one “smoking gun,” but added to the other stressors including other pesticides, invasive parasites, a general decline in the quality of bees’ forage and habitat, as well as climate change, it’s no wonder that honeybees are struggling.

This poses pretty serious problems. There has been a heavy economic impact caused by Colony Collapse Disorder. About 30% of American crops rely on honeybees for pollination, and up to 75% of the pollination of food crops worldwide. In other words, without bees, our food supply is threatened. Every third bite you take is dependent on honeybees.

In the spring of 2015 President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to improve bee health and habitat (restoring 7 million acres), and spending $82.5 million on honeybee/pollinator research. Clearly this is a problem that needs attention.

But it’s not just the government that needs to do something. We too need to make changes that can help to save the bees.

Buy organic.

Plant an organic garden, flowers, bushes, and trees.

Have water sources in your yard — bird feeders or fountains — for the bees (and don’t get freaked out when they use it!)

Don’t use insecticides, particularly neonicotinoids.

If you spot a bee swarm, call a local beekeeper to remove it instead of killing it. You’d be surprised at how many people are into bees! Josh, our own Grocery Buyer, is a backyard beekeeper, and rescues a swarm or two each spring. This year he even captured a swarm in our Ventura store parking lot!

Learn more about bees! Your local beekeepers would love to teach you all about bees!

What we are doing

Lassen’s is proud to support two incredible bee-loving organizations — HoneyLove in the LA area and Central Coast Beekeepers’ Alliance in the San Luis Obispo area. Explore their websites!

We have our own Lassen’s local honey, and with the sale of each jar we donate 50c to our local organizations to help save the bees! So help us support these great organizations, and look for Lassen’s Local Honey!

Below you will find some movie trailers about bees that you might find interesting. The more we know, the more we can help save the bees!

Love,

Lassen’s

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Lassen’s Loves Our Producers!

These are some of our Anniversary Celebration Sponsors!

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CAL-ORGANICS
Starting with a quarter acre of lettuce back in 1984 and an idea of doing things differently, Danny Duncan formed Cal-Organic Farms. More than three decades later, we have taken the business to include approximately 60 different year-round and seasonal vegetable and fruit items. Today the business has grown to thousands of certified organic acres. It still remains family owned and operated, while promoting family values and integrity every day. Cal-Organic works hard to prove personal service and to find solutions for all of our customers’ needs. Our goal is to constantly advance the technology of organic agriculture to the highest levels and to provide you with finest quality organic produce all year-round. Our headquarters are located in Lamont, California at the southern most end of the pristine San Joaquin Valley, 15 miles southeast of the city of Bakersfield. The San Joaquin Valley is known as one of the world’s premier agricultural growing regions. The bounty of sun and good weather in Lamont allows us to continue the tradition of quality that we are known for. We also farm in some of the most beautiful and richest soils outside of the Southern San Joaquin Valley, enabling us to provide you with year-round supplies. These areas include the Tehachapi, Cuyama, Coachella, Antelope and Imperial Valleys. Cal-Organic has been dedicated to organic farming and maintaining a balance with nature for over 30 years. As one of the select organic farms in California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley, we are very proud of our rich organic farming heritage.

COUNTRY LIFE

Our Commitments
It’s important to us that you know we stand behind what we say. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it. Our certifications come from the most trusted experts in their respective fields.

We believe good business means building a better and healthier world. Our mission is to be the leading natural products company in the USA, admired for the quality of our products, the service to our customers, our respect for the environment and commitment to our values. We’ve achieved B Corporation certification thanks to our rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This means we’ve been recognized as a purpose-driven company that uses the power of markets to make the world a better place. As a B Corp we share our commitment to integrity, the founding principle of our company. B Corp certification gives us the metrics to continually improve on our goal. Joining the B Corp community offers a natural expression of our identity as a company that believes in complete transparency.

YES, Certified Gluten-Free.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans that follow a gluten-free diet, or one of the 2 million having gluten-free be a requirement due to celiac disease, Country Life wants you to know we recognize that being gluten-free is an important issue to many of you. To show that we share your beliefs and concerns, we’ve ensured 100% of our products are gluten-free, certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group. In fact, we are the first supplement company in the United States to be certified as 100% gluten-free. Our entire manufacturing facility is also certified gluten-free. Our products contain no more than 10 parts per million of gluten, which is currently half of the 20 ppm standard the FDA requires for a product to be labeled gluten-free. As most processed gluten-free products or foods are not enriched or fortified with vitamins and minerals, your gluten-free diet may be low in important nutrients. We at Country Life recommend these top 5 gluten-free supplements for any gluten-free lifestyle.

YES, Certified Vegan/Vegetarian.
While 7 million Americans have made the choice to adhere to a vegetarian diet, over 22 million more of you have implemented vegetarian practices into their diet as well. We want to make it easier for you to adhere to your vegan and vegetarian practices, not just in the foods you eat, but also in the supplements you choose. We are proud to offer over 200 vegan products and nearly 400 vegetarian products. All of our vegan and vegetarian products are certified by the American Vegetarian Association. These products are marked “YES Vegan” or “YES Vegetarian” on the side of our labels.

YES, USDA Certified Organic Manufacturer.
Country Life is a proud supporter of the organic movement and has been certified as an organic manufacturer by the US Department of Agriculture. Look for the USDA logo and you’ll see several product lines within the Country Life family showcase our passion for all things organic, from our Realfood Organics® Aloes to our BioChem® organic whey protein.

NO, GMO.
We at Country Life are committed to providing products that are non-GMO (not genetically modified). Within each category, we already have several non-GMO options. These products are marked “NO GMOs” on the side of our labels. For the rest of our line, we are currently undergoing the process of reviewing every product we offer. Due to the fact we offer you over 600 products, with each containing as many as 30 ingredients to check, this intensive and comprehensive review is a very large undertaking. We are looking to complete our review within the next several years. Additionally, Country Life has been working with the Non-GMO Project for several years to define the standards for supplements industry, and you will find the butterfly logo on the reviewed and approved products.

YES, Certified Kosher.
Another of Country Life’s commitments is to those who live kosher. If you’re one of 10 million Americans who live kosher, you’ll recognize the iconic Kosher Symbol from KOF-K, an internationally recognized kosher supervisory network, on many of our products. These products are marked “YES Kosher Parve” or “YES Kosher Dairy” on the side of our labels.

YES, Certified Good Manufacturing Practices.
Country Life is not just a name placed on someone else’s products. We manufacture 97% of our products and are happy to say that our manufacturing and production facility in Hauppauge, New York, is a NSF-GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) registered facility—one of the largest supplement companies certified by NSF. Even when we have to use a contractor to craft a highly specialized product for use, we conduct a full investigation of their manufacturing facilities to ensure they continue Country Life’s high quality standards. All of our suppliers are also required to have high standards of GMP which are verified by frequent audits by our internal specialized teams. This means that when you choose any of the over 600 products we offer, you can feel confident that tight quality controls are in place so you get the product value you deserve. You have our word and the word of our certifiers that we are all we say we are. Experience our quality today and every day.

YES, Sustainable Manufacturing.
We at Country Life are committed to helping people and the earth we all live on. We use 100% recycled paperboard for all our packaging boxes, and 100% recycled paper for our promotional materials certified by the FSC, an independent, nonprofit organization that sets the standards for environmental protection. Country Life uses electricity from the national power grid, just like you do, but we purchase green power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset our electricity use and reduce our carbon emissions. Our purchase of 100% wind power RECs (from Renewable Choice Energy) provides financial assistance to wind farms and helps to grow domestic green power production.

DEAD SEA WAREHOUSE

In the year 2001, while working in the herb section of my local health food store, I became aware of the multitude of properties inherent in mineral-rich products from the Dead Sea. At the same time, I learned that one of my nephews had been using the Dead Sea bath salts to manage a throbbing pain he continued to experience in a leg he had severely injured in a car accident.
Intrigued, I asked my husband to try the Dead Sea Bath Salts on his painful fingers. Lo and behold, he would, after a 10-minute soak, regain pain-free use of his hands for up to 4 hours after!
Always having suffered from just plain dry, itchy skin, I then decided to test the Dead Sea Bath Salts for their skin-softening ability. The results were amazing! My skin felt silky smooth and totally itch free! No body lotion needed!

NEOCELL

NeoCell is a natural product company based in Irvine, California, with a number of products designed to promote health, beauty and wellness.

The company was established in 1998 by Al Quadri after he suffered a heart attack and underwent a triple bypass surgery. Quadri’s recovery was slow and he suffered atrophy in his muscles, a sore chest and a loss of overall vitality. He added collagen to his recovery regimen on the theory that the structural protein plays a key role in fortifying and reconstructing depleted muscle and restoring connective tissue. Within a few weeks his health had improved dramatically. After his recovery, Quadri set out to understand how collagen had stimulated his own regenerative systems and helped him during his recovery. His research became his life’s work and he founded NeoCell with the goal of creating and promoting collagen products that could help others the same way that they helped him.

NeoCell’s manufacturing plant is a Natural Products Association GMP certified facility. This certification is awarded to companies that meet a high level of compliance to industry standards as verified through comprehensive third-party inspections of facilities and GMP-related documentation.
NeoCell products are packaged in post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles. In 2012, the company received an award from the Responsible Packaging Project for its switch to 100% PCR plastic, which generates fewer greenhouse gases, reduces reliance on petrochemicals, and keeps plastic out of landfills and oceans.

ORGANIC NUNA

Taste: Our simple, high quality ingredients and balance of flavors come together in what we believe to be the best tasting deli meat and cheese. We value the taste that is sourced from the quality of raw ingredients and our grass fed ground beef and steak reflects the quality of its local territory.
Animal Welfare: We believe in providing the land and animals we manage with the best possible facilities to source the very optimum quality products. Our animals are treated humanely, have more roaming space than the industry standard and are fed the diet nature intended for them.

Environmental Impact: Our animals have free range access to outdoor areas that provide natural sunlight and fresh air. The practice of grass fed diet besides space to roam is optimal for our environment since the grass absorbs the toxins that are produced through animal waste.

Organic Commitment: All of our feed and land are Organic Certified, this provision ensures the optimal quality for the land and animals we raise and in turn impacts the safety and nutrition of the product we provide for our customers.

Health Benefits: Free of antibiotics, common growth hormones and GMO, our products also omit potentially dangerous additives and mystery ingredients to bring consumers a clean, wholesome variety. Rich and healthy diet for our animals specially grass fed cows allow us to obtain higher level beta carotene, omega 3’s and Vitamin E.

Domestic Source: Sustainability, environmental impact and food safety are optimized when animal products are sourced domestically and can be traced to their origins. All of our cows and poultry are born and raised in the USA. Every product consumed can be sourced to optimum in quality of land used, feed given and humane treatment.

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NUZEST

At Nuzest we believe in making good nutrition easy for everyone. We only use top quality, responsibly-sourced ingredients. In fact, we like to think that we make the kind of choices you’d make for yourself.
Knowledge about human nutrition is constantly evolving, so coming up with an effective formulation once and letting it run just isn’t good enough. We challenge ourselves to continually improve our supplements so that we produce outstanding nutritional products – time after time.

We like to keep things real, so our products are based on real foods that are rich in nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals. Once sourced, these ingredients are carefully handled to retain all of their goodness. You can relax knowing that every batch of Good Green Stuff and Clean Lean Protein is independently tested before it gets to you.

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ORAL ESSENTIALS

Finally an alternative….

The Goal of Oral Essentials is to produce and distribute a revolutionary line of oral hygiene products for daily use that combine natural ingredients & ingredients with evidence based benefits to create a long-term solution for oral & whole body health. It was created in leu of a gaping hole in the industry’s available products, and is presented as a new and innovative solution for a forward-thinking generation of consumers who seek out companies that care.

“None of the Junk – Just the Essentials!”

Oral Essentials has, through a lot of patience and hard work maintained a track record we are proud of, producing an ethical product in small batches here in California, to help boost your oral care, or local economy and hopefully, the world at large!

PLANTLIFE MISSION AND VISION

Mission
Plantlife’s mission is to consistently create all-natural body care products using the freshest organic herbs and 100% pure essential oils. Each of our aromatherapy creations is prepared with the intent of enriching our lives as well as our environment.

Customer Satisfaction is Important to Us

Our commitment to you begins from the moment you place your order with us. When you use Plantlife products, you can be assured of quality and value in natural body care. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with any of our products simply return them to us for a prompt, courteous replacement, exchange or refund. If for many reasons you enjoy our products please call, write or email us and let us know. We would love to hear from you!

About Plantlife Natural Body Care

Plantlife Natural Body Care products are the perfect blend of science and nature, using “old world” formulas combined with the timeless sciences of herbology and aromatherapy. Plantlife’s mission is to consistently create all-natural body care products that are good for you, using the purest ingredients such as fresh herbs and 100% pure essential oils. Each of our therapeutic blends and aromatherapy creations is prepared with the intent of enriching our lives as well as our environment.

Quick Facts About Plantlife

Manufacturing 100% natural products since 1994 (we were being green and natural way before it was cool!)
Always been Eco-conscience in all aspects of manufacturing and products

Everything natural, nothing synthetic with your health and wellness in mind

Chemical free – No SLS, no parabens (preservatives), no phthalates, no artificial colors or fragrances, no dyes or synthetics

Products enhance and help one’s body/skin versus tear down or harm

Manufactured in small batches to ensure product quality and freshness

Product lines are vegan (except lip balms) and gluten free

Cruelty free – no animal testing

Made in the USA

https://www.plantlife.net

RAINBOW LIGHT

Rainbow Light Mission and Core Business Principles
For over 30 years, Rainbow Light has been dedicated to creating natural, food-based supplements that make a difference in the health and well-being of our customers, while promoting sustainable practices for planetary health and contributing to the fight against global malnutrition.

Our mission is to be the performance leader in building a stronger state of health for our customers, natural trade partners, global community and planet. Four core principles drive our business:
Formulas for Transformational Wellness
Natural Products Leadership
High-Impact Global Aid
Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship

Innovation and Industry Leadership

Rainbow Light is synonymous with natural health and nutrition. Our reputation as the #1 Most Trusted Natural Vitamin Brand† is the result of consistent innovation that began when we created the food-based natural vitamin category and continues to this day.

We continue our natural products leadership with innovative formulas that include clinically researched ingredients, always safety and purity tested in our production facility in Sunrise, Florida. These products are formulated based on the latest nutritional science to ensure appropriate potencies and optimal combinations for absorption, utility and effectiveness.

As new scientific research sheds light on key ingredients, our product offering evolves. Year after year, Rainbow Light introduces fresh new choices of effective nutritional products for every age, life stage, and health concern.
† Independent Study, Wiest & Co., 2014

SMART CHICKEN

Every chicken is fed a wholesome diet that meets the species’ unique dietary requirements. Feeds are studied carefully by in-house poultry nutritionists who continually evaluate ingredients such as corn and soybean meal, natural limestone and phosphates, salts, vitamins, and mineral supplements. Our chickens are never fed antibiotics, growth stimulants, animal by-products, or hormones (which have been illegal in poultry production since the 1950s).

Organic Smart Chicken vs. Smart Chicken
Organic Smart Chickens are certified organic in accordance with the standards of the National Organic Program. As part of that certification, our certified organic chickens are fed a certified organic, certified non-GMO diet. The inability to source sufficient certified organic, certified non-GMO grains limits the number of certified organic chickens that Smart Chicken growers can raise.

Smart Chicken is committed to sustainable, humane practices that reduce stress on animals and provide better working conditions for employees. All of our chickens are cage-free, with plenty of space to roam, perch, dust bathe, and participate in other natural social behaviors. Our certified organic chickens are also free-range, which means they have access to outdoor pastures. In addition to contributing to a higher-quality product for consumers and their families, humane handling practices are simply the right thing to do.

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WATERHILL NATURALS & ORGANICS

OUR GOODNESS GOES BACK TO
THE TURN OF THE CENTURY.
WE’RE TALKING TWO TURNS AGO.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
The year was 1913. Jean Demakes had just emigrated from Greece to join her husband Thomas in the United States. And the foundation for a family business was inspired by four little words:
“I can do better.”

That’s what Jean said to her husband after he brought home the “best Greek sausage in Boston.” She knew she could do better, and when Thomas gladly accepted her challenge, a far better sausage is exactly what Jean made.

It was so good, in fact, they began selling it to nearby stores. And over time, their four sons helped them grow sales, expand their product line and give back to their community.

Four generations have passed and we still own and operate our family business in Lynn, Massachusetts. More importantly, doing better is still the foundation of everything we do.

It’s what inspires us to always take the time to do things right. To never cut corners for the sake of higher profits. And to build personal relationships with farmers so we know where our ingredients come from.

Food with such integrity isn’t the easy way, it’s the right way. The way we’ve been doing things for over 100 years.

WE GIVE BACK
Our commitment to giving back has been around since the very beginning. Thomas Demakes believed it was important to do more for those who have less – to share and give back, even if that meant giving away a Thanksgiving turkey to a family in need.

Yes, Thomas believed a dinner of vegetables, beans and no meat for his own family was a fair sacrifice. He was always one to lead by example and share his good fortune with others. And that tradition is still alive and well in how we do things today.

We will always embrace our responsibility to help others in our community, whether it means donating food to local pantries, charities and outreach programs or offering support to YMCAs, Girls Inc., boys’ and girls’ clubs and other organizations in our area.

After all, we have children. We know the importance of nurturing young minds and teaching the meaning of teamwork, developing friendships and imparting values that will last a lifetime.

Thanks to our Anniversary Sponsors!

Love,

Lassen’s

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Cage Free, and the Living is Easy!

Chino Valley Ranchers Organic Eggs

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Chris shows us his mad chicken-whisperer skills!

 

Chris Nichols went off and did his own thing for a few years, but his grandfather’s business drew him back. Now he leads the crew at Chino Valley Ranch, where Organic is in their DNA. Some of us at Lassen’s got to drive out to see Chris and his Egg operation, and it was a treat!

When we visited Chino Valley, we were able to see some of the flocks. We started by seeing a new flock of chicks, just about 11 days old.  They get about 31,000 at a time from certified growers, and at 5 days old.

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These chicks, in a flock of about 31,000, are about 12 days old!

The first building was full of the fluffy little bodies, and they were not quite used to people walking around them. They skittered away from us, some to go out the doors to the outside. But it was a hot day, and most preferred to stay in the shade.

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Free to wander… but still like the shade and company!

After World War II, Charles Burton came to California from Iowa, and he needed a job. He worked for a Dutchman delivering eggs and milk. He did such a good job that he ended up buying the route. He soon realized that he could make more money selling eggs, so he started a small backyard flock in Arcadia. Well, it depends on your definition of small, but that first flock had about 300 birds. Charles built up the business, doing everything by hand. His son was a machinist, but when Charles suddenly died at age 63, he ended up taking over the business.

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Peter holds a little fluff-ball chick!

In 1988, Nichols Ranch bought Chino Valley Ranches, and the “hippies” who ran it pushed him to establish a cage free and organic operation. After attending a Natural Foods Trade show in the early 1990s, they saw the direction that they wanted to go.  With encouragement from Alta Dena Dairy, they started to produced fertile eggs, too. 

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Here’s a look at the special, nutritionist-designed organic feed for the birds.

The Natural, Cage-free, and Organic eggs just “took off.”  Equipment was purchased, the Ranch was expanded, and Chino Hills Ranch became an organic powerhouse in the egg industry.  

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Yup, these are full of the organic ingredients for the special feed!

Now with the third generation of Nichols in the business, Chino Valley has their own Nutritionist, to make sure the feed is nutritionally balanced, as well as organic. Every batch of feed is sourced specifically for their Ranch, and milled in-house to have maximum control. Chino Valley Ranchers also tests every batch of feed to make sure it is 100% organic.  It takes 4 lbs of feed to produce 1 dozen eggs, so they want to make sure every bit of feed is the highest quality possible!

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This is a tasty blend! These are 6-week-old chicks
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At six weeks they aren’t as nervous around people

Next we saw 6-week old chicks, then some at 14 weeks. The older they got, the more used they were to people coming into the hen houses.  

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Old enough to lay eggs

We were able to see the older hens as they hopped onto the platforms and went into the laying enclosures to have a little privacy as they laid their eggs. Food, water, space, and training were all carefully managed so that the chickens were treated humanely and healthily.  

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She’s content!
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Hens like a little privacy when they’re laying eggs
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Once the eggs are laid, a conveyor belt takes them to the sorting area

After enjoying the chicks and hens, we drove to the packing plant, which is a marvel of modern machinery. Everything from cleaning and sorting to packing, inspecting, and labelling was handled smoothly and efficiently.

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This equipment not only washes the eggs, but aligns them all to have the pointier ends facing the same way

When we asked if there were about a million eggs in the plant, we thought we might be exaggerating, but David, our guide, told us that they had 22 million eggs in the inventory that day! Yes, twenty-two MILLION! They were all headed for distribution, and the eggs go from hen to store shelves in just a matter of days. 

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Twenty-two Million Eggs!

Lassen’s is proud to support a local and organic egg producer, particularly one who has been a leader in the organic movement.  Let’s support organic whenever we can!

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We love Chino Valley Ranchers!

Enjoy these delicious Chino Valley Ranchers Eggs — available every day at Lassen’s!

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These Berries Are Candy Without the Guilt!

Chas Blueberries

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Lassen’s has found a wonderful local blueberry grower right here in our back yard!

And last week I got to tour their farm on the Oxnard Plain!

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Born in Hawthorn to a farming family, Chas grew up down dirt roads and in the midst of acres of tomato plants. He  started farming in the San Gabriel Valley, and has been a berry grower in Ventura County since 1982.

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When he came to Ventura County, he grew conventional strawberries.  Ten years ago the strawberry market started turning mostly to the huge producers, so Chas and his son Rick transitioned into blueberries.  About three years ago, he decided that he wanted to go “instantly organic” by planting young blueberry bushes in organic peat moss. He has mastered the intricacies of growing organically — keeping down weeds and pests with mats and hand-weeding, as well as using vinegars and soaps. Everything from planting to harvesting and packing is done with great care, and strictly to Certified Organic standards.

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And they grow their berries in Hoop Houses so they can manage the elements, as well as keep the birds away. Those birds love the blueberries as much as we do! 

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One thing that I found absolutely fascinating is the science of blueberry pollination. Blueberry blossoms are very small and long, and a regular honeybee’s body doesn’t catch and move the pollen very well. So Chas and Rick use a variety of bumblebee that has dense hairy bodies that pick up and distribute the pollen.  The Hoop Houses also keep the bumblebees contained. No swarming bees here!

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Chas and Rick grow two varieties of blueberries — Emerald is the early producer, and now we have Jewel. Both are incredibly sweet and just the right texture. I am looking forward to having Chas’s berries for the whole season next year, but in the meantime, I’m eating more than I thought possible. 

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We love our local farmers and producers!

Thanks, Chas and Rick for a great tour!

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Introducing Waterhill Naturals and Organics

OUR PROMISE

OUR GOODNESS GOES BACK TO THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. WE’RE TALKING TWO TURNS AGO.

HOW IT ALL STARTED
The year was 1913. Jean Demakes had just emigrated from Greece to join her husband Thomas in the United States. And the foundation for a family business was inspired by four little words:

“I can do better.”

That’s what Jean said to her husband after he brought home the “best Greek sausage in Boston.” She knew she could do better, and when Thomas gladly accepted her challenge, a far better sausage is exactly what Jean made.

It was so good, in fact, they began selling it to nearby stores. And over time, their four sons helped them grow sales, expand their product line and give back to their community.

Four generations have passed and we still own and operate our family business in Lynn, Massachusetts. More importantly, doing better is still the foundation of everything we do.

It’s what inspires us to always take the time to do things right. To never cut corners for the sake of higher profits. And to build personal relationships with farmers so we know where our ingredients come from.

Food with such integrity isn’t the easy way, it’s the right way. The way we’ve been doing things for over 100 years.

WE GIVE BACK

Our commitment to giving back has been around since the very beginning. Thomas Demakes believed it was important to do more for those who have less – to share and give back, even if that meant giving away a Thanksgiving turkey to a family in need.

Yes, Thomas believed a dinner of vegetables, beans and no meat for his own family was a fair sacrifice. He was always one to lead by example and share his good fortune with others. And that tradition is still alive and well in how we do things today.

We will always embrace our responsibility to help others in our community, whether it means donating food to local pantries, charities and outreach programs or offering support to YMCAs, Girls Inc., boys’ and girls’ clubs and other organizations in our area.

After all, we have children. We know the importance of nurturing young minds and teaching the meaning of teamwork, developing friendships and imparting values that will last a lifetime.

At Waterhill Naturals & Organics, we’ve made the commitment to treating your customers to quality foods that fit their healthier lifestyles — so we’ve created the first truly premium quality line of all-natural and organic, antibiotic-free sliced deli meats . . . 

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  • Never any antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones
  • Carrageenan free 
  • Produced from animals that are fed a 100% vegetarian diet with no animalby-products
  • Nitrite and nitratefree
  • Alwaysgluten-free
  • Nopreservatives or artificial ingredients
  • No high-fructose cornsyrup
  • Our Organic line is 100% USDA certified — Sourced from Organic FamilyFarms

Just for You!

Puremedy

A lot of origin stories go back a few years or even a few decades. But when I visited Joni from Puremedy at her office and production facility in Westlake Village, I learned a totally different kind of story.

In 1865, Joni’s great grandfather, Joseph Piquette, was a toddler in Quebec, Canada. He suffered a third degree burn on the top of his foot, which, as you can imagine, became infected. There were very few options in those days, and when his entire foot began to turn black with gangrene, the local doctor couldn’t do much more than recommend that the leg be amputated. But Joseph’s father sought out the local Medicine Man, who went out into the woods. He came back some time later with an assortment of botanicals, with which he crafted a healing salve. The salve saved Joseph’s leg from amputation, and was so effective that there was no scar.

Of course the salve became incredibly important to Joseph’s family, and in 1904, he wrote several copies of this sacred recipe in French, which have been passed down to members of the family. Joni has one of those hand-written recipes framed and hung in her office, and she proudly showed it to me.

Over the more than 150 years since then, Joni’s family has carried on the tradition of making this salve for friends and family, which was dubbed “Pete’s Salve” after Joni’s grandfather (Joseph’s son). Joni said some of her earliest memories are of her family getting together and making batches of the salve. They called those get-togethers “salve-making parties,” where “Grandpa Pete” taught them exactly how to make the salve. He would also share many incredible stories of how the salve healed everything from diabetic sores, burns, infections, and much more. Joni even told me about how her mother’s infected appendix surgery wound was healed with the salve, despite the doctor’s dire prognosis.

Joni would like her salve to replace Neosporin in every household. They are currently taking The Original Healing Salve through the FDA to become a certified wound care device, which will allow them to play a major role in future wound care. This could be a game-changer in wound care where tens of thousands of dollars can easily be spent to treat wounds in a hospital or care center.

If you want to see the salve in action, watch this YouTube video of how it helped Dudley!

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Here are a few key points about this powerhouse product: 

1) Antibacterial — This salve kills the full spectrum of bad bacteria, including MRSA, staph, strep, and candida. It simply traps the microorganisms in a no-air, no-moisture environment so the bacteria cannot survive. 

2) Cleans/Debrides (removes damaged tissue or foreign objects from) wounds, and establishes a healthy environment for the body to repair itself naturally — The pine extracts used in the formulations are extremely powerful and naturally pulls out debris and toxins without harming healthy tissue. It draws any foreign matter out of the skin.

3) Increases blood circulation — In a human study, the Original Healing Salve increased blood circulation and oxygen levels 20% in the first 30 minutes of application. This is crucial for wound healing because it allows the blood to carry all of the nutrients, enzymes, oxygen, and collagen to the area that was compromised. 

4) Doctor recommended —  Joni is working with a PA in Santa Barbara, CA who has used the Original Healing Salve on pressure ulcers and diabetic wounds. All patients were completely healed. Puremedy also has a fantastic product — Feminine Moisturizer — for vaginal dryness/discomfort. This is a phenomenal product for women suffering from menopausal symptoms because it does all of the above while nourishing damaged tissue and creating a healthy vaginal flora. There is a Pharmacist here in Southern California who has been recommending this product for about 7 years and stated that she has seen a 90% success rate with no side effects. Joni is also working with a team of OBGYNs in Virginia to gather more information on this product. 

5) Fast results — The Puremedy products work fast because this salve gives the body the necessary tools it needs to heal naturally. The beautiful blend of ingredients are powerful and pure. 

6) This is an all-natural, and arguably more effective, alternative to generic over-the-counter first aid ointments. 

7) This is an all-purpose product. Great for minor first aid needs, insect bites, burns, neuropathy, chronic wounds, and more. 

8) Puremedy has no petroleum, phthalates, parabens, chemicals, yeast, soy, gluten, artificial ingredients, colors, or fragrance.

9) Cruelty free

All Puremedy products are based off of the Original Healing Salve, meaning they all (with the exception of a few — Just Calendula, Hot Rash, etc.) the same ingredients as this salve as their base with other ingredients added to pump up the formulation for a specific skin condition. All of the products work, and Joni stands by them 100%. 

You can follow Puremedy for testimonials, news, and promotions!

IG: @Puremedy

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Make sure you have some Puremedy on hand at your house!

Thanks, Joni, for sharing your incredible story!

Love,

Lassen’s

Nonie of Beverly Hills

Nonie products are Healthy Food for the Skin!  Our product line is easy to use – simply cleanse, tone, and select the Nonie moisturizer appropriate for your skin type.  All Nonie moisturizers contain AHAs – Alpha Hydroxy Acids from extracts of Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Maple Cane, Orange and Lemon Oils.  AHAs gently exfoliate the skin by loosening built-up dead skin, improve skin tone and texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, increase cell renewal and help lighten age spots. Using our Cleanser, Tonic and Moisturizer, there’s no need for a separate make-up remover, eye cream or scrub.  The Nonie line does not contain any animal products and is never tested on animals, so it is excellent for vegans and vegetarians!

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SKIN CLEANSER: A gentle cleansing lotion for all skin types which leaves the skin clean, soft and moist with closed pores. Is also an excellent eye and make-up remover. For best results, use without water!  Apply to dry face and neck using cotton pads.  Repeat until the cotton appears absolutely clean.  Follow with AHA! Skin Tonic & Moisturizer.  Continued use produces a more youthful appearing skin.  Will not burn eyes and safe to use for contact lens wearers.  Can also be used as a gentle shaving lotion.

SKIN TONIC: A dewy fluid that refreshes and tightens the pores, giving a smooth texture to the skin.  The main ingredient is Hamamelis water, which is a refined witch hazel. We only use grapefruit seed extract as the natural preservative. After cleansing the skin, apply to face and neck using cotton pads.  Is also an effective and soothing, non-stinging aftershave. Contains built-in natural bacterial protection to aid in preventing infections from nicks and cuts.  The light lemony scent is not a perfume but a combination of five different essential oils of citrus, so the scent will not linger.

BRILLIANT MOISTURIZER: This moisturizer is excellent for normal and combination skin . . . equally effective for the oily areas (i.e., T-Zone) as well as other areas. It contains 5% AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) in a moisturizing base of coconut oil, almond oil, and gluten-free wheat germ oil. Gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area.  Use day and night.  

PROTEIN MOISTURIZER: This moisturizer is wonderful for dry skin, mature skin, and vegans. It contains 5% AHA. This moisturizer also contains orchid oil, which acts as a buffer for the skin to absorb the AHA’s. Sometimes people with dry or mature skin are more sensitive, so the orchid oil helps soothe the skin. This cream is called Protein because of the protein from organic, non-GMO soy milk we use. It contains more gluten-free wheat germ oil, so it is richer but not heavier than the Brilliant Moisturizer.  Gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area.  Use day and night.  

NEW CONDITION: This moisturizer is great for those with oily or problem skin that is prone to breakouts. It has many essential oils beneficial to oily skin care such as tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus. It contains 5% AHA. This cream can also be used around the eye area. Don’t let the tea tree oil scare you…. this also is a very gentle cream. The combination of the oil of seed of grapefruit and the essential oils help in clearing up breakouts and the AHA’s exfoliate the dead skin cells gently and microscopically without leaving any scars, which can happen if you use heavy scrubs on skin with breakouts.  Use day and night.  

BODY LOTION: You’ll find orchid oil in this fantastic body lotion. Easily absorbs into the skin imparting a wonderful sheen without being greasy. A little bit goes a long way. Has a light, lemony scent from the natural citrus oils that does not linger. Use after bathing or anytime your skin is feeling dry.  Excellent on feet, hands and the entire body!  Contains less than 2% AHA naturally forming from fruits so it is excellent for the entire family.  Can also be used on the face.

8 SPF MOISTURIZER: This is the same formula as our Brilliant Moisturizer, with the addition of orchid oil and micronized Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. They are natural, physical sun blockers.

15 SPF MOISTURIZER:  This is the same as our Body Lotion with the addition of orchid oil and micronized Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.  They are natural, physical sun blockers.

10% AHA: This moisturizer is same formula as the Brilliant Moisturizer, with the addition of orchid oil and 10% AHA instead of 5%. The 10% AHA! should be used by those who have already been using Alpha Hydroxy Acids or receiving professional facial treatments.

HIS! Shave Cream:  A non-foaming cream that provides a close, comfortable shave for men and women!  Contains built-in natural bacterial protection from Hamamelis water, Tea Tree,  and Grapefruit Seed Extract to aid in preventing infections from nicks and cuts.  Gives a smooth texture to the skin.  Refreshes and tightens the pores.  Will not burn or sting and can be used around the eyes.

B-Corps

B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,600 Certified B Corps from 42 countries and over 120 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

The Honest Company

A dad named Christopher and a mom named Jessica found themselves utterly frustrated trying to find the perfect products for their babies and homes.

We both wanted an ideal: not only effective, but unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable – everyone should have it. We believed every baby deserved the best we can create for them. We are dreamers.

But, more importantly, we are doers.

You know what they say, if you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself.

We tried to think of all the qualities we would want in a dream brand – savvy style, sustainability, and extraordinary service & convenience all wrapped in a passion for social goodness, tied with a bow of integrity and sprinkled with a little cheeky fun.

We knew it wouldn’t be easy juggling all these demands, but we’re parents, we’re used to multi-tasking.

So, our goal is to relieve you of a few tasks by delivering the best family essentials to your doorstep – to simplify your life and bring more delight to every day. Our dream is to re-define the “family brand” and create something – with you – that’s better for all families, everywhere.

HERBATINT 

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”, this is the African proverb chosen by the three founders to express the Interdependence that links B Corps from all around the world.

THE CHANGE WE SEEK

Promoting a healthy lifestyle that could help enhance the concept of natural beauty while respecting the world we live in. 
Contributing through business to solve social and environmental issues and improve the quality of life of present day and future generations. Using business as a force for good, Antica’s company practices become concrete actions. 
Herbatint products are just like the brand, simple and timeless, symbols of its inheritance and its knowledge. Thanks to its strong expertise and know-how strengthened over time, Antica Erboristeria looks ahead to the future with passion and desire for continuous innovation.

Country Life

 On every bottle, you will see our Pledge of Integrity because at Country Life, Integrity is our number one ingredient. We do this because you deserve high-quality nutrition, specifically crafted with the high quality standards to support your health. To guarantee our products are consistently of the highest quality and efficacy, we ensure that we operate a NSF-GMP compliant and USDA Organic certified manufacturing facility, and that all of our products fulfill our Pledge of Integrity, acheiving the five core integrity standards.

Authenticity of ingredients.

We always use a pure form of each ingredient and all our ingredients are laboratory tested to ensure accurate identification so you can be assured we use real, authentic ingredients.

Cleanliness of ingredients.

Ensuring our ingredients are completely clean is a top concern. Our manufacturing facility was one of the first NSF registered GMP facilities in the industry and maintains strict quality control towards this end. We also ensure every one of our products are certified gluten-free.

Freshness of ingredients.

Because we manufacture our own products, our products go from tested raw material, to manufactured good, to bottled and packaged products immediately so you can be assured of product potency throughout its shelf life.

Consistency of the formula.

Our manufacturing plant is NSF-GMP certified to ensure the best, consistent product formulations, with quality inspection at each stage of manufacturing to ensure our products remain uniform from batch to batch so you know it works the same each dose, but as we use natural ingredients, color variations may exist from batch to batch.

Accuracy of labeling.

We always ensure that if an ingredient appears on our supplement facts label, it’s in our product in the exact ratios and potency that our label says. We also ensure that if a product contains any known allergens, the label says so. No surprises.

We ensure our products meet these standards, because we care about your health. We believe that, in every product we make for you, integrity should always be our number one ingredient. Treat yourself to great health with Country Life.

Peeled Snacks

Our Real Food Philosophy

We decided to take the mystery out of snacking and put the joy back into it! Peeled Snacks started with a line of organic dried fruit that still continues to offer a whole lot of flavor without any added sugar, sulfites, preservatives, or oils.

We’re committed to expanding the snacking aisle to create snacks that make a positive impact on you and the environment. That means each bag of Peeled Snacks is packed with wholesome ingredients you can feel good about eating. Peeled Snacks energize your mind and body, and support the way snacks should be made – with real food!

Making Healthy Snacks for 10 Years

In 2004, Noha Waibsnaider founded Peeled Snacks in her tiny New York City apartment when she noticed there was something missing from the snack aisle. Store shelves were full of processed potato chips, corn syrup-filled candy, and energy bars made with too many mysterious ingredients, leaving snackers to feel the “spike, crash and burn” effect. Without finding any options both healthy and enjoyable, Noha set out to fix that problem.

Her solution? Tasty and nourishing snacks made with pure, wholesome ingredients to satisfy your cravings at anytime or anywhere, while lifting your mood and leaving you feeling energized. Noha’s vision was and is still today to make healthy snacking as close to nature as possible. What began with three varieties of organic fruit snacks has now expanded to include crunchy veggie snacks and we’re not stopping!

What Is Organic?

Pick your snacks on the facts! The USDA organic seal means all our fruit and ingredients were grown with natural fertilizers, without chemicals or toxins. Peeled Snacks is proud to be part of the organic food revolution, which sets the bar for conscientious farming practices, encouraging clean food production, and supporting healthy communities.

Garden of Life

Making a Difference

With your help, we’re both making a difference.

Every time you, our valued customer, purchase certain Garden of Life products, you not only are supporting your health,† you are also supporting various charities specially chosen for their outstanding work.

At Garden of Life, our primary mission is to Empower Extraordinary Health by providing the highest-quality, USDA Organic, Certified Non-GMO, RAW, whole food nutritional products on the market. Of equal importance is that we do so while preserving the integrity of our planet through eco-friendly initiatives and helping those who are less fortunate by supporting various philanthropic organizations throughout the world. We are proud to partner with the following organizations and foundations who are devoted to improving people’s lives through their efforts.

 

NAVITAS Organics

Our commitment starts with our Superfood Promise: Using the most health-boosting plants in the world, we promise our superfoods are organic, nutrient-dense and handled with care at every step.

Made from the most potent part of the plants, they are carefully handled to bring you the purest and most effective benefits of these centuries-old heritage foods, in ways that make them easy to incorporate into your every day.

All of our superfoods are:

Certified Organic

Our surperfoods are 3rd-party certified organic. This ensures the integrity of our foods—and protects the environment and health of farmers.

Third-party Tested for Safety and Quality

Our facility and processing systems are certified organic, and are also certified under GMP and HACCP—important voluntary programs for ensuring food safety and quality.

Minimally Processed

All of our products use methods such as freeze-drying and low temperature processing to ensure maximum nutrition and flavor.

Sustainably Grown

Direct purchasing partnerships create and expand fair trade economic opportunities for farming communities in developing regions globally. What’s more, close relationships with suppliers help maintain our strict quality standards.

 

ORGANIC INDIA

Organic Tulsi Teas and Herbal Supplements for conscious, healthy living.

Our Vision

To be a Vehicle of Consciousness in the global market by creating a holistic sustainable business modality, which inspires, promotes and supports True Wellness and respect for all Beings and for Mother Nature.


Our Mission

To be a trustworthy and innovative global leader in providing genuine organic products and solutions for conscious, healthy living.


Our Values
  • Service to all
  • Total integrity
  • Absolute commitment to quality
  • Respect and devotion to Mother Nature
  • No compromise on being who we are

Our Commitment

To deliver exceptional quality True Wellness organic Tulsi tea products and herbal supplements to our consumers. To introduce a unique and successful business modality that is committed to service, sanctity and integrity and therefore harms no one and benefits all. To support natural sustainable organic agriculture practices that serve, honor and protect Mother Nature. To support the livelihood and well-being of farmers and tribal wildcrafters in rural India.

ORGANIC INDIA™ means absolute commitment to quality. All our products are organic, pure and natural, because you want the best for your family and so do we.

The guiding principles of our company are health and happiness for all beings and great respect for the Divine Mystery of Mother Nature who selflessly sustains humanity and naturally provides us all with a bounty of nourishing foods and healing herbs.


True Wellness

True Wellness is the guiding principle of ORGANIC INDIA. We embrace the fundamental truth that everything, and all of us are interconnected. We understand that in order for True Wellness to be, it must include All: All beings; the whole earth; the visible and the invisible. True Wellness is our guiding light, so that we can be loving, respectful and compassionate towards all beings, while caring for, and serving Mother Nature.

True Wellness is a sustainable, holistic vision, an open invitation for All to celebrate the divine gift of Life.

 
 

Get our Take on Teff!

Get our Take on Teff!

Written by Denae

Teff, have you heard of it? The new super-food from Africa is getting its name out there, and maybe it’s time you take a look at what it can do for you!

Native to the African country Ethiopia, Teff is a seed derived from a grass-like plant. Although its production is limited, it is now grown in Australia and even Idaho, too, making a more accessible product. As Teff has been demanding more of the spotlight, Quinoa has been pushed aside, even though there are a lot of similarities between these two ancient foods.

This super tiny seed packs a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition. Although often prepared as a grain, Teff is usually called a seed that is high in protein and a solid source for Vegan, Vegetarian, and well.. anyone’s protein.  Just a single cup serving has almost 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 20% of your daily iron needs, and even Vitamin C! Since Teff has a relatively low glycemic index, it also serves as a decent manager for blood sugars. 

Because Teff is so high in iron and protein, it’s sometimes referred to as a runner’s food. Olympic gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie has even been noted for saying that Teff is the secret behind Ethiopian runners success. 

Aside from high nutritional value, Teff also fits the bill for gluten-free — and depending on who you talk to — grain-free diets, too! Teff is really versatile and can be eaten whole, steamed, baked, or boiled. It can substitute rice and quinoa, be added to breads and snack bars, sprinkled over yogurt, used to thicken soups, or any other way you want to add dimension to your favorite recipes. It’s nutty flavor is recognized as one that lends itself to both savory and sweet dishes, making for a rather adaptable ingredient. 

Now that you’ve decided you need to try it, where can you find it? Why, Lassens, of course!! We sell Bob’s Red Mill Whole Teff and their Teff Flour too!

Stop in your local Lassens today and pick up a bag of Teff to try out. Let us know what you think! Is it worth all the hype to you?

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Lassens

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Tints of Nature

Tints of Nature is the simple, healthier way to color your hair for stunning salon-standard results.

20% OFF all Tints of Nature products throughout April. Only at Lassens.

We take a unique approach, different from all other hair color products, which damage your hair. Our unique range of Natural permanent hair colors, semi-permanent hair colors, highlight and lightening kits and aftercare products are 100% FREE from Ammonia, Resorcinol and Parabens so you won’t breathe in nasty chemical fumes. We use a maximum of Organic ingredients too, so it’s good for you and the environment.

Colour Guide

 

Permanent hair colour

 

Tints of Nature is the first range of long lasting, permanent hair colours containing certified organic ingredients used in an advanced formula to cover grey hair. Our unique blend of natural and organic ingredients, combined with plant-derived extracts and vitamins C and E, will actually enhance, protect and moisturise as you colour your hair.

Visit any Lassens location to try Tints of Nature while at 20% off during the month of April!