Organic Avenue Juice Cleanse Review – and a list of other cleanses you can try!

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I’ve made a few changes in a hope to clean up my health and eating habits. This, and the fact that my excuse to wear multiple layers and oversized knits will be gone come the spring encouraged me to kick start my health kick with a juice cleanse. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard scepticism or just general confusion about why I would make the decision voluntarily to consume nothing but juice for three days. BUT I did. And while I was a bit fearful of how painful it would be to start, I actually enjoyed it.

A juice cleanse is a great way to rest the digestive system, clear out toxins and boost the bodies natural detoxifying systems. Different companies tout slightly different benefits aimed at different people. And the companies offering juice cleanses are multiplying. I undertook mine with Organic Avenue, taking advantage of a GWP offer RUSSH magazine was offering.

Organic Avenue offers just two different cleanses; one for beginners and one for those more experienced, with an option for either to add tea, a coffee scrub and a probiotic. The cleanse itself costs $200 for 3 days, or if you chose one with the additional extras it is $258.

While I have had my fair share of green juices, and loved most of the juices in this cleanse there weren’t exactly to my taste but you do get used to it (the cayenne pepper in the Daily Detox juice packs a punch).

I was actually expecting this to be a lot harder than it was. There were a few periods when I felt hungry, but this was generally right before it was time for another juice and the feeling went away. I am an avid drinking of coffee, but cut it out of my diet about 4 days before I started the cleanse and I didn’t notice any headaches. You are also meant to clean up your diet in the days leading up, which I tried to do but did fail a little bit, and this is in order to avoid the most negative side-effects of cleansing.

Has it helped me? Absolutely. To be honest I was hoping to lose some weight, but I didn’t. It is really common to lose weight during these cleanses but through my previous health kicks (I did Hypoxi and lost 3kg) I think I lost all the “easy” weight already. I felt so invigorated the day after I finished, I wasn’t starving and didn’t just want to eat everything in my sight and I had SO much energy. The following few weeks I felt the same, and most notable for me, I no longer have caffeine cravings in the morning. I actually think I still drink the occasional cup just out of habit, much-preferring tea or lemon water. I am also carrying over habits, and have reduced portion sizes of my meals, finding myself getting hungry less often and more in tune to when I actually need to eat.

I would do a cleanse again in a heartbeat, I think it would be a great thing to clean your body out seasonally. I increased my energy levels, general wellbeing and motivation to clean up my diet – and although I didn’t lose any weight my stomach was flatter! The only real downside is that during the cleanse, you do get tired early. So if you are thinking about completing one make sure you set dates where you don’t have a lot planned or you may struggle. I looked at some other cleanses, and they are all pretty similar in price with just a few differences. If you are looking to do a cleanse, there are so many different companies providing them now!

Juice Cleanse (photo from Urban Remedy)

See a list (and their prices) below:

Organic Avenue $200 for 3 days for either the Signature, or Dynamic Cleanse. There are 8 x 470 ml juices a day and an $18 flat delivery fee. They cover Melb, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra metro areas.

Schkinny Maninny $215 for 3 days for their “Just Juice” cleanse. You consume 6 x 500ml juices a day. This company also offers combination of juice & dinner or juice & soup cleanses if you don’t want to go on an entirely liquid diet. Delivery is $19.95 and they cover Melb, Sydney and Brisbane CBD.

Urban Remedy $185 for 3 days for any of their 6 different cleanses and an option to create your own. Cleanses contain their Urban Remedy Mother Tonic and 7 x 450ml juices a day. Delivery is $20 and they cover Melb, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra metro areas.

Pressed Juices $198 for 3 days and there are three levels of cleanse to pick from. What is interesting with this company is that while 2 of the 8 juices a day are set, the other six you are able to pick from a number of options. A toal of 8 x 470ml juices are consumed a day. This is perfect if you are a bit picky with your juices, but having tried lots of pressed juices from their store in Mosman, there haven’t been many I didn’t like! Delivery is $18 for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Canberra Metro.

Lucky You Cleanse $225 for 3 days, and there is only one type of cleanse. Provides 6 x 500ml juices in a cooler bag for you to keep. Delivery is $10 and is only available in Sydney Metro, Newcastle and Central Coast.

Orchard Street $255 3 days of either the Pure, Signature or Green Cleanse. You consume 6x 500ml juices a day. Shipping is $10, and while based in Sydney they do post interstate using insulated couriered boxes.

Calipress Their “Big Easy” Juice Cleanse is $210 for 3 days with 6 x 350ml juices and 2 x 500ml smoothies. The Standard Cleanse is $195 for 3 days (7 juices, 1 smoothie) and Deep Cleanse is $180 for 3 days (8 x juices). Delivery within selected areas of Sydney for $15.00.

BlendCo $198 for 3 days, with just one type of cleanse on offer. 6 x 470ml juices are to be consumed each day. BlendCo offer free shipping and I can’t see any restrictions on locations.

ProdJuice $260 for a 3 day Restore Cleanse. The Restore cleanse has 6 x 600ml juices (they are delicious, I have sampled a few of them!). They also offer seasonal cleanses, there is a Spring Cleanse which includes tonics, soup and oats, this is $200 for 3 days. Delivery is $20 within Sydney Metro – and free within the Northern Beaches area.

Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about my experiences with a cleanse, and I’d love for you to share if you have completed one and what your thoughts are!

Chapstick Jetsetter Collection

Chapstick Jetsetters Collection
Winter, are we done with you yet? It might be heating up just slightly here in Sydney, but it will still take a while for the havoc winter has played on my skin to clear up. After my hands, my lips are the next to suffer and my Chapstick is a handbag essential. The newly released Chapstick Jetsetter Collection includes three delicious flavours in a beautiful limited edition tin – which will have you dreaming of escaping the cold. Flavours include Aloha Coconut, Mango Sunrise and Watermelon Splash and you can have your pick of tins inspired by New York to Paris or Rio. I have been coating my poor winter chapped lips with these to help return moisture and have been loving the Aloha Coconut flavour.

If you physically can’t escape the cold, at least these Chapsticks can help your lips escape its effects. What do you use to help your skin escape the cold?

You can pick up the Chapstick Jetsetter Collection limited edition tins from Priceline, Chemist Warehouse & Selected Pharamcies. Each tin contains three Chapsticks and retails at $8.99. For intensely chapped lips I also love Chapsticks Night Repair included in the Chapstick Day & Night 24hr Moisture pack.

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The Latest Brands on Activeskin.com.au

While we all love a leisurely stroll through the beauty section of our local department store, sometimes time just isn’t on your side. I cannot remember the last time I went to my local shopping centre to buy anything other than groceries so I have needed to find a way to satisfy my beauty cravings online, and luckily I’ve found a great place to do it – activeskin.com.au.

Buying beauty online can be a bit of a minefield – you can be stuck paying full retail with hefty shipping costs, or risk counterfeit products from discount retailers. Activeskin.com.au offers only authentic products from the best brands at great value.

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Lancome and Clinique are just two of the great brands available on Activeskin and for Lancome especially they have some amazing limited edition sets – I’ve got my eye on the Winged or the Smokey Eye Gift Pack. You can also grab the latest Miracle Cushion Compact that I have heard SO many people rave about and am itching to try.

The latest Clinique products are also available – they stock the Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight & Contour as well as all 16 shades of the Pop Lip Colour + Primer. All have been added to my wish list, I just need to decide what to buy first…

Activeskin offers Same Day Dispatch if you order before 2PM across their 60 brands and over 5,000 products. You can also receive Free Delivery on Orders over $95. Keep an eye on individual brand pages for special offers unique to them, where you can score extra samples & freebies.

This is a sponsored post. While that means I have been renumerated for the article, I only allow brands on here that I know, love and trust. All opinions are my own.