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Healthy Product Review and $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

by Lisa on January 29, 2011

I recently received several products to review from Swanson, and wanted to use them each more than once before I put my name next to an opinion.

Before I get started….go check out my guest post on Lindsay’s blog, Cotter Crunch!

Anthony from Swanson Health Products sent me: Tom’s toothpaste, Xylosweet, Dulse powder, ground flax, and hand soap. I had used most of these things in a different variety before, so I was happy to try them out. Read the review…or skip to the bottom and enter the giveaway!  You can win a $25 gift certificate to Swanson Health Products—it’s an online store where you can get all kinds of healthy products.

The reason all the pictures have me holding the products is because I live in NY where it’s dark and gray, and in order to use natural light…I need to be near a window (and my desk was covered with papers!).

Purple Dulse Powder

I used the Purple Dulse Powder in several things: soup, salad dressing, salad, chickpea surprise

I usually use dulse flakes in chickpea surprise...and thought the powder might be even better because it is so finely ground. I loved the taste, but rather than sprinkling it on I accidentally dumped this.

But it still turned out great! The only downside I can think of to this is that it has sort of an essence of "seawater." That's not a taste I mind, but if you do, you won't like this stuff! Then again, if you just sprinkle it, I don't think you'll taste seawater. Sea vegetables are super good for you!

Fine Milled Flaxseed

I like this Fine Milled Flax—and will definitely buy it again. It’s different than regular ground flaxseed because it is finely ground into a powder, so it blends better into smoothies and other stuff. I put it in several smoothies, and only noticed it when I put in too much… The benefits of flax? Omegas, dietary fiber, antioxidants, immune boost…

There's flax in here....but you can't see it and I couldn't taste it

Xylitol is supposed to be good for your teeth...and it's low glycemic and low calorie (and not made with crazy chemicals)

I put the Xylosweet in my coffee for a few days (and then I decided to stop drinking coffee again). I put it in a few smoothies, and in some protein ice cream. It was good! It doesn’t taste exactly like sugar, but there’s no weird aftertaste or anything.

The hand soap—it’s great. Not a ton to say about the hand soap, except that I like it and it doesn’t feel or smell like chemicals but it still seems like it works!

Meyer's Clean Day hand soap

The toothpaste!

Tom's of Maine Fennel flavored toothpaste. LOVE!

I saved the best for last….I was not super excited about this one. I once used a trial size of Tom’s a few years ago and thought it was yucky. This? It’s like brushing your teeth with black jelly beans! In a good way. Joe loves it too. I got Fennel flavor, and I would have never chosen this flavor, but I like it a lot. Plus, it works really well–my teeth felt really clean after I used it. I totally recommend this, especially if you are a fan of licorice. It’s a little more gooey than regular toothpaste.


The giveaway.

Anthony told me we could give one person a $25 gift card.

This is what you can do to enter:

1. Like me on Facebook

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. Like Swanson Vitamins on Facebook

4. Follow Swanson Vitamins on Twitter

For each thing you do, just leave a comment saying you did it.  A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, Feb 4th!

If you would like to receive any free samples to review on your blog, contact

Good luck!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Nice give away! I liked you on Facebook!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    I liked Swanson Vitamins on Facebook.

  • Mtui

    I like Swanson Vitamins on Facebook. I get all my vitamins on their website. I love the deals they have & the great quality of products.

  • Margarine4

    I love the fennel toothpaste too. It's great!!

  • Kmac2222

    I liked you on FaceBook!

  • Charlievan

    900 Mg Swanson Arginine is one of my many Swanson Staples

  • Mr. Tight-Watt

    I am commenting here and also on the FB post. Thanks for telling us how to use various food products and supplements.

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  • UrbanJunior Max

    I followed you on facebook and twitter and also swanson vitamins on facebook and twitter Good Luck to all!

  • Annette Aben

    Wow, Twittered, Facebooked both! and I am relly happy to hear the review for Tom's and the dulse (as I have not tried them yet) and this particular brand of flax seed. I have Swanson's brand here and as soon as I am able to eat it (I cycle my eating and in a week or two I can cycle back into the flax seed + + + +) I will gobble this down and go for the one you tried. Thanks

  • Janalyne

    Following both of you on Twitter and Facebook. Great review!

  • Hfilipiak

    Hi, I am a friend on Swanson's site on Facebook. That is where I read about your blog. I was really interested in the reviews. I will be buying the Dulse powder. I often wondered what it was like. Please enter me in the drawing for Swanson Health Gift Certificate. Thanks.

  • Sherrykab0425

    I liked Swanson a while back. I liked your page on Facebook today. Thanks.

  • Mike Lang

    I like Swanson Vitamins on Facebook!

  • Jennie Wertz

    I “Like” you on Facebook.

  • Jennie Wertz

    I “Like” Swanson Vitamins on Facebook.

  • Onlylisa2

    I like Swanson on Facebook

  • Erluke

    Awesome review of products I have been wanting to try a couple of these and after reading the review I will try them now. Thank you again!

  • Erluke

    Liked on FB

  • Amy

    I liked Swanson Vitamins on Facebook. And I like smoothies. :)

  • Bethany

    I liked Swanson Vitamins on Facebook, though I really LOVE them! Thanks for the awesome contest!

  • Syrinx67

    Well, I've liked and followed all of the above…but then I already liked Swanson's and followed so that is how I found out about you. Nice blog ~ thanks!

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    followed you on twitter

  • Crystal

    I like Swanson Vitamins on Facebook :)

  • Crystal

    I like you on Facebook!

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    I follow you on Twitter!

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    I follow you on twitter (corgipants)

  • Jenna Z.

    I follow swanson on twitter (corgipants)

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