Nearly a month ago the fab folks at Zola sent me a whole box full of their goodies to try out!
I think I’ve mentioned before that I often have a hard time finding coconut water that I actually like the taste of. So many taste nothing like coconut and I rarely stray from the one or two brands I’ve come to trust when it comes to consistent flavour so I was excited to try Zola since it was a new (to me) brand to see how it compared.
That Sunday I went out for a (very hot!) run and when I came home I was ready to crack into a coconut!
The verdict? I loved it! It really does taste like you’ve cracked into a coconut! So many coconut waters have a nasty after taste, and Zola has an after taste, but it would be more accurately described as an “awesome taste” because when you stop drinking you get this aftertaste of toasted coconut. It’s so good! I was really quite impressed at how much I liked it. I will often put coconut water in with a smoothie (to avoid the aforementioned after taste) but with Zola it would seem criminal to cover up the coconut-y taste in a smoothie!
In addition to the coconut water I also tried their Organic Acai Juice. To be honest, it wasn’t my favourite. I don’t think this is Zola‘s problem, I think I’m simply not a fan of the taste of Acai. I’ve tried Acai juice in the past and really didn’t like it, but thought I’d give it another try. Turns out, I still don’t like it.
Even though it wasn’t my favourite I still drank the entire bottle!
The last bottle they sent me was of their coconut water with pulp. I was a bit hesitant about this one. I like pulp in my orange juice, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about pulp in my coconut water. I saved this one to re-hydrate after my 10K this past weekend
and was pleasantly surprised – again. I didn’t mind the pulp at all, if given the choice I would probably stick to pulp free, but it really wouldn’t be a big deal to me at all if the coconut water with pulp was all that was available.
Where to buy:
If you are on Facebook you can “like” Zola Acai, and while you are there all my fellow Canucks can enter to win 10 cases of Zola Coconut Water! (If you win, will you please share with me????), and if you are on twitter or instagram check them out at @drinkzola
If you’ve been around here for a while it will come as no surprise that I tend to get a little sweaty from time to time…
And by “time to time” I mean 6 days/week sometimes twice a day.
So when I had the opportunity to work on a campaign for Lady Speed Stick it was a total no brainer!
- Long lasting superior protection†
- Tough invisible 24 hour protection
- Available in 4 different fragrances to keep you feeling fresh from morning to night
† vs. 20% required sweat reduction effectiveness
When I recieved the products I immediately gravitated to the solid at first as I haven’t used a gel antiperspirant since the unfortunate book bag accident in grade 9 (I had a gel deodorant in my book bag, the cap fell off, the entire contents of my book bag were then covered in gel deodorant. It was a bad scene.).
Anytime I try a new deodorant/antiperspirant (even just a new scent) it takes me a few days to get used to it. The first day the scent always seems overpowering and it was no different with the Cool Breeze stick. The first day I felt it was wwwaaayyy too strong smelling, but by the second day I hardly noticed it at all. Interestingly, when I did start using the gel I didn’t notice that I needed a day to adjust to the new scent. I’m not sure if that’s because the scent is lighter, or because my sniffer was already becoming accustomed to a different scent.
As for the products themselves, I find them both to be pretty effective. I still end up a sweaty mess at the end of a class, but you have to remember an antiperspirant only protects the area you put it on and I’m certainly not putting it on all my sweat glands!
I try to remember to apply antiperspirants at night before bed because they say they are more effective if you do that as they have the whole night to build up a barrier. I particularly like the gel at night because I am usually wearing a sleeveless shirt to bed so I don’t have to worry about getting the gel on my shirt. That is really the only downside of the gel in my opinion, you need to apply it before putting your shirt on otherwise you (or at least I) will end up with the gel on your shirt.
However, while I haven’t done any scientific studies to back this up, I think that for me the gel actually works better than the solid so I’ll certainly be continuing to use it at night and the solid during the day (remember, multiple classes means more than one application each day pour moi!) since I find that combo works best for me.
You’ve probably all seen the Lady Speed Stick “Don’t Sweat It. Handle It!” Commercials on TV. They are all of these super awkward situations and in the commercials the main character finds a way to “handle it.” I love them, this one cracks me up every. single. time.
And this is so something that would happen to me:
Seriously people, my life is made up of these “Don’t Sweat It. Handle It!” moments! So much so that I may have made my own version of one of their commercials. Prepare yourself for the cheese factor…
I told you it was cheesy!
And here’s a bit of irony for you – I was so worried I would forget one of the two shirts (yes I had a shirt double ) or the camera the night we were recording this that I actually forgot to put deodorant on. Ironic indeed.
P.S. For those of you who aren’t aware, Zumba instructors are famous for “deconstructing” (otherwise known as cutting up their clothes) their tops – which might help make the “commercial” make more sense if it wasn’t really clear what happened
And this may not be a commercial but Sunday morning I ran the Blue Nose Marathon 10K while wearing my Lady Speed Stick
excuse the goofly look on my face!
Why is this a “Handle It!” moment? Because I didn’t train for the race at all :/ Due to health problems I only managed to get in two runs so far this year and still went out and managed to represent with a sweet 1:05:58 finish. Was the Lady Speed Stick my secret weapon? I guess we’ll never know
Now for the good stuff!
Each basket includes:
- Lady Speed Stick Fl Fruity Melon 45g
- Lady Speed Stick Stainguard Daringly Fresh 65g
- Lady Speed Stick Power Cool Breeze 45g
- Men’s Speed Stick Power Fresh 14g
- Men’s Speed Stick Irish Spring Original Deo 92g
Contest is open to Canadian residents only. 6 winners will be chosen randomly .
I am participating in this campaign with SheBlogs Media on behalf of Colgate. I received compensation for participating in this campaign and for sharing my honest opinion. As always, all opinions and thoughts posted in this review are 100% my own. They are not for sale.
I want to give a shout out to Storm, Racheal, Brandy & Stephanie who all appear in the video with me, to Cathy & Lisa for being on video duty, and to Lisa again for coming up with the idea for my “awkward moment” with the shirt. Thanks girls!