Natural Products Expo West 2014: Favourite Finds

Natural Products Expo West 2014 proved to be yet another success. The event grew five percent from last year’s overwhelming attendance by summoning over 67,000 industry members, more than 2,600 exhibiting companies and the most first-time exhibitors in the event’s history. Woo hoo! From food and beverage to supplements and beauty to household and pet products (even some clothing lines), this event offered a glimpse through the window of the global natural products industry and its unstoppable - or shall we say, healthy - growth. 

One of our best experiences this year (and always) was the morning yoga sessions. On Thursday morning, Bhakti Chai hosted a Rise n’Shine Yoga Concert featuring none other than Michael Franti. While the morning yoga session pack out with no yoga mats available, the next best thing to practicing yoga while Michael Franti rocked out, was to have a coffee (ok, I'll admit: I'm not one for sugar in the morning so I passed on the chai), catch the energy of all the yogis and get my morning groove on. 

After sipping and snacking the natural goodness of Natural Products Expo West, we’ve listed our favourite finds in the natural foods industry from this year’s show - in addition to some delightful beauty products as well.

As a native Vancouverite, I’m always delighted to see Canadians represent south of the border. I LOVE this artisian roasted BC brew (nope, I’m not talking about beer)! What’s all the buzz about? This community-centric company takes a stand for social responsibility, global awareness and environmental accountability. What better way to start your day than with a cup of ethical, fair trade and certified organic coffee?

I had to loop by Balanced Guru’s booth a few times before I could even catch a glimpse of what everyone was so excited about. With products designed to maintain and nourish your beauty inside and out, it’s no surprise that this line of botanical blends was the Winner of the Green Spa Network and named 2013’s Innovative New Green Product Award recipient.
At Balanced Guru, you will find a fully Certified Organic product line of Skin Care, Body Care, Hair Care, spa, energy and aromatherapy. Their simple, yet colorful packaging is not only certified organic, cruelty free but also affordable. Reflecting the colors of the chakras (Yogi Alert: check out their energy blends and mists!) this line is sure to resonant with your beauty regime on all levels.

In the spirit of what moves their hearts and lifts their spirits, they have aligned with various organizations (including Seane Corn’s Off the Mat into the World) who are promoting positive action. Talk about beauty within and without!

Sea Buckthorn is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in nutritional supplements and beauty products alike. With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is a phenomenal source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9 in addition to it's a rich source of Omega-7 - an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails.

Sibu Beauty has fully embraced skin from within ... and without. With their line of Sea Buckthorn skin care products they also have nutritional supplements to revitalize, renew, and replenish from the inside out.
I sipped the Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement and it sure has a punch! Even its vibrant orange color makes you feel alive. This all natural liquid dietary supplement is made from the nutrient-dense sea buckthorn berry harvested in the Himalayas of Tibet. This tangy blend is a mixture of tart and sweet, and a delicious way to begin and end each day. 
Looking to elevate your health and your consciousness? Look no further that I AM Enlightened Creations Chakra Flower Elixirs, Liquid Supplements and Chakra Crystal Mists. Not only is each bottle filled with nutritional botanical formulations but each bottle is infused with positive intentions to help you access your transformative power to be your best. 

Inspired by Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, these vegan Liquid Supplements offer the perfect blend for any mood whether you’re looking for a boost of energy for your body, mind or mood. These unique, nutrient-rich blends are perfect when you’re on the go in a single dose bottle. What’s even better? They are sugar-free, gluten-free, GMO-free and organically sweetened.

Their signature Chakra Flower Elixir, I AM Enlightened, is intended to open you to clarity, wisdom and a deeper connection to your intuitive awareness. Add a few drops to your daily health regime for physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment.

What I love most about this line is that it promotes the mind-body connection. Which ever product speaks to you, I’m sure the one thing you’ll be saying is I AM HEALTHY.

If missed my post from 2013, here's the link to my article.  

Catch ya next year!

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