Know Your Ingredients | Review + Giveaway!

Know Your Ingredients || Review + Giveaway //

Today I have a special post featuring Know Your Ingredients (KYI) products plus a GIVEAWAY at the end, so keep reading!! 😍 🎁

If there’s one thing I learned from my mid-to-late twenties to my early thirties now is that less is more when it comes to skincare.

Less products and less ingredients in those products.

I used to love going to Walgreens and Target—weekly—to randomly pick out the latest beauty scrub or lotion. Believing each one held the key to perfect skin. I would say, “this will be the time that my skin changes forever!” In reality they were making my skin worse, stripping it of natural oils and creating breakouts that otherwise wouldn’t be there.

I was spending money on products that made my skin worse.

I put 2 + 2 together one fateful day after I had been sick for several days aka no shower. I realized my skin looked pretty flawless. What?! How could my skin look so good when I haven’t washed it? How did my blemishes disappear without salicylic acid and a toner that burned?

Less is More

That’s when I first made the connection that less is more. That’s about the time I started using coconut oil on my face, replacing my Neutrogena moisturizer for a 1-ingredient product. It saved my wintery-Chicago-area skin. Saved it. It took away the redness, dry patches, and a smattering of forehead pimples.

Since then I’ve learned a lot about the types of products my skin prefers. I’ve also learned that not all ‘natural’ products are created equal.

So you can imagine how excited I was when Samantha from Know Your Ingredients reached out and asked if I would like to try a few of their products.

Who is Know Your Ingredients?

KYI creates whole food skincare and is dedicated to raising consumer awareness regarding the health benefits of selecting and using skincare products that are good for you.

KYI believes that skincare products should be simple, uncomplicated and minimally processed. KYI’s products produce amazing results in fighting the signs of aging yet are non-toxic and gentle enough to use on children and are especially effective in fighting problems that plague children, as well as adults, such as eczema, rosacea and keratosis pilaris. Best of all KYI’s products are multi-functional and help reduce the need for multiple products (and the resultant packaging and waste). KYI will always provide products in an unscented version, and in a choice of luscious scents all created using only essential oils.

About their Product Line

  • Sweet Almond Softening Oil: sweet almond oil & essential oil (if scented) {Chamomile Lavender • Orange Mandarin • Litsea Cubeba • Unscented}
  • Whipped Shea Butter Mask: refined shea butter, jojoba oil, and essential oil (if scented) {Chamomile Lavender • Orange Mandarin • Litsea Cubeba • Unscented}
  • Argan Oil Serum + Vitamin C: argan oil, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (oil-soluble form of vitamin c), and essential oil (if scented) {Orange Grapefruit • Unscented}

KYI prides itself on offering all of its products either unscented or in irresistible scents made from more good stuff from nature: essential oils of litsea cubea, chamomile, lavender, orange, mandarin, ginger, lemongrass and grapefruit.

At KYI, our goal is to create natural, simple products that have little or no processing using the highest quality ingredients available to produce extremely effective results.

My Skin Needs

A little bit about me first, I currently live in a drier non-humid climate. My complexion is fair and mostly clear (when sleep/eating/hydration are balanced). I have a little t-zone oiliness with normal to dry cheeks. I also have a little rosacea on the center of my cheeks that dominates a little bit more on my right side. The redness is a million times better than it used to be years ago, but I’m still looking at different ingredients/diet to see if I can eliminate it completely.

My skincare throughout the year is a balance of the following depending on the season: a gentle but effective cleanser, oil-washing, exfoliating, serums, and moisturization.

What KYI Products Did I Try?

I tried the Whipped Shea Butter Mask in two scents, Chamomile Lavender and Litsea Bubeba as well as the Argan Oil with Vitamin C in the scent Orange Grapefruit.

Whipped Shea Butter Mask

Product Description: To ultra-moisturize skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, soften and condition. Heals dry, chapped or irritated skin in adults and children. Conditions dry, coarse hair while adding shine.

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I’ve had the opportunity to try several shea-based and shea-centric products over the last 3 years thanks to all the vegan/cruelty-free subscription boxes available (Vegan Cuts|Petit Vour|LaRitzy) and to date my skin has been the most amenable to KYI’s whipped shea butter mask.

Shea butter has always been something that feels and looks good on my body, but not my face. It’s a heavy product that way and my skin has reacted quickly in opposition by getting small pustule-type breakouts accompanied by a greasy complexion.

Not the case with KYI’s whipped shea butters. It hasn’t clogged my pores or caused breakouts. It has made my facial skin smoother, tighter, and less red in the cheek area. I’ve specifically focused the chamomile lavender on my face because of the calming properties and saved the litsea cubeba scent for my body.

I prefer using a small dab on my face at bed time—even during the spring and summer months and I plan on using it during the day come winter when it’s drier.

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It truly is a ‘whipped’ product, super silky and absorbs into the skin effortlessly.

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I love that the glass jars are reusable. They’ll be perfect for future homemade goodies like deodorant.

Argan Oil Serum with Vitamin C

Product Description: To soften and condition skin, minimize lines and wrinkles, brighten skin and increase elasticity. Apply to hair ends for smooth, shiny, frizz-free locks.

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I love it!! I’ve been using this as my moisturizer during most of the week. A light sensible application wears well under foundations and BB creams. I also have run a little on my fingertips to rub into the ends of my hair between shampoo days.

The 0.25 oz I received is probably a sample size and is not currently available for sale, their normal offering is a 2 oz glass spray bottle. I loved the roller ball application, plus it’s the perfect size for traveling.

Know Your Ingredients || Review + Giveaway //

Know Your Ingredients || Review + Giveaway //

Know Your Ingredients can be used on your face, body, nails, and hair. They have helped fade cellulite, rosacea, scars and the argan oil has even been great at removing makeup!

I’m thrilled to have learned of this company and their lovely offerings. I can’t wait to try the sweet almond oil. Let me know if you have a favorite of theirs!

Giveaway Time!! 🎉

Enter below to win YOUR choice of a Know Your Ingredients product. They have generously opened this giveaway to 3 lucky winners!! Contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada. Winners must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected. 

Thank you for entering!!

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Know Your Ingredients provided Feed Your Skull with products for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Lentil Oat Silver Dollar Pancakes [vegan + gf]

Vegan + GF // Lentil Oat Pancakes // recipe at

I love trying new ingredients purely for the sake of experimentation and education. So when I saw a package of lentil flour from Joseph’s Grainery, a local favorite, I had to buy it.

Lentils are a pulse and an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. A single tablespoon of lentils has a whopping 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. You can even sprout lentils (delicious on salads) to magnify their nutrition.

Lentil flour is simply ground lentils. If you have a food processor or high-speed blender you are all set to grind your own.

Because they are a pulse they make an excellent option for gluten-free baking and cooking. While I’m not gluten-free I am sensitive to the fact that many find their digestive issues eased switching to a diet low in gluten or gluten-free. This is a recipe all of us are sure to enjoy.

Lentil flour much like coconut flour is very dense so it’s recommended to dilute it with other favorite flours. In today’s pancakes I used oat flour, because it’s an easy one to whip up and I always have oats on hand. If you happen to try these using a different flour, please let us know in the comments how it worked out. 😇

How do they taste?

They have a wonderful light crumb for how dense lentils are and a subtle nutty lentil flavor. They were amazing with fresh strawberries and a little maple syrup.

This single-serving recipe is PACKED with good stuff.

💝 8 g fiber • 17 g plant-protein • 33% iron • only 300 calories

Lentil Oat Silver Dollar Pancakes [vegan + gf]

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  • Yield: 5 small pancakes
  • Calories per serving: 300
  • Fat per serving: 4g

additional nutritional information // total carbohydrates: 51g • fiber: 8g • sugar: 7g • protein: 17g • vitamin a: 6% • vitamin c: 5% • calcium: 45% • iron: 33% • zinc: 18% • selenium: 17% • potassium: 15% • manganese: 84% • magnesium: 22% • folate: 53% • pyridoxine/b6: 14% • thiamine/b1: 24%


  • 1/4 cup lentil flour (43g)
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (28g)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar (4g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (3g)
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk +1-2 tablespoons if needed
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Whisk all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until wet and dry are well combined. Don't over mix.
  2. Preheat a non-stick skillet on medium heat and pour batter using about an 1/8 cup of batter at a time. A 3-tablespoon scoop works amazing!
  3. Cook 2-3 minutes a side. Serve with vegan margarine, fresh fruit, and syrup.

Vegan + GF // Lentil Oat Pancakes // recipe at

Vegan + GF // Lentil Oat Pancakes // recipe at

Want to eat these with a homemade fruit syrup? Try our 2-ingredient blueberry or strawberry syrups!

Vegan + GF // Lentil Oat Pancakes // recipe at

I would love to see your food pics! If you give this meal inspiration a whirl, let us know. 💞 Leave a comment below and don’t forget to tag a picture with #feedyourskull on Instagram! xx

Rhubarb Apple Strawberry Vegan Crisp

Vegan // Rhubarb Apple Strawberry Crisp // Feed Your Skull

Looking for a summery vegan dessert? Crisps are the perfect choice. Plus it’s a perfect excuse to melt a little scoop of your favorite dairy-free ice cream on top.

I almost called this a cobbler, but then I wondered if that was right, so I did some googling.

A cobbler is a sweet or savory filling topped with a batter or dough of some kind and then baked.

crisp or crumble is usually a fruit base covered in a streusel-like topping and baked until crispy.

This baby is definitely a crisp. A delicious easy-to-make crisp. I made it using the rhubarb from our first CSA of 2016, a sad-looking green apple, and some sad farmers market strawberries.

I probably could have called this Sad Fruit Crisp, but the rhubarb was really happy, so I didn’t.

Tip  💡 Use the fruit you already have • plums, mangos, banana, blueberries, apricots, or cherries would be 😋


After chopping the fruit I cooked everything down with a little mineral-rich coconut sugar until a thick preserve-like compote formed. The smell was amazing!

While that magic simmered on the stove I preheated the oven and made the oat topping. All you need for a perfect crispy top is some old-fashioned rolled oats, coconut oil, coconut sugar, a little flour, and baking soda.

When the fruit is ready mix it with some oats and pour into a greased 8×8 pan, cover with topping, and bake for 30 minutes.

So easy.

Vegan // Rhubarb Apple Strawberry Crisp // Feed Your Skull

It’s absolutely fantastic a few minutes out of the oven, but also tastes good cold. This crisp will be good for up to a week stored covered in the fridge, but of course tastes best within the first few days.

Rhubarb Apple Strawberry Vegan Crisp

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  • Yield: 9 servings
  • Calories per serving: 231
  • Fat per serving: 8

Additional nutritional information // total carbohydrate: 38g • fiber: 3g • sugars: 19g • protein: 3g • vitamin a: 1% • vitamin c: 31% • calcium: 5% • iron: 6% • manganese: 11% • folate: 4% • thiamine/b1: 4%


    Fruit Base
  • 2 big stalks of rhubarb, chopped (366g or 3 cups)
  • 1 large green apple, cored and chopped (229g or 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, stems removed (222g)
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar (90g)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (53g)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Streusel Topping
  • 1 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (100g)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour or flour of choice (47g)
  • 1/4 cup softened coconut oil or Earth Balance coconut spread (58g)
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut sugar (38g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (1g)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8x8 glass baking dish with coconut oil spray and set aside.
  2. Add rhubarb, apple, strawberries, coconut sugar, and balsamic to a large sauce pan and cook on medium heat for non-stick or medium-low for metal for about 15 minutes, stirring every several minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of oats and vanilla extract.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl whisk remaining oats, flour, coconut sugar, and baking soda. Add coconut oil/spread and whisk until little clumps form throughout the mixture.
  4. Spread fruit mixture in the greased baking dish and cover evenly with streusel topping.
  5. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Vegan // Rhubarb Apple Strawberry Crisp // Feed Your Skull

Vegan // Rhubarb Apple Strawberry Crisp // Feed Your Skull

I would love to see your food pics! If you give this meal inspiration a whirl, let us know. 💞 Leave a comment below and don’t forget to tag a picture with #feedyourskull on Instagram! xx

Vegan // Rhubarb Apple Strawberry Crisp // Feed Your Skull