A complimentary sample was received to facilitate this review.
At first I was unsure how this topically applied Slim Way from Phytopia USA oil was going to be effective at altering my eating habits or eliminating water weight. I was realistic in my expectations that I was not going to see miraculous changes. It smells very strongly of grapefruit oil and fennel. Overall, it has a pleasant aroma, but every once in a while a get an odor of composting corn cobs. Not sure if that comes from one of the essential oils in the combo that I don’t recognize or if it’s just the way this mixes with my body chemistry.
For the first few weeks I applied it twice a day – once in the morning and before bed to my abdomen and even to my chest so I could smell it better. I haven’t really lost any weight yet, but I have noticed a curbing of my appetite on the days I’ve remembered to rub it on my chest, wrists and abdomen. The fennel is a sweet licorice-like fragrance that lingers a good long time. During these few weeks I did notice my thirst increase, but not really a noticeable change in my cravings other than maybe a day or two I noticed I was less hungry.
Where I did see a change was rather unexpected and I didn’t really put it together until today. On the bottle and the information I read about this oil blend is that it should not be used by pregnant women. This told me there was some kind of hormonal alteration going on when using this oil that might be detrimental to the maintenance of the pregnancy. I am not pregnant, but in the last 6 months or so my cycles have been pretty erratic going from being skipped to every 22 days just recently. You may wonder how there is a connection, but I started using this oil not long after to end of my cycle in March. Though I was expecting the same 22 day cycle length that time period came and went. My normal 28 day cycle length came and went too and I started to get worried. I thought at 5 days beyond this I’d be heading to the drug store for a pregnancy test, but on day 31 my cycle began. Just today I realized that the only thing that had changed in that period was my daily use of this oil.
When this occurred in conjunction with some mystery pains in my left side I suspended the use of all supplements and therapeutic oils so I could have a better handle of what the heck was going on inside me. I’ve slowly started using the oil again and hopefully this will help normalize my hormones beneficially. Maybe, just maybe it will eventually help me lose weight.
I received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review.
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