One of the toughest sells for the more natural, health conscious person is the switch to a better deodorant. It is HARD. Most of us need some sort of odor protection throughout the day and yet it can be really hard to find a good one. That super natural one you made from ingredients in your fridge might be au naturale but if it leaves you stinky after an hour that is a no go. Baking soda may work great for some and others may get a horrendous rash. Our pits can be super sensitive and finding a natural yet effective deodorant is tricky.
My own journey to finding the right deodorant has been fraught with misadventure (and burned pits). Through all of it I have found several good ones. The brand I keep returning to though, is Tom’s of Maine. My current fave is their Long Lasting Lavender deodorant. It works well for me and for my lifestyle. I also LOVE the smell of lavender.
I get up at 4am every morning and have 10-15 minutes to bathe and dress. I don’t wear makeup so my time in front of the mirror is all about necessity…shower, comb my hair, brush my teeth, maybe a use a little toner or a spritz of essential oils, apply deodorant. I don’t have a sink to myself (no double sinks for me) but I do have a side of the sink and the one pictured is my side, pretty minimalist.
After packing a lunch bag and spending some time on the computer checking emails I am off to work where I spend 9-10 hours doing a pretty physical job. I sweat most of the day because of the physical activity and also because my place of employment blasts the heat whenever the temperature drops below 70 degrees. I also do a lot of walking some days. One particular day I brought a pedometer to work with me just to see how much I was walking and was flabbergasted to find I had walked 15 miles that day! So yes, I need a deodorant that can keep up with that. I don’t do CrossFit much anymore due to my hectic schedule but when I did…yep, I used Tom’s.
Wetness doesn’t bother me but a foul odor most certainly would. Lucky for me that Tom’s keeps up with me all day long. I care about what I put on my body and I can feel good about this deodorant. They share the ingredients that go into their products so I can make an informed and educated decision in age when so many other companies want to hide this information. Why make a fuss about organic, whole, non gmo food and then NOT care what you rub all over your skin each morning? I care, as do many folks these days. Transparency and integrity in consumer products means a lot to me.
And you know what also means a lot to me?? No rashes or chemical burn! Yay! The formulations and ingredients certainly work well for me and my body chemistry when others have failed. If you ARE sensitive, you have allergies, or you are pregnant then quality, natural ingredients are even more important.
Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant contains no aluminum, artificial fragrances or preservatives and no petrochemicals
Clinically proven, 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops and the mineral zinc and only natural fragrances
Fully recyclable packaging through local municipalities or the TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade
No animal testing and no animal ingredients
With every purchase, Tom’s of Maine gives 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet
This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.
I have shared my deep and abiding love of all things coconut before. I cook with coconut oil all the time and I use coconut in lots of recipes. I use coconut to clean my teeth, I use coconut in my shampoo bars, I use coconut as a moisturizer, and I use it in many homemade essential oil products…it is a deep, deep love. My only big no-no with coconut oil is putting it on my face. It has a high comedogenic rating which makes it likely to clogging pores.
I was super jazzed to try some new products from Skinny & Co Coconut Oil. I got some lovely little jars with coconut for oil pulling, sugar scrubbing, removing make-up (not for me), moisturizing and healing, and boosting metabolism, energy, and clarity. They supposedly have the only 100% raw alkaline, coconut oil in the world. They have a patented system that crafts the only coconut oil under 100ºF. In my humble opinion you can see, smell, and taste the difference. Their products are fantastic!
I loved the oil pulling oil because they have infused it with yummy peppermint. It tastes pretty darn good and oil pulling isn’t usually the most enjoyable process. I think I found my preferred brand for sure. Oil pulling helps keep teeth clean, remove plaque, improve breath, and can even help whiten teeth – naturally.
The metabolism boosting moisturizer has the yummiest coconut smell. The inflammatory moisturizer has essential oils in it and it smells quite nice as well.
My fave though is the sugar scrub which uses coconut sugar and vanilla. I use in the shower daily to exfoliate and it is does the job while still being gentle. Love the smell too! It is like rubbing myself with fresh baked cookies. It is so natural you can add it to your coffee and tea! Wowsa!
If you want some new coconut products to try that are ethical and raw, give these products a go. They have no toxic chemicals, no fillers, and no solvents. There are never more than five ingredients. The coconuts are wild harvested, handpicked, and cold processed. I was super impressed and I know you will be too.
Disclosure: I received these products free from Skinny and Co but I was not monetarily compensated, nor did I have to write about them. I almost always say no to product offers but I had to say yes to these because hello…coconut oil! I am glad I did.
Who needs expensive beauty counter anti aging lotions and potions? This anti-aging face cream can be made at home using natural ingredients such as basil and avocado oil. It is soothing and hydrating and it uses non oily avocado oil, though you can use any carrier oil of your choosing. If you have problem skin pick one that has a low comedogenic rating (see this chart for ratings). It also provides the option of the three different essential oils. All are great for your skin and anti-aging in general but you can pick the one you have on hand.
Using a food processor combine witch hazel and basil leaves and witch hazel and blend well. Strain the now-green witch hazel into a half-pint canning jar, until you have ¼ cup of basil liquid. If you don’t have enough liquid add a little water to reach the ¼ cup.
In a microwavable bowl add Shea butter, Almond oil and emulsifying wax. Heat in 30-second increments until melted and smooth.
Add basil mix to the butter mix and slowly stir and allow it to cool and thicken. Once fully thickened add 7-10 drops of your desired essential oil. If your skin is dry add 10. Once fully thickened and cooled pour into half pint storage jars and seal. Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!
In our lifetime we will take lots of showers and wash our hair quite a bit. We may use body wash, shampoo, conditioner, facial scrubs, lotions, etc. I know my shower and bathroom is fairly full of these products and I consider myself more of a minimalist than the average person. I seem to go back and forth between a “no poo” routine and using a natural shampoo and conditioner. It really depends on the status of my hair, my current lifestyle, and how my thyroid is performing.
Mostly though I do like to use shampoo but not the stuff sold in most regular stores. Their ingredients do not cut it with me. I am looking for:
ease of rinsing (no residue)
pleasant natural fragrance or no fragrance
low/no toxicity (no SLS, for instance)
no damage to my hair
gluten free ingredients if possible
I want products that are safe for everyone in the family to use with no ingredients that give me the heebie jeebies. I like products that come from companies that are transparent with their marketing and their ingredients.
Just recently I was introduced to a company (through a friend) called Lifestyle in Green. Their products are great and they are committed to not using any synthetic fragrances. The oils used in their care products are derived from certified organic farms. They care about what they put in their products and how each ingredient impacts individual health and the environment.
Sustainable and environment friendly: Raw materials are procured to support organic and sustainable permaculture farms
No harmful junk or synthetic garbage: All personal care products are manufactured with organic, wild crafted ingredients. Non-toxic chemicals, no parabens, artificial fragrances, no formaldehyde or anything in any way unnatural finding its way into your body through your skin
Local industry, farmers and artisans: Source raw materials to support fair trade and craft communities
I could not ask for more. Some of their products that I have tried are:
Tea Tree and Lavender Normalizing Shampoo
Lemon and Sage Refreshing Body Wash (love this combo!)
Lavender and Tea Tree Soothing Conditioner
Lavender and Coconut Face and Body Lotion
All the ingredients are listed on the bottle and I have no issues with any of them. I love that they indicate which ones are certified organic, such as rosehip, lavender, olive oil, marigold, burdock, etc. They do not try to deceive you into thinking everything is organic just because most ingredients are. I also love the fact that they use essential oils in their formulations. Not only are they beneficial for a variety of reasons, they are a lovely way to create a non-toxic scent. The lemon and sage combo really is heavenly and very refreshing and I am not usually a body wash kind of girl.
The plastic bottles are a drawback and because certain essential oils can cause leaching in plastic I plan to use up my supply immediately. But I will totally reuse the bottles for homemade dish soap and hand soap! I can understand why products such as these are not sold in glass bottles (safety) so I just have to get creative with recycling.
I love the products so far and I love the commitment the company makes to personal health and planetary health. Add in the way they source their ingredients and the way they support fair trade and craft communities and you have a winning recipe for an ethical, green, safe product line. Enjoy!
This post was written in partnership with Lifestyle in Green and I received product to review. All opinions are 100% mine and I stand behind this product as a supporter or I wouldn’t blog about it!
Everyone wants gorgeous, healthy skin that looks and feels youthful right? Well, mother nature has already provided everything that you need to accomplish this task. Before there was an expensive beauty product to address every woe from rough cuticles to dry skin, women took a more natural approach. Below are some natural recipes and methods for attaining healthy and youthful looking skin.
Avocado Oil – The fatty acids in avocados help balance your skin moisture levels and give you a dose of anti-oxidant vitamins A, C, and E to protect your skin from damage.
* Combine equal amounts of avocado oil and evening-primrose oil in a sealable bottle and shake. Optionally a couple drops of rose or frankincense essential oils. Massage 5 or 6 drops into your skin and then cover with a warm washcloth for a few minutes.
Almond Meal – This simple ingredient makes the easiest every exfoliating cream for you skin and is gentle enough to use on your face.
Egg Facials – Yes, eggs are more then just edible. They can be a key ingredient to fabulous skin! Their high protein levels also help restore luster to your hair.
* Beat an egg white until stiff. Add one teaspoon of honey. Stir together and fluff onto your face. After 30 minutes, splash off with cold water.
* Using a cotton puff, apply egg white to your face and let it dry for up to 30 minutes. Splash off with lukewarm and then cold water.
Milk – The lactic acid in milk serves as a gentle skin exfoliant and the fat acts as a moisturizer.
* Add a gallon of whole milk to your bathwater and soak.
Oatmeal – It is more than just breakfast food. Oatmeal is soothing and anti-inflammatory.
* Put a handful of oats in a washcloth and secure with a rubber band. Dip the oats into a sinkful of warm water, squeezing every time you lift it out. Do this until the water is cloudy and then splash the water on your face and allow to air dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Beside having amazing healing properties, apple cider vinegar keeps skin supple. It’s heavy concentration of enzymes helps peel off dead skin cells.
* Instead of using cleanser, moisturizer and/or toner, mix about 2-3 cups of distilled water with a 1/2 cup of raw organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.
* Mix apple cider vinegar in your bath water along with Rosemary and Lavender essential oils for an invigorating bath.
Sugar Scrub –
* Oat and Brown Sugar Scrub – Mix all ingredients in a clean bowl until you have a smooth paste. Gently massage onto damp skin, and rinse off with warm water.
Carrots – Carrots are very high in vitamin A and a source of vitamin C, folacin and potassium.
* Cook 2-3 carrots, then mash. Mix with 4 teaspoons honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
Don’t need to visit the beauty counter, visit your own fridge and pantry!