Choosing a natural deodorant can be challenging, so many options, so little information. Hopefully this article will help you on your journey to a healthier you!
Avoid Toxic Ingredients
There are many toxins in deodorants that should be avoided. Many have been proven to play a role in causing cancers or other issues such as Alzheimer's. Most commercial deodorants have toxic ingredients in them including:
Deodorant vs. Antiperspirants
Deodorants are used to hide or cover body odor. While there are many “natural” deodorants on the market, they often still have toxic ingredients that you might want to avoid such as propylene glycol. Or, they just don’t have the right ingredients to help the body combat the bacteria or sweat. Deodorants work by killing bacteria that cause odor.
Antiperspirants keep you from sweating, which by the way, is very unnatural. Antiperspirants work by clogging or closing pores with strong astringents such as aluminum salts to keep you from perspiring. Antiperspirants keep your body from sweating thus shutting down a natural process in our body. a process that releases toxins.
A natural deodorant should contain simple, yet effective ingredients, a base oil, usually coconut, a wax, sometimes clay or arrowroot powder and essential oils. Some natural deodorants contain baking soda, this is not a bad thing, however, many are sensitive to this ingredient on their armpit.
We're all different and our bodies will all respond differently when switching from regular deodorant to natural deodorant. Our body's chemistry are all different, so what might work for one doesn't necessarily work for another, so, your journey into natural deodorants may require a little trial and error.
If you are just switching to natural deodorant, your body may need 1-3 weeks to adjust. If you've been using antiperspirants your whole life, this might be a big change for your sweat glands.
Sometimes detoxing your armpits will help with this transition.
An armpit detox can help speed up the adjustment period you experience when switching to a natural deodorant.
Mix 1 Tbsp Bentonite clay with organic apple cider vinegar and water to form a paste. Gently wash your armpits and then apply the paste mixture at night. Leave on and wash off in morning. If you don't want to leave it on overnight, leave on for at least 15 minutes, then wash off.
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Aromatherapy room spray, a simple introduction to the world of essential oils. Most people have heard of or even used essential oils. It can be a daunting task learning what oil to use for what ailment, but with the wonderful world of "Google" essential oil reference is at your fingertips.
So, the purpose of this article is to show you the many uses of an aromatherapy room spray.
First, we need to talk about what kind of room spray to look for. Are you needing to calm the kids or yourself? Try lavender or a blend containing lavender. Needing more energy for the day? Try citrus blends or plain citrus oils. Needing more joy? Try rose or ylang ylang.
1) Room sprays are a great way to freshen up a room or area. Please make sure that your room spray only contains pure essential oils, preferably therapeutic grade essential oils. Spray throughout the room. The mist of essential oils will infuse the air with a beautiful scent that hopefully will accomplish your original goal.
2) Spray a bit on your pillow for a good nights sleep. Best essential oils for this are lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, cedarwood or roman chamomile.
3) Monster spray - we've all had those nights when one of the kids can't sleep and what can we do, they hear a nose or think something is under the bed, this is the time to pull out your monster spray - make it a calming blend of essential oils and your little one will soon be off to sleep.
4) Sometimes the bathroom just needs a facelift a pick me up, for this job, I recommend your favorite citrus oils, make a blend or use one by itself. Citrus is uplifting and just provides that clean smell that you long for.
5) Your furnace filter or vents can be sprayed with your choice of aromatherapy room spray, sending fresh scents through the air.
6) Spray some on your body, on your wrists, back of neck, to provide a pick me up or relaxing mood.
7) Can't think? Try vetiver or cedarwood, both are known for clearing the mind. Vetiver is a bit costly and the smell may not be appealing to all. We got around this by using it on the bottom of our feet. Works wonders for clearing the mind.
8) Washing machine smelling like mold? Use a few drops in your loads or drop a few drops in the drum of the washer. I prefer to use lemon, grapefruit or my defender oil for this.
9) Weighloss - you may not know, but there are essential oils that are great for weightloss. Grapefruit is one such oil. Spray it on your body, bathe in it, spray your room. Other good choices are peppermint, lemon or ginger.
10) Freshen your vehicle with your room spray, theres nothing like a sports season to put a stale smell in your car/truck. Spray a fresh scent of your favorite blend into your vehicle to remedy this problem.
There are many more ways to use aromatherapy sprays, but this should give you a good start into the world of essential oils.
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Years ago, I was having trouble with really dry hands, this was before my soap making days and I was just beginning my journey to a healthier way of living. I realized that the hand soap I was purchasing from the store was causing my dry hands and decided to search for a better way. It had to be easy as at the time I had many children under tow. So, here is what I found.
At first, I purchased foaming soap at the store and poured out the contents, not very frugal I realize, but the pain and discomfort it was causing me outweighed the loss of the discarded soap. So, with foaming bottle in hand, I poured in about 1/4 inch of an organic castille soap, like Dr. Bronners or Vermont Soap. Then fill the container slowly with water, if you fill too fast, you will just create a bottle of foam. You can leave it unscented or put 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend into the foaming bottle. Put the cap on and you're all set. This works like a charm and it's saved my hands and hundreds of dollars.
1 or 2 Foaming Soap Bottles
1/8 cup (approximately) of organic liquid castille soap per bottle
15-20 drops of essential oil
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One of the main ways your body acquires nutrients, other than eating, is through the skin. Your skin is your largest organ and most of the substances you put on it are eventually absorbed into the bloodstream. Our skin absorbs the good, the bad and the ugly ingredients that you put on it. It can't discern what is good or bad, that is left up to you.
Chemicals in common soaps can disrupt our hormones, cause allergies, lead to reproductive issues and increase risk of some cancers. With serious side effects like these, we need to be particular about what we put on our skin.
1) Triclosan -
Triclosan is a pesticide that has antibacterial properties. It is found in soaps because it helps to get rid of potentially dangerous bacteria that have built up on your skin during the day. Overexposure to antibacterial products can cause an immunity to them. Another important reason to avoid triclosan is that it is considered an endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disruptors cause potentially dangerous fluctuations in your hormone levels which in turn can lead to hormonal problems.
2) Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS):
A common ingredient in personal care products, sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is an additive that allows cleansing products to foam. According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a "moderate hazard" that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption. SLS is in almost all shampoos and soaps. Check your labels and be informed. SLS goes by many different names, some of which include sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl, reports the EWG.
Almost all bars of soap contain added fragrances in order to make them more enjoyable to use in the bath or shower. However, printing ‘fragrance’ on a soap label can be extremely misleading, as this often means that thousands of different chemicals have been added in order to create the special smell of the soap.
The FDA doesn’t require companies to disclose the breakdown of a fragrance’s ingredients to consumers because the chemicals that produce fragrance are considered “trade secrets.” Most of the time, synthetic chemicals and cancer-causing toxins are hiding under that one sneaky term. Constant exposure to fragrances has been shown to negatively impact the central nervous system and can trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms.
These ingredients are estrogen mimickers—meaning that once applied to the skin, they enter the bloodstream, and the body mistakes them for estrogen. Further studies have demonstrated that parabens can also cause neurological problems by way of nervous system toxicity.
So, if we are washing our bodies with soap that contains harmful ingredients every single day, think of what a lifetime of doing this could do to your health
Government testing on these chemicals is minimal, so it is up to you to make informed decisions about what goes on your skin and what doesn't.
What's in your shower?
Have you taken the time to read the ingredient list on the products you use everyday? Most of the time you will find you can't even pronounce them, let alone begin to know what they are.
I challenge you to begin anew. Go through your shower products, your soaps, shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, read the ingredients and choose to make the switch to a more natural product. Start with one if you can't afford to change everything at once, but choose to start. Here are some of the ingredients likely found in your shampoo.
Common Ingredients in Shampoo you should Avoid
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), is a harsh detergent, it is the ingredient in many shampoos that causes that foaming lather we all love. Exposing your hair to this chemical actually strips it of the natural oils your scalp needs to stay healthy.
Polyethelyne Glycol. Also called PEG/Polyethelyne or Polyoxyethelyne, this ingredient is included in shampoos as a thickening agent. It strips hair and skin of their natural moisture. Might be why I always needed to follow up my shampoo with a conditioner when I used bottle shampoo.
Parabens. Used to prolong shelf life of an average hair-care product, parabens like methylparaben and propylparaben are chemicals that are known for their toxic nature. Parabens not only irritate the skin, but they can also affect your hormonal balance.
Alcohol. Almost all hair-care products contain some form of alcohol, which can be drying for your hair.
Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum. This usually represents a complex mixture of dozens of chemicals, none of which are natural. Many people have sensitivities to fragrances and don't even realize it, they can be irritating to the scalp and show up in the form of itchy scalp, redness, etc..
Propylene Glycol. Also known as the antifreeze you put in your car, propylene glycol is a common ingredient in shampoos and other personal care products to keep the product from freezing during shipping and storage. Why would you want this in your shampoo, imagine what it could be doing to your hair and scalp!
Dimethicone. Dimethicone is a synthetic polymer and a form of silicone with two methyl groups attached (hence the name Di-methicone). It is usually used as a surface sealant in skin and hair products to coat surfaces in order to seal in moisture. It is also known to clog pores and seal in oils and bacteria, by not allowing our skin to breathe. As with all of the above chemicals, there are reports of people who react to this silicone derivative, resulting in skin rashes, burning and itching.This is not a complete list, but should give you enough information to think about. Why would you want to put this kind of stuff in your hair or on your skin?
Happy New Year! The start of a new year always brings along the feeling that I need to make resolutions or at least make a fresh start on things that are important to me, likely you are the same. So how do you go about doing this? Many years ago, I followed a blog to help put order back into my home, the most important thing I learned through that following was that taking baby steps was the best way to accomplish things that needed to be done. So, as you reflect on things that are important, things that you want to change, create a list of "baby steps" to move you along that road to your end goal.
Here are some ideas for the most common New Starts!
1) Detox - Detox your skin naturally to renew that youthful glow. Why is it important to detox? Over the course of a year, your skin comes into contact with many chemicals, chemicals in your laundry detergent, your lotions, your sunscreens, all of these chemicals are absorbed by your skin. Take a few days to give your body a break from all of these toxins, a rest, so to speak. Nourish it with a light fast and detox with a few natural products great at renewing your mind, body and spirit.
2) Lose weight - Watch what you eat and try to exercise a few times a week, in addition, there are many essential oils that can aid you on your journey, grapefruit essential oil for instance is excellent in this respect.
Grapefruit Bath Bombs - bathe in grapefruit, the best way for it to absorb into your skin.
Grapefruit Scrub - Prefer to take a shower? A scrub is the perfect way to use grapefruit in the shower, it provides exfoliation and aromatherapy benefits of grapefruit.
3) Natural Beauty - Now is the time to take a fresh start with your beauty care routine. Minimize what you use and pay attention to the ingredient list. You can have amazing skin with natural ingredients. Make it a point to change 1 or 2 products to more natural products for your skin this month!
4) Less Stress - It's not easy to have less stress, but you can change the way you handle stress. Take time for yourself, and make it a point to bring more essential oils into your routine. Pure therapeutic essential oils can provide a calming affect. Try lavender, peaceful or lavender dream, all of these oils and oil blends will relax the body and mind. Place a drop or two on the back of your neck or on the bottoms of your feet, you can also put a drop on your pulse points. Another good way to use essential oils is via wax melts or an essential oil diffuser, both allow the essential oils to be diffused into the air, thereby benefiting everyone in your home.
Breathe Deeply - It's amazing what a deep breath can do for you. It's healing for the mind and body. Seems like such a simple thing, but the outcome might surprise you. Sit down, feet on the floor and just deeply inhale and exhale 3-4 times. Your mind should feel clearer and your body more relaxed. It's really a good practice to get into because the benefits will amaze you.
Massage- Getting a massage might be a little harder than just breathing deeply, but it is very relaxing. Teach your kids or spouse to massage your neck and shoulders or even do a foot massage. This can be a great way to bond and provide stress relief at the same time. An added benefit could be an aromatherapy massage using your favorite aromatherapy massage oil or lotion.
Aromatherapy - Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years for many things. There are many essential oils and essential oil blends that help your body to relax. Try a room spray or essential oil diffuser to diffuse essential oils into the air. Some of my favorite calming blends are winter calm, lavender, lavender mint splash or rose.
Take time out for yourself - This can't be said enough, in the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, take time to take a relaxing bath, go out for coffee with a friend or just sneak a few moments of peace and solitude. Bath bombs are the perfect way to de-stress and take time out for yourself. Browse our bath bombs
Take a Walk - Might seem like a small thing, but sometimes just taking a walk can energize while at the same time calm your body. Make it a brisk walk while you're at it to get the benefit of exercise.
Make a Plan - One of the best ways to make things less stressful is to have a plan. Plan your Holiday meals before the rush hits, purchase things for the meal a little at a time each time you go grocery shopping, thereby making that last minute rush to the store in traffic galore non-existent.
Plan your Christmas, shop early, make lists of things you need for the home, things for the meal and gift ideas. Firm up your gift ideas and purchase by the first week in December at the latest. Last minute shopping causes stress, not only because you are last minute shopping, but also because you usually end up spending more money because of poor planning!
Ask for Help - Seem simple enough, but sometimes we feel we have to do it all ourselves. Don't be afraid to ask for help, have other people pitch in for the meal, assign your kids to each be in charge of making a dish, not only are you teaching them to cook, but you are working with them and getting things done together. Togetherness is what it's all about!