If You’ve Been on the Search for a Dependable Natural Deodorant, Stop What You’re Doing and Read This Article!

Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by! We both know why I called your attention to this post. Natural deodorants can be…’Iffy’. If you’ve tried them, you know what I mean. Not enough protection, odor or otherwise. Weird smelling. Or just somehow…not right. If you go Goldilocks on your deo search like I do, READ THIS ARTICLE.

I’ll start by explaining why regular deodorants aren’t great. The top reason being that they contain aluminum. Aluminum clogs up everything, including sweat glands. Which is why its anti-perspirant – meaning, you don’t sweat. Ever wonder what happens to your body when you can’t detoxify? It builds up in your body – toxins, ick and all…and kind of festers there.  Aluminum can also be absorbed into the body. Guess where it goes when that happens! You got it, straight to the kidneys, liver and even your lungs!

Parabens, a preservative found in waaayyyyy too many daily-use items, has been found to be an endocrine disrupter. Not a big surprise then that ‘they’ say using deodorants with paraben messes with your estrogen and can be a cause of breast cancer. I don’t know about you, but when the C-word is connected to something I use on a daily basis, it makes me re-think my choices!

On my hunt for the products necessary to lead a healthier lifestyle, I found this article by reviews.com reviewing this years natural deodorants. It’s a good article, testing tons of different natural deodorants. Like many of you, I assumed that it was a sponsored post and moved on. However, my interest was piqued. I was able to communicate with the very friendly folks at reviews.com and found out, much to my delight, that none of the deodorants were sponsored in this test and their findings are their own! I think this is a great article because of this and wanted to share it with you. Any review that is a genuine review should make its rounds around the internet. There is so much marketing to navigate! So when its genuine, it should be read!

It turns out that the team at reviews.com spent weeks testing the 155 brands chosen. They spoke to a chemist, a dermatologist and the creators of 2 natural deodorants in order to be well informed on what they were looking for, and more importantly – what to be wary of. According to their experts, there are 3 ingredients which can fight bacteria and mask odor: Coconut oil, baking soda & zinc.

Through my correspondence with reviews.com I learned a great deal. Here are some of the things I never knew:

  • Deodorant & antiperspirant aren’t the same thing
  • Natural isn’t necessarily organic. So if you’re going big or going home: Make sure to check for a certified organic label
  • Just because its in the store, doesn’t mean it works according to the label. Do your homework!

And a few things about the 3 ingredients:

  • Coconut oil contains something known as Lauric acid. This is a bacteria killer…especially the smelly kind. Yay!
  • Baking soda is an odor neutralizer. Hence the reason its in the fridge 😉
  • Zinc, which has been claimed to actually be more effective than aluminum, is a natural odor eliminator as well 🙂

Their top 3 are:

Sam’s Natural Deodorant

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

For Pit’s Sake!

I have to say that I will be referring to reviews.com on the regular when I do my product internet search prior to purchasing. It gives me a solid sense of security to refer to this site now that I am aware that their reviews are fully non-biased. Score! Thanks a ton to reviews for allowing me to feature their review post!

What are your thoughts?

-Mliae

Cold and Flu season quick-fix

Good morning greetings and salutations from cold and flu land! I woke up the other day with a major case of the sniffles, due only to playing too much outside during major weather fluctuations. So I figure it’s as good a time as ever to share a home remedy of mine. OK, adapted and mutilated from several friends to fit me perfectly.

Years ago, I had a horrible case of the flu and was in a country where I recognized nothing, so felt unable to confidently purchase medicine for myself without risking something odd happening as a result. A good friend of mine from the East told me a home cure his mother used to make. He told me to slice an entire lemon and boil it in a huge pot of boiling water. Eventually the water would thicken with the boiled lemon pulp, to pour that into a mug and gulp it down. I must admit, I was skeptical because who, could cure the flu with nothing but lemon and water? Why the need for antibiotics, if its that simple? Well.. guess what. Although it might not have healed me completely, this hot lemon mash drink patched me up with some relief long enough to enjoy the rest of my trip!

I used to (and occasionally still do if its appropriate) indulge in a Hot Toddy or two when feeling totally…blaaahhhhhhh. Last year I was in the Nordics, and sniffling, of course. The management of the restaurant I’d been frequenting sat me down and poured me a liter creation of hot water, honey and a ton of rum. The result was a somewhat tipsy traveller with a new favourite drink and a slightly raspy voice but with less of a cough and a much drier nose.

This year a friend of mine whom I consult on all things natural and nutritional, recommended I eat ginger or hot chili when I was totally cold, in order to heat my body temp up. This actually really works, so best not to use it if you have a fever, because it will continue ramping up your body temperature.

So here are my 2 adaptions:

For cold/flu with a fever:

Hot lemon mash with honey and a splash of rum (only add the rum if its THAT moment). This helps break up the crud, slow down the sniffles and generally chill you out.

For cold/flu with a low body temperature:

Hot water with lemon, sliced or grated ginger and honey to taste. Adding a ton of garlic or hot chili to your food will also help to increase your body temp to normalize your low fever. Also, go see a doctor! Low temps are more dangerous than high temps…so I’ve been told.

What are some of your favorite home remedies?

Thanks for reading!

-mliae