Why Natural Deodorant?
Conventional deodorants are filled with chemicals and additives that block your body’s ability to sweat. Sounds awesome to not be sweaty, but what it takes to prevent the sweat can be harmful to your body. Many people get rashes or irritated skin from some of these chemicals. Aluminum has been linked to cancer and Alzheimers. Phthalates can be also found in plastic that can mess with your hormones and possibly even fertility. Antifreeze, formaldehyde and paragons are a few others to boot. None of them good for such a sensitive area of your body that will enter your bloodstream.
Soooo Do Natural Deodorants Really Work?
I definitely had to try a few, and they were put to the test with the summer heat in Austin, TX. I finally found one that has worked for me and it’s cheap and small to throw in my bag. This link will give you a $10 discount for your first order (which actually covers the cost of the deodorant so you just pay tax + shipping!) This tiny thing has lasted me 4-5 months! So I grabbed two and keep one in my bag and one at home.
Detoxing will help you pull some of the chemicals out of your skin so that your natural deodorant will start working quicker! You can finally get rid of your chemical bar you slather on everyday without realizing!
How to Detox?
Gosh, it’s so simple I almost feel silly writing these out — but let’s do this.
- Grab some Bentonite Clay
- Mix it in a bowl with apple cider vinegar or at your local grocery store
- Don’t use a metal bowl or spoon — but mix and slather on your pits.
- Leave for 5-10 minutes, up to 15 for non-sensitive skin.
- Wash off, I’d recommend in the shower because it’s kind of messy!
- Sniff your pits!!!
Austin to Boston and back -- the roundabout way. 5,500+ miles. We were on the road for 6 weeks and some of my best ideas came driving 70MPH with nothing around but corn fields and a gorgeous sunset. I started taking some notes at the stops we made and have accumulated the list of things I've learned that can be applied to life.
1. Stay in your lane. Even when others are going faster or slower than you, and even if they're picking their nose. What matters is that you stay true to your path that you're going and avoid distractions and comparisons.
2. Ask for help. When we got to new cities, we (mostly Tom...) weren't afraid to ask locals where the best pizza place or neighborhood bar is. Looking up top things to do in any city online will get you to all the tourist traps. And generally speaking, we can't get very far without asking for help.
3. There are nice people everywhere. From Maine to Colorado and the boonies of New Mexico, we found the kindest people. A lot of the time it was because we sparked conversation with the Uber driver or waitress. Don't be afraid to start a conversation with someone you don't know -- you don't know their story and chances are, it's pretty interesting.
4. You will always get to your destination if you keep going. The days we were driving 8+ hours seemed so daunting in the morning looking at the ETA. But guess what happened every single time? We made it. Because we kept going. The same thing applies to a goal you have -- the only way you won't accomplish it is if you stop trying.
On and off for the last 10 years, anytime I went to get my nails done, I would opt for Shellac polish. I’d walk out of the salon (after not even having to wait for it to dry!) and it would last a good 2-3 weeks without chipping. It was amazing!!!!
My nails felt super strong during those two weeks, until it was time to remove the polish. I had to soak them in acetone and then the nail technician would scrape the polish off. That was ALWAYS my least favorite part, but I reminded myself that beauty is pain.
But around March of 2018 I started making some big changes. I started looking deeper into ingredients I was putting on and in my body. As sad as I was to admit it, I had to part from my beloved Shellac. I knew it wasn’t good for me and that the 2-3 weeks of perfect polish wasn’t worth the UV lights and chemicals. A 2012 study found that gel manicures like Shellac cause significant brittleness, weakness, and thinning. After the manicure and removal, the nails of some of the subjects were 50% thinner!*
But then I had a problem. My nails were SO weak!! The scraping, the acetone and the polish meant for the side of a boat took a toll on them. They would break daily and they were extremely brittle. But I really didn’t want to go back to Shellac.
Enter collagen. Liquid collagen**, to be exact. When I started taking it for my back pain, I started noticing it helping my hair, skin and nails. My precious nails!!!
It took about a month for them to really start growing, and another month for them to get noticeably stronger. There was a HUGE difference from that last Shellac removal until now. Now a regular manicure lasts me longer than it ever did, because my nails underneath are stronger so the polish chips less easily.
*Research source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22360331
**$10 off first order coupon
The last few days (weeks?) I’ve been in my head a lot. So many doubts about the changes I’m making. I’ve been emotional and just haven’t felt myself. I stepped back to see what I could do and remembered how much I loved doing Early Morning Pages while living in China and then my first year back in the states. Somewhere along the way I stopped or didn’t think I needed it.
Has anyone ever heard of or done Early Morning Pages? Julia Cameron came up with the idea and I learned about it heath coaching school 5 years ago. The idea is to wake up and start writing — before checking your phone or having coffee.
Yesterday I did my first EMPs in a long time. My day, maybe a coincidence, was much more positive than it’s been in a little bit. When I was taking off my mascara at night I even felt like my eyes were a brighter blue.
Again, maybe it’s a coincidence, but maybe I’m finding myself again and taking care of it as it needs to be taken care of. No more than 20 minutes in the morning has changed my entire day, & now I’m ready for some coffee.