Lately, I have become more serious about finding healthier products for my body. Over the past few years the variety and quality of the offerings have definitely improved. For the past two weeks I have been using Crystal Deodorant in Vanilla Jasmine scent (invisible solid).
I had been using Green Tidings Deodorant (Unscented) just before that, and I thought it worked okay. I did feel like I got slightly smelly a couple of times, but that might have been in my head since it was one of my first attempts at using natural deodorant. My main issue with it was the consistency. If I swiped it on, then went on very thick and sometime left globs under my arms. I learned to slightly swipe it, then dab it around to cover the whole area. Since it is a beige colored pasty consistency, it was easy to apply too much. I frequently had to dab my underarms with a tissue to remove the excess. With that being said, the stick didn’t last as long as I expected. Having to remove the excess felt wasteful since this deodorant was not cheap to begin with. See the complete review here.
Crystal deodorant is a little different. It is made from mineral salts, is a solid, and it glides on smoothly. I have found that three side by side swipes under each arm does the trick. I get an evenly applied film of deodorant on each side. So far, none of it has noticeably streaked any of my shirts. And best of all, I have not smelled bad one time yet.
Here are the ingredients:
Propanediol, Water Aqua, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate Caprate, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexlglycerin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Hydroxycitronellal, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Leaf Extract, Viola Odorata Flower Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus Blossom), Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Fragrance (parfum)
It also comes in many scents: Freshly Minted, Mountain Fresh, Chamomile & Green Tea, Lavender & White Tea, Pomegranate, Vanilla Jasmine, and unscented. It also comes in various forms of application such as mineral enriched, roll on, mineral stick + stone, spray and invisible solid stick.
But this is where I must put in my disclaimer. I live in the South. It get REALLY hot and humid here, and at the moment we are at the end of April. With our unpredictable weather, we already have had several days when the temps reached 80 degrees or above, but that is nothing compared to what’s coming in July and August.
I will need to test this deodorant further into the summer months before I can make a final decision on it, but for right now I love it!
See complete information for Crystal Deodorant here.
Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant Review
I have been trying to slowly switch all of the products in my house to healthier versions with various levels of success. Sometimes we get so used to the formulations of certain products that it becomes difficult to adjust to something different. I have found that especially hard with scents. I really like the synthetic scents put into detergents, fabric softeners, shampoos, deodorants, etc.
However, one of the biggest challenges I have found has been to find a natural deodorant. I have tried a couple different ones that were quite sticky, and that, of course, defeats the purpose of wearing deodorant. No one wants to feel sticky under the arms!
While looking for some natural shampoo and conditioner options I came across Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant on Amazon. I started reading the reviews on this product (there were 7,712 reviews at the time of this writing) and decided I really had to try it.
First of all, let’s start with the ingredients:
- ONLY CLEAN, PURE, VEGAN INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate (aluminum-free), Organic Shea Butter (Fair Trade), Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax, Magnesium Oil, and 100% pure essential oils.
- WHAT MAKES GREEN TIDINGS DIFFERENT: Non-toxic, Organic, Vegan, Gluten-free, Corn-free, Soy-free, Paraben-free, Free of Mineral Salts (crystal deodorants, and mineral salts contain aluminum!), SLS-free, Aluminum-free, Propylene-glycol free, Perfume-Free, Petroleum and Petrolatum-free, Pthalate-free, Paraffin-free, Mineral Oil-free, no artificial colors, No Silicone Oil, No Menthol, Phenol, or Salicylic Acid, Certified Cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, & made in a solar powered facility.
Sounds good so far, right?
It comes in two sizes: 1 ounce and 2.7 ounce. It also comes in unscented and lavender scent.
I tried the 1 ounce, unscented version because I really wanted to know how well it worked without being swayed by the scent. It comes with a screw on lid but twists up like any deodorant.
I had read on one of the Amazon reviews that it could be difficult to spread on and it could be held under your arm for a few seconds to warm it up before swiping it on. I have found this to be good advice. However, I have also found that I do not need to actually swipe it on. Instead, I hold it there to warm it up, then I dab it on.
The Amazon sales site says that if you have residue on your clothing, then you have applied too much. So far, I have not had that problem.
So Does Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant Work?
First I must say that it is a deodorant, but not an antiperspirant.That means it WILL allow you to sweat, but it hopefully will not allow you to get stinky. This was a new concept for me because I have always used products that did both (like most women). Most people in this day and age DO NOT want to be sweaty in any situation besides a work out, right?
However, sweating is a natural process and it is not a good thing to completely stop any natural process in your body.
I started using this deodorant in February, which is not the best month to find out how well it works. But I did go on a long walking tour the other day and got quite hot. I am happy to say that I DID NOT smell badly after the tour. A couple hours later I came home and asked my husband how I smelled. I can count on him for a truthful answer as I know from previous deodorant trials. He reported that I smelled perfectly normal – not bad at all.
Due to our weird weather this winter, we have also had several days that were near seventy degrees. I have also smelled fine on those days.
So I can happily report that I am happy with this deodorant right now.
* I will update this article in a few months when the weather is warmer. *
Pros: all natural, relatively easy to apply, readily available through Amazon
Cons: Can’t buy it at locals stores (at least not around me)
See complete information on Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant here.
See a review for Crystal Deodorant here.
Note: Some people get “armpit detox” symptoms when switching to a natural deodorant. I have not had this problem so far, but I have only been using it for a couple of weeks now. This reportedly happens to people when your body realizes you are no longer spreading harmful ingredients under your arms and decides it is safe to rid your body of the ones already there. You can read more about that here.
There’s not doubt that natural products are in these days, and I am one of the many people experimenting with the different options out there for eliminating chemicals and harmful substances from my daily routine.
I accidentally stumbled across Kinky Curly Curling Custard on Amazon while searching for a natural shampoo and conditioner combo. Of course, the first thing I did was check the reviews. However, Amazon reviews cannot always be trusted these days since people often place false reviews on products to boost sales. I also checked some Youtube reviews. Many people claimed that it gave them waves and/or curls they never had before. I decided to definitely give it a try.
Here are the ingredients: Botanical Infusion Of Water, Horsetail, Chamomile, Nettle And Marshmallow, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Agave Nectar Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Pectin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate And Natural Fragrances.
This gel should be applied to soaking wet hair, as with many products intended for curly hair.
First of all, this product is like a slime. I have a difficult time getting the right amount of the product because it slides off my fingertips when I try to dip it out. I kept scooping too much in order to keep it from sliding off, but then I found it is easier for me to scoop it with a spoon and then place it in my hand. Kind of weird, but it works.
Second, the act of working it into my hair was quite a chore. No matter how much I tried I couldn’t get it to distribute evenly, which was evident after it dried. So I tried mixing it with some leave in conditioner before I applied it. This helped to certain extent, but still not as well as I wanted.
Third, I learned quickly that I was not using enough of this product, so I increased the amount each day for about three days. I never got the even smooth curls that others seem to get. Instead, I got some wet looking curls with flyaway frizzes here and there. (I know this sounds like I still didn’t distribute the product, but I worked on it FOREVER!)
Now, I have used many products that left crunchy curls when dry. I am well aware of how scrunch the hair to get nice soft curls afterward. However, I could never get the crunchy look out of my hair with Kinky Curly Curling Custard.
After about a week of having terrible hair, I finally decided it just was not the product for me. It just looked too messy and unfixed. I have no doubt that some other people have wonderful results from this product, but my search for perfect curls continues. So sad…….
Hope this review helps you!
Toenail fungus is an enemy that I know well. (See previous post here.) After an initial issue with it several years ago, I seem to have it on at least one toenail almost all of the time now.
I have found that I have some circulation problems which I believe have contributed to this problem, so at this point I wish I could forget I even have toes. Although I have recently purchased some compression socks to help with the circulation problems, and found to my surprise that I actually enjoy wearing them. They feel great!
However, the toenail fungus continues to plague me.
With that being said, I have found a couple things to do that usually render the best results for me personally. Obviously, toenail fungus treatments work better for some people than others, as with all medical treatments. But over the last few years I have realized that I always come back to Clear Nail no matter what else I try.
Here is my current treatment and routine:
- File the nail back to basically nothing.
- Use Clear Nail liberally.
Let me be clear about this – Clear Nail DOES NOT cure toenail fungus. No matter how you treat it, the affected nail must grow out. However, it definitely slows down the growth for me. So the combination of removing the affected area and using this topical treatment, I am able to eventually cure it each time it shows up.
Here is exactly what I do:
Step 1: Use an emory board to file away any affected nail and also get a nice porous top layer on the nail.
Step 2: Take a shower or bath and use lots of soap to wash feet.
Step 3: Dry feet completely.
Step 4: Apply a liberal amount of Clear Nail. The previous filing will allow the medication to absorb deep into the nail.
Step 5: Wait until nail is completely dry, then put on socks and/or shoes.
Notes: I do this every morning and every evening. Also, I always sleep in socks so I don’t accidentally contaminate our bed sheets and spread it to other toes (or to my hubby). Lastly, any time you clip that nail, be sure to either throw the clippers away or run them through the dishwasher on the hottest setting.
If this helps even one person, this post will be worth it!
Note: I have never tried the laser treatment for nail fungus because I read many places that it mostly didn’t work. However, I recently came across this article that explains a new laser that supposedly shows more promise.
The time has come for me to do a Silk 18 review.
I have tried so many shampoos and conditioners over the years. Many of them were not even worth mentioning on this blog. However, I have been reading about Silk 18 for awhile (especially in the reviews on Amazon) and just never tried it. Well, that all changed this week. I was SO excited when my Amazon order arrived yesterday!
Maple Holistics makes the Silk 18 products, along with several other naturally derived products. (Disclaimer: I have NOT researched each ingredient in these products.) Curiously, the conditioner was in a box, but the bottle of shampoo was not. No idea why.
I actually ordered the shampoo, conditioner, and hair get. However, I decided to try the shampoo and conditioner by themselves to better assess them. I will review the gel, called Assuage, later.
So here is my review:
I tried the shampoo and conditioner together. Both have a nice, vanilla scent that is not overpowering.
- I found that the shampoo did not lather very well. I know this does not matter to most people, but for some reason I can’t quite let go of needing the lather to feel like my hair is clean.
- Because it did not lather well, it also didn’t spread well on my hair so I had to use more shampoo than usual in order to cover all of my hair.
- It rinsed easily from my hair (which is quite long).
- Left my hair feeling matted and not smooth at all.
At this point I was very pessimistic about the outcome of this product. In the past I have not had good results from any product that “matted” my hair. However, I trudged on and finished with the conditioner.
- I immediately saw that I needed more conditioner than usual. I don’t consider these products to be especially cheap, so I started out with a smaller amount but ended up using about twice as much to get coverage.
- Then I clipped my hair up and allowed the conditioner to sit on my hair while I finished my shower routine.
- After I rinsed my hair I saw that my hair felt much less matted, but it still didn’t have the slick feeling I expected.
- I proceeded to towel dry my hair and then add my usual styling products.
- Today was a hot roller day, so I started by drying my hair with a blow dryer. (I do this is spurts while allowing it to air dry in between.)
- This was when I saw a difference. While my hair still had some frizz, it was CONSIDERABLY less frizzy than usual. This made my hair hang much nicer, of course.
- I rolled my hair on 2″ rollers as usual and also saw that it laid better after I took it down.
- It was easy to style my hair with my fingers and a pick.
- I finished with a spritz of hairspray on the crown (because my hair likes to un-part itself…is that a word?)
- I DID NOT apply any defrizzing finishing oil because I wanted to see how my hair would survive without it.
It was just before 7:00 this morning when I styled my hair. It is now 10:30 and I can report that my hair is nice and smooth, but is still holding some bounce. I am quite happy with it.
Now, usually I apply finishing oil right after I style my hair, then I reapply a couple times a day to keep down frizzies. So far today, I have not touched the stuff. I hope this trend continues till the end of the day.
However, when I do use finishing oil, here is the one I love! (I carry a small one in my purse.)
I hope this shampoo and conditioner combo will perform even better over time and repeated uses. I will update this post down the line.
Want to try these products for yourself? Click here to see them on Amazon.
If you have tried one or both of these products, please comment on your experience below.
Best Safe Make Up Products
(This article was taken from POPSUGAR.COM).
Safe Make Up Has Come a Long Way. Long Gone Are Weird Consistencies and Strange Formulas That Misbehave. Find Out Which Ones Are Worth Trying.
While doing some research for this article I stumbled upon the link below and decided it was so good I had to share it.
The 20+ Products That Turned Me On to “Safe” Makeup
Beauty products are so that every girl can’t afford to try every one of them. That’s why it is always good to make an informed purchase when possible.
This article reviews the following products (and includes EWG ratings):
- Ilia Femme Fatale Lipstick
- RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Beloved Lip & Check Color
- Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Beeswax
- Pacifica Natural CC Cream
- Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, Ivory, SPF 30
- Beautycounter Tint Skin Complexion Coverage
- RMS Beauty UN Cover-up Concealer
- e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder, Shimmer
- Beautycounter Color Shade Eye Duo, Shell/Malt
- e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow, Golden Goddess
- RMS Beauty Eye Polish
- e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner
- bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara
- John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair
- John Masters Organics Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler
- derma e Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion
- Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap Lavender (I use this stuff for everything!!!)
- Spectrum Natural Pressed Refined Almond Oil
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer, SPF 15
- Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Cream
- BeautyCounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Hope you find the products that are right for you!