Make your own lip balm with just 5 natural ingredients!
I am excited to tell you after lots of testing and playing with formulas, I have created a natural lip balm that I am proud of.
This nourishing lip balm blends soothing oils without using artificial ingredients or preservatives. It will soften your lips and leave them feeling moisturized.
The formula is firm so you don’t have to worry about it melting in your purse on hot days. The lip balm leaves a very thin, non-greasy barrier on your lips to keep moisture in while keeping elements out so you don’t have to keep re-applying.
After I realized that just about every single skin care and makeup product I owned contained parabens, I knew it was time to look for some better alternatives. (You can read more about parabens in skin care here)
I have been a customer and affiliate of Emerald Essentials for close to a year now. This company delivers all natural products by sourcing the best ingredients and formulating products in a way that makes sure those ingredients retain and deliver the best health benefits. Emerald Essentials has an organic skincare line as well as organic nutritional supplements.
I started out using the nutritional supplements. I love the Emerald Sea capsules that are made from organic sea vegetables to make sure I am getting all the trace minerals that I may be missing. My husband loves when I make him protein shakes using the Action Whey protein powder. He’s a runner and enjoys his protein! [Read more…]
Last month I browsed articles written by authors who tested numerous varieties of natural deodorants. Based on the authors’ reviews, I selected what I thought would be the two best natural deodorants for me to try, with the stipulation that each one be under $10 — spending more than $10 on deodorant would be hard for me to do, even if it is a natural deodorant.
Most of the articles I read, at least the ones with the most useful information, had some major flaws. They were written by people who tried out natural deodorants for the purposes of writing an article. They used each deodorant for a short period of time rather than seeing how their bodies and the product work together over time. Another flaw is it appears the authors went straight from their normal antiperspirants to whatever deodorant they were testing. There is a big difference between how antiperspirants and deodorants work. Your body needs time, sometimes a couple weeks to adjust to a new product.
Based on my research and my self-imposed spending limit, I ordered the following two products from Amazon (my research was on my computer so using Amazon is really the easiest way to shop for new products).
I took a full week off from using my antiperspirant before I received my natural deodorants. (It wasn’t fun getting by with baby powder, baking soda and hand sanitizer. Read about that here.) I have been using both of these natural deodorants for about a month now so I feel equipped to give valid reviews.
Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant spray
I received the Burt’s Bees first, so that is the one I tried first. It is a non-aerosol spray deodorant with a strong sage scent. It reminded me of the Right Guard aerosol spray deodorant my mom used to buy for the house when I was growing up.
Negatives: (1) I felt like I needed to apply this 3 times a day to stay odor free on warm early fall day — early morning, lunch time and evening to get through the night. (2) The smell didn’t bother me until I attended a parents club meeting at my son’s school and felt self conscious that the scent of the deodorant may have been strong as I was sitting in a cramped space.
Positives: (1) The spray had a drying property that made me feel dry right after applying it. (2) I love using this right before an outdoor activity because the scent reminds me that it is working to fight odor — yes, I listed the scent as both a negative and a positive.
Conclusions: I will most likely buy this Burt’s Bees deodorant again. It is easy to throw in my purse or diaper bag when I plan to be away from the house for several hours and want to make sure I have added protection close by.
Nourish Organic Deodorant solid in Vanilla Almond
This is a solid deodorant similar to the antiperspirant sticks I would normally use. I chose the vanilla almond scent, which is pleasing and not at all strong. The stick is a little stiffer to apply than my traditional antiperspirant. On a normal, low activity day I only reapply once just like with my antiperspirant.
Negatives: (1) I don’t notice the scent so I have to stick my nose in my pits to detect if there is a deodorant scent or a developing odor.
Positives: (1) It is an easy to use stick, similar to antiperspirant, but does not leave white marks behind. (2) It does not have an overpowering scent that people around me could notice — yes, I listed the scent as both a negative and a positive.
Conclusions: I would buy this brand again, but would probably try out a different scent. There are quite a few to choose from. I wouldn’t travel with it because of the risk of it melting in heat, but it works great to keep in the bathroom to use in morning and after showers.
Overall I am happy with my selection of these natural deodorants and my choice to quit using antiperspirants. Please share your experiences with natural deodorants below in the comments. Do you have any products you would recommend?
Last week I wrote about how I was ready to ditch my old antiperspirant in favor of a natural deodorant. Read more about that here. I was so convinced to be done with my current antiperspirant that I quit before I even received my new natural deodorants in the mail.
I bought two deodorants so I would have one for home and one to keep in my purse “just in case.” As soon as I receive those deodorants and have time to fully use them, I will write reviews. But until then, here is my experience without deodorant or antiperspirant.
How did I survive without deodorant?
Step by step
- After my morning shower I sprayed on some deodorizing body spray and then dusted on baby powder to absorb wetness.
- One or two more times throughout the day for a needed refresh, I applied hand sanitizer to kill germs and again dusted with baby powder to absorb any wetness.
- At night I would apply hand sanitizer again and this time dust with baking soda to absorb wetness and keep me fresh all night.
- The steps described above were affective, but stripping down multiple times a day to dust powder on and avoid getting it on your shirt is not always convenient.
- I used this method for a whole week! I intended to go this route only until I got my new natural deodorants in the mail, but it took that long! I ordered both on a Saturday and got the first one the following Friday. It is now Monday and I have not received the second one yet.
- My shirts ended up with white powder residue on the inside, but that will wash off much easier than my usual antiperspirant residue. In fact, I also spent extra time this week soaking several shirts in hot water with Oxy Clean to get rid of some of the permanent smell that had built up from the combination of pit odor and antiperspirant.
Would you do it?
Would you ever go a week without using a traditional antiperspirant or deodorant? Have you made the switch to natural? I would love to hear your stories about making the switch.