Chemicals and Cosmetics:
Did you know the average American woman uses 12 different health and beauty products before walking out of the house each day? And that cosmetics aren’t subject to the same level of scrutiny by the FDA as food and pharmaceuticals? I encourage everyone to look at the ingredient list on their cosmetics. Do you recognize the ingredients? If not, do a Google search! What are you putting on your body? If you want an interesting starting point, check out this Bloomberg article listing the 10 Most Toxic Cosmetics as ranked by the Environmental Working Group.
I believe products we put on our skin and hair are just as important as the food we put in our body. To this end, I have tried and enjoyed a number of natural shampoos, conditioners, and lotions. Finding a natural deodorant that actually works, however, has eluded me. Over the years, I’ve purchased several different brands of deodorants only to realize, each time, that . . . well . . . they did not work. And so I continued to use the commercial deodorant, literally cringing as I put it on in the morning. (Is aluminum a necessary ingredient? Really?)
Love Myself Organics Deodorants:
Fast forward to me having a baby and going to a baby-and-mom workout class called Stroller Strides (which, as a side note, I highly recommend!). At the end of a class, someone from Love Myself Organics talked a little bit about their natural deodorants and had everyone fill out raffle tickets to win a Love Myself Organics Natural Deodorant. I have to say that I was not being the best listener as sleep deprivation and a 6 week old were wearing me out. But as luck would have it, I won the deodorant!
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At home, I looked at the ingredients: organic coconut oil, cocoa butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, vegan candelilla wax, and essential oils. I liked the short ingredient list and that the deodorant is organic, free from GMO’s, gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty free. (And no aluminum, clearly.) I decided to try it the next day.
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The next morning, I put it on with a strong sense of skepticism. A typical whirlwind day ensued. (Typical new mom travails, nothing worthy of detail.) It wasn’t until that night that I remembered to check in on how I smelled. Pleasant surprise (shock, actually)–I was still smelling fresh! I am officially converted. I have thrown out my commercial deodorant and won’t be experimenting with anymore natural brands.
The only decision I have left to make is what Love Myself Organics scent I like the best!
I have been using the “Naked” deodorant and love it. It has a pleasant coconut smell.
I have recently been putting the “Forever” lavender scent into the rotation. The smell is soothing and not overpowering. I think it will provide me with a fun alternative when I feel like something different.
The final option is the Longtime Sandalwood scent. This scent is earthier. I find myself gravitating towards the other two Love Myself Organics scents, but I think it’s a matter of personal preference!
If you want to learn more about Love Myself Organics or their products, make sure to check out their website!
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