Alison’s Articles // Switching to Natural Deodorant

So who wants to talk about natural deodorant? Sounds like a great topic to start your week out right? RIGHT! I’m going to be completely honest I did not think switching to natural deodorant was going to be such a process. I mean did you know there was a detox period??? I didn’t, but I didn’t really do a lot of research before switching.

I have been thinking about switching to natural deodorant for about a year before I actually made the commitment to switch, trying once but giving up quickly. The first time I tried to make the switch I just picked up Tom’s from Target and was like this will be easy. I will just switch to this and be done… wrong! The first day or 2 I noticed I was sweating more and just not overall liking the deodorant I chose, so I just switched back to my normal chemical packed one from Secret. I got the notion in my head that I sweated too much to switch to natural.

Back in the end of March, I believe while I was in Sephora with Eileen I saw in their travel section the Lavanila natural deodorant and just thought man I really want to try again to make the switch maybe it was just because I tried a drugstore brand, so I bought the travel size to try. The first week was a little rough… there was an increase of wetness and smelliness and I noticed I started to get a bit of red irritation, which worried me a little bit. Since the redness didn’t go away I started to research a bit and found out that this redness is most likely caused because my armpits were detoxing. Basically detoxing is the aluminum that is present in typical drugstore deodorant clogs your underarm sweat glands which interrupt your body’s natural ability to remove materials that would normally be removed through your body’s natural process of sweating. So now that I have stopped putting pore clogging aluminum under my arms my body was overproducing sweat until it can start to regulate.

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By the second week, although my sweating and smelliness started to normalize, the red irritation was not and now I was having my lymph nodes so swollen I could see them. My under arms at this point felt as if I was on crutches for the past 2 weeks with no padding. After doing some more research which included swollen lymph nodes I read something that was interesting to me that since natural deodorant uses a lot of baking soda in it that it sometimes tends to cause irritation and to look for a baking soda free option. I instantly remembered that one of my favorite YouTubers, Ingrid Nilsen (which you should totally check out her videos), mention that she was sensitive to baking soda and uses a baking soda free option. I went back through some of her videos and found the brand Meow Meow Tweet.

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At the time when I purchased this on Amazon they only had the jar option (they came out 2 weeks ago with a paper push up option, here). I was little nervous trying a jar, would it messy? would it be hard to apply? No and no! I can’t even explain the consistency this product turns into once you begin applying to your underarms but it almost becomes a powder and leaves your finger clean and dry. After the first day, I noticed my irritation starting to go down along with my lymph nodes. This option was a little bit more expensive ($18) but a lot of natural deodorants are so I am not going to complain about the price point and I have had it since March and barely used half of it. Now, I don’t know if I will always be sensitive to baking soda based deodorants or it was just a shock to my system with switching to a natural option, but I really like this brand and deodorant. Can it last from the time I wake up at 5:30 all the way to 10 at night? no, but it gets me through the work day or longer depending on what my day consists of. I also use Pacifica under arm wipes as a refresh when needing to reapply, it neutralizes any existing odor and cleanses my skin of older product. Those wipes are a must in my opinion when going natural.

I am going to leave you with a little advice if you are thinking about making the switch:

  1. You don’t smell as bad as you think and you are probably the only one that notices
  2. You probably don’t sweat naturally as much as you think either – give your body some time to regulate again
  3. Underarm wipes are you best friend
  4. Maybe start out the switch with a baking soda free option

Alright folks, this is my opinion and personal experience with switching to natural deodorant. I also wanted to end by saying that I am in no way a health professional, these are just things that I have noticed and did during my own personal experience with making the switch.

 

 

April 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday to all my readers I hope you all had a fun filled weekend! Another month passes us by and here we are in May! April was filled with a lot of fun adventures and trying a lot of new things, so without further ado here are my favorites from April.

Products

Sweet Dish & Darling Candles

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Peachwood Amber & Patchouli Grapefruit

At April’s Cleveland Flea I purchased 2 candles from Sweet Dish & Darling soy candles, I got the scents Peachwood Amber and Patchouli Grapefruit. I usually gravitate to the more woodsy/muskier scents but these had an unusual sweetness that you would normally not find paired with amber or patchouli which really got me, I couldn’t stop smelling them. So far I am currently burning Peachwood Amber and I love the smell that fills up my room, I can’t wait to burn the next one.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant

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Buy it on Amazon

I talked about my recent purchase of this baking soda free deodorant in this past post but after trying it for over a month now I love it! This deodorant does not irritate my underarms which was my biggest problem when first switching over to natural deodorant. Also, the grapefruit scent is subtle but pleasant. Although this doesn’t last the whole day, it does get me through at least 8-10 hours without needing to be reapplied. If you are thinking about switching to natural deodorants I would recommend this one because in my personal opinion the baking soda based ones were too much and this helps you ease into the transition.

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (Sample Size)

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Buy it Here from Sephora

I got a Sephora sample earlier this month and was crazy excited to try it out, I am sure most of you have heard about this brand. And let me tell you this product completely lives up to its hype! The only way I can describe what it does for my skin is healthier, it just appears healthier. The only downside to this? The price point… this product is $105 and the sound of that kinda hurts my wallet. Now don’t get me wrong this product is definitely worth the price tag, but I  wanted to see if there was an alternative out there. I am sure a lot of you have seen the brand The Ordinary out there, that offers good products at a low price point. I order their lactic acid product recently, and once I get it and try it out I will let you know how it compares to Sunday Riley and my thoughts.

Travels

Backstreet Boys Concert in Las Vegas

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This past month my friend Gina and I traveled to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys and let me tell you I never felt more like my 8-year-old self! It was such a nostalgic experience to relive all those songs in person. Everyone in the audience was just feeding off each other’s energy it was amazing. This was their final week of performances before they went on their Las Vegas hiatus. We also got lucky enough to go to their after party where Kevin and Howie hosted and sang some great 90 throwback songs. Oh and also we worked our way to the front and Kevin held my hand for 1.5 seconds. Apparently, there is a Backstreet Boy cruise but that is sadly sold out already… next time BSB I am coming for you at sea.

Cleveland

The First Cleveland Flea

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The Cleveland Flea Homepage

This past month The Cleveland Flea kicked off the spring season with their first flea! I love the flea, it creates such a perfect Saturday in Cleveland offering vintage pieces, original creations, and food/drinks to die for. It’s important to support these small local businesses because they are what make Cleveland great, original, and feel like home. I went with my mom and friend Eileen on the brisk Saturday morning as we clung to our hot coffees, we all walked away with a little something that day. You should check out the next flea May 13 from 9-4 pm if you have the chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Entertainment

S-Town Podcast

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S-Town Podcast from Itunes

So I started this podcast because there was a lot of hype about it and it made me curious. And let me tell you I am one episode from being done and I am still thinking to myself WTF? It is basically about a guy named John from what he calls Shittown, Alabama. Its hosted/investigated by Brian Reed from Serial and This American Life. This podcast starts off with an alleged murder that has taken place but justice is not being served which upsets John, but then turns into this Grey Gardens like vibe about John’s life. It’s quite fascinating and I encourage you to give it a listen if you are in the market for a new podcast, there are a lot of episodes so it doesn’t take a lot of commitment.

Fashion

Aerie Bathing Suit

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Recently I have gotten two new one-piece bathing suits from Aerie and I am obsessed! First off I am so happy for the one-piece comeback and second, Aerie has such great suits to choose from. I got one more “basic” plum colored one with a criss-cross back and then one more “fun” vintage red one with ruffles and a small cut out. Both are flattering and are super comfortable to wear all day at the pool. You can find me in them all summer long by the pool.

What have you loved this past month?

 

What I Bought on Amazon this Month // March ’17

Happy Monday to all! I am starting out the week with a confession… I love Amazon Prime.

I get such joy seeing one of the random things I ordered 2 days before when I was half sleeping (or after a glass of wine) waiting at the door for me. It makes me feel like a kid again and that Santa or the Fed Ex guy came while I was a work and dropped off my hodgepodge of goodies.

I order a lot of things from Amazon on a monthly basis, some things I need, some things I don’t, but either way I paid my $99 for my membership so you best believe I am going to utilize the shit of it.

*pardon my French, but I am just passionate about Prime*

One day I thought to myself while I was skimming those BuzzFeed articles where they tell what everyone is buying on Amazon at the moment is why don’t I make a post about what I bought that month?

So here I go!

#1 Birthday Gifts

Including a cookbook, hedgehog succulent pot, wooden bowl, marble phone case. It was my friend Courtney’s birthday this past month and if there were 4 items on Amazon that make up this girl those are it. I would post the links for those but since they were a birthday present I am going to keep then secret.

#2 A Bra

A Calvin Klein wire-free bra to be exact. I read this article where it basically is telling you it is bad for your health to wear a bra all the time and you should go bra-less as much as possible. BUT if you are not comfortable with doing that all the time and must wear a bra then a good choice would be a wire-free one. BUT to be honest, after wearing this bra for about 2 weeks I sadly did not like it. The band was itchy and there was not enough stretch to account for motion. Long story short, I learned my lesson about buying a bra online…

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Calvin Klein Wire-Free Bra

#3 A Notebook

A Rhodia grid lined wire-bound pad. Is it only me that gets weirdly overwhelmed with joy when writing on grid lined paper??? The idea of grid paper takes me back to school and there is some nostalgia in that. I love this notebook, it was bigger than I expected (because apparently, I don’t look at dimensions) but I love the extra room for my brain dumps.

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Rhodia Notebook

#4 A Jade Facial Roller

I think I am a sucker for beauty articles that shows easy ways to up your skincare game (see Buzzfeed article). I read that using a jade facial massage roller either every day or a few times a week can have a great impact on the appearance of your skin. I don’t know if it has had much of an “impact” on my facial appearance, but it is a nice little treat to roll this cooling massage roller all over your face.

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Jade Facial Roller

#5 A Phone Case 

Banana Leaf Printed case. I was in the market for a new phone case since I’ve had mine for over a year (although I love my wood craved Cleveland case, I was ready for a change). I didn’t want to spend more than $10 on one so to Amazon I went! This phone case is nicer and more stylish than I hoped for and a perfect print for the summer months!

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Banana Leaf iPhone 6 Case

#6 Bedding for my childhood twin bed

Twin alternative down comforter & a white duvet for my comforter. Okay, this is a weird purchase since I don’t live at home and I have my own queen bed to worry about. But when I am home I get the luxury of sleeping in my childhood twin bed which is made from a bed in a bag. I don’t blame my mom for not wanting to spend money on a bed that I don’t sleep in often, but when I am home I hate it. I get tangled because nothing stays in place and the comforter is so stiff there is no way to cuddle up and fall asleep. So I found some great inexpensive options with stellar reviews on Amazon. And let me say I was impressed yet again and am completely happy I can now rest my head on my twin bed in comfort.

All White Duvet Cover and Down Alternative Comforter

#7 Nail Polish

Essie nail polish in the color mademoiselle, a classic color in the Essie collection. I’ve been really liking the natural or barely there look and I think I saw this color pop up on a blog as a must have color and as we know now that I am a sucker for those things so without too much thought, I got it.

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Essie Nail Polish

#8 MIA Elsa Mules 

I talked about these in last week’s post, here, before I even received them, that’s how excited I was to get them! But, now I have them and I am not disappointed. I even did a little clog dance to celebrate.

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MIA Elsa Mules

#9 Half Socks

Because apparently, I need to wear something with my mule/clogs. Perfectly placed under my mules was the ‘frequently bought together’ tag, and hello? I can’t go sockless with these bad boys.

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#10 Leather and Brass Keychain

This has been in my cart for months… for like 5 months. I finally bit the bullet because it dropped to the lowest price I’ve seen yet and I was getting a new car so in my mind that means a new keychain right? But oh the irony because now my car is keyless and my keychain is barely seen. Although I know it’s there in my purse and that makes me happy.

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Leather and Brass Keychain

#11 Allergy Medication 

Because I have horrible spring allergies and I would like to visit my family cat without red eyes? If you are buying allergy medicine at the drugstore, stop. 365-day count for $15! FIFTEEN DOLLARS! I don’t think there is much more to be said about this.

Kirkland Allergy Medicine

#12 Makeup Bag

I was looking so a black sleek smaller makeup bag for grab and go. I cleaned out all my old grungy ones and was left with 2, a medium and large. So this was a small one to fill in the missing hole. I really like the minimalistic look of the classic black and gold hardware and it was much better quality then I thought it was going to be and it was also packaged very nice, which is surprising for Amazon these days.

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Makeup Bag

#13 Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream

So a couple weeks ago I have started my journey on transitioning to natural deodorant and it hasn’t been easy… I found out that my armpit does not like baking soda. So I decided to try the Baking Soda Free Grapefruit Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet. It has a lot of great reviews and I have seen YouTubers rave about it. I want to do a future post about this transition because I didn’t do enough research and then became fascinated with learning about transition process to a natural deodorant.

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Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet