Well, the morning sickness is over (mostly), my energy-levels are rising, and I have only two weeks left until I’m halfway through this pregnancy. Now that I’m feeling human again, I FINALLY feel like I can jump back into this blogging thing. I have so much stuff floating around in my head that I want to talk about and research and share, so thank you for being patient with me.
Now about my armpits…
I, like many of you, sometimes stink. Once I cleaned up our diet I noticed that the stink became much less, but nevertheless, it’s there. I never worried too much about the ingredients in my deodorant until our family had a personal experience that made it very clear INGREDIENTS DO MATTER. I will not share that story on this blog out of respect for my family…but I will never apply a questionable ingredient to my skin ever again, especially while pregnant.
If you want to read why conventional deodorant may not be the healthiest option for our bodies, I suggest taking some time to read the following links:
I know it can be overwhelming to switch from conventional personal care products, to more natural options. I’m still navigating those waters. But there’s hope!
I have some sweet friends who I’ve known now for probably 10+ years. We met at Bible study where I was greatly encouraged by their mature faith. Over the years we have watched each other get married and start families and we all ended up pursuing a more natural lifestyle. You’ve heard from them before when they guest-blogged for me about Essential Oils & The Bible (one of the most read posts on this blog). They formed a small family business called Sister Power where they sell essential oils and natural homemade products.
Many moons ago they sent me their deodorant recipe to try out and review for the blog. Then life got busy and the review never happened. Recently the deodorant they sent me ran out. I decided it was well worth the purchase, so I bought another one and told myself “Self, this will be the first blog post you will write when you get back into blogging.” So here it is, my review of Sister Power’s natural deodorant.
Photo courtesy Sister Power
I love that the ingredients are all things I have in my kitchen: Himalayan sea salt, organic coconut oil, natural arrowroot powder, natural baking soda, natural bees-wax, and mineral water. In fact, I could make this myself if I had the time/energy/gumption to actually do it. I definitely could not say the same thing about store-bought deodorant. I just checked on Amazon, and they don’t sell aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex.
I have to be honest and say that I didn’t fall in love with this deodorant right away. If you are transitioning from conventional deodorant to natural deodorant like I was, there is a bit of a learning curve. I received it in the heat of summer (110+ degrees), and it was much softer than conventional deodorant (due to the coconut oil/beeswax). I was not expecting this, so the first application was quite liberal! It didn’t take long to get a good system down for applying an appropriate amount though. And with this deodorant, a little goes a long way. I actually usually just apply a small dab with my fingertips and rub it in.
I also developed a slight underarm redness about a month or two into using it. It didn’t bother me, it just looked funny. I figured it was from the baking soda in the deodorant. I talked to my friends at Sister Power and they assured me that with time the redness will go away, and it did. I haven’t had a problem since. If you do struggle with redness that actually irritates you, it’s most likely due to the PH balance of your skin. Here’s a quick and easy way to bring everything into balance without going back to conventional deodorant.
Finally, with natural deodorant, if you are really stinky, you may need to apply a second time through-out the day. 99% of the time I do not find that necessary – especially the longer I’ve been using it.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I haven’t actually paid for deodorant in years. I used to be a coupon crazy-lady and was usually able to stock up on free deodorant during sales using double-coupons. In fact, I just recently went through my closet and de-stashed my stock pile of store-bought deodorants/toothpaste/lotion etc. So paying for deodorant did hurt a little (it costs $7 plus tax/shipping). But I figured if I’m too busy to make it myself, and I’m too concerned to wear the cheap/free stuff, then what better option than to pay some sweet stay-at-home moms who have created an excellent, non-toxic product. Plus I know it will last me several months, at least.
I can honestly say I truly love and appreciate this product. I will probably someday venture into making my own (like when my boys are all teenagers!), but right now I’m happy to have a great alternative I can purchase. If you are interested in purchasing their deodorant, or any of their other natural care products (body butter, diffuser jewelry, etc.), then contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with their facebook page.