This platform is all about uplifting and spreading the word on healthy non-toxic living. In keeping up with the spirit of upliftment and encouragement I wanted to highlight some awesome women of color who have created amazing non-toxic beauty brands. Here is a list of black-owned green beauty and non-toxic brands to support this holiday season!
I stopped using traditional aluminum deodorant about 5 months ago and I have never looked back!
Most people wear deodorant to control the odor from perspiration or sweat. Sweat is a natural process that the body uses to cool your body down from getting over heated and also release toxins. The truth is sweat is actually odorless! The reason some people get body odor is because the bacteria from our skin’s surface mixes and eats the perspiration molecules which in turn produces odor.
Aluminum is the active ingredient in antiperspirants that keep underarms fresh and free from odor. Aluminum can be harmful to your health; if you didn’t know here’s a little info on why. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin and hormone disrupter that goes directly into the blood stream once it’s applied to the skin. This ingredient has also been linked to breast cancer in women since it goes underneath the arms near the breast tissue.
The aluminum deodorants block the sweat ducks so that the sweat cannot get out. If the sweat doesn’t get out then it doesn’t create the fowl body odor smell. Unfortunately this is not a natural process, as I stated before sweating is a normal body function. We don’t want to stop or prevent that from happening.
Natural deodorants that are free from aluminum are formulated to be pH balanced to neutralize the activity of odor causing bacteria. All while leaving you smelling fresh and odor free. There are plenty of natural options to choose from. I reviewed a few that I personally use such as Piperwai and Real Purity.
Before switching to a natural deodorant I suggest that you detox your underarms. Detoxing helps to remove any toxins or left over chemicals from your underarm skin tissue. Plus it helps to make switching to a natural deodorant easier.
1-tablespoon bentonite clay
1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Just mix the two ingredients together until they form a paste. Apply to your underarm area and allow the clay to dry. After about 10-15 minutes just simply shower or use a warm cloth to remove.
You can do this process as often as you like or feel that is needed.
Since switching to the all-natural route I actually only wear deodorant when I need to. For instance if I’m exercising or if I’m going to be out all day while it’s hot outside. I’m not a person who sweats a lot. I know some people sweat more or less depending on their activity. Just gauge it based on your body’s needs and your lifestyle. Also be sure to drink plenty of water, as this will help your body rid itself of toxins as well.
Are you ready to switch to natural deodorant? Have you tried so already? Let me know in the comments below.
The lovely people at Piperwai scent me their natural deodorant to try. I recently made the switch to using all natural deodorants a couple months ago. I’m still experimenting to find the best choice for me and my lifestyle.
I first learned of Piperwai by watching Shark Tank and the owners and their story immediately intrigued me. Of course I loved the fact that they were an all-natural green beauty brand owned by women. Plus Barbara Corcoran invested in them! Sorry big time Shark Tank fan here 🙂
They were gracious enough to send me a full size 2oz jar of their deodorant. This deodorant is different from all the other natural brands because they use activated charcoal to balance the underarm pH levels. It comes as a paste that you simply scoop out a pea-sized amount with your fingers or a cosmetic spatula. Rub it into your underarm area until clear. I found that it absorbs pretty quickly.
The smell is like a refreshing peppermint scent without being too over powerful. I enjoyed the scent but it doesn’t linger on for hours like most traditional deodorants where you can still smell it even after application. Which is a plus in my opinion.
If you’re not used to using a paste as a form of deodorant it may take some time to get used to. A lot of natural brands I found actually come in a paste; many of the DIY homemade deodorant recipes are paste also. I have recently heard that they are trying to come up with a roll on stick formulation hopefully to be released by the end of 2016. I’d like to try this once it’s released.
I do also want to mention that I do not wear deodorant often, as I’m not a person who perspires much. I typically wear this if I’ll be out for longer periods of time or outdoors during hot weather. For those who are more active and or exercise often this will definitely work for you because it’s formulated to prevent the body odor that stems from sweating.
Even though spring is almost over and we have like one more month until it’s officially summer (yikes!). I thought I would share some green beauty items that I am absolutely loving this spring and will continue to use into the summer. Some of these are products that I’ve been using for a while and others are new.
Whoa I know that’s a mouth full! I have tried so many of the body lotions from Shea Moisture and I have to say that this to one so far is my favorite. The first two ingredients are aloe vera juice and coconut water. Both of which are very light yet hydrating at the same time. Most of the other lotions I’ve tried from this brand a very thick and heavy, the texture of this cream is on the lighter side but still provides so much moisture. Another plus for me is that because the formula is so light weight its makes for easy application. For those who may be curious is has more of a pleasant fruity smell not coconuts.
I have been on the hunt for a good natural deodorant that is actually free of toxins and actually works. While strolling through the isles of Whole Body I came across this deodorant and decided to pick up since it was on sale. I notice a lot of natural deodorants are formulated as a cream instead of the stick that we are used to. Although from what I hear Schmidt’s has actually come out with a stick version. However I picked up the cream and at first the texture was a little weird for me I could feel the baking soda. The directions say to take a little and rub it between your fingers then apply to underarm areas. As for smell and protection I would say it did well. I’m not a girl who perspires much so I can’t really give an opinion on the effectiveness of that. But I didn’t walk around with an odor and that is what matters to me! Also another brand (who shall remain nameless for now) gave me a horrible rash afterwards. So I’m happy to say that I didn’t experience that with this product.
If you truly follow me or this blog then y’all know how much I stan for this brand. I was sent this shaving cream a while back but wasn’t really able to put it to use until now. If I’m not waxing then I’m shaving or touching up certain areas at home. I was never a fan of shaving cream because most come in a foam and I am not using Nair for the obvious toxic reasons. I was more than happy to test this product out. It’s texture is very lightweight almost runny if you are not careful. A little goes a long way. What’s beautiful about this product is that not only does it help you remove all the unwanted hair but it leaves your skin feeling so smooth and soft afterwards.
My hair has loved KBB since they first started in that little shop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Back in my super early natural hair journey days I would go there personally to pick up some sweet smelling natural goodies for my skin and hair. The best part about this is that their formula has still not changed, the only thing that has is the packing. I have tried many other natural hair products but the Sweet Ambrosia is what makes my hair so uber soft like nothing else has. My hair can get weighed down easily so I light to use light weight products. Sweet Ambrosia is very light weight thin consistency and my hair drinks it up! I included this in my Spring/ Summer favorites because why not and second the essential oil based fragrances this comes in are perfect to have your hair looking and smelling good this season.
Okay ladies so those were my Spring Green Beauty Must Haves. Have you tried any of the products listed above? If so leave me a comment and let me know what your thoughts.