Natural Deodorants

Let’s talk natural deodorants. By now, we’ve heard how harmful unnatural deodorants (or really any unnatural cosmetics) are for your body and the environment. There’s some negativity surrounding going natural. Why? Because most of us have probably had a bad experience trying them out (or we could smell that someone else was). I’ve been there. In fact, I’ve been experimenting with many different brands over the past six years.

I first started questioning the types of deodorants I was using when I was still in high school. I couldn’t bring myself to commit to a natural brand just yet. It wasn’t until the summer I graduated that I decided to finally switch things up.

I didn’t exactly choose the right path for myself. I went almost full-on hippie from one day to the next and began making my own deodorant. I bought a spray bottle and filled it with water, coconut oil, sea salt, and lavender. This is a great option for a lot of people, but it just did not work for me at that time.

I wasn’t fully vegan at that point. What you eat has a big effect on how you smell and how much you sweat… you get the idea. I also went from using big brand names like Secret to my own little concoction. It was a lot of change all at once. I stuck with this method for a few months but it was not a good experience. I was always embarrassed, too paranoid to lift up my arms, and often felt like giving up on the natural path. I know that this is a common experience at first but I am here to encourage you not to give up!

Like many things, there’s a natural deodorant out there for everyone. You just have to stay committed to trying out different ones to find the right one for you. Trust in your body; it WILL adapt and the effort is completely worth it!

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Menstrual Cup: The Conscious Collection Method

What is a menstrual cup? By now, many of you may have caught on as they’ve become more popular over the past few years. If you haven’t, no need to worry! I was there at one point, too. A menstrual cup is a reusable silicone cup (make sure it’s medical-grade silicone) that is better for your health, the environment, and your wallet. The cup is to be inserted into the vagina to collect blood, (rather than absorbing it) during menstruation. Once full, it is to be emptied out into the toilet or drain. Rinse. Repeat.

If you’re already feeling skeptical, you’re going through the same steps that most of us do. Just keep reading! *ATTENTION MEN!!!! Don’t feel that this post isn’t for you. This is good information to have for any woman in your life that you care about. I may not have started using one as early as I did without the thoughtfulness of my husband. You keep reading, too!

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