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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Chickpea Spread

Hello, hello! Manuel has been away from home the past couple of weeks. This has resulted in me holding off on completely restocking the fridge. An account I follow recently posted a photo of them eating a chickpea “mock tuna sandwich.” This inspired me to use whatever I happened to already have at home to take a crack at my own version of it. & Let me tell you, I was SOOOO impressed with the results that I’ve already eaten it three times this week.

This is super simple, affordable, & there’s even a good chance you already have most of the ingredients on deck! So, try it out & let me know how ya like it!

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Chilled Matcha Latte

Hello, all! If you follow my Instagram stories, you’ve probably seen me post photos of a green drink next to whichever book I happen to be reading at the time. I’ve had many people respond to these stories asking for the recipe! Since then, a few friends have tried it out and love it just as much as I do. So, I thought I’d do you all a favor and share this tasty, energizing, antioxidant-rich recipe.

If you’ve ever had a matcha latte, you already know how tasty they can be. I’ve added a couple adaptogens in this recipe that have resulted in my favorite matcha drink ever! So, keep reading. Enjoy & please let me know what you think in the comments!

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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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