The Best Natural Deodorant

Ok, I cannot claim that this is the absolute best thing out there, but it is the best thing that I’ve found! If you’re looking for an alternative deodorant, try using after shave.

Huh?

Yeah, I thought it sounded strange, too. But after I tried it and had gone an entire day without stinking and without dealing with “coconut oil” pits, I became an instant fan. Bye-bye, deodorant. Bring on the after shave!

This is a great alternative to all-natural deodorants. Now, I like the concept of natural deodorant (chemical free, aluminum free) but I never liked the feel of natural deodorants. They tend to feel greasy. After shave is not greasy! And, it is also chemical free. Many after shaves are made with three or four ingredients: that’s it. It dries on your skin within a few moments and the scent lasts all day. Boom. Problem solved.

Traditional deodorants actually stop you from sweating. This is NOT healthy. Your body needs to sweat in order to rid itself of toxins. So sweating is a GOOD thing. The trick is: finding a way to keep sweating without smelling. Well, I think after shave is a great answer.

Now, I am thankful that my husband has a nice selection of after shaves (he is an avid wet-shaver) so because of that, I have a number of lovely scents at my disposal. However, if you have never owned after shave before, it can be found online from many different artisan companies who make all-natural, chemical free products, (I love Razorock products) and it is NOT expensive.

So, all this is to say: I’ve found an amazing alternative to nasty-feeling deodorants and just wanted to share it with you.

All Natural, Safe, Effective Laxative

Constipation stinks. (At least, it does once the blockage is finally released). I don’t struggle with constipation very often but when I do, I’m quick to try and relieve it. There are a plethora of laxative options out there and if you’re like me, you’ve tried a handful of them. Recently, however, I’ve learned of one that I’d never tried before: chipotle peppers.

 

You can purchase a jar or can of these helpful hot peppers at just about any grocery store, and they won’t cost you more than a few dollars. When your system needs some assistance, simply spread a tablespoon or two of chipotles on your next meal and chow down. Some chipotles are sold whole; if that is the case, I recommend trying a half of one with your meal. (If you’re not a fan of spicy food, have some milk ready to ease the burn). They really aren’t terribly spicy and you won’t need to consume much in order to achieve the desired effect.

The first time I ate some chipotle peppers was at the supper hour and I was sitting on the toilet the very next morning. Cleared out! It was great. I never even had stomach or gas pains. Eating chipotle peppers is a great way to beat being bound up. It’s a nice natural alternative to pills and powdered drinks. The next time you’re feeling blocked up, give these a try!

 

Stirling Soap Company Product Review – Sunflower Fields Shave Soap and Boar Brush

I guess I’m a wet shaver. Two years ago my husband made the switch to shaving with traditional methods (double edge safety razor, handmade soaps, badger brushes) and he quickly brought me up to speed; now I’ve been enjoying this old-timey-coming-back-in-style personal hygiene pastime, too. I recently acquired a new soap and brush as a treat from my husband and would like to share my review of these items.

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The soap and brush are both products from Stirling Soap Company; an artisan brand that’s become a reliable favorite for many shavers. Stirling shave soaps are known for their easy-to-load, rich lathers that provide plenty of cushion and supreme slickness. Though it’s easy expound upon the excellent “shavability” of Stirling soaps, this review will focus on the soap scent.

Sunflower Fields is a new scent that Stirling released with women shavers in mind. Here is an excerpt from the soap description from stirlingsoap.com:

This beautifully complex women’s scent is a bright and uplifting fragrance that’s perfect for spring and summer.  It boasts top notes of lemon, rosewood, orange blossom, sweet mandarin, bergamot, melon, and sweet peach.  Middle notes are comprised of cyclamen, rose, jasmine, osmanthus and iris root. The base notes are musk, cedar, amber, moss and sandalwood.

Sunflower Fields is an appropriate name for this feminine compilation of fruits and florals. I could try and pick apart the notes and specific fragrances used, but I think Stirling’s description does a fine job of that. What I will do is try and explain what flashed through my mind the very first time this scent entered my sniffer.

Ok. I brought the soap puck up to my nose and was overwhelmed by a powerful, flowery yet complicated scent that immediately unpacked a childhood memory of standing in my teenage babysitter’s bathroom.

Let me explain.

I pictured the scene of a scrunchie-littered, curling iron still plugged in, nail polish dotted countertop in the bathroom that constantly smelled of fresh smelling shampoos, hairspray, and aromatic mousse. This girl was kind, smart, beautiful, and confident, and her bathroom – rather, the scent that filled her bathroom – emanated these fine, womanly qualities (in my mind).

So that was the very first thing that splashed across my mind when I smelled Sunflower Fields. It brought me back to my earliest depictions of what it was to be womanly according to my 90s girlhood.

That was my personal, initial impression. Then I actually took a few moments to ponder the scent. Sunflower Fields is fresh and beautiful, and it is definitely for the ladies. What Tabac is for guys, this scent is for gals: a complex, powerful aroma that encompasses all that is female. After smelling it for a few moments I nearly started to paint my nails and felt the urge to go find my black stilettos. The scent is sophisticated enough to adorn a lady for a night on the town but lovely enough to accompany a woman to the coffee shop or the library. Basically, it’s the “you-can’t-go-wrong” women’s scent. I know I’ll be reaching for this one again and again. Way to go, Stirling.

On to the brush!

This review will be much more factual and to-the-point.

This newly released brush is a 24mm knot boar hair brush. The loft is 57mm. The boar hair provides ample backbone but is limber enough to allow for a gentle splay. It loaded soap fairly quickly and was enjoyable to lather. The soap brushed on easily and the lather continued to build as I painted my skin. The handle is fantastic! The shape of it lets the user obtain a strong yet comfortable grasp around the stylish looking resin.

As I have never used a Semogue or other well known brush, I cannot compare this one with other models. However, I can tell you that it worked very well and it was only 8 bucks! That’s cheap, folks. But just because the price is low doesn’t mean this brush is poor quality. I would recommend this boar brush to any shaver.