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4 Reasons to Try a Deodorant Detox This Fall

4 Reasons Fall Is the Best Season for a Deodorant Detox

When you’re making the switch from conventional products to natural beauty, body, and skincare, one of the most important transitions is the one from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. (Sticking it out with natural shampoo is at the top of the list, too.) Changing these beauty habits — especially when your body has worked hard to “adapt” to all those chemicals — can be a challenging, sweaty, and even smelly process. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the work. And guess what? Fall is the best season to do it. Here’s why.

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Link Love Friday: Colorado!

Me, c. 2001, on a backpacking trip over the continental divide in Colorado.

Next week, Ian and I are heading to Denver. I haven’t been to Colorado in more than 10 years (time flies!), and I’m psyched. I’m sure the city has changed a lot over the past decade, and I’m hoping to check out some natural beauty shops and maybe even a spa/salon while I’m there. (Including a visit to meet the lovely Sarah Villafranco of Osmia Organics in person. Yay!) If you have suggestions of places I should check out while I’m there, please share!

Here’s what else I’ve been thinking about this week:

What are you reading+enjoying lately? —Aleigh

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Beauty Obsession: Florere Deodorant Cream

I finally made a visit to my (awesome) neighborhood’s newest shop, Ecolicious, this weekend. My favorite purchase so far? My new Florere Deodorant Cream. Don’t let anyone tell you that organic or natural cosmetics don’t work, people. This stuff is the real deal.

What I tried: Florere Deodorant Cream ($8.50 online, $6 in-store at Ecolicious). Originally, I picked up the stick formula, but Marley (co-owner of the shop, with business partner Fiona) suggested I try the cream in a jar instead, because she prefers it. I’m really glad she did, because although I was initially a little wary of deodorant from a jar (how much do I need to use? how exactly do I apply this stuff?), so far I am loving it. This could turn out to be one of those life-changing purchases that I wish I’d tried years ago.

First impressions: At first, I was a little intimidated with deodorant cream that didn’t come in a stick form, but I really shouldn’t have been—using this stuff is really easy. Here’s what you do: use the spoon that comes with the jar to spoon out a nickel-sized amount (plenty for both underarms) and warm it in your hands until it’s nice and smooth. With your fingers, rub the deodorant into your underarms. Rub any remaining cream into your hands. Just make sure you either wash your hands before doing your makeup or put your deodorant on after you put on your makeup.

What caught me by surprise: How well it worked. This stuff is AWESOME. It smells a little like lavender and sage (but the scent is not strong). No sweatiness, no stinkiness, even after an entire day of activity. Plus, it’s really moisturizing, which is a nice change from the over-drying conventional deodorants I’ve used and the still-sweaty feeling I had when I used Tom’s of Maine antiperspirant, which isn’t as pure as I would like anyway. Plus, the cream is vegan, with no aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, or petroleum by-products.

Bonus: My little jar is going to last me a lot longer than a stick of regular deodorant, so it’s a money-saver, too. And the jar is glass, so I can toss it in the recycling bin when I’ve used it all up.

So, what do you think? Will you give deodorant cream a try? —Aleigh

Want to read about more of my beauty obsessions? Here’s where you can find them.

(Image via Florere)

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Honey Month Spotlight: Melvita

It’s Honey Month for a few more days (I can hardly believe it’s nearly October!), and I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite bee-lovely beauty brands: Melvita. Named for the words “honey” (mel) and “life” (vita) in Latin, Melvita is all about products made with ingredients that come from the hive, blended with other organic ingredients from nature.

Behind the brand: Founder Bernard Cheviliat is a beekeeper and biologist—which means he brings a scientific background to the products Melvita creates. Founded in 183, the company was one of the first companies in the world to earn the ECOCERT certificate for organic products.

The products: From Moisturizing Day Cream (formulated with royal jelly, chestnut and rosehip oil) to the Hydrastim Moisturizing Gel, which appears to be sold out at the moment, but combines aloe vera and the extract of an Amazon river plant called mourera fluviatilis with hyaluronic acid and other organic ingredients that keep your skin at its ideal moisturization level. Melvita’s products are made with ingredients that are responsibly harvested, packaged in recyclable materials and promote ethical, humane and fair-trade partnerships. The next product I’d like to try is their new Alum Spray Deodorant, made with alum crystal, rosehip oil, mint, orange and lemon. (Have you tried it? I need details!)

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