Seriously All-Natural Deodorant

I have a confession to make: I have not worn traditional “deodorant” for the past six months.  And believe it or not, people haven’t run away from me in disgust, my friends still want to hang-out with me, and I’ve even gotten asked on a couple of dates.  Turns out despite what the commercials on television tell you, people don’t have to be dependent on Dove and Old Spice for social acceptance.

Instead I’ve been using the Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone, which is made from 100% Mineral Salt… basically meaning it’s as “all-natural” as you can get.

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Baking-Soda Exfoliant

I first heard about using baking-soda as an exfoliant from Fran Kerr, writer of HighonHealth.org

She recommended gently massaging it into your skin, once a day, by mixing it in with a creamy facial cleanser.  The process seemed simple enough… so I decided to give it a try.  For the past several months I have been washing my face with a calming facial cleanser, then exfoliating with baking soda (without washing off the facial cleanser), and then using a little more calming facial cleanser to wash everything off.  Since starting this routine I have noticed a significant improvement in my skin.  I highly recommend that you try it! 😀

Here are five reasons why baking-soda makes a great exfoliant:

  • It’s All-Natural.  Most commercial brands of exfoliants list over 20 different ingredients including chemicals, dye, and fragrance.  Baking-soda lists one: Sodium Bicarbonate, which is found naturally in nature.
  • It’s Affordable.  Go onto drugstore.com and search “exfoliator.” Over 11 pages of products will come up, all of them ranging within $4 and $75.  Now go to your local Trader Joe’s and find the baking soda… it costs 99 cents.  That’s 25% of the cost of the cheapest commercial brand available… let alone the more expensive ones.  Baking-soda is by far the most affordable option.
  • It’s Gentle.  Baking-soda can be used every day without irritating your skin.  That’s because it’s a powdery substance, unlike many commercial brands which contain sharp, abrasive grains that can actually cause more harm to your skin than good.
  • It has Healing Properties.  Baking-soda is an anti-inflammatory substance, which means it can help prevent acne by calming your skin and also help reduce the appearance of acne scars.

 And most importantly…

  • It Works.  I personally have noticed a significant improvement in my skin from using baking-soda as an exfoliant including: fewer breakouts, faster healing time, and less noticeable acne scars.

Product Review: Sleep Mask

Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint lists “Get Lots of Sleep” as its #5 guideline to living a primal life.  Our lives are busy and stressful and our bodies need time to rest and recover.

Light is something that negatively affects our sleep more than most of us realize.  But it can be hard to avoid… even when you turn your lights off at night chances are you still have some type of light sneaking in; that could be your cell phone charging, a street lamp, etc.  This is why I purchased the Rx3 Soft and Smooth Eye Sleep Mask by Earth Therapeutics to see if sleeping in total darkness could improve my sleep.

Price: Very Affordable.  I purchased the mask from Ulta for about $10.
Quality:  The mask is made of silk; so it’s very comfortable and I quickly forget I have it on.  However it’s not incredibly substantial, it often slides off by the time I wake up in the morning.
Recommend?: Definitely, it has noticeably improved my sleep.  I fall asleep faster, wake up less, and sleep much more deeply since I started using it.

The Earth Therapeutics mask has treated me well, especially considering its price.  But whether you purchase this brand or not, I highly recommend trying out some type of sleep mask!