Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fresh Underarms - Naturally!

Disclosure: The item(s) mentioned below were provided complimentary for the purpose of an honest review. The opinions stated here are based upon my personal experience with the product(s) and are entirely my own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I feel would benefit my readers.

Have you seen all of the new deodorants that are out now? Instead of coming in the form of a stick, they come in a jar and are the consistency of lotion. I've been wanting to try these recently. I know how harmful many of the conventional brands on the market are, and how harmful antiperspirants are to begin with. When we sweat, our body is trying to detox. When we prevent our body from perspiring (sweating), we are allowing the toxins to remain inside, which then get sent to our lymphatic system. Our lymph nodes try to flush the toxins out, however, the aluminum based compounds in many antiperspirants block those outlets. This has the potential to foster cancer cell growth as toxins repeatedly gather in this site. The tissue found here is very close to breast tissue, which can then become the home for cancerous cells and tumors. This is all controversial, and I am sure there are studies and reports that can support each side of this. However, I prefer to be safe rather than sorry. I have used deodorants in the past over antiperspirants because my grandmother told me at a young age about the blockage caused by traditional antiperspirants. I recently tried Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream, and I am definitely a fan!

Bella Organics was founded in 2012 on the basis of not many companies offering organic and natural alternatives to the conventional healthcare items that bombard our grocer's shelves. In fact, the founder, Alena was unable to find something that worked for her children's eczema, which sparked her idea for Bella Organics. They offer a variety of facial care, body care, and even baby products. They also offer trial sizes of some items so you can get a better idea of whether or not you wish to commit to a full-size purchase. Even more promising is the fact that they are entirely affordable! I'm always a huge fan of brands that make "green" products for those of us who just cannot afford the high price tag. They carry a very nice variety of deodorants including: Lavender, Ocean, Iced Lemonade, Lemongrass Bergamot, Orange Spice, The Woods and Vanilla Mint. I got to try the Vanilla Mint scent, and I thoroughly enjoy it. The ingredients are simple and pronounceable which really stands out to me. Take almost any antiperspirant off of the shelf at your local grocer and tell me how many of those ingredients you can pronounce, or have in your home. The Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant ingredients list is as follows: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, (Vegan), Organic Sunflower Oil,  Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil. This has a shelf life of 12 months, another testament to it's non-processed, organic composition.

I am not much of a sweat-er in general, so I have used deodorants before that do not contain antiperspirant successfully. Using this delivered the same results. The Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream comes in a 2 ounce sized jar. A small amount goes a long way, so even though the directions say to use a pea-sized amount per underarm, I didn't even need to use that much. It smooths in evenly, and I never experienced transfer onto my clothes. It has the consistency of whipped coconut oil, so it starts to melt as you rub it in. The scent is minimally strong, but nothing more than your conventional products. I feel that it has a nice scent that I can smell randomly throughout the day. It lets me know that I'm still smelling fresh and clean. 

I am a huge fan of Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream and feel great about not clogging up my lymph nodes, which equals 10 stars in my book:

If you are interested in trying an all-natural deodorant cream, I highly recommend this one. First of all, you can purchase the sample size which will give you about a weeks worth for $3.99, or you can purchase the full-size (2oz) for $10.25. You can purchase the Vanilla Mint Scent HERE. I encourage you to check out their website HERE so you can explore all of the products they have to offer. I'm very interested in the Organic Cherry Dry Skin Balm as my daughter has eczema that just seems to progressively get worse. 

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