Thai Crystal Deodorant Review

One of my most frequently asked questions is “what’s a good natural deodorant?”

Thai Crystal is by far my favorite and the one that works best for me.  There are two forms of this deodorant (a spray and a solid) and I’ve tried them both, so I’ll discuss them here.

First up is the spray.  I like it because it is fast, and I can spray under my arms quickly (or anywhere else that tends to get stinky).  It takes a short time to dry, and then I can move on to the next in my beauty routine.  During a day with normal activity level, I can go all day without getting stinky.  During times when I get really sweaty, (summer or exercising) I have to reapply more frequently than with regular deodorant.  To me, that’s a small price to pay for not being exposed to harmful chemicals like aluminum, triclosan, and synthetic fragrance, etc.  My biggest complaint is that the pump that comes in the bottle inevitably stops spraying and I have to switch it out with the pump from other spray bottles that I have on hand.


Next up is the rock form of this deodorant.  It has the same effectiveness as the spray, but the application is different.  To apply, get it wet, then use it like a roll on.  If it’s too wet it will roll down past your armpits, and you’ll have to wipe it off.  If it’s not wet enough, it can pull the skin a little bit.  Another thing I’ve noticed with this one is that sometimes it has kind of an ammonia smell to it (I’ve never noticed this with the spray).  Not sure if that’s due to my body temperature, hormone levels, or something else, but it’s worth noting.

A few notes:

  • These products will sting if you use it right after shaving!  I’ve learned that the hard way a few times.
  • These products are NOT antiperspirants.  Since sweat is your body’s way of eliminating toxins, I personally don’t think it’s a good idea to trap it inside your body with an antiperspirant.  That can’t be good for you.
  • The liquid will crystallize if it gets too cold.  That’s exactly what happened to mine while staying with my grandmother during the winter because it was 28 degrees outside and there was a hole in her roof!

Overall, I like both forms of this deodorant, though I prefer the spray for the reasons noted above.  It keeps me from getting stinky, which has been an issue with other natural deodorants.  Here’s a link to my Amazon page if you think you’d like to give this deodorant a shot (look in the beauty/personal care section):

I hope you found this review helpful!  If you have any questions, please comment below or contact me.  Thanks for stopping by!

GloMinerals Lip Gloss Review

My first GloMinerals purchase was an eye shadow trio that I bought on a shopping trip when I was trying to replace my toxic makeup.  Why did I decide to look for nontoxic makeup?  Well, in my quest to live better with hypothyroidism, I researched what lifestyle changes I could make.  One thing that kept coming up was endocrine disruptors  in cosmetics & personal care products.  Being a girlie girl and a beauty product junkie, I was not about to stop wearing makeup!  But I wasn’t about to keep using toxic chemicals that were affecting my health.  Who wants to do that?

Now that the why is out there – back to the makeup.  I liked the shadow, so I decided to try the lip color last year.  Because my husband is military, we were relocated to another state.  We lived in Austin, Texas previously, which is a large city with lots of options, so finding non-toxic makeup was really easy.   When we moved to a small town in Tennessee, that got much more difficult.  However, I found a salon in town that actually sells GloMinerals!  Of course, that is where I chose to get my hair cut as well.

The first lip product I purchased from GloMinerals was a lipstick (review to come later on).  My latest purchase was a plum colored lip gloss.  When I had my hair cut a few weeks ago, my stylist offered to touch up my makeup, and I accepted.  I had been wanting a plum lip color but hadn’t had much luck with ordering colors online, so I tried a color called plumberry.  First of all, the color is A-mazing!  This one is cool, which is great for my fair skin & blond-ish hair.  When it goes on, it is not sticky, it has a rather smooth and moisturizing feel.  After I left the salon I ran several errands, and ate a snack bar before going to the grocery store so I wouldn’t buy too much food 🙂  When I got home four hours later, my lips were still the plum color.   My lips were a bit less glossy but the color was still there.  The picture above is me right after I got the cut & had the gloss applied.

I was absolutely amazed!  So much so that last night I went to an event at the salon and purchased a set of 4 glosses that included the plumberry of course.  A friend of mine came with me and she ended up ordering a lipstick to wear to an upcoming military ball.  On top of that, I ended up winning a global giveaway that I’m picking up later today.  Reviews on those and the other products I bought coming soon!

Conclusion:  I definitely recommend GloMinerals lip gloss.  The quality of the product is great and so are the ingredients.  No synthetic fragrance, no parabens, no triclosan or any other ingredients known to cause endocrine disruption.  Finding products that are free of hormone disruptors has been a key part of my journey toward feeling better.  So glad that I found this brand, and I want to share it with you!  If you’re interested in trying it, check out the beauty section of my Amazon store here:

Happy Friday and thanks for reading!

MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream Review

Since it’s pumpkin season right now, I wanted to re-share this review.  MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream has remained a staple in my skincare regimen since I purchased it for the first time almost a year ago.

MyChelle brand is one I had seen but hadn’t really tried until I bought this lotion. I ran out of the other night cream I had been using and decided to try a new one. One of my favorite things about fall is everywhere – I absolutely love pumpkin! It’s full of anti-oxidants and makes delicious pie, bread, and pancakes (gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar free ones, of course!). This technically isn’t a night cream, but that’s what I use it for because it’s a bit heavier than the day cream I use. It was a 1.2 oz bottle and the cost was $28. A good mid-range price nontoxic brands.  I’ve seen this brand at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers, and HEB Grocery stores.

This lotion is for combination skin, and comes in unscented and regular, and I have tried both.  The scented cream has a very mild aroma from plant oils, including pumpkin, lavender, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, sweet orange, honeysuckle and rose alcohol. The ingredient list is chock full of safe, plant based components. The product slogan is that the lotion promotes balanced skin. It’s definitely done that for me!  Several of the ingredients are known to fend off acne and wrinkles. Great for those of us who are in the stage of our lives where we are dealing with both (like me)!  I haven’t seen a huge reduction in my crows feet, but I wasn’t really expecting to since they weren’t very noticeable to begin with.  But, I’ll do everything I can to keep them from progressing and if it works, that’s a win.  Hey, I’m 38 and barely have wrinkles.  It’s a combination of genetics & clean living.  Because I noticed such a huge difference in the quality of my skin when I eat clean vs. eating junk food, I know that clean living is a huge contributing factor in how my skin looks.

A year ago, I would get hormonal acne along my jaw when I was ovulating, premenstrual and well into when I’m menstruating. Since I started using this lotion regularly, I rarely get acne during any of those times now.  I even get less acne when I go too long without washing my makeup brushes!  When I start getting acne disbursed throughout my face I know it’s time to wash them.  Now that I’m working at home I don’t use them as often so I can get away with washing them less often.

I would recommend giving this lotion a try. It’s calmed my skin down quite a bit, and I plan to continue using it. Not only that, it’s comparable in price and works better than many of it’s toxic competitors.  I can tell you that from experience because I used them all before I made the switch to nontoxic!  As always, hope you find this helpful and thanks for reading!

If you’d like to try MyChelle products, you can  get 20% off with this link: MyChelle Dermaceuticals – Official Site – Buy Direct – All Natural Skin Care – Save 20% – Use Code: SAVE20

Acure Organics Argan Stem Cell Argan Oil Shampoo/Conditioner Review

Quick fact about me – I MUST have the matching shampoo and conditioner. I won’t buy one without the other.  I blame my OCD!

This was one of the first products I used when I decided to switch to nontoxic personal care products back in late 2012.  It appealed to me because it smelled nice, was a fair price, and I liked the packaging. The price is great – under $10 for an 8 oz. bottle. The packaging is nice and simple, only two colors used on the bottles. I had never heard of the brand before, but I decided to take a chance and try it. Boy, am I glad I did!

First of all, it smells wonderful! Kind of like vanilla and almond cookies, yummy! The shampoo lathers nicely, which I can’t say for many other natural products I’ve tried. My hair feels clean after I’m finished washing it. The conditioner goes on evenly and smoothly and rinses out easily. My hair smells clean when I finish showering. Whether I blow dry and flat iron/curl or let it air dry, my hair always looks healthy and shiny after using these two products.

Because the scents come from essential oils, they may not be a strong as what you’re used to if you’re using mainstream brands. Bear that in mind when using natural products. Scents that are super-strong and linger for long periods of time are probably made with fragrant oils (aka synthetic fragrance, aka phthalates, aka estrogen-mimicker).

I’ve tried a few other shampoos/conditioners here and there, but I always come back to Acure.   I’ve been using this brand for almost 3 years now, and I’m definitely a loyal customer.  They are hands-down my favorite personal care brand, and I’ve yet to try one of their products I don’t like! I hope this review helps you choose a safer shampoo and conditioner.

Here’s a link to my Amazon page in case you’d like to try it:

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Deep Steep Lotus Flower and Guava

I discovered Deep Steep when I ordered some Orchard Pear and Fig lotion from Vitacost.  It smells like real pears/figs.  This stuff is amazing! The smell is wonderful, the consistency is nice, and it contains no harmful ingredients.  TJ Maxx carries it, so I bought several different scents. Haven’t met one I don’t like yet. The only one I’ve avoided is Lavender because I really don’t like the smell of Lavender.

Deep Steep is a family owned company that makes their products in small batches to ensure quality.  I absolutely love supporting these types of companies!  I’d much rather buy from them than from corporate giants who use harmful chemicals in their products.   According to their website, “Deep Steep produces truly natural bath and body care products offering the superior performance of luxury products with no phthalates, parabens or chemical preservatives. Non-GMO, Gluten-free, 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free (never tested on animals!). Available in seriously sensuous fragrances carefully formulated with essential oils, Deep Steep looks, feels, and smells like luxury brands, priced for everyday use.”

You can’t get much better than that! Unfortunately the EWG Skin Deep Database rating isn’t the best. Because the word “Aroma” appears in the ingredient list, it gets lumped in with “fragrance”, which is unfortunate because essential oils are not phthalates and shouldn’t be in the same category.  I understand that it’s likely an abundance of caution on the part of EWG.  Some people experience skin irritation with essential oils. Luckily, I’m not one of those people. I’ve been using Deep Steep products for several months, and have had no issues with breakouts (not the case when I use synthetic fragrances).

Lotus Flower and Guava Scent: A-mazing!!!! Floral and fruity, very feminine but not overpowering.


Consistency:  thick, moisturizing lotion.  This is great for me because my skin is pretty dry.  It’s not super-oily, so it absorbs quickly.  When using on my hands, I rub it in to my nails and cuticles and the moisture helps keep them from cracking as much.

Dry Body Oil

Consistency: as the name suggests, it is oil that’s dry. If you’re wondering what that means (like I did when I first heard it), basically the oil evaporates more quickly than a “wet” oil. That’s a great thing if you’re trying to get ready and you’re in a hurry. I usually spritz some on after I’ve put my body lotion on. It adds more moisture and a wonderful smell. During the winter I’ll put regular “wet” oil on myself before I towel-dry myself and let it soak in while I walk around in a robe and get ready. I don’t really like to do that in warmer weather because it makes me feel sweaty. That’s probably because my skin isn’t as dry in the summer as in the winter.

Sugar Scrub

Consistency: mildly exfoliates, and is oil-based so I would use it last in the routine. Otherwise it might make your cleanser less “lathery”. It smells just as good as the lotion and the oil. If you use the scrub you probably won’t need the oil unless your skin is super-dry. Another note: it will make your tub slippery, so be careful! I would suggest maybe putting in a non-skid mat or do it once a week before you clean your tub.

Deep Steep is a product line that I would recommend to anyone.  The products are actually better than ones I’ve tried from well-known scented lotion brands.  They work just as well, smell just as good, but are safer, so they get a higher rating in my book!  If you’re one that likes scented lotion, this is a great brand to try if you’re also ready to start using non-toxic products.  You can find these on my Amazon store if you’re interested in trying it:

My hope is that you find this review helpful.  As always, thanks for taking the time to read!

Honeybee Gardens Nail Polish Review

This was one of two brands that I tried when I decided to opt for water-based polish after clinging to my toxic, smelly stuff for quite awhile after learning about their toxic ingredients (   The other brand I tried was Suncoat.

First of all, there was not much odor, which is great. They have a good variety of basic colors, and a few modern ones too. I bought clear, Hippy Chick (purplish pink) and Valentine (candy pink). You’d never know by looking at it that this wasn’t a traditional polish. The first time I used it I only applied a base coat of clear and one coat of color on my toenails. Within about 2 days the polish came off one nail entirely. By the end of the week I’d lost the polish off a few more nails. During this time I didn’t wear tennis shoes, only open toed shoes because I wanted to see how the polish would perform if basically left alone. The next week I re-painted my toenails using the same products, only this time I swabbed my toenails with alcohol to ensure I didn’t have too much oil on the nail. I applied a coat of clear, two coats of color and another coat of the clear polish. This time the polish lasted a little longer, but still not as long as traditional polish. By the end of week one, I’d only lost the polish on 2 nails. By the end of week two, the only polish remaining was on my big toes, and a tiny bit on my pinkie toe. If you only wear polish for a few days at a time, this might not be an issue. Personally, I prefer to keep my toenails painted at all times during sandal season. At a discounted price of $8 per bottle I expected better performance (it sells for $12.99 on their website).

I tried it on my fingernails just to see if there was any difference in the performance. Usually toenail polish lasts longer on me than fingernails simply because of usage. Well, this was no different. I painted my nails with the same polish, ensuring they were clean and free of oils when I applied two coats and the top coat. The paint was applied on a Saturday night, and by the next morning (less than 12 hours later) I had several large chips in my nails. By the time 48 hours arrived, it looked as if I’d been wearing the polish for a week & there were chips in almost every nail.

Since it chipped so easily, I thought it was going to be a breeze to remove. Boy, was I wrong! The remover that’s made by Honeybee Gardens didn’t work to remove it. Unless you call rubbing vigorously for several minutes per nail working (I don’t). The company says that the polish can be removed with only rubbing alcohol, so I tried that too. Fail! It didn’t work at all. Even with acetone polish it was very difficult to remove. By difficult I mean that I had to rub vigorously & the polish didn’t dissolve, rather it clumped up and remained stuck to my nail.

While I love the idea of a natural polish, I still expect a reasonable level of performance, and don’t feel like this product delivered. This is a great company making nontoxic products, so it pains me to give a negative review of anything they make, but I must give my honest opinion.  If you need something with no odor and aren’t concerned about it lasting more than 1 day, then this might not be a bad option. However, if you don’t have time to repaint your nails every day, then I wouldn’t get it

Please don’t let this turn you off to the company as a whole.  I really love some of their other products, like eye liner, lip liner, and lipstick (reviews soon to come).  They are a company with wonderful values:  gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty free company that refuses to use toxic chemicals in their products.  The prices are very reasonable, and the other products I’ve tried work great! 

Nontoxic Nail Art with Suncoat Polish

Suncoat: The Polish and Peel is the first kind I bought – they make another one that has to be taken off with remover that I haven’t tried yet. The first colors I ordered were Petal Blush (pale pink with a hint of shimmer) and Pink Dahlia (hot pink shimmer). They cost $6 per 8 ml bottle on Vitacost, and $8.99 if you order directly from the Suncoat website. Only certain colors are available on Vitacost, though, and to get the updated packaging you’ll need to buy from Suncoat.

This was one category I’d been hesitating on changing. Since going nontoxic beginning in late 2012, I’d been sticking to polishes that were free of the toxic trio (dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde), but the fumes gave me headaches. It got to the point where I painted only my toenails and even then I dreaded it. When I started smelling the fumes through the thick vinyl bag I was storing my polishes in I knew it was time to ditch them for nontoxic versions. So I ordered a few at a discount in basic colors so I could try them out.

I tested it on my fingernails first – three coats of polish without a top coat to test its durability.  By the end of the week there was a bit of wear on the ends, but no chipping. The second time I painted my nails I used the hot pink color. I think I needed a fourth coat, because it was much more noticeable that the color wasn’t applied evenly than the lighter color was.  I also wasn’t as careful with my nails the second time around, so the tips started to peel off a bit by the end of the week. This could likely be easily remedied by using their topcoat.

Next I tried it on my toenails.  As with the fingernails, I had to apply multiple coats to get the nails the same color as the polish in the bottle.  The polish stayed adhered to my nails for 4 weeks with absolutely no chipping! It lasted through PiYo workouts with and without shoes, too.

There was no odor whatsoever when applying the polish. The color didn’t go on as evenly as traditional polish, and it has almost a rubbery feel to it. Give each coat a few minutes to dry before applying the next.  It looked just like it did in the bottle once enough coats are applied. It dried relatively quickly, too.  The really cool thing about this polish is the way you remove it. Nothing other than warm water needed! When you’re ready to take it off, all you have to do is soak your nails in warm water for a few minutes, and the polish peels right off in one piece. I was a bit worried that it might come loose while I was showering or bathing since my feet would be submerged in water. That didn’t happen! This is my new favorite polish for sure!

Since I liked these so much I went on their website and bought quite a few more colors.  The featured images are some nail art that I did for the holiday.  If I had a steadier hand I would have done something a bit more elaborate.  I used all Suncoat colors, including their topcoat.  The top coat imparted the shine that had been missing the other times I tried the polish, and it has stayed on all week with no chipping or peeling!  The blue color is called Lovely Lapis, red is called Sealed with Class, white is called Swan Lake, and they are all peel-able.  The shimmery white and silver were part of a nail art kit called Nail Art Classic (it also includes a glittery gold and a cream black).

I hope you find this info helpful.  Thank you for reading!

MyChelle Pure Harmony Serum Review

Back in November of 2014 I decided it was time to try a topical product for my hormonal acne. It always cropped up when I was ovulating and when I was premenstrual, so pretty much two weeks out of the month my lower jawline was broken out. It was by no means as bad as it had been prior to switching out our personal care products for less toxic ones in 2012, but it was still there.

I had been hoping that following an anti-inflammatory diet was going to completely clear it up, but no such luck.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying an anti-inflammatory diet itself didn’t work, because I definitely have less inflammation, and as a result, fewer hypothyroid symptoms. Since the diet wasn’t enough to clear up my skin, it was time to try other measures. Enter MyChelle Pure Harmony Serum. This product contains only nontoxic,  vegan friendly ingredients.

I’ve been using it since November 2014, so it’s been long enough for me to give a thorough review. What made me choose to try this product was a combination of the claims made and reviews I’d read.

  • The claim: “cools, calms and brightens sensitive skin without irritation”
  • Reviews: the consensus was that it worked for most of the reviewers.

My experience: it took a few menstrual cycles, but it has made my breakouts a thing of the past. It’s rare t I have acne anymore, even during ovulation or pre-menstruation. There will be an occasional blemish on my jawline, but if it happens it’s only one instead of multiples, and usually after I’ve cheated and eaten dairy!  In case you’re wondering “what’s wrong with dairy?”, it contains casein protein, which is highly inflammatory, especially in certain people with autoimmune conditions (like my Hashimotos).  When I eat it I ALWAYS experience swelling, mostly noticeable in my hands, eyes, nasal passages.  I also get congestion and/or sneezing, and yes, acne.  So alas, this cheese lover had to give it up in order to be able to function on a daily basis.

The only other time I get acne is when I go too long without washing my makeup brushes. The difference between those and the hormonal acne is where they appear and how they look. These blemishes crop up in multiple locations all over my face and are usually small whiteheads vs. the large, itchy, painful, cystic type blemishes that appear only on the jaw area.

Depending on your beauty budget, this serum might be considered pricey. Regular price is $45.50 for 1 oz., but if you click this link:  MyChelle Dermaceuticals – Save 20% on MyChelle Dermaceuticals Use Code: SAVE20 you’ll get 20% off your order. For me, it’s absolutely worth not having those pesky breakouts each month! I should also note that I’m using it in conjunction with the MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream.

Hopefully you find this review helpful.  As always, thanks for reading!

Now Solutions European Clay Powder Review

The ingredients in the facial masque I was using before deciding to switch to non-toxic beauty products were questionable at best. The worst ones included: Butylphenyl Methylpropional (bio-accumulative, immune system toxicant), Diazolidinyl Urea (formaldehyde releaser), Methylparaben (hormone disruptor), Propylparaben (hormone disruptor), Fragrance a.k.a. Parfum (immune/respiratory/environmental toxicant), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (immune system toxicant & hormone disruptor). Needless to say once I learned what the ingredients were I decided to toss the masque!  Look up the safety of the ingredients in your products on the EWG Skin Deep Database.

When I read the book No More Dirty Looks, I learned that a safer facial masque is a dry clay powder, so that’s what I searched for while we were shopping for non-toxic products. The product I decided on is Now Solutions European Clay Masque. It comes in a little tub with a screw-on lid. You mix up only what you need at a time, so depending on how often you use it, it can potentially last quite a while. Since it’s a powder it has a very long shelf life. The cost is under $10.00, and will vary a bit by store. I’ve seen it at grocery stores, vitamin stores and of course, online.

One of the best qualities of this product is that it can be tailored to any skin type, and/or adjusted with the seasons! All that has to be changed is what you mix it with. Mix in an astringent for oily skin, water for normal skin, or oil for dry skin. The directions on the bottle tell you to mix 1 part powder with 1 part water. For me personally, I mix it with Heritage Store Rose Water and a dash of Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel (as a preservative). Typically I make enough for 3 – 4 uses and it keeps nicely in a small glass pot (in the picture above). In the winter when my skin is dryer, I’ll add a few drops of rose hip seed oil or Acure Argan Oil to prevent over-drying. In the summer when my skin tends to get a little oilier, I use more of the witch hazel than normal to give it the more astringent quality.

It removes impurities without over-drying (unless you accidentally use too much astringent). After I use this my skin feels smooth and clean. It’s a great at-home beauty treatment that’s effective and won’t break the bank! If you have a small pot to mix it in, you can even take it on the road in a miniature size. This is great for me because I can use my bigger product to make the travel size instead of buying smaller ones over and over. That’s expensive, not to mention wasteful and bad for the environment.

Haven’t really tried any other masques since buying this one because I love it! Hopefully if you try it you’ll love it too!  You can find it here:

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Blum Naturals Cleansing Towelettes

The makeup removing towelette has been a tough product to get right for me. It feels like I’ve tried every natural brand of towelette that’s made: Burt’s Bees (sensitive and regular), Yes To (all kinds), Alba, etc. Each one of them made my eyes sting like crazy, so of course I stopped buying them.

Within the Blum line, there are several variations on the towels for different skin types. The Tea Tree Oil wipes for oily skin is one that I haven’t tried because I have normal to dry skin, so it really wouldn’t make sense for me to use it.

The Orange Peel is for exfoliation.  It was very difficult to get my makeup off with that one and the exfoliating side that was too rough for my skin.  On a positive note, the smell was wonderful.

The ones I like are Chamomile, Aloe & Cucumber, and Pro-Age with Grapeseed. These all work great in my opinion! The makeup comes off pretty easily with all of them, they have a pleasant smell, they come in a resealable package of 30, and a reasonably priced. No nasty ingredients like synthetic fragrances, so they pass the non-toxic test.

The Chamomile is for sensitive skin, so if that’s you, this is the best one. It has a very mild smell from the chamomile, and is really gentle on the skin.

The Cucumber & Aloe is for normal skin, has a slightly perfume-y (but not overwhelming) smell, and is gentle on the skin. If you prefer very mild odors you might not like this one.  Personally, I’m fine with it, because Blum Naturals does not use synthetic fragrances.

Usually I get these at TJ Maxx since our local store almost always has them. They’re also available at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, and Vitacost. The typical cost for these is about $5 – $8 for a package of 30. It’s a great value for an effective product. Love it!

I hope you find this review helpful.  Thanks for reading!

If you’d like to try any of these, this is the link to my Amazon store:

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