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):  http://astore.amazon.com/mycrnoli-20

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

Tisserand Rose Blend Deodorant Review

If you’ve read my other posts then you know that I refuse to use any product that contains toxic chemicals. Deodorant is no exception. I also love to shop, especially at discount stores.

This was another TJ Maxx find I bought because I was getting low on the Botanical Societies Citrus deodorant I had bought there previously (and loved). I like to have one that I keep in my purse for BO emergencies, so I decided to go ahead and buy this one. This company appears to be out of England, because the prices on their website are in pounds. The About section doesn’t say where they’re from, and they don’t have a “where to buy” link or anything of that nature.

The smell is kind of like a wild rose. You can definitely smell the rose, but you can also smell the other scents, which include Rose Geranium, Lemon & Grapefruit. It’s a roll on, but dries fairly quickly.

Unfortunately, it didn’t prevent me from stinking. I applied it before several workouts and I smelled terrible after each one. Since that didn’t seem to work, I tried it after a shower when I knew I wouldn’t sweat and on multiple occasions. That was even worse! I basically had rose-scented BO. Luckily it wasn’t so overpowering that others could smell it, but I definitely got a whiff every now and then and it wasn’t pleasant. It’s a shame because I really wanted to love this deodorant.

To be fair to this product, I am one of those people that have a hard time with natural deodorants. Many of them make me smell worse than if I hadn’t put anything on at all. If you’re not prone to body odor, this will probably work just fine for you. If you’re like me and tend to get stinky when you sweat, I wouldn’t recommend this deodorant. I’m sure this company is perfectly fine (they sell other products), but this specific product just didn’t work for me.

Hopefully you found this helpful.  Thanks for reading!

Heritage Store Rosewater Spray

This week I’ll be reviewing multitasking products.

I’d like to start with one of the first natural products that I bought when I opted for clean personal care products.  It’s Heritage Store brand rosewater spray.  This was one of the items I bought on my first shopping trip to replace my old toxic products. An 8 oz. spray bottle sells for under $10 and is available at most health food stores. I’ve seen it at Whole Foods, HEB, Vitamin Shoppe, and Vitacost. It smells like a freshly picked rose. It’s also available by the gallon on the Heritage Store website if you use it enough and want to reduce your carbon footprint.  I’ve recently discovered you can also get it at Amazon (http://amzn.to/1SAT4of)

At first I only used it as body spray. Then I tried it as a mixer for a European clay powder facial and have been hooked ever since. The mask smelled just like the spray, even though the clay on its own had no scent. True to form, I did some research and discovered that rosewater does much more than just smell good. According to Livestrong.com rose has hydrating, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Once I found out about all the wonderful benefits of rosewater, I figured I would come up with some other ways to use it. Here’s what I use it for now:

  • Body spray
  • Mixer for facial mask
  • Makeup setting spray
  • Mixer to turn mineral powder foundation into a liquid
  • Moisturizing mist throughout the day, especially during dry winter months

It took a while for me to get used to the fact that one product has multiple uses. As you’ve probably noticed, marketing techniques have convinced the masses that we need a separate product for each issue. That means more money out of our pockets and into the manufacturer’s. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not opposed to capitalism. But what consumer doesn’t want to save as much money as possible in this economy?

In any case, this is a product I definitely recommend that you try if you like the smell of rose. I definitely love it and use it all the time!

Do you have any other recommendations for how to use rosewater?   Anything else you’d like to add? Please add your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Nourish Organic Vanilla Almond Deodorant

Desperate for some relief from my hypothyroidism symptoms, I was willing to try ANYTHING.  Any little change that might help, I was going to try it – especially if it’s avoiding the use of products with endocrine disrupting chemicals.  Traditional deodorants contain things such as triclosan and synthetic fragrances, which are endocrine disruptors.  On top of that, there is emerging evidence that links aluminum (the active ingredient in most antiperspirants) to Alzheimer’s, so I’d rather be safe than sorry.

I discovered Nourish Organic after deciding to switch to more natural, organic, and nontoxic personal care products.  It’s made with all USDA certified organic ingredients, including essential oils.  Their products can be found online at Vitacost, in stores such as HEB (a southern US grocery store chain), Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, and even Ulta.  I bought the deodorant after trying the body wash and lotion in the same scent, which is really awesome, like a cookie!

It looks and feels like a mix between white solid and clear solid deodorant.  It has a slightly more tacky feel than a solid, but isn’t quite a gel, either.  It glides on easily.  For the most part, it keeps me odor free.  It is definitely less effective in the summer when I sweat more.  The effectiveness is increased if I use a brush and put a layer of baking soda on top of the deodorant.  The drawback to doing this is the extra time it takes and the mess it makes.  It’s also not cheap at about $7 for 2.2 oz.

Overall, it’s pretty effective.  If you are one of those people that tends toward body odor, this might not be your best option.  If you’re like me, you might be able to get away with it during the winter months or when you won’t be sweating.  If the price is a concern, then this might be a better choice.

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer it.  Thanks for reading!

To try the Nourish Organic Vanilla Almond deodorant, this link will take you to my Amazon page:  http://astore.amazon.com/mycrnoli-20

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thai Crystal Deodorant Review

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.

Here’s a link to my Amazon page if you think you’d like to give this deodorant a shot:  http://astore.amazon.com/mycrnoli-20

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.

Update:  I forgot to mention the price.  The spray is under $5 for 8 oz.  The solid is just over $5 for 4.25 oz.  Both of these products last quite a while longer than traditional deodorants.

 

Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo and Conditioner Review

This brand was one I tried as I was just beginning to venture into the natural beauty product world in hopes of improving my hypothyroid symptoms. Reducing my exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is the goal.  So, I decided to ditch the stuff filled with synthetic chemicals for a more natural option.

Shea Moisture is available at several big box retailers, drug stores, online, and even at some beauty stores. The price point is reasonable at around $10 per product, depending on where you find it. The scent is fruity and clean. I believe it contains an essential oil blend of coconut and hibiscus, hence the name.  You can also find it on my Amazon store:  http://astore.amazon.com/mycrnoli-20

The shampoo makes a nice lather. The conditioner is difficult to find, which is a drawback for me since I’m adamant that I must have the matching conditioner to any shampoo that I use. This is for curly hair, so I only use it when I plan on wearing my hair curly/wavy. It can leave a bit of an oily residue, so I have to make sure that I rinse my hair thoroughly and usually with hot water. This was not an issue back when I was coloring my hair because it was very damaged from all the blond hair color being used on it. Now that I’m no longer coloring, my hair is healthier and not as dry. If you have damaged or dry hair, I think this product line will work for you as well as it did for me.

My hair is naturally wavy, so when I wear it this way, I typically comb it out, scrunch it, let it air dry for a while, and then sleep on it damp. This gives me the best results. Depending on how much time I have when I’m getting ready to leave the house, I may curl only a few pieces of hair around my face and the ends, or I’ll curl all of my hair for a more polished look. Occasionally, I don’t have time to do anything to it, and that looks fine, too.

I can usually wear this look for 2 to 4 days, depending on how much I work out, sweat, or how my hormone levels are (I tend to get oilier during ovulation). Overall, I’m happy with this product and would recommend it for anyone with dry, frizzy hair that also tends to be unruly.