Friday, December 8, 2017

Lucky Me, Lucky You: Read All about my SWEAT! (Natural Deodorant Review)


I actually hear that many vegans have tried switching to natural deodorants or brands that are not tested on animals or containing animal ingredients and most have had horrible experiences. Many vegans confess to using conventional deodorants just because they don't want to smell sweaty and gross... I was the same: I tried vegan-friendly deodorants and was disappointed, so I gave up and switched back to a "traditional" deodorant. The crystal rock type things did nothing for me. The essential oil type stuff did very little, not enough. I tried about four different vegan brands and had failure after failure. That was actually a few years ago. Good news - just as vegan cheeses have improved greatly over the last few years, so have vegan deodorants!

These conventional deodorants that are also antiperspirants, have come under much scrutiny lately because of all the chemicals they contain and the aluminum as well. Not only that, but sweating is normal and healthy, so clogging up the sweat glands is very detrimental, but you can do your own research on that. I never knew about ARMPIT DETOX until I tried natural deodorants again a few months ago. Armpit detoxes sound funny/weird/gross, but they are necessary and healthy, so do some research on that and try it if you haven't. There are tons of blogs with tips, usually using bentonite clay and ACV (apple cider vinegar).

Now, the first natural deodorant I tried was from Lemongrass Spa. I was hesitant to buy it because it contains beeswax, which isn't vegan; but it's not tested on animals and I figured it was far better than the conventional products I had been using. I got the grapefruit lily scent and it smelled pretty good, but I still smelled sweaty after using this product. Also, I wasn't too found of feeling so sticky under my arms.

I tried Piper Wai and it actually works pretty good, almost as good as my favorite which I will fully review in a moment. The Piper Wai absorbs sweat fairly well (although with natural deodorants you WILL SWEAT as they are not antiperspirants and not clogging your sweat glands the way traditional products do). The scent of the Piper Wait is very earthy to me and a strong essential oil variety scent. I don't know how else to describe it. I got the bar to apply rather than the jar. It uses charcoal to absorb sweat so it does appear gray, but the company claims rubbing it in well will eliminate the gray color, which it basically did. It worked well enough that I would use it again, but I still wanted to find a product I liked more and I knew there were lots of natural deodorants on the market these days.

I checked out Amazon and found this one: Organic Island Deodorant. I scoured the reviews and decided to give it a try. I loved it! I used it for maybe a week then started getting a bit itchy under my arms and a few days later I noticed a very red rash. Uh oh! I contacted the company and they said it was probably from the baking soda in the product. I told them I already did an armpit detox and they said they still suspect the baking soda. They immediately sent me the sensitive formula to try without any cost to me since they really want their customers to be satisfied. I was a bit hesitant to use it, so I just laid off all products for a couple days. Once my rash was almost fully gone I did another underarm detox (which apparently some people must do quite a few to fully detox their pits), then gave it a try.


Sensitive (left) | Original (right)

Both versions of the product (the original and the sensitive) are unscented. They are both organic and made from natural oils, waxes, and vegan probiotics to help control odor and some of the wetness by absorption rather than clogging the glands. The original version is a bit harder consistency but can be heated very briefly to make application easier. The sensitive version is a bit soft and has a bit of a clay-like feel to me. It does work well, although not as good as the original version. I have detoxed my underarms a few more times and alternating between using the original when I need a little more better performance and the sensitive versions. I have not developed any more rashes even when I use the baking soda original version a few days in a row.

As expected I get some wetness, but there is no smell! I like that the product is unscented. Customer service has been excellent in my experience. The products are available directly on their website at www.IslandDeodorant.com and at Amazon. The price is fair and the product seems to last quite some time, even with daily use. I have had my two containers I alternate since the end of September (it's now a week into December) and still have over half of each left. Overall, so far this is my favorite deodorant, but I still need to try Primal Pit that I've heard so many people rave about!

If you've been searching for a great safer, natural deodorant that works and doesn't have that strong essential oils fragrance, give this one a try. I don't sell it or receive any incentive for sharing this with you in any way, by the way - this is just my honest review with no compensation whatsoever.

Please leave a comment to let me know how you came across my blog if you remember. On Google+ I shared "Natural Deodorant Review for Organic Island (with a few other mini reviews of other brands I've tried)". This blog was created using the following tags: sweat, natural, natural deodorant, deodorant, vegan, armpit detox, chemical, aluminum, organic, island deodorant, Lemongrass Spa, Piper Wai, review, wet, clay, acv, apple cider vinegar, essential oil, probiotics. THANKS FOR READING and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I've Been Away FAR TOO LONG!


Rehauling my blog.

I've been away from writing for so long as life is very busy with a toddler. My blog has been severely neglected and the broken images as well as lack of posts are just two telltale signs. Eek.

My daughter is in a playgroup every Friday for a few hours now, so after I'm done with my check in and walks for my doggie clients, I plan to devote at least one or two Fridays each month to write posts (in addition to some hardcore housecleaning!).

Best wishes to all, I hope you enjoy my upcoming natural lip balm, deodoramt, lotion, make up, and shampoo reviews that will be posted starting this Friday!

This blog was labeled with the tags: natural, lip balm, deodorant, lotion, make up, shampoo, reviews, vegan, cruelty free, Friday.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Field Roast Chao Cheese: A-freaking-MAZING!!

Let's face it, most vegan cheeses leave something to be desired. Either they taste funky or they don't melt. Most cannot be eaten cold because, well they just can't! You KNOW what I'm talking about!!

So, Chao came out a few months ago by the company Field Roast (the makers of Celebration Roast, Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage, and other beloved meat substitutes). This cheese came with lots of rave reviews and has tended to sell out of stock pretty quickly from market shelves, and I can see why.

It melts. It tastes DELICIOUS. It's got great texture. It is EVERYTHING I want in a non-dairy cheese. I am proud to share it with others, whereas with other cheeses like Daiya and Follow Your Heart I was like -- eh, didn't want to scare anyone away who might have been considering a vegan diet. Not to knock those cheeses, they are good, but in certain things only. Chao is more versatile and more CHEESE-like! It is fabulous and I cannot say enough good things about this non-dairy cheese!

Now, I have only tried the Creamy Original flavor of Field Roast Chao cheese, but I hear the other two varieties (Tomato Cayenne and Coconut Herb) are spectacular as well. I am really looking forward to trying the Tomato Cayenne in some queso dip!

The description of Chao cheeses at the Field Roast site is as follows:

...a vegan coconut cheese alternative seasoned with a traditionally fermented soybean curd called Chao by the Vietnamese. We continue our fascination with blending Asian and European heritages by partnering with a Greek cheese maker and a family in Taiwan who makes the Chao. We bring it all together in Seattle to create Chao Slices.
Serving Suggestions: Make a deli sandwich with Field Roast Deli Slices. Slap onto of one of our new hand-formed Field Roast Burgers. Slice into salads or just eat ‘em plain! Grilled cheese, anyone?

I have tried the Chao Creamy Original Cheese on crackers cold, in grilled cheese (of course!), in quesadillas, on "deli" sandwiches, and plain by the slice. WINS in every situation across the board. Delicious. The only downfall is that it's a bit expensive. I pay over $7 a pack for ten thick slices. It is worth it for an occasional treat. Hopefully the price will decrease a bit soon.

If you haven't tried it, TRY IT! You don't know what you're missing! (Don't you hate it when people say that to you?!) YUM! ; )


Monday, November 24, 2014

Earth Balance Coconut Butter Spread

I usually keep some Earth Balance butter (soy free, vegan variety) stocked in my fridge. I don't use it daily but it's nice to have some on hand for when I need a quick butter. I don't like that it uses palm oil, but supposedly it is sourced "ethically." Also, many items contain palm oil but are listed as simply "vegetable oil." The palm oil debate is another post, but I want to review my recent purchase of Earth Balance Coconut Butter Spread.

My normal grocery store was out of my normal product, so I picked this up instead, wondering how it would taste.

I was worried the butter would taste too strongly of coconut, although if refined coconut oil was used it might not taste at all like it. I do like coconut, don't get me wrong, but I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a coconut flavored butter.

It turns out there is a slight coconut flavor but it also tastes like "traditional" butter as well. It's a great blend of a delicate coconut taste and regular butter flavor. I am happy with it but still prefer the regular soy free Earth Balance buttery spread.

The coconut butter is a white color, unlike the yellowish hue the regular Earth Balance has. It spreads, melts, and cooks the same as the regular butter, for the most part. The main difference is the color and the flavor.

If you're a fan of coconut as I am, you may enjoy the coconut butter spread on cinnamon bagels, toast, English muffins, in sweet baking recipes (cakes and cookies, for example), and even in other foods. If you dislike coconut I wouldn't highly recommend this item. Also, the Earth Balance Coconut Butter spread comes in a 10 ounce container whereas the regular Earth Balance Buttery Spread comes in a 15 ounce container, although the price was only very slightly lower than the 15 ounce product.

In the comparison photo below the nutrition information and ingredients are listed. The blue container is the coconut butter and the reddish container is the regular soy-free buttery spread.

Nutritionally they are incredibly similar. The largest difference is that the coconut butter version contains more saturated fat, which is to be expected. The ingredients are very similar as well except the difference in the types of oils used to make each variety.

Both product varieties are vegan so they contain no cholesterol like regular traditional dairy butter. The sodium and fat content are comparable to traditional dairy butters. Vegan butters are cruelty free! Go vegan. : )


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Many Changes, More Posts Soon to Come

I've been on blog hiatus for awhile. I've been wanting to re-design my blog, even though it isn't very popular. I enjoy writing it and sharing my reviews and events I attend.

Kilo and Scrappy playing in the snow, circa 2005
Recently I have had many changes in my life. My dogs, Kilo and Scrappy, were getting very old. They were both 14. Kilo had failing health and declined since late spring. He left us on August 14. Soon after, we discovered Scrappy had cancer. We opted for surgery to try to save him, but it was too far spread, and he passed September 19. It was devastating. I still cry. My dogs were fourteen wonderful years of friendship, laughter, and love, and they were my family and joy.

I also found out, during all of this, that I was going to be laid off from my regular job on October 24, which has come and gone, so I am no longer employed and it's very difficult to find a decent job in this area. We'd like to move but are not financially ready to at this time. Maybe in a couple years.

Bryan and I nearly 8 years ago, and still happy today!
On a good note, however, we found out we are pregnant, so I am about 3 and a half months into my pregnancy now with my first child. We are incredibly happy about this as we've been trying for a couple years now and didn't think it would ever happen! We get to find out next month what the sex of our baby is. The baby will be raised vegan, of course.

We also decided to get a new puppy: Simba. He was born August 3, 2014 and we got him on September 25 -- six days after our Scrappy passed on from his battle with cancer. It was too sad and quiet in our house and we just couldn't stand it. Simba needed a home, so Bryan picked him up from the rescue and he's been making himself comfortable in our home ever since!

Simba comfortably snoozin'.
Throughout all these changes I've had to get a few things taken care of and have not been in the mood to write, but I am finally getting back to normalcy and expect to go on living my wonderful vegan life despite the struggles and changes. Some changes are great and others are heartbreaking, but life must go on. Best wishes to anyone reading this!


Friday, May 2, 2014

The Natural: Stain Treatment (from TC)

I recently tried some of The Natural brand products from TripleClicks (TC) and so far I've been very pleased. Most recently I tested The Natural Stain Treatment.

I have two dogs and they are both fourteen, so they are getting quite old. The one has frequent accidents. I wish I could work from home and didn't need to leave him, but we do have a friend that stops in daily while we're both at work to check on the dogs and let them out. However, my one boy still has frequent accidents which can be difficult to clean and keep from leaving stains.

The Natural Stain Treatment has been reviewed 34 times at the time I write this and has a 4 star rating (out of 5 stars), so that's pretty good. It arrived within just a few days with standard shipping. I was actually a bit skeptical that this product would work, but it was worth trying since it is not tested on animals, is a "natural" product, contains no animal ingredients, and I get bonuses for using the product. So why not, right??

Anyway, the photo at the site shows green liquid but the product I received was basically clear. I have only purchased it once thus far, although I plan to purchase again, so I don't know if it comes in two different versions or what... The product has a very light peppermint aroma which is pleasing to me, but was the product effective?

I followed the directions and shook the product, saturated the stained area, and let it sit a few minutes. Then I lightly scrubbed the stain and let it sit another minute or two. Finally, I took a clean paper towel and patted the area dry. The stain came up almost completely. If you didn't already know the area had been soiled on the carpet you would REALLY have to strain to spot it.

This product works MUCH better than other products I've tried, and many of the products I've used in the past were name brand products that are supposed to be the best of the best. Well, I can honestly say, for price and performance, there is NO comparison! This product wins in both departments.

For a quart it is less than $6 and a gallon can be purchased for less than $19. I can testify that it performs well on different types of stains. I don't want to gross anyone out, but I've used this product to clean blood, feces, urine, and different food items on upholstery, clothing, and carpet. It performs well across the board not only for fresh stains, but also for set-in stains that are a few hours old. It did not release old stains that were previously cleaned with other products many weeks ago, but I didn't really expect a stain that set for a month to be cleaned at this point.

I highly recommend this stain treatment product. It's better for the environment, your family, animals (no animal testing or animal ingredients), AND it works incredibly well in my personal experience.

To purchase, click the link of the size you'd like:
The Natural Stain Treatment: QUART SIZE
The Natural Stain Treatment: GALLON SIZE

Photos of the product I received:

Here is the description directly from TripleClicks:

BENEFITS/DESCRIPTION

This remarkable laundry, carpet and upholstery stain treatment removes organic based stains caused by wine, blood, soil, grass, mold, food, vomit, feces, urine, and perspiration. Utilizing the power of natural enzymes, it breaks down and deodorizes organic matter as it cleans, leaving a fresh peppermint scent.

DIRECTIONS

Shake just before use to energize the enzymes.
Stains and severe odors: Apply directly to odor source or stain after removing encrusted matter and solids. Let stand for 15 to 45 minutes. Scrub with a white rag or soft brush. Blot with a white towel. Rinse if desired.
Drains, grease traps, bowls & urinals: Use 4 oz. per fixture weekly to eliminate odors and build-ups. Keeps drains free running and odor free.
Laundry pre-spotter: Mix with 1 to 10 parts water and apply directly to spots and stains 15 to 45 minutes before washing.
Deodorizing garbage cans/dumpsters: Mix with 3 parts water and apply to source of odor.

INGREDIENTS

Natural Enzymes, Non-Ionic Surfactant (naturally derived detergent in an ethanol derivative), Peppermint Oil, Propylene Glycol, Ozone Treated Water (for purification). Contains no preservatives.

PRICE COMPARISON

K2R Spot Lifter The Natural
Price-per-Ounce $0.74 $0.25
Price-per-Quart $23.62 $8.06

ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

* Non-toxic.
* All ingredients are biodegradable or break down into harmless natural elements.
* Biodegrades without forming micro toxins.
* Contains no hazardous ingredients as per OSHA regulations.
* Free of petroleum distillates, butyl ether, ammonia, chlorine, phosphates, benzene, pine oil, or strong acids.
* Free of all known or suspected carcinogens.
* Gray water and septic tank safe.
* Biodegradable without effluent treatment process.

ANIMAL RIGHTS

* Cruelty free.
* Contains no animal ingredients.
* Has not been tested on animals.

CAUTIONS

Keep out of reach of children. Not for internal consumption. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact, flush thoroughly with water.

To purchase, click the link of the size you'd like:
The Natural Stain Treatment: QUART SIZE
The Natural Stain Treatment: GALLON SIZE


If The Natural Stain Treatment doesn't appeal to you,
check out what Amazon offers for your needs: