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The New Best Natural Deodorant

Danielle Bisbano - Sunday, May 18, 2014

What's the deal with most commercially-made deodorants these days and why are so many people looking for safer alternatives?  Well, if you do some research you will find a lot of information saying that most deodorants and ANY anti-antiperspirant is dangerous and potentially cancer-causing.  There is also some suggestion that the aluminum in these products could contribute to Alzheimer's.  I am so not in the mood to do all kinds of research right now but, last I heard, neither of these claims have actually been proven.  Guess what, I don't really care.  This is one of those times where you can just use your common sense.  Any products that smells like spring rain or mountain meadows is probably not good for you.  Completely blocking a normal, detoxifying function of the body is obviously not good for you, either.  But, we do have to live in the real world so we can't go walking around all smelly and gross.  Hence, the reason for the abundance of products to choose from when you are looking for a safe alternative.  Sadly, about 90% of what is available just doesn't work and it is a common complaint from so many people trying to make a switch.

 If you read my blog or know me personally, you probably know about my love of Milk of Magnesia as a safe, non-toxic deodorant and you are probably using it because it really just works.  The downside is that is does nothing for moisture so it is only half of a solution.  I always keep my eyes open for new products that look promising and resist the urge daily to buy ALL of them but I stumbled upon one that was so intriguing and promising that I had to try it and I am so glad that I did.

Enter Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

 

The end all and be all of clean, non-toxic deodorants.  This stuff is amazing.  If you don't believe me, scroll down the product page and check out the reviews.  Not only is it fantastic as a deodorant, but the cornstarch and kaolin clays absorb (not block, big difference) moisture as well so this thing can actually call itself an anti-antiperspirant, too.  The scent is gender neutral which makes is great for men, too.   It is much easier to apply than Milk of Magnesia as it is a cream rather than a liquid.  I got mine at a lovely shop in Boston called Follain which sells so many wonderful and safe products that I could literally just stay there for a whole day touching and smelling everything!  If you want to try this two ounce wonder you can order right from them for $14 and support a local vendor, which is always a good thing. 

Try it out and let me know what you think!

The Real Girl

 

 

If you know me personally or read my blog, you know by now how Milk of Magnesia is a fantastic non-toxic deodorant. 

Beautycounter Lip Sheer Review

Danielle Bisbano - Monday, January 20, 2014

I have a confession to make.  I have been almost silent about the first color cosmetic product in the Beautycounter line even though it has been out for months.  Even though I am a makeup artist and even though I love it.  Even though I use it and even though, like everything else in the line, it is amazing.  I have been quiet because, well, it's not cheap.  We all have budgets, I get it.  But then Christy Coleman (Beautycounter's celebrity makeup artist) said that you can also use the Lip Sheers as a blush and I thought, "hmmmmmm".  It took me forever to remember to do it (no idea why) but, oh my, was she right.  Not only can you use it as a blush, it is actually quite fantastic.  It has amazing staying power and beautiful color.  So now that you can multitask with one beautifully packaged, non-toxic, vanilla scented wonder . . .  I'm telling you about it!  

A little 411 on these babies.  Six shades in all: Petal, Twig, Coral, Rose, Currant and Plum (in order per the pic above).  Here is the breakdown:

Petal: Beautifully soft, light pink.  Very sheer.  Perfect for non-lipstick wearers or when you want a truly soft wash of natural color.

Twig: Have you spent the better part of your teenage and adult life searching for the perfect nude lip color?  Me, too.  The search is over.  You're welcome. 

Coral: Can't really elaborate on the shade all that much . . . "coral" is a perfectly perfect description.

Rose: Deeper pink than Petal. Very romantic and pretty.

Currant: Lovely reddish-brown.  More intense shade.  Classic. Not as red as the picture.

Plum: Beautiful purple-toned red.  Lovely.

These shades were formulated to look good on every skin tone so you just have to pick the one you like the best.  The shades most suited as a blush are Coral, Rose, Currant and Plum.  The darker the shade, the more staying power in general.  In fact, Currant and Plum most definitely have a stain factor to them.  They are also my personal favorites as blushes, Plum being my number one.  I am a big fan of a flushed cheek look and Plum really does the trick.

The texture of the Lip Sheers is kind of hard to describe.  They are their own little enigma.  They are not really a lipstick or a lip balm or a lip stain or a lip gloss.  They are kind of just the best parts of all of those things.  They go on like butter.  Seriously.  They smell like vanilla and feel beautifully soft on your lips.  The packaging makes you feel kinda sorta super special when you put it on, too.  All fancy like.  See???

(Twig pictured here)

Currant and Plum are especially versatile.  One coat will give you a sheer wash of color.  A second coat right on top of that adds intensity and impact.  Top any of these shades off with the Beautycounter Lip Shine ($24) and you will add gloss and a slight shimmer, giving you yet another completely different look. 

Locals can borrow one from me if you want to try before you buy!  The Beautycounter Lip Sheers are $28 each.  If you want to get yourself the perfect nude color (Twig), the perfect day to evening color (Plum) and the gloss, try The Quintessential Collection for $75.  Want it all?  The Complete Collection retails for $175.

Now you know!

www.healthyskin.beautycounter.com

 The Real Girl

 

 

Love the Skin You're In!

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You are what you eat.  How long has that phrase been around? A long time.  You know why?  Because it’s true!  The same reasoning goes for what we put on our skin.  Our skin is our largest organ and what we put on it goes directly into our bloodstream minus the benefits and protection of our digestive system.  We really need to be aware of this and cooperate by making sure we are using safe, natural products whenever possible.   

Have you ever heard this one:  “Don’t put it on your body unless you can eat it.”  Great advice and a noble venture but it’s not entirely practical for a lot of women.  I like to pick my battles and here is how I do it.

As I started writing this, I realized that there are several factors that I consider every time I make a skin care, body care and/or cosmetics purchase whether I am aware of it or not.  The basic considerations are: surface area, duration and permeability.  Let’s go through them one at a time, shall we?

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 Surface area:  are we comparing a body lotion to a cuticle cream?  Let’s be realistic; it is much more important that what you are slathering over your WHOLE BODY be natural than something that covers three square inches.  I’m no math whiz but this is basic stuff.  This is the reasoning behind why I am more likely to use whatever eye shadow without obsessing but I probably won’t use a “junk” moisturizer on my whole face.

Duration: are we comparing something that you are going to be using every day or only once in a while.  How about how long you will have it on your skin?  Like the difference between a face mask that you wash off in 20 minutes versus a serum that you have on for 16 hours.  To me, it matters. 

Permeability: this one is really important to me.  It’s the products that I use in the shower that I am the most discerning about.  When you are in the shower or taking a bath, your pores are open and every square inch of you is getting washed with something (hopefully).  You really want to be careful here with soaps, body washes, shampoo and conditioner.  You’re like a little sponge soaking everything up and when you are taking a bath, it’s like your own private marinade.  Don’t use this opportunity to drown yourself in chemicals!  There are so many other options and they are all easily accessible.  No excuses!

With all of these factors, there is one more to consider.  It is what you do on a daily basis that really matters.  You don’t have to go crazy worrying about every little thing.  It’s all about balance.  On that note, do yourself a favor.  Buy yourself one bottle of natural body wash, shampoo and conditioner and you will give yourself months of chemical-free cleansing.  Want to do one better?  Do the same for a friend.  How easy is that?

Here are just a few products that I have tried and love.  No, I do not work for these people.  I’m just a happy customer.

Savannah Essentials:

Free shipping if you spend $75.  Treat yourself to deliciously scented body washes, soaps, lotions, bath salts and more.  These products are amazing!

John Masters Organics:

Salon quality natural hair and skin care products.  I have not tried the skin care products but I love the shampoos, conditioners and pomades. 

Beautycounter:

Okay, I actually DO work for these people now but only because I fell in love with the products first.  The most amazing, clean skin care line I have found.  The results are just phenomenal!

Oh, and tell your skin I said “you’re welcome” ;-)

The Real Girl


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