I Don’t Wear Deodorant

When I tell people I stopped wearing deodorant I get two reactions: The stink eye or the stink sniff. They either think I’m crazy for ditching one of the most important toiletries in the bathroom cabinet or I must reek and they just haven’t gotten on the bad side of the breeze, yet. Or both. But guess what, I don’t stink! Husband approved. So how did I get here? Let me explain.

A little over a month ago, a friend shared why she decided to forgo the deodorant stick on Instagram and replaced it with a natural alternative. When I started researching the products in deodorant I was appalled. Go grab your deodorant right now and read the ingredients. You may notice some of these: Aluminum, parabens (usually with a fancy name in front of it), and triclosan. All of these ingredients have been shown to cause disruptions in the endocrine system (hormones), irritate skin, and linked to tumors i.e. tied to breast cancer. One of them, triclosan, is even a pesticide! Would you knowingly put a pesticide on your skin everyday for years? Yuck! Here’s some articles for you to read up on. They do a great job of explaining the risks involved with using deodorant.

11 Scary Reasons to Stop Wearing Deodorant

TIME: Can Deodorant Give You Cancer?

So deodorant is bad, or at least risky, but I don’t want to smell like a teenager fresh from gym class. What do I do? There are several DIY natural deodorants on the internet. I’ve not had much luck buying natural deodorants from the store and walked around with raw armpits for a week after trying a DIY balm with baking soda. I like to use a Crystal Stick, recommended by that same girlfriend I mentioned earlier. It’s just salt. I was super skeptical. I tried it. I am a convert. I can go all day full-on sweating in the summer heat and never get even a little funk. If you try it and notice a little smelling later in the day, some users have suggested to not give up. Some people have to allow their bodies to detox for a week or two. One last tip, I wet my underarms, or don’t dry them after a shower, and then apply the Crystal Stick instead of wetting the stick each time, which will cause it to deteriorate quicker. Oh, and one stick lasts a WHOLE YEAR. Talk about cost effective! That’s some DO 4 yo BO I can get behind. Let me know in the comments if you have questions.  Ciao!

Lovely Lavender

Who doesn’t love the serene scent of lavender? I’ve traveled from Canada to France chasing the best products made of this tiny, purple, power flower. One of the reasons I love it the most is for its many uses in the home. Lavender is pretty much a golden oil. It is antibacterial, antifungal, a carminative, sedative, antidepressive and effective for burns and insect bites. If you’ve never used essential oils before, lavender is the best (and easiest) one to start with. Here’s some of my favorite uses:

  1. Soothe and calm- Diffuse a few drops at night or in your bedroom for a great night’s sleep or just relax when life seems tense. I also keep a roller ball on hand, and one for my little, for a swipe of instant relaxation. Roll lavender on the bottoms of your feet, wrists, and I like to put a dab on my chest.
  2. Relaxing bath- Drip 2-3 drops in a bath and let your stress melt away. This is also great for littles to get them in a sleepy state of mind.
  3. Babies who sleep through the night- After a warm bath and cuddles, put 2 drops of lavender on a cotton ball and slip it under the crib sheet. Baby will rest better and so will you!
  4. Insect bites- I use lavender in a roller to combat bites. Lavender will almost instantly take the sting out of an ant bite or the itch out of a mosquito bite.
  5. Scrapes and minor burns- You can also use your roller to soothe and heal scrapes and burns. It warms my heart to see my little girl reaching for oils to heal her scrapes instead of chemical laden medicines.
  6. Acne- While tea tree is great for combating bumps, lavender is also antibacterial and will soothe the inflammation of a red pimple.

To make a roller of lavender, put between 10 – 15 drops of lavender essential oil into an amber roller. Then pour in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. Put the topper on and viola!

Note** Be aware of the brand of lavender you invest in. There are many false oils out there. If you have questions on brands, send me a message.

That Crunchy Christian Life

In studying the scriptures, I’m convinced that God has called us to a more sustainable life-style. There’s so much to learn about these topics and I hope to revisit them on here in the future. Recently, I lead a women’s bible study focused on living sustainably and what the bible says about it. I’m excited to conduct more research and share with everyone, but in the meantime, here’s a copy of the handout we used:

Is caring for the Earth, going organic, supporting fair trade, and “clean” sustainable living biblical or just a fad?

What does the Bible say about taking care of the earth?
Genesis 2:4-17
Job 12:7-10
Matthew 25:14-30
Ezekiel 34:2-3
Revelation 11:18
What do you need to do in response to these verses?

What does the Bible say about supporting fair trade?
James 5:1-6
Micah 6:8
Isaiah 1:15-17
What do you need to do in response to these verses?

What does the Bible say about a healthy lifestyle?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
1 Corinthians 10:31
1 Corinthians 9:27
Proverbs 23:2
Phillipians 3:19
1 Timothy 4:8
What do you need to do in response to these verses?

“Committing a sin in ignorance is still committing a sin.” -A book Theryne read once (maybe The Act of Marriage)

Ten Ways to Live Sustainably
Environmental sustainability doesn’t mean living without, but rather being aware of your resource consumption and reducing unnecessary waste.
1. Reduce household energy use
2. Eat locally and organic
3. Dispose with disposables (i.e. plastics)
4. Plant seeds
5. Recycle
6. Resell and donate items
7. Drink from the tap
8. Save water
9. Rely less on your car
10. Purchase fair-trade products