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It’s the Pits: Natural Deodorant Review

It's the Pits: Natural Deodorant Review - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comMost antiperspirants or deodorants contain the chemical compound aluminium. This chemical is known to clog your sweat ducts. It has also been speculated that aluminum can imitate estrogen, as well as contribute to the increase of cancer cells. However, to be clear:

 “Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does not have any evidence or research data that ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer.”

Why we made the switch

Ace: This isn’t my first time taking the natural deodorant route. In 2011, I started using natural remedies to help with sweating, but it didn’t last long. (Summers in the south get very, very hot.) The reason I’m making the switch the second time around is because of the aluminum hype. My mother died of cancer, so I’m trying to cut out anything that could contribute to me getting the disease. My body developed quicker than most people I know, so I’ve been wearing deodorant for as long as I can remember. It was time to let it go…again.

Donni: I mentioned in my winter natural beauty remedies that I’ve been turning to natural alternatives instead of commercial products that are filled with unnecessary ingredients. Slowly, but surely I’ve been taking inventory of the products I purchase and looking for a healthier or more natural alternative. Deodorant was next on my list. And although, there aren’t any definitive studies linking aluminium to breast cancer, I’d prefer just opting out of using it all together. There are so many natural alternatives like tea tree oil that help kill the bacteria which cause that sweaty odor, rather than trying to stop the sweating altogether like aluminum does.

Natural Deodorant Review

Brands We Tried

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Ace: My natural deodorant came from Mrs. K’s Skincare. I went with Mrs. K because I recently ordered her activated charcoal toothpaste.

It was still “cold” out when I started using it, just to prepare my armpits for the summer weather. Everything started out great, with the exception of being nervous that I stunk. One day my pits started to feel raw. Then I noticed they were SUPER dark. Being the genius I am, I thought it was just my pits detoxing. Didn’t even think about it being an allergic reaction until Donni told me the same thing happened to her. I contacted Mrs. K and she said it could be the baking soda. (One without baking soda should arrive any day now.) The “natural remedy” I tried six years ago was baking soda. My armpits burned then, but I thought it was my razor or shaving cream.

Donni:  I researched a lot of different brands and eventually went with Schmidt’s in Ylang-Ylang and Calendula.

I “detoxed” my pits for about a week and a half – only using apple cider vinegar twice a day and following up with coconut oil. The first week of using the deodorant, I still used the apple cider vinegar and all was well. I was super worried about being the stinky girl at work, but the Schmidt’s was awesome.  I didn’t have any issues with odor and it honestly felt like I was wearing my normal Secret. Then I stopped using the apple cider vinegar and I had an allergic reaction to the baking soda in the Schmidt’s. I mean it was an awful rash. My armpits were on fire and they turned black. I was slathering aloe on them every few hours for relief. Cue me writing a very angry letter to Schmidt’s about how their product caused me to have firepits instead of armpits. They are currently sending me a replacement product without baking soda. However, I’m moving on to another brand: Primal Pit Paste.

We’ll be back with some thoughts once we’ve tried products without baking soda.

Have you ever had a bad reaction to a natural product? Leave your story below!

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Mrs. K’s Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Review

This is not a sponsored post. I purchased activated charcoal toothpaste from Mrs. K’s SkinCare, because my teeth don’t like my favorite things, like coffee and wine, as much as I do. Opinions are my own, and there are no affiliate links in this post!

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What is activated charcoal?

Honestly, I don’t know how to explain it, therefore, I went to New World Encyclopedia. Also known as activated carbon, activated charcoal, is a “form of carbon that has been processed to make it extremely porous and thus to have a very large surface area available for adsorption and chemical reactions. It is usually derived from charcoal.” (New World Encyclopedia)

The first time I heard of charcoal being used for anything other than a grill, was last year. My sister bought me my first pair of blending sponges (LOL), and one of the sponges was bamboo charcoal infused. Then there was all the hype/drama over charcoal masks. So when I saw Mrs. K’s activated charcoal toothpaste on Instagram—I figured it was my turn to give it a try.

Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Review - The Palmetto Peaches

Photo: Mrs. K’s SkinCare

The Good

Made with natural ingredients.

Mrs. K’s toothpaste ingredients include: activated charcoal, sodium bicarbonate, bentonite clay, virgin coconut oil, essential oil, ginger and sea salt. I’m trying to use more natural products. Her natural deodorant is next on my shopping list.

Leaves my mouth feeling refreshed.

Since the activated charcoal removes toxins from the mouth, my mouth feels insanely clean after brushing. Cleaner than it did with “regular” toothpaste.

Teeth whitening remedy.

Last year I tried one of those laser teeth whitening things, and hated it too much to notice any results. I’ve only been using this toothpaste for about 2 weeks, so I won’t share any pictures just yet. But my teeth are whiter and brighter y’all, and it ain’t just from the iPhone 7 camera.

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Can be used for multiple purposes.

Other than working to get you a healthy mouth, activated charcoal can also be used for food poisoning or digestive problems. I may or may not have tested this theory on a hangover.

Cost effective.

A little bit of this toothpaste goes a long way. I bought the 4oz jar or $10. It’s more expensive than (some) what drugstores carry, but I won’t have to buy any toothpaste for a few months.

Bonus: My order came with a sample of Mrs. K’s lemongrass and sage bar soap. Y’all know I love some sage. The handmade bar, called Maya, makes me want to bite it whenever I use it. LOOK AT IT!
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Photo: Mrs. K.s SkinCare

The Bad

The taste.

The saltiness and gritty texture is different from what I’m used to. It was weird at first, but doesn’t bother me now. Honestly, what did I expect from charcoal?

The Ugly

The mess.

I’ve been brushing my teeth for 29 years, and I still drool all over myself and sink. The activated charcoal toothpaste hasn’t left any major stains, yet, but use something for a cover-up to be safe. I would show ya’ll what the toothpaste looks like on my teeth, but I’m so embarrassed. My selfie skills are bad enough. Imagine what they looked like with black paste in my mouth.

Have you tried activated charcoal toothpaste, or anything with activated charcoal? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments! Visit Mrs. K’s SkinCare if you’d like to try her handmade, natural products!

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Natural Winter Beauty Remedies

Natural Winter Beauty Remedies - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comAs much as I was am a product junkie, I’m trying to cut back on buying unnecessary items for my beauty routine. I am after all, trying attempting to stick with living a more minimalist lifestyle. To combat buying a good portion of Ulta, natural beauty remedies are one of my most frequent searches on Pinterest. I love when I find items that are multipurpose. That’s right coconut oil isn’t the only item that should be your best friend. The cold weather is awful, but it doesn’t mean your skin has to be a winter nightmare. Below are some of my favorite natural winter beauty remedies.

Natural Winter Beauty Remedies

HYDRATE

Okay, ladies (let’s get in formation) let’s start with the obvious: water. Water not only plumps the skin, but it encourages collagen production which keeps your skin youthful and helps with renewal. It also helps to flush toxins out of the body that can lead to acne and hyperpigmentation. By not drinking enough water, you’re inviting fine lines, enlarged pores and dull skin into your life. Water also increases your metabolism, keeps your muscles and brain power happy and keeps you feeling energized and fresh. So drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day.  You can add some flavor to your water with fresh lemon, cayenne pepper, mint, or cucumber!

OIL SLICK

Add some oils to your routines. Now I’m an oily girl, so when I first read about this talk about side eye, but the right ones can have a very beneficial healing effect on your skin internally and externally. Add a teeny drop of oil in the morning or opt for an evening treatment: after your cleanser, apply a thin mask of the oil of your choice. Leave it on for  5-10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

  • Oily, acne-prone skin: Use coconut oil, or grapeseed blended with essential oils like tea tree, lavender and neem.
  • Dry skin: Use jojoba, olive oil,  sunflower or rose essential oil.
  • Irritated or sensitive skin: Use essential oils such as chamomile, calendula and jojoba.

Exfoliate

Tomato Sugar Face Scrub:  All you need is 1 tomato and 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Cut tomato in half and dip it in the sugar. Next, rub your face with the tomato in a circular motion. Leave it on for ten minutes and then rinse. Tomatoes have lycopene in them which is an antioxidant that helps protects your skin from dangerous UV sun rays and it also prevents wrinkles by maintaining your skin’s elasticity. If you’re not up to a DIY  – Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Deep Pore Scrub is 97% natural and and awesome product.

Coffee Face Scrub: Olive oil, organic honey and coffee grinds can be mixed together to an energizing scrub. I would use this as a body scrub because it’s a little harsh. Ground coffee is not only exfoliating, but the caffeine supposedly helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. The honey and olive oil have antioxidants and are excellent natural moisturizers.  Honey also helps fight acne. Simply, mix together:

  • 1/3 tsp extra virgin olive oil –  You can sub out shea butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp organic honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp coffee grounds (go ahead and use the ones from your coffee pot this morning)

Again, you can skip the DIY route and buy 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Body Scrub.

Don’t forget about your lips, you can make an simple lip scrub at home with sugar and coconut oil or check out my one of my absolute favorites: Eco Lips Organic Lip Scrub. 

Dry Skin?

Try a honey and avocado mask. Avocado and honey help cure dry skin problems during winter. Avocado contains healthy fats, vitamins E and C, and carotenoids. They protect the skin from free radical damage and keep it hydrated and honey is super moisturizing. Mix a half of an avocado and two tablespoons of honey. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with water.

Do you have any tried and true natural beauty remedies? Please feel free to share them with me.

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Spring Cleaning My Life — Green Clean

After writing my last post, I realized that this whole spring cleaning my life thing was going to be quite an undertaking. But last weekend I got started and I am so happy with my progress. As I said, a beautiful, clean living space is inspiring and it eliminates stress. So I went to work cleaning and organizing my apartment. I started my getting rid of all the piles of mail I had thrown everywhere. I bought some cute binders and file folders from Target and saved my important papers (medical bills, tax info, etc.). Hello counter space. Next up: my bathroom.

True Life: I’m a product junkie. So there are usually bottles EVERYWHERE and make-up dust sprinkled here and there. Don’t judge me by what you’re about to see. Spring Cleaning My Life -- Natural cleaningI know… good lawd have mercy.

The first thing I did was get rid of some of the products I don’t use. I’ve been transitioning to my natural hair for about a year and honestly those products that worked wonders for my relaxed hair needed to be removed a long time ago. Bye-bye.

Next came cleaning: along with my natural hair, I’ve decided I want to use more natural products. Green clean, if you will. If for no other reason, my cute puppy licks everything (sometimes  for hours on end). I would rather him ingest things that won’t seriously harm his tummy like the chemicals found in some of your everyday cleaners. After a bit of research, I discovered that vinegar is a great natural cleanser.  I’m not a fan of the smell of vinegar, but learned that adding essential oils can solve that problem.

Essential Oils 101

  • Lavender – My mother is obsessed with lavender and now I get it. Lavender is known for its aromatic properties and ability to calm and relax the body and mind. It can also be used to relieve skin irritation and soothes cuts and burns.
  • Lemon – Lemon can be used to clean and disinfect surfaces and packs a double punch as an incredibly uplifting and energizing scent for body and mind.
  • Tea Tree – Anything that needs disinfecting or cleaning can benefit from tea tree oil. I also love it because it’s great for my hair. It not only moisturizes the hair and scalp, but promotes hair growth. I love a good two-for-one.

There are lots of other great essential oils that you may prefer (I would suggest looking into: orange and peppermint.) However, for my kitchen and bathroom, I choose lemon and tea tree oil. And for my general all-purpose cleaner, I went with lavender.

Spring Cleaning Printable

You can download or save this cute little printable for reference.

Organizing: Even after the purge, I realized I had a lot of stuff on my counter. I decided that if displayed differently all of my products wouldn’t look as cluttered. I got an affordable acrylic case to hold some of my makeup and made a jewelry/ odds and end stand out of a few cheap melamine plates and candlesticks from the Dollar Tree (DIY tutorial coming soon). So here are my results:

Spring Cleaning My Life (before and after) - The Palmetto Peaches
Spring Cleaning My Life (before & after)-- The Palmetto Peaches
Spring Cleaning My Life - DIY - The Palmetto Peaches
Vast improvement, right? I’m taking this easy to make solution from room to room and loving the results (and the purge). I’m tackling the kitchen and my closets next. Wish me luck! Below you can find the oils and some of the other products I mentioned to start your own spring cleaning.

Do you have any natural cleaning tips/tricks? I’d love to hear them. If you end up making any of the cleaning solutions let me know.  

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