ARMPIT DETOX: how to combat odor naturally

Want to hear something kinda crazy? I haven’t worn deodorant in well over a year! I have tested a few types of non toxic brands, but I mostly just wear… nothing. I know many of you are interested in switching to a non-toxic deodorant brand- but you feel intimated. So I want to help make that process a little easier by sharing some ways to show your pit some love that will help them stay healthy and detox to get all the odor GONE. Because guess what? your armpits don’t just smell bad naturally! 

ways to detox your pits

  1. one of my favorite things lately is DRY BRUSHING! And I never miss out on dry brushing my pits. This is a great way to gently exfoliate.
  2. use a toner! I use a homemade blend of acv, filtered water, and essential oils. I also love using cocokind rosewater because it is super gentle!
  3. do an armpit mask! I try to do this weekly, or bi-weekly. I use this clay mask and purchase from amazon- it is amazing for so many uses, cheap, and lasts forever!
  4. try the takesumi detox kit! Even though I haven’t used deodorant in awhile, I still tried this out and I loved it. More about it below!

 

about the takesumi detox kit

I have been using this kit for a few weeks- and I love it! It comes with a charcoal detox deodorant, deodorant booster bar, charcoal detox bath, and a detox guide book that walks you through the steps of armpit detox and what to expect. I noticed a few things in using this product, the biggest being that I actually was able to sweat a little bit. I have struggled with an inability to sweat normally all my life. But in using this, I actually sweat a few times, which was GOOD. Not something this product is made for, but I found that interesting that it helped detox my armpits enough to help that happen… pretty amazing.  And no odor, at all, ever.

My husband is currently testing this and is detoxing from his conventional deodorant. He has tried natural brands several times and always go back to his conventional brands… ugh. But this is helping him detox properly and he is so excited about the process. He is almost done with the detox phase, and then can be wearing natural stuff from here on out! So we both are loving this kit!

 

 

It’s funny how most of us NEVER consider taking care of our armpits. It just never crosses our minds. But once you start to take care of this part of your body, you won’t be able to stop! Have you tried any of these?

100% PURE MAKEUP LOOK


Good morning babes! And happy Thursday! It’s almost the weekend, and I want to talk about a few green beauty products that I am loving for those times I want to wear makeup, but don’t want to spend more than 5 minutes doing it (hey, mama’s!). I know I am not the only one!!

I rarely, r a r e l y, wear any makeup, but there are times I want to! I love makeup but have been working the last few months on being confident without it and not feeling like I “need” it. After several months without makeup, I can’t remember the last time I felt like I had to have makeup on.

Which is so incredible, but it’s also okay that sometimes it’s fun and I want to put it on! I’ve been playing around with 100% Pure fruit pigmented makeup, and I have been really impressed. I have been trying their Healthy Skin Foundation. First of all, the color matches my skin tone better than anything I have ever tried (thus far). I was immediately impressed by that.

I also really love the consistency of the liquid. It’s really creamy and dense and I feel like a little goes a long way! It’s such a smooth foundation of really high quality. Something you can tell the moment it touches your skin.

It lasts ALL. DAY. seriously. It really does! I used this brush to blend the foundation in and topped it off with some organic dry shampoo as a finish. It lasted all day without a smudge anywhere. I wore this while playing outside with my kids all day and they were getting in a small pool/playing in water. My face was splashed several times but the makeup held up like it was nothing. This was definitely unexpected and pretty amazing. (side note: this stiff already has spf 20 which was a huge bonus!)

The coverage is really superb. I have some healing scars on my jaw and they were covered completely with only a small amount of the foundation. It didn’t look (I don’t think so but tell me if I am wrong!) or feel thick or packed on. I actually think that it looked very natural, even with all of the coverage.

I also have been loving their Mermaid palette. The colors are really flattering and look very natural, something I always look for in bronzers, blushes, and shadows. The powders are super blend-able. I love the eye shadow colors! They’re personally my favorite for my green eyes. They definitely make them pop without having a ton of makeup on my lids.

Overall 100% Pure has it down! Amazing products that deliver. I’ve been so impressed by the quality of this makeup, especially considering the clean ingredients. I have rather sensitive skin, and this stuff didn’t break me out, or irritate my skin either. You can buy these directly from the brand’s website, but I recommend buying through The Choosy Chick. The foundation is cheaper from here, and you can find a ton of great organic products you might need as well.

I did also want to mention real quick about The Choosy Chick sale that is going from Friday at midnight until May 30th. Here are some things I want to highlight:

  • All orders of $20 or more will receive a 2 oz. jar of Splurge’s  Lavender Mint Body Scrub (no code necessary!)
  •   HollyBeth Organics just launched a new Blue Purifying Face Mask.  The Choosy Chick will be taking pre-orders (in stock on June 5th!). They are one of the first to stock this as well! All pre-orders will get free shipping in the U.S. use code: HBMASK
  • The Orgaid Sheet Mask Save 15% with code: SAVE15

I would love to hear if you guys have tried out any of these products and what you think?

If you haven’t tried, then you need to! I think they are a really great switch if you are still using toxic makeup brands.

xx, Chels

3 THINGS TO SWAP OUT IN YOUR ORAL CARE ROUTINE

Oral care is so important, and it’s one of the top things I suggest when people ask me what to switch out from conventional to non-toxic items. Toothpastes, mouthwash, even floss can contain so many toxins and even ruin the balance of bacteria in your mouth causing bad breath and dental decay.
Toothpaste Toxins: 

Triclosan which contains endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and links to cancer and hormonal disruptions.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what causes traditional toothpastes to foam up. The funny thing about this chemical is that its known to enhance bitter flavors, which is why you will notice foods tasting so gross after you’ve brushed (not the case with natural brands). This chemical is also a strong skin irritant, causing canker sores. It is a registered insecticide with toxic affects on marine life and the environment.

Aspartame is a common artificial sweetener found in many things, including toothpastes. First, I want to point out that when you google the word, it claims it is “medication.” Aspartame contains a methyl ester which forms methanol. Methanol in humans is really dangerous, traveling into the brain where it is converted into formaldehyde. This causes nausea, vertigo, ear ringing, dizziness, behavior changes, gastrointestinal issues, shooting pains in arms/legs, numbness, chills, memory problems, and more.

Other harmful ingredients include DEA, fluoride, propylene glycol, and microbeads. These things can cause real damage to us and the environment.

Other Toxins in Mouthwash and Floss:

Chlorhexidine, alcohol, oraldene, parabens, chlorides, and methyl salicylate to name a few. These things can damage your health, release toxins into your blood stream, cancer-causing, and even ruin the oral microbiome in your mouth.

I know that its all a lot of information to take in and can feel overwhelming, so I am going to stop there. 

When I learned about all these dangers lurking in my oral care routine, I started looking into natural products and swapped everything out. My routine is really simple, but depending on your needs there are so many amazing products out there that are natural and work really well.

Natural toothpaste swap outs: Earthpaste is a great natural toothpaste with redmond clay, essential oils, real salt, and you can get it with or without xylitol. Uncle Harry’s alkalizing toothpaste is another great option. If you are needing something more for your teeth (cavities, damaged oral microbiome) I recommend using this remineralization kit.

Natural floss swap outs: This Dr, Tung’s floss is my personal favorite. You can also find it at a natural grocery store like Sprout’s.

Natural mouthwash swap out: There are great natural mouthwash options out there (like this one) but I am really loving this Yala Mouthwash right now. I love oil pulling, something that is so great for your oral health, and this stuff makes it so much easier to do because they taste so much better than straight coconut oil! I love that Yala includes essential oils that also promote healthy teeth and gums!

A few other great oral care products:

Dr. Tung’s Tongue Cleaner

Toothbrush Sanitizer

Plaque Remover Sticks

What’s in your oral care routine? Do you oil pull? Share here or over on Instagram! For any questions, please feel free to email or DM me!

 xx, Chels