Friday Favs- August Edition + how NOT to stink when using natural deodorant

I have really come to love these Friday Favs posts. I think all us like to share what we are loving. It’s just how we are built. Sometimes it’s movies or YouTube channels (hopefully next month my channel will be one of those you share). Sometimes it is products or great drinks at Starbucks [btw- an Espresso Frappachino= obsession…if I had known about it before this post was planned I would have taken a picture…but there you go, another fav to add].

So this edition of Friday Favs is the things I have been using or drinking constantly over the last few weeks.

Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew

Honey Flavored Lemonade Friday Favs- Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew

I LOVE this stuff. I drink it pretty much every morning during my quiet time & while writing #frontporchtruths. There are other flavors, coffee or mocha, that don’t have quite as strong of a taste, but I pair this with a little bit of plain almond milk to even the strength out. It is the next best thing to Starbucks, but kind of better because it is better for you, you don’t have to drive or walk to get it- which is great for us moms who wake up before our kids & really need a punch, & it is about the same price as venti.


Simplifeid Planner by Emily Ley

Honey Flavored Lemonade Friday Favs- Simplified Planner by Emily Ley

Ok, so I know I said I would stop talking about this planner the last time I posted about it, but I just can’t. I love it that much. I have been using it almost daily since I got home from vacation. I need to start carrying it around with me because I rarely make scheduling decisions without it & when I do, I usually have to go back & make a correction. I am 100% a written planner girl & this one is my favorite of all time. So much so, I even became an affiliate for them (I will tell you more about that later, but for now just know…I am only an affiliate for companies that I already love not vise versa).


Lemon Water 

Lemon WaterWhen I was in Maine, I drank a lot of water because it was pretty much my only option & let me tell you that water was nasty- like Deerpark nasty- Yuck! But I figured out if you have nasty water & squeeze a slice of lemon into it the nastiness goes away & the freshness is delicious, almost addicting. Plus, I love knowing I am getting a little bit of extra vitamin c from the lemon juice. But do me a favor, please. Real lemons only, don’t use that lemon flavored chemical concoction or the fake lemon juice in a bottle.


Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum & Lavanilla Vanilla Deodorant

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum & Lavanilla Deodorant

I have received more compliments on my skin since I started using this serum than I have ever received before. I heard some fantastic YouTube reviews of it, so decided to give it a try. It isn’t super cheap (I think this bottle was around $25-30), but you don’t use very much so it will last. I have been trying natural or less toxic skin care for a while now & have always been disappointed. But I love the way this feels & smells &, so far, I am loving the results.  I am excited to finish up using my other products & go fully into their skin care system. I also use their cream cleanser & really like that too. It washes everything off your face, but you don’t feel tight afterward (FYI- the tightness is usually what happens when your skin is stripped of its natural moisture -a.k.a- oil- so that’s not a good thing).

The deodorant let’s tackle this beast…. I have tried quite a few natural deodorants. The ones you buy in the grocery store are, well, terrible. They don’t work & they smell funny. One of the biggest complainants with natural deodorant, other than not working, is irritation. There’s a reason for that too, so pardon me while I impart wisdom on you from up top of my soapbox [bahaha, if only you could see me rolling on the floor as I type that].

Conventional antiperspirants work by using aluminum to basically clog the pores to keep you from sweating & then add chemical fragrances to cover any odor which is caused by bacteria that in naturally occurring. You may notice that you don’t often, if ever, find “natural” antiperspirants because it is natural to sweat. Plus taking out the aluminum, which is what makes them healthier for you, makes it hard to stop the sweat.

Many natural deodorants use baking soda to absorb sweat & odor. That irritates the mess out of my skin. It was irritating, if not down right painful sometimes, & so not cute to look like you had razor burn all the time. So I experimented with a lot of different brands. One of my favorites was DoTerra’s, there was no stink with that stuff. But it is coconut oil based & was ruining the pits of some of my shirts. I tried this one, Lavanilla, after hearing about it multiple times on Youtube. First of all, it smells good-not a bad thing smelling like cookies when someone hugs you. It is also aloe based, so it has kind of a cooling sensation when you put it on. I will for sure be purchasing this again.

So for those of you wanting to start in the natural deodorant area, let me caution you: your body will have to go through a detox period. So here’s my tips for how NOT to stink when switch to natural deodorant:

1. Don’t start in the summer. Wait till winter when you won’t naturally sweat as much. I did this last year & by the time summer rolled around, my body has adjusted to the change & I don’t sweat, stink, or stick like I did when I started.

2. Don’t be afraid to pay a little more. This stuff is $12 I think (I got it at Sephora in the travel section, but you can also order online). Just know a $4 natural deodorant probably isn’t going to work very well.

3. You may have to apply it more than once a day, but really, does that matter? Most woman touch up their make-up, put on chapstick, & brush their hair more than once a day, so what’s 10 seconds to put on a bit more deodorant. If you are too busy through out your day to add another swipe of deodorant, being stinky or sticky is the least of your problems.

4. Keep this in mind- Not all natural products are created equal [this can extend to every area of natural]. You may have to do trial & error for what works for you. But I will advice, since natural is more expensive normally, unless you are having an allergic or uncomfortable reaction to it, finish out your products. Sometimes it just takes a while to adjust before products work & your wallet will thank you for it.

5. Lastly, & this is more for comfort than stink, don’t shave & then put deodorant on immediately. If you can, shave at night & go to bed without it on. This will allow your skin to breathe & will help with the detoxification process, but it will also help you avoid multiple reactions with ingredients. Freshly shaven skin is kind of sensitive.

So there you go. Friday Favs plus a lesson in natural living, lol!

Honey Flavored Lemonade by Marissa Dodgen

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