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Bella Organics Iced Lemonage Deodorant Creme Review

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Bella Organics 

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Bella Organics Iced Lemonade Deodorant Creme:

Product Description

Organic, chemical-free cream deodorant that really works!  Organic arrowroot powder absorbs wetness naturally. Organic Shea butter soothes and moisturizes dry skin. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties as well as soothes and conditions the skin. Organic lemon, peppermint and tea tree essential oils provide anti-bacterial and germ-killing anti-septic properties. It leaves you feeling confidently cool, fresh and clean.

IMPORTANT: During the SUMMER months or in HOTTER climates, please choose Summer Shipping to your order so that this ITEM DOES NOT MELT DURING TRANSIT. If you do not choose this option the product may melt, to fix it simply place in the refrigerator until solid again and whip with a hand mixer.

Directions for use: Scoop a pea-sized amount from the jar with clean fingers. Rub onto each underarm until deodorant is applied.

Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, (Vegan), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Lime Essential Oil, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.”

Size: 2 oz

Shelf Life: 12 Months.”

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My Thoughts:

Holy cow–I am so happy to have recieved this little teensy bundle of anti-smelly goodness from Bella Organics. From my experience, one of the hardest “green” body care items to find is an all-organic deodorant that actually performs and keeps away the overhwhelming smell of body odor that accumulates after a long, grueling workout. If a natural deodorant can last thru my hardest workouts, then I am a very happy camper. I traveled to several out-of-town volleyball tournaments with this small container and found it to be ideal for that, size-wise.

This deodorant makes me a VERY happy camper. Performance AND an entirely clean, organic ingredient list. It also happens to smell like a clean, fresh dose lemon juice has been doused into your armpits. (Sorry–that’s the best way to say it).

I will be a customer of the deodorant in the future when I run out of my homemade concoction! The consistency of theirs is ideal and even better than my own. Looks like I have some tweaking to do 🙂

If you’re looking for a deodorant with the cleanest ingredients that does it’s job, this is  THE ONE! They also make several other scents (Lavender Vanilla, Lemongrass Bergamot, Vanilla Mint, Orange Spice, The Woods–for men, Ocean–for men).

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North Coast Organics Deodorant Review

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North Coast Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About North Coast Organics:

“Hi, I am Nathan the founder of North Coast Organics.   It is so hard to tell the story of North Coast Organics without acknowledging the profound impact of Debbie both as a mother and business partner.  Yep, that’s right I am in business with my mother! 

Growing up she greatly nurtured my intellectual curiosity.  As freshman at college she became dismayed that I chose anthropology over computer science but she still supported my decision and was always proud of my work.  It was an anthropological field study in rural Jamaica during my sophomore year that led me to be a veg-head, to eat organic foods, use natural body care products and be interested in all things green.

I combined my many interests, skills and professional experience into creating an organic deodorant that actually worked and was also vegan, cruelty free and eco-friendly after not being able to find one.  I had not worn a deodorant in 12 years at that point.  No one complained in that time but maybe people were just being polite.  However, I did realize that as a bike commuter in the hot, humid Chicago summer there would be complaints if I did not wear any deodorant.  I started to make my own effective, organic deodorant after a fruitless search, a friend suggested I sell it, and North Coast Organics was born.

As a business partner, Debbie has made sure that North Coast Organics is able to meet the demand that I create.  She is in charge of production and hand makes our products.  We are bringing on additional staff soon, but until then she has hand made every item that we have sold to date.  North Coast Organics would not be where we are at today without her hard work.

It has been fun to show my mother that my ‘crazy’ lifestyle isn’t so crazy after all.  I don’t think she knew that there are so many people interested in certified organic, certified vegan, certified cruelty-free body care products.  Plus she has learned much about the lifestyle that I have led for the past 14 years which has brought us even closer.  It has been great to bond with my mother in this way in my 30s as in my 20s I was rarely around as I was usually off on some crazy adventure under the guise of ‘school’ or ‘work’.

Together, my mother and I are continuing to build North Coast Organics so that many more people can have access to ethical products that are good for them and the Earth.  We are beyond thrilled that people across the world are enjoying the products that we create.  We are so thankful for all the support we have received from all the fans, bloggers, event organizers, family, friends and you.

From our family to yours, thank-you for checking out our little corner on the vast interwebs.

Cheers,

Nathan.”

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My Thoughts:

One of the rarest things in organic skin care is finding an organic deodorant that really, truly works (even when I’m my sweatiest). Let me be clear–I am a sweater & I believe it to be a good thing. I don’t mind the sweat and I’m also not looking for a deodorant that stops the sweat. However, I do like the idea of using some pleasant aromas of nature to mask my own body odor.

These are the best organic deodorants I’ve ever tried. Hands Down. The ingredients rock, and so does their effectiveness. The consistency of the mixture in the stick is perfect for easy and seamless application. Even on my longest workouts (weight lifting + running outdoors), these deodorants hold up. The size of these little guys (for scale: they can fit in my palm) is perfect for throwing into your gym bag, purse, keeping in your car, office, etc.

North Coast Organics has the recipe right. I love the flowery aroma of the “Death by Lavender,” the easy-does-it, plain-jane simplicity of the “Naked,” and the slight musky & earthiness of the “Revolver.” For reference, the “Revolver” is my favorite. 

Just so you can see, here is the ingredient list for the “Death by Lavender”:

(All Organic!) Coconut oil, Carnauba Wax, Corn Starch, Baking Soda, Essential Oils of Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary & Cypress.

I mean, I rest my case. No complaints, here. Only praise for this fantastic brand. I am so happy to have discovered them. Go  get some of this deodorant, now! You won’t regret it–and you can find scents to satisfy both men & women, alike!

Aura Cacia Oils & Essential Oils Review

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Aura Cacia

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Aura Cacia:

“At Aura Cacia, our goal is to make aromatherapy easy! We offer an extensive selection of high quality essential oils and aromatherapy products for all ages and spaces.

We accomplish this with:

Source to the Shelf™ Strategy. Our own ethical and sustainable sourcing program, Well Earth™, in addition to our in-house sophisticated testing capabilities, allow us to guarantee high-quality essential oils that deliver true aromatherapy benefit. We refuse to carry anything less.

Full ingredient disclosure. Every ingredient used in each Aura Cacia products — down to the individual essential oils — is listed in order of its quantity in the ingredients. You will never see vague terms such as “botanical fragrance” in our ingredient lists. We want our customers to know exactly what they are getting when they purchase our products. View an Aura Cacia label.

Environment-friendly policies. We keep the environment top-of-mind when selecting ingredients and packaging materials for our products. We strive to use recyclable packaging, minimize excess packaging, and utilize post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials when possible.

Animal-friendly policies. Aura Cacia products are not tested on animals and contain no animal by-products with the exception of beeswax.”

Lemon Tea Tree

About:

“This Australian tea tree relative offers the protecting power of tea tree with an uplifting aroma similar to lemon. The aromatherapy effects of its lemony-sweet citral and citronellol constituents have earned it the nickname “happy oil.” Lemon tea tree’s purifying properties make it ideal for air diffusion and homemade cleaning products.”

Lavender Tea Tree

About:

“This Australian tea tree relative, also known as rosalina, matches the purifying strength of tea tree and the soothing gentleness of lavender. It contains soothingly sweet and oral aroma constituents without the potently medicinal aroma of tea tree. Lavender tea tree’s soothing properties make it ideal for air diffusion and your skin care needs.”

Castor Oil

About:

“Cold-pressed from the seeds of the tropical castor plant, castor oil has a light, pale yellow appearance. It is known for preserving moisture while its fatty acids leave the skin feeling nourished.”

Vegetable Glycerin

About:

“Sourced from non-GMO seeds (primarily soy), vegetable glycerin is the non-fatty component of vegetable oils. It is a clear, odorless liquid with powerful moisture-attracting properties and is a common ingredient used in formulating natural soaps, creams and lotions. ”

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My Thoughts:

Aura Cacia is one of just a few go-to aromatherapy brands I look to for essential oils and carrier oils. Their quality is exquisite; and I love that I can find Aura Cacia products at my local health food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods.

There is a myriad of ways that essential oils can be used. I can’t possibly list them all out here, but you can take a look at a few of my recipes in which I use essential oils:

Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Icy Hot

Homemade Toothpaste

I have been using the lemon tea tree and lavender tea tree essential oils in my laundry, in a pre-vacuuming baking soda deodorizer mix and in a facial toning mist. Synthetic fragrance cannot even come close to the pure freshness of essential oils. Using the real deal makes all the difference in the world–especially in regards to skin care.

I am still trying to come up with ways to use the vegetable glycerin. I’ve done a little bit of research–and it looks like a great ingredient to use in soap and moisturizers (which I will dive into, eventually). I’ve contemplated using it as a base for a homemade bug spray or a homemade perfume. I’ll update this post with more ideas as they come!

The castor oil has been the mainstay of my nightly beauty routine. Because it has been recommended for use to encourage hair growth, I’ve been applying it to my lashes and to my eyebrows eyery night before bed. I’ve seen slight improvements over several weeks, as I’ve also made a conscious effort to put down the tweezers, so as to let my brows grow freely and fill in a bit. Castor oil can be used in a bunch of other ways in regards to skin care. Can’t wait to discover more uses!

Aura Cacia will remain in my top favorites with their commitment to fantastic, organic, high-quality ingredients. I’ve truly enjoyed using these products and I’ve certainly smelt incredible in the process. (my house, too!)