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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!)

 

Carefree Organics Review

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Carefree Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Carefree Organics:

“Carefree Organics is a family-owned and run business by people who simply… care. Care about everyday toxins we’re exposed to-whether it be environmental exposure, foods we’re eating, or products on our skin.  While our degrees aren’t in the medical field, we do have a high interest in what goes into our bodies, as well as our children’s bodies.  Research shows that it’s also what we put ON our skin that matters, as it can readily be absorbed into our bloodstream.  After researching every ingredient’s safety in products we bought we were none-too-pleased with our findings.  We started concocting formulas of everyday products when we realized that even the most “natural” or mostly “organic” products for sale STILL contained too many preservatives, and found that even natural preservatives can take a toll on our health.  We planned to use these products, feel safe, share them with our children, and save some money in doing so.  It wasn’t until we realized we loved our own products so much, that we should share them with others!  That’s when our venture took on a life of its own, from perfecting formulas to preparing the business backend.  We even chose BPA-free containers as well as cost efficient packaging to save the consumer as much money as possible, and help the environment while saving your skin from even more toxins (yes, from the containers themselves!).  We tried to think of everything so you don’t have to and you can truly be… Carefree!  Once you read about our ingredients’ benefits as well as everything we exclude to protect your health, we hope that you’ll give our unique and TRULY natural products a try… we honestly don’t fully trust any other products on our skin or on our boys’ skin.”

Golden Glow

About:

“Get your Glow on-organically! Golden Glow Sun Oil is a delicious vanilla blend of Coconut and Sesame oils, both said to have sun protecting and skin nourishing properties. Great for building a tan, pairing with your favorite sunscreen, or just wearing as a hydrating summer treat! Vitamin D is crucial to our health-now go get some!

To Use: Pour in hands and apply to entire body liberally throughout the day as needed! (Wear sunscreen for full sun protection).

ingredients: cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) oil, vanilla planifolia (vanilla absolute) oil

*all ingredients are 100% organic.”

Chic Cheeks

About:

“Chic Cheeks: Bikini Blend has arrived!  While staying active, eating healthfully, and genetics all come into play with our body makeup, many of us desire a little boost in the toning department-especially during bathing suit season!  Chic Cheeks Bikini Blend is a potent blend of oils including Fennel, Sage, and Juniper Berry all said to have properties that reduce the appearance of dimples and bumps.  Perfect to pair with our other Chic Cheeks products, and safe to use in conjunction with the rest of Carefree’s goodies.  Be healthy, and get a boost of confidence while you’re at it!

To use:  Apply daily to thighs, bum, and anywhere else prone to dimpling.  Use with other Chic Cheeks products for best results!
ingredients*: cocos nucifera (coconut) oilprunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, juniperus communis (juniper berry) oil, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) oil, lavandula officianalis (lavender) oil

*all ingredients are 100% organic.”

Prime Protection Deodorant

About:

“Prime Protection is THE alternative to conventional deodorant!  Aluminum, found in most and said to be a hormone disruptor as well linked to cancer, is elminated in our blend. We’ve replaced it with carefully chosen essential oils said to kill germs and deodorize along with moisture-absorbing arrowroot, sweat-blocking beeswax, smoothing shea butter, and baking soda! Nourish, deodorize, and stop that SWEAT-naturally!

To Use:  Apply to underarms after shower or as needed.

***natural airpockets may occur-this in no way affects the quality or quantity of the product

ingredients*beeswax (cera alba), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, butyrospermum parkii fruit (shea butter), maranta arundinacea root (arrowroot) powder, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), melaleuca alternifolia leaf (tea tree) oil, lavandula officianalis (lavender) oil, cymbopogon flexuosus (lemongrass) oil, rosemarinus officianalis (rosemary) oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil

*all ingredients are 100% organic (with the exception of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). baking soda is a mineral blend so there is no “organic” version. the baking soda we use is of the highest quality and pure).”

Green Clean Magic Mask

About:

“Get your GREEN on with Carefree’s first mask!  Unlike other drying masks, Magic Mask is formulated to stay moist on the skin while working its MAGIC.  It nourishes using only dry non pore clogging oils, fights redness, is packed with antioxidant-rich Green Tea, and has antibacterial, absorption, and scar-relieving properties. This mask truly does it all!  Safe for any skin type, and extra beneficial for problematic skin (redness, dehydration, over-oil production, acne). Best when paired with other Green Clean products!

To Use: Apply mask to face and let sit for 5-10 minutes (up to as long as you’d like) to absorb moisture, purifying properties, and antioxidants. Wash off well.

ingredients*: maranta arundinacea root (arrowroot) powder, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, simmondsia chinesis seed (jojoba) oil, camellia sinensis (matcha green tea) powder, melaleuca alterniflora (tea tree) oil, eucalyptus radiata (eucalyptus) oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, lavendula officinalis (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, tocopherol (vitamin e) oil

*all ingredients are 100% organic.”

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My Thoughts:

Finding brands like Carefree Organics (that have no interest in including sub-par ingredients in their skin care products) is one of the best parts of what I do as a blogger. I get really excited to advocate and disperse information about brands that believe in using only entirely organic ingredients. It’s a real fresh breath of air.

The two body oils came at a perfect time, when the temperatures are warming up and I’m spending a lot of time outside in the garden or laying by the pool. I’ve been using the Chic Cheeks bikini blend on my tummy, thighs and bum & using the Golden Glow blend on the rest of my body. The most noticeable aroma in the Chic Cheeks in the juniper berry, which Carefree states is included (amongst the other ingredients) because it can help reduce the appearance of dimples on skin. The Golden Glow blend smells incredible–the coconut and vanilla together are just dreamy. When combined with the warmth of your skin, the smell is infectious and doubles as a body fragrance. My skin tans very easily and I do not burn often. I love using these oils on my skin to get a little added glow while I’m outside. They spread easily and a little can go a long way with these oils.

Generic, drug-store-bought deodorant was one of the very first things that I quit when I began using organic and natural skin products a few years ago. It is often jam packed with ingredients that are garbage (for lack of a better word). Because I avoid those types of deodorants, I’m always eager to try the creations of organic skin care companies to see what they’ve come up with my way of natural deodorant. You simply can’t get better than finding all organic ingredients! (besides baking soda, as Carefree explains cannot be organic because it in an inorganic compound). The most important thing to me about this deodorant is that I feel great about the ingredients. It is icing on the cake that this deodorant performs very well. I can apply this stick under my arms first thing in the morning and make it merely through the entire day without feeling and smelling stinky. Performance and quality ingredients are rare in a deodorant–and I feel that Carefree has nailed it here.

Carefree’s description of the mask is very accurate. Because it contains to many organic oils, this mask is moist on your skin, won’t dry it out and is deeply nourishing. This is not a clarifying (taking all of the oily feeling off of your skin) kind of mask. This is a good thing–some times you need clarification and some times your skin need a healthy boost of nourishment. My skin wasn’t irritated at all after using this mask (why would it be, with all organic ingredients?) and my skin was left very moisturized. You definitely do not need to follow up with a moisturizer and remember to rinse well. This dense concoction acted as a mask and a moisturizer for my skin. Loved every green second of it!

Purple Prairie Botanicals Lotion, Bug Spray, Deodorant Review

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Purple Prairie Botanicals

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Purple Prairie Botanicals:

“Our Story:
Once upon a time there was a mother of three who was tired of her dry, irritated skin and acne problems.  She wondered what happened to the skin she was born with. One day while reading her organic gardening magazine, she found an article about old fashioned soap. She knew this was the answer she had been searching for. Soon after her first batch of soap, her skin was reborn! The instinctual desire to create took over and Purple Prairie was founded in 2000.  We are a Minnesota home grown company started with the belief that our skin needs products made with nature’s ingredients to stay healthy & beautiful. Our products contain the finest nurturing, safe & organic ingredients combined with herbal infusions & pure essential oils which restore the balance of both physical and mental well being. We cater to all skin types including the most sensitive skin. All products are 100% natural unless noted otherwise, environmentally safe, petroleum free & paraben free. We are proud to qualify for the National Green Pages directory.

Our Green Philosophy:

All Purple Prairie Botanicals products are inspired and made with a back-to-basics approach. Our products are made in small batches using nature’s ingredients. Many of our products meet and exceed organic standards. All products must meet the following requirements:

NO Petroleum
NO Parabens
NO Synthetic Dyes
NO Artificial Preservatives
No Animal Ingredients
NO Detergents
NO Sulfates
NO GMOs

Purple Prairie Botanicals has always believed in the protection and sustainability of our natural world and the delicate systems which balance all life as we know it. This planet produces all of the products we share with you, and it is simply a matter of appreciation and respect that must be given. When purchasing our raw materials, we only work with American companies that lead the industry in environmental stewardship and adhere to strict principles and protocols that ensure fair treatment and compensation for the people involved with the production of our ingredients. This includes organic farming and fair trade practices.

Zero Waste:
Purple Prairie Botanicals is a “Zero Waste” company where any materials which might be regarded as waste are either recycled, re-used, composted, reclaimed, or brought back into the production cycle. All invoices, brochures and other paper materials printed for our customers by Purple Prairie Botanicals is a minimum 35% post consumer waste material. We use minimal/recyclable packaging and recycle/reuse everything possible during the production process. We re-use all shipping material(boxes/packing peanuts, etc.) that arrive with our ingredient purchases. All of the office supplies we use are repurposed, reused or recycled. The packaging material we use to cushion your order is 100% repurposed/reused bubble wrap, peanuts and newsprint salvaged and cleaned from other companies and individuals.

Reusing is better than recycling!!

No Animal Testing:
We are in compliance with the PETA statement of assurance. We do not test on animals and do not purchase materials from any company who tests on animals.”

One of the many things this brand description shows is that a company, even without “organic” or “organics” in their name might perhaps use organic ingredients, and visa versa. Checking out their mission and ingredient lists will help give you a better understanding about it.

Great job, Purple Prairie! 🙂

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Patchouli Vanilla Lotion

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“Rejuvenate the free spirit- This rich, warming aroma taps into your sensual side of life. Its regeneration properties benefit many skin conditions. The hydrating properties of organic olive oil & shea butter will leave your skin nourished, soft and glowing.

WARNING: Might evoke sensual freedom.

99% Natural Ingredients: aqua(water),organic cold pressed olea europaea(olive)fruit oil, hamamelis virginiana(witch hazel),kosher vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut), cetearyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parki (shea butter)fruit, pogostemen(Patchouli)oil, vanilla oil, rosmarinus officinalis(rosemary) leaf extract, salix nigra (black willow)extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

My first thought when receiving this product: My husband, Paul. I remember when I first met Paul we were discussing soap scents as we were contemplating starting a soap business down the road at some point. He told me how much he liked Patchouli in a soap. I agreed with him–it’s rich earthiness is pleasant and masculine smelling.

This lotion has the earthiness of Patchouli and the decadence of Vanilla–it’s an intoxicating combination. My new daughter and I like to give Paul foot rubs some times after he comes home from work–and that is how I first used this lotion. He appeared to enjoy the scent and feel of the lotion. I could tell in rubbing it in that it is rich and comprised of dense, nourishing ingredients.

A lot of lotions can contain a large amount of water and junk, leaving your skin needing more moisture just minutes later. This one does a great job of keeping skin hydrated. Many organic ingredients make up this lotion, which I love. It’s a lotion I’d recommend to Patchouli lovers and those looking for an earthy scented body moisturizer.

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Natural Deodorant

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“Our deodorant is a safe alternative to the mainstream aluminum laden versions. This is not an antiperspirant but an effective odor neutralizing solid. Lavender, tea tree and palmarosa oil are proven odor eliminators.

  • 100% natural
  • Non-irritating
  • Aluminum Free
  • Paraben Free

Why choose Purple Prairie deodorant over an antiperspirant?

Antiperspirants and deodorants are not the same thing. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, and blocking the pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. (Note that aluminum can accumulate in the brain.) Sweating is a natural cooling and detoxifying process. Sweating is healthy! Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria.

Directions: Use daily to stay fresh and odor free.

100% Natural Ingredients: Apis mellifera (beeswax), organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, organic cold pressed olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa butter), cymbopogan martini (palmarosa oil), pimpinella anisum (anise) oil, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cupressus sempervirens (cypress oil), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, zinc oxide and cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Man, I was super bummer that this deodorant smells like licorice! I am not a fan of licorice–the smell nor the taste. It must be the anise oil in this deodorant that exudes the licorice smell.

However, my personal preference in smell is no reason to not recommend this deodorant. If you happen to like licorice, I believe you will really take to this deodorant. If you compared this ingredient lists to a stick of deodorant from a big box grocery store, you’d buy this one in a heartbeat. All of these ingredients are familiar and plant based–and a lot of them are organic. What a refreshing thing to see another deodorant (I’ve only come across a handful of good ones that are also effective) that is aluminum free, paraben free and comprised of all natural ingredients.

Despite my distaste for anise, I tried out this deodorant and tested it out on a run outdoors. Funny enough, I knew this deodorant was working well because I continued to smell licorice throughout my run! 🙂 Again, I realize that A LOT of people love this scent. I would recommend this deodorant to THOSE people. It performed well for me, and I perspire profusely when I run in the heat, so that says something.

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Deet Free Bug Spray (for pets, too!)

Purple Prairie Botanicals’ Description:

“A natural, safe way to to keep gnats, biting flies and mosquitoes away. A special blend of essential oils and plant extracts in a clean witch hazel and water base. Deet free. Try it on itchy bites, poison ivy, chicken pox and other itchies too. Safe for all ages.

Frolicking outside will be fun again!

Directions: Spray on exposed skin to keep away biting flies, gnats and mosquitoes. Repeat as necessary.  Feel the relief. Avoid eyes. Store in a cool, dark place. 

External Use Only

96% Natural Ingredients: aqua (water), hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), polysorbate 20, eucalyptus citriadora (lemon eucalyptus), azadirachta indica (neem) seed oil, nepeta cataria (catnip) oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil and salix nigra (black willow) extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I loved getting a sample of this product. My family does a lot of outdoor walking and hiking in addition to my daily runs. This bug spray has been much needed at times. An outing is just that much more enjoyable when you don’t have bugs buzzing around your face, biting you, etc. The bottle I received fit perfectly and conveniently into a pocket of my Camelbak. The larger bottle looks just as portable and would certainly fit easily into any pocket or pouch that would normally carry a water bottle.

I found this spray to be very effective! I didn’t have one worry about bugs biting me when I had it applied. I’m sure this is because Purple Prairie uses several potent essential oils, many of which are natural bug repellers. They get the job done and also leave a nice herbaceous, earthy scent on your skin and clothes. It doesn’t smell of chemicals at all, like many bug sprays do.

In addition to this awesome bug spray, Purple Prairie Botanicals makes several products specifically geared towards gardening (My Mom is a Master Gardener and I see these gardening lotions, salves and sprays to be perfect for her).

I think everyone needs some of this bug spray around. It’s a great for a family to have on hand to spray themselves, the kids and the pets before going outdoors. It will allow you to be worry-free about bugs and bug bites.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.