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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!

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Thayer’s Natural Witch Hazel Review

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Thayer’s Natural Remedies

Overall Rating: images

About Thayer’s:

The Benefits:

Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners are soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, tone and soothe your skin. Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub and a blend of other time-tested ingredients, these natural elixirs containing important tannins have been a fixture in medicine cabinets for generations. Once you use them, you’ll know why.”

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Cucumber Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

Stay Cool as a Cucumber, Whatever the Weather.

THAYERS® Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Toner cooling essence has a deliciously serene effect on the body. Experience our formula for serenity now! • Fragrance-Free • Paraben-Free • Naturally Preserved • Hypoallergenic.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.”

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Lemon Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

Like a Tall Glass of Lemonade for Your Skin.

Thayers Lemon Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula is a fresh-smelling, gentle astringent that cleanses and refreshes the skin with a delightful lemon essence.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet of Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virgiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Lemon), Citric Acid.”
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Peach Witch Hazel

Thayer’s Description:

An Orchard in a Bottle. 

Thayers Peach Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula is nectar for the skin. It’s got all the soothing properties you’ve come to love in our Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents, with a gorgeous, fresh-off-the-tree scent.

Ingredients: 

Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passionfruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Fragrance (Natural Peach), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).”

 My Description & Thoughts about the different witch hazel scents:

I’m always looking for new ways to change up my skin routine for the better. I love trying new skin care products. I had heard of witch hazel before but was unaware of how to use it with my daily regimen Luckily, Thayer’s contacted me about giving their products a try. I love that a lot of the ingredients are organic and all of them are plant-derived and natural. I’ve been genuinely excited about all of the uses I’ve come up with so far–it makes witch hazel a useful, versatile product, as it replaces several bathroom products.

1. Mid-Day Facial Spray

Sometimes after a workout, half way through the day, my skin needs a refresh. I’ve found that what works perfectly for this is a mixture (1 part filtered water and 2 parts Thayer’s Witch Hazel) sprayed onto my skin with a small spray bottle. I dab the excess witch hazel off of my skin with a clean towel. Doing this helps my skin feel fresh without stripping away all of my skin’s moisture. My favorite for this is the lemon witch hazel.

2. Make-Up Brush Cleaner

It makes sense to clean your makeup brushes with a natural, gentle cleaner if you are already making an effort to use natural skin products.  That said, Thayers Witch Hazel makes the perfect brush cleaner. I simply fill a small bowl with witch hazel and place the end of the brushes into the liquid.  I let them sit there for a few minutes, swish them around and then rinse them. Let them air dry before using them again. Pick the witch hazel scent that you like best, as your brushes will not have remnants of that fresh scent. I like using the cucumber for this purpose.

3. Quick “Shower”

Because I am breaking a sweat at least once a day during my workout, I often find the need to clean up but don’t want to take several showers a day. A great solution that has worked well for me is dabbing Thayer’s Witch Hazel on a wet wash cloth. Wipe down at the necessary spots and you’re good to know! It will help eliminate body and odor and will leave a fresh scent behind. My favorite for this is using the peach witch hazel!

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

Essensia Naturals Deodorant Review

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Essensia Naturals Deodorant

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

I have been on the search for years for a deodorant, free of harmful ingredients, that is effective and has the longevity to stay effective throughout strenuous workouts. I have found and tried several ingredients that satisfied my first requirement, however they did not do the job in regards to “stink control.”

Here is how Essensia describes their product:

“Essensia’s Natural Deodorant is the most effective aluminum (aluminium) free underarm odor controlling product on the market today.

We have heard it a thousand times that natural deodorants do not work. We thought that too, so we created our own formula without aluminum. We did not make a product that just covers up or masks odor. We made a product that eliminates odor. And it eliminates odor for up to 24 hours.

Try this. Get up, shower, go to work, go out and before you go to bed have your significant other, put their nose an inch from you armpit and take a big sniff. If they exclaim, “ooh, that’s nasty”, it’s time to buy Essensia! We have run that test over a hundred times as part of our product development process. I’m relieved to say that we don’t stink anymore and you don’t have to either!

Try Essensia’s Natural Deodorant, get fresh!

Ingredients:

ORGANIC COCONUT OIL:   heals wounds, soothing, anti fungal, antibacterial

ORGANIC ARROWROOT:   dried root of the arrowroot plant, moisture absorbing, softens skin, and heals wounds

ORGANIC ALOE VERA:   moisturizer, hydrating, soothing, healing

WATER:   hydrating

ISOPROPYL PALMITATE:   from palm oil

TRIBEHENIN:   glycerine and fatty acids

SODIUM BICARBONATE:   absorbs odor

GLYCEROL OLEATE:   is the ester of glycerin and oleic acid. It is produced from oils that contain high concentrations of oleic acid, such as olive oil, peanut oil, or pecan oil.

GRAPEFRUIT ESSENTIAL OI:  antibacterial, antiseptic, helps with stress

GLUCONOLACTONE & SODIUM BENZOATE:  naturally-derived preservative from corn, sodium salt of benzoic acid, Ecocert Approved (inspection and certification body for natural and organic cosmetics)

HONEYSUCKLE EXTRACT:  anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial

LIME ESSENTIAL OiI:  antibacterial, antiviral, deodorant

GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT:  from seeds and pulp of grapefruits, natural preservative

ROSEMARY LEAF EXTRACT:  anti-inflammatory, anti microbial

PALMAROSE ESSENTIAL OIL:   anti-infectious, antibacterial, antibiotic.”

My Description & Thoughts:

My fiancee has been on board with me in finding natural deodorant options as well, without complete satisfaction.

Enter: Essensia Natural Deodorant. He and I both applied this Essensia Deodorant in the morning and did a “pit check” every few hours to check for stinkiness. By the end of the day, we both did a pit check and were pleasantly surprised. The original scent of the deodorant had mostly faded, however, there was no stink! We are both heavy sweaters and were impressed with this product. I would imagine that most individuals who are looking for a natural deodorant are most interested in two things: clean ingredients and effective staying power. This product has mostly clean ingredients and works satisfactorily.

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