BYE BYE Mainstream Deodorant!

Hey, so I have some news for you guys.
I have ditched mainstream deodorant.
Yep, you heard that right.
Let me get into the (seriously) dirty details about mainstream deodorants and why I have decided to branch outside of the drugstore.
First things first, let’s talk about ingredients. As you guys know, I like knowing how to pronounce my food ingredients, and now I am moving onto skincare, too. Your skin is the largest organ, and the thought of slathering a bunch of unknown substances on myself gives me the creeps.
And so does sticking chemicals under my arm pits. I was doing some research about these ingredients and this is what I found:
– ALUMINUM is disgusting and it’s one of the main ingredients in deodorant. This helps block your pores and stop your sweat glands from doing their job – sweating! Sweating is so, so important at flushing out your body of toxins. Additionally, aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s.
– Parabens are part of a larger group of synthetic preservatives and are found in EVERYTHING. I have started buying shampoo with no parabens and sulfates for the sake of my hair and skin health. Parabens are said to disrupt hormone balances, organ toxicity and even birth defects. YIKES!!
– Propylene glycol is a petroleum based material that makes products soft. In deodorant and antiperspirant, this makes it spread easier under your pits. Too much propylene glycol is said to damage the central nervous system in large quantities.
– Phthalates, like parabens, are part of a bigger, ugly class of chemicals that help dissolve other ingredients, create a lather in cosmetics like shampoo and hair products, and have been connected with SO many health issues. These health issues include hormone disruption and cell mutation. Ew, ew, ew.
– Triclosan is used as the actual odor killing component in deodorants and antiperspirants. While it does have anti-bacterial properties (ahem, so does coconut oil), it is technically classified as a pesticide. Nothing better than putting some pesticides under the pits!
SO, here’s the question you guys probably have for me now. What the heck are you using? Nothing? Going completely granola and not having any kind of underarm protection?
No, no. No.
I am currently on the hunt for the perfect natural deodorant, but this is what I have been using lately. It isn’t as slick as, say, a swipe of Lady Speedstick, but it does the trick. It is free of aluminum, parabens, and synthetic fragrances. Winning.

I haven’t used it during extremely sweaty workouts. In fact, when I run in the morning before work I go deodorant free. I don’t care if I smell, because I know I will be showering & deodorant-ing before the day beings. The thing is, a more natural version isn’t going to stop me from sweating as it is still allowing my sweat glands to breathe rather than blocking them altogether. One thing I like about this deodorant though, I must say, is the smell. It is feminine but not sickly sweet, and has a little bit of a masculine touch to it.

Another option I have been loving equally as much is this one from Nature’s Gate

It goes on clear and has a super fresh scent. It’s not terribly noticeable either. You know when someone walks by and a WOOSH of baby powder comes over you? Yeah, not into that!

Any others that you would recommend? Looking forward to sharing my reviews of them on the blog!

What’s the Scoop: Dry Brushing

You guys. If you are a skincare junkie like me, you will love today’s post. It’s not about skincare (in a product sense), but it IS about one way you can maintain clear, glowing skin – all of your body.

It’s called dry brushing, and it is amazing.

Dry brushing has been around for ages and uses a brush with natural bristles to gently buff away dead skin cells on the body. When dead skin cells accumulate, they leave our skin looking dull, dry, and tired. Dry brushing is an excellent way to revive and exfoliate your skin without having to spend hours on skin treatments. Plus, dry brushing is cheap and effective (I found my brush at the local health food store for $8). A quick brush before hopping in the shower is all I do!

Dry skin brushing is a great way to wake you up in the morning and get your blood flowing. Plus, it doesn’t take long for your skin to start detoxing. The skin is the LARGEST organ in your body. Can you imagine how hard it has to work against all the lotions and potions we slather on? Not to mention the outside world and the elements. Dry brushing helps detoxify our skin naturally and eliminate toxins that accumulate on our skin.

Note: photo is not my own, from Google images

What other benefits does dry brushing have? Well, lemme tell ya:

– Helps to reduce cellulite

– Exfoliates the skin without using harsh chemical exfoliators or drying products

– Stimulates the lymphatic system (which helps remove waste and toxins from the body)

How do you do it? Dry brushing is easy. I like to start with my hands and gently run the brush over my fingers, then up my arms in sweeping motions. You will feel a tingly sensation – that’s your lymphatic system waking up & your blood moving! Then, I go to my feet, brushing upwards in the direction towards my heart. Be careful in sensitive areas like your chest. No need to go crazy there on delicate skin. Then, make your way to your back and brush upwards. Having a dry skin brush with a longer handle definitely helps in this area. You can sweep over your body several times before hopping into a warm shower to rinse off.

You tell me: are you a fan of dry skin brushing?

MEGA Favourites Round Up: Blogtober

Today is the last day of Blogtober, and I must say I am feeling a little sad! It has been so much fun brainstorming content for this little bloggy of mine, so I am thinking I am going to keep it rolling and continue blogging as much as possible. That being said, I wanted to do a round up of some of my favourites from this month. It’s a mixture of food, fashion, skincare, blog posts – a BIG range of goodies comin’ your way!
Let’s get started : )
Blog posts I loved writing this month:
Still in love with these under eye masks to make your eyes feel refreshed and more awake!
Fall sunsets and sunrises
A little fall shopping haul ; )
Lots of snuggle time with the pup and a good book.
Healthy morning habits to start now. Easy to add into your current morning routine!
Trail dates with Nala bear : )
Getting my hair refreshed for fall!
I hope you guys enjoyed Blogtober. I want to thank everyone who read even one post this month. I truly do love bringing you guys fun content, so please let me know what YOU would like to see next on the blog : ) Chat with you all soon!

Blogtober: Fall Shopping Mini-Haul

Good evening, friends!
This post is comin’ at ya later in the day since I just got back from a day in Victoria with my sister. We had some pre-half marathon activities (I’m running a half marathon TOMORROW!) to attend to, such as the race expo and picking up my race package, and most importantly SHOPPING! When in Victoria, right? : )
Also, I need to boast for a minute here. We went into Lululemon, where normally I am sucked right in, but I tried on three things and didn’t buy a single one. Am I sick?? Weird. You know when you try something on and you like it, but you don’t love it? Yeah, that was me today. Oh well!
However, I did pick up some goodies that I wanted to share with you on the bloggy blog today. Here’s what I picked up!

I have been on the hunt for a new purse for a few months now. The purse I am currently carrying is on the smaller side and can basically only fit my wallet and my phone. Not only is it teeny tiny, but the hardware on it was wearing off and it was looking a little sad and worn. Introducing, this upgraded baby from Aldo. Is anyone loving these darker wine colours? Anything that reminds me of wine, right? ; ) It is nice and roomy, and now I can actually pack snacks comfortably in my purse. That’s the true test right there!

We also stopped into LUSH, and although I was wandering around not really looking at anything, eventually the bath bomb section sucked me in. The orange bath bomb is called the Yoga Bomb, and the purple-pink one is called Twilight. Both are on the sweeter smelling side, though Yoga has notes of sandalwood and Twilight has notes of vanilla and lavender. I actually have a small collection of bath bombs growing in my bathroom cupboard, but it doesn’t hurt to add some more. Eventually they’ll all get used… : )

Last stop was Sephora. The last and most dangerous stop. Actually, I’d say (on a normal day) that it would be tied with Lululemon. I picked up some essentials like my favourite charcoal face wipes and make up setting spray (which I recently discovered and love), as well as an old concealer favourite from Make Up For Ever. The lip gloss was kind of an impulse buy. I told my sister on the way home, “I bought lipstick AND ate a sandwich today. Who am I? I’m a new woman!” Weird for me but we’ll see how much use it gets!
I hope you guys are having a great weekend so far! Let me know in the comments what YOU love from Sephora, or if there are any drugstore favourites I should check out. Until next time!