Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save

Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save

So I’ve got the lowdown on Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save is the question and I’m sharing it all!  I get asked a lot what are some budget friendly options for pretty much everything, so I thought I would make a list of top products to swap out and a splurge and save on each.  The goal is to get you to swap them out easily.  But I also don’t want you to feel like you’re going to go broke, here are some easy swaps to get you started!

Also, remember that this is a process and not something that needs to happen overnight.  That will only create stress and that’s not going to help anyone!  Take baby steps and do a little at a time.

To Splurge or Save:

My Top Picks-

Deodorant-

SPLURGE- $26 Agent Nateur- This deodorant works around the clock to deliver fresh underarms like no other deodorant I’ve used in green beauty- it’s the real deal and then some.  It never irritates my arms either even though it does have baking soda in it.  It smells like roses and not in the my grandma smells like rose perfume but in the chic cool way.  I can’t recommend this deodorant enough.  It is definitely a splurge but worth every penny!

SAVE- $7.99 Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant This is the first deodorant I tried in green beauty that worked.  I remember thinking, wow I still smell good in the evening!  It comes in lavender or unscented. I prefer lavender.  It doesn’t irritate my underarms either.  I also love that you can get it on Amazon- so convenient! You can get a 1 oz. stick for $7.99 or a 2.7 oz for $14.  A great buy for the amount of product you get!

Mask-

SPLURGE- $80 Mahalo The Bean Antioxidant Mask- This mask is what dreams are made of!  But really.  I remember noticing a difference after the first time I used it.  I know sounds crazy- but it’s true.  It lightens sun spots, and brings an overall brightness to my skin.  My redness is diminished as well.  It’s like a detox for your skin, while also giving your skin some nourishment. It’s spendy but you’ll love it after the first use!

SAVE- $30 Live Botanical Luna Rose and Honey Mask- I can’t not use this mask.  It’s in my routine nearly everyday.  My favorite way to use it is in the morning when I’m getting ready for the day.  I apply it right before I brush my teeth and then rinse it off once I’m done brushing them.  It gives my skin a serious glow and wakes me up.  I’m addicted!  I’m always shocked at the price too and the quality of ingredients!  You’ll love it- trust me!  Plus, with my 20% off coupon code you’ll save $6- so the mask ends up being $24!  Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN. Crazy awesome deal!

Liquid Foundation-

SPLURGE- $48 Crunchi Liquid Foundation- This foundation is SO good.  I’ve been using it for over a year now and can’t get enough.  One of the reasons I fell hard for it is because there isn’t any coconut oil in it.  Something that’s hard to find in green beauty.  Coconut oil can clog pores and I’ve found on some people it even causes them to breakout.  This foundation leaves my skin feeling even and fresh, but not overdone.  Plus, it has a sweet vanilla smell!

SAVE- $31.47- ZuZu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation- This foundation is great for year round but especially in the warm summer months when you don’t want extra oil clogging those pores.  It glides on easily and gives a polished look but not too much where you’re wearing a full face of makeup.  Plus, at Pharmaca online you can usually get this for 20% off!  Pharmaca is always having a 20% off sale, which makes this around $25 instead!  Not too shabby.

Body Oil-

SPLURGE- $75 Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil- It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil.  It really is something so much more.  The ingredients include some of the best organic oils.  From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few.  The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all.  It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue.  Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling.  I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful!  With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you.  This would be an amazing gift for someone too!

SAVE- $13.97 Rosehip Seed Oil by Leven Rose This is actually one of the very first organic oils I ever bought when transitioning to green beauty.  It isn’t expensive yet it does the job and does it well.  My skin feels hydrated and not greasy.  Jojoba oil is such a great oil to use on the skin too, as it’s the closest oil to what your skin naturally produces.  What makes this jojoba oil great too is it’s cold pressed, so they’re not using heat to extract it, so the oil is left intact.  Better yet you can get it from Amazon!

Serum/Oil- 

SPLURGE- $85 Maya Chia The Super Couple Serum- Love this oil.  The smell is so good, nothing over powering, just an amazing mixture of essential oils.  It just feels so luxe the moment you apply.  It’s not super heavy, but a nice medium rich feel.  It literally absorbs so well into the skin leaving behind a pinkish hue that gives your skin a glow. My skin drinks up every drop of this oil. It helped to lighten my hyper pigmentation and even my skin tone.  It also brightened my under eye mom circles- seriously.  I started using this when I had a 4 month old and lets just say I needed all the help I could get.  This oil is a game changer.

SAVE- $42 Live Botanical Clary Sage Calming Serum-  Yes, another Live Botanical product- that’s so good!  This serum is also an oil.  It really is filled with so many therapeutic oils that help promote cell turnover and calm the skin.  Great for those who have acne or have sensitive skin that wants to flare up.  I love the smell of this oil! I get hints of rose and chamomile, but it’s not overwhelming.  It’s not a super heavy feeling oil but a good medium texture.  I noticed improved skin clearness, the redness was minimized- especially around my t-zone.  I also noticed my skin felt so hydrated and smooth in the morning.  Like it had a big gulp of water. Plus, with my 20% off coupon code you’ll save $8.40- so the serum/oil ends up being $33.60! Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN. Amazing deal!

Body Wash-

SPLURGE- $18 for 9.5 oz. PLANT Apothecary-  I have to say after trying them all, my favorite scent is the Wake Up with Rosemary and lemon and the Get Happy, which is a geranium and peppermint scent.  I’m a sucker for anything mint as you guys know, and the Wake Up body wash with the Rosemary and Lemon is so refreshing.  They also have three other scents, so if the above doesn’t appeal to you, you might find something else that suits your fancy.  Now to the formula.  It’s foams up and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and not dry at all.  I’m seriously addicted guys! It’s like any body wash you would find at Bath and Body works but it’s not filled with crazy ingredients!

SAVE- $9.99 for 32 oz. Alaffia Everyday Shea Body Wash- This stuff comes in a large pump bottle and is perfect for getting everyone in your house clean!  It comes in different scents too.  I’m partial to vanilla mint, because duh mint and of course I can’t turn down vanilla either.  The shea in it leaves my skin moisturized without feeling dried out.  Plus, at Pharmaca online you can usually get this for 20% off!  Pharmaca is always having a 20% off sale, which makes this around $7.99 instead!  I mean, I’m no mathematician but that’s a steal!

Shampoo-

SPLURGE- $34 True Botanical’s Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner- This stuff is just the best!  If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again.  The shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals.  The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue…you know that feeling I’m talking about!  Need, I say more?  Not really, but I will because I just can’t help myself!  It smells insanely good, fresh like everything they make does.  They also come in recyclable metal bottle pumps, that literally look so luxe in the shower.  I promise you won’t be disappointed, this stuff is amazing and worth every penny, and that says a lot coming from a stylist.

SAVE- $17 100% Pure Kelp and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner- This shampoo works so well at cleaning my hair and really getting rid of the excess oil. It has a good suds to it and it smells minty fresh!  The conditioner also moisturizes but without the heavy weight.  I was so excited when I discovered this shampoo!  Plus, another find at Pharmaca!  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $13.60 a bottle- so good!

Blush-

SPLURGE- $56 Kjaer Weis Cream Blush- If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m obsessed with these blushes! The pigment is so good, the colors so vivid and it instantly makes you look awake.  They also come in the chicest silver carrying cases.  I love the colors Blossoming and Happy.  Initially they’re $56 but once you have a silver compact, the next time you run out all you have to buy is the insert- making it only $32.

SAVE- $25 Juice Beauty Cream Blush- I’ve been loving Juice Beauty’s Cream blushes lately!  They’re so easy to apply and instantly add some serious glow and color to my skin.  I have the colors Seashell and Flush and love them both.  Also, another Pharmaca purchase.  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $20 a blush- not bad!

BB Cream-

SPLURGE- $45 Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen- This BB cream is so good!  It definitely hits all the marks for a great tinted sunscreen.  From superb coverage, hydration and good tint.  Plus, it offers a broad spectrum spf of 30.  It’s made with non-nano zinc oxide.  It also comes in four colors which makes it easy to find one that matches your skin tone.  It feels heavier than a traditional tinted moisturizer.  Trust me, you’ll love it!

SAVE- $28.99 Juice Beauty Organic BB Cream- This offers a little less coverage than the Suntegrity above but some people prefer that.  I like how this one still polishes my look and if I want more coverage in an area I can add some concealer wherever I want it.  My mom absolutely loves this tinted moisturizer!  She likes it because she says it doesn’t show her fine lines as much.  A lot of foundations she always complains the product settles in her fine lines.  This gives you some sun protection too with an SPF of 30.  It comes in 4 different shades.  I chose the Sand.  It feels really good on the skin- definitely hydrating.  A great option for spring and summer days but also for days when you’re not going anywhere and you just want some light coverage, plus sun protection.  Also, another Pharmaca purchase.  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $23.20- not bad!

Body Lotion-

SPLURGE- $47.00 Osmia Organics Body Mousse- This body mousse is straight up decadence!  Trust me, you’ll try it and never want to stop using it.  It feels like a whipped frosting going on your body.  So light and fluffy.  It melts into your skin the second it touches it and you’re left with the softest baby skin ever.  I’m warning you now though- you will be hooked! Love their Rosemary and Sandalwood scent.

SAVE- $11.99 ALL Good Body Lotion- I’ve fallen hard for ALL GOOD products!  They are affordable, have great ingredients and perform.  Their body lotion is no different.  Love that it comes in a tube that’s easy to use.  It feels rich in texture and keeps my skin soft and smooth.  Love their coconut scent!  A great buy for the whole family!

See any products you love or need to try?

Top Natural Deodorant Picks

Top Natural Deodorant Picks

Ok, it’s finally here, my Top Natural Deodorant Picks.  I’ve been working on this thing for too long, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you guys!  Besides sharing my favorite natural alternatives to mainstream deodorants, I really wanted to share the toxic burden mainstream deodorants carry.  This is one area of going green that I want to shout from the rooftops!  Why?  Because everyday people use deodorant, or at least most of us should.  Maybe you can get away with every other day, but you get my point.  Multiply that by 365 days and you’re rubbing toxins on yourself daily!

So what is this toxic load I speak of?  Well, let’s first talk about the biggest offender when it comes to mainstream deodorant, anti-perspirant.  Aluminum is put in deodorant for the sole purpose of blocking your pores from sweating.  In essence so you don’t get wet.  There’s a problem though, we were made to sweat, and our body uses sweat as a way to rid ourselves of toxins.

So where does the aluminum go?  Into our blood stream, fatty tissue, and can settle into breast tissue.  Unlike toxic food that can be broken down once digested, chemicals we put on our body cannot.  Instead they find a home in our fat and can wreak havoc.  Specifically in breast tissue.  A quote from the Journal of Inorganic Bio-chemistry states, “Over 50% of breast cancers start in the upper outer quadrant of the breast local to the underarm region.”  Although, that doesn’t equate to aluminum causing breast cancer, it certainly lays a case for it.  Plus, it’s not just the application of the antiperspirant but the application onto underarms that have just been shaven.  The broken skin makes it even more permeable for the aluminum to get into the body.  Why take the risk if you don’t have too?!

And the crazy part about it all?  Aluminum isn’t the only toxic ingredient in your mainstream anti-perspirant.  Even if you’re using a mainstream deodorant without the aluminum you’re still putting harmful toxins in your body.  I can’t forget triclosan, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol and fragrance.  These all do a number in your body too, and I’m not talking a happy number!  Your best bet is to make the switch over to a non-toxic deodorant that’s free from all the toxic offenders.

Now, I know this can be a tricky thing to do-trust me.  I sweat and I sweat a lot!  However, I have picked up some tips to make the transition easier.

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO A NON-TOXIC DEODORANT:

 

  • DRINK WATER– Sounds like a no brainer but not drinking enough water can leave your body stagnat-nothings moving and that’s not good.  Make sure you’re drinking enough water for your body weight and having consistent bowel movements.

 

  • CONSIDER YOUR FOOD- Often times what we eat has a direct effect on our smell.  If you’re putting junk into your body, i.e. refined sugar, white flour, processed foods etc. then chances are you’re going to smell it too.  Eating more leafy greens and fruits causes your body to have a sweeter smell.  Also, some foods even if they are healthy can cause you to smell just because of their makeup. Be mindful of when you eat odor causing foods that may take your stench to a whole new level. Avoid these foods for a bit to see if your odor improves.  

 

  • EXFOLIATE UNDERARMS- It’s time to slough off all that bacteria and make sure your underarms are clean.  Getting rid of the bacteria and creating a clean canvas will help ensure you’re not creating further stench.

 

  • SWEAT- Many people don’t like to hear it but sweating is actually one of the best ways to detox naturally.  It pushes the toxins out of your body.  I’ve noticed myself I always smell better when I’m consistently getting a good sweat on through some form of exercise.  Also, epsom salt baths are great for helping to sweat, as well as saunas.  If your glands have been blocked for so many years chances are they have some mucous and bacteria buildup.  Remember sweating is a good thing!  Your body may even go through a period where you sweat a little more during the transition-totally normal.  Your body will adjust.

 

  •  CLOTHING- For the first several weeks consider the clothes you wear.  Opt for material such as merino wool, bamboo, hemp and cotton-all natural fibers.  Avoid synthetic fibers which can trap sweat and help breed bacteria.  Choose loose fitting, breathable clothing.

 

  • SWITCH PRODUCTS UP- Change your deodorant after a while.  If you notice after several months your deodorant isn’t working anymore-switch it up.  Sometimes your body can get accustomed to one and it’s good to switch it up.  I’ve had this happen to myself and others have shared the same thing with me.

 

  • WATCH YOUR SHAVE- To avoid irritation, don’t apply your deodorant right after you shave.  Since your pores will be open and fresh, it’s best to avoid putting the deodorant on right away.  It may cause irritation and redness.  Give it some time.  If you can, shower the night before and apply in the morning or wait an hour to apply after you shower in the morning.  An hour gives your pores a chance to close up.

 

  • DON’T GIVE UP– Just because one natural deodorant doesn’t work or you’re still feeling like you smell, don’t give up!  It takes time for your body to acclimate and this may not be a quick fix.  Ask around, be diligent de-toxing, and eventually you’ll reap the rewards.

Ok, enough of the nitty gritty.  Let’s get to my review of the deodorants.  I have some all-stars, my hub’s favorites and some that just didn’t work for me.  Also, something for every budget!  One thing to keep in mind is every person is so different. Deodorant is such a personal choice.  What works for one, may not work for another.  It could be body chemistry, irritation, or just scent.  I also had the help of my 3 sisters who tested them out as well with me.

FAVORITE NON-TOXIC DEODORANTS-

Green Tidings-(Vegan & Gluten Free)

Green tidings

This deodorant is a rock star in my book for many reasons. I’ve been using it for a year and a half now and have a hard time switching to anything else.  It keeps me smelling fresh for more than one day.  I usually squeeze two days out of it if I’m not exercising.

Scents- Lavender or Unscented (like them both)

Longevity- Amazing, best I’ve found.

Ease of Use- Great!  The formula is smooth and it goes on so easy.

Packaging Comes in a stick form.  BPA-free recyclable container.

Staining- My hubs noticed staining on his shirts and I noticed some on a few shirts but not like he experienced.

Irritation- None, not ever!

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $7.99 for 1oz. 2.7oz. for $14

I recommend this non-stop and will continue!  Use coupon code: gurl2016.  Code is good for 15% off all single deodorants (3-packs are already 15% off), and it is active July 19 at 2:00PST-August 14 at 11:59PM.  Use code on Amazon.com when ordering Green Tidings all natural deodorants.  and shop here.

 

Primally Pure-

Primal pure

This deodorant is another fave.  It gives me the protection and the fresh smell I crave.  If you can’t tolerate baking soda well they also have a sensitive version with less baking soda.

Scents- Lemongrass, Lavender, Tea Tree, Unscented (Lemongrass is my fave)

Longevity- Great!  I can go about two days with this one as well if not exercising.

Ease of Use- Goes on so smooth and easy, no harsh rubbing to get it on.

Packaging- Comes in a stick form that’s BPA free.

Staining- My hubs noticed staining but I didn’t.

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $12

This is such a great natural deodorant that not only works but is friendlier on the budget as well.  Use code: gurlgonegreen for 10% off your purchase.  Shop here for Primally Pure deodorant.

Piper Wai-(Vegan & Gluten Free)

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This deodorant’s big ingredient they talk about is charcoal.  Charcoal absorbs 1,000x it’s weight in moisture, keeping you drier longer.  I really love the smell!  This deodorant definitely kept me drier longer it seemed.

Scents- One scent, and it lists on the ingredients a proprietary blend of 11 essential oils. Smells very minty to me, which I love.

Longevity- It did hold up as far as wetness factor, but it didn’t hold up as long as Green Tidings or Primally Pure as far as smell.  I felt I started to smell halfway through on day two.

Ease of Use- It comes in a jar versus a stick form.  I do love that it comes in glass, however, as a mom it’s just one more step to dip my finger in and have to wash them afterwards.  You only need a pea size amount and you need to warm it up a little before applying it to your underarms.

Packaging- Glass jar

Staining- None

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $11.99

This deodorant has a great smell and definitely keeps you dry, if you’re up for using your fingers.  Use coupon code:   YEA10 and  receive 10% off your order, and they’ll donate 10% of the order cost to YEA-Philadelphia, a program that provides entrepreneurship classes to middle and high school students. Shop Piper Wai here.

Meow Meow Tweet- (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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This deodorant goes on smooth and smells so good!  They have a couple difference formulas.  I tried the baking soda free formula and the deodorant sticks.

Scents- Lemon Eucalyptus and Lavender Bergamot (love lemon eucalyptus)

Longevity- Great, really lasted after one day.  I smelled fresh still!

Ease of Use- This is where I docked some points.  I do love that it comes in a biodegradable stick form.  However, the stick broke on me as I was trying to push it up.  Unfortunately, a lot of people have given me similar feedback.  The paper packaging is a great idea but there needs to be some tweaks to make it user friendly.

Packaging- Comes in a bio-degradeable stick.

Staining- None

Irritation- None, so soothing!

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $10 for 1 oz. and $22 for 4.5 oz.

This deodorant’s formula is spot on, just some kinks that need to be worked out as far as packaging.

Meow Meow Tweet’s Baking Soda Free Formula-(Vegan & Gluten Free)

Meow Cream

This is their baking soda free formula.  Great for people sensitive to baking soda.

Scents- Grapefruit or Lavender

Longevity- For me personally it doesn’t last that long.  My underarms aren’t sensitive to baking soda normally but there was a season where I was having some irritation and this helped to calm and soothe it. I end up smelling usually at the end of the day.  Definitely not more than a one day wear for me personally.  I need the baking soda!

Ease of Use- It goes on super smooth, like butter.

Packaging- It comes in a glass jar, which I love because it’s eco-friendly but it is one more step in washing your hands after application.  It’s really just a preference for people.

Staining- None

Irritation- None, ever!

Baking Soda- No

Price- $8 for 1oz. and $14 for 2.4 oz.

This is a great option for those who are sensitive to baking soda and can’t tolerate it.  Shop here for Meow Meow Tweet’s Baking Soda free deodorant.

Schmidt’s-(Vegan)

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This is the very first natural deodorant that I tried that actually worked for me.  I remember buying it at Whole Foods when it only came in a glass jar.  Now it also comes in a stick form that has a slightly different formulation.

Scents- Lime+Bergamot(fave), Lavender+Sage, Cedarwood+Juniper, Ylang Ylang+Juniper, Fragrance Free

Longevity- Good, it definitely lasted me through a whole day and then some.

Ease of Use- Great!  It goes on smooth.  I prefer their stick to the jar-so much easier.

Packaging- They offer a glass jar and a stick version.  They used to only offer the glass jar, but so glad they offer the stick version now!

Staining- A little yellow tinge to whites is all I noticed.

Irritation- This is where I docked some points.  From time to time I would get some irritation from using it.  Nothing crazy but it did happen.  I noticed the biggest difference when I waited to apply it after shaving.

Baking Soda- Yes but they do offer one that is baking soda free for sensitive skin that uses magnesium to neutralize odor instead of baking soda.

Price- $8.99

Schmidt’s is a great all around deodorant, especially for those starting off.  It’s budget friendly and can be found at most Whole Foods.  Shop all Schmidt’s deodorant here.

Ursa Major-(gluten free)

Ursa major

This is one of my husband’s favorite deodorants-he loves it!  It worked well for me too, but was more of a one day wear and not two days, like some of them I’ve mentioned.

Scents- Hoppin’ Fresh, blend of eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, grapefruit, chamomile and lemon.

Longevity- Good, for me it lasted a solid day and my husband thought it lasted him the whole day easily.

Ease of Use- Awesome, goes on so easy!  My hubs kept telling me, this is exactly how a deodorant is supposed to go on. It reminded him of his mainstream deodorant.

Packaging- It comes in a stick form, that’s chubby and round.

Staining- None, my hubs loved this about it too!

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $18

My hub’s gives this 5 stars easily.  A great unisex deodorant. Shop Ursa Major deodorant here. 

Rustic Maka- 

Pachy calming

This is my husband’s other favorite, he’s obsessed.  They make deodorants specially for men and women.  It didn’t work as well for me unfortunately.

Scents- Calming Fields, Citrus Gardens(in a baking soda free version and with baking soda), Naughty Butter(Unscented), Sweet Lemonade, Wild Meadows(hub’s fave scent), Rough Rivers(For Men)

Longevity- For me they didn’t last that long but my hub’s thought the longevity was great.  It would last him a whole day.

Ease of Use- Great, they go on super smooth.

Packaging- Comes in a stick form.

Staining- None at all, my hub’s really likes this!

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes and then the scent Citrus Gardens also comes in a baking soda free version.

Price- $9.95

Again, my hub’s loves this deodorant too.  A great budget friendly natural pick that doesn’t stain!  Use code: GurlGG25 for 25% off until 7/31.   Shop Rustic Maka here. 

DEODORANTS THAT DIDN’T WORK:

Agent Nateur-

Agent Nateur

This deodorant didn’t work for my hubs, myself or my sisters unfortunately.

Scents- One scent that has lavender and eucalyptus in it.

Longevity- It didn’t last long or keep away any wetness.  I smelled myself in a bad way half way through the day.

Ease of Use- Great, it went on super smooth.

Packaging- It comes in a chubby round stick.

Staining- It did stain my clothes and my hubs clothes too.

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $19

It does go on easily, but with the longevity of wear not there and the staining factor it was a no go for all of us.

Primal Pit Paste- 

Primal Paste

This deodorant worked ok for my hubs, but not as much for me.  It still wasn’t his fave and stained some of his shirts.

Scents- Coconut Lime, Jacked Up Jasmine, Thyme and Lemongrass, Lavender, Royal and Rogue, and Orange Creamsicle.

Longevity-  It would last halfway through the day for me and my hub’s a whole day.

Ease of Use- Not great.  This is where I docked points for sure.  It would tend to dry up in the stick form and I would have to use a lot of pressure to rub it on.

Packaging- You can get it in a glass jar or stick form.

Staining- We both experienced staining from it.

Irritation- A little but nothing crazy.

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $8.95 for the jar and $10.95 for the stick.

This might be a good option for those first starting out into the natural deodorant world.  Just wasn’t an all star in my book.

Bare Bones-(Vegan)

Bare bones

This deodorant didn’t work for anyone in my family.

Scents- Cedarwood, and Sensitive

Longevity- Didn’t last or help with wetness.

Ease of Use- Went on smooth.

Packaging- Comes in a stick form.

Staining- It did stain.

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes and they also have one that is baking soda free.

Price- $8

Great ingredients but just didn’t hold a candle to the other deodorants I’ve used.

Mr. Pitts-(Vegan)

Mr Pitts

I really like the smell of this deodorant and wish it worked for me but it didn’t.  It’s made in Australia.

Scents- They have a woman’s deodorant and a men’s deodorant. The woman’s smells very minty fresh.

Longevity- Didn’t last on me and didn’t help with wetness.

Ease of Use-  You have to use your fingers to apply which can be a little messy.

Packaging- Comes in a plastic jar.

Staining- I didn’t notice any staining.

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $19.71

This might work for some but it didn’t work for me.

Wow, that was a long post!  I hope my Top Natural Deodorant Picks helps you weed through the world of natural deodorants and find one you love.  It can be such a different experience for everyone-there are so many variables to consider.  What works for one person may not work for another.

Have you guys tried any of these?  Any that you really like I didn’t mention?  I would love to hear what you’ve been using!  Leave me a comment below.

InVitamin Green Review

InVitamin Green Review

It may sound weird but I couldn’t wait to get the green inVitamin Charcoal powder for my teeth!  I’ve heard so much about the benefits of charcoal powder. Activated charcoal actually balances the pH in the mouth and kills the bad bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gingivitis.  It also helps whiten teeth!  I also received their coconut oil and baking soda deodorant cream, as well as a WooBamboo toothbrush.  InVitamin is a small company that started in 2011 with a mission to provide natural household and personal care products for the entire family.  Focusing on natural, organic and biodegradeable-their aim is to have a product line that their children would be proud of-And I just love that!

It has been a pleasure working with inVitamin.  You may just see more green products from them on my page!  I love that they personally make their products in small batches and that they care about the next generation.  Ok, so want to know what I thought about their goodies?  Well keep reading!

Natural Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal-

So first off, it may seem counterintuitive to put charcoal on your teeth to clean and whiten but it isn’t.  The green powder just comes in a jar and you just get your toothbrush wet and dip it into the powder.  Then brush away.  I brushed for 2 minutes.  Then rinsed really well with water.  When you’re brushing your teeth will be black and it will feel like it’s taking the moisture out of your mouth.  But, once you’ve rinsed you’re teeth will feel so amazing-such a clean feeling!  The charcoal powder I received does have spearmint in it-but I couldn’t really distinguish it too much-not that it mattered really.  I just loved how clean my teeth felt and fresh!  I’ve been using it for over a month and can tell a difference already.  My teeth always feel cleaner throughout the day and they look whiter-serioulsy and shiny.  I’ve been brushing with it everyday.  I can’t wait to continue using it, for even more whitening results.  I highly recommend for your overall dental regimen to get this!  My teeth are at a whole new level thanks to it.  Plus, it’s literally such a good deal- $13 for both the tooth powder and WooBamboo toothbrush or $9 for just the tooth powder.

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WooBamboo Toothbrush-

The toothbrush really speaks for itself-no more plastic!  But instead it is made with beautiful bamboo.  Trust me, you’re going to feel so eco-chic with this toothbrush.  I’m already thinking it will make great stocking stuffers!  $5

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Natural Coconut Oil + Baking Soda Deodorant-

I was a little skeptical about trying this deodorant.  Anyone in the green community knows finding a green deodorant is hard and almost at times impossible…although I have found a few I love and guess what?  I’m adding this one to the list!  The deodorant literally only has 5 ingredients- Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Sugar, Baking Soda, and Beeswax.  One of the ingredients I found interesting was sugar, I don’t think I’ve seen that in a deodorant yet.  It comes in a jar and is a little hard at first touch, but once you rub it between your fingers it glides on smoothly.  This particular deodorant doesn’t have a smell, other than the coconut oil, but they do have some natural mineral deodorants that come in stick form that are made with essential oils.  Anyways, it worked and that’s saying a lot for this sweaty girl.  I didn’t smell anything and I didn’t have any irritation.  I know deodorants are different for everyone-it’s definitely not a one size fits all.  But if you have had a hard time finding a deodorant that doesn’t cause irritation and works-this may be just your ticket!  It retails for $6.

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Want to try out some of their products?  I don’t blame you, you should!  Here’s a discount code for 20% off your entire purchase, just use coupon code gurlgonegreen20.  Check out all their products here.  Have you used charcoal powder for your teeth?  What did you think?  Leave me a comment!

 

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