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Natural Deodorant | Does It Work?

How It All Started

I was having a conversation with one of my friends and she let it slip that she wasn’t wearing deodorant anymore. I was shocked and had endless questions.

She went on to explain that she was afraid that the aluminium in deodorant can cause either cancer (breast cancer being the biggest concern) or alzheimer’s disease – which both ran in her family – and she wasn’t willing to risk it. Wow. That took my breath away.

Days later, and intrigued, I picked up the phone to chat to another friend of mine who happens to be doctor. Without naming names we discussed the topic at great length. Her only comment? “A lot of people are choosing aluminium free deodorant or not to wear deodorant at all because people who practice natural medicine are pushing it. However there isn’t enough substantial scientific evidence to back it up”.

I would describe myself as a fairly confident person – but I am not confident enough to go completely without deodorant. So I decided to experiment with natural deodorant for five consecutive days.

Choosing the Natural Deodorant

Its funny how when you are looking for something, it’s suddenly all that you see  – everywhere!

Before doing this experiment – I was completely unaware of how competitive the natural deodorant market was. What was even more shocking was the price points! Prices varied from $10 – $90. Which can really sting (pun intended) especially for something that you’re just going to put under your armpits and keep it moving.

After looking at various options at various prices – I settled on Skin Natural Deodorant.

I mostly picked it because I was grocery shopping one day and randomly saw the deodorant at my local grocery store – Woolworths. That reminded me that I had not yet made a final decision. Also, I thought if it’s stocked at a major super store – you readers can trial out it out too.

How The Natural Deodorant Was Used:

For this experiment I applied the deodorant at 8am each day and put my nose to my armpits at 8pm each night. Sounds weird, but I wanted to make sure that I was judging the product in a consistent manner. “Setting controls”, as my Scientist husband would say.

Five Days Using Natural Deodorant | Breakdown

Day One – You know when you can actually smell yourself and you dread people coming near you because they might just get a whiff? Well..that was me. I had a really active day and this deodorant just didn’t hold up. I am not a sweater – so the smell was really an unwelcome surprise.

Day Two – I didn’t have much on as I spent most of the day in the office and was only really active at the end of the day. On this day my scent was still plain. Plain because there was no smell – just a scent of nothingness. If you are familiar with body odour –  this is a good thing.

Day Three – I had a fairly hectic morning with my toddler and forgot to wear deodorant completely. Funny thing is I was super active. When I remembered that I had not applied deodorant I became paranoid. When  gave myself the sniff test – I was alright – well my nostrils thought so.

Day Four – This was one of the colder days in the month – so I praised myself for choosing this time to test out this product. It was unusually hot in the office so I did have moments of sweating – but overall my scent at the end of the day was pleasant.

Day Five – My underarm skin was getting used to the natural deodorant. My underarm skin was looking smoother – a surprising benefit is that the discoloration seemed to be improving significantly!

Final Thoughts

Obviously since I have invested money in this product I am going to continue using it until it’s finished. If I am honest I have always thought that natural deodorants were for hippies (no offence) but this five day experiment has me convinced otherwise. I wont say I am completely converted but i am open to having it in my personal hygiene arsenal.

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No Scrubs…

Some of you have been kind enough to send me messages complimenting me on my skin and complexion. I thought that was really sweet of you all! Thank you. Trust me – it hasn’t always been the case – it is an ongoing battle. It has been a never ending journey with lots of trials and errors to get my skin to where it is today.

Like most women, I too have beauty products I swear by for my everyday routine. Some are cheap, others leave you feeling guilty when you think of people going without food, water or shelter – but I make an honest living so I still buy them anyway.

The thing is, you don’t always have to spend money to have a clear complexion. Some of the most effective beauty products are sitting in your panty right now. My grandmother and mother taught me that.

For instance, for most Zimbabweans reading this, my bet is that you have mealie meal in your pantry. For those that are from other countries, you may have semolina or polenta. I like to use these everyday products to create a scrub that will help get rid of product build up, or to really cleanse my skin. So how do I do it, you ask?

Step One:
Pour one cup of mealie meal (or semolina or polenta) into a bowl.

Step Two:
Add water. This can be cold water, but I personally like to use slightly warm water. Once you have added water proceed to mix the ingredients to create a smooth and consistent paste- (no lumps!).


Step Three:
To begin the process make sure you have clean skin. Use wet wipes, Vaseline, make up remover – whatever you normally use to wash your face – just have clean skin.

Step Four:
Apply the paste all over your entire face avoiding the eye area. I like to apply to my décolletage (the front area of my neck, shoulders and upper chest). The decolletage should always get the same treatment as the face. Wait about a minute as the product settles on your skin.


Step Five:
Starting at the chin and using your index and middle fingers, work the product in a circular motion up and around your entire face. When you are confident that you have scrubbed all impurities from your skin, proceed to rinse your face with luke warm water.

Step Six:
Pat your face dry with a clean towel then apply your usual facial beautifying products.

And there you have it – a cheap and effective way to keep your skin glowing and fresh.

Glasses – ZARA | African Print Dress – My own design |

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Fresh Nude Foundation

It gets really hot here in Australia, so during summer you really have to be light on with your foundation application and coverage, otherwise you will end up with mountains for pimples – no matter how good your skin care routine and water intake is.

Lighter foundation application in summer makes sense, because the whole idea of wearing everyday makeup is to enhance your natural features – not to apply layers upon layers of makeup which make you unrecognisable to your family, friends and work colleagues.

You know I was thinking about this earlier – close your eyes for moment and flashback to, say, ten years ago. Its almost hard to believe now but finding a foundation that suited my brown skin was virtually impossible. More often than not, I would end up with a foundation that looked like it blended with my skin colour – under the beauty counter lights that is- but dare to walk outside and I would look like I had decided to wear baby powder on my face, you know, for that clown effect. Think Heath Ledger as the joker in the Batman movie.

Now open your eyes. You are now in the present day. Finally people in the beauty industry are starting to accept that women of colour want to look beautiful (we have disposable cash) and have introduced great products that suit our skin tones.

In the past, i would never in a million years have thought of buying foundation from The Body Shop. I would have just keep it moving because I knew there were no foundations on offer for a lady of my colour. That is, until now.

Like any makeup junkie, i am always on the lookout for hot new products to try out. I came across the “Fresh Nude Foundation” via YouTube. Pretty much every beauty blogger that i love and trust was raving about it. I watched about four or five videos and rolled my eyes because to me it seemed like they were being paid to say nice things about the product.

Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a chance  – what the hell, it’s only $AU 37.95. I work. Let me try it out.

I purchased colour Caribbean Mahogany, as it was a dead match to my skin tone. Look, I don’t want to be getting any hate mail – so if you get a foundation and it’s not the right shade, you can also purchase these fantastic Shade Adjusting Drops – to transform an ‘almost right’ shade to you right shade in just one drop.

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I have been using this foundation religiously for six weeks straight and it’s only now that I can give a straight up review on the foundation.

PROS:

  • You get to see a slightly enhanced version of your natural self. No filter.
  • The price point – cheapest all round foundation I have ever purchased. I like buying things that don’t make you feel like you are being extorted.
  • The foundation smells amazing – it’s like you’re applying the scent of a high-end florist on your face.
  • When applying the foundation after a primer it blends perfectly with my skin tone and lasts the day at work or play.

CONS:

  • Don’t try to wear layers of this foundation – you will look cakey and your skin will become hella oily. Experimentation led me to this discovery.
  • Not everyone will find a colour that will match their skin tone and will have to spend more of their hard earned cash to purchase the shade adjusting drops.
  • More is more – for what you pay it would be nice to have more of the product.

Look I really liked this foundation – it was such a positive surprise! So much so, that this foundation has been inducted into the holy grail of my makeup arsenal.

This isn’t a paid post just a customer who is happy with her purchase. If you get a chance do yourself a favour and try this foundation. You can thank me later…

IamTinashe