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5 Reasons to Switch Over to Natural Deodorants

Say goodbye to those traditional deodorants!

 

Have you ever smelt a bit dodgy and cursed your sweat glands because of the amount of sweat it produces? Well, here is a fun fact, our sweat isn’t the culprit. The odor you receive is actually the bacteria that lives on your skin. So, what comes in when you need to get rid of that, of course, it’s deodorant! Sadly, the deodrants available commercially aren’t really that good for your skin as it can contain so many unknown and harmful chemicals. So, stop blaming your sweat glands and sit back as we bring you five reasons you should try natural deodorants instead of the former.

 

  1. No Aluminum.

If you find yourself using antiperspirants or deodorants with aluminum in them (most of these products found in the market have aluminium as it is used to block the pores, reducing sweat) you should know about the health-risks they come along with. Aluminium might be helpful in reducing the amount of sweat, but it has a harmful effect in the long run. Antiperspirants contain topically applied aluminium salts are able to absorb into your body with the use of the product. If it isn’t worse enough that we are exposed to aluminium through kitchen appliances already, deodorants have amounts of it that can cause severe problems, as the amounts of aluminum can reach the brain. Humans absorb aluminium through the skin which then later reaches the brain and causes short term side effects like memory loss, learning difficulties, lack of concentration and coordination amongst others. Natural deodorants are free of substances like that of aluminium which is the best benefit of all.

 

  1. Fragrance.

The term fragrance may remind of pleasant smells that are your favourite, it has a different approach to deodorant products. Artificial fragrances are often added to these products to provide a nice smell for the user. The chemicals used to make this “fragrance” are linked to diabetes, cancer, obesity, fertility issues, and developmental problems. The brand often does not note the chemicals used in the product which makes you blindly trust what goes into making them. However, with a natural deodorant, you don’t have to worry about this aspect as they are made from organic ingredients.

 

  1. Propylene Glycol.

An inexpensive product, it is used in skincare products to allow them to be easily absorbed into the skin of the user. However, it can also damage your central nervous system, heart and liver in the process. Although it is known for giving the product a creamier consistency it isn’t recommended as good for the skin.

 

  1. Steareth-n.

The “n” in the title stands for a number, so different brands with different products may have a varied number given on it for example, Steareth-3. Although Steareth-n is known to be derived from vegetable it still isn’t recommended for the skin. This is because it can be reacted with carcinogen or ethylene oxide that by the sound of it itself, isn’t really good on the skin.

 

  1. Triclosan.

This is a skin-irritant that is known for also causing dermatitis. As you may or may not know, your body contains two kinds of bacteria, the good kind and the bad. What triclosan does is, when it comes in contact with your skin, it kills both which isn’t a good sign as you need the good bacteria (hence you having it in the first place). Scientifically, Triclosan has also been classified as a pesticide which obviously doesn’t sound like something you’d want on your skin now would you?

 

So, next time you’re out buying essentials at the store, glance upon the ingredients used in commercial deodorants or experiment with natural ones. As your skin is different from amongst other people, trying different brands till you find one that is effective should be a wise call. Until then, enjoy your natural deodorant journey!

 

If you are not growing, you are dying.

Emotionally, financially, spiritually,mentally, physically you must grow in order to feel fully alive. The energy of growth is vital for your well being. Not just to learn, do and create for the sake of it, but because it will bring more wellness to you and your life.

 

Is there something , that you have been wanting to do for quote some time, but have been prolonging and procrastinating?

May be you want to start eating healthier, quit smoking, climb the Kilimanjaro mountain, swim with the dolphins, write a book, leave your job and set up a coffee shop, start a blog, volunteer at a homeless shelter? You can actually do all these things.

Doing them will help you grow as a person and will give you more energy to do the routine things, too.

But there is only one problem with growth. Growth is hard.Can you imagine a grain of wheat nicely tucked under the ground, warmed by the soil, watered by the rain and when the spring comes this seed has to burst. It looks more like a destruction . It is a motion, that creates incredibly powerful change for that seed,but that is growth. Growth uses energy,but it also creates new possibilities. The energy of growth is destructive for the seed,but it is rejuvenating for the plant itself.

if you are not growing you are dying

To grow means to be uncomfortable and avoid too much time in your comfort zone. I know how easy it is to do it. As human beings you have the natural ability to avoid pain and look for pleasure and comfort. But most times the magic happens when you go outside of your comfort zone.

Be the person, that sings the songs from your heart, feel the rain on your skin and kisses everyone, that you love every time you see them. 

Be the person, that takes change and growth as a life lasting activity and almost always finds something else to do, to learn, to improve, no matter the pain , no matter the challenges and the so called failuries. It is just a ride!

Be well, be wild and enjoy the ride! 

I am not a great fan of Jamie Oliver, but the man is making millions by education people about food and how to eat. So he must be doing something right I thought.

I do know, that Jamie Oliver is not a vegan. In my mind that is even more of a reason to use his recipe. It is a great invitation to more people to try and include more vegan meals and possibly go all the way vegan when they are ready.

There is also a collection of 86 vegan recipes on his website, which seem very easy and tasty. I will be looking back into them for sure.

This evening i was in a chocolate mood. I have been looking how we will be celebrating Easter this year as it will also be my eldest son birthday. He loves chocolate, so I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s chocolate brownie recipe. Mine is a bit different, but based on the same principles.

Here is my recipe here. I love this cake.

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cake 

Prep time 20 minutes

Cook time 25-30 minutes

Here is what you need.

180 gr white plain flour
8gr baking soda

2 spoon full of ground flax seeds

pinch of salt

squeeze of lemon juice (about 10 ml)

200 gr drinking chocolate (I used Green and Blacks’organic)

200 ml almond milk

100 gr. raw unrefined sugar

15 gr vanilla essence

50 gr. coconut butter

50 gr. cocoa butter

For the glaze

100 gr drinking chocolate
30 gr cacao butter
15-20 ml almond milk
dash of whiskey (optional)

100 gr. hazelnuts( you can use any other nuts or anything else that you like)

Method 

First preheat the oven to 180*C degrees.

In a large bowl sieve the flour and add to it the salt and the baking soda. Mix together.
In a small pan put the coconut oil, the cacao butter with the sugar and the drinking chocolate. Melt and mix well. Then add to it the milk with the sugar and the lemon juice and the vanilla essence.

Next add everything together in the big bowl and gently mix and fold together. You will get a very thick and gooey mixture.

Pour into your baking tray and place into the preheated oven.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

While the cake is in the oven melt your cacao butter with the drinking chocolate. If you are using unsweetened cacao powder you need to add some sugar to the mix as well.

Once your cake is ready gently cover with the chocolate glaze and decorate with your roasted hazelnuts.

 

This vegan chocolate brownie cake is simply divine, nutty and rich. Highly recommend you to try it if you love chocolate.

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