It’s been a long time comin’ you guys…I never thought I’d see the day (especially in the green beauty space), where I’d say I’ve found my holy grail(s) of natural deodorant! AND YES THEY WORK! HALLELUJAH!
They don’t want us smellin’ fresh…but we’re gonna do it anyways! #majorkey
Okay okay, but really, when was the last time you were able to say that an all-natural stick deodorant really worked? For me? NEVER. Now, as far as the underarm deodorant game goes..Meow Meow Tweet’s Baking Soda Free Cream Deodorant is the show stopper. It works, plain and simple. However, if you’re wanting to not deal with the actual scooping out of the cream and all…then Ursa Major’s newest addition: Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is where it’s at!
All natural, vegan and cruelty-free meets punk rock, rebel minimalist! The first thing that comes to mind when looking at Bare Bones Body Care‘s branding and products. Isn’t it just the cutest?! The company was born after Monica, the founder and creator of Bare Bones, suffered with years of sensitive skin and allergic reactions. When she was younger, her skin started to react to the mainstream skin care brands and she was forced to switch to the “all natural” options available. Every time she’d read the label of a skin care product her brain went on ingredient overload. She never knew what she was really putting on her body until she did the research…then quickly realized that an “all natural” label doesn’t usually refer to most of the ingredients inside; in fact, the labels tend to mention just one or two of them. Bare Bones is about using only ingredients that will make your skin the happiest skin in all the land. Some elements are made from scratch, and others are sourced from organic and/or local suppliers. All products are vegan and not tested on animals. All Monica wanted were skin care products that had as few ingredients as possible, did what they were supposed to and weren’t harmful to her (or anyone else) in any way…so, she started making her own. Some of the products she makes are cleanser, toner, moisturizer and lip balm – and all in her kitchen! Monica promises:
Zabana Essentials. Where do I start? Hm, let’s see…this company creates amazing products, and Shanell, the founder and owner of ZE is the sweetest person ever! Friendly, timely, super helpful and overall just a great person. Want to know more about the company and products seen above? Keep reading…
Shanell Edwards, is the founder of Zabana Essentials (Pronounced: Zab-Ana Essentials), which is located in San Diego, California. Zabana Essentials got its start when Shanell began her quest to find affordable natural-hypoallergenic bath and body products that would not irritate her sensitive skin. (I feel you girl!) She was a college graduate, attempting to start her career in the workforce and was on a tight budget (like many) and found it difficult to afford many of the well-known natural products on the retail shelves. After reading labels and realizing that she had some of the natural ingredients already in her kitchen, she decided to begin researching and experimenting and found that the answers to her quest were right at her fingertips!
It is now Shanell’s mission to offer affordable Natural, Vegan, Human Friendly and Cruelty Free Cosmetics that are not only nurturing for the skin, but enjoyable, attractive, and smell great! Her goal is to reach individuals who may not fit the stereotypical natural products consumer of the past, but people just like herself. People who are seeking healthy, non-intimidating alternatives, for their everyday lifestyle. Pretty great, if I do say so myself!
What does Zabana mean:
It is definitely a unique name! Zabana means Savannah in the Native American Taino dialect. What is special about a Zabana to Shanell and her business? A Zabana is a grassy plain eco-system that may contain an abundance of herbaceous plants that lend benefits to us humans. For centuries therapeutic oils have been extracted from natural plant matter to promote good health and well-being. All Zabana Essentials products are of plant derived origin, and every formulation they use the essence of herbs, whether it be through the use of dry herbs or essential oils, herbal or vegetable based body oils and butters. ZE believe’s it is vital that they use the nutrients provided to us by mother earth, as we can find an abundance of benefits using what has been provided to us.
Shanell kindly sent me a few products to try out (the French Green Clay Facial pictured above was my own purchase!) and here are my thoughts on them!
Coconut Charcoal Clay Armpit Detox Bar: Naturally occurring earth minerals & plant botanicals to your armpits rescue!
A gentle deep cleansing natural mineral rich bar that detoxifies, exfoliates, unclogs, and freshens armpits. Great to have during the Natural Deodorant Detox Transition or to use to keep your armpits extra fresh and clean when needed, plus Skin Rejuvenating & Healing Oils of: Olive, Coconut, and Shea Butter. I love to use it every shower, or even on a random day where I’ve been sweating a lot and need to freshen up without hopping in the shower. (I just swipe it under my pits and rinse out in the sink.)
TO USE: Moisten bar and create a lather with hands, once you have created a lather apply to armpits and rub in a circular motion. Let lather rest on armpits for 2-3 minutes then rinse.
INGREDIENTS: *Olea (Olive) Europaea Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Activated Charcoal, Dead Sea Salt, Zinc Oxide, Bentonite Clay, Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils
*Organic, 100% NATURAL & VEGAN, Net wt. 4 oz. (113g)
Baking Soda Free Mini Deodorant Stick Lemongrass Nectar: Refresh your pits with this baking soda free (for sensitive types like moiiii) Deodorant Stick! A potent non-toxic/odor protective plant botanical & mineral blend of Odor Absorbing, Antibacterial & Soothing ingredients to keep you smelling fresh & clean.
TO USE: Smooth Deodorant Stick directly to your clean, dry underarm. (Easy peasy.)
INGREDIENTS: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia (Jojoba) Chinensis Oil, Vitis (Grapeseed) Vinifera Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Zinc Oxide, *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Bentonite Clay, *Curcuma Angustifolia (Arrowroot) Powder, Peach Extract, Essential Oils
*Organic, 100% NATURAL & VEGAN, Net wt. .35 fl. oz. (10g)
My experience with the deodorant: As you know, everyone’s body responds differently to products. Deodorant is no exception, in fact, it’s probably the most fickle, in my opinion. I strive to create content for my blog that is honest, positive and generally encouraging to the audience, consumers and the companies that I have the opportunity to interact and sometimes work with!
I have had people rave about how amazing they’ve smelled wearing this deodorant, about how long it lasts and how terrific it is overall. I completely agree, and at first…I smelled amazing! Fresh, lemongrass/nectar-y, hah! The protection was awesome too. However, after a long day..the deodorant started to smell a bit sour on me. I can’t really explain it, but it just didn’t mesh well with my body/skin/personal odor. This absolutely does not mean it is a bad product, or that I am even implying to not go and buy it, because it could TOTALLY work for you just like it worked for so many other ladies I know that own it! Bottom line is it just didn’t mix well with me! Typically I wouldn’t even review something I dislike strongly, but this isn’t the case. I didn’t hate it, and still don’t! In fact, I’m kind of sad my body rejects it. It truly is one of the most amazing smelling stick deodorants I’ve ever come across. It just wasn’t for me! :)
Clay Facial Blemish Drying Lotion: French Green
Gotta a zit?! Zap it with this powerful drying lotion (ironic name, right?)! This stuff treats & heals blemishes, reduces redness, inflammation, & irritation. It’s infused with HEALING, DETOXIFYING, TONING & REVITALIZING essential oils of Tea Tree, Clary Sage, Lavender, and Grapefruit.
This stuff is truly potent (in the best way) and miraculous. It really, really works!
TO USE: Use after cleansing, toning, & moisturizing. Dip a cotton swab into the Green Clay sediment. Apply to blemished areas. Allow product to sit for a few hours or overnight, rinse with warm water.
INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water, *Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) Virginiana Extract, French Green Clay, *Vegetable Glycerin, *Maranta (Arrowroot) Arundinacea Powder, Zinc Oxide, Essential Oils
*Organic, 100% NATURAL & VEGAN, Net wt. 1.5 fl. oz. (15 ml)
Lotion Stick Lavender-Lemon: Thirsty skin? Quench it with this awesome Lotion Stick! A rejuvenating, moisturizing, and fast absorbing blend of plant botanicals leave your skin: soft, supple, smooth, and smelling good – lavender lemon-y good! ;)
TO USE: Apply to damp freshly showered skin and pat skin dry for a super velvety effect. On the go? Simply glide the Lotion Stick to the warmth of your skin. I keep this in my purse at all times, and it’s seriously the best on-the-go lotion!
INGREDIENTS: *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Essential Oils
100% Natural & Vegan, *Organic, .63 oz. (18g)
What a whirlwind of wonderful products, right? If you haven’t had the chance to experience Zabana Essentials for yourself…well, what are you waiting for?! Head over to their website now!
And because I love you all so much I’ve got a 20% off your whole purchase deal, by using the discount code: Hullosam at checkout! (Expires this Sunday, September 6th) Don’t diddle-daddle! Go and get you some goodies!
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“Unrequited” by TOTEM – obsessed with this New Yorker dude’s music. Such catchy melodies!
Also, a cover of the song my boyfriend Davey and I did the other day! (On my Tumblr <– CLICK) Enjoy! :)
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When I first discovered Meow Meow Tweet, the first thing I thought was “HOW FREAKING AWESOME IS THIS COMPANY’S NAME!?!” but for real, though. Brilliant! Especially for a company that concocts all organic, vegan products with pure, natural and organic ingredients. Meow, meow indeed. I like a lot!
With more buzz than a bee, Meow Meow has been getting around with the press! Featured in popular magazines, renowned blogs, websites and more! So, I thought to myself, they MUST be doing something right.
Browsing their website was like eye-candy in itself! Bright, cheerful and colourful vibes all over the place! Suuuuper cute, simple, yet totally cool packaging. I couldn’t get enough! So, here I am..to tell YOU a few products I’m loving right now!
(From left to right) Face Exfoliant, Face Oil, Face Toner, Body Oil – Juniper Mint, Face Cleanser and Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream with Grapefruit, and (not pictured, cus I forgot…) Vegan Lip Balm – Rosemary Eucalyptus
This little Mini-Travel Migrator Kit that you see above has been a Godsend! I was out of town last weekend and it made the trip with me. Lightweight, It’s perfect for traveling, for sticking in your purse (especially the deodorant and body oil) and they’re all the perfect little size!
I love all of the products, but some of my favourites would have to be the Face Toner, Body Oil and Deodorant Cream. Here’s a little rundown of what my faves do, and some of the ingredients in them:
This toner is great for a daily toning of the face for all skin types. Especially those with combination and blemish prone skin. This awesome toner can also be used as a makeup setter spray, aftershave (spray on to avoid ingrown hairs) and a scalp spray for dandruff. Gotta love a product that does more than just one thing!
Its ingredients are: hammamelis virginiana (wild harvested witch hazel) distillate, aqua (water), *rosa damascena (rose) hydrosol, *vegetable glycerin, *acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), *lavendula angustofolia (lavender), *pelargonium graveolens (geranium), *cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), *helichrysum italicum (immortelle) essential oils. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)
This fresh and woody juniper berry scented oil combines with crisp peppermint and herbal rosemary to calm, tone and treat dry or weathered skin. I had no idea, but apparently it can also be used as a scalp treatment to promote hair growth and help with dandruff. Again, Meow Meow is killin’ it with the multiple/different ways of using their products! Getting more bang for your buck!
Its ingredients are: *helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, *cannabis sativa (hempseed) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *juniperus communis (juniper) essential oil, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil, *mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)
Okay. Deodorant. A tricky area for me…not only because my pits need to have a serious detox (read more on what that entails) but because I reaaaally love a great smelling armpit. That always proved a bit difficult for me when it came to natural, organic deodorants. But not anymore! This baking soda free deodorant cream made the switch to natural deodorant A LOT easier. If you have ever struggled with underarm sensitivity from baking soda, then this is definitely for you! Meow Meow has taken their well-loved classic deodorant cream and made a few modifications to create this new formula, perfect for those with sensitive skin and just as effective. It’s designed without baking soda and clay – what can cause sensitivities on some – this recipe uses dietary magnesium and arrowroot powder to help control moisture and odor. Interesting, right? Nourishing plant oils and butters soothe and condition the skin, and a really lovely blend of citrusy essential oils keeps you smelling so fresh and so clean-clean throughout the day! Two thumbs up!
Its ingredients are: *maranta arudinacea (arrowroot) powder, *butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, magnesium hydroxide, *cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *cirus paradisii (grapefruit) essential oil, *citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, *citrus sinensis (sweet orange) essential oil, *citrus limon (lemon) essential oil. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)
Now, onto another important smelly (the good kind) topic! Natural perfumes. Oh boy..this can also be a doozy. Essential oils are essential (hehe) in this arena, as well as plant extracts and absolutes (they’re similar to essential oils).
Stilllife is Meow Meow Tweet‘s line of natural perfumes. Pictured below is the Perfume Sample Set, in which there are 1/2 ml samples of the full line. Certified organic, and certified nose-pleasing! Here is the rundown of what they offer for scents:
Dreamtiger: Sweet, Fruity & Floral with a Woody Undertone with notes of Blood Orange, Ylang Ylang & Vetiver
Wild Heart: Floral, Brassy, & Fresh with notes of Rose, Geranium, Jasmine & Wood
Macondo: Grassy & Bold with a Tinge of Sweetness with notes of Wild Sage, Bergamot, Balsam & Fir
Green Cockatoo: Warm, Sweet and a Little Smokey with notes of Tobacco, Jasmine & Vanilla
Argonaut: Crisp, Bright & Herbaceously Floral with notes of Violet, Clary Sage & Patchouli
My two favourite scents would have to be Macondo and Green Cockatoo! It’s pretty conclusive of my personality and what I lean towards in the scent department. Candle-wise too!
And, because you just MUST…check out Meow Meow Tweet‘s social media handles below:
Here’s a rad little New Wave playlist to close out this feature today! Enjoy it, and thanks again for hangin’ with me!
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