DeodoRite by Native Remedies Review

I was lying in bed next to someone I occasionally hit the sheets with, and after several hours of extraneous activities I decided I was due for a deodorant touch-up (thanks to my apple cider vinegar trick I was BO free at the time, but totally paranoid that if a few more hours of heavy sweating took place I’d reach the danger zone. As a preventive measure a deodorant touch-up was a must)! While it was a daringly unsexy move to make while he was lying right beside me I figured it would be even more unsexy to start smelling like a toxic armpit, right?

I mumbled a casual “Sorry, gotta freshen up” as I reached over to my nightstand and busted out my Pit Putty. Sexily I slathered it on while doing a slow mo hair whip. Oooooh yeah. Applying deodorant never looked sexier, or so I hoped.

Then he uttered the words no smelly girl wants to EVER hear “Oh, I don’t wear deodorant”

This could not be true… seriously? What?! I’ve known this guy for three years and I just discovered he forgoes a main necessity in my life! My world revolves around layering 30 different deodorants so it was hard for me to fathom a person not wearing deodorant! “You’re kidding me, you don’t wear deodorant at all??”

“Nope”

“Not even in the summer?!?! I would smell awful if I didn’t wear deodorant!” …Little does he know I smell awful even when I do wear deodorant, but I plan to keep that on the DL.

“No, I like the smell of myself, it’s manly but I don’t stink. I shower daily and drink lots of water so I’m fine”

Sure, he did have a bit of a man essence going on, but he didn’t smell like BO which naturally made me jealous. For a split second I wanted to punch him in the face instead of make out with him. To really make matters worse I discovered he was one of those people. The kind of person that spews the ideals of ‘as long as you shower, eat right, drink plenty of water you should smell fresh as a daisy’! Those elitists assholes. People who don’t have BO issues don’t get it, it’s not that simple!

Perched on my couch later that night with a bottle of wine I started thinking about my body, no, not his body on my body. Sheesh. I was thinking about what kind of havoc must be going on internally within my body. If you read this blog you know that I am a train wreck- chronic yeast infections, acne, BO… you’re probably surprised I even had someone in bed. I’ve often figured there must be a connection, some sort of army yeast overgrowth overtaking my entire body causing me to be a human cesspool of toxic waste that affects my vagina, skin and underarms… I’ve researched it! Last summer I went raw. Gave up most sugar (I fully admit I still drank caramel macchiatos, if someone can find me a sugar free and raw variation for a caramel macchiatos I will PAY you). Moral of the story is the entire summer I worked hard at cutting out sugars, crap processed food and nothing changed. Still battled acne. Still battled yeast infections. Still battled unpleasant underarms. With no validation in my theory to maintain the raw lifestyle I eventually gave up the kale smoothies. All I had to show for being 3 months raw was a stomach that was slightly flatter and a dresser I painted in attempts to take my mind off eating candy. I chalk painted the hell out of that dresser too. All my rage and sugar cravings went into that little gem.

One glass of wine in I suddenly remembered a product called DeodoRite by the company Native Remedies, I stumbled across it while doing some shopping on Abesmarket.com. It claimed to help eliminate excess perspiration and body odor by aiding the liver work better and eliminating toxins. I’ve done everything for my BO externally so I decided to go back to the theory that something is going on inside of my body.

Here’s what DeodoRite claims to do, you can read all the info about it here: http://www.nativeremedies.com/products/deodorite-control-body-odor.html

DeodoRite temporarily:
Relieves all unpleasant body odors
Reduces excessive perspiration
Cleanses the body of toxins
Improves liver functioning
Promotes efficient elimination of waste products

Now I am not one to advocate tossing back random pills. Sure I take my vitamins, and during the summer I take Chlorophyll to help my BO (which does mildly help)! But other than that I am not a pill popper and always research any vitamin I take. It’s safe to say I was leery in regard to taking DeodoRite. Most of their ingredients I had never heard of! For instance what is Galium???? Apparently it’s a plant.

Here’s the ingredients of Deodorite: DeodoRite is a 100% homeopathic formula and contains the following ingredients: Calc sulph 6X HPUS, Carduus mar 3X HPUS, Galium 3X HPUS, Mag phos 8X HPUS, Merc solub 30C HPUS, Silicea 8X HPUS.

I spent some time researching Native Remedies and the ingredients in DeodoRite. While the ingredients are mostly plant based you still have to be careful because natural/plant based/homeopathic doesn’t always equal safe, especially if you are taking other prescription drugs or vitamins. Often times certain supplements/vitamins/prescription meds cannot mix, so it’s always a safe bet to check with your health care provider. With my initial research DeodoRite seemed safe to my untrained eye (apparently I don’t take my own advice of checking with my health care provider). If you look up some of the ingredients they are just fancy names for Milk Thistle and such, but I still decided to take a pass on trying DeodoRite, not because my research turned up anything bad but rather because I was skeptical. Seemed too good to be true and I couldn’t find a lot of reviews about the product beyond the reviews on the Native Remedies… can you say shady?? Thus why I am taking the time to write this novel of a review.

Several weeks later I came back to the Native Remedies site after an epic deodorant fail mid-day. I smelled horrible, was annoyed, and angry. Combine all those emotions it made for an excellent combo to force me into making a desperate purchase! It was totally one of those badass ‘F-it moments’. The DeodoRite was on sale at Abesmarket for $29.00, and I had a 20% off coupon and it was free shipping. Bam. Ordered placed! I ended up paying about 23 Bucks for 180 pills. I highly recommend ordering from Abes Market, they offer better sales than the Native Remedies site.

When my order arrived I didn’t take the DeodoRite because my F-it badass moment was over and the skeptic in me came back. So there those little pills full of promise and hope sat… until a glass of wine fueled my courage. I got off my couch and decided to bust those suckers open. Fuck that booty call who doesn’t need deodorant! I’ll show him! Show him what, I wasn’t sure, but I was determined to prove something.

I started off by taking 1 pill in the morning and 1 pill at night. The bottle says for adults to take 2-3 pills 2-3 times a day. I opted to start with a low dose at first.

Well, 1 pill in the morning and 1 at night did nothing. I almost returned them. Instead I upped it to 2 pills in the morning and 2 at night, and after several days of that dosing I was amazed. I had no ill side effects and I was almost BO free!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I could magically go without deodorant or anything crazy, but it was such a relief to only layer two different deodorants in the morning and still be fairly fresh by sundown. At the end of the day I’d have a bit of funk, yet it wasn’t anything out of control. For the first time I felt like a normal person. It worked consistently. Everyday I smelled great. Suddenly I could go about my day without worrying if I needed to touch up my deodorant.

This sounds like a fairy tale… I know, you’re on the edge of your seat thinking I hit the jackpot! Ehhh… well, settle down because after several weeks of use I noticed I was starting to pit out again. I figured my body was becoming accustomed to the DeodoRite. It’s a curse of mine. When I find a deodorant or supplement that helps it usually stops working on me after several weeks. This is why I never get too excited when I think I’ve found something that ‘works’.

So I upped my DeodoRite’s to 2 in the morning, 2 in the evening, and 2 at night. This did the trick, it started working again and I was back to being 80% BO free. …Until that stopped working several weeks later.

Out of annoyance I stopped taking the DeodoRite for a few days then started back up and this helped. Now I make sure to take breaks from DeodoRite every few weeks. Sometimes my breaks are only a few days and other times I give it up for a week or so. Then I’ll start back on the DeodorRite, 2 twice a day, and work back up to the 2 three times a day when needed.

Basically the effects kind of wean off as your body becomes accustom to DeodoRite.

No matter what, even when it ‘stops working’ it still helps a little, as in I don’t smell AS bad as I normally do. But when it’s working, man, it WORKS and it will work consistently, until, well it stops working.

Another thing I noticed is that once you find a dose that works for you if you skip a dose you’ll start to stink immediately. The pills are super tiny, so I keep a few in my purse just in case I forget a dose or I’m out and about when I need to take my next dose. The effects aren’t prolonged. Once you stop taking these pills you’ll start to smell back your old self right away. Notice the site makes a point to say it ‘TEMPORARILY’ helps. This is not a cure. No long-term effects.

I already bought a backup bottle, even if I decide not to continue to use them regularly I will keep them around to take if I have an event or some sexy date to go on. Also it takes about 2 days before you see results.

I can’t vouch for their long-term safety or anything as I am no doctor- nor am I sleeping with a doctor otherwise I’d ask him. However I’ve had no issue with any strange side effects and I’ve been taking them for almost two months now. While I’m leery to recommend a supplement like this, I would say if you do your research and you’ve found nothing externally is working to help eliminate your odor these are worth a try. I’ve had decent success with them, and when they work I feel so ridiculously free! Being BO free is amazing, makes me feel like I want to run around wearing sleeveless tops and stick my armpit in people’s face. Ok, so I wouldn’t go that far but if you suffer from any body odor you know how exciting it is to not have to worry about whether you stink or not.

If you try them let me know!

 

January 8, 2015. Tags: , , , . beauty, Deodorant, Natural, Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Poofy Organics Max Deodorant- Almond Clove and Orange Creme

I’ve been eyeing Poofy Organic’s Deodorant for a while, but for the longest time the one thing that stopped me from pulling the trigger was the fact that they don’t accept Paypal, which means you have to use a credit card… and I’m trying to get my credit card DOWN!

I bit the bullet a few weeks ago and placed a order for Poofy Organics Max Deo in Almond Clove (I LOVE clove as it works well to fight body odor for me) and I also got the Orange Crème to go with my Bumble and Bee Orange Vanilla Pit Putty! 25 bucks later my credit card was pissed, but I was excited about trying yet MORE deodorants.

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My order arrived promptly, and upon ripping my new deo’s open I was assaulted by a gross and yet familiar smell. The Orange Crème smelled like cumin spice chili powder/BO mixed with orange. The Almond Clove smelled slightly better, but still had that cumin chili powder/BO scent with a hint of clove. Being the brave sole that I am I decided to sample the Almond Clove on my pits and INSTANTLY upon application it made my pits smell like Chili powder/BO. Literally it was like I swiped a BO stick on my armpit! Ugh. I’m trying to PREVENT BO here, not slather it on willing! If I wanted to smell like BO I could do that naturally and it would be a hell of a lot cheaper.

So this cumin chili powder/BO scent has plagued a few other deodorant brands that I have tried before. Several years ago I had the same issue with Primal Pit Paste. I contacted them and told them their deodorant smelled like BO, it was so strong I couldn’t even smell the essential oils/scents of the deodorants- I had purchased a Spice, Orange and Lavender scent and each deodorant smelled like a manly man who hadn’t showered in 3 months. Costumer service treated me like I was insane, and I thought maybe I was going insane because Primal Pit Paste had awesome reviews and I couldn’t understand HOW. Was it a set up?!?! Anyways, several weeks later Primal Pit Paste got back to me and informed me that they ended up with a few other complaints with the same issue- a weird cumin spice chili powder BO scent to the deo’s (so I wasn’t crazy after all! Hollar)! Anyways, long story short Primal Paste had switched arrowroot suppliers and they thought the gross BO smell was coming from the arrowroot powder. I tried Primal Pit Paste several times after that (always buying SAMPLES) and it wasn’t until about 8 months ago that I no longer smelled that BO smell. Now I buy Primal Pit Paste on occasion and haven’t had that issue since!

…Ok, I am telling that little side story because when I e-mailed Poofy Organics I let them know about my past experience with this smell, and how their deodorant also had that same BO smell as Primal Pit Paste once had. Poofy Organic’s didn’t really seem to care. They probably thought I was crazy and a complainer. They casually let me know that they use an organic arrowroot supplier… ok, congrats… but it smells like BO! I back up any company that is organic and cruelty free, and I love the ingredients Poofy Organics uses, however I don’t think “It’s organic” justifies a product smelling like BO. I’ve used plenty of other organic deodorants that DON’T smell like BO! Those of you who read my blog reviews know how much deodorant I buy, I’ve literally tried over 100 natural deodorants, no lie. I obviously wind up with a bunch that don’t work, or ones where I don’t fancy the scent. However this BO arrowroot powder is an entirely different situation. I can’t even use the Poofy Organic Deodorants. It’s literally like swiping BO all over my armpit. It’s foul. The two I ordered are absolutely un-wearable.

Poofy Organics offered me an exchange, which is nice but I wanted to send them back for a refund. I felt like the situation deserved a refund as the deodorants seemed defective but they refused. Exchange only. I can respect that, but I am still slightly annoyed because it wasn’t a matter of me saying “I hate the scent!” it was a matter of them selling deodorants that smell of BO. In their defense, much like Primal Pit Paste, they probably thought I was a big complainer fishing for a refund or something shady. Eh, maybe I’m just used to Bumble and Bee costumer Service, as their costumer service is beyond amazing. On the Poofy Organics site it looks as though they have a great line up of products, however I specifically was looking to review the deodorants and there aren’t any other product I need/want to exchange for at this time- especially having to pay return shipping and all that jazz. So I have officially chucked the deodorants in the garbage. I can’t even layer with them! I actually tried to off them on my mom and she said, and I quote- “These smells funny, sort of like a crayon” ….so apparently Poofy Organics it’s not ONLY me!

Granted I have a very sensitive nose. I’m not trying to scare anyone, and I am sure there are some Poofy Organic Deodorant users that may not smell the cumin spice/BO smell, so I’m not trying to sway anyone from trying the deodorant but I strongly suggest if you have a sensitive nose pass these deodorants up. And if you have smelled this strange smell in your Poofy Organics Deodorants I urge you to contact them and let them know, because maybe they’ll do something about it if they realize it’s actually a problem. Of course I could have just gotten an off batch with a off round of arrowroot powder, perhaps their deodorant doesn’t always smell like this??

On the bright side, I did apply the Almond Clove twice (smelled like BO each time) but I liked the consistency of the deodorant. They make a note on their site saying it can be slightly sticky or tacky but honestly I didn’t notice any tackiness. I used a few swipes on each pit, and it had a nice smooth texture that went on with ease and didn’t leave me feeling greasy. Obviously I can’t review its performance or scent, but texture wise I would give it a 8 out of 10. If they got the BO smell straightened out I would in fact order the deodorant again to give it a fair try.

I hate writing bad reviews about deodorants and companies, but I felt compelled to inform people of my experience. Obviously everyone’s experience and results will vary, so this is simply my own personal experience, but I wish I had found this review before I decided to make my purchase!

November 18, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Moe’s Apothecary Zinc Cream Deodorant Review

Currently I’ve been wearing a combo of Healing Scents Deodorant Cream and topping it off with Bubble and Bee Orange Vanilla Pit Putty. However it seems my pits have been getting immune to this combo, because it hasn’t been working as well as it used to, but still works better than anything else I have used as of late…. UNTIL…..

Moe’s Apothecary Zinc Cream Deodorant. My new favorite Deodorant!

I was looking for a deodorant that had zinc in it, but in a Orange Vanilla scent (I tried the unscented Bubble and Bee Pit Putty with zinc, and like anything else unscented I totally pitted out, ugh! P.S. Review of Bubble and Bee’s Pit Primer is soon to come)! My obsessive nature lead me back onto Etsy where I discovered the Moe’s Apothecary Shop. On my screen I saw a picture of a jarred deodorant, and the heading read: ‘Zinc Cream Deodorant. 100% Natural, It really works’. I wasn’t sure, because it’s rare something works on my rebel pits, but when I found out the owner would make me a Orange Coconut scent I quickly made the purchase before I could talk myself out of spending more money on yet another deodorant.

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Ingredients to Moe’s Apothecary Zinc Cream Deodorant: Zinc Oxide, Kaolin Clay, Arrowroot Powder, Essential oils, Organic Fragrances, Small amount of Baking Soda, Organic Coconut oil, Organic Shea Butter

The day the Moe’s Apothecary Zinc Cream Deodorant arrived, I had already applied Healing Scents Cream Deodorant by the time I got the mail. So I went ahead and added my usual layer of Pit Putty (ok, it’s two layers), I then I added a layer of Moe’s Apothecary Zinc Cream Deodorant and went about my day. I’m not ballsy enough to try a new deodorant out on its own at first.

…..At the end of the day I smelled fresh. I was a little shocked because I hadn’t even done my usual Pit Putty touch up mid day. I’m hard to impress, so at first I figured maybe my pits had randomly decided to behave that day and it had nothing to do with my new deodorant addition?

Next day I decided to use Healing Scents Cream Deo and the Moe’s Apothecary Zinc Cream Deo. No Pit Putty (which is a huge deal)! Again I smelled fresh at the end of the day, and even until the next morning!

Then I got ballsy and started using ONLY the Moe’s Zinc Cream Deodorant…. and low and behold I manage to stay pretty fresh all day. Say what? If I were a 15 year old I would have said: “ This is cray-cray!’, but since I’m 31 I actually said ‘What the f***, this is crazy!’. It’s pretty much impossible for me to wear ONE deodorant and stay fresh all day AND through the next day. I still prefer to layer it with my Pit Putty, simply because I like powder-y finish Pit Putty Leaves behind because it makes me feel extra dry, plus the Pit Putty is a little more heavy on the scent, which I happen to like, if I’m not smelling orange-y throughout the day I get scared. However, Moe’s Apothecary Zinc Cream Deodorant totally stands on it’s own and can be worn alone.

One BIG test I always put my deodorants through is finding out if it can eliminate odor on contact. I live in fear that I will get stuck out in a heat wave while I’m on a date. I’ll be standing there in a cute sun dress pitting out because my deodorant will suddenly revolt against me and my sex life… (we’ve all been there when out of nowhere your deodorant gives out on you… you may not be on a hot date when it happens, but it could happen)! Being assured that I have a few deodorants that are great for odor prevention, and also a few that are great for odor elimination on contact is key to me. For the test I put on a random deodorant I had lying around, and within a few hours I didn’t smell so sweet. Perfect! It was prime time to test and see if the Moe’s Apothecary Zinc Cream Deodorant would banish pre-existing odor…. *drum roll please* …. It did pretty darn well! It instantly ridded me of most of my odor and left me with a light and subtle scent of Orange/coconut. It wasn’t a complete clean slate, but it did better at freshening me up than most deodorants. Most of the time if you try to layer a deodorant over your pitted out pits, it makes things smell worse. This made things smell better!

Another important thing to me when reviewing deodorants is texture. The nice thing about Moe’s Zinc Deodorant is that while it’s a cream it goes on dry but smooth. It’s not too wet, or sticky, and it rubs in nicely. If you over apply, like I do, be sure to give it an extra rub down because it can leave your pits a bit white due to the zinc. It’s nothing major though, and a good reason not to be a deodorant whore and over apply like I do.

All in all this deodorant is my new obsession. I really recommend this to anyone who has annoying pits like me. I’m already planning to order a 4oz size for $12 dollars. The 2oz size is 6 dollars. Even with shipping included I think the price is very reasonable.

For those of you who are wondering about scent options here’s a list of the scents offered-. Rosemary/Lavender, Coconut/Lime, Peppermint/Eucalyptus, Orange/Bergamot, Cederwood/Bay and unscented.

I personally would LOVE to see a Lemon and Clove option as that’s another awesome combo that helps with odor (plus I could mix it with the Lemon Clove Pit Putty!) But like I always mention…. when ordering I always think it’s important to realize sometimes certain essential oils/fragrances don’t mix well with your chemistry, so sometimes it’s not the formula failing you. You’ll have far better success if you already have an idea of what essential oils work for your body. If you don’t know what essential oils work best for your body chemistry I’d recommend ordering samples of different scent combo’s! It took me forever to discover ANYTHING lavender, peppermint, or lemongrass seemed to make me smell 10x worse.

Also, I want to mention that shipping did take a while, however the shop owner states that it is just her making the products and it can take up to 5-10 before your product is ready to ship. It’s worth the wait though!

I wanted to put this review up in time for summer… cheers to hopefully being BO free all summer! If you try it I would love to hear what you think!

Here’s a link to Moe’s Apothecary Shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoesApothecary

 

April 28, 2014. Tags: , , , . Deodorant, Natural, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Hair smell burned? Review: It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo, TIGI Bed Head Anti dotes Resurrection Conditioner, It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-IN LITE, Redken All Soft Supple Touch Softening Cream Spray

With my recent curling iron obsession I’ve been curling my hair a good 4-5 times a week and I’ve completely damaged the beejusus out of my hair. I walk around with the aroma of freshly burnt hair! What a lovely scent giiiiiiiiiirl! Mmmmm Mmmmm! Experimenting with tons of thermal protectors, using lower heat temp, cleaning my curling irons, trying 6-7 different curling irons/wands/different coatings…. doesn’t matter. I can flat iron my hair every day and it doesn’t smell burnt, but the second I wrap a section of my red locks around a curling iron, hold for 10 seconds I’m in BIG trouble.

Anyways, I beach waved my hair last Friday because I had a bootycall, and I wanted my hair to look easy, breezy, and careless…. sort of like “Oh, hi, I didn’t spend 2 hours styling my hair for YOU. I just naturally look this good“. After perfecting this careless sexy hair it smelled burnt (I had given my hair a break and hadn’t curled it for a week or so. Apparently this was NOT enough recovery time!). Perfume, dry shampoo, leave in shit, more perfume…. still it smelled burnt. I actually had to apologize to my bootycall while we were passionately rolling around in the sheets because my hair was all up in his face.

“Oh sorry my hair smells burnt. It’s from curling it”

“Maybe you should curl it at a lower temp?”

“I did! I curled it 290 degrees, usually I curl it at the hottest temperature possible! It’s a girl thing. The hotter the better, sort of like how the bigger the better…. ya know….?”

Obviously men don’t understand. Pfffft.

The next morning I was rummaging through my sea of products and broke out my It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo, TIGI Bed Head Anti dotes Resurrection Conditioner, It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-IN LITE, and Redken All Soft Supple Touch Softening Cream Spray for Dry/Brittle Hair… and got to work. I’ve been using this amazing random combo of products for a week and I’m happy to report my hair is in tiptop shape and smells lovely! It’s looking healthier than it has looked in a long while, and I plan to go another few weeks without touching a curling iron… ohhhhhh…. it’s SO hard!

1. It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo- I got this shampoo and conditioner years ago as a duo set. When I tried them I used them together- Shampoo + Conditioner but the aftermath of this duo was not pleasing. It left my hair coated and greasy. I never tried the shampoo and conditioner separately though, I just assumed I hated them both and chucked them off into my land field of products. Recently I got the It’s a 10 Lite volumizing collection, I gave the entire collection a whirl and it dried the crap out of my hair (except for the Leave-IN which I’ll discuss in a few). This inspired me to dig out the original It’s a 10 shampoo and conditioner, because the benefit of the It’s a 10 products are the benefits my hair would love to receive. I decided to take it slow and use the shampoo separately, and the conditioner separately…. low and behold the shampoo works some magic on my hair!!!  It’s not heavy, not coat-y. Turns out it’s the  conditioner that is too heavy and coat-y for my hair. The shampoo is now proudly in my shower, while the conditioner is in my trash can.

 

 

2. TIGI Bed Head Anti dotesResurrection Conditioner- I use both this shampoo and conditioner pretty regularly but I prefer, well LOVE the TIGI Bed Head Anti Dotes Recovery (the blue one). But since my hair was having a moment of intense crisis I thought the Resurrection Conditioner paired with the It’s a 10 Shampoo would be a good combo, and they really work well together! I was impressed that this combo left my hair soft, but it also left some healthy bounce to my hair.

 

 

3. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-IN LITE- For anyone who thinks the original It’s a 10 Leave-IN was too heavy and greasy…. I’m totally with you. I HATED that stuff. Despite the fact I have thick and color treated hair I felt it did anything for my hair except coat it! So I received the LITE when I got to try out the It’s a 10 Volumizing line, and while I hated all the other products in their volumizing line I LOVED this Leave-In LITE! It makes my hair crazy soft, manageable, less frizzy, works as a protectant all without weighing my hair down or giving me the coated feeling the original one did.  I run this through my entire head when my hair is damp, and I’ve even used a tiny amount on dry hair and it acts nicely as a frizz tamer/shine enhancer!

 

 

4. Redken All Soft Supple Touch Softening Cream Spray for Dry/Brittle Hair- I actually bought this a few months ago when I first started my curling iron obsession. The ‘dry/brittle’ hair is what sold me, I perked up and thought ‘THAT’S MY HAIR!’ (not like I should be excited about that). When I first started using this I had the oddest reaction- it was a love hate. You know how most products claim to do all this magic stuff but they rarely live up to their claims? Well this product lived up to its claims but almost TOO well. Crazy right? It actually made my dry/frizzy hair too manageable and soft! No joke, I felt ridiculous for hating on it because it did what I wanted it to do but did it too well. It made my hair so soft and manageable without weighting it down… so my hair was this little fluff of supple hair that… just…. hung there soft as silk, but yet I couldn’t work with it. Once I started putting the It’s a 10 Leave-IN LITE through my entire head, I decided to follow up by putting the Redken All Soft JUST on the ENDS of my hair and this made all the difference in the world. It makes my ends nice and soft and I feel like it helps protect my ends, but it eliminates the issue of this product making ALL my hair overly soft to the point where I can’t work with it (that sounds so ridiculous, who woulda thought you could get your hair TOO soft?!)

 

 

Anyways, I thought I’d share some of the products that saved my hair. I’m sure I can’t be the only one who suffers from burnt hair syndrome, and if anyone has some magic curling iron that does not burn hair please let me know. I’m on the market, I just haven’t told my hair yet.

 

 

May 26, 2012. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo Review

So the other day I stumbled upon a small try me size of Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo and here’s what the bottle had to say-

Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo is a mineral and clay based dry shampoo, it creates volume as it absorbs impurities, excess oil and product build-up. No water necessary. It helps maintain color with less frequent washings, Talc-free formula is invisible and provides UV protection.

Tips: Leave in hair for two minutes, then brush out excess product. Provides a matte finish – if a shinier texture is desired, follow up with Big Sexy Hair Big Shine Spray. Great as a pick-me up between washings.

I liked the idea of using a mineral and clay base because I was hoping that would combat the powdery effect so many other dry shampoos leave behind.  I’ve used KMS, Kenra, Snappi’s, and a few other brands and I feel like they all leave a powdery finish or start to flake making me look like I have the hair of a powdery snow queen at the day’s end.

First, and most important to a girl… I like the smell of this dry shampoo! It’s not overpowering like some other brands I’ve tried, but it still rids hair of any oily hair scent.

Next, drum roll please…. NO WHITE RESIDUE on my red hair! That being said I feel like this has a very light/fine hairspray-ish texture to it. It makes my hair…. Stiff? No, not even stiff but more of a coated matte texture. I find myself being compelled to add some shine spry to my hair after I’ve used this dry shampoo, which seems odd to use a product to rid me of oily hair, but then have to add an oily shine spray?

I think the coated texture is what adds the volume and yes, this product does add a bit of volume to my hair but I can’t decide if I like it because it comes with a coated dirty feeling (not dirty looking) umph of volume, not a shiny umph of volume. It’s a matte finish just like the description states, but I liked that it didn’t necessarily dull down my red hair, but rather made my hair LOOK clean but FEEL dry, dirty and coated.

My tips for using this- Make sure you are spraying from FAR away! With this product since it makes your hair feel so coated use a light hand when applying. Less is more!

I also got a small can of Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray which I like a lot! I spray this on after the dry shampoo and it adds a bit of shine and bounce back in my hair without the ‘oily’ shine effect, plus it helps keep my hair from frizzing out!

Despite my mixed feelings on the Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo I will probably purchase a big bottle because it dries clear on my red hair, but that’s the only pro I can find with this product- but that’s a BIG pro for me. If it didn’t dry clear I would NOT recommend this product because of how it makes your hair feel.

 

 

March 9, 2012. Tags: , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Chae Organics AcneTX Treatment System Review

From high school on I’ve suffered from a mild case of acne but it’s always been hit or miss- as in sometimes my skin is entirely an unmanageable hot mess, sometimes it’s manageable and on occasion I have completely clear skin (I go on a lot of dates when that happens!). I’m sure being a product junkie played a role in the random acting up of my skin, but when I hit about 25 I found a handful of products that didn’t bother my skin and I stuck to them and stopped trying new face products weekly- I know… how boring! Since then my skin remained pretty predictable, but I started battling dry skin where as in my younger years my skin had always been combination.

About two years ago it was like a time bomb went off and my skin went CRAZY. I was breaking out with dry patches and horrible underground zits…. even on my cheeks (in previous years it had always been my chin that would break out, never my cheeks!). I suddenly felt like I was in high school, and I was absolutely embarrassed! I knew better than to try proactive or other teen based acne skin care lines because they would make my already dry skin turn into a desert! I had just switched over to all natural deodorant at this point, and I thought that maybe all natural skin care would be the answer- no harsh chemicals for my dry, acne prone, large pore, sensitive, red skin!

Years ago (this was in the 80’s!) my parents were dedicated users of Linda Chae’s make-up, and to this day they still brag about how amazing her make-up was. My mom suggested I look her up because she had heard that Linda branched out into natural skin care. I did a search and discovered her site: www.chaeorganics.com, and I found a toxic free, natural Acne kit… for the price of 75 bucks ON SALE. Initially I said no way was I going to pay that kind of money. A few months later after my skin was getting worse and worse I caved and logged onto her site and put an order in for the AcneTX Treatment System- and once I put thought into it I was getting a lot of products in generous sizes.

Within a week or using the cleanser, toner, repair lotion, and EraceR my skin cleared up by a good 50%… no joke. Even my parents noticed! There was no burning, no added dryness and there was no ‘it gets worse before it gets better’ side effects for me, which was my favorite part. Anyone with acne wants to see RESULTS as soon as possible.

After several months of following the steps in the AcneTX Treatment System my skin cleared up a good 80% and I noticed a refinement in my pore size. Suddenly I was able to keep my skin in check, and I wasn’t waking up every morning racing to the mirror to see what new zits I’d have to battle for the day. I’m not going to lie and say this acne kit made my skin FLAWLESS and completely zit free (but my skin hasn’t been FLAWLESS since I was like 10). But 80% clearer skin that was consistent and HEALTHY was something I didn’t even think was possible for my skin.

Ultimately after a few years of using this kit I discovered the AcneTX cleanser and the Thera-P Relief Gel works amazingly well for my skin. I don’t buy the full kit anymore because I’ve been getting away with using those two products, and I keep an EraceR around just for troublesome outbreaks. However, recently my skin is majorly acting up again and I am thinking about reordering the kit and start from square one and use EVERYTHING in the kit to get a grip on my cranky skin. But currently I am sampling another all natural skin care brand just to see if I can save money, and get results. So we’ll see (I’ll write a review about the other natural skin care I’ve been using after I give it a fair chance!).

 

Here’s what the kit includes, and my mini review of each of the products included in the AcnteTX Treatment System:

 

AcneTX™ Cleanser – 4 oz – Deep pore cleanser: Love this cleanser, it has baking soda in it so there is a mild grainy (I can’t even call it grainy… just a little bit of a barely there non harsh smooth scrub texture). What makes me love this cleanser is it didn’t tear up, burn or dry out my sensitive skin. Washes my off my makeup without a problem and my skin feels clean after I use this.

 

OXYTX™ Toner – 4 oz – With O2XY™ antimicrobial benefits: I feel like I always underestimate toners, for some reason they don’t seem exciting to me and I always feel toners never live up to all the hype/promises. I used to think I couldn’t tell the difference when I used this or didn’t- but currently I haven’t been using the toner or the full kit anymore and my skin has been acting up, and for the first year I used this toner at least once a day and my skin was way clearer. So maybe it does more than I thought?! Unlike other toners this has never irritated or made my skin feel tight after I apply it. I also like that you just spritz it on which I find to be refreshing.

 

AcneTX™ Repair – 1 oz – Clinically tested, oil free protection: This stuff makes my skin pretty smooth all the while I feel like it soaks in.  I will say that if you have DRY skin this is not much of a ‘moisturizer’ and you will need something extra, especially if you wear make-up- I do NOT like this under my make-up. This stuff lasts a long time because you only  need a little pump to cover your entire face, and I think it’s one of the better smelling products in the kit!

 

Thera-P™ Relief Gel – 2 oz – Soothing, Anti-inflammatory, Healing: For the first 6 months or so of using this kit I ignored the There-P Relief Gel. Since I have dry skin I am convinced anything ‘gel’ based is going to dry out my skin… despite the description of this product being smoothing I just refused to give it a fair shot at first. I also didn’t know when to apply the Thera-P Relief Gel and to be honest I thought it smelled a tad funny (sort of like a flower/weed scent and dirty socks?! Good thing is the scent doesn’t linger). Well I ended up misplacing the AcneTX Repair one week (it rolled under my bed… anything that winds up under my bed is rarely recovered), so in a mad panic I started using the Thera-P Relief Gel in it’s place… and my skin LOVED it. I apply it after I wash my face and tone my face. Then I reapply it again a little later, and then one more layer before bed. It has never made my skin feel dry (sometimes it will make my skin feel a little tight if I layer too much on). It has a just a nice soothing cooling effect especially for my skin, because my skin always seems irritated. I honestly SWEAR by this product, it has become one of my holy grail products. Works awesome for razor bumps and rashes too!

 

Glacier Silt Sample – .25 oz – Relieves Redness, Stimulates Recovery: I find this smells a little like manure… but again, I like this mask because it makes my skin feel incredibly baby butt smooth and acne masks NEVER do that! I don’t use it regularly enough to notice if it really helps my acne, I only use it every month or so but a little goes a long way.

 

EraceR – 1 oz – Eliminates blemishes and scars: I find the EracR does dry my skin out a little too much if I use it regularly (nightly), so I use it more as a spot treatment, or around my time of the month I will apply it to my entire face for a few days just to help prevent any break-outs from starting. I also swear by this if you end up picking at blackheads or zits, I find this will calm the area down and help prevent any more ‘damage/breakouts’ to freshly picked skin. This stuff is awesome, and I would use it regularly if my skin wasn’t so dry because when I get on a kick of using it more regularly (usually in summer when my skin is a hair more oily) I notice my skin stays a lot clearer! If you want to  try ONE Chae product for acne I’d recommend starting with this one.

 

I highly suggest buying the kit just to dabble in all the products, obviously some products you may like better than others but don’t underestimate ANY of these products, give them all a fair chance! I’ve suggested this kit to almost ANYONE I know who suffers with acne- whether it’s teen or adult acne. Also Chae Organic’s customer service rocks and always answer any questions I have, and they always include samples of their other products in ever order and I really appreciate that because it allows me to sample products that otherwise I wouldn’t try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 8, 2012. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Remington T-Studio Pearl Curling Wand Review (Big and Small wand)

If you’ve stumbled upon this review than you’ve probably read the other reviews with people stating: “I have hair that does not curl! And this curling iron curled my hair!” and you’re probably wondering if those people were just idiots that didn’t know how to use a curling iron, or if they really had hair that would not hold a curl.

Well, I am here to tell you that I am NOT an idiot that can’t use a curling iron…. and I am cursed with hair that refuses to curl. This is easily displayed in my first grade picture when I got a perm because my hair would not curl, even though it was naturally wavy. Go figure.

I color my hair (I am not a natural redheaded bombshell…. shocking!), as already mentioned my hair is naturally wavy/frizzy, and I battle getting it smooth everyday. Both of my parents are in the hair industry, so I get to sample all different kids of products and hair tools so I keep up with latest hair trends and products, and I LOVE styling my hair.

I use a large 1.5” professional curling iron to kind of toss/volumize my layers after I straighten my hair but that is about the extent of my curling adventures because I long ago gave up on the idea of my hair holding a curl. However, for New Years Eve I was determined to sports some loose effortless Victoria’s Secret model curls/waves (I totally thought my sequin dress paired with sexy VS model hair would totally lure in the men!). I am well aware that if I am going to have ANY chance of my hair holding curl I have to curl it a few times within the day. So I woke up, washed my hair and curled it with a 1” and 1 ¼” ceramic regular clamp irons. Mid afternoon my curls were gone. I re curled it. 7pm rolled around and yet again I was re-curling for the final time of the night. I was positive this ‘curling my hair repeatedly’ method would work! Then, in my doorway rolling her eyes my four-year old niece stood with her hand on her hip and said: “You’ve been curling your hair all day! I think your curling iron is broken! YOUR HAIR IS NOT CURLING!”….. I realized she had a good point, curling my hair 3 times in one day with results so poor was ridiculous and this time a perm was NOT an option! I decided there had to be something out there with all the latest fancy spinning, ionic, ceramic, tourmaline technology that would freaking curl my hair!

New years day, as I was recovering from a hangover (note that I did not get any action that night and I entirely blame it on the fact I did not have Victoria’s Secret model hair!) I hit YouTube to look up some reviews on the latest clampless curling irons I had been seeing and hearing about. I had figured that they were just like any other curling iron I had tried and had tucked away in my curling iron graveyard.  Then I started reading reviews so similar to mine- “My hair wouldn’t hold a curl!!” Blah, blah, blah.

I was dead set on getting a professional one (my parents get a discount), but still was looking at a 100 bucks or so. I got tired of saving money- then spending it on shoes and having to start saving all over again for a curling iron I was convinced still wouldn’t work. Then the other day at my local drug store I spotted the Remington T-Studio Ceramic Pearl Professional Curling Wand 1/2”-1” and I bought it on a whim- which is so not like me.  I figured I could spare 21 bucks and it heated up 410 degrees- and I need 400+ degrees to do ANYTHING with my hair. Yes, I use lots of thermal protector!

It was the best 21 bucks I have ever spent. I raced home and started curling my hair, and within 15 minutes I had unbelievable results!

I had spent enough time on YouTube to get my learning curve up on how to use a clampless iron, and I’m always trying new things with my hair so I got the hang of it within wrapping the third section or my hair and went sans glove after that. Since this does get extremely hot I recommend using the glove until you get the hang of it.

Now here is the important thing to note. I have hair past my shoulders and it’s layered. I wouldn’t say my hair is extremely long but it’s got some nice length to it. All the tutorials I found on YouTube the girls seemed to have pretty long hair, longer than mine. They all stated that you could achieve the ‘wave’ look with this iron by using less heat, using bigger sections, and wrapping/holding it on the iron for less time. …..I beg to differ!

For my hair length and type since it needs such high heat to get anything done I can’t reduce the temp, like I mentioned I need a solid 400 degrees. I can’t use too wide of sections because my hair type won’t curl well with wide sections, and I have to keep my hair wrapped around iron for a solid 30 seconds for it really curl- so while I LOVE this curling iron I want to warn people who have shorter hair- meaning not crazy long hair like all the girls on youTUBE, that because this a ½”-1” it CURLS your hair. It’s not a beachy/wave look, at least for my hair type.

While the curls lasted ALL day and through the NEXT day, it was not my desired Victoria’s-Secret-model-I-just-had-sex-hair (I wanted more messy curled waves and no matter how much I brushed, fluffed, raked through my hair the curls remained fairly tight and uniform. The fact I couldn’t get these curls to fall out and loosen up is actually awesome because it goes to show that this curling wand is badass and not messing around!). It was as if Taylor Swift and Shirley Temple had a baby together, and as you can see in the pictures it was/is a great look and if my hair was a little longer I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more (since the curls were so tight it shrunk my hair up quite a bit) thus, making it more Shirley Temple especially with my red hair!

Well, I will admit it… I got cocky and magically thought any clampless curling iron would curl my hair. I ended up buying the Bed Head Foxy Curls 1”-1 1/4” curling wand. I figured this would work as well as the Remington (after all it sounded like they were using very similar technology and both irons were conical shape) I thought it would give me looser curls since it was a bigger barrel. Boy was I wrong! It didn’t get hot enough. I should have known better when on the package nor anywhere online stated what temp this iron maxed out at- low, med, high was all the info I got! The Bed Head wand gave me these horrible limp barely there curls that fell out within an hour. It was a vivid reminder that my hair fights holding a curl and likes to give me a big F off.

Back to the store I went and bought the Remington wand in the 1 ¼”- 1 ½” barrel (large) size and ironically while I was there I sold TWO of the Remington small wands because I had curled my hair with the small one the DAY BEFORE and my curls were still intact (and looking fabulous!) and two separate confused lost souls drowning in the curling iron isle asked me about my hair. Anyways, I was hesitant in buying the bigger barreled wand because I had read reviews that the curls didn’t have much lasting power. But with such amazing luck with the small wand I gave the big one the benefit of the doubt.

I can officially say my quest to achieve loose Victoria’s Secret wave/curls has come true with Remington pearl 1 ¼”-1 ½” (big) wand! FINALLY! I will be honest and say that I think with the bigger wand the curls do lose some staying power. With the small wand my curls stayed perfectly springified ALL day without losing any bounce or shape. With the large barrel I do notice that the curls will fall out a little as the day goes on. However, it hasn’t been a big issue for me since I am going for the loose tossed curled look anyways.

If you’re going for Taylor swift curls, or you can get away with using less heat and bigger sections of hair when curling to obtain looser curls go for the small barrel wand.

If you’re like me and you have to curl your hair on high heat, and use smaller sections but want a beach wave look get the bigger wand. I know most girls say the bigger wand is less versatile, and while that may be true it really depends on the look you want and I think for the price you can get BOTH sizes because they really do give you two very different looks.

If you’ve read all this I am impressed! I hope I helped some of you out and I highly suggest that if you’re looking to wean yourself off of clamp curling irons and into the world of clampless irons then the Remington pearl line is the way to go. I am honestly majorly impressed with the result. I also want to mention that with the clampless method I find it cuts down the time it takes to curl my hair, like dramatically. I don’t know what makes the clampless so much easier (but maybe a little more scary), but I dig it. I’m just blown away that I can have a head full of curls/waves that lasts ALL DAY within 15 minutes or so.

P.S. The pictures are the results of the ½”-1” iron- I haven’t gotten around to taking pictures with the 1”- 1 ¼” results, but hopefully I’ll get un-lazy and do it soon!

Happy curling!

February 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

The Wonders of Womanhood

I mentioned a while ago that boric acid cured my ongoing-chronic-hell-ridden-make-my-life-depressing yeast infection. Well, it has returned! Of course. Would I really expect otherwise? What was I thinking to get my hopes up *bangs head against wall*

I feel like a hot mess. I am so fed up with this yeast infection that has been haunting me for months on end. I have reduced myself to hideous home remedies like a mad scientist, and spending hours on end researching chronic yeast infections-my OCD does not help with this situation, and stumbling upon other women’s struggle and horror stories also has been a mixed bad of hope and hopelessness. I am now one of those women who has joined the ban wagon of chronic yeast infections! Hollar!

So, instead of crying in a dark corner I have decided maybe I will go over some of the BS I have tried, what has sort of worked, what has really not worked… because I know there are plenty of women out there who are sitting on their computers madly searching for tips, tricks, and stories to prove that they are not alone in this hell. As I sit here sipping cold coffee, slamming down an Azo Yeast Guard pill, I will take you on my magical little journey! Expect TMI. That’s the way I roll.

I’ve always been prone to several yeast infections a year, but it was nothing that over the counter stuff couldn’t cure. About 6 months ago I got a yeast infection, no biggie, ran to Target and picked up some trusty Monistat. Yay, my vagina was happy. Four days later my YI was back. Ran back to the store… and repeat, repeat, repeat that scenario again and again. Weird thing was I could keep the YI at bay for about a week or so If I continued to use the external cream, it was like the YI would start externally- irritation, that swollen misery feeling, and a case of mild mingled with mild itchiness… and this was weird considering the fact that my previous YI I had never really dealt with external irritation. I figured maybe it was my laundry detergent or soap causing the issues… swapped that stuff out for more sensitive skin friendly products, but that didn’t help. Tried diluting tea tree oil and dabbing it around my lady bits, as well as coconut oil as an external cream, and all the other home remedies with not much relief to show for. Found the external cream that comes with YI kits to work best…. but I had to use it EVERY night, even after my internal YI symptoms were gone/cured. I generally masturbate before bed, not sulk over the fact my new bedtime ritual has been reduced to slathering YI cream every night. It got annoying really fast. I felt/feel un-sexy, how am I suppose to feel confident and sexy with a case of chronic vagina issues?

Finally I realized there was obviously more going on, so off to the doctor I went (which was a big step because I avoid doctors like the plague, I really hate being touched and probed by strangers). I was prescribed Diflucan. Took it and what do you know… I was cured!…. for… 3 days, then the external irritation started right back up, and two days later I had internal YI symptoms (no discharge or odor though, I never have gotten discharge or odor with ANY of my YI, and I have to count my blessings on that one). I went back to the doc’s a week later, they tested me for STD, BV, and all that fun stuff. No STD’s, no BV, but yes yeast was present (duh). I got upgraded to three days of Diflucan, and my doctor told me if that didn’t work to try Boric Acid for 14 days. Well the Diflucan was a godsend for a week or so, but of course my YI returned, and next thing you know I hit a compound pharmacy to get a hold of boric acid “We can fill the capsules for you, but to be honest it’s a waste of you money, just buy the boric acid and fill your own is what I recommend, it’s cheaper and the same” So I did just that. Maybe the pharmacist was just lazy though?

My experience with Boric Acid was great (minus the watery discharge that kept making me think I had peed my pants, seriously, I had a little freak out at my ex’s house about how I was convinced I was peeing my pants without knowing it, haha. Boric acid discharge is watery, and when I was told to expect discharge I was expecting thick discharge or something… not water-ish discharge, so be warned! Panty liners are a must). Anyways, once my 14 days of boric acid ended I was convinced I was cured (again). For 14 days I felt like a new woman! Then, I had sex, and suddenly my YI was back (this was the sex where my Lavilin Deodorant was put to the test, hah). Not sure if this was a coincidence (I had sex probably two days after my boric acid round had ended), and I know some condoms can irritate me, so I am not sure if it was the sex/condom that brought back the YI again, or once I stopped using boric acid my vagina just got angry?

Bottom line is boric acid is an excellent option if you talk to your doctor about it first, it is supposed to cure more obscure strands of yeast that over the counter crap can’t. However, this is potent stuff, and not to be used without some guidance from a doctor of pharmacist.

Currently I am getting ready to buckle down and make another appointment, because while I am using boric acid things are great, but I can’t continue to use boric acid the rest of my life.

In the meantime I read up on Garlic, and I just don’t envision myself ramming a clove of garlic up my who-ha, I decided to take a less drastic approach and start on garlic pills (I can kill two birds with one stone because my blood pressure tends to run a little high, what gives? I am only 27!). So I have been taking 4 garlic pills a day. Call me mistrusting but I don’t think 4 garlic pills are going to cut it, so I also found some information about Grapefruit Seed Extract helping yeast infections. I ran to the store and picked some up, the liquid form- I don’t have much faith in the hard tablets. I’ve been mixing 10-12 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract into some water and slugging it down twice a day. Be forwarded that it doesn’t taste as pleasant as one might think. I love grapefruit, I was thinking it would have a citrus taste (wishful thinking), but… ugh, there isn’t really a ‘taste’ too it, just a weird medicine-y-no-taste-after-taste if that makes any sense? 

Here comes the lesson for the day: I am famous for getting wild ideas, and implementing  strategic plans… usually these ideas and plans blow up in my face. You’d think I’d learn. Anyways on the Grapefruit Seed Extract bottle there were directions on some uses for GSE, one use was to dilute the GSE and use it as a douche (for any of the uses of GSE you HAVE to dilute it!). Well I know Douching is a big no-no, so I got a what I thought to be genius idea to dilute the GSE with some diluted Tea Tree Oil and dab it on the external areas that have been giving me so much trouble. I did it one night, and wow, it seemed to help. I did it another night, and wow, yes it was helping. Then I got ballsy and decided to use coconut oil, Tea Tree Oil, and the GSE mixture on a tampon and insert it overnight…. ALONG with using this mixture on the outside of my vag. Well, I assume I didn’t dilute the GSE enough for my external mixture… because it started to burn, not in a ‘my crotch is on fire’ burn, but more of a ‘I just had sex with a really big dick’ SORE slow burn. I ignored it for a while, I told myself “The burn means it’s working, killing off yeast! Hah! Take that!”…. finally I couldn’t take it anymore and rubbed some coconut oil down there, and this helped take the edge off.

When I woke up the next morning my vag was still cursed with a weird slow sore burning. Crazy sore. Like I couldn’t even put my underwear on sore. Of course sheer panic ripped through me, while my vagina has been pissing me off lately, I still love it and don’t want to burn it off or something drastic. After all it’s useful when it is working properly. On my bed, legs up (well leg and stump up), with a hand mirror I was trying to see the damage I caused. I do not claim to be flexible or have stellar eyesight… so trying to get a good view of what I had done to my womanhood didn’t work well. In a panic I texted my ex telling him “I put grapefruit Seed Extract on my vagina trying to cure a yeast infection, I think I had a mishap, it hurts soooooooooo bad! If it still hurts tomorrow you have to look at my vagina and tell me if it looks like I burned it to shreds! This is an emergency!!!!!!!!”… I got a classy response of “WTF, why did you put grape jelly on your vagina?!” Ugh. No help. I looked at my bottle of GSE and it stated “If full strength GSE comes n contact with skin flush the area with water for 10 minutes, and irritation may last for 48 hours” ….That made me feel better, my irritation lasted for 24 hours, and today it feels almost back to normal.

So, the moral of the story about GSE is that you’ll probably be better off drinking it, rather then making some crazy concoction to dab on. Don’t learn this lesson the hard way, it was not pleasant.

While I think garlic pills, and the GSE twice a day is actually helping (I am a little surprised myself)… I am thinking of purchasing the FemDophilus. It has decent reviews, and while I have tried acidophilus before I haven’t gotten a hardcore one, I just get the cheap crap and hope for the best. Hey, I am on a budget. I feel it is time to ante up, fork over the 25 bucks (I found it cheaper online, but it’s also at Wholefoods… and of course they want to rip you off price wise, but at this point I don’t care). I am going to give it a go. It is time to kick this problem in the butt. I am determined to rid myself of this annoyance, and figure out what is going on. I am going to take back my womanhood! I am going to take back my vaginal health! No mercy. Balls to the wall. And hopefully other women out there who suffer from this don’t give up either.

June 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. 19 comments.

The battle of Antiperspirant VS. Lavilin Underarm Deodorant- Defeat The B.O.!

Ask anyone who knows me well and they will confirm that I am in fact a huge antiperspirant /deodorant whore. I am not going to lie, I pit out! Yeah, dainty ladies aren’t supposed to pit out, blah, blah, blah…. Well this here dainty lady does. I can manage the odor (most of the time) with layering on about 6 different antiperspirant in the morning- clinical strength, gel, dove (to keep the pits moisturized!), another clinical strength, then I just start applying the really yummy smelling ones. You’d think my little OCD routine would get me through the day, but of course not. Within a few hours I have to start re-applying in feeble attempts to stay somewhat fresh, and sometimes if an odor crises arises I have to break out the alcohol wipes. To sum up this story- staying smelling good is a full time job for me, and risky for my health. As you can imagine for years my mother has been on me “You’re going to get breast cancer! You can’t put on all those antiperspirant! Aluminum!!!!!”

About a year ago I did some research on natural deodorants to try and put to rest my moms panicked voice gnawing at my eardrums, plus my boobs are my favorite thing on my body and the idea of potentially risking my breast health does not settle well with me. In my search ‘Lavilin Underarm Deodorant’ came up a plethora of times, and had seemingly too good to be true results. A natural deodorant that lasted up to 7 days? Please! A clinical strength antiperspirant can’t even tackle my underarms for 2 hours! With the price tag of $15.99 I just wasn’t ready to bite the bullet only to be let down once again by hype, and no action. But with my antiperspirant pile reaching it’s maximum, and realizing I owned every single deodorant that graced the store shelf’s I recently decided that $15.99 was a small price to pay (I came up with a “Oh this made my armpits burn like crazy” return story just in case it didn’t work).

Once the little white box was bought and in my clutches I ripped it open in my best friends car, and read him the directions (as if he really cared), and stopped cold in my tracks: ‘Refrain from using any other deodorant for 48 hours to refresh skin and enable Lavilin to provide maximum protection’. Holy crap, can you say panic attack?!? 48 hours without the use of any sort of guard against B.O.? Really? I pictured myself barricaded in my house, too ashamed to step foot out in public because I’d smell of a man who just got back from a sweat drenched workout if I went 48 hours without deodorant of some kind! It got worse: ‘Do not use together with other deodorants’…. No layering?! I felt a stroke coming on! It’s safe to say I had a mini flip out in his car “Are they kidding!? I can’t do this?! Screw this natural shit!!!” … at that moment my moms rounded face floated round and round in my thoughts, her lips speaking the words: “….You have to stop wearing all that antiperspirant!’. Argh. To everyone’s shock, including my own, I didn’t wear antiperspirant for 24 hours. No, I didn’t make it to 48 hours as the directions called for, but at least I made the half way mark. That counts for something, right?

Day one: I washed my underarms with Dial anti-bacterial soap (I like this soap, it’s boring because I like girly crap that promises to leave me with silky soft and touchable skin. But dial gets the job done. I feel and smell clean after the use of this orange colored gem. I just discovered they make a ‘Tropical’ scent in the antibacterial series of Dial soaps… and we all know what ‘tropical’ means in girl language- sunny, bright, and airy! Yes please, I want to smell sunny, bright and airy!!). Once my underarms were thoroughly dried I applied the thick-ish cream deodorant. First thing I noticed… this stuff didn’t spread well. It looked like I spackled white Geisha girl face make-up on my whole armpit. Sure, I was a little over zealous with my application, but hey… I was nervous. I woke up the next morning and first thing I did was a sniff test. I smelled fresh. I smelled again. Yes, fresh! By mid day I had a bit of funk, nothing horrible, and barely noticeable… by that evening things took a turn for the worse and lets just say I was not smelling like a flower anymore.

Day 2: I decided to go rogue and apply it in the morning after my shower instead of at night. It says to re-apply when odor returns, so I did just that since within 24 hours odor returned. Surprisingly I didn’t feel defeated by this since I had armed myself with many knowledgeable reviews that said not to expect the claim of ‘7 days of being odor free’. Seemed most reviewers got 3 days of being odor free. But hell, 24 hours of being pretty much fresh-ish without having re-applying/layer made my heart sing! 

Day 3: Again I applied it in the morning after my shower, because Lavilin tends to give out by the end of the day for me. On day three I discovered that if I started smelling a little funky it was far less than with any other antiperspirant I had EVER used, and I could freshen up with a bit of mint spritzing hand sanitizer I bought at Whole Foods. I started to develop a crush on Lavilin deodorant at this point.

When week 1 was up, I was still applying it everyday- and it was lasting throughout most of the day, but not past 24 hours. No biggie. Within week 1 I noticed my underarms became a little sore, probably due to the fact I was applying it everyday and I was applying it after the shower, which met after I shaved which the directions said not to do. Ooops. I told you, I am a rogue! The soreness subsided after I made it into week 2, I guess my pits just had to toughen up!

One con with Lavilin that I already mentioned is the white residue it leaves on your skin. Again, if I applied it at night I think by morning the white would be gone or at least lessened, and if I didn’t have to apply it everyday… so I am not blaming Lavilin for my rebel application techniques causing my pits to be white. I don’t wear too many sleeveless tops so this isn’t a HUGE draw back for me. Another con being I am now on my second box of this stuff, since I am forced to go the everyday application route it is sort of like a spendy little crack habit- but worth it. I have figured out the right amount I need, and I am past my experimental and wasteful test runs of applying too much too often, you know the whole trial and error phase where you get crazy wasteful with a new product?… Anyways, getting the hang of applying the right amount that works for me should help the deodorant last longer, hopefully. The last con is that I have noticed my first box of Lavilin was much more ‘hard’ and ‘sticky’ in texture. The second box is way more ‘creamy’ and ‘spreadable’, and I have to say it seemed like my first box had better performance? My body chemistry does like to play tricks on me, something will work amazing on me for a few weeks and then just give out without warning. I am hoping that this is not the case, but I am also hoping that Lavilin is not inconsistent with their product? Hmmm.

The bottom line of this 200 page review is that I would recommend this to ANYONE who has some funk. Seriously, I am a highly skeptical person, and while this isn’t some miracle that keeps me odor free for 7, or even 3 days… I will take what I can get, and 1 day is just fine by me! I highly recommend trying this if you are frustrated with trying to fend off embarrassing odor and running out of options. I never thought a ‘natural’ deodorant could perform so well.

P.S. The best, and most awe-inspiring news is that this deodorant didn’t give out on me during sex! Correct, this passed the sex test. I was nervous as hell especially since the sex test was with a guy whom I had never had sex with before, that would have been a really bad first impression if Lavilin had failed me in the midst of an epic sexual journey with someone new. As we all know when any product passes the sex test, you know it is a worthwhile product!

P.P.S. While I don’t have HUGE issues with wetness, keep in mind this is more for odor than wetness, as is the case with any deodorant. The transition from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant always is an adjustment, you have to go through that period of getting accustom to being a little more ‘damp’ than you may be used too.  

P.P.S. I have also been taking Chlorophyll, which is a ‘internal deodorizer’, and that may contribute to some of my success with Lavilin. 

P.P.P.S. If you read all of this you deserve an award!

June 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

The Review-K-Pak Reconstrx Vapor Iron

Between fending off swine flu (ok, so it was a weak ass little head cold), and going on several dates (yeah, that’s right… I’m on the prowl!) I have managed to give the K-Pak Reconstrx Vapor Flat Iron a several week work out, I gave it a fair assessment and I am ready to review it! Ready?!

It felt as though I was unboxing the Holy Grail as I opened the box which held the Reconstrx Vapor Iron, oh the joy and sheer excitement I felt! The iron came with an instruction booklet, a mini vapor fuel refill, and a DVD. Setting my goodies aside, I blew dried my hair, sectioned it off, filled the iron with the vapor fuel (which does last several treatments. I was terrified I’d go through the fuel within one use. That was not the case at all), then I plugged the baby in!

My first time using the little lovely I found it awkward to handle when styling my hair (A little bit of a let down). First, it didn’t open as ‘wide’ as my old flat iron- I’m comparing it to the my Paul Mitchell Flat Iron which is my absolute favorite flat iron. Two, the placement of the vapor fuel chamber is right where my hand is stationed while I am wildly styling my blonde locks. This infringes on my ability to ‘press’ down as hard as I’d like to, or am used too (for fear of breaking the vapor fuel chamber). I am a big fan of adding some pressure when flat ironing my hair, and while pressure is not necessary to achieve straight hair, it is just my own personal method. Lastly, I kept hitting the ‘vapor fuel on/off’ switch with my thumb while in the midst of flat ironing. This posed a problem because I could never tell if the vapor fuel was on/off, because there is no indication if it’s on or off. I’d have to turn down my music to listen for the sound of bubbling/hot liquid and closely pay attention to see if I was seeing steam. Annoying? A little.

Once I got used to handling the iron, I found the results were undeniably softer healthier looking hair. That being said, it almost made my hair too soft. I know, you’re all thinking “Too soft? Are you kidding!? It’s every girls dream to have smooth, soft, lustrous hair!” I don’t dispute this, but there is a fine line between soft hair, and TOO soft of hair that has a  puffy-ish limp quality (Like my technical terms? Hah). Sadly the Reconstrx Iron did not give me the pin straight results I so desire (don’t get me wrong, it got my straight… but, not up to the standards I am used too. Of course I am probably used to the unhealthy standards, and this was probably the healthier straight standard… but still), thus, it was a battle of running over the same sections of hair over and over to ensure it would remain polished looking, and not get puffy. That failed, the iron just did not ‘seal’ in the straightness. My remedy to this little problem became using my trusty Paul Mitchell iron for finishing work AFTER my initial straightening with the Reconstrx Iron. This gave me awesome results, and I didn’t have issues with my hair becoming puffy within an hour. It sealed in the straightness or something to that effect. 

 Also, I have longer bangs that I sweep off to the side, and this iron completely failed at straightening my bangs. It made my bags way too limp. I reduced the temperature thinking they where getting too ‘straight’ and limp due to the intense heat. The reduction of heat did not help, the bangs still looked limp and refused to sweep off to the side. I assumed that it may be a matter of the vapor fuel simply being too conditioning, so I turned the vapor fuel off and tried flat ironing my bangs with this method the next day… while that helped I still didn’t get my usual sweepy vixen bangs. I MUST use my Paul Mitchell flat iron for my bangs, no exceptions.

Overall it probably seems like I am complaining about this iron, but I do like the idea of it, and the benefits of it are awesome. As shocking as it may seem, I am keeping this flat iron because when used in conjunction with my normal flat iron I get impressive results. Sure, my method may contradict the entire purpose of using the Reconstrx Iron, but it allows me to use my regular non conditioning flat iron less, and that is a step in the right direction… right?

March 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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