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December 2015

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Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

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I knew I had to get Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Stick as soon as I saw it on Allie B.’s instragm thelabeledlife.  Thank you Allie B. for letting me know that the stick was available, you should follow her on instagram (I do) and check out her blog at The Labeled Life if you haven’t already.  I find out about amazing non-toxic products through the lovely green beauty community.  Now on to Schmidt’s all natural, vegan, cruelty free deodorant.

Schmidt’s was founded by Jaime Schmidt when she was pregnant with her son.  Schmidt’s mission: “To change the way you think about deodorant.”  Through research and testing (that started in her kitchen) she “discovered that the right combination of raw natural materials in their purist form could yield a product that matches the effectiveness of the chemical alternatives, but actually outperforms them.”  Yay!!!

I’ve tried the jars of Schmidt’s deodorant previously from some of my green beauty subscription boxes I subscribe to and already liked the consistency.  I can still remember when I first made the switch to natural deodorant, I was a little hesitant about using my fingers to apply a pea-size amount to each underarm, but I got used to it and I would never go back to conventional deodorants with all those nasty ingredients.  The scent wasn’t overpowering, which I liked, and I felt so much better about applying non-toxic ingredients to my underarms because all the chemicals/ingredients get absorbed through our skin.  I have found that natural deodorants vary in consistency, smell and absorption.  It’s kind of trial and error before you find the one that is right for you.  However, I really like the Schmidt’s Deodorant stick, it feels soft and goes on smooth, without leaving a residue or chalky feeling.  Plus, it does the important stuff like neutralize underarm odor and absorbs wetness.

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Schmidt’s deodorant jars and stick

Schmidt’s new stick and the jars come in 5 different scents:  Lavender + Sage; Bergamot + Lime; Cedarwood + Juniper; Ylang-Ylang + Calendula and Fragrance free.  I’ve tried 3 of the scents and when I want a milder scent I use the Lavender and Sage but I still really like the Bergamot + Lime.  I’m loving the new Schmidt stick and really like that their products are affordable.  The price range is $8.99 – $10 and can be found online at  Schmidt’s or Petit Vour and other green beauty boutiques.

Ingredients:

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Non-toxic Ingredients

Schmidt’s does not contain any of the toxic ingredients found in most deodorants on the market.  The stick ingredients contain arrowroot powder, coconut oil, candelilla wax, shea butter, baking soda, fractionated coconut oil, essential oils, vitamin E and green tea extract (see Schmidt’s web site if you want their scientific names).  The jars contains shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, cocoa seed butter, essential oils, vitamin E, and hop extract.  Remember, it’s important to look at the ingredients when shopping for deodorants.  The ingredients to avoid are aluminum, parabens, propylene-glycol, phthalates, gluten, chemicals, and synthetics.

If you are looking to change your deodorant or just starting your journey to non-toxic products I would recommend Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Stick.  It smells good and works too.  Have you tried Schmidt’s deodorant or have a favorite please let me know in the comments.  Sharing is knowledge!

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  Green Passion Beauty purchased this product.  All opinions are my own and no compensation was received]

Ingredients

What’s in your lipstick?

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Do you know what ingredients could be lurking in your lipstick?  Would you trust the safety of your lipstick on someone you love?  I’m thankful I use non-toxic lipsticks for myself and my daughter, who occasionally tries on my lipstick.

It’s crazy to think that lipstick could contain unsafe chemicals when lipstick is applied to lips and can be ingested.  This is why knowing what ingredients your lipstick contains and how to avoid toxic chemicals is necessary.  Look for ingredients to avoid by reading the labels or the ingredient lists if purchasing on-line.

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the following toxic ingredients should be avoided in lipsticks:

  • BHAbutalated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a preservative and stabilizer in food, cosmetics, food packaging and animal feed.  These chemicals are linked to endocrine disruption, cancer and immune-toxicity.
  • Hydrogenated cotton seed oilcontamination concerns may be contaminated with arsenic, lead and mercury.  The oil is subject to concentration and use limitations.
  • Mineral oil should be avoided because it is a known carcinogen, and the unrefined versions are known carcinogens.  Choose alternatives based on plant oils or beeswax
  • Padimate O and Petroltum  Japan restricts use of Padimate in some types of cosmetics.  So why does the United States allow these toxic ingredients when they can be contaminated with nitrosamines and PAHS also found in car exhaust?
  • Lead and other heavy metals such as arsenic, and mercury can be found in personal care products including lipstick, but contaminant metals may not always be listed on the label.  Try to avoid the following:
    • lead acetate
    • chromium
    • thimerosal
    • hydrogenated cotton seed oil
    • sodium hexametaphosphate

Look to avoid these ingredients when you can, however, products may not always list the contaminant metals on the label.  Concerns with these ingredients range from reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity.

TIPS TO PICK SAFER PRODUCTS

Reading labels to avoid toxic ingredients is one way to find alternative safe beauty products such as lipstick.   There are also online boutiques, such as the Choosy Chick that help conscious consumers because they research the products they sell to meet their standard of safety and effectiveness.  Another way to check your beauty products is through other resources like EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic DatabaseThink Dirty,  and Good Guide.

We have the right to safe lipstick, but not all companies in the cosmetic industry are concerned with non-toxic ingredients and safety as their priority.  Until laws are changed to regulate the safety of all our beauty and personal care products, knowledge is power and we have to check labels and make conscious choices to avoid these toxic ingredients even in our lipstick.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  Resources from  Campaign for Safe CosmeticsBreast Cancer Fund, EWG’s Skin Deep Database where they have done and continue to do the research to keep us safe from toxic products.]