“List”en To Me… Top 5 Deodorant & Antiperspirant Facts

Hello my lovely readers!

Fall is here!!!  Cooler weather, leaves turning colors, pumpkins, sweaters, the list can go on and on.

Yet our focus this week is on deodorant??  No matter what the season we all wear deodorant or antiperspirant EVERYDAY!

There are so many brands to choose from, right?  You see the commercials of the most popular brands then you walk in the store and just assume that what’s on the shelf is safe.  Well you would be very surprised or maybe not at what exactly you are putting under your arms.  So, here are my top 5 facts about deodorants and antiperspirants…

Top 5 Deodorant & Antiperspirant Facts

1.  Aluminum – Seriously BAD STUFF!  Found as the ACTIVE ingredient in antiperspirants, as seen in the photo below.  It is a METAL, that is being applied to skin to block the sweat pores.  Yeah, no thank you!  It is has been linked to BREAST CANCER and ALZHEIMER’S.  Google it.  You’ll see websites, studies, actual testimonies from people who have been affected by this known CARCINOGEN & NEUROTOXIN. It is best to avoid this ingredient all together.

RightGuard - ALUMINUM

ALUMINUM – Active Ingredient

2.  All The Other Chemicals – Just the fact that it says chemicals plural should be ALARMING!  This includes PARABENS, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, FRAGRANCE, PHTHALATES, TRICLOSAN.  These can be found in the ingredients of not only antiperspirants but also deodorants.  Click HERE to read more details about these chemicals.  Curious aren’t you?  Go ahead, go get your deodorant or antiperspirant.  Take a look at what you are putting on your body!

3.  Target Market – Ever wonder why there are brands for women and brands for men?  Is it really necessary?  If I’m not mistaken, it’s all used for the same purpose.  The companies that produce these major brands realize that we are a visual society, that color and shape are what appeals to us as consumers more so than the actual ingredients used to make the product.  Don’t be FOOLED!  THE INGREDIENTS ARE WHAT MATTER THE MOST!

4.  We LOVE Sweat – Did you know you have over two million sweat glands?  Amazing, right?  Just think about all the TOXINS that are being FLUSHED OUT of your system when you sweat.  It’s internal cleaning.  Think about that last workout or run and how great it felt when you were done.  Is it unsightly?  Yes.  Is it messy?  Yes.  BUT SWEATING IS REFRESHING!!!  Now, the key to underarm sweat is to keep the odor at bay.  Sweat itself has no odor, it is the skin bacteria that mixes with the sweat that causes the body odor.  There are SEVERAL natural ingredients that can STOP that body odor, such as aluminum free baking soda, arrowroot and tea tree oil.  So, go ahead, keep sweating away, we’ve got you covered!

5.  Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Deodorant – IT REALLY WORKS!  It is been a staple in our home and one of the most sought after Ava products.  This product is highly hand crafted – hand cut, measured, prepared, poured and capped in Rhode Island where this amazing company it based!  The SHORT list of SAFE & EFFECTIVE ingredients make this the BEST CHOICE!

AvaAndersonNonToxic - Deodorant

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic – Deodorant

The toxic burden that we are putting our bodies through on a daily basis can be changed.  You CAN choose safer and effective products that are HEALTHY for you!

This is why I LOVE my Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products, FREE from harmful chemicals!  If you are interested in learning more about Ava Anderson Non-Toxic and/or are ready to try these safe, organic, effective products for yourself, your family, pet or home please click HERE!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!

xoxo, Shane

What ingredients did you find in your deodorant or antiperspirant?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


DIY Surprise… Sweet Dreams Foot Salve

Thankful for this new week, nothing like a clean slate to get those creative juices flowing!!  Well, instead of my Top 5 lists of awesomeness, I’m going to branch out and share a great do-it-yourself project this week.  I’ll be putting this one under “Health & Beauty” since a good, solid, no kids waking you up, spouse snoring, dreaming away sleep is not only healthy but also makes you feel beautiful!  Plus your feet will be soft and smooth, always flip-flop ready!  You guys out there will want to check this out too.  Of course this project does involve my Young Living Essential Oils, love, love, love!  So, let’s get to it!

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve

Items Needed:

  • Organic Coconut Oil – 1 cup
  • Organic Shea Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Young Living Essential Oils – 10 Drops Each Oil
  • Glass Pyrex Bowl
  • Double Boiler (Small Pot w/Glass Bowl)
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Small Glass Containers – 1 oz Each
  • Labels & Printer – Avery Address Labels – 8160

How It’s Made:

1.  Measure out the 1 cup Organic Coconut Oil & 1/2 cup Organic Shea Butter in the Glass Pyrex Bowl, both will most likely be in solid form.  I use Whole Foods 365 Brand Organic Coconut Oil.  I use REFINED because it has less of a coconut smell and is being applied topically.  If I was going to ingest the coconut oil I would choose unrefined as this is in its purest form.

WF 365 Brand Organic Refined Coconut Oil

WF 365 Brand Organic Refined Coconut Oil

2.  In a Small Pot boil about 1 inch of water.  Once boiling, change temperature to lowest setting or simmer.  Place Glass Pyrex Bowl filled with Organic Coconut Oil & Organic Shea Butter on top of the Small Pot and melt down both substances to a liquid form.  This could take between 5-10 minutes.  I found that it takes longer for the shea butter to melt.

3.  Once both substances have melted, take the Glass Pyrex Bowl off the top of the Small Pot and set it aside to cool for about 20 minutes.   After it has cooled, add the Young Living Essential Oils.  I chose Lavender, Sacred Frankincense and Peace & Calming, which all promote relaxation, healing and rest.

Young Living Essential Oils Lavender, Sacred Frankincense, Peace & Calming

Young Living Essential Oils
Lavender, Sacred Frankincense, Peace & Calming

4.  After adding Young Living Essential Oils, stir to mix everything together then place the Glass Pyrex Bowl into the Freezer for 5 minutes or Fridge for 15 minutes.  After allotted time, the liquid should be getting hard on the edges as if to form back into a solid again, but the center should be more like the consistency of a raw egg.

5.  At this point take a fork and whisk the liquid, removing the harder pieces on the edges.  A paste will be formed since the mixture is still cold.  As it starts to warm up, it will take on a gel consistency.  It is now ready to be put into the 1 oz. Glass Jars.  I purchased these at The Container Store, my favorite organization store!!!  You can also find them online to purchase in bulk.

1 oz. Glass Jars  www.containerstore.com

1 oz. Glass Jars

6.  To fill the 1 oz. Glass Jars I use a fork, as the mixture is easy to manipulate because it is more solid from just whisking.  Make sure when filling the jars that all air bubbles are released, this will allow for more mixture to be used.  Once filled, take a damp cloth and wipe excess off the rim and seal with lid.

7.  Now it’s time to make these filled 1 oz. Glass Jars look pretty!  The labels that I chose are the Avery Address Labels – 8160 which were purchased at Staples.  The name, ingredients and directions for use have been typed onto the label.  Before applying the labels make sure the outside of the jars are clean and dry, free of any oily residue.

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve

8.  Since I was giving these Sweet Dreams Foot Salves as gifts to some very special people in my life I added an extra touch, a verse card that tied around the lid.  There are several other ways to decorate these from labels on the lid to ribbon around the jar.

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve With Verse Card

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve With Verse Card

Hopefully this DIY Surprise project will inspire you to make your own version!  It was both easy and fun!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!


What are some do-it-yourself health & beauty projects that have been successful for you?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


“List”en To Me…Top 5 Holistic Health Options

First, what exactly do I mean by holistic health??  Alternative methods that take a whole body approach. Below is a list I have put together of my top five holistic health options.

1. Food – Whole/Raw/Fermented/Organic/Local – Our bodies depend on food.  Everyday we have a choice of what we are going to fuel ourselves with.  We can choose to eat processed, sugar-laden food that our body will react to in a tired and sluggish manner, affect our moods, cause weight gain, inflammation, skin disorders, the list goes on and on…. OR we can start our days with healthy proteins, good fats, fiber and natural sugars, such as fruits, veggies, smoothies, meats, eggs, nuts, just to name a few.  Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food wrote a great summary on this way of eating, to read about it click HERE.  There have been several studies that show the harmful effects of sugar, artificial preservatives and additives used in our food today.  Additionally, we all need to understand the negative effects of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) that are being used in conventional produce, grains & meats.  Click HERE to find out more about the Non-GMO movement.  Now is the time to educate yourself to make the best food choices for your family.

2. Essential Oils – Now I could write a book on this one option!  I LOVE essential oils!  They have become the first line of defense for health issues with our whole family.  If you are new to essential oils they are highly concentrated oils taken from plants, flowers, fruits, seeds, leaves and bark that are taken through a distillation process and bottled.  We use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living, who uses the Seed to Seal process on ALL their oils.  Click HERE to find out more info!  In our house these oils have been used to remedy colds/coughs, areas of physical pain, allergies, cuts/scrapes, sleep, mental clarity, and much more.  In the following weeks we will explore essential oils in more detail, talking about how they are made, different types, quality and most of all uses!

3. Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy – Who wants an alternative method to back/neck/shoulder care without using drugs to stop the pain???  Oh, me, me, me!!!  This option has been a lifesaver for our family.  These doctors and therapists are trained to look for the root of the problem, not just at the symptom at hand.  By working/adjusting parts of the body other areas of the body can be corrected.  Not only that, they advise you on how to keep yourself feeling top-notch by providing additional techniques and exercises to do at home.  Click HERE to find out more details and watch videos about chiropractic care. Now although this option is ideal for most pain management, if you are experiencing severe/debilitating pain please consult a physician immediately.

4. Homeopathic Medicine – Have you even heard of this term before??  Well if not, then today is your day!  This type of medicine is specific to types of ailments and used as an alternative to over the counter medications.  Click HERE to get all the details from the Society of Homeopaths.  These types of medicines can be used on adults and children.  We have used them to heal colds, fevers, sinus issues and keep them on hand for my daughter’s teething pain.  Taken in tablet form and usually placed under the tongue, the medicine immediately enters the system to start the healing process.  A brand that our family uses and is sold in health food stores and drugstores is Boiron.  Before using these medications, I recommend contacting a Homeopath in your area for advise and guidance.

5. Exercise – I put this last as it is the hardest for me to do, but knowing it should really be at the top of the list!  We were designed to move, no doubt about it.  Exercise comes in so many forms – running, walking, biking, lifting weights, strength training, stretching, yoga, anything that causes our heart rate to go up and break a sweat!  Sweating has been said to clean out the toxins from your system, who doesn’t want that??  Exercise also boosts energy, helps regulate moods and keeps your body looking good!  In the next few weeks, I’ll be starting a new workout call PiYo by Chalene Johnson and writing about the results.  If this is an area you struggle with too, right now make it a priority and dedicate 10 minutes a day (out of 24 hours) to do some form of exercise.  Start small and move forward!!

Remember that you design your days, so make each one count!

What are some holistic health options that have worked for you and your family?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


Disclaimer: The information shared with you is based on life experience, facts and research.  As I am not a doctor, I advise you to consult with your physician when it comes to information listed above as it is not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure any sickness or disease.  Additionally, I will not be held liable for any loss or damages.  Thank you!