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02/08/13: Essential Bodycare!

Like most people, deodorant is something that I will use day in and day out even if I'm hanging around the house in sweatpants with a face like Gollum.  So it is probably the most important item that was on my excellently titled "Products-to replace-with-more-natural-ones-but-only-if-they're-actually-any-good" list.  I started off with the Salt of the Earth Crystal spray and used up the travel bottle I had, but wasn't overly impressed with its efficacy.  So, I moved on to the Incognito crystal stick which has citronella in it - and as I'm fairly cheese like (stinky if left in the heat) I thought this might be a good direction to head in.  However, to apply it, you need wet armpits, which is more time consuming to set up than one might think, and I couldn't actually ever smell the scent. 

So, currently, here I am with PitRok.  In addition to the excellent name, it seems to be going quite well.  It has a pleasant fragrance, rolls on easily much like my old anti-perspirant and I'm not grossed out by myself at the end of the day.  Points against it do include that it isn't as simple as the Salt of the Earth or Incognito deos, but for the sake of my nose and those noses around me, I'm prepared to look past this.  I still have the Incognito stick and do use it as well as the PitRok if I remember to not dry off after washing.

Everyday essential for washing aforementioned armpits and rest of body. Mostly use Dr. Bronners - especially the Rose one, delicious! - but currently ensconced in a love affair with Minty Heaven by Eden Be Natural.  See review here.  Not a difficult replacement to find as there's a large variety of alternative soaps available quite easily but these are two of my current favourites.

Not something I remember to look at as you don't particularly expect animals to be in toothpaste, or at least I don't - but some toothpastes will have glycerin derived from animals in.  I like to use toothpaste that can be found in the local independent health store run by veggie-types and who only stock vegetarian products.  I'm currently using Kingfisher who I like because of their method of printing ingredient, source and function on the back of each tube.  It doesn't foam as much as regular pastes, but I don't find this a problem.  

In order to help prevent the spread of spots and keep hands fresh I've always been a fan of hand sanitizers and often keep one in my handbag for quickly spritzing whilst on the move.  However, since trying to go more natural I struggled to find one that was vegan and wasn't full of alcohol.  So, it was a nice surprise when I stumbled across this one in town a short while ago.  I hadn't heard of Bentley Organics before, but do keep meaning to investigate the brand further - I've been pleased with this replacement.  Although it states it won't be sticky, I do find that there is a little element of stick after application, but it does dry away quickly so it's not a deal-breaker.  The main ingredient is aloe and the pump action makes it convenient for work or on-the-move.  

What are your essentials?

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PitRok: Aqua, Ammonium Alum, Aloe Barbadensis, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Seed Extract), 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum, Linonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Hydroxymethylpentylcyclohexene carboxaldehyde

Kingfisher: Calcium carbonate, Calcium carbonate, Aqua, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Hydrated silica, Cellulose gum, Sodium monofluorophosphate, Mentha piperita, Citrus limonum, Citrus limonum, Limonene.

Minty Heaven Soap: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Castor Oil: Organic Spearmint Essential Oil, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Lavender Essential Oil:

Bentley Hand Sanitizer: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Lauryl Betaine, Lactic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate * Certified Organically Grown Ingredient


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  1. I have used the Bentley organics shower gels before, they are great value, I can vaguely remember using a shampoo from them too... the kingfisher toothpaste looks nice I will have to try that one Xx

    1. Second person to recommend those - must look into it. The Kingfisher toothpaste is good - and there are quite a few other flavours available too. xx

  2. I've just ordered myself a natural deodorant after using anti-perspirants! I'm nervous to try it but also excited so I'm hoping its good! If not - I'll try the PitRok! x

  3. I also use PitRock - love it first thing in the morning after a shower, bit of a pain during the day though! Trying to find something that doesn't require getting wet first lol xx


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