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Making the change to natural deodorants

Making the change to natural deodorants


Since starting this blog I have become increasingly more aware of potential harmful ingredients in cosmetics.

aesop natural deodorant


Parabens, sulphates, silicones these are all “bad” ingredients that have been used in cosmetics for years but that brands are starting to stay clear of these days. Aluminium is one of many “bad” ingredients that is contained in deodorants. Aluminium is an ingredient that has been linked to breast cancer. Although the direct link hasn’t been proven it’s enough for me to try to avoid as there is a strong history of breast cancer in my family.

The main difference between an antiperspirant and a natural deodorant is that antiperspirants reduce sweating by blocking sweat glands with aluminium salts, whilst deodorants act on masking the odour. To refresh our memory, body odour isn’t created by sweat rather than by the bacteria decomposition in sweat. Meaning that the best deodorant would be the one that more effectively neutralises that decomposition.

I have used antiperspirants all my life, my favourite one is the creme deodorant roll by Fenjal. I have used it for years and years and has always done an amazing job. But as I said before I have come to a point in my life were I am starting to stay away from potential harmful ingredients, in March I decided to make the switch to natural deodorants and started my hunt for the perfect one.

Going on the hunt for natural deodorants is quite frustrating as 99% of deodorants sold on the high street contain aluminium and the other 1% are marketed for children. I find it ridiculous that there is such a small selection of natural deodorant that are easily available to us.

The first natural deodorant I tried was Salt of the Earth, which is made with potassium alum. This is a natural mineral salt that has been used as a natural deodorant for hundreds of years in the Far East, inhibiting the growth of odour causing bacteria leaving you feeling fresh. It’s a good deodorant but a faff to put on as you need either to wet your underarm or wet the deodorant in order for the product to glide on. Then you need to wait for it to dry before you put the cap back on. Honestly I have no time for this in the morning, I prefer something more practical. There is also a liquid version of this deodorant but I still haven’t tried it.

salt of the earth natural deodorant


Then I made the switch to The Healthy deodorant from Lavanilla in pure vanila, I had previously seen some bloggers rave about this product and I thought it was worth a go. It claims to be a “dermatologist-recommended deodorant that provides superior, long-lasting odour protection” It also has soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defence and nourishment. In my opinion this is an okay product, its really practical as you just need to glide it on and it smells really nice but I did feel that I wasn’t as fresh as I would have liked to at the end of the day. So I don’t think this is the one for me.

The healthy deodorant pure vanilla Lavanila


Then out of a whim a decided to try the Aesop deodorising spray. It is formulated with eleven essential oils that help neutralise underarm odour. Many of the oils in this product, such as Lemongrass, Patchouli, Clove, Thyme and Vetiver Root, have been shown to inhibit the growth of Coryneform bacteria (the main contributor to strong body odour).
I have to admit, I don’t like the smell at all, its very herbal and spicy and unisex all at the same time (sorry, I’m not the best at describing scents) and I prefer feminine flowery scents, spicy scents are just not my thing.
The first thing I though when I tried this deodorant was “Crap I have just wasted £26” but to my surprise this is the best one I have tried to far. The scent is strong but it does fade and keeps you feeling nice and fresh throughout the day, and I have used it whilst going to the gym and getting really sweaty. I am really impressed by this one. Its so quick and easy to use and keeps you fresh the whole day. I would love for Aesop to come out with a different scent but regardless, the results are amazing.

natural deodorants aluminium free



Have you tried any natural deodorants? Let us know which are your favourite brands!

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Favourite Travel Minis

Favourite Travel Minis


Favourite travel minis spring lilies


Hey everyone I´m back! Since starting this blog I only really have taken a blogging break twice and that was due to my mental state at the time, things were going on and I couldn’t find the motivation and energy to blog. This time the reason is very different, and some of you may think its actually quite stupid so here it is, I was prepping for my summer holiday. I am a nervous traveller, the weeks prior I just get really anxious about it, the packing, the trip to the airport, the plane ride, it all just makes me really anxious and I don’t know why. I was so busy thinking of things I needed to pack and posts I needed to prepare that I spent my free time just worrying and making lists and not really doing much. Anyway, that’s not the point for this post, today I wanted to share with you my favourite minis to take on holiday.

Kiehl´s Ultra Facial cream. I am a huge fan of Kiehl´s skincare and this face cream is my favourite to take on beach holidays. I love it because it´s amazingly hydrating without it being to thick or greasy. The normal size of this face cream can be quite bulky, but this mini version is just perfect.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow. Its no secret that I am a massive fan of Wonderglow, I use it religiously during spring/summer, the original packaging is already quite sleek but I do prefer taking the mini version as it doesn’t take up too much space.

This Works Sleep Plus pillow spray. I use the full version on a daily basis as it helps me relax before I fall asleep. I specially love taking the mini version on holiday as new surroundings can sometimes feel a bit weird and foreign. By spritzing this on my pillow and going closing my eyes I can almost feel like I am in a familiar place and that certainly calms me down.

Charlotte tilbury wonderglow


Benefit Sun Beam. By far my favourite summer highlighter, it just looks amazing with tanned skin. Its perfect for that golden goddess look. The one pictured here is actually the full version but I will be picking up a mini version before I leave.

Bobbi Brown rouge pot. I´d never though I would get along with cream blushes but I love then in the summer. It just gives an amazing healthy, glowy and juicy look. Again this is not a mini version but I have included it as it is super sleek and travel friendly.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara. This is by far my favourite mascara as it has it all, length, volume and separation. I do have to admit the full size version is quite chunky and not really easy to travel with specially of you are only taking carry-on luggage with you. The mini version works just as well and it’s the perfect size to travel with.

This works sleep plus pillow spray


Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. This is one of my favourite cleansing balms ever and it can also double up as a mask. The full version is very big but this cute mini version is the perfect size to travel with.

Bumble and Bumble surf spray. Often when going to a beach holiday you find yourself washing your hair more often as your spending your days at the beach and the frequent use of heat stylers can often leave your hair looking really dry, therefore I love taking with me products I can use to style my hair without the use of heat. I love using sea salt sprays and it gives you wavy beach hair without all the fuss.

Bumble and bumble surf spray

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Spending a day in Richmond Park

Spending a day in Richmond Park


Richmond Park


I have lived in London all my life but strangely enough I don’t think I have ever visited Richmond Park, at least not that I can remember. Last weekend as we were blessed with amazing weather we decided to take a day trip to Richmond.

Richmond Park


I am a city girl at heart but I do love being in green areas, London can be very grey and it’s nice to leave that behind from time to time. Richmond park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of 2500 acres. The main thing that makes Richmond stand out from the rest of Royal parks is the fact that they have deer that roam freely through the park. I didn’t know this before I planned the trip but from May to July deer give birth to their young therefore you may get to see baby deer, which is the cutest thing ever!

Richmond Park
Spot the deer!

On that day, they decided to take a stroll near the road and I was able to take these amazing shots of them. I didn’t go near them as you should keep a respectful distance and try not to startle them to much. I was extremely happy that I got to see these amazing animals up close. Society now or days don’t have any respect for animals and think they can use them like possession or objects, I couldn’t be more against that. I think we should all try to treat animals as our equals and protect and speak up form them as they don’t have a voice or a say in their life.

Richmond Park


The park itself is breathtaking, it has two small ponds which are ideal to have a picnic next too. I also love the fact that as the park is quite big and its not situated in central London in doesn’t feel too overcrowded. It’s just ideal to relax and enjoy the warmer months.

Richmond Park

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