Natural Deodorant

Nature knows best, volcanic alum for a natural deodorant

Nature knows best, volcanic alum for a natural deodorant

It’s been on my mind for a long time to stop using regular deodorants because of all the chemicals they contain and the links they carry to breast cancer.  It’s important to know that antiperspirants release aluminium ions which enter the sweat glands and block their secretions; whereas deodorants kill the bacteria which create the odour on the skin. The most common ingredient in manufactured deodorant is ammonium alum.  Ingredient labels might lead us to believe that ammonium alum is a pure mineral salt.  However, it is in fact a waste product of the nylon and aluminium factories so there’s nothing ‘natural’ about it.  No-one wants to smell of stale sweat, plus most people don’t know there’s a natural product that works (myself included before now!).  I have to admit I was sceptical before trying this little crystal, having tried natural deodorants before, which were for want of a better word ‘crap’.

My friend Herve gave me this little deodorant crystal, which is actually volcanically formed alum (potassium alum bisulphate).  I have to say it is impressive. It works better than the chemical deodorant/antiperspirants!  It might sound gross but I did a quick check, if I wipe my arm pit in the middle of there day it smells of NOTHING!!  The alum crystal can also be used as a styptic for reducing shaving rash and calming shaving nicks.  Just make sure you wet it before rubbing under your arm pits, it wont work if you try to rub it on dry!!

According to my friend, he said he did ‘pen & ink’ a bit inititally (‘stink’ for all those not au fait with cockney rhyming slang),  but this is to do with your body riding itself of toxin build up.  Personally, I didn’t have this problem…don’t know why but it worked for me straight away 🙂

Amazing natural deodorant!

Amazing natural deodorant!

You can find out more about natural alum at Natural Spa Supplies.

Buy Volcanic Alum deodorant

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ALPHA-H Liquid Gold – For Resurfacing, Breakouts, Fine lines & Wrinkles

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A friend of mine recommended ‘Alpha-H Liquid Gold’ to me as  a more natural alternative to Obagi skincare, which tends to be quite chemical based.  I have to admit Obagi has helped my skin, but it’s time for a change.   With all the research I’m doing into Cancer and the Immune System, I’m increasingly worried about the ingredients in the products I put on my skin.  So much so that I have even starting making Homemade body butters!

The friend who recommended ‘Liquid Gold’ has a very sensitive skin and struggles to find products she doesn’t react to.  On the same hand she can suffer with breakouts.  Since using Liquid Gold she’s had no new breakouts, her skin is glowing to the point that her partner commented…something he never usually does!  Since she is a beauty junkie like me I took her word for it and ordered a trial set from Cult Beauty.

My Kit contained;

30ml Liquid Gold Skin Renewal Wash

15ml Liquid Gold Skin Perfecting Daywear

50ml Liquid Gold

30ml Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream

30ml Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask

 

The First Night of Use

I used the face wash which you rub into dry skin and then add a little water until it becomes silky.  After this I applied the soothing and perfecting mask which contains Lavender and left on for 10  minutes.  Next it was time for the Liquid Gold, which you dampen a cotton pad with and wipe over the face and décolletage.  If you want an intensive treatment the instructions say not to apply moisturiser – I didn’t notice that bit at the time, so I applied Liquid Gold rejuvenating Cream afterwards.  The correct procedure is to apply liquid gold on alternate nights and Liquid Gold rejuvenating cream on the other nights.

Day 2

After the first night of use my skin seems less botchy and the cluster of spots I have at the moment are a lot less angry and feel as if they are going down – they are those red, under the skin lumps which haven’t come to a head – for me this is as a result of eating dairy!  At this rate they will be gone in a few days…in time for the weekend!! 🙂

This morning I used the face wash and then the Liquid Gold Perfecting Day Wear.  Over this I applied an Obagi moisturiser and then Obagi SPF 50 sunscreen.  It is important to use a sunscreen with Liquid Gold because they contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids which make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.

There is a slight tingling with these products but nothing uncomfortable – and if my friend can use Liquid Gold with her super sensitive skin I’m sure most people can!  Since I’m only on day 2, I will make a new post in a couple of weeks time with some photos and my progress.

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Beautiful Indie Bride Photo shoot for Minna.co.uk

It was such a pleasure working with Minna Hepburn, the designer behind these wonderful Indie style bridal gowns and evening wear.  The shoot took place in a sleepy Dorset village on a beautiful sunny day in early July.  Our model, Gertie Lowe did an amazing job and was so easy to work with.  Katharine Davies, the photographer, created some wonderful images for Minna’s upcoming portfolio.  We were also treated to a fantastic healthy lunch at Minna’s home – I love it when I meet people who share the same ideas about food & health, it’s definitely a bonding experience!

 

For more information about Minna Bridal and Evening Wear click here

To see more photography by Katharine Davies click here

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Vintage Make-up Looks

Vintage Make-up Gallery

I love a transformation! Especially a Vintage one.  I hope you like some of my make-up and hair work.  I know all the ladies involved had a fantastic time doing these shoots!

 

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Instantly Ageless Miracle Cream

Box of Instantly Ageless

 

My 4 boxes of Instantly Ageless arrived in the post yesterday and I’m so excited!

Instantly Ageless Eyebag  Eraser!

Instantly Ageless Eyebag Eraser!

 

Instantly Ageless is a topical cream, is non-permanent and is used to eliminate eye bags and wrinkles. The cream contains a peptide called Argireline that works like Botox (without the needles!) in the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. The other 2 active ingredients in IA are Sodium Silicate and Magnesium Aluminum Silicate. They are an exclusive blend of two different silicates which together, promote a tightening effect on the skin so pores appear smaller and wrinkles look lifted.

I have personally tried this miracle cream on people and I can tell you it absolutely DOES work! It can be a little tricky in the beginning because you need to work out how to use it correctly, how it works with your makeup and how much to apply.

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See more before & after photo’s→

 

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