This stinks!

Anyone who’s tried to go au naturale’ with their deodorant will tell you that the process of finding one that works will leave you smelling fowl.

I recently took a self proclaimed challenge to find the best working natural deoderant. I excluded over a dozen brands that had previously failed and started with 9 hopefuls. Granted, each brand works different on participants due to their chemical makeup, detox level, etc.

My findings, very simply, evaluated three things. Step 1, can I make it through an air conditioned day in the office without gagging from my own stench? If we can’t make it this far, there’s no point in a second date. Step 2, Can I make it through hot yoga? Granted, this is a big test. Considering the fact that I will be outdoors at events during the summer, this is a great way to test the maximum efficiency of a deoderant. Step 3, Can I touch up during the day?

My findings?

In third place, Naturally Fresh deodorant crystal, made of natural mineral salt and aloe vera. It’s a solid stick that you run under the faucet to activate against your skin. If you don’t like the feeling of perspiration, this is the one for you. It’s made by Seychelles organics and can be found at skinwell.com or Fresh Thyme.

In second place, Alvera Aloe and Almond Roll-on deodorant,  made of aloe vera, arnica, calendula, coriander, witch hazel, grapefruit seed extract and tea. It has a wonderful scent and touches up well. However, you must like the smell of Almond and be free from nut allergies. It is made by Texasbestumlimited.com. I found it at Fresh Thyme, however, it has since been discontinued from their store.

My favorite is a new deoderant, Schmidt’s Charcoal+Magnesium mineral enriched deodorant. Really, I’m in love. They had a special offer on their website, so I took a chance. It’s made with arrowroot, coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, jojoba, charcoal and vitamin E. It smells amazing, activates from the warmth of your body and held up to all three tests. I haven’t located it in stores yet but if you go to schmidtsnaturals.com, they have a 30% off anniversary special right now. Enter the code ANNIVERSARY when checking out. Additional bonus, if you sign up for auto ship (one, two, three or four months available) they will give you free shipping too!

I hope you have found this information helpful.
Wishing you stink free days ahead!

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GF/DF/EF/RF Brookies

I often share cool recipes I come up with using Brooke’s Naturals Mixes. This is one of my absolute favorite mixes, since my allergies served as inspiration for her mixes. If you haven’t tried these mixes, check them out at brookescandyco.com and buy a case. They are amazing!

Once I found out my son had dairy and egg allergies, I had to change the stock recipe on the back of the package to include alternatives. I try something different each time and I think I have found a great texture in this one below.

1 package Brooke’s Naturals Chocolate Chip Cookies
5T Coconut oil (melted)
1T GF Vanilla (I use kirklands)
1/2 C Applesauce
2T Almond Milk

Mix completely and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
I use the pampered chef mini muffin pan because I don’t like my cookies to ooze to flat. This creates a nice caramelized type cookie-muffin hybrid that holds it’s shape.

Happy Baking!
The mixes are gluten and rice free, the alternatives make it dairy and egg free.

Gluten & dairy free Pumpkin Muffins

I’m not always in the mood to bake. It truly strikes me out of the blue and I usually make several items at a time.

Having pumpkin on hand made me want to throw something together with fall flair. I tend to take existing recipes and alter them to suit my mood, ingredients on hand or traditional recipe allergy free.

I mixed the wet ingredients and added dry. Heat oven to 350 and bake in a greased (or lined/greased) muffin pan for 30 minutes.

2.5C Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
3 egg whites
1/4C Applesauce
1/4C Maple Syrup
16oz Pumpkin Puree (I used Pacific brand)
1/2C Coconut oil (melted)
1t lime juice
1/4t Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice (I like Trader Joes)
3/4t baking soda
1T Vanilla extract (I use Kirkland)
1/2C Brown sugar

When cups are filled, sprinkle with almond slices and cinnamon/sugar combo and bake.

 

GF/DF Quinoa Tabouleh

I love(d) tabouleh. I didn’t find out I had celiac until I was 26 so I was used to eating it. I literally grew up on it. So, when I had the opportunity to recreate it gluten free, I jumped at it. This is a fresh, healthy, natural salad that can serve as a meal too.

The quinoa to “all other ingredients” ratio is really personal taste. If you find there is too much, cut back. If you like more of the protein so it can stand alone as a meal, add more.

2C Quinoa (cooked, cool rinsed and drained)
2 scallions chopped
2 cucumbers peeled and chopped (could also be de-seeded, if you choose)
2C Chopped fresh mushrooms
16oz can sliced black olives
1 pint grape tomatoes halved
1/2bunch parsley (chopped)
1/4C mint leaves (chopped)
1C lemon juice
1/3C oil (olive, avocado, flavored) I like blood orange flavor from the Olive Branch
1/2C lime juice
Salt/pepper to taste