I’ll be honest with you all, since that is what this space is for after all…I am a self-proclaimed, closet hippie. As the months and years tick on, I’m becoming more and more committed to living as natural and holistic a lifestyle as I possibly can. If I had my way I’d be running through Vermont fields by day, cooling myself in the rivers, and returning home to make a simple meal from my garden. I told you.
When it comes to my beliefs on all matters of things that are controversial, namely our choices in food, health products, furnishings, etc., I typically keep mum. Over the years I’m starting to not only realize but understand that we all have our own definitions of holistic wellness and happiness and what I prioritize might not be what others do. Also, I like to keep the peace…most of the time.
On the matter of natural beauty supplies, it’s taken me a while to take the plunge on this particular one. As is, I don’t really wear makeup on a daily basis so I eliminated that obstacle for now. But next, and proven to be most important, was deodorant. It’s probably taken me a while since like most people, I decided to go all in the first time around and go from a conventional antiperspirant /deodorant to using a salt stick to cure my underarm woes. It was July. The smell was intolerable and I went running back to my brand.
Six months later, I was ready to try again. First stop, Lavanila. It was OK, but had some funky ingredients and seemed like a breeding ground for bacteria (and I later read, it was!). The smell was really lovely and it had great lasting power, but I still wanted something better.
And then, I found Soapwalla. At the time, only existing on Etsy and making her magic from Brooklyn, NY. The deodorants are made to order with pure, organic and GMO-free ingredients. The smell reminds me of one of my favorite salon/spas in the city- a perfect combination of herbs and spices.
- Lasting power: 12+ hours
- Application: Take a small amount of the deodorant cream on your fingers and apply- a little messy but nothing a quick hand-washing can’t fix.
- Cost: $14.00 plus shipping…but none of that “1/4 of the product is stuck in the applicator” business.
From Julliard violinist turned lawyer turned outstanding natural products chef, Rachel “My philosophy: If I refuse to put something in my body, I don’t want to put it on my body either.”
*edited to add as of August 2014: unfortunately, as has been the case with other users, i’ve developed a pretty gnarly red rash on my underarms that has required that I discontinue use of Soapwalla. i’m bummed about this as this was such a wonderful find from a truly genuine company. so given all this, i still recommend it though folks with reactions to baking soda ( i didn’t know i did!) should possibly look elsewhere.