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Bali Secrets: An All-Natural Deodorant That Works

7 Apr

I updated my previous blog to reflect this, but it also deserves it’s own place here.

I have been using Bali Secrets for about a month with zero odor and limited sweat. I have recommended it to other people who have reported the same results. I emailed the company to ensure it was truly all-natural, and they confirm it is.

I don’t really know what else to say, except…


The Search for an All-Natural Deodorant that Works

19 Feb

UPDATE: I found it! I found the natural deodorant that works!
No point in going on and on: Bali Secrets
I haven’t smelled the smells as that’s brand new (!) but I can tell you IT WORKS. And I have recommended it to others who say the same!
The search is over.

Well well well! Haven’t posted here in awhile! And this is actually a bit of a cross-post, as it also pertains to my breast cancer situation.

Since before my diagnosis, I have been searching for a more “natural” antiperspirant/deodorant. This is a hard search for me. I tend to hyperhidrosis in my pits (oh my god there’s a SOCIETY for this!) and have ever since I was a kid – I used Certain Dri as  a teenager and young adult (on the recommendation of my doctor), and while I can assure you it works like nothing else, I can’t say how good it is for you, so I phased out of that. Nonetheless, I don’t like the feeling or the look of big sweat patches in my pits, so that’s problem one. Problem two is that, along with sh!t and bleach, body odor is one of my top three least favorite smells. So I need to find a product that can manage both excessive sweat and ANY odor, and that has been hard.

Schmidt’s was the first product that was recommended to me. They have a bunch of different scents, and I have heard rave reviews from everyone – I have actually had two lovely people, Chelsea and Gretchen, gift it to me! I tried it first last summer, which may not have been fair – it was pretty sweltering, and the sweat factor was at the max. I sweated through it in half a day and was stinking by afternoon. So I gave up on it fairly quickly and vowed to try it again in the fall, which I then forgot to do.

My sister sent me another pot after my chemo started, so I remembered to try again. This time, it seemed to work better, but I did get a rash. However, I don’t know if this is because of the actual product or because of skin sensitivity due to chemo, so I may give it another go when the chemo is over. Or I may not, because frankly, I am not thrilled about the application process. You get out of the shower with nice clean hands, then have to scoop it out of the jar, semi-hard, warm it up between your hands, apply it, and wash your hands. That’s a little more time than I have to spare with two small kids, but who knows.

I tried a bunch of other brands not worth mentioning because they seemed to do nothing. Then recently I tried True Natural Roll-On Deodorant with 24-hour performance. Um, no. It worked fairly well, I do have to give it that. I did sweat through it, though maybe a “normal” sweater wouldn’t, but I still stank by the end of the day. (In my case, this is around a 7am application and end of the day is around 8pm.) So I sniff at their claim of “24-hour protection,” which may be true if you’re comatose or a couch potato. But if you’re active – and I’m not saying working out, lord knows I don’t do that, but lead a moderately active life – it does NOT last 24 hours. That said, it smells very pleasant, and perhaps with a mid-day reapply it might be a keeper. I haven’t thrown it away.

Most recently and so far at the top of my list is Rinse deOdor Stick, which much to my chagrin is not available at Amazon – I found it at Fireworks here in Seattle. It’s very firm but comes in a push up style applicator, so no hands involved. It has more or less completely controlled my sweat, although there is some breakthrough body odor by the end of the day – less than with the True, BUT if I don’t reapply late in the day/before bed, I know I will be pretty stinky in the morning.

A friend of mine, Dawn, has told me that a friend of HERS has recommended Meow Meow Tweet, which I have not yet tried, but see is also a “hand application” situation, so I am not chomping at the bit to buy it.

Have you tried any natural deodorants? Have any suggestions? Want to join the International Hyperhidrosis Society with me? Please comment below.

Epicuren Kukui Coconut After Bath Moisturizer

31 Aug

epicuren coconut

I have wanted both Epicuren’s Kukui Coconut After Bath Moisturizer and their Tahitian Vanilla After Bath Moisturizer for quite some time, but was (understandably) put off by the price. Fortunately, I usually only see them sold at spas while I’m on vacation, so it wasn’t like I was having to control myself every time I went to, say, Target (which is always a losing battle, by the way – self-control, Target, and I generally don’t appear in the same sentence). When we took Gregory down to Hawaii this spring, however, I finally splurged and got them for myself, reasoning that I have wanted them for a long time and also just produced a tiny human so deserved a treat (don’t judge me).

I have been using Body Shop Body Butters for months now, for four reasons: 1) ease of acquisition; 2) ease of use; 3) quality; and 4) price. About a month ago, however, I suddenly realized I had these fantastic Epicuren lotions waiting to be used, and that I should use the coconut one while the sun is still shining, because smelling like coconut in the Seattle winter seems a little off. Additionally, I love Body Shop Butters for being so hydrating, but it’s been an uncharacteristically humid summer here, so I wanted something a little lighter weight. Epicuren fit the bill.

I think I would typically give this lotion super high marks, except for the price. What I mean is, it is a great summer lotion – light weight, fragrant in a nice, summery way, easy to dispense, and has lasted some time. I just think there are other lotions out there of the same quality for half the price that do the job just as well. This is really a case of paying for the name. On the plus side, I have gotten lots of compliments on the scent.

Long and the short of it – if you have been considering picking up a bottle of Epicuren’s After Bath Moisturizer, I’d say do it. It’s a great product and for use, I give it high marks across the board. But if you’ve never heard of it before and are just looking for a nice daily moisturizer, maybe think twice – you can get other products for less that will please you just as much.

Ooh La, Rue La!

26 Jun

Ah the subscription model of shopping. I am a sucker, and I LOOOOVE getting packages. Plus it’s a great way to try out new products without having to invest in full sizes.

So far, I am a member both of  BeautyBar Sample Society and Birchbox. And then, cause you know, I like to share the wealth, I also signed up for BarkBox. FOR MY DOG.

sample society

If you decide to sign up for BeautyBar Sample Society after seeing this, please consider using my referral code – kate78 – so I can get credit!


Then my friend Cait mentioned Glossybox to me. I have been meaning to look into it but not had a chance yet.


Today, Rue La La is offering a DEAL on Glossybox – $40 for a $100 membership. WHAT! So yeah. I signed up. And maybe, if you’re anything like me, you should too.

rue la la glossybox

If you’re a member of a similar program, please share the details and your referral code below, or tweet it to me @kate78, #lipglosslife!

Tried and True: Body Shop Body Butter

10 Jun

Body Butter Stack.jpg

I have used many, many body moisturizers, and I am sure that trend will continue until I am well into old age. Still, it’s good to have a go-to, and the older I get, the more I realize: The Body Shop Body Butter is that go-to.

I can remember receiving my first Body Shop product from my cool Aunt Anne – a kiwi flavored lipgloss. At the time, there was no Body Shop store anywhere near my parents’ suburban home, so that lipgloss was more than just a cosmetic product to my pre-teen mind: it represented adulthood, a cosmopolitan life I could only imagine.

Now, having lived in places like Washington, DC, and Seattle, I rarely venture into the Body Shop. The constant sales and overeager sales staff put me off, even though I still respect it as a brand. There are just so many other products in the world to try that I often forget about my old friend TBS.

Recently, for one reason or another, I was reminded of their Body Butter, and I am glad I was. It’s even better that I remember – soft, smooth, sweetly scented, and easy to dispense. The tub design beats pump or squeeze dispensers all to hell, especially when you’re just out of the shower, moisturizing your whole self. The variety of gourmand scents – and even a couple flowery ones – is so fab I can’t even choose a favorite (today I’m wearing Passion Fruit). My only complaint is that they regularly discontinue scents, oftentimes my favorites, and replace them with others. But this seems to be my lot in life – or at least in the cosmetic world – so I guess I shouldn’t hold them responsible.

Anyhow, synopsis: Body Shop Body Butters good! Love them, always have, always will.


Pre De Provence Shea Butter Enriched Soap – Red Currant

8 Jun

pre de provence red currant

Holla! Look who’s in the house!

Love this soap. I have liked Pré de Provence Soaps for some time – you can get them in places like Pharmaca, PCC, and Whole Foods, so I trust the brand; they have a ton of scents to choose from; the bars last a REALLY long time, especially compared to glycerin soaps; the price is reasonable; and they are a Produit de France, which makes me say ooh la la and feel oh so fancy!

I tried Pré de Provence’s Red Currant Exfoliating Bar for the first time a few weeks ago and I am IN LOVE! The smell is absolutely fantastic – fruity and citrusy and sweet, it scented my whole bathroom in a very light and lovely way. Additionally, it has little bits in it that help gently exfoliate your skin as you wash, and I am a total sucker for soaps like that. Some soaps do it wrong – the bits are too rough, or there are too many, and you feel like you’re washing with a brillo pad. Not so with this soap – the bits are just the right size, shape, and amount to give you a gentle scrub.

I have an entire drawer of soaps, so I had to stop myself from buying a dozen of these after I tried it, but it’s going on my shortlist of soaps to buy again, and I’ll definitely be giving them as gifts (in fact, I already have).

Well done, Pré de Provence – your Red Currant soap, c’est magnifique!

Perfectly Posh – FREE SAMPLES!

27 May


I know it has been a long time. Too long. I have missed you, truly. I have so many things to blog about, so many products I have tried that have hit or missed, so many thoughts and ideas and…. but I also have a six month old who doesn’t sleep. Really, he is a robot. As a result, I have been lagging. But I have not forgotten you, or given up. So please don’t give up on me.

In the meantime… I have a friend who has begun selling Perfectly Posh products, and I want to give her some props. I won’t get into the whole story out of respect for her privacy. Long story short, she needs a job to make some money for a very worthwhile situation, but wants to be at home for her kiddos as well. I have been waiting to post till I had the opportunity to try at least ONE of the products, and I finally have and love it! Slather Body Butter in Brazilian Bombshell is super soft, moisturizing, and has a great scent – tropical, with a hint of coconut and passionfruit. I’ve been using it the last few days and plan to get more!

Anyhow, I am normally a bit suspicious of MLM/direct sales companies, and usually try to avoid them. However, I have done a bit of internet research on the company itself as well as the owner, and other than being a bit put off by the overly made up and somewhat severe photo of her on her site, found absolutely NOTHING of any concern.

Bottom line: check out my friend’s Perfectly Posh site (yes, this is a plug – I’m being totally up front about it) and then shoot me a line at lipglossandlife(at)live(dot)com with your name and mailing address and I will pop a sample of a Perfectly Posh product in the mail to you. I can’t take requests for specific samples as she only gave me a handful of them, but I promise if you’re among the first ten or so people to email me, you WILL get a sample in the mail within the next week or so.

That’s it, and I hope to be back to blogging with some sort of regularity in the very near future!