Perhaps you’re new to the natural deodorant conundrum. You’ve heard about aluminum in antiperspirant and parabens in conventional deodorants. You want to get that bad stuff out from under your arms, but you’re afraid you’ll sweat through a natural deodorant and smell not-so-pretty during a heavy workout or a hot date.
Ladies, we feel you.
Read on for advice from your gal pals here at LOVE GOODLY about staying fresh as a rose (or pomegranate!) while steering clear of those harmful chemicals.
We searched high and low for the best natural deodorants on the market. Our current fave? Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant Roll-On in Pomegranate. It controls wetness and has a crisp, delicious scent that doesn’t overpower but really works to combat stink. Ask any of your old-school natural beauty junkies and they’ll tell you: Pomegranate Crystal is the bomb.
But they’ll also tell you this: Natural deodorants just don’t control wetness as well as antiperspirants. To block it out completely, you have to coat your pores with potentially carcinogenic chemicals. With natural deodorants, you need to re-apply every few hours to keep things fresh.
And it helps to remember that sweating proves your body is detoxifying properly. That’s a good thing!
Apps can do way more than keep us entertained by cute animal videos and brightly colored games. But in an endless sea of them, finding useful and well-executed apps is like finding that needle in the digital haystack! As always, we’re here to help with magnifying glass in hand – read on for our list of five free apps to help hack the hard stuff in your life!
Headspace describes itself as a “gym membership for the mind.” Scared of meditation? Try it out with the free “Take Ten” 10-day program that takes just—you guessed it—10 minutes a day and promises to deliver less stress and better sleep. If you like what you experience, a subscription gets you access to guided and non-guided practices that can help you focus on areas of health, performance, relationships or applying mindfulness to daily activities. And although it may seem a little antithetical to track your meditation “progress,” the HEADSPACE app can also help you do that, too—and gives rewards for good behavior. www.headspace.com
The no-frills Yoga Studio app delivers a comprehensive practice through 20, 40 or 60 minute classes. Set to the sound of ocean waves, the verbal cues might be a little brisk for a new yogi, and the video demo is downright strange—carpeted room, no mat, weirdly placed potted plants—but the pose combinations are classic and well executed for all levels. Did we mention it’s free? http://yogastudioapp.com/
You could get a personal trainer, or you could just install Skimble Workout Trainer on your phone and cut to the chase. Download the app and enter limited information about you and your fitness habits, and the app tailors workouts to help you achieve your goals. Following voice prompts—with video support—to build a program consistent with your fitness equipment and time constraints. You can even add workouts to your calendar! And best of all, there’s no annoying background music to distract from the pain. https://www.skimble.com/workouts
Happy Cow app is for the vegan foodie in all of us. Similar in concept to Yelp, Happy Cow takes filtering a step further by listing only restaurants and stores that are Vegan, Vegetarian, or with Veg-Options.
There are too many how-to beauty apps to count. But what really matters is what’s in the products that are making your perfect smoky eye and contoured cheek. And that’s where the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep app comes in. Search by product name and a rating pops up based on the number of potentially toxic chemicals on its ingredients list. Wondering what that multisyllabic ingredient is in your favorite body lotion? Query that, too. And best of all, when you’re in a store, you can use your phone to scan a product’s bar code and receive information in seconds. Now that’s what we call an informed consumer.
Check out our video interview with Natalie Serota from Omaze by reading more!
When Paige Padgett makes up her mind, there’s no changing it. With more than a decade at the forefront of eco beauty, the makeup artist, author and entrepreneur has tirelessly worked to shift the conception of cruelty- and toxin-free beauty, personal care and skincare from granola to glamorous. Read on for the rest of our interview and a video!
After learning about the effects of petrochemicals on health by watching Ken Cook of EWG’s seminal “10 Americans” talk, Paige was among the first celebrity artists to green her cosmetics kit in 2006. She went on to develop an eco cosmetics kit for fashion designer Randolph Duke, and work with celebrities like Anna Kournikova and Jillian Michaels of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”
With its smart tips and ample reference guides, Paige’s The Green Beauty Rules is required reading at LOVE GOODLY headquarters, so we were thrilled when she agreed to meet up with Rachel in Los Angeles for this exclusive interview. Paige’s straightforward view of toxic-free beauty is just what we need, especially given the plethora of pinkwashed ribbons we’re seeing this month.
Every LOVE GOODLY box includes a recipe from Forks Over Knives’ chef, Darshana Thacker. Forks Over Knives, our healthy lifestyle partner, is focused on empowering people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition.
There’s nothing restrictive about Darshana Thacker’s concept of vegan food. A chef who helped develop recipes for Forks Over Knives books and apps, as well as those used in the company’s new online meal planning and cooking school, Darshana’s expansive view of flavors and textures has made cruelty-free converts across the nation. Darshana is a Natural Gourmet Institute trained chef who also teaches vegan Indian cooking in Los Angeles and hosts popular pop-up dinners in her Venice home. She’s is currently hard at work creating more than a hundred brand-new recipes for an upcoming Forks Over Knives book for busy parents, but she took time out to share her vision with LOVE GOODLY.
How did you get involved with Forks Over Knives?
When I moved to the U.S. from India, I was vegetarian and ate only dairy and eggs. But after I met a producer of the “Forks Over Knives” film and began to understand how the meat and dairy industry worked, I realized that was not something I wanted. It was an instant understanding and I just stopped [eating those things]. Then I started teaching vegan Indian cooking and developing recipes for Forks Over Knives.
Over the years, I was evolving as a vegan. It’s a process. You learn so much about your own preferences, what’s out there, your best ingredients. I began to understood the importance of eliminating oils from your diet. Because oils are pure fat, and it’s empty calories. You can use those calories by adding more fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and nuts into your diet. Then you’re getting more than just fat. You’re getting micronutrients.
So rather than having somebody else distill the fat out of something like a nut, you actually eat the nut and get the full nutritional benefit.
Yes. Exactly. It’s not a fat free diet, it’s a low fat diet. And it’s fat from its original source, like nuts.
So in terms of the transition, many of us have experimented with veganism and vegetarianism or gone back and forth, but it doesn’t necessarily stick. What do you think the turning point is for people who make veganism a lifestyle choice? What was it for you?
For me, it wasn’t a big struggle because the foundation of a healthy, plant-based diet is grains, starches and carbohydrates. We have been taught the opposite—that carbs are bad. But when you bring those back as a foundation of your meals you will find that you have enough energy, food sustains you longer, makes you feel full and satisfies you. People have this impression that vegan means just salads, vegetables, kale and spinach. You cannot sustain yourself on vegetables! That’s just not possible. And that’s one of the misunderstandings. When people try to eat that way that’s why they fail.
Because they’re not satisfied.
Because they’re not satisfied. Exactly. I call it a diet of abundance. If you see my pantry, it’s got so many ingredients. There’s so much that you can play with. This food is what you share with your family—this experience, there’s so much to enjoy.
Where do you shop for those ingredients? Do have to go to farmer’s markets?
I shop at all different kinds of places. Because I teach how to transition to this lifestyle, so the ingredients in my recipes have to be accessible to everyone. There are people who are on a budget, who live in an area where they don’t have access to farmer’s markets. I need to think about how they can be successful. That’s why I go to mom and pop shops, local markets, farmer’s markets, and health food stores.
Are you concerned about the accusation that healthy, fresh food is part of an elitist lifestyle, that you can only choose those foods if you’re at a certain socioeconomic level?
Yes! Actually I took two challenges. One was $1.50 per day for five days, and the other was $5 a day for 10 days. And just living on that budget, and I had so much food that I was sharing it.
That’s amazing! Okay so if I’m going to transition to the abundant diet that we’re talking about, what are the five things that I need to have in my house at all times?
Beans or lentils, and rice—grains—as well as starchy vegetables because they stay fresh and you can store them for a long time. Fresh vegetables and fruits, and a few spices. That’s a good way to start.
Perfect! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I hope this conversation can inspire more discussion of the abundant lifestyle.
Yes! This is a journey, you know? There’s so much to learn.