Non-toxic deodorant made easy

Ok… y’all are gonna think I’m crazy, but I’m gonna get a little personal for a minute. Me crazy? Me personal? Nah, never! 😜 So like, by now you know I’m a breast cancer survivor, right? And of course everyone knows about how the regular deodorants most typically buy at the drug store jam packs your lymph nodes with harmful stuff that shouldn’t be in there, right? 😉And that 99% of breast cancer tissue contains things found in deodorants and lotions (aka Parabens, Antimony, Arsenite, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Selenite, Tin), right?😉Coincidence? I think not. So I have been off the store bought stuff for a couple years. Know what I use now? Toothpaste. Yep. But this toothpaste specifically is #theshit . I’m here to tell you I applied a pea-sized amount to my palm and rubbed it in at 9 am, and it held up against: a long car ride down to obx, SKYDIVING (talk about making you sweat from being under pressure!), a trek up Jockey’s Ridge in blaring sun and 95 degree heat, a long car ride back home, checking out RVs and campers in said 95 degree heat (do you realize how hot those things are inside when the ac isn’t on?), a dinner with friends. At about 11pm I took a whiff, expecting to be highly offended, but… nope! If I’m being honest, they actually smelled surprisingly good! So good I made Erik smell, too! 🤣 He said, “smells like oils.” #boom 💥 #nomoretoxinsinthesepits💥





#toxinfreeskincare #toxinfreeliving #toxinfree #naturaldeodorant #youngliving #toothpastedeodorant #thievesdentaromeplustoothpaste #dentaromeplus #stinkfreepits 


So, I did a thing. 😊 My husband took me skydiving for my birthday and also to celebrate my 10 year #cancerversary ! What better way to celebrate surviving #cancer than jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, right? 😉 This is something I have always wanted to do. I can’t wait to do it again. @skydiveobx did a great job and were a lot of fun! Great view, perfect weather, smooth landing. Thanks for surprising me, babe and making one of my dreams come true! Best birthday ever! 😍😘❤️✨#bucketlist #skydiving #freefall #skydiveobx


It’s a slippery slope. When I think of how it feels, I always imagine being stuck in rough seas… 
The waves start coming, and I do my best to jump over them, and I’m doing ok for a while, have a rhythm going, and I’m getting by. Then a rogue set starts coming in out of nowhere and before I even know what’s happening, I get out of rhythm, I’m not jumping high enough to get over the waves, and the waves start washing over me. I gasp for air and trash around trying to regain control. Then panic and anxiety set in, and it’s usually a mess after that until the waves calm down again. 
Once I get back under control and feeling good, it’s so hard to imagine how I could have felt so low. The rush from NOT feeling lower than low is almost intoxicating, and I do whatever I can to stay there. I get into a rhythm, and sometimes I even get so bold and brazen as to forget how it felt to feel that low and tell myself I’ll “never” let myself get that low again. 😏 
It’s usually about that time that a rouge set comes in out of nowhere and smacks me in the face….. it all starts again. I usually never see it coming either. Then as I feel myself losing control again, I struggle and fight…. and it’s a vicious cycle and I am reminded how quickly things can get messy again. It’s extremely humbling. And to be completely honest, I’m in one of those struggling phases at this very moment… Where I’ve just had to accept the fact that I’m backsliding and starting to trash around trying to find something to keep me afloat. 
I’m trying to remain calm this time around though. I’m trying so hard to remember to use new tools I’ve found that I know have helped me in the past. It’s crazy how easy it is to forget those things, too… like I said, it’s a very slippery slope staying aware and ahead of your patterns and keeping things in check at the same time you’re literally trying not to lose your mind once again. When I start feeling this way it becomes very hard to *want* to take care of myself because the very nature of this beast is *not* thinking of myself in a loving way and therefore not taking the time to do good things for myself (or others for that matter). It sucks. It’s a constant struggle. It’s even harder to understand. For right now I just try and remember to run towards the light. Sometimes I remember…

Our Limbic System does what?

Have you ever smelled something and it brought you right back in time to a certain experience? It’s no coincidence. Our sense of smell affects the limbic system of our brain, which deals with emotion. It’s science. Essential oils can really help support our mental health because of this. Again, science. 🤓There’s an entire book about it…
Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils (2017 Edition): 2017 Edition

Transformation Tuesday 

Smells like teen spirit up in here on this #transformationtuesday ! 😄 Seriously though, Excite smells like bubblegum to me. Combined with Transformation and Tangerine 🍊, it smells like schools out for summer. ✌🏻😎 

*oh by the way, this month you get a free 15 mL bottle of Tangerine when you get your first Young Living premium starter kit. 💥






#schoolsout #smellsliketeenspirit #excite #exciteessentialoil #tangerine #transformation #transformationtuesday #morningritual 

Morning Ritual 

#morningritual #allowmetodropsomeknowledge 

Thieves Aromabrite toothpaste with a couple drops of orange 🍊 essential oil.

*I only use Young Living because I know for sure it’s safe to ingest. 
I used to not think too much about the things I used in my daily routine. I always remember reading how there were “harmful toxins” in this and that from my “crunchy” friends, but I said to myself, “If it was really that harmful, why would it be on the shelf for the general public to use? Surely the government wouldn’t allow that.” (🤣*snorts* Well… that’s a whole other post!) 

Then one day I finally acknowledged this one trivial, daily annoyance that happened every time I brushed my teeth with the “regular stuff”–the weird layer of film/slime on the inside of my lips that I’d always have to wipe off about 5 minutes after I brushed my teeth (and yes, I rinse after I brush). It was annoying me to no end. What is that? *ick* (I don’t know… maybe you experience the same thing??? Maybe I’m just weird???😁) It’s as if the toothpaste irritates the sensitive tissue of the inside of your mouth and lips that it forms a layer of film? 

I don’t know. Whatever it is, I don’t experience that when I use this toothpaste. It’s tough on buildup, but its smooth, plant-based formula is gentle on teeth and their delicate enamel.


Peppermint, Spearmint, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils, along with Thieves blend. It has a sweet spicy-mint flavor and freshens breath—all without synthetic dyes, artificial flavors or preservatives. With AromaBright you can ditch the ingredients in commercial toothpastes you don’t want and keep all the results you do–a deep clean, bright teeth, and fresh breath!

(I even use the Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash. It’s powerful. I love it. I hear people with tooth pain tend to like the mouthwash because there’s clove in it, and that helps numb it up a bit.)

Benefits and Features of Thieves Aromabrite toothpaste:

Supports healthy-looking gums and teeth with naturally derived ingredients.

Removes stains.

Provides long-lasting fresh breath.

Provides a refreshing minty taste with 100 percent pure essential oils.

Contains no sulfates, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

Ingredients: Water, Calcium carbonate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sodium bicarbonate, Glycerin, Xylitol, Xanthum gum, Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil, Mentha spicata† (Spearmint) leaf oil, Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract, Lecithin, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil, Ocotea quixos† (Ocotea) leaf oil, Cinnamomum verum† (Cinnamon) Bark oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Eucalyptus Radiata† leaf oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil

WHAT’S IN THE “REGULAR STUFF” you buy from the store? Let’s take a looksee….


What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is a widely used and inexpensive chemical found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, soaps, detergents, scalp treatments, hair color, bleaching agents, laundry detergents, make-up foundations and body wash.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a detergent and surfuctant which essentially means that it breaks surface tension and separates molecules in order to allow better interaction between the product and your body. This in turn creates a lather which makes products such as shampoo and toothpaste more effective cleaners. So effective and so inexpensive is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that it’s found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. It’s also widely used as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions.

Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.

Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate safe?

High levels of SLS intake, either orally or through the skin, are not ordinarily experienced in normal cosmetics use—it’s the gradual, cumulative effects of long-term, repeated exposures that are the real concern. 

According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, research studies on SLS have shown links to:

 • Irritation of the skin and eyes

 • Organ toxicity

 • Developmental/reproductive toxicity

 • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes

 • Possible mutations and cancer

A number of studies report SLS being damaging to oral mucosa and skin. This is not at all surprising since SLS is actually used as a skin irritant during studies where medical treatments for skin irritation require an intentionally irritating agent.


What is Sodium Fluoride?

Sodium Fluoride is an inorganic chemical compound with the formula NaF. Fluorides, particularly aqueous solutions of Sodium Fluoride, are rapidly and quite extensively absorbed.

How safe is Sodium Fluoride?

Fluorides interfere with electron transport and calcium metabolism. Calcium is essential for maintaining cardiac membrane potentials and in regulating coagulation. Large ingestion of fluoride salts or hydrofluoric acid may result in fatal arrhythmias due to profound hypocalcemia. Recreational inhalation of fluoridated hydrocarbon refrigerants like Freon has been associated with “sudden sniffing death”, which is thought to be a fatal arrhythmia caused by myocardial sensitization to catecholamines.

Chronic over-absorption of Sodium Fluoride can cause hardening of bones, calcification of ligaments, and buildup on teeth. Fluoride can cause irritation or corrosion to eyes, skin, and nasal membranes.

Sodium Fluoride is classed as toxic by both inhalation (of dusts or aerosols) and ingestion. In high enough doses, it has been shown to affect the heart and circulatory system. 

In the higher doses used to treat osteoporosis, plain Sodium Fluoride can cause pain in the legs and incomplete stress fractures when the doses are too high; it also irritates the stomach, sometimes so severely as to cause ulcers.


What Is Triclosan? 

Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is added to some antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics—products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also can be found in clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys—products not regulated by the FDA. 

How Safe Is Triclosan? 

It is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and even low levels of Triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Further, the American Medical Association recommends that Triclosan not be used in the home, as it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

It also affects the natural environment. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemicals, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources. That’s especially unfortunate since Triclosan is very toxic to aquatic life.

**At this time, FDA doesn’t have evidence that Triclosan in OTC consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water. According to recent reports, it is supposed to be banned in the U.S. in the near future.


What is 1,4-Dioxane?

Dioxane is primarily used as a stabilizer for 1,1,1-trichloroethane for storage and transport in aluminium containers. Reflecting its properties as a ligand, dioxane “poisons” the aluminum trichloride catalyst, by formation of an adduct.[3] Apart from its use as a stabilizer, dioxane is used in a variety of applications as a solvent, e.g. in inks and adhesives.

As a byproduct of the ethoxylation process, a route to some ingredients found in cleansing and moisturizing products, dioxane can contaminate cosmetics and personal care products such as deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes and mouthwashes. The ethoxylation process makes the cleansing agents, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, less abrasive and offers enhanced foaming characteristics. 1,4-Dioxane is found in small amounts in some cosmetics, a yet unregulated substance used in cosmetics in both China and the U.S.

In 2008, testing sponsored by the U.S. Organic Consumers Association found dioxane is in almost half of tested organic personal-care products. Since 1979 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have conducted tests on cosmetic raw materials and finished products for the levels of 1,4-Dioxane. 1,4-Dioxane was present in ethoxylated raw ingredients at levels up to 1410 ppm, and at levels up to 279 ppm in off the shelf cosmetic products. Levels of 1,4-dioxane exceeding 85 ppm in children’s shampoos indicate that close monitoring of raw materials and finished products is warranted. While the FDA encourages manufacturers to remove 1,4-Dioxane, it is not required by federal law.

Is 1,4-Dioxane safe?

Dioxane has an LD50 of 5170 mg/kg, making it less acutely toxic than table salt (3000 mg/kg).[9] This compound is irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. Exposure may cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys. In a 1978 mortality study conducted on workers exposed to 1,4-Dioxane, the observed number of deaths from cancer was not significantly different from the expected number. Dioxane is classified by the National Toxicology Program as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”.


I think I’ll start paying attention to the things I use now.

Let’s blast

Taking my well being into my own hands. 💪🏻 I’ve been introduced into the world of fascia blasting. Not only for vanity reasons, but for the benefit to your body’s agility. I’ve been observing from the sidelines and researching and seeing results–both physical and vanity-wise. What the heck; Ima give it a try. I’m all for looking and feeling my best. 🤷🏻‍♀️💁🏻



#fasciablaster #orthosport #team29again #bombshellsquad 

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