Tag Archives: Etsy

Spa Therapy Vegan Deodorant in Summertime

 

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Earlier this summer I embarked on a journey to find the perfect natural deodorant. I tried Lush’s Aromarant first, which was ok but I stilled felt I could do better.

Enter Spa Therapy’s Vegan Deodorant in Summertime!

I’ve  been wearing this deodorant for a week and I love it. The scent is fresh with slight floral hints. Not too over powering but definitely strong enough to hide any sweaty pit odor. It doesn’t interfere with the sweating process but rather neutralizes odor causing bacteria. One of my issues with Lush’s deodorant was its rough application. Spa Therapy’s deodorant  goes on silky smooth and clear so you don’t have to worry about those unsightly white marks on dark clothing (don’t you hate those?!)

The deodorant is also vegan. Here’s a list of ingredients from Spa Therapy’s Etsy shop:

Propylene Glycol: A humectant and fragrance carrier
Purified Water
Sodium Stearate: A stearic acid salt used as a nontoxic stabilizer.
Vegetable Protein: Neutralizes odor causing enzymes. Protects against chapping and irritation
Hydrogenated Castor Oil: An emollient and carrier oil
Isosteareth-2: A fatty-acid that works as an emulsifying agent
Salicylic Acid: antiseptic agent derived from the willow tree. Prevents pores from clogging up
Steareth-100: An emulsifier, to help keep t ingredients mixed.
Chamomile Flower Extract: An anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic and soothing herb
Aloe Vera Leaf Juice: A healing emollient with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties
Grapefruit Seed Extract: An antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Used as preservative
Diazolidinyl Urea & Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate: Preservatives with broad fungicidal activity – non paraben preservative
EDTA: An amino acid that improves product stability
Fragrance
Free of aluminum or bactericides.

I am very pleased with Spa Therapy’s Vegan Deodorant. I’m loving the Summertime scent but there are plenty of scents to choose from. 

I will continue my quest though. I’ll let you know what else I find!

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Fun in the Sun

Mavens, I’ve been away for too long! This summer has been a busy one for me but I didn’t want you to think I had forgotten you. Here are some of what I’ve been up to for the last couple of weeks:

Visiting my Parents in Florida – I hadn’t been back to Florida in quite some time so I was very excited to head over there for a week. It was gorgeous! Super hot and balmy. We went to the beach every day and I ate tons of delicious barbeque and west indian food. It felt really great to disconnect from the rest of the world and hang out with family. My mum has an impressive backyard garden which consists of mango trees, banana trees, papaya trees and several other tropical fruit trees. The one plant that still amazes me is this little pineapple tree (bush? plant?) pictured below. Isn’t that the cutest thing?

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Reading – During my relaxing vacation in Florida I got lots of reading done. I’m a huge bookworm but lately I’ve found that I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to. Here are some great books to check out:

1The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green by Starre Vartan – great book full of fantastic green advice

2. Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano – love, love, love this book. It’s become my unofficial rulebook!

3. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates – now that I’ve read the book I can check out the movie. I’m weird like that – must read the book first!

4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – I’ve just started this book and so far I am enjoying it. Good, easy read.

Making oodles and oodles of soap – I’ve been quite busy churning out soap. I’m really pleased with how they’re turning out and am super excited to make more. I recently listed 8 new soaps to my Etsy shop. They’re olive oil based and contain other yummy ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. Below is a picture of my fave of the bunch – it’s Kumquat scented which is such a fresh, tropical scent. Check them out – I think you’ll like them as much as I do!

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Habitat for Humanity – I’ve always wanted to do Habitat for Humanity which is a charity that builds affordable houses for low income individuals. I finally got my chance last weekend. Me and two of my friends worked really hard all day putting up wood siding. It felt fantastic doing something that I knew would directly benefit someone in need. I would definitely do it again. If you’re looking for a way to give back I would suggest looking into Habitat for Humanity for sure.

So before heading out to my Habitat for Humanity build site I tried Burt’s Bees Natural Sunscreen. I hate to say it because I loooove Burt’s Bees but I did not like this sunscreen. I had to take it right back to the store. It didn’t rub in very well and left my skin completely white. To make matters worse, it smelled funny. I was quite disappointed. 

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind summer so far but I’m having a blast. I should be back to posting more regularly now.

What have you been up to this summer? Do  share!

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Oh! Before I forget. I’m having a sale on my Etsy shop for this weekend. 20% off your entire order for this weekend only! Happy Shopping!

I’ve also recently been featured on some blogs: SatinDoll, Everyday Etsy and Ask Ms. Popular. Please take a look. Thanks!

Happy Earth Day!

I just saw this really great Earth Day post on The Etsy Green & Clean Guild Blog (EGCG), which is a really great resource for handmade & natural bath, body and personal care products. Check them out if you’re looking to support indie bath & body makers.  Enjoy!
 
Earth Day Fun Facts:

Did you know that in some elementary schools, after Halloween and Christmas, Earth Day is the third largest celebrated holiday? Or how about that it is now observed in 175 countries and is the largest secular modern day holiday in the world? For more fun facts and to learn how much energy you save when you recycle one aluminum can, read more..

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch a TV for three hours – it’s equivalent to half a gallon of gasoline.
  • Earth Day is a relatively new holiday and was first celebrated on April 22 in 1970. More than 20 million Americans participated in this first Earth Day celebration
  • Earth Day was founded by a senator of Wisconsin and the day is credited for creating the environmentalism movement.
  • April 22 is the first official day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and of Fall in the Southern hemisphere and was chosen to be Earth Day for this reason.
  • Never underestimate the importance of recycling: if every newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year. Unfortunately only 27% of all American newspapers are recycled.
  • More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.
  • Only 11% of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.
  • The world’s first national park was started in 1872 at Yellowstone National Park in the US.
  • The first major international conference on environmental issues was held in Sweden in 1972 and was sponsored by the United Nations.
  • The first wildlife refuge was formed on Pelican Island Florida in 1903.
  • The patron Saint of ecologists is St. Francis and the first proclamation of Earth Day was made by the mayor of San Francisco in 1970.
  • A highlight of the annual Earth Day ceremony at the United Nations is the ringing of the Peace Bell that was given to the UN by Japan. It is made from coins given by school children to further peace on our planet.

Have a fantastic Earth Day. What are you doing to make a difference? It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small. And don’t forget to carry on the changes you’ve made throughout the year!

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Hot Process Soap

I recently took a great soap-making class at this fantastic little place in Santa Monica, The Urban Craft Center. The Urban Craft Center offers incredible classes in all types of arts & crafts. From sewing to soap-making to jewelry-making. Another great perk, you can rent space and store your supplies in their workshop, which is something I’m thinking of doing since my small little condo is overflowing with Safiya ingredients!

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So I signed up for a hot process soap-making class. I’ve done melt & pour soap before and I’ve also done cold process. So I figured that it would be great to learn a new technique. The instructor was really knowledgeable and broke the process down to easy to follow steps. We used olive oil and coconut oil which provide soothing, gentle lathers and I added chamomile & a splash of tangerine essential oils. It was a great class and I would definitely go back to the Urban Craft Center to learn some other crafty techniques.

Chamomile & Olive Soap

So of course, once I got home I re-created what I learned. I made 12 chunky, soothing bars of Chamomile & Olive soaps and listed them on my Etsy shop! Go have a looksie.

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Happy Birthday!!

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My 25th Birthday is fast approaching – it’s on Friday! I’ve always been a huge Birthday person so naturally I’ve already begun celebrating. I have lots of fun dinners and outings all lined up for the week. I’d like to pass my celebratory mood onto all of you so I’ve marked down all of my body butters and shower scrubs in my Etsy Shop off by 20%!

I figured I enjoy indulging and pampering myself on my Birthday so why shouldn’t you? That’s fair, right?

So check out my Etsy Shop and pick up something to pamper yourself with. I promise you’ll be happy that you did!

Have a Great Week!

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Truly Smitten Thank You Cards

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I love these cards. I want to buy them and think of random reasons to write thank you notes to everyone I know. I just can’t stop looking at them. I’m thinking about buying them now and just saving  them for a year and a half until after the wedding. Or maybe I can use them as thank you cards for Safiya – hmm, I like that idea. Anyway, if you like them as much as I do check out Truly Smitten’s Etsy shop.

What do you think? Are you as smitten as I am or am I overreacting?

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Laura Hooper Calligraphy

As you may remember my boyfriend proposed to me on Christmas and so lately I’ve been perusing bridal magazines and sites for ideas for our upcoming nuptials. While on Etsy, I stumbled upon LHCalligraphy Shop by Laura Hooper. Laura specializes in calligraphy and makes the cutest invitations, place cards  and custom maps ever! Here are some things that caught my eye:

Spring-y Place Cards – These place cards look so fresh and spring-y! We’re also leaning towards this green color as one of our colors. 

Super cute custom maps  – This is such a cute idea. We’re thinking about having a destination wedding and I think these would be great to include in the welcome package for our guests

Adorable sand dollar place cards  – Aren’t these adorable? These would fit right smack in the middle of our beach theme. And Laura’s calligraphy is just incredible. 

Thank You Cards  – Another great idea. This couple sent this picture out as their thank you card. Love it!

Laura’s shop is just so creative and gorgeous! I’m really happy that I found it on Etsy and I’m pretty sure that I’ll be using her services in the very near future. She doesn’t just do weddings either. I saw some pretty nice baby shower designs and other party invites as well. Check out her shop and her blog for more on Laura Hooper. 
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