10.25.2014

natural deodorant for all: recipe & giveaway








You guys probably already know that I have a **tHiNg*~** for natural beauty products. Chemicals are no bueno, and we do not want to be putting those things onto (and ultimately into) our precious bodies. Even if you can't get yourself to fully hop onto the natural beauty thing just yet, pleeease promise me this one thing: that you'll switch to natural deodorant.

I can’t act like I can give you the exact science behind why antiperspirants are bad – just hearing it come from Lilavati is enough for me. That woman is all-knowing. And, just think about it logically – your body is supposed to sweat. It’s a natural thing. If we physically restrain our glands from doing their job, I’d imagine we’re keeping toxins locked in our bodies instead of allowing them to be released through our skin.

Now, I’ve made a ton of beauty products in the past few years. Hair masks, facial cleansers, body scrubs, face mists, toothpaste, mouthwash… the list goes on. And I have to admit: I’ve never been able to make something that worked better than something I’ve bought elsewhere. Except for this deodorant.

I made my first version of this back in May, and I have used it every single day since. That’s 5 months. It WORKS. I seriously stand behind it, and I just want everyone in the world to use it! That’s why I decided to do this here giveaway.

Here’s the recipe:

¾ cups organic unrefined virgin coconut oil (room temperature works best)
1 cup mixture of natural baking soda & organic arrowroot flour
15-20 drops organic essential oil

To make, scoop coconut oil into a bowl, then add your mixture of baking soda and arrowroot flour – use ½ a cup of each for regular skin, or ¼ cup baking soda and ¾ cup arrowroot flour for sensitive skin, then mix well. (The baking soda can be irritating to some, so my advice is to use less of it to begin with, and figure out what works best for you.) The mixture should be well-combined, without any excess dry ingredients. If it’s too dry, add a bit more coconut oil. Then, add your essential oils – about 15 drops for sensitive skin, 20 for regular. The version I’m giving away uses bergamot oil, which is a gorgeously intoxicating scent – but you can use whatever you like!

Bergamot oil can become harmful if exposed to sunlight, so be sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

If your skin isn’t used to using a natural deodorant, it may take a few weeks for your body to become accustomed to this. Please don’t give up on it. Use it a few times a day if you need. You’ll likely begin to sweat less and less – and, who knows? One day you may not even need deodorant at all!

**A huge thank you to everyone who suggested their recipes here. I gathered info from all of your recipes in order to land on this final recipe!**

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY.

I'm gifting a 2-ounce tin to 10 of you beautiful people. I don’t care if you live next door to me, or all the way around the world – this giveaway is open to EVERYONE. Just comment below telling me something beautiful you experienced today. Something you saw, heard, felt, thought… anything. Let’s spread that beauty everywhere! The winners will be chosen randomly, but you better believe I’ll be reading every single comment. :)

Make sure you include your email address so that I’ll have a way of contacting you!

I hope that the rest of you will make it on your own using this recipe… Or if you don’t feel like getting that into it, you can buy some from my Etsy shop!

Good luck my friends, and remember to keep this life beautiful. 

10.19.2014

entirely

While I do appreciate the juxtaposition of old & new, there's just something about an outfit constructed entirely of vintage pieces. Something about it that I find fascinatingly beautiful. And that is this outfit right here. 

It's funny, too, when the pieces you end up loving the most are those that cost the least -- and often those that you weren't even too fond of in the beginning. I almost got rid of that velvet top right after I first bought it about 2 years ago. The keyhole made me feel like all I was ready to go clubbin'... or something that just really didn't suit me. But I ended up keeping it, and I'm so glad I did. The belt is something I just bought earlier this week. I second guessed it a bunch of times before I went for it, but let me tell you: I've found myself wearing it every single day since. 

The boots are a pair of old school Steve Maddens -- about 2 sizes too big for me -- but they are hands down my most complimented pair of shoes. Even with candle wax stains that I can't quite figure out to remove.

And how about that skirt? Oh, that skirt. A treat from my girl April at Thread & Roses. It's one of those maxis that flows so beautifully with every step you take. I'm in love. Since April is such a cool girl, she's offering you guys 10% off when you order from her shop with the code HUMMUSBIRD. Do it up, friends. She's a Portland babe with excellent taste.

Photos of me by Charlotte.


10.12.2014

sunday vibes


Wishing you all the coolest of Sundays. Mine is pretttttty freaking chill. Well, aside from getting up mad early to support this one by taking her new classes at the gym this morning. Two hours straight of working my bod after sleeping 4 hours... It was awesome though, and so worth it.

Now I'm chilling in a sweatsuit, both feet up on the table, eating shitloads of celery, baby carrots, sunflower seed butter, dried cranberries, and goat cheese.

It's been a good day so far.

Maybe I'll put away some laundry later. Maybe I won't.

I hope your day is relaxed to the max. <3

10.07.2014

we became the same.



This song says everything that any of us will ever need to know. Press play... and scroll through this post again.

aloha


I have just returned from an entire week on Maui with my two sisters and my younger sister's boyfriend. That place is so full of beauty. More photos to come. :)

9.22.2014

why aren't you smiling?


The concept of life is a strange, strange thing, but I think a shift is happening. It seems that more and more people are starting to get it; to become enlightened... to realize what it's really about. Jhene Aiko is certainly one of them. I heard this song for the first time this morning, and almost immediately the tears started to flow. Not because I was sad, not because I was happy. Simply because of the truth I was hearing -- feeling -- in her words. Nothing's real... yet nothing isn't real. Everything keeps going... it'll never stop. You have to embrace it, flow with it. Take it in and live it with everything you are. Life is just... life. Life is. There's not reason not to smile.

9.21.2014

capture, breathe





I often get overwhelmed when I think of the amount of images I capture every day. I get inspired easily, and it's like I never want to miss an opportunity to capture a piece of beauty to share and hold onto forever -- or hold onto until the next comes along. It's undoubtedly a blessing and a curse -- and capturing vs. fully experiencing is something I hope to work on balancing out -- but part of the blessing of a trillion captured moments is that they show you how much you're actually experiencing in a short period of time. How much beauty you're exposed to, how many incredible human beings surround you, how many little adventures come your way, how full your life is... always.

Maybe I can use this very realization -- brought about by the overabundance of captured moments -- as a tool to help the aforementioned balancing process; to take a step back and slow it down. We experience so much, all the time. It's likely that this will always be the case. We're constantly experiencing, constantly changing. There will always be something to capture -- why take photos as though there will soon be a shortage of inspiring moments? Why take our present selves out of these beautiful moments just to get that shot? We should let ourselves capture, then let ourselves breathe. Capture, breathe; capture, breathe. There's so much around us to soak in, so let's make a point to choose certain moments to soak in fully, with all we are. Let's choose to do this more often than not.

Sometimes, though, one of those beautiful moments is the experience itself of capturing an image -- or in creating a piece of beauty that's fit to capture. An experience that would never happen if capturing were not an option. 

Capture, breathe.