Natural Woman: Via Nature Natural Deodorants

I think we’re all on the same page here.
We want to try to use all-natural products that are free of all the things we don’t want, but we still want the best of what beauty has to offer.
This is especially true for me when it comes to deodorant. We’ve all heard about how we should be using natural deodorants, but we don’t want to smell, um,natural” while doing so.

I mean, I want a deodorant that works as hard as I do, especially when it comes to working out. I need a tough guy that will stay tough during spin and barre class! Is that too much to ask?

Apparently not.

Is it too much to ask for an all-natural deodorant that works as hard as I do when working out? Apparently not, thanks to Via Nature all natural deodorants.

Is it too much to ask for an all-natural deodorant that works as hard as I do when working out? Apparently not, thanks to Via Nature all natural deodorants.

Yep, I think I’ve found the perfect marriage of both in Via Nature natural deodorants.

And there's a wide array of Via Nature deodorants to choose from!

And there’s a wide array of Via Nature deodorants to choose from!


Via Nature deodorants are enzyme-infused, and neutralize odors without those pesky toxic chemicals. How?

  1. A proprietary blend of naturally derived enzymesneutralize and fight odor-causing bacteria.
  2. Essential oils provide light yet effective natural fragrance.
  3. Magnolia bark and licorice root extracts stabilize long-lasting protection.

Plus, they’re non-sticky, so I’m all on board with that.

Free of artificial fragrance and gluten, Via Nature natural deodorants are vegan, cruelty-free, and never tested on animals. The formulations avoid aluminum compounds, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes, triclosan and other petrochemicals. Unlike many other natural deodorant brands, Via Nature also eschews baking soda in roll-ons and sprays; baking soda can cause contact dermatitis—an uncomfortable skin reaction—in the delicate underarm area. Available in three unisex scents derived from essential oilsVia Nature natural deodorants provide all-day protection and performance you can depend on.

Also, they offer us a ton of options of application and scent, depending on your preference: roll-on ($5.99), stick ($6.99) or spray ($7.49), and scents including Rosemary Sandalwood, Sweet Orange Lemongrass, Lavender Eucalyptus, and Fragrance Free, for us sensitive souls.

My personal fave? The oh-so-calming Lavender Eucalyptus roll-on.

My Via Nature deodorant  fave? The Lavender Eucalyptus roll-on

My Via Nature deodorant fave? The Lavender Eucalyptus roll-on

Switching from chemical to natural deodorant, but  a little tentative about it? I love my buddy, Mommy Greenest’s suggestion: Take a two-week detox and try Via Nature’s deodorants.

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Friday Favorites: Hey Honey!

Hey, Honey!
Well, now aren’t you the sweetest?

Hey Honey…you sweet talker, you.

Hey Honey…you sweet talker, you.

I thought you were just a sweet-talker, but then I tried you, over Memorial Day weekend, and my-oh-my!

Your honey exfoliating mask applied super easily and gently exfoliated my skin in minutes flat. Although, I must admit…I was inclined to keep you on a few minutes longer, what with my book and vino right there at my left hand.

All I know is I’m plumb smitten with ya, honey, because you left me with smooth, clear, glowing younger looking skin, and as buzzed off you as I was off of my Cabernet.

Buzzed, but not just from the wine! That Hey Honey mask has got me feelin' goooood...

Buzzed, but not just from the wine! That Hey Honey mask has got me feelin’ goooood…


Featured as one of Friday’s Favorites: Hey Honey Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask ($29)

Foodie Friday: Yellow Dot Hot Sauce

Sunshine in a bottle that makes every meal bright?!
Okay, I was seriously on the fence on this guy. Not because I didn’t like it but because I loved it SOOOOO much that I couldn’t decide if it should be a Foodie Friday post or a My Current Crush post.
Seriously, y’all. This stuff is liquid gold- or, as they call it – sunshine in a bottle.
I would argue that it’s Florida sunshine in a bottle but who am I to get caught up with semantics?
How could I not love Yellow Dot Small Batch Hot Sauce?

Foodie Friday: Yellow Dot Hot Sauce

I mean, you wanna know what the first ingredient listed is? Um, LOVE. Yep, love. And you know what I always say, “Cooking or baking without love is like sex without love.” Well, that’s my first time saying that but I’ve thought it before so there.
So I was introduced to this fierce, fiery sauce by a friend and, to be honest, my expectations were low. “Hot sauce, you say? Honey, I’m from Texas. I’ll be the judge of this alleged ‘hot’ sauce.”
Well, pardon me, honey because it is HOT as in HAWWWWWT. It is delicious. It is tangy. It is healthy. And I dare say that it changed my life.
Yep, it was love at first taste. I put some on my omelette and I was a goner. I’ve never tasted another sauce like it – and I mean NO sauce like it not just hot sauce.  It could be because it’s made with love but I think the other unorthodox ingredients also play a part. Among them? Carrots (!!!!!!whaaaa???????!!!), onions, habanero peppers, lime juice (one reason I adore it), vinegar (another), shallots (how fancy!), and a dash of grapeseed oil (oh, what’s that? an antioxidant, you say? I look younger already).
Yep, it’s love. Know how I know? Because I’ve gone through a whole bottle in less than 2 weeks and have been eating a homemade omelette every day for lunch just so I can taste that tangy sauce. So not only is it tantalizing for my tastebuds but it’s encouraging me to eat more healthfully and saving me money on lunch to boot.
It’s the godsend of sauces, I tell you.
And, NO, I am not being dramatic.
The LA girl in me also loves that they support the environment and economy by using sustainable business practices by supporting local growers and farmers. And, um – did I mention that it’s organic and all natural? And for you uber-healthy folks out there – you’re gonna loooove this – they don’t use any frustrating fillers like salt, sugar, flour, corn syrup, fructose, xantham gum, pepper mash or any coloring or artificial flavors or preservatives.
All natural and addictively delicious? This is addiction I could live with.
BF Asks: What delicious product are you addicted to this week? 

I’M LOVING… Antonym Ecocert Certified Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in Noir

If there’s one thing you’ve gotta know about my daily makeup musts, it’s that black liner in the inner rim rules my world. It all goes back to Catherine Zeta Jones and her seductive sex appeal. A few people told me I resembled her and I forever was hooked on lining that inner rim of the eye.

So many eyeliners promise rich, waterproof and smudgeproof power. I try them and 90% of the time, I am left disappointed. But not in this case, my friends. I was introduced to Antonym Ecocert Certified Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in Noir ($18) at an event a few months ago and just played with it two weekends ago. Well, I fooled around and fell in love.

I'M LOVING... Antonym Ecocert Certified Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil ($18)


Not only is it rich, waterproof and smudgeproof but it can be worn without concern in that oh-so-seductive inner rim of which I spoke earlier.

Antonym Waterproof Eye Pencil was so rich, it didn't even let this stag upstage it...okay, maybe that's taking it a bit far...


I wore it to a friend’s show and it lasted from 8pm until 3 am and it only came off then because it was time for my nightly bath.

Yikes! Close-up shot

I seriously am not only loving this eye pencil but I am IN LOVE with it. And you will be too if you try it! Love, I tell you.

You will want to kiss this eyeliner!! ("dawning" Antonym Ecocert certified natural waterproof eye pencil in Noir)


Aaaaaaand it’s 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free, free of preservatives and dermatologist tested. So not only does it come on strong and wear long but it is actually good for you – and the environment and animals – as well. No small feat, my friend.




In-My-Tub-Tuesday: LAVANILA 2-in-1 Body Wash in Vanilla Grapefruit

Happy In-My-Tub-Tuesday, beauties!
I’m a little bummed because my cold water knob in my bathtub is out and I have just fallen in love with this new body wash from LAVANILA!

You may remember my prior grapefruit gushing over LAVANILA products. I am a big, big, BIG fan of their all-natural, sweet-smelling deodorant and fragrance. And I am happy to report that The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 is just as delightfully delicious as all of their other products!

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: LAVANILA The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 in Vanilla Grapefruit ($14 for 8 oz.)


This time-maximizing 2-in-1 shower & shave is a crisp cocktail of sparkling pink grapefruit juice with a splash of warm Madagascar vanilla. The result? A body wash so delicious-smelling that you want to want to drink it! But please don’t. This all-natural, vegan & cruelty-free body wash gently cleanses while providing enough moisture and slip for a smooth shave.

Hydrating coconut & rosehip oils partner with soothing aloe & calendula for a lusciously lathering wash that hydrates and quenches skin while preventing irritation and dryness.

Yet again, my senses are satiated and my skin feels soft thanks to the lovely Lavanila!!