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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Hostess with The Mostest: Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque Launch Party at SLS Beverly Hills

A few weeks ago, I had the oh-so-fun pleasure of co-hosting the launch party of the new Burlesque Collection for Gabriel Cosmetics at the SLS Beverly Hills.

My co-host? Why, the gorgeous Gabriel himself, of course!

Co-hosting the launch of the Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque Collection with the oh-so-handsome Gabriel of Gabriel Cosmetics *Photo by Dustylu

And, due to the theme, things got a little, um, risqué and rowdy when it came red carpet time!

I thought this was a beauty event! WHAT is going on here?? Oh, just a little Burlesque drama… *Photo by Dustylu

I was giddy with glee as friends and fellow tastemakers arrived and struck their poses on the red carpet.

With my fellow southern girls - and dear friends - Brooke Anderson of ET and actress, Sarah Jane Morris

With actresses (and fellow Step Up members and friends), Amy Davidson and Ashley Jones

With my fellow tastemakers and celebs, We Heart This, Everything Hauler, My Beauty Bunny and actress, Sarah Jane Morris *Photo by Dustylu

Next stop? We grabbed a blue margarita and sipped it verrrry slowly. Those margaritas were strong! Just like Gabriel’s pigments.

That's one STRONG drink, son! (Good thing I was raised in the TexMex capital!) *Photo by Dustylu

And that’s what we were celebrating, after all! I love that the entire Gabriel Cosmetics line is all natural, vegan, gluten-free and animal-cruelty free. I get asked all the time if natural and vegan cosmetics can be good. Gabriel proves that not only can they be good but they can be even better than some of the leading department store brands.

The Gabriel Cosmetics display at the SLS Beverly Hills *Photo by Dustylu

My fave picks from the new Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque Collection?
1) The Peep Show Palette ($45) which includesPeep Show Shadow Colors(Amber – Sizzling Gold, Toasted – Warm Brown/shimmer, Velvet – Deep Brown/shimmer and Nude – Neutral Ivory; Peep Show Powder Color inTranslucent – sheer setting powder that leaves skin with a flawless finish; and Peep Show Blush Color in Bitten – neutral red for perfectly flushed cheeks)

A must for fall? Gabriel Cosmetics Peep Show Palette ($45) *Photo by Dustylu

2) Gabriel Meritage Lipstick ($19.95) (a full-bodied, long-lasting, hydrating wine creme lipstick) which I felt verrrrry sexy wearing for the party. p.s. The best part? I didn’t need to reapply even once! And I was in A TON of pictures, y’all!

Need some sex appeal in your lipstick this fall? Try Gabriel Cosmetics Meritage Lipstick ($19.95)   

Wearing Gabriel Cosmetics' Meritage Lipstick with Gabriel, himself. I've kissed a lot of frogs - and come to think of it - maybe there were a few duckies along the way. *Photo by Dustylu

3) The Shades of Nude Lip Palette ($19.95) – four perfect shades of nude that perfectly complement the aforementioned Gabriel’s Peep Show Palette.

Gabriel Nude Palette for fall ($19.95) *Photo by Dustylu

The day was filled with sweets – the cupcake variety (because you know I can’t host an event without cupcakes)!

Hey there, Cupcake! *Photo by Dustylu

…and the people variety.

The girls with Gabriel. Pictured here: our "cigarette" girl, Sydney, Brooke Anderson, Gabriel, Dawn McCoy, Ashley Jones, Amy Davidson and Sarah Jane Morris *Photo by Dustylu

And there was plenty of fun and frivolity in the photobooth!

Fun & frivolity in the photobooth with Gabriel and my girls! *Photo by Dustylu

Thanks for letting me join the fun, Gabriel!
Now, ladies, go sexy up your fall look with a little help from Gabriel’s new Burlesque collection!



BF Asks: Which Gabriel Burlesque product are you most excited to try? 

I’M “DAWNING”…Votre Vu Palette Play in Copper

When I came back from Nashville a few weeks ago, there was no time to rest. I had to go to Rocco DeLuca’s super-cool show downtown that Friday and I needed to look cool….FAST. So I grabbed a Votre Vu Palette Play in Copper ($42) that I had been eyeing for a while in my beauty closet.

I'M "DAWNING"...Votre Vu Palette Play in Copper ($42)


I’d never tried Votre Vu shadows before – but looooove their other products – and I was a little nervous as to how the pigment would go on. Well, y’all the pigment is pretty. Divine. Rich. Majestic. And I am in love. So if you’ve seen me out and about the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen this pretty, pretty palette on my eyes.

Divine. Rich. Majestic. This pigment sure is pretty...

The perfect blend of warm and cool colors (Linen, Gilt, Copper Suede and Indigo) played together so well and were sooooo sexy that I must admit I felt a bit like Joan Collins on Dynasty. People noticed and actually asked me what the shadow was so I knew it was a keeper!

It might look a little 80s-drama-queen here but it looked sophisticated & seductive in person & in pics

They wore on all night long with no creasing or smudging. And, again, it just makes me feel a bit better that Votre Vu products are cruelty-free, free of talc, fragrance and low-cost minerals.



BF Asks: When it comes to shadow, are you a bigger fan of warm or cool shades?