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Find The Right Deodorant for Your Skin

Been using the best, the most powerful or the most scented deodorants but haven’t achieved the purpose? Here’s the prefect deodorant choosing guide revealed!

I tried so many of them but was miserable when it came to wearing a sleeveless shirt. Think, I live in Malaysia, a very tropical country. It is basically summer all year long! (I know you are a bit jealous, and I do not blame you for that 😉 )Hence I feel for you and want to put an end to your misery too! You could now stay sleeveless, strapless or get close anytime you want to! Today, on OiB, I shall also introduce you to one of my very own DIY recipe for a nature inspired deodorant as well.

Rose Petals | OrganicIsBeautiful
Rose Petals | OrganicIsBeautiful

There are many different types of deodorants available in the market. Some are chemically strong while others are organic in nature. There are also some which provide additional skincare factors such as repairing under arms skin, reducing rashes, irritation, black patches and itchiness. These are carefully formulated skincare deodorants which are very dually beneficial. Organic deodorants also stay long but they cannot mostly preserve your baby skin while people who want to be naturally beautiful, use deodorants that are most inspired by nature.

I have already mentioned here a excellent DIY deodorant a few month back. For more information and alternative, have a look at my benzoin Oil guide.

Deodorants or antiperspirants now control the bacteria or the breaking down of bacteria to reduce or eliminate the smell in addition to overpowering them with their own good fragrance. There are also some highly formulated deodorants that help the skin to recover as well.

The right one to choose should have the following:

  • It is recommended to use a roll-on for greater coverage and longer absorbed protection.
  • Use the ones formulated by doctors
  • Look for certified safe cosmetics seal
  • Choose rose or citrus influenced smells as they are stronger and much more natural
  • Don’t pick brands that list general ‘fragrances’ as ingredient, they are probably hiding hormone-disrupting scents being used.
  • Check for a low skin deep hazard ranking as low as zero
  • Aloe-vera and mineral extracts are additional features you should seek.

Make Your Own

If you think natural deodorants don’t work, then you better try this DIY formula which is a great skincare formula deodorant as well.

⇔ Ingredients:

Here’s what you need:

⇔ Direction:

  1. Take ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of cornstarch and mix it in a bowl
  2. Next, mix 6 tablespoons of coconut oil in it until they are well mixed and add any oils if you want to.
  3. Lastly, store this in a small jar or any deodorant bottle for use and enjoy your DIY deodorant well!

Now it benefitted my skin as well as reduced the odor thanks to the oil fragrances I added in it. The choice remains on people whether they would want to invest in making one such aluminum free deodorant or if they want to keep using those hard-on-skin deodorants that fly away in just a few minutes.

For more feedback on natural deodorants and newer DIY deodorant tricks, comment in below to ask me more.

Think, do you want to question me or do you want others to question your hygienic habits?

AmandaDeodorant

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The Benzoin Oil, The Best of Aromatherapy

My mind is constantly doing overtime. Even when I’m trying to relax I always seem to be thinking about work and family, or things I must do. Sound familiar? If so then you’ll share my pain when I speak about the inconvenience of restless nights or waking up in the middle of the night and being unable to sleep. The lack of sleep was soon taking its toll and as I may not quite be an oil painting in the looks department then I could do with as much so called beauty sleep as possible 😉

What is Benzoin Oil?

Benzoin oil is extracted from resin of the Styrax Benzoin tree. Benzoin oil has been of use for many years and due to its range of diverse properties it has found to be of use all over the world for many different causes. It has been used historically for medicinal purposes.

Some of the properties of Benzoin oil include:

  • Aromatic
  • Golden coloured
  • Thick resinous oil

The properties of Benzoin oil and the diversity of uses make it a popular choice for treating everyday ailments and issues which you all may experience in life.

Common uses of Benzoin oil

So, can you think of any occasions where you have seen or heard of Benzoin Oil. If you have great, but if not I’m quite sure the sheer number of different uses may just surprise you. One place Benzoin oil has been used is in religious ceremonies due to the disinfectant and aromatic properties. Some other uses, and It would be interesting to know if you have tried Benzoin oil for these purposes include:

  • Antidepressant
  • Sedative
  • Antiseptic
  • Used in deodorant
  • Anti Inflammatory
  • Diuretic

Let me sleep !

Despite the various different properties and uses, for me Benzoin oil was my saviour to assist with sleep deprivation. Recall my earlier post on the benefit of essential oils to help fall asleep. I now combine tea and benzoin oil. Easy life 😉

Benzoin Oil Organicisbeautiful.com blogI tried Benzoin Oil and soon enough I was back to getting consistency in my sleeping pattern. Don’t suffer the same and if you are lacking sleep give it a go! As Benzoin oil has an element of tranquilising effects, if you are a student who studies late at night then you may want to consider when you use it.

On the contrary as Benzoin oil acts like a relaxant and sedative it can also go some way in reliving your tension, any anxiety and stress. It assist which optimises the nervous and neurotic systems which when you feel good means you are also feeling happy.

If you suffer from Arthritis you will know how it feels to be in a lot of pain which can also be a contributory factor to lack of sleep. Benzoin oil can provide good pain when applied externally and is absorbed via the skin pores. When you are not in pain you are comfortable which can only increase your chances of falling asleep and getting that good night’s sleep you’ve been waiting so long for.

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Your Armpits smelling like tropical flowers, Yes please! DIY.

When I started using coconut oil as an occasional deep conditioner for my hair, I also found quite a few sources saying it could be used as a natural deodorant. Nearly all skincare products or beauty products that are typically made with toxic and harmful ingredients can be made using coconut oil. Coconut oil deodorant is just another one to add to the list.

Disclosing today in OiB my personal experience in DIY homemade Deodorant.

So, you know me? I gave it a try, and it worked… kind of. It had to be reapplied later in the day, and didn’t work well in the heat of tropical climat or through a heavy workout. Coconut oil itself was not enought. I desperately wanted another solution, so when I ran out of deodorant over a month ago, I finally made my own.

Choosing Your Essential Oils

You can use whatever blend of essential oils you like in the recipe below, and I suggest putting at least one oil into your mix with antiseptic/antibacterial properties. Here are some natural antibacterial essential oils for you to consider:

lemongrass
lavender
tea tree
rosemary
lemon

Fresh and organically grown lemongrass | www.organicisbeautiful.com
Fresh and organically grown lemongrass | www.organicisbeautiful.com

The trick to tinkering with essential oils is knowing their strength. Lemon and lemongrass oils, for example, are very naturally strong. Just a few drops will do the trick in this DIY deodorant recipe, I personally used Tea-tree essential oil.

My advice when getting used to essential oils is to start small. Add a few drops, mix, smell, repeat. You can always add more, but you can’t take away.

DIY Deodorant Recipe

  • Materials & Supplies
  1. Small, wide-mouth glass jar. You need to be able to get your fingers in there, because you apply this with your fingers.
  2. Spoon
  3. 1/4 cup baking soda – Baking soda absorbs moisture, which helps keep you dry.
  4. 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice – See the section above. If you don’t want to tinker, start with 5-8 drops of lavender, depending on how strong you want the scent to be.

 

  1. Lavender | OrganicIsBeautiful
    Lavender | OrganicIsBeautiful
  • Directions

Simple. You can basically make this DIY deodorant right in your jelly jar. Spoon in the baking soda, add your essential oil, and mix it up well. Voila!

How to Apply Your DIY Deodorant

It’s best to apply this right out of the shower. Give the jar a good shake before opening, then dip clean, dry fingers in, and pat the deodorant onto your pits. I do this over the sink, because it’s a little bit messier than applying stick deodorant. Pat – don’t rub – until the powder is no longer visible on your pits, and you’re good to go.

Thank you for stopping by,

Amanda ♥

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So, I run my first 50km Ultra trail marathon last week.

The Ultra trail TMBT 2015 was my first Utra trail marathon. It was exactly 7 days ago and its actually feels like it was yesterday. It took me 13hrs15min to cross the finish line.

Not 10, not 11 but exactly 13:15min.

This figure seems surrealistic now like it was somebody else score, not mine. At the time, my ultimate goal was to do the best I can and completely enjoy every step (yes, even the painful ones) of the 50km.

It is NOT a half marathon.

→ First 21km marathon: MBII Maybank Bali Marathon (Edition: Aug. 2014). After months of treadmills running and park training, it was THE benchmark to test myself against.

I found it extremely enjoyable and well-balanced: running 21km was long enough to be a realistic test of fitness, physical stamina, and mental strength, but yet it remained short enough to be within reach of anyone willing to train consistently for a couple of months.

→ First trail marathon: Guang Nuang trail Marathon (Edition: Oct. 2014). I have discovered the joy of running in trees rather than traffic, around national parks rather than around in circles, and up mountains rather than speed bumps.

On the D day, it was never steep enough to be completely uncomfortable; you just feel like you’re having a good I knew I found a new hobby

→ First Ultra-trail marathon: TMBT 201 (Edition: last week). Set in Borneo, across the rainforest field of the Mount Kota Kinabalu.

I am not gonna lie, it was physically demanding. My learning outcome:  The mental aspect of running is so much more influential than what it’s given credit for.

What I am thinking about during 13hr15min of solo run?

I am not puking, and nothing is broken, so keep going.

Running an ultra-trail marathon is an emotional commitment. I cried, laugh, screamed, cried and laugh again. An endless circle. I’m a very goal-driven, results-oriented person (anyone out there agree with my self assessment?). What I do? I visualize myself crossing the finish line. It helped me a lot, especially during times when I felt very tired, the weather condition were terrible, and I needed to dig deed to find the motivation not to give up.

I bribed myself all the time.

There’ll come a point in the ultra when your body will be so exhausted that it will be all about playing the mental game. I learn to trick my mind to get more from my body. It felt like my brain was my boss, and my body its machine. My body simply obeyed on what to do and what not to do. My (virtual) self-proclaimed gift were (per order of difficulty): A trip to the beach, a giant chocolate brownie cake, or a nap.… whatever got me to go out and run.

Think of it as an 10km warm-up session, followed by a 2* 15km training run followed by an 8-km race.

I noticed something. Each time my mind was heading south, I became emotionnaly filled with self-doubts or thought of pulling out. Almost instantly and with no warning, it affected my body, drawn me down almost instantly. Hence, to avoid feeling overwhelming, I used to cut each step as a serie of running sequences, each set as a mini-marathon race.

Repeat after me, “I am having FUN”.

Getting to the finish line is part of the fun.

Yes, I said fun.

Paths are usually narrow and organic which makes for a truly unique running experience. There were no monotony.

During the TMBT, I could run over over rocks, tree roots and across streams. It meant to find a good balance between distraction from the outside scenery and mental inner focus: every step requires a keen attention making it a zen-like running workout. And to be honest with you, I usually find it a challenge to keep my brain engaged so I don’t slack off.

Step means you had to walk and not run!
Step means you had to walk and not run!

Would I do it again?

Yes, 100% yes. The pain following the race was completely worth it.People say that it is important to fill your life with goals that are worth finishing and eliminate the rest.

Well. Now, I agree.

Running is 80 percent mental, 20 percent physical. So goes the sports adage. It’s a reminder that our  bodies can go longer than we tend to think they can.

“If you want to be competitive, you have to learn how to deal with the discomfort. A lot of the heavy, good physical training is about training the brain to cope with discomfort.” Runners Word

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