Part of my journey for this site has been working towards what I would like to call a more natural lifestyle. While the origin of MANE MAN, and the natural hair movement, is about embracing what grows out of your head naturally so much of this journey has been discovering some great natural products that are undoubtedly more in tune with my body’s natural chemistry. Unfortunately, there are tons of harmful products in cosmetic and personal care items. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database Skin Deep (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) for more information about potential carcinogens and other harmful toxins in personal care items. Needless to say, learning about ingredients (both their benefits and disadvantages) has been a great by-product of learning how to rock my fro on a day-to-day basis.
For today’s review, I wanted to write briefly about some products I received from Naturally Fresh, the very cool Deodorant Crystal and MoistStic. Founded by Cathy and Ted Alflen in 1991, Naturally Fresh wanted to offer the world an all natural (and effective) deodorant that was free of harmful chemicals (like aluminum which is found in most deodorants). Years later, Naturally Fresh offers a wide range of naturally refreshing body products such as body and foot sprays with a variety of scents and sizes.
For me, I enjoyed the Naturally Fresh Deodorant Stick. I used the fragrance free stick and it really does work well. While it doesn’t help with underarm wetness (it’s only a deodorant and NOT an antiperspirant), the deodorizing crystal fared well on relatively humid and warm NY days. And you know those subway stations are no joke! At $3.99, the 2.1 oz bar can last for months. I have used mine for a while and it barely looks like I’ve touched it. The best part of the crystal is that its versatile. Once you wet the crystal you can practically use it for any part of your body (underarms, neck, feet) and it doesn’t stain your clothes like traditional deodorants do. For me, however, I have to stick with a traditional stick, especially for the Summer months. That being said, I definitely wouldn’t mind trying Naturally Fresh’s all natural body sprays. Hey, I could even use a foot spray cause I’m sure my TOMS are going to be pretty funky by the end of the season. Don’t judge, I know I’m not the only one!
The folks at Naturally Fresh were kind enough to also send along a sample MoistStic, their all natural lip protection stick. It’s made with coconut oil, beeswax, lanolin, peppermint oil, vitamin e and tea tree oil…that’s it! It provides great moisture and stays on deck when my lips need a little extra help. If you’re in the market for some natural body products, I would give Naturally Fresh a shot. Their products are very affordable and the deodorant crystal is available in Walmart stores country-wide.