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Well here is a post I really never intended to write… haha! But I have learned so many things in my quest that I felt compelled to share them with you… in case you are also curious about the differences!

Do you want to know which is more effective at controlling underarm odour? Read on, friends!

(You should also know this post was not sponsored, none of the products were freebies or PR-sent, and this entire piece shares my own experience and opinions!)

Over the past few years I have tried to change my dependency on certain beauty products, and that change included switching away from mainstream anti-perspirants.

What is the difference?

Deodorants typically “mask” body odour with their scent, and could provide some protection against sweat depending on their ingredients. E.g. if they contain some kind of powder like baking soda or starch, they will help absorb both odour and sweat from your underarms.

Anti-perspirants are designed to prevent sweating. Aluminum salts in anti-perspirants help to block pores on the outer skin layer, essentially turning into a gel upon contact with sweat. This leads to “plugging” sweat glands and limiting both moisture and body odour from forming.

Without getting into the hot debate for or against anti-perspirants or its active ingredient, this was a personal choice I had wanted to make for some time. And so I started purchasing deodorants and occasionally switching between my deodorants and anti-perspirants.

Here is where things became very interesting.

While using my deodorants regularly (for an extended period of time of days or weeks), I felt pretty good about almost never smelling odour on myself, even on days when I sweated more, despite the fact that I did occasionally feel some sweat! How could this be? Shouldn’t the anti-perspirant be more effective at controlling odour because it actually prevents you from sweating as much? Let’s hold this thought while I share my experience with the main brands I’ve tried.

One of the first brands I tried was Tom’s of Maine. I use (and LOVE) their toothpastes, even the toddler paste, and am a devoted fan of brands I already like and trust. Tom’s also had a pretty good variety of scents. I will say… I was dedicated to making this deodorant work for me. I’ve tried this brand on and off for years.

But — their deodorant just did not work for me. While smelling amazing on me, the deodorant left behind a sticky, tacky residue that did not dissipate. This stickiness left me feeling even more wet and uncomfortable throughout the day than if I wore nothing at all! I finally started dabbing some cornstarch baby powder on my underarms to combat the wet, sticky feeling which helped.

I decided this was the magic ingredient that was missing! Powder!! Do I try making my own? Do I try one of the deodorant pastes in the marketplace? I decided I still needed a ‘stick’ formula…

I searched and searched until I found Schmidt’s Deodorant, containing both arrowroot powder and baking soda. Arrowroot apparently helps absorb the sweat while baking soda is meant to neutralize any odour. Now this was something I could get behind!! You can immediately feel the dry finish of Schmidt’s on the skin, compared to the sticky, tacky residue left behind by Tom’s Deodorant. And the scents… wow, did Schmidt’s smell good! My favourite by far is Rose + Vanilla, but their Bergamot + Lime and Lavender + Sage are equally incredible.

Fast forward a few months of daily use… and I started getting itchy and red underarms. (insert very sad face here)

I felt like the baking soda (also listed as sodium bicarbonate) was the culprit… and sure enough, when I stopped using Schmidt’s Deodorant (and with the help of some hydrocortisone), the itching and redness started to fade. Being the brave blogger that I am, I even experimented a few more times by going back to my various scents of Schmidt’s (I have three or four), in case the different essential oils were the trigger, and each time… the same indications of contact dermatitis. You will find dozens and dozens of articles about why baking soda is bad for your skin – and to summarize, the alkaline properties of baking soda (a pH of around 9) are harmful to our more neutral/slightly acidic skin pH of around 4.5 – 6.5, throwing off our skin’s natural pH levels and causing dryness, itching, redness, or rash.

Feeling a little sad that I can no longer use this effective deodorant, I set out to find an alternative. And not having anything else to safely use, I reverted back to my anti-perspirants… and this is the part of the “experiment” that became interesting.

After just a few hours of wearing the anti-perspirant (and this is one I had used for many, many years prior to switching!), I checked… smelled… and woah. There was some not-so-pleasant odour emitting… As the day wore on, the smell did not disappear, and the worst part was, it had mixed in with the anti-perspirant fragrance and it was just not… very fresh-smelling. It was bad enough to warrant a shower. (Thank goodness I was working at home.)

Imagine that.

In the battle of ‘natural’ deodorants vs. antiperspirants… the anti-perspirant was not really cutting it! My trustworthy, long-depended-on anti-perspirant may have been blocking some sweat glands, but it certainly was not reducing underarm odour. And this explained why my previous back-and-forth switching from deodorant to anti-perspirant was not really helpful, leaving me feeling slightly not-fresh one day, yet without any issues the next when I only used deodorant (even with some moderate exertion and sweating on a warm summer day).

I am truly surprised. Never did I think that my anti-perspirant could have been behind those less-than-fresh days! Every vacation, especially the hot ones, I used to revert back to anti-perspirant thinking it was the wiser choice… and every day that I wore it, I felt a bit less fresh. (Can I also add how much I loathed trying to remove the coating of anti-perspirant in the shower? Do you have that, too?)

So here we are in my quest for a powder-containing, yet-skin-friendly, odour-and-sweat-absorbing, deodorant. On the advice of my blogger friend Mai I have ordered some discovery sets of Each & Every Deodorant, and while I await this (hopefully) effective and amazing shipment, I share with you my thoughts. (I’m also blown away by the delicious-sounding scents Each & Every offers!)

Would you like an update on my experience with Each & Every Deodorant?

Is there a deodorant you use and love? Please share in the comments!

~xoxo

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With summer coming to an unfortunate end for us sun and summer lovers, there is no better time than the present to talk about Vita Liberata, the most recent tanning it-brand. Earlier this year, Vita Liberata launched Ten Minute Tan, their answer to tanning in no time. VL calls this “the world’s fastest tanner;” it will provide a natural, medium tanned colour in just 10 minutes. Organic and super-charged with anti-aging ingredients such Matrixyl 3000 and Rosehip which work together to promote collagen production, this hydrating lotion cares for your skin as it tans.

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Too good to be true? I put it to the test.

Application is easy: apply generously to clean, exfoliated skin using the Vita Liberata mitt or your hands. Massage it in with long, circular movements. Wash palms immediately after application. Wait 10 minutes, or, for a deeper tan, wait 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse in the shower, gently pat dry. Et voila! The tan will develop over the next 6 – 8 hours.

I’ve tried other self-tanners in the past and while some will provide a nice tan, many can be streaky or difficult to apply. Or, there is the difficulty of applying the product, letting it dry enough so that one can get dressed, then dealing with the awful scent of the self-tanner. VL Ten Minute Tan eliminates these issues by allowing you to apply it, wait 10 (or more) minutes, then rinsing it off!! No more worrying about ruining clothing with self-tanner stains because once you’ve showered, you can get dressed as you normally would. Amazing! And while there is a faint scent that does linger, especially as the product deepens over the next few hours, it is subtle and completely bearable.

With my olive-toned skin, I have tried leaving the product on for different increments of time and found that the best duration for me was approximately 15 or 20 minutes before rinsing for a natural, deep result. I also loved the way my skin felt moisturized and had a beautiful glow. I cannot wait to use this throughout the winter months to keep my summer glow!!

(Note: I am not including swatch photos as with my summer glow, the photos just would not show the depth of my Vita Liberata tan. I’ll post photos on my Insta when I’m paler.)

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In addition to glowing, tanned skin, Vita Liberata also has a best-selling HD finish skin all-over makeup, Body Blur. According to Alyson Hogg, Vita Liberata’s founder, Body Blur is an instant body makeup that gives the most flawless skin finish and reduces the appearance of imperfections like cellulite and spider veins. It’s like wearing luxury sheer stockings! Launched with two new additional shades this past spring, Body Blur perfects the skin not only by masking blemishes, but also by adding a beautiful glow to the skin. Key ingredients include aloe, shea butter and vitamin E.

As easy to apply as the Ten Minute Tan, apply sparingly by dotting on the skin, then blending in long circular movements.

I’ll be honest, when I first saw this product, I did not want to believe the hype. Body makeup products are not a new category, and though can look beautiful, the work involved is not usually worth it to me. Plus the product transference is a pain, not to mention, dangerous when you’re wearing a stunning outfit that you risk ruining with smudged makeup! Alas, I finally relented and tried VL Body Blur. And was I ever glad I did! Body Blur has become my go-to leg and arm beautifier, especially when we are looking pale and lacking that summer glow. You’ll see in my arm swatches below how beautifully finished your skin looks with Body Blur, adding both a blurring and subtle tan effect, while providing a light veil of coverage to hide flaws and veins. And I love the glow it imparts! I used the shade 001 Latte.

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Body Blur – shade

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Body Blur – sun

I will warn you that you should definitely allow a good 5 or 10 minutes for Body Blur to dry after application to avoid getting any product on your clothing. And even with that, I did find some slight smudges on my car seat from behind my knees, and along the inside hem of my dress. It was very little product transference, but definitely something to be aware of especially if you’ll be sitting on, say, a white leather sofa.

 

Vita Liberata luxury at-home tanning solutions are available exclusively at Sephora stores and at sephora.ca.

 

Have you had a chance to try a Vita Liberata product, and what were your thoughts?

~xo

 

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(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Recently a number of bloggers and editors were invited to Dial & göt2b’s 2014 Spring Launch in Toronto, where we not only had a chance to learn about the amazing new products hitting shelves, but enjoyed hand massages, hair styling… and oh yes, and a fabulous lunch!

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Some highlights from the launch include Dial’s new Fro-Yo body wash with cooling properties which is just amazing and so refreshing (!!), new Vitamin Boost Body Wash with incredible scents, and a Lavender and Twilight Jasmine Body Wash, perfect for a calming, soothing effect… and from göt2b: four new revolutionary products in the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine line, a new Frizz Taming Hairspray from their Guardian Angel line, and the new Glued Spiking Wax!  Some information on both brands’ new launches is below!

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Dial’s new Yogurt Body Care line is enriched with protein-packed yogurt. There’s even a Greek Yogurt 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion! Dial® Greek Yogurt Body Wash contains a clean-rinsing formula that provides ultimate moisturization. Developed with an advanced moisture-attracting formula, your skin will be its healthiest and softest yet, with the same Vanilla Honey scent you already know and love from Dial!
Another option to keep your skin just as hydrated, and still containing the natural skin conditioning benefits of yogurt protein, Dial also introduces their brand new Frozen Yogurt Cooling Body Wash. Featuring a refreshing tingle that gently cools skin on contact, this innovative body wash is great for the warmer months, or just as a fresh kick-start to wake you up in the morning!

Dial also introduces the NEW Dial® Vitamin Boost Body Wash, in two varieties: Amazing B is a lotion-infused creamy formula that draws in moisture to keep skin hydrated and nourished, with the divine fragrance of fresh tropical kiwi and mango. Super C is oil-infused and contains antioxidants that protect the skin, creating a radiant and healthy glow through the power of Vitamin C, and leaving behind the invigorating scent of orange and grapefruit.

Finally, Dial’s Lavender & Twilight Jasmine Body Wash provides skin with all day freshness, and the light fragrance of lavender and jasmine to calm your mind and leave skin more healthy, smooth and beautiful than before.

Dial’s new Body Washes retail for a suggested price of Cdn $4.99 (473 mL) each, and will be available at mass retail locations nationwide beginning March 2014.

Dial also introduces new Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soaps in three great smelling scents: Yellow Raspberry – This fresh smelling aroma is perfect for in the kitchen where clean hands are a must!
Water Blossoms – This clean and relaxing scent is the perfect addition to your bathroom when guests are visiting.
Coconut Lime Verbena – Especially on a nice summer day, this cool scent is just what you need after you shake up those margaritas!

NEW Dial® Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soaps retail for a suggested price of Cdn $2.99-3.99 (236mL) each, and are available at mass retail locations nationwide beginning March 2014.

For more information about Dial’s wide range of products for everyone in the family, visit them on Facebook!

göt2b’s new Rise ‘n Shine product line features four brand new revolutionary products, and delivers volume and shine together:

  • göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Radiance Bounce Whipped Mousse provides root-to-tip shaping, and A-list finishing shine.
  • Prep for heat styling with the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Glistening Full Blow Dry Cream; an easy to disperse balm that leaves you with lasting lift and high heat protection for any hair type.
  • For slick styles, hold and remold with the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Gleaming Height Pomade. Water and oils provide excellent hold without a greasy or heavy look, and panthenol enhances the reflection of light for even more gloss! Equally suitable for adding texture, height or shine to short or long styles.
  • Finish your show-stopping style with göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Luminous Lift Hairspray. Just a spritz will keep your strands starlet worthy all night long with enviable shine. Plus, available in göt2b’s studio-size can and guaranteed not to flake, you don’t have to worry about using more for a little extra oomph.

göt2b’s new Glued Spiking Wax is the latest innovation to the brand’s iconic spiking glue. It provides men the liberty to craft, mold and remold their do into what they want, when they want – with very little effort required!  göt2b Glued Spiking Wax is ideal for those who like the texture and consistency of glue or gel, but want a fashion-forward product to create controlled and touchable styles that coincide with what’s hot!

Last but not least, göt2b proudly extends their Guardian Angel line with NEW Frizz Taming Hairspray! Proven to deliver 90% humidity defense and combat frizz, your style stays calm under pressure.
Featuring special neutralizing agents that fend off the most humid of weather, göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Hairspray provides exceptionally high style retention over time in rain or shine.
The search for heavenly hair ends here!

göt2b new Rise ‘n Shine product line will retail for Cdn $7.99-$9.99 per product; Glued Spiking Wax, Cdn $7.99 and new göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Hairspray, available in studio-size, will retail for Cdn $9.99 each, all available beginning March 2014 at mass retail locations including Shoppers
Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaws PharmaPlus and Jean Coutu across Canada.

For more information about göt2b, contests and tips, visit them on Facebook!

If you are still searching for a Valentine’s gift for yourself or someone special, treat them (or yourself!) to this gift that’s straight from the heart. philosophy my heart to yours gift set has a scent that is inspired by the sweetest moments in life with a sweet citrus and vanilla fragrance. The gift set includes a 4 oz bottle of combo shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath, a 2 oz body lotion, and a delicious tube of lip shine.

MyHeartToYours-SGThis adorable gift set comes in a pretty pink package that I could not wait to open. I was curious about the “sweet citrus and vanilla” fragrance – I don’t think I’ve ever smelled citrus and vanilla together! What a delicious surprise… the fragrance is best described as a sweet cupcake scent (like a sugary vanilla cupcake) with the slightest hint of citrus. I found the citrus element to be very faint, but provide somewhat of a refreshing quality to the overall scent. Very yummy!

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The lipgloss appears bright pink but applies clear, and has the same delicious scent, without any flavour (which is nice). It’s quite thick and will leave a gorgeous, high shine on your lips without being sticky.

The shampoo/shower/bath gel is a nice multi-use product, but I personally am very specific about hair care so loved it as a bath and shower gel. It left behind a nice amount of bubbles in the bath, with the same delicious scent. The scent doesn’t linger strongly on your skin, but you will get that from the body lotion!

And finally, the my heart to yours body lotion is a quick-absorbing, relatively light moisturizer perfect for finishing up your routine. I found the scent to be strongest in the lotion, lingering long after you have applied it. It also ends up ‘layering’ the scent if you use both the shower gel and lotion, perfect for making it last…

With the shampoo/shower/bath gel and body lotion available in full size bottles, you can certainly indulge long after this gift set has enveloped you in its sweetness!

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The philosophy my heart to yours gift set, $29, is available at Sephora, The Hudson’s Bay & Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Full size philosophy my heart to yours body lotion, 210ml, $21, and  shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, 480ml, $21, available at Sephora & The Hudson’s Bay.

For more info, head to philosophy on facebook, twitter, and instagram! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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~xo

 

(Products provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

This September, Dial® Gives Mom a Chance to Relax with their ‘Back to School, Back to You’ Contest!

Congrats Moms, you made it! The back to school rush is complete, and everyone is back in their routines! Dial® would like to reward you with some time to relax – and don’t worry, they’ve got something to keep the kids busy too! Dial® is offering a chance to win 1 of 3 Mom & Me prize packs as part of their ‘Back to School, Back to You’ contest!

image001Prize packs offer Moms some of their already favourite Dial products, including Dial® Skin Renewal Pink Himalayan & award-winning Dial® Triple Moisture body wash products, along with a shower essentials kit filled with lovely goodies, and a one year subscription to one of four great magazines of your choice! (Canadian Living, Style At Home, Elle Canada OR Coup de Pouce).image003

Mom won’t have to feel guilty about taking a luxurious shower and settling in for a good read, because Dial’s ‘Back to School, Back to You’ contest also offers a prize for the kids! Bath time will be tons of fun with tear-free, pH balanced Dial® Kids Hair & Body Wash developed with Pediatric Dermatologists, and a 1-year subscription to Chirp or Chickadee magazine plus an amazing gift bag from Owlkids, including a tote bag, watch, t shirt and much more!

 

The Dial® ‘Back to School, Back to You’ contest is open for entry between September 19th-30th, 2013. Simply visit and “like” Dial Canada’s Facebook page, and complete the online entry form under the contest tab for your chance to win 1 of 3 amazing Mom & Me prize packs.

Visit: www.facebook.com/DialCanada to enter!

Thanks Mom, from Dial®!

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Hand & Body Lotions to Revitalize Skin

OPI launches two new Avojuice Skin Quenchers Hand & Body Lotions in floral scents Peony & Poppy and Violet Orchid. Inspired by nature’s sweet smells, these nourishing formulas feature a blend of exotic flower fragrances. Both new Avojuice lotions incorporate avocado and aloe extracts to leave skin silky smooth and hydrated, while the deep floral fragrances of Peony & Poppy and Violet Orchid are designed to awaken the senses.

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Avojuice Skin Quenchers help replenish moisture, leaving skin feeling as if you’ve just spent a luxurious day at a spa,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Artistic Director. “Apply these revitalizing lotions daily to transform dry, dull skin. Ideal for postmanicure and pedicure pampering, massaging Peony & Poppy and Violet Orchid into the skin is a fragrant way to indulge yourself every day.”

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OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers Hand & Body Lotion in Peony & Poppy and VioletOrchid will be available beginning July 2013 at professional salons and spas across Canada.

Suggested retail price is $9.95 CAN for each 6.6 fl. oz bottle.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Being the product junkie that I am, I try a lot of new products. A LOT. And how do I know when a new shower or hair product is amazing?

Well… it mysteriously disappears from my shower.

And I can’t use it when I’m in there…

Until I go for a walk… over to the hubby’s shower…

And that’s exactly what happened with Dial’s new Triple Moisture Ultra Moisturizing Body Wash! It “walked” away. Straight into the hubby’s shower!!

Ok. I can’t blame him. It. Smells. Amazing. Envelops the entire shower with the delicious scent. And feels even better on your skin… luxurious, soft, moisturizing…

Here is some info on this brand-new product:

Delivering the effectiveness we crave, this creamy formula is a must-have for every shower. Featuring an astounding 3X more moisture than regular Dial® clear body washes, the rich blend wraps you in a blanket of moisture leaving skin luxuriously softer after each wash!

But it doesn’t stop there – in addition to lavish ingredients known for their naturally soothing benefits, NEW Dial® Triple Moisture Body Wash has a scent that will warm your senses, leaving skin as nice to sniff as is it silky-smooth.

What makes this product so amazing? Three rich body butters that are beloved for their skin drenching properties are actually built right into this creamy, luscious body wash. Dial® Triple Moisture body wash contains the following 3 moisturizing butters:

  • Shea Butter
  • Jojoba Butter
  • Mango Butter

To top it off? Dial® Triple Moisture Body Wash has just won U.S. Product of the Year Award! Over 50,000 consumers in the U.S. voted, and the super moisturizing benefits and fresh scent of Dial® Triple Moisture made it come out on top of any other body wash!

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NEW Dial® Triple Moisture Body Wash is now available at leading mass retailers including Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaws, and Jean Coutu. Suggested retail price of $4.99-6.99 Cdn each (473 mL).

Remember to go to Facebook and “like” Dial Canada for valuable coupons and product giveaways!

~xo

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

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