I'm so happy with these, guys.
I always speak with people about the importance of a simplified skin routine. Especially when there's a zit, our initial response is to smother it in a multitude of ointments, gels, creams, and green concealer. When our pits are stinky, we slather them in all sort of smell-blockers.
Our skin wants to breathe. It wants to expel water and oils. It is the largest organ that we have and is our first line of defence against the outside world.
I have given the recipe for homemade-holy-crap-it-works-deodorant (now called "Happy Pits") to countless patients... only 1 has made it and I haven't seen him since. Why? Because it worked (his wife told me this and excessive sweating was his only complaint). I did a seminar here at the clinic a few months ago on natural beauty tips and a lovely participant kindly said "can't you just make it for us?". And thus, Happy Pits was born.
Happy Pits is moisturizing organic coconut oil as a base, with baking soda as the odour-absorbing powerhouse and arrowroot powder as its thickener. You'll still sweat, but let's be honest: don't you sweat through antiperspirants anyway? And guess what? You're supposed to sweat. It's what your pores want to do to detoxify the body and eliminate cellular waste products. When you clog them up with aluminum from a conventional antiperspirant, they will try and push more out resulting in an increase in sweating. Not what you want, right? It takes a month or so for your pores to adjust, but eventually you'll notice you sweat less, it's less stinky, and it stains your clothes less. Win-win-win.
Happy Pores is another 3-ingredient cleanser with the light and lovely apricot kernel oil as its base along with a local, raw honey with powerful cleansing and antimicrobial effects. These don't mix, so it's blended with a smidgeon of Emulsimulse which is a vegetable-based emulsifier that's EcoCert certified for use in organic cosmetics. So wait, wash your face with oil? What? Yes. Oil dissolves oil, so this cleanser can be used to remove make-up with ease. It also keeps oil on the skin to help regulate oil production: your skin needs oil as its protective barrier, so when you continually strip the oil away, it will make more in response. Not what you want again, right? By using oil on your skin, you're giving it what it wants. By using antimicrobial honey, it works to combat p.acnes which is the bacteria responsible for causing zits. Win-win.
Bye Bye Bug Bar is a summer special, using a solid base of pesticide-free local beeswax and skin nourishing coconut oil and shea butter. Studies have shown that a combination of essential oils were more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes - so why don't we use these instead? These Bars have lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, lemon balm, and catnip in them and smell great. They're not overpowering like most essential oil products but effective enough to keep them away from a bug-magnet like me!
All of these are available at Peak Health and Wellness for purchase! They are made for you by yours truly, and yes, they work. I'm happy to share the recipes with you if you're not nearby - feel free to ask!
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