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deo update: fat and the moon keeps on slaying

I wrote a post several months ago comparing two of the best zero waste deodorants on the market — Meow Meow Tweet and Schmidt’s. And I still standby the fact that they are two great brands, with pros and cons to both of their deodorants. Check out that article here.

But, I’ve come to find my favorite deodorant. Dudes. It’s perfect.

I don’t smell, it’s all-natural with incredible ingredients, and the company is wonderful.

No surprise, the deodorant is made by Fat and the Moon — my favorite company.

Before I delve into why I’m freaking out over this dope deodorant, this is REALLY important to understand about natural deodorants…

you can’t switch overnight

Here’s why.

For years you’ve been bathing your pits in antiperspirant garbage. Your underarms have grown accustomed to what you’ve been lathering under there. You’ve gotta give your pits some breathing room. They’ve gotta detox.

People detox in several different ways. PureAndRadiant.org has an incredible explanation of why and how to detox your pits. Check out the blog post here.

Buuutttt, I didn’t do it their way. They tell you to make a spray (using essential oils *check out why I choose Young Living here* + apple cider vinegar) that you spritz on your armpits morning and night. And that’s a great idea and something I’d recommend, honestly!

What did I do? I simply didn’t wear deodorant for a few days.

Yeah…. I know… I’m foul. But I’m telling you, it worked well for me.

I didn’t wear deodorant for about a week and during that time, I would really exfoliate my underarms while I was in the shower (just using gentle, natural soap, like Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, and a wash cloth).

Typically within a week — though it can take shorter or longer depending on how your body feels — you’ll be able to use your natural deodorant.

That’s a big issue people run into with natural deodorants — they either get rashes or irritation or they think they just simply don’t work because they never gave their pits some time to breathe.

natural deodorants don’t have antiperspirant

I’m a big sweater. I’m one of those people who spend 20 minutes outside and get red-faced, dripping in sweat and smelling less than desirable.

In middle and high school, as well as college, I was super self-conscious about it. I remember when I would literally put paper towels underneath my clothes before going to school in the morning because I was petrified of having sweat stains.

Now, I look back and laugh. I was so self-conscious (about my weight, my skin, my sweating, my voice — everything!) and it kept me self-consumed and self-destructive. I was unhealthy in so many ways back then — especially mentally.

But now I don’t feel worried about sweating. I don’t care that I get pit stains when it’s warm. I don’t feel restricted to just wear baggy clothes all of the time because my BMI is less than ideal.

Sweating is healthy. It’s our body’s way of cooling itself down. Deodorants that clog your pores and claim to stop you from sweating aren’t actually doing your body any favors! They’re just fulfilling a false standard of beauty that our society has thrown onto us.

Sweating is good, not bad or ugly!

Natural deodorants may not stop you from sweating because they lack antiperspirant. Antiperspirant may be linked to hormonal issues…. so you’re better off without it!

But if you find the right natural deo, they should tame your B.O. and keep you feeling fresh, even when it’s hot as heck out and you’re sweating bullets.

fat and the moon’s deodorant cream to the rescue

Fat and the Moon sent me this deodorant to try and let me tell you what, I was so surprised at how good it worked I almost didn’t believe it. I actually had my husband smell me to make sure it wasn’t in my head.

I put some on before work and was impressed I didn’t smell bad all day. It wasn’t hot outside, so I was thinking maybe it was a fluke…

So then I put it to the REAL test. Hot yoga.

If you’re not familiar with hot yoga, it’s a yoga class in a room that’s jacked up to 80-90 degrees. You’re essentially doing a vinyasa flow in a sauna. And it’s HOT. So hot that everybody sweats in places they never knew they could sweat.

Knee caps sweat? Well they sure do at hot yoga.

I was driving home after my yoga class and thought, I wonder if this little cream worked at all?

I smelled my pits and… smelled… nothing.

I laughed. There’s no way this all-natural, zero waste deodorant actually held up during hot freaking yoga.

I got home and asked Mike if he smelled anything. He didn’t.

I was immediately sold. This is the best deodorant — not just “natural, zero waste” deo, but deodorant in general — that I’ve ever used.

let’s take a closer look at this deo

The cream comes in a glass jar with a metal lid (sustainable A.F.!). I reuse these containers constantly for diys. They’re the BEST.

Here are the ingredients:

coconut oil*
baking soda (aluminum free)
arrowroot starch*
beeswax
essential oils of black pepper*
clary sage*
bergamot*
tea tree*
grapefruit*
(*Organic)

You take a little bit of the cream onto your finger (about a pea-size) and rub it on your pits. If you haven’t used a cream deodorant like this before, it may feel a little weird at first, but within a couple uses you totally get used to it. I don’t even think about it anymore!

Something important to note: some folks notice redness and irritation when they use products with baking soda. I haven’t noticed that with this.

They also have a sensitive pit cream option, but the normal version works a lot better for me!

Also, my friend used this deodorant cream and got a little red under her arms. She kept using it and about a week later her body was used to it!

Go with your body and what works for you. If you’re experiencing irritation, you may be allergic to baking soda. Or, there’s a chance your body hasn’t detoxed enough from traditional products.

When in doubt, play it safe and trust what your body is telling you!

it may be a bit pricey for some folks

So… this deodorant isn’t cheap. But you get what you pay for!

With this product, there are three sizes: 0.5 ounces, 2 ounces and 6 ounces.

This stuff lasts months because a little goes a long way!

And the 6 ounce jar is really big. (It’s the one I have in my pictures.)

My suggestion? Try out the little 0.5 ounce tin and see if you like it! If you do, keep it for when you travel and purchase a larger size! And once you’re done with the little tin, you can reuse it or refill it with deo from your larger jar! :]

The majority of the ingredients in this deodorant are organic. Each product is handmade. Fat and the Moon is sustainable, ethical, eco-friendly, inclusive, body-positive, and female owned.

I’m in love with every single product I’ve used from them. Right now, their aloe lotion is doubling as a moisturizer and primer for me before I put my makeup on, and it’s THE BEST.

Check out my review of their brand to find out why I’m so obsessed with their stuff! You can read that review here.

what deo do you use? :]

what i wish i knew before using a safety razor

I got a safety razor last year because I knew it was the eco-friendly thing to do.

What I didn’t know was that safety razors are SHARP, they rust easily and there’s a bit of a learning curve to shaving with one.

I wished someone would’ve created a guide to owning a safety razor, from how to store it to how to use it and keep it clean.

As with many things throughout my zero waste journey, I’ve learned a lot though trial and error. And when it comes to safety razors… most of my knowledge has come from first-hand mess ups like rusty razors, dull blades, and cuts…

I’ve compiled a few tips I wish I knew before using a safety razor. If you’re considering investing in one, I HIGHLY recommend it. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to using a pink plastic guy. But it does take a little getting used to.

Without further ado, here are my tips and tricks for zero waste shaving with a safety razor.

What is a safety razor?

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A safety razor is an old-school razor. It was invented in the 1800s as a safer way to shave as opposed to using straight razors.

But once plastic became a big hit, people started buying plastic options and forgetting about our old-timey friend: The Safety Razor.

Thankfully, safety razors are becoming trendy again — especially for dudes who love grooming their facial hair.

There are loads of different kinds of safety razors on the market right now. Here are a few good brands to check out:

*Albatross

(also check out Package Free Shop… that’s where I got my Albatross razor)

The Art of Shaving

West Coast Shaving

Leaf Shave

*I personally use a butterfly safety razor from Albatross and I love it. It’s definitely more of a classic safety razor feel and style. But it’s 100% recyclable, the company prioritizes the environment and ocean, and the packaging is zero waste. Pretty dope!

I’ve heard great things about The Art of Shaving, West Coast Shaving and Leaf Shave… but I haven’t personally tried those ones.

What I do like about The Art of Shaving is that they have lots of great shaving cream products that have pretty decent ingredients and that come in reusable containers.

The Art of Shaving specializes in the old-school shaving brush method to apply your shaving cream. I’ve heard INCREDIBLE things about it, but I make my own shaving cream instead. I’m cheap, my option works great and it’s more eco-friendly.

Why would I use a safety razor?

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It’s much better for the environment. As opposed to a plastic razor that you use for a month or two and then throw away, a safety razor lasts for years, it’s recyclable and the blades are recyclable, too.

Also, the shave is excellent once you get the hang of using it!

How do I use this thing?

So you essentially use it the same way you’d use a plastic razor. You lather your leg (or underarms or face or whatever) with shaving cream/soap and press the razor lightly onto your skin and shave in an upwards motion.

Here are a few suggestions….

  1. Keep the blade at a 45 degree angle when shaving. You don’t want to press in too hard on your skin or you may cut yourself; but you also don’t want to put zero pressure on the blade because then you won’t actually shave any hair. It takes practice, but go slow and keep the blade so it’s gliding against your skin.dcb_9852
  2. Exfoliate. This is such a simple step that often gets overlooked. Be sure to exfoliate your whole body a few days a week. I have an eco-friendly loofah that I use to scrub my body. Not only will it make your skin softer, but it removes dead skin cells, helps blood circulate through your body and just gives you a better overall clean.
  3. Use a good shaving cream. I make my own shaving cream using Castile soap, water, avocado oil and essential oils.

Be sure to put the ingredients in a foaming pump container (I got mine from Walmart and Amazon. You can find them most places… just be sure it says it’s foaming!).I fill the container up about 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Then I add about 2-3 TBSP of Castile soap and 1-1.5 TBSP of avocado oil (you can use any carrier oil you’d like. Avocado is super moisturizing, which is why I use that one!). Then, feel free to add any essential oils you’d like. I use Peace + Calming and Sacred Mountain from Young Living. But you can also use Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, or whatever else you’d like.

You can also buy shaving creams if you don’t want to make your own. The Art of Shaving has many options that have decent ingredients (check out the Think Dirty app for the ingredients of tons of different products). What I like about the Art of Shaving one is that you buy a container that holds the soap and then just replace the soap. Love how sustainable that is!

Also, Albatross has some options, too, that seem awesome and totally eco-friendly! Young Living has options, too, though YL’s aren’t eco-friendly yet.

How do I store it?

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So when I first got my safety razor I kept it in the shower, just like I would with my plastic razors.

Yeah… bad idea. It’s metal. Metal + water = rust. For whatever reason I didn’t think about that. My razor got super rusty. I kept trying to clean it off but the rust kept coming back because I wasn’t keeping it dry enough.

I ended up getting a new one because I dropped mine and it broke (it was my fault, not the quality of the razor). But I needed a new one anyways because mine was rusty. Now that I’ve learned what to do and not to do, my razor is thriving!

  1. Keep it clean. After you use it be sure to rinse it off so that no cream or soap is on the blade or the razor itself.
  2. Dry it off. This is what I never did and is the reason mine got rusty. Once you rinse it off, take your towel and dry it off. Also take the blade out and dry that off, too. It will make your blade last longer and keep your razor looking brand new.
     
  3. Store it in a dry place. I used to keep mine by my bathroom sink, but then it would get bumped and fall on the floor, or water would splash on it from people washing their hands. Now, after I dry it off, I store it in the cupboard above my toilet with my other products. Every time I shave, I take the razor out of the cupboard, bring it in the shower with me and then return it to it’s little cupboard home once I’m finished.

It may sound like that’s a lot of effort for a razor. But I don’t even think about it anymore. It takes 30 seconds to wash it off, dry it and store it. Really. It’s so easy and it’s just become part of my routine.

What about the blades?

 

So your razor should come with at least ten new blades. I replace mine once every month or two, or when I’m noticing I’m not getting as close of a shave. You can order more online from whatever shop you got your safety razor from. They’re super cheap. Also, the blades are recyclable. But NOT in your curbside bin. I keep mine in a little container in my bathroom. Once it’s full, I’ll take it to my recycling company and have them properly recycled.

Replacing the blades of your safety razor is going to be different for each razor. Generally, you’ll have a razor and blades. My butterfly safety razor has a swivel on the bottom of the handle. I turn the swivel to open the top of the razor… it’ll open up almost like it’s opening it’s wings (i.e. the reason it’s named the butterfly razor). You simply place the razor blade in the space between the two “wings,” swivel the wings shut, and you’re good to go! Easy, quick, convenient.

OK, talk to me about price.

I got the Flagship Butterfly Safety Razor from Albatross and it’s $30. It comes with 10 blades. When you need more blades, they only cost $0.15 each. Yes, that’s it.

I’d also recommend one with the longer handle. Check it out here. For shaving legs, I hear a longer handle is better. It’s $10 more, but might be worth the investment. My first razor was the $20 one. It works great! But I like how easy it is to replace the blades with the butterfly option.

The Art of Shaving has pretty expensive razors, but they’re supposed to be great quality. Check out those here.

West Coast Shaving company has a range of safety razors starting from $30 and moving into the hundreds. Check out their collection here.

The Leaf starts at $79, but comes in a kit. I’ve heard great things because the design of the razor is a lot like a plastic razor. The learning curve isn’t as steep as a safety razor like Albatross, so if that’s a major concern for you, the Leaf might be your best bet! And there’s a lifetime warranty — so that’s excellent!

 

Do you use a safety razor? Why or why not? What’s holding you back?

road trippin’ the low waste way

Everybody loves a good road trip. And one of my favorite parts — other than making yet another Spotify playlist — is packing snickety snacks. Or more often, buying snacks along the way.

I live in Pittsburgh, and our go-to, top notch gas station is Sheetz. (Wawa folks can just stop reading this post now ;])

But Sheetz, like most gas stations, feels pretty limited on their plastic-free/zero waste options. And honestly, they kind of are. But there are ways to prioritize limiting your plastic while still being able to buy your favorite snacks from a gas station.

I’ve come up with a few low waste options to keep in mind next time you’ve got a hankering for a gas station snickety snack.

Note: not all gas stations have the same food/drink options… but I went to two different gas stations (Speedway and Sheetz) to check out what they’ve got. I tried to use pretty generic food and drink options that you can find at just about any stop.

Another note: obviously, the most zero waste way to snack/eat/drink on a road trip is to pack a cooler beforehand and/or dine in. But that’s not always feasible or what ends up happening. So in cases where you didn’t have additional time to plan ahead, here are some other options for ya.

DRINKS

THE REFRIGERATED SECTION IS YOUR FRIEND

Most of the time fountain drinks aren’t gonna be plastic free. A lot of gas stations have Styrofoam or plastic cups with plastic lids and straws. Not ideal.

Head to the big refrigerators and basically go to town. Opt for an aluminum can of pop over a bottle if you can. Aluminum is SUPER recyclable. Or go for a glass bottle.

Honestly, I think you can even go for a plastic bottle, too, as long as you recycle it.

Plastic isn’t bad. That’s important to understand. Unnecessary plastic is, but plastic in general — especially in the medical field! — isn’t something to be afraid of.

I do think limiting the amount of plastic we use is excellent! And I do think if you can opt for something that’s not in plastic, you definitely should. But if you’re thirsty and drooling over that thirst quenching Gatorade in the fridge… don’t totally deprive yourself. Buy it! Just be sure to recycle it!

ASK FOR NO LID AND NO STRAW AT THE “MADE-TO-ORDER” WINDOW

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Maybe you’re really in the mood for a made-to-order iced latte or smoothie. You can still get your favorite drink, just ask the people making your beverage if they can skip out on the lid and/or straw.

Ask it with confidence and no one will blink an eye. And if they do, maybe it’ll get them to start thinking about why you don’t want to use so much plastic and the importance of limiting their waste. Who knows!

Or if you want to get a fountain drink and forgot your reusable thermos, use a plastic cup they provide, but skip out on the lid and straw.

BRING YOUR THERMOS/REUSABLE CONTAINER WITH YOU

This one’s pretty obvious. If you’re going on a road trip, bring a coffee thermos and a drink thermos with you. Or, just bring one and wash it out in the sink when you want to switch between coffee and a smoothie or fountain drink.

Just ask beforehand! Go to the check out and say, “Hey, I brought my own thermos. It’s 20 ounces, is it OK if I use it to get my coffee (or smoothie or coke)?”

More than likely, they’ll pause curiously and say, “Oh, uh… sure.” And it’s as simple as that. Hey, they might even give you 10% off for bringing in your own container — ya never know!

FOOD

OPT FOR PLASTIC-FREE FRUIT OR DONUTS

Some gas stations carry fruit like apples, oranges and bananas. They’re naturally zero waste (the peel is compostable/biodegradable) and are super healthy for you.

If you’re feeling something else sweet, a lot of gas stations also carry donuts. Often, they have paper/tissue paper bags to carry your donuts in. That’s an excellent option!

SEARCH FOR ALUMINUM

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Lots of nuts come in aluminum containers. Sometimes they have plastic lids, but hey, you’re doing your best! And it’s a better option than the plastic bag of nuts you could buy. Opt for the aluminum container over the plastic bag :]

LOLLIPOPS/SUCKERS CAN BE OK

Some suckers (AKA lollipops) are wrapped in just a small bit of plastic. They’re not too bad! And they last a while when you’re driving. I’m a big fan of a good sucker. Again, not the best option as far as waste goes, but it’s also not the worst either!

MADE-TO-ORDER FOOD ISN’T ALWAYS AS WASTEFUL AS YOU THINK

Most made-to-order food counters wrap your sandwich in a wrapper of some sort (which is often not recyclable because if it has food waste on it, it cannot be recycled) and a paper bag. But that’s actually not too much waste considering other has station options.

Usually wraps and sandwiches come in a paper/aluminum/plastic-y wrap that isn’t really recyclable, but that’s not too much waste for an entire meal. Also, the bag they give it to you in might be recyclable (if it’s a paper bag!). Sheetz gives you your food in a plastic bag. If you’re at Sheetz or another spot with plastic bags, ask them to skip out on the plastic bag. That’s even less waste to worry about! Or, if you forget, use the plastic bag in your car as a mini to-go trash container. Get as many uses out of your plastic as possible!

If you’re going for a salad, most salad containers are somewhat recyclable. As long as their rinsed out properly, to-go salad bins will most likely be able to go in your curbside pick up or at another recycling facility. Try to remember to bring your own cutlery! They’ll give you a plastic fork that is likely wrapped in plastic, too. Do your best to say “no thanks!” to the plastic cutlery before they whip up your salad.

GO FOR CONTAINERS THAT ARE MADE WITH PLASTICS #1+2

Some gas stations carry plastic containers of either freshly made food or trail mix. Flip the container over and look for the triangle that looks like a recycling symbol. A number should be in the middle. If it’s a 1 or 2, you’re good to go! (The number is hard to see in the photo above, but this mixed fruit container is a plastic #1.)

Plastics #1+2 are the most easily recyclable plastics. Most recycling companies will take them — curbside or otherwise — and they’re easy for recycling companies to reuse. Also, those plastics are super common.

It’s obviously not ideal, but if you’re traveling and have a hankering for something in a plastic container, try to opt for one of those plastics. And then RECYCLE it. If you’re interested in learning more about different numbered plastics, check out my post here.

GENERAL RULE OF THUMB: GO BIG OR GO HOME

Well, kind of. I don’t mean if you’re going to buy plastic, buy a ton of little plastic-wrapped granola bars.

If you’re going to buy something that comes in plastic, go for the largest option. Get the most for your money and you’ll only have to buy one piece of plastic as opposed to two or three or twelve.

For instance, if you want candy, get a bigger bag of it. Also, try and get a bag that has loose candy inside. If you want starburst, maybe opt for skittles instead. Sometimes you can find resealable bags of starburst and other kinds of candy. Go for those so that you’re only using one piece of plastic as opposed to individually wrapped pieces of candy that are actually coated in a waxy paper that has bits of plastic in it too. Your starburst wrappers are not recyclable.

Again, these are just some guidelines. I understand that it can be tough to find low waste/plastic-free options at the gas station. But it’s not impossible!

TAKEAWAYS

Do your best! Don’t beat yourself up if you forget to bring your reusable cutlery or thermos. It happens!

There are ways to use less waste at the gas station as long as you prioritize it. When in doubt, opt for glass or aluminum. When those aren’t available, go for a super recyclable plastic — like those marked #1+2. If you can’t find anything that isn’t covered in plastic, at the very least, when checking out say you don’t want a plastic bag to put your items in. That’s one less plastic item you used! Hooray! You’re killing it! :]

Do what you can and be as mindful as possible. But don’t give yourself a stomach ache or an anxiety attack for using plastic. The plastic wrapping from your granola bar is not going to set the world on fire. Just try to do your best to limit. Remember, zero waste is a mindset. It’s about small sustainable changes. If we all do a little bit, that’s a whole lot of good that’s happening. :]