LOLA- Organic 100% Cotton Feminine Care

Have you heard about LOLA? It’s a great new company by women, for women that is totally transforming tampons. Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require tampon brands to disclose a comprehensive list of ingredients, so most of them don’t. WHAT?! The more I think about it, I’m not comfortable not knowing what I’m putting in my body.

That’s where LOLA comes in! LOLA tampons are 100% cotton. Plus, LOLA arrives at your door in a customizable assortment at the frequency you choose. I think you should check them out! Plus, if you sign up using my code, you get $5 off your first order! Shipping is always free so it’s totally a win-win.

 

Sign up here

Use my sign up code: kdefrancisco2

 

Enjoy!

Grove Collaborative- Get Free Stuff

Okay so I know you want to use natural products and let’s be honest this can get expensive. Not to fear, Mrs. Maker is here. Sign up through the above link and not only get $10 off your first order. If you spend $20 you also get:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Grove Co. Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Lotion
  • Free 60-day VIP Trial
  • Free shipping

Now, you can subscribe to get products delivered each month or so to your door, or you can do what I did and cancel the future orders until you decide if these products are right for you and your family, and how often you want them.

Just a little bit about Grove Collaborative, Grove Collaborative is dedicated to helping everyone create a healthy, beautiful home. They grew out of a simple belief: the best natural products for your home and family should be the easiest to get.

At Grove Collaborative, they do the work to find amazing, affordable and effective natural products – from non-toxic laundry detergents that are tough on stains to sustainably sourced argan oil that will make your hair and skin glow.

Life is too busy for last minute errands so they deliver to your doorstep, on your schedule.

They work in collaboration with partner brands that share their values and vision. Everything you’ll find here meets the Grove Standard:

  • Uncompromisingly healthy.
  • Beautifully effective.
  • Sustainably minded.
  • Amazingly affordable.

Welcome to the beauty of Grove Collaborative.

Grove Collaborative is a Certified B Corp. one of just 1,700 companies like Patagonia, Seventh Generation, Etsy, and Ben & Jerry’s that meet the world’s most rigorous standard for businesses supporting social, environmental and community wellbeing.

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Stick 

You may or may not know that Mr. Maker and I are Italian. I say that because in every stereotype we usually match up 100%.  The trouble has been finding a aluminum free deodorant that WORKS. According to http://www.naturallivingideas.com,  Today, about 95% of Americans use deodorant, making it an $18 billion a year industry. Our family spends about $20 per month on this smell blocking solution.

Why should you care?

 

They Contain Toxic Chemicals… Deodorants contain a myriad of unpronounceable ingredients, many of which pose serious health concerns.And putting chemicals on our skin may actually be worse than eating them, because they enter the bloodstream without any filtering. (Whereas when we eat, enzymes in the saliva and stomach break down what’s ingested and flush it out of the body).…Like Hormone Disruptors…one of the chemicals found in deodorants and antiperspirants are known endocrine disruptors – such as a class of substances called parabens (listed under the names butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben).These preservatives prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast, but research shows they negatively impact the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects…And Carcinogens…Aluminum compounds (like aluminum chlorohydrate) are used in deodorants to block the sweat ducts.  They have been found to mimic estrogen, which promotes growth of breast cancer cells.It should be noted that studies on breast cancer and aluminum are inconclusive due to conflicting findings, although at least one study has found that the age of breast cancer diagnosis was significantly earlier in women who used antiperspirant deodorants and shaved their underarms more frequently.imilarly, parabens come under the spotlight in relation to breast cancer too. A 2004 study found parabens in 18 out of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors (although researchers cannot say the parabens caused the tumors).And Even Pesticides, despite being registered as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency, an antibacterial agent called triclosan is commonly found in deodorants (and several soaps and other personal care products).Triclosan is flagged as a risk to both human health and the environment, and animal studies have shown it alters hormone regulation and contributes to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Research has also linked triclosan with allergies, weight gain, inflammatory responses and thyroid dysfunction, and there are concerns it may interfere with fetal development in pregnant women.Worryingly, research in 2008 found triclosan in the urine of nearly 75% of people tested!

If that is not enough to get you to look at the other options, here are a few more. They Can Irritate the Skin- Ever had a bad reaction to your deodorant? It’s not surprising.Ingredients like silica and triclosan are known skin irritants that can cause itchiness, rash, swelling or redness. Alcohol, parabens and artificial fragrances are also prime suspects when it comes to a deodorant-induced skin reaction.Not only is the thin skin of the armpits especially prone to allergic reactions and irritations, but the moist environment is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, making it even more important to be choosy about what you apply there.

If your health is not enough, think of your wardrobe.

They Stain Your Clothes-Whether its white marks on a black dress, or yellow stains on a white shirt, deodorant is one of the worst offenders for staining clothing.The Wall Street Journal reports that deodorant makers, detergent manufacturers, stain-removal companies, doctors and textile professors all disagree on what exactly causes the underarm staining, although many believe it’s the aluminum in the antiperspirants – just another reason to give these harsh chemicals a miss.

They Are Expensive- Sure, you can pick up a deodorant stick for a few dollars but when you can go without, or make your own all-natural version for mere cents, why waste your money on the conventional varieties?

Like any good Home Spun Gal, DIY deodorant is in the works. I have my ingredient list from the Schmidts packaging and will begin working on a few versions to determine the best blend, before revealing to my fellow readers. In the meantime, I can not recommend this enough.

I am interested in knowing any other “natural” deodorants that have worked for you.

Method Smarty Dish Plus Product Review

On my quest to find a gluten free dish washing pod, I can honestly say I have found the answer. Just a few things that I love. This product works in a modern dishwasher. There are no phosphates and no chlorine bleach. It is vegan and gluten free. There are zero spots left on my glasses or dishes. It’s in a lightweight pouch that uses 87% less plastic than the comparable, smaller footprint.

Product Review Method Smarty Dish Plus Dishwasher Detergent Packs, Lemon Mint, 45 Count

Cost $13.99