July/August Favorites: Soapwalla Deodorant, Coolibar, Camellia Oil, Celsus Scar Cream, Propolis Toothpaste Reviews
Let’s jump right in!
1. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, $12. I recently posted an article on how to make your own natural deodorant, and shortly thereafter I discovered Soapwalla. The ingredients are along the same lines, but with some added niceties like clay and essential oils (plus it’s already made for you, if you’re not into DIY). It has a lovely smooth texture, a pleasant smell that both guys and gals can wear, and most importantly it works. It does not have the unfortunate side effect of actually making you smell bad, like many natural deodorants tend to do. It won’t stop the sweat (you don’t want to do that anyway), but you will have total peace of mind knowing you won’t stink. At all. For the whole day. Hoorah.
2. Coolibar UPF Clothing, price varies. I have been mildly obsessed with UV-protective “stuff” lately, especially since I have totally given up on finding a sunblock that will a.) not clog my pores or b.) make me itchy and dried out. I can’t just go without sun protection though, so my solution has been UPF clothing, parasols, big ass hats, and dark UV tinting on the car windows. I am all for getting that vitamin D production in, but I am not about to surrender to UV-induced wrinkles and sun damage. Coolibar’s selection and quality is pretty good, but their prices are a little high. I bought their crazy-looking face mask just for driving and to pretend I was Bane. It’s a small, thin cloth mask rated UPF 50 and very basic, with a bit of velcro. It was $25, which I feel is about $10 overpriced. Anyway, check them out, because I still like the fact they use UPF 50+ fabrics and the clothing (except their masks) doesn’t look cheesy.
3. Oshima Camellia Seed Oil, $16. While I love other oils for various reasons and uses (sweet almond for eye makeup removal, coconut for blemishes, etc.), camellia has been my summertime favorite for its super fast absorption, the lovely sheen it leaves on the skin, and its long-lasting moisturizing properties. I don’t feel like an oil slick when I wear it, so daytime application is fantastic. At night, I wash my face and apply it to slightly damp skin. In the morning, my skin is incredibly soft with zero flakes. In love! By the way, you literally need only two drops for your whole face – I have been using this oil for 2 months and I know I have at least 4 months left in my tiny glass bottle.
4. Celsus Scar Cream, $24. I bought this completely natural (Epic Beauty Guide-approved ingredients for the win!) about 2 weeks ago for some small, old brownish blemish scars/sun damage on my chin that my rosehip oil and vitamin E weren’t eliminating. The directions say to apply it a few times per day and massage it in until absorbed – so I did just that, and applied it once in the morning and once at night. It smells nice, the scent dissipates once you’ve massaged it in, and sinks in completely after about 5–10 minutes. I was worried that it would clog up my pores, considering that almost everything else does (sunblock, I’m talking to you), so I am surprised and relieved to discover that this cream has no ill effects on my skin. I’ve been using the cream religiously for 1 1/2 weeks and those old spots on the right side of my chin are GONE. Not faded. Not “kind of” gone. But GONE. And those spots were there for over a year! I was not expecting these results. If you’re struggling with some old or new scars, I can wholeheartedly say to definitely give this cream a try (and follow the directions!).
5. Holocuren Pure Propolis Toothpaste, $13. Yes, this is toothpaste. A big fat tube of yummy, super simple, bacteria-killin’ toothpaste. The ingredients are antibacterial and healing for the gums, and include tea tree oil, propolis (a very healing, nutrient rich bee product), and glycerin (some say glycerin coats the enamel and prevents it from regenerating, but I have not seen any scientific evidence of this). I just bought it this week for my fiance and ended up using it too. I normally rinse and wash with plain ole’ 3% hydrogen peroxide (I sometimes get questions about this, but yes it’s super safe, super effective, very gentle, and approved by my very conservative and excellent dentist) and my Sonicare toothbrush, but I wanted to give this a shot. My fiance used to be an Aquafresh guy, but most commercial toothpastes contain all kinds of irritants, artificial colors, etc. and the chemical concoction made his lips peel. (On a sidenote, if you tend to get pimples around your mouth, switch to a natural toothpaste like Holocuren or Weleda.) For over a year now, he has been using Weleda Salt toothpaste, but it can give you a funny smell to your breath the next morning. Not a dealbreaker per se, but after trying this propolis toothpaste, it instantly makes your breath smell glorious, and the next morning, it still smells fresh (disclaimer: if you have a bad diet, toothpaste alone isn’t going to give you super fresh breath).