Why Going Green is Better for You and Your Wallet

Needless to say, we’re big fans of the green movement.  Our entire product line reflects that.  And, while it may be our mission to “green” skincare, we think it is important to go green across the board, and simply live our most eco friendly life.

And so, in the name of our sweet Mother Earth, we’re here to shed some light on exactly what it is that you get out of going green, and how you can do it.  Because as if being better to our planet isn’t reason enough, going green is also better for both you, and your wallet.

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Green Your Diet

When people think of “going green” in regards to diet, they tend to simply think of shopping organic.  While yes, this is important, and better for you (because the only thing we dislike more than harsh chemicals in our skincare products, are harsh chemicals in our food).  It is not the only way to green your diet.  There are little changes you can make that don’t entirely revolve around organic groceries.

In the summertime, plant and grow some of your own vegetables.  We don’t expect you to grow an entire farm of crops obviously, but start with some kale and lettuce.  In doing so, you’ll save money on buying a couple of veggies at the store (and save yourself from snacking on nasty pesticides you may not know about).

Plus, isn’t it a little rewarding to know that you’re eating something you’ve grown yourself.  Farm-to-table’s all the rage and you can make it happen right on your front porch.

Green Your Home

The pros of “green-ing” your house honestly outweigh the cons immensely.  Partially because there literally are no cons to having a more eco friendly household.

By replacing regular light bulbs with CFL bulbs, you’ll cutback 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions…with just one light bulb.  Not to mention, you’ll cutback your energy bill an impressive amount.  And, want to cut your energy bill even more?  When it’s bright out, open up the blinds and let the natural light brighten up your house for you.

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Green Your Self

By being good to yourself, you’re being good to the environment.  You wouldn’t expose the earth to harsh chemicals, so don’t expose your skin to them either.  Buying natural products helps you be kinder to yourself, and the environment, at the same time.

And, natural products can actually be better for your budget, too.  We don’t like to toot our own horn but our deodorant can last up to one week…let’s see aluminum do that.  So, you’re doing your wallet, and your skin a favor.

While these are all very little steps to an all-around more eco friendly life, little steps are still steps in the right direction.  And, if everyone’s willing to do just a little bit, then that effort isn’t so little anymore.

Deodorants Vs. Antiperspirants: What's The Difference?

To maintain a happy and healthy internal balance, the human body needs to rid itself of built-up impurities that can be absorbed through the skin, as well as through our diets, over time.

These impurities can be a variety of things—ranging from alcohol, cholesterol, heavy metals and sometimes even pesticides. So how can the human body rid itself of these toxins? It secretes them from our pores through the release of sweat.

Sweating is necessary. Sweating is healthy. But let’s face it, sweating can be… unappealing.

It’s wet, it’s sticky and worst of all, it smells bad, so people tend to use products that attempt to mask or eliminate the odor that comes along with secreted sweat. To save from potential sweat-related embarrassment, there are two primary products most people choose from to protect against sweat-odor.

Those two products are deodorants and antiperspirants.

So, what’s the difference?

Perhaps the main difference between the two is the functional application with which they attempt to fight against sweat-odor.

Basically, the reason that sweat smells is that once sweat leaves the body through sweat glands, normal skin bacteria breaks down the liquid sweat. Body odor mainly originates from the apocrine glands in the armpits, which release a thick and oily sweat that is rich in proteins and lipids that bacteria on the skin feeds upon.

Deodorants do exactly what their name implies: “De”-meaning rid, and “odorize”- meaning smell.

So, deodorants look to rid the smell of sweat-odor by eliminating or masking the smell. Many deodorants do this by being alcohol based, as alcohol kills bacteria. And deodorants also have active ingredients that act as a perfume, to not only kill the bacteria that cause odor, but also to mask the odor itself.

As far as antiperspirants go, their function is also distinguishable by the name of the product.

“Anti”- meaning against, and “perspirant”-meaning sweat.

Antiperspirants fight against sweat by attempting to stop or significantly reduce perspiration and therefore, reduce the moist climate in which the bacteria thrive.

In order to accomplish this, most antiperspirants contain aluminum. Aluminium-based complexes react with electrolytes in the sweat to form a kind of “gel plug” in the duct of the sweat gland, which prevent the gland from excreting liquid.

The only problem with aluminum-based complexes is that they can have harmful effects on your skin. The entire concept of blocking your sweat glands so that sweat cannot escape is problematic, considering one of the main reasons we sweat in the first place is as an outlet for our bodies to excrete toxins that the body doesn’t want or need.

Claims over the past 10 years that detail how antiperspirants can cause breast cancer, or Alzheimer’s disease due to their aluminum content are ultimately unfounded, but there are still many other potential harmful effects of using antiperspirants over long periods of time.

All-in-all, the primary difference between deodorants and antiperspirants is the way in which they seek to fight sweat-odor.

Deodorants do it by killing the smell of sweat and masking it with more pleasant scents, while antiperspirants cut off the ability of the glands to excrete sweat entirely, through chemical reactions between aluminum complexes and our sweat glands.

For the more health conscious individual, deodorants probably pose less risks when it comes to long-term health of the bodies sweat glands.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of deodorants on the market, but some deodorant companies have chosen to follow a model that uses ingredients that are not only effective at fighting sweat-odor, but also prevalent in the natural world in order to reduce the risk of harming or irritating the sweat glands or skin.

Lavilin deodorant is a solid example of this model. Our natural deodorants accomplish their intended function with natural herbs and essential oils, and have big-time benefits when considering the long-term health of sweat glands and skin.

If you're interested in giving our Underarm Deodorant Cream a try, we're mailing out free samples for a limited time. Just clink the link above to get started!

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