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Natural Deodorant and Why Probiotics Are Crucial When It Comes to Body Odor

Jill Stacey

Bacteria Causes Body Odor

Bacteria Causes Body Odor

We've all had it happen: While in a public place, maybe a crowded train, at the gym, or even while waiting in line at a local Whole Foods store... All of a sudden, without warning, you catch an other-than-pleasant odor emanating from someone within sniffing range. You might attempt to distance yourself a bit, but in this situation, oftentimes you just have to practice shallow breathing and wait for it to pass. You are immediately reminded of the importance of deodorant. 

About body odor

No matter who you are, you have some sort of body odor. Whether it is detectable to the average nose or not is another story. Some people are naturally without strong scent, while others fall on the opposite end of the spectrum. I have tried to unlock the mysteries of this little puzzle, and it has proven quite tricky to figure out. There seem to be many factors at play here....

It is said that perspiration is actually odorless. So it is not actually sweating that causes an unpleasant scent, but rather bacteria and odors from other sources.

A common contributor to body odors lies on the surface of the skin. Because of the nature of the underarm area (being a place where perspiration is likely to transpire), it can be a place of refuge for all sorts of bacteria. This is perfectly healthy and natural. However, with the use of common deodorants, resident bacteria can easily get tipped off balance, causing the proliferation of odor-producing undesirable bacteria...and contributing to more strongly scented body odors. It can become a challenging and difficult to resolve cycle.

Another possible cause of body odor are toxins being shifted around or released from the body. Strategic, targeted, and personalized cleansing regimens can greatly assist in decreasing body odor. Addressing dietary and nutritional imbalances in the body can also serve to assist in the alleviation of unappealing odors. 

How to get rid of body odor

Because there are many potential causative factors that can contribute to body odor, it is best to take a multi-directional approach when working to resolve the issue. First, do a careful evaluation of where you are at with your overall health. Implement gentle detoxification strategies tailored to your own needs. 

The next strategy is to find the perfect natural deodorant for your body. If you are currently using a product that contains unnatural ingredients (which are also found in most "natural" deodorants), its time to make the switch to something that promotes balance rather than imbalance....something that actually helps you to break the cycle of unpleasant body odor. 

All natural deodorant

When shopping for a safe and effective natural deodorant, be sure to read over the label carefully. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to find products that are actually as natural as they claim to be. Taking the time to educate yourself about the ingredients in the products that you choose and use is an empowering endeavor.

Certain chemicals present in deodorants actually kill all of the bacteria that live on the skin at the site of application, even the bacteria that is favorable and works to prevent body odor. In addition, you will oftentimes find chemicals that are toxic to the body. Anti-perspirants further the damage done, through their action of blocking the sweat glands and preventing the release of toxins, as well containing health damaging heavy metals, like aluminum.

The creation of something new: Why I developed my own line of all natural deodorant

I could see that there was a tremendous need for safe, effective, healthy and harmonizing natural deodorants for people to choose from. I was unable to find anything that met my standards, so Elaa probiotic deodorant was born. Elaa probiotic deodorant works with the body's natural processes, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria on the skin. It brings balance to this special region of the body, allowing for it to function at its optimal level, and also assists in the removal of toxins from the body. In addition, the by-products of this natural and balanced process co-create an intoxicating scent. Elaa probiotic deodorant is powerful in its ability to not only eliminate odor, but also to encourage lasting balance. It is gentle and healing to the delicate and sensitive skin found on this part of the body.

The best deodorant for women

Elaa has several incredible aromas to choose from. You can learn more about the product offerings by clicking on the links. Check out probiotic deodorant - lavender sage blood orangeprobiotic deodorant - jasmine ylang bergamot, or for those who prefer a non floral scent: probiotic deodorant - fresh forest.

The best deodorant for men

For men seeking a healthy, balance-promoting truly natural deodorant, Elaa's probiotic deodorant - fresh forest is an earthy, sensually intoxicating choice. 

probiotic deodorant - lavender sage blood orange

This Probiotic Deodorant is a concentrated, alchemical blend of the most effective deodorizing ingredients available. This is the best natural deodorant out there, in that it works with the body's natural processes, not only preventing odor, but balancing the body, removing toxins, and improving skin and health.

probiotic deodorant - jasmine ylang bergamot

This Probiotic Deodorant is a concentrated, alchemical blend of the most effective deodorizing ingredients available. This is the best natural deodorant out there, in that it works with the bodies natural processes, not only preventing odor, but balancing the body, removing toxins, and improving skin and health.

probiotic deodorant - fresh forest

This Probiotic Deodorant is a concentrated, alchemical blend of the most effective deodorizing ingredients available. This is the best natural deodorant out there, in that it works with the body's natural processes, not only preventing odor, but balancing the body, removing toxins, and improving skin and health.


The Oil Cleansing Method: Inspiring Skin Balance and Radiance

Jill Stacey

Our skin has many functions, including protecting our precious inner-terrain and acting as a powerful organ of elimination. Our skin also acts as a messenger of our overall health, providing us with clues about what may be going on inside the body. It is most certainly something to be treasured and taken care of. 

Healthy Skin

What if there was a simple method that could be used to balance and rejuvenate all skin types in all stages? A foundation to build and refine a customized skincare ritual from and something that could be equally beneficially to those with dry skin or oily skin? Or combination skin? And even sensitive or inflamed skin? Great news! You might be on the brink of discovering something big here, something that could fundamentally shift the way you skin has been behaving....into a state of perfect balance. 

You might have heard of the Oil Cleansing Method before. People who have tried it and stuck with it generally have good things to say about it, really good things, and want to share the information they've learned. I've been using this method for many years and it has revolutionized my skin. Today we're going to take a look at the Oil Cleansing Method to a healthy skincare routine, and maybe you will be inspired to give it a try!

Skin Structure and Function

Image by Daniel de Souza Telles

Let's start with the basics of skin structure, to help us understand just a little bit about what might be going on with our skin and how Oil Cleansing may be helpful. There are three main layers, the outermost being the one we are most familiar with. Here's a little breakdown:

Epidermis

This outermost layer is called the epidermis, and serves to protect us from the external environment. It not only keeps harmful substances out of our bodies, but also assists in the removal of them from inside our bodies as they are carried out through our pores. It is in this top layer that you will also find melanocytes, which are the cells that contain melanin (the pigments that determine our skin color).

Dermis of the Skin

The next layer is known as the dermis, which is where sweat glands, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles are found. This layer is made up of a variety of proteins, collagen, and elastin. This is an important layer in terms of nourishing and supporting for a beautiful glow, and also to consider when decongesting skin from harmful substances (which can play a part in breakouts and other imbalances). In the dermis you will also find an intricate network of capillaries carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Skin Deep 

The subcutis is the innermost layer of the skin. It serves to insulate, shield and protect.

Function of Skin

We have talked about skin's abilities to protect us from the outside world and allow a safe passage for the removal of toxins from our system. It is also responsible for overall moisture retention, regulating our temperature, and producing Vitamin D. In short, the skin is super important to our health on a lot of levels. Now that we have got the basics on skin structure and function down, let's get back to the Oil Cleansing Method and why it works so well....

The Oil Cleansing Method

Applying oil to the skin, particularly when it already seems over-oily, is counter-intuitive for a lot of people. What many people are not yet aware of is this simple truth: oil dissolves oil. When you use the oil cleansing method, all of the impurities that are clogging your pores will be softened and dissolved, and with the application of steam or a warm compress, will be removed altogether. Oil is healthy and necessary for the skin, which is why your body produces it. It lubricates pores so they can carry out toxins with ease, and also works to provide moisture and protection. The production and movement of oil within the skin is a beautiful process, and when it is in balance, the skin is radiant. Trouble arises when the process breaks down somewhere along the way, and suddenly things aren't flowing as easily as they should be. Oil cleansing is the method that can assist in bringing this back into balance, no matter if you skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between.

The Oil Cleansing Method: How to Get Rid of Oily Skin and Acne

At this point, we have learned that oily skin needs oil just as much as dry skin does. It is healthy and healing, and will encourage and bring about oil balance in the skin. The Oil Cleansing Method will greatly assist in the removal of pore-clogging substances, and encourage balance and vitality in the skin, clearing acne and oily skin. If you have been stuck in the trap of using products that overly dry the skin (such as oil-absorbing products or medicated acne treatments), it is time to break free! When you use products that intentionally aim to dry the tissues, the skin will overcompensate and produce even more oil...leading to the continuation of the cycle of oily skin, clogged pores and acne. It's time for a change. . . invite oil into your life!

The Oil Cleansing Method: Bringing Moisture to Dry Skin

Dry skin benefits greatly from the Oil Cleansing Method as well. It will not only clear congested pores, but it will also invite healthy oils into the skin to work their magic. The oils that we will be using are miracle workers in the tissues, clearing inflammations, signs of aging, and restoring deep balance and beauty. Your skin will be thrilled with the results, and the simplicity of the practice makes it refreshingly easy to do.  

Oil Cleansing with Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm

I have just released Elaa's newest treasure, a sensuous beauty balm made for the best, most effective, and divinely enjoyable oil cleansing. With a special combination of herbs, oils, butters, and essential oils, Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm works to swiftly transform the upper two layers of the skin into harmonized balance. In addition to its skin balancing, nourishing, and rejuvenating effects, it also works to balance the spirit with its uplifting therapeutic essential oils. Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm is the foundation for a truly transformational skincare routine. 

How To - The Oil Cleansing Method

*1* Begin with a pearl sized amount of Orange Sky - Facial Cleansing Balm in your hand. 

*2* You may begin on the neck and gently stroke in upwards motions toward the forehead until you have covered your entire face. Begin to gently massage the cleansing balm in delicate circular motions, taking care to ensure that it has completely penetrated the skin. Allow the cleansing balm to work its magic on your tissues for at least 3 minutes, or up to ten minutes if desired. Take this time to soak in the experience, breathing deeply and opening to transformation. Invite in your own self healing power of your body, mind, and spirit in, and both feel in your heart and form a clear picture in your mind of radiant health and beauty.

*3* Use a warm damp cloth to remove, sweeping in upward motions. 

*4* If you have a lot of congestion in the skin, and/or you are in the initial clearing phase of the oil cleansing method, there is an extra step you might consider employing. (This will become unnecessary after your skin balances with continued use of the method). Position your face over a pot of gently steaming water, with towel draped over the back of your head to hold the steam in and allow it to work through your pores. Continue to steam for about 5 minutes. Follow with a cool splash of water.

*5* Finish the ritual with a toner, like Moonlight Mist. The toner will help remove any excess wax or oil from the cleansing balm. Finally, apply a serum & moisturizer, customized to your skin's desires and needs.

Detox Reactions from the Oil Cleansing Method

Sometimes there is a short period of skin detoxification that occurs with the Oil Cleansing Method. As pores that have not been functioning well suddenly begin working efficiently, they desire to push out all of the debris that has been holding the skin back from its innate brilliance. It might even seem that your skin is becoming a little more oily at first. This is your skin cleansing, purging, and rebalancing. Allow the process to happen if it comes. It will not last long, and as you move through it, your skin will be transformed beyond anything it has ever known before!

How to Choose Organic Face and Body Care

Jill Stacey

How  to  Choose  Organic  Face and Body Care

I apply the same principals to skin care as I apply to food. Both are entering my body, whether through my skin or through my mouth. Therefore, because I care about myself, I choose beneficial and healthy substances to eat and use on my skin. Unlike the food industry, there are no legal standards for personal care products sold in the United States, meaning that we need to be savvy when shopping for healthy skin care, or organic face and body care.

1. Become a Conscious Consumer

Read labels! If you can’t pronounce it, forget about it. And if it doesn’t sound natural, it probably isn’t. You might expect a product labeled “pure, natural and organic” to be, well … pure, natural and organic. But you might be in for a surprise. Because there are no legal standards for organic or natural personal care products sold in the United States, companies can, and often do, use these terms for marketing purposes. Just because a product is found in a natural foods store, for example, does not automatically mean it’s safe. Read and analyze the ingredient list carefully before buying.

All of the elaa products are pure, organic or wildcrafted, and natural. Rejoice in safe, natural, luxurious, and powerfully effective skin care!

2. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!

When you’re reading the contents of a bottle of shampoo, or any body care product, ask yourself “Would I eat this?” If I needed to, how would it feel inside my body? Even if you have no idea what an ingredient is, it’s very easy to get a gut-level instinctual reaction, especially when the ingredient you’re looking at is named Butoxyethanol, Nonoxynol-10, Propylene Glycol, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Dioxane, or Ethanolamine.

The skin is our body’s largest organ. It is also our body’s first line of defense against disease. Our skin is easily damaged by external factors (chemicals, synthetics, pollution) and internal factors (poor diet, drugs, etc.).

Our skin is actually the primary means by which we absorb toxic substances. In fact, absorption by the skin is usually many times more efficient than ingestion. The skin absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream, which, in turn, are distributed throughout your body system. That is why there are medicinal patches for Hormone Replacement Therapy, or Nicotene patches. The chemicals are released slowly and absorbed quickly through the skin.

Even though many of the skin care products we put on our skin promise to beautify the skin, the chemicals and synthetic ingredients actually take a terrible toll on the skin and on our general health. Compounds in synthetic cosmetics and perfumes stay trapped in the fatty tissues under the skin and remain there for years. These synthetic compounds require massive amounts of energy for assimilation, absorption, and detoxification – and that’s energy that is being taken away from your health, your beauty, and your life!

3. Define what's Important to You

I have a vast array of criteria when formulating, creating, or selecting skin and body care. Define what your personal criteria for selecting organic facial products, skin care, or body products is.

This is my criteria for elaa products:

  • Natural and plant-based - free of synthetics of any kind.
  • Organic or Wildcrafted – free of chemicals and made from the most potent, living ingredients in nature.
  • Cruelty-free.
  • Raw – living natural ingredients that retain all their life energy, enzymes, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids.
  • Sustainably harvested ingredients
  • Hand-crafted in small batches - freshly made by an actual person, me, with great care and love.
  • Any non-local ingredients are Fair Trade.
  • Eco-friendly packaging and production practices
  • Made with the highest integrity and ethics.
  • Made with the highest quality ingredients possible.

4. Bring Your Own

What about when you go someplace where you are subject to their products, such as a hair or nail salon? Find a hair salon in your area that uses safe, natural products, or do it yourself at home. I have been performing my own pedicures at home lately, and when I do go to a salon, I bring my own toxin-free nail polish (base coat, color, and top coat). Every salon I’ve chosen to has been more than happy to use my products. Also, make sure the salon is well-ventilated; if the smell bowls you over when you walk in, choose a different salon.

Look for Nail Polish that is free of phthalates, formaldehdye, toluene, and acetate/acetone. Aquarella and Suncoat Water-based nail polish are safer brands. To check if your nail polish brand is safe visit the Skin Deep Database.

6. Stay Informed and Spread the Love

Sign up for elaa's Newsletter HERE to stay up to date on healthy, effective skincare.

Tell your friends and loved ones about those nasty, industrial skin care chemicals and share your healthy products with them. Choosing products that are natural, healthy, and close to nature is simple when you feel how beautiful, effective, and enjoyable they are!