When you have kids and it’s summertime, you are outdoors. Period. From packing up and picnicking at the beach to playing at the community pool, I am outside ALL. THE. TIME. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome. My mind is free, my body is healthy, and my soul is fulfilled. But I’m also a sweaty, stinky, sandy mess. Sorry, it’s the truth. Since I’m not the type to forego hanging with my kids and enjoying the summertime sun, I have an armory of natural products to keep any odiferous offense at bay.
The key to keeping the icky stickies at bay is a high quality, earth-friendly soap or body wash. You need something that will wash away the oils and environmental dirt that clings to your skin without stripping away moisture. Dr. Wood’s Pure Castile Peppermint Soap is not only a refreshing and invigorating way to start your day, but is rich in Vitamin E to help keep your skin soft and supple. But when I want something a little more sensual, I turn to Alba Botanica Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash in pina colada. It’s light tropical scent makes me feel like I’m vacationing with a fruity umbrella drink in hand and the blend of natural oils and sugar cane extract keep my skin soft, healthy, and glowing.
Your after-shower routine is just as important, though. Too keep wetness and stickiness at bay, a safe but effective body powder is the way to go. Thai Deodorant Stone Pure and Natural Powder is a careful balance of cornstarch and deodorant stone crystals. The talc-free powder is safe to use on your entire body and has a smooth, silky texture that keeps you fresh throughout the day.
Lastly, with all of the concerns over the safety of aluminum in antiperspirants, I’ve switched to natural deodorant. Kiss My Face Deodorant Active Life in cucumber green tea scent is my favorite aluminum-free deodorant. It lasts through the day without needing to reapply and has a light scent that doesn’t overwhelm. This odor-absorbing natural protection is also available in a fragrance-free formula with the same all-day reliability. Yet, if you prefer an even more natural approach to body odor control, Crystal Body Deodorant Stick is an 100 percent natural, aluminum-free, hypoallergenic deodorant that lasts for up to a year. And if you need to freshen on the go, Crystal Body Deodorant Towelettes are easy to take with you and reapply discreetly when you’re out and about.
Now have fun and don’t let the summer heat slow you down out there!