In the summertime many of us scale down on the daily maintenance routine (and definitely on the make up!) There are some things that are not to be skipped though, the true daily essentials. As we tend to spend a lot more time outdoors in the summertime, this is also a good time to give some thought on not only what we put on and inside our body but also what is their impact on the nature. For instance, a lot of the exfoliating beauty products and whitening toothpastes contain tiny, invisible-to-the-plain-eye plastic beads that end up in our oceans and are swallowed by the marine life.
The trouble is, finding as-good-as alternatives to your big name supermarket brands without any harmful ingredients can be a bit of a hit-and-miss exercise. Therefore EcohomeStore and I teamed up again to do some testing on the daily essential products by the Cypriot made and all-natural brand Gaia Olea, their toothpaste and deodorant.
Take care of your personal hygiene naturally and efficiently
Being interested in as-natural-as-possible alternatives to pretty much everything I am no stranger to the good, the bad and the ugly of ecologically made personal hygiene products. I’ve experimented with all sorts of products and kitchen ingredients with varying results, ranging from brushing my teeth with turmeric to testing dozens of different eco-deodorants. Whilst the overall quality of natural cosmetics and hygiene products has massively improved over the past few years, I have also come across a lot of stuff that I would have loved to love but I simply could not. At the end of the day, if buying a natural deodorant makes you feel like a good human being but it does not work, what’s the point? Equally, you want your toothpaste leave your teeth, not just your consciousness, feeling and looking clean.
The Gaia Olea sunscreen had left me impressed earlier so I was cautiously optimistic about the natural herbal deodorant and clay toothpaste to start off with. However, both of the products went way beyond my expectations – I absolutely love them! Lets break down what’s in them and why I give my unreserved recommendation to both of them.
Natural Remineralising Clay Tooth Paste – Weird but effective
This toothpaste comes in a glass jar and is grey-black in colour. In your mouth it feels little bit like you had swallowed wet sand. Do not however let these put you off because this stuff really does work.
There are two main ingredients in this toothpaste. Bentonite Clay is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. Activated charcoal helps to whiten teeth, but also to change the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. The toothpaste also contains peppermint and sweet fennel essential oils. Both have antiseptic properties and eliminate bad breath and help teeth and gums fight off germs. Despite the sandy feeling the clay toothpaste leaves my mouth feeling very fresh so whilst it has not completely replaced my regular toothpaste I have it in daily use.
The only (and very mild) negative is that the consistency of the product is a bit oily (it contains also some amount of coconut and sunflower seed oil) so make sure you keep the jar upright to avoid any unwanted spills.
The best natural deodorant I have ever tried
The Gaia Olea deodorant is the real winner and I have been raving about it to everybody I have met for the past month. I was pretty happy with my regular eco-certified product that has served me for years but the Gaia Olea one blows the competition out of the water. The product comes in a jar (again, spilling is possible so keep the product in cool space in an upright position) and has very few but very effective ingredients. One of the main components is coconut oil that contains lauric acid. Lauric acid has antibacterial and antiviral properties and may kill the bacteria that flourish in warm, moist areas of the skin and produce odour. Coconut oil also nourishes damaged skin and has anti-inflammatory effect. This is the first deodorant that does not sting my armpits after shaving.
Other ingredients include white Kaolin clay, which helps draw toxins from the underarms, making it very beneficial to people who had been using conventional deodorants before. Organic Shea butter softens the skin and gives the deodorant a smooth creamy texture, and a combination of 8 essential oils that kill the bacteria that cause bad odour. The product also has some bicarbonate of soda, giving it a mildly grainy (but not unpleasant) texture.
Both products have a year long shelf life is stored properly so you get your money’s worth too. You can find them from the EcoHomeStore online shop so go ahead and try them for yourself.
This article is a commercial collaboration with EcoHomeStore in Nicosia.