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Adventures in Greening: kicking odor the natural way

By Catherine Moran

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Until very recently, I was an antiperspirant girl. I’d tried almost every deodorant on the market, from Dove to Ban. But none of them worked for me, because I have very sensitive skin (No joke. My mum once changed the laundry detergent at home, and my sister and I broke out in hives. From then on, we didn’t make any changes to the brand we washed our clothes with). Every deodorant I tried made me feel itchy, even after using it for multiple days. Antiperspirant was the only thing (and one specific brand, in particular) that didn’t make me feel uncomfortable. So, antiperspirant it was.

Unfortunately, as time went on, I began to hear more and more reports that antiperspirant might be linked to breast cancer. Though no conclusive link has been proven, test results are worrisome, and I figure, why run the risk? I’ve been on the prowl for a good deodorant that works, and doesn’t make me feel itchy. Toms didn’t do it. I’ve heard crystal sticks are good, but have yet to try them. But crystal sticks are out for the moment, because I believe I have found the perfect, all-natural, and green solution. It also happens to be vegan, which is a definite plus.

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Meow Meow Tweet sells a deodorant cream in a glass jar that can be reused (they also informed me when I asked about a jar return option that they are looking into selling a larger jar than their current 2.4 oz container, as well as offering a “refill” package). The ingredients are few, and almost all are certified organic: virgin coconut & jojoba oils, shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, lavender or tea tree essential oil. How can you go wrong, when all of the ingredients aren’t processed, and you can pronounce each one? I’ve been using the lavender scent for three weeks now, and I’m very pleased with it. It does tend to rub off a bit, so darker clothes with open areas around the armpits, like tank tops, might not be the best option to wear with this deodorant.

I couldn’t recommend Meow Meow Tweet more highly, but due to the flaky aspect, I do wear Alba when I’m doing physical activities, like yoga. Alba’s products are natural and hypoallergenic, but they do come in a plastic tub, which isn’t as eco-friendly as Meow Meow Tweet’s option.

I have yet to purchase more from Meow Meow Tweet (which is Brooklyn-based, so can feel good about buying local, to boot), but they sell bar soaps and shampoo bars, as well as hand soaps, candles, and other personal care items. Check them out: if you could prevent stinkiness and be good to your body, the earth, and animals all in one purchase, why wouldn’t you?

Be well, greenies, to yourselves and to the world around you.

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Adventures in Greening is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Monday at noon. It is written by the very eco-conscious Catherine Moran. Follow Catherine on Twitter @folowbredcrumbs, or check out her excellent book blog.

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Adventures in Greening: a review of “Do One Green Thing”

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By Catherine Moran

Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices by Mindy Pennybacker is a quick read. Unlike Micaela Preston’s Practically Green (which I reviewed a few weeks ago), this book is less of a DIY instructional and more of a guidebook for how to make smarter purchases. If you are not trying to go plastic-free like Beth Terry (my review here), then this is a great book to have on hand. Pennybacker makes her purpose very clear in the book’s overview: “This book is for the person who doesn’t do or buy everything green, but who wants to make a difference where it matters.”

The book is broken down into four parts: “Food and Drink,” “A Green and Healthy Home,” “Personal Care and Apparel,” and “Transportation.” There are recipes in the home section, but that’s as far as Do One Green Thing goes in steering you toward becoming a bit less dependent on brands and becoming more reliant on your own ingenuity and “can-do” attitude.

Pennybacker includes “choose it” and “lose it” lists in each section to help you make your purchases greener at a glance. For certain items, she’ll provide multiple lists.  For example, in the “Food and Drink” section, she has a list of fish that are best for the ocean (in terms of avoiding overfishing), and a list of fish that are best for your health. Pennybacker acknowledges that personal considerations are sometimes more important than green decisions, which makes this a guilt-free read. Each section also ends with a “science” segment, which explains why these choices that are better for the planet are also better for you, healthwise.

She also includes some amazing statistics that made my jaw drop, such as:

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