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My pits have been plastered in natural deodorant paste for years

I’d be lying if I told you it was “no big deal” to dig my fingers into a jar of deodorant every morning, rubbing a cream into my underarms and then excessively washing my hands afterward.

I figured this was it for the natural deodorant world, as the natural deodorants in stick packaging would just gum up with product and never go on smoothly. I’d still end up blending it in with my fingers, so what was the point?

Before I swore off natural stick deodorants, I got the chance to try Vapour Organic Beauty’s new AER Next-Level Deodorant — and since that first sample stick, I’ve repurchased it four times.

Yeap, this is my absolute favorite natural deodorant.

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant Review

While the stick packaging is convenient, it’s nothing without the formula.

Most natural deodorants in stick packaging have a dense, flaky consistency that results in chunks of deodorant rolled onto the skin and leftover product clogging up the rim of the packaging.

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant boasts a silky, gel-cream formula that effortlessly rolls on without waste and transforms from gel to powder. It keeps me stink-free through stressful days at the office, intense weightlifting workouts and even 60-minute, sweaty cycling classes.

The gel-cream pushes through a set of tiny holes that evenly dispenses the product (as seen in the picture above). You don’t need much, as this product is very concentrated. What I’ve captured in the photo above could easily be used under both arms.

This texture sets AER Next-Level Deodorant apart from other natural deodorants, which can feel hard or paste-y.  I’m no formulator, but my guess is the silica (a mineral) and glyceryl undecylenate (an emollient) help with this texture.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda). Organic Virgin Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Silica, Glyceryl Undecylenate*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Vapour’s Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils, Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E ‚Äì Soy), Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) Leaf Extract, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Extract, Organic Oreganum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract
*Eco–Cert

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant comes in three scents: Lavender Myrrh, Palo Santo Blood Orange and Ginger Grapefruit. I’ve tried all of them, and each works just as well as the next.

(If any of those scents sound super-exotic to you, the scents are essentially lavender or citrus.)

The only negative about Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant? It’s stupid-expensive.

At $24 a stick, it’s $10 more than my previous holy grail (jar) natural deodorant. Each stick lasts maybe a month and a half, so that’s eight sticks — or nearly $200 — to cover a year-supply of natural deodorant.

Seeing how I’ve repurchased this four times, I would say it’s worth it for the convenience and performance.

But, it’s definitely an open invitation to other natural deodorant formulators out there: Can you create something just as good (if not better than this) for a little less?

What are your favorite natural deodorants? How much would you pay for an effective natural deodorant in stick packaging? Have you tried Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant? Tell me in the comments.

You can find this natural deodorant at Amazon, Credo Beauty, The Detox Market, Follain and Integrity Botanicals.

Want to find more natural deodorants? Check out “The Ultimate Guide to Natural Deodorants

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Nothing is more gorgeous and green than the great state of Colorado.

And when it comes to clean beauty in Colorado, one boutique comes to mind: AILLEA.

This spring, the Denver-based clean beauty boutique is expanding, bringing that Colorado green goodness to Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina.

Under the leadership of founder Kathryn Murray Dickinson, AILLEA’s fourth and fifth locations will offer in-house beauty services, such as facials and brow maintenance, as well as products from some of the best brands green beauty has to offer.

AILLEA currently has three brick-and-mortar locations: two in Denver and one in Atlanta.

“While several large cities now have multiple clean beauty options, smaller cities have not had as much access to these ever-growing brands,” Kathryn says. “I am so excited for people to be able to see, touch, feel and fall in love with these luxury brands in person.”

Kathryn, a beauty industry marketer-turned-entrepreneur, founded AILLEA on the promise that women should have the opportunity to experience healthier skincare, makeup, supplements and body care options.

With that promise in mind, Kathryn chooses to stock green beauty products based on quality of ingredients, quality of performance and quality of experience. At AILLEA, you’ll find products free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and endocrine disrupters. Instead, you’ll find products loaded with plants and plenty of pretty.

These are the green beauty products that Kathryn loves to experience.

As usual, I’ve starred the items I also use and love.

AILLEA Founder Kathryn Murray Dickinson’s Favorite Lifestyle & Green Beauty Products

*Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser

This gets all of my makeup off and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated.

*Kypris Deep Forest Clay Mask

I personally try all of the products that come in to the store. Sometimes the constant change leaves my skin less than perfect. This always clears it up and brings it back to balanced without drying it out.

*Kjaer Weis Mascara

This mascara DOES NOT MOVE. Seriously — you can put it on at 7:00 a.m. and it looks EXACTLY the same at midnight. But it magically still washes off easily!

Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Oil

I love this under my makeup — they aren’t lying when they say this is the “root of light.” So, so pretty.

*Orgaid Sheet Mask & *Honest Hazel Eye Gels

I am a hydration junky. These two items are miracle workers. They are especially great to make your skin look fantastic right before a big event or to revive after a long flight.

Laptop

I admit, I am seriously tethered to my email. And I am probably dating myself, but work SO much faster on my laptop than my phone. It is so much better for editing photos, managing multiple projects and screens at one time (for me, at least). Everyone asks about my marble top — you can get one here on Etsy.

Cat Doorknocker Earrings

These were my mom’s in the 70s and probably my favorite piece of jewelry (after my wedding ring, of course).

Nantucket Looms Blanket

I tend to work curled up under a blanket. These are so cozy and beautiful as throws around the house. They are handwoven and made SO well. I think the one I have is more than 15 years old.

*Kosas Lipsticks

The whole line is amazingly wearable for every complexion, and they are super soft.

*RMS Buriti Bronzer & *Lily Lolo Bronzed Illuminator

I am very pink and try to tone it down with more earth tones. The RMS Buriti Bronzer and Lily Lolo Illuminator in Bronzed are perfect for my fair complexion. They are part of my makeup “uniform.”

Maya Chia Wonder Balm

This aptly named moisturizer packs a SERIOUS, SERIOUS hydration punch, which in arid Colorado is a necessity. They market it more for cracked cuticles, elbows and heels, but I am indulgent and use it on my lower legs, too. It leaves them glowing without being greasy. A good friend also used it on her tummy throughout her pregnancy and never got a stretch mark!

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This post is kindly brought to you by NOW Solutions, who compensated me for this sponsored post. All product descriptions, tips and opinions are my own!

Think back to your very first at-home facial.

It was probably a clay mask.

It was probably an unnaturally bright green.

It probably dried the hell out of your skin.

Clay masks are powerful, but they don’t have to do more damage than good to your skin. The key to clays is finding the right kind for your skin type and using the right mixer to address your skin’s needs.

In my personal skincare routine, I like to first use an acid-based mask (think lactic, papaya or other tingly-type masks) to slough off dead skin cells and deep clean.

Then comes the clay.

A good pore-degunking, skin-purifying clay mask will draw out whatever’s clogging your skin, leaving it looking even, refined and virtually poreless.

Depending on how congested my skin looks, I’ll mix my clay with water (or rosewater!) for the strongest unplugging action.

Or, I’ll mix in something a little gentler, like yogurt or honey, to baby my skin a bit while still reaping the benefits of detoxifying clay.

If it’s time for clay to make a comeback to your beauty cupboard, these are the three classics that can keep your skin clean.

Clay Masks For Oily Skin

Bentonite clay is my bae. Though my skin is more combination than oily these days, there’s a few weeks of the month (ahem) where I need a stronger clay to zap excess oil and calm skin.

You may also know bentonite by its bar name: fuller’s earth. It’s found in several fabulous multi-clay masks because of its ability to remove impurities and dry up problem spots.

Clay Masks For Normal, Combination & Oily Skin

NOW Solutions’ European Clay Powder is the one-size-fits-most clay, making it a wonderful beginners’ clay.

Sometimes referred to as French green clay, green montmorillonite clay is an ideal clay for experimentation. Mix it with water and add a bit of honey, yogurt or carrier oil (I like jojoba oil) to customize it to your skin’s needs.

For a spa-like experience, add one drop of lavender essential oil and chill out while your skin and mind take a break.

Clay Masks For Sensitive Skin

If you’re brand new to masking in general or know your skin can be a bit reactive, red montmorillonite clay is the way to go. You’ll find red clay referred to as Moroccan red clay or rhassoul clay.

Compared to green clay, red clay is less active but just as effective at purifying the skin.

So, if you’re one of the lucky ones who is blessed with sensitive yet acneic skin, red clay will get right down to business  — without excessively drying your skin.

What clay masks do you keep on hand? How often do you treat yourself to a clay mask? Tell me in the comments section! This post is kindly brought to you by NOW Solutions, who compensated me for this sponsored post. All product descriptions, tips and opinions are my own!

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The moisture and hydration theme continues as the weather gets colder and my skin gets itchier.

In November, I also pay attention to aromatherapy. Flowers are hard to come by this time of year, so I rely heavily on products laced with beautiful essential oils and absolutes to keep my mind at ease.

These are my November favorite beauty products.

kimberlyloc’s November Favorite Beauty Products Korina Naturals Jasmine & Sandalwood Whipped Body Balm

I know you know that I love jasmine.

New-to-me Korina Naturals Jasmine & Sandalwood Whipped Body Balm is part of my love affair. This concentrated (read: rich) balm is whipped with shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil for a sweet skin treat. It lulls me to sleep after slathering it on head-to-toe before bed.

I apply a little extra on my feet (and then put on socks!) to feel like a fancy flower lady. It works.

Marie Veronique Pre+Probiotic Daily Mist

Popping a daily probiotic? Of course you are.

Misting a daily probiotic? Maybe not.

But now you can. Marie Veronique’s Pre+Probiotic Daily Mist is part of my everyday vitamin cocktail, and for good reason. This calming blend contains a combination of 34 probiotic live strains, including a high concentration of Bifidobacterium, kept in balance with prebiotics to maintain healthy skin flora (goodbye, facial fungus!).

If you’re prone to irritation, inflammation and itchiness, this mist can offer some relief. I like it in the morning and a few times throughout the day.

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel

A Korean beauty staple, Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel offers fragrance-free, calming hydration to even the most sensitive skin. Aloe and propolis are known for their ability to soothe irritation and quench skin’s thirst.

I like using this gel right after cleansing and misting. It’s a perfect base layer to targeted serums, creams and moisturizers and promises all-day hydration. Itchiness and flakiness stand zero chance.

Bonus: If your hands are extra dry and cracking, use a layer of this before piling on the heavy hand creams and ointments.

R+Co Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo

In cold, dry weather, my colored hair appears brittle, damaged and dull. R+Co Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo is my go-to when my hair needs softening and shine. The smell is incredible (clean, fresh and ocean-like), and the lather is gentle. After shampooing and drying, my hair always looks way better and feels soft to the touch.

Stylist Tip: If you use other color-preserving formulas (like R+Co Sunset Blvd. for blondes), you can easily mix a little of Atlantis with it to help amp up the moisture.

Aveda Hand Relief

I’m quickly making my way through my hand cream collection. Aveda’s Hand Relief is getting lots of attention this winter thanks to its quick and intense moisturizing action. It’s loaded with aloe and meadowfoam seed oil for instant hydration and softening.

The scent is also quite neutral (the man in the house likes this) and doesn’t interfere with perfumes or other scents you may wear.

What are your November favorite beauty products? Tell me in the comments!

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Two years ago, the guy and I escaped the shopping madness and headed to Tulum for my 30th.

It was after a whirlwind of life changes, and this year it’s somewhat similar:

  • I quit my job in May.
  • I went back to my former employer, but in a different role.
  • I suffered a billion stress-related breakouts (see bullets 1 and 2).
  • I dyed my hair blonde, rose gold and warm red-honey.
  • I moved apartments and cities — hello, KCMO proper!

Thus, a vacation from it all was absolutely critical.

Though the guy swore our next big trip wouldn’t involve a beach, he somehow found himself booked on a Jamaican vacation with me for my 32nd birthday, which falls on Cyber Monday this year.

While I’ll be unplugged and away from any and all virtual shopping carts, you can enjoy these fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping codes.

Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping lists (or, ya know, restock your own stash).

Fashion & Beauty Shopping Codes

bluemercury
Spend $75 and get a FREE surprise 20-piece gift with purchase
November 24
Code: SURPRISE

Credo Beauty
Free 7-piece gift with $100+ purchase
November 24-27
Code: EVERYTHINGNICE

The Detox Market
$10 off above $100
$30 off above $200 and receive a free Ca + R Serum Concentrate from Odacite ($55 value)
$80 off above $400 and receive a free Ca + R Serum Concentrate and a free Rose + Neroli Hydrating Mist ($94 value)
November 22-26
No Code Needed

EVOLVh
20% off the entire website
November 24-25
Code: Holiday20

Kate Somerville
Save 20% + receive a full size DermalQuench Liquid Lift® with any $150 purchase
November 23-28
Code: 20CYBER17

MUN Beauty
20% off sitewide
November 24-27
No Code Needed
(kimberlyloc.com readers get an additional 15% off with code “kimberlyloc”)

One Love Organics
25% off sitewide
November 25-28
Code: OLOCYBERSPREE

Osmia Organics
20% off sitewide
November 27
No Code Needed

Shopbop
20% off orders of $200+
25% off orders of $500+
30% off orders of $800+
November 21-26
Code: MORE17

S.W. Basics
40% off sitewide
November 24-27
No Code Needed
(S.W. Basics newsletter subscribers get an additional 10% off with code)

The Seaweed Bath Co.
25% off + free shipping
November 24-27
Code: HOLIDAY25

Soko Glam
30% off sitewide + free gift with orders $75+ and $125+
November 23-27
Code: SOKO17

W3LL PEOPLE
25% off full-size, full-price products
November 24-27
No Code Needed

YULI Skincare
10% off all orders $200 and under
15% off all orders over $200
Upon request, complimentary Ambrosia Beauty Nectar sample with order over $150
November 23 – 27
No Code Needed

Let me know what you get with these shopping codes! Have a safe, fun and restful holiday weekend!

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My pits have been plastered in natural deodorant paste for years

I’d be lying if I told you it was “no big deal” to dig my fingers into a jar of deodorant every morning, rubbing a cream into my underarms and then excessively washing my hands afterward.

I figured this was it for the natural deodorant world, as the natural deodorants in stick packaging would just gum up with product and never go on smoothly. I’d still end up blending it in with my fingers, so what was the point?

Before I swore off natural stick deodorants, I got the chance to try Vapour Organic Beauty’s new AER Next-Level Deodorant — and since that first sample stick, I’ve repurchased it four times.

Yeap, this is my absolute favorite natural deodorant.

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant Review

While the stick packaging is convenient, it’s nothing without the formula.

Most natural deodorants in stick packaging have a dense, flaky consistency that results in chunks of deodorant rolled onto the skin and leftover product clogging up the rim of the packaging.

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant boasts a silky, gel-cream formula that effortlessly rolls on without waste and transforms from gel to powder. It keeps me stink-free through stressful days at the office, intense weightlifting workouts and even 60-minute, sweaty cycling classes.

The gel-cream pushes through a set of tiny holes that evenly dispenses the product (as seen in the picture above). You don’t need much, as this product is very concentrated. What I’ve captured in the photo above could easily be used under both arms.

This texture sets AER Next-Level Deodorant apart from other natural deodorants, which can feel hard or paste-y.  I’m no formulator, but my guess is the silica (a mineral) and glyceryl undecylenate (an emollient) help with this texture.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda). Organic Virgin Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Silica, Glyceryl Undecylenate*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Vapour’s Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils, Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E ‚Äì Soy), Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) Leaf Extract, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Extract, Organic Oreganum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract
*Eco–Cert

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant comes in three scents: Lavender Myrrh, Palo Santo Blood Orange and Ginger Grapefruit. I’ve tried all of them, and each works just as well as the next.

(If any of those scents sound super-exotic to you, the scents are essentially lavender or citrus.)

The only negative about Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant? It’s stupid-expensive.

At $24 a stick, it’s $10 more than my previous holy grail (jar) natural deodorant. Each stick lasts maybe a month and a half, so that’s eight sticks — or nearly $200 — to cover a year-supply of natural deodorant.

Seeing how I’ve repurchased this four times, I would say it’s worth it for the convenience and performance.

But, it’s definitely an open invitation to other natural deodorant formulators out there: Can you create something just as good (if not better than this) for a little less?

What are your favorite natural deodorants? How much would you pay for an effective natural deodorant in stick packaging? Have you tried Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant? Tell me in the comments.

You can find this natural deodorant at Amazon, Credo Beauty, The Detox Market, Follain and Integrity Botanicals.

Want to find more natural deodorants? Check out “The Ultimate Guide to Natural Deodorants

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My pits have been plastered in natural deodorant paste for years.

I’d be lying if I told you it was “no big deal” to dig my fingers into a jar of deodorant every morning, rubbing a cream into my underarms and then excessively washing my hands afterward.

I figured this was it for the natural deodorant world, as the natural deodorants in stick packaging would just gum up with product and never go on smoothly. I’d still end up blending it in with my fingers, so what was the point?

Before I swore off natural stick deodorants, I got the chance to try Vapour Organic Beauty’s new AER Next-Level Deodorant — and since that first sample stick, I’ve repurchased it four times.

Yeap, this is my absolute favorite natural deodorant.

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant Review

While the stick packaging is convenient, it’s nothing without the formula.

Most natural deodorants in stick packaging have a dense, flaky consistency that results in chunks of deodorant rolled onto the skin and leftover product clogging up the rim of the packaging.

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant boasts a silky, gel-cream formula that effortlessly rolls on without waste and transforms from gel to powder. It keeps me stink-free through stressful days at the office, intense weightlifting workouts and even 60-minute, sweaty cycling classes.

The gel-cream pushes through a set of tiny holes that evenly dispenses the product (as seen in the picture above). You don’t need much, as this product is very concentrated. What I’ve captured in the photo above could easily be used under both arms.

This texture sets AER Next-Level Deodorant apart from other natural deodorants, which can feel hard or paste-y.  I’m no formulator, but my guess is the silica (a mineral) and glyceryl undecylenate (an emollient) help with this texture.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda). Organic Virgin Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Silica, Glyceryl Undecylenate*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Vapour’s Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils, Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E ‚Äì Soy), Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) Leaf Extract, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Extract, Organic Oreganum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract
*Eco–Cert

Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant comes in three scents: Lavender Myrrh, Palo Santo Blood Orange and Ginger Grapefruit. I’ve tried all of them, and each works just as well as the next.

(If any of those scents sound super-exotic to you, the scents are essentially lavender or citrus.)

The only negative about Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant? It’s stupid-expensive.

At $24 a stick, it’s $10 more than my previous holy grail (jar) natural deodorant. Each stick lasts maybe a month and a half, so that’s eight sticks — or nearly $200 — to cover a year-supply of natural deodorant.

Seeing how I’ve repurchased this four times, I would say it’s worth it for the convenience and performance.

But, it’s definitely an open invitation to other natural deodorant formulators out there: Can you create something just as good (if not better than this) for a little less?

What are your favorite natural deodorants? How much would you pay for an effective natural deodorant in stick packaging? Have you tried Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant? Tell me in the comments.

You can find this natural deodorant at Amazon, Credo Beauty, The Detox Market, Follain and Integrity Botanicals.

Want to find more natural deodorants? Check out “The Ultimate Guide to Natural Deodorants

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