Blog: Skincare

Is Your Deodorant Linked to Breast Cancer?

With more of our sisters, mothers, friends, and daughters having to live through breast cancer, we must be mindful of what we use under our arms, so near the breast tissue.

Here's why the deodorant you use matters. Spread the knowledge to your daughters, sisters, mother, and best friends. 

With more and more scientific studies linking the rise in breast cancer and other diseases with the toxic chemicals found in our skin care products, makeup, food, and environment, it’s important to nourish our skin with pure products that celebrate its health and beauty. 

Across the board, doctors are now suggesting that women diagnosed with breast cancer switch their deodorant. Deodorants, which are applied so near the breast tissue, are often full of chemicals that are linked to breast cancer tumors: parabens, aluminum, BHT, artificial fragrance and more. Even so-called “natural” deodorants contain artificial fragrances and synthetic perfumes which are created with synthetic, toxic, and hormone-disrupting ingredients. 

Fortunately, we've got a solution that nourishes you, the earth, and those you love. The Love-Your-Body deodorant does just that: loves your body with pure, organic goodness. Using only edible, gluten-free baking ingredients and organic oils, this deodorant celebrates our health by feeding our skin what it deserves: safe ingredients for a radiant inside and out.  

The best part? It works.
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Why have we stopped eating bread?

You can eat corn or not eat corn, eat bread or not eat bread. That doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that you listen to your temple and don’t allow anyone else to speak over its voice. 
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Let's Talk About Privilege

He asked me why I would write an article about mass incarceration on my skincare website. Organic skincare products are part of my mission but, if I’m doing it right, they are the smallest part. 

My organic skincare products are not equally accessible to all. I preach about our oneness and caring for our one, collective planet and for our bodies—but I’m thinking of all the bodies of women and men in prison across the country that need nourishment and can’t afford—or, more realistically, are denied access—to the kind of nourishment that comes in the form of my skincare oils. 

And I’m thinking too small if I’m just thinking of them. They are only a small portion of the disenfranchised when it comes to being able to purchase a $45 bottle of organic beauty oils.

My mission, consequentially, must be bigger than that. I must imagine the impact of my work beyond those who can afford it.

What I am, then, is an advocate for beauty—which means I am an advocate for social justice because human rights and equality and fairness are beauty. Which means I am an advocate for our earth because a sustainable, life-giving planet is beauty. Which means I am an advocate for intuition because beautiful things arise when we listen to our instincts. Which means I am an advocate for kindness and community and peace because that is beauty, too. 

I believe articles about mass incarceration can exist alongside bottles of organic creams and, more importantly, that they should. Our products do not exist in a vacuum—they have impacts beyond themselves, impacts on the earth, on those who buy them, on those who can’t or don’t, on those who work to create them. 

To deny this is to highlight our nearsightedness. 

I am so grateful that I get to grace my skin with organic oils from the earth and that I get to share them with some of you, but I will not be so singularly focussed to believe that skincare products are my only responsibility. 

Legacy is not just what they’ll write about us in books, but how we leave our communities and our planet. I hope that, together, we can leave it better.

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Weekend Roundup: The Pope, Prison, and Punditry

I believe our failure to take responsibility and create change around mass incarceration or climate change comes from our collective forgetfulness: we have forgotten we are one.
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The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

We have a cosmetics market where more than 1 in 5 products contain chemicals linked to cancer. That means over 20% of the products on our store shelves right now are deeply and outrageously toxic.
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Happy Equal Pay Day

In honor of Equal Pay Day — "Girls, gossip, and the gender wage gap."
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Women Supporting Women Against Breast Cancer

I create an organic deodorant free from the chemicals linked to breast cancer, chemicals which are so commonly found in conventional deodorants, because when 8 women sit in sisterhood around a table, statistically at least one will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

And what I find is that women share: rarely do they buy one deodorant: they place their order in twos and threes. One for them, and one for the closest women they love. They will not keep health a secret.

*poem from The Moon and Her Sistersmy latest book

 

This deodorant I make 

is sacred

because it asks

every woman

to rise up

and claim her worth. 

 

Because 

it asks her

to create revolutions

with her armpits.

 

What are we

protecting

when we apply it?

 

Why do we feel this one

in our hearts

and want to share it

with every woman

we love?

 

Why does it feel

political,

powerful,

audacious? 

 

Defiant?

 

Because wearing it is an act

of self-preservation:

 

I am worth

taking up space

on this earth.

 

I have something 

to bring.

 

I am 

enough!

 

I am

worthy!

 

I will not

let myself

be silenced

or shrunken away

without a fight.

 

I am 

here.

 

And I will not let

my sisters

disappear, shrink,

in that way

either.

 

This is revolutionary:

women trying to 

preserve, support, and protect

each other

together.

 

We’re on to something, 

here.

We’re on to something

big.

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Ashley Asti on Enlightened Empaths Podcast

The latest podcast episode of Enlightened Empaths is out—and I was their guest! I talked what it was like to create my line, my beliefs about beauty and aging, my work with women in prison, and my new book, Dear Sisters.
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Does Organic Actually Matter?

The ingredients that go into your skin cream and, eventually, seep into your bloodstream may literally be contaminated with sewage.
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What's In Your Cosmetics? The FDA Doesn't Know.

We now have a cosmetics market where “more than 1 in 5 products contains chemicals linked to cancer."
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