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LOLA: 100% Organic Cotton Tampons, Pads, and Liners

LOLA 100% Organic Cotton Feminine Products - Review |

Allow me to introduce you to an amazing company that has drastically improved my monthly visit from Aunt Flo. ūüėČ ¬†LOLA offers women 100% organic cotton feminine care products that come in customized assortments and are delivered straight to your door each month! (Get $5 off your subscription through this link – it will also earn me $5 which is awesome!)

Okay so you may be thinking, what’s the big deal? Aren’t all tampons and pads the same? My answer is no, definitely not! Let me explain…¬†

One day, I decided to reorganize my bathroom vanity since I had just finished purging all my old conventional non-cruelty-free products. I felt so proud looking at my vanity and¬†knowing everything in it was natural and free from animal testing! However, I came to my feminine products drawer and paused. I had never thought about what was in my tampons and pads. I decided to do some research…

What I Learned About Conventional Feminine Products

To my surprise, there are no laws requiring companies to publish the ingredients used in their feminine care products. The FDA¬†merely “recommends” companies disclose what their products are made of. Therefore, if a company does not believe in complete transparency, there is no way to know what your tampon or pad is made of. Is it just me or is that extremely concerning?! To make matters worse, there are no laws requiring companies to test the long-term effects of their products.

Materials: From what I could find, most companies make feminine care products from a mixture of cotton, rayon, and various plastics (although it’s unclear what other undisclosed additives may be in there). There have been countless debates over the safety of these materials and the answer is still unclear. Due to the controversy, most reputable brands address peoples’ concerns and claim their ingredients are the same as their competitors and therefore safe for use. However, in 2014,¬†Women‚Äôs Voices for the Earth¬†tested four types of Always menstrual pads and found the pads emitted several toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Unfortunately, until¬†adequate research is conducted on this topic, we have no way of knowing how these ingredients affect our bodies in the long term.

Lola Organic Cotton Feminine Products | smelltheroses.comInfographic via

Why I Switched to 100% Organic Cotton Products

If you are like me, you do whatever you can to limit the number of potentially hazardous products from your life. That means choosing nontoxic makeup, deodorant, laundry detergent, households cleaners, and so on (see a list of my favorite products here). If I make such an effort to clean up all the other products in my life, why wouldn’t I want to choose the cleanest option for my feminine care products? Especially taking into consideration that a woman uses around 10,000 feminine products in her lifetime! It was a no-brainer¬†for me to find a cleaner option.

Allow Me to Introduce You to LOLA!

LOLA 100% Organic Cotton Feminine Products - Review |

LOLA is an amazing feminine products brand made by women for women. They offer both applicator and non-applicator tampons, pads, and liners, all made from 100% organic cotton! LOLA was the first natural pad/tampon company I found that held the same values as I do. After my first delivery, I immediately fell in love!

Why I Love LOLA!


LOLA goes out of their way to disclose the ingredients in all of their products. They even provide information on the materials used in their packaging!

Organic Cotton

The major difference between organic and nonorganic cotton is the use of pesticides. Despite purification processes, tampons and pads made from nonorganic cotton¬†may contain¬†traces of these hazardous chemicals. Considering a woman’s private area is one of the most absorbent parts of her body, it is important to make wise decisions about what goes in, near, and around that area!

Environmentally Conscious

Since LOLA‘s products are made from biodegradable cotton and other plant-based materials, your environmental footprint will be much smaller than it was with conventional feminine care products! I love that they offer their tampons without the plastic applicators (what I use – the thin plastic wrap on each tampon is also recyclable)!

Customizable Subscription

I cannot stress how nice it is to not have to think about buying pads/tampons anymore (no more emergency trips to the store)! LOLA offers day/night pads, liners, and applicator/non-applicator tampons in light, regular, super, and super plus. I love the various tampon absorbencies and the fact that LOLA sells liners and pads (when I first signed up, they only had tampons).

When you subscribe, you get to pick the exact quantity of each product you want based on your individual needs. You can also change these preferences each month as you figure out what works best for you. Have leftover product and want to skip a month? No problem! You can also choose to get deliveries every other month. These features are what really set LOLA apart from their competitors.


I am proud to say¬†LOLA‘s products work just as well, if not better, than my old big-name brand pads and tampons! Even on my heaviest days, my tampons (using super or super plus) and pads have not leaked. It goes to show you the controversial ingredients the other guys put in their products are not necessary.


Let’s Take a Closer Look

The following pictures are from my own personal subscription. I currently receive my subscription every other month and that works perfectly for me!

What I order:

  • 1 Box of Non-Applicator Tampons: (4) Super Plus, (8) Super, (6) Regular
  • 1 Box of Ultra Thin Pads: (7) day, (5) night
  • 1 Box of Liners

Non-Applicator Tampons

LOLA 100% Organic Tampons |

Here is how my custom assortment of non-applicator tampons came boxed. Each tampon is individually packaged and labeled with a recyclable plastic wrapper.

LOLA 100% Organic Cotton Tampons |

Both their applicator and non-applicator tampons come in a box of 18.

LOLA Organic Tampons Absorbency |

It is safest to use the lowest absorbency tampon whenever possible. Tampons should be changed at least every 4-8 hours.

LOLA Toxic Shock Syndrome Warning |

Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare, life-threatening bacterial infection (usually Staphylococcus aureus). It is associated with superabsorbent tampons and extended use (+8 hours). Working as an ER nurse, I have sadly seen the deadliness of TSS and urge all women to be careful when using tampons and alternate between tampons and pads. 

Ultra Thin Pads with Wings

LOLA Organic Cotton Pads with Liners |

Pictured is how the pads come boxed. I choose an assortment of both day and night pads!

LOLA Organic Cotton Pads with Liners |

Composition:¬†LOLA ‘s pads are made of a 100% organic cotton top sheet/core with a plant-based leak-proof backing. Their non-toxic adhesive is made of an aromatic/aliphatic hydrocarbon resin, SIS rubber, and mineral oil.

LOLA Organic Cotton Pads with Liners |

Both the day and night pad are made of the same material but the night pad is structurally longer and a bit wider.


LOLA Organic Cotton Ultra Thin Liners |

Liners come boxed in a pack of 28. They are made from the exact same materials as¬†LOLA‘s pads.

LOLA Organic Cotton Ultra Thin Liners |

LOLA Organic Cotton Ultra Thin Liners |

LOLA‘s liners are perfect for your light-flow days or for daily use. They are breathable to help prevent excess moisture and bacteria growth.

Subscription Service

LOLA Feminine Product Subscription Service |

Your subscription will arrive at your doorstep in a discreet package. To learn more about their subscription service, click here!

LOLA Gives Back

Imagine it being your time of the¬†month¬†and having to choose between buying yourself menstrual products and feeding your family. For millions of women in the United States, this is a¬†reality. Do you know feminine products¬†are among the highest requested products at homeless shelters but are also the least likely to be donated?¬†#TamponsAreNotALuxury … they are a necessity!

LOLA uses part of the proceeds from every purchase to donate menstrual products to low-income women in the United States. Since their launch in 2015, LOLA has donated over 100,000 tampons!

LOLA Organic Feminine Products |

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First Period Kit

LOLA just launched this adorable kit designed for young ladies to make their first period experience easier! I wish this kit existed back when I first got mine! If you are a caregiver of a pre-menarche girl, I recommend purchasing this kit and having it ready for when mother nature arrives!

First Period Kit by LOLA |

What’s in the kit:¬†

  • (6) Day pads for medium to heavy days
  • (6) Night pads for overnight coverage
  • (10) Liners for light days or backup
  • (10) Light tampons for slim-fit protection
  • Instructional card for each period product
  • (1) Canvas pouch for days on the go
  • (1) Sheet of stickers for period tracking
  • (1) Keepsake box for at-home storage
  • $5 LOLA credit towards a new subscription

First Period Kit by LOLA |

They even created a free, downloadable, e-book which outlines everything a young lady needs to know about her period! Check it out here.

Try LOLA for Yourself!

Interested in trying¬†LOLA ‘s subscription service for yourself? New customers get 1 box free on their first order of a 2+ box subscription!

If you use my any of the links in this post, you will get $5 off your first order (and help me earn $5 off my next subscription). Plus, shipping is always free so it’s totally a win-win.


I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new! This post is in no way sponsored by LOLA – I wrote it as a real fan of their products!

xoxo Caitlyn |

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Beauty by Earth Suncare Giveaway & Review

Beauty by Earth Suncare Giveaway |


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*This post contains affiliate links in which I earn a small commission. The products in this giveway were supplied by Beauty by Earth but I have not been paid to feature them. All opinions are my own. 

I have teamed up with my friends at Beauty by Earth for an awesome Suncare Giveaway! ūüĆě ¬†If you read my post on staying safe in the sun, you may have noticed I recommended their sunscreen as an alternative to conventional brands and for good reason! Their products are completely natural, cruelty-free, reef-safe, non-toxic, and, most importantly, effective! I used them on my last trip to Hawaii and¬†quickly fell in love. I have no doubt whoever wins will love them too!

What We’re Giving Away…

Enter the giveaway using the Gleam plugin below and then keep scrolling to learn more about each prize!¬†ūüėä

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Complete at least one entry option in¬†the Gleam plugin provided on this page. Remember, the more entry options you complete, the better your odds of winning but additional entries are not required. Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.

Beauty by Earth Suncare Giveaway

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open to the U.S. and Canada to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between March 22th and March 31st 11:59 pm EST.
  • The winner will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced April 1st at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn ‚Äď any missing¬†likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.
  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely¬†for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winner is randomly generated, if you are chosen as the winner and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and¬†have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once a winner is selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway¬†in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • The products in this giveaway were supplied by Beauty by Earth. I have not been paid to feature this brand.
  • No purchase necessary.

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Review |


If you have been following my blog, you know I love Beauty by Earth. They are¬†passionate about creating products that are not only safe for you and your family but also effective. They leave out all of the chemicals and harmful ingredients found in conventional products and use only the best natural, non-GMO, and organic ingredients! On top of that, all of their products are proudly made in the USA and cruelty-free.¬†ūüĆŅ

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Bundle |

Beauty by Earth Suncare |

Beauty by Earth’s Sunscreen

While looking¬†for a green sunscreen option, I came across rave reviews for Beauty by Earth’s Sunscreen. Already a fan of their products, I immediately ordered their Sunscreen Bundle¬†and packed it for my vacation.¬†Here’s why I fell in love with it…

Broad Spectrum Protection

As covered in my sun safety post, one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing sunscreen is whether or not it provides broad-spectrum coverage. Both the Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen and SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen are labeled broad-spectrum!

Reef Safe & Biodegradable Formula

Since they do not use synthetic ingredients like oxybenzone, their sunscreens are deemed reef-safe! Feel free to wear these products in the ocean without stress or guilt.¬†ūüź†

Cruelty-free Formulation

As with all of their products, Beauty by Earth’s sunscreen is certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny Program.¬†ūüźį

Immediate Protection

Although it is recommended you apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure, one of the benefits of Beauty by Earth’s sunscreens being formulated with Zinc Oxide is that they work immediately. While chemical sunscreens need time to be absorbed by the skin, physical sunscreens¬†work like a shield to the sun’s rays.

Environmental Working Group Recommended

What I consider one of the best sources for product safety, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has included Beauty by Earth on its list of “Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens”. Both products scored a squeaky clean 1 on their scale! Read their reports here:¬†SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen¬†|¬†SPF 25 Sunscreen¬†

EWG Rating - Beauty by Earth Sunscreen |

EWG Rating

SPF 25 Sunscreen (Body) | Beauty by Earth

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen SPF 25 |


Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Non-nano)

Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Organic Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Organic Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract


This sunscreen is the best Zinc Oxide-based sunscreen I have found so far. The formula is definitely going to seem thick to someone who is used to conventional sunscreens but that is normal for Zinc Oxide-based sunscreens (I’ll take a thicker formula that is clean over a thinner chemical filled formula any day). Still, I do find the sunscreen fairly easy to rub in. It can leave a very subtle white tint on the body but I found this only happens when my legs are very dry. When I was on vacation, there was no whiteness if I had moisturized that morning. However, I actually liked when it was slightly visible because it showed me if I missed a spot or needed to reapply!

How to Use: Apply a liberal amount to all exposed areas of the body. Rub in until sunscreen is no longer or barely visible.  Reapply every 2 hours or after prolonged time in the water.

Why I Love It!

  1. Rubs in easily compared to other Zinc Oxide sunscreens.
  2. Doesn’t leave you looking like a ghost.¬†ūüĎĽ
  3. Effective immediately!
  4. Water resistant up to 40 minutes.
  5. Provides excellent sun protection!
  6. Mostly organic ingredients.
  7. Gentle enough for kids!
  8. Reef safe ūüź† ¬†& cruelty-free¬†ūüźį
Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Review |

Initial Application | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen


Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Review |

Almost rubbed in! | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen


Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen Review |

Fully rubbed in! No white appearance! | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen

SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | Beauty by Earth

Facial Sunscreen |


Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Non-nano)

Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum, Organic Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Organic Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Essential Oil


This facial sunscreen is light enough for everyday wear but strong enough for a full day at the beach.

Beach Day: I use one pump (about a pea size amount) and spread it all over my face until completely rubbed in. If I feel I need to add more, I do so only after the initial application has been rubbed in. Using this method prevented my face from turning “white” like we are all afraid of! Reapply every 2 hours while in direct sunlight.

Everyday Wear: Apply one pump to the entire face until completely rubbed in. Wait 5-10 minutes for sunscreen to dry. Apply makeup as usual and set with a finishing powder to prevent shine (I recommend the ‚ÄúUn‚ÄĚ Powder by RMS). *If exposed, apply to neck and chest too!

Why I Love It!

  1. Great for sensitive skin!
  2. Rubs in easily & feels lightweight.
  3. Doesn’t make my skin feel greasy.
  4. Leaves no white tint – perfect for under makeup.
  5. Effective immediately!
  6. Water resistant up to 40 minutes.
  7. Mostly organic ingredients.
  8. Pump dispenser prevents waste.
  9. Gentle enough for kids!
  10. Reef safe ūüź† ¬†& cruelty-free¬†ūüźį
Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen |

The amount I use on my face at a time. I build up the coverage a little at a time to prevent whiteness. | Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen


Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen |

Completely rubbed in on my face! No whiteness! | Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Sunscreen


Beauty by Earth Facial Sunscreen Review |

Light enough to wear under your makeup! | Beauty by Earth

Aloe Vera Gel | Beauty by Earth

Beauty by Earth Aloe Vera Gel |


Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Citrate


For Burns or Sunburn: Apply a thin layer over burned area. The burn will immediately feel cooled and soothed (some people like to put the aloe vera in the fridge for additional relief). The aloe vera will keep the skin moisturized and help speed the healing process. Reapply 2-3 times a day until the burn has healed.

For Minor Cuts: Apply a thin layer 2-3 times a day. The gel will act as a natural disinfectant!

As a Moisturizer: Apply a thin layer to the area you would like to moisturize. The gel is nongreasy so it can be applied before makeup. It is also a great aftershave product Рsoftens skin and will heal tiny cuts!

As a Makeup Remover: Apply a small amount of gel to a cotton ball to gently remove makeup around your eyes and face.

For Hair: Treat dandruff and dry scalp by applying the gel to roots/scalp at nighttime. Wash hair normally in the AM. Some people also use the gel as a hair styling product!

Other Uses: diaper rash, acne treatment, eczema, bruises, poison ivy/oak, soothe bug bites, etc..

Why I Love It!

  1. Can be used for so much more than sunburn!
  2. Non-sticky, fast-drying formula.
  3. Love using on my legs/armpits after shaving.
  4. My fiance can use it as an aftershave too!

Beauty by Earth Aloe Vera Gel Review |

I hope you loved this review as much as I loved writing it! Make sure to enter the giveaway and come back each day for bonus entries. If you’re interested in shopping for these or other products from Beauty by Earth, code “SMELLTHEROSES” will save you 15% off your entire order in their online store.

Want to learn why I ditched conventional suncare products? It’s not just because they weren’t cruelty-free… Read this post!¬†

This suncare giveaway ends March 31st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xoxo Caitlyn |

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Staying Safe in the Sun: Nontoxic Sunscreen & Sunbathing Tips

Staying Safe in the Sun: Nontoxic Sunscreen & Sunbathing Tips |

Aloha, Smell the Roses readers! Spring is officially here and that means it’s time to start preparing for warmer weather! For some, that means wanting to slim down or¬†get organized. For me, it means making sure I have everything I need to keep my skin healthy and protected when outside in the hot sun. ‚ėÄÔłŹÔłŹ ¬†This post outlines my sunbathing tips and recommendations for nontoxic, cruelty-free, & natural sunscreen.

The Importance of Proper Sun Protection

Skin Cancer

It is common knowledge that excessive sun exposure expedites skin aging and increases your risk of skin cancer. In the United States, skin cancer is the most common cancer. Despite this knowledge, rates of melanoma are on the rise. As seen in the graphs below, rates are steadily increasing and highest in white men and women. Although these demographics are at highest risk, anyone of any race can develop skin cancer. (Source: CDC)

Melanoma Rates (CDC) -

Sources: CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program.

Melanoma Rates (CDC) -

You may have noticed incidence and death rates are higher in men. In 2013, almost twice as many American men died from melanoma as women. A suggested explanation comes from a survey that showed only 48% of men report routine sun avoidance, compared to 68% of women. (Source: EWG)

Skin Damage

Even if you do not develop skin cancer,¬†excess sun exposure will show in your appearance. What’s the worst part about it? The damage does not show up right away. It is a cumulative effect that develops over time and¬†is worsened by every incidence of sun exposure.

Pictured below is a side by side comparison of the same person photographed in both regular and UV lighting. Although UV images do not predict skin cancer, they still highlight the consequences of excess sun exposure (ex. wrinkles, sunspots, red blotches, texture, pore size, etc). By visualizing skin damage normally invisible to the naked eye, these photos raise awareness to the gradual and drastic damage caused by the sun. (Source: EWG)

Canfield UV Camera Photos - Your Sun Damage Wake-Up Call -

Source: Canfield UV Camera Photos (EWG)


Growing up, we were warned to not stare directly into the sun and for good reason. The sun is extremely damaging to the eyes and can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium. To keep our eyes healthy and vision strong, the National Eye Institute recommends we wear sunglasses that block out 99 – 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.¬†The addition of a wide brimmed hat is helpful too! Now you have an excuse to wear more accessories! ūüē∂ÔłŹ ¬†ūüĎí ¬†(Source: NEI)

Infants & Children

Infants (0-6 months) – Babies under six months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight because their skin does not contain enough melanin to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. Their skin is also too sensitive for sunscreen. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that small amounts of sunscreen can be used on infants only as a last resort when shade cannot be found.

Toddlers & Children РProper steps should be taken to prevent sunburn.One blistering sunburn before the age of 18 can double a child’s risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF 15+ are best to use in addition to shade and protective clothing. Avoid spray sunscreens due to the dangers associated with inhalation. (Source: Skin Cancer Foundation)

Buying & Using Sunscreen

Our skin is the largest organ of the body, and it absorbs nearly everything we put on it. Let that fact soak in for a minute. Although applying sunscreen seems like a health-conscious action, it all comes down to which one you are using. If you are not careful, I believe your sunscreen can be causing more harm than good (for both you and the environment)!

Ingredients To Avoid

Sunscreens can provide one of two forms of protection; chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens contain synthetic ingredients that are absorbed by the skin to block or reflect UV rays. These have the highest incidence of skin irritation and cellular toxicity and therefore should be avoided.

Try to avoid these harmful ingredients: 

  • Oxybenzone | Sunscreen Agent –¬†UV light absorber
    • Hormone disruption (i.e. mimic or alter hormone levels)
    • Linked to reproductive and developmental issues
    • Endocrine disruption – associated with endometriosis in women
    • Known skin allergen
    • Accumulates in people – difficult to excrete
  • Octinoxate | Sunscreen Agent – UV light absorber
    • Hormone disruption (i.e. mimic or alter hormone levels)
    • Linked to reproductive and developmental issues
    • Endocrine disruption
    • Produces free radicles that contribute to premature skin aging and skin cancer
    • Accumulates in people – difficult to excrete (has been found in mothers’ breast milk)
    • Ecotoxicity
  • Vitamin A¬†(aka Retinol)¬†| Skin-conditioning Agent
    • Tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams containing vitamin A when exposed to direct sunlight¬†(Source: EWG)
    • Produces free radicals that contribute to premature skin aging and skin cancer
    • Known human reproductive toxicant
  • Homosalate | Sunscreen Agent –¬†UV light absorber
    • Hormone disruption¬†(i.e. mimic or alter hormone levels)
    • Accumulates in people – difficult to excrete
    • Endocrine disruption
    • Ecotoxicity
  • Methylisothiazolinone¬†| Preservative – Paraben
    • Linked to serious allergic reactions (especially in children)¬†(Source: EWG)
    • Named Allergen of the Year in 2013 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society (Source: EWG)
    • Hormone disruptor
    • Linked to reproductive and developmental issues
    • Ecotoxicity
    • Neurotoxicity

Ingredients To Look For

Physical sunscreens are generally considered the safer form of sun protection. They are made from natural minerals which sit on top of the skin and are not readily absorbed into the bloodstream. Be aware, due to the nature of these ingredients, they do tend to have a white appearance on the skin (some brands are better than others – my recommendations are listed below).

Safe sunblocking ingredient to seek: 

  • Zinc Oxide (non-nano)¬†| Sunblock Agent – Colorant
    • Offers moderate broad spectrum UV protection
    • Low skin penetration – low health risk in lotions

Other Factors to Consider

Broad Spectrum Coverage There are two types of UV light that can harm your skin ‚ÄĒ UVA and UVB. Too much exposure to either can cause skin cancer. A broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum, sunscreen protects your skin from both. Sunscreens will have this labeled on the bottle! (Source: Mayo Clinic)

SPF¬†Protection There is a misconception that higher SPF levels equal better sun protection. Unfortunately, SPF only applies to UVB rays (those responsible for burning) and does not take into consideration the harm associated with UVA rays (those responsible for age spots and wrinkling). For this reason, the Mayo Clinic recommends rather than focusing on a sunscreen’s SPF, choose one that is broad-spectrum. They state, even the worst burners will get adequate protection using a broad-spectrum SPF 30 when applied properly! (Read more about this topic: Mayo Clinic)

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 but no greater than 50!

Reef Safety

Over the years I have seen first hand the effects of sunscreen on our oceans. While vacationing on the tourist-dense¬†beaches of Waikiki, there were days you could see a film of sunscreen on the top of the ocean water. I couldn’t help but feel immense guilt as I watched little fish swimming through their chemical infested home. The pollution in our oceans from Oxybenzone has had toxic effects on our coral reefs and has contributed to coral bleaching.

Hanauma Bay Infographic - Reef Friendly Sun Protection |

Hanauma Bay Education Program | Hawaii Sea Grant

Pictured above, is an infographic from Oahu’s Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, a popular snorkeling spot known for its vast coral reef and diverse sea life. I found this posted when vacationing on my most recent trip and was so happy to see them making a stand against chemical sunscreens. I hope chemical sunscreens will eventually be banned but for now all we can do is try and educate the public on the importance of reef safe sunscreen.

Zinc Oxide has no known negative effects on our oceans and its inhabitants.

Application Types

Lotions | good for dry skin, best for application on large areas, can be messy

Stick | good for application on areas that require precision (i.e. around the eyes)

Spray | extremely dangerous if inhaled (apply in a well-ventilated area and be conscientious of those around you), easy to apply (especially on children), must apply a generous/even coating to ensure proper coverage and to tell where it was applied, great for quick reapplication after an initial coat of lotion

How To Apply

  1. Pick one you like because you’ll be more likely to use it.¬†If it’s hard to apply or messy, I doubt you will be reaching to reapply it as often as your should!
  2. Apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure. Physical sunscreens are typically effective immediately where chemical sunscreens need time to be absorbed.
  3. Reapply at least every 2 hours and after swimming or excessive sweating.

Extra Sun Bathing Tips

  • The best sun protection is avoidance! Always have a beach umbrella or shaded area to retreat to during the hot hours. ‚õĪÔłŹ
  • Sunscreen should still be applied on a cloudy or overcast day! ‚ėĀÔłŹÔłŹ
  • The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At these times, try to avoid direct sun exposure! (This is the perfect time to go grab lunch in the shade or indoors). To put it into perspective, the following exposures may result in the same amount of solar energy:
    • one hour at 9:00 a.m.
    • 15 minutes at 1:00 p.m.

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Listed below are two databases that offer a color-coded rating system for product toxicity. Scores are applied based on each products’ ingredient composition. As a general rule, any product that falls in the green range is a safe choice!

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I put a lot of time and research into this post because I am so passionate about this topic.  I hope you learned something new and will improve your sunbathing habits as a result of this post! If so, please let me know in the comments section below!

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Schmidt’s: A Safe, Natural, & Vegan Alternative to Conventional Deodorant

Update: After using the Schmidt’s Rose Scented Deodorant Stick for several months, I started to develop itching and redness on one of my underarms. I am assuming this is a reaction to the product’s baking soda. I switched to their sensitive skin formula and saw some improvement.¬†Check out my current favorites page to see what I’m using now!

Ditching your conventional deodorant and switching to an all-natural brand is a horrifying thought for many. How can something that is all-natural work? And even if it does work, is it as good as the popular conventional options? In my experience, I have found these concerns to be justified for some all-natural deodorant brands.. but not all!  It all comes down to what brand you use. As with anything, some brands are better than others and what works well for one person may not work as well for the next.

After much trial and error, I have found a couple¬†of all-natural brands that I am confident work just as well as my old conventional deodorant! They are so good, I will never go back.. bye bye Dove & Secret! ‚úĆ

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My favorite deodorant¬†and the one I am currently using¬†is from a company called¬†Schmidt‚Äôs Deodorant. Their mission is to ‚Äúchange the way you think about deodorant‚ÄĚ by setting new standards. Instead of mindlessly applying potentially dangerous chemicals to your skin, they want you to be aware of what your body is absorbing (yes, your deodorant doesn‚Äôt just sit on the outside of your skin ‚Äď anything you put on it goes into it). For this reason, their formulas are free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, and phthalates ‚Äď all potentially hazardous chemicals found in most conventional deodorants.

If you’re wondering if their products work without these chemicals, my answer is YES. Their products provide the same level of odor protection as the conventional brands while also helping to keep your underarms dry.


In my experience, Schmidt’s deodorants have been extremely effective in preventing body odor all day. Schmidt’s has a variety of scents to appeal to all sorts of people. I have tried several and have found the odor protection to be the same for each.

Scent descriptions from Schmidt’s Online Store:

  • Rose + Vanilla:¬†A heavenly bouquet of rose with hints of sweet, powdery vanilla. Luxurious, elegant, and inviting.
  • Bergamot + Line: A bright citrus scent.
  • Lavender + Sage: The clean, herbaceous fragrance is tranquil and soothing.
  • Cedarwood + Juniper: A favorite among men and women alike. This provocative blend offers a warm, woody scent that is irresistible.
  • Ylang-Ylang + Calendula: An¬†elegant aroma that is sweet with delicate floral notes.
  • Fragrance-Free: A must-have for those seeking powerful deodorant protection and a luxurious experience without scent.


Conventional deodorants use a form of aluminum as an antiperspirant. Aluminum works by plugging your sweat glands to completely stop you from sweating. Schmidt‚Äôs formula contains natural plant-based powders intended to absorb the moisture when you sweat. Unlike aluminum, these powders do not completely stop you from sweating, but they can help¬†you remain dry! Remember, we are supposed to sweat ‚Äď whether it be temperature regulation or toxin removal, it is essential we allow our body to breathe!


Daily Protection: I work very active 12.5+ hour shifts and can confidently say Schmidt’s prevents odor all day. I do not feel I need to reapply deodorant at any point during the day. // Factors to consider: (1) I work in a temperature controlled environment; (2) I would not consider myself a naturally sweaty person.

Long-term:¬†At this point, I have been using Schmidt‚Äôs products for several months and my body has yet to ‚Äúget used to‚ÄĚ the formula. Some argue that, over time, deodorants stop working as well ‚ÄĒ¬†I have personally not found this to be true with Schmidt‚Äôs. If you find this is the case for you, I recommend trying a different one of their scents and seeing if that solves the problem.


All Schmidt’s Deodorant products are 100% cruelty-free & vegan. They are both Leaping Bunny and PETA approved!

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Schmidt’s Deodorant Stick in Rose + Vanilla

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The deodorant is a dusty rose color but goes on clear when applied. I have not found it necessary to warm the stick deodorants before application.


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I alternate between the stick and jar deodorants depending on my mood. When in a rush, I find the stick deodorant most convenient.

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When the Schmidt’s company was first created, they only had a jar product. Founder, Jaime Schmidt, formulated and packaged the original formula in her kitchen and sold her products at local farmers markets. Eventually, word spread and her famous jar formula became the leader in natural deodorant that it is today. Due to high demand, the company recently introduced a stick-form. I have used both and find odor/wetness protection is the same.


  • Ingredients:¬†Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Essential oils, Tocopherol (vitamin E).
  • Application Process: (1) Remove a pea-sized amount of deodorant using the enclosed spatula; (2) Warm between fingers to soften completely; (3) Apply to underarm area.
  • Pro: Accurate/targeted application.
  • Con: Requires you wash your hands after use.


  • Ingredients:¬†Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Essential oils, Tocopherol (vitamin E).
  • Application Process: (1) Allow to slightly soften by holding under your¬†armpit momentarily; (2) Apply a thin/even layer to underarm area.
  • Pro: Fast, hassle-free application process.
  • Con:¬†If not warmed, will not apply as smoothly.

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Use the included spatula to remove a pea-sized amount and rub it between your fingers to warm. Apply directly to underarms and allow to absorb. Remember to wash your hands!

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Schmidt’s has both jar and stick travel-size products in each of their scents.


Even though all Schmidt’s products are 100% natural, some people get reactions to products formulated with baking soda. Schmidt’s addresses this issue by offering a line of products intentionally designed for people with sensitive skin. These products do not contain baking soda and instead use magnesium to neutralize odor. The consistency of these products is also slightly smoother and creamier for a gentle application. As a bonus, these formulas include essential oils with soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities.

  • Ingredients:¬†Magnesium hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Tocopherol (vitamin E), essential oils.

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Sensitive formulas are available in both stick and jar form.


  • Schmidt‚Äôs is offering my readers an exclusive discount to¬†their online store!
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  • If is more your style, you can find their products there with Prime Eligibility. Here are links to my current faves:
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  • You can also find Schmidt‚Äôs Deodorant in stores. Click here to find a retailer near you

Disclaimer: I have not been paid by Schmidt’s to write this review. Schmidt’s was kind enough to send me their Rose + Vanilla deodorant stick to try and review, as well as two other products. All opinions are 100% my own and based on my personal experience with this company’s products (I started using these products long before this blog). I do not receive a commission when you use my coupon code on their site. This post does include Amazon affiliate links in which I earn a small commission.