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October Giveaway: Fall Scented Carefull Candles

Enter to win on smelltheroses.com !

WE HAVE A WINNER..

DAYNA F.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


Enter the Giveaway:

  • For U.S. and Canada residents only.
  • You have until Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.
  • A winner is automatically/randomly generated through Rafflecopter.
  • A winner will be announced Monday, October 24 at 12 pm EST via social media and email.

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About Carefull Candles:

Carefull Candles is a small business that launched on Etsy this past May. Caroline, the shop owner, started making her own candles after discovering the hidden dangers found in the big-name conventional brand candles. In an effort to avoid her and her family from inhaling toxic fumes, she starting formulating and pouring her own candles using 100% non-GMO soy wax and 100% non-toxic essential oils/fragrances. Loving how her home-made candles came out, she decided to sell them and the Carefull Candles Etsy Store was born! Fun Fact — Caroline also has a podcast called “Being Carefull: Self Care and The Pursuit of Mindfulness”.

I came across Carefull Candles after much research to find a candle company that met my strict standards. Although there are many soy-based candle companies, not all have a completely clean label. I wanted a candle that was safe from its ingredients to its wick, to its container — you can imagine how excited I was when I found this brand on Etsy!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

  • Ingredients: 100% non-GMO soy wax | 100% pure essential oils and/or phthalate-free natural fragrances | No additives/fillers
  • Wick = Flat Braid Cotton + Paper Fiber (free of zinc, tin, and lead)
  • Container = reusable glass jar
  • Charity = $1 is donated to Hearts2Honduras with every purchase

What we’re giving away: 

  • (1) 8oz Pumpkin Spice Candle ($16 value)
  • (1) 8oz Marshmallow Campfire Candle ($16 value)
A candle that smells exactly like a pumpkin spice latte!! This is the Carefull Candles Pumpkin Spice Scented Candle made from 100% non-GMO soy wax with no additives. The candle is scented using 100% natural essential oils and fragrance. Enter to win this candle at smelltheroses.com or buy it in their Etsy shop where code "SMELLTHEROSES" saves you 20% !

If you were to turn your Pumpkin Spice Latte into a candle, it would be this candle!

This candle smells just like a freshly toasted marshmallow 😍 This is the Marshmallow Campfire 100% non-GMO soy candle from Carefull Candles. Enter to win it at smelltheroses.com or buy it on Etsy where code "SMELLTHEROSES" save you 20%!

Picturing roasting a marshmallow in a fire pit on a cold night and you have this candle! It’s so light and sweet – I’m in LOVE!

Enter to win this candle at smelltheroses.com or purchase from the Carefull Candles Etsy Shop where code "SMELLTHEROSES" saves you 20% off your entire order!

All candles feature a reusable glass jar.

 


Carefull Candles vs. Conventional Scented Candles:

Life would certainly be much more convenient if I didn’t know as much about the chemicals/ingredients in my everyday products. This time of year, Bath & Body Works and Yankee Candle have so many amazing scented candles that immediately make you excited for the fall and nearing holidays. However, these seemingly harmless candles hide an ugly truth. When burned, they release toxic fumes which pollute the air and are harmful if inhaled. For instance, big-name conventional brand candles made with parrafin wax produce benzene and toluene (known carcinogens) when burned. Inhaling these toxins are similar to inhaling the fumes from car exhausts.

Remember, chemicals don’t have to have a harsh odor to be harmful; many are actually odorless! Synthetic fragrances may smell nice but they are still chemicals and can be hazardous to your health.

Carefull Candles vs Conventional Brands -- clean up your candle collection by purchasing from the Carefull Candles Etsy Shop where code "SMELLTHEROSES" saves you 20% off your entire order!

Did you know your favorite Bath & Body Works candles contain harmful carcinogens that can be hazardous to you and your family's health? Clean up your candle collection with my "Safe Swaps"! You can still enjoy "Marshmallow Fireside" and "Pumpkin Spice" without the hidden dangers! Enter to win these candles at smelltheroses.com or purchase from the Carefull Candles Etsy Shop where code "SMELLTHEROSES" saves you 20% off your entire order!

Care Suggestions from the Carefull Candles Etsy Shop:

  • When lighting a soy candle for the first time, allow the wax to melt all the way to the sides of the container – this is usually 3/4 hours long. If you do not have 3/4 hours please wait until you do! Trust me, it will extend the life of your candle tremendously. If you do not let the wax melt all the way to the sides of the container, it may cause a “tunneling” effect, and your candle may not last as long as it is intended too.
  • The wicks need to be trimmed before EACH and every burn, failure to do so may result in black spots in the candle, a shorter burn time, and soot.

You can now order the SmelltheRoses.com inspired Carefull Candle in their Etsy shop.

Check it out here!

Carefull Candles Etsy Shop -- code "SMELLTHEROSES" saves you 20% off your entire order!


On behalf of Carefull Candles and Smell the Roses, I would like to wish you all a happy fall season and good luck!

Carefull Candles & SmelltheRoses.com Collaboration! Enter the giveaway at smelltheroses.com or purchase from the Carefull Candles Etsy shop where code "SMELLTHEROSES" saves you 20% off your entire order!


Thank you Carefull Candles for sponsoring this giveaway! 🙂

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0 In Beauty/ Body

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! ✌


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My favorite deodorant and the one I am currently using is from a company called Schmidt’s Deodorant. Their mission is to “change the way you think about deodorant” 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’t just sit on the outside of your skin – anything you put on it goes into it). For this reason, their formulas are free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, and phthalates – 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.

ODOR PROTECTION

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.

WETNESS PROTECTION

Conventional deodorants use a form of aluminum as an antiperspirant. Aluminum works by plugging your sweat glands to completely stop you from sweating. Schmidt’s 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 – whether it be temperature regulation or toxin removal, it is essential we allow our body to breathe!

TEST OF TIME

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’s products for several months and my body has yet to “get used to” the formula. Some argue that, over time, deodorants stop working as well — I have personally not found this to be true with Schmidt’s. 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.

CRUELTY-FREE

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

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MY CURRENT DEODORANT (NOV 2016)

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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.

MY COLLECTION

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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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STICK VS. JAR

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.

Jar:

  • 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.

Stick:

  • 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.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?

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.

TRY IT FOR YOURSELF:

  • Schmidt’s is offering my readers an exclusive discount to their online store!
    • Code “SMELLTHEROSES” saves you 25% off your entire online order!
  • If Amazon.com is more your style, you can find their products there with Prime Eligibility. Here are links to my current faves:
  • Check out their Etsy store.
  • You can also find Schmidt’s 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.