Misting Addiction

I am a serial mister.  I mist in the morning.  I mist in the evening.  Sometimes I even mist in the middle of the day.   I mist with my kids.  I mist alone.  I have even misted in my car and on airplanes.  Heck, I misted on a train once and I am not ashamed to admit it!  I mist prior to applying my serums, oils and balms, during the application, and occasionally I mist after.  So now you know.  I love to MIST!

I have quite a collection of misting sprays, because as I said, I LOVE TO MIST!  So why should we use a mist as part of our skin care routine?


The spritz of a face mist feels refreshing, but there’s a lot more happening than that instant cooling sensation. There are water face mists and there are hydrating face mists. Mineral or Thermal water face mists don’t have any hydrating ingredients in them.  They are just what they say they are….WATER.  The idea is the water spritz will wet your face and hydrate it.  The problem is, users rarely read the directions on the can, I mean really how much instruction do we need, HOLD the can with the NOZZLE toward your face and PUSH, right?  Actually, no, the important part is blot off any excess.  If you skip this important step, the water just evaporates and will actually leave your skin drier than you started.  The instructions on the can tell you to “pat dry” after a few minutes.  Who knew?

Your skin needs hydration and moisture to be healthy.  Hydration refers to the amount of water in the skin.  Products targeted at hydrating your skin, are designed to increase the water content in your skin.  Think about the word dehydrated (lack of hydration) and you can invision a shriveled up raisin vs a plump juicy grape.  Moisturizers are targeted at preventing transepidermal water loss, TEWL (the process by which water passes from inside your body out through the epidermis) by forming a barrier or protective seal on your skin to prevent water loss.  Think about the word moisturize and you probably lean toward oily substances.  Lack of moisture leads to dry skin.  For healthy skin, you need to Hydrate first, then Moisturize.  You need both to maintain healthy skin.

Hydrating face mists are designed to seep deep into your pores and deliver nutrients as an active part of your skin care routine.  They are also great for cooling your skin, balancing your skin pH, setting your makeup, and offering a jolting pick me up.

Face mists work through a process called vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels. Misting our faces and generating vasoconstriction can accomplish many positive effects. It can help increase blood flow to the brain, regulate body temperature, and maintain homeostasis, which is the internal stabilization of physiological processes. But with the right ingredients, misting our faces can do much more than just boost our biological processes—it can actually nourish and enhance our complexions.

Vasoconstriction can help keep skin balanced and your complexion even.  When the blood vessels in the face are dilated,  your skin can appear red and blotchy.

A face mist with a base other than water is prefered.  Here are some great options.  Look for a face mist with a base of aloe vera, which has antioxidants, healing properties, and is 4x as penetrating as water.  It not only penetrates the skin, it pulls moisture in along with it.  It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and contains antioxidants including beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.

Another great base for effective face mists is green and white tea.  Tea delivers a boost of antioxidants and polyphenols. Antioxidants and polyphenols have been shown to decelerate the aging process by neutralizing free radicals, preventing them from damaging skin cells, and reducing inflammation.

Algae extract is another beneficial ingredient because it repairs cellular damage and prevents TEWL by improving skin barrier function.

Additional ingredients in mists like botanical oils and humectants will help keep skin hydrated and provide aromatherapy.  There is a lot of debate and misinformation about Essential Oils on the internet these days and it gets quite confusing and combative.  Wherever you are on the pro or con side of EO’s, you should read the post by Josh Rosebrook on Essential Oils.  He is very knowledgeable and has links to actual scientific studies to help clear up questions about their use, safety, and benefits.  Check it out here.

A nutrient rich face mist is a necessary addition to your skin care routine.  So enough about ingredients, lets talk about some of my favorite face mists!  I could write about so many, but I will save you having to read a 10 page blog post.  I will try to narrow it down to a few favorites.

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator – One spritz of this and you will understand why it has reached cult status!  In a base of aloe vera leaf juice, it also contains evening primrose, marula, sea buchthorn, and calendula.  It has a delicate scent and is so refreshing.  It is made to enhance your regimen and will help your serums and oils penetrate more deeply and infuse your pores with nutrients.  It is also a great price point and comes in a 2oz ($22) and a 4oz size ($35).  You can check it our here.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics – LWPO makes 2 face mists (Elixers) Normal/Mature and Oily/Combination.  I have mature, dry skin so I will share my experience with the Normal/Mature Elixer.  This mist is in a base of Rose Hydrosol and as you can imagine, it smells divine.  Laurel believes in using whole plant ingredients which makes for more powerful, nutrient dense formulas.  This mist attracts and holds moisture in the skin while repairing damage and promoting healing with powerful ingredients like Calendula, Astragalus, and Helichrysum.  Did I tell you how amazing this smells?  The more I use LWPO products, the more I appreciate her ability to combine science and nature to achieve beautiful products that work.  You can check the elixer here.

La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer – This mist is a powerhouse of ingredients and is in a base of Jasmine Flower Water, Coconut Water, and Rose and CornFlower Water.  It contains Hyaluronic Acid for intense hydration and leaves my skin plump and ready to absorb the rest of my skin care regimen.  It has a light floral scent that I love.  I am a huge fan of La Bella Figura products because they smell lovely and they work!  You can read the entire list of ingredients and check it out here.

Amly Siver Rich Face Mist – This mist is a base of  water, but it is Amly’s unique silver-rich spring water along with floral waters of Neroli, Geranium, and Lavender.  It is a specialized mist because it also contains a long list of powerful ingredients to help support healthy sleep patterns.  Who doesn’t need a healthier sleep pattern?  It also contains a unique ingredient, Snow Algae, which “activates overnight collagen production and cellular repair to ward off signs of aging by boosting the skin’s longevity.”   I find myself using it every night just before I go to bed. This mist has a beautiful floral scent that I find very calming and grounding.  Perfect to lull me off to sleep!  You can check it out here.

In Fiore Vitale Toning Facial Essence – This is an aloe-based toning mist that uses orange flower distillate and a long list of herbal infustions to protect your skin and maximize absorption of your serums and face oils. The nuanced fragrances of all of the In Fiore products are due to the formulator’s gift as a perfumeur.  She has created a luxurious and effective experience following Asian cleansing rituals that she calls the 4-2-4 method.  You can read about the method here by clicking on the “application” link.  I find her products to be a luxurious reminder to pamper our skin.  Her products make you want to take that time to create a ritual for yourself and use that as a sort of meditation and healing process.  If you want to take your skin care to the next level, this is a great line to experience.  You can check it out here.

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden – What can I say about ML that hasn’t already been written about?  Even though this contains water, it also has witch hazel and colloidal silver to ensure the absorbtion of fat and water soluable vitamins.  Like all of ML products, The Jasmine Garden stimulates all of your senses to create a true selfcare experience.  I find myself misting myself with this beautiful spray just to smell its delicioius aroma.  It not only makes my skin feel hydrated, it also elevates my mood and has a calming effect due to the presence of Jasmine.  You can check it out here.

True Botanicals Renew Nutrient Mist – I did a full post on this Mist and the other True Botanical products I love and you can read it in its entirety here.   If you don’t want to read the entire post, you can check out the mist here.


I hope I narrowed the list down enough that I didn’t overwhelm you.  I tried to focus on the ones I use the most and also of note is that I am less likely to use a mist consistently if the sprayer is faulty.   I like a fine, medium width spray.  Is it weird that I focus on the spraying mechanism?  Anyway, if you see a mist in the photo that you are curious about, don’t hesitate to ask me about it!


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Deodorants Part Deux

It has been a while since I reviewed healthy deodorant choices, but that doesn’t mean I stopped trying out new brands and formulas.  Living in the state of Arizona, where the temperatures soar to levels that I feel are incompatible with human life (hello, 118 degree summer days), I need a deodorant that works!


Let’s face it: sweat is crucial.  It is an essential detoxification process that our bodies need to go through to eliminate toxins.  We sweat through all of the pores in our body, but the armpits are different.  Our armpits also excrete fats and proteins that, when mixed with the natural bacteria on our skin, can easily cause odor.  In some cultures around the world, odor is socially acceptable.  For those of us for whom it is not acceptable or desirable, using deodorant is nonnegotiable.

I feel healthy deodorants should be one of the first products you should switch to when changing over to nontoxic personal care products.  Our armpits are in close proximity to lymph nodes and breast tissue.

Antiperspirants are meant to keep you from sweating by blocking your sweat glands and deodorants are to keep the odor at bay.  Conventional antiperspirants are filled with harmful ingredients that have been shown to disrupt hormones, cause skin irritation, and affect your immune system.  The key harmful ingredient in antiperspirants to avoid is aluminum.  Aluminum basically inhibits the detoxification process by preventing your armpits from sweating.  This process traps all of those toxins near your lymph nodes and breast tissue.  The use of aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, but the long-term effects are still unknown.  Your body needs to sweat, but you don’t need to smell stinky.

You can read my original post about switching to a healthy deodorant and find out what ingredients to avoid by clicking here.

Natural deodorants don’t stop your body from sweating, but the good ones keep us from having body odor by absorbing sweat and killing the odor-causing bacteria found on our skin without the use of potentially harmful ingredients.  Once you are using a natural deodorant and you are no longer blocking your sweat glands, you will actually sweat less.

If you are new to using a natural deodorant and have used conventional antiperspirants for a while, your body will go through a pit detoxifying stage.  It sound really gross and to be honest probably won’t be pleasant.  But, if you think about all the years you were swiping questionable ingredients in your armpit, you were clogging everything up.  It will take some time for your body to remove all of that gunk from your underarm pores and sweat glands. Your armpits need to rebalance.  During that time, your natural deodorant won’t work.  It will take a little time for your body to adjust which is why many new converts give up and feel that natural deodorants don’t work.  I didn’t know about the detox mask when I switched many years ago, so I suffered through.  Once I learned about the harmful ingredients in my personal care products, I never went back.  I prefer to sacrifice a little vanity for my health!

If you don’t want to tough it out, you can try an armpit detox kit.  The Kaia Naturals Takesumi Charcoal Underarm Detox Kit contains a guidebook, a deodorant, a bar of soap, and effervescent bath soak to make the transition easier.


If you don’t want to purchase a kit, here is a DIY armpit detox mask that will make the transition easier and smoother.

Bentonite Clay Detox Mask

  • 1 tablespoon healing bentonite clay (found on Amazon or some CVS pharmacies)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl with a wooden or non-metal spoon until creamy.
  2. Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. Start slowly and work up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjusts. If it burns, wash off immediately. This may cause some redness as it increases blood flow to the area, but it will quickly go away.
  3. Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet wash cloth.
  4. Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.

Regardless of which deodorant you choose, know that you are going to sweat and there isn’t a cure-all for what our bodies need to do to stay healthy….SWEAT.  Everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you, but here are some deodorants that I have had success with.

Here are my latest purchases:



This is one of my favorite deodorants and it not only keeps me smelling fresh all day, it has a minty, cool feeling that is so refreshing on a hot day.  It also has the added bonus of using Magnesium as one of its odor controlling ingredients which gets absorbed through our skin.  Most of us don’t get enough Magnesium in our diets and it is a critical element that helps with bone and heart health.  It also helps with sleep, anxiety, stress, and muscle pain.

This liquid roll on deodorant comes in Unscented or Rosemary-Mint.  It gave me quite a feeling of nostalgia using a roll on deodorant, but I absolutely love it.  It dries quickly and works well in the Arizona heat.  Did I mention how good it feels to have that minty cool sensation in my pits when I am hot?   It contains baking soda, so if you are sensitive, it may not be for you.  Great price point and you can check it out here.


Ursa Major

I have used several versions of this deodorant and have been grateful for each one.  I don’t have an issue with Baking Soda, so I can use either version.  Ursa Major uses Hops and Saccharomyces Ferment to fight odor and Eucalyptus to fight bacteria.  Kaolin clay is used to absorb moisture.  It works and has options for those with sensitivities.  It is easy to see why it has won awards!  Great price point and you can check it out here.

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Meow Meow Tweet

The Meow Meow Tweet deodorants come in cream and stick formulas as well as a variety of scents.  They also come in Baking Soda free formulas if you have a sensitivity.  I have used the stick formulas in the past and they work great.  The packaging is a little tricky and the stick is sometimes hard to push up, but the product does the job.


The cream formulas work just as well and keep me smelling fresh all day, but it has the extra step of having to wash your hands after application.  It is a thick paste texture and absorbs easily into the skin.  Both formulas work really well and you can choose stick or cream, depending on your preference.  They also make a deodorant primer that I would love to try.  All of the formulas are a great price point and you can check them out here.


Lilfox Miami Deep Forest (reformulated as Green Vetiver)

This is a very different formula.  It is thinner than most natural deodorant creams that I have tried and it feels a little oily on contact.  At first I was a little hesitant because I have had problems with oily formulas staining my clothes.  This product smells very earthy and just like the forest floor.  Not that I have actually smelled the floor of the forest, but it smells like a combination of earth and trees, so I think ‘forest floor’ is an accurate description.  It contains coconut and avocado oils and arrowroot powder to absorb moisture.  This deodorant works really well at keeping me fresh smelling all day, it absorbs really well into the skin and did not stain my clothes.  PHEW!  It contains Baking Soda.  Don’t let the price scare you away, it is a huge jar that will last you a long time.

At the time of this post, Lilfox Miami is updating the formula and packaging it in a smaller size jar that will make it easier for travel.  You can get the current version at Integrity Botanicals here.


Vapour Beauty AER

Another great deodorant that keeps me smelling fresh all day.  It is described as a gel to powder, but I feel it is more of a cream deodorant in a push up applicator that is perforated so it comes up through multiple little holes.  AER uses Arrowroot to absorb moisture, Sunflower, Coconut and Vitamin E oils to moisturize, and a blend of essential oils.  It also contains baking soda.  It comes in 3 beautiful scents.  It is pricier than the others for the size and you can check it out here.

Please share your favorite deodorants with me below!

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Getting Balmy AGAIN!

The Clean Slate and Amazon After Dark Cleansing Balms

I will start off telling you that I love both of these balms, but they are quite different.  I absolutely love a cleansing balm, especially in the drier winter months.  I did an in-depth post on cleansing balms a while back and you can read it here.  You can read about what ingredients you want to avoid in mainstream cleansing balms and what to look for in healthier alternatives. Continue reading “Getting Balmy AGAIN!”

Do you need a Vitamin C Serum?

Vitamin C Serum Review

I have tried out several Vitamin C formulas over the last few months.  It seems to be the hot ingredient of the moment, but there are many varieties and formulations on the market and it gets quite confusing.


Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant naturally found in our skin in both the epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (layer just underneath the epidermis).  As we age, however, the levels decline in both layers.  Levels may also decrease with stress, excessive exposure to UV light and pollutants such as cigarette smoke and exhaust.

We all know the importance of Vitamin C in our diet, but why do we need vitamin C in our skin care?  Can it:

Lighten Scars √

Help with Hyperpigmentation √

Reverse Sun Damage √

Give You Younger Looking Skin 

Fade Dark Spots √

Vitamin C has a host of benefits for our skin.  It can improve clarity, stimulate collagen, and minimize melanin production to even out your skin tone and brighten your complexion.  The antioxidant property of Vitamin C has also been shown to protect against damage caused by free radicals.  It has also been shown to help with wound healing and regulating the synthesis of collagen.  All good things, right?

Before I continue, I want to explain something.  There is a term thrown around ALL THE TIME, but do you know exactly what it means?  Let’s pause for a mini science lesson.


Exactly what is a FREE RADICAL? This is an overly simplified description, but I hope it answers the question adequately.  Our bodies are made up of molecules.  Most of these molecules contain an even number of electrons.  We can talk about atoms and covalent bonds and you can have flash backs from your high school or college chemistry classes, but I will spare you that trauma!  The gist is, when some molecules react with oxygen, which happens daily, there can be a break in the electron bond and you have all these unpaired electrons going off on their own.  They don’t like to be alone, (does anyone?) so they scavage the body trying to find another electron to become a pair.  During this search, they become very reactive and reek havoc on other cellular components like the DNA or cellular membrane.  They can pull electrons from other molecules, which further destabilizes that molecule.  This becomes a domino effect and can damage cells.  This can further lead to mutations, etc which can cause disease and aging. Our bodies defense system against these free radicals is ANTIOXIDANTS.  Antioxidants can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the reaction before important molecules or components are damaged.  They are able to give electrons to free radicals without becoming destabilized themselves, thus stopping the destructive chain reaction. Of course all of this is oversimplified, but I don’t think you parked on this page for a full on chemistry lesson.  If you did, I am really sorry, because I hated chemistry in college!

So, back to the blog post.   What are the issues with Vitamin C?

The problem with Vitamin C is that it is quite unstable and degrades quickly once it comes into contact with water, heat and oxygen.  This makes formulating it into skin care a bit tricky.  It also has to be at the right pH (≤3.5) for it to be absorbed by the skin.   The quicker it is absorbed into your skin, the less likely it is to oxidize and therefore lose its potency.  This acidic pH can make it irritating to many people, especially those with sensitive skin.  When choosing a product, make sure it is in a dark, glass container with a closed delivery system to maximize efficacy.

There is also some scientific evidence that Vitamin C can act as a “pro-oxidant” if it is oxidized or comes into contact with metals, meaning that instead of fighting free radicals, it may generate them.  Metals, such as iron, are found in our water and air.  Therefore, if your vitamin C mixes with water or air that contains lead, it will act as a pro-oxidant rather than an antioxidant.  I feel the benefits of Vitamin C far outway this possible risk.

Another issue with Vitamin C in skin care is determining the correct concentration.  There are many opinions on this topic, but the majority seem to agree that 10-20% is the most effective concentration.  The key is finding a concentration that your particular skin can tolerate and actually achieve results.

There are different forms of Vitamin C that you will see listed on labels.

  • Ascorbic Acid (L-Ascorbic Acid)
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
  • Sodium Ascorbate
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA) or Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside
  • Ascorbyl Glucosamine
  • Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate

You can use Vitamin C in the morning or at night with your regular skin care routine.  It is usually recommended to use it in the morning so it can protect your skin from all of the environmental stressors you may encounter and you get that great sun protective effect.



I have experimented with 3 different formulas over the last 6 months.  The first is the True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster.  This product is in a powder form so it maintains its potency until the moment you are ready to use it.  It contains 3 ingredients:

  • Organic Tapioca starch (from the root of the Cassava Plant)
  • L-ascorbic acid
  • Ferulic acid



The tapioca starch works as an exfoliant, hydrator and skin healer, while the ferulic acid is an antioxidant found in plant cell walls that works really well with Vitamin C. In fact, the Vitamin C has been shown to double the photo protection of the ferulic acid.  It is one of the purest and most potent formulas out there.  When mixed with a serum, you get about a 10% concentration of L-ascorbic acid.  It activates once you mix it with a liquid. You can mix it with your serum, face oil, sunscreen or whatever else you put on your face.   It comes in a small amber glass bottle with a shaker top.  It is the perfect size for traveling.  I mix a shake or two with my True Botanicals serum.  It mixes easily and there is no mess.   I have also mixed it with other serums, oils, or face balms and it works just as well.  My skin tolerates this formula really well.  I don’t get any dry patches or redness.  What I do get is healthier looking skin.  It truly gives me a glow and helps even out my skin tone.  It helps fade scars.  I have always been a blemish picker and this really helps fade any residual marks that have been self-inflicted.  UUgh!  You can check out the TB Vitamin C Booster here.


Another formula that I use is the Ursa Major Vitamin C Serum which comes housed in a black Miron glass pump bottle.  This is the lightest formula of the ones I tested.  It uses a relatively stable, naturally derived water-soluble form of Vitamin C, ascorbic acid polypeptide, at a 1.5% concentration.  This serum is a perfect fit for those with sensitive skin due to the inclusion of rose and soothing aloe juice base. It also contains aspen bark for gentle exfoliation, rosehip which helps with skin discolorations, edelweiss for its potent antioxidant power,  as well as shea butter and sunflower seed oil for hydration.


This formula is very light weight, non greasy, and works well under makeup.  It definitely made my skin brighter and hydrated.  The texture and light fruity scent make it an easy choice.  I received this serum in a subscribtion box as well.  You can check out the Ursa Major Vitamin C Serum here.


The last formula I have used is the Odacite, An Autumn of the World 15% Vitamin C Serum.  This is a potent Vitamin C in the form of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and it is combined with some extra virgin precious oils including Acai, Passion Fruit, Meadowfoam, Carrot, Raspberry, Pomegranate, and Rosehip Oils.  It comes in a black glass bottle with a dropper.  The potent antioxidant properties and omega 5 fatty acids in these oils help make this a super charged serum for fighting against the elements.  This particular form of vitamin C is the latest development in Vitamin C and has been shown to be 5 times more potent than other compounds.  It is lipid-soluble, so it has a higher rate of penetration into the deeper layers of our skin where collagen production takes place. This serum is the most expensive of the 3 products I own, but luckily, I subscribed to the Detox Market monthly subscription box and this was the first product they sent out.  If you haven’t checked out this box, please take a moment to check it out here.  This serum was created for a private client and is part of the Odacité, Private Collection.  


I find that this product is the strongest of the 3 and a little goes a long way.  You only need to add 2-3 drops and you can apply it straight to your skin or mix it with other products.  When I first received this serum I was applying way too much everyday and noticed after a week that my skin was getting red and flaky.  I backed off and just applied a few drops in the morning and it made a world of difference.  My skin looked hydrated, clear, and brighter.  I find myself always reaching for this oil when I get a blemish or a sun spot.  It clears up blemishes very quickly without leaving the surrounding area dry and flaky and it noticeably lightens my sun spots.  You can check it out here.

I believe in the power and importance of adding a Vitamin C formula to my skin care routine.  I found all three of these formulas to be quite different, but they all worked really well and delivered on the benefits they claim.  I hope my descriptions will be helpful to you so you can chose a product that will work best for your skin type.

Do you use a Vitamin C product in your skin care routine?  Have you tried any of these products or do you have another favorite?  I would love to hear about your experience!