Basic Naturals celebrates the New Year with a #payitforward campaign. We know that one good deed promotes another. A sale that allows customers to send a gift set containing to a friend or family member, and the same set will be sent to them at no cost. (The set contains their winter skincare favorites. Handshake Moisturizer, Happy Feet Balm, and a Lip Balm). Buy One, Get One Free!
We want to wish you all a Happy New Year! It’s here. 2022. And while we don’t know what to expect in the coming year, we know this…
Many have missed time with friends and family due to COVID and cancelled travel. Many holiday plans were cancelled. Many are feeling isolated and alone.
We want to help in our own way.
Buy one, get one free – Buy one Winter Care Set for a friend* and we send the same gift set to you at your billing address. Let’s make the distance between friends and family a little closer.
*NOTE: Make sure to enter a friend’s name and address in the shipping info. Your billing information will be used to mail the second set. *Add NOTE #PAYITFORWARD at checkout and make sure to select our Winter Care Set.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” That’s what they say. Well, when it comes to actual sweat, it turns out that escaping the hazards of synthetic deodorant is actually kind of the big stuff. Yes, it’s true, switching products from something that works for you can be a challenge. But, achieving the peace of mind that comes with knowing your body is functioning naturally can be as rewarding as it is physically beneficial. We’ll explain a little about the difference in synthetic vs natural deodorants, and why you should switch deodorants to one of the best natural deodorants on the market..and it actually works!
Mainstream antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminum salts, yes- the metal!
This ingredient temporarily blocks the sweat glands on your skin to avoid any sticky underarms or unwanted sweat. When we perspire, the bacteria on the surface of our skin digest the fats and proteins in our sweat; it is this digestive off-gassing that causes sweat to have an odor. By blocking the sweat glands, the hope of an antiperspirant is to eliminate odor and wet stains at once.
Does using antiperspirant with aluminum have negative side effects?
This is a controversial topic, and one that has see-sawed over the past decade or more. While no direct correlation between absorption of aluminum through topical exposure has been proven, the link between use of products containing aluminum and build up in the body, and potential for increase risk of brain cancer or alzheimers have us concerned. No, we are not medical professionals. But we do try to make educated decisions about the safety of each product we use or each food that we eat. And this build up of a metal in the body does not feel safe – for us.
Natural deodorant brands, like Basic Naturals with their Fresh Underarms Roll-On Deodorant, take a different approach and use a less controversial absorbent ingredient to “soak up” the sweat, as well ingredients that neutralize or cover odor safely. The idea is not to stop the natural process of sweating, but to make it as pleasant as possible. Many would say that natural deodorants are a safer choice. A deep sweat, otherwise known as an oil-based sweat, can help eliminate built up fluids or toxins in the body. (Note- this refers to sweat generated in a sauna, from a fever, etc. not from regular workouts or heat). So, if we are able to expell toxins through sweat, why would we want to block them in at all?
One customer reviewed “Fresh Underarms” giving it a 10/10 and saying,
“This deodorant rocks!!! Like most people, in the high heat and humidity, my underarms sweat and then my skin gets red and irritated all over. With this deodorant, no angry pits!! After walking in the heat, I can move freely immediately afterward. My skin is much happier, so I am too. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, but this deodorant showed me how much better it can be!! Also, the smell is fantastic and smells as natural as the ingredients, and I don’t need to put layer after layer (as I do with my old spice) to get the benefits!! 10/10 would recommend, you won’t know just how much you’re missing until you try it!” – Ethan (Basic Naturals customer)
Basic Naturals’ deodorant contains only skin benefiting ingredients which balance the skin, sweat, and odor naturally, organically and healthily:
Aloe vera (barbadensis) juice which helps keep skin soft and smooth. The rollerball application is also refreshing and feels cooling.
Vegetable glycerin adds body and consistency to products and prevents them from drying out. In our body care products, glycerin helps the skin to attract and retain its own natural moisture, leaving it feeling soft.
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is antibacterial and a pH neutraliser. In our deodorants, it is used to neutralise the acid in sweat and eliminate underarm bacteria, preventing body odour from forming.
Arrowroot powder is used to thicken deodorant, but arrowroot has also been know to draw out toxins and impurities.
Xanthan gum helps with texture and keeps the deodorant from running down your skin when you roll on the product
Citric acid helps by exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, cleaning pores, evening skin tone and softening and smoothing the skin.
Basic Naturals Skincare uses a proprietary blend of essential oils containing either:
Cedarwood (Black cap) which is reputed to guard the skin against environmental pollutants and toxins
Clary sage (White cap) which is known to reduce skin inflammation, heal the epidermis and soothe skin.
Did you know? Synthetic deodorant may in actually lead to more odor. When a person does make the switch from antiperspirant to natural deodorant, they often experience a period of purging sweats which smell worse than normal. They may be misled to think that their new deodorant is not working. However, the culprit is actually the old one. The buildup of blocked sweat in their glands takes about 3 weeks to reset. Maybe less if you sweat daily.
What are Some Common Differences Between Natural and Synthetic Deodorant
There about a two-to-four-week transition period when your body is purging from buildup of sweat from your old deodorant or antiperspirant to a natural version. During this time, you may experience more odor than you are used to. However, with the right product, like Basic Naturals’ Clary Sage or Cedarwood deodorant, these annoyances can be minimal.
You may feel you sweat more once you have transitioned into natural deodorants. This is because using the sweat-blocking “cousin” or synthetic version, can actually have the pysiological effect of making you feel hotter, however your sweat will have been blocked. The good news is that natural deodorant users tend to say that this this effect becomes less noticeable with time as your body temperature regulates and glands adjust to the new balance.
Your skin may be more smooth! Ingredients in synthetic anti-perspirants and deodorants can cause underarm discoloration, bumps, rashes and irritations. After transitioning to a natural formula, you should see improvement!
Less staining! The aluminum salts can cause yellowing of fabrics. White t-shirts making a come-back!?
TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DEODORANT
Apply your deodorant straight after showering and immediately after exercise to keep underarms smelling fresh.
Let your deodorant dry completely before getting dressed to avoid staining your clothes.
To avoid any unpleasant armpit smells reapply regularly according to how much you sweat, your activity level, and the climate.
What are theBenefits of using Fresh Underarms Aluminum-free Deodorant by Basic Naturals
24- hour protection
Non-comedogenic formula keeps skin smooth and doesn’t clog pores
Choosing natural skincare is a transition for some people, one that is not easily made without a solid understanding of products available on the market, and the categories used to describe them. We spend a lot of time sharing posts about key features of our products. They are 100% Natural, Organic, Non-GMO, Cruelty-Free, and Plant-Based / Synthetic-Free Brand among others.
You may be asking yourself, what does this even mean even if you are an experienced and well-versed consumer. These keywords may just blend in with the slew of marketing terms companies throw at consumers.
Education is power, so let’s talk a little about what it means when we say we are a Natural, Organic, and Plant-Based / Synthetic-Free Brand! (*Consider this a crash course in how to fine-tune your natural skincare routine to the best natural skincare there is).
What makes a skincare product natural?
Natural as a label means that ingredients come from resources that are not man-made and occur in… well, nature of course. The term “natural” is not officially regulated by the government, so we recommend that everyone learn how to read an ingredient list. Did you know that ingredients are listed from highest percentage to lowest? That means, when reading the labels, you should try to pick a product where synthetic ingredients are mainly at the bottom of the list if included at all. (All ingredients in our products are 100% natural, with no synthetics. )
If you are looking for references, check out the EWG database linked above. This is a fantastic database that shows the safety of any ingredient and even has many mainstream products stored by name and brand. Don’t know one of the ingredients on a product? Pop it into this link and find out safety ratings and any potential risk usage can carry.
What is Organic Skincare?
When Skincare is labeled as organic it means that ingredients are farmed without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. This category is officially regulated by the FDA. Products only need to contain a certain percentage of organic matter to declare “made with organic ingredients” on its label. (This amount varies from state to state.) Spotting a USDA Organic seal is ideal since that means the product contains at least 95% organic ingredients. Please note that having a USDA seal costs money, a lot. So many small businesses may not yet have reached this threshold to gain a “seal” while all their ingredients still come from verified organic sources. (We make sure that we exceed that threshold in every product we make!)
OK, that makes sense now. Then what does it mean to be Synthetic-Free?
“Synthetic-free” products contain no man-made ingredients—this means it is 100% of it is made of naturally occurring elements or compounds. Here is an example: a naturally derived ingredient, such as hyaluronic acid, which is originally sourced from animals is copied and molecularly replicated to the same effect within a lab.
What is Plant-Based Skincare? What are Plant-Based Products?
The term “plant-based” might be a little more flexible but generally indicates that the product is made with botanical ingredients. An example of plant-based would be mango butter, olive oil, avocado oil, shea butter, essential oils, etc.
Both Synthetic-Free and Plant-Based are terms that are unregulated. They do not necessarily include or exclude one another. (Basic Naturals’ products do not contain ANY Synthetic Ingredients and are mostly Plant-Based.) Beeswax is the only ingredient we use that is not Plant-Based and for this reason, we are not a fully Vegan brand. However many of our products are Vegan! AND ALL of our Basic Naturals skincare products are Alcohol-Free!
Here you can find some of our VEGAN and Alcohol-Free Basic Naturals Skincare products:
Don’t fret—you’ll begin to recognize these terms and ingredients with practice. Read the list when you are looking to buy natural skincare brands, it will help you and our planet!
Organic – means that ingredients are farmed without chemical pesticides or fertilizers (it is a category that is regulated by the FDA). A product only has to contain a certain percentage of organic matter to declare “made with organic ingredients” on its label. (This amount varies from state to state.) Spotting a USDA Organic seal is ideal since that means the product contains at least 95% organic ingredients. But please note that having a USDA seal costs money, a lot. So many small businesses may not yet have reached this threshold to gain a “seal” while all their ingredients still come from verified organic sources. (We make sure that we exceed that threshold!)
Plant-Based or Synthetic-Free – Theoretically, a product labeled as “synthetic-free” contains no man-made ingredients to—this means it is 100% made of naturally occurring elements or compounds. The term “plant-based” might be a little more flexible but generally indicates that the product is made with botanical ingredients. Both terms are unregulated. They do not necessarily include or exclude one another. (Basic Naturals products do not contain ANY Synthetic Ingredients and are mostly Plant-Based. Beeswax is the only reason our products are not 100 % Plant-Based and also the only reason we are not 100% Vegan. However many of our products are Vegan! They are always cruelty-free.)
while supplies last…. With each purchase of our “Skin Repair” Calendula Salve we are giving away a gift of organic Calendula seeds!
what do you know about Calendula? Besides having beautiful and vibrant flowers, they have many uses in home remedies and healing; AND are the key ingredient in our Skin Repair Salve.
Skin Repair was the first product we created in response to our own need for a natural and effective treatment for eczema. READ MORE ABOUT HOW WE STARTED HERE. This salve is a staple in many households, including our own, as a treatment for eczema, diaper rash, chafing, cuts, bug bites, scrapes, burns and more. We are always happy to hear stories of how Skin Repair helped someone heal, so if you have one…please share it with us!
Read THIS article for more information about Calendula and it’s health benefits. From tea, to garnish, to beauty products and even dye!
We like to think of this as our way of paying it forward to our community while giving thanks to this natural ally. Calendula seed can also be started indoors and transplanted out to the garden when the soil is workable; avoid transplanting seedlings into the garden when temperatures are hot. Space your seeds or Calendula plants 8 to 10 inches apart.
Enjoy these beauties as they grow! SHOP HERE for your order of SKIN REPAIR + seeds!
*Don’t forget to check out our new Facial Care Sets! And of course – Tag us in pics for more treats through IG @basic_naturals !
Together, we must stop hate. The oppression of any life is an injustice for all.
Basic Naturals is committed to fighting racism and inequality.
Over the past weeks, the headlines have shown us how much work we have to do as a society to promote equity and equality. We need to educate to reduce hate.
As a company, and individually we stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities against xenophobic discourse, violence, and discrimination. While the efforts made by our small business can not force change on their own; we hope our voice among others will help transcend inaction and silence.
We are still in this together. And together, we must stop hate.
To report an anti-AAPI hate incident, visit www.stopaapihate.org #stopasianhate #StopAAPIHate #hateisavirus
Yaniv and Danielle Ben-David Basic Naturals | Co-Founders
About Basic Naturals At Basic-Naturals we believe that good skincare products should protect and nourish your skin. While we each have individual needs in our skincare, these are not divided by the color of our skin, nor by our nationality, gender, religion or orientation.
We base our formulas on natural ingredients because they work. Therefore, they are easily absorbed by our skin; and they minimize our impact to our environment. All our packaging is recyclable too! At Basic-Naturals, we strive to provide unique, fresh and effective products to promote healthy skin and a natural glow.
Basic-Naturals products combine the natural healing and protective powers of organically grown flowers, high quality plant-based oils, pure essential oils and harm-free waxes (organic, first cold press and non-GMO). And, as always our products are alcohol-free and non-comedogenic!