RANDOM LIFESTYLE FAVORITES-BEAUTY EDITION

A lot of people have asked me on random occasions about my favorite beauty products or what I am wearing at that very moment. While I am no fashionista or a makeup-ista (??) I do have some favorite products which I wear like a uniform.

I love me a simple routine. Less is better when is comes to makeup too. Although I looove to experiment, these are my go-to products for he past few months (some for the past few years). My mantra when it comes to beauty products is………………………..

 

                                  “If it works….stick with it!”

 

To give you an idea, my skin type is normal-dry and tends to get oily in the t-zone (not the fry egg type oily though). Thanks to the blazing California sun and my very own carelessness my skin has visibly darkened or should I say burnt in the last few years.

(Lesson learnt………….Start using SPF the moment you can say ABC 🙂 )

Without further ado here are my most enjoyed beauty products.

 

PACIFICA BEAUTY ALIGHT MULTI-MINERAL BB CREAM

 

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It is more like a tinted moisturizer than a BB Cream which provides a light coverage to the skin giving it a sheer illuminating glow. Perfect for every day wear. If you are looking for a matte bb cream then this is not for you.

The shade adjusts to your skin tone and blends well. Does not have any funky smell which is added bonus.

 

Who can buy???

Someone with normal or dry skin looking for that beautiful glow. Super oily skin types, stay away.

 

Where to Buy???

Amazon or Pacifica Website

MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND® ERASER DARK CIRCLES TREATMENT CONCEALER

 

 

For days when you are sleep deprived (ring any bells??) and are a complete zombie with BIG DARK UNDEREYE CIRCLES, Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is God send. It works like magic. A little goes a looong way.

If your dark circles peek thru even after applying the concealer then first put the neutralizer and add the concealer on top. I have been using this concealer for the past soo many years and no matter how many high or low-end brand concealer I buy, I always end up reaching out for this slim baby. It costs less than $10, so next time you are in a beauty/drug store pick one up. No regrets!!!

 

Who can buy???

Anyone who doesn’t want to look like a Racoon. Easily workable with all skin types.

 

Where to Buy???

Amazon or Target

GARNIER SKIN ACTIVE MOISTURE BOMB SPF 30

 

I have confession to make. For the longest time I did not wear any SPF.

Why?

I simply hate, hate the white, weird smelling concoctions.

After much search I found La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Sunscreen and it has been my favorite like for ever, but a few months back when I ran out of it and headed to my local Target to get it, it was sold out. Standing in the beauty aisle I panic-ly searched amazon, and it said “out of stock”. I wanted something right away, so I randomly picked up the Garnier Moisture Bomb. To be honest, I had no expectations from it and now it has become my go to sunscreen.

First of all I love the pump style cap which twists to get locked so no more oops it spilled moments. It is kind of watery but not runny and has a pleasant berryish smell (yum). There is no white residue and it gets absorbed super quickly without feeling greasy. Moisture Bomb doubles as a good base for the makeup and the best part is that it is super hydrating. Soo many benefits…..

Who can buy???

Anyone looking for a fast absorbing sunscreen/moisturizer without the nasty smell.

 

Where to Buy???

Amazon or Target

 

ESTEE LAUDER LITTLE BLACK LINER

 

 

This is the latest addition to my current favorites. During her visit to LA, my sister presented me with this liner and trust me I have wearing it non-stop every day. Love that it is dual sided with a fine tip on one end and a flat tip on the other so can wear your style. The color is blackest black.

As the box says you can wear it three ways. Ultra-fine, thin or thick. I love using the flat end side to wear it as a thick liner. Unlike some of the liners, it stays put the whole day. Cat eyes were always a challenge for me, but this eyeliner has made it possible to wear one everyday. Yes, it is a bit pricey but oh so worth it. I hope Estee comes out with other colors in this line.

Who can buy???

For those who find applying eye liner a challenge.

 

Where to Buy???

Ulta or Estee Lauder

 

TONYMOLY SHEET MASKS

 

 

 

 

 

A while back Korean beauty products took the beauty market by storm. Although there were a lot of products to try from, it was the masks which became an instant hit.

The first time I ordered these masks was via Amazon a while back and I still remember it took around two months to get them. Maybe it was the high demand or maybe they were being shipped internationally?? To be honest when the package came, I had completely forgotten about it.

I got the TonyMoly “I’m Real” Mask Set. There were 11 masks in the set. I will say for sure, that there were some masks I enjoyed more than the others. Each mask is individually wrapped and the benefits vary from calming, hydrating, pore tightening and much much more.

The mask is soaking in minerals and other ingredients which get absorbed in the skin quickly. You are not supposed to wash your face after using it. For some masks I found the eye area not to be completely cut off so I closed my eyes and covered my eyes with it too. At the end of a busy day, I love to unwind with a rich sheet mask I know my skin will be glowing in the morning.

Affordable price and good quality.

 

Who can buy???

Everyone. Different flavors to choose from according to your skin needs.

 

Where to Buy???

Ulta or Amazon

DERMA-E VITAMIN C INTENSE NIGHT CREAM

 

Lately I have seriously started taking care of my skin. Well that does not mean I am good all days of the week, but I can surely say most of the days. Thankfully I am blessed with healthy skin but to avoid the wrinkles from coming at a hare’s pace I have recently started using naturally potent Vitamin C night cream infused with rooibos and probiotics which promotes cell turnover while neutralizing daily toxins.

Though a night cream, it is not at all greasy and gets absorbed super easily. There is no shine and the smell is not over powering at all.  Love it!

When ever I use this product at night, my skin feels hydrated and soft in the morning.

I have also started using the Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum and am enjoying it so far but it is still a bit early to say if it makes my favorite list or not.

 

Who can buy???

Anyone wanting to give the skin the necessary nourishment and keep the wrinkles away.

 

Where to Buy???

Derma-E or Amazon

 

YOUNGBLOOD MINERAL COSMETICS

 

 

 

 

Like always I like to save the best for last.

I have a confession again. I am the biggest fan of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

I have been wearing Bare Minerals like forever and still do but it only provides sheer coverage. I accidently stumbled upon the Youngblood Cosmetics counter in a boutique store and instantly fell in love with this line.

My favorite product is the Liquid Mineral Foundation which I have been a crazy fan of since the past 4 years. It is definitely on the pricier side but its the natural ingredients which you are paying for.

Sometimes when I get bored with it, I will end up buying another foundation,  but I always find myself coming back to it. Its been happening for the last four years so I guess this love ain’t dying.

The coverage is medium but is buildable with a satin finish. Combine it with their Primer (Vegan and Gluten Free ) and enjoy the party without worrying about your makeup at all.

For the complete effect try their Contour and Illuminate Palette and don’t leave without some color on the cheeks (my favorite is the Luminous Crème Blush in Tropical Glow).

 

 

Who can buy???

Anyone wanting natural liquid foundation with coverage.

 

Where to Buy???

Youngblood Mineral Foundation

 

Did your favorite products make the list??

 

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RANDOM LIFESTYLE FAVORITES

Is 2017 running a marathon?

Last I checked it was still January and we were unpacking from our trip back home. And in the blink of the eye its April?? And not the start but the tail end?

I seriously think 2017 has a hidden agenda 😉

Anyways, back to the topic. Don’t you think the word “FAVORITES” is hypnotizing? Any where you read this word, you automatically have the urge to dig deep and find out the lucky winners who made this list.

I am just like you. I luuuuuuuve (yes its serious) to google/watch/read favorite stuff. Sometimes the stuff is soo real that the very next day I run to the Target nearby to get it but other times I am left confused as to why….

I also love-making small lifestyle changes which make our family happy and healthy.

For me favorites can be a product, lifestyle change, a podcast, a book or as simple as……

a  moment.

Here are some of my random favorites lifestyle/products:

Lifestyle Favorites

Chai….

Every night after dinnertime, once the kids are in the bed, me and my husband enjoy a cup of soothing herbal tea, sometimes with a sweet bite, other times on its own.  It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long busy day. This is the time where we discuss our day and everything around it. Sometimes the chai is accompanied with a show on TV.

My current favorite is Pukka Herbs Tea Herbal Three Fennel while he enjoys Tapal Green Tea 30 Tea Bags (Mint).

 

google keep

Organization….

If you are like me and love-making lists then this is App is just for you. Now you don’t have to make multiple lists every time you switch device. You can make lists, write notes or snap photos to Google Keep. If you are pressed for time, then record a voice note and it will be automatically transcribed.

Accessible from computer, tablet and phone. Everything you add, gets synced to all the devices which makes it so convenient. You can also color code the lists/notes which makes it super easy the find them in a jiffy.

The reason why I love it the most is because of its organization and accessibility across the devices.

Check out more at: Google Keep

Tashakkur  (Gratitude)……

Do you want to be happy, contented, healthy, optimistic???

Practice Tashakkur.

This is one habit which has brought immense positivity in my life. When you take out time to say “Thank You” for all the blessings in your life, no matter how insignificant, your outlook will change.

Tashakkur has a chain reaction. When you start being grateful for little things in life, the blessings keep on multiplying. You realize that you might not be the richest person in this world when it comes to money, but you are richest when it comes to contentment. A feeling money cannot buy.

At this very moment, take a look around you. I can safely say that you can find at least 5 if things, if not more, to be grateful for. The first being the ability to read.

There are many ways to show gratitude. By praying, meditating, penning your blessings in a journal etc. But the simplest way is that whenever you feel blessed or even if the thought of the feeling arises, say ThankYou God or ShukarAllah.

 

And now on to some of the products I am currently enjoying…

Scrub & Protect

Thanks to the unpredictable Californian weather my skin has been acting very strange. There are days when it gets super oily while on the other days its soo dry that I am one flaky mess. Also as the sun is super Sunny here, my body is now an array of colors.

I tried a couple of products but nothing seemed to fit the bill.

I am a DIY type of girl and sugar with some olive oil and lemon is the best scrub on this whoooole wiiideee world but sometimes a girl has no time to whip up some magical concoction and most of the times when the thought of DIY arises I am already in the shower 🙂

First time I saw Soap and Glory was back in 2015 while walking the heavenly aisles of Sephora (Don’t you love it?).

I loved the packaging but didn’t get it then and later when I went to get it, found out that they don’t carry this brand anymore. Oh well….

Time flew.

Last month while shopping at Target, I saw these cute pink packages again. I was already looking for a scrub so picked up the Sugar Crush Body Scrub and Sugar Crush Body Lotion. To be honest, I didn’t have much expectations as more pricier brands had disappointed me.

Moment I opened the jar and took a whiff, I knew ….THIS IS IT!!!

It smells like fresh lemon with the warmth of brown sugar and a musky hint of vanilla. It scrubs and exfoliates. DO not over wet the skin as the oils melt with the warmth of your hands and they will flow instead of scrubbing. If you have dry/ flaky skin you can comfortably use it 2-3 times a week. For oily skins, one a week is enough.

Follow it with the luxurious lemony, AHA fruit complex infused with kiwi water and lime seed oil Body Lotion.

You can but both these products at Target or Ulta or from Amazon by clicking the links

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub With Smashed Brown Sugar & Lime 300ml

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush 3-in-1 Body Lotion 500ml

 

Breathe…..

With Summer almost here, get ready to sweat…..

I have been religiously using Schimdt’s Deodrant for the past few years and still am their loyal customer. You can read my detailed review by clicking the link below:

Schmidt’s Deodrant

Yummies……

I love me my chewing gum. My latest love is these Glee Chewing Gums which are Non-GMO, natural chewing gum with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.  They are available in the regular flavors like all kinds of mint and cinnamon but there are some sassy flavors too like lemon-lime, tangerine, and  wild watermelon.

Check them out at your local natural stores or via amazon Glee Gum 6-Flavor Variety pack, 16-Piece Packages (12 Total Packages) 2 of each flavor

 

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Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal

I usually try a product at least for a month before deciding if I like it or not. Being a sucker for natural products, I keep my eyes open for any new products which are natural, affordable yet do not compromise on the quality. These are my own finds and I am no way sponsored by these companies, though I would not mind if they do decide to do it 🙂

My latest find is the Tooth and Gum Powder with Activated Charcoal from inVitamin. It is a natural company which produces unique products with quality ingredients.

 

Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The powder comes in three flavors. Spearmint, Cinnamint and Citrus. I am a minty girl so ordered the one in Spearmint. Like in the pictures, it does look like pure powdered charcoal powder. From the website the ingredients are as follows:

Activated Charcoal: An antibacterial and antifungal powder that’s excellent for gum health and sensitive teeth. Charcoal powder has shown to absorb bacteria, toxins and heavy metals in the mouth. It helps counteract bad breath and cleans your teeth naturally for a brighter, healthier smile.

Bentonite Clay: Mild, natural abrasive that gently scrubs and polishes teeth, and binds to draw out toxins in the mouth.

Organic Orris Root Powder: Contains myristic acid, a known antibacterial agent, making the root powder especially effective in tooth pastes and powders.

Organic Myrrh Gum Powder: Contains highly antiseptic properties and is excellent for overall oral health; non-abrasive and helps to gently tone the gums.

Organic Hibiscus Petal Powder: Sweet-sour herb with astringent, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; soothes and helps combat gum soreness and inflammation.

Organic Stevia Leaf Powder: Natural sweetener that complements the tartness of the Organic Hibiscus Powder without fostering bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.

Organic Peppermint, Cinnamon and/or Orange Essential Oils & Extracts: Provides antibacterial, antiseptic, and pain-relieving properties, and acts as excellent breath fresheners

 

I was a bit hesitant putting in my mouth since I didn’t how it would taste and what to expect. Surprisingly it has a nice sweet minty taste thanks to stevia and essential oils. You are supposed to wet your brush and then using the spoon provided, sprinkle some powder on the brush. Brush gently for at least 3 minutes. I will not lie, it is messy, but I am willing to deal with it since the product is really good.

You can use it everyday, however, if you have sensitive teeth, use it sparingly. It does not stain the teeth in fact makes your pearly yellows, white.

 

Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

Other worthy Star of the Week:

 

Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea

Best Fiends Mobile Game

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Review: Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tint

If you are looking for some natural lip products without sacrificing the quality then look no further, these sheer lip tints from Mineral Fusion are just for you. These lip tints are free of gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrance, talc and phthalate.

As the name suggests these are sheer tints and give your lips a beautiful wash of color. They are perfect for these summer months when everyone tries to wear minimal makeup. They are in the form of twistable crayon are super soft and buttery. The color is buildable and provides amazing hydration as it is infused with Cocoa Butter.

It has a sweet vanilla-ish smell which is very warm. Due to its moisturizing nature, the wash of color fades after a few hours but it leaves your lips feeling hydrated. Every color is beautiful and you will be expanding your collection. Yes! They are that good. It comes in 8 beautiful shades which range from pinks to nudes to red.

mineral fusion lip tints

My favorite is Glisten which is a nude caramel shimmer and gives your lips the right kind of glow.

glisten

According to the company’s website the ingredients are as follows:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Jojoba (Simmondsia  Chinensis) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,  Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ascorbic Acid  (Vitamin C), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis, Tocopheryl  Acetate (Vitamin E), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract,  Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf  Extract, Thymus Vulgarus (Thyme) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, and Natural  Vanilla Mint.    May Contain: Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

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EVERY MAN JACK

While trying to switch to  natural products the hardest thing to do is to find products the men in your house will actually like and use. While there are tons of natural products out there, my approach is to make sure that they are budget friendly too. Natural, budget friendly without compromising the quality is not an easy combination to find. My husband has been trying some natural stuff here and there and though he did not say anything, the almost untouched products, hidden at the back of the cabinets spoke for themselves. This changed with Every Man Jack.

 

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Every Man Jack

 

Every Man Jack brings naturally derived formulas to men in masculine, recyclable packaging at an accessible and affordable price. They are made in America and are Aluminum Free, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, Paraben Free.

They have a whole line of products from haircare, skin care, body  care and grooming. They come in various fragrances like cedarwood, mint, sandalwood, eucalyptus citrus. They have a fragrance-free range too for those who like their products without any smell.  My husband’s favorite is cedar wood and I love that musky fragrance.

Every Man Jack Kit
Cedarwood Kit

 

The latest addition is their shaving system. It was really surprising seeing my husband, an electric shaver user and very picky about it too, switch to their manual razor. He loves the ergonomic design and that it gives the closest shave ever.

Shaving System
Shaving System

 

I highly recommend this line for men trying to find natural products at an affordable price.

 

 

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Savannah Royal Jelly Body Butter

I tried a tester of the Royal Jelly Body Butter at my local health store and my hands felt smooth and silky the whole day. I had never heard of royal jelly before so went online to read more about it. You can read the company’s story and check out their other products at Savannah Bee. As far as what is royal jelly, the company website states:

Royal jelly is a substance secreted from glands near the head region of worker bees. In the honeybee hive environment, royal jelly may be thought of as a combination baby food and queen food. So, consumption of royal jelly by the future queen actually transforms her into the queen phenotype (fancy word for body type). In addition, this miraculous secretion allows this individual to live up to five years compared to the eight-month average lifespan of the typical worker bee. Although royal jelly is mostly water, it is very nutritious. Royal jelly contains a fair amount of protein, trace minerals, and vitamins (particularly high levels of B vitamins).

Savannah Royal Jelly Body Butter
Body Butter in Sensitive, Original and Tupelo Honey

 

The body butter comes in 3 varieties Original, Sensitive and Tupelo Honey. More details on each of them can be read at Savannah Bee Website.

I ended up purchasing the original one. To start of, the glass jar is enclosed in a beautiful, sturdy box which is very well designed and looks very elegant. I know you will say its all about the product and if it works. Well, it has a thick creamy texture which easily glides on your skin and has a unique blackberry smell. The best part is that it gets absorbed very quickly and leaves you with the right amount of silkiness and shine.  Put it on when you come out of the shower or just before going to bed to have maximum benefit. My skin felt much smoother just after a few uses. Although not stated, I have been using a little on my face and I must say that my dry patches are slowly disappearing and my skin is becoming soft again.

Savannah Royal Jelly Body Butter-Original
Original

Since it’s a body butter, if you have really oily skin then this product is not for you but if you have normal, dry or combination skin you are in for a treat.

If you can’t stand strong blackberry smell you can always try the sensitive or tupelo honey and see which one works for you. So next time you see this product, do pick up the jar and try it on. You will definitely enjoy the softness for the whole day.

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ACURE DAY CREAM

 

Acure day Cream

 

I have been using Acure Day Cream for over two weeks now and it has been working really well.  It comes in a 1.75 oz tube and usually costs around $ 17 but these days you can buy it for $13.64 from Amazon. Score!

It has a nice, faint citrusy smell which does not linger on or feel too potent. The cream itself feels light and absorbs super quickly. It does not feel greasy at all but if you have really oily skin, this product might not be for you.

Gotu Kola Stem Cells and 1% Chlorella Growth Factor help to protect your skin against environmental damage and free radicals. It locks in the moisture and helps to tighten your skin.

So far it has been working really well. No complaints. No smell, no greasy fry pan. As we step into the summers I will do an update on its performance.

If you want a good quality moisturizer but do not want to spend a lot of money do give this cream a try. The only con is that it does not come with sun screen and it would have been amazing if it did.

Will I buy it again??

So far I will, but will decide for sure once summer hit. Check back in a month!

 

(I am not way affiliated with  Acure Organics. All the reviews are my own. I buy products myself and give my honest opinion. Keep a look out for other reviews from this line coming soon.)

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ACURE BRIGHTENING FACIAL SCRUB

Acure Brightening Scrub

I started using this scrub almost a year ago. I like to use a product for at least a few months before I can safely tell if i like it or not or if it actually works or not.This is the real deal!!!

I have  normal to dry skin. Exfoliators can be tricky because they  usually dry out the skin and then you have to wear a thick moisturizer to hydrate the skin. Well, that is not the case with this product. It does not dry out the skin at all.

It is dark green in color due to french green clay which removes the skin’s impurities. Sea kelp and lemon peel help to exfoliate. Organic chlorella growth factor, argan stem cells and Madonna lily stem cells help brighten the skin.  The product is grainy but i did not see big exfoliating particles which is common in other exfoliating products. Just take a pea size product and rub it gently onto your wet skin in small circular motion. It smells like ocean and immediately you can feel it working the lemon peel and sea kelp exfoliate.It will not make you stretchy or dry infact your skin will be smooth, soothed and bright. If you have dry or sensative skin use it once a week, for all other skin types use twice a week

Acure line is highly affordable and is cruelty free. It does not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives or artificial colors.

So if you are in the market for a natural exfoliator, do give this green product a try. It only costs $ 9.99 and the tube will last you good 5-6 months which in my opinion is a good deal.

Will I buy it again??

Already bought a second tube and totally loving it.

(I am not way affiliated with  Acure Organics. All the reviews are my own. I buy products myself and give my honest opinion. Keep a look out for other reviews from this line coming soon.)

 

 

 

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SCHMIDT’S DEODRANT

I jumped on the aluminum free deodorant bandwagon a while back. It took me sometime to find an option which smells fresh and actually works. It was not an easy search. Some were over pricey, some had  funky smell while others simply did not do their job.

Last year I saw Schmidt’s Deodorant in a jar at one of the health stores. One whiff of the crisp and fresh Bergamot and Lime and the musky Cedarwood and Juniper and I was sold. The application was not that easy since you had to scoop the product out using a spatula or your fingers and it felt pretty unhygienic.  But I loved it so much that after a few days scooping the product out didn’t bother me at all. I only wished they would come out with some easier application method.

Last month to my sheer surprise my local health store had my favorite deodorant on display in the new items section in the stick form. Wohoo!!! I could not be more happy.

Schmidt’s is a vegan, cruelty free, free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens and phthalates deodorant made in Portland. It comes in 5 scents :

Cedarwood & Juniper

Ylang-Ylang & Calendula

Bergamot & Lime

Lavender & Sage

Fragrance-Free.

My favorite is Bergamot and Lime. I bought it for around $8 at my local health store and is cheaper as compared to some other natural deodorants which have I tried in the past.

It feels grainy to the touch but within a few seconds it melts and the application becomes easy. Initially you may feel that the smell is overpowering but it eventually fades away.

Remember since its not an antiperspirant you will not stop sweating but the sweat will be odorless. I do not reapply unless I am in the sun for a long time or am doing strenuous activity for more than 4 hours.

So if you are looking for a natural deodorant which smells amazing and does a wonderful job, do give Schmidt’s a try.

You too will fall in love with it.

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