Your Deodorant is Probably Toxic! Here’s What To Do


One of the best changes I made regarding health is swapping deodorants. I never thought I’d use a natural one and have it actually work but after reading the potential dangers and risks of conventional deodorants, I found one I liked and I never looked back.

According to health expert Dr. Mercola, the aluminum in deodorant is highly toxic and linked to disease.

“Aluminum has been long known to be neurotoxic, with mounting evidence that chronic exposure is a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.”

Surprisingly, it’s found in:

  • Foods such as baking powder, self rising flour, salt, baby formula, coffee creamers, baked goods and processed foods, coloring and caking agents
  • Drugs, such as antacids, analgesics, anti-diarrheals, and others; additives such as magnesium stearate
  • Vaccines—Hepatitis A and B, Hib, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), pneumococcal vaccine, Gardasil (HPV), and others
  • Cosmetics and personal care products such as antiperspirants, deodorants(including salt crystals, made of alum), lotions, sunscreens, and shampoos
  • Aluminum products, including foil, cans, juice pouches, tins, and water bottles

“Aluminum is to your central nervous system as cigarette smoke is to your lungs. Scientists are clear that toxic metals damage brain tissue and lead to degenerative disease by producing oxidative stress—and aluminum is one of the worst offenders. With Alzheimer’s rates skyrocketing, today’s multiple avenues of aluminum exposure are of great concern. Just as with particles in the environment, once aluminum is in your tissues, your body has a difficult time releasing it. This toxic metal serves absolutely no biological purpose, so the less of it you ingest, the better.

Once in your body, it travels around easily, unimpeded, piggybacking on your iron transport system. It crosses biological barriers that normally keep other types of toxins out, such as your blood-brain barrier. Over time, aluminum can accumulate in your brain and do serious damage your neurological health—regardless of your age. Aluminum toxicity may be doing as much damage to our children as to our seniors.”

You can read the full article here.

I like deodorants from Blissoma, Lavanila, and Green Body Deodorant but its easy to make your own using coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot powder. Look at this super simple recipe!

Tell me, what natural deodorant do you use?


Glowing Skin with Clarisonic and Reviva Labs


Get glowing fall skin with the Clarisonic Radiance and products from Reviva!

I am addicted to my Clarisonic- it deep cleans like no other and I always feel that the vibrating bristles relax and rejuvenate my face and complexion. The new Sonic Radiance does an even better job than the older Clarisonic! The newly redesigned brush improves skin other words, kiss those enlarged pores goodbye! You can opt to use the Brightening Activator Serum and Skin Renewing Peel Wash that comes with the Clarisonic or use your fave green beauty wash. Either way, its the Clarisonic that stands out for deep cleansing all skin types.

You are going to love these three products from Reviva:

Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream is designed for those annoying marionette lines on each side of the mouth.  This advanced combination of peptides helps increase the volume of skin resulting in plumper skin. Whenever I use this I do see a difference, I can only imagine that regular use will help turn back the clock!

I dab a little bit on each side of my mouth, not too much. For deep lines and wrinkles, try the “Three Step Layering Process” which includes the above mentioned Multi-Peptide Cream, Skin Energizing Gel and the Glycolic Cream. These products work together,  boosting the power and working together.

The Skin Energizing Gel features a pure seaweed extract that helps revitalize skin. I find that its very light and can be worn under makeup with no issue.  The Glycolic Cream helps to exfoliate and eliminate dead cells resulting in brighter skin. This cream also aids in smoothing out the texture of the skin and is known to help with large pores and soften wrinkles.

For glowing skin, I use the Clarisonic as often as I can, I then use my various oils and serums and layer these Reviva products over pronounced wrinkles.


Get an **Organic Facial** at Bombshell Skincare & Lashes


I rarely take the time to get a facial or get my nails done or have a massage but recently I had the chance to go for a facial at a brand new place, Bombshell Skincare & Lashes located in Temecula, California and I decided to go for it! For an hour I pushed aside all that I needed to do and allowed myself a treat. Just this once.

When you walk in, you are instantly surrounded by soft light, warm red walls and you feel like you are in a cocoon of relaxation.

Kristen, the owner, makes you feel so comfortable. She has a light touch and she’s very gentle. If you’ve had facials in the past, you know sometimes an esthetician can be rough, digging into your skin with a bit too much zeal but not Kristen.

k2santam 058

She cleansed my face, applied the warm steam, worked some magic with various potions and when I left (and for several days after) my skin was glowing!

Here’s what is super special about Bombshell- Kristen offers an Organic Facial using green, clean, non toxic products! This is hugely appealing for those who are steering clear of harsh chemicals in favor of pure and natural products derived from nature. Kristen uses products from Hello Dollface favorites Josh Rosebrook and Laurel Whole Pant Organics as well as Eminence Organics.

Kristen is also a lash specialist and can give you the thick, voluminous lashes of a true bombshell glamour girl!

I highly recommend Bombshell Skincare & Lashes and be sure to ask for the Organic Facial! Mention Hello Dollface for a special rate. Get ready to glow.

k3santam 062


What I’m Reading Right Now

I finished one and am in the middle of the other. What are you reading? Join me on Facebook to talk about it!


A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott

Nothing strikes a chord with me more than a book that takes place in the 1930’s/40’s and throw in some old Hollywood? I’m into it! In A Touch of Stardust, young  Julie Crawford leaves her Fort Wayne, Indiana home in search of success as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Soon after landing a job at a major film studio, she’s fired only to become an assistant to none other than Carole Lombard. Julie is taken behind the scenes of filming Gone with the Wind and the romance  between Clark Gable and Carole.

Kate’s writing is chock full of details and I had no trouble getting lost in this world of glamour and fame!

This book is due out in February 2015 but you can pre-order it now! Or read my own novel of Old Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe which is available right now!


The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

I was instantly intrigued with this memoir by Kate Mayfield. Deep in the south during the 1960’s when racial tension ran high, young Kate and her family move to Jubilee, Kentucky where her father opens a funeral home. She’s brought up around caskets, mourning, embalming, riding in hearse which is all perfectly normal to her.

As Kate grows older she learns more about her father, the charismatic undertaker. There’s secrets and feuds, alcoholism, infidelity.

I am almost done with this book and really enjoying it. The book is humorous with there is a seriousness to it as well. I really like the various characters woven into the story. Highly recommended!

Available January 2015.


Lotus Moon Nourish & Repair Night Creme with white tea extract and resveratrol

by Caroline Leavitt
Have beautiful dreams (and skin!) with Lotus Moon Nourish & Repair Night Creme with white tea extract and resveratrol

I admit that I don’t use night creams. My reason why? They’re often so greasy that I feel sticky. Or they manage to get in my eyes so I wake up looking puffy. So I was a little anxious about trying Lotus Moon Nourish & Repair Night Creme, but after just one night, I’m now a convert.

Your skin–and your whole body, actually–rejuvenates while you sleep. So it really does make sense to use some kind of produce. This cream gives a breathable barrier so your skin can heal and absorb the moisturizing effects of this beauty potion.

I loved the way it glided on and didn’t feel sticky or heavy. And even better, I loved the way my skin looked when I woke up! It’s beauty-boosted with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Rosehips Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, and all kinds of wonderful antioxidants including Resveratrol, which is found in red wine and grapes, and is the most powerful anti-aging ingredient around.

It’s one way to be a sleeping beauty!

By Hello Dollface