Precocious body odour: why your kid is getting smelly and how to stop it

Precocious body odour: why your kid is getting smelly and how to stop it

Ever heard of Precocious puberty? It’s a condition where a child’s body begins changing into that of an adult too soon. Scary huh!

For some time now, our lifestyles have been moving away from natural, healthy living and towards an abyss of synthetic, chemical-ridden creature comforts. It was only a matter of time before we saw the effects of these choices—and one of the most confronting is the early onset of body odour (and even precocious puberty) in our children.

It can be hard for any mum to watch their baby lose their babyness (and that addictive baby smell). But finding yourself in the deodorant aisle on behalf of an 8-year-old is just heartbreaking—and a strong warning sign that we need to make some drastic changes, quick smart!

Kids are naturally smelly—but it’s supposed to be from playing with the dog and not because their bodies are maturing too early.

We’re discovering more all the time about how our lifestyle choices are causing these body changes, and it’s frightening to see.

But we’re also finding lots of simple, natural options we can choose instead, and all we have to do is make the switch.

We all know mums can do anything. Now they can do even more, and protect their kids from exposure to body-bending toxins—while they keep them smelling fresh as a daisy (and the dirt its growing in).

Why puberty is getting earlier

Have you ever wondered why babies and little kids don’t get smelly body odour? It’s because before puberty sets in, their sweat comes from eccrine glands that pretty much only secrete water. It’s not until puberty that the apocrine sweat glands kick in, and begin to secrete the oily substances that our body’s resident bacteria thrive in (stink is a normal process in the adult body, by the way, because these little critters are only doing their job of digesting these oils). So why are more and more mums noticing their kids start to smell, and even buying them deodorant before they’re ten years old? In a word: chemicals.

The early onset of body odour can signal the start of outright puberty. Over the last few decades, the onset of puberty has begun to shift earlier and earlier, with girls as young as 8 and boys as young as 9 starting to undergo the physical changes of sexual development. While early puberty can be hereditary, in most cases it’s environmental: since we first noticed it in the 1990s, we’ve discovered that it’s linked to obesity and exposure to chemicals.

The obesity crisis is bad enough for our kids as it is, with poor diet and lack of exercise causing more morbid illness than ever. But researchers believe that it’s also triggering early puberty, especially for girls, where the natural build up of fat reserves signals to the brain that the body is ready for reproductive capabilities. The worst part is, fat cells can retain and store the hormone-disrupting chemicals we’re exposed to, so we end up stuck in a vicious cycle of weight gain and toxin exposure. Scary, right?

Precocious puberty can have a huge physical, psychological and emotional impact, and dealing with body odour is just one part of a larger parcel that the child has to endure. Besides that, early puberty isn’t just a problem in itself: it’s actually a symptom of a wider endemic—the daily doses of poison we give ourselves every day, which are causing lots of other debilitating health problems in our society. That’s why we need to overthrow our current lifestyle regime and get rid of the toxins in our foods and household products. It’s time to mutiny!

The worst offenders

So what exactly is causing our kids to suffer precocious puberty? Ironically, it could be the deodorant you’re buying to mask their increasing body odour. Most of the leading brands—whose marketing is often aimed at the pre-pubescent kids—all contain aluminium-based and/or zirconium-based compounds. Many well-meaning mums mistakenly believe they need to buy an antiperspirant to stop their kids from smelling, and it’s virtually impossible to find one that’s not loaded with these sweat-blocking chemicals that can mess up their kids’ hormones (which is also linked to increased cancer risk in the long run).

There’s also a lot of new evidence proving what we’ve suspected for a long time: added sugar is bad for our kids. Besides causing obesity, there’s new proof that high sugar consumption—especially from soft drinks—can affect young girls’ rate of maturation, causing the early onset of menstruation. So not only does sugar make us fat, it also messes with our hormones!

There are lots of chemicals in consumer products that can make us sick and cause our kids to stink prematurely.

But these are some of the worst offenders:

  • Parabens: found in many deodorants, shampoos, shaving gels, lotions, sunscreens, and toothpastes, and are known to disrupt the sex hormones, cause precocious puberty and raise breast cancer risk
  • BPA and BPS: found ubiquitously in plastics, and are known to mimic oestrogen and affect other endocrine-related pathways and to cause cancer
  • Phthalates: a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics that’s linked to weight gain, precocious puberty, lower IQ in children, and reduced fertility
  • PFOA: a likely carcinogen and known to cause precocious puberty, found in non-stick cookware coatings
  • MSG: a food additive linked to low fertility rates
  • Non-fermented soy products: which are full of many hormone-like substances
  • Bovine growth hormone (rBGH): which is commonly added into commercial dairy products, and implicated in premature adolescence
  • Dichlorobenzene: a known carcinogen found in some mothballs and in solid blocks of toilet bowl and air deodorisers, and is associated with early puberty and menstruation
  • Metalloestrogens: a new concern, and a previously unknown class of cancer-causing, oestrogen-mimicking compounds, which are added to thousands of consumer products including vaccines

If these things sound terrifying, it’s because they are. But don’t panic—it’s much simpler than you’d think to eliminate the vast majority of them from our lives. We need to get a little bit smarter about the lifestyle choices we’re making, but it’s really as easy as saying NO to fake and YES to natural! 

What we can do to fight toxins (and precocious puberty)

We all need to pay a bit more attention to what we’re buying. This is especially true for mums, who still represent the biggest demographic of supermarket shoppers. We also need to get a bit tougher, since many of the things we’re buying are on request of pre-pubescent kids and teens who are much more susceptible to skeevy marketing campaigns than we are.

If we’re going to reduce our kids’ ‘toxic burden’—the modern condition—we need to choose healthier food and lifestyle habits and show them how to make responsible choices for themselves.

The list isn’t exhaustive, but some good ways to start ridding our family of hormone-disrupting, cancer-causing toxins are:

  • Eating fresh, raw whole foods: to eliminate BPA and phthalates from processed and packaged foods, and for balanced nutrition
  • Storing food in glass: to reduce the volume of chemicals leaking into our food from plastic containers
  • Eliminating or reducing sugar: to support healthy weight and body function
  • Using natural cleaning products: to reduce one our exposure to toxic chemicals and our impact on the environment
  • Eliminating fragranced products: including scented candles, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, air fresheners which contain hundreds of chemicals
  • Use a water filter: to prevent chemicals that have leaked into our waterways from getting back into our food and drinking water
  • Using natural body products: (including shampoo, toothpaste, cosmetics, perfumes, hand wash, body wash, and feminine hygiene products) and eliminate all products that contain triclosan and synthetic fragrance
  • Using natural deodorants: because they don’t block sweat (which is a healthy body process that gets rid of toxins!), and they use natural antibacterial agents to reduce body odour instead of synthetic chemicals

At Black Chicken Remedies, we’re doing our part to rail against poisonous lifestyles by formulating body products without harmful chemicals. But we know that doesn’t mean we have to give up our creature comforts or smelling good! Our Axilla Deodorant Paste contains a unique blend of vegan-friendly, all-natural and certified-organic essential oils and botanical extracts that supports body functions without the funk.

We only make products we’re happy to put on our own kids’ bodies, so we know your kids will be safe, too. With no toxins to worry about, and the addictive aroma of natural essences, there’s nothing to lose by trying it (except a whole lot of hormone-bending chemicals). Make the switch to natural now—we promise you’ll never want to go back!

AXILLA DEODORANT PASTE

EFFECTIVELY NEUTRALISES ODOUR. GO ON TRY IT!

 

 

 

Ditching toxic perfumes: how natural perfumes benefit your health with gorgeous aromas

We all love to smell good, right? That’s why perfume is one of the most ancient luxuries we know of. It’s well documented, even in the earliest recorded histories of the world, that people have been using the natural scents of herbs, fruits, trees, and other plants as body fragrance and to support their health. They drew on some of nature’s best offerings: citrus fruits, jasmine, wood, lavender, and resins and oils like frankincense. These natural ingredients benefited them in ways like reducing stress, promoting sleep and relaxation, uplifting their energy and improving concentration—while giving them an irresistible aroma.

But somewhere along the line, the health benefits of perfume got lost in fake luxury. The commercial perfume industry is booming, and it’s getting its trajectory at the expense of our wellbeing.

If you’re like many other people in our generation, you might not know how many toxic ingredients are in your favourite fragrance and what it could be doing to your health.

The truth is, even the best researchers don’t know ALL the ingredients we’re being slowly poisoned with, and we probably won’t know for a long time.

But don’t panic! Luckily, there are some smart cookies out there documenting the real health risks of perfumes (and other scented products with the insidious ‘fragrance’ listed in their ingredients), and they’re asking more questions and giving us more reasons every day to go back to nature and ditch the toxins in our synthetic perfumes. And there are some even smarter cookies (if we do say so ourselves) who are refining and wildcrafting health-giving blends of gorgeous natural ingredients into transcendently aromatic fragrances—so you can benefit your health while you smell like a million bucks.

How does natural fragrance improve your health?

Smell is an important sense. You’ll probably already know that, when you think of an occasion where you caught just a whiff of a familiar scent on the wind and it took you back to a memory as vivid as the day it happened. We don’t yet fully understand all the ways different scents impact on our receptors and our brains (including psychologically), but we do know that the impulses they cause can influence our basic bodily functions like heart rate, breathing, and hormone balance. And for as long as we’ve known, people all over the world have been harnessing the aromatherapeutic power of natural fragrance to stimulate the brain’s pleasure centres, to make associations with sleep and positive thoughts, and even to promote synaesthesia and dreams!

Fragrances from natural sources can have a big, positive influence on our bodies.

Researchers have found evidence through medical scans and scientific studies that lavender and jasmine can act as sedatives, measurably inducing calm feelings and promoting sleep. They even hope to use jasmine in the future as a means of improving hand-eye coordination in musicians, surgeons, and sports players! It’s amazing to imagine a day where mainstream medicine will be made from rosemary (to improve alertness), apples (to lose weight, treat migraines, and lower blood pressure), lemons (to reduce stress), peppermint (to improve speed, strength and accuracy), oranges (to reduce anxiety and promote calmness), and cucumber (to reduce claustrophobia!). Who knows what other incredible breakthroughs are just waiting to be discovered in the environment?

But we don’t have to wait for some unforeseeable future to enjoy the benefits of these natural gifts. More and more health-conscious brands—like Black Chicken Remedies—are formulating incredible blends of natural ingredients that we can use to enrich our lives with a touch of luxury. All we have to do is ditch what we’re using right now: poisonous chemicals, in the form of synthetic perfumes.

How does synthetic perfume affect your health?

In the ancient world, people treasured perfumes. They were even worth more than gold, because of their medicinal benefits. But what’s on our shelves today are imposter fragrances, the fake counterparts of natural aromas—and their association with morbid health conditions and even cancer is only strengthening over time. They don’t even really smell good—you only have to (literally) stop and smell the roses to know that floral scents don’t really smell like flowers.

What’s worse is that it isn’t just the person wearing it that’s being harmed.

All the people breathing the toxic chemical-laden air are affected—which is why synthetic fragrances are becoming known as ‘the new second-hand smoke’!

You only have to step into the fragrance section of any department store to feel the dizzying, sinus-burning, headache-inducing impact that commercial perfumes have on us. They actually cause pain, don’t they?

Most of these fragrances are riddled with petrochemicals and phthalates, which are known to disrupt our endocrine system and cause breast cancer, obesity and fertility problems among many others. They’re formulated with potentially hundreds of chemicals at a time that cause hormone imbalances, ADHD, diabetes, obesity, cancer, nervous system disorders, asthma, and allergies—and if you’re spritzing yourself every day with one of the big-name brand’s secret formulas, you could be heading towards a pretty bleak future of poor health.

What’s actually in synthetic perfumes?

For most of the big brands, the short answer is: we don’t know. Because the major labels are protected under intellectual property laws—their fragrance formulations are a ‘trade secret’—they don’t actually have to tell you what they’re poisoning you with. Isn’t that scandalous?

If you haven’t made the switch to natural body products and perfumes yet, you’ll notice on many of your products’ labels that one of their ingredients is ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’. This single ingredient is actually several chemicals—potentially even hundreds of chemicals—which are known to be harmful to your body.

It might sound like a conspiracy theory, but it’s true: none of these ingredients have to be disclosed or tested for health and safety.

But that hasn’t stopped ethical researchers from getting to the bottom of these dirty little secrets. The Environmental Working Group (a non-profit group dedicated to protecting human health and the environment) estimate from a study that 72% of products with the ingredient ‘fragrance’ contained phthalates and petrochemicals. Groups like this are working slowly towards stopping these practices, but we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds.

So, what if you buy ‘unscented’ products instead? Sorry guys, these ones are even worse. They’re actually still a fragranced product, with a masking fragrance added in—so they’re doubly fragranced, and doubly chemical. And if you choose ‘natural fragrance’ products? There’s still no guarantee they’re safe: capitalising on the green movement, the big companies often attract people with products labelled ‘green’, ‘natural’, when they actually emit just as many toxic chemicals as regular products—because the essential oils are processed with a toxic solvent. There’s only one way to get away from the chemicals in fake perfumes: go natural!

What’s in natural perfumes?

Simply put: nothing that can make you sick. If that sounds complicated, you’re right! But that’s why we’ve done it for you. We’re not happy to breathe ‘the new second-hand smoke’ anymore—which is why we formulated our own signature scent. At Black Chicken Remedies, we crafted our Essential Oil Perfume #1: Transcendence, so we could rejuvenate our bodies with therapeutic natural ingredients that are as amazing to smell as they are at repairing damage.

We wanted the luxury of fragrance AND the health benefits of nature that we weren’t getting from commercial products—so we made it ourselves.

Transcendence is the first in a range of natural essential-oil perfumes designed to invigorate the senses. Just like we do in all our products, we preserve the integrity of the ingredients so your body is still able to recognise and communicate with their powerful properties. Transcendence is a non-toxic, roll-on perfume, designed to promote a sense of calm and heighten your wellbeing in a way that no commercially manufactured perfume ever could—and it smells better than anything you’ll find on those shelves, too.

And we’ve got even more exciting news: we’ve just launched our next Essential Oil Perfume #2: Epiphany. It’s unlike any perfume we’ve created—a smouldering fire of warmth and spice, it releases earthy notes like a forest after it rains. But more than this: it’s a natural, remedial perfume that will move you emotionally and energetically. Its abundant, restorative power lies in:

  • Oak Moss essential oil – Evokes the feeling of being fully abundant. It is deep, earthy and grounding.
  • Black Pepper essential oil – Warming and spicy. The scent is stimulating and awakens your body.
  • Petitgrain essential oil – A fresh, floral and often herbaceous aroma. Most commonly know for its ability to promote relaxation when smelt.
  • Cucumber oil – Hitting your olfactory system upfront, cucumber gives us an instant sense of refreshment, lightness and subtle sweetness.

Don’t take our word for it: just smell it.

We guarantee that once you go natural, you won’t go back!

Essential Oil Perfume #2 – Epiphany

OUR NEW PERFUME

Why using a Hair Oil is good for you

Need some hair revival?

There’s no doubt a great hair oil can give you the look. You know? That slow-mo swing of super silky hair. The soft touch-me shine as fingers casually sweep it back. Hair that breathes youth, health and vitality.

But before you reach for a conditioning dose of synthetic chemicals and artificial fragrances, please stop right there. Don’t you want to know exactly what you’re massaging into your scalp?

Many hair treatments contain synthetic ingredients, such as silicon emulsifiers, artificial fragrances and colours. These chemicals can give your hair a temporary fix of volume and sheen but when all the build up needs to be stripped away, there goes the look!

Maybe you already know how chemicals, good and bad, cross the skin barrier and enter the body. Maybe you’ve already decided you don’t want to massage any kind of toxins into your scalp. And you’re telling yourself right now, just as we did, that “a little bit toxic” is way too much!

That’s why we’ve created a hair oil that’s good for you and good for the environment. It’s therapeutic and uses the power of botanical extracts to bring harmony to your hair, releasing its natural beauty from the inside instead of just coating the outside.

HairOM is a light luscious hair treatment with an all-natural, toxin-free formula, beautifully effective at deep conditioning.

Never used a hair oil?

Hair oils have been used by men and women for thousands of years to perfume and nourish the scalp and add strength and lustre to hair. Then along came more recent technology offering synthetic products without thought or care for the earth. We decided to do something about that.

Sometimes it seems as though everywhere you turn there’s a warning: toxic this, toxic that. Sad, but true. Why take a risk when there’s a much better alternative? With HairOM, we’ve done the hard work for you, developing and testing, testing, testing – always with the best natural ingredients – so that you can enjoy great results.

How does it help?

It’s your scalp and your precious hair, and we know you want to feel good about what you’re putting on it. At Black Chicken Remedies, we prefer to bring out the best in you naturally.

HairOM penetrates and protects your scalp and hair follicles.

It acts as a healing restorative and lubricant, encouraging healthy hair growth, and it also seals the cuticle.

If you’ve got problems with dryness, split ends, frizz, dandruff, itchy scalp, coloured or thinning hair, or just want to step up the feel-good factor – it’s time for a great hair treatment.

What’s in it?

HairOM’s all natural blend of ten therapeutic oils enriches your scalp, encouraging healthy skin, luxuriant hair and new hair growth. Its star performers include Organic jojoba, hemp, sesame and argan oils, infused with essential oils such as deeply nourishing geranium bourbon, rosemary, and cedarwood. Each ingredient has been specially selected for its particular remedial properties.

  1. Rosemary essential oil: This oil has been used for centuries as a remedy for thinning and brittle hair. Scientifically proven to prevent premature greying, it is also one of the top essential oils for stimulating hair growth and thickness, and helps repair dry and dandruff-prone skin.
  1. Cedarwood: We use cedarwood because it can revitalise hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp. It helps to boost hair growth and slow hair loss. It’s also a useful treatment for thinning hair and some types of alopecia.
  1. Lavender oil: We use lavender not just for its calming scent but because it can promote hair growth, and its antimicrobial properties combat bacterial and fungal skin disorders.
  1. Argan oil: Argan oil’s Omega 3, 9 fatty acids and antioxidants moisturise and protect your hair from heat and harsh conditions. It’s also wonderful for treating brittle and frizzy hair, leaving it soft and manageable.
  1. Geranium Bourbon: As the floral scent calms and relaxes your mind, Geranium Bourbon is hard at work nourishing and toning your scalp. This ingredient has been used for many years to develop and maintain healthy hair. It helps to regulate the secretion of sebum, improving balance for dry and oily scalps, leaving smooth, silky hair.
  1. Jojoba oil: Jojoba helps revitalise your hair, repairing damage and creating conditions vital for healthy hair growth.
  1. Clary sage: This wonderful oil, often used to help relieve stress and balance hormones, is a natural remedy for stress-induced hair loss, working well with jojoba oil. Together, the two remedies help to regulate oil production, preventing and repairing itchy, scaly patches that can lead to dandruff.
  1. Hemp oil: We use hemp oil for its proteins, which help in the formation of keratin, the main structural constituent of hair. Hemp oil also boosts blood circulation to the scalp.
  1. Sesame oil: Sesame oil helps to prevent premature greying and colour loss. It acts as a natural sun-blocker to protect the hair fibres and as a naturally deep-penetrating agent, it helps with healing from the inside out.
  1. Vitamin E: A crucial antioxidant, vitamin E helps to reduce inflammation on the scalp. It also works to repair and prevent damage to the follicles.

While each of these ten ingredients delivers specific benefits, the powerful and carefully balanced synergy of our essential oils and botanicals leaves your hair feeling gorgeous and smelling great.

Is HairOM right for my hair type?

HairOM is suitable for anyone with dry, damaged, dull, split, coloured, thin, thick, frizzy, tangled and even oily hair. It’s formulated to help just about every hair type. You want to be the best you can be? We can help. It’s so easy to get head-turning shine!

Will it make my hair greasy?

You might think oil would make your scalp greasy but actually, the opposite is true. HairOM suits just about every hair type, even oily hair.

Because HairOM works to nourish your scalp and moisturise your hair, it encourages a better balance of natural oil production, helping to prevent your scalp from over-producing oil.

Will HairOM help with eyebrow growth?

HairOM’s therapeutic ingredients will stimulate hair growth and help heal this area usually laden with synthetic chemicals through makeup and dyes. However, it won’t help with regrowth where your eyebrows have been lasered or plucked out. Apply a very small amount to your finger and massage the area until the oil is absorbed, avoiding the eye.

What’s the best way to use HairOM?

HairOM is a pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment. A light oil with a mighty boost. Massage a small amount (1-2 teaspoons) into your scalp while your hair is dry and then work it through to the ends. Please remember, a little of this intensive oil goes a very long way.

Wrap your hair in a towel and wait at least an hour. For optimal absorption, you can even leave it in overnight. (It won’t stain your pillow.) Then shampoo to remove any oil the hair doesn’t absorb.

As with all our products, applying HairOM is a deliciously aromatic sensory experience that has you feeling almost as good as when you see the results!

To increase the benefits and maintain your healthy, shining touch-me hair, treat yourself to HairOM at least once a week.

HairOM

BRING HARMONY TO YOUR HAIR

Natural deodorant: go toxin free and still smell amazing

This generation is a savvy one: bit by bit we’re moving away from big companies in the skin care and beauty industries, because we’re learning more about the long lists of chemical ingredients in their products. We’re choosing natural ingredients over synthetic ones that have harmful side effects. Product by product, we’re making better decisions for our health by choosing brands that are safer for our bodies and the environment—and we’re enjoying the benefits of captivating scents and brighter-looking skin while we’re doing it.

But many people still don’t know that one of the best ways to protect ourselves from harmful toxins is to stop using regular antiperspirant deodorant.

If you’re one of the ones that do, you still might not have had the courage to move to natural deodorant pastes—because you still want to smell good, right? There’s a big misconception that all natural deodorants don’t work at stopping odour, so it’s no wonder that you’re not keen on paying for products that will only result in spending your days overpowered by your own ripeness.

But you’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to smell funky to eliminate toxins from your pits. And besides that, there’s a whole lot of other reasons you should care more about them, and go natural (without smelling au natural).

What’s hiding in conventional deodorants

If this is the first time you’ve read about the health consequences of conventional deodorants, don’t freak out! It’s important to know what’s in your mainstream cosmetics and skin care products so you can make an informed choice: but keep in mind, there are amazing, healthy alternatives just waiting for you to try them.

Unlike natural deodorant creams and pastes, mainstream deodorants contain lots of ingredients that aren’t regulated by health authorities—and that are bad for us.

One of the main ones is aluminium salts, which swells your skin cells to keep your sweat glands shut and stop you from sweating.

They also contain phthalates, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, parabens and even pesticides, which are absorbed directly into your blood stream. Believe it or not, you’d be better off eating them, because your digestive tract could do a more effective job of filtering them. (BTW, we don’t recommend that either.)

The science is out there, and the evidence is growing every day. Among many other side effects (and no doubt a bunch we don’t even know about yet), these chemicals cause endocrine (hormone) disruption, allergies, reproductive problems and inflammation—and the scariest of all: cancers (especially breast cancer) and Alzheimer’s disease.

We don’t know about you, but we don’t want to use carcinogenic products that make us sick. That’s why Black Chicken Remedies formulated a natural solution to body odour in our Axilla Deodorant Paste™. But there’s a whole other issue we should tackle: why we shouldn’t stop ourselves from sweating in the first place.

Sweating is good for you

Brace yourself for a massive revelation: antiperspirants don’t work! Despite the strength of the most dangerous chemicals they use to stop us from sweating, the most you can expect your deodorant to reduce your armpit dampness is by about 20%.

Most of us have been under the misconception for our whole lives that we should stop ourselves sweating.

So why do we have millions of sweat glands in our bodies? Nature is rarely wrong about these things, and sweating is no exception. You probably already know that sweating helps us to regulate our body temperature. But it does a lot more than that: it supports our immune system function, and allows us to excrete toxins from our bodies.

There are toxins in our environment, and we’re exposed to them every day—it’s part of the parcel of living on planet Earth. But sweating helps us to get rid of a lot of what we’ve absorbed, including heavy metals (arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium), BPA, and phthalates that are present in beauty and body products, plastics, water, cigarette smoke, car exhausts and other emissions. Sweat concentrates and excretes these metals and chemicals for us—in essence, it’s a daily detox. Pretty neat!

While we need to let our armpits breathe, they’re still a good reservoir for bacteria, which we all know can get kind of stinky. But we can still let our pores do what they’re designed to do while we control our smelliness—by giving them a helping hand with a good detox.

How to detox your pits

You might never have heard of an armpit cleanse, but it probably doesn’t come as a surprise when you think about how hard it is to remove the slimy build up your deodorant leaves behind. There’s probably so much of it still left there after you’ve showered that you wouldn’t need to reapply it, except that the residue traps bacteria, making you smellier! It also blocks your pores and causes all the health problems we’ve already talked about.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to unglue this gump from your pits and relieve the pressure on your valuable lymphatic system. A tablespoon of bentonite clay mixed with a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar will do the trick: mix them together into a paste, apply it like a mask, and let it work its magic for about 15 minutes before washing thoroughly. You can repeat this process every day until your armpits are fresh and clean, less smelly, and less irritated. Another way to tell you’ve been relieved of your nasty chemical residue: you’ll get sick less often, because your lymphatic and immune systems are working better. Yay!

Once you’re free of your poisonous old deodorants, you can use diet and health conscious lifestyle choices to support normal perspiration and body odour.

You already know you should eat a well-balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, seeds, and healthy fats. But you might be surprised to know that if you’re sweating excessively, you might be able to reduce it by limiting your intake of spicy food, alcohol, caffeine, sugary and processed food, bad fats, and garlic and onion. There’s also food for smelling good: rosemary, sage, mint, parsley, basil, wheatgrass, and vitamins and supplements like chlorophyll and B and C are all natural deodorisers as well.

The natural, original, and best solution

Sometimes a good armpit cleanse can help to eliminate bad armpit odour altogether. And if you’re one of those people who can get away without wearing any deodorant at all, good for you! But there’s a whole lot of us who feel they do need a deodorant, or just want to enjoy nice perfumes on our bodies.

Black Chicken Remedies is the home of the original natural deodorant. We formulated our Axilla Deodorant Paste™ with a unique blend of organic, food-grade, plant and mineral-derived ingredients that naturally (and effectively) neutralise odour and inhibit bacteria without relying on chemicals or sweat blockers. We care about bodies: so we made a product that helps them do what they do naturally, without the funk that sometimes comes with it. We made our Axilla Deodorant Paste™ with a gorgeously luxurious texture that’s suitable for all virtually skin types, and (unlike most conventional deodorants), it’s completely invisible and rapidly absorbed once it’s applied.

We know there’s a bunch of other deodorant crèmes and pastes on the market. But at Black Chicken Remedies, we’ve been making them a long time. We’ve refined our unique blend of pure essential oils and botanical extracts into a tantalising blend that’s so good you won’t believe it’s for your underarms! We even won the Editors choice for best deodorant at the recent Beauty Shortlist Awards. And (as they always were) our products are all vegan friendly and made with love in Australia. There’s nothing to lose by trying them—except a whole lot of toxic stink!

AXILLA DEODORANT PASTE

EFFECTIVELY NEUTRALISES ODOUR. GO ON TRY IT!

The must-have natural body oil that will detoxify and nourish your skin

You might not know it, but your skin is one of your body’s most important organs. And while it does a pretty good job of protecting your other body systems from exposure, it can absorb toxins from many unlikely sources in the environment—maybe even from the body lotions and creams you’re using right now.

Cosmetics and personal care products are often overlooked as sources of toxins. The industry isn’t well regulated either, and the products hitting our shelves every year are often replete with synthetic chemicals—some of which are known to cause endocrine problems, and even cancer. You only have to look at the ingredients label to see whether your lotion includes parabens, artificial colours or fragrances, or sodium lauryl sulfate, and you’ll find you’ve unknowingly been exposing yourself to hazardous chemicals.

If that all sounds a bit catastrophic, don’t worry: there are much better alternatives available.

You don’t need to compromise on the quality of your body products to be done with toxic chemicals.

At Black Chicken Remedies, we’ve carved a place in the market for a truly luxurious body oil that’ll both detoxify and nourish your skin, delivering a gorgeous sensory experience you can enjoy every day while you reap the measurable health benefits of natural ingredients—and there’s a bunch of reasons why it’s better than anything else you’re using.

It’s all natural

Many people don’t understand that most things that are applied to the skin are absorbed into the blood stream and into the body’s systems. Like topical medications (including nicotine patches and GTN patches for angina), the chemicals in body products like creams and lotions end up travelling through the body. The worst part is, nobody knows what problems they cause over the long term—though there is a growing body of evidence supporting that the synthetic ingredients like parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde in many popular body products cause cancer, allergies, dermatitis, respiratory problems, kidney damage, and reproductive problems.

That’s why it’s so important to choose natural products, and only ever put on your skin the ingredients you’d be happy to put inside your body. At Black Chicken Remedies, we’re proud to offer Love Your Body Oil: we carefully chose its exclusive list of natural ingredients for their health benefits, and lovingly combined them to give our customers a unique and luxurious sensory experience. With ingredients like hazelnut oil, carrot essential oil, geranium bourbon oil, and vitamin E oil, Love Your Body Oil has amazing potential to protect and repair body systems at cellular level, stimulating the circulatory system, and toning and elasticising the skin by maintaining cell integrity. But with ingredients like nutmeg essential oil, it’s in a class of its own, with naturally soothing and analgesic properties that are also known to relieve rheumatic pain and invigorate the mind.

It’s truly amazing what nature can do: and you’ll see just how powerful it is in this formulation.

It’s remedial

Your body products shouldn’t just smell and feel nice: they should actually do something to help repair damage. We sustain some degree of damage every day, just by living in the environment—but with the right ingredients, it’s easy to soothe and nourish our bodies, and prepare ourselves for each new day by fortifying our skin.

The skin’s natural absorption means that toxic chemicals can enter our bloodstreams through topical application of everyday body products. But we can harness this capacity for good—by only applying natural products, those with ingredients that have remedial and therapeutic benefits and support our health and wellbeing. Natural ingredients are rich in vitamins, and when they’re used correctly, they soothe, moisturise, and repair damaged skin. This capacity for regeneration is possible with ingredients like patchouli essential oil (which stimulates the regrowth of skin cells), sandalwood essential oil (which relieves itching, inflamed, and dehydrated skin), avocado oil (which is vitamin-rich, and soothes and moisturises dry, mature, and damaged skin) and rosehip oil (which uses the potency of essential fatty acids to regenerate tissue). Ylang ylang essential oil is also an important inclusion for its potential to balance sebum production, making it suitable for treating both dry and oily skin. These oils actively repair damage from burns, scars, and stretch marks, and soothe visible inflammation and dryness—which not only makes your skin feel better, but improves its cosmetic appearance, reducing wrinkles repairing visible damage.

But repair isn’t just skin deep. We chose Love Your Body Oil’s ingredients because they’re rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants that support multiple body systems: they’re known to soothe the nervous system, reduce tension, and measurably relieve the symptoms of anxiousness and stress. When you choose natural products, your whole body benefits—and you can feel, as well as see, the improvements to your health.

It’s a sensory experience

There are new body products on the market every day. Very few of them use or offer the health benefits of exclusively natural ingredients, but even fewer can offer a better sensual experience than what nature has to offer.

Many people think their body lotions and creams smell nice: but most of these people haven’t had the opportunity to experience what natural ingredients actually smell like.

There’s a big difference between the overpowering and chemically smells of synthetic scents, and the refreshing smells of the natural ingredients that they just can’t replicate (you might be surprised at how gentle and soothing the smell of natural lavender is).

There’s also lot of the danger in artificial fragrances: the chemicals used to make them have been associated with many different allergies, chronic conditions like dermatitis, and even severe health issues like respiratory distress. They’re all pointless risks to take, when nature has more invigorating and healthful fragrances just waiting to be used!

Love Your Body Oil  stimulates the senses, because we made it with what nature gave us. We didn’t set out to artificially create a particular scent—but if you want proof of the ‘heavenly’ smell of it, you only have to look at our customer reviews. They also consistently testify to the texture, telling us how much they appreciate the deep-penetrating benefits that it delivers without leaving the oily residue common to many popular products. It’s so versatile you can even add it to your bath, and enjoy the soothing effects as you relax, knowing you’re soaking real nutrients deep into your skin.

There’s a lot to love about natural products, and it’s a way of life for us at Black Chicken Remedies. We made Love Your Body Oil because we wanted a product to detoxify and nourish our skin, and to get the real health benefits of toxin-free ingredients. We’re proud of what we’ve made: it’s smooth and light, with a silken texture and a scent that’s loved by both women and men. Oh, and did we mention, it also goes a long way? What’s not to love?

LOVE YOUR BODY OIL

A TOXIN-FREE SKIN NOURISHING OIL. YOU’LL LOVE IT!

Time to reduce your toxic load

Most of us pay attention to what we put into our bodies but we should also look at what we put on our bodies with our skincare routine. The skin is the largest organ of the body and what we put onto it is absorbed directly into it.

Dr Peneol founder of Medical Aromatherapy’s notes state that when you rub for example, straight Lavender onto the skin, it is absorbed within 20 minutes through the top layer of your skin and can take only one hour to be absorbed by the liver, and if using a water soluble essential oil, it will be excreted by the kidneys and through to the urinary system.

Don’t let toxic chemicals be absorbed by your cells and pass through your vital organs.

So pay attention to the ingredients in your skin care products.

Here are some simple tips:

1)    Avoid mineral oils, petroleum jelly, liquid paraffin, petrolatum – these are all sold as remedies for dry skin but instant relief will also result in long-term worsening of the problem as their additives clog the pores and strip the skin of natural oils, making your skin dependant on these toxins.

2)    Beware of ingredients with “eth” in the name like laureth or “oxynol” or “PEG” as these have been linked with cancer and known to interfer with the reproductive hormones.

3)   Avoid formaldehyde-releasing ingredients. Companies use them as preservatives but it is known to be extremely toxic. E.g. Ingredients listing Urea.

4)   Avoid parabens as these are known to interfere with normal hormone functioning. They are used as preservatives in moisturizers and can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes. They have also been found in breast cancer tumors!

5)   Avoid synthetic fragrances. The word fragrance can refer to thousands of ingredients, most of which are not required to be listed so you don’t know what that nice smelling spray is doing to you. Look out for Hyper-pigmentation i.e. nasty brown spots, as these may be an outward reaction, which makes you wonder what is happening at a cellular level. Look for products with 100% natural claims. Nature has some amazing smells!

6)   Avoid artificial colours. I know nice yellow cream looks good, but any ingredient with a number after it was derived from Coal tar which is known to cause cancer. They are not needed – you want your skin to be skin colour and it already is.

It’s a minefield I know, but stick to products as close to nature as possible and you will be fine. Harmful toxins don’t grow on trees – Have you heard of a DEA, Urea, Ethyl, Butyl, propyl, or benzoate, tree?

Every ingredient in the Black Chicken Remedies range of products is there to nourish your mind and body. x

 

 

Its time for an oil check ….

Natural oils don’t make you oily they hydrate your skin and can provide a remedy for issues such as cellulite, stretch marks, scars, eczema and stress to name a few. Natural vitamin e oil acts as a preservative rather than parabens added to many products but is toxic and has been linked to breast cancer. Nature is our pharmacy and can help put back into our skin what life has taken out.

Here are four facts that will make you rethink daily skincare habits:

1) Oils don’t necessarily make you oily! Some oils for example Jojoba will recreate your skins natural lipid barrier and help retain the water in your skin from evaporating. Its a dry skin remedy.

2) Oils repair the skin because they contain vitamins and use nature as our pharmacy. Looking for something to remedy celulite, stretch marks, scars or eczema? Nature has the answer:

Cellulite can be aided by Geranium essential oil as it works as an effective diuretic and is able to improve circulation of lymphatic fluid, which helps eradicate toxins.

Stretch marks and scars can be assisted by Rosehip oil as it contains Retinol, vitamin C, omega-3, omega-6 and linolenic acid.

Eczema can be assisted with oils such as Lavender essential oil as it is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial so it helps reduce inflammation and prevents infection.

3) Man made preservatives are toxic. Vitamin e oil is natures own preservative. It slows the rate of oxidation of your skincare products but also has great benefits for your skin such as preventing the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage and boosting collagen production. Many brands use much cheaper Parabens but they can also trigger a wide variety of health complications and have been shown to be hormone disruptors (Not to mention have been found in breast cancer tissue)

4) Essential oils benefit your mind too – Why use synthetic fragrances in skincare or candles they can trigger allergic reactions such as headaches, dizziness, rashes when essential oils actually positively stimulate the Olfactory system (There are over 10 million cilia in the nostrils) and can ease stress, insomnia or just make you feel good.

Nature is our pharmacy and can help us put back into our skin what life has taken out.

We expose the dirt on cleansing naturally

A common myth about using an oil cleanser is that it is not as effective as an alcohol based or cream cleanser.  The opposite is actually true, high quality oil cleansers are far superior for these reasons:

  1. Most cream and foaming cleansers contain parabens, fragrances, dyes and alcohol etc that are used to strip away dirt. These cleansers remove dirt but they also strip away your skins delicate oil balance, which contributes to premature ageing through the dehydrating effects on your skin.
  2. Our skin is porous, so there is no buffer to prevent chemical toxins in some cleaners penetrating the skin and ending up in the bloodstream.
  3. Your skin naturally produces oil because it needs it. Oil is not the enemy to be eradicated. Oil is there to protect and lubricate the skin, allowing your body’s largest organ to function properly.
  4. Your skin will regain its natural oil balance, it may take a few days but you’ll notice huge improvements as blemishes and signs of irritation and redness start to disappear.

That’s why we developed Cleanse My Face oil cleanser! It uses 14 medicinal oils to dissolve excess oil and target impurities held deep within your skin. It effortlessly removes makeup and dirt without disturbing your skins natural oil balance.

This silky smooth formulation contains Organic Castor oil for its ability to penetrate more deeply than any other plant oil and draw out impurities held deeply, Organic Camellia Tea oil as its rich in nutrients and antioxidants, Organic Sesame seed oil for it antibacterial, antifungal and its anti-inflammatory powers, Organic Jojoba to balance oil flow plus Organic Macadamia oil for mature skin with depleted sebum to nourish and revive the skin. It also contains the essential oils of Palma Rosa to balance sebum and stimulate cell regeneration, Patchouli to calm inflamed skin and Geranium to combat the effects of hormone changes. Overall it’s a supercharged oil mixture that cleanses and calms at the deepest level.

Key Benefits:

  1. Deep-cleansing with anti ageing properties
  2. Relaxes wrinkles and boosts skin radiance
  3. Easily loosens and removes make-up
  4. Great for hormonal, dry or flaky skin
  5. Rich in minerals and vitamins
  6. Great for those looking for a 100% natural, sensitive way to cleanse

Try it today

 

The easy switch from nasty to natural.

At the risk of sounding dramatic, if you knew what was in your skin care products you’d jump at the chance to switch from nasty to natural.

Most of the ingredients in your lotions, creams, soaps, perfumes and hair products can be absorbed into our skin and enter the bloodstream and body systems. So, what if those ingredients are toxic?

Discover a breakthrough to healthier skin with the dry mask

It can happen. You’re humming along with your skincare routine it’s working a treat until you notice a succession of breakouts or a patch or two of rough skin, yet nothing significant has changed in your diet or lifestyle. What’s up? Your skin could be telling you it needs a deeper than normal cleanse and now would be a good time to reach for a skin saviour – the dry facial mask.

We created a dry (powder) mask for some important reasons. Clay becomes active when you add water to it, which is why you add the water only when you’re about to use it. Because the mask doesn’t contain any liquid, it doesn’t need any preservatives. When you’re detoxing your skin it doesn’t make sense to introduce more of what it doesn’t need. What’s cool about white kaolin clay in the mask is that clay on your skin is like Dyson suction to a shag pile. The clay has the oomph to draw out impurities well below what’s visible on surface of your skin, and helps dislodge dirt from your pores.  Using a mask to address skin problems is a good idea, but using it weekly to prevent breakouts and maintain vibrant skin health is even better.

When three of the key ingredients; white and pink kaolin clay and raw organic cacao come together in the Cacao Revelation Mask, they have the healing power to deliver a powerful deep clean. The clay works to detox’s the skin and the cocoa delivers an impressive amount of antioxidants. Together they work to reduce inflammation, stimulate circulation, treat acne, and soothe irritated skin resulting in a smoother and radiant skin, that looks and feels good.

The combination of ingredients in the Cacao Revelation Mask, has been formulated to help breakthrough the cycle of problem skin.   To accelerate the return of great feeling skin, whether to address oily, dry or acne prone check out Cleanse My Face oil cleanser.

Transcendence – Your Personal Pocket Mood Enhancer

Have you noticed how a fragrance can smell good for a few seconds then release an unnatural chemical odour as it warms on your skin? Ever started sneezing or got a headache from working close to someone who wears synthetic fragrances?

Protected by ‘trade secrets’, perfume manufacturers can add synthetic chemicals listed only as “Fragrance”. But when you choose a completely toxin-free, all essential oil perfume, you know exactly what you’re putting onto your skin.

That’s why we first developed our Love Your Smell essential oil perfume. If you’re looking for an alternative to those eye-watering synthetic fragrances, it’s back in stock now with a new name, a new look and all the same good stuff!

Transcendence #1 Essential Oil Perfume is our signature blend of exquisite, highly-concentrated remedial essential oils. Delivering balmy serenity with a hint of intrigue, it takes you straight to the place where the heart-smiles start.

It’s a personal pocket mood enhancer, but expert aromatherapy blends can also powerfully affect the wellbeing of our bodies. Warmth activates the layers of essential perfume oils, so roll it on to pulse points and… breathe.

Totally unisex, Transcendence #1 Essential Oil Perfume responds to individual body temperature and biochemistry. You and your partner can both enjoy a warm melding of body tones, pheromones and revitalising transcendence.

Because it’s designed with natural ingredients to benefit the body and mind (not the surrounding five kilometres), the scent of Transcendence will last longer when your skin is well hydrated and exfoliated – that’s the secret to extend the scent of essential oil perfumes. But, the joy of reapplying it during the day and feeling the stress lift away is kind of the point!

To enhance the specific scent of Transcendence exfoliate with Love Your Body Polish and nourish your skin with Love Your Body Oil, both of which carry the same divine perfume notes.

Transcendence #1 Essential Oil Perfume contains no alcohol, synthetic fragrances or colour, phthalates, parabens or any other chemical nasties. It’s good for you, good for those around you.

How to make the switch to natural deodorant

Axilla Deodorant Paste user tips – what to do, what not to do …

With so many people choosing Axilla all-natural deodorant paste, we know two things for sure – we’ve got something right and we’ve got something you want!

Maybe you haven’t tried it yet? Maybe you’re not sure if you’re using it properly? Relax. All the rocket science (and a whole lotta love!) went into making Axilla. Using it is easy.

Because switching to natural is so important, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the best possible Axilla experience.

Antiperspirant chemicals stop us sweating. Sweating helps us regulate temperature, expel toxins and maintain a healthy immune system. We like sweat! Axilla won’t stop you sweating. What it does do is neutralise the effects of busy little bacteria so you’ll smell fresh all day.

Making the switch from chemical-laden sprays and roll-ons is simple for most people but each body is different and just occasionally some pits need a week or so to adjust and get with the game.

As soon as your skin gets a whiff of the good stuff, it’s bye-bye baby to chemical nasties. For some of us, this can trigger a pit detox, releasing clogged toxins as your pores relax and do their thing. Body odour might be stronger than usual. Help it along by working up more of a sweat and drinking plenty of water to flush those toxins. Eat well, and wisely. And maybe cut back on caffeine and alcohol at this time.

Using approximately a pea-size amount, it’s best to apply Axilla gently with circular motions on slightly damp skin. Allow the paste to melt into your pits as it warms. It should dissolve quickly and disappear completely. If you can still see it, you’ve used too much – this can cause irritation and may also discolour your clothes. Hairy pits will need more patient attention.

If there’s some tenderness or even a slight rash, smoothing on coconut oil or Balm of Ages at night and before applying Axilla in the morning can help your skin adjust in these early days. (Please note: if irritation persists, it’s just possible you’re one of the tiny minority with an allergy to bicarb. Sorry – you’ll need to stop using it.)

And oh yes, please, PLEASE don’t apply Axilla straight after shaving! Shave at night instead. Applying straight after shaving can irritate the extra-sensitive skin. (If you absolutely have to do it, try a thin layer of coconut oil before using the paste.)

There’s no need to reapply Axilla during the day. We know customers who go 48 hours with fresh pits even after gym workouts and travelling.  And using antiperspirants to top it up is not only unnecessary, it kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think??

So give those chemical nasties the finger. Make peace with your pits and trust Axilla to help your body do what it needs to do. You’ll feel fresh and clean all day and longer, and you’ll smell great too.