Rocky Mountain Soap Company Natural Deodorant Review

FullSizeRenderAlright friends, I am a huge believer in this deodorant! Rocky Mountain Soap Co (a Canmore based company) posted a 30 Day Deodorant Challenge at the beginning of March and I knew that I had to try it for myself when I found out it was an affordable $9. This stuff is one of the best 100% natural deodorants I’ve ever tried and I’ve tried A TON!

A little about the product from their website: Our natural deodorants are made using Potassium Alum, a naturally occurring salt that doesn’t clog your pores or pass into your bloodstream. They are 100% toxin-free which keeps your pits fresh and your body clean. I LOVE that there is no baking soda in their product! I find that my pits get pretty irritated and red if that is one of the ingredients and I am so glad I haven’t had any negative reactions to the RMSC one.

I started dabbling in natural deodorants a few years ago and have never really found “THE ONE” for me before giving this one a go. The other one I loved is from NYC and it’s pricey to ship here so I have been without it ever since. I tried a Calgary based company’s natural cream deodorant recently and it seems to BLOCK my pits with a beeswax-y film and I did NOT SMELL GOOD FOR about 2 weeks and it took about another 2 weeks for me to stop smelling so gross once I stopped using it, it sucks because it was hella esssspensive but I am too nervous to try it again!

Anyways, on to that new new deo. I picked up the above Lemongrass scent and it’s definitely my favourite scent at RMSC. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks straight and am loving it. I definitely feel I went through the whole detox period mentioned in this blog post on their website, I totally smelled worse before I started to smell better ha ha! It was so worth it though because now I stay pretty stink free when I use it. I love the easy roller application of it, and it dries down quickly and doesn’t leave any residue or film on my skin.

I don’t know about anyone else but this kept me smelling good during the day. Working out was another story as I ran with this stuff on, and also did a spin class with it and I obvs stunk during/after. I honestly have never expected any deodorant to hold up 100% against hard exercise, it never had and likely never will and that is normal to me. If I’m working out hard, I know I’m going to smell not so nice.

After spending so much money on trying AT LEAST TEN different natural deodorants and being disappointed almost every time, I am happy I finally found the one for me. I will repurchase this stuff forever and ever because it’s cheap and it actually works. You can buy their products in store (two locations in YEG (WEM and Southgate) or online.

If you buy and try it, let me know how it worked out for you and what scent you bought because I’d love suggestions on which scent to buy when I run out.

 

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well that break didn’t go as planned

Hey!

It’s been a while and I’ve been feeling guilty about not posting for ~ 4 weeks but I am back. I originally planned to take a week off posting while we enjoyed our BC vacation but a lot has happened in the last month and it just got pushed to the side like a lot of other stuff has.

I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. After the planned one week off of blogging, everything just kinda snowballed until this week. I think it started out as me feeling like I was in a vulnerability hangover. Spilling my heart for over a month about my disordered eating habits and therapy was very emotional for me, something I kept to myself for too long and i definitely don’t regret sharing my thoughts with people but it was A LOT to share all at once.

Work has been pretty busy for the last few months and some weeks I feel like I don’t have enough time to finish everything I planned out to do. That led to me feeling disappointed in myself and my work. I feel and still am feeling like a failure. I know I am not, but it’s just a feeling I’ve noticed pop up a lot lately. I’m also looking at making a career change, hopefully soon and had enlisted so many amazing friends and internet friends for tips and guidance on how best to go about applying for new jobs. I have worked at the same company for almost 8 years and it’s just time for me to challenge myself in a whole new way, and so I have been looking externally for jobs that have the right fit for me. It’s overwhelming, to say the least!

I’ve also been adjusting to my spouse working shift work and taking on a lot of the responsibility of taking care of myself, our home, and our 2 animals. I am not complaining at all because he is awesome at contributing to our lives and responsibilities but it’s definitely a learning curve after having him home for most of the past year.

I’ve noticed I haven’t been taking as good of care as I should when it comes to myself. My main priority was working, and then coming home and helping L apply to jobs (being a tradesperson in Alberta is not fun right now, and it’s been a VERY tough 1+ years for us but that’s another story for another time). We are so grateful he landed something recently and I have gone through shift work before and once I am in the groove I know I will be feeling totally fine. The last month I have been eating on the go, standing while i eat at the counter, or eating in my car (since going in depth into my issues with food I now realize this is probably the FIRST sign that something is off with me). I have turned to food a few times in the last month for comfort but realized damn quickly what I was doing and that i was self-sabotaging myself. I have felt the need to start to nourish my body more and add more movement back into my life.

Thanks to a class pass sale I have started attending spin class again at my favourite studio downtown. Up until yesterday, I hadn’t run in about 2 months after I finished my half marathon at the end of January. Yesterday was Lexi’s (our dog) 6th birthday and I decided it was the perfect day for us to go to the off leash park as I wanted to run for the first time in a while. It felt so good to SWEAT in the sun and just feel most like myself as I was running on the trails with her.

I have been wanting to clean our refrigerator for MONTHS and just haven’t gotten around to it. Tonight, after I got home from work I decided to put my feelings of stress into something I know am great at, cleaning! It was actually therapeutic for me HA HA. I put on my favourite new podcast called S-Town (it’s from the same producers as SERIAL and i’m addicted!). and busted my ass taking all the shelves out to wash them, the inside and all the containers of condiments in the door. Our fridge is probably cleaner now than when we first bought our home. I also cut up the veggies I’ve been waiting to add to my meals after putting that off for 4 days and was able to sit down to a nice, nourishing meal. I just had a huge salad and some hummus because that’s what my body was craving today and it just felt so nice to finally be able to settle down with myself and my thoughts and focus on ME!

Here is my masterpiece:IMG_7248

 

I’m meeting one of my favourite people for a spin class tomorrow morning before work. I realize scheduling things like a run, cleaning the fridge, or booking spin is so valuable to me and my time.  It is so easy to just let everything pile up and push things aside that are important to me and allowing myself to get put on the back burner. I have to make a more conscious effort to pick up on the red flags when I am starting to feel less like myself so this doesn’t happen again!

Any of my blogger friends ever feel like you have nothing exciting to post about? That’s kinda how I have been feeling lately. Any tips for me? For anyone who reads my ramblings, is there anything you would like to see me post about? Please let me know in the comments!

It’s not about the weight

but it’s not not about the weight.

The above is something that I read in a book by Geneen Roth called “Women Food and God”, in May 2015, and it’s stuck with me ever since. It represents something I have struggled with since I was young. I have constantly thought that if I lost weight, life would be perfect or that I would be happy. The fact is, anytime I have been thin in the past, it was short-lived because I still had the same issues and unhealthy thought processes around food. You can only diet so much before old habits creep back and if you don’t address your mind, nothing will change. I really believe weight and overeating (or withholding food) is all a symptom of something else that is off, internally. I know for myself, my body is not meant to be carrying excess weight. I don’t feel authentic with the excess weight I carry. I was a healthy looking child when I was young, until I started using food to cope with my feelings. It’s just not who I am meant to be.

I have come a long way in terms of loving myself and my body. I used to hate it, and pick it apart and feel shame about myself until I learned that it was okay to appreciate your body, but also want to change it at the same time. I didn’t know I was allowed to do that. I remember attending a local mindful eating class, and the woman who put it on and I were talking, and she was asking me a bunch of questions about why I was at the class, and obviously I was there because I knew something was wrong with my eating habits. I remember saying I was there because I wanted to lose weight, because I didn’t like my body. She asked what would be so wrong with loving my body for what it is, appreciating it in that moment. She told me it is okay to love my body in it’s current state, while at the same time acknowledging that I wanted to become healthier. She told me I would have to learn to love my body to be able to accept it. I remember starting to sob when she was telling me this, it was a total aha! moment for me. From that day I have worked hard on loving myself and have been able to accept my body for what it is, at any given time.

I realize I am not morbidly obese, but I can be honest with you and myself in saying that I have packed on an unhealthy amount of weight in the last 5 years, about 60 lbs. I am about a size 12-14, not that that matters but I know when I was around 50-60 lbs. lighter I felt my healthiest and most at my natural weight, and it was at a time in my life where I didn’t have to think too much about it, it was almost effortless for me to be that size because I wasn’t dieting or overexercising at that point. Currently, I feel the extra weight on me and it’s not a good feeling. My knees hurt more when I run because of the extra work they have to do, I feel wiped when I climb stairs. A lot of my old clothes that I really enjoyed wearing don’t fit anymore, and I just don’t feel like I’m myself when I am carrying around all this extra weight. It’s not an authentic feeling for me and I am starting to recognize that I am ready for and accepting of the shifts that come with building a healthier relationship with food.

Throughout the last 5 years, I have bought and given away scales because I was never in a good headspace to be able to face the up and downs of my weight. The number on the scale would crush me if it wasn’t moving down, and omg did it ever fuck with me when it was always going up. I gave our last scale to a friend who wanted it last year, and hadn’t weighed myself since. Well, that is not totally true because my doctor’s office weighed me in at my annual checkup last spring and I actually told her receptionist that I was closing my eyes and NOT to tell me the number. I just knew I was up, and I couldn’t mentally handle her telling me what I was up to. A week after starting to work with my therapist, I asked a friend if I could weigh myself at her house since we didn’t own a scale. The number shocked me a bit, but I accepted it pretty quickly.

So, what did I do last week? I bought a fucking scale! No, I am not crazy… I swear. I am in such a good space right now, and if you have been following along on my blog you know that since the beginning of January my whole mindset has changed for the better. I would like to be able to track how my body is responding to my healthier relationship with food. I am in a place where I’m not going to let the scale control my life or my emotions. “How”, you ask?I set a boundary with myself and the scale, I told myself that 1) I will only step on it once a week and only when I am in a good head space to do so and 2) if, at ANY point, I feel that it’s starting to negatively affect me, I will get rid of it immediately. 

I remember my therapist asked me what I hoped to weigh, if I had a specific number in mind. I said no, and I told him that I truly believe that if I fix my relationship with food and my thoughts around food, that my body will naturally come down to wherever it feels it’s best, and it’s already starting to happen. I am starting to notice my body changing and starting to shed the weight I’ve held onto for so many years. My clothes are starting to fit a bit looser. I have more energy. I feel more and more authentic to myself.

I know that by losing the excess weight I’ve been carrying, I will be gaining a healthier body with no more knee pain (or any kind of pain that is a result of extra weight), a lighter body to run hills and stairs with, a healthier body to start a family with. The list of benefits can be endless, but those are basically my most important reasons as to why I am ready for what my body has been doing lately.

I stepped on the scale this morning and recorded the number in the Notes on my phone. I have lost 8.4 lbs. in the last month and a half. I have not dieted, restricted, or binged at all since my first meeting with my therapist. I am going to continue to track my weight (as long as it doesn’t start to mess with my head), and I will continue to share it, when appropriate. It’s not to flaunt or anything like that, but more in hope that it resonates with someone else who is/has struggled with food and their weight as proof that it’s not about embarking on a diet or intense workout regimen.

It’s about wanting to live the life you were meant to live, digging deep and finding out why you think the way you do and making steps to change the way you think about your relationship with yourself, weight, and food. It’s possible, you just have to make the decision to do something about it.

 

Gratituesday: Today, I am grateful that we have the mountains relatively close to us, we’re heading West in a few days for a much needed getaway to our family cabin in B.C. and I cannot wait to share our adventures with you.