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Posted by Isabelle Louis XVI on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • Detox your armpit deodorant

    Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body?

    The most important functions of your skin is :

    1. Protection: The skin act as our first line of defense against toxins, radiation and harmful polluant. It prevent also the loss of important body fluids.
    2. Absorption of basically anything that you put on it
    3. Excretion of toxic substances with sweat
    4. Secretion of sebum in order to hydrate the skin but also to create the acid mantle barrier.
    5. Regulation of the body temperature
    6. Sensation of heat, cold, pain and pressure
    7. Creation of Vit. D
    8. Immunity

    Are you still using antiperspirant?  Perhaps you should reconsider, because a lot of harmful ingredients are found in this product such as:

    • siloxane
    • aluminum
    • mineral oil
    • dimethicone
    • talc
    • petrolatum
    • Fragrance/parfum

    Do you still wanna use it now?

    Once I started to be aware of all the toxic chemicals that could be found in the daily products that I was using, I started to look for better and healthier alternative.  I have been using deodorant instead of antiperspirant for a couple of years now.  At first, I hated the fact that I was sweating and I notice that I needed a little bit of time to detox before I could successfully use deodorant.

    When your body releases sweat, it is either trying to regulate your body temperature or it is releasing toxins.  You actually want to sweat and release those toxins, don’t you?

    What’s great about deodorant is that it will allow you to sweat, but it will prevent bad odors.  The odors are created when the bacteria that are living on your skin get in contact with your sweat.

    The name says it all: a deodorant is use to deodorize, but it may also be capable to diminishes your sweat a little bit by shrinking the pores.

    Detox your armpit

    When you stop using an antiperspirant, it is possible that your body react to this and that you find that your are sweating more at first.  Don’t let your body odor try to turn you off this good action.  It is totally normal to have a reaction when you stop using a chemical.  Remember, you have been using these toxic chemicals under your arm for quite a while now, your body will start detoxing when you stop.

    I recommand that you start with a good Armpit Detox first.

    Here’s a quick and easy recipe for armpit detox.  I recommand that you do this once or twice a week for the for month when you start using natural deodorant.  It will help control the odours and speed up the adjustement period for your body towards natural products.

    Armpit Detox:

    • 1 Tbsp Bentonite clay
    • 2 tsp of Apple cider vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp of Water
    • Witch hazel   “To use after as a tonic lotion“
    First make the detox paste

    Mix together the bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water to create a paste.  Use a ceramic or glass bowl.  Do not use metal spoon or bowl as it will lessen the efficacy of the paste. Rub the paste under your armpit and keep for 10 to 30 minutes.  If it irritates your skin, remove right away.

    You can do this everyday or a couple of time a week for a month or as needed.

    After removing the paste, apply some witch hazel on your armpit.  It will act as an astringent and close the pores of your skin.

    You will have enough to do a face mask also if you want…

    Apple cider vinegar contains malic and alpha hydroxy acids that will help remove dead skin and reveal healthy and vibrant new skin. Bentonite clay is know for its ability yo absorb, remove toxins, impurities and other junk from your pores.  You can also add a 2-3 drops of lavender and frankincense essential oil to your face mask.











    After 20-30 minutes, remove mask gently.  I suggest not to wait for the mask to be fully dried.  When you will be rinsing the mask and armpit detox, you may find that your skin is red.  There is nothing to worry,  this is normal.  This is just an increase of blood flow to the surface of your skin.  It will get back to normal after 20 to 40 minutes.

    Make sure to hydrate your face well after.

    Now that you detoxed your armpit, let me show you how to make your homemade detox deodorant.



    DIY detox deodorant


    • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
    • 3 tbsp Shea Butter
    • 2 tbsp Aloe Vera
    • 1/4 tsp Vit E
    • 15-20 drops of Essential oils ***
    • 5 tbsp Arrowroot powder
    • 1 tbsp Baking soda
    • 1 tbsp Zinc oxide
    • 2 tbsp Bentonite clay
    • 1/4 tsp activated charcoal

    Essential oils:***

    Use 15-20 drops of any essential oils below.  You will see the number of drops of essential oils that I use to make my deodorant inside of the brackets (number of drops) You don’t have to make it exactly with the same essential oils as I did.  Make it as you wish, be creative.  I recommend to use purification, petit grain, tea tree and geranium if you want to use only a few EO.

    • Purification (5)
    • Petit grain (5)
    • Tea tree (3)
    • Geranium ( 2)
    • Ylang Ylang (1)
    • Peppermint (2)
    • Sclary sage (1)  Do not use if you are pregnant.
    • Cistus (1)
    • Juniper (1)


    Mix the wet ingredients together


    Then, add 15 to 20 drops of essential oils that are pure and naturals and non adulterated.

    Anything that your skin will get into your blood stream. You don’t want to add pesticides or synthetics chemicals to your natural deodorant.

    Make sure that you use only therapeutic grade essential oils.





    Add the dry ingredients to the mixture and mix well until you get a creamy and homogeneous texture.

    You can now eat it (just kidding) or transfer it into a glass jar.

    When ready to use, take a pea size of the deodorant and apply it directly on your armpit.  Massage to help it penetrate.  The gray color will disappear as you rub it on your skin.

    Let me know if you tried it and how it went.  I love to read your comments.

    Have a great day.

    Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle







  • Healthy Break Fast!

    Think about breakfast differently!

    When you are BREAKING your FAST, it’s important that your first meal of the day be healthy. ❤

    INTERMITTENT FASTING has been shown by some experts to contribute to accelerated cell repair and weight loss. When ever I can, I try to keep a window of 12 hours fasting.

    Here’s how I do it:

    I usually have dinner around 19:00 and I am done eating by 20:00. That means that I won’t have anything else to eat except water until 8:00 the next morning. 🕗
    I will be sleeping through most of this 12 hours, which makes it easier to achieve.
    Choose your food wisely when you are breaking your fast. Don’t go for junk food loaded with sugar. Eat real food as much as possible. If it doesn’t grow somewhere or wasn’t once alive, perhaps you should avoid it.

    “When you start your day with sugar, you kick off an addictive cycle of sugar and carb cravings that will last all day long,” Quote: Dr. Mark Hyman

    Instead, focus on a combinaison of good protein and fats.  Keep carbs at their minimum and choose good quality carbs. 😉
    Why? Because…..

    • Great source of energy for the day ahead
    • Improve the feeling of satiety
    • Reduce evening snaking
    • Help regulate blood sugar
    • Help with brain function

    Next time that you prepare your breakfast, think of these food:

    • Free run chicken eggs (excellent for your health and this is not true tht eggs increase the level of bad cholesterol)
    • Nuts butter (good source of protein and fat)
    • Greens (low impact on blood sugar and lots of fibers)
    • Good fats such as avocado 🥑
    • Choose a good source of protein
    • Flax seeds, Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds can easily be added to a smoothie
    • Choose high quality carbs

    Ok, I admit, english muffin are not a good choice of carbs.  But eh, I love their taste and once in a while I allow myself to cheat. When you are not too strict on your daily eating habits, it make them easier to follow.
    Have a great day


    Isabelle Votre Amie Essentielle

  • Bye Bye Mosquito – No sting Bug Spray

    I’m taking a nap, mosquito.  Stop your music for a little bit.  Don’t be disagreeable.  Don’t bite me.  – Joe Dassin

    In my country, it’s either freezing cold in the winter or full of mosquitoes, black flies and now it’s ticks too, in the summer.

    Personally, there is nothing really that I find more unpleasant than trying to enjoy some time outside and having all those little tiny critters that buss around me and bite me.  When  I was smaller and was getting bitten, it was not has much of a worry as it is today.   Yes, it was itching and my mother gave me soothing baths, calamine or antihistamines were used for relief. But nowadays, it can be a lot more serious to get stung and it can have  repercussions  for a very long time. We hear a lot about lyme disease lately. This disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread by the bite of an infected tick. There is also Zyca, malaria (malaria), chikungunya, dengue, etc … All these diseases can be contracted by the bites of infected insects.

    I know I know the sun is hot, Mosquitoes come and suck your blood.  Leave you there all alone.  Just skin and bone.   – Queens Of The Stone Age lyrics

    I know, there are sprays on the market that can help keep these nasty bugs away, but the problem with these products is that they often contain a lot of chemicals that may be more harmful to our health than the bites from the insect itself.  Here is a list of some of the ingredients found in the best-selling mosquito repellent on the market: Deet, toluamide, galaxolide, hedione, synthetic chemical molecules, benzyl benzoate, parabens, petroleum derivatives, synthetic fragrance and many other chemical molecules ending with 2-t -…- 1,3-dioxolane-2-…..

    The worst part is that these products are regularly sprayed on the skin, even though we shouldn’t and  we also breathe their vapor.  Although it is often stated on the bottle not to apply directly to the skin, sometimes we need to be protected from nasty insects, even when we wear swimsuits or shorts, t-shirt, etc.  It makes it almost impossible not to apply the product on the skin. As you probably know, our skin is the largest organ of our body and it absorbs ALL that is applied on it.  For this reason,  I decided that I don’t want to use this kind of product on my skin and even less on the skin of my children or my animals.  These products do not only repel mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, but they also affect your health.  Also, on the majority of the bottles, it is often advise not to use on children under 12 years.  So what do we do then? Out little ones are often the ones who want to run in the woods …

    This is were essential oils and some basic materials that you certainly have at home can really help and be very effective in keeping mosquitoes away. Essential oils are strong and often disturbing to them, so they don’t come close to us and this is exactly what we are looking for, don’t we?

    When we are having dinner outside in the back yard, I always diffuse essential oils and it helps to keep our little ennemis away and we can enjoy a great meal without their presence.



    In this picture, you can see an array of essential oils that are very effective at keeping mosquitoes, flies, ticks, etc., away.

    In addition to smelling good, you will also have the benefits of aromatherapy. The ingredients that I chose for making the base of your mosquito repellent will be perfect for nourishing and protecting your skin as well.

    It’s a Win-Win situation!

    Here is the recipe for mosquito spray that I created. This recipe has many ingredients ( I love complicated things apparently ;-)) but I tried  it many times and it work wonderfully, it is really effective.

    I have been using it on th entire family, including our dog  and even when we went for a walk in the wood, our sweet labrador Diva didn’t come back with ticks this time around (Which she usually does…)

    NB: I understand that you might not have all ingredients or that you might want to create an easier version of the spray so for the ingredients with the following mention ****  know that they are optional and that you won’t affect the quality of your bug spray if you don’t use them.  I mainly use them to sooth the skin or to improve to the smell of the spray.



    • 1 tsp  vegetable glycerine ****
    • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp Vodka or Alcohol
    • 1 1/2 tsp witch hazel
    • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (Infused or not with parsley****)
    • 4 c. tablespoon of grapeseed oil or sesame or coconut or sweet almond oil …
    • 1 tbsp of Neem oil (excellent natural repellent. Tamanu Oil could also be used) ****
    • 1/4 tsp rosemary oleoresin (used to help retard rancidity in natural oils) ****
    • 1/4 tsp Vitamin E (non-synthetic) ****

    This preparation will give you a 85 ml liquid base in which you will incorporate the essential oils.


    This is a trick that I learn from a friend and I find it very interesting and I added it to my recipe to optimize the  mosquito spray.  Take a mortar, put some parsley leaves, about twenty. Then you add the apple cider vinegar and you crush the leaves in the vinegar.  Mix well to create an infusion.  When we press the parsley leaves in the apple cider, it helps to extract the active ingredients that our dear friends, the mosquitoes, don’t like. It’s not complicated and It’s easy to add to the recipe, so why not.

    Kids love to help, here’s a task they can easily do and will enjoy.


    Now that you have prepared the base for your mosquito spray, you will want to add the equivalent of 6% in essential oils.  We are looking to use approximatly 5 ml of essential oils or 100 drops. This will be a solution for kids 15 yrs of age and up.

    For younger kids (5 and 15), the dilution ratio should be around 1.5%.  Which represent 1 ml or 20 drops for the same qty of liquid base (85ml)

    For kids under the age of 5, use your common sense and don’t use too much essential oils on them.  I would personally put 10-15 drop of essential oils or use more vegetable oils to dilute the essential oils more.  Don’t over apply on them either.

    The way I have been using it at home is the following:  I apply a few spray on my kids (wrist, ankles, back of the neck, behind the ears.  For younger kids, I will spray 2-3 times in my hands and will apply behind the legs, back of the neck/head, on their hat…  I don’t apply on their hands ever because they have a tendency to put their hands in their mouth.  I would also avoid using on pregnant ladies because of some oils that I have in my recipe, but it is totally possible to create a safe version for pregnant ladies.  When the essential oils are really pure, really natural and that they have not be fractionated, some of them can be use safely by pregnant women.  I used essential oils during my entire pregnancy with twins.

    Here’s the list of essential oils that I used in my spray.

    You don’t have to use as many variety of oils, You can choose 4-5 and use more drops for each of them for total of 100 drops.

    • Citronnella        …     20 drops
    • R.C.                    …     20 drops (this blend contains eucalyptus citriodora 😉 )
    • Lemongrass     …     20 drops
    • Peppermint      …     10 drops
    • Rosemary        …      7 drops
    • Lavender          …      7 drops
    • Geranium         …      5 drops
    • Cedarwood      …      5 drops
    • Thyme              …       3 drops
    • Oregano           …      3 drops
    • Clove                 …      1 drop

    Now, If you would like to know why I chose the essential oils that I put in my mosquito spray, here’s some extra info for you. 😉

    CITRONNELLA ESSENTIAL OIL  (Click on this link to learn more about this oil)

    Lemongrass oil has been recognize in the United States for its insect repellent use. The US Environmental Protection Agency considers citronella oil a bio-pesticide with a non-toxic mode of action.

    It is composed of about 40% citronellal and 18 to 30% geraniol. These two molecules act as natural repellents against insects. They disturb the nervous system of insects, which prefer to move away from it. The lemony smell that emanates from them displeases them strongly.

    And if unfortunately, we get stung anyway, lemongrass oil will bring relief to the itching; lavender too.

    Repel mosquito – Repel fleas


    This blend contain the essential oil eucalyptus citriodora.  Some studies have demonstrate that eucalyptus citriodora has properties to repel mosquitos that are similar to DEET.

    Eucalyptus citriodora is composed of 75-85% de citronellal

    Repel mosquito – Repel Fleas – Repels Ticks




    This essential oil is rich in géranial (35-47%), geraniol  (1.5-8%) and Neral (25-35%).  This chemicals composant act as a repulsif.

    Repel mosquitoes – Repel Fleas – Repel Ticks




    Contain 1-8% de 1.8 Cineol (Eucalyptol), 25-50% Menthol.

    Repel mosquitoes – Repel Fleas – Repel Ticks – Repel ants – Repel spiders





    Contain 38-55% de 1,8 Cineol (Eucalyptol), 5-15% camphor, 9-14% alpha-Pinene, 4-9% Beta-Pinene, 1-4% Limonene

    Repel Mosquitoes




    Contain 21-47% Linalyl Acetate, 23-46% Linalol.  These composants have calming and relaxing properties.

    Repel mosquitoes – Repel Fleas – Repel Ticks




    Geraniol, which is the main component of the essential oil geranium is very repulsive for mosquitoes and other insects.

    Contain 10-18% geraniol, 25-36% citronnellol, 4-8% Linalol

    Repel mosquitoes – Repel Fleas



    Contain 10-20% Alpha-Himachalene, 35-55%  Beta-Himachalene, 8-15% Gamma-Himachalene

    Repel Fleas – Repel Ticks – Repel ants




    Contain 37-55% Thymol, 3-6.5% Linalol, 0.5-5.5% Carvacrol, 1-2.8% de Myrcene

    Repel Mosquitoes – Repel Ticks




    Contain 60-75% Carvacrol

    Repel Mosquitoes – Repel Ticks




    Contain 75-87% Eugenol

    Repel Mosquitoes – Repel Ants – Repel Fleas




    It has high level of terpinen-4-ol 30-45%

    Repel Ticks




    Contains: Rosemary, Tea tree, Clove and Niaouli

    Repels Ticks



    When ever you are outside, you should bring your diffuser and diffuse some of those oils.  It will smell great outside, but it will also keeps the buggers away.

    Be creative and try different oils, different blend.


    Although DEET is approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a known eyes irritant and may cause rashes, pain, or blisters when applied to the skin . In addition, DEET has been linked to neurological problems. According to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering from adverse neurological effects have been associated with DEET, as well as the death of two adults.

    Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center in the United States have found that DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats. It has adverse effects on the nervous system of mammals

    It has also been shown that DEET has a negative impact on wildlife and sources of drinking water. And this cause as much by the production of DEET as it is by the uses of it. DEET has been found in about 75% of the United States water sources, including Mississippi.

    It is toxic to birds and aquatic life.




    Radio Canada: Attention au DEET

    PubMed: Neurotoxicity of DEET

    DEET, un polluant environnemental

    Malaria Journal