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Throwback sweaters

Though I’ve been known to wear sweaters year round, it’s finally the time I can do so without questioning from every person I know. This season’s batch of pullovers has throwback details, like graphic prints and cable knits large enough to remind you of the sweater greats, while still being wearable with jeans. Here are five versions: crewneck, rollneck, pumpkin, starry and textured.

Megababe best natural deodorant rosy pits

I’ve been hearing the praise of this natural rose deodorant for weeks, and the 148 five-star reviews finally sold me. Usually, natural deodorants irritate my skin or truly don’t work, but fans are calling this “the best one yet,” and noting that it “works ALL-DAY.” This stick is made with a blend of natural ingredients, including sage, green tea and sandalwood. Plus, it’s called “Rosy Pits.”

Serial

Have you been listening to any podcasts lately? I’m back on my crime drama kick and just devoured the terrifying Dr. Death, which follows a neurosurgeon who intentionally botched medical procedures. I’ve also dug into the first episodes of the new season of Serial, where reporters Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi investigate stories that take place inside the criminal court system of Cleveland, Ohio. I’m looking forward to a few new ones, including The Cut on Tuesdays (hosted by New York Magazine’s Molly Fischer), Last Seen (it unravels the biggest unsolved art heist in history) and Without Fail (Gimlet founder Alex Blumberg interviews leaders and entrepreneurs about their successes and mistakes).

Low beds

This sunny home is a reminder that neutrals aren’t boring and low beds make your ceiling look light years away. The color palette of white, beige and gray feels fresh when paired with cool shapes, like the twisty lamp, and it makes the room look HUGE. Noted.

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(Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi photo by Sandy Honig. Bedroom photo by Nicole Franzen/Clever.)

  1. Rita says...

    Oh man, I wish I hadn’t read about the Dr.Death thing :( my father died at the end of one of the best cirurgions of the country but who also has some strange/random deaths at his hands. :(

  2. Kelly says...

    Ok, this is definitely off topic, but I feel like this is a safe space and I need this community to help me because I am 33 and still don’t know: What are we doing about shaving/waxing/etc. for bikini line?
    Several friends recently confided in me that they get brazilian waxes regularly, and I was shocked! First, what a commitment, both financially and time wise, to see someone every month! Second, is this really still a thing? I though that was a 90s sex and the city thing and that now women were embracing pubic hair?
    I guess what I really want to know is: is it at all possible to shave and not have terrible looking razor burn, or do I need to start paying someone to wax me? Is there some secret that I’m unaware of? What is happening!?!
    Also, I definitely should have asked this question at the start of the summer.

    • Bec Barnett says...

      30 y.o here and I’m always in the same dilemma. I live by a beach and we have about 4 weeks of winter every year. So many girls seem (by the size of their bikini coverage) to go completely Brazilian but I just can’t get on board, I buy bikini cuts that let me get away with a basic bikini wax. I’m hairy and since becoming a Mum it seems to escape (sorry tmi) so justifying the expense (and time) of regular professional bikini waxes is a no-go. So I do it myself, it’s not that bad, just check wax temp and stick to the bikini line. For inspiration I have the poster “hash girl” by Sture Johannessen above my bed. Ultimately do what you’re comfortable with and own it :)

    • Brianna says...

      Controversial opinion as a fellow early 30 year old but: I don’t shave or wax. At all. Occasionally I’ll trim a bit but it’s like a 70s Playboy down there and I have never had a single complaint. In a not so surprising moment, most of my partners have loved it. I buy bathing suits that mostly cover my bikini line (fortunate with not growing hair far down my leg) but if I’m in a bind and have a bathing suit that requires it, I’ll shave. If you do shave it make sure your razor is clean and new. Most razor burn occurs because the blade is dull or weakening (blades should be switched out every 3-10 shaves depending on your hair type).

      I’m all for everyone doing whatever it is that makes them feel good regarding their own hair, but don’t feel the pressure because other people wax and you *think* you should.

    • Kelly P says...

      I got laser hair removal several years ago and never looked back. There are still a few random stray hairs that I just shave. I got it all removed, but if I could rewind time I’m not sure I’d go completely hair free. It’s sometimes a bit… bald feeling?

    • Elena says...

      Hi Kelly, I am team razor. Have been for over 15 years. No hair at all! I live in tropics and in a bikini most days. Naturally my body hair coverage is not too dissimilar to my chocolate labrador.

      I shave every other day, takes me 30sec in a shower. I use man razor, Gillette Fusion. Change the blade every 6 weeks. I shave with a soap. Any soap that does not sting my privates. Soap and soap lather does much better job that shower gels or anything else for that matter, I find most shower gels too drying and as a result it is to easy to cut yourself. I would not waste money on speciality shaving products. Because I shave so often, I very rarely get ingrown hair. I think it is because every time I shave I kinda lift off any hair that could be problematic. So if you choose not to shave often, just remember to exfoliate the area every now and again. When I get spots, I use tea tree products to calm inflammation, I like Body Shop Tea Tree Night lotion. I use it for all spots – face and body.

    • Rachel says...

      I’m with Brianna. Early 30s and I only trim. I have a cute pair of water shorts I throw on over my suit if I’m feeling self conscious, but in general I embrace the hair. Spending extra time and money on hair removal just feels silly to me, and my husband doesn’t care either!

  3. Emily says...

    In terms of natural deodorant, I have the Native deodorant in Lavender scent and it smells AMAZING, like being in a lavender farm. It works pretty well on a normal day, but I’ve found when I get sweaty, it doesn’t hold up. I still use dove because living in NYC, getting sweaty happens quickly and unexpectedly on warm subway cars, long stairways.. etc. but I recommend it to anyone looking, especially if you live in a cool climate and don’t get sweaty.

  4. Jenny says...

    Listening to Serial and it took 3 episodes before I realized ziprecruiter wasn’t zipper critter. Cracked myself up. ;)

  5. Sasha L says...

    Because I’m health conscious and don’t use any scary stuff EXCEPT for aluminum antiperspirant, I tried for decades (seriously! Decades.) to find an alternative. I tried every single one I came across. They all either didn’t work, and I still stunk, or gave me such a horrible rash I was miserable. Two summers ago, at the urging of two similarly minded friends, I went the whole season using nothing, on the theory that you stop to stink after awhile and if you just wash your pits a couple times a day you can use nothing. Nope. After four months I stunk as bad as ever (and I’m vegan, for Pete’s sake, which people will tell you makes you smell less). I hated every single day of wet pits and wet stained shirts. I am officially a Sure solid unscented user for LIFE (I use only day after showers, couple times a week, and zero stink). And if it kills me, so be it. I think quality of life over quantity in this case. I honestly don’t know what makes nothing work for me, but I have finally just accepted it.

  6. Molly K says...

    There are actually some less-than-five star reviews of the Megababe deodorant if you flip through the rest of them. I saw some four star reviews and even a three (I admit it has great apparent ratings here. Not trying to pop anyone’s bubble, but I wanted to point it out because “148 five star reviews” isn’t accurate.) I wonder if their star system doesn’t have a partial-star image to show the average of all of them and just rounds up?
    It’s worth a try though, and I hope it’s the one for those of you who go for it!

  7. Samantha says...

    I thought I was the only one who found natural deodorants to be super irritating (I mean it’s natural! What’s wrong with my pits?). But $18 seems too much for deodorant.

  8. Lauren says...

    I kinda think natural deodorant is a pricey scam.

    Mennen Speed Stick deodorant scores pretty well on EWG.
    http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/brand/Speed_Stick/#.W7Tut_lKiUk
    (worst scores are for dye and fragrance)

    No antiperspirant, no aluminum. Comes in two fresh, gender neutral scents. I’ve been using it for 20 years. And it’s $4.

    • Marissa says...

      Natural deodorant smells lovely and is certainly selling, but there don’t seem to be any studies conclusively suggesting that antiperspirant deodorant is bad for your health.

      Toxins aren’t sweated out (liver and kidneys do that for you) and the research linking aluminum salts to Alzheimer’s is flawed (2 Studies from 60s and 70s). Regarding the link to breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, “it isn’t clear that much aluminum is absorbed through the skin.” That said, sweating serves its purpose! I suppose it all boils down to personal preference- your level of comfort with smell and sweat.

      Interestingly, I’ve read (and haven’t tried) that The Odinary’s glycolic acid toner doubles well as a deodorant! Schmidt’s left stains on my white shirts but they did come out in two washes. A big thank you for the commenter above who suggested the $4 Mennen deodorant-going to give that a whirl once I use up my Dove deodorant.

    • margie says...

      OMG, I am going to buy some of this tonight. I am allergic to aluminum, but natural deodorant does.not.work. I use alcohol wipes and lavender oil, and that doesn’t cut it either. I had NO IDEA Mennen was aluminum free. I wish you could see the shock/excitement on my face, all over old people deodorant. THANK YOU FOR POSTING YOUR COMMENT!!!

    • Danielle says...

      Just wanted to add that lots of deodorant geared toward men does’t have aluminum even if it’s not “natural” . There are lots of options in the Old Spice line and many of them have really nice earthy scents.

    • Jess says...

      I totally thought Speed Stick had aluminium? I just got the package out of the bathroom (I’ve also been using it for years) and it says Aluminium Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLI on the label…I’m in Australia so maybe it’s the Australian version though!

  9. Jessica says...

    Ahhhhhh, that Babaa sweater is amazing! I always want the impractical, expensive ones. And it’s 5 weeks of shipping and a bad Euro exchange rate away…
    Sigh.

  10. Just passed the Podcast recommendations to my Husband – he’s been FLYING through them lately!!

    Rebecca

  11. Foree says...

    I have tried Agent Nateur, Tom’s Native Deodorant, Schmidt’s , Kopari , Crystal deodorant and Herban Cowboy. Herban cowboy is the only one that doesn’t burn my armpits to holy hell. I want to try Meganabe but I have been burned before and also how much can you justify spending on this stuff it’s so pricy!

  12. Amy says...

    Highly recommend No Pong natural deodorant (despite the gross name). It comes in a cute little tin (plastic free AND reusable, I put my solid conditioner in the old tin for travelling!), smells subtle but lovely, and comes in a bicarb-free version that uses clay instead. It also lasts forever, I’ve been using it a year and am only partway through my second little tin.

    Also, I have a low bed and I LOVE it. I was dubious at first but it makes my smallish bedroom feel so much bigger than my housemate’s identical one!

  13. Julia says...

    My favorite podcast right now is Forever 35. It’s wonderful and their FB groups maje FB relevant to me again.

    https://forever35podcast.com

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      yes, julia, agreed!!!!

  14. Jenny says...

    I devoured the Podcast: Alone: A Love Story. Having just gone through a breakup it was just what I needed to help me realize my experience was normal, and that breakups are just hard. It was captivating story telling and she has such a delightful voice. Once I started listening I couldn’t stop. Can anyone recommend something similar?

  15. shannon says...

    Schmidt’s deodorant gave me sweat stains on light shirts and oil marks on dark shirts! I tried three different scents and had this issue with all of
    them. I loved how it smelled and made me smell but there were too many laundry issues.

    Recently I switched to Love, Beauty, and Planet which so far is just as effective as Schmidt’s but no stains! I have the lavender scent which is yummy, although I want to try the rose because I have the rose body wash and really enjoy it. Both deodorant and body wash are around $7 at Target, Rite Aid, etc.

  16. cynthia says...

    Dr. Death blew my freaking mind!!!! I am a third year medical student so right now everything I do is super documented, overseen on multiple levels, etc etc. Cannot fathom how this guy and his sloppy surgery skills managed to slip through the cracks.

  17. Francis says...

    I’ve been listening to The Teacher’s Pet podcast. A fascinating & totally shocking true crime from Australia.

  18. Claire says...

    I love sweaters. Those Babaa sweaters look just perfect. Maybe one of these days I’ll spring for one
    Podcasts lately: Last Seen (love it), Serial, and Oprah’s Master Class series.
    I’ve also been riveted by this true-crime story about a 1985 murder investigation in a small Texas town. Not a podcast, but it’s excellent investigative journalism from Pamela Colloff : https://features.propublica.org/blood-spatter/mickey-bryan-murder-blood-spatter-forensic-evidence/
    Quite a lively deodorant discussion here today.
    I have no opinion on the neutral palette, other than to say that I miss curtains on windows.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “Quite a lively deodorant discussion here today.” = haha agreed! love hearing everyone’s thoughts.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      yes to everything, claire!!!!

  19. Brianna says...

    I have tried nearly every natural deodorant on the market and everything has been a little lackluster. Around two months ago I started using a crystal, yes you read that right. It’s this one in particular, I found it at my local Whole Foods for $5: https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Mineral-Deodorant-Stick-Unscented/dp/B000L978FU/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_194_bs_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=Z9RFQ8JMDRBFTZ2JR8S0

    This totally works. I wet the crystal and rub it on each arm pit for about 10-15 seconds each. Then I dab a little of my favorite essential oil combo and head out the door. I definitely still sweat, since it’s not an antiperspirant, but I don’t smell and I don’t leave a stain on my white t-shirts. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a more natural solution.

    • Bailey says...

      YES YES YES. I’m a stinky, sweaty person, but when Cupofjo did a beauty post with Joanna’s husband and he mentioned Thai Crystal Deodorant sticks (manufactured by Deodorant Stones of America, LLC), I decided to give it a try. It’s amazing. I still sweat, but there is zero stink. And if this is even possible, I’m pretty sure that the crystal stick is actually removing/reducing some of the pit stains from my previously stained shirts.

  20. I have to give a shout out to MomRage podcast. It makes me feel so much less alone in my myriad of feelings about motherhood (and my occasional rage). Love Amelia and Eden!

  21. Megan G says...

    Yesssss, I’m all about sweater weather!! Fall is the best. As for deodorant, I recently tried type:A deodorant and love it! Schmidt’s worked well for me but eventually caused super painful irritation. I have Lume next on my list if type:A ever goes south, but truly it is excellent and I’d highly recommend. Will have to add this rec to my list, too! Thanks!

  22. Dianne says...

    Can anyone comment on whether the Megababe deodorant stains clothing? In my trials of natural deodorants, I found that any with coconut oil (as listed in the Rosy Pits ingredient list) left stains on my shirts that were difficult or impossible to remove. I’ve been using Lavanila Sport Luxe for six months and find it both effective and pleasant–it’s the only option without baking soda and coconut oil that I have found to be effective so far. I’ve also found that I seem to sweat less now that I have fully switched over from antiperspirants, and I say this as someone who lives just outside of the swamp that is Washington DC.

  23. Jamie says...

    Hi there! I too have just started listening to Dr. Death and the new season or Serial! I love love love podcasts, they make my commute so much more interesting, I rarely even want to listen to music any more!

    Wondering – do you have any recommendations for smart/funny/informative podcasts about parenting?

    • Juliette says...

      The longest shortest time is about early parenthood but also has some more general stuff, I love it!

    • stacey widger says...

      Slate’s “mom and dad are fighting”

    • Laura says...

      I like Slate’s Mom & Dad are Fighting

    • Colleen says...

      Slate Parenting Podcast– Mom and Dad are Fighting

  24. Alyssa says...

    Mega Babe makes Bust Dust which is WONDERFUL. As someone who has been richly blessed in the bust department, I find that wearing a bra in the summer is pretty much the worst thing ever. This has allowed me to have much less sweat irritating my underboob area. Plus it smells so nice!

  25. JP says...

    To those people that have commented on Rosy Pits – Antiperspirant and deodorant are 2 different things. An antiperspirant is the bad stuff – it literally blocks your sweat glands with aluminum and other chemicals. A deodorant makes your sweat not smell as bad. It’s natural to sweat – it’s really good for you!! Why we pretend that no one does is crazy. Why we spend hundreds of dollars on cleanses and detoxing supplements/powders/diets when sweating is detoxing is also crazy. Rosy Pits is the best natural everyday deodorant you can buy that I’ve found – and I’ve tried a ton over the last 20 years. But it’s deodorant and it isn’t going to stop you from sweating during your Soul Cycle class. Not sure why people are still so confused about the function of deodorant!

    • Amanda says...

      Hannah, thanks for sharing this! So fascinating and mind-boggling!!

    • Jessica says...

      That’s hilarious! Also, it already looks so dated (maybe with the exception of the bathroom and patio) – all of the influential interiors people seems to have moved on from white walls, pink accents and brass/glass. Now it’s all moody blue/grey, faux plaster, tile work and marigold (“millenial yellow”) pops.

  26. A Martin says...

    If you struggle with overeating, lack motivation to exercise, have extra weight you prefer to get rid of indefinitely, check out the insightful and hilarious podcast, “Losing 100 pounds with Phit-N-Phat.” Corinne Crabtree lost 100 pounds over 13 years ago and has amazing, insightful, hilarious tips on how to lose mental and physical weight. I have been struggling with losing the extra 30 pounds I gained after giving birth to my son…4 years ago. She emphasizes that micro-changes yield major changes. I started out just focusing on drinking more water. Once I felt good about that, I focused on creating and focusing on a bedtime routine- go to bed between 11 or 11:30 pm and wake up between 7 or 7:30 am. She also focuses on “non-scale victories “ which has been mindblowing. Just by focusing on my water intake and sleep, I have been able to comfortably wear jeans that used to feel really tight. Most importantly, I am losing mental weight which has helped me in other facets of life ❤️

    • Sasha L says...

      A Martin, that sounds like a cool podcast, will check it out, thank you. I was struggling with motivation a few months ago. I have some chronic pain issues that make it really hard for me to maintain fitness, and also just function sometimes. I have anxiety too. I realized I was feeling anxious about lack of exercise, pain, and anxiety itself. Whew. I started doing five push ups (the full body ones) every time I felt anxious, and could reasonably drop and do five (most of the time actually). Before long they got easier and I started adding core stuff, just a few to begin with. I’m now up to 100 pushups a day. My pain is still there (of course!), but I feel a lot more capable and less anxious about what it’s doing to me. I just have small goals and work in several sessions a day so I don’t overdue it. I think this technique of starting really small, and just work on creating habit, then once habit is there, improvement, might work for a lot of issues. Best of luck with your goals!!

    • A Martin says...

      Sasha, I LOVE your idea!! I’m going to start doing this! Yes! Corinne focuses on starting where you are now and pinpointing and letting go of the mental drama that creeps in. Small changes yield strong results. She doesn’t count calories, weigh food, none of that. Her focus is to listen to your body’s cue and only eat when you are hungry. Focus on listening to the body start to cue hunger and eat mindfully to really see how much food it needs. I’ve learned that my extra weight is linked to my overeating and I overeat due to boredom, comfort, and the internal dialogue I have with myself. It has really been an enlightening and life changing process! Sending good vibes your way!

  27. In terms of podcasts, I’ve really been enjoying the second season of Slow Burn, which is covering the Monica Lewinsky Scandal. As someone who came of age awhile after the Bill Clinton presidency, it has been fascinating hear a more in-depth account about this—as well as get a more detailed understanding about the scandal, how feminism has changed over the course of the last 30 years, and politics in general.

  28. Amber says...

    I first purchased mega babe a few months ago on my quest to get on a natural beauty plan. ‘All my aluminum nightmares are going to disappear!’ I thought during the first week, feeling so organic with my hair blowing in the breeze, smelling DELIGHTFUL might I add, but then… oh, the sweat stains. It is definitely an effective deodorant but I never realized how hard my Secret was pulling it’s weight in the wetness protection department. I became very self conscious about raising my arms which is not the goal here people. My solution? I now layer deodorants like some people layer hair products. Rosy Pits goes on first (in my mind it’s a pseudo aluminum barrier) and then regular deodorant after as the backup heavy hitter. Result: I have sensitive skin and the red bumps I used to get on my underarms from my regular Secret use went away. Maybe Rosy Pits is my placebo, a kale salad before ice cream if you will, but it works. Best of all? The hours I poured into researching ‘best natural deodorant’ have really freed me up to binge watch Ozark on Netflix and write this lengthy review proving once again that CoJ is the best and most informative way to procrastinate at work.

    • shannon says...

      “a kale salad before ice cream” 😂😂😂😂

    • Carol F. says...

      You are funny, Amber! LOL Tell me where you write and I will read it in addition to CoJ.

  29. Hi Stella!
    Those sweaters are so beautiful! Without a doubt, they are my favourite garment. TBH, if it weren’t for the fact that in Spain it’s VERY hot in summer, I’d also wear them all year round.
    I agree, pullovers combine very well with the jeans–and they are SO comfy and warm!

  30. Luella says...

    I just bought the Native deodorant (cucumber & mint) and I’m loving it – no yucky, stinky, BO and very little sweat at the end of the day. I’ll have to check out mega babe to compare.

  31. Kate says...

    I feel like using natural deodorant has become a new status signal. I have seen so much online content dedicated to the “best” natural deodorant. I appreciate that this post didn’t include fear inducing language surrounding deodorant.

  32. leslie says...

    I love “the bittersweet life podcast” about two childhood friends, one who lives in Rome and the other who spent one year there and how they each experience(d) being a long term vs short term expat. They interview people from all over the world and let us arm chair travelers experience what living somewhere else is like.

  33. Dianna says...

    I have all the Mega Babe products and have been a fan since it first launched. The Rosy Pits is amazing and keeps me fresh thru a stressful day at the office, a yoga workout right into dinner with friends without me worrying if I “smell”. In fact I smell like roses!!!

  34. TheRachelSyn says...

    I’m just so excited that Heavyweight returns this week! And if you haven’t listened to the Jonathan Goldstein-hosted mini-series Casting Call, it’s WORTH IT! (also loving Last Seen!)

  35. Kerry says...

    LAST SEEN is a great podcast!

    • Claire says...

      yes, I agree! I am really enjoying it.
      Now I want it to also be a tv miniseries.

    • Barbara says...

      Agreed. It’s awesome.

      And it’s really cool to listen to it on my commute through Boston. For those of you who have never been to the museum, it’s really beautiful. I grew up in MA, but I was actually in college in NYC when it happened.

  36. Andrea says...

    I heard about Dr. Death on the Bitch Sesh podcast – would usually be right up my alley but I was having a spinal fusion the next week so…no. Ha.

    Highly recommend Bitch Sesh if you like Real Housewives. The hosts did the hulu spoofs Real Housewives of Orlando and Las Vegas, which were also great.

  37. Sarah says...

    I snagged Rosy Pits when it came back into stock a couple of weeks ago, and so far, so good! Not sure exactly what it is about this one that works better than others, but it seems to be doing its job so far :) Plus, I love that it’s baking soda free since that irritates me!

  38. Katherine says...

    Ok, going to try the mega babe deodorant! I’ve been using aluminum based deodorants, even as everything else in my life is natural and organic. Now that I’m breastfeeding my two-month old daughter, it’s finally time to make the change! Thanks for the recommendation :-)

  39. Miranda says...

    I’m so tired of the all the neutral home interiors. Can you tell me when color is coming back / use your trend-setting powers to make color come back? : )

  40. L says...

    Megababe’s antichaffe stick is the best. Life changing! Definitely gonna try this deodorant out too.

    • Margaux says...

      Came to the comment section to second this so hard. Thigh Rescue is the one of the most important products to ever be created and not enough people know about it. PLEASE do a post on it CoJ! I have scarring on my inner thighs from how badly I used to chafe in the past, even at times when I was only a size 6-8! It was the most embarrassing and uncomfortable thing that I felt only happened to me, and I tried so many things to stop it, but mainly I just only wore dresses with tights, even in the hottest months :( I now feel comfortable always, and I even use it other places like my inner upper arms if my shirt material is scratchy or anything :) Megababe is doing god’s work, and their founder Katie Sturino is a LEGEND – one of my favourite Insta follows @the12ishstyle She has an incredible photo series called #SuperSizeTheLook where she recreates pap images of celebs and shows how different bodies can pull off the looks and look cool as hell :)

  41. Danielle says...

    So curious about the Mega Babe. I just bought Lume deodorant and it has been amazing. It makes it through very sweaty bike commutes with no smell at all. It lasts 48 hours!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahahaha, I feel this! After my last trial, I switched to men’s deodorant, but I have my fingers crossed for this one

    • Agnes says...

      Hahaha!! Love this!! All I want to know is, is there a natural antiperspirant?? If so, I will try it. I am not interested in smelling OK but still being sopping wet under my arms.. until then, aluminum must be part of my life.

    • Kathy says...

      Yes, a natural antiperspirant would be amazing! I also tried 1000 deodorants and finally found one that works: the primarily pure charcoal one. I sweat A LOT and this leaves me stink free. If only it would leave me dry, too!!

    • Milou says...

      I feel you! I also tried a bunch of different ones and finally found Schmidt’s Geranium Leaf (no baking soda) which has worked really well.

      But, while it was a bit of a journey, I do find that I generally don’t stink anymore even without using anything (I used to get pretty stinky!) and I also sweat less, even when working out. Has this happened to anyone else?

    • t says...

      I completely agree! Every time I spend time with my friends who use natural deodorant I an focused on how much they smell! I don’t like smelling BO nor do I like having BO. Gross.

  42. alana says...

    My husband and I just listened to Escaping NXIVM during a long car trip. I didn’t want it to end!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Ahhhh, adding to my list right now! Thank you, Alana!

  43. Abbie says...

    the thigh rescue is amazing!!!

  44. Megan says...

    A lot of natural deodorants irritate my armpits too. It’s the baking soda I’ve discovered, so I avoid formulas that have a lot of baking soda. The one I’ve found that works best so far is by Kopari.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Great tip, Megan! Thank you!

    • So glad to hear this – JUST ordered Kopari! I have an allergy to fake fragrance and other things commonly found in deodorant and have spent the last few years on the search for something I can use. Honest Company had a great spray deodorant that I loved – and that they discontinued :(
      “Searching for deodorant” would probably be my band name.

  45. Oh my god, The Teacher’s Pet (a true crime podcast produced by The Australian) had me riveted on a long drive up the coast this past weekend! Highly recommend listening.

    • Jessica says...

      Paige, I came to the comments just to see if someone mentioned The Teacher’s Pet so you have excellent taste! A great option for any true crime people out there. It’s the only podcast I’ve listened to for over a week!

    • Francis says...

      Paige, I’m with you. So riveting!

  46. erin says...

    I JUST ordered the mega babe deodorant yesterday! Fingers crossed it works.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      please tell us how it us! so curious.