Transitioning from Cosmetic to Natural Deodorant

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  1. Since I started my true journey toward better health from the inside out AND the outside in, I’ve been going through all of my beauty products and eliminating toxic ingredients; things that are bad for me and the environment. I looked at the label on my cosmetic deodorant at home and was shocked. It was jam-packed full of harmful ingredients.

Perspiration (a natural and healthy body function) has almost no odor, but the bacteria that breaks sweat down into acids does—which is why most days, most of us reach for the deodorant.  Sweating is your body’s natural way of ridding toxins.  For years now I’d been hearing about possible links between the chemicals used in antiperspirants and deodorants and diseases such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, most deodorants on the market are made with toxic ingredients that are hazardous to our health.

 

What sort of toxic chemicals lurks in your antiperspirants and deodorants? Plenty. The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) reports that the following common ingredients in these products may cause cancer:

  • Triclosan can affect hormones and could be linked to breast cancer:
  • Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, which interfere with the body’s hormone function and also are linked to breast cancer, although the studies have only fueled controversy, and
  • Parabens have been found in breast cancer biopsies and are known to be absorbed into the skin. They also disrupt hormones and mimic natural estrogens, a cause of breast cancer.But these are not the only controversial compounds found in deodorants and antiperspirants. They can also include:

    Most of these chemicals have not been adequately studied for either toxicity or their possible links to breast cancer, but adding up the possible toxins is overwhelming. It may be time for an armpit cleanse!

Read BCF’s articles, “Chemicals in Cosmetics” and “Endocrine Disrupting Compounds,” to learn more.

Breast cancer has long been a problem for American women, but recently it’s gotten even worse. The American Cancer Society report, “Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014 (PDF),” states that in 2013, over 39,000 women in the U.S. “were expected to die from breast cancer. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.” Could an armpit cleanse reduce your chances of breast cancer?

 

What Can you Do To Remove Toxic Underarm Deodorants and Antiperspirants From Your Body?

First of all, it’s important to know that these are two different types of products. Deodorants remove the odor of sweat, but antiperspirants reduce sweating in the first place. Sweat is a healthy physical response to exertion that prevents you from overheating. It also may release toxins and may even fight off colds and infections. Eliminating sweat will cause you more harm than good and may even contribute to causing breast cancer. So whatever you decide to do, I recommend replacing that antiperspirant right away.

Now that I have all of this information, what should I do to help prevent Breast Cancer?

Based on the possible causes of Breast Cancer Studies,  I created my own homemade DIY deodorant recipe. It had to be effective, yet gentle, and (of course) non-toxic.  But first, the transition.

How to Transition from Cosmetic Deodorant to Natural Deodorant

Armpit Cleanse: One Way to Make Strides Against of Breast Cancer

What is an armpit cleanse? It’s more than just changing your deodorant. It’s also a way to detox your body and help reduce your risk of breast cancer. I was introduced to the armpit cleanse two Summers by my dear friend and fellow natural skin care company CEO Rita Pardo of Naturally Me and You.  I also came across a product called Herbalix, which sells a system that contains a nighttime detox deodorant and a daytime deodorant as well. They claim to have reduced a patient’s cysts. In “Lumpy Breasts? Cure Breasts Cysts,” Neverman shares thermal imaging provided by Herbalix showing a reduction in cysts after detoxing with their product. Of course, this only helps breast cancers caused by cysts, which are a small percentage, but it’s a powerful testimony to the power of an armpit detox.  If you are going to try one, keep in mind that like other detoxes, you may have reactions.

How to Do an Armpit Cleanse

There are a few simple steps you need to take to detox and safely switch to a natural deodorant. The following four steps make up Madinina Kiss’ recommended cleanse:

Daytime Regimen

1. After you stop using your current deodorant, use a Dead Sea Salt Scrub while showering to remove dead skin and toxins from under your armpit;

2. Apply a small amount of Arm & Hammer baking soda to armpits when wet, then apply Madinina Kiss Natural Deodorant Cream. If you are sensitive to baking soda, as I am, you can mix Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar and water to create a yogurt type of consistency. This is what I recommend for people who have sensitive skin; I recommend doing this at night because the bentonite clay does stain your clothing.

3. When you smell an odor coming from your armpits, wash them and then apply aluminum free baking soda. After that, apply the natural deodorant again. Or if you are sensitive to baking soda,  use the bentonite clay mixture.  If you are out and about, and you feel sweaty, apply the natural deodorant again.

4. Repeat this process for up to two weeks or until you natural deodorant works for up to 6 hours.

Nighttime Regimen

Follow Steps 1 and 2, except instead of applying the deodorant, apply our organic raw Shea Butter and allow the detoxification process to work while you sleep.  This is another one of those amazing things that nature gives us. Raw and unrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin. Sounds like a good thing to put in such a vulnerable place, like your armpits, huh!?

Note that the first day you start, you may be repeating these steps 5 to 10 times, but each day, that number will go down. My own cleanse ended after the 7th day, and the average person takes 4-7 days to complete this cleanse.

You can replace deodorants and antiperspirants with Madinina Kiss Natural Deodorant Cream brand. It will keep you odor free. We also suggest during this journey, to carry an extra jar cream in your bag.

Madinina Kiss Natural Deodorant Cream and the ingredients we use.

Yeah, and there are already about a million other homemade deodorant recipes out there. And then there is Madinina Kiss.

I am proud of this deodorant because it contains a few ingredients you may not have considered would be helpful in keeping you “fresh”  or see in deodorants. But I’m ready to share it with you. It is effective, said by not only me and Oh, and it’s easy, to boot. Yay!

Coconut oil is a wonderful product to use as a base for deodorant because it kills fungi, yeast, and bacteria.

Baking soda helps to neutralize odor,

Arrowroot powder.  This is a go-to for deodorant recipes, for good reason. Actually, I always have some on hand for both food and skincare recipes. Arrowroot not only helps to serve as a thickener in this deodorant, but it also has the power to help draw out toxins. Sweet! Since when we sweat we are eliminating toxins, why not help draw them out!?

It’s that simple. And of course, we add essential oils, so that you can smell fragrant.

If you are searching for a place to purchase a good deodorant, we recommend going to Madinina Kiss where you can purchase other natural skin care products, including body butter, body oils, and body scrubs. Clicking here will give you 10% off your first purchase.

Is an armpit cleanse for you? I think it’s worth a try as part of a cleaner, non-toxic lifestyle.

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, let us remember those who fought and won, fought and gained the victory of death, for they suffer no more.

This year, I am again Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and I would love for you to support.  You can help me by CLICKING HERE to make a donation.  Join the fight against Breast Cancer!

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The Storm Resistant Tree: Coconut

Martinique, a little French Island that sits between Dominica and St. Lucia.  The town of Trois-Ilets is where it all started for me.  A little girl from Brooklyn, NY who came to this Island of Martinique, known as Madinina, to begin on the unsuspecting journey to the evolution of Madinina Kiss, the brand.  L’Anse Mitan is where my family’s beach home is located, and where I spent every vacation time I had from school.

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The Beach where I spent my vacations, L’Anse Mitan

While I know all too well what is like to survive a Hurricane,  still the images and videos are still shocking and heartbreaking.  Even so, this video also depicts the Power of God, the God who created the Heavens and the Earth.

It is in the place that I learned about the importance of natural beauty.  On the beach house property, we have coconut trees, almond tree, papaya tree and a mango tree.  It is during my time at the beach that I learned about the goodness of the coconut tree, from its roots to its leaves.  It is in the place that my Grand-mother had me look at the coconut tree, in all its grandeur and show me how amazing it is.  I remember the year when we were told that a hurricane was coming.  The coconut tree that stood in our front yard was damaged..sort of.  There was a deep cut, right in the middle of the tree, as if someone had once attempted to unsuccessfully to cut it down.  So as we are preparing for the arrival of the hurricane, my grandmother and I looked at the tree and hoped that it would not break; because if it did, it would have caused damage to the house.

As the storm landed, I watched the tree as it swayed from left to right.  I prayed that the tree wouldn’t break.  It didn’t. It swayed, and stood up, it swayed and stood up.  The coconut tree to me became a symbol of what my life was going to be: Storm Resistant.  Madinina Kiss has weathered some storms.  But like the coconut tree, the tree that produces our favorite base oil, we are still standing.

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Join Madinina Kiss in supporting the 2017 Hurricane Relief Fund.  Purchase any of our 4oz. Coconut Body Oil and receive 10% off your purchase by entering code MARTINIQUE.  All proceeds will go to the families on the Island of Martinique (Madinina, L’Iles des Fleurs)

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Merci et Bisou

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Fall Skin Care: Why We Need To Exfoliate?

As trees start to shed their leaves, women also feel the need to shed their dry, sun-worn, and damaged summer skin. So, what better way to step into fall season than with an exhaustive Fall skin exfoliation regime?

Well, if you ask me, Founder of Madinina Kiss,  I prefer  Paradise Mango brown sugar to exfoliate and cocoa butter for moisturizing and removing the summer’s marks on my skin and making me look my best in Autumn months.

But, before we go any further into the benefits of cocoa butter and brown sugar Fall regimen for exfoliating & moisturizing, let’s see why we need to exfoliate to usher in the season change.

Why we need to slough off summer dryness?

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As weather changes with every new season, our skin also starts changing. With the onset of Fall, the air loses its moisture and warmth, therefore becomes cooler and drier. When this happens,  all skin types usually start drying, and the moisture levels within your skin are also reduced. As the season and weather changes, so should changes in your fall skin care routine to prevent permanently damaged skin.

So, you really need to get rid of all summer dryness with the onset of fall weather.

Madinina Kiss, a New York based natural skin care product company, brings you the benefits of organic Fall skin care regimen (brown sugar scrubs and cocoa butter) for exfoliating and moisturizing fall skin in this article:

So, keep reading for happy and smiling skin for Fall:

Paradise Mango Brown Sugar for exfoliation

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A natural humectant, brown sugar is known for drawing moisture out of the environment and depositing it to your skin. Our Paradise Mango Brown Sugar Scrub is perfect and will help you retain moisture in your skin during Fall season.

Brown Sugar contains a natural glycolic acid—an essential component of alpha hydroxyl acid family, becoming a natural exfoliator for breaking down & removing dead skin cells.

Body Butter for moisturizing

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As your skin becomes dry during Fall season, it needs instant moisture, cocoa butter gives you just that. A rich & creamy natural moisturizing agent, cocoa butter is a stable fat but melts into the skin when applied and also creates a nice barrier for protection against cooler and drier Fall weather.

our Cocoa Butter Body Butter smells divinely like chocolate, making it one of Madinina Kiss’ top selling natural skincare product.

Madinina Kiss: Revealing the natural beauty within.

Our Face is the first thing people see.  This is why it so important to give your face special care since it is more delicate than the rest of your body.  Madinina Kiss has created an exclusive facial regimen to keep you glowing naturally.  Lemon, Brown sugar and Coconut Oil are the three gems from my skincare treasure box. These all natural products ensure that you will get a natural and organic facial spa experience during Fall in the comfort of your home.  However, brown sugar can be a little harsh for those with sensitive skin.  Madinina Kiss has the solution.  Passed down from the Matriarch of the family, below is a DIY Fall Facial Regimen

Coco-Lemon Face Wash System™.

To cleanse and clear dark spots or blemishes, AND moisturize your skin, assemble the following:

½ of a Lemon

1-2tsp. of Coconut oil

Hot (Very warm) washcloth

  •    Rub the lemon on your face avoiding the eye area. You may also choose to squeeze the lemon in a small bowl and use a cotton ball to apply.

(My Grand-Mother said the rind of the lemon “scrapes” the dirt off your face, a nice way of saying “exfoliating”…LOL)

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  •     Leave on for a few minutes. You will begin to feel a tingling sensation.

It’s ok. It’s the fruit acid doing its job.  If it is uncomfortable, wet your hands and pat your face or if you squeezed the juice, dilute the juice with a little water.

  •    Prepare your hot towel face cloth (or very warm)
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm water, then apply the coconut oil directly onto wet skin.

  •   Apply the heated facecloth for a minute or two, then gently wipe the excess oil off.

No need to apply additional moisturizer, but if you feel you need it, apply a little more coconut oil to your face.

Do this daily for acne and blemish control. Use also to keep your skin clear and soft.

So, what are you waiting for?  Visit our online store now to purchase your very own Fall Skincare regimen products and say ‘goodbye’ to skin dryness and roughness that comes in with the season change.

Revealing the Beauty Within!!!

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Madinina Kiss is making a “Come through” not a “Come back”

Website logoI wanted to share this post to fellow Mompreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Womenpreneurs who pressed the “pause button” on the vision that God placed in them.  I was so busy worrying about who didn’t support me, who didn’t believe in me, that I was doing a dis-service to those who are waiting for me to bring them the best natural skin care products.  It wasn’t until I was talking to a friend of mine recently that I began to understand that people really love my products.  But because I disconnected myself from the vision, the prophetic Word God spoke over my life, I was letting my customers down.

This post is not to get you to buy products from Madinina Kiss, thought it would be nice, but to encourage fellow business owners to stay the course, keep working at the business, don’t quit, don’t give up.  Press on and in the words of my dear friend, “Be your Biggest Cheerleader.”  Madinina Kiss is coming through a state of idleness to its rightful place in the

 

The Breakthrough Prophetic Word for September 2017

 

2 Chron. 20:20 says BELIEVE THE PROPHETS so shall you PROSPER. The breaker anointing is released through the prophetic word. In this prophetic word for September 2017, a word of governance from on high is spoken into your life.

TRANSCRIPTION: The Father says I am stopping the mouth of the gainsayer and the mocker. Those who saw your vision and despised it as Joseph’s brothers despised his dream will not impede what I am doing in your life. Stay resolute. Stay determined. You are in hot pursuit of a vision and the finish line is just ahead. Be one who runs the race consistently and faithfully. Do not be distracted by those who burned out and gave up. Did I not say it and will I not do it? There will be a performance of the work of My hand in your life. Stay within the parameters of My instructions for there I have commanded the ravens to feed and sustain you.

The Father says I am stopping the mouth of the gainsayer and the mocker. Those who saw your vision and despised it as Joseph’s brothers despised his dream will not impede what I am doing in your life. Stay resolute. Stay determined. You are in hot pursuit of a vision and the finish line is just ahead. Be one who runs the race consistently and faithfully. Do not be distracted by those who burned out and gave up. Did I not say it and will I not do it? There will be a performance of the work of My hand in your life. Stay within the parameters of My instructions for there I have commanded the ravens to feed and sustain you.

Where I have put a window, says the Father I have also put a door. What you have seen and what I have shown you will be that which you shall walk in and possess. I am the ultimate territorial Spirit. The earth is mine and you are mine and I give the transfer of My wealth to whomsoever I will. Render up. Yield says the Father – giving full cooperation to My initiatives and directives. I will cause the commerce of the kingdom to find you and fund you for I am not only a God of vision but a God of pro-vision. I am pro-vision and I do not tease or delude you with false promises. Press in. This is the pressing in season. As you press into the pressure you will break out into the kingdom says the Father.

My love affair with Baobab Oil

I am absolutely in love with coconut oil!!! Madinina Kiss uses coconut oil as the carrier oil for all of its products, especially my body oils.  I have to confess…I have been introduced to baobab oil.  I am going to be an adulterer.  I am not proud of the term. I am admittedly cheating on coconut oil.

So as much as it pains me to say this, yet excited at the same time, Madinina Kiss will be launching its Body Oil Collection with Baobab oil.  After careful research about the healing properties of the oil, some–not all–of our body/massage oils will be made with Baobab oil.

Before I get into baobab oil, let’s just talk about the benefits of body oils in general.  Oil has been deemed the black sheep of the beauty business because of its greasy nature.  However, the right natural oils can keep your skin moisturized, smooth, and glowing — and even fight breakouts.  Depending on the type of oil you use, it absorbs quite wonderfully into your skin.  My first love, of course, is coconut oil.  Here is why:

 

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Coconut Oil:

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Coconut oil is great for people with sensitive skin, eczema, and dry hair.  I recommend coconut oil, as a body moisturizer, but not everyone likes the smell of coconut oil.  So it is best to use it as a carrier oil.  As a solid, coconut oil’s creamy texture makes it the perfect light moisturizer to slather all over. The light tropical scent that lingers after it’s applied is a delight to me. There are so many other benefits to the use of coconut oil, in and out.

Baobab Oil:

See the tree below? Big, strong and Black…

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Regarded as the largest succulent plant in the world, the Baobab tree – [Adansonia digitata] is steeped in a wealth of mystique, legend, and superstition wherever it is found in Africa. Called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers, it provides food, water, shelter and traditional medicine.

The Baobab tree is found in very remote areas of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and other tropical African countries where suitable habitat occurs. It is restricted to hot, dry woodland on stony, well-drained soils in frost-free areas that receive low rainfall. Surrounded by the sounds and smells of the African bush, these iconic trees can live up to 2000 years and the biggest Baobab tree ever recorded has a circumference of over 43 meters.  Now that we got that out of the way…

I am going to have an affair with the oil that this tree produces.  Baobab Oil. Pure goodness from the Mother Land.  I am cheating, with Baobab Oil.  I feel guilty…not really!  Madinina Kiss will be using this oil as a carrier oil for its body oil collection.  I am so excited.  I understand that it has a nutty smell, much like my favorite butter, Shea butter, so it is going to be excited to use it.

Baobab oil is made from the fruit seeds which are extracted and air dried in the hot sun.  Madinina Kiss will use Baobab oil across the collection for its excellent softening, healing and regenerate skincare properties:

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> Rich in powerful antioxidants which protect skin against free radical damage.
> High Vitamin C content (6 times more than an orange) assists with skin elasticity.
> Vitamins A and B firm, tighten and hydrate skin.
> Omegas 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids help maintain the integrity of skin cell membrane.
Are you as excited as I am? I am not leaving my first love the coconut oil. I may just combine the two to make a new exclusive line of our body oils.
Stay Tuned for the Madinina Kiss Body Oil Summer Collection.
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