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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Coconut Water for the Hair?

I started this blog because I have a deep love for coconut.  I mean everything Coconut.  Now that Spring has sprung and Summer is fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about how to keep our bodies hydrated during the hot months.

Nothing says “thirst quencher” like good ‘ole fashion H2O… Nevertheless, a personal favorite alternative is Coconut water.  My favorite brand o coconut water is Vita Coco.  It si the closest thing on the market that has retained the refreshing taste of the coconut water; it’s like truly drinking it right from its natural state.

With that said, I had a conversation today with a fellow dancer (yes, I am a dancer) and she told me that she uses BOTH coconut oil AND coconut water as part of her hair care regimen…SHUT THE RONT DOOR!

See what she has to say:

Fabiola and I at Innervisions: The benefits of coconut water for your hair.

I am also sharing this recipe that I found on the Vita Coco Website for a cool refreshing anytime drink:

COCO MINT LEMON GIMLET

Coconut water good for the body AND Hair?

Join me as I embark on the 90 days Coconut Water Hair Care Challenge.

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Susan L. Taylor on Why we need to Support Black Owned Business

It’s not a race thing, it’s not an ethnic thing, it’s a community thing.  Americans are quick to become defensive when we as African-American declare to “recycle the Black Dollar”. “Support Black Owned Businesses”.  We are not seeking exclusion, we are seeking inclusion in the American Dream.  I stand by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, in his I have a Dream Speech, saying : “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check…It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. (My Lord) Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds… We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. (Sure enough) And so we’ve come to cash this check (Yes), a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom (Yes) and the security of justice. (Yes Lord) [enthusiastic applause]”

I want my check. I am an African-American Female Business Owner of a Natural Hand-Made Bath Body and Hair Products Company.  Mainina Kiss. In the article, Susan L. Taylor revealed how “each of us has everything we need to live free and fully and wonderful.”  

She cautioned, “It doesn’t mean that our lives will not fall apart.” What it does mean is that if calamity strikes, we “can use it as a wake-up call.” 

Taylor later shared how the African-American community is losing ground and that we need “able, stable Black people” to “link arms and stand for something, link arms and aims with a plan.”

Earlier during her remarks, the former Editor-in-Chief of Essence said, “Every dime spent is a political decision made.” 

Taylor suggested when corporations perform actions that disproportionately impact African-Americans, we as a community “need to take account of that and stand up and say to that organization, ‘This cannot happen on our watch.’” At that point as a collective body, Blacks should then apply economic pressure to the entity by refusing to patronize that corporation.

“The only thing understood in capitalism and in capitalist society is money and it’s all tied to Wall Street, it’s all tied to profit,” she said.

Later during her address, Taylor shared how taking a few minutes a day in silence can open the ears to hear the “still small voice” inside. This simple practice allowed her the opportunity, as well as insight, into how to forward her career to astounding heights.

So on today, International Women’s Day, support a Women Owned Business. #BeBoldForChange

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Miko Branch, Entreprenuer of Excellence

In my last blog post, I wrote about the women who made it possible for me to believe that Madinina Kiss is going to be the next beauty empire in this nation, even internationally.  I am so glad that Miko Branch, thought well enough of “us” sisters, to leave a blueprint so that we as African-American women can continue to leave our mark in the beauty industry.  I am grateful for Annie Malone, and Madam C.J.Walker for the footprints left, that women like myself, can follow.

And then there was Miss Jessie’s.  Two sisters, Miko and Titi Branch of Japanese-American and African-American parents, re-igniting the Natural Hair Movement and revolutionizing it.  Unlike our foremothers, Annie and Madam C.J., who were meeting the need for “straight hair” Miss Jessie’s was reclaiming our natural hair.  I remember it so well.  I will admit that I did not understand what was happening at the time.  But I knew, it was something.  It had to be in the air…lol. I no longer desired to have my hair chemically treated.  I don’t remember how I came across the Miss Jessie’s Curly Hair Movement—but I remember traveling to D.C. to get that “curl” pattern.  Miss Jessie’s LLC, is the company behind the premium hair care product line, Miss Jessie’s, that caters to the diverse spectrum of all curly and textured hair types. Miko founded the company with her sister, Titi, and they named it after their beloved and fiercely independent “do-it-for-yourself,” and “tell-it-like-it-is” paternal grandmother – Jessie Mae Branch.

Miko and Titi Branch were from “around the way” as I too live in Queens, NY in the same area of South Ozone Park as they did, and still do.  So it makes me proud, not only as an up and coming pioneer in the natural beauty industry but also as an African American woman who shares community ties.  Sadly, in December 2014, Titi passed away.

 

Miko carries on the legacy Titi Branch and continues to develop innovative, original and effective solutions for textured hair needs. She has received numerous accolades for being an innovator, pioneer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and leader.

Miko also is the author of the national best-selling business memoir “Miss Jessie’s: Creating A Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally” (Harper Collins) and has been recognized by WWD’s Most Influential Women in Business, Ebony Power 100, and the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award. She has been featured on the March 2016 cover of Black Enterprise Magazine as a result of her remarkable business acumen.

Miko on the stages of life women go through (including women entrepreneurs)

• In your thirties, you get to know how who you are.  You start to tap into how you are built. 

• In your 40’s you are going to embrace and love yourself.  What you did in your previous decades affects you now. 40’s is the decade of satisfaction or regrets. It’s a transitional time.  This decade is a time where you get to make some changes and you still have the opportunity to make corrections. 

• In your 50’s, it is what it is–just accept it.

As CEO of Madinina Kiss, a natural, handmade Bath, Body and Hair Company in NYC, I am honored that Miko will an Honoree at the women’s organization I belong to- The National Association of University Women where Miko will be awarded the 2017 Entrepreneurial Excellence Honoree Award. Click on flyer to attend this event

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Miko is my inspiration, as I read for the third time Miss Jessie’s “Creating A Successful Business From Scratch…Naturally”.  With my planner and book in tow, Madinina Kiss is building its empire, brick by brick, stone by stone.  I cannot wait to meet her in person!

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Beautifully Yours,

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On Her Own Ground-Madam C.J. Walker

I will admit that I don’t know all of the African Americans that made an impact in the way we live today.  I don’t know every inventor or entrepreneur.  But I was pretty sure that I knew enough to have a decent, intelligent conversation about certain people. Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas, W.E.B Dubois, Nat Turner, and my favorite Madame C.J. Walker. So when a trivia question was asked about the First African American Female Millionaire, I was the first to answer “Madame C.J. Walker!!!”  Wrong!…what do you mean wrong? As the CEO and Founder of Madinina Kiss, a Bath and Body Products Company, Madame C.J. Walker has been my inspiration…still is.  She is my role model. But she had one too. Her name is Annie Malone.   In my recent blog, entitled The Mother of the Black Beauty Industry, I wrote about Annie Malone who is recorded as the U.S.’s first black female millionaire based on reports of $14 million in assets held in 1920 from her beauty and cosmetic enterprises, headquartered in St. Louis and Chicago.

I am currently re-reading On Her Own Ground which is only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history’s most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon in the beauty industry.

Learning about Annie Malone only confirms what I know: Someone has already started building the bridge on which I will walk.  Madame C.J Walker had Annie Malone and I have Madame C.J Walker and Miko and Titi Branch of Miss Jessie’s Products.  I am currently reading Madam C.J. Walker: Building a Business Empire and Miss Jessie’s “Creating A Successful Business From Scratch…Naturally”  I want to know what they did to make their businesses great.  From slavery to millionaire… From South Jamaica Queens, NY (Where I am from) to Millionaire.  If they can do it, so can I.

Madinina Kiss recently re-launched its Hair Care System, called Madinina.  We currently have the Madinina Conditioning Hair Butter made primarily with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Neem Oil and Kokum Butter, which is a customer favorite.

So in honor of Black History Month, I will be reading about Madam C.J. Walker, the business woman.  I cannot wait to learn from her because Madinina Kiss is going to be the next Bath and Body Products Empire!

 

How are you honoring Black History Month?

Unveil the Beauty Within

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The Mother of the Black Beauty Industry

 

Madam C.J. Walker, Shea Moisture, Carol’s Daughter, Madinina Kiss.  These are are some of the descendants of Poro Beauty Products.  So why has the mother of this trillion dollar industry not given the respect that is rightfully hers?

As the owner of a natural skin care company, I can let the month dedicated to Black History Month go by and not talk about the woman who paved the way for Madinina Kiss and other African-American female owned business like mine to be in existence.

Who is the Mother of the Black Beauty Industry? Annie Turnbo Malone. Perhaps you have never heard of Annie before. If not, you’re in good company. Most everyone reading this page has never heard of Annie.  And if you are in the African American hair care or cosmetics industry, Annie is the “mother” of what you are doing. You are about to meet a remarkable woman…

Before Madam Walker, Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Oprah Winfrey or Cathy Hughes there was Annie Turnbo Malone (aka Annie Minerva Turnbo Pope Malone and Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone), a remarkable woman who made her mark during the early 20th century.

Malone is recorded as one of America’s first black female millionaire based on reports about her beauty and cosmetic enterprises — Poro — headquartered in St. Louis and Chicago.

Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone (August 9, 1869—May 10, 1957) was an African-American businesswoman, educator,  inventor, and philanthropist. Annie was two years younger than Madam C. J. Walker. She had launched her hair care business four years before Sarah Breedlove (later known as Madam C. J. Walker). In the early 1900s, Madam Walker worked as a “Poro Agent” for Annie for about one year.

Annie Malone is the “mother” of the African American
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PORO BEAUTY PRODUCTS — from  Freeman Institute Black History Collection

ANNIE MALONE’S LEGACY: Credit Where Credit is Due

Malone’s business failure tarnished her image. Her former employee, Madame C.J. Walker, often overshadows Malone because Walker’s business remained successful and more widely known. Walker is often credited as the originator of the black beauty and cosmetics business and the direct distribution and sales agent system that Malone developed.

Many historians believe Malone deserves more credit for her devotion to helping African Americans gain financial independence and her generous donations to educational, civic, and social causes.

HER LEGACY STILL LIVES ON: St. Louis honors her memory with the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center whose mission is “is to improve the quality of life for children, families, elderly and the community by providing social services, educational programs, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.”

St. Louis honors her memory with the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center whose mission is “is to improve the quality of life for children, families, elderly and the community by providing social services, educational programs, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.”

Did you Know?

 Annie was one of the first in Missouri to own a Rolls Royce
        * Annie paid over $40,000 in taxes alone…in 1926
* Annie owned a whole city block in Chicago
      * Annie’s philanthropy was legendary
* Annie gave diamond rings for five years of service
    * Annie gave cash awards for savings accounts & home purchases
* Annie trained well over 75,000 women entrepreneurs
 * Annie  trained Madam C.J. Walker to be a “Poro Agent”

Click Here for More Information about Annie Turnbo Malone

Black Love Series Part

For the month of February, Madinina Kiss will be celebrating Black Love instead of Valentines Day in honor of Black History.  I did not realize that God was kindling spirits to promote the spirit of Love in our community.  When I felt the urge to do something different for “Valentines Day” this year, by showing love to other Black Owned Business, reminding my followers about self Love and above all the Love of God, I was completely unaware that a movement had already begun.  Thanks to a movement started by a sister named Ayo Handy-Kendi, I am in right in line with God’s Plan: Black Love 2017

The Best Kind of Love is God’s Love

The month of February for me has always been a month of self-awareness and reflection.  Between Valentines Day and Black History Month, it is a time to look at our lives, and gain strength and find love.  The bible tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall no perish but have everlasting Life (John 3:16).  This is the same Son that sacrificed His life so we may always find grace and mercy with our Father, our Creator.  Imagine that kind love.  

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Self Love.
It took me a long time to love myself.  Tear The Veil, Inc. was created for that reason.  I have been on a mission to discover the “me” God created me to be.  I still struggle, especially when my inner child rears its ugly head, eager to please my mother, yet still feeling judged, paying for a pain I did not cause.  I don’t doubt that my mother loves me, but I can’t shake the feeling that I am being blamed for a very painful part of her life.  When the inner child shows up, I don’t see my adult self.  My mind creates a block, and I can feel myself as a seven-year-old, struggling to embrace my womanhood.  Self Love…I sometimes feel that I have given out so much love, that I have none left for me.  Self Love…Loving yourself so much, that you can not hurt yourself, cause yourself pain, break your own heart. Stay Tuned because we are coming back, bigger and better than before.  There is a voice that needs to be heard, and there are people waiting for a testimony of how “LOVE” conquered all.

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Black Love
In honor of “Black History Month”, we must take the time to remember those who loved us so much, that they too made a sacrifice so that the generations coming after them would not ever suffer the degradation of slavery, civil rights, human right and human equality.  People like Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Madiba aka Nelson Mandela, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and so many others who stood in the gap for my generation and generations to come without truly knowing the outcome, no knowing the people who would benefit from their sacrifice. I think Jay- Z Said it best: Rosa Park Sat so Martin Luther King could Walk, Martin Luther King Walked so Obama could Run, Obama Ran so WE ALL CAN FLY!!! Black Love…

And don’t forget to treat yourself.  No need to wait for that special someone to buy you a gift.  You can get your own gift of love.  Madinina Kiss has the perfect Black Love Day Gift.  Our Lover’s Brew Body Oil is perfect for that special time with that “Special Someone” or that alone time with yourself.  Made with a wonderful blend Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Safflower Oil and Essential Oil, out Lover’s Brew Oil will leave your skin soft and sexy.

Show yourself or someone some “LOVE” on this Black Love Day.  
Just “SPREAD THE LOVE”