Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Skincare

Chafers Anonymous

Summer Saviour!  Cotton rich, breathable undies to prevent chafing.  Brilliant!
Summer Saviour! Cotton rich, breathable undies to prevent chafing. Brilliant!

Chafers unite!  As the summer months approach we of fleshy thighs must find a way to combat the dreaded chafe.  Move on if you’re one of those lucky folk that were born with non-touching thighs, but if you’re one of the many that were not (or perhaps enjoy the odd scone too many) then read on.

In July we planned a sunny holiday in steamy and exotic Singapore and Indonesia.  In a frantic pre-packing panic I went searching for something like bike shorts that I could wear under light coloured dresses and skirts in a climate where chafing is a given.  The only thing I could find was skimpy gym pants in black, or sometimes the odd festive, bright-coloured print.  You know the type I’m talking about, the little short-shorts that women with buns of steel (and never a chafing day in their life) could wear, in public on their way to the gym.  These ‘solutions’ were both unsuitable and not fit for purpose.

In a stroke of genius I remembered Etsy!  Sadly it was too late to order and receive international delivery in time for a holiday only a few days away, but the good part was that I found solutions.  I bought those horrid gym pants, strictly for wearing under black skirts and dresses, they did the job, ‘sort of’… It was a sweaty affair all that black, tight, polyester fabric in tropical heat.  I also bought some too-bulky cotton shorty-shorts made of terry towelling fabric in a makeshift ‘skin’ tone (better described as apricot) and flashes of apricot and bulk (on top of my bulk) could be spotted underneath the wispy light fabrics of lighter dresses and skirts.  Ugh!!  The frustration!  Even skinny friends suffer from chafing so why the hell is it so hard to find solutions?  Especially in a sunny country like Australia?

If you are a chafer please share this information with your chafing friends.  Unfortunately it’s one of those things people don’t talk about but it’s real and this is a community service.  

Yesterday I received delivery of my favourite solution from Intertwined Designs on Etsy (see the main picture).  Betsy is the maker.  She’s ‘Betsy from Etsy’ to me.  She makes these attractive, high quality undergarments and they are perfect for the problem (they even have a gusset), different colours to choose from, excellent size guides for a perfect fit and they are comfy.  I bought the nude/natural colour and it is completely acceptable under light fabrics.  Find a link to her store below.

Intertwined Designs on Etsy

Long UNdies
Other long underwear solutions that caught my eye include:
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You can choose bamboo jersey fabric over spandex which is great if you’d rather choose a cooler (and healthier) fabric.
il_570xN.653169715_qzp4il_570xN.230432411These pantaloons have a really cute vintage appeal.  I like them for not being a clingy fabric.  You know how it is on some days when you just don’t want to feel restricted?!
Unfortunately until retail catches up (especially in places like Australia) we need to buy online to find our obscure little solutions to life’s little problems.  Allow 2 weeks for delivery so plan ahead!!  If you want your undies or pantaloons to be shorter, less bows, etc you can contact the makers and have them even more customised.

I hope you found this info helpful!

♥ Kelly Lynne

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Disclaimer.  I am not paid for my reviews.  My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years.  I use various resources to find my information.  An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet.  You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface.  My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do. 

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GREAT PRODUCT ALERT! Melrose Liquid Soap

Melrose Liquid Soaps

Why we love it?  It’s Australian made, certified organic by ACO, 100% biodegradable, it has no synthetic detergents, is not tested on animals, contains no animal ingredients, and no preservatives.  It’s also glorious to use, it’s gentle on the skin, non-drying.  It’s also non-toxic, safe, and contains no carcinogens, no artificial fragrances or parfum, no hormone disruptors, and can be used for (or in) so other things such as: shampoo (dilute 1:3); body wash, put on a loofah or wash cloth and use in the shower; laundry soap, as a liquid soap; cleaning, as part of a multi-purpose spray  (click here for a cheap, easy, homemade recipe which is so much cheaper and safer than store bought varieties); floor cleaner, squish some in a bucket and dilute with warm water and mop away.  Oh, and it’s cheaper than Dr Bronner’s which is good to know for us Australians!   The other part I like is that the dispenser comes with a foam pump, so it’s lovely and fluffy to use.  Be warned, if you use a regular soap pump it will be runny (and not as nice or fun to use, but it will still be effective).  Buy the dispenser and then refill as needed.

Ingredients:  Purified Water, Potassium soaps of Organic Olive Oil (potassium hydroxide is used to saponify olive oil), Organic Flaxseed Oil, Organic Palm Olein (from sustainable plantations in Columbia), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Glycerin, Organic Orange Oil, Citric Acid.

Price:  $12.50 for a 500ml Pump.

The Great News for Bulk Buyers: If you love using it you can buy 9 litre casks and they range in price between $118-145.  That brings the price for 500mls from $12.50 to $6.50 (that’s $1.30 per 100mls which is WAY cheaper than ALL the popular store-bought varieties that are filled with toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors… are you catching my drift?  Even if you only use it for washing your hands you’ll use it eventually, and you’ll never get caught short again!! Buy the ‘original’ and add your own essential oils if you want variety.

Where can you buy it? Well that’s the slightly tricky part but it’s worth hunting down (and here’s where interested people start to lose focus, but please do stay with me)…  Click here for stores around Australia and to buy online.

I hope you found this info helpful!

♥ Kelly Lynne

Like this post?  Come and see me on FaceBook and share the love with a ‘like’ or a ‘share’!  Mwah!


Disclaimer.  I am not paid for my reviews.  If I find a product and it fits with my strict criteria (being that it contains no toxins, no carcinogens, no hormone disruptors, and no poisons) then I’ll tell everyone about it.  My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years.  I use various resources to find my information.  An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet.  You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface.  My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do.  

 

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Chemical Free Toothpastes

Toothpaste Alternatives

Topical in the news this week are the chemicals found in best selling Colgate Total toothpaste, in particular triclosan (used as a preservative, said to be a carcinogen, immune disruptor, to cause allergic reactions, skin, eye and lung irritation and suspected skin, sense organ and immunotoxicity).

As you probably already know medicines can be quickly and readily absorbed under the tongue.  When your toothpaste contains chemicals you are essentially administering a nice little dose of chemicals to yourself while you’re innocently brushing your teeth.  Dentists recommend a full 2 minutes of brushing to get your pearly whites clean however ‘sublingual administration’ (ie. under the tongue), and also via your cheeks, can ensure chemicals/toxins (and medicines) are hitting your system within as little as 60 seconds!  Does this make you think twice about what’s in your toothpaste?  I do now, that’s for sure!

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Chemical Info, House Cleaning Recipes, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

Homemade Natural Laundry Powder

Washing Powder posterPopular store-bought laundry powder is a quiet chemical storm that many know nothing about.  There are some real doozies in laundry detergent and fabric softeners, including ‘fragrance’ where the chemicals used to make ‘fragrance’ are not defined and commonly include pthalates which are endocrine (hormone) disruptors, carcinogens, they are known to cause asthma and to be a neurotoxin. This is just the tip of the iceberg on ‘fragrance’.  Fragrance can contain hundreds of harmful chemicals, none of which need to be listed on packaging and sit comfortably under the blanket of the lovely, harmless sounding word ‘fragrance’ (also known as ‘parfum’).  

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