Truly’s Natural Deodorant

Truly’s Natural Deodorant was developed by Angela for her family and friends in order to provide them with a safe, natural and effective solution to body odor. As the demand for her product grew she realized she had a product that should be made available to all. Truly’s Natural Products is run by the Collison family in Harrington Delaware and the natural deodorant is named after the youngest Collison daughter, Truly Mae.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION AT THE END OF THE REVIEW!!

!!!!  WINNER: Tabitha Polley  !!!!

The Scoop

If you are an individual bent on finding natural alternatives for everyday products than you have likely encountered the challenge of finding a natural deodorant that actually works…and works well.

There are a number of ingredients in many deodorants that are important to avoid. The main culprits are: aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, triclosan, steareth-n and phthalates. For information about these ingredients and why they should be avoided please see the link below:

Deodorant Ingredients to Avoid

What makes Truly’s Deodorant stand out in the natural deodorant world? Two factors.

1. There are 3 ingredients! Even better, they are pronounceable and they sound like the beginning of a tasty cake.
2. It works!! Not only does it work but it works better than any product I have ever tried.

So, what is it made of? Would you believe it only contains…

Coconut Oil

Powdered Sugar

Baking Soda

Those three simple ingredients combine to create a simple but powerful product that completely eliminates body odor. Why does it work and why in the world is sugar in there?

The sugar in the deodorant combines with your own sweat to form a hyperosmotic solution that prevents bacterial growth. The growth of bacteria is what causes body odor. Before the use of antibiotics, sugar and honey were used in open wounds to prevent infection. Additionally, baking soda helps to combat odor and the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil also help to eliminate bacteria. Want to read more about it? Click HERE.

So, with these three ingredients, Angela created the natural deodorant that I feel like shouting from the rooftops about. Consider my blog my rooftop. This is me waving my arms and shouting like a mad woman. YOU WANT THIS!

The Crunchville Experience

If you have followed my blog at all then you will be surprised to see this post show up. I fell away from blogging back in 2008 when my son was born and shortly after that my personal world blew up. Chaos still reigns supreme in my world but when Angela contacted me about doing a review for her natural deodorant I could not resist! I mean, there were my stinky armpits begging for attention as I read her email. I even had a painful rash from the Toms of Maine deodorant I was currently using. I have used many natural deodorant products but nothing has worked effectively for me. So, I excitedly wrote her back thankful for an excuse to bring my blog back from it’s virtual dusty shelf.

Truly’s deodorant comes in what looks very much like a can of chewing tobacco. Thankfully, it smells much better. It has a circular lid that you twist off and on. Since the product is made out of coconut oil it becomes a liquid state at warm temperatures and a solid at room temperature.

When I first received the deodorant it was the middle of summer in Tri-Cities, Washington. If you’ve never been there it is a hot, dry, cough, ugly, cough, cough, desert. So, when I took off the lid it was pretty melted and a little bit of the deodorant spilled out. I also had to swirl it with my finger a little bit to mix the ingredients back together. Instantly, I realized that I did not care for the type of container the deodorant is packaged in. However, I have spent the last month trying to figure out what a better type of container would be for this product and I can not for the life of me, figure it out. It may just have to be one of those things that is tolerated based on the nature of the product.

So, before I get in to my experience with Truly’s here is my experience with what I had finally settled on with deodorant. After trying many things that never worked I finally settled on Tom’s of Maine deodorant which gave me mediocre results. Even the one that claims to work for 24 hours didn’t last me very long (6-8 hours) before I began smelling. It also left a sticky residue in my armpits and after a few weeks of use I would get a chapped like burn in my armpits that was very painful. If I sweated from activity, I smelled right away and when I woke up in the morning I always smelled.

Since I’ve started using Truly’s deodorant for the last month I have only had body odor ONE time. One time in 30 days no matter what time of day it was! It’s like a body odor miracle! I have jogged and mowed the lawn in 90 degree weather. No smell. Walking outside in 110 degree weather? No smell. I have gone without showering for several days in a row. No smell. I’ve sat nervously in a courtroom for divorce proceedings. No smell. That one time that I did smell was because I forgot to reapply the deodorant first thing in the morning the next day.

To apply the product you remove the lid and dip your finger into the mixture. My product has ranged from a very liquidy cream, to a thick cream to a fairly solid mixture that you have to apply pressure to in order to remove some with your finger. This varies dependent on the temperature in your home. No matter the consistency the product always works great.

A few of my favorite factors that have not been possible with other deodorants is that there is no residue that builds up in my arm pits. They don’t get sticky. There’s been no burns or skin sensitivity. It doesn’t make my skin peel at all. And in the mornings, even if I sweat at night, I don’t stink! Even more amazing is that if I don’t shower every day all I have to do is put on more deodorant when I wake up and I still don’t smell all day even though I’ve been using it during the hottest month of the year in the middle of a desert!

The one setback I had with this product was when I traveled to a friends house for the weekend. Without thinking, I put it in my travel bag and when I got there the deodorant had leaked a little out of the container and slimed some of my bathroom products with coconut oil. I recommend putting it in a ziploc bag for travel.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy or excited about a natural body care product. Now if only I could find a natural shampoo that worked as effectively for my hair as Truly’s works for my armpits…I’d be set.

Wrapping It Up
-Suggestions, Observations and Wishes-

-I would love to see Truly’s deodorant come in a different type of container that prevents it from leaking or spilling. I honestly have no idea what this container could be but it would improve the overall usability of the product tremendously.

-On the website FAQ’s it states that the product will last from 4-6 months. I am only applying the product once a day but it is more than halfway gone and I’ve been using it for a month. Some of it was spilt and I found out after speaking with Angela that I have been more generous with it than I need to be. Even after this, I would say that I will still get 2 months of use out of it. However, even if I had to go through one can a month this would be more than worth it to me.

-Based off of my review Angela has created some tips to help make the transition to Truly’s deodorant a more seamless transition. Apparently, some of these were written on the packing slip that I did not read. Whoops. I threw away that pressure seal that prevents spilling when I opened it. Double whoops.

Truly’s Tips:

1.  Truly’s Natural Deodorant may liquefy during shipping and for ease of use should be left overnight in a climate controlled environment to allow it to re-solidify.  (This is printed on the packing slip, but I don’t know if anyone reads it!)  If you do open it right away, do so carefully to avoid spillage.

2. The Truly’s Natural Deodorant container comes with a pressure seal which if peeled off carefully and reinserted into the base of the lid, it will keep your container of deodorant from leaking even if it is in a liquid state. Just be sure to mindfully close the lid tightly before packing, and it is not a bad idea to slip it in a baggie to be on the safe side.

3. Our statement that one 2 oz container of Truly’s will last 4-6 months is based on our experience alone and not a scientific study as we are just a small family business.  I use it usually twice a day…once in the early morning before I exercise and again a bit later after I shower and it lasts me well beyond 4 months.  It is very concentrated and I encourage people to experiment with how little they actually need to stay fresh all day.  (See picture below for amount recommended).

4. If you have airconditioning and keep your home around 75 degrees,  Truly’s will stay as a creamy semi-solid but it will work at any consistency or temperature.

Overall

This is a must have product. It’s simple and extremely powerful. You can feel safe letting everyone in the family use it. For those women that are pregnant and nursing you don’t need to worry about the effects your deodorant may be having on your baby. Gentle enough for your kids and powerful enough for the stinkiest among us. I love how simple the ingredients are. I love that I can directly support another family by purchasing it. It’s nuances  (product consistency and the need to put your finger in it) are small when compared to how amazing it works. Who knew you could become so excited about deodorant??

The Basics:
Company Name: Truly’s Natural Products
Product Name: Truly’s Deodorant
Price: $7.99 for a 2 oz container OR $42.94 for a family six pack (each 2 oz)
Where to Buy: trulysnaturaldeodorant.com

GIVEAWAY!!!

Would you like to win a container of Truly’s Natural Deodorant to try for yourself? To enter our giveaway please do the following:

1. LIKE Truly’s Natural Deodorant on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TrulysNaturalDeodorant

2. Visit Truly’s Website: http://www.trulysnaturaldeodorant.com/

3. Comment on this review: Please comment on this review something you learned from Truly’s Website

BONUS:

4. For an extra entry into the drawing: Please share this review OR Truly’s Facebook page on your Facebook page.

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Do Not Buy a Toshiba Laptop

If you want to save yourself time, headache and most importantly, a costly investment then please heed my warning: “Do not buy a Toshiba Laptop!”

They have a known issue with the internal charging unit breaking off within the laptop so that you can not charge the laptop. This is faulty manufacturing and we have been told by individuals in the computer repair industry that this is a known shortcoming for Toshiba.

We purchased our Toshiba laptop in the summer of 2008 for over 1K dollars. This is NOT a $200 dollar laptop. Our specific laptop is the Toshiba Satellite model # PSLE0U-00H00J. The first time this problem occurred our laptop had just fallen outside the 1 year warranty by a few weeks. We were frustrated but figured it must have been user error and paid for the laptop to be repaired locally. Less than a month later the same issue occurred again. We paid again out of pocket to have it repaired. We thought we’d be in the clear.

It happened again in January 2010. I was FED up! Our computer repairman encouraged us to call Toshiba since we obviously had a lemon and he also informed us that he sees this in Toshiba laptops regularly. It is a known fault of their equipment. So, I called Toshiba and was happy to find that they were willing to let me ship the laptop back to them and they repaired the laptop and sent it back to me. I was one happy customer and at that point was willing to overlook the obviously faulty design in favor of good customer service.

Scratch that. What used to be good customer service.

Yesterday, on October 4th, our laptop in a complete lack of originality stopped charging yet again. So we got 10 months worth of service from the repair that was supposed to forever solve the issue.  I now have on my hands a $1000 paperweight which is completely useless. Frustrated but confident that Toshiba would pull through again I called their customer service number at 1-800-457-7777. I talked to Roy, explained the situation and he warned me that since my laptop was out of warranty I might be charged a $35 fee just for talking to him. Nice.

I explained the situation, explained it was an ongoing issue and that our laptop had all ready been sent in for a “repair and return” for the same issue. He was polite, filled out his paperwork and offered to transfer me to Customer Relations. He gave me my case # and transferred me.

I was transferred to Matthew, a case manager. He looked up our previous issue and informed me that the program that they created to repair and return laptops for this known issue expired in June 2010. So, at this point there was nothing they were willing to do for me. He would not transfer me to a superior and in fact, wouldn’t even tell me his superior’s name. I was not belligerent or rude. I was mad and firm but polite. However, I was denied any solution other than have fun on that creek ride…too bad your paddle expired.

So Matthew, if you read this at some point. Shame on you. Shame on you for willingly working for a company who disrespects the little guy. We, the little guy, make your job possible. Shame on your for working for a company that serves only it’s best interest rather than admitting fault, correcting a mistake and praying for our forgiveness as the consumers that feed their families. Shame on all of us. Shame on all of us for being willing to accept this type of treatment from companies simply because, “they can get away with it.” Why? Why should they? What happened to being able to naturally expect that a company would stand behind their products without shame and without excuse.

It is a pure coward that can hide behind an expired warranty waving it as if it is some magical get out of jail free card. What happened to quality and honor and reputation? It is both sad and frightening that with today’s technological developments that we can not produce quality items that are made to last.

There is no reason that I can justify that a $1000+ laptop should not be operating 2 years later. Not to mention this is the 4th time within those two years that a consistent problem has occurred.

Please help me stand up to cowards like Toshiba and pass on this information to everyone you know. Maybe it will save them their hard earned money. For now, I am stuck with a $1000 paper weight and a years worth of family photographs and other important documents that I am going to have to pay someone to retrieve from my laptops hard drive.

Please help me with this. Our voice is the only thing that can make a difference. Pass it on and why you’re at it…pass on Toshiba.

Hudson Hat Winner Announced!

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I know many of you have been waiting to find out the winner for the Hudson Hat and I really appreciate your patience. The truth is I was kidnapped and held in a remote location without Internet access and forced to do unspeakable things. Or it could have been that I volunteered to stay at my MIL’s house after a medical emergency to make meals and help out around the house. Either way using the Internet was close to impossible because Garrett saw to it that I never received a moment alone and the only Internet option was dial-up. *Cringe*

Okay, no more procrastinating. The winner is:

Lucky Number 13!

Lisa Delong

Lisa, please email me at journeytocrunchville@gmail.com to claim your custom Hudson Hat. I will get you in touch with Baubles and Bums.

The winner was chosen at random. The comments were numbered in order received (those who linked to another site received an additional entry). Then the lucky winner was chosen by going to random.org using the integer function which randomly selected #13.

Baubles and Bums – Hudson Hat Giveaway!

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Hudson Hat Giveaway

PLEASE READ, A NOTE FROM ME ABOUT GIVEAWAYS: CLICK HERE

Angela, from Baubles and Bums is doing a very exciting giveaway! Angela is giving away a free custom Hudson Hat. You pick the size and the colors! You definitely don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. These hats are so fun and will make the perfect winter accessory for you or your child.

To read about our experience with the Hudson Hat please read our full review HERE.

Share this giveaway on your own blog or other site that you frequent (make sure it is allowed first) and receive an extra entry for each website you post it on. Simply include the link to where you posted the giveaway within your comment. If you need to leave an extra comment with the links you posted it to, that is fine. The giveaway address is:

https://journeytocrunchville.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/baubles-and-bums-hudson-hat-giveaway/

To enter the contest simply answer the question below in the comments section. Remember, there is no right or wrong answers and it does not matter if your answer is fancy or a few words. The winner will be chosen at random and is not based on the way the question is answered.

“What is your favorite thing about the winter season?” or “What do you hate about the winter season?”

I’ll go with the easy answer: SNOW! I still love the snow. I love the way it looks, I love playing with it, catching snowflakes with my tongue, hearing the crunch under my feet. All of it! I even love the distinct smell outside after a good snowfall. We haven’t had our first snowfall here yet but there may be a chance of snow this weekend or early next week and I am excited!

I also love  “The Winter Solstice Holiday Season of Lights, Joy, and Togetherness” aka “Christmas”. Since we’re not allowed to say “Christmas” anymore that is the “politically correct” phrase my husband started using a few years ago. LOL. So yeah, I love Christmas and I’m not afraid to say it.

Contest ends Wednesday December 24th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced on Christmas Day.


Baubles and Bums – Hudson Hat

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Hudson Hat

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Baubles and Bums specializes in selling gorgeous yarn, hats and wool cloth diaper items. The company is run by Angela, a mom to 3 beautiful children. All of the items are hand knit by her and can be custom made to order.  We tested out a Hudson Hat for Baubles and Bums.

The Scoop

If you have not yet heard of the Hudson Hat be ready to get caught up in the “gotta have it” craze. The Hudson Hat aka the scrappy pattern is one of this winters hottest items. The Hudson Hat is a licensed pattern by Ky Baby Knits and only a handful of retailers are licensed to make them. Baubles and Bums is one of those retailers.

The Crunchville Experience

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We had the opportunity to have our Hudson Hat custom made. Angela showed me pictures of all of the different yarn and I was able to pick my favorites from what was available. I was somewhat nervous about this process because I don’t always have an eye for discerning what looks good together until it is all ready done but I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. Angela was also great with communication and kept me informed of the process the whole time. She even sent me a few sneak peek pictures which was so fun.

I love how the colors came together and Camden adores the hat as well. She wears it all the time and I find her wearing it inside sometimes just because it is “pretty.” On a more practical note, the hat works great in keeping her head nice and warm and the design of the Hudson hat keeps her ears warm too.

And since a picture is worth more than a thousand words here are pictures of Camden in the Hudson hat. She has a child sized Hudson Hat.

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Even thought the Hudson Hat was custom sized for Camden’s head and fits her perfectly, it is very versatile in its sizing. The hat fits my nearly 9 year old step-daughter equally well and I can even wear it. Here are some pictures of Mikayla wearing the Hudson Hat. I had a tough time getting enough lighting with these pictures but I hope you are able to tell how forgiving the hat is, size wise. It makes me happy to know that this hat will fit Camden for years to come. In fact, even my friend Shelby tried on the hat and it fit her head (sorry no picture).

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Other Products from Baubles and Bums:

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3025873033_01622fb4bfAnother Yarn Example

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1526254756_2cc138c8daNewborn Longies and Hat set

To view pictures of all Baubles and Bums products go her Flickr account here:

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Wrapping it Up

-Suggestions, Observations & Wishes-

-I think the Hudson Hats are just gorgeous. However, some people would consider them very pricey. I think it is important to keep in mind the volume of yarn that it takes to knit one (100-300 yards or worsted weight yarn), that they are hand knit and that they take many hours of time to complete. Not to mention that they are 100% unique. Another benefit is that if you are not buying an infant sized hat, chances are that the Hudson Hat would fit your child for many years.

-All though my daughter is too old for these I think it would be fun to see matching longies and Hudson Hat sets for infants. I think it would make an adorable outfit.

-The current website makes it difficult to view the large variety of products that Baubles and Bums creates and there are not many pictures on the site. Most of them are on the Flickr account. I’d love to see a list of the types of products available as well as pictures of each item on the Hyena Cart. I think this would go a long way.

-I also think it would be of benefit to create a Hyena Cart or regular website for just Baubles and Bums. The Congo could be maintained for additional exposure but I think it is better to have your own website.

-Overall-

I am so very pleased with our Hudson Hat. It is well made and I love knowing that it was made by hand. The snooty part of me loves that it is unique. Both girls love wearing the hat and Camden has received lots of compliments on it when we have gone for walks. What tops it off for me is how friendly Angela is and how well she keeps up the communication.

For those of you that would like to save money on a Hudson Hat, Angela also offers the option of you sending in your own yarn and her knitting the Hudson Hat for you. If you know how to knit and have the time to do so you can also make your own by buying the pattern from Ky Baby Knits (the company that holds the patent on the Hudson Hat pattern). Link provided below.

-The Basics-

Company Name: Baubles and Bums

Product Name: Hudson Hat

Cost: Prices on the left are if she makes the hat with her yarn, prices on the right are if you send in your own.

Newborn, 0-3 months, 12″ – $35/$25

Infant, 3-12 months, 14″ – $40/$30

Toddler, 1-3 years, 16″ – $45/$35

Child, 4+ years, 18″ – $50/$40

Adult, 20″ – $60/$50

Where to Buy:

Baubles and Bums: http://hyenacart.com/onestore.php?vid=2451&category=4

To Examples of Baubles and Bums products: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairyblue/

To Purchase a Pattern: http://hyenacart.com/prod_details.php?id=77537&vid=57

Help!! Regarding Giveaways

Okay everyone, I don’t usually do this but I need your help. Lots of you are looking at the giveaways and not participating. A couple of you have told me that you are intimidated by answering the questions or you don’t figure you’ll win anyhow.

First of all, what you comment about doesn’t matter. For all I care you can say, “bippity boppity boo” or “I see dead people” or “my name is Bob and I am a recovering mulletholic. I don’t care what you say. The questions are there to add a bit of spice to the giveaways and to keep them from being too boring or redundant. You can even just put your name and the city your from. Whatever floats your boat. Remember that the winner is not picked based on their comment. It is a completely random drawing but the only way you can enter is by *leaving* a comment. So please don’t worry about what you say. It doesn’t have to be cute or funny or witty. Don’t spend 15 minutes of your time staring at the monitor trying to think of something to say. If you don’t want to answer the question, don’t!

As far as assuming you won’t win anyway…well you most definitely will not win if you don’t participate. You might be pleasantly surprised. Just comment and see what happens.

Remember there is no cost to you and no hidden fees or anything like that. You win and we ship it to you. You don’t go on some secret mailing list where we’ll bombard you with junk mail or anything. I’m just a regular mom and I hardly have enough time for sleeping and showering let alone mass producing junk mail, licking an envelope and then attaching a stamp only to drive down to a local post office and stand in line for hours just trying to find a parking spot. Not gonna happen.

You are also not obligated to keep the product. You may use it, gift it, donate it, sell it. It’s yours. Do what you will with it.

If people don’t start participating in the giveaways we won’t be able to do them anymore and that would be sad, well it would certainly make me sad. I love being able to help others out and free is fun. It is the highlight of my week, don’t take that away from me. Kidding! Well, sort of.

So what do we get out of it? The chance to give these moms and their products some extra exposure. That’s all. They are trying to make a living like the rest of us and their products are their attempt at helping to provide for their families. By giving away something free we are generating exposure and excitement over their products.

For a limited time (to help up the exposure) I am offering additional entries into the contests for linking to the contests from blogs, websites, chat forums, etc. You will receive one additional entry for each website that you link to. You just need to post a comment with the websites you put a link at. There is no limit currently. So if you post the contest to 10 different sites you get 10 different entries into the contest. Email forums are also fine. Just email me a copy of the email and the group/individuals it was sent to. One entry per group (not per person).

Please spread the word. Please?

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Here are links to our current giveaways. You will also find them on the top right side in the toolbar.

Michiko Kids

Down to Earth Toys

Reuben Christopher

Baubles and Bums

Reuben Christopher – Hair Clip Giveaway!

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PLEASE READ, A NOTE FROM ME ABOUT GIVEAWAYS: CLICK HERE

Jennifer from Reuben Christopher is giving away 3 fun hair clips to one lucky winner! The one pictured above is just an example. The 3 clips for the giveaway will be a fun surprise. To read about our experience with hair clips and other products from Reuben Christopher please read our review HERE.

Share this giveaway on your own blog or other site that you frequent (make sure it is allowed first) and receive an extra entry for each website you post it on. Simply include the link to where you posted the giveaway within your comment. If you need to leave an extra comment with the links you posted it to, that is fine. The giveaway address is:

https://journeytocrunchville.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/reuben-christopher-hair-clip-giveaway/


To enter the contest simply answer the question below in the comments section. Remember, there is no right or wrong answers and it does not matter if your answer is fancy or a few words:

“What is the grossest/funniest thing you have ever gotten in your hair?” or “What is the grossest/funniest thing your child has ever gotten in their hair?” or “Do you have hair?” LOL

I have hair and too much of it. I’d have to say the grossest thing I’ve ever gotten in my hair would be baby puke. Not too unique. However, I do have a funny story. I used to nanny for a newborn baby and one day I took him to his mommy’s work on her lunch break so that she could nurse him. Afterwards she was playing with him and they were being very cute together. She held him up over her head and then WHAM! He spit up in her mouth and all over her. It was hysterical. We both agreed it was a good thing that mommies loved their babies.

Contest ends Sunday December 14th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced Monday December 15th.