It’s no longer just a trend to eat organic and ask questions about what we put in and on our bodies. Shine Essentials was created out of a need: mine.
I was quite young when I had a lump in my breast; I was nervous and worried. The technician who did my mammogram asked me if I used commercial deodorant. When I said, “yes,” she said, “Throw it away and stop using it immediately,” and then walked out of the room. While feeling completely confused, I dressed to leave and wondered what she said was about. When I got home, I got online and started reading about commercial deodorants and the dangers aluminum. How did I not know about this? Why did it take me so long to get this tiny nugget of information? Why don’t more people know about this?
I bought several natural deodorants and none of them worked for me. I used a crystal deodorant for a while with mild success but I somehow managed to out funk it. Not only did the natural deodorants not work they were expensive. So I as spent more and more money with no lasting success, I became increasingly self-conscious about how I smelled. As a yoga instructor and working in a gym, this self-consciousness was getting the best of me.
With absolutely no clue what I was doing, I started experimenting with deodorant recipes, and experiment I did. I worked with many different recipes and ingredients and made many mistakes. After 14 attempts (yes, 14!), I finally found a recipe that worked well. It worked so well that when I joked during a yoga class that no one ever wanted to stand by me because I was stinky, one of my students said, “I love how your armpits smell when you adjust me.”
That’s when I told them I made my own deodorant and 3 hands went up and asked to buy some. That was the beginning of Shine Essentials. It started because I wanted a deodorant that worked and was safe. Now, I offer a number of products that blend my desire create products for people who would do it for themselves if they had the time and resources.
Shine Essentials uses natural organic ingredients, high-grade quality essential oils, and minimal packaging. There is no point in going halfway using only a few good ingredients. The whole ingredient list must be local, organic, natural and chemical free. It is my intention to keep producing quality, organic products that support for health and wellness.