Thursday, September 20, 2012

Promoted! Team Coordinator

Another person recently joined my team.  I now have 3 team members so I've been promoted to Team Coordinator!  What does that mean?  It means I can start earning commission on those on my team to reimburse me for the time I've spent helping them get their business up and running!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Crystal Deodorant

It took me a while before I embraced Norwex's Crystal Deodorant.  In the past I had tried nearly every brand of deodorant/antiperspirant on the typical store shelf.  I finally found one where I didn't smell like BO at the end of the day.  I really thought I was going to have to see a doctor for a prescription brand.  Also, the Norwex deodorant sounded a little too high maintenance for me.

Then I started reading about the contents of deodorants and antiperspirants.  I quickly ordered the Norwex Crystal Deodorant after that.  Once I used it successfully for a couple of weeks, I ordered one for my mom too.

Here's the summed up version of the blurb below: Norwex's Crystal Deodorant doesn't contain aluminum that can be absorbed.  Antiperspirants, however, contain aluminum chloride, which are supposed to lodge themselves into your sweat glands.  If you want all the details, read the blurb below.  Otherwise, skip it to read more about my experience with it.

From Norwex's Global Tech Advisor:  "One of the most interesting ingredients used in controlling body odour is a naturally occurring mineral salt called Alunite. Otherwise known as Ammonium alum, this is an abundant earth mineral and, along with other forms of alum, forms about 8% of the earth’s crust. It is found in small quantities in many of the foods we eat, and is considered as very safe in personal care and other external uses. It should be noted that whilst Ammonium alum does contain some aluminium, it is bonded into a molecule that is physically too large to penetrate the skin. This is because the largest molecule that can penetrate the skin has a molecular mass of less than 500 Da, whereas Alunite has a molecular mass of 670 Da - much too large to be able to pass through the skin. Therefore, this ingredient will not block pores nor cause skin irritation in the same way that the aluminium salts mentioned in connection with antiperspirants can.
When Ammonium alum is applied to the skin it acts as a coagulant, constricting protein and thereby reducing the ability of bacteria to thrive. It is not such a powerful antibacterial as some synthetic substances used, but when applied regularly to freshly washed skin it is remarkably effective.
Unlike the molecules of aluminum chloride used in antiperspirants that are designed to lodge themselves in sweat glands, ammonium alum molecules are much too large to be absorbed by the skin."

Now, what you're really wondering is does it work and how long does it last.  I have been remarkably surprised at how well it works.  I started using it at the end of July.  Now, it's been HOT here in IA and I have not had any stink.  

How long does it last?  Well, it'll last a year or so.  Here are some pictures.

These were taken on August 4th, probably a week after I started using it. (I didn't think to take any of it brand new.)
 This one was also taken on August 4th.

This was taken yesterday, on September 16th, 6 weeks after the pictures above.  Still a lot of deodorant left!

Also taken on September 16th.  

Now, as I mentioned before, this is a higher maintenance product.  It will take on a BO smell to it if not wiped down after each use.  It doesn't matter how well you wash or how quickly you apply it after getting out of the shower.  So, I just run it under water, apply under my arms, run it under water again, and wipe it with a corner of my body cloth that is hanging next to the sink.  I also store it with the lid off.  This keeps the odor away.  I've found it to be less of a pain then I originally imagined. 

These extra steps are well worth it to keep any extra gunk out of my body!

You can read my 7 month follow up on the Norwex Crystal Deodorant here.
The crystal deodorant can help you with those itchy mosquito bites too!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Did You Know... (Part 2)

  • Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest-ranking environmental health problems in America!  Good News! With the Norwex Microfiber system, you don’t breathe, touch, or ingest chemicals – you simply utilize water and create a cleaner, healthier indoor environment! 
  • Most of the chemicals that people are exposed to every day have never been assessed for their impact on human health. 
  • Parabens utilized in personal care for decades have been shown to have potential harmful effects.  Good news! Norwex personal care products offer cutting-edge technology couples with organic and natural ingredients – without harmful parabens and preservatives. 
  • True cleanliness does not smell – we have become accustomed to smelling chemicals that trick us into thinking our surfaces are clean.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Did You Know...

  •  Evidence shows homes have chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside. 
  • An average American household spends $450-600 a year on chemical cleaning products and supplies!  Good News!  Norwex products not only save you money, you can also decrease cleaning time by up to a remarkable 75% or more!
  • Cotton cloths used for cleaning simply spread the dirt, grease, and other particles around.  Good News!  Norwex antibac microfiber, when used wet, lifts these particles up into the cloth and away from the surface.  Once inside the cloth, the micro silver in the cloth goes to work with self-purification properties against mold, fungi and bacterial odor within 24 hours.
  •  There is a strong and direct link between a healthy earth and a healthy you and I.
  • In the last 50 years, the global production and use of manufactured chemicals has increased substantially.  More than 80,000 new chemicals have been created.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cleaning Paste - Corian Sink

My friend Linda has a Corian kitchen sink.  It has seen a LOT of dishes over the years.  The bottom is quite scratched so gunk builds up.

To get this clean, Linda normally puts some old rags in the bottom of the sink, pours bleach on them, and goes to bed.  The next morning she hopes that the bleach filled cloth was touching every inch of the sink bottom or she'll have a very dirty spot left.

Instead, we used and Enviro Cloth and Cleaning Paste.  It took a little elbow grease but we were able to remove most of the gunk.  She found this much easier and more pleasant than the bleach option.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Descaler - Fridge Drip Tray

The Descaler isn't just for the bathroom.  We have a water dispenser on the refrigerator door. 

We get some mineral build-up on the drip tray.

I sprayed it with some Descaler and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Then I used an Enviro Cloth to wipe away the build-up!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Dusting Mitt - Dirty Lamp

I've blogged about how the dusting mitt works well on window screens when wet, but what about when it's dry?   I may have mentioned before, the dusting mitt is microfiber but has a much higher pile than the Enviro Cloth.  This higher pile allows it to pickup and and hold onto the dust it comes in contact with.  It's excellent for ceiling fans because it can hold that dust so it doesn't "rain" down on you while cleaning.
I found the perfect opportunity to show how well it holds onto dust.  I noticed a very dusty lamp in the family room.  I grabbed my handy dandy dusting mitt and went to town. 

Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a before picture, but here is what the mitt found.  (I dream of the day when I have nothing to blog about because my house is immaculate.)

Here is a very clean lamp.
Now, what to do about that dust.  Well, I didn't want to wash it after just one use so I used the rubber brush to wipe the dust into the garbage can.  Now it's ready to go again!

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