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The best deodorant in the world…ever!

Lush Aromaco deodorantI’m going to let you into a little secret. It’s one of the best kept secrets I know and I’ve only shared it with a few close friends so far. But I think the time has now come to share it with the world. Because it really is too good to keep to myself!

If you’re anything like I was, you still haven’t found the perfect deodorant, right? You want a product that’s effective, that doesn’t leave white marks, that smells nice and that’s naturally chemical-free, right? Well look no further because your search is over!

I can now reveal that the deodorant you’ve been searching for all your life is made by….

… drum roll please…

… Lush! Yes those lovely people making fresh handmade cosmetics have managed to create a deodorant that ticks all the boxes and more! It’s called Aromaco and is made in a big solid block, which gets cut up into chunks or bars, a bit like soap. You just rub it onto your armpits and hey presto – you’re perfectly deodorised!

It has a lovely patchouli smell, which often gets lots of compliments, but it’s delicate enough to not be over powering or overly girlie, in fact I know several men who use this deodorant too.

I find it’s best to keep Aromaco in a sealed container. I used to keep mine in a little cloth bag but it Lush Aromaco deodorant tended to dry out a bit so I now keep it in a little Tupperware pot and it stays perfectly soft and moist. You could also keep it in one of Lush’s own metal tins.

Because it’s a natural product it’s very versatile. Why stop at underarms? You could also try using it on the soles of your feet, inside your shoes, or anywhere that could do with a little freshening up.

Lush is a UK retailer but they have stores all over the world and also deliver internationally so you should be able to get hold of this wonder product wherever you are.

So there you have it – the best kept deodorant secret in the world. I’ve shared it with many of my friends and they’re all complete converts now. Maybe I should be getting commission! I’m keen to know if you love it as much as me, so leave a comment below and let me know how you get on.

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The best energy balls in the world…ever!

date & peanut butter energy ballsI came across this recipe for “No-bake peanut butter, coconut, date power bites” and had to share it with you! I decided to make some to take to a lovely little festival called Wildheart, which was just outside Lewes, East Sussex at the end of May. And they went down a treat!

You could really feel the energy they were giving you and we were able to keep going for hours (although the copious amounts of raw chocolate may have had something to do with it too!) They’re completely natural, very easy to make and require no baking. They are quite sweet, but that’s down to the dates, honey and peanut butter, so as long as you use good quality peanut butter they contain no refined sugar. My favourite is Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, but you can only get it in Nelson, NZ so it’s a bit far to go to stock up! However, I’ve just discovered they now have an online UK store – result! Other good brands include Meridian and Whole Earth.

The only thing I would change next time is to cut the nuts and dates up smaller. Although the honey and peanut butter are good for binding everything together, I did find it a bit tricky to make them stay in their balls and had to add more honey to help them stick. So I think having smaller chunks would be better.

Anyway, here’s the recipe, which I’ve adapted slightly from the original:

(Makes about 20 balls)
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 20-25 chopped pitted dates
• 3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts & almonds
• 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
• 1/4 cup sesame seeds
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/3 tsp grated nutmeg
• 1 tsp vanilla extract (not flavouring)
• 1/3 cup runny honey
• 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
• 1/2 cup shredded (or desiccated) coconut

Mix together the oats, dates, nuts, seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add the vanilla, honey and peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then, using your hands, mould into small balls and roll in the shredded coconut. Store in fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy :0)

You could also experiment with various substitutes, such as: flax, poppy or chia seeds instead of (or as well as) sunflower and sesame seeds; almond, cashew or brazil nut butter instead of peanut butter; pistachios, walnuts or pecans instead of (or as well as) hazelnuts and almonds; almond extract instead of vanilla extract. The possibilities are endless!

I might make some more for a camping trip next weekend so I’ll let you know how the second attempt goes. Maybe I’ll even get them looking like actual balls this time…

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