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Cleaning Prayers Answered + FREE Caldrea Products for You

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Earlier this month, I made a short list of things I wanted to accomplish in July.  One very important item was to start switching over to more natural and chemical-free cleaning supplies and it's almost as if Grove Collaborative read my mind.  I started using Grove Collaborative a few months ago when I became very frustrated with a lot of the grocery-store, chemical-heavy products.  I didn't feel like I was getting my money's worth. I hated wearing rubber gloves to clean (and save my manicure) and most importantly, I hated the smell. Grove makes it easy for me to get all of the natural products I want, delivered to my door, when I actually want them.  That means, you get your products when you run out or want more. No need to worry about stock-piling up on products. And I'm actually spending less on cleaning supplies than before and saving obnoxious (and expensive) trips to Target. 

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I first heard about Caldrea in one of Grove's newsletters - which I actually love and read because they have awesome cleaning tips like these:

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Caldrea was actually started by the same owner of Mrs. Meyers and was designed to be the luxury line of cleaning products with the same healthy, chemical-free formula. Let me tell you, they smell amazing. And the best part - you can get their Summer Entertaining Kit here FOR FREE here. 

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Here's what you'll get for FREE with purchase. 

Free Caldrea dish soap
Free Caldrea countertop spray
Free Grove Collaborative Be Good dish brush
Free shipping
Valued more than $30!

If you're new to Grove Collaborative, you'll get all of this for free with a $20 purchase (no hard considering Grove has everything you need, from body lotion, candles, to chemical and fragrance-free tampons.)
Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove here. You will receive the Caldrea Summer Cleaning bundle for freewhen you sign up & spend $20!
  2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove will then use to customize your first basket. This takes under 30 seconds!
  3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items. You can customize each order, spread out your shipments to fit your shopping needs, and cancel at anytime.
  4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
  5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

And if you're already a Grove member, awesome! You'll get a Grove Collaborative Be Good brush when you use this link. 

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Don't forget, this offer is only available until July 17 or while supplies last! There’s a limited number of kits available, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Also, Grove does not currently ship to Canada, Alaska, or Hawaii and most importantly, Grove beats Amazon Prime prices on Caldrea so make sure to get them here! 

While I love all four of the scents: Sea Salt Neroli, Pear Blossom Agave, Ginger Pomelo, and Tangelo Pal Fond, the Ginger Pomelo is my all time favorite. But hey, why just try one? Get them all! 

Disclaimer: The post was sponsored by Grove Collaborative. All opinions are my own and I only endorse products that I love and use often. Make sure to let me know if you love and use Grove! I love sharing helpful tips, tricks, and products on Libby Living Colorfully!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Mother's day is right around the corner and if your Mom is anything like mine, she'll never ask for anything more than a card or a long phone call. Maybe this is the year you do that, and something a little extra.  Here are some great ideas to make the best women in the world, Moms, feel special. 

Voluspa 'Maison Jardin - Amaranth & Jasmine' Scented Candle ($27) 

Smeg Vintage Blender ($225)

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Silk Pajamas - Olivia Von Halle ($460) Similar for Less

Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home Book ($20)

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Soapwalla Organic Deodorant ($14)

Kate Spade Crossbody ($198) Monogram it!

Glossier Priming Moisturizer ($25) 

Last but not least, make sure to snag a cute card, they're the best part! These cards from Anthropologie are too cute. 

I'm Trying 8 Different Natural Deodorants So You Don't Have To

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Source:  Amy Lombard

Source: Amy Lombard

I've had a love/hate relationship with deodorant for quite some time now.  Admittedly, I knew nothing about it and often "forget" to wear it (& so does Kortney Kardashian) Ick and ew all you want, but other than during serious workouts, I'm not one to break a sweat. Frankly, when I do, I enjoy it - in the right setting of course.  Preventing my body from doing something that is natural and in some ways, gratifying, just feels wrong.  So with a bit of research and some amazing companies, I'm diving in, pits first, into a paraben and aluminum-free pool of organic deodorants.  

Curious to learn more about deodorants? Here are some fun facts courtesy of The Huffington Post.

  1. Deodorant Kills Bacteria - Sweat isn't inherently stinky. In fact, it's nearly odorless.  The smells come from bacteria that break down one of two types of sweat on your skin.  Deodorants contains antibacterial power to stop the smell before it starts, while antiperspirants deal with sweat directly.
     
  2. You Can Become Immune to Your Deodorant - It seems that our bodies do adapt to the sweat-thwarting ways of antiperspirants, but no one really knows why, HuffPost Style reported. The body may adapt and find a way to unplug the glands, or simply produce more sweat in the body’s other glands.
     
  3. Gender Doesn't Matter - Fun fact: While women have more sweat glands than men, men’s sweat glands produce more sweat. But deodorant for men or for women is most likely little more than a marketing ploy. In at least one brand, the same active ingredient is present in the same amounts in the sticks for men and women, Discovery Health reported. It’s only packaging and fragrance that differs. Ladies, beware of getting charged more for women's products. It's real
     

  4. Earwax Indicator - Our earwax can actually tell us if you really need deodorant or not.  Here's the hint, if your earwax is white and flaky, pass on the Speed Stick,  But, if it's dark and sticky, you should likely use deodorant.  
     

  5. No One Knows Where the Yellow Stains Come From - Most theorize that the aluminum-based ingredients somehow react with sweat/skin/shirts/laundry detergent/you name it, and create this obnoxious stain.  My advice, just ditch the aluminum-based products all together.  Problem solved. 


Make sure to stay tuned for my reviews of the best organic deodorants and antiperspirants.
Until then, I'm tossing this bad boy in the trash.