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Probiotics in Natural Deodorant: What You Need to Know

Do you take probiotics for gut health? Not only are they great to put in your body, but they’re also useful to put on your body.

We use probiotics as one of the ingredients in Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant for its antibacterial properties. Did you know that one of the reasons you get body odor isn’t because of sweat, but because of the bad bacteria in your armpits? Essentially, your armpits are their own tiny ecosystem full of bacteria that feed off of sweat, which is turn gives off body odor. But sweat by itself is actually odorless! When the bad bacteria mixes with your sweat, that’s where you run into smelly pits.

Since Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant is not an antiperspirant, we use probiotics and other antibacterials such as coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract to combat the bad bacteria that can be hanging out on your skin. Probiotics are good bacteria that benefit your body by balancing out the bad and creating a healthy microbiome on your skin. Combine that with your favorite oil essence and you’ll be odor-free after applying.

It’s Okay to Sweat

Please keep in mind that sweating is a natural and necessary body process. When you use synthetic deodorants and antiperspirants, you are preventing this natural process thereby keeping toxins in your system by clogging your pores. Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant is not an antiperspirant, so you will still perspire as your body works to rid itself of toxins. Even though you’ll still sweat, the natural ingredients in our deodorant will do their job to get rid of your underarm odor.

Using Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant

It’s easy to switch to an aluminum-free natural deodorant. Here’s what we recommend when using ours:

  1. Hold the deodorant stick up to your armpit for a few seconds to let it naturally warm up and soften before applying.
  2. Swipe back and forth three to five times at most. Yes, you read that correctly, five times at most. You don’t need to use a lot of deodorant for it to be effective. Using more deodorant than necessary can actually irritate your skin.
  3. Apply to the center of your armpit when hair growth naturally occurs.

After continued use of Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, you’ll notice that you will naturally sweat less. Our deodorant is 100% pure, all-natural, and free of all toxins. Are you ready to make the switch?


Staff Spotlight: Amanda Arnold-Johnston

Amanda has been part of the Ambre Blends team part-time since June, and we are so lucky that she decided to come on board full-time at the end of October!

Amanda started out working in Shipping and Fulfillment and has moved into Production where she makes Ambre Blends products by hand with love. “Amanda is the perfect addition to the production department,” said Ambre. “Her playful nature and ability to work so well with everyone is appreciated by all of us here at Ambre Blends.”

Read on to find out more about Amanda in today’s Staff Spotlight!

What is a day in the life of Amanda like? But first…COFFEE! After getting our boys around for school, I’m out of the door before they catch the bus. Thankfully, my husband has a very flexible work schedule and is able to tackle that part. After work, it’s a typical evening of dinner at the dinner table followed by a bit of family roughhousing (boy mom). I always make time to squeeze in a workout. I do have the guilty pleasure of earning Survivor or The Bachelor/ette if they’re on. Nine times out of ten, I look at the clock and it’s close to midnight.

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Since none of my sweet sisters live nearby, and my house is full of boys, working at Ambre Blends is like having sisters. We all get along, work hard and play hard.

What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? I’m a firm believer that what you put in your body should be just as important as what you put on your body. We eat pretty clean and I try to buy locally grown produce whenever possible. About 90% of the food we buy is organic except for the occasional pack of Oreos! We use Tom’s toothpaste, Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, Dr. Bronner’s and Mrs. Meyer’s soaps and household cleaners. We use A LOT of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar.

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I used to be a die-hard Solace girl, but Ahnu is definitely creeping up into first place. I love the Skin Tonic and so does my husband. I LOVE the Body Cream and Ambre Glow. I think the Glow is a flirty twist on the Body Cream.

What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I’ve had a snowball fight in shorts and a tank top on the 4th of July! (One of my brothers lives in remote Alaska and he got married on the 4th of July.)

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Music plays a big role in our lives. We see a lot of concerts. My parents have a several hundred-acre farm in northern Indiana that we love to spend time at. My in-laws also have a lake house in northern Indiana, right down the road from my parents. The long and short of it…when we aren’t at a concert, we are in northern Indiana riding dirt bikes, snowmobiles and boating!

Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? Every single item in our product line has been hand-made, hand-labeled and inspected with the consumer’s best interest in mind. I wish people knew the amount of LOVE that radiates inside the Ambre Blends Disco Hut, it’s truly a magical place.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? It’s been a pipe dream of mine for YEARS to be part of the Ambre Blends team. I was literally over the moon when I was offered a job with the company. I’m so proud to tell people “I WORK THERE” When the opportunity presents itself. I think that everyone deserves a job that they love and also where they are valued. Ambre treats every single one of us exceptionally well.

What was your first job? My first real job was at an ice cream shop called The Creamery. I rode my Honda Spree to work!


Meet Ambre Blends Product Specialist Michelle Hoard

When we launched Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant in December of 2013, we couldn’t have done it without Michelle. Starting in 2012, we collaborated with Michelle to test out a natural deodorant option for our product line. After many, many, many batches, we perfected the high-quality formula that stood up to the test of different seasons, situations and environments.

We want you to get to know the co-creator and producer of Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, Michelle Hoard!

What is a day in the life of Michelle like? The deodorant=making process is much like making a cake…mixing, weighing precise measurements, pouring and labeling. The natural deodorant is completely made by hand.

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? We are all like-minded in wanting to execute a quality product made by hand with no harmful ingredients. There is so much love behind the products.

What are some your favorite organic products you use? Besides Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, coconut oil and Young Living essential oils.

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? While the natural deodorant is obviously high on my list, the Skin Tonic is a close second! I use it daily before bed and after putting on my makeup. It gives me the scent that I love and moisture that our skin craves so much. I really love all the scents but prefer the Unmasque and Solace in the natural deodorant.

What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I am a Registered Nurse that specializes in pediatrics.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Watching my daughter Liza and my son Jack play sports, boating with my husband and kids and listening to local music with friends.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? Ambre Blends products are made without chemicals or harmful ingredients. You can be assured when using the products that they are not harming you or your family.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences working at Ambre Blends? I love that Ambre Blends is a woman-owned company that is an amazing example of sending empowerment to young girls that they can do anything they set their mind to.


Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Adam Crockett

Meet Adam Crockett, Director of Operations at Ambre Blends! Adam has worked full-time at Ambre Blends since 2012, although he has been involved with the company since 2007. He has served as the Shipping Manager in the past and we also consider him our resident tech guru/handyman.

 

“Adam is so instrumental when it comes to the bones of this business,” said Ambre. “He handles a lot of stuff that is crucial in keeping this business running. From legal, accounting, insurance, supplies and all things operational down to handyman work around the building, we could not do it without him! Adam helps me make productive, wise decisions when my heart can get in the way, he’s 100% the ying to my yang. Working with my husband has its challenges (naturally) but I would not trade it for the world.”

You might have seen Adam before working the checkout at our Holiday Open House or in our Put Down the Cologne campaign. Now you can learn a little bit more about Adam and why he’s an integral part of our Ambre Blends team!

What is a day in the life of Adam like? I start out every morning by checking inventory levels, overnight orders and financials. Then I get to paying the bills, checking our social media, ordering for ingredients and packaging, doing daily financials, helping with shipping if needed and then taking our packages to the post office.

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? I love everything about working at Ambre Blends! I love the people I work with, I love our work space and I love knowing that we are making and selling high-quality body care products that are good for the body and environment.

What are some of your favorite organic products you use? I am a BIG Ambre Blends user. I also love organic cotton clothing and footwear, and any healthy, organic foods I can find.

Favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? Solace Essence, Unmasque Natural Deodorant, Solace Olive Oil Soap and any scent of our Face & Beard Tonic.

What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? After I graduated from Indiana University, I went to work as an outdoor expedition guide. I led two week canoeing trips in Northern Minnesota, caving and climbing trips in Indiana and Kentucky, and mountain biking, climbing and snowboarding trips in Lake Tahoe. I even did a 21 day winter mountaineering course in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love being out at my property in Parke County, Indiana. I love working on the property and cabins, swimming in the pond, riding trails on my dirt bike and, in general, just being in the woods.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? In this day and age of everyone caring so much about what we put IN our bodies, we should also care as much about what we put ON our bodies. I wish everyone knew how much thought, energy and love we put into creating all of our body products so that they are the healthiest and greenest on the market.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? The most rewarding thing about working at Ambre Blends has been watching the organic growth of the company. We have stuck to our original ideas, plans and recipes since we started and it is so great to see our customers embracing what we have worked so hard to build.

What was your first job? My first “job” was working in the warehouse of my father’s company, Karma Records, putting stickers on CDs, tapes and albums, sending out promotional materials and checking inventory stock levels. My first “real job” was bagging groceries at O’Malia’s Food Market.

Anything else we should know? I have tried to live my life by the mantra (and Lucille Ball quote), “I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not.” It has worked well thus far for me.


Making the Switch to Natural Deodorant

If you haven’t already, it’s time to make the switch. There’s no need to sweat it, it’s an easy transition and we’ll walk you through it. What are we talking about? Ditching the antiperspirant and switching to natural deodorant.

Most people are scared to switch from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant because they’re scared of sweating. But remember, a little sweat never hurt anybody (sweating is a natural and necessary body process)! In fact, the reason that antiperspirants keep you from sweating is what is hurting you.

Here’s how antiperspirant works: aluminum clogs up your pores that would normally release perspiration, which causes your sweat to build up underneath blocked ducts in your skin. This also causes inflammation, bumps and bacteria that leads to body odor. Doesn’t sound very pleasant, does it? To make matters worse, those aluminum compounds in your antiperspirant are what cause the yellow stains in the armpits of your white shirts.

This isn’t even scratching the surface of all the harmful chemicals found in antiperspirant, including parabens, phthalates, silica, steareths and more, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s, cancer, skin irritation, reproductive disorders, developmental toxicity and muscle weakness, just to name a few.

After hearing all of that, what are you waiting for? Take your antiperspirants and deodorants and throw them in the trash. It’s time for a fresh start! When switching to a natural deodorant, your body might go through a short “detox” period (sometimes up to one month) in expelling the toxins from your body. You might have a strong body odor during this time, so make sure you are washing your skin to help battle the smell. You can help this detox process by exfoliating the skin under your arms and washing your armpits daily with soap (a natural option, like our pure olive oil soap) and water. After your body has gone through the detox, you’ll notice that the body odor is gone and you’ll be naturally smelling fresher.

With Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, you want to apply and wait for the oil-based deodorant to seep in for a couple of minutes to prevent it from possibly rubbing off onto your shirt or other garments. We recommend starting off with the deodorant in Invoke, Solace, Ahnu, or Unmasque, as their essences are stronger and Ambre Essence is more delicate, especially if you are worried about covering the smell of body odor.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Hold the deodorant up to your armpit for three seconds to let deodorant naturally warm up and soften before applying/swiping on.
  2. Swipe back and forth, five times at the most. We as a society use way too much deodorant in one application. We’re all guilty of it, we had to retrain our brains as well to know that we don’t need that much on at a time, even though we might think we do.
  3. Just apply to center of your armpit where hair growth naturally occurs, not on the outer pit area.
  4. Keep in mind, when you are switching from a antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, your body is not used to sweating out all the toxins, but all the same you need to get them out. Give it around 10-15 days for you to sweat all the toxins built up from your antiperspirant keeping them in your body. Usually excess sweating occurs and is more noticeable because you’re not used to sweating when using an antiperspirant. There could be some irritation associated with that which could be from detox, but most likely from over application (the baking soda can mess with your pH, causing redness).
  5. After continued use of our natural deodorant, you’ll notice less sweating. If you shave your underarms, please make sure your razor is replaced every few weeks. Dull razors hold bacteria and can cause irritation that you might assume is irritation from the natural deodorant.

Know what’s going on your skin! The ingredients in our natural deodorant include baking soda and arrowroot (deodorants), probiotics, coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract (anti-bacterials), aloe vera and shea butter (skin soothants) and Ambre Blends Oil Essence (scent). Our natural deodorant is 100% pure, all-natural and free of all toxins. These soothing ingredients will eliminate body odor while radiating your favorite Ambre Blends scent.


What’s in Store for 2016 at Ambre Blends

It’s hard to believe that March has almost come to an end and we are a quarter of the way into 2016! With the first day of spring behind us, I have to share my gratitude with all of our loyal customers for such a tremendous 2015.

Ambre Blends had its largest annual increase in sales ever last year! Much of that is attributed to YOU, our loyal customers, who are branching out, wearing more of our line and making Ambre Blends part of your lifestyle. We’ve noticed that our customers who previously only wore one scent in a Roll-On are trying different scents and exploring our product offerings, including the Natural Deodorant, Pure Soy Wax Candles, Skin Tonic and more. Did you know that we have approximately 80 different products now?

Our retail stores are noticing the customer demand and stocking a more diverse selection of our products to help meet our customers’ wants and needs. Stores that have only carried Roll-Ons now stock Deodorant and Beard Kits, and we know we couldn’t have grown like this without you. Thank you to all of our incredible customers for the support, kind words, encouragement and suggestions. You have played such a large part in the growth of our company.

We have so much in store for you for the rest of 2016. For starters, we are now selling our Ambre Beards products individually as well as in the Men’s Grooming Kit. So gentlemen, if you need to restock your Face and Beard Oil, you can buy individually instead of only in the kit. We also will be debuting an unscented Skin Tonic just for your face (for men and women) due to customer demand. We’ve had people tell us that their eyes are sensitive to some of the oils when wearing the Skin Tonic on their face, so be on the lookout for small bottles in an unscented version.

April showers bring May flowers, but they’ll also bring in two new limited edition products you can find exclusively online. For Earth Day, we’ll be selling a limited quantity of our white birch display holders. We debuted these at our open house for our Indianapolis customers in December and they were a huge hit. Each birch display holds a 10 ml Roll-On and 30 ml refill bottle, which is a great way to let your oil sit and age before use.

Also in April, we’ll have a small limited supply of Ambre Essence Bubble Bath available online in the end of April. These will come in a beautiful frosted glass bottle. We’re launching the Bubble Bath just in time for Mother’s Day, so treat your mom to a luxurious bath, she deserves it. Get it while you can because once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Good news beer lovers: we are partnering with Sun King Brewing Company to come out with Lip Remedy made with hops. Instead of tasting like blood orange, this Lip Remedy will be similar to the taste of Sun King’s Grapefruit Jungle. If you’re not signed up for our newsletter yet, make sure to sign up so you can be informed about the release date of this limited edition product.

One of the things I’m most excited to announce is that I’m working on developing a baby line that will come out in the latter part of 2016. I was inspired to make a baby line a long time ago. I use these products on my own children because kids need quality, clean products just as much as adults do. I’ve been making my own products since my son was born, and with so many customers asking us for a children’s line we knew we had to do it. Our customers constantly tell me that they use our current products on their babies and toddlers, so we wanted to offer something more.

While the products we have now are already safe for your children, this will be a line exclusively for them. It will have a unique scent that is exclusive just for the baby line that will include oils beneficial to babies with colic, teething kids and more. In addition to products for your children, we’re developing on a belly oil for the baby line to help moms-to-be prevent stretch marks and also help heal stretch marks that are already present.

As always, we are committed to bringing you clean products that make you feel good about yourself and what you’re putting on your body. Thanks again for supporting Ambre Blends and helping us become the company we are today!

Ambre


Ditch the Antiperspirant for a Natural Deodorant

Almost everyone has a stick of deodorant in their bathroom, because let’s be honest, no one wants to smell like body odor. But what kind of deodorant do you use? A natural deodorant? Antiperspirant? Do you know what’s in the products you’re putting on your skin under your arms every day?

It’s so important to know the ingredients in your deodorant, because if it contains toxic ingredients it can put your health at risk. While deodorants help combat bad smelling arm pits by eliminating the bacteria that causes odor, antiperspirants prevent sweat by blocking your pores with aluminum. Most deodorants and antiperspirants on the market include aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates and triclosan. Did you know that an antiperspirant is considered an over-the-counter drug because it affects the physiology of your body?

The dangers of aluminum are very real. And by applying it to your underarms every day, you skin is absorbing any and every toxic chemical contained in your antiperspirant. The aluminum used in antiperspirants has not only been linked to causing breast cancer but also Alzheimer’s, bone disorders, kidney problems and prostate cancer. To top it all off, antiperspirants don’t even completely prevent you from sweating, it only reduces your sweat by around 30 percent.

Don’t forget: sweating is a natural and necessary body process! Using synthetic antiperspirants prevents this natural process thereby keeping toxins in your system by clogging your pores. One study showed that aluminum was still present in blood samples 15 days after one application of aluminum to the armpit!

By using a natural deodorant, you will still sweat but the deodorant will get rid of the odor that accompanies underarm sweating due to metabolized bacteria.

Ambre Blends natural deodorant is 100% pure, all-natural and free of all toxins typically found in most deodorants and antiperspirants. Filled with antibacterial, deodorizing and soothing ingredients, our natural deodorant eliminates body odor while also radiating your favorite Ambre Blends scent. The all-natural, organic ingredients in our natural deodorant include Ambre Blends Oil Essence, probiotics, coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, baking soda, arrowroot, grapefruit seed extract and natural wax.

It’s time to ditch the toxic deodorants and antiperspirants in favor of a natural deodorant. Have more questions about our natural deodorant? Contact us and we’ll help you out!