Sunday, 17 April 2022


 Hey lovelies, welcome back! 

Lets talk WILD - a sustainable, natural, aluminium free deodorant with compostable refills delivered straight to your door.

I've suffered from folliculitis, a common skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed, since I started shaving at aged twelve. To combat this, I reduce how often I shave, which helps slightly but not completely. After trawling the internet for answers one night, I stumbled across a recommendation to try natural deodorant, as aluminium in regular antiperspirants clogs your pores causing the folliculitis to flare. 

For those who might be thinking, they're the same thing - deodorants masks body odour, while antiperspirants block the pores to stop you sweating.

Since I'm always looking to make small, sustainable changes in my everyday life, I decided to give WILD a go, and the results were interesting... 

~ WEEK 1 ~ 

I didn't notice any changes to begin with, but I was enjoying trying a new product and feeling boujee with the case and refills. Unbeknownst to me my pores were still blocked after years of antiperspirant use, and it was working its way out of my system.

~ WEEK 2 ~ 

With open pores, sweat started to become more noticeable and I STUNK! I wash daily anyway, but I was having to wash 2-3 a day...

~ WEEK 3 ~ 

After feeling incredibly self-conscious and almost giving up thinking natural deodorant wasn't right for my body, I decided to research into the transition from antiperspirant to deodorant - something I definitely should have done beforehand! Turns out, after years of suppression, your sweat glands go into overdrive to remove the toxins from your body - enter BO. This is perfectly normal, and usually starts around week 2-3 and subsides by week 4-5 as your body regulates itself. Twice daily cleansing and topping up deodorant during the day helps make this period more manageable. 

~ WEEK 4 ~ 

Much the same as week 3, although now I knew this was part of the process, I was determined to see it through. 

~ WEEK 5 ~ 

Finally, we came out the other side. Severe body odour abated, and I started to feel confident and comfortable using natural deodorant. 

~ WEEK 6 ~ 

I had noticed a few bumps after shaving, but they were less painful and went down after a day or two. They resembled irritation bumps more than folliculitis. 

~ 6 MONTHS ~ 

Switching to natural deodorant was the best decision I ever made. I still only shave when I need to, but my folliculitis has pretty much cleared up! The refills themselves surprisingly last really long! They recommend using 3 swipes per side, and despite doubling up some days, I'm still exceeding the renewal date and having to postpone my delivery. Definitely better value for money than regular antiperspirant! 

Switching to natural deodorant has been a wild journey 😉 but was definitely worth it! If you're thinking of making the switch, do it! I can guarantee it'll be the best decision you make! 

Have you tried natural deodorant? Let me know in the comments below. 

Until next time, lovelies!

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Lets talk House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

 Hey lovelies, welcome back! 

Krystal Sutherland debut, Our Chemical Hearts, is one of my favourite accidental discoveries, and her new novel, House of Hollow, is no different! 

10 years ago, the Hollow sisters disappeared without a trace. A month later they reappeared with no memory of what had happened to them. Ever since, eerie, inexplainable occurrences happen around them, and girls are always at the centre. When Grey, the eldest, goes missing, Vivi and Iris are left behind to figure it out - but they aren't the only ones looking for her... Suddenly, they realise Grey's disappearance is related to what happened 10 years ago, and only by confronting it can they save Grey, but do they really want to know...  

As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew this book would be right up my street, and from the very first page, I was hooked! Supernatural, magical, horror? YES PLEASE!!! 

Everything about Sutherland's writing, from the characters names (Grey, Vivi, Iris, Adelaide), to the intricate descriptions of wisteria snaking in through the window, is hauntingly beautiful and fits the aesthetic perfectly.

The plot is gripping, and culminates in such an unexpected, disturbing twist that you don't expect but would be disappointed with anything else. Narrated by Iris, the youngest sister, you become fully immersed in her perspective and share her thoughts, fears, and feelings as if they were your own.  

Although there is no sexual content, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone under 15yrs. The themes and climax are quite dark and twisted that even I was shocked. Think of the original Grimm's fairy tales where the ugly sisters cut off their feet to fit in the glass slipper - it's very reminiscent.

Intoxicating, hauntingly beautiful, folklore-ish, Grimm's fairytale-esque, that vibrates magic-realism, House of Hollow had me gripped till the very last sentence! 

Until next time, lovelies!