Photo by Hannah Baik.

Photo by Hannah Baik.

Hello there, readers. I decided to start a talking points series where I can discuss a variety of random things that interest me and that aren't necessarily related. It’s an informal space for thinking and sharing and a lot of, well, talking! For the sake of being cute, I’m going to call each point a basil bite.

So goop just launched a podcast a week and half ago and it's great. I’ve enjoyed both of the first two episodes but if you only have time for one, the premiere features Gwyneth Paltrow interviewing Oprah and you’ll pretty much be a better person just for listening to it. They discuss everything from being fully present in the moment to the #MeToo movement. One of my favorite takeaways:
Oprah tells us that around '89/'90 she read Gary Zukav's The Principles of Intention and it changed her life. She lives her life by the golden rule, born from Newton's third law of motion, and explains "what you put out is coming back all the time" and "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." The intention, the pure and true motivating energy behind everything you do, is what ultimately determines the effect. So if you act in fear, that will show up in the reaction. If you do something just to please someone, they'll keep coming back to you asking for more.

The whole episode is so good. Go. Listen. Now.

Bad news: 90% of water bottles contain microplastics, according to a recent review by the World Health Organization. The study found an average of 325 plastic particles per every liter of bottled water. Even more shocking - one bottle of Nestle Pure Life contained 10,000 particles per liter. So drink tap water as much as possible, not only because every plastic water bottle consumed continues to contribute to the enormous plastic problem our earth is facing, but also because it contains around half the amount of plastic particles as it's bottled counterparts. Yes, you read correctly, there is also plastic in your tap water. 

A few weeks ago I came across a Racked article titled, "The Best Natural Deodorant is Acid." Obviously I was intrigued. I stopped using conventional antiperspirants years ago mainly because the aluminum turns white things yellow if you sweat at all, and, well frankly, I care(d) too much about my clothes to let that happen. So that happened even before I even learned about the cons of aluminum. But the struggle to find a good natural deodorant is real. I've tried a bunch, but the one I keep coming back to is from Malin + Goetz. I like the texture the best and I love that it's clear. The trouble I have with a lot of other natural deodorants is that they rub off white on anything dark. I find this especially annoying when trying on clothes.

I don't consider myself a particularly smelly person (I do sweat though) but I would never wear a shirt twice without washing it (until recently) and I also don't think I smell like roses after a particularly hot day or a grueling workout. But all in all I've been happy with my Malin + Goetz. This article intrigued me however, and it came at the perfect time because I had purchased REN Skincare's new Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic for my face a couple weeks prior. So I figured why not give it a go? Well, life is changed. The article quotes two skincare chemists who explain, “the most likely mechanism is that the acids lowered the pH to a point where the environment is no longer favorable to the BO bacteria.”

So I've been using the REN glow tonic on my underarms for around 3-4 weeks now and it has been nothing short of successful. Just to give an example, Friday morning I was struggling to find something to wear to work so I dug a sweater out of my suitcase, which by the way, had been sitting open on my living room since March 4th (face palm). I wore the sweater for two nights on a recent trip to Florida and all day Friday and I'm telling you, I still smelled fresh and clean at the end of the night. Don't worry, I won't wear it again without washing it - I'm civilized, I promise. 

You can apply the tonic on a cotton pad or transfer some of the product to a small glass spray bottle (I only did this because I was traveling but now I prefer it) and spray the underarms after showering and/or before working out or going to bed. After they dry, I still apply my deodorant.