A Village Life

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I’ve been on a quest to find a “natural” non-aluminium deodorant for years now.  I have tried every product on the market and so far nothing has come up successful.  I’ve spent many a day thinking, “man, I stink”.  It’s not so much the sweating that bothers me just the smell of stinky hippy body odour.  Lately with all the kids in the house I’ve taken to just swiping my pits with a baby wipe when I feel a bit stinky and callin’ it all good.  At some stage though something has to give and there just has to be a product out there that can help without giving me cancer or some other serious ailment associated with environmental chemical use.  Some of the deodorant and brands I would put in the stinky unsuccessful basket are Jason’s, Tom’s, Australian Tea Tree, the salt crystal either in block form, roll on or spray on, Kiss My Face, Aubrey, the list goes on.  Recently I splurged on Weleda’s Citrus Deodorant.  This actually worked but I found the spray-on a bit wet, enduring a 5 minute dripping pits session before getting dressed every morning.  When Soapwalla came to my attention thanks to Estelle I was more than happy to give it a go.  While I waited patiently for my Soapwalla to get sent to my mom in California who then forwarded it to me in New Zealand, I kept up with my dripping Weleda pits, not unhappy with them but not entirely pleased either.  Soapwalla arrived just in time for a few long days of work in a hot kitchen, no better test for a deodorant than conditions like that.  The application is a bit strange rubbing cream into your armpits but I quickly overcame that.  No big deal actually, it’s just like rubbing body lotion onto your skin.  Soapwalla has exceeded my expectations.  It’s brilliant!  It smells delicious like creamy lavender cake or something yummy and sweet that you’d want to eat.  As far as the stink factor goes, I haven’t had even a whiff of smelly hippy in the 2 weeks I’ve been using it.  If there was one natural deodorant I would happily recommend to people, this would be the one.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


The sun will come out, tomorrow.........
Remember this?  Yesterday we received the Annie DVD in the post for the girls to watch.  I was so excited to put it on and re-live every moment of this story.  Mrs. Hannagan.  Daddy Warbucks (was that his name?).  Oh my goodness, oh my goodness.  I think I watched the film 50 times at least, when I was a kid.  We played "Annie" with the girls who lived next door to my grandma and spent hours singing every song from the movie.  Of course everyone always wanted to be Annie.  It was a huge part of my childhood, this film, so I couldn't understand when Pete said he had never heard of it and it seemed like his worst nightmare, all the singing and stuff.  The girls gave me funny looks as I sang every song word for word.  But slowly as the film played the girls became more and more entranced until they were both sitting in their chairs right in front of the TV screen staring at this all time favorite movie of mine.  I hate to say it but I am going to put it on again today and hope that they are seduced by the charms of Annie just as I was when I was a little girl!!!  They are real singers my little ones so I am just dying to hear them sing "the sun will come out..." in their sweet little voices!