It’s hard to believe we’re starting a new year and a new decade. There is always a different feel to a new year for me. It’s hard to explain, but I guess I would have to describe it as a fresh beginning filled with new possibilities that re-energizes me. With all that said, I don’t want to forget all the wonderful things that developed in 2019 … the launching of this blog being one of my biggest and most satisfying endeavours. I am so grateful you have welcomed Carla’s No Place Like Home into your lives. I want to share my top best finds of 2019 that I know you will want to try.
Best Deodorant – Under Carriage
I was introduced to this product at the One of a Kind Show in Toronto, but I was skeptical. I have a drawer full of natural deodorants that just don’t get the job done. Having spent up to $40 on a natural deodorant you would think I would throw in the towel, but I was not about to give up! Undercarriage is not a synthetic antiperspirant. It is a natural deodorant that kills odour-causing bacteria and works well to stop wetness. There are options for sensitive skin and vegan choices as well. I have been using the vegan lemon sage and love it!! The bonus is that this deodorant doesn’t stain your clothing. Sign me up!!! They even offer 3 small containers of their top best scents which come in a “Pit Pack”. The only downside I would share is that you need to apply it with your hands and rub it in place. It was made so you can apply it to any place you want to control sweat … even your feet!!
Best Natural Home Product – EcoEgg
YouTube link: Ecoegg Review – An Eco Egg Laundry Solution
I have gradually been removing all harsh chemical products from my home for the past 2 years. It’s difficult to find natural products that will give you the same results as your old reliable chemical household products. For laundry, I purchased the Ecoegg at a home show 2 years ago and have been using it ever since. It’s a natural product that will save you a ton of cash!!
The laundry egg is 100% hypoallergenic, perfect for most people who have skin sensitivities, including babies and children. It contains two types of mineral pellets which work together to lift the dirt from your fabrics. The largest Ecoegg will give you 720 washes which is approximately 3 years for a 4-person household. Since the Ecoegg does not contain any harsh chemicals it leaves almost no residue on your clothes. The rinse cycle can be significantly reduced saving water, time and electricity. If your machine allows it, you can cut out the rinse cycle completely!!
I have gifted the Ecoegg to so many people and the feedback is always positive. Everyone tells me they will never go back to using regular laundry detergents again.
I also use the Ecoegg Dryer Eggs. I have never been a fan of fabric softeners as the chemicals can be absorbed through the skin. The chemicals in dryer sheets and fabric softeners are considered to be among the most toxic products in households and have been linked to many serious health problems. We also know that they are harmful to the environment, marine life in particular. The Ecoegg Dryer Egg reduces the time your clothes need to be in the dryer which means more time for you and money in your wallet not to mention the wonderful results. I love how my towels feel after I use the dryer egg … so soft and fluffy!!
If you have any questions about the product and how it works I’m including a great video that’s worth watching (located under title)
I guarantee once you try the Ecoegg you will never go back to harsh chemical laundry detergents again!
Best Protein Powder – Organic Raw Hemp Pro – Northwest Coast Naturals
It is nearly impossible to find a protein powder that doesn’t have pea protein as the first ingredient. I generally avoid pea protein as it is high in lectins which cause inflammation. I try to limit any products or foods with lectins as much as possible, especially if I’m consuming them every day.
This Hemp protein is a 100 % vegan, 100% certified organic and non-GMO product. Hemp is an easy-to- digest protein and one serving provides a quarter of your daily fiber requirements and some essential daily fats. I start most of my mornings with a 2 tablespoons of this protein in my smoothie along with a banana, one cup of frozen super fruit and coconut milk. I blend it all up and I’m good until lunch time.
Best Probiotic – 24 Strain Probiotic – Dr. Gundry formula
When it comes to wellness one of the most important things you can do is nourish and protect your gut, digestive system and immune system. After all who has time to get sick??? A question I get asked frequently is “which probiotic works best?” There are countless brands of probiotics to choose from on the market today. It can be quite costly and confusing to select one. Some do not have the correct strains of bacteria to deliver and maintain “good bugs” for our gut. I have taken Genestra Brand HMF intensive for years and it has worked well for me. However, Dr. Gundry has formulated a 24-strain bacteria probiotic that is everything our gut needs. I have found it to be more effective and my husband who suffers from acne feels it has made a significant difference.
Let’s feed our gut all the right stuff!!
Best Vegan/Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe – Vegan Pantry Bakery and Cafe
Located at 34 Ross Street in Barrie, Ontario
It’s tough to find a place that offers vegan and gluten free options, but I managed to find this needle in a haystack! Alison, the owner has so many vegan/gluten free options it made my head spin. I devoured the panzerotti and enjoyed my vegan/gluten free Jos Louis as well. Though I must say, it was more of a King Dons to me. Either way, it was very satisfying! Check out the menu. I will be back Alison. It was worth the drive!!
Hope my 5 best finds of 2019 serve you well. Let me know if you try any and what you think.
Stay healthy and happy!
I do not get a commission for endorsing these products or perks from any eateries I frequent. I just want to share my fabulous finds!