Summer’s here and… umm… well, we’re feelin’ a little stinky! Luckily for us, Adina shared a super easy and all natural DIY deodorant recipe with our friends at The Chalkboard.

Here’s what they had to say:

YOUR SWEAT GLANDS are intact for a reason: it’s natural – and healthy – to break a sweat. And yet, very few of us want to go truly au naturel – with good reason. We’re 100% for going green, but we certainly don’t want to smell it. This recipe from the pros at S.W. Basics can be made at home to keep you smelling right and feeling good too. There are plenty of un-natural ingredients to be avoided in conventional deodorant…

Don’t even start with us about deodorant. If you haven’t switched to something natural yet, you should spend some time doing research today. You’ll never turn back. The key to good deodorant is really only one thing: essential oils that kill bacteria and neutralize odors. That’s it. Don’t fight your body’s natural processes, just use something fresh that makes it better. Witch hazel and aloe are both simultaneously astringent and soothing, and a combo of essential oils will especially fight your (gorgeous and sexy) stink!

  • DIY DEODORANT SPRITZ

  • INGREDIENTS

    2 Tbsp witch hazel
    1 Tbsp aloe juice
    10-20 drops of essential oil: rosemary, sage or clove

  • DIRECTIONS

    Mix into a spray bottle and store up to three months.

    It’s best to make fresh batches more often, so start small and try to use within one month.

    Find the original article [HERE].

Today one of the greatest poets of our time has died. Maya Angelou will always be remembered as a strong, fierce, caring, insightful, and brilliant woman who has helped empower people through her wise words.  

To remember her, we wanted to share one of our favorite poems…

Phenomenal Woman

BY MAYA ANGELOU

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.

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Miki Agrawal is the shit.

Have you heard of her? Probably. If not, go here, here, and here. Or read this hilarious interview that our very own Jess Assaf conducted one morning with us over gchat. I recommend everyone starts their days talking to someone about boys, the future, and why you’re obsessed with each other. It helps if you’re kind of strangers ahead of time, like we were. (We only met once!) Okay okay I’m gonna stop stalling. We had so much fun doing this, hope you have fun reading it! 

<3 

Adina

Jess:  let’s start with the most relevant

What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning? (PG-13 rated)

Miki:  well today my employee (who lives in my building) walked into my apt and woke me up and I was naked

Adina:  HA

Jess:  amazing

Miki:  but usually I wake up and do Japanese calisthenics called Rajio Taiso

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS92XkVKM0Q

Adina:  OMG I do the same thing! Just kidding I only get out of bed because I really have to pee, and then I immediately have a panic attack about my week.

Jess:  great answers, both of you

Miki:  Every Japanese person old and young does rajio taiso. And yes, I also immediately think of what firedrill is in front of me

Adina:  I’m gonna do it!

Miki:  Do it!

Jess:  Adina, what was your first impression of Miki and Miki, what was your first impression of Adina?

Miki:  Easy: She is my people.

Adina:  "God she’s tiny and adorable."

Miki:  Amazing energy

clearly SUPER smart

and just loved the sarcastic, funny commentary

Adina:  Ha yes! Me too. I thought, “Ugh if I could just be like her! No wonder she’s killing it.”

Miki:  Finding girls that I LOVE immediately is rare and I sincerely hope we can be friends

Adina:  Also I was super ready to hate on you Miki, because you’re like stupid successful

Miki:  haha

Adina:  I was sure it had to be some magic potion

But it’s really just who you are

It made so much sense when I met you

Jess:  awww im tearing up!

Miki:  haha Bestieessss forevverrrr

Adina:  Also I think a few minutes in it became insanely comforting to hear how much of the same stuff we’ve gone through!

Miki:  Honestly, I kept saying “Yes” every time you said something

we’re going through the same shit and talking Adina was therapy

haha exactly

Adina:  Ya. We should start that as a thing! Business Therapy

Rajio Taiso is playing in the background, just so everyone knows.

Miki:  Perfect.

Just perfect.

Jess:  what inspired you both to start a business?

Miki:  Solving very real very normal problems

Adina:  For me it was the frustration with someone not already doing the stuff I wanted to do. Feeling like I had such obvious ideas, and feeling like all of my bosses sucked.

The business world is so dirty

People are thieves, and they’re taking advantage of each other

 Miki:  First came Wild to give people delicious comfort food that was also healthy (so people felt they weren’t giving anything up), then came Super Sprowtz to try and get kids to love veggies and now it’s THINX to re-invent feminine hygiene products so I don’t embarrass myself every month with stains and leaks

Jess:  and thank you to both of you for your businesses, which have already made my life so much better

Miki:  And of course to solve a problem for girls in the developing world since I’m half Indian and my dad came to america with $5, I could have been any of those suffering girls.

Not to sound annoying

Adina:  You know, I think that is such a big part of it!

That no one talks about

Adina:  That we could be, and are the people that are suffering

We’re very lucky

Miki:  We won the lottery of life

seriously

 Adina:  And they need help

Right

Immigrant Parent Girls

another new club

me too

Miki:  PERFECT

Adina:  So many business owners I’ve met [come from immigrant parents]

Miki:  Where are your parents from again Adina?

Adina:  Romania!

Miki:  Amazing

Adina:  They fled communism

Miki:  do you speak the language?

wow

incredible

Adina:  I do! Not as well as I’d like

Miki:  just got goosebumps across gchat

Adina:  goosechat

Miki:  Immigrants breed tough women

haha

Adina:  For sure

Jess:  so true

Adina:  And, I think

It makes us super conscious of how hard it is out there for people

So fuck starting a selfish business that doesn’t help people

Miki:  Totally

Adina:  I don’t know how anyone does that

Miki:  My dad reminds me of it all the time if we complain about something, he says “first world problems” and shakes his head

Jess:  What is your biggest goal at the moment, either personally or professionally? (for you two they are the same thing…)

Miki:  TO FUCKING CRUSH IT

no but seriously

Adina:  I mean, I couldn’t have said it better

That’s all I think about

Miki:  I want our company to really be known to support women and save embarrassment, I want to really solve the big feminine hygiene problems in the developing world and I want to continue to cultivate my amazing friendships

like with you 

Adina:  Do everything the best I possibly can, personally and professionally. I want to not become a shitty business owner that is selfish and greedy, and I want to be a good person outside of business too.Which takes harder work than the business does even

Miki:  I am proud of the incredible community of friends that I have,

Miki:  totally

At the bottom of all of my emails, I have “make progress every day”

that’s all we can do!

Jess:  what is your biggest challenge in your business at the moment?

Miki:  Production, back office, warehouse, everything

EVERYTHING

Adina:  Ya. Scaling, keeping up, making the right decisions, not losing my mind.

Managing all of it

So hard

Miki:  Completely agree with you re: making the right decisions

everyone looks to us for answers and we steer the ship and have to do our best to make the best decisions we can

Adina:  Ya and it’s not like there’s some secret rulebook

with the answers

But if someone could write one, I would really appreciate it.

me:  Define “girl power”

Adina:  Not saying “nah” when people ask if you’re a feminist

Haaa jk

But not really

Adina:  Believing that you are not lesser than, weaker than, or even that different from men. Encouraging other women to feel the same. Being NICE to other girls!

Miki:  Girl power, for me it’s about having girl friends who support the shit out of each other and still celebrate each other even if shit is going on for one of us!

Getting pumped up to see other girls succeed, yes we are competitive beings but channelling that to push harder

Adina:  Right, pushing each other and believing in each other

Miki:  Totally!

Jess: why are girls more powerful than boys?

Adina:  Jess is such a boy hater!

Jess:  or why should there be more women running businesses

how about that?

Adina:  I think women are more powerful because if and when we are really ourselves (ie not trying to mimic men to be more business-like), we add emotion to things

And I think it’s such a mistake to act like being emotional in business is weakness

Miki:  YES exactly

Adina:  NOT being emotional in business has made the world a really ugly place

And uncaring one

Adina:  But it’s not men’s fault that the whole culture has encouraged machismo

Miki:  This world that we live in was literally built by men, the walls the floors the subways our bathrooms, everything. If women had a touch in the way the world was build, you betcha it wouldn’t be all concrete

It will be kinder

and stronger

Miki:  and way more gorgeous

Adina:  Women need to just start being themselves more

Miki:  Agree with Adina re: living in a way that men sometimes can’t cry or they will be condemned

or show emotion

Adina:  Ya! But not all men are like that

or I wouldn’t be married!

Miki:  like our men

Adina:  ha YES

Miki:  my man started a company based around emotion

haha

Jess:  you guys are already answering my next question!

Jess:  You both have amazing men in your lives. How has love changed you?

Jess:  And what advice do you have for all of us girls still looking for our special A?! (Adam/Andrew)

Miki:  I can see that Adina can have the best life ever on her own but Adam enhances her. She doesn’t need him, she wants him.

Same with me

I don’t need anyone to be a strong independent person. I have the BEST TIME EVER with Andrew

Also Andrew is so much more thoughtful than I am, I am learning to be softer because of him, if you can believe it

Adina:  I think for me, it’s really calmed me down, made me feel more peaceful. It makes you happy in a way that is very undramatic and sweet, which is insanely helpful for leading a focused life. And it’s mindblowing to be with someone who on your worst days, still thinks you can do anything. That you are so powerful.

Yes! All of that. It’s just so fun and I don’t know how to explain it but it’s like having a life teacher

Adina:  And I think in looking for someone, it’s important to think about the person you choose as a really important friend

A potentially forever friend

If it’s someone who doesn’t support you fully or who you feel like you can’t support fully, it’s not right

To me. Everyone is different of course!

Miki:  Absolutely the same, when I have emotional outbursts, he calms me down and thinks I’m beautiful even when I don’t feel that way

Adina:  And you’d better be able to laugh all the time

Adina:  Cause things ‘gon get rough

Miki:  To be able to be many people in one body and him loving every side

Adina:  Yes!

Even the ugly ones

The number of times I go

I know I’m a really bad person for saying this but…

And he’s like, nah it’s cool, I get it

But then he’s like, now let’s talk about how to not feel that way

Jess:  ok just as importantly, who is your ultimate girl crush?!

Miki:  Adina

Adina:  Miki!

Miki:  Excellent!

Adina:  And you Jess

Jess:  oh wow thank you boss

Adina:  Let’s all cuddle.

Miki:  I went to a party this past weekend with a bunch of polyamorous people, I’m not there yet but if I was, Adina?

haha

Adina:  HA!

Miki:  It was a bit weird

Jess: love

Miki:  but who knows when we’re 50

Adina:  I’m cracking up.

Or when we were 20?

Miki:  haha exactly

Jess:  describe yourself in one hashtag

Adina:  #hotmess

Jess:  hahaha #yeahright

Miki:  #Ihavenoideawhati’mdoing

Adina:  hahahahaha!

Adina:  I think both of our hashtag should be #everydayimhustlin

Adina:  #butlikealady

Jess: what is a quality you admire in one another that you don’t think you possess (but you actually do)

Adina:  Oh this one is so easy

Miki is incredibly unapologetic

Miki:  haha

Adina:  I know for sure I am not that

She is not afraid

She is completely herself

and it’s loud and in your face and full of fucking positivity

She’s not meek but she doesn’t act macho

Jess:  yup adina you are all of those things

Miki:  Adina is hilarious without trying to be

Miki:  Unafraid

Brilliant

Jess:  yup miki you are all of those things

Miki:  No Adina is smarter than me

FOR CERTAIN

Adina is SO creative

Adina:  I’m getting way more into the polyamorous thing as this goes on

Adina:  Everyone should do this with each other

Miki:  Wish I was as creative as Adina

HAHA

Adina:  Miki you have like 18 businesses!

Don’t be an idiot.

I have like one that’s limping it’s way forward

Miki:  SHUT UP

Adina:  Like, please mam, may I have some more

Miki:  It’s SO amazing

All of my friends use your products without even me telling them

It’s really amazing

Miki:  My friend Stephan especially lives for your products

Jess: i wish you could both kiss on gchat

but you basically already did with words

Adina: Stephan can join our cuddle party. 

Jess: what is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Adina: Stop watching television.

I mean I didn’t listen. 

But super great advice. 

Miki:  haha

Miki:  Make progress every day.

Miki:  Throw your tv in the trashcan receptacle.

Jess:  don’t watch television but DO watch tyler perry movies, cough cough adina

Adina:  That’s DIFFERENT!

Miki:  Don’t watch TV but watch all Key and Peele videos, cough cough miki

Adina:  No here’s a better one

Adina:  You can’t control the outcome of anything so stop sitting around obsessing over it.

When you do an action because you think “Oh this is going to lead to this for sure” you will most definitely be wrong

So it’s not the right reason to do things

"If I say this, people will like me."

Ya right.

Miki:  Nothing is permanent.

My tight ass is impermanent.

Adina:  hahaha

Miki:  hahaha

Jess: LOVE YOU BOTH

thanks for your beautiful and sassy words. 

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