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Know Your Status on World AIDS Day

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Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in AIDS, brew health | Posted on 30-11-2013

HIV_AIDSSunday, December 1st marks World AIDS Day where we stop and take a moment to join in the fight to end HIV and AIDS across the globe. This is the 25th anniversary of the movement. Globally, an estimated 34 million people have HIV. While great strides have been made in prolonging the healthy lives of HIV and AIDS patients, there’s no mainstream cure and people are still engaging in behavior that puts them at risk for contracting the disease. World AIDS Day reminds us all that there’s still a great need for better education, funding and research.

But, on a personal level, there is something that you can do –RIGHT NOW– to know your HIV status to protect you and others from getting the disease. While I was at the Blogalicious conference for bloggers and social media gurus in Atlanta this past October, I learned about the at-home HIV testing kit made by OraQuick. In fact, they gave everybody a kit to take home.

OraQuick

It’s an easy-peasy test that you take by swabbing your gums, then wait about 20 minutes for the results (watch the how to video). You can have your new boo take the test while you quickly grab some wine and set the mood for the rest of the night. If the test doesn’t quite work out as you’d hoped, the company provides a 24/7 phone number where you can speak to a counselor right away. The test is $39.99, a small price to pay for your health and sanity. You can buy one or two and keep them in a safe space in case you need to whip one out before your next escapade. OraQuick sells the tests online or find it at a pharmacy near you.

If you need more information about preventing HIV, download the Women’s Guide to Sexual Wellbeing and stay safe! #brewcares

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Brew Health: Don’t Be Thirsty! Drink More Water

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Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Advice, brew commentary, brew health | Posted on 21-08-2013

Dont Be Thirsty

Face it. Nobody’s getting any younger around these parts. Things may be sinking, jiggling and cracking, BUT, there’s a way to stop Father Time from making your black/white/Caublanasian/insert what you like from cracking.

WATER
Yes, water. It’s just that simple. You may not like to drink it. But you NEED it. We Witches have teamed up with Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water to share why we love getting our 8+ glasses in each day and why you should, too! Plus, we’ve got a great sweepstakes to share so read along!
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Momma Used To Say: The Best Advice From Our Mothers #momswisdom

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Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Advice, brew commentary, brew health | Posted on 21-06-2013

Mother and child
A mother’s love can be uplifting, empowering, unconditional and smothering at the same time. Sometimes, you just want to tell ma to back off, then there are those times that she’s spot on with her advice, side eyes and “I told you so’s.” We here at the Brew have put together a best of list of the advice we’ve received from our moms that may not have made a lick of sense back in the day, but now that we’re seasoned and spicy, it all rings true.


Fleur's Mom; baby Fleur & the Easter bunny

Fleur’s Mom; baby Fleur & the Easter bunny


Fleur’s wisdom comes from her mother and grandmother:

  • Try to find a man who loves you more
  • Never write anything down that you don’t want repeated
  • A dog that brings a bone will carry one away (meaning if someone gossips to you, they’ll gossip about you)
  • Never date a man more than 10 years your junior or senior
  • The same people you see on your way up, you’ll see on your way down so be nice!
  • Sleep eight and drink eight!


Elphie, her mom...her mom's 'fro

Elphie, her mom…her mom’s ‘fro


Elphaba’s mom and grandma pushed her to be an artiste and have a great sense of humor:

  • Easy D. (her rap name) always encouraged my creativity. She knew I was an ‘extra dramatic’ child. She’d haul me from ballet to piano, theater and drawing every Saturday until something ‘stuck.’ It’s because of her, I have had a life long love with all things artistic.
  • She encouraged me to be a ‘doer’ and get involved in life…even though I’m a bit of a loner (though she calls it ‘kind of bitchy’) by nature.
  • My grandmother taught me to never bother to be rude. Just smile and nod, eventually they will go away. (That lady rocked)
  • Treat yo’self! Don’t wait for handouts, if you dont treat yourself well, how do you expect other people to?
  • True friendships last a lifetime. Though presents are wonderful and should be graciously accepted. But know the person bearing the most gifts isnt always a friend.
  • “Don’t you let no gotdamn man see you cry! And don’t you kiss his gotdamn ass!” That’s a quote…sometimes she gets extra ignorant for no good reason.
  • Keep your sense of humor…cause life can suck.
  • Drink water, or your skin will look gray and ashen. Black does indeed crack if you don’t take care of it. Exfoliate often and use sunscreen.


My Mom dressed me in boy colors

My Mom dressed me in boy colors



My mother is very much a get up and get ‘er done kinda lady. Actually getting her to sit still so she can impart wisdom is rather difficult. She is a living example in every area of her life so I’ve learned so much just by watching her in action.

  • Be smooth on the surface but paddling like a duck underneath
  • “If you’re mad, you better get glad!” and “Oh, you mad? Only dogs go mad!” (I always took those to mean never let others pull you out of character)
  • Always count your change (you have no idea how often cashiers seemingly can’t do math)
  • If you want it, work for it
  • Always keep a snack in your purse, emergency glue (if you break a nail) and have a snap-on ponytail handy (yes, we’re about that Emergency Remy life)
  • Keep a rainy day fund and ALWAYS carry cash, you might get stranded (she’s a bit of a Debbie Downer realist in that regard)
  • Always have a plan; preparation is key
  • Nobody takes better care of you, than you… so care for yourself from the inside out…junk in, junk out!


Piper's outspoken Mom & a young Witch P #mushroomgamefierce

Piper’s outspoken Mom & a young Witch P #mushroomgamefierce



If you know Piper, then you’re familiar with her mom’s “I say what’s on my mind” text messages and advice. Here’s some of her best words of wisdom:

  • Always read a lot, you have a big butt and people won’t take you serious if you’re not smart
  • Try not to ever get into a physical fight with another girl, but if you do, rip her clothes off so she’ll be too embarrassed to keep fighting
  • Don’t date men who think they are better looking than you, pretty men don’t think they have to buy presents
  • My life was significantly impacted when she mastered text messaging. Why on earth did I ever encourage this? Well actually I know why, because I wanted a break from the 4,000 phone calls a day! Here’s an example: A text from mom: “Good morning daughter, I was looking at your pictures, you did great with your weight loss, but you should still lose 10 more lbs, ok?” Now in her defense, yes, I have recently lost a good deal of weight, however….. Excuse me lady???
  • I attribute most of my new body to my diligence as it relates to drinking water, something my mom is huge on, in fact, she only drinks water. I often hear her advice ringing in my head “you really need to stay away from that soda, water is the only thing you should be drinking”. I’ve never seen a pimple or blemish on her face and even as she ages, her skin remains supple. Alas, as it turns out, she was right. Now, water is the only thing I drink, and also the only thing I WANT to drink.

Taking care of yourself from head to toe, inside and out, is the best advice from all of our mothers and grandmothers. Good health lays a solid foundation for life. We’re pleased to participate in the Nestlé® Pure Life® campaign that encourages everyone to follow mom’s wisdom and take better care of themselves. So, do a Witch a solid (#feedawitch) and simply click this link and, if you’re so inclined, leave a comment with the best advice you’ve ever received from your mom. How have those words of wisdom made you a better person? Add the hashtag #momswisdom and tell them “Witches’ Brew sent me!”

We’ll be sharing more healthy tips in the coming weeks.

Thanks to Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water for sponsoring today’s discussion. Additional consideration provided by Linqia (words & opinions are our own). Nestlé® Pure Life® is the number one bottled water brand by volume according to Beverage Marketing Corporation, Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water offers a number of healthy hydration options and is committed to helping families live healthy, active lifestyles.

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Brew Review: For Pits Sake! Natural Deodorant + GIVEAWAY!!!

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Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Brew beauty, brew health, Brew Review, Giveaway | Posted on 14-06-2013

For Pits Sake
My pursuit of the perfect natural deodorant has been well documented here at the Brew. I thought I found the right stuff earlier this year when I tested out this product, but after a month, it made my pits hurt. So fast-forward to April, I did some googlin’ and found out about this stuff called “For Pits Sake!” It’s an aluminum-free natural deodorant that comes in a stick form like we’re all used to. I hit up the company and they hooked a Witch up! They sent me the Lavender scent which, admittedly, at first I thought was too strong. I mean, do lavender and potential funk really mix? But, au contraire homey. It’s fantastic.

For Pits Sake demoThe strong scent settles and you’re left with soft, moisturized pits. I’ve been using it for almost two months now with no reactions and no sweaty pits. And, it lasts through a solid cardio workout! For $7.99 a stick, you really can’t beat it. Be warned that when you first try the deodorant, it’s thick. It doesn’t simply glide on like regular over the counter funk busters you’re used to. If you’re going sleeveless, you can always blot away some of the paste. Since it’s so thick, it doesn’t take much to keep you funk-free all day long, so you wind up using less than a typical deodorant. But, don’t take my word for it. G.B. Proudfoot’s, the company that makes For Pits Sake!, is giving away a prize pack to one lucky winner. That’s right. The Witches are giving you some FREE STUFF!

One winner will get a stick of the For Pits Sake! Lavender-scented deodorant and a stick of the Lime & Clove-scented deodorant (perfect for sharing with your man), plus, you’ll get a Key Lime lip balm and a Calendula Super Salve sample. All you have to do is enter below! The contest ends June 18th at midnight. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is an unpaid post. I was provided a free product to try (words are my own). Thanks to G.B. Proudfoot’s for sponsoring the giveaway!

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Brew Review: It’s No Sweat with Oyin Handmade’s “Funk Butter”

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Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Brew beauty, brew health, Brew Review, Oyin Handmade | Posted on 13-02-2013

Funk ButterI sweat. Seriously. Not the cute “oh, she’s perspiring like a lady” kind of sweat. Nope. More like the Whitney Houston on stage sweating (may she RIP). It’s not an everyday thing – that would be a health issue, I’m sure. But when I get overheated, my body revolts. I’ve tried all kinds of deodorants and crystals and finally settled on Secret’s Clinical formula with okay success. It does the job but I know something called “clinical” cannot be pure, natural and of the Earf. Last weekend, I found something that is actually pure and natural and of the Earth while perusing the goods at Baltimore’s Oyin Handmade (@oyinhandmade) shop. They’re widely known for their hair products but Oyin makes some great body stuff, too. Their natural deodorant is called “Funk Butter” and it works! It’s made with baking soda, cornstarch, shea butter, fancy oils, clay and some other good smelling stuff (or you can get it unscented). You just take a pea-sized amount and smooth it on your pits and #BAM! I’m not sweating and I smell like a sexy piña colada. At $5 for a 2 oz. jar it’s a better deal than the $8+ I’m paying for Secret. You can even use it between your toes if you have funky problems down there. It’s great for the under-boob area too if you get the sweats there (and don’t act like you don’t).

Funk Butter - Coco Mango scent

Handle your funk here.

UPDATE: As much as I loved this Funk Butter, sadly, I had to give it a rest after about a month of use. The baking soda ingredient irritated the heck out of my pits. I’m going back to Secret for a couple of weeks and then I’ll try the Funk Butter again.

UPDATE #2: I read on a few sites that adding coconut oil to the Funk Butter may help diminish the baking soda irritation. I added 10 drops and BAM!, I’m back in business. I took a month off, used the Secret for awhile and came back to Funk Butter. It’s working great. Whenever I feel any irritation, I jump back to Secret for a few days. So, it’s not a perfect fix but it’s good enough for now. I plan to try the unscented Funk Butter the next time I visit Oyin, just to see if that makes a difference.

This is an honest review of a product I purchased. I was NOT paid for this review.

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