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Deodorant Detox!

Deodorant Detox!

Written by Denae

Have you wanted to take the plunge from conventional deodorants but every time you try you just stink yourself out? EO Products, a wonderful organic & natural company, has dedicated their 2017 to helping everyone willing to take the challenge! Not only have they provided enlightening information like, “…there can be a transition period (up to 30 days) where body odor can actually increase…? but they have even perfected the list of must-have’s as you begin your transition. 

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Spray
EO Natural Deodorant Wipes
EO Bubble Bath
EO Salt Soak
EO Ageless Moroccan Lava Clay

Those last three – the ones that have nothing to do with armpits, are to help you relax. Detoxing is stressful, especially if you don’t know how your experience will be. However, that added stress can create more body odor, which will turn in to a stinky cycle of stressing about body odor, creating more body odor, creating more stress. So pick up some bath salts and relax a little!

Committing to a detox might sound scary, but hey, at least it’s not a juice cleanse and you get to eat still! When you start your detox adventure, make sure you drink LOTS of water. And although you are eating, here are some foods to stay away from that can increase your body odor:

Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, etc)
Junk Food
Red Meat
Spicy Food

Checkout EO’s amazing write-up about their 30 Day Challenge!

Below is your personal detox calendar that you can print off, post, and proudly mark off each day as you detox your body from phthalates and aluminum. 




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Halloween Winner #1 Crust-less Coconut Pumpkin Pie

We Have a Winner!
Our first of three winners for our Halloween recipe challenge is a customer from our store in Simi Valley by the name of Kelly. Kelly was kind enough to share with us her delicious recipe for Crust-less Coconut Pumpkin Pie. Your first thought might be “pumpkin… and coconut? Why would I do that?!”. I answer your question with another question; why wouldn’t you do that?! Let me explain exactly why you should pretty much try to integrate coconut into everything you can, including pumpkin!
 Before I started getting into health food, coconuts were the packing peanut-like filler on the inside of an Almond Joy. That was where my knowledge and taste tolerance hit its wall. Several years down the line, with my intellectual sledgehammer poised to strike, I proceeded onto the road down exciting truths and even more exciting tastes. Coconuts, as it turns out, are full to the brim with health benefits. Containing anti-viral, anti- fungal and anti-bacterial properties, coconut has been used in many cultures as a remedy for serious illness and diseases. Coconuts have been linked to fighting against parasites, ulcers, infections as well as yielding many weight loss properties. for more information on coconut health properties. please visit
     My first real experience with coconut; the taste sensation, was when Jamie, our amazing supplement manager in Thousand Oaks, bought me a fresh, young coconut. She punctured a whole in the top, presented me with a straw and said “drink”. I was instantly surprised at how much I liked it’s very different but delicious taste. Since the moment I tasted that pure, light and refreshing coconut water straight from the source, I knew that my whole concept of coconuts had been lacking. Since that day my kitchen has been transformed into a coconut laboratory. Coconut milk (of course), coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut sugar, and I assure you, then next coconut item that comes into Lassens already has home in my cabinet.
When I saw that a recipe for coconut pumpkin pie was submitted on our Simi Valley Facebook page, my heart and stomach jumped for joy! Anyone who knows me knows how festive I am. If I could eat nothing but pumpkins in October I would, simply for the Autumn feeling of it. Coconut pumpkin pie merges my love for coconuts and Fall festivities!
Kelly, you angel!
And now, 

Crust-less Coconut Pumpkin Pie



You’ll Need:
  • 15 oz or 1 can organic pumpkin puree (I used Farmers Market Organic canned pumpkin)
  • 3/4 cup organic coconut milk (SoDelicous organic unsweetened coconut milk is the best way to go)
  • 2 Tb organic coconut flour (try Bob’s Red Mill organic high fiber coconut flour. I usually put this in any baking I do. It has a really soft texture and it smells amazing.)
  • 2 eggs (try Organic Valley organic cage-free eggs)
  • 3 Tb coconut sugar (I used Earth Circle Organics coconut sugar crystals. This was my first experience with coconut sugar. It has that same sort of effect that the coconut flour has that when you smell it, your eye lids get heavy and little cherubs and hearts start flying around your head.)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I used Spice Hunter salt-free pumpkin pie spice blend)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (try Simply Organics pure vanilla extract)
  • Pure stevia to taste (try Lassens brand stevia)
  • Pinch of sea salt (I used Redmond Real Salt fine sea salt)

All of these items are available at Lassen’s stores

It turns out I didn’t need the Earth Balance natural buttery spread, but he’s such a staple in my cooking that he decided to make an appearance anyway!


  • Starting with ¼ cup of coconut milk (save the rest to add later), slowly mix in all of the ingredients into a medium size sauce pan. The mixture gets pretty thick so gradually mix in the rest of the milk as needed. Make sure that you keep scraping the sides to make sure that the eggs do not start to cooking onto the bottom. 




  •  The whole process takes around 15 minutes tops. Once it has obtained the right consistency (and you’ll know, it’s pumpkin pie!) scoop the mixture into four souffle cups. Here’s where you can get fancy. If you can’t wait any longer and the smell is too tempting, DIVE IN!  


  • However, if you can hold out a couple minutes more, turn on your ovens broiler and sprinkle some more coconut sugar on to the top of your souffle cups. Put them under the broiler for a couple of minutes until the pie starts bubbling and the sugar melts. Let them cool for a moment and then enjoy!

With my pumpkin scented candles flickering and illuminating the walls and Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” crackling from the speakers on my record player, this was the prefect treat on a cool October evening.

Thank you Kelly for sharing this recipe! I hope many people get to try it and enjoy it!
Next week I will reveal the second winner of our Halloween / Autumn challenge!

And Remember, November is around the bend so start thinking about your favorite traditional, vegan and/or gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes that you might like to share for this months Thanksgiving Recipe Challenge, due November 1st!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a beautiful October weekend!
Love, Lassen’s
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Do you have a fiendishly delicious Halloween recipe?
We want to know how you satisfy your sweet tooth during Halloween 
using real, wholesome, organic food!
Enter your screamingly scrumptious recipe into our


The top three recipes will win
a $20.00 Lassens gift card as well as their 
recipes featured as FREE RECIPE CARDS

on our Halloween Display at each Lassens location
and a blog post about the recipe and YOU, its author! 
All other challenge entries will receive a Lassens coupon book with $10 worth of savings.
To share your recipe please visit our Facebook (which you can be directed to by simply clicking on the link at the top of this blog) of the Lassens location nearest you and post your recipe on our Facebook wall.
Please Include any information about yourself
and your dish that you’d like everyone to know and any pictures you’d like us to possibly include. All recipes are due Saturday, October 1st
Get into the spirit, ghost or ghoul this Halloween by sharing the tricks of your holiday treats!
And now without further ado,

Maple Sweet Potato Bites

You’ll Need:
  • 8 cups organic sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup organic pure maple syrup (try Cadia organic 100% maple syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons organic butter or margarine
    (try Earth Balance organic vegan butter spread, my favorite!)
  • 1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a 9 x 13 baking dish, arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer.
  • Combine all other ingredients in a small bowl and pour over sweet potatoes; toss to coat.
  • Cover and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, stirring mixture every 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender and starting to brown.
This dish is simple and perfect for fall (which officially strikes TODAY, Friday, the 23rd). It makes a great side dish or, as I discovered, a very satisfying dessert!
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Don’t forget to check out our October Organic Pumpkin and Halloween Display, 
coming to you October 1st, with recipes, organic chocolate, green bags for trick-or-treating, pumpkin pie, pumpkin scented lotion and more!

Love, Lassen’s