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North Carolina’s Nepalese Community Aids Earthquake Victims

I’m going to India soon. It’s my first trip back to the country of my birth in 20 years. This will be my husband and sons’ first time there. We’ll be visiting this vast country, rich in its colorful tapestry of history and culture. We had actually toyed with going to Nepal as well. Plans changed.

I exhale a sigh of relief while simultaneously inhaling a grand  breath of disbelief. In a matter of days I will be with my family in India, not far from the devastation that has rocked her neighbor Nepal.

North Carolina has a robust Indian and Nepalese community. We benefit from the myriad people who comprise this community in countless ways. Today this community stands tall and proud as it seeks to lifts its own.

Generous in spirit and so much more…

HOW TO HELP

The Nepal Center of North Carolina is raising money online at ncnepal.orgor by mail at 108 Marengo Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560

The N.C. Baptist Men group is sending volunteers and is raising money at www.baptistsonmission.org/Projects/Type/Disaster-Relief.aspx or by mail at P.O. Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512

Duke University students are raising money online atwww.gofundme.com/swg6psg.

Ozone Layer – Aluminum Free Deodorant That Works!

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Though it’s nippy out now, soon enough summer’s heat will breeze in, inducing weather amnesia in us all. We will cease our griping about winter’s chill and make way for complaining about Heat Miser’s grip on our state. The heat of summer brings all sorts of fun – beach days and poolside daze. We’ll relish popsicles and daiquiris and backyard barbecues and the like. But the smelly little secret of the savior of summer is the stink. Peeewwww.

I live in a house full of boys. There are tween boys running amok at any given time of day. The whole lot of them carries a certain scent that wafts up into your nostrils, taking hold in the most unpleasant way. The shoes, the sweat, all marks of the hormonal battle raging in their young, growing bodies. Their coming of age, while sweet in its own way, still reeks.

We discovered Ozone Layer deodorant quite serendipitously while vacationing in Kure Beach. My sons and I struck up a conversation with Reid, one of the founders. He was ebullient and so giddy that we were simply tangled in his joy upon first glance. He’s the kind of guy you immediately trust. A good aura, I suppose, is the mark of a good businessman. We talked about boys hitting their tween stride and noted the change in the air. I mentioned we had been looking for aluminum free deodorant options that were natural and effective. So far the ones we had experimented with were natural and smelled nice but stunk it their efficacy.

Ozone Layer is made in Kure Beach, NC. Todd and Reid, the founders, make up the batches themelves and served as guinea pigs in all the testing. No animals were use in their testing, but I imagine they crinkled up their noses quite a bit until they found a formula that works. Ozone Layer is made from shea butter, beeswax, and oils for scent. I’m partial to the lavender. My husband and sons like the eucalyptus and lemongrass. The scents are all quite lovely, not treacly. All the deodorant is free of sulfates, phthalates, paraben, and artificial colors. The packaging is recyclable and even refillable. You can mail back your empty container for a refill at a reduced cost. Cool, right?

The secret ingredient in Ozone Layer is oxygen. This is where I really wish I had paid more attention in chemistry class. The oxygen rich environment basically chokes out all the bacteria that makes us smell bad.

Deodorant is admittedly not very sexy, but I’d argue that stinking is even less so.