Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

1. Good bye high chafing!

As the warm summer months roll around, bare legs plus the heat of the day can result in the inevitable: the dreaded chafing. The solution, deodorant, yes that’s right, deodorant! Simply roll deodorant on your inner thighs in the morning and presto, chafing gone. Try making this all natural DIY deodorant this summer.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

2. Dry shampoo it up!

Another summer must have, dry shampoo. This product can be a life saver, no matter the time of year, but with the summer heat and sweat, it’s a must have necessity.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

3. Too much sun? Aloe ice cubes to the rescue!

Missed a few spots with your sunscreen and feeling the burn? A great solution is to pour aloe into an ice cube tray, freeze it and use them to soothe your skin.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

4. Keep it colorful!

Sun, salt water, and chlorine can seriously damage your hair, especially your hair color. Keep your locks healthy and vibrant with just a spritz of apple cider vinegar prior to sun exposure.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

5. Frizz be gone!

Two words, coconut oil! It’s a wondrous solution for so many beauty needs including keeping your frizz under control. Just mix up equal parts coconut and avocado oil together and spritz into the ends of your hair. Another great option is to use coconut oil as a hair mask to add extra moisture before washing it out in the shower.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

6. Baby powder sand repellant.

It often feels like you trek the whole beach home in your bathing suit, honestly, where does it all come from?! Leave the sand at the beach with one simple product, baby powder. Sprinkle powder on your feet, legs, and body and you’ll be able to wipe all the sand off immediately.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

7. DIY overnight sunburn remedy.

Make this all-natural sunburn remedy with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil to give your skin some much needed TLC. Leave it on overnight and your skin will feel good as new.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

8. Beachy Waves.

You gotta love that beach wave summer look. You can sport the look yourself with just a simple headband. Give this trick a try by following just a few effortless steps.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

9. Get the “cool” nail look!

Trying to get a cute manicure in this summer heat? Try first storing your polish in the fridge, The cold polish will go on more smoothly. And if you’re in a rush, dunk your freshly painted fingers in some cold water for three minutes to make sure everything is set.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

10. Go string free with The DivaCup this summer!

With all these fun beauty hacks out there, how could we not include The DivaCup in the mix! Lose those uncomfortable pads and tampons this summer and embrace a comfortable alternative that you can wear for every summer activity.

Diva Summer to do list

#DivaSummer To Do List

Burned through your summer event calendar and have #NoNewPlans? Let’s see if you’ve marked these fun ideas off your list yet.

Diva Summer to do list

Weekend Trip to A Neighboring Town

Go explore! You never know what cute little boutiques or walking trails could be just a short drive away.

Diva Summer to do list

Bungee Jumping

Because why not!

Diva Summer to do list

Summer Camping Trip

I know, so original, but why not do it glamping style and make it a fun girls weekend?!

Diva Summer to do list

Guided Tour of Your Own City

You could find chocolate, beer and wine and food tours all close to home.

Diva Summer to do list

Theme Park Day

It’s roller coaster and junk food time!

Diva Summer to do list

Hot Air Balloon Ride

You’ll get some amazing Instagram-worthy pics.

Diva Summer to do list

Stargazing

Relax and just appreciate.

Diva Summer to do list

Berry Picking

Whatever your choice berry, summer has them all. You might end up eating more there than you take home.

Diva Summer to do list

Drive-in Movie

Double feature with all the popcorn you want!

Diary of a Diva: UnTabooed, Then and Now

How it all Started

My name is Diandra Kalish. I am the founder of Untabooed. This is my story of how The DivaCup inspired me to fight for access to menstrual products for all.

On April 6th, 2013 I bought a one-way ticket to Quito Ecuador. My dad passed along a travel blog written by a solo female traveler, crediting it for the excellent hiking boot, travel backpack and water purifying straw recommendations. He had assembled these items in the perfect college graduation gift. When I checked out the blog, I noticed another packing essential: The DivaCup.

I had never heard of a menstrual cup, but after some research, I decided it would be wise to get one for my trip. I purchased a cup knowing that I would get to test it at home first. If it didn’t work out, I could pack a separate suitcase full of tampons.

My immediate discovery: I loved it!

Fast Forward to January 2015

In early 2015, I had moved back to the United States and was living in Brooklyn working for an education nonprofit. By this point, I had convinced some of my friends to try out a menstrual cup too. One evening, an article online caught my eye. It described the struggles that many homeless women face each month trying to get access to menstrual products.

I was shocked and enraged by this. As someone who consistently donates food and clothing, I had never thought to donate menstrual products. I started to do research and found that organizations around the world provide menstrual health education and reusable menstrual products to girls and women who can’t afford them. A big issue in many places is that access to products and health education is limited, holding girls and women back from opportunities.

As I did more research over the next few weeks, I started considering that the root of the problem could be the taboo surrounding the topic of periods. I was finding that many shelters don’t ask for the products directly. This means that people do not even think to donate to the need. When shelters do have the products, women typically have to ask a manager for one.

It should be a basic human right to have access to all of the products that you might need in the bathroom. I was also thinking about how convenient The DivaCup has been for me, and how much money I had saved by using it. I started to think more and more about how great a solution like a menstrual cup would be for women who might not have access to anything else.

Enter UnTabooed

In May 2015, putting all of my research, curiosity and frustration together, I founded UnTabooed.

The mission of UnTabooed is to break the taboo surrounding menstruation by providing menstrual health education and sustainable menstrual products to those in need.

UnTabooed is unique from other similar organizations in two key ways. First, we work only with reusable menstrual products, specifically cloth pads and menstrual cups. This helps us provide a long-term solution to the problem of access. In doing so, we make sure no one has to worry about menstrual care for an entire year. Second, UnTabooed focuses on education. Our programming consists of a one-hour educational workshop that covers the basics of the menstrual cycle and menstrual hygiene. The workshop also includes an introduction to reusable menstrual products. After the workshop, participants receive products of their choice.

With the help of Diva International and other producers of reusable products, UnTabooed has educated over 600 menstruators, set up seven community and four college partners, and distributed over 1,000 reusable menstrual products for free to menstruators in the Northeast United States. We have also reached over 100 more through events and workshops at colleges and universities. In total, we have helped our workshop participants save over $250,000 and reduce menstrual product waste by 5,000 lbs.

UnTabooed organization

What’s Happening Now 

After two years, UnTabooed has been acquired by PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement.

PERIOD is a global youth-run non-profit that strives to provide and celebrate menstrual hygiene through advocacy, education, and service. In the last two years, they have addressed over 78,000 periods through 43 nonprofit partners in 27 states and 14 countries. Additionally, they have 65 campus chapter at universities and high schools around the United States. PERIOD has the passion and youth driven leadership to bring revitalized energy to the menstrual equity movement. PERIOD will enable UnTabooed’s curriculum to grow nationally through their Campus Chapter Network. UnTabooed will help grow PERIOD’s support of sustainability in period product usage.

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

6 WOMYN | 60 DAYS | 6 RIVERS | 60°NORTH

Where does your sense of adventure take you?

For example, a hike along a new trail, off road to a secluded camp site, or maybe a canoe trip to the Arctic Ocean?! The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60 , an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The team will be travelling more than a thousand kilometers through the remote and expansive waters of Canada, leading them to the Arctic Ocean. In support of their journey, The Diva Team has provided them with DivaCups and DivaWash.

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Route

The plan is to paddle a previously unconnected canoe route; 1,200 kilometers from the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada’s Northwest Territories to Nunavut’s Coronation Gulf. The route will take the paddlers through the Keele River, Mackenzie River, Great Bear River, Great Bear Lake, Sloan River, Hook River and Coppermine River. Each of these women have experienced first hand the transformative power of the wilderness. They are nature lovers, with their time often spent enjoying the beauty and solitude of the wilderness. It is their hope that this all-female canoe trip can have an inspirational effect for young women and ignite the confidence and perseverance required to be a young explorer today. This expedition aims to show young girls that they too can explore the outdoors, get dirty, and tackle daunting, physical challenges, just as well as boys.

While The DivaCup will be new to some of the team members, a few have experienced all the wonderful benefits this product offers. Curious about how The DivaCup holds up in the wild? Lindsay and Marissa have some insight for you.

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Lindsay Wiebold

Avid Canoeist/Backpacker/Professional Ski Patroller/Graduate of University of Colorado – B.A. Geography
I’ve been going on extended canoe trips for the last eight summers. The summer I bought a DivaCup, my camping experience changed completely. Rather than carrying around a giant bag of tampons and another bag for my waste, I now carry around that tiny purple cloth bag and a bottle of cleaner. Not only does The DivaCup decrease the amount of waste I have to pack out, but it also means I no longer have to put bleached cotton inside my body on a regular basis. These two things I feel healthy and happy about.

Since buying The DivaCup, I’ve never been in that awkward situation of having to ration tampons. You know, that thought when you think it’s time to change it, but you know it has to last another two hours? Not with The DivaCup! I simply make a trip to the bathroom, or behind a tree somewhere if I’m camping, and pour it out. Easy as that! 

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Marissa Sieck

Long Distance Canoer/ Mountaineer/River Guide/Youth Worker/Graduate of University of Colorado – B.A. International Affairs and Spanish
“I love The DivaCup. I first bought The DivaCup in response to the amount of waste tampons produced. In my time using it, The DivaCup has changed my relationship to my cycle! A person once told me that you have not known the earth until you have bled on it. This is something that I take to heart when using The DivaCup. I often feed my iron-rich cycle to the earth and the plants around me as an offering of respect. I also feel using the menstrual cup has revolutionized how my friends and I talk about our periods, opening a dialogue that feels empowering! The DivaCup is convenient, sustainable and an accessible alternative to pads and tampons! Thanks DivaCup. I recommend you to all humans that menstruate!”

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

With this canoe trip, these bold women want to bring the beauty of nature to others. Additionally, they hope to spark new adventures for women by raising awareness and funds for the leadership program at the all-girls canoeing camp, Ogichi Daa Kwe. The camp is a wilderness-tripping and community-based summer camp in Minnesota that strives to develop strong, confident, female leaders. Join their journey and mission by donating to their cause today!

Learn more about the 6 North of 60 team on their website! You can also follow their journey on Facebook and Instagram.

7 Environmental Changes You Can Make

If you have already made the switch to The DivaCup, you may have made it for any variety of reasons. Maybe you were excited about the cost-savings or the 12 hours of leak-free protection, or maybe (like many of us) you found disposables bulky and uncomfortable and knew that there had to be a better way. Whatever your reasoning may have been, many of our Divas really start to notice the big environmental changes they are making by ditching the disposables. It is one small change, but it makes a HUGE difference. Here is a list of other changes you can make in your life that help reduce your environmental footprint. Though it may not feel realistic to tackle them all just yet, even doing one or two of them can make a positive change.

1) Buy Vintage and Donate!
When it’s time to pick out some clothes or a cute outfit for an event, why not make the stylish and eco-friendly choice of buying vintage. Buying vintage is definitely the most stylish form of recycling! When you purchase something vintage, you are saving money, reducing the eco-footprint, and resources used up in new clothes production, processing and shipping. You also have a much better chance of finding a one-of-a-kind outfit that can really showcase your personal style. When you are done with clothes, be sure to donate them (or trade or sell them)! Someone will love your old treasures just as much as you did!

2) Go Bagless
So replacing plastic bags has definitely become a thing in various parts of the world where it is encouraged to bring and use reusable bags for purchases (like groceries), but why not take it a step further? Even though many of us may use reusable bags for our groceries, we still often grab the thin plastic produce bags, or perhaps small bags for bulk items, but did you know there are reusable options for all of these? It’s true. There are reusable produce bags made from materials like canvas, muslin, or mesh and you can use reusable containers in lieu of snack bags! Many bulk stores will also allow you to bring your own containers instead of using bags.

3) Replace your commute with a greener option
There are many green options for getting to work or school. If you are a commuter, with a long daily drive to the office, why not try looking into carpooling, the train, or busing? Long drives can be painful, boring, and tiring as well as come at a horrendous cost environmentally and to your wallet with the ever-climbing prices for gas. For many of us buying an electric car, or a hybrid, isn’t realistic. Sharing the ride can be a lot more social and environmental as can forgoing the car completely for some form of public transport. If you live close to work/school, you might enjoy walking, biking or skateboarding to get you there and back.

4) Reduce Chemical Use
When cleaning the house, your clothes, or even yourself, there are many options available naturally or commercially that help reduce the use of harmful chemicals. This is both healthier for you as well as better for the environment. As the cleaners we use wash down the drain and are flushed down the toilets, they can enter our waterways which can affect the quality of drinking water as well as compromise aquatic ecosystems. Other cleansers can contaminate our air quality and contribute to greenhouse gases. For these reasons it is important to read the label and be cognizant of what you are using to clean yourself and your surroundings. There are also many natural options for cleaning, such as vinegar, lemon, baking soda etc. There are a ton of articles online that can give you some tips to get started! Remember, DivaWash is a great option as a body wash and face wash… and guess what? It is 100% plant based!

5) Buy local
Buying local fruits and veggies is a great option for so many reasons! Not only are you supporting local farms, and the local economy but this deliciously green alternative has some amazing environmental benefits. By buying local produce, you are also cutting down on the fuel used in transporting, processing, and packaging the produce. This added to the fact that local product can ripen naturally rather than on a truck, boat, or plane, means that your food will taste better as well.

6) Replace paper products
If you ever break it down and think about how much paper products you might use, it can honestly be a little be daunting, but there are a ton of greener options that can replace these. Paper towels may make life easier sometimes, but a reusable microfiber cloth can replace most of these instances (and they work better), writing notes and shopping lists on a piece of paper can similarly be replaced with keeping them on your phone, or tablet (if you have one), even napkins at the dinner table can be replaced with reusable cloths which will elevate your entertaining and feel much nicer as well. Try reducing your paper use and make sure to recycle or compost (in the case of paper towel and tissue use) what you do use.

7) Ditch the Disposables
Did you know that close to 20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators are dumped in North American landfills each and every year? If you are already one of our Divas then you know how good it feels to not have to worry about disposing (or purchasing!) pads and tampons by using The DivaCup. If you are still sitting on the fence about making the switch, then this may be the day to remember how much you will be reducing your eco-footprint and how much waste you will be diverting from landfills by switching to a reusable period care option!