No more Deo for the B.O.
Did you know that Toms of Maine is owned by Colgate-Palmolive? And Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox?
I do now.
Step by step I’ve been slowly cutting out the chemicals that I put on my body. I don’t use shampoo, I use Dr. Bronner’s soap for body wash, I use coconut oil as a moisturizer, I have done away with commercial toothpaste and several months ago I finally took the big step and did away with deodorant.
Why did I stop using commercial deodorant? Because, for me, it was a very personal decision. I had been doing a lot of research about the links of using an antiperspirant and breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and other endocrine disruptions. Not to mention, by putting a layer of aluminum over the arm pit, it blocks the exit for a lot of the body’s toxins – typically pushed out by the lymph nodes.
Don’t worry, guys. I’m not smelly. In fact, for how much I work out, you’d think I’d be, but I’m not! Truly!
When I first swapped over, I tried Tom’s of Maine. It didn’t work. I looked into Arm and Hammer’s natural line, but it still contained some chemicals and that would kind of defeat the purpose. Then I looked into Burt’s Bees and was so sad to learn it was bought out by Clorox. Since then they’ve been known to use synthetic materials (read: chemicals) and that made my heart so sad. Because it smells SO good.
I just couldn’t anymore. I couldn’t take that risk.
I tried some all natural (for real) deodorant and it was great, but it gave me such a rash.
Back to square one.
Then a friend suggested a company called Bubble & Bee.
Please note, I have not been paid for ANY of this. It’s just amazing.
Bubble & Bee uses only natural ingredients. All of which you can actually read on the label. It smells amazing, and, (wait for it) IT WORKS. (My favorite kind is Geranium Lime pit putty for the record.)
Some helpful things to note when switching from commercial deodorants and antiperspirants:
You will go through a phase where no matter what you do, you will smell. It’s the body’s way of purging toxins that were typically blocked by the aluminum. For me, it lasted just under two weeks. For my husband, it was almost three, and he complained the entire time. Like, in the middle of the night he’d wake up and say, “I STINK!” I’d laugh, then he’d yell at me, saying it wasn’t funny that he smelled. (Seriously, though, it was funny.)
Being smelly isn’t fun, I agree, but being smelly for a few weeks totally outweighed the questionable mental deficits later on in life.
I simply traveled with my pit putty and would reapply multiple times a day and showered twice a day. It worked.
Now, there are days where I’ll forget to put on the pit putty and I will hardly even smell, which, seriously, for how much I work out is pretty amazing. It’s not like my pits smell like roses 24/7, but when I have my pit putty on, I smell like geranium and limes. It’s not like when you use Febreeze in a bathroom and then it smells like shitrus (as my MIL would say,) it really, truly works.
I tried a lot of companies and products and spent a lot of money trying to figure out what works, and I’m glad I finally found one. Now I just wish they had a referral program because I’d have a lifetime supply of free pit putty the way I’ve converted people.