I'm very excited. I've managed to change most of my toxic household and body care products to cheaper, more natural and simple alternatives. But deodorant was stumping me.
I've tried the coconut/baking soda/cornstarch deodorant, and it just didn't work. I've tried just CO, just baking soda and water and soap. But nothing worked. I always started to smell relatively quickly and the smell just didn't go away. Yuck! The only deodorant that ever made me not smelly was Degree for women.
But the more I read, the more I realize that deodorants are toxic because of their ingredients, AND they are near major lymph nodes, which means that the toxins spread quickly to my blood stream. And, I just learned that sweat is a major form of detoxing, so not only do I put added toxins into my body when I put on deodorant, but I also hinder a serious form of detoxing. So it's a double whammy.
BUT, and this is a big but, I can't walk around smelly either. I could try a bouquet garni around my neck, but it's just not a socially acceptable thing to do. So I wanted desperately to find a solution to this age old problem.
One day on Facebook (that huge waste of time, but yet I'm so grateful for it in this case), a friend was complaining about her deodorant having toxins in it, even though it was natural. And one of her friends responded that her parents use hydrogen peroxide and just spray it from a bottle onto their armpits.
Well, I had to try it. AND IT WORKS!!!!!!! You can only imagine my relief to find such a simple, easy, cheap alternative.
Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide both seem to work quite well. I'm not sure about the alcohol and it's health benefits. I do know that hydrogen peroxide is not harmful to the body.
It's funny how the obvious so often escapes me. So often. The hydrogen peroxide kills the bacteria. And the bacteria are what cause the smell of body odor. Sweat isn't smelly. Most of us sweat in places other then our armpits and it does not cause body odor. But the armpits have more glands and detox more then most of our skin, and so there is constantly bacteria there that cause us to smell. And using the hydrogen peroxide/rubbing alcohol stops the problem where it starts-by killing the bacteria. Without getting in the way of the bodies detoxifying process. It's perfect!
I currently put it on a cotton ball and rub my face with one side and then turn it around and rub both of my armpits with the other. It works great!
I hated getting body odor because even soap never seemed to really take it away. But the HP/RA kills the odor immediately and completely.
I do find that I need to put it on a few times a day if I'm really warm. So for long days at the office, I'm not sure how well it would work. You could of course, but it would mean extra effort. Maybe taking a small spray bottle and keeping it at the office/job/car for easy spray on smell-control when it's needed.
I'll probably keep my Degree for times when I need to be out for a long time and need to worry about being smelly. But I'm so excited to have an alternative for 99% of my life.
Now if I can just get Drew to try it...
*update* Drew has been using it and loving it. He still uses his deodorant for work, but he loves how the RA/HP gets the smell out right away.
I am posting this on Fight Back Friday.