Sunday, June 06, 2010

The Pits.

What do your arm pits smell like right now?
Yeah, it's a weird question, but that was what my friend Kim asked my friend Brooke the other day and the answer got me thinking.
I'm still using antiperspirant.  I hear it's actually pretty scary unhealthy to do so, since using aluminum to clog your pores is tentatively linked to things like breast cancer, and I kind of hate breast cancer. A lot.  I've also wondered if clogging your pores makes you sweat more to try to clear them.
Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention, this post talks about bodily functions, smelly stuff and might not be the best reading for any pregnant readers who get nauseated at the thought of smelly stuff or bodily functions. Wow, it apparently also deals with nausea.
Where was I?
Ah yes. Toxic Stew.  I don't like the idea of rubbing solidified toxic stew on my body.  I only occasionally fall back on regular shampoo, loving the no-poo for my hair, have recently discovered some delightfully more eco and skin friendly soaps (mmmm, castile soap- so few ingredients, you can count them on ONE HAND, and all but one are edible) and have been working on detoxing my personal hygiene routine as much as possible.
So, I'm asking you.
Are you still using antiperspirant?  Have you switched to a deoderant instead?  If you have, how do you like it? Do you get all wet and gicky or not much more than the rest of you?
I'm thinking of taking the plunge, but I'm scared, so hold my hand, and lemme know, what do your pits smell like.

And at the moment, mine smell like baby powder, which isn't exactly my favorite smell in the world.

7 reflections:

Anonymous said...

I switched to deodorante about a year ago. I didn't really notice any difference. You get a little bit stinkier if you don't shower for awhile, but not much. I usually use brand deodorants, though. I tried Tom's and it was useless. I usually buy Degree deodorant or Axe. You have to really watch that they say deodorant & not antipersperant, though.

Melinda said...

I only use the "deodorant" rock thing in the summer, because it's like 9000 degrees and humid here.
I use Tom's on days then I have to work (to make sure I smell good.)

Rest of the time, I don't use anything. I shave everyday and use an all natural goats milk soap that my aunt makes me.

As far as a smell, there isn't really much of one... When I use Tom's there's the lavender from that. Sometimes a light patchouli scent from the soap.

A few years ago, I made the mistake of grabbing my husband's antiperspirant. UGH! It took me weeks to be able to go back to using nothing.

Slee said...

I'm beginning to wonder if we don't sweat more and smell worse *because* of the antiperspirants we've been convinced we "need." #justasuspicion

Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? said...

I haven't made the switch, I want to try but I don't know where to start.

Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? said...

I haven't made the switch, I want to try but I don't know where to start.

Anonymous said...

I hardly ever use it, but that's mostly because I am forgetful, and my sweat doesn't stink too too much :)

Secret Mommy said...

I switched when I started breastfeeding my first, since I was sure the aluminum I was rubbing on my pits was too close to his food source for my comfort. Though I have a few recipies for homemade, I've never tried it. I've tried Tom's deo which I thought GAVE me a funky body odor, but I LOVE Jason Tea Tree deoderant. I also just picked up another all-natural deo stick with tea tree, but can't remember the name. In my experience, the first week or two is worst (just like switching to no-poo) then your body sort of adjusts.