I have to begin by telling you I have the most wonderful man in the world. We’ve been working outside all day today, and when we got home I jumped in the shower. When I got out, my wonderful man had made our bed, tidied our room, and had a fresh glass of ice water waiting for me on my bedside table. So wonderful You know what’s even more wonderful? He’s done that pretty much every night for the past 2 years. Always with the ice water; almost always with the made bed & tidied room. Sweet sweet man.
You know what sweet is one letter away from? Sweat! And that’s today’s topic. I don’t know about you, but I like to be sweet smelling all the time. I read that No Impact Man and Fake Plastic Fish Lady love baking soda deodorant, so I’ve been giving it a go for a little over a month now. I just rub some baking soda under my arms. I read that some people mix it with a little corn starch if it begins to irritate their skin.
My experience has been mixed. If I’m at home all day or not doing strenuous exercise, it works most of the time. Another tip my honey discovered was that you have to get clean in the shower and then get out and apply. You can’t soap and rinse, then stay in the hot steamy shower for 20 mins and then get out. The sweat starts pouring and the little bacteria think it’s so yummy yummy and they get stinky stinky. Pardon my deliriousness tonight. I really shouldn’t be writing anything that could be read by someone in a normal state of mind because I’m just worn out. But, I’m waiting a bit for my next kitty Cosmo update (we’re taking a step back) and wanted to write something. Okay, back to my story.
My honey’s arms became very very irritated. He’s a sensitive man I mean, skin was peeling like crazy and red. My poor honey. So he had to lay off the baking soda after a few days. Now he’s trying the mixture of baking soda and cornstarch that I mixed many weeks ago and didn’t care for. Even though it didn’t work the first few times I used it, I decided to use it today for some reason. I have no idea why, especially considering I knew we would be in the Texas sun for hours upon hours today doing some manual labor. Long story short, it failed in a big way.
I’ve learned a lot about myself throughout our many transitions into a more sustainable lifestyle, and one of them is that my left armpit gets stinkier than my right if I’m using baking soda. Maybe I just don’t cover the entire area, but I’m telling ya people, I SLATHER that stuff on. Can you slather a powder? If you can, I do. If the baking soda fails, it usually majorly fails under my left arm and either doesn’t fail or minorly fails under my right arm. Probably more info than you wanted to know, right?
My biggest fear, which I’ve expressed to Mark several times, is that I will smell and not be able to smell that I smell. I’m sure there’s a better way to say that, but I’m sure you understood me, and either way I’m pulling the delirious card.
Other options we’re considering: My friend Yancy at 5 Seed Natural Beauty (technically haven’t met her yet, but I feel like I know her, so she’s a friend in my book) swears by Lindsay Edmond’s recipe that’s on her blog, Passionate Homemaking. Check out Yancy’s review and all her other great articles here. As a side note, Yancy has a great etsy store and ships her organic beauty products in reused, no-plastic packaging. So cool! (By the way, I don’t get any kickbacks if you buy anything from her, I’m just a fan). Here’s the tutorial for the deodorant:
Sounds yummy, right? Mark is all about trying this, so I’m going to hand it over to him to figure out our next step.
Beth Terry from Fake Plastic Fish adds tea tree oil, a natural antibacterial, to her baking soda and achieves great results. She even has a cute tin and powder puff to apply it with. If you check out her article, her comments about deodorant are toward the end of the post.
Do you use plastic-free deodorant?
Do you know of other no plastic, eco-friendly deodorant options?
These pits are off to bed! (Oh, how vulgar!)