Summer is right around the corner, which means that it's time to step up your deodorant game. But if you're not looking to break the bank, there are plenty of drugstore options to keep you dry all season long. Click through to see our top picks for under $10.
Fort Pierce, FL, has its own deodorant-stealing "Robin Hoods" these days: shoplifters who steal huge amounts of personal care products from big chain drugstores and supermarkets to resell them at a much lower cost to mom-and-pop stores in the area. Recently, two women stole 75 sticks of Gillette and Secret deodorants from a Winn-Dixie, an amount with a total value of over $375. Apparently, some smaller stores are even soliciting people to steal this stuff, because deodorant is expensive and homegrown shops are struggling to stay afloat.
It's amazing that the women were able to get that much deodorant in their bags and then walk out of the store unnoticed, but it's also crazy and sad that things have reached a point economically where little stores are dependent on thievery for survival. What do you think about all this? And do you have any sympathy for the stores stocking these stolen products?
A majority of Bella readers admit that they've accidentally taken a beauty product for something else, but apparently Kelly Osbourne is also a member of the mistaken cosmetics brigade.
Yesterday, she twittered that she'd accidentally sprayed hairspray instead of deodorant into her armpits "again." Clearly, it's an issue she's run into before. If you've had the misfortune to mistake one beauty product for another, what did you do to make sure it didn't become a repeat performance? And have you ever had a funny case of product "mistaken identity?"
Once you go natural (with your hair), I think something is stirred inside you to go natural with everything else. Well, at least for me. One of the first things (after my hair) that I went natural with was my deodorant. My husband has not used any antiperspirant or deodorants in like 15 years, and believe it or not, he does not smell (um, there are those days, but it is so not as bad as you would think). His was not a natural choice, but he realized that the antiperspirants were messing up the underarms of his light-colored shirts.
Find out more when you keep reading.
Team Bella loves a good deodorant (especially 'Pit Putty, which gives you a little drying help, too). However, there are probably times when you find yourself sweating and wish that someone would make an antisweat deodorant that lasts, but doesn't have aluminum or other chemicals in it. Enter The Body Shop's new DeoDry ($4). Free of aluminum salts and parabens, DeoDry comes in either a refillable roll-on or a stick. High rollers that we are, we bought both. So does it actually keep you from perspiring? To find out, just keep reading.
You can iron on just about any decal you want on just about any t-shirt of your choice. And now, you can iron on your own deodorant. Odor Tags (about $18 for six — about $70 for 24) from UK brand Odegon allow you to do just that. One tag measures 7 cm by 4 cm, and can be either ironed or sewn on. The odor-absorbing, nanoporous fabric traps body odor and will last as long as your clothing does.
Constructed of a controlled carbon material and military-grade fiber, the tags are odorless, nonallergenic, and free of chemicals. Not only do they capture the stink, but they also absorb wetness. While you can't wear them with tank tops to beat the heat, they're a clever idea for sleeved garments. Would you wear them?
Besides "What's your favorite color?" or "What type of food do you like?" perhaps one of the most-asked celebrity questions, particularly of the Tiger Beat persuasion, is, "What items would you bring to a deserted island?" In honor of Lost's final show on Sunday, as well as to pay tribute to the aforementioned age-old question, I've gathered together my top five favorite desert island beauty essentials. Check out the list now, and be sure to tell us yours at the end, too. (And no, it doesn't include a box of Dharma red wine, but perhaps it should, particularly for the antioxidant benefits, no?)
In the mid-1970s, the average cost of gasoline was about 60 cents per gallon, and stamps cost just 13 cents each. Flash forward a little over 30 years later and thanks to inflation, gasoline now hovers around $3 per gallon, and stamps are up to 44 cents apiece. But that's not all that has changed. The price of beauty products has risen with the times, too. Are you sensing where I'm going with this? I'll give you the product and the date, and you see if you can guess how much said item used to cost back in the day. And be sure to take my first vintage prices quiz, too.Take the Quiz
Natural deodorants have been around forever, but since antiperspirant came along they've been relegated to the personal care aisle at the hippie grocery co-op nearest you. Now, though, they seem to be gaining back lost ground, with a new wave of effective, beautifully scented, and nicely priced options designed to appeal to those of us who've never driven an old VW bus around the country. Take these cute Mbeze Deodorette sticks ($10), for example. Small enough to put in your pocket and packaged like makeup instead of deodorant, they smell like actual fragrance instead of chemical-y "soft powder" or "spring rain."
We on Team Bella are also big fans of Pit Putty ($10), which uses arrowroot to keep BO bacteria from growing, instead of using scent to mask it, and Lush Aromaco ($7), which utilizes witch hazel and chamomile vinegar to give similar antibacterial properties and a soft scent. There's never been a better time to let you pits go natural, and if you're thinking of making the switch, you definitely won't lack for options.
Hi! It's been a few weeks since I last talked to you, and though I've been testing out tons of beauty products and working on Fashion Week, you'll be happy to hear that I've pretty much stuck with my natural hair and skin regimens. Shortly before The Natural ended, though, I dropped antiperspirant in favor of natural deodorant, and changing over has been an experience. Now that I'm a couple months in, I've got some tips and a couple funny stories to share. So just keep reading!