Since then, everybody's been on deck at Sugar HQ for all the award shows we've been covering. This week, I kept my goals simple: go antiperspirant-free for the first time ever. It's been an enlightening and sweaty experience, and if you're considering switching I've got a few tips. I'm also getting ready to make a couple of new makeup recipes, and I'm really excited for them. To find out what I've done and what I'll be doing, just keep reading.
On a whim, I ordered Pit Putty ($8.95) from Bubble and Bee. It's completely organic, cruelty-free, and vegan. And what do you know, it works. It has a lemon and clove scent that is really lovely, and it's kept my underarms nice and dry. Application is unusual in the sense that you must rub it into your skin, but that little step is worth it. Maybe I'm turning into a giant hippie, but if you can smell good organically, why wouldn't you want to? If you're considering switching to natural deodorant, Bubble and Bee's primer will help you make the transition. And if you do it, let me know how things go.
Deodorant is not just a 20th-century convenience. In fact, various cultures have been using some form of odor-blocking for centuries. In modern times, it's estimated that upward of 95 percent of Americans wear deodorant. So, whether you choose antiperspirant over deodorant or you prefer a more natural approach for your underarms, see what you know about this odor-reducing product now.
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Natural deodorants are great in theory, but sometimes just so-so in practice. (Tom's of Maine, I'm sorry, but you may want to rename your version Stanky Pits.) I'm always on the lookout for a natural deodorant that smells fresh and clean, and Lavanila the Healing Deodorant ($18) does the trick.
This all-natural deodorant has no parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthlates, or synthetic dyes. Instead, it uses lichen and tea tree oils to keep the funk at bay. I like the vanilla-lavender scent, which is strong enough to cover any BO without being overpowering. Because it's deodorant and not antiperspirant, you'll still sweat; this doesn't bother me, but if you have to stay completely dry, you might want to take a pass. However, if you like your green deodorant more luxurious than jam-band groupie, this is worth the splurge.
Before this breakthrough, when my favorite solid deodorants crumbled, I used to shout, "That stinks!" in my head. Since I don't want to smell my own stank (or waste products), I had to battle that inevitable crumble with a makeshift solution: Using extra hose from holding broken soap to create a makeshift cap.
To make like me, grab those small pieces of deodorant and shove them back on top of the stick. Instead of reaching up an underarm with resulting bits all over clothes and the floor, I first slip a cutoff stocking foot over the top, twist it tight, and secure with a rubber band. This way the deodorant's still handy, the cover still fits — and you can keep a handle on your purse strings and your hand on the bus strap, too.
No matter how careful I am (OK, sometimes I'm not all that careful), I still get those annoying white "zebra stripes" on my shirts caused by a morning application of deodorant. While animal prints can be done tastefully, unintentional ones are just the pits. (Sorry.)
To keep your deodorant on you, and not your new blouse, I've gathered together some tips on remaining streak free. Check them out when you read more
I don't care if it says sheer, clear, invisible, or any other synonym, but it seems like nearly every solid deodorant I picked up left a white mark on my brown skin. After trying numerous products, I was fairly happy with Lady Mitchum Clear Gel except that sometimes it leaves subtle flakes on any dark clothing. One lucky day, I picked up this Almay antiperspirant on a whim and now I'm hooked.