I'd gotten some good reports from a friend who made her own deodorant (thank you, Pinterest, for making pioneers out of all of us!). But I haven't felt quite that adventurous. I decided to take the lazy way out, and I ordered a deodorant (I believe I also saw it recommended on Pinterest) that appeared to have mostly the same ingredients as the Pinterest DIY deodorant, but was ready made and therefore would not require the use of my stove. I bragged about it to David after I ordered it and I could not wait to try it out.
The first day I wore it, I appreciated the smooth application and the fresh scent. The smell was kind of citrus-spicy, but in a good way, and after I applied it, I really didn't notice the scent at all. I didn't get sweaty (of course, it was January) and it seemed like maybe I had hit the jackpot. I breezed my way through a day of teaching without any armpit issues.
That evening, David and I were snuggling on the sofa. We were getting ready to watch an episode of Justified and I was enjoying my cushy spot between David and Cooper. David put his arms around me and gave me a squeeze and then said, in the very nicest way possible, "Are you wearing your natural deodorant?"
Let me tell you something, friends. When your husband ASKS you if you're wearing your natural deodorant, it means YOU STINK.
So then I freaked out. OMG MAH ARMPITS STINK! YOU THINK I SMELL BAD? HAVE I BEEN STINKING ALL DAY? IS IT TRUE THAT YOU CANNOT SMELL YOUR OWN BODY ODOR? ARE YOU JUST BEING MEAN? ARE YOU KIDDING? THAT'S NOT FUNNY.
Oh, wait. If I stick my nose in my own armpits, I can confirm that I do, in fact, stink. FINE.
I tried the natural deodorant a couple more times with no more success, so I gave up on it and went back to the delicious smelling Dove that I normally wear. I chose chemical danger over body odor. It's what civilized people do.
But THEN a few weeks ago, I went to the mall with my mom. We went to the Body Shop so I could buy paraben-free moisturizer that doesn't cost $40 per ounce and my mom pointed out that they had aluminum-free deodorant on sale. She told me that I should really think about using aluminum-free deodorant and I told her the humiliating story of David inquiring about the natural state of my armpits.
I was skeptical about dishing out money just so my husband can tell me I stink, so I asked the sales girl if it really worked. She assured me that it did. I told her my previous natural deodorant before, and then she recommended a particular scent that she felt was the best one.
So I gave it a try. My mom and I each got the $5 roll-on because they were on sale (2 for $8) and the refills are just $3.
So far, so good!
|DeoDry Dry-Effect Deodorant in Chilled and Breezy available at The Body Shop|
To be perfectly honest, I do get the urge to reapply this deodorant, and I don't know if that's paranoia or genuine stickiness (probably a little of both). I usually change clothes when I get home from work, and then I give my pits another swipe just to be safe.
I'm also not sure how it will hold up once it really gets warm and/or if I were to actually exert myself physically (beyond the effort required to sit/stand/bend at 24 weeks pregnant, I mean). I feel like it lasts pretty well during my yoga class, but I'm doing basics these days, not Vinyasa or Bikram.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'll also say that sometimes I don't shower on weekend mornings--I'll just wait to shower until we get ready to go somewhere in the evening (and if we don't go anywhere... well then I'm saving water, right?). I've adjusted that lazy schedule a bit because I do not find that this deodorant masks the smell of more-than-24-hours dirty the way aluminum deodorant will. I mean, seriously, you can slap on Secret or Dove and go a whole weekend without a shower as long as your hair isn't greasy. Those chemicals are amazing. This stuff cannot compete with that kind of chemically fresh scent. But as long as you shower on a daily basis, the chemical-free stuff can treat you right.
I've been using it for almost a month, and so far my husband has not asked me if my deodorant is "natural," so I call that a win.
Anyone else had any luck (or not) with natural deodorants or other bath/body products? I'd love your recommendations. I have to say I'm also pretty happy with the moisturizer I got from The Body Shop (from their Nutriganics line) so maybe I'll have to try some more of their stuff...