April 24th, 2018 @ 7:02 pm
since it’s been three fucking years since i was able to utilize my own site without feeling disgusting (non-armpit/sweat/stinky related issue), lemme just update you on what’s been going on in:
*THE WORLD OF MY ARRRRRRRRMPITS*
i was on a quest a few years ago to gtfoff of aluminum deodorants and was on the hunt for the best possible natural deodorant (read those posts here, if you’d like).
okay, where the hell did we leave off here? :clicks pen nervously:
lemme review these jammies for ya:
i wanted this bc of the activated charcoal.
my notes: smells BLEGH. very unisex smelling, not too hippie, worked UHMAAAAAAAAZING (for the first half of a jar, and suddenly stopped working). i kept buying/trying it, thinking that it was just the jar i had, maybe i hadn’t stored it correctly, etc. so like, 4 jars and one very sloppy stick later… i gave up on it. it was too hit or miss and i didn’t want to bother. i live in NYC, if you think i want a deodorant that works 50% of the time during our humid summers, you are out of your mind.
when it was “failing” i found it to be a very “wet” deodorant once it was on and i started heating up. my shirts would all get wet and that’s just gross… i mean, i know we’re supposed to sweat as humans, but the deodorant just really was the icing on the cake. especially from the stick version. also: i found that weird bc i am *NOT* an overly sweating person, i’m more of a stinker.
i actually reached out to them to let them know that it kept failing, and they suggested it was my armpits ph balance, and to cleanse with apple cider vinegar. that’s also when i decided to give up on them. too much work.
tarte’s “clean queen”
honestly, the packaging sold me. i had read about it as a natural/vegan option and then i just went with it bc i know tarte is mostly reputable.
my notes: this. smells. fucking. amazing.
if you could combine clean queen and piperwai, without any chance of failure, i would have my dream deodorant.
this goes on very light, it leaves your skin feeling soft?, but this deodorant unfortunately does not work for me. i’d have to reapply 2/3x per day, and again, i live in NYC with humid summers. i can’t deal with that bullshit. it left me stinky too often after the sweat started, and i think i went through 2 of them and called it quits.
🙁 i miss you, clean queen.
i don’t remember where i read about it, but once i found out it was created for soldiers deployed in the desert, that can’t regularly shower, i was sold.
my notes: so i bought the 48 hour roll-on, and it takes a few times for it to work. it even says this on the applicator. it’s basically stacking layers of itself on your armpit, i think? it doesn’t CLOG you like aluminum does, it just layers… that’s how it seems to me.
i find that it works best if you find 30 free minutes and let it fully dry. most of the time, i put it on at night before bed when i need it and let it dry while i sleep. they say it’s water resistant, so i usually don’t go out of my way to wash my ‘pits with soap if i’ve got it on. i’ll let the water run over it but i don’t go nuts. you basically just apply it again if you smell b.o. coming through.
this deodorant smells okay, nothing exciting, not hippie… i don’t know how to describe it, it’s just a clean smell i guess. i actually really really really love this deodorant and it’s one of the only ones that have actually worked consistently for a long time. i’ve been using this for almost a year and a half now, and it’s still my go-to. in fact, when steve and i were moving into our new apartment, i legit didn’t apply deodorant for 3 days of painting and hard labor, and i was golden. imagine that!
the only complaints that i have with it is if i shave my ‘pits, then i can’t apply it right away, and generally having to wait for it to dry. if i realize in the morning that i need to reapply, then i have to sit around waiting for it to dry and that’s a massive pain in the ass. otherwise, i’m a full-on supporter of this deodorant.
okay, okay… lastly, let me just note THE MOST MAGICAL OPTION OF THEM ALL:
i started waxing my armpits recently, and it magically made my b.o. disappear. like, for a full week. i’ve tried to google a scientific reason for this, and i can’t really find one. i find bloggers/youtubers talking about it, but not healthcare sites or anything. it’s so weird, but amazing. i only did it once so far, so we’ll see how long it lasts the next time. the wax the salon uses doesn’t even touch my skin, it adheres to the hair, so i don’t think bacteria or skin with bad bacteria on it is being pulled up. maybe it’s connected to the follicles or hair somehow.
i mean, i’ve been shaving my armpits for years and clearly the b.o. is there, so what’s the difference with waxing?
if i clean my ‘pits with soap that has tea tree oil and i use baby powder to stay dry, the b.o. is at bay as well alongside the waxing. apparently, tea tree oil kills the type of bacteria that causes b.o. – so you can give that a whirl as well.
…i will report back in a few months.