I have probably asked every person I know “Do I smell?” or “Want to smell my armpits?” this week. For this week’s Beauty Test Drive, I’ve been taking whiffs of my own pits as frequently as possible. That’s right, mid-Pilates I was caught turning my head to confirm this natural deodorant was actually tackling my B.O.
I can honestly say I have never tried a natural deodorant before, and was skeptical of Lavender + Sage Schmidt’s glass jar. I try to be health conscious, but I have never looked at the ingredient list of my deodorant. I’ve considered the ingredients in my soap, lotion, and makeup … but my deodorant? What could my armpits possibly have to complain about? If it keeps them smelling fresh from dawn to dusk, what more could an armpit ask for? Keep reading »
Who knew New Jersey-ians were so touchy? Dove has apologized for a prospective billboard for their new NutritionMoisture deodorant that ruffled feathers (er, clanged gold chains?) in the Garden State. “Dear New Jersey,” it read, “when people call you the ‘Armpit Of America,’ take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove.” The delicate sensibilities of people who elected Chris Christie bristled and Dove now says it won’t post the billboard at all. Arguably it doesn’t even need to post it at all, now that it successfully created a stupid controversy for free publicity.
Furthermore, on the matter of New Jersey smells: I lived there for a year-and-a-half and have zero complaints about smells. In my opinion, Washington, D.C., which is built on a swamp, and the perimeter of New York City’s Central Park, which is speckled with horse poop, smells much worse. Now, fight amongst yourselves about it in the comments. [Gothamist via MyFoxNY]
There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about chemicals in deodorant and their potential cancer-causing properties. I can’t speak to that because I’m not a scientist (weird, right?), but I do know that traditional deodorants and antiperspirants have never quite worked for me: my sensitive skin and haphazard shaving habits make me the perfect candidate for redness and irritation (and if you’ve ever applied deodorant on raw skin, you know just how painful that irritation can be), and the unmistakable plasticky-powdered-flower stench knows just how to induce a migraine in seconds flat. I used to forego the stuff altogether because I don’t have much of a natural scent, but since I’ve started exercising regularly (a novel concept!), that is no longer an option. And so began the search for a natural deodorant that isn’t Tom’s of Maine or a friggin’ rock. It’s pricy, so call me a flagrant wastrel if you must, but Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant is the only way to go from here. The light, fresh scents come from a combination of essential oils, and thanks to its primary ingredient (aloe!) I’ll never have to face a compulsively itchy armpit ever again. And here’s the kicker: it really works, all day long. [$18, Lavanila]
Let’s begin with a disclaimer: this is less of a Beauty Test Drive and more of a Beauty Necessity for me, but I want to share it. This Kiehl’s deodorant and I have never been separated, not once, since I first started using it, like, six years ago. It’s my must-have, my holy grail, and if you convert, it’ll be yours, too. It’s that good. My skin is completely incompatible with drugstore deodorants. Something in them — the fragrance, maybe? — makes my underarms red, itchy, and inflamed, and to add insult to injury, the sickening, synthetic scents are what I really can’t stand. I’ve used every brand on shelves, plus their sensitive skin versions, and they’ve all left me scaly, smelling of plastic fruits, and wholly dissatisfied. And forget “unscented” offerings; you might as well forgo deodorant altogether. Keep reading »
Surfing the internet yesterday I came across a recipe for DIY deodorant. I’ve read the scary studies linking aluminum in conventional deodorants to increased risk of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s, but I still haven’t been able to break my habit — maybe mixing up my own concoction would do the trick? The ingredients are simple (and cheap!): cornstarch, baking soda, coconut oil, and your choice of fragrance. Mix it all together, pour it into an empty deodorant case, and voila!
Have you ever made your own deodorant? Would you want to give it a try? [Via Planet Green]
Confession time: I have officially become a sweater. Not a soft chenille one that you wear on a cold day — quite the opposite, actually. This summer, I have become a sweaty mess in NYC’s consistent 90 degree weather. The very first day I noticed a bit of … moisture in my underarm area, I was quite surprised. I never considered myself to be a sweaty person. But after a few consecutive days of feeling wet and icky and noticing an unfamiliar (and unpleasant — damn this is hard to admit) scent radiating from my underam area, I knew I had a problem. I began my conquest to find the perfect antiperspirant/deodorant combo and I have finally settled in the land of (gasp!) aerosol deodorant. Before you kill me on the environmental harm I’m causing by using an aerosol product, just know that I believe offensive body odor is just as harmful to the Earth. Here are the top reasons I use it, and which brands I love and hate. Keep reading »
Raise your hand if your armpits used to smell like Teen Spirit! My scent was Romantic Rose. As a grown woman, I am wondering how they specifically made deodorant just for teens’ bodies? What a pile of crap. We totally bought into the advertising scam. But we smelled great while doing so. [I'm Remembering] Keep reading »
It’s not enough for our armpits to smell
lovely, now they must also look
lovely? Sadly, data says that 93 percent of women think they’re armpits are fugs. Preying on our armpit insecurity, the deodorant companies are about to inundate us with products that will improve the appearance of our pits in just days and give us the confidence we need to wear tank tops this spring. I didn’t know I was supposed to hate my armpits. I’ve always felt just ducky about mine. Thank you, armpit industry, for inducing unnecessary bodily shame. I shall make sure my armpits look up to par before exposing them in public. [WSJ
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Some scientists believe there’s a link between breast cancer and aluminum — which is one of the main ingredients in most antiperspirants. Enter Duross & Langel’s line of all-natural, aluminum-free deodorants. They are effective and both earth- and health-conscious. I’ve been making the trek to the company’s Philadelphia store for my balms and unguents, but I’ve just discovered they sell online too! I love their deodorant–it smells great, is all-natural and really works.
While there’s no proof that antiperspirant causes cancer, there’s enough hype over the suggestion that it’s legit to be concerned about the health issues associated with deodorant. For those looking to go the all-natural route, we’ve discovered that some are using a surprising product to get the job done—coconut oil. Apparently, there’s a whole contingent of coconut oil fanatics who do what’s called the Coconut Oil Diet. (Makes us ill just thinking about what that might entail). But followers also rave about the product’s other applications when it comes to beauty benefits. Keep reading »