In an attempt to be more conscious of what I put not just in, but also on my body, I started a bit of a beauty detox. It started many years ago when I made the switch to sulfate and paraben free shampoo. Around that time, I started paying attention to what I was putting on my face, as well. But if you had told me a year ago that I would be using natural deodorant, I would have scoffed at you. I always made it abundantly clear that I would try anything natural, but you’d have to pry my super strong clinical strength antiperspirant from my cold, dead hands.
But here I am. In this past year, I’ve tried oil pulling, facial oils, and made the switch to an all- natural (aluminum-free) deodorant. So let’s talk pits, shall we?
My first attempt was with Jason. I tried this Aloe Vera one only because it was what I bought for my daughter. The scent was nice, but it was so wet feeling. That, and it was early summer and with the first heat wave came the buckets o’ sweat. Jason and I, we just didn’t get off on the right foot. So it was back to the old trusted anti-perspirant I went.
A month or so later, I kept hearing things about Primal Pit Paste. Everyone who tried it was singing its praises. Since it came in sample size pots, I figured, “what the heck?” So I ordered some pots in regular and extra strength and began my stinky journey. My very stinky, sweaty journey.
Everything I read in blog posts and in reviews said that people adapted quickly. As in days. Maybe a week. So as counterintuitive as it is to go with the thought that doing something good results in something so awful (OMG. The stink. The sweat), I persevered.
Given that it was summer and that I am a sweaty gal, I started with the extra strength. I did develop a bit of a rash, but instead of backing down, I hopped back online and ordered Pit Primer. It did the trick.
A week passed. Then two. Then three. Then four. And I was still sweaty and smelly as all hell. I was almost ready to throw in the towel, but then reminded myself that I had been clogging my sweat glands with anti-perspirant for almost 30 years. Oh…but then? That’s when I got swollen lymph nodes. For real. Nothing like a few swollen nodes to throw you for a loop. I freaked out (cancer! cancer!), but then did a little research and decided to take a bath in Epsom salts and try and massage them a bit.
Apparently, when you give your body a break from pore-clogging anti-perspirants, your body may do some spring cleaning. And the baking soda in natural deodorants can help move that cleanse along and draw the toxins out.
Finally…the light at the end of the rainbow. One day, I realized that I woke up in the morning and I didn’t stink to high heaven. And I wasn’t having to reapply deodorant half-way through the day anymore. And some days, I could even go without deodorant (what? what?!). Yes. I no longer stink. My body has adapted and I am SOLD.
I still use the Pit Primer daily. I shave my underarms every morning, so I apply to avoid any irritation. Once I used up my strong pot of Jacked up Jasmine, I got a stick of Lemongrass and Thyme and have been loving that scent and the convenience of the stick. I’ve also purchased the Lemonade for my daughter and the Royal + Rouge for my boys. I’m a total convert.
So why did I share my tales of stank?
Because if anyone out there is teetering on the edge or is scared, there’s no reason not to be. If I can make it through, so can you. You can do this!! I still have all my friends, too
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