I mean, it can. Especially during those awkward puppy love preteen years when you sweat profusely just thinking about your crush that you would someday have the guts to actually say hi to... On the last day of school, in eighth grade. Or how about right after you've had a baby and you experience the extreme pit stink that you pray won't repel your baby. Or even worse, it becomes the smell your baby associates with her mommy! The horror!
But if you love your body and you want your family to take care of theirs you need to start somewhere natural. I found myself searching for something to help take care of the putrid-ness that had taken up residence pit side. I needed something without nasty chemicals, such as aluminum, that could save the noses in my home, but at the same time be ready made because mama didn't have time to whip up a batch of the homemade stuff... Or maybe you just kept on forgetting.
Things to Avoid
Antipersipirants-- it's a simple explanation; our bodies are meant to sweat. (See, I did learn something in my 12 plus years of school!) It's our body's way of cooling down, and who doesn't wannabe cooler? Sweat is good. Let's get stinky together!
Cyclopentasiloxane -- One word folks; chemicals. Not just any chemicals, but icky ones. For example, one of the more popular brands contains cyclopentasiloxane, which has been shown in studies to correlate with endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, and even cancer (source). I looked it up on the FDA's website, and couldn't find anything in the cosmetics search engine containing the word "cyclopentasiloxane". Well that gives me piece of mind... NOT.
Fragrance-- How about added fragrances? Most or the brands I've looked up don't list what makes up their "fragrance". How will I know if it will irritate my skin? Could I be allergic? Could someone in my family be allergic?
Why It Matters
I will have a toddler before too long. Believe it or not, some toddlers find themselves getting into things they shouldn't, despite all efforts by their parents to toddler-proof their home. Now, suppose my future toddler outsmarts a preventative mechanism and gets a hold of one of my anti-stink products? Wouldn't it be nice to not have to worry about my smartypants ingesting icky chemicals in the first place by not bringing them in my home?
Since I no longer have much free time, I decided to try a few more pre-made options. Since I'm so picky about what I put on my body, my options of all natural/organic/affordable/crap free skincare are limited (We put gross in and on our bodies, on purpose.). I had come across the Moody Sisters Natural Skincare line and decided to try out some of their products out. I fell in love with their sweet smelling Whipped Body Lotion, wanting to gnaw on my arms after applying it for the first time, and I decided to try out their deodorant line.
The hope wasn't that I would want to also gnaw off my armpits, though it would be funny to watch, but I needed something that would eliminate the stink. It just so happens that what I found with the Moody Sister's line was affordable options!
The products work like they say they are going to. I mean, that's pretty important. Second, the products are made with high quality skin loving ingredients that you can pronounce, and won't need an internet search engine to figure out what they are. Third, I can customize them to make them work how I need them.
I have sensitive skin and I can't use the baking soda formula every day, so I can use the baking soda free formula for most days. If I am going to do something s little strenuous like vacuum, housework or work out, I can apply the powder deodorant on top for an extra layer of protection. If I'm going to have a busy day full of running errands and such, I can use the regular cream formula. I have been pit stink free for several months now, and I am so happy to have found a solution to my smelly problem!
What is your current pit situation? I would love to hear about how you've made the change from stinky ingredients to a more natural foul odor solution!
Jenn's Journey Through Life