Oy, I read that as "getting the pit PUPPY in the mail" and I thought Oh No please don't order a puppy online! Been reading too much about puppy mills recently. Anywho.
I've been using Tom's lavender aluminium-free deodorant that I got at my local natural foods store. I know they don't do animal testing and do not use animal ingredients. It's pretty good, but if I'm biking somewhere (especially in the summer) I don't feel completely comfortable. Perhaps that is to be expected with a natural deodorant? After I use this up I will probably try something else before repurchasing. But I do like the smell of it, and it feels nice going on.
I LOVE Bubble & Bee stuff!!! Hope it's going good using it Samantha! The great thing about this company is that they will keep replacing your deodorants until you find one that works with your body chemistry. You just have to e-mail Stephanie, the owner, and she'll suggest what to try next and you get that product free (just have to pay shipping!)
Amie and Toni - two things you have to remember about switching to natural deodorants - first, you go through a little detox period. Your underarms have been basically been clogged up by antipersirants. You'll sweat and stink MORE for a little while, until all the crud works its way out. Hard to get through, but once you do, its much better! Second, because any natural product is just going to be a deodorant (stopping you from sweating just isn't natural!) you ARE still going to sweat. Just hopefully not smell bad! That take a lot of getting used to, especially when you exercise.
Starflower - You are completely correct. This is exactly what I've been experiencing. I am noticing it is improving and I am getting used to sweating again (so weird that I have to say that!). I agree that it is just ridiculous that we, as a culture, seem to believe that sweating should just not occur. Really quite a strange concept once I stopped to think about it. Everyone here seems to use antiperspirant, but when I made some friends from Germany, they all used just deodorant, and it seemed perfectly fine. Sweating is natural and has a real purpose, especially when exercising! But it is definitely a weird thing to get used to after using these unnatural antiperspirants for so long. It's kind of nice, but I still wonder if I smell to other people, you know? Don't want people to think I am unclean when I'm not! I had gotten so used to just not sweating but what a strange thing. Wonder what happens to all those toxins that are usually released in sweat...
Still going through the detox period. Man I stink haha! Hopefully that won't last too long, been putting on deoderant like crazy! Its got a odd consitancy that you have to get used to and I'm not crazy about the clove smell, but it does seem to be starting to work. Update you all next week!!
Starflower--have you tried their other products? Like their shampoo??
Samantha - yeah, the Pit Putty consistancy is different (mine is really soft now that its summer!). If the clove smell really bugs you, the Geranium Lime one smells heavenly (just not on me! That's the one I had to return, it made me smell so bad!), and right now I am using the Spearmint/Tea tree, which smells nice and fresh.
I haven't tried the shampoo because we have really hard water in my area and it won't work well in hard water, I guess. I have used and love their soaps (they smell amazing!), and I am addicted to the body butter as well. Their lip balms are also really wonderful, although not vegan (beeswax). Now that I'm trying to buy pretty much only vegan, I may try to beg them to come up with a vegan formula. For now I am using up my delicious Coconut Lime Balm.
Oh man- THATS WHY I have been soo darn stinky? So good to know. I have not been wearing anything lately because I got tired of spending $$ on stuff that didnt work. I guess I will have to keep trying to find something that does not break me out.
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