Monday, April 6, 2009

What's that? My armpits smell, you say?

OH! They smell GOOD?!?!?!?!?!? Well, my friends, there is a reason behind this. I have deodorant on! And not just any deodorant, but HANDMADE deodorant off of Etsy! Yep, there are fabulous sellers on Etsy that help me ensure that my pits are smelling so fresh, you would never guess that the products were made in their home kitchen, and not in a plant!

My journey for deodorant started a little over a year ago. I had known that I had a lump in my left breast for a few years now, but being the moron that I am, I did not tell my doctor. Suddenly, I was married, pregnant, and realized that IF there was a problem, I should have it taken care of. They removed the lump, it had "suspicious cells" in it, and I was told by my doctor ( a very renowned breast care specialist) that the best deodorant for our bodies, as women, is one that is aluminium FREE. Yep, they put that nasty stuff in all of the stuff you can buy at the drugstore. It will clog up your pit pores, and cause all sorts of nasty junk up in there. It is the ingredient that actually stops perspiration (the wetness) in your pits, but if you really think about it, aren't we SUPPOSED to sweat a little bit? I mean come on, that is the chemical equivalent to coating your pits in Vaseline and saran wrap, and jogging 20 miles! ICK!

So I began my search for deodorant on Etsy, cause I figured, since I get all of my other bath products there already, I KNOW someone will make aluminum free products! And viola! I found out that one of my already favorite shops, Spa Therapy Works, makes a LOVELY deodorant! AND it is VEGAN! Score! So I grabbed the Pink Cupcake scent,and gave it a whirl! Now, here is the thing, you will sweat a little. But that is NATURAL! And I can tell you, being a sweaty mother fletcher myself, this was me biggest concern, walking around with wet spots for all the world to see. So I wore it for a week. Nothing. THEN I wore it for my wedding (I know, BIG step in my deodorant relationship!) and it held on! THEN I took it to Jamaica with me, and I was SOLD! I do usually have to re-apply about 1/2 way through the day, but that is a small price to pay for such a MAJOR IMPROVEMENT in my deodorant! I felt good, my pits did not sting, or get dry and they smelled AWESOME! The scent lingered lightly all day, so I would know that my pits had not failed me. Absolutely amazing! I was sold, so I told all of my girlfriends over at DIYScene. They were all skeptical. A few decided to try it. Then a few more. I was starting a revolution! RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU WANT VEGAN DEODORANT THAT IS GOOD FOR YOU! My mom and dad now wear it, as well as my 8 year old son (thank GOD! His pits STINK!!!!!)

So about 4 months ago, I decided to see what other shops were on Etsy to try out their pit products. I saw that Gudonya Too carried some, called "Stinky No More", and they had COTTON CANDY scent! BINGO! Love that smell, and I figured it would be good for the winter. I do have to say, that even though I love this brand as well, it does sting a bit when I apply it. I think it might just be my skin, however. It smells AWESOME!


Then, the real test came. I was 9 months pregnant. I knew that labor would be intensive, and I would need a deodorant that was up to the challenge. Also, for my stay in the hospital, I was gonna need something that was going to help with the strange odors that my poor body would be producing as my hormones went haywire! I brought both brands with me, and opted for Spa Therapy Works for the labor itself, and Gudonya for the aftermath protection! I was not let down! In the 6 hours I was in labor, I did not need to re-apply once! And when I grabbed my newborn for the first time, my crazy DIY-obsessed brain actually SNIFFED a pit to make sure I was still good, knowing that I was going to have to write a review in the near future!

So, if this review does not convince you to try one of the two deodorants I have found on Etsy, I am not sure anything will. Go ahead, run to the drug store, buy some cheap, chemical loaded crap, slather it on your pits, suffocate your skin, but don't come crying to me when you have lumps, and are miserable with itchy, flaky pits! Try it, I SWEAR it is the best product you will find!

11 comments:

angrylittledeadgirl said...

Hahah I love how you were the good little researcher, testing the products even as they were handing you the new alien :)

I bought Spa Therapy Works... I have yet to try it. I have much fear. Perhaps I will now...

Pili said...

I completely agree!!

My Spa Therapy deodorant comes with me to India, with tropical climate and blazing sun and high humidity... and I always smell AMAZING!! And truth be told, I don't really think I sweat all that much anyways, even if it's not an antiperspirant!

And they stand the challenge of working at the hospital running around from one place to another, and even through working in the isolation area, with extra layers of protective stuff on me!

I'm a convert to handmade deodorant, and I can't wait to try Spa Therapy's Ice Cream scented deodorant for this summer!

Crossbones Couture said...

IceCream scented, you say? I did not know this! BRING IT ON! I need ice cream pits!

Pili said...

Yup! I've seen it on Spa Therapy's Flickr, I can't wait till she lists it!

beanbun said...

Just what I need to motivate myself into getting some good deodorant! I have all-natural, aluminum free deodorant but it fails after a while...

Spa Therapy Works said...

Hey girls! I'm happy to bring sweet smelling pits to you all. :)
Thanks so much for the FUN review. I love hearing stories from customers!

Pili, Ice Cream deodorant has been listed! But please refrain from licking yourself - it won't taste like ice cream. :p

FabulouslyFierce said...

LMAO, I love your articles Brooke, I need to give up the aluminum deodorant, but I'm scared! I think I will try Spa Therapy though :)

Concertina said...

I totally just got a vision of you re-applying your deodorant as you were passing little Gory...I guess some things are just that important hehehe.

I've told a ton of people how much I love the Spa Therapy...you got me hooked. Thanks!

The Bath Project said...

I LOVE Spa Therapy's deoderants! I've got Pink Cupcake & Lemon Meringue and they are both awesome! I live in Vegas, the middle of hell (it gets upwards of 120+ in the middle of summer) and I've not been let down, her stuff rocks!!

smarmy said...

I love the SpaTherapy deoderant! Now I'm going to have to try the Gudonya!

EyeScream Industries said...

I loooove this deodorant! I have used the Lemon Meringue and Black Raspberry Vanilla scents and love them both! I just bought the Summertime scent too :) I'm definitely a fan!