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!