I’ve played out this scenario in my head many times:
Heather: Sniff, sniff. Do you smell something?
Renee: No. Why are you standing so close to me?
Heather: Because I like you. You sure you don’t smell something kind of musty or medicinal? Do you detect any offensive odors in your proximity?
Renee: Well if you’d back off a little I could have some room to, uh, breathe maybe? What are you…get your armpit out of my face, you weirdo!
I was really just looking for some honest feedback because I’m deeply involved in an important experiment.
I am trying to see if I can wean myself off my Secret antiperspirant/deodorant!
I know it is bad for me because it contains ingredients such as aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex and several other evil-sounding substances I cannot even pronounce.
So, I wanted to try a more natural alternative antiperspirant option and see if it can hold up to this busy moms sweat!
I stood in front of the deodorant section at New Seasons the other day, fretting over the many choices but was really overwhelmed with the options.
The sales clerk recommended Weleda spray-on deodorant at first, but then after some more talking she suggested I just try tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.
Both of these items contain deodorizing properties and since I already had the tea tree oil I just had to buy a small bottle of lavender oil.
The next morning I dabbed on the tea tree oil and was immediately hit with the smell, which I wouldn’t call pleasant. Then I dabbed on the lavender oil, which surprisingly didn’t smell very good either. For about an hour I could still smell the oils, but then it subsided. I must say, after four days of this experiment it seems to be working. I’ve worked up a pretty good sweat this week between yard work, window washing, long walks and strawberry picking, and so far the oils seem to be keeping the odor under wraps (I think). As I sit here, I can’t smell me. Then again, most people can’t smell themselves. This is why I need some honest feedback! Where is my husband…?
I understand that deodorants simply mask body odor, they don’t inhibit sweating like an antiperspirant. I really don’t enjoy sweating, however. Oh, aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex, why don’t you have a natural counterpart!? Sigh. Have you found a natural deodorant that works?