It all started about a year ago when Deanna over at crunchy chicken shared a link about the rock.
She had issues with underarm odor and quite frankly so did I.
The post in crunchy’s formidable style is VERY humorous, and when she said with regards to armpit odor,
With this stuff there is nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nada. Zilch. Not a whiff of fragrance, pit or anything.
I found myself rather intrigued
So I tried the rock.
I unfortunately found myself terribly un-intriqued.
Obviously my armpits are stinkier than the pits of crunchy chicken.
The rock was not for me
I was disappointed because I really want to advocate a natural approach to the issue of stinky underarms. I had yet to find that natural product.
This came up in a green moms carnival discussion and Beth of Fake Plastic Fish shared her affection for baking soda as a natural deodorant.
My skeptical self thought no way.
Beth, as many of you know is on a mission to eliminate plastic from her everyday life, she’s an inspiration to me in many ways. Her posts are non-judging, informative and passionate about her cause. She’s had me shift my thinking about ssooooo many things.
In the back of my mind I promised myself that when I ran out of my “be prepared” inventory of super duper main stream antipersperant/deoderant I’d give the baking soda thing a try
Well, it’s not that you just use baking soda…it’s the vessel in which it’s dispensed and it’s the applicator. How fun!! Beth had this absolutely perfect tin and puff. I tried to find the perfect tin, and quite frankly had no luck. However I did have a vintage glass dresser jar, and I had a blush brush. I did add one additional handy dandy item, a small baking soda “to go” tin for when I travel.
What the heck I was basically ready to go…
the day finally came when I did run out of the other stuff and it was time to be my word in the matter.
Let the baking soda experiment begin!!!
above images taken by karen hanrahan
What do I think you ask??
I did the experiment for about 10 applications
and I LOVE it!!
Seriously no odor challenges whatsoever…
I also had my surgery in the midst of this and did not bathe for three days – no armpit odor!!
I love how inexpensive it is
I love, love love the way it feels going on
beth, mentioned combining baking soda w/ cornstarch and I think that would be additionally lovely – i used cornstarch on my kids bottoms to prevent diaper rash!!
From an experiment perspective I have not perspired profusely yet, but I feel confident
My ONLY complaint is that it’s a little dusty in it’s application. I have baking soda dust on my bathroom sink and floor. I also noticed some dust tracks on my shirt. With regards to the shirt, that trail patted right off. I just imagine as absent minded as I am I might forget sometime and find myself w/ white all over some place public!!
With regard to the dust on the sink and such – Is this because of the brush application technique?? I’m not sure
I did find when one morning I forgot to apply and was already dressed, that applying while clothed eliminated both concerns.
Overall – I declare the experiment an astounding success!!