Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wanna' know what I do with my pits?

You've been wondering. So, I'm coming out of the closet - the pit closet.

I gave up store-bought deodorant months ago.

Basically, I sweat. I sweat a lot. No, really. I sweat A LOT! One Sunday afternoon my oldest daughter said, "Mommy, ya' know when you were singing up there at church today, what were those big circles under your arms?" Yup. That's me. I'm the guy with the wet pits. Only, I'm not a dude.

I use prescription strength. I do it all. Still - wet circles. I also have excessive staining of all my clothes, due to the antipersperant. So, what's a gal to do?

I figured if I was going to sweat no matter what, I should at least try using something more natural. I took the plunge, and would just sprinkle some baking soda up under my northern nether regions once or twice a day. That worked okay, but I tend to sweat out what I'm eating or drinking. Okay, okay! I SWEAT COFFEE! There! Are you happy?!? I drink a lot of coffee, and my pee and my sweat tend to smell like it. Although, when you combine coffee with sweat, it's just not ... well, I needed a little more than the baking soda.

Just last month, after digging around and trying different things, I found the perfect balance for me. So, here goes:

Christine's Homemade Deodorant

1 TB baking soda
1 TB cornstarch
1 TB shea butter
1 tsp olive oil
5-10 drops of essential oil, or any fragrance (I had some leftover body spray and just used that - works great)

You just get a little dab on your fingers and rub it in. It does keep down the dampness, the coffee aroma is gone, I have the softest pits on the planet (mmmm ... olive oil), and you can just rub it into your hands when you're done for a very nice and natural moisturizer. Keep it in a little container with a tight-fitting lid.

That's that. It couldn't be easier.


10 comments:

Cammie said...

Between this and the famiy wipes, we now know a little too much about you!

Rob said...

thanks for the tip. I'll have to try it. i've been using a crsystal salt stick. it costs $4.50 but lasts a year.
see
http://www.vitacost.com/Crystal-Body-Deodorant-Stick

Heidi said...

For some reason I was thinking this post would be about cherry pits. I don't know why...

amy s. said...

i'm actually commenting on yesterdays since i just saw it. you were right, i loved it. i laughed out loud. michael liked it too, he says he loved that site.

Terroni said...

used prescription strength on my pits once.

burned like hell. and i'm not using that as a swear word in this case. really. the fires of hell were burning in my pits.

slept shirtless with my arms out at my sides next to a fan. woke up every few hours to use real swear words.

(i do use the prescription stuff on my hands, though. patients don't like it when you put your sweaty hands all over em. at least, not most patients.)

Brenda said...

LOL. Maybe your body likes to stay toxin free. I need to go read about the feet. There are some people in my family who have feet issues.

Kay said...

I tried this yesterday AND today and to my amazement... no smell and no sweat. WOW! And I'm just using a little bitty dab. Just rub it in til I can't see it. Am I doing it right?? LOL

THANKS!

laura said...

Aw, man! I thought based on the post title in my reader that you were going to say you are a pit waxer like me. I am the only woman I know who waxes her own pits and bits, with the big, fancy wax warmer and strips and whatnot. Gotta try your recipe. And I CAN'T. STOP. LAUGHING. about the bow and stern.

Flibby said...

That sounds perfect! I sweat profusely, but I don't want to use any anti-perspirants. Thanks for the tip!

Felton/Casey said...

I have the same problem and you know what helps me? About a month ago I went to Super Supplements and stood in the deoderant section for a half an hour, and finally I just grabbed the tea tree roll on deoderant. I have been so happy with it, except that already will have to buy a new one very soon. Occasionally I have to reaply it in the middle of the day, but once usually does the trick.