That means it’s time to blog about on of my favorite, holistic ways to get prepped for summer… tackling armpit odor!
I hate having any armpit funk.
But I FINALLY found something that has totally, and I mean COMPLETELY taken away any and all forms of pit body odor!!!!
Are you ready for this life changing realization? It’s something you can do too!
I’ll tell you at the end of this post.
But first… my armpit odor solution is not going to be an antiperspirant or deodorant recommendation, and here’s why:
(Let me share with you a passage from my Skin Happiness eBook with you to explain…)
“Let’s talk about your pits.
Yep, that’s skin under there.
And even though it may have more active sweat glands and a moist environment that encourages a little pit odor once in a while, we still have to be mindful of what we use to keep our pits smelling fresh.
Because our pits are not only covered in fully absorptive skin just like the rest of our body, but absorption in this area is basically a direct line into our lymphatic system.
So let’s be aware that whatever we put on our pits not only enters our skin and our blood circulatory system, but also our lymphatic system.
With our breast tissue extending up into our arm pit (axillary) area and the lymphatic system highly active there as well, we want to make sure we don’t put ANYTHING carcinogenic or duct clogging anywhere near our pits.
Parabens are not something we want in our system. Parabens are extremely inexpensive preservatives, with antimicrobial properties. Because they are so cheap and so good at preventing molds and yeasts from growing, they are widely used in cosmetics, body care products, and most notably, in deodorants.
Parabens are not something we want within a football field of our armpits.
Parabens are shown to have hormonal activity… and are also found sequestered into breast tumors. We do not know how or if our body is able to metabolize and excrete parabens, but we continue to load our bodies with them daily. In other words, we coat our bodies and burden them every day with chemicals that we don’t know we can ever get rid of.
Parabens not only show estrogenic activity (mimicking estrogen and thus encouraging breast tumor growth) they also have anti-spermatogenic activity, interfering with the excretion of testosterone and disrupting the male reproductive system.
Particularly disturbing is the recent publication of a major study of parabens and children… showing that young children and pre-pubescent children have measurable quantities of parabens in their bodies as well.
I find the use of parabens in deodorant particularly horrifying (worse then in sunscreens even), because of exactly *where* we are smearing the product.
It is as if we are directly injecting estrogenic chemicals into our breast tissue when we apply antiperspirants and deodorants to the armpit skin.
Not only are the paraben laden products contacting our skin and being absorbed traditionally, but there literally is breast tissue in the axillary area that is directly absorbing the product. On top of that, the entire area is rich in lymphatic tissue… a system that is supposed to be helping us eliminate our toxins, instead it is absorbing and recirculating parabens through our entire breast tissue.
Do not think that if you toss your antiperspirant and switch to only a deodorant you are safe.
Nope. Antiperspirants have their own added horrors of aluminum… which we should definitely avoid… but even simple deodorants use parabens as a preservative.
Antiperspirants add another layer of concern on top of a simple deodorant.
Antiperspirants work by clogging up your sweat glands with a physical block of aluminum or aluminum salt. This prevents sweating (and thus odor) by physically making it impossible for your pits to sweat. This also makes it physically impossible for your pits to release toxins from your body through the sweat glands in your armpits… and to add insult to injury, you are not only preventing the release of toxins, but you are adding in two extra toxins (on top of the fake fragrances and countless other chemicals) — aluminum and parabens.
Not only are you loading aluminum and parabens into your armpit, not only are you blocking the excretion of said toxins, but you are also applying them to the one area that has direct access to your breast and lymphatic tissue, your armpit.
As a result, breast cancers and breast tumors are becoming saturated with concentrations of parabens.
Tumors are directly sequestering and storing a compound that will directly promote quicker growth through its estrogenic properties.
Something is wrong here.
The problem with switching from an antiperspirant to a deodorant is that folks think they are being safer.
But with almost every single mainstream product on the market shelves containing parabens as a preservative, you are no safer from a breast cancer stand point.
Unfortunately, no matter what we do, we all have been exposed to parabens, and we are carrying these around in our body. For example, in a recent study examining random urine samples from a very large cross-section of the population, parabens were found in detectable quantities in 99.1% of the samples.
I say this not to freak us out, but to make us aware that we do not want to intentionally increase our exposure to them.”
(For more great advice on skin care… everything from how I approach aging and skin care to my most trusted make up brands to what the skin (our largest organ!) represents energetically… grab my Skin Happiness eBook here!)
Luckily, here is my secret.
No need to ever buy a deodorant again!
No need to ever think twice about switching back to the toxic antiperspirant for those special occasions when you simply can’t stink!!!!
Okay, it involves a slight amount of pain… but I’ve never felt more happy with how I smell!
All you’ve got to do is take a deep breath… and wax your armpits!
I was absolutely astounded at how removing hair at the roots completely took away any last trace of pit smell. And now I finally know how all those models have such smooth and completely hairless armpits.
This has made such a difference in my day… no more secret pit sniffs. No more wondering when I wake up if I should put another layer of deodorant on before I get dressed.
It’s just simply gone!
I have waxed for several months now and I can say for sure the only painful waxing was the first one… the first one did hurt but I was still able to do it completely on my own and in a very inexpensive and eco-friendly way.
And if I can do it, so can you.
After the first time, the second and third and fourth have progressively less hair to pull at once (which equals less pain!) and the re-growth isn’t nearly as visible either, so growing it out isn’t as unsightly. The whole process is essentially painless and easy once you get past that initial session.
I used a waxing kit by Moom… which is simply an organic sugar solution.
The fabric strips you use to pull off the wax/hair are all reusable — and it’s so easy.
- Because it is a sugar solution it is water based (and so natural you could eat it!) all you do is rinse off the fabric strips in the sink afterwards (I let them soak for a few minutes while I rinse off in the shower) and then line ‘em up on the sink edge to dry.
- Nothing to throw away, the sugar washes down the drain and the fabric strips are used and re-used indefinitely. I’ve used the same strips for months and they are as good as new… seriously.
- The sugar solution comes in a glass jar that you can re-use or recycle, so I really feel good about Moom and much better about it then I did using a disposable razor or even an electric razor. Add to that the amazing stench reducing powers of waxing and also how beautiful… YES BEAUTIFUL!… my pit skin looks stubble free, and I’ll never go back.
Who knew how much a difference there would be between shaving and waxing (must be some serious odor causing bacteria thriving in the stubble and hair just under the skin.)