Stinky Pits – What of it!
Deodorant, Antiperspirant, Pit Paste, Roll On, Clinic Strength, Hypoallergenic, Antibacterial, Spray On, Crystal Stick - no matter what you use or what works for you these product types all have a similar aim
- To help eliminate odour and reduce perspiration
My aim here is to expose the stink on pits and which product type is best for you, but more importantly WHY!
Now I have had my times of stench and reach for anything that will mask the odour after a decent work out. But what gets me is WHY do we stink.
The Low Down - Stinky pits are a result of bacteria, tiny little unicellular microorganisms that live under our armpit, feeding off your sweat….eeeewww right ?!?
Sweating is the body’s natural way of regulating its temperature. Sweating is typically induced by either a physical response – exercise, or an emotional response – i.e. fear. Two different glands are responsible for this function and both reside under the armpits.
Sweat is mostly made up of water and sodium – naturally, bacteria love water! The more we sweat the happier the bacteria are and the more they thrive. We also need to consider a ph balance in the pit area which can contribute greatly to overgrowth of bacteria if it is out of whack. Aiming to use "soap free" will help to balance the ph level.
Sweating isn’t the ball breaker here, it is the bacteria and we just need to change our game plan to deal with them as best we can.
I want to make it very clear here that reducing or stopping perspiration is actually very bad for the body and should not be done.
But what we can do is reduce the odour and to do this we can detox our pits! Yep, detox and help reduce bacteria growth using antibacterial ingredients.
DIY STINKY PIT DETOX
Below are the ingredients and instructions for an all natural pit detox, that can be used to help get those pesky bacteria under control. All of these ingredients will cleanse the skin, help draw out impurities and assist in balancing the ph level. Plus, it’s totally fun to make your own skincare at home!
- 2 tsp of Bentonite Clay (if using our wooden spoon then use 4 spoons)
- 1/2 tsp of Aluminium Free Bicarb Soda
- 2 tsp of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tsp purified or distilled water
- 4 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden or plastic spoon (the bowl or spoon cannot be metal)
- Mix the vinegar and water in a separate cup
- Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until you form a wet paste – similar to a face mask consistency.
- Make sure your underarms are free of any product and apply the paste evenly.
- Allow the paste to dry for up to 5 minutes and then wash off.
- Spritz with witch hazel or floral water if you have some.
This is best done at night and it is also advisable that you remove any deodorant you are wearing before application. Often, I have conversations with people stating that they just haven’t found a natural deodorant that sustained the stench. And this can be super frustrating. Using the pit detox will help your body to adjust to natural deodorants.
So which deodorant is the best to use then..??
Well my advice would be, of course, to use as natural as possible, and NEVER use an anti-perspirant. My top brands are Mukti, Tea Tree Plantation and if you like a pit paste then Black Chicken has excellent reviews. As for roll on, sprays etc I believe this is just a personal preference. What you should be looking for is ingredients that are antibacterial such as tea tree, lemon, clove etc. Natural can sometimes be tricky and it may take you a few goes to find the one that works for you. But it is totally worth it!
Now this may sound totally crazy, but I NEVER use a deodorant in winter. I find it gives my body the opportunity to sweat without having an another product added into my daily routine. The summer months bring warmth and suitable environments to help bacteria grow, which is considerably reduced in the colder months. Now not everyone is the same and you may find that you can’t help but reach for the deodorant during a workout, which is fine, but maybe ditch the deodorant during the day, give it a go, you may be seriously surprised!
Until next time,
Zoie & Ziel xox