Monday, June 20, 2011

Makeover Monday: This Job is the Pits!

My husband worked his last day for this school year on Thursday. Summer vacation has officially started in our household and it has already been an activity packed few days. I expected my husband to get off work on Thursday, pop open a beer, prop up his feet, and sigh with relief to know that his work year was at an end. Instead he surprised me by proclaiming "WoooHoooo! I don't have to wear shoes, shave, or put on deodorant for the next six weeks." THEN he popped open a beer, propped up his feet, and sighed with relief to know that his work year was at an end.

I'm usually pretty tolerant to his crazy plans and schemes... but I was about to respond to his proclamation with a predictable "you'll wear deodorant if you want to have anything to do with me for the next six weeks"... when that cartoon light bulb appeared above my head and an idea began to form. I asked my husband if he would mind being my Makeover Monday guinea pig for the next month and a half. He responded with an enthusiastic YES.

So dear ladies (and gentlemen) for the few weeks we are going to be conducting a natural deodorant experiment in the name of science. We will attempt to find out if any natural products really fight body odor... or if it's all just a bunch of hippy bull $h!+.

We started our little experiment yesterday. Our first trial is going to be apple cider vinegar. I read that the vinegar is suppose to kill odor causing bacteria. It won't stop a person from sweating, but it is suppose to keep your sweat from smelling bad. We also have plans on trying a mixture using baking soda and cornstarch, and then a spray using witch hazel and sage oil (which is supposed to be a natural antiperspirant). Unfortunately we will also have to have a week to set up the control where he wears nothing at all.

If anyone has a recipe for any other natural deodorants please feel free to email me or leave it in the comment section.

Wish me luck!


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  1. oh this is gonna be fun! LOL

    i thought i read somewhere something about tea bags helping with under arm odor... but gosh that was years ago in my California weirdo days... i used a rock back then ha!

  2. What a great idea & it's for all mankind! :-)
    And u win first prize for creative wifely tolerance, and a new way for couples to have fun time, not to mention kid's learning science can be fun. Double :-D
    Personally, I hate using traditional anti-perspirents, I hate the chemicals, so I'm cheering you on. Keep us all posted.

  3. Oooh I want to know the results. My sister and I both look for alternatives but an't seem to find one that we really like. Although, I recently read one that was to use toothpaste. I've been using the toothpaste for it's intended purpose but have yet to try it under my arms. It's baking soda and coconut oil mixed into paste.

  4. I use a crystal salt stick. You can get them at any Henery's, Whole Foods, Trader Joes type place. You still sweat but you don't smell. To absorb sweat sew in dress shields to your garments and BAM! No sweat stains! :D

  5. Hahaaha... u alwys have such great ideas!! Let me know the result!

  6. I've found that the key to not wearing deodorant is very thorough and vigorous scrubbing in the shower. (We use Dr Bronner's tea tree soap.) Also, a single drop of sandalwood oil under each armpit can last the entire day for those days when you want to enter civilized company.



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