No, go on – it’s ok. Come a little closer and have a good inhale of the aroma of my armpits.
Not bad eh?
And it’s zero waste too.
Mr Green and I have been having a bit of a tussle over the past few months with my choice of deodorant. Way before I could even care less about landfill I bought a deodorant; a stick deodorant which was kinda woody, musky and spicy.
I don’t like heady scents like patchouli or jasmine and I don’t like floral unless it’s completely pure. Rose essential oil is fab, but rose scented products made from chemicals make me barf.
So I’m what you might describe as chypre or citrus when it comes to my chosen scent and Mr green tends not to like it. He prefers the scent of me.
The scent of me is pretty good except when I’m nervous, angry, have eaten onions or am expected to stand up in front of a class of 30 kids and talk about waste. The latter is happening more and more frequently at the moment and I’m giving my deodorant a good run for its money.
The trouble is, it tends to leave Mr Green running in the opposite direction.
It wasn’t really serious enough for a Relate matter, but Sally from Natural Spa Supplies, who I have talked about before, may just have saved our marriage, as well as my embarrassment from sweaty pits.
She challenged me to try out a bit of rock. A piece of alum crystal to be precise. I’m sure you’ve all seen these stones in health food shops and the like; they look like bits of clear glass and you swish them around your smelly bits.
The thing is, all crystal deodorants are NOT equal. I’ve learned some fascinating stuff and if you want to really in depth details (I said IN DEPTH details – you may be gone some time, but I can assure you, you’ll return with a degree in alum) you can read more on Sally’s site.
Suffice to say, Sally collects potassium alum from the desert surface. The crystal deodorants you see for sale are almost without exception ammonium alum.
Sally told me “This ammonium alum is made with waste from aluminium factories and nylon factories – it doesn’t work well and because industrial waste is never ‘cleaned’, but just used as a cheap ingredient, the synthetic alum is always contaminated and does cause allergies”.
“Health food shop owners as well as consumers are confused because deodorant manufactures state ‘ammonium alum – pure natural mineral salts’ Ammonium alum does not exist in nature.”
Sally reassured me that she had a female triathlon ‘extreme tester’ who had found without doubt that this alum deodorant was the only product which actually worked for her.
Well I might not be a female triathlete, although I can run up the stairs pretty fast when Little Miss Green lets out a bump and a cry, but I probably let out a few pints of the whiffy stuff when about to start my presentations to an audience of eager children.
Sally sent me a piece of alum wrapped up in cardboard and tied with string. There is no packaging for the deodorant itself and I tried it out for the first time on a day I had to go into a school! Man, it was SO hot in there. There was a lot of shaking hands to do and some close contact in the staff room, but I was whiff free for the entire morning.
In fact I completely forgot about my experiment until I was sitting eating a late lunch with Mr G and he asked me how I got on. I was very impressed; excited too that I had found a natural, safe, effective and zero waste alternative to my deodorant. My clothes didn’t so much as hint of any nervousness by the end of the day and I just smelled, well, of me.
Mr green is very happy and so am I!
Have you found a zero waste solution to deodorant?
Oh, I’m back to washing my skin and hair in clay too, but that’s another story …
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