Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"My Deodorant Failed Me" or "Danger: Too Much Information Ahead"


You read the title, right? There is definitely TMI ahead, so consider yourself warned.


Um, today was rough. I guess mostly the end of it where I smelled worse than I've ever smelled in my life. And I really had no good reason to, like running 10 miles or even just 1.


I am trying to save the world. I have reusable grocery bags (which I actually remembered to take to the store for the first time on Sunday! I've had them for months), natural dishwashing paste (mixed reviews on that one...it left my stainless silverware cloudy), whole wheat pasta, lots of tofu and the chemical-free deodorant alluded to above.


There are lots of chemicals in most of the mass produced soaps and cleansers we find in stores; these additives are harsh on our skin and bad for the Earth. I've found great natural soaps that perform beautifully, so several months ago I embarked on a mission to switch to a chemical-free deodorant. I first tried out Tom's of Maine in one of the scents...I think it was Lemongrass. That worked pretty well if I really put it on heavily, but it was a bit harsh and burned a bit after a while and actually made the skin around my armpits (can you believe I typed THAT word on my blog?!) peel a little bit. So next I tried Tom's of Maine unscented which didn't irritate my skin, but every once in a while it would fail me a bit. I remember the first time I noticed it I was reaching for a paint sample in Lowe's and got quite an embarrassing surprise. I had had a dinner date with my brother earlier that evening after which I definitely hugged him, so I had to call him and apologize for any...offense. So embarrassing. So I redoubled my efforts to apply plenty of natural Earth-saving Tom's.


In light of the ok results with the Tom's products I decided to audition a new player: Kiss My Face Active Enzyme Fragrance Free. I think I started using that this past Sunday. Monday went pretty well. Than came Tuesday.


Its late afternoon today and I'm washing my hands after a bathroom break. While reaching for the paper towels...yes, you guessed it, another embarrassing surprise. I was like, "Shoot! I'm just trying to save the Earth here!" I had sweated a tiny bit while running errands at lunch time (to clarify I didn't run at all...it was pretty warm today, though), but not enough to warrant an embarrassing surprise. We were done for the day just a couple hours later, and I decided to wait and shower after the 30 minute walk (2nd one in two days...we're trying to save ourselves along with the Earth!) with hubs. It was just a walk! But by the time I got back the situation had gone from bad to horrendously worse. I couldn't help but LAUGH really hard at the horrendousness. It was CRAZY! Kiss My Face let me DOWN! Absolutely the WORST I have smelled in my life. I don't know if I've EVER smelled another human being as offensive as I was.


What am I going to do? I want to save the Earth, but I also want hubs, with his ridiculously keen sense of smell, to want to be around me. And friends are nice, too. Sigh...there are a couple other brands I can look into. I shall continue the mission, but I might have to smell like a man tomorrow...the only other deodorant in the house is hub's, so hopefully he'll let me borrow it.

12 comments:

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Too funny! Well, not when you're living it! Thanks for letting me know. I think I'll save the earth another way! I have a sensitive nose! LOL
~Kim

Donnamo said...

Let us know when you find a brand that won't fail you or us!

My father, a doc, made his children take a green chlorophyll tablet at mealtimes because it prevented body odor. I guess he had smelled one to many BO's at the office.

I don't remember the name but it probably isn't good for your environment either :)

Jess said...

This is funny...this is the one personal care item that I wish worked better in a natural format, but I've had similar experiences with Tom's etc. Back to Secret or Dove for me...

Tracey in CT said...

Sorry, but I'm laughing here!

Maybe its just not worth saving the earth if it has to be that unpleasant for you and those around you? Personally I'd probably just stick with what works in the deodorant department and work on saving the earth in other ways!

Blue Castle said...

I'm right with you on this one! I used a crystal deodorant for a year or so, but man! it didn't work as well as I hoped. I tried Tom's too, and it really did work for me - for about 3 months. Can't figure out why, but now it's failing me too. I try to keep my arms down and shower daily. :) There has to be a better way!

Gabby said...

Deoderant that doesn't work? Well that just stinks.

Apparently, a lot.

Atleast hubs knows what to get you for Easter.

jen said...

Funny post!!

Well, I am trying to save the earth as well and this it what has worked for me. It's called JASON, pure, natural and organic Aloe vera. I found it at Target and so far so good. I think that it's impossible to totally prevent the stink without an antiperspirant, but I keep hearing how bad that stuff is for your health, so I decided to save the earth and possibly my life too. LOL!

Good luck!!

Jen

Josie said...

Im sorry lol! I belong to a site of diaper sewing ladies who rave about the homemade deoderant they make that works way better than anything else- maybe you should google it and give it a try! Mke sure to let us know how it works! lol

Mary said...

That was the funniest post ever..I have tried every single "natural" deodorant and NONE of them work! It is so annoying...back to secret for me!

CounselorBecca said...

I started using the Kiss My Face Active Enzyme, with similiar results. I'm now using Rich's Old Spice b/c I feel too guilty to buy new deodorant when I have an almost full one right there! I'm just glad you weren't on this kick in college, I think we might have had to be phone or IM friends then. :)

Emily D. Crews said...

Hey, SmellFo, you should try a deoderant crystal by NOW or Thai. I've used them for several years and they're awesome. The only down side is that you have to shower or at least wash under your arms before using them. We can talk more about this on the phone, but I felt like the advice needed to be recorded here, too, sister. I don't want you claiming I never tried to help you not smell!

Loretta said...

That's hilarious; wanting to "save the earth" and smelling awful at the same time! I myself am not so sensitive to the earth; I'd rather smell great! Tee...hee...it's just how I am. I'm very conscious in other ways, but not when it comes to my personal well being. Cute blog...I came here for Pink Saturday and got stuck, as usual!