Back in mid February, I started to get a really gnarly underarm rash that would not go away. At first I thought that maybe I had some nasty assed thrush or weird mushroom infection, but after treating my pits with medication for both, I was still an itchy suffering mess. Then I thought it was a side effect of doing the whole keto diet shebang (localized keto rash maybe?) But now that I have been off of it the past few months and ingesting complex carbs and sugars, it’s still bothering me quite a bit. Turns out that for whatever reason, my body decided that now was a good time to develop an allergy to many commercially bought deodorants.
I don’t know about anyone else reading this, but I sweat. A lot. I am a self proclaimed sweaty beast. I have especially sweaty hands and it’s always a nightmare getting an off guard handshake. I can’t even hold hands with my boyfriend for a long period of time because of my swamp-like tendencies.
Anyway, I seriously cannot forgo deodorant and expect to have any friends by the end of the day (especially in this heat) so I’ve been looking into the natural side of things and getting my inner hippie groove on. A friend told me about using this big ol’ salt crystal for deodorant and holy shit, it actually works! (Thank you Brittany!)
I’m still sweaty of course, but I don’t smell like balls and so I’ll consider it a small victory.
This whole spectacle lead me to delve into some deeper issues and become aware of how much crap I was slathering on my body every day and if/when I was going to have some sort of reaction to it as well. My beauty routine/cosmetics are pretty much a cesspool of chemicals applied liberally to the epidermis and I have often wondered if the pros outweigh any long term cons. Sure it’s great to look and smell nice, but is that a potential price to pay if it makes me sick in the future? I’m not trying to don a tinfoil hat here or anything, but at the same time, I’d rather not take chances and put blind trust into people and products that only have dollar signs as their bottom line.
So I guess what I am saying is that I’d like to potentially eliminate much of the chemical garbage in my daily life and find something kinder and more natural to replace it. Luckily this got real trendy in the last decade, so I don’t expect it to be an impossible goal.
Do you know or have less shitty alternatives to everyday cosmetics/cleaning supplies/etc. I’d actually love some direction and personal input!