I would like to be very real with you guys . . . I used to be the stinky girl. It's embarrassing and kinda' sad, but it is the truth. Back in December of 2012, I declared my intention to get all the poisons out of my beauty routine. I started using the No Poo Method to cleanse my hair, I started using oil to wash my face, I had already switched my body wash to a pure castille soap, & all my makeup was, at very least, gluten free. There was this one thing left . . . deodorant.
I used to have a severe sweating problem. It wasn't very smelly sweat, but I sweated profusely. You are going to think this is crazy, but it was connected to undiagnosed Celiac disease. I would sweat like crazy under stress & I also often sweated like crazy after a meal. I used to think that my metabolism was so out of control that I'd start burning calories the very moment I ate. Now, I know that I was having the same "stress sweat" reaction to eating gluten-filled meals, that I had to other forms of stress. To my body, ingesting gluten in nearly every meal WAS stressful . . . hence the sweating.
Well, after I went gluten-free & then went AIP, the crazy sweat attacks stopped. I didn't need prescription strength antiperspirant, but I had a new problem. With the major change in my diet, the sweat I did produce was . . . uh . . . stinky. I managed to find a gluten and soy free deodorant that smelled nice, but it still had tons of chemicals in it. I'd made it to that December 2012 moment where I declared my goal to remove the poisons in my self care, so I started to look in earnest for something new.
After lots of trial and error and smelling bad, I reached out to my fellow autoimmune bloggers. It was a humbling moment admitting that I was the stinky girl in the group, but I knew they'd understand. I asked if anyone had some tips. A recipe was shared for DIY deodorant, which I tried out. It worked, but honestly, I was too lazy to keep making it. Ridiculous excuse, right? Too lazy to do something about your stinky armpits, Angie? Really? I confess.
And then, the perfect answer. My sweet, non-judgey pal, The Paleo Mom, said, "Try this stuff. It works great." She was talking about Thai Crystal Deodorant Mist. This stuff is basically only salt water spray for your underarms, but through a miracle of non-smelly magic . . . it worked! I didn't have to make it myself. It wasn't messy to apply. It didn't get on my clothes. It didn't make me smell like a synthetic air freshener explosion or like patchouli hippie heaven (I know you know those dirty hippie deodorant brands I'm talking about here). It was so simple! My husband was interested in holding hands again and my daughter wasn't repelled when I lifted my arms to hug her. Best of all, it was so cheap. I've been using the same $8 bottle for a loooong time. When I travel, I just dump a little into a tiny travel-sized spray bottle. And smelling decent doesn't POISON me!!
So, if you have this problem, the smelly one, I highly recommend trying Thai Crystal Deodorant Mist out. I promise not to judge you. I've totally been the stinky girl too.