Contrary to the belief of middle school boys everywhere, women have bodily functions. We pee, poo, emit shocking amounts of gas, and burp, gurgle, and growl just like men do. Women simply prize the ability to hide these noises and smells, whereas men typically celebrate the volume and length with which they can be emitted.
Today I’ll focus on smell – scent, ladies, if you’re feeling particularly dainty at this time. The information in this post is meant for women and men; but I am obviously writing from the woman’s perspective. Men, don’t tune me out. I did just admit to belching.
I don’t want to smell bad… But just like almost every other human being on the planet, my armpits, if left to their own devices, will drive away even my loved ones.
What follows is a random, gorgeous nature photo from my collection meant to give you a sense of relief from this overly frank discussion:
Far from being a hippie-like fascination with all things natural, this choice to use homemade deoderant is first a health-conscious choice. After watching two generations before me, possibly three, endure the ravages of breast cancer, I’m ready to protect my own body in any way I can.
Smearing chemical-laden deoderants right next to my breasts day after day does not seem like a good idea to me. Neither does shelling out half of our savings for “natural” or “organic” deoderants which, quite frankly, have left me smelling…natural.
I’m sensing the need once more for a nature shot. Think of other things… Happy Birthday to yoooouuuuuu… I’m smelling the zooooooooo…..
Tom’s of Maine came close… But even that was pricey for me. (And then there was the day I wandered through my parents’ horse pasture, wearing the apricot-scented stick, feeling like a model on a natural-products commercial, and a bee mistook me for a fruit tree…and stung my armpit. Ow.)
My current deoderant is no more than baking soda and cornstarch, kept in a small Pyrex container with a little cotton cloth for dabbing it on dry.
This is 1 part baking soda, 6 parts cornstarch. This simple, inexpensive recipe keeps me stink-free, dry, and chemical-free. Worry free!
And truly the best part is that I don’t have to ask my husband to spend his whole paycheck on my pits.
If you’re curious about what got me fried up about this (oops – typo – that should read “fired up” unless on Wednesday I’m planning to post a recipe called Fried Mrs. Full Vine – come back on Wednesday to find out!), please click on the following link. And then, by all means, come back and comment on The Full Vine about what you think!
It may not be for everyone; but if this strikes a chord in you, don’t be afraid to try it. You might be surprised…
I hope the frugal tips I’ve shared these last 4 Mondays have been helpful and fun for you. If you have more of your own, please comment and spread the word!