Thursday, 29 December 2011

Product Review: Bubble & Bee Geranium Lime Pit Putty Cream (Deodorant)

Hello friends!  I took most of December away from my blog because I was just so insanely busy with Christmas (merry belated, by the way)! There was stuff going on every weekend.  With work parties, a holiday dinner party hosted by yours truly, shopping, wrapping, more shopping, seminars, getting to the gym, and holiday baking, I had to accept that I just didn't have the time to write.  On top of that, I'm spending my week off after Christmas fighting a nasty cold that has left me wasting away on my couch watching Grey's Anatomy on DVD.  I think today is the turning point, so hopefully I'll be up for doing something on New Year's Eve.  I can't believe the year is coming to an end this week!  I hope you had a wonderful, magical holiday.  Mine was fabulous!  2012, bring it on!

When you go "natural" and start learning about the toxins in beauty/hygiene products, one of the first things you think about replacing is your traditional anti-perspirant for something bought at the health store.  There are some serious potential health risks with the traditional products we've all been using since we were teenagers.  That's the Secret they don't really want you to know.  But people today like to educate themselves about the products they are putting on their bodies, and find safe alternatives.

First of all, deodorants and anti-perspirants contain parabens, which we've talked about before.  Parabens mimic estrogen in our body, which throws our hormonal balance off, causing excess estrogen to accumulate in our body.  This has been shown to play a role in breast cancer.  The study that brought this issue to light is "Concentrations of Parabens in Human Breast Tumours" published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology in 2004.  The study found "mean concentrations of each of six parabens in extracts of 20 human breast tumours."  The study did not analyze the breast tissue of healthy women, so we cannot be certain that parabens contribute to cancer cell growth, but nonetheless, the study raises many concerns that they do.

Secondly, anti-perspirants contain aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.  Aluminum is also linked to Anemia, Osteomalacia, glucose intolerance, memory deficits, and Lou Gehrig's, and Parkinson's diseases.  Aluminum is contained in anti-perspirants, not deodorants.  Aluminum acts to stop perspiration and wetness by blocking our sweat glands.  Sweat glands discharge waste from our body as sweat, and if waste is not being discharged from the body, it is unhealthy.

There are other harmful ingredients contained in these products, but I won't go into further detail.  Suffice it to say, I quickly replaced my traditional anti-perspirant for natural  deodorants.  I started with a product by JASON, which did not work.  Then I used a deodorant by Green Beaver, which also did not work.  Many people who try natural deodorants will tell you they just don't work!  After using anti-perspirant for close to two decades, I was not used to smelling like anything other than aloe, baby powder, or spring meadows, so these products were very disappointing.  Then I heard of a company called Bubble & Bee, which makes a deodorant called Pit Putty.  I read the rave reviews and knew I had to get some for myself.  The one downside I read was that application of the pit putty in a stick deodorant was a bit of a pain, as it was very crumbly.  When I visited their website, however, I noticed that the Pit Putty was now available in a cream, so I ordered some immediately.

You must not let the simple packaging turn you off.  That's a problem
we have in our society: if something isn't flashy, then it isn't
worthy.  We must realize that simpler is better!

I've been using it for almost 2 months, and I love it!  It is the only natural deodorant I've tried that really keeps me smelling lovely.  For me, it works 90% of the time to keep odour under control, but compared to 0% with other deodorants, I'm pretty satisfied.  The times when it fails me usually involve wearing synthetic fabrics that don't breathe, and stressful situations where I perspire a lot.  That's the thing - deodorants don't keep you from perspiring, which takes some getting used to.

The product comes in a 2 oz glass jar for $9.85.  Shipping from this U.S. company is an additional $6.00.  I expect this jar will last about 8-10 months, which is quite good.  The ingredients are very simple and safe: Organic arrowroot powder, organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, aluminum-free baking soda, organic lime essential oil, and organic geranium essential oil.  You simply dab your finger into jar, take a pea sized amount, and rub onto clean underarms.  There are other scents, such as Jasmint, Lemon and Clove, Lemongrass, and Spearmint and Tea Tree.

The next step for me is to attempt to make my own natural deodorant.  I have seen recipes which contain many of the same ingredients in the Pit Putty cream, so when I try them out, I will let you know for sure!  For now, I'm so pleased that I get to smell great, and live clean.  It's SO very important to me to keep excess estrogen out of my body, which I have come to learn is the source for most of my physical issues over the past couple years.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you the most prosperous and happy New Year!  See you in 2012!

~Christine

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