I’ve recently thrown out all my previous staple beauty products in favor or chemcial-free, non-toxic- non-zombie creating beauty products. I believe the kids call this “green beauty”. It was difficult for me to let go of a lot of my previous beauty loves (Benefit mascara, Buxom blush, and NARS lipstick to name a few (tear) ), but after spending many long hours doing research (because I’m a nerd like that) I came to the conclusion that I had to, nay wanted to, for the health and well-being of myself and also my future babays, but since they’re ages away mostly myself.
So, I did it. I purged away all the chemicals. Not just in my make-up but in my body wash, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, moisturizers, and just about anything else I put on my skin on a daily basis. This included deodorant. Because the research on aluminum is so scary that the thought of putting it in my armpit (which, admittedly is an area of my body I don’t care that much about) was like the thought of injecting myself with some sort of zombie virus. So, I travelled the very short distance to the nearest Whole Foods (I do live in Austin, TX the WF mecca after all) and bought a deodorant that I had spent a lot of time reading the reviews of and made sure contained no nasty chemicals.
And it didn’t work. And it burned my armpit skin, which, by the way, HURTS LIKE HELL. Seriously, the “this won’t give you all kinds of horrible diseases and fill your body with icky toxins” deodorant BURNED MY ARMPIT SKIN!!??
What a world, what a world. Amiright?
So, I tried another natural deodorant. And it burned me. I did more research and tried another. And it burned me. Then, I spent an extraordinary amount of time online researching and found one that a lot of green beauty experts seem to swear by. And it didn’t burn me. And it seems to work. I mean, I don’t think I smell bad. But I am living in constant fear that I will start smelling very badly. Like maybe at a certain point it just won’t work anymore. So, I smell my armpits about 10 times a day, which is 10 more times than I used to. And even though the stanky stank that dare not say it’s name, hasn’t happened yet, I am still afraid it will.
So, yes, I’m into to green beauty. And yes, I can already tell a major improvement in my skin. But also, I’m afraid I smell bad like everyday. So, trade-offs I guess.