Adios aluminum. In my deodorant.


"When you know better, you do better."

Ugh. The most frustrating statement EVER. This little, seemingly innocuous assertion is a LOADED gun. Take for example you find out that a certain blue-boxed macaroni and cheese contains some not ideal ingredients, so you stop giving it to your kids and by effect, yourself.

When you know better, you do better.

You learn that your favorite shampoo features an array of ingredients... like formaldehyde. Boom. No more of that favorite smell.

When you know better, you do better.

I mean, then there's bleach. I'm of the generation that still thinks that the smell of bleach means it's really clean. As it turns out, vinegar (ironically, the smell of Easter eggs) can do the same job.

When you know better, you do better.


In an effort to be more open-minded and think beyond what I mindlessly do just because I've done the same thing for years, I've decided to switch my deodorant to a a more natural alternative. I've given up my cucumber "goes-on-clear" and also my name brand "clinical" [insert furtive brow lift and concern] deodorant and now I have have a jar.

Of deodorant.

That I rub on my armpits in the morning.

(I know.)

I mean, there it is.

It's not pretty. But if anyone can rub anything on my armpits it should be me, right? I mean, they're mine.

I've chosen to try PiperWai, not because anyone sold me on it, but because Tom's and Young Living's haven't worked for me. (Apparently this deodorant was also on Shark Tank, a show I've never seen.) After this one I'll probably try Primal Pit Paste and Schmidt's, too.

So far, ladies (and assumedly no gents), so good.

PiperWai is charcoal based and it has a somewhat menthol-y / minty aroma. It apparently can absorb 1,000 times it's weight in moisture. Which means nothing to me. It comes in a glass jar for the hipsters and you scoop out about a pea-sized application with your dedos (fingers) and because I like play doh, I roll it into a ball and apply. (I don't think the directions indicate that you have to roll it into an actual pea-sized ball, but sometimes I'm literal.)

You find that your body heat welcomes the grey-ish putty and it melts away. Leaving you standing in your bathroom rubbing your under arms until nothing appears.

Now, I live in Cabo. It's extremely warm. And, I sweat. A lot. (Hello, it's 90 degrees.) And, I workout and thereby sweat, a lot. I also wash my hair no more than once a week and I don't like showering. (I'm really building an awesome case as to why to befriend me or go out to dinner with me, no?)

So, all that to say, I'm going to be tough on this hippy deodorant. And, so far it's holding its own.

Now, have I worn the deodorant with a really tight, under-the-arm shirt? No.

Have I worn it while wearing a white shirt? No.

Have I worked out with it? Yep. And I didn't smell. (I even asked others for their input. As you can imagine, they were pumped to be involved in this experiment.)

Does it easily wash off? Yes.

Is it disrupting my endocrine system? Not that I know of.

Is it cruelty free, vegan and gluten free? Yes.

Is it for men AND women and kiddos? Yes.

So, I mean, it is what it is. I'm giving it a whirl.

You can try it here.

Note: PiperWai didn't ask me to write this post. I'm doing it on my own accord. Let's keep aluminum in its place: the kitchen, not in our armpits.

**In addition, I am an Amazon Associate and have been for years. If you buy some piperwai through that link at the end, I get a million dollars. Or truth, just a bit of compensation.

NOTE 3.30.17: As of now, apparently the paste is not available on Amazon. (Which is crazy, because the night before I wrote this post, it was available. You can buy it on the website here.)


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