I have a bit of a love hate relationship with deodorant or should I say antiperspirant. Of course I love my erm pits smelling fresh as a daisy but I honestly hate the sensation from aerosol sprays, roller balls and pastes. Don’t get me started on crystal deodorant – I just can not get my head around that at all! First things first what is a deodorant and what exactly does antiperspirant do? A deodorant basically deodorises (masks/reduces) body odour and tries to reduce sweating. An antiperspirant on the other hand contains ingredients which block sweat glands hence reducing perspiration. I have a very heightened sense of smell so a lot of deodorants/antiperspirants that are overly perfumed give me an instant headache. I also don’t like how harsh the ingredients are on my delicate skin and hair under my arms. I tend to find my skin feels irritated and my hair left feeling dry and coarse. I have experimented with more natural based sprays and roller ball deodorants over the past few years but honestly none have really impressed me much.
A few weeks ago a PR from a Dublin based natural beauty salon and shop ‘Skinfull Affairs’ reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some natural deodorant from an Irish brand called Pit Putty. They have just released a new vegan deodorant so I thought why not give it a go. I had not actually heard of Skinfull Affairs before. I have been so out of the loop whilst being ill that I rarely make it into town. I am delighted to know that such a place exists and I will definitely be paying it a visit as soon as I get better. They have a fantastic selection of natural beauty products that can be purchased in store or online. I just made a sneaky order for two organic body scrubs so I shall report back on how I get on with them.
Pit Putty are an Irish based natural skincare company based in Co. Sligo. In 2016 the dynamic duo and founders, Laura and Luke decided to start producing natural based deodorants. Their quest for natural skincare was instigated by Laura’s friends’ devastating melanoma diagnosis. Her treating doctor warned against the use of chemical/artificial laden beauty product’s which really got Luke and Laura questioning all the nasty ingredients contained in these products. After all the skin is a semi-permeable barrier and it can absorb topical solutions applied directly on top of it.
Laura had always used natural deodorants but unfortunately none were sufficient for Luke so they set about creating one that would suit both men and women. After months of too-ing and fro-ing over various concoctions of natural oils, butters, essential oils and natural based powders, they came up with the perfect mix and Pit Putty was born. Pit Putty is now available in a selection of different scents and available to purchase online and in various health stores and Skinfull Affairs.
Lime, Basil & Mandarin Pit Putty – €11.95 for 65g
This uplifting 100% vegan deodorant is housed in a handy screw topped metal container. The outer label being bright, eye-catching and slightly quirky but it works. The inner contents, an opaque balm is delicately fragranced with a beautiful mix of lime, basil and mandarin essential oils. The scent is strong but in no way overpowering. Pit Putty only use 100% natural ingredients in their range of deodorants and are suitable for use by the whole family. Each deodorant is completely free from harmful chemicals, aluminium oxides, preservatives and gluten whilst also being cruelty free. Pit Putty’s unique selling point is that it is neither an antiperspirant nor does it mask odours with fragrance. Its effectiveness is based on its ability to alkalise skin directly in the armpit which in turn neutralises the acidic by-product contained in sweat. This in turn renders sweat odourless!
So how does it work? Well you simply scoop a pea sized amount of product onto your hands and delicately massage it into the underarm area with your finger tips. The mix of nourishing ingredients helps keep your pits smelling and feeling wonderful all day long.
As nice as this deodorant looks and smells, my interest lies in what exactly is contained in the product i.e. its list of ingredients. Each lime, basil and mandarin deodorant contains a mixture of nourishing shea butter, coconut oil, candelilla wax, jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil and sunflower seed oil. The beautiful fragrance produced from an infusion of lime oil, mandarin oil, basil oil and calendula flower extract. Naturally mined baking soda and arrowroot powder are the real ‘hero’ ingredients in this deodorant. The baking soda, on contact with the skin will raise the skins pH level, reducing the acidity, making conditions a lot less suitable for bacteria to thrive. Arrowroot powder helps reduce perspiration by absorbing the sweat produced by sweat glands.
Official list of ingredients:
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Maranta Arundinaceae (Arrowroot) Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, Citrus, Aurantifolia (Lime) oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet orange) Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Candelula Officinalis Flower extract, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool
So I bet you are dying to know what my overall thoughts on this natural deodorant are? Firstly I did not want to rush into reviewing this product. I wanted to be able to give a fair and balanced review based on my personal findings. I applied this deodorant daily for close to three weeks so I feel I can now provide my honest opinion. On first impressions, I was very impressed with the scent of the product and I am happy to report the fragrance last’s for the entire day. Although the real test will be during the summertime when conditions are warm and humid. The scent is in no means overbearing or headache inducing so I think they got the balance just right. The strange concept for me was getting my head around the method of application. As I have said previously, I am so used to the convenience of spray deodorants but once I got used to applying the balm I was happy out.
Two things that really stood out to me regarding this product and would sway me from reaching for the typical deodorant spray is the nourishing qualities it possesses on both my skin and hair. I am finding my underarm skin is feeling a lot less irradiated and my underarm hair look less dry and coarse. I know it is expensive at €11.95 per tin but I have honestly barely made a dent in the balm as only a pea sized amount of product is required per application. On a side note and this is probably a bit tmi but what the hell I am going to say it anyway! This deodorant is fantastic for those of us with big boobages. You know what I mean when I say the words ‘boob sweat’! Yes it is a real issue and overall pain in the butt but my god how this amazing balm even sorts out that annoying issue. It is also good for applying to the inner thighs if like me you were blessed with thunder thighs, fantastic at reducing chafing when wearing a skirt or dress. Overall I would highly recommend trying out a Pit Putty natural deodorant. Unfortunately, I have not tried out any of the other scents yet but when I finish this particular tin I will be purchasing another one. For further information on Pit Putty please visit their website.