Smelling like BO is “The Pits”- Natural Deodorant Review

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I have a confession- I don’t wear deodorant. I have never worn deodorant on a regular basis.  When I hit puberty and received that special care package after attending my “Birds and Bees” classes I was excited about all the goodies it contained.  Tampons, Maxi Pads, and a small stick of Teen Spirit.  I couldn’t wait to need to use such adult personal care items!

I never ended up using that pretty pink tube of deodorant though.  Every so often through the years I would buy a stick with the intentions of using it.  I don’t know why I didn’t except that I assumed I didn’t sweat (I don’t unless it is extremely hot out) and I never smelled bad.  Then recently I did notice I’ve started to sweat more (moving to Florida has something to do with that) so I needed to step up my personal care game for the sake of others.  Me?  I don’t really care that much, but think of the children!

It was meant to be that Malena from ThincSkin (makers of The Balm) sent over a lovely package containing many of their products.  I knew I wanted to try their all natural diaper balm but was almost insulted that deodorant came too!  “Can you smell me from Hawaii?”  Since I didn’t wear the stuff I did take it a bit too personally.  I assumed she heard through the grapevine and was trying to do me a favor…

On a particularly hot day I decided to try it.  “The Pits” is applied by fingertip and is packaged in a nice, recyclable glass jar.  The texture was creamy with a bit of grit (if a black dot gets on you just wipe it off…)  I will admit here that the only reason I started using it daily was because the smell was amazing.  I kept sniffing myself thinking how awesome I must smell to other people.  “The Pits” became my perfume.

Then I forgot to wear it.  For science I decided, after sweating and playing with the kids outside, that I should take whiff.  As discreetly as possible I turned to my arm pit and sniffed.  There was odor.  Nothing that would knock you over from afar but if I were standing next to someone in an elevator wearing a sleeveless shirt they might detect a little eau de BO.

Intrigued by my little science experiment I decided to start paying a little more attention to my “odor.”  One day I would wear “The Pits” and do my regular daily activities.  The next I wouldn’t.  On another occasion I would work on interior painting (a laborious job when you have textured walls… let me tell you) and wear The Pits.  The next I wouldn’t.  You see where I’m going.

I noticed that, besides smelling nice, “The Pits” was helping treat the body odor.  As a life lesson or reminder- Deodorant is not the same as Anti-Perspirant.  “The Pits” will not stop you from sweating.  Now that I’m a little more aware about the scary things put into personal care products I wouldn’t wear an Anti-Perspirant to save my life!

The Pits Ingredients list: Shea butter, olive oil infused with calendula & chamomile, macadamia nut oil**, coconut oil**, baking soda***, arrow root, essential oil blend of tea tree, lavender, orange

For the ULTIMATE test I brought “The Pits” with me to BlogHer ’12 in NYC.  I may not sweat a lot however I do get very sweaty when I am nervous and in a large group of people.  Seeing as how we would be crammed like sardines into elevators and sessions and parties for 4 days I knew I would need deodorant or risk being tagged as “that smelly cloth diaper blogger” or #smellydiaperblogger on Twitter.

I definitely noticed the deodorant working in this setting.  I did reapply when I had the chance in the middle of the day or late before going back out to a party.  It smelled nice and since it is made from natural ingredients I wasn’t worried about having too much on my skin.  The other benefit from using “The Pits” has been the softening effect it has on skin.  I like to put it on after shaving my underarms and it acts as a soothing lotion too.  I might be a little crazy but it even seems to be improving the smoothness (look) there too.

So there you have it.  Everything you have ever wanted to know about my personal hygiene, my deodorant-less life, and my new found love of “The Pits.”  I’m officially a convert.  I even found myself talking it up to other green bloggers I was meeting in NYC!  Thincskin also has a range of other natural body care and baby products including all natural cloth diaper safe cream, sunscreen, lip balm, bug spray, and nipple butter.  Everything is packaged in recyclable containers and is made in Hawaii!   It all smells like heaven too.


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  • Hmmm, I am intrigued. I have been looking to cut traditional deodorant out of my life, but I don’t want to be the stanky girl, you know?

    • kimrosas

      I’ve heard from a friend who switched to this. She uses it for daily stuff but breaks out the big guns for athletics.
      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

    • Gforce27

      No, you don’t–I am a natural deodorant user, and I have just been informed by my gym front desk person that a person complained that I stink. I am totally humiliated, so yeah.

  • Lindsay

    TMI, but I had stinky pits before I was pregnant, but never during my pregnancy. So much so, that I never wore deodorant. I was very sad the day I said to my husband, “Looks like I’m a stinky again…sigh…” I work from home, so I only put something on if I’m going out, but that’s a MAYBE. Sometimes, I think I would rather stink than put that stuff in my pitties. I also have the delusion that no one else can smell me, sort of like the if I can’t see you, you can’t see me game 🙂

    • kimrosas

      I’ve been living with that delusion too!

      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

  • jessica

    I have been very scared to try a natural deodorant.. I’m 27 and only started using deodorant in the last 5 years every day. Before that it was as needed, hot summer day, a long outting. I might have to give this a try!

  • Malena

    Kim, you are cracking me up with this post! I just love your writing! FYI, I had NO idea you didn’t wear deodorant, I just thought I’d send a nice gift as it’s our top seller (; So glad it you enjoy our products. Cheers to no BO! (;

    • Katy

      I live in Hawaii and would love to know where I can get this locally! Seems crazy to pay as much for shipping through Amazon as the product costs. Thanks!

  • Leslie G

    I never had to wear any type of deodorant until I had my first child. Now if I am going to get hot at all I have to have something on. Thank you for the review. I am always looking for a natural but effective product.

  • Richard Brown

    Have you ever tried Essensia Naturals? I’ve never had to reapply, no BO at all. It’s natural and organic and I have no idea how it works, but it does and even though I’m a guy, it’s not too girly smelling.

    • kimrosas

      I haven’t but I will look into it. Thanks!

  • Michelle Anne Cheney

    did you use an applicator like their website suggests? wondering what would work for this

    • kimrosas

      I don’t. Haha! I use my finger but I don’t double dip. Two different ones, one per pit. Then I wash hands.
      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

  • Gena

    The two most important things, in my opinion, are (1) hygiene
    and (2) a good deodorant. Good hygiene is the easy part. Finding a good
    deodorant can be trickier, and it took me years to find one that I fell in love
    with. It’s called Lavilin and it’s an all-natural deodorant that lasts up to
    SEVEN days! I don’t know what I would do without Lavilin now, and for any of
    you out there who is desperately searching for a deodorant that will destroy
    your BO – Lavilin is the answer!!

    • Emily

      Gena – much agreed!!

      Everyone else – If you’re looking for a good natural deodorant – Lavilin would be my suggestion!! It’s sooooo good, I am totally obsessed with it and cannot fathom using any other product! Love it!!!

      You can buy it here:

  • June

    Jungleman All-Natural Deodorant has been a lifesaver for me. It’s non aluminum and odorless and has kept me stink free even in the hottest weather in Texas. I’d highly recommend this deodorant. Check them out

  • Tanya

    I like Lavilin – It’s an all-natural shelf brand that lasts 7 days per application. I was skeptical at first, but after 1-month trial, I was hooked!

  • leah

    i’ve been looking for a natural deodorant that works for a long time!