Many of us have tried every option in the quest for the perfect deodorant — traditional, natural, roll on, sprays, even crystal salt rocks that required endless rubbing immediately — and still found much to be desired. No matter the promise, none work particularly well to control the funk when fighting the tide of heat, humidity and vigorous activity.
Here's a hack to boost the effectiveness of any deodorant. All you need is a few reusable organic cotton wipes and an acid toner. The secret is a good swipe of acid toner under the arm pits right out of the shower, before applying deodorant.
To apply, take a clean wipe, moisten it slightly with a bit of water and then add a generous amount of acid toner. Then, swipe over the area a few times where you apply deodorant. Once dry, you can put on deodorant.
It’s recommended that you start with a test run as acid toner may irritate certain skin types. (If you have skin sensitivities, do check with your dermatologist first.) Trial a little on one pit and wait a couple of days. If there’s no irritation, you can dab the toner more liberally to your pits 2-3 times a week as needed. When choosing your acid toner, any brand will do.
The issue behind persistently smelly pits may not be due to deodorant but bacteria and dirt lurking in our pits. The toner helps remove debris and control bacteria growth in our underarms. I’ve committed to natural deodorant which is notorious for weak odor protection and found this little trick to be helpful regardless of how hot or active I get.
It's both a shock and a relief that something so simple can make such a difference. There's an unexpected bonus too. I've discovered my armpit skin has a more even appearance in addition to being less stinky. Others have reported less ingrown hairs as well. Hope our tip helps your pits too!