WTF is wrong with my Pit Liquor?! 5 Common Pit Liquor Questions Answered

WTF is wrong with my Pit Liquor?! 5 Common Pit Liquor Questions Answered

Occasionally we hear from customers who are concerned there might be something wrong with their bottle of Pit Liquor. 99.99% of the time, the answer is “nothing is wrong!” Our small-batch, handmade process means that our product isn’t as “perfect” as one made in a tube or can in a factory—our all-natural ingredients produce slight variations at times. We’re perfectly imperfect and we're proud of it. But we understand you may have some questions, so here's a dive into our five most common WTF?? questions:

1. Why is there sediment at the bottom of my bottle?

That sediment is a star player in our deodorant's stink-fighting power. A blend of arrowroot, sea salt, and teas, the white-ish powder packs a powerful punch to the bacteria in your pits. To make the most of this, be sure you always shake your bottle before applying Pit Liquor.

2. What are those greenish bubbles in my Whiskey Vanilla products?

People often assume those green bubbles are mold, but fear not! The real vanilla oil fueling that sweet vanilla scent forms into little bubbles inside your bottle. As it takes a bath with our proprietary blend of teas, the oil changes color. So really, greenish bubbles mean a great blend of stink-fighting, vanilla-scented magic. 

3. Why is my bottle darker/lighter than my last bottle?

Our master blenders combine the perfect mix of overproof alcohol, essential oils, and our tea/arrowroot blend to each batch before bottling. Different batches of ingredients can lead to slightly different shades in the finished product. But never fear, the powerful Pit Liquor you love is the same in every bottle. The color has nothing to do with the stench-quenching power.

4. Why does this bottle look different than my last one?

Maybe your label was a little crooked, or the fill-line isn’t quite in the same spot as last time? In a world of mechanized factories, we subconsciously expect every bottle to look exactly the same. At our warehouse, Pit Liquor’s small but mighty team fills each bottle by hand and applies every label before sending it off to you. That means there may be subtle differences in each label or fill-line, but we like to think of this as our own stamp of authenticity. No machines means real jobs, real people, and a kickass natural deodorant made right here in the US of A.

5. What’s that fuzz in my roller bottle?!

You’ve used your roller bottle for a few months, and rolling it on is the best part of your day. But all of a sudden you notice a fuzz ball in the bottom of your bottle. Don’t worry - it’s not mold, it’s simply lint or other stray particles that the roller ball has pulled into your bottle. Even if it looks like a little twister, it doesn’t affect the strength of your Pit Liquor, and won’t harm you. Promise.

 

Noticed any other perfectly imperfect characteristics of your favorite all-natural deodorant? We’d love to hear about them via Instagram or Facebook

January 31, 2022 — Melanie Allen
10 Unexpected Uses for Pit Liquor

10 Unexpected Uses for Pit Liquor

You probably already know that our overproof alcohol and all-natural ingredients do a great job keeping you feeling clean and smelling good all day. What you may not know is how well Pit Liquor works beyond a traditional deodorant. With the help of some of our biggest fans, we break it down for you below. 

 

1. Hand Sanitizer

With an alcohol by volume of 70%, Pit Liquor deodorants have the same alcohol content as hand sanitizer. And even better, our products are natural, so you can spray your hands and eat finger foods without worrying about chemicals in your mouth. Carry Pit Liquor in your car or bag and you’re always covered.

 

2. Shoes and Feet

Whether you’re an avid exerciser or like to wear shoes without socks, smelly feet are a problem for many. Washing shoes can be a pain, or even impossible, depending on the pair in question. And while deodorizing balls or baking soda might help, only Pit Liquor can actually kill the funky bacteria growing in your size 12s. Simply target a few sprays at the insoles and allow to dry. Of course you can spray Pit Liquor directly on your dogs as well, some say it even relieves Athlete’s Foot. Store a bottle in your gym bag so you never have to be embarrassed to take off your shoes again.

3. Boob Sweat

We’ve talked to ladies around the country who sing the praises of Pit Liquor as an effective under-boob stench quencher. The boob sweat struggle is real for chests of all kinds and while Pit Liquor's not an antiperspirant, Pit Liquor's food-grade, organic alcohol base zaps the stink and keeps your bra fresher, longer. Whether you choose a roll-on (make a figure eight around the girls) or a spray for on-the-go freshness, you can rest assured that you’ll smell fresh even after a hard workout.

 

4. Deodorize Clothing

There’s nothing worse than wearing a freshly dry-cleaned suit or cashmere sweater, only to find it reeks after a single wear. Your new solution? Simply spray Pit Liquor on the area in question and allow to air dry. Your items will be fresh and good as new. Pit Liquor also works on vintage finds that cannot be laundered or on regular-wash clothing to extend the time between washes. To prevent staining, we recommend testing in an unobtrusive spot first, and sticking with our clear Just Vodka spray for light colored items.

 

5. Rashes or Poison Ivy 

You might be surprised to know how many customers tell us Pit Liquor helped with their rash or skin reaction. We’re certainly not here to talk about weird rashes or give medical advice, but the people don’t lie: Pit Liquor may help with a rash like poison ivy or hives. But please talk with your doctor first and remember to never spray Pit Liquor “down there.”

6. Razor Burn

Razor burn is a nasty little beast that’s hard to beat. Similar to an aftershave, the alcohol in Pit Liquor will kill the bacteria on your skin that contributes to those unsightly red bumps. Used after shaving, you may see an improvement in the condition of your skin over time. For facial shaving, we suggest a spritz or two from our spray deodorant, while for armpits or bikini line, a roller works best. Extra sensitive? Our unscented Just Vodka collection is perfect for delicate skin.

 

7. Car Deodorizer 

Cars become holding cells for leftover takeout, forgotten lattes, and all that post-workout/practice sweat. Skip the pine-scented cardboard tree and turn straight to Pit Liquor’s deodorizing wizardry. A number of our own employees keep a bottle of Pit Liquor spray in their glove compartment for any unpleasant odors (and as hand sanitizer or a quick deodorant re-apply). Simply spray down the seat or area in question and take yourself back to the fresh scent of a clean car. And if you can stomach it, read all about one mom’s car sick car seat adventure and how Pit Liquor came to her rescue.

8. Outside the Diaper 

Kids should come with a warning label detailing the numerous awful smells that come from their cute little bodies. Any parent will tell you what an unpleasant surprise a literal shit storm can be. Sometimes, things get so dicey that even an entire pack of baby wipes and a fresh diaper cannot eradicate the smell. So when needed, a customer of ours recommended a quick spritz on the outside of the diaper to help quell any lingering odors. Pit Liquor’s completely natural ingredients list means you can feel safe using our products near your child to keep them fresh and clean.

9. Upholstery

Many companies have marketed fabric and air fresheners that spritz away odors, but these bottles are often filled with a cocktail of chemicals. Pit Liquor’s natural ingredients will eliminate odors in your home just like Febreeze, without the chemical side effects. We’ve heard from customers who spritz their dog’s bed, upholstered furniture, and even their pillow before bed. One employee found Pit Liquor to be especially effective on vintage furniture that has that old funk you just can’t eliminate. As with clothing, we always recommend you test an inconspicuous area before you spray the larger piece.

10. Dry Shampoo

We’re as surprised as you are to hear that Pit Liquor works as a dry shampoo. A customer wrote to us recently sharing her delightful experience with PIt Liquor spray as a substitute for chalky dry shampoo, particularly for dark hair. Give it a try and see if your hair stays as fresh as your pits.

January 17, 2022 — Melanie Allen
Pit Liquor's Top 3 Sellers —The List May Surprise You

Pit Liquor's Top 3 Sellers —The List May Surprise You

Choosing a scent can be hard. So many choices and for now, at least, you can't smell through your phone or desktop. If you asked us what the best scent was you'd get a looong answer. We love them all like we love our children. (Pssst, ok, Whiskey Black Pepper is super dope.)

But don't listen to us, the sales data doesn't lie. If you're looking for a new favorite scent check out our top sellers from 2021 starting with...

3. Whiskey Vanilla

Coming in at number three, Whiskey Vanilla’s warm and inviting scent is a crowd pleaser. Imagine sipping whiskey while eating your favorite cookie- that’s the warmth of whiskey vanilla. It’s whiskey base kicks odor where it counts while giving you cozy vibes of vanilla.

At Pit Liquor we pride ourselves on real ingredients and local suppliers, our whiskey is made just a few miles from our warehouse by Feisty Spirits. Self-described as "Purveyors of unique grain-to-glass whiskeys and other fine spirits," Feisty takes their whiskey-making seriously, using non-traditional grains to make unique whiskeys that they serve in their taproom. They proudly hold the title of "Fort Collins' first distillery" - you've gotta love the synergy because we are Fort Collins' first deodorant maker.

Our ingredients are so real that they just might surprise you. The vanilla essential oil in our bottles turns green when mixed with our proprietary blend of teas, creating little green bubbles of scent and odor-fighting goodness. And even better, you can find real vanilla beans in the bottle - no fake fragrances or chemicals here.

Whiskey Vanilla may sound like a tame fragrance, but this beast kicks stink and is a favorite of everyone from hard-core whiskey drinkers, outdoorsmen, bakers, mechanics, moms, and more.

Fun fact: Even though our Whiskey Vanilla ranks number three in overall sales, we actually sell more 100ml bottles of Vanilla than our second place winner. Looks like Vanilla is gunning for that silver medal.  You can give it a try (and boost it’s score to second place!) in 100ml, 50ml, roll-on, and Refill.

2. Whiskey Lavender

Finally, a real lavender scent that isn’t from your grandma's potpourri basket. After searching high and low for the best lavender, our founders discovered English Lavender, rather than the commonly used French Lavender. It has a subtle earthy and floral scent that’s not overpowering.

Gender neutral at it’s finest, you can share this spray-on with everyone you know, minus the germs or funk. Lavender can even work as an antiseptic, so keep a bottle in your car or medicine cabinet for when you’re in a pinch. Best of all, lavender has been shown to visibly reduce stress levels. We can all use a little stress-reduction, so spray your pits, take a big whiff of that lavender, and breathe easy.

As you might have expected, our lavender is locally grown (by the folks at Busy Bee Farms) and harvested by the Pit Liquor team each summer (you can watch our team in action here). Stay stink free year round and bask in the glow of a sunny lavender field. Our silver-medalist is available in 100ml, 50ml, roll-on, Refill, and as part of our Best-Sellers bundle.

1. Coconut Rum with Lime

Despite selling a whole lotta whiskey-based products, our biggest seller is actually Coconut Rum with Lime. Who doesn’t want to channel their best summer vacay these days?

Sharp lime, lush coconut, and a shot of rum make this deodorant feel like a tropical vacation in the midst of your daily grind. Since its debut in 2019, we’ve sold thousands of bottles of Coconut Rum with Lime. Our intern said that’s enough deodorant to fill several bath tubs, so excuse us while we literally bathe in our favorite tropical smell.

One of the reasons our Coconut Lime deodorant is so popular is because many find it to be the most effective scent for them. Why, you ask? Lime essential oil is very acidic, and this acid takes stench-quenching power to a whole new level. And don’t forget about the coconuts! We use coconut alcohol that’s actually made from fermented coconuts. Drunk coconuts give the best scent and keep your pits fresh and bacteria-free.

This powerful + effective deodorant will keep you stink free no matter how much fun you’re having in the sun. Find it now in 100ml, 50ml, roll-on, Refill, and as part of our Best-Sellers bundle.

 

Whatever your favorite scent, you can be confident in Pit Liquor's stench-quenching alcohol base and truly natural scent ingredients. Now that's a match worth spraying on your pits!

January 10, 2022 — Melanie Allen
And We Thought Aluminum was Bad...

And We Thought Aluminum was Bad...

Can your deodorant really cause cancer? New research says the answer is yes. CNN recently announced a recall of several major deodorant brands, including Old Spice and Secret, that were found to have benzene in their spray deodorant products. According to the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, “Benzene is a well-established cause of cancer in humans.”

 

What is Benzene?

“Benzene is a chemical that is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable,” writings the CDC. The benzene molecule ,C6H6, is produced from carbon or petroleum, and is often used to create plastics, gasoline, and drugs. It is also used to create napalm. What??

Benzene is so toxic to the body that the CDC recommends to “Quickly take off clothing that may have benzene on it. Any clothing that has to be pulled over the head should be cut off the body instead of pulled over the head.” Sounds like a chemical emergency if you ask us.

What makes benzene so alarming? The CDC tells us that “the major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. (Long-term exposure means exposure of a year or more.) Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection.” According to the WHO, “Benzene is a well-established cause of cancer in humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified benzene as carcinogenic to humans. [It] causes acute myeloid leukemia (acute non-lymphocytic leukemia), and there is limited evidence that benzene may also cause acute and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma.” Yikes. Clearly, this chemical packs a nasty punch. 

 

Image courtesy of CNN

 

Deodorant Problems

So back to your armpits and benzene. Armpits are a particularly sensitive area of the body because they sit close to lymph nodes. We’re going to give you the benefit of the doubt here and assume that like many adults, you have likely been applying deodorant to your armpits for years. As the CDC noted, long-term benzene exposure is considered one year or more. The average 30 year old has perhaps 15 years of deodorant application under their pits, meaning year after year of benzene in your body if you’ve been using one of these offenders.

 

The Pit Liquor Difference

[Cue the superhero music.] Pit Liquor natural deodorant is made from organic and non-toxic  ingredients so safe, you could actually eat them. We take your health seriously, and prioritize ingredients that are super-effective and super-good for your body. Ingredients like over-proof whiskey and vodka that kill the bacteria in your pits, ending the party before it can even start. And a blend of teas, arrowroot powder, and sea salt keep the freshness going for up to 48 hours. A finishing touch of essential oils and herbs adds scent without any chemical fragrance.

 

If you’ve read this far, you’re likely ready to try chemical-free products or already on the natural deodorant bandwagon. We bet you know a few people who still need to make the switch to benzene-free products too. We’re here to help you and your friends ditch the chemicals and switch to the best natural deodorant on the market, dare we say in the world. Share this article with that friend and you can both use code NOBENZENE15 for 15% off your purchase.

 

 

Sources:

"Antiperspirant recall: What the finding of a cancer-causing chemical means for you," CNN, December 1, 2021, accessed December 8, 2021,  https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/health/deodorants-antiperspirants-recall-benzene-explainer-wellness/index.html

"Exposure to Benzene: A Major Health Concern," World Health Organization: Preventing Disease Through Healthy Environments, accessed December 8, 2021,  https://www.who.int/ipcs/features/benzene.pdf

"Facts About Benzene," Centers for Disease Control: Emergency Preparedness and Response, accessed December 8, 2021,  https://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/benzene/basics/facts.asp

"The Benzene Molecule," World of Molecules, accessed December 8, 2021,  https://www.worldofmolecules.com/solvents/benzene.htm

December 30, 2021 — Melanie Allen
Talking Scents with Pit Liquor: Muddy Mint Soap

Talking Scents with Pit Liquor: Muddy Mint Soap

At Pit Liquor, we’re committed to creating strong, effective products without sacrificing our beliefs. When we set out to pair delicious-smelling soaps with our ultra-effective, organic deodorants, we knew there would be no compromising our ethics. After searching high and low, we found Simi and her awesome, Colorado-based soap making company Muddy Mint

 

Coming Up Short on Soothing Suds

Simi’s soap making journey didn’t start by accident, but rather like all great inventions, was born out of necessity. “I purchased my first bar of handmade, cold process soap in 2017 after struggling with dry skin for a few years. The bar made a huge difference in how my skin felt and I became obsessed with making my own soap.” 

Simi became a woman on a mission. She wanted to step out of the shower and not instantly crave moisturizer - a tall order, especially in the dry climate she calls home. After much trial and error, she landed on a soap recipe that was nourishing, natural, and didn’t dry out the skin. 

Muddy Mint Soap Company

Shelves at the Muddy Mint soap warehouse.

Muddy Mint Sweats the Small Stuff

Simi is meticulous and committed about what goes into her soap. “Our soap is all-natural, palm-oil free, and caters to those with dry and sensitive skin. Not all handmade soap is created equal.” She said “no” early-on to ever using palm oil because of the myriad environmental concerns associated with palm oil production. Instead of copying other cold-pressed soap makers and using coconut oil, Muddy Mint bars contain luxurious butters, like shea and cocoa - natural remedies for thirsty skin.  

Most importantly, it’s not about what Simi puts into her soap recipes, but what she leaves out. “We never ever use fragrance oils (even natural ones) or any kind of synthetic colorant. All our bars are scented with pure essential oils, or left unscented. We only use plant-based colorants and clays to color our bar.” No dyes, no fragrance, no BS. Now that’s clean. 

 

Partnering with Pit Liquor

Simi is particular about which companies she partners with, admittedly turning down a number of others before Pit Liquor came knocking. “I get quite a few inquiries to make custom soaps or do white label or private label. My answer is always no. We only make custom soaps for two or three companies and all of them are local.” 

The decision to partner with Pit Liquor came easy for the team at Muddy Mint. Simi explains, “We are both committed to keeping our products completely all-natural and we share the same environmental values. Our product categories overlap beautifully and they were willing to include my business name on the labels instead of "hiding" the maker.” 

Both woman-owned businesses have like-minded customers and each founder was right in believing that by combining forces, both businesses would benefit. Everyone wins when women support women. 

Muddy Mint Soap

Natural Should Mean Natural, Dammit

Muddy Mint and Pit Liquor both mean what they say and so do our labels. Natural means natural. “People don't realize that just because it says ‘lavender’, it doesn't necessarily mean it's real lavender! The word "natural" isn't regulated at all, so people use it for all kinds of things. I think it's pretty rare to find a product that really is all natural.”

This partnership is strong and sweet. Strong because of our natural, ultra-effective alcohol-fighting formula and sweet because we focus on supporting local makers, growers, and creators while choosing ingredients that are organic and sustainable. Do your pits and the planet a favor by shopping our artisan soap and natural, alcohol deodorant.
November 11, 2021 — Abigail Scott

Talking Scents with Pit Liquor: Lavender Edition

 

The Pit Liquor team joined forces this summer to help Jenny at Busy Bee Lavender Farm harvest this season’s lavender crop. Unlike many other deodorants on the market, we can actually point to where our ingredients come from, and we personally know the folks behind them. In fact, all of the lavender we use in our products comes from Busy Bee Lavender Farm, which is just down the road from our headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Smell it for yourself with our Lavender Collection. Shop pit-quenching, effective products with that gorgeous lavender scent.

 

October 10, 2021 — Jason and Erica Feucht
Breaking up with Body Odor for Good

Breaking up with Body Odor for Good

My mom took me to the pediatrician at seven years old because I had body odor. She was convinced something was wrong with me. Perhaps I was suffering from Trimethylaminuria (fish odor disease), or starting puberty very early. The doctor, who always handled my mother’s anxiety and late night phone calls with grace and gentleness, assured her that I just needed to scrub better under my pits because I was a bit smellier than the other kids. 

 

 

Obviously, the problem got worse once I hit puberty. No kid’s body odor situation deescalates from seven to thirteen. Plus, living in Central Florida isn’t exactly conducive to not sweating. The only time I got a break was one week in January when temperatures dipped below seventy degrees. So, instead of stuffing my bra, I stuffed my armpits with folded up paper towels to create a buffer between them and my light yellow uniform shirt. 


Middle school was hard enough, especially when you’re two heads taller than all the boys - and most of the girls. I had to get pit stains out of the mix if I was to survive. Eventually, the doctor put me on a prescription deodorant, of which 20% was aluminum. It was the early aughts-- tanning beds, Furbies, and Limewire were popular. No one knew any better.  

 

 

Fast forward to adulthood. My braces and nail biting habit were gone, but my body odor was here to stay. My friends (God bless them for their honesty) never failed to let me know that I needed a little refresh. I stashed deodorant sticks in every bag and would frequently visit the bathroom for a little bird bath when on a date. I could not get away with a natural deodorant product, despite my best efforts. 


I needed the chemicals and I needed them badly. Moving into a van didn’t help the issue. Roaming around solo for a year with no running water got me super comfortable with my body odor, but I can’t speak to how the gas station attendants, campground hosts, and unassuming baristas felt. I tried several popular natural brands, lemon wedges smuggled away from the bar caddy, and face toner. Nothing worked. At least I was never truly alone, with my armpit bacteria along for the ride. 

 


Like all of the best things, Pit LIquor came into my life unexpectedly. And honestly, I didn’t believe it would work for me. I mean, alcohol and some essential oils? Couldn’t I just concoct this by myself with a bottle of rubbing alcohol from the drugstore for $0.99 cents? Nevertheless, I tried a few sprays of my boyfriend’s Whiskey Vanilla. It killed my odor instantly, which was a pleasant surprise. But I wasn’t sold. 


I continued to use it over the next few days but returned to my regular travel size powder fresh (yuck, I know, but powder fresh was the only thing that smothered my typical lox-bagel-extra-red-onion scent). Like earworms and chia seeds, something about Pit Liquor was sticking with me. 


Then my deodorant spirit guides stepped in to facilitate a slow stroll past a shelf of Pit Liquor at the local market. Compared to my $2.99 travel size conventional stick, it was certainly a splurge. However, my pits had been drinking aluminum for the past seventeen years and I wasn’t a stranger to splurging on fun items that caught my eye - 4th of July costumes, a surfboard I’ve used once, etc. After a first, second, and maybe third thought, I grabbed the Coconut Lime variety and plopped it into my basket.


To say I’ve never looked back wouldn’t be entirely true. I forgot it last time I traveled and used a conventional roll on in a pinch. But 99% of the time, the pretty glass bottle comes along. I’m still genuinely surprised that it works so well, doesn’t make me smell like booze, and doesn’t stain my shirts. On particularly sweaty days, I’ll need a refresh toward the afternoon. But other than that, my pits are just good to go. I get to let my body sweat, like nature intended. I get to put healthy, effective ingredients on my body and rest assured they are doing no harm. I get to smell like real lavender, real oranges, or real vanilla. But most importantly, I get to do the wave at large events without assaulting neighboring nostrils. It really was that simple all along.  


But hey, Pit Liquor is all about transparency so I want you to know that I write for this company. You’ll see my name on some other blog posts, although none as personal as this. However, I started writing for them because I love their products so much. If I can shepherd others down the path to healthy, odor-free armpits, confidence in their bodies, and pride in the way they show up in the world, then hell yes—my English Lit degree wasn’t a waste afterall! I’m changing the world, Mom, one pair of pits at a time.

September 07, 2021 — Abigail Scott
The Ultimate Essential Oils Guide

The Ultimate Essential Oils Guide

Essential oils have gained a cult-like following in recent years, however, the practice of using these plant-based extracts for a variety of healthful purposes isn’t exactly new. For centuries, aromatic plant byproducts - like leaves, stems, roots, and flowers - have been a focal point in baptisms, embalmings, and everything that falls between. 


Since modern America has fallen in love with essential oils, the scented products have essentially (see what we did there?) taken off. At Pit Liquor, we’re big fans of our fragrant friends. We put them in everything we make! Not only do they smell amazing, but they have medicinal properties created by nature herself. Here, we’ll share the most common essential oils and their respective uses. Print this out and stick it in your meditation nook next to your Mala beads and World Market floor cushion. 

What are essential oils? 

Essential oils are not deemed “essential” because we simply can’t attain mindfulness or clarity without them. They capture the essence of the plant - or its pleasing aroma. To get all science-y for you, what we deem “essential oils” are in fact the metabolic secretions of plants - aka plant hormones, aka what brings all the pollinators to the yard.


To get the juice, you’ve got to squeeze. Obtaining a plant’s “essence” or its scent can be done in a host of different ways - cold pressing, distillation, wax embedding, expression, and more. Because essential oils are so potent, they are most often mixed with a carrier oil for topical application. 

What are the most common essential oils?

  • Lavender. She’s the bell of the ball in our opinion. Lavender smells so delightful, is instantly relaxing, and comes from a gorgeous purple flower. Many use lavender essential oils in aromatherapy, during meditation, yoga, and for stress relief. Lavender essential oil can also be added to laundry, room diffusers, natural cleaning solutions, and more. Basically, anytime you want to feel like you’re naked in a flower field in southern France, go with lavender. 
  • Peppermint. Ancient societies including those of Rome, Greece, and Egypt, used peppermint to quell headaches, relieve cold symptoms, and minimize body aches. While we decided to ditch some less desirable elements of antiquity, like gladiatorial arenas and the heart-burn-inducing practice of eating while laying down, humans have continued to use peppermint essential oil for a variety of healing purposes.
  • Rose. Like lavender, rose essential oil just smells so damn good. It’s an elegant aroma that doesn’t overwhelm the senses. Rose evokes light, bright feelings of springtime, and is actually used in aromatherapy practices to relieve stress and boost moods. Some studies show that rose essential oil can fight acne, hydrate the skin, and minimize the appearance of scars and wrinkles. 
  • Sandalwood. In Ayurvedic medicine, sandalwood combats a host of mental and physical problems. Using sandalwood essential oil through aromatherapy practices or topical applications may significantly reduce stress, increase libido, fight fatigue, and improve focus.
  • Cedarwood. Besides transporting one to a thick pine forest, cedarwood aids in minimizing the effects of many skin conditions, including eczema, inflammation, and bacterial infections. When mixed with a base oil and applied topically to the scalp, cedarwood may prevent further hair loss and sooth itchy, irritable scalps.
  • Lime and orange. These citrus fruits may be celebrated sidekicks in the artisanal cocktail world, but in fact, the essential oil derived from lime and orange peels have noteworthy health properties. High concentrations of vitamin C make each powerful antiseptic that may be used to treat gum infections. Orange and lime essential oil is also used in skincare as a brightening agent that helps reduce the appearance of sunspots, scars, and discoloration. 

Pit Liquor’s natural deodorants smell so wonderful thanks to essential oils. Pamper your pits with fresh smelling products, instead of chemical components that our competitors love to use. Mother Nature is pretty much perfect, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
August 30, 2021 — Abigail Scott
Pit Liquor is Transparent. Co-Packing and Private Labeling are Not.

Pit Liquor is Transparent. Co-Packing and Private Labeling are Not.

Welcome to the wild world of personal care product manufacturing. We’re about to fill you in on some lesser known secrets of this world. Teaser: your pricey, “all natural” lip balm may in fact be a generic formulation used by bunches of other personal care product companies. It ain’t all that special. 

What is co-packing? 

Co-packing, or contract packing, happens across industry during the manufacturing and production phases of a product. At its core, co-packing can assist brands in saving money when they start to expand product lines. This happens across the food, cosmetic, and household goods industries, as well as many others. 


Essentially, a brand will bring its formulation to a contract packager in hopes that they will be able to produce the product and package it for less cost than the business could do on its own. Co-packers are able to keep costs down for a variety of reasons that might inadvertently impact the companies that work with them. Co-packers often have long-tenured ties with ingredient and packaging companies that allow them to source items on the cheap. If personal care product companies want a certain brand of coconut oil because of its sustainable practices or desire a recyclable deodorant twist stick, the contract packager may not be able to deliver cost-effective options. 


Additionally, co-packers take on many brands that often make similar products. A co-packer is a business as well and will run in a way that makes it a substantial profit. If a product isn’t a top money maker for the co-packer, it may get placed further down the production schedule. This drastically impacts the loyal customer base that fuels small companies and can make it tricky to deliver high quality products, consistently. 

What is private labeling? 

Private labeling companies provide a book of formulas from conventional all the way to certified USDA organic that personal care brands can choose from when expanding their product lines. When looking to expand their deodorant scents or lipstick flavors, the cosmetic or personal care product company will select a formulation created by the private labeling company and then slap their own label on it. It’s easy for well-known brands to make even more money this way because of the trust given by a dedicated client base. The trusted brand isn’t required to disclose whether they made the formula or not. The buyers trust that they will like, believe in, and use the product because of their loyalty to their favorite brands. 

Why can co-packing be a bad thing?

Businesses who choose to co-pack may be looking to cut corners on costs. In doing so, they hand over control of their formulation and filling process. Ultimately, their name is on the final product, but they are not overseeing any part of their product’s creation. While a co-packing facility may claim to operate sustainably, pay workers well, or use the utmost care in sanitary practices, there seemingly is no way to tell. 

Both can be rather opaque. 

Luxury brands often dupe the very people they aim to serve by using standard formulations, created by private labeling companies. They may make it their own by tweaking a flavor or scent variety - if the private labeling company allows them to do so. Then, the brand will slap their label across it and push it out to their loyal following. That drugstore leave-in conditioner that costs $7 may be the exact same formula sold at a high-end salon for $37. 


In a similar vein, co-packing is often chosen because of its cheap nature. Co-packers need to make money as well and may seek to shave costs off medium to large-scale production runs, so they will choose the lesser quality, less costly packaging option. Usually, this doesn’t mean sustainable, recyclable, or biodegradable. 


It’s no secret that cutting costs most often negatively affects the entry level bracket of employees and the customer base while rarely impacting C-suite members. Co-packers abroad and stateside may not pay a living wage for the area in which their employees live. Production line manufacturing is no cake walk and, if co-packers promise short lead times, their employees must pay the price. 

Does Pit Liquor co-pack or private label? 

We’ll give you one guess. We don’t. Now, we’re not trying to knock companies that do. Many co-packing facilities and private labeling companies prioritize employees health and well being, conduct impeccable procedures, and have high standards for protecting intellectual property rights of the brands they work with. 


However, it’s inherently risky to pass off something as your own when it actually isn’t.  It’s a lesson we learned in sixth grade after copying the math homework only to find that your friend has no idea how to multiply fractions. 

We let it all hang out. 

Meaning, we keep our process out in the open. Our Pit Liquor deodorant is formulated and filled in the same facility, by actual people whose names we know and birthdays we celebrate. We are friends with our ingredient suppliers and pay a living wage that allows our team members to take care of their kiddos, buy quality food, and pay the rent. 


Our bottles are clear, like our conscience. When we say that our customers are supporting sustainable practices by purchasing Pit Liquor, we know this is true. We don’t have to grit our teeth and cross our fingers. We know where and how our waste, recycling, and compost gets disposed of. We know who is mixing our deodorants. 


When you buy Pit Liquor, you’re not supporting some far away co-packer or private labeling making the same item for countless other brands. You’re supporting a small-scale lavender farm. You’re supporting working moms who want to raise families and make good, healthy products. You’re supporting the longevity of this spinning blue dot we all call home. So, what are you waiting for? Get some Pit Liquor!
August 20, 2021 — Interns Distilled
What Your Pit Liquor Scent Says About You

What Your Pit Liquor Scent Says About You

The fact that you use Pit Liquor already tells the world that you’re a badass, conscious consumer who cares about their body and the environment. Go you! But did you know that the scent you choose might also have a little something to say about your personality? 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Your fun-loving and adventurous spirit knows no-bounds and truly thrives in the scorching summertime. Despite soaring temperatures, you throw on a yellow swimsuit and coverup then bike to the river to bathe in mama nature’s chilly waters. You’ve recently started letting your body hair grow because you're so over modern beauty standards but you’re not totally sure you like how it looks and feels - yet. You’re definitely a kid at heart and not totally sold on the adulting thing so you shirk some responsibilities - like parking tickets, anything post office related, and bringing that box of clothes to the thrift store. However, you are responsible enough to hold down a few jobs that allow you to buy farmers market produce and afford a new pair of Birkenstocks. Priorities, baby. 

Whiskey Old Fashioned

You’re a crisp white shirt and blue jeans kind of guy or gal. Your collection of bolo ties is something to marvel at and you’ll always choose John Wayne over John Krazinski. As a child, your parents giggled at your “old soul” as you steeped a cup of Earl Grey before cozying up with a good comic book. Now, you’re an elegant adult who has both a typewriter and a record collection because life is meant to be savoured in a slow, meaningful way. Even if that means you have to lug a heavy typewriter and complete collection of Agatha Christie novels around every time you move apartments, you’ll bite the bullet and do it. John Wayne would be proud. Whiskey Old Fashioned sold out? Make your inner Annie Oakley proud with Whiskey Lavender



Roses & Champagne 

Oh you fancy, huh? Well why the hell wouldn’t you be? Life’s too short not to treat yourself to a dozen roses and champagne in your cereal. You’re decadent and your friends love you for it. You take things over the top - surprise birthday party for your cat complete with 200 balloons? You went there and it was so damn fun for everyone, except the cat. It’s likely that you have a few too many vintage dresses in your closet that you haven’t found an excuse to wear. No worries, you’ll throw a Queen’s Gambit-themed party one day soon and you won’t need to shop for an outfit. But you probably will anyway. 


Coconut Rum with Lime

You’re always on island time baby and we ain’t mad about it. Start times really are just a suggestion and you always roll up looking cool as a cucumber, ready to go with the flow no matter where it takes you. You're a windows down-AC on type and your low fuel light is constantly on. But you’ll be fine for a few more miles, surely. Nothing ruffles your feathers, not a global pandemic, not a tumultuous election, not even when Jamba Juice runs out of pineapple and can’t make your favorite Caribbean Passion smoothie. If on the off chance you get the slightest bit flustered you simply pause and ask yourself, “WWJBD” or “What Would Jimmy Buffet Do”? 

Whiskey Cedarwood

Move over Paul Bunyan. There’s a new lumberjack in town and he wears that flannel well. You spend your leisure time building the tiny home of your dreams that you’ll soon whisk away to the mountains. Cold winter mornings don’t bother you, in fact, you love the excuse to split wood out back with your grandfather’s ax, then come in from the cold and sip a cup of strong black coffee, only to feel your beard grow thicker and even more luxuriant. Your loofah is a pine cone and you’ve recently decided to only eat meat that you hunt yourself. It may be a lean winter but you’ve almost perfected your rabbit stew recipe. 


Find your perfect scent, here.
August 04, 2021 — Abigail Scott
5 Stages of Deodorant Disappointment

5 Stages of Deodorant Disappointment

Finding a natural deodorant that works and keeps your body free from toxins, irritants, chemicals is a roller coaster of emotion that usually ends in dismay. You’re forced to buy a ticket to get back on the ride. If you’ve struggled to source a non-toxic, organic deodorant that eliminates stank and doesn’t irritate your pits, it’s likely you’ve experienced the 5 stages of deodorant disappointment.

It’s not me, it’s you.

You board the crowded subway and grab a hand hold only to catch a whiff of garlicy-musk so strong it brings tears to your eyes. You think to yourself that this bout of body odor must be coming from someone else in the packed transit car. You bought this deodorant yesterday, after combing through countless reviews. Yeah, that scent totally belongs to someone else. We’re in a heat wave after all and these bozos probably didn’t do as much investigation into their pit products.

The WTF Stage.

You sit down to lunch with a friend at a cute outdoor patio and reach across the table for the pepper only to catch another pungent whiff. Hint: it’s not your salad niçoise. What the ever-loving hell is going on here, you think as you vigorously pepper your lunch. Why is this new deodorant not working? Should you dab at your ripe pits with the delicate linen napkin across your lap or rush to the bathroom to a quick PTA bath, minus the T and A?

Perhaps-ing your way to Pit Perfection.

On your walk back to your coworking space, your mind starts churning. Maybe you really do need to detox your pits for this natural deodorant to work. Perhaps you just need to wait a few weeks and keep using it, day in and day out for your body to grow accustomed to it. No other personal care products work like that though, do they? Perhaps if you just commit to reapplying it every few hours, you can stave off stink until some magical ingredient kicks in. You pick up another stick on the way back and reapply hurriedly in the drugstore bathroom.

Unbridled Dismay.

You return home at the end of the day only to discover your cat doesn’t even want to nuzzle up against you. You sniff your pits and alas, the B.O. is back, baby, with a vengeance. You make a mug of hot tea, sink down on the couch, and begin to sulk. Bear hugs, conga lines, and high fives disappear in the rearview as you soldier on into a decidedly solitary future.  

Unacceptance.

Like you, we’ve worked our way through the four stages many times, only to find that the fifth stage – buying another stick of deodorant in hopes of achieving healthy, fragrant pits – was not good enough for us. We decided that we were going to hop off this emotional rollercoaster entirely and make our own deodorant. One that is actually non-toxic. One that works. One that offers people the chance to try it without fear of throwing hard-earned money down the drain.

 

Enter stage left: Pit Liquor. Denatured vodka and whiskey kills the bacteria that live in your armpits. Within seconds, the light alcohol scent evaporates and leaves behind naturally scented essential oils, like lavender, pear, cedarwood, or rose. Teas, arrowroot, and salt make your armpit undesirable for new bacteria to grow, resulting in good smelling underarms all day long and no chemical regrets. Each body responds better to either the rum, vodka, or whiskey base and we are happy to help you find deodorant heaven.

 

It’s time to get off this ridiculous ride. You’ve got better things to do. Try Pit Liquor. If you don’t love it, your first one is on us.

July 26, 2021 — Abigail Scott
5 Reasons Pit Liquor Stands Out in a Crowd

5 Reasons Pit Liquor Stands Out in a Crowd

Pit Liquor’s food-grade ingredients, elegant glass bottle, and refill program set this natural deodorant apart from the rest.
June 27, 2021 — Abigail Scott