One Of These Things (Pit Liquor) Is Not Like The Others.

One Of These Things (Pit Liquor) Is Not Like The Others.

Hate natural deodorant? So did we until we created Pit Liquor. Find out why other natural deodorants don't make the cut and what makes Pit Liquor different.
February 28, 2022 — Melanie Allen
Science of Stink

Science of Stink

Ever wonder why your pits smell so bad? We did too, and our founder Jason's research led us to a few discoveries about the science of stink. Prepare to be amazed.
February 15, 2022 — Jason and Erica Feucht
How To Refill Your Pit Liquor Bottles

How To Refill Your Pit Liquor Bottles

We know how much you love Pit Liquor, so why not get your fave on repeat? Purchasing a Refill of your favorite scent allows you to fill up your 50ml bottle SEVEN TIMES.

Even better—your Refill bottle doesn’t just save you time and money, it saves the planet. Last year Pit Liquor sold over 2,000 Refill bottles, saving 10.3 tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere. That’s a reason to celebrate.

How to Open Your Refill Bottle

Our reFILL bottles are available for all Pit Liquor scents, including our current Limited Edition offering. Each glass bottle comes with a wax-dipped seal. To begin, vigorously shake your refill bottle to ensure it's well-mixed. Then locate the tab on the side of the bottle neck. Pull the tab, using either your hands or a pair of pliers. Remove the entire tab-band that circles the bottle, then pull the wax off the bottle's lid. Depending on the type of bottle you have, pull out the T-top or unscrew the lid. Grab a funnel and your empty bottle, and you're ready to replenish your Pit Liquor.

Refill Spray Bottles

To refill your Pit Liquor spray bottle, unscrew the black plastic spray cap. Using a small funnel, pour from your Refill into the bottle. Prevent leaking by filling to the base of the bottle's neck. Then replace the spray cap, screwing tightly.

Refill Roll-on Bottles

Refilling roller bottles can seem a bit tricky. Rather than worrying about the roller ball itself, remove the entire housing (see the video above). Then grab a funnel and pour your Refill into the bottle. Like our spray bottles, only fill to the base of the bottle's neck to prevent leaking. Replace the roller fitting, snapping it tightly, and you're ready to quench your stench again!

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Did you know we offer a recycling program? Learn more about our goals to Reduce, Refill, and Recycle.

February 07, 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
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
Sweaty Situation? Pit Liquor Can Handle It.

Sweaty Situation? Pit Liquor Can Handle It.

Like death and taxes, sweat is an inevitable part of life. Unlike death and taxes, it’s actually good for the body and mind to get your sweat on. For those who haven’t yet discovered Pit Liquor, stinking can also be a part of life. Before we concocted this natural, whiskey-based deodorant, we suffered through many sweaty (and smelly) situations. If you plan on partaking in any of the following scenarios soon, it’s about time you stocked up on some Pit Liquor. 

 

Flailing During a First Date 

Some people are just really good at going on dates. They’re unicorns. For most of us, a first date ushers in an existential crisis like no other. Suddenly, everything is called into question - your wardrobe, your restaurant choice, the way you style your hair. The only way to avoid sweating through a first date is if you take your romantic interest to an ice rink or a penguin exhibit. Quench your stench with Pit Liquor’s whiskey lavender natural deodorant. It’s light, fresh, and, most importantly, powerful enough to kick body odor to the curb. No third wheel needed on this date. 

 

Taking Center Stage at a Halloween Costume Contest

You’ve thought of every accessory to create the perfect Sonny Bono costume, right down to the eye-catching metallic platform shoes. You know what doesn’t pair well with your white, flowy gossamer blouse? Yellow pit stains. That’s why you’ll pair your groovy duds with Pumpkin Spice Pit Liquor. When you go to strut your stuff across the stage and reach for that 1st place trophy, the only thing you’ll radiate is peace and love, baby. 

 

An Ambiguous Job Interview

Your sweat situation seems to be under control until the interviewer asks you to name your greatest weakness. Raspberry cheesecake, a man who plays the guitar. Oh, no, they mean personal weaknesses that could potentially impact this job you so desperately want. You rack your brain trying to remember what you and your roommate rehearsed just hours before. The pungent scent of your body odor begins to diffuse throughout the room. Body odor. Body odor is your greatest weakness. Next time, give yourself a dose of liquor courage with our straight Whiskey deodorant

 

Meeting the In-Laws

Armed with a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers, you ring the doorbell to your future in-laws home. Your partner assures you for the seventh time that they’ll love you. Yet somehow, just as the door swings open, you break out in a thin sheen of sweat. Maybe they won’t notice if you quickly wipe your palms on your pants before reaching out for a handshake. Prime your pits with Coconut Lime Pit Liquor so that you can go in for a big bear hug, pits first. 

 

Giving a Toast at Your Best Friend’s Wedding

Really, any public speaking engagement is cause for perspiration. What if you flub a line, linger for a beat too long after a corny joke, or accidentally spill an embarrassing bachelorette party story much to the bride’s chagrin? Hopefully you stashed some Whiskey Vanilla Pit Liquor in your bridesmaid bouquet. 


Sweating means you’re alive! It also means you’re working hard or pushing past your comfort zone to do things that may make you a little nervous. Go you. Pack Pit Liquor along on this little ride called life and you won’t have your B.O. riding shotgun any longer.
October 28, 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
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
Blasting the Boob Sweat

Blasting the Boob Sweat

Sunshiny time on a beach or by a pool can also mean pools of sweat. In the armpits, sure, but for many in the world there's another major problem area. Hint: They live between the pits. Or, for some of us, they used to. (Ugh, gravity works!)
May 28, 2021 — Laycie McClain
Dear Garden, Please Grow! 🥕🌻

Dear Garden, Please Grow! 🥕🌻

Distilled Bath & Body didn't select one of their bloggers for growing their organic ingredients. Find out the hilarious reasons why!
May 21, 2021 — Laycie McClain