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
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
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
Rewards for Your Pits

Rewards for Your Pits

Beyond the health rewards of choosing Pit Liquor as your truly natural deodorant, we have some other treats for you. Our Rewards Program is a great way to make the most of this pit bacteria-blasting bandwagon! Here's a quick overview of how to reward yourself, your pits, and even your friends' pits.
April 30, 2021 — Laycie McClain
5 Heavyweight Toxins in Your Pits

5 Heavyweight Toxins in Your Pits

Come along for a fun "info binge" as we get nerdy about deodorant. Do you know what's in yours?
April 16, 2021 — Laycie McClain
The Safest Deodorant for Pregnant Moms

The Safest Deodorant for Pregnant Moms

Pit Liquor allows you to use a truly non-toxic deodorant formulated specifically for the high standards of pregnancy safety. Finally, there's a deodorant brand you can trust with your pits and your progeny!
April 02, 2021 — Laycie McClain
Your Surprising Solution for Pit Stench

Your Surprising Solution for Pit Stench

Alcohol + Food-Based Aromas = Dreamy Pits

Pit Liquor deodorant is something like a sommelier for your pits—offering a complementary pairing of alcohol and food that really does make you smell absolutely delicious. 

March 26, 2021 — Laycie McClain
You and Queen E: The DL on Toxic Daily-Use Products

You and Queen E: The DL on Toxic Daily-Use Products

Queen Elizabeth 1 and her beauty regimen have a lot to teach us about knowing the ingredients of your daily routine. Do you know what's in the products you use every day?
March 19, 2021 — Laycie McClain
The Best Natural Deodorant

The Best Natural Deodorant

What is the best natural deodorant that actually works? Learn more about our natural deodorant at Distilled Bath & Body and order it for yourself today!
January 29, 2021 — Melanie Allen
The Truth About Armpit Detox

The Truth About Armpit Detox

Some people claim that you have to detox your pits before a new natural deodorant really works. Is that true?

May 07, 2019 — Jason and Erica Feucht