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.

 

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January 31, 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
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

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.
July 17, 2021 — Abigail Scott
Why Sweating Is Good For You

Why Sweating Is Good For You

Ever wonder why our bodies sweat? Or maybe you wish you could skip sweat all together and just live a stink-free existence. Fun fact – sweating and stink aren’t the same thing. Sweating means your body is healthy, functioning, and thriving.Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of sweating.

July 04, 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
Share in Your Pit Perfection

Share in Your Pit Perfection

It's awesome to find a truly natural deodorant that works! You kind of want to shout it from the rooftops, right? With arms confidently raised because YOUR PITS DON'T STINK!

Go. For. It. Sharing is caring because friends don't let friends stink. Here you'll find a fun launch list of 5 people in your life who need Pit Liquor in theirs!

May 07, 2021 — Laycie McClain
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