Monday, May 30, 2016

Why I don't shave my pits and other things that might gross you out

Wow...I'm surprised you clicked on through or maybe you just want to see how truly weird I am!  Either way...welcome to the post!  So, why don't I shave my pits anymore?  Honestly, it all started in March when I went to shave like always, with a razor that had only been used less than a handful of times (it was still cold and snowy).  What I came away with was an intense razor burn.  Not your little bump, but an actual burn with blisters and all.  In fact, it was a little under a half dollar piece large with numerous little blisters, almost like salmon eggs.  I wish I would've taken a picture to show you all, but I was in misery and wasn't thinking.

So there I was with a horrible burn under my armpit.  Think about it.  It's moist, can't dry out, can't bandage.  It wasn't a good location for an injury.  I couldn't move my arm without intense pain.  I was still nursing, so every time we cuddled, it hurt.  My arm got swollen, red and hot almost all the way up to my elbow.  This pain and healing went on for over a month!

Of course, during this time I obviously put a hold on shaving.  I had to put a hold on deodorant.  Pretty much everything except castor oil and lavender essential oil.  It was a long miserable month.  And when it was over...I was afraid.  Afraid of going through that horrible, miserable, completely excruciating experience again.  So...I announced to Stretch (hesitatingly, because, let's face it, I've been programmed for over twenty years that I need to have that area shaved).  He asked with a laugh, "You afraid?"  I replied, "Absolutely!"

As a sidenote, while I was contemplating this lifestyle change, I started wondering why we shave our armpits to begin with.  Not surprising, it was a shame tactic of the magazine Harper's Bazaar in 1915 advertising tank dresses and "women would need to first see to "the removal of objectionable hair."", because anything us women can be made to feel shamed about is free game.  Of course the men, who at the same time began wearing more and more revealing clothes were not encouraged to do the same.  Surprised?  Yeah, me neither.  On the flip side, there's like this whole trendy movement going on with not shaving your armpits.  Women throughout the country are rebelling and not shaving, posting pictures and some are even dyeing their pit hair.  So, unintentionally, I'm hip!

So while it is still an adjustment for me to be comfortable with hairy armpits, there are some good things that have come from it:

1.  I no longer have itchy pits.--Yep, since starting to shave no matter what type of razor I used, technique, cream or soap, I'd always have those annoying itchy little bumps.  Now, they are gone!

2.  I don't sweat as much. -- This one surprised me since I'm one of those people who used to have to apply antiperspirant twice a day.  I'm not sure if it was because my pits got a detox that month I didn't use anything or if it's from not shaving, but now, I just put on a little Tom's deodorant and there I go!

Now for the other things you might find gross:

I brush my teeth with dirt -- Well actually it's clay..... and charcoal and salt.  I've started making my own toothpaste from the recipe over at A Return to Simplicity, and I love it.  I made a batch before I left but the mason jar broke making the toothpaste trash.  So there I was in Colorado without my favorite toothpaste.  Fortunately, I found a decent replacement at Whole Foods called EarthPaste.  While I don't like it as well as my homemade stuff, it's still pretty good.

I don't wash my hair. --  Ok, that's not entirely true.  I wash my hair, but with my homemade shampoo and only every three days, two if it's being unmanageable.  For about 9 months I washed my  hair with about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of both baking soda and borax mixed into about 1/4 to 1/2 of cup of water.  This worked for awhile, but then I noticed a build-up on my scalp.  So I took a few weeks off and used regular shampoo, which didn't help the problem.  I began researching alternatives and after playing mad scientist came up with a good one I really like.  I mix equal parts of Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap and coconut milk into a travel squirt bottle and store in the fridge.  Then when I'm ready to wash my hair, I still use the baking soda and borax like before, add about 3/4 teaspoon of the soap mix and 1/4 cup of warm water.  I then pour it on my dry hair when I get into the shower and voila! shampoo! I love it and how my hair is after using it.  Now, I have super short hair, so you'd have to adjust for your length.  I also had that oily detox mess when I first switched over a year ago to the no-poo method, but once I added the borax to the soda, that cleared up really fast.

I don't use chemicals on my tub. -- While I still use a traditional cleaner on the toilet (I do have three males using the thing--eew), I've stopped using it on my tub.  There just always seemed to be a film of it on the tub, and I really didn't want my bathing babies to come into contact with that.  So...I now use the Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap and one of those green Scotch scrubbers and while I'm in the shower wipe everything down.  It works like a charm and gets all the grime off, even after washing the filthy dog!

Ok...I think that's about all the gross stuff I can think of at the moment.  Hope I didn't scare you away!

Until next time....God Bless!



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