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Joan Rivers' vodka secret

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Dry Skin
May 6, 2011 Reviewed by admin 8 Comments
It’s hard to take beauty advice from someone like Joan Rivers. Her face is a mix between a lump of wax and that crazy cat lady, but she might be on to something. Despite her constant plastering of makeup and plastic surgery, Rivers does have one natural element in beauty routine. Her deodorant.

There’s a ton of natural deodorants out there, so it was rather surprising to find that her deodorant is not only homemade but consist of only two ingredients, vodka and water. "I always spray my costumes with vodka and water. It's an old Broadway trick -- two-thirds water and one-third vodka, spray your armpits and you'll never smell again."

But is there any merit to what she’s saying?

First, we have to understand body odor. You sweat from two types of glands, eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine is the most common and can be found all over your body and secretes perspiration mainly composed of water and salt. Apocrine on the other hand secretes a fatty sweat directly into the tubule of the gland. When that type of perspiration hits the surface and bacteria begin to break it down, body odor is formed. To sum up, bacteria on your skin eats the sweat and makes a odor filled mess.

Enter vodka, vodka can kill bacteria which is why it’s such a versatile ingredient. You can continue to use it as an odor fighter by using it on your feet or take it into the bathroom to extending a razor blades life or remove mildew from your tiles. The list goes on and on but we’re getting away from the deodorant use. The main advantage of this would be that this is about as natural as they come, which is a big deal since some have eliminated deodorant from their routine due to possible cancer risk and fear of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

But with this natural way you will not have the power of an antiperspirant, which can actually clog your sweat pores thus preventing you from sweating as much. While avoiding the worry of potential hazards is important, some will rather not have to deal with the embarrassment of pit stains. If you don’t have to worry about that, by all means try out using vodka and let us know. If you’re worried about walking around smelling like a bar, add some of your favorite essential oils to the mix so people will think you have a field full of lavender erupting our of your armpits.

Feel free to drop us a line and tell us some of your deodorant solutions.
  • February 5, 2012

    by Jen

    As a theatre costumer myself I know of this trick. But I have always been taught to use the mixture on the FABRIC specifically on Dry Clean Only clothes. When you have sweaty actors wearing the same costumes for 8 shows a week there is no time to go to the dry cleaners, spray a little vodka in the pits of coats and suits everyday and everything is fine!

  • May 9, 2011

    by Jan

    I've used rubbing alcohol on my underarms in the past with absolutely no adverse reaction nor drying. I will give Joan's recipe a whirl as I'm always trying to find something that works that's also more natural than an antiperspirant.

  • May 8, 2011

    by Jeni

    This seems kind of crazy, but of course I want to try it. I have cotton candy vodka, and whipped cream vodka in my fridge, so each one comes with a built-in scent! But I can't see myself going around without an antiperspirant, and you would think daily use of alcohol would really dry out your skin.

  • May 7, 2011

    by MixnSip

    Drink the vodka and you won't care about smelly armpits.

  • May 7, 2011

    by Candy

    Gotta say, the title of this article gave me quite the laugh:-D

  • May 7, 2011

    by Jaysie

    Yep, plain old baking soda applied to dry skin effectively kills odor. And, as almost any mom with a teenage son will tell you, a paste made from baking soda & water applied to the underarm areas of shirts will neutralize stubborn odors in washable fabric.

  • May 7, 2011

    by RichardC

    I would be concerned about prolonged exposure of alcohol to the skin. Something like baking soda and aloe vera would be a much safer alternative.

  • May 6, 2011

    by Andrea

    The worst are the residual stains that crop up on clothing as a result of deodorant. I found an amazing product called Pitstop Armpit stain remover, I’ve never seen anything like it! It completely removed my old heavily stained favorite tee! I highly recommend this product to people with this problem!

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