Joan Rivers' vodka secret
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.
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