'Smell Me Honey'
What is “Smell Me Honey”?
“Smell me honey” the natural deodorant that really works! This means we only use natural ingredients including coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin e and essential oils.
“Smell me Honey” Is: Handmade- Local - All Natural- Galway Product
Its plastic free – Paraben and Aluminium Oxide Free-100% Natural Ingredients
It is made using Cloonmore Honey and beeswax.
Insight to the product from its creator Martina Law:
"The reason behind the product is we became very conscious of what’s put on our skin and uncomfortable with years of spraying (what I am still not sure) is in anti- perspirant onto our bodies. I wanted to try more natural products to see if they would actually work, and as many of the formulas use beeswax and some even honey due to its soothing and antibacterial properties I decided to try make my own.
To my surprise they did work and were effective and after asking friends to try and getting their opinions and feedback they were asking for more so began the start of “Smell me Honey”.
The amount of packaging we use as is really frightening as a society so I wanted to try not add to that and tried to source more sustainable recyclable packaging thus the cardboard tubes.
The process of changing to a natural deodorant may not happen quickly for everyone they’re may be a detoxifying period whilst your body adjusts to you no longer using you previous deodorant which may have contained chemicals etc., your body may need time to get used to the all-natural one. This period is where people can think “it’s not working” and give up as they can smell quite pungent! as the toxins leave your body but keep the faith if you can - it’s worth it."
A 2 to 4 week transition period can be expected when transitioning from antiperspirant to natural deodorant. Each stage of the detox may vary depending on your body chemistry.
Below is a graph outlining the stages:
If you can persevere and it can take up to 4 weeks but it’s worth it.
Also many people don’t experience this detox period at all so don’t let it put you off trying if you can.
A tip is to wash your underarms with antibacterial soap as this will help neutralise the bacteria in the interim.
Again, not everyone experiences this detox period.
How do you use “Smell me Honey”?
Simply rub a small sized amount of “Smell me honey” onto after the shower you can let your natural body heat soften the deodorant.
What if it’s hard to get out of the tube?
As it’s a natural product this can happen but not to worry it’s still fine to use.
It can set hard in the cardboard tubes so keeping them at room temperature helps and if difficult to push up: lay them on a flat surface and roll back & over vigoursly for a minute or so.
This should heat the product up and naturally make it easier to push.
As the deodorant touches your skin your body heat will naturally soften it and will glide onto your armpits.
What if bicarbonate of soda irritates my skin?
Whilst bicarbonate of soda has great absorbance and “Smell me Honey” it is mildly alkaline and actually reacts with the acidic by product from the bacteria and neutralises it, preventing any odour from occurring.
If it becomes uncomfortable stop using.
Transitioning to using a natural deodorant is quite easy even while going through the detoxification process.
Be mindful of how your body reacts, you use your fingers to rub the natural deodorant into the skin which ensures that it is absorbed well.
Your pores are unblocking and you sweat is not being blocked any more.
Sweat itself doesn’t cause body odour, but when mixed with the bacteria on your skin, it can stink. Natural deodorants help control the bacteria, therefore reducing (or taking away) the smell.
Another tip is to shave your armpits at night and apply deodorant in the morning to avoid irritation.
Last but not least, remember that sweating is completely normal! It's your body's way of removing toxins!
Do you make natural deodorants without baking soda?
Sodium bicarbonate is the active ingredient used in “Smell me honey. Currently we do not have a bicarb-free version at the moment but may in future.
What about staining clothes?
Preventing stains by applying when you’re dry (after shower use towel to remove excess water before applying).
Water and deodorant don’t go together. Mixing them makes staining more likely.
Don’t apply too much
With natural deodorant, you don’t need to apply much. Avoid applying excess product which can get on your clothing. If you apply too much gently wipe any excess product away with a soft cloth.
Maximize fast absorption
A smooth, even application helps prevent the need to reapply throughout the day. Warming the deodorant before applying goes a long way to ensure full coverage without applying too much. Try holding the stick under your arm to soften on contact with body heat before applying.
Let your underarms breathe
If you wear loose, natural materials and avoid tight-fitting synthetics you’ll be more likely to have better luck avoiding stains. Wearing looser-fitting clothing prevents your skin and deodorant formula from sticking to your clothing.
Accidents happen, but no need to worry. Here are some simple suggestions for cutting through those stubborn stains.
What to Do?
Stop the spread of fresh stains by sprinkling on baking soda to remove any loose oils. Give it a few minutes as the baking soda absorbs excess oils, then lightly brush off with an absorbent cloth. Soak the garment in distilled white vinegar for about 15 minutes, rinse, and then scrub with liquid dish soap before washing.
Available locally in Sullivans Country Grocery Oughterard, Galway