User guidelines

We want you to transition successfully to our lifestinks® deodorant. Here is some advice we hope helps.

Have I chosen the right flavor?

We recommend that women start with our lavender lifestinks as so many women shave their underarm, and lavender has soothing properties for the skin. Remember, no deodorant should be applied immediately after shaving, including ours. Click here for more information on deodorant and shaving. Our lavender is a beautifully balanced product that is both highly effective and gentle.

If you are very sensitive and fair-skinned — male or female — we would suggest that you start with our lavender infusion because of its gentle quality. Learn more about which variety of lifestinks deodorant is right for you here.

Other product choices you make can affect your experience of our deodorant.

Your answers to the following questions give us lots of information about the toxic load your body is carrying.

  • What body cleanser do you use?
  • What skin lotion do you use?
  • What brand or brands of cosmetics do you use?
  • Do you wear an under wire bra? How many hours a day? For how many years?
  • Have you had Manual Lymphatic Drainage performed?
  • Is there Spandex in your underwear or clothing?
  • What brand of laundry detergent do you use?
  • Do you ever have any of your clothing dry cleaned?

Had a reaction to our deodorant? Let’s get you comfortable.

Wash your pits at least twice a day with our extra gentle GET OUTBACK AND WASHUP™ Tea Tree Oil soap. Discontinue use immediately and weather the storm. Temporarily use corn starch for a small measure of wetness and odor protection.

Take a long hard look at your diet and clean it up! Meat, fish, poultry and dairy can contribute to body odor.

An eruption in your armpits can be a sign of Candida Albicans, a yeast and bacteria imbalance. There are wonderful healthy ways to manage this imbalance.

Your lymph is holding onto old deodorants. Soaking helps lymph to soften and release stored toxins. 20 minutes in a smartsoak® rebuilds joints, moisturizes skin, improves brain function and restores muscle tissue.

Download our Top Tips for Healthy Pits flyer to learn more about our simple and affordable suggestions. Minutes a day can guarantee your success!

More information on redness and rash — In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) rash is heat and heat is a part of the natural purification process commonly called detoxification.

Think of the body throwing off sickness in the form of rashes, pimples, pustules, boils, abscesses — aren’t the words themselves just disgusting. Heat in the armpit is red and hot and uncomfortable — but just think about what is probably stored in the lymphatic system that we all commonly call the armpits. Think about everything that you have rubbed, sprayed, and rolled onto that area. Think about how many years you have been doing it. Baby, it ain’t pretty. Trained in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, we’ve had our hands in plenty of armpits and had to deal with plenty of lumpy, bumpy, dysfunctional lymph nodes that we believe to be contaminated with you know what. Remember our deodorant is designed to stimulate lymphatic function, while it keeps you fresh. Our experience has been that once you stop putting toxins into or on your body, your body responds immediately by trying to get rid of stored toxins.

That detoxification process can contribute to itchy armpits for some individuals.

Itch is part of the body getting rid of stuff is doesn’t want, doesn’t need, and can’t process. Brace yourself, here is where the stories come in — remember, sisters, stories and products to transform your life — well, here is a little armpit story from Mary.

When I was 25 years old, I dropped out of college and moved to rural New Hampshire in an Emersonian desire to “become a writer.” I lived in a simple log cabin, measuring just under 40 square feet: no electricity, no running water, no bathroom. My refrigerator was a bucket lowered into an ice cold well. My toilet was an outhouse. My food came primarily from an organic garden that I shared with my brother and his wife.

I lost 45 pounds so quickly after my move to New Hampshire that one Sunday afternoon playing volleyball with local friends my shorts fell down. One of the women on my team saw my quick grab of my sagging drawers and said Mary, we either have to get you a new pair of cut-offs (that’s what we called our denim shorts back then) or a piece of rope. I had no mirror, no scale, — no frame of reference for what was happening to my body. So I went to the much larger log cabin where my swizzle stick of a brother lived and tried on a pair of his jeans. They fit.

Okay, why am I telling this story? Because, in moving from the toxic environs of the south side of Chicago, where I had grown up on the Standard American Diet (SAD), I had made lots of changes. I was seeing a chiropractor, drinking pristine well water, breathing fresh pine-scented air, rarely if ever exposed to fluorescent lighting, watching no television, rigorously working my lymphatic and muscular systems every day by gardening and simply walking lots and lots in a mountainous terrain. But I think, most importantly, I had changed my religion. Yep, I had become a Vegangelical — a Vegangelical, that is, with very itchy armpits.

It’s been 25 years and I don’t remember if I had given up all deodorant at that time or if I had substituted some sort of natural deodorant. All I know is my armpits itched, and I mean they itched all the time. Which by the way was not any kind of a problem living in a town of 13 people on a mountainside in rural New Hampshire. But one day I took my pits to town. I was standing in a grocery store in Claremont, New Hampshire, on the verge of a toxic purchase (Fritos) and openly itching my armpits, when one of my neighbors tapped my shoulder. I turned, bag of Fritos in hand, to face the grand pooh bah of our town, a real Euell Gibbons of a guy, a guy greener than Kermit himself. And, without the least little bit of judgment, he said to me, “So you’re going through the itchy armpit thing.” I was at the same time both mortified and curious. He proceeded to tell me that detoxing oftentimes manifested as itchy pits — that he had gone through it himself years earlier, and to not worry, one day it would simply go away. He said he saw it happen to most everyone when they first switched to a more natural lifestyle. He walked away, saying over his shoulder, “I’m more of a Cheetos man myself.” And true to his word one day my itchy pits stopped itching.

Discoloration and scabbing

I know, I know, how much more of this disgusting discussion can you be expected to endure? Please bear with me, a moment more. Some people are so toxic that they even get a scab in their armpits — a really horrific, but harmless, measure of just how toxic an individual can become. We had one client complain that our deodorant simply did not wash off when she was showering. We knew that was patently ridiculous, knowing what happens to sodium bicarbonate when water hits it — but this lady did indeed get a scab on her armpit when she began to use our deodorant. Now here I want to stress that this a very rare reaction. We encouraged her to stay the course and she is now scab free and a very committed user of our product. I would like, though, to give just the tiniest profile of her health: smoker, eater of nothing but absolute junk food, rarely sleeps, never exercises — you get the picture. HER LIFE WAS THE PITS and the only gesture she was making towards change was switching to our deodorant — a lot to ask of one’s armpit or our deodorant.

Special note to people of color:

Some African American clients have experienced a discoloration of their armpits that resembles a bruise after a few weeks of using our product. Some of them have been concerned and discontinued use. Others have called us, weathered the detox and gone on to become dedicated users of lifestinks. Here’s the thing, blood rushes to the scene of the crime, and it is criminal what people have been doing to their armpits. Once the body gets the message that no more junk is going to be applied, aka somebody switches to our lifestinks Deodorant, the body sends blood to the scene of the crime. It’s all part of detox — a strange and wonderful body process. We are self-healing, self-cleansing machines!

Allergic reactions

I consider this to be primarily a matter of semantics. To those of us convinced of the wisdom of taking a more natural and long term approach to our health care, there is the belief that allergies are nothing more than our immune systems being horribly overworked or shut down altogether. Generally this is our indicator that it is time to do a liver cleanse or double-check our food intake. I know Allergists will be up in arms over this. But I know from allergies — I used to suffer horribly from debilitating spring and fall allergies. Now committed to a primarily vegan raw lifestyle I live completely allergy free. I hope this simple wisdom aids your life decisions.

In conclusion, finally, enough about armpits already!

I say to you when you get a heat rash and itching, discoloration or a scab — please don’t jump ship. Think long and hard about your lifestyle, what you eat, how long you have worn toxic products, how many toxic products you might still be using as perfumes, hair care products, laundry detergent, skin lotions and toothpastes. I know your first instinct is to challenge the purity of our product. I can assure you that it contains no known toxins. We are absolutely candid, despite the advice of our lawyers, about what it contains. Frankly, you can brush your teeth with it in a pinch. It is so safe, you don’t have to worry about pets or small children licking up any that might fall to the floor during application.

We have watched many customers, friends and family members weather the transition successfully. Whatever you do, please don’t return to the toxic products that line the shelves. You have to start somewhere on your healing journey.

For educational purposes only.