What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. -William Shakespeare
Roses. They conjure up so many images. Images of love, romance, beauty. It’s amazing really that a simple flower can conjure up complex emotions; the promise of new beginnings or the celebration of established relationships and reminders to cherish all that we already have with the well-known saying of, “take time to smell the roses.” Sound advice which I am trying to follow in my new digs. Same with blossom where you are planted. That’s a good one too. Easier said then done of course, but I am working on it!
I have roses on the brain because last night my sweet husband brought home not one, but two dozen roses for me (see pics above) because he thought I sounded a little, shall we say, blue. I can’t even recall what was going on at the time that would have provoked his assumption, but honestly it was a welcome surprise and reminds me of how lucky I truly am…literally I am smelling the roses.
This quote and recent turn of events brings me to the whole point of this post actually, which is the smell of roses. The smell of things in general for that matter, including your armpits which is a great topic. What a segway right? I just dove right in there huh? You bet I did. So now let’s dive right into that topic. Smelly armpits! I know, not exactly glamorous or what you want to read about while sipping a glass of wine or drinking your morning coffee, but let’s be honest, we all have the ability to excel in this department. Some are higher achievers than others (those who shall not be named), but we are all participants in this club.
So, my new journey into reading labels has not been limited to food ingredient lists. I have been reading cosmetic and medicinal labels as well. After nearly 15 years of practicing medicine, I am opening my eyes and my mind to not just accepting what’s on the shelves and the teachings of my mentors. There is a lot of “stuff” on the shelves, even marketed as “natural” that I can’t even pronounce or understand. How is that good for you? So, as a result of this discovery as a skin professional, I feel it is my obligation to make a change. I have been researching what other people have tried, reading about natural alternatives and experimenting with my own recipes.
As a dermatologist, I am trained to be an expert of the skin. Most of my career has been focused on diagnosis and management of skin cancer (especially melanoma) both clinically and histologically but at the moment, I am retraining myself in many ways and for now I am retraining to be an expert on the health and smell of armpits. Mine and yours if you are game.
I am on day 5 of my new “deodorant” and I am smelling like a proverbial rose if you will. With a blend of shea butter, pumpkin butter, a few other butters, corn starch, baking soda, and an essential oil blend of lavender and rosemary I have kickboxed, kettle belled and pilateed (don’t know if that’s a word but just roll with it) without knocking out my classmates with stink. My husband ( I did mention he was a saint didn’t I), even stuck his nose right in my armpit to test the power of my concoction and he didn’t flinch. I smelled like lavender and rosemary!
The current deodorant version is predominantly a solid, so I will be working on the formula to make application a bit more user-friendly over the next few weeks and will keep you posted with the specifics in case you want to experiment on your own.
So what’s in a name? These days it’s hard to know when reading labels of food and personal hygiene products, but when you make it yourself there is no question. It can be simple, easy and you can come up smelling like roses….or at least like lavender and rosemary in my case. More to come, I promise….