I’ve been reading your blog for years, and I’m hoping you’ll do a follow-up note on deodorant. We’re rapidly approaching that messy time of year in DC when layers of deodorant are necessary, and the trail of destruction shows up on all of my good clothes.Is the Dove + Care still your go-to? Any tips on removing built up deodorant from my dresses?
Thanks! Sweaty McGee
I employ a multi-step approach to dealing with hot, humid weather. First, underarm deodorant and antiperspirant. I like Old Spice High Endurance. Women’s formulas don’t work for me, and they often have treacly scents. If you’re looking for a natural alternative, try Ursa Major Hoppin Fresh deodorant.
If the worst happens and your underarms smell less than fresh by day’s end, I kill the bacteria causing the smell with Purell, reapply deodorant, and spritz my underarms with Febreeze.
To remove deodorant marks, I use this Hollywood Fashion Secrets sponge. I also keep one in my desk at work in case I notice the spot too late.
I have a painfully stubborn zit on my cheek. Any tips for banishing it permanently?
When I have a blemish that won’t clear, there are a few things I try. First, drawing salve can help pull the impurities to the surface for faster healing. I like the Walgreens store brand, but Prid’s is what most people recommend.
If I’m trying to eliminate redness and swelling, I apply a mixture of hydrocortisone cream and Neosporin and cover it with a Band-Aid. The next morning, things are noticeably improved. Another option are Peter Thomas Roth’s Invisible Acne Dots.
My hair is so dry (maybe it’s the change in seasons) but deep conditioner is not cutting it. I’m desperate for something to cure my crispy hair. Do you suffer from this problem or have a solution?
Thanks for the awesome blog, Crunchy
If your hair is feeling parched the first thing you should do is examine your current haircare regimen. Eliminate any products that contain alcohol, which can dry out your hair. I also recommend cutting back on washing your hair, which can strip your hair of essential oils.
When my hair really dries out, I stop dry shampooing and switch to R + Co’s cleansing conditioning foam. I then exchange my regular conditioner for Aussie 3-Minute Miracle. It works well and is a great buy. And when things reach critical mass, Drybar’s Mr. Incredible Leave-In Conditioner is a lifesaver.
If none of that works, I smear mayonnaise on my hair, throw on a shower cap, and watch a movie. Sometimes the home remedy is better than anything you can buy.