After having read several positive reviews of Pit Putty, a deodorant by Bubble & Bee (a brand I already love thanks to their amazing chapstick), I added it to my “wish-list.” So when my Lavanila deodorant was running low, I thought it would be a perfect time to sample it myself. Many choices had to be made: deodorant versus pit putty versus spray, Spearmint & Tea Tree scent versus Geranium Lime scent versus Original scent, etc. Since I frequently email Stephanie (who is the founder of Bubble & Bee) with my chemical questions, I figured I’d ask her for advice. She suggested the Spearmint & Tea Tree Pit Putty.
The Pit Putty itself has a fresh smell, reminiscent of minty gum perhaps. I really like it. I also love how “safe” this product is. Given the communication I’ve had with Stephanie and her knowledgable responses, I trust Stephanie and her products tremendously and believe that she would never sneak in harmful ingredients or have misleading labels. The EWG site gives it a big, fat ZERO, which is quite a feat! There are only a few ingredients: Organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, aluminum-free baking soda, organic spearmint essential oil, organic tea tree essential oil. That’s it! Nothing chemically at all!
The Pit Putty came with a special instructions sheet. The gist is that since there are no chemicals, it is very sensitive to the heat and needs to be stored in a cool temperature, otherwise the coconut oil (which is what is holding it together) will become liquid. If it does start to melt, you can always stick it in the fridge for a bit. Of course it just so happened to be an extremely hot stretch of NYC summer heat when my Pit Putty arrived. It was a bit melty at times, so I stuck it in the fridge and it hardened right back up.
The main issue I’ve had so far is that it tends to be slightly crumbly when I apply it. I know I’m not alone in experiencing this as the instructions sheet also addresses this issue. According to it, it tends to be crumblier when it’s hot. Also, when I started to apply it more gently than what I’m used to doing, it crumbled less.
I haven’t found the white residue to be a big problem. Sometimes there’s a bit of white on the top of my sleeve, but it doesn’t stain and I haven’t noticed it enough to be a major drawback (at least not yet). Sometimes, there are some tiny white crumbles on my skin after I put it on, but I simply rub it in better and it absorbs into my skin just fine.
In terms of effectiveness, I’ve found it to work quite well! Much, much better than Tom’s or some of those other “natural” brands that may or may not actually be so “natural.” In fact, earlier this summer, I bought Lafe’s Natural Deodorant Stick (Lavender) and did not find it to be even close to as effective (but it did roll on more smoothly and easily). Nontheless, in this summer heat and humidity, it did not do the trick.
CONS: I ordered it online during the summer, which required an additional “summer” shipping fee to keep it protected from the heat. However, I later discovered that Lifethyme in the West Village actually carries a handful of Bubble & Bee products. Next time, I think I’ll check out their selection before making a pricy online purchase.
Also, not always the smoothest application process.
PROS: Quite effective, and totally natural.
IN SUM: I’m very curious to try the other scents and types (maybe even a cream or spray, which would avoid the crumbliness altogether)! I definitely think Bubble & Bee is on to something very good here.