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What Stinks In My Pantyhose?

 

Going Au Naturelle is the recommendation for Day 9 of the 21 Days To Health Program and might just be one of the most important ones. It is one thing to change up your diet to one that is cleaner and less processed, but we also need to think about what is going on our body.

I was reminded of this recently. Now, if there is one article of clothing I wish to have banned from the face of the earth, it is panty hose. Ich. Gross. I know you are with me. The only good thing about wearing pantyhose is how amazing they feel to take off. This is why I have the same pantyhose in my sock drawer today, as I had seven years ago in 2004.

I pulled them out last week for my dress rehearsal for the Marilyn Dennis show and you know what? They smell like the perfume I used to wear in 2004. Back in the day, I was hooked on Victoria Secret's Vanilla body lotion. While on vacation in January of 2004, I met a man. He was an older man from Chicago who happened to be a homicide detective. He took a liking to me, and on our return from holiday, started sending me gifts. Among them was a plane ticket to go visit him (a trip I never took, though my mom thought it would have been fun???) and the entire line of vanilla perfume products from Victoria Secret. I have washed those tights many times in the last 7 years and they have been moved to four different homes in that period too.

You know what? They STILL smell like vanilla! That's not good. Either is spraying toxic perfume all over your neck and wrists. Do you know why we are told to spray it there? Because it gets into our blood stream easily and circulates so that more of us will radiate the fragrance. We inhale that scary stuff too. Additionally, we are putting those toxins directly on our neck's lymph glands which are designed to get the bad stuff out! This direct poisoning will clog that lymphatic system right up.

Have you ever picked your girlfriend up in your car, she gets in and suddenly you feel like you've been asphyxiated by her perfume? Or that guy you went on a date with who was pretty darn hot- but that cologne! Wuff/barf. Being someone prone to motion sickness, perfume in cars, airplanes or public transport is just about enough to put me over the edge. And the thing is- the longer you go without, the more you realize how much most people stink. Perfume starts to smell less like an aromatic signature and more like chemical waste. I have friends that I won't hug because I know that if I do, I will smell their perfume on me for the rest of the day.

I couldn't locate the exact product on the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Database but I did find another perfume spray that got a rating of 10 (out of 10- meaning most toxic rating possible) and got a check mark for the following:

Ingredients in this product are linked to:
yes Cancer
yes Developmental/reproductive toxicity
yes Allergies/immunotoxicity
yes Use restrictions
yes Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes

Now, I haven't a clue which of the many chemicals in this product make the smell stick, and stay strong for over 7 years in a fabric, but that is absolutely scary and totally insane. And a perfume is just one of the many products most of us are likely to use on a daily basis. There is no sense cleaning up our food if we aren't going to also clean up our personal care products.

Day 9 of the 21 Days To Health Program asks that we replace at least two everyday cosmetic or personal care products with a natural and safer alternative. That should be an easy one right? Have a look in your cupboards- see what you have lurking behind closed doors.

Question Of The Day: What do you think would be the toughest product to replace with a more natural solution? What was the toughest change you have made?

51 Responses to “What Stinks In My Pantyhose?”

  1. Karen said…
    For me, it would be toughest to give up regular deodorant/antiperspirant for a natural one. Aluminum and all that is so scary, so when I tried switching to a natural brand last year (can't remember which one), I didn't find it was effective enough. I felt sticky and stinky all day and was so self-conscious. I'm back to the scary kind, unless I find something effective and natural to switch to!
    • Erica said…
      I totally agree on natural deodorants not working, but I found plain baking soda on top of natural deodorant to do a pretty darn good job!
      • Jenn said…
        Great tip! I recently switched to natural deodorant and HATE it. I really don't want to switch back to aluminum, so I'll give baking soda + natural a try.
        • Stephanie said…
          I used to sweat alot, ever seince I was a teen, and of course, sweat does not usually smell good. But when I stopped eating meat and cut out most dairy out of my diet, I noticed that not only do I almost never sweat (unless doing a good workout), it does not smell like anything anymore! I don't know if it's just me, but that's what happened.
          • Meghan Telpner said…
            Was wondering when someone would chime in on the diet/body odour factor. It's not just you!
          • Shyra said…
            Lafe's natural deodorant works pretty well. But I also keep a pretty clean diet and I think that makes a difference. I follow a vegan diet.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I think it is definitely worth searching out. It was one of the first things I got rid of and it took time but I found the right things that work with my chemistry.
  2. oh, I love love love this article!! Firstly, pantyhose are EVIL... | put the end to them in my life when I was quite young (my mom wasn't too impressed), and have been going bare legged ever since!! I just stick to leggings under shorter things. Secondly, I HATE perfume, it gives me major migraines. The worst is at the movies... getting stuck in there with people and their stinky perfumes :s.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I hate trying on clothes when a stinky perfume person did before me.
  3. Gail said…
    I had the same problem with switching to a natural deodorant too but I just kept trying different brands until I found one that worked well. Now I really like the one I use. My second challenge was to find shampoo and conditioner that worked, was not full of unwanted ingredients and did not have wheat protein in it. I am still experimenting with different ones. The celiac group recommends that shampoos and lotions be gluten free since there is no conclusive evidence about the effect of gluten through the skin. Another challenge - keep reading labels!
    • Chelsea Young said…
      which deodorant did you find that works best? i am still searching...
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I have some great shampoo/condition options in my Natural Body Care book- but yes, buying is much easier. I would think that topical gluten could affect people with celiac if they are severe. I can't be bothered to wait around for conclusive evidence... studies are mostly nonsense anyway :)
  4. Metta said…
    Deodorant! I have used the natural ones in the past, without much luck, and I've gotten so used to not having wet armpits that I don't have the motiviation to try several products to find a good natural brand.
    • This might sound gross but I've actually stopped using deodorant. Even though I sweat quite a bit my armpits don't actually smell. Actually, I think I sweat LESS than I did when I wore deodorant regularly. Plus I would get white crap all over my shirts, which sucked. I don't even miss it.
      • Meghan Telpner said…
        I don't use it that often either- lucky that I work from home though.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I am going to write more about the deodorant/lymph gland issue in the next couple of weeks. I think it might just convince you that wet armpits aren't the worst thing ever.
  5. Jen Saunders said…
    Great post! My life has completely changed since I discovered the safe cosmetics database - it should be required reading for all junior high school kids...
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      It should! I can't imagine what was in my Salon Selectives and all that other junk I used to use.
  6. Jen said…
    I agree on the deodorant one. That is a toughy...
  7. Andie said…
    I didn't find switching from antiperspirant to a natural brand of deodorant too difficult once I realized that it was likely some combination of antiperspirant, body sweat and dryer heat was what yellowed up all my white shirts! Since the switch, none of my new white shirts have developed pit stains - even with the occasional dryer cycle. I don't know about the science behind it, but the natural stuff just isn't doing the same thing. I'd love to be corrected about this though if I've misunderstood the change. I've improved my eating habits lately too but generally all of my hygiene habits are the same (with the odd swap for all natural products). All in all, the hardest switch was trying to go from natural shampoo to the no-poo method. I'm still not there, but I am using shampoo less! And with no more dry scalp too boot!
    • Kristen M. said…
      You are correct. It is the aluminum in anti-perspirant that causes yellow staining on clothing.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I haven't eliminated my shampoo altogether either. I am down to washing only every 7-9 days though and I still have friends and a lover so I think its working just fine.
  8. Perfume has got to be the hardest for me to give up- I love different scents and I always receive them as gifts. But now that you put it that way... yuck. I have switched to many natural products. Body wash, shampoo, toothpaste- easy. Deodorant was hard. Because I realize that without the yucky aluminum of antiperspirant... I still sweat. So I have to use a bit more deod than I'm used to. But sweating is, um, NATURAL so you'd think I'd be happy to be sweating again ;) xo
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Again- I have to recommend Living Libations. They make the most amazing essential oil, all natural perfume sprays. They are AMAZING!!! Try a small bottle of their Night Flight from Venus- regular perfume will start to smell like chemicals.
  9. I had no idea perfume was so toxic I will definitely be eliminating perfume from my life. I have switched everything else to natural products except deodorant. I have tried a bunch of natural brands none of which I love. Any recommendations?
  10. Moreen Murray said…
    I totally agree on the pantyhose - I cannot wait until the weather warms up sufficiently to eliminate them - but then I also dislike wearing socks! I used the Weleda brand deodorant - which is a spray and found that was very pleasant - of course it depends on how much you sweat. I have tried to move over to as many natural products as possible - hair, makeup and skin care but confess I am still addicted to perfume..any advice on natural oils/scents?

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