How not to Stink at Comic Con, Events & Life in General

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April 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm  •  Posted in Other Geekery by  •  0 Comments

I’m going to talk about the elephant in the room – the one that everyone quietly whispers about but never really addresses…

 

BODY ODOR

 

There, I’ve said it!  As a frequent attendee of lots of events such as comic cons, gigs, toy fairs and other large gatherings, I’m very familiar with pungent whiffs and I’ve also not been immune to suffering from it myself (although I hope only ever to a small degree.)

Sweat is Good, Just not the Smell!

Now let me be straight with you – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being sweaty, in fact sweat is good.  As I’m sure you know, it’s the body’s own version of air conditioning and keeps you cool.  Sweat itself has very little smell, what does smell is the the bacteria that lives on your skin and breaks down the sweat into acid which gives off that pungent, onion like smell.

Over the years, I’ve tried just about every antiperspirant deodorant on the market, to varying degrees of success.  What I found over time was they seemed to become less effective, requiring top ups during the day – I’m not even a particularly sweaty person!  Aerosols effected my breathing quite badly, and roll-ons always seemed useless.

Pitrok deodorantLast Resort?

About a year ago, as a last resort, I decided to try Pitrok, a crystal deodorant stick that I had previously dismissed as hippy dippy crap.  Now this is like no other deodorant I’ve ever tried.  Researching in to it (I do love to research!), lots of people said that it can take up to 2 weeks for it to start working properly and that you may be sweatier than usual.

Selecting a week when I wasn’t in the office, I decided to plough ahead.  Within a couple of days, the effect of the new deodorant was amazing.  No smell (nothing, nada) – the crystal version contains no perfume which means no masking effect, but because the crystal effectively neutralises the bacteria on the skin, no body odor is produced either.  I also find that you actually sweat less, than you do when using an anti-antiperspirant deodorant.

The biggest test was a weekend at London Film and Comic Con in the summer at Olympia.  As usual, the venue was absolutely rammed.  We’d queued outside for around 2 hours in the baking sun, and had to run to make our first photo shoot.  Well, needless to say, I was baked!  My t-shirt was absolutely dripping (everyone was in the same boat) but I did not smell – not even a little bit!

Tips for Success

  • Wash your pits daily & properly with soap and water!
  • Apply the crystal deodorant to still damp pits (so don’t dry them after washing)
  • Allow to dry for a couple of minutes.
  • Change your top daily or at least do the sniff test to make sure no bacteria have started their work

I’ve been using this deodorant for over a year now (I’ve only just started my second stick – so bonus points there!) and I can not imagine going back to the traditional ones. While I know this probably comes across as a bit of an infomercial (it isn’t!), there are other crystal type deodorants out there, it just so happens that this is the only one that I’ve tried.

I hope you’ve found this article useful – if so, please share the love and let’s put the elephant out to pasture 😉 XOXO

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