The Power Of The Pointer: Why We Use Our Fingers to Apply Deodorant

If using your fingers to apply deodorant to your armpits is strange or new to you, you’re not alone. Most of us are accustomed to using a roll-on or stick deodorant application, so dipping our hands into a jar and finger painting our armpits seems odd to say the least. But, there are quite a few real benefits to doing just that.

IT’S A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH OUR BODY AND THE PRODUCTS WE PUT IN IT

When you apply natural deodorant with your fingertips, you have a direct connection with the product you are applying to your body — and every time you put it on, you can remind yourself of the good you’re doing it by allowing it to sweat and detox naturally.

IT HELPS SMOOTH THINGS OVER

Unlike the chemical concoctions put together in labs for traditional deodorants and antiperspirants, the ingredients in all-natural deodorant can firm up or soften depending on the temperature they are in. The good-for-us stuff like shea butter, coconut oil, and candelilla wax can change consistency a bit, getting softer as the air around them is warmer.

When the temps are colder and your natural deodorant might be a bit more firm, the heat from your hands can help soften it for a smoother, easier application.

IT’S A FORM OF SELF-CARE

Carving out a few extra minutes of “me time” in your hectic routine can be challenging, so it’s important that we find ways to pamper ourselves whenever we can.

Our everyday grooming routine is part of that self-care — yes, even something as simple as applying deodorant. It’s a small moment of nurturing, the sensation of massaging the cream into your skin and the aromatherapy benefits that come from essential oils like lavender or jasmine.

AN EXTRA STEP IN EARLY BREAST CANCER DETECTION

One of the reasons that many of us make the decision to go natural with our deodorant is because of the potential links of aluminum and other harsh chemical ingredients with cancers, particularly breast cancer. So since you’ve decided to take this positive, proactive step in protecting your health, applying deodorant with your fingertips gives you an additional opportunity to look out for yourself: it’s a great chance to check for any irregular lumps. If you’re applying deodorant manually every day, chances are you’re going to notice anything unusual right away.

IT’S NOT JUST LIMITED TO YOUR ARMPITS

Let’s face it, our pits aren’t the only parts of our body to work up a stink, especially in hot weather or when we’re working out or playing sports. Your feet, chest, behind the knees, stomach and other places can definitely get to feeling (and smelling) less than lovely. Scoop out a little of your natural deodorant with its soothing, sweat-absorbing properties and rub it anywhere you want a little extra odor protection.

YOU’RE HELPING TO ELIMINATE WASTE ON OUR PLANET

Virtually all traditional anti-sweat products (and personal care products in general, for that matter) are manufactured in single-use plastic containers - convenient for us, but not so much for Mother Nature. That’s why P3 makes every effort to reduce waste and offer the most sustainable packaging solutions possible. All our packaging is recyclable, but if you’re looking for something even more eco-friendly, look no further than our glass deodorant jars.

Those wonderful jars can be washed and re-used for all kinds of things: to store spices or other kitchen ingredients, to organize jewelry, to hold pencils or paperclips, even as a sweet little desktop flower planter. They are also super handy for pouring smaller quantities of things like shampoo or lotion into for instant travel size. And if you’re a DIY-er, they make great receptacles for other natural body products you might want to make.


It may take a bit of getting used to, but applying deodorant with your fingertips is a small change that can have a big impact. Make the switch and pamper your pits - we promise you’ll never look back.

3 comments

Hi Leslie! The mini jars last up to 2 weeks – you only need a pea-sized amount under each arm, so a little goes a long way :) Hope this helps!

P3 Pure June 25, 2019

How many days with the trial jar size of P3 last if only used for arm pits? Going on a long trip soon and trying to figure out how to size JBA products. Thanks.

Leslie Herman June 25, 2019

Those are great ideas for these little pit paste jars! And it’s so refreshing to know all your packaging is recyclable! Thank you!

Belinda Bevans-haas June 04, 2019

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