Vanessa Bley does it all. She has serious chops as a musician with projects ranging from smooth, sultry jazz to all out rock & roll. Her forthcoming album is inspired by a move to the west coast and evokes the alluring sounds of an endless summer (check out her latest single, Sunset Hangover, HERE). Offstage and outside the studio she is an activist on a journey to produce less waste and use toxic free, organic, and non-GMO products at home. As she began experimenting with natural and homemade products, she developed a deodorant that caught on with family and friends. Now, it is officially available to the public as Becky Boo Underarm. The line is 100% organic, toxin-free, and zero-waste with three fragrances available. And each comes adorably packaged with a small bamboo spoon and Palo Santo incense stick.
Read on for more about Vanessa and her Becky Boo Underarm products, and be sure to take advantage of a special discount for subscribers of The Angle – 15% off all orders through December 17th (Discount Code: ANGLE15). It’s a perfect stocking stuffer!
Why the name Becky Boo Underarm?
My parents called me Becky Boo when I was a wee little one. The name stuck with me as a symbol of the pure and playful, both something our armpits don’t get enough of!
With natural ingredients being important to the line, cant you tell us more about what’s in the deodorant?
It’s five simple ingredients: coconut oil (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal), raw shea butter (anti-inflammatory), arrowroot powder (absorbs moisture), baking powder (neutralizes odor), and essential oils (anti-bacterial and fragrance).
What are the fragrance options?
There are three different deodorants, each with their own fragrance personality:
- FIRST BORN – A light but sweet, citrus and mint infused experience. Our first creation and now a classic.
- SACRED SPIRIT – A Palo Santo inspired journey through sacred wood essences, offering a sensual and sophisticated blend of sandalwood, frankincense, cedarwood, Palo Santo, and spruce.
- VICTORIAN – Evocative of a vintage, boutique garden outside a beautiful Victorian house where the aromas of bergamot, lavender, clary sage, geranium, and grapefruit fill the air. This is my husband’s favorite!
And the packaging has such a special feel to it. Is it zero-waste?
Yes! Not only do almost all underarm products contain toxic ingredients, but they are also packaged in plastic. Becky Boo Underarm comes in a 2oz glass jar with metal lid that is 100% reusable and recyclable, and it’s branded with 100% compostable stickers.
How does it work?
Use directly after you shower by scooping out a spoonful with your bamboo spoon or finger. Warm in your fingers, rub into your underarms and let the magic begin.
I’m working on a version for sensitive skin called DELICATE, perfect for folks who find they are irritated by the baking soda or whose precious pits are detoxing from using mainstream brands that contain aluminum and other unnecessary toxins that block our body’s natural ability to detox.