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As many of you might know, I kinda love bacteria. I’m not a germophobe. In fact, I nurture bacteria in my home. I have been culturing dairy and fermenting fruit and veggies for a decade now. I love me some raw milk, full of bacterial and enzymatic goodness. I consider my “relaxed” housekeeping style a way to beef up my kids’ immune system. So when I heard about a micro-Biome spray being tested a few years ago, I got all excited. Some of the participants or study organizers (I forget which) claimed they no longer showered. I wasn’t sure I’d go THAT far, but I was intrigued. And then I finally saw it: Mother Dirt and it’s AO+Mist. I waited for their Black Friday special and took the plunge! FIRST, let’s look at why the heck you might want to add bacterial to your skin and hair:
Historically, AOB (Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria) would have populated our skin microbiome naturally, acting as peacekeepers for the microbial community, but widespread use of soaps, deodorants, and other personal care products wiped them out.
By applying them back to your skin, you’re restoring your skin to a native, healthy state.
HOW THEY WORK: AOB convert irritating components of our sweat (ammonia & urea) and turn them into byproducts that bring benefits to the skin (Nitrite and Nitric Oxide).
Nitrite helps keep bad bacteria in check and Nitric Oxide is an antioxidant that helps calm and soothe the skin. This action can help restore balance to the skin’s ecosystem and in turn reduce dependence on conventional products like soaps, moisturizers, and deodorants.
THE SWEATIER, THE MERRIER: Because AOB consume components of your sweat, this means they are happiest in places where there is a high density of sweat glands (the scalp, underarms, palms, groin and feet).
If you’d like more of the gory details, just visit the page from which this came, http://motherdirt.com/aob.
OK, so back to Black Friday. We received our AO+Mist soon after. The short answer is we are still ordering, using and enjoying our spray!
CON: price. It’s $50 for the spray, which is meant to last about a month, though we probably go a little longer than that, so be sure to take advantage of the 15% off for three or more bottles. I went in with friends on the first few orders to get the discount.
CON: shelf life. These are live bacteria, so it’s not surprising that they have a life span and do best in a certain environment. If you’re not sure you’ll use the spray in a month’s time, be sure to keep it in the fridge. This won’t always be convenient. But at first we had ours in the fridge and family members went to the fridge to use it. Now that the Teen and I are regular users, we keep ours in a more convenient spot right outside our bathroom.
PRO: The Teen really thinks it helps with armpit odor and foot odor. She also uses it on her face to help with acne and feels it makes a noticeable difference. She’s so convinced that she insists on traveling with it and gets a bit anxious as the end of the bottle approaches.
PRO: I definitely think it helps with armpits and that’s where I primarily use it. Just one spray per pit after applying deodorant.
PRO: It’s related, but I think it also helps with what a friend termed “perma-stink” in clothing. You know what I mean. The smell that just won’t wash out of clothing. Or does SEEM to. Until you put on the shirt again. Read how else I battle perma-stink here!
PRO: I occasionally use it on my skin if I have a breakout.
Now, this is how WE use it. Other people seem to use it quite differently. On their hair or on their facial skin. It seems to help with sensitive skin issues that don’t do well with other topical products. And again, some people use a lot more per use and are able to greatly reduce their bathing frequency. We also don’t use the soap or shampoos yet, though I did order a shampoo to try. They do not add bacteria, but instead are “Biome-friendly,” meaning they do not remove the beneficial bacteria from the skin and enhance ether results of the mist. Reviewers claim these products are very gentle and effective.
PRO: fairly active Facebook group where people share their questions and experiences with the products. https://www.facebook.com/motherdirt
So if you are interested in improving your micro-Biome or trying another approach to any skin issues, I encourage you to explore how others use the products. We have found our groove with them, but your groove may be quite different!