The wonders of Phitkari
It was only recently when I learned about this wonder crystal. I had been hearing about the bad effects of antiperspirant deodorants for a while now. It made sense that these block our pores so we don’t sweat at all from those areas. I am very sensitive about smell or wet patches so I have been happy using 48 hours protection antiperspirant deodorants of the highest quality all my life. I have been spending a lot on these imported deodorants as well.
Recently at a close aunts place, I was introduced to the wonderful Phitkari. She told me that she has been using it for a while now and it works great. It is basically a crystalized salt. Its chemical name is Potassium alum – KAl(SO4)2. It can be purchased from some desi stores in spices section.
All you need to do is keep a little soap dish and place it in your bathroom. After you have taken a shower in the morning, you can just wet Phitkari and apply it lightly on your armpits. Miraculously, it will keep you odor free for the whole day.
- Purely natural. No chemicals
- Costs 1/8th the price of a commercial deodrant
- Easy to apply
- Feels great
- No smell for up to 24 hours (approx)
How I was convinced
Living in hot and humid cities like Lahore and Islamabad, I didn’t buy the idea at first. I thought it was actually impossible for me to switch my expensive, good quality deo for a piece of rock. But I thought there is no harm in trying. Now I have been using it for over a year as it works great.
It took me a while but now I am fully confident about my Phitkari. It is very cost effective as well as it hardly costs anything and lasts for around a year (My normal deo only lasted one month or two). I have used it on days when I have gone to humid markets of Lahore for the whole day. Even if you sweat a bit, it keeps you odor free. The best part is knowing that you are using 100 % natural substance which is free from any harmful chemicals. It really gives you a great feeling.
Other uses of Phitkari
Due to its purity, in some cultures, a piece of Phitkari is kept outside the home to keep it away from evil eye and prevention of evil influences. Other benefits of Phitkari are as follows:
– Face tightening and lifting. Helps prevent wrinkles.
– Curing pimples
– Treating cracked heels
– After shave treatment
– Water purification
– Body hair removal
– Lice treatment
– Helping sores
Retailers that sell Phitkari
Islamabad: Cheema Chatha store in F-8
(between Ali medical center and Islamabad diagnostic center)
Lahore: PAF Market
Mississagua, Canada: Tihara on Tenth line and Aquatine
I hope you are convinced to give Phitkari a try as it is a great natural substitute for antiperspirant deodorants. Due to its additional benefits as listed above, I think Phitkari is a must-have for every house. Thank you once again to my aunt who introduced me to this amazing crystal.