About two years ago my sister said to me “I can’t believe you are still using deodorant with aluminum in it!” So I thought about it. And read about it. And found all sorts of articles that say that aluminum antiperspirant causes breast cancer and alzheimers and then more studies that said that it doesn’t and got all confused. But once I thought about it some more, I thought, “why risk it?” So I went out and bought some natural deodorant and proceeded to smell really bad for a while. Apparently your body takes some time to adjust to not using antiperspirant… But I stuck with it. Thankfully we were at the beach during part of that time so I just jumped in the pool or ocean and everything was fine
The natural deodorant that I was using gradually became ok, but not great, so I tried another one. And it worked fine (with just an occasional failure), but they kept raising the price on it. It went up to over $7 a tube!!! I refuse to pay that for armpit juice. So then I started finding recipes from other blogs, and about 9 months ago I started making it myself. I found a handy recipe that uses beeswax and you can fit it inside one of your old deodorant tubes, so I used that for a long time only to discover that the yellowish color of the beeswax started rubbing off on my light colored shirts… No good. So I dug around and found another recipe that uses baking soda and cornstarch and arrowroot, but non GMO cornstarch is kind of expensive and can irritate your skin. So this recipe is a little more basic and costs about $1 to make because I always keep these ingredients on hand anyway.
** A side note: baking soda can irritate your skin too. I have, what I consider, sensitive skin, but this recipe is fine for me. However, Hubby Dear can’t use it. He breaks out into a rash. So he uses a Thai Crystal stick instead, and it works for him, but I’ve found that my recipe works better for me. If you are nervous about the baking soda, half the recipe and give it a try. If a rash breaks out, a little tea tree essential oil will clear it up really quickly.
1/2 Cup Arrowroot Powder
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional, but is antibacterial to help kill the stinky bacteria)
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (also optional, but it also helps with the bacteria and gives this mixture a heavenly scent)
Combine the arrowroot powder, coconut oil and baking soda in a small stainless steel pot. Stir over super low heat just until all of the ingredients form a smooth paste. Remove from heat and stir in the oils. Store it in a small glass jar at room temperature.
To use, put a small amount, about the size of a pea, onto your fingertips and rub into your lovely armpits. Repeat on the other side. Don’t put too much or you will end up with little balls of moist powder under your arms. Learned that from experience. Yep.
The mixture should remain about the consistency of toothpaste depending on the temperature in your house. If it gets melty, just stir it around a little bit before applying so that the baking soda doesn’t settle down to the bottom. If it is cooler in your house, you may have to dig a little out, but either way, it still works.
Yes, you have to wash your hands afterwards, but seriously, this stuff WORKS, and it is all natural, and cheap, and it keeps your armpits moisturized, which is rather soothing after shaving. I recently went on an 11 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. I came back sweaty, but not stinky. It works!