You’ve probably read that deodorant, and especially antiperspirant, contain dozens of toxic chemicals that you are putting directly on your skin and are being absorbed into your body, causing a host of hormonal problems, including a possible link to breast cancer.
Having had my own scare with a lump years ago and hearing the story of a close friend go through treatment for breast cancer, trying to limit my exposure to anything that might even casually be linked to breast cancer, or cancer in general, seems like a good idea. Not to mention, who knows what else those chemicals could be doing inside my body. No thank you!
I did the logical next step, I purchased a fairly common natural brand of deodorant from Target. I should have spent that money on a smoothie, cause it was a big, fat waste. Not only did I not smell nice as soon as I got a little hot, I had to keep washing my pits and reapplying so I wouldn’t offend myself. And really who has time for that?
I started asking around to see if others had any success with “natural” deodorant and many had given up searching after having similar experiences to mine. I got a couple positive reviews from a few brands that are out of my price range, but I didn’t bother to try them since I knew I wouldn’t be able to continue purchasing them.
Which led me to search the internet for something I could make. I came across a few recipes that had rave reviews, but too many ingredients for me to keep up with (have I mentioned I have two small boys with another on the way that keep me VERY busy?), before I came across one that seemed doable. Only it had baking soda in it and in all my searching I had come across quite a few comments that baking soda had given people rashes and raw pits, if not immediately sometimes after a few months of use. Again, who has time for that? Not me!
I ended up using that recipe, but eliminated the baking soda and modified it with the other ingredients until I came up with something I was happy with.
And I’m really, really happy with it! I’m telling you, it is so simple and it works! I’ve been using it for 9 months now and I’ve yet to stink (and I live in “summer all year” Florida!).
1 Tablespoon of organic, unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil
2 Tablespoons of arrowroot powder
10-15 drops of Young Living essential oils to scent (I’m obsessed with Citrus Fresh and believe this has helped support healthy immune system function in my body.)
This may work even without the essential oils, but I like adding a scent when I know it’s not going to harm my body and will actually help encourage my body to work better! Can I get an AMEN?
This makes approximately two ounces of cream deodorant and seems to last me about 2 to 2-1/2 months. I store mine in a 4 oz mason jar with a plastic lid. I’ve also given them as gifts in these pretty 2 oz glass jars. It’s important to note you can use any container you want, but if you add essential oils you will need to store this in glass as the essential oils will pull the toxins out of a plastic container and then you will be smearing that on you, which sort of defeats the purpose, right?
To apply, I take a pea size amount on my finger for each pit and rub it on. Due to the coconut oil in this recipe, during the winter your deodorant will be harder and may require you to hold it to your skin for a few seconds first to warm up enough to rub on. On the three days a year it gets cold here I place my jar in front of my portable heater while getting ready.
One last note, you will want to wait a few minutes before getting dressed for it to absorb or you might get those dread white marks on your shirt. It easily wipes off with a wet rag however, and I have had no staining issues with this, or white marks after it has dried.
And that’s it. Isn’t it so easy you wonder why no one has told you this before? Please, please, try this and let me know what you think. Did it work for you?