When I told my husband that I was going to blog about my deodorant, he gave me a weird look and said "whatever, Jen". For those of you who know my husband, you know that his response doesn't really mean "whatever". "Whatever" generally means "what the hell are you thinking?" in Brian speak.
So, in an effort to put his mind at ease (if he ever decides to read my blog) I will give this disclaimer. He is more than happy to purchase antiperspirant for me. I just don't want it anymore!
I now make my own deodorant. I have been wanting to switch to something natural for some time because I know that they're suggesting that the aluminum in regular antiperspirant may be linked to breast cancer. Who wants that?
I've tried lots of all natural products in the past and none have worked. I'm someone that has four different brands of antiperspirant in my bathroom and I would rotate every other day the type I was using. If I didn't do this, my body would get used to a brand and I would have a deodorant failure. This was such a common occurrence for me that I carried a stick of antiperspirant in the glove compartment of my car.
My other issue is my sense of smell. It's very acute. I use it as a source of good to catch evildoers who don't brush their teeth before bed and who sneak cookies before dinnertime. I can smell a curling iron that has been left on accidentally and I know exactly when the luncheon meat in the fridge needs to be tossed. There's no fooling my nose. I could usually tell the second my antiperspirant decided to quit working.
I found this recipe online and read rave reviews of it. The only complaints I read was that it is a little harsh on the skin. Since I have been known to wipe my underarms with Listerine to get rid of smell, this did not worry me.
Here's the recipe.
1/2 c baking soda
1/2 c cornstarch
2T coconut oil
15 drops essential oils
You will combine your baking soda and cornstarch. Add your essential oils. I used 10 drops of tea tree oil and a few drops of ylang ylang and myhrr. Melt the coconut oil and drizzle into the mixture while beating. Put into a container.
I keep it in a cheap sugar bowl on my counter and just scoop a pea sized amount out and rub it on to my underarms every morning. I know that some people put it in an empty deodorant bottle but my bathroom tends to be too warm and the deodorant is soft in heat.
The neat thing about this is that it's not an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants work by clogging your sweat glands. This stuff lets you sweat. It just doesn't stink. Really. And, believe it or not, I don't sweat as much as I did with my antiperspirant. I'm sure there's a reason for this but I really don't care why. I'm just thrilled it happened.
The only issues I had with it is that, for the first week of use, it stung a tiny bit when I applied it. I've been antiperspirant free for over six weeks and my underarms look better than they did before. It doesn't irritate my pits and I don't stink! Yeah!
If I do it again:
1. I'm adding Jasmine oils next time just because it's my favorite scent. I will still add the tea tree oil since it has antibacterial properties. The Coconut oil is also an essential part of the recipe. . . it, too, has antibacterial properties. I will probably leave out the Ylang-Ylang oils since I decided I don't particularly like the scent.