I have always thought that physically inhibiting my armpits from the ability to sweat wasn’t quite right.
I have had issues in the past with antiperspirants causing rashes or soreness. I often found my armpits to be sore, achy and tender to the touch. Rashes were a common occurrence.
I have tried many things to help with this over the years. However, the only thing that has really helped was giving myself a break from using any antiperspirants or deoderant. Applying every other day rather than every day.
Sensitive antiperspirants didn’t make much difference. Aluminium free ones made me sweat more and made my sweat smell instantly.
A few months ago I stumbled on a pod cast by http://www.nutrtionalfacts.org stating the studies into adverse effects of aluminum based antiperspirants.
Find the you tube video here.
I know there are no major concerns and no conclusive studies have been done. However the way I see it is if a product has a question mark over it and maybe harmful and there are natural alternatives that not only work but are good for us then the choice is obvious.
My blog is not to convince you how bad modern antiperspirants are but to tell you how great homemade deoderant is because homemade deoderant works!
- It’s kind on our skin.
- Beneficial in terms of extra nutrients.
- Calming essential oils to help keep you zen all day long.
- Its a heck of a lot cheaper in the long run.
- To top it all off you cut back on plastics and aerosol usage.
So here is my recipe;
Ingredients I chose and why
- 30g Coconut oil. It’s a natural antibacterial and moisturiser. It’s not sweat that smells it’s the bacteria that feeds on the sweat that makes it smell so we are using ingredients to prevent the bacteria growing.
- 20g Castor oil. Also a natural antibacterial and moisturiser. I added this oil to my recipe as personally I like using castor oil and I wanted it to be a smoother paste and not harden like coconut oil. I added less castor oil because I also didn’t want it to be too runny either.
- 30g bicarbonate of soda. It’s a natural deoderiser so will soak up the sweat and neutralise odour.
- 30g arrow root. This is to thicken and make the paste like consistency and to help absorb moisture.
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Lavender is great for the skin soothing redness and also have bacteria fighting properties. It also smells great and is known to have relaxing effects.
- 10 drops of tee tree essential oil. This is also anti bacterial and great for the skin.
- 10 ish sprays (approx 1 tsp) of magnesium oil. Apparently low magnesium levels can cause body odor and many people swear by magnesium oil alone for deoderant.
I put all the ingredients into a bowl and mushed and mixed them into a paste. Some people choose to melt the coconut oil in a ban marie and you may need to do this. If the room temperature is cold it will affect the coconut oils ability to mix.
I sterilised a glass jar with boiling water and popped it all there. Easy peasy.
Does it work?
YES!!!! After the disasters I had with “natural” and aluminium free shop bought deoderants before I wasn’t holding out much hope but I’ve used this for 2 months now and not once have I had any issues with body odor.
I used it while on a 4 day road trip covering 966 miles and came home smelling great!
I used it when I attended a wedding. I applied it at 10am and returned home at midnight and there was no sweaty “BO” smell. Hurrah!
We have also just had a bout of hot weather here in London. Car temp said 29 degrees on the school pick up. I ran some errands and I was sweating. My armpits were damp but not soaked. No smell. I even chased my husband around the house trying to get him to smell my pits! He succumbed to my ridiculousness and confirmed they smelt good. Poor husband!
Some may find bicarb of soda irritating. I don’t personally but if you do you can leave it out. Just add more arrow root or I know some have used corn starch.
I scoop half a tsp out rub it between my finger tips using each hand for opposite armpit. Too much and it’ll take longer to rub in. Don’t rub it in enough and you may get faint white marks on dark coloured clothing. The whole process only takes 30 seconds.
It’s an oil so be aware if, like me, you leave the teaspoon with left over paste lying on your wooden dresser it’s going to stain it.
Don’t shove dirty hands into the jar. It will cause bacteria to grow and it won’t be as affective. I apply mine after my shower.
Some people may experience tingling with the magnesium oil so add less if this happens. Or you can leave it out.
I have heard some people have a “detox period” were they sweat more and/or their swear smells as their body gets rid of the aluminium in their pores. I didn’t experience this (although I did with aluminium free antiperspirants). You could slowly switch over. Switch over during colder weather. Or just go for it and see what happens. If you do smell it’ll be short lived. However, I don’t think this is common.
During warmer weather it will be more runny so be aware the consistency will change or you can adjust the recipe according to your climate. I have heard of some people adding waxes to the mixture to harden it. Personally I’ve been perfectly fine with it in hot and cold weather.
I understand that the initial cost maybe expensive if you don’t have the ingredients to hand. So this may be off putting but believe me all the ingredients are multipurpose. I’ve found essential oils to be really handy and have lots of uses. You can cook with coconut oil and use it as a moisturiser. Castor oil is great for hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. I use bicarbonate of soda and vinegar on clothes stains. Magnesium oil can be applied before bed to help with sleep. Arrow root is used to thicken sauces in cooking.
Any questions please do not hesitate to comment and let me know how you get on.
Thank you for reading!