When I started making the shift to a more natural lifestyle two years ago, traditional deodorant was one of the first things to get kicked out of my house. Before you go picturing me as a stinky, hairy-armpitted granola lady, hear me out!
It didn’t take much research for me to realize that the deodorants (and specifically the deodorants that are also anit-perpirants) I’d been using weren’t a great choice for my body. You can find oodles of information online with all kinds of fancy medical terms and scientific data to back me up, but here are the top reasons I made this choice, in my own words:
There are plenty of other compelling reasons to ditch traditional deodorants, but we’ll stick with those. As much as I care about what goes IN my body (via food, medications etc) I have also come to care a lot about what I put ON my body! Skin is the largest organ on our bodies, and what we put on it is absorbed into our bodies!
Once I learned about the potential dangers of my old deodorant, I started buying “natural” deodorants like Toms of Maine and those bizarre looking salt stones you may have seen in Whole Foods. These worked well enough, and I felt better about my pits. But over time I kept reading and learning, and started running across DIY deodorants. My first response at the thought of making my own deodorant was, “Um, no thanks.” All the tutorials I’d seen involved pouring your various ingredients into plastic molds and something about that seemed way too complicated and messy to me.
Then I read about how my beloved coconut oil was a very effective deodorant…and that got my attention! By now you know that I shout my love of coconut oil from the rooftops (and I’m working on a massive post about all the things I love about it!) and I always have a big jar of it on hand. So, I had nothing to lose (and nothing more to spend)!
I started by keeping a small dish of coconut oil in my bathroom and just rubbing a very small amount (maybe 1/8 tsp) under each armpit everyday. I was paranoid the first several days that I would end up stinking and was sniffing my pits about every 30 minutes…and…NO STINK!
I also found over the course of a few weeks that the skin under my arms became very smooth and soft, and was less tender during/after shaving- BONUS!
Then I took my oiled pits to the gym. I’m not gonna lie, there was some stink after my workout, but it wasn’t any worse than I’d smelled after workouts with my old deodorants. I’ve also read that, over time, the “stink” my body creates will change and be much less stinky as my body is rid of the chemicals/ingredients from the old products!
Then, a few weeks ago, I read that a friend of mine used baking soda under her arms (and, silly me, I had even posted that tip months ago!).
This has been a beautiful marriage of stink-busting in my armpits! Except for the days I workout, I can apply this duo and be stink-free for upwards of 48 hours!! Workout days are shower days anyway, so there’s no trouble there.
No need to mix anything up or buy plastic deodorant cases! Now permanently displayed on my bathroom counter are little dishes of baking soda and coconut oil. I love that these are products I constantly have on hand, so I’m not buying anything extra. I love knowing that these are natural and completely safe ingredients for my body. And I love that I don’t stink! In fact, coconut oil has a lovely, gentle scent that I’ve come to really enjoy when I catch of whiff of my armpits!