Four years ago I shared that I started using baking soda for a natural deodorant*. I did. It worked. Then…at some point… it stopped working.
I tried everything. Seriously.
I tried the crystal, Tom’s, Jason’s, Arm & Hammer, and more. Nothing worked.
So, I basically stopped wearing deodorant. I would hope for the best and wash my pits when the best didn’t happen. Nope, not kidding.
If I was going to something really important, like a wedding, I would wear the kind with the “yuckies”.
This summer, while visiting my mentor, I asked her what she used, since she was the first person I went to for all natural lifestyle tips when I started this route.
I immediately bought the ingredients for her recipe, even though I was on vacation. I am very happy to report that I have been using it since that time and it works. I haven’t had stinky pits since July! Well… except for on the days I forgot to put it on… just being honest. I’m a bit dismayed at the fact that I have pits that get stinky so easily, but they are what they are. Pits are pits.
So… two weeks ago, I made a big batch of the stuff and everyone in the stinky pit club gets to use it.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1/4 c baking soda
- 1/4 c corn starch
- 3 T coconut oil
- 20 drops tea tree oil
Mix into a nice paste. Use your first two fingers to get a bit (just enough to cover each finger print) and smear on your pits. Coconut oil warms almost instantly upon contact with body heat, so it will spread easily. Store in an air tight container. If the deodorant dries out (and if you live in Albuquerque/some other uber dry area, it will), just add some more coconut oil.
It should be a smear-able texture.
I was happy to stumble upon the little containers I wanted in exactly the colors needed for the kiddos who get a batch for their pits. Yippee! (Yes, ridiculous things often make me happy, why do you ask?)
I’m excited to find something that actually works. The kids are less than excited to use it, but I”m the mama, so I won.
Everyone has been using it since then and the results are terrific. Paul said, “I was not so sure about that stuff, babe, but it really works. Thanks for making it.”
Have you considered using a DIY deodorant?
*I do not think deodorant causes cancer, BUT I do think it’s a really bad idea to put known toxins in our bodies. The FDA has approved known toxins “in approved amounts” in products. The problem is that these ingredients are in every single “traditional” body care product. I especially think it is a bad idea to put known toxins and carcinogenics near lymph nodes. So, that’s why I care what’s in my body care products and why I especially care what is in my deodorant.
Also, this is not an antiperspirant. I don’t think it’s a good idea to make our pits block their moisture producing ducts on a regular basis. That means I don’t wear antiperspirant. Yes, that means I sometimes get sweaty. Even friends who do have sweat issues, believe the risk in using toxins to stop sweaty pits every day is a bad idea.
Don’t just believe me. Research it yourself. But… go ahead and make this recipe while you do.