CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One obsession I freely admit to is with my armpits. Until the past five years, I was obsessed with keeping them dry as the desert and smelling like a floral bouquet picked from grandma's garden.
Then, after coming across numerous articles documenting the serious health risks of using traditional antiperspirants (with aluminum zirconium), my obsession became finding THE natural deodorant that worked. (Check out Autumn Hopkins's article and her links to scientific articles regarding the issue.)
After spending an estimated $150 on trying out all-natural deodorants over the past several years, I found that most were a fail and many epic fails at that.
I had pretty much given up until two to three months ago when I came across a recipe for homemade deodorant in a super-awesome DIY site called "Crunchy Betty." I used an essential oil deodorizing scent recipe from another favorite DIY website, "One Good Thing by Jillee."
I expected this deodorant to end up in the "epic fail" category, too, but I was feeling rather alchemical that day and happened to have most of the ingredients.
Not only did it work far better for me than all of the store-bought brands I tried, but it was completely effective. I ditched the Secret and Mitchum and now use my homemade deodorant on a daily basis.
I have tried this deodorant camping out in the desert for three days, hiking in Fayetteville, and even recently in spin class. No stinky pits in any of the test scenarios! All results were boyfriend-verified. Shaaaabanga!
So, dear readers, the obsession with my pits continues. Only now it is focused how great my homemade deodorant works! So, here it is (Thank you, Crunchy Betty!):
All-Natural Deodorant Recipe
5 tablespoons coconut oil*
1/4 cup arrowroot or cornstarch. (In my opinion, arrowroot is far superior and has a silkier feel.)
1/4 cup baking soda.
Essential Oils* -- Ones with antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities, such as Tea Tree, Lavender and Frankincense. Also good to add is Lemon or Lemon Verbena essential oils
* I prefer refined coconut oil because the coconut scent is completely removed. Unrefined (type most people use for cooking) works just as well.
* Unless you completely abhor the smell, try to include at least some Tea Tree oil. Most researchers agree that it is a great anti-bacterial substance. Because bacteria is what actually causes odor, not the sweat, you want this in your deodorant.
All of these oils, with the exception of Verbena, can be purchased at Drug Emporium in Charleston. (Warning: Frankincense is very pricey.)
SPOON out 5 tablespoons of coconut oil and put in a small microwave-proof dish. If your house is warm enough that your coconut oil is already liquid, skip this step. Microwave for 20-30 seconds. Set aside for a minute to cool.
COMBINE in the arrowroot and baking soda, stirring with a fork to make sure any baking soda clumps are dispersed. Use a metal or glass bowl and metal fork because a plastic bowl will retain the odors.