One of the questions my doctor had asked was if I changed to a new deodorant, and I had recently started using the Famous Brand SUPER STRONG deodorant. It worked really well, but…. Not worth the risk if it was giving me who-knows-what in my armpits.
Naturally, I had a mammogram and an ultrasound to check. The result: benign / nothing. Now, I don’t know about you, but those are two different results. Nothing means nothing, as in, not a thing. Benign means nothing to worry about, as in, something is there, but don’t worry. But I digress. (In case you are wondering, I ultimately had it removed and it was breast tissue in the “wrong place”, truly nothing to worry about.)
I changed to Amazon-bought natural deodorants. We finally found one with colloidial silver in it that works well, but I still wasn’t 100% sold. This is something I will use daily, potentially for decades. I don’t want to turn blue!
My Lucky Discovery
I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for “spa products” on sale, especially a nice sugar or salt scrub. I often even use them before they dry out completely. At some point in the summer when my pits were particularly stinky, I decided to try a sugar scrub on them. Miraculous! So much less stinky!
When I ran out of my purchased sugar and salt scrubs, I decided to try making them with my son, who loves mucking about mixing things together. While we were at it, I figured we might as well try homemade deodorant. I used the emptied containers from my store-bought spa products, and also an empty vaseline container for some leftovers.
Both were as easy as can be to make! I needed coconut oil (solid at room temp), which I found at a local grocery store. The deodorant also calls for Arrowroot Powder, which we had on hand courtesy of a recent attempt to eat healthier.
After I started using these, I stopped having problems with stinky pits, even on super-hot days when sweat was pouring off me. Woo hoo! It’s really a blessing for the whole family.
There were a few days when I wasn’t as hot that I did notice a bit of stinkyness at the end of the day. I realized that on those days, I hadn’t used the sugar scrub at the end of my shower.
So, from my experiences, I recommend using a sugar or salt scrub on your pits in the shower, then using homemade deodorant. Both are so simple to make that I do it with my 8 yr old for fun. He gets to choose the essential oils and put them in, with supervision. We have fun together.
I was able to buy all the ingredients from my local health-conscious grocery store, no special orders required.
This recipe originally came from the website Passionate Homemaking.
- 6 – 8 Tbsp coconut oil (solid state)
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or corn starch, but arrowroot is better)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
Mix dry ingredients. Add coconut oil gradually until it is smooth and well blended. The texture should be similar to commercial deodorant, soft enough to go on easily but firm enough to hold its shape.
You can put it into an empty deodorant container (an old one will do) or any other sealable container.
I recommend making sure the container has a good seal because this does have a low melting point. Left in a tent at Scout camp, it liquified when the temp was “only” in the low 90s. If it hadn’t had a good seal, that would have been quite the mess to clean up.
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Mix the sugars together until there are no lumps. Add sunflower oil and vanilla. (Sunflower oil does not carry the strong scent that Olive Oil does.) Store in a sealed glass container until ready to use.
Salt scrubs will work as well, they just might sting if you nick yourself while shaving.
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