I’ve been reading so much lately about commercial deodorants and antiperspirants: how bad they are for you, how many nasty chemicals they contain, how blocking your sweat glands is actually a bad idea, and how easy it is to delete it from your life.
Now, I’m not talking about quitting cold-turkey and walking around reeking like a hippy. Not for me, thanks. But perusing my favourite blogs over the last few months, I have found several diy options that the blogger claim work miracles:
– Cheaplikeme has a recipe that includes cocoanut oil, baking soda and corn starch, scented with essentail oils
– a very fancy one on Angry Chicken that contains shea and cocoa butters, vitamin E capsules, baking soda and corn starch, scented with essential oils
– and somewhere, in someone’s comments feed, I saw that someone, somewhere uses just a dusting of baking soda.
So, I’m starting an experiment. This morning in the shower I shaved my arm pits, which was a mistake. Normally I only shave in the evening so that I won’t be applying deodorant to broken skin. So with freshly shaven pits, and a humidex of 28 and long walk ahead of me, I went with the simplest of my diy options and dusted on some baking soda. It’s also the most frugal choice, and the only one I had on hand at the time.
And what happened? Well, I’ve been smelling fresh as a daisy the whole day. I re-applied in the mid-afternoon because I was a bit sceptical, but it may not have been necessary.
So easy. So cheap. So non-toxic I even let my little daughter try some on herself after she saw me applying and wanted to do it just like mommy.
I’ve read in some places that people’s bodies “get used to” their natural options, so I might end up trying Cheaplikeme’s recipe too. Especially seeing as I’ve already bought the cocoanut oil and all.
I was going to use up what I have before starting on this experiment, but since this morning’s first foray, I’m going to stick with it and see how it goes. I’ll report back soon but so far I’m optimistic.
But don’t worry about bursting my bubble. If you see me and I’m smelling something fierce, please let me know!