A few weeks ago, I decided to try switching over to natural deodorant that contains no aluminum or alcohol (you might have seen some of my progress on The Sage Soap Company’s insta stories). I started making the recipe after doing some research on how aluminum compounds in deodorant can potentially put women at risk for breast cancer. Other research (mostly talking to my friends and customers) showed me that a lot of people have sensitivities to mass-consumer products and I wanted to make something that worked for them.
The deodorant works really well for me (and lots of other folks who have been using it). I play a lot of sports, so my obvious advice is – reapply after any heavy sweating, or swimming. My recipe contains baking soda, although I might start making one without baking soda and strictly with arrowroot powder if I get some more interest. Here is what’s included in my recipe: baking soda, arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and essential oils. You can find it for sale in the shop.
I started off detoxing my armpits with a really simple recipe that potentially helps pull out and refresh your armpits from mass-consumer deodorants. Think of it as a face mask, but for your pits.
- 1 tsp activated charcoal
- 1 tsp white kaolin clay
- About 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Mix together the ingredients, adding the apple cider vinegar to create desired consistency. If you like to lay on your masks thick, add less vinegar.
- Apply mixture to armpits and leave for approx. 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse armpits well, use a face cloth (sometimes activated charcoal sticks).
This deodorant is not an anti-perspirant. My belief is that your body is meant to sweat, from all the places that it’s meant to sweat from. My 13-year-old self may have been mortified by that belief, because I was a super sweaty kid and my pit stains showed through the white collared shirts of my uniform in High School. Now I don’t really care, but I also don’t wear clothes that will highlight the fact that I sweat (anything thin and grey).
Let me know if you try out your own journey switching over to natural deodorant. We all have different bodies, and some things that works for some people won’t work for others.