I'm excited about the number of people that have told me they're going to try the no 'poo method from Wednesday! Let me know how it turn out for you and if you have any tips or questions from your experience.
It's also been fun getting tips from readers about other ways to clean using baking soda and vinegar! I think I'll do a post of those tips next week!
When I was an adolescent, I used a popular brand of commercial antiperspirant and deodorant, and I sweated like crazy! I blamed it on being a teenager and just reapplied often. But the problem kept getting worse. I don't know what me decide to switch to deodorant only (deodorant controls odor only, whereas antiperspirant also prevents perspiration), but within weeks, my excessive sweating was no longer a problem! That seems counterintuitive, but my guess is that my sweat glands were overreacting to being plugged and trying to get rid of that stuff. Hmm, looks like my armpits knew something I didn't.
It turns out that antiperspirant use has been linked to cancer and alzheimer's. Also, our bodies need to sweat to get rid of toxins.
So, of course we want to go with the most natural route possible when putting things on or in our bodies, without breaking the bank. However, I do not want to smell like a bus full of basketball players after a game.
A few months ago, I found this incredibly easy and effective recipe for homemade deodorant on Crunchy Betty's blog, and It has worked great for me!
She says that some people experienced some irritation at first, but that hasn't been a problem for me.
Here's what you need:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
5 Tablespoons coconut oil
Here's what you do:
Mix all ingredient well, and put into a small container with a lid.
It takes maybe 10 minutes if you include getting everything out and cleaning up afterwards. I've been using the last batch I made for about three months, and I've only used about 1/4 of it, so it lasts a really long time.
It's important that you use coconut oil because it has antibacterial properties, and is semi-solid at room temperature.
Depending on the temperature in your house, the texture of your deodorant will be semi-smushy (warmer) or hard (colder). If you keep it cool enough in your house or put it in the fridge, it would probably become the texture of grocery store deodorant. I just keep mine in the bathroom and apply it with my fingers. I rub any leftover into my hands.
This stuff works all day long for me, without me having to reapply. That's saying something in this South Louisiana summer weather!
Questions? Comments? Stinky armpit stories?