What a stinky topic! Not everyone reacts the same to body odor, and diets can make a difference. (What you eat, you later excrete, including through your sweat glands.) Since our skin is a huge organ for eliminating toxins, we don’t want to interrupt that natural process. Yet, we don’t want to stink, either!
Search online and you’ll find lots of natural deodorant recipes. Most of them have the same few ingredients in common: Baking soda, Cornstarch, Coconut Oil. Some have added Shea Butter, some add Cocoa Butter, some add essential oils, some add Vitamin E oil. If someone’s skin reacts to baking soda they don’t use it, and if someone doesn’t want cornstarch they’ll use Arrowroot Powder instead.
Here’s a simplification of all that!
You’ll want something to handle the stink. Coconut Oil is naturally antibacterial (and bacteria is what causes the stink). Baking Soda is also good for neutralizing odors. So, if your body is okay with baking soda, a really simple recipe is a few tablespoons of coconut oil, and a few tablespoons of baking soda, mixed together and stored in the fridge when the weather is hot. Otherwise it stays solid at cooler temps. (Get the good coconut oil, that you would eat, because what you put on your skin will be absorbed and you want the non-chemically-refined stuff going on your skin.)
Take a small amount and rub it under your armpit, and you’re good to go for the day.
Alternatively, you can use a spray of water/alcohol/witch hazel. Add witch hazel to help reduce the redness or swelling from razor burn if you happen to shave there. It also fights bacteria (again, where that stink comes from). If you make a 4 oz spray of water/alcohol, use 1 oz water, 1 oz alcohol (high proof vodka), and 2 oz witch hazel. Witch hazel contains water and alcohol in its mixture, so that just evens out all the ingredient ratios.
Spritz some on in the morning and it’ll air dry; you should be fine for the day.
You’ll notice neither of these are “anti-perspirants” because, frankly, our bodies need to perspire to eliminate toxins! Anti-perspirants “work” by clogging or blocking the sweat glands from doing their job — ick — so those are a no-no in a No Tox lifestyle.
Some hints and tricks:
If you like stick deodorants and want to re-use your old ones (and have a harder bar of deodorant that doesn’t melt in hotter temps) then add two tablespoons of melted beeswax or candililla wax to the solid deodorant recipe. Stir it well while it cools down a bit. Pour into a cleaned-out deodorant container while it’s soft enough to pour or spoon. (You want to keep stirring while it’s cooling so the ingredients stay mixed and don’t separate into layers while it’s hardening.) It will harden over the next hour. Should be good to go after that! (Put it into the fridge for 15 minutes if you want it to harden faster.)
My grandmother’s recipe:
This is super simple: Mix equal parts baking soda and talcum powder or baby powder. Use a powder puff, dip it into the deodorant powder, and pat under the arms.
I take a very small amount of my Orange and Lavender Facial Creme, rub it under each armpit, and that’s it. If I want to feel a bit dryer, I’ll sprinkle a little baby powder on my fingertips and rub it in after applying the Body Creme. This works all day and night.
Now we are “armed” for summer’s heat. (Couldn’t resist that play on words.)