Many commercial lotions and creams claim to soften and improve the skin, but they are really full of toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances that can irritate the body. Stir in butter a tablespoon at a time; stir in the beaten eggs, working quickly so eggs will not cook before thoroughly blended into the grits, then stir in the shredded cheese, garlic and a little cayenne pepper. Some gel formulas can become sticky and messy when they get wet, making the dry formula of a stick more appealing. I saw a body powder recipe by Angi Schneider of Schneiderpeeps, and the image of my mother’s deodorant powder cake with its pink powder puff flashed into my mind. If you live in a particularly warm climate, add a little melted candelilla wax or beeswax to the mixture.
Try making your own deodorant if you haven’t already… you’ll not only save money and avoid chemicals, but I’ve found the homemade versions work better too! After reading Beating Cancer With Nutrition and then cutting most of the added sugar out of my diet , doing something simple like using my own Homemade Natural Deodorant deodorant doesn’t seem like too big of an inconvenience.
A paste made from equal parts baking soda and corn starch is popular with people trying to live a completely environmentally friendly lifestyle, although unfortunately the results are a little smelly and moist by the end of the day! For the arrowroot powder and baking soda , I prefer Bob’s Red Mill and find it at my health foods store. You can use palm oil as it is another natural oil that is solid at room temperature, but again not as effective as coconut oil. Once comment to those wanting to fill this into old deodorant containers – I would do this while the mixture is still liquid (let it cool a bit). I had the same problem and I switched to all organic baking soda and organic arrowroot powder. I’ve tried that, but it’s kind of a pain, having to head to the kitchen to apply deodorant every day; and I don’t like the jolt of cold against my underarm. My philosophy is that I’d rather have a rash from a pure oil than cancer from aluminum!
I adjusted the baking soda/arrowroot ratio a bit, but I really believe it’s detox, too – especially if you’ve mostly used commercial anti-perspirants (FULL of aluminum – which is linked to Alzheimer’s). This type of deodorant has the consistency of cream, so you can apply it on your armpits just as you would apply cream. If they are challenged with toxins from your deodorant they can’t protect you from other toxins in your environment that you are exposed to. This is likely just due to the oil residue that is there for a few minutes right after it is applied. I used to get shaving bumps” and what do you know, they went away once I started using this deodorant. Reapplication is necessary, though—baby powder isn’t as strong as baking soda, and will need a little extra care to keep you sweat-free.
Or… if you find that you truly cannot go for a few days without deodorant, you will have to use this one (or any other natural deodorant) for a week or so before you body starts to adjust. Even if the risks of aluminum and antiperspirant are overblown or minimal at best, I’m still going to stick with ingredients that are so safe I could eat them with no harm done. I just made this deodorant yesterday and added some shea butter, beeswax, and reduced the amount of baking soda by half. Aside from it being a veteran in the deodorant market, stick deodorant has other characteristics that make it an appealing choice to customers. Many store-bought massage oils have either coconut or jojoba oil as their base.
I use coconut oil on my skin for my psoriasis and just let it melt in, since body heat is enough to liquefy it I wouldn’t worry about the heat from the environment melting it – it’s going to be melted anyway. I will make some with coconut oil to give as gifts – bright yellow deodorant isn’t as nice. Long story short, it’s up to you, because it’s a complex issue; but pesticides don’t seem to really contaminate the coconut too much. I am also going to reveal weird armpit trivia of my own just for you… ever since I had my armpits electrolicized (is that a word?) I hardly ever even need deodorant. Bergamot (bergaptene-free) essential oil in particular is great because it is a terrific odor fighter with a fresh, light scent. I’m glad you liked it. I used to dread cleaning, but now I really enjoy it… I’m sure the uplifting aromas of my essential oil cleaners really contribute to that.