***Totally switched completely to this deodorant! I've never used anything better! Hot Dog!****
But i also don't go out in public all that often, so i'll be going half natural/ half Secret Platinum. At least i'll be healthy some of the time. There are 'natural' deoderants on the market, but if you read the ingredient list, there are still an awful lot of additives in there. I found this recipe at Healthy Homesteading, which is a pretty nifty blog if you've never read it before. I think i need to spend some time poking around there. I had most of the ingredients on hand from soap making, but had to buy the arrowroot powder. I used maybe 30 cents worth, so it was worth the trip to the store. The only deviation to her recipe that i used was adding some neem oil and mixing the oils in their liquid state: i simply couldn't get them out of their containers in their solid states without destroying the jug.
- 7 Tablespoons Coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon Neem oil
- 1/4 Cup baking soda
- 1/4 Cup arrowroot powder (can sub cornstarch if you just can't find arrowroot)
- 15 drops tea tree, 5 drops lavender
- Blend equal parts baking soda and arrowroot powder.
- Add the oils and blend until creamy. Add more dry bits if it seems too creamy to you.
Neem oil smells pretty repulsive, but it has some seriously miraculous health properties. I've done my Wholesome Wednesday post this week on Neem, so check back for more elaboration. In short, neem oil and neem leaf (wish i could get my hands on some neem leaves!) are used for animals, people and plants to address fungal issues, insect infestation, and a wealth of skin problems. Neem aids the skin in addressing itching, redness, fungal infections, dry skin, wrinkles, scars, age spots, etc. I'm using neem in our deodorant for its antibacterial properties. I use it in my shampoo bar and my husband's shaving oil to relieve our dry, itchy, inflamed, chapped, psoriasis-prone skin. Too bad it smells so funky.
Why my interest in phasing out store bought deodorant? It works pretty well. I've been using it all my life. But like most things available to consumers, commercial deodorant contains all manner of preservatives and nasty, unpronouncables. Sweating is our body's natural mechanism for shedding toxins and impurities from our body: blocking that natural reaction just CAN'T be good! Get it out! Don't hold it in! Along with the simple blocking of sweat, deodorant contains aluminum chlorohydrate, a nasty little neurotoxin used in deoderants and other cosmetics which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease. Lovely. That's EXACTLY what i want under my arms. There have also been some studies linking the use of deodorant containing aluminum to breast and other cancers because of estrogen-like behavior in close proximity to breasts.
|Yes, i cannot for the life of me spell "deodorant" without spell check.|
I'll be sure and post greater elaboration on our opinion on the deodorant's efficacy as we use it more regularly. But so far, let me tell you: i am completely odor free! I still sweat some, but who doesn't while jumping up and down over a step for an hour? I can smell the neem sometimes, but smell absolutely no body odor (coming from my armpits at least, teehee) I literally have been searching all my life for a deodorant that actually works, and i think i may have found it - in my own kitchen. I'm stoked.
This post can also be found at Simple Lives Thursday!