I’ve always been picky about deodorants. Not because they didn’t do their “job”, but there was always something I wasn’t too happy with. Scent, consistency, usability, bottle shape, drying factor… Well, this whole pickiness suffered its harshest blow in 2003 when I read the ingredients printed on the packaging. Aluminium jumped right at me. Let me just explain what this most abundant metal in Earth’s crust does, and how it ended on our armpits.
According to Wikipedia, aluminium-based complexes react with the electrolytes in the sweat to form a gel plug in the duct of the sweat gland. What this means is that someone in some lab discovered that adding aluminium complexes into the already suspicious mix of ingredients in deodorants closes pores in the skin and prevents sweat production. Well, this new piece of info officially started my crusade to conquer happy armpits, without metals from Earth’s crust.
Since what we focus upon – matters – the more I focused on deodorants’ health friendliness, the more problems I’d create. Namely contact dermatitis, which is just a fancy way to say localized rash or irritation of the skin caused by contact with some foreign substance. It would get worse, then better, then worse again… an endless cycle that depended on my degree of attention to its unpredictability through seasonal changes, temperature changes, exposure to sunlight etc. I allowed all this for years because my skin has always been very free spirited and abundantly willing to express itself and its dislikes since childhood; so, I just took it as one of those things this biggest body organ does on an equally strange human body.
But this changed when I discovered coconut oil, and it took me 30 years to come across this Filipino wonder of nature.
The recipe is simple:
1/4 cup melted unrefined extra virgin coconut oil which corresponds to 4 tablespoons of solid coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
10-12 drops of essential oils (in this example, I used lavender and tea tree oil, but I like to vary)
glass jar with lid or an old deodorant stick container (washed and dried)
Place all the dry ingredients into your favorite bowl (you should love your utensils), add the melted coconut oil and essential oils and stir well.
You’ll end up with a fragrant paste which should be poured into a jar before it solidifies. Remember, coconut oil’s natural state is solid, and the end product should look something like this.
Leave it to cool naturally before placing it in the fridge for extra solidification. If in a jar, I like to keep it at room temperature for easier application, but you can also keep it in your fridge. Usually when I exchange cornstarch with arrowroot and opt for using a recycled deodorant stick container instead of a jar, I prefer to keep it in the fridge.
Oh, and in case you wondered why these ingredients had been proven to work. Well, baking soda absorbs odors, cornstarch absorbs wetness and coconut oil is an anti-oxidant and a moisturizer with anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties. Essential oils you added will add their own properties. In my case, I added lavender oil as an antiseptic and tea tree oil for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities. And that’s how you create Happy armpits!
Further Reading: 9 FAQs About Happy Armpits: Make Your Own Coconut Oil Deodorant
About the author:
Croatian-born Ana is a quirky star-child who strives to expand into different activities and touch as many aspects of life as she can. She is not here to preach nor teach, just to share a different perspective of life on Earth and the various potentials she has found within. Ana lives life intuitively and freely, and hopes that her love for the starry sky, our space brothers and sisters, planet Earth, nature, dogs, sewing and life will enable her to shine tiny sparkles of hope and love around the world.
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