Ever since I started using soapnut instead of detergent to wash our clothes I see myself becoming more and more open towards natural alternatives in our lives. Be it natural cleaning methods or cosmetics, I am willing to try them!
I read many articles on the dangers of using antiperspirants that have aluminum salt in it. Reasons being that this salt reduces the flow of sweat from the sweat gland to the skin surface, thus keeping the toxins our body would naturally get rid of this way in our body. Toxins could eventually build up and pose a danger .
I also started thinking about natural alternatives because I noticed that deodorants I used before simply stopped working. Especially when I was facing stressful situations even the strongest ones available in the drugstore failed.
I knew about the great qualities baking soda has in hiding odors and tried something. I used my regular deodorant and then sprinkled about half a teaspoon’s worth of baking soda onto my palm and patted it onto the still moist armpit. It worked great!!! Unfortunately, it was too messy. I ended up with baking soda everywhere. You can guess how practical it is for travel! I knew I was on the right track, just needed to find a different formula.
I headed for the net where I found a recipe on Angry Chicken that looked like it might work. It seemed simple enough to make. Since I had all the ingredients at home I made my first batch right away. That was about 3 years ago and I have been using it ever since. I LOVE IT! All you need is to massage a pea sized amount onto your armpits in the morning and that’s it. It is natural, I can count on one hand all the ingredients it has and keeps those smells at bay. It works incredibly well for my stress induced sweats, but it works just as well for my friends who are avid sports persons and run the marathon.
Give it a try. It only takes about 10 minutes from start (taking out the ingredients from the pantry) to finish (pouring the deodorant into your jar). I promise you will like it!
For those of you who are more the metric kinda gals, below you will find my tweaked, softer version. If not, head on over to the original post where you’ll also find how to make it.
For a 50 ml size jar – lasts me about 2 – 2,5 months – you will need:
- 17 g of Shea butter
- 10 g Cocoa butter
- 1/2 Tbsp corn starch
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 5-10 drops each of tea tree and lavender oil
For an even softer, body butter like texture use 8g each of Shea butter and Coconut oil instead of just Shea butter.