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August 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm #11475mighty mParticipant
Is there a natural deodorant that works? I understand that there will be some sweat, but can it smell like roses & rainbows?August 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm #11479saisriceParticipant
I make my own deodorant and it works really well! And it just so happens that I put some drops of rose essential oil in it so I do smell like roses. I’ve been using it for almost a year and while I guess I might sweat (I’m not a sweaty person so I haven’t really noticed other than if I exercise, which I haven’t done in 3 months) I never smell at all. Here’s the recipe that I use:
What you Need:
6 T coconut oil
1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or cornstarch
essential oils (optional)
What to Do:
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
Add oils if desired.
Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.
I also just read about a blogger who loves The Healthy deodorant by LAVANILA. You can buy it on Amazon for $14.August 15, 2013 at 12:34 am #11483mighty mParticipant
Saisrice to the rescue! Wow, that actually sounds so easy. I think I even have all that stuff. The only oil I have is lavender, I guess I can settle for that, lol.
Do you use a glass jar? If so, do you scoop it up with your fingers to put it on? I guess that wouldn’t be too bad … since the ingredients are so basic and innocuous I wouldn’t mind wiping any extra off on my arm or whatever.
This month, I got a basal 98.6 for the first time! (post-ov, naturally). So I am actually sweating a bit more.August 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm #11502The Real AmyModerator
If you want to buy something instead of making it, here are a couple of good options, too. (Also, some people – me included – can’t tolerate the baking soda in the above recipe) In both products, it’s applied at night, which cuts down on the bacteria over time:
Mu Shang herbal deoderant (the downside here is it smells like vinegar): http://www.sensiblehealth.com/MuShang.xhtml
Slightly less natural but more effective: http://www.lavilin.com/products/deodorant/underarm-deodorant-cream.html (they have a roll-on form, too)
I tried milk of magnesia recently, which is very cheap, but I have to say it works ok but not great. It can stand up to a day of sitting, but not the gym or anything. But maybe it would work better for someone else. Some people swear by it.August 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm #11518saisriceParticipant
@mighty m, I keep it in a plastic jar (I bought a big bunch on amazon bc I love making lotion, sugar scrub, deodorant, etc) and put it on with my fingers. Unless it’s really hot out it stays pretty firm. You can also put it in an old deodorant container or buy a new empty one. I think when my daughter needs to use deodorant I’ll put in a regular looking container so she doesn’t seem like a weird hippy child. Or maybe she won’t care… Lavender oil will be lovely! It’s nice bc once you run out you can add a different scent if you like.
Congrats on the 98.6 temp! Yay!August 17, 2013 at 5:14 am #11616EsqueletoParticipant
I found baking soda had a stink all of its own.
Zinc sulphate cream worked great, but clogged my pores like a mofo.
Magnsium chloride spray works pretty good, but you gotta build up slowly as too high concentration can hella burn.August 20, 2013 at 11:33 am #11762RobModerator
I like the idea of a proper homemade deodorant, but usually I just use cornstarch baby powder. It’s a little fragrant, but it helps keep me from getting too sweaty when playing ball.August 23, 2013 at 11:43 am #11978BauerPowerParticipant
My family uses Crystal deodorant. We started it because my brother cannot tolerate the chemicals in the regular stuff. Works well, but no scent.December 27, 2013 at 11:23 am #14349otaku30Participant
Primal Pit Paste works great for me – their unscented version is made with organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic arrowroot powder, aluminum free baking soda.April 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm #16166hallationsParticipant
This is probably pretty redneck, but living in Wyoming, where there is ample sage brush, I find that rubbing a sprig of it in my armpit keeps me smelling sagey-fresh for quite awhile. I would imagine regular (fresh) sage would probably work, too.
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