Have you been searching for an all-natural deodorant? One that really works? If you’ve tried the all-natural, toxin-free, paraben-free, aluminum-free products on the market then you know what I mean. Some of them just do not work well.
I gotta tell you, I had to give up all the regular commercial brands of deodorant because of the chemicals they contain. Primarily fragrances. But curiously, even the “unscented” ones contained a masking fragrance. And for me, it’s not the actual smell of a fragrance that bothers me, it’s the chemical makeup.
I couldn’t tell you how long it has been or even the brand of the last “commercial” deodorant I used. It’s been a long time. For a while, I was using a more natural deodorant. But when they took the parabens out of it, it quit working. I don’t think the parabens are what made it work. Rather they parabens are preservatives that likely kept the active ingredient(s) working.
From there it was a struggle. I tried all kinds of things. I’m uber, uber sensitive to smells. So many of the more natural deodorants are out for me because they’ve chosen to add this or that essential oil to make them smell good. I’ve tried crystals, too. They work. Sort of. But they seem to like to let me down at the most inopportune time.
What finally drove me to find a better alternative was when I attended the memorial service for a friend. That was definitely one of those inopportune times. I walked around with my arms at my side and couldn’t wait to get out of there. It was terribly embarrassing.
Which is how it came to pass that I started experimenting with creating my own deodorant. Could I find something that I could use that would also work? To me, a deodorant doesn’t need to smell good so much as it needs to keep me from smelling bad. That’s really all I ask of it.
As for anti-perspirant properties? If it helps with absorbing moisture then I’m ok with that. But I’m not sure that I want to do anything that stops sweat from escaping through the skin. That seems wrong to me. Sweat is part of detox. So if you prevent it, then the toxins don’t get out.
My first creation worked well. It included unrefined coconut oil and I quickly developed a headache from the coconut smell. See, didn’t I tell you I was uber, uber sensitive? I passed that version on to my husband and he happily used it and was quite pleased with the results. Although he admitted he would prefer to not smell like a pina colada!
But coconut oil was critical to its success so I pressed on and found that refined coconut oil did not have much smell to it.
Then we went on vacation and our deodorant spent its days in a trailer. That’s when we learned that the melting point of coconut oil is about 76 degrees Fahrenheit! Stir well before using, then refrigerate!
From there I’ve played with additions of other butters with a higher melting point. Also, I had to tweak the baking soda & arrowroot starch proportions. Over time, baking soda can irritate skin.
Am I done tweaking? Probably not. It’s actually the fun part for me. With my science background, I’m quite at home in the laboratory. Even when that laboratory is really a kitchen. After all, they really aren’t that different when you get down to it.
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