Friday, July 23, 2010

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Your Armpits

Mike thought I had totally gone crazy last week when I told him what I made while I was home with sick kids. Everytime I make or do something new, he thinks I am becoming a hippie.

For a few years now I have been trying to find a deoderant that would work for me, that did not contain aluminium. That has been a losing battle. Every time I tried a deoderant different from my trusty "Secret", I seemed to stink a bit. They didn't work for me. So I just kept on using Secret.

It worked, don't get me wrong, but I was very concerned about what was in it. There are studies showing that the aluminum in deodorant can travel throughout your body after being absorbed and has been known to cause cancer. I know what you may say, doesn't everything cause cancer these days? And that is a big yes!! Because everything is so processed and artificial, what do you think all those things are made of? Chemicals. Anyways, I will do anything I can to eliminate my family's exposure to them. And this is one small way to do it.

So back to making my deoderant, I ran across this recipe from Passionate Homemaking and it looked easy to do, and we had all the ingredients.


7 tbs coconut oil (this is in a liquid form over 76 degrees, and a solid if it is cooler)

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup cornstarch

5-10 drops of essential oil (we use tea tree)

I mized together the powdered ingredients and then added the coconut oil mixing and tea tree oil. I stirred it with a wooden spoon until it was completly mixed together and pasty. After I got it mixed, I set it on the warm stove to melt a little. It removed any air bubbles and smoothed out the top filling in all the little spaces. Then I put it in the refridger to solidify. I took it out after an hour or so and it has been solid since. We keep the jar in our bathroom or bedroom.

It was so easy to do. Took literally just a few minutes, and now have a jar of completly natural deoderant. I put it in a small canning jar, because we have a lot of them, and just scoop out a little every morning. You can also put it in an empty deoderant container. I might try that next time. I just thought it looked nicer in a jar.

And my armpits smell lovely, if I do say myself. I have been using it over a week now with complete success. No end of the day stinky armpits, we even went up to the cabin last weekend and it was a complete success after being in the sun all day with no air conditioning. Even with Secret I would have been stinky by then :)


Gina said...

Wow Carrie! I might have to try that. I switched over to natural deoderant about a year ago for the same reason. I use arm and hammer natural, but I too start to get a little stinky at the end of the day, especialy after playing a sport or running. I'll have to try this.

Carrie said...

Yea, that kind made my armpits sting and I did not smell so hot either :) So happy I found something that works and is safe, and cheap!

laceymiller84 said...

I have tried Tom's and I feel like I get stinky after being outside in the heat or after working out. I might have to try this! Thanks Carrie!