Ok so I live where the climate is HOT. Notice I said HOT in all caps not just "hot". Anyways, I have tried nearly every deodorant on the market and either the smell bothers me (I'm very sensitive to scents) or it simply doesn't work and then my own smell bothers me.
After becoming more health conscious and learning about the possible connection between the aluminum in most deodorants/antiperspirants and breast cancer, I started looking at other options.
Trust me, I have days when it's overwhelming to take in so much information about what's "bad" for us that has become so commonplace in today's world. As a Christian, surely it's important to pray protection over our bodies and before we eat but I also feel that it's equally important to respect and guard the bodies that God has given us. As we learn more, we do more. As we gain insight, we change our ways. As we move towards understanding, we should also move towards action. Is it hard? Yes, but no harder than it is living in a world not my own. I am not here to live an easy convenient life. There are times that yes of course, convenience takes precedence, but when it's something easy enough to change that will benefit my health it's worth moving forward with. That's how I felt with cutting out the aluminum-laden deodorants. Why place my body at a risk for a life threatening "illness" later on in life simply because I didn't want to be inconvenienced?
I started my homework and read labels to find a more natural deodorant that would work for me. Sadly, I found the same stinky problem with most that I tried to switch to. For a while I settled for something aluminum-free because, let's face it, something is better than nothing, but I still wasn't happy. Especially when I read the ingredients a little closer. Propylene glycol, otherwise known as antifreeze, was at the top of the list. Never would I go into my garage and apply antifreeze anywhere on my body so why would I want it as an ingredient in my deodorant? Back to the drawing board. I wanted something aluminum free, propylene glycol free and paraben free (also linked to cancer). And I think I have finally stumbled upon my answer and it looks like I'll be saving money too!
Did you know you can MAKE your own deodorant?
I'm all about home making my own items...call me a hippie....but I enjoy it. I feel accomplished saving money and seeing how simple ingredients can truly make a difference naturally and effectively. This deodorant contains ingredients you would probably find in any kitchen today: coconut oil (this SHOULD be in your kitchen, if it's not then stay tuned!), corn starch (or arrowroot powder) and baking soda! So simple...would it work?
I decided to throw together a little paste of just baking soda and coconut oil. No measuring just mixed together until it looked good and let me tell you - I have been using just that for a few weeks now and it is working amazing! Better than anything I have ever bought at the store. Yes it's a bit messier to apply but I will be learning next how to put this homemade concoction into an old deodorant stick and using it from there.
NOTE: This is NOT an antiperspirant. You will still sweat though it definitely seems lessened.