“Holy Cow!” and “Oh My Word!” Those are the words that literally came out of my mouth as I watched a documentary tonight called Hungry For Change. It is all about the “food” we eat and the foods we should be eating. I’m not going to tell you everything I learned from the movie..I highly recommend you watch it yourself. But I did learn some awesome things that I will share with you in the next couple of weeks. Today’s topic….B.O.!
I’m not sure about you, but when I was younger and even into my late twenties…I had some bad b.o.! Along with that b.o. was what I felt like was gallons of sweat. I would put on t-shirts and within 15 minutes I would have sweat stains. I’m talking circles of wet shirt under my armpits. Nasty! I tried every deodorant/anti-persperant out there. Everything from Secret to dry idea, to prescription strength. They would work for about a month or so then I’d have to try something else because they’d stop working. And that whole anti-perspirant thing…yeah, that wasn’t happening!
While living in Quantico, I met Laura, who is now one of my dearest friends. She told me about this awesome deodorant she found while living in Fiji. I immediately got on amazon and ordered that bad boy! She warned me..it’s a deodorant, not an anti-perspirant. But it works awesome! She still would sweat, but it didn’t smell. Guess what!!?? It was great! For about 6 months.
We were chatting while living in 29 Palms, Ca (yup, our hubbies both got stationed here at the same time-score one for the Marines!), and she asked if the awesome deodorant was still working. I was bummed to tell her it wasn’t…but it wasn’t for her either! So we both decided we wanted to try homemade deodorant. Cue our friend Angie! She is mother of all things holistic and healthy. Was an awesome resource! One day Laura surprised me with a little tub of homemade deodorant that her and Angie made together. I was over the moon excited to try it! I tried it…And…..it works! And it’s still working! I’ve been using homemade deodorant for over a year now. I even have my husband using it! I tell people this all the time and at first they think I’m crazy. When I give them the (much shorter than this version) of my story; they start to become curious. The few of them that have been brave enough to try it have loved it!
I’ve noticed that in the past few months my bo has decreased even more. I found out tonight why that was! Leafy greens! Chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer. It is actually used in hospitals for patients that smell bad. (yes, seriously!) What has chlorophyll because flower leaves, you ask? Green vegetables. Spinach, kale, broccoli, collards, cilantro, parsley. All the things that I have been incorporating into my diet the last few months. Adding two cups of spinach to my smoothie every morning has benefits I didn’t even know about. Score!
And now, here it is folks….my homemade deodorant recipe:
1/4 C coconut oil (very soft, but not quite melted)
3-4 tbsp arrowroot powder (corn starch works great too)
3-4 tbsp baking soda
5-10 drops essential oil (I like a combo of lemon&orange)
Mix all the ingredients together and store in a cute mason jar (or babyfood jar).
*Notes on the deodorant:
-If you use too much essential oi, it will irritate your skin
-This is a deodorant, NOT an anti-perspirant. You will sweat! But guess what? You’re SUPPOSED to sweat! That is how your body releases toxins. Though..after a couple of months using this, my arm pits are much much less sweaty than in my teenage/college years. Because the glands are not being blocked by something unnatural, my body can properly regulate the sweat glands and perspire properly.
-You will experience some chaffing the first week or so. Your body is not used to having that much moisture in the armpits and the rubbing from your clothes and skin are irritating. I promise, it will go away! It was less than 10 days and I was back to irritation free pits!
-This does not travel well. Coconut oil melts around 78 degrees. Once melted, it will separate from the other ingredients, rendering it useless. I noticed mine kept melting in my bathroom from the shower steam. I now keep it on my dresser in my bedroom and have no issues. I have also gotten the ingredients and made a jar when I was traveling, once I had arrived at my destination.
-Other ideas for oil scents: lavender, tea tree, lemon grass, lemon, orange; the possibilities are endless!
What do you think about homemade deodorant? Will you give it a shot? If you use it, what are your favorite oil combinations?? How are you going to add green vegetables into your diet? I’d love to hear from you!