When I started detoxing the first thing I did was get rid of all the aluminum in my house. My old pans were replaced with cast iron and glass, we ditched the foil and the most toxic source of aluminum in the house…. Deodorant!
For obvious reasons, I couldn’t just go deodorant free. There are good aluminum free options in deodorants, but they do not work for everyone. Everyone’s pH is different so it takes experimenting to find what works for you.
When changing to natural deodorants your body goes through an adjustment period. If a store bought natural deodorant does not work in the beginning it may work a year later. (That was me and Tom’s of Maine)
First A Warning:
Your armpits will Detox! They will do this on their own just by making the switch. Lymphatic Detoxing and Armpit Detoxing can help!
You will get rashes, and smell worse than normal for a few days to weeks. Plan ahead, and try to not have to be around people. It can be painful.
This is not a solid deodorant! Please keep that in mind! I am testing recipes for that and will share one when I am happy.
- 1 cup coconut oil (NOT fractionated!)
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda (or Arrowroot Powder)
- 3-5 drops essential oils
Super easy recipe! Just mix everything and store in a glass container!
*Note* Don’t know where to get tapioca flour (arrowroot flour)? You can get it on Amazon, or most grocery stores. If you have an Asian Market, check there, that has always been the cheapest I’ve found.
Apply under the arms let it set for 5 to 10 mins and dab away excess oil with a washcloth. This is so it does not feel oily or stain your clothing.
If you are baking soda sensitive try arrowroot powder. This is also known as tapioca flour. Just because you get a rash, does not mean you are baking soda sensitive. This could just be the detoxing. If you really are baking soda sensitive, you will have issues with other products too. If you have sensitive skin, and not sure if you are baking soda sensitive, try the arrowroot to be safe!
Choosing your essential oils:
You can leave out the essential oils, but I recommend them! You have an almost endless option of oils too! Experiment with the oils!
Need more energy: Try something citrus or peppermint
Need to kill some smell: Try Tea Tree or Lavender; Citrus can help too
Need to relax some: Try some Stress Away or Lavender
Also, think about the time of year and where you live. Is it cold outside? Your coconut oil will be harder to mix, and harder to apply. You may need to warm it up a little. Is it hot outside? The coconut oil will melt easy and possibly stain your clothing. In a hot climate, you are more likely wear tank tops or lose fitting clothing. So you need to be careful of Phototoxicity. Citrus oils react to the sun. You could end up with a really bad rash that is even worse than detoxing. I made this mistake and it took a month to heal.
This deodorant is effective but potentially messy. After you are done with the armpit detox, you will find you need less deodorant. I used to use this every day, now I use it maybe once a week.
It is important to keep your pits, clean and dry. This also helps with the detoxing! I promise this is so worth the effort!
Although I still use this mix I also found a recipe that I love. The paste is not the best for every day, but the solid one from Wellness Momma is Amazing!