DIY: Deodorant for Skeptics

I’ve been trying to cut antiperspirant out of my grooming routine for a long time because a) aluminum and b)I think it’s fucked up that almost all women’s deodorant is antiperspirant while men’s often is just deodorant. I sweat, man. Sometimes when I’m exercising, sometimes when I’m wearing a really warm coat, sometimes when I’m running for the bus, sometimes when I’m literally just sitting on my yoga mat before class has even started. I’m okay with sweating. It seems like a pretty human thing to do, and since I’m human…you get my point.

Anyways, despite my okayness with sweating, I’m not super pumped on smelling like a teenager, so I’ve been hoarding this one last stick of antiperspirant in my room for days when I really don’t want to risk having BO–like when I know I’m going to be hugging strangers or like working closely with people etc. I don’t really make a practice of hugging strangers, I meant more like acquaintances. But also, I think hugging hello and goodbye is a pretty Canadian thing. At least that’s what I gathered while I was traveling and would run into another Canadian and we’d embrace each other and realize we hadn’t hugged anyone hello in months. I digress.

I’ve tried many different natural deodorants. All the drugstore usuals, including JASON and and Green Beaver, both of which try heroically to work but just don’t hit the mark for me, and even fancier ones like LAVANILA from Sephora, which was one of those last minute line-up grabs for me. LAVANILA smells very nice but never did much for me and usually morphed together with my BO to form a sweet hybrid beast.

I’ve tried making deodorant over the years too, but never had much success. This was partly because the recipes I was trying just didn’t form the right consistency and partly because I was too lazy to really consistently try making them.

Anyways–one of my goals for this year is to slowly but surely start using cruelty free/organic and toxic free beauty stuff. So I started experimenting again and got a few different natural DIY books out of the library, and then starting blending the recipes and ingredients together until I hit on this recipe. Let me tell you–this shit is working for me. Like really¬†working. I did an hour and fifteen minute ashtanga yoga class earlier–admittedly the last twenty minutes I was just laughing to myself at the ridiculous poses that I can’t even approach anymore since I started neglecting my yoga last year, and then I kind of pulled my shoulder I think so I wasn’t laughing anymore–anyways it was a hard class and I was sweeeeating like crazy and guess what–no smell AT ALL. YES. YESSS.

Anyways, here’s the recipe I’ve been using. I am lazy so I put it in to this spare glass jar I had lying around, but I assume there’s probably a better receptacle out there. The final products is a thick cream like consistency, so I just dip my fingers into the jar and rub it in to my armpits.

DIY Deodorant that WORKS
4 tbsp arrowroot powder (I think you could probably sub. cornstarch, but I haven’t tried it yet)
1 Tbsp Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3 drops tea tree oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil

Melt the coconut oil in a microwave or a bain-marie, whichever you prefer. Add the jojoba oil. Add remaining ingredients and whisk. Pour into container and let set. Feel free to play around with the essential oil–I like tea tree oil for this because it’s anti-bacterial, but I think I might try some Rose and Geranium essential oil next time.

Yay!

-G

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