Let’s talk about body odor, shall we? Not the most delicate topic, but an important one, I think. Especially when you discover you have it! 😉
For as long as I can remember, I’d been using Fresh sugar deodorant and antiperspirant, and NEVER had an issue with smell or sweat. When we moved to Texas everything changed. It could also have something to do with getting older, hormonal changes, etc., but I’m convinced it’s Texas.
I switched to Secret clinical strength a couple years ago and it seemed to work okay also. But then a few months ago I started OOZING b.o. Seriously. I was mortified and tried using the Secret twice a day instead of only at night, tried other deodorants, and then I read one of the ten million articles out there on the miracles of coconut oil and decided to try making my own deodorant. At first, I ONLY applied coconut oil under my arms for a few days. Nada. Didn’t do anything for me. Then, I tried a recipe with baking soda & cornstarch which COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE. I’m not kidding.
Coconut oil deodorant:
6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
I mixed it all up in a glass container and viola, deodorant! I use a small spatula to get it out, and transfer some into a smaller container for traveling. The recipe above makes enough for a couple months; I think I made this batch in the beginning of June and there’s still a couple week’s left. I just apply a small amount (dime-sized) under my arms everyday and forget about it. No b.o.
You can add essential oils to your deodorant if you want – tea tree oil would be a good one – but I haven’t yet. It will also turn to liquid in extreme heat (this happens when I travel), but will quickly solidify at room temperature. I sometimes notice sensitivity when I apply it right after shaving, but it’s not so bad. It will STILL get white stains on your clothes if you’re not careful, which sucks, because I didn’t have a problem with that when I used Fresh. All in all though, I will gladly accept that for an all-natural deodorant that actually WORKS. And is SO CHEAP.
Have you tried making your own deodorant? Have you found success? Have you ever had an issue with body odor? Any solutions for deodorant stains on clothing?
Oh, and coconut oil by itself on a cotton pad is BRILLIANT for removing eye makeup/mascara.