My friend misscorinne recently started to make her own eco-friendly deodorant and reports it’s a success! I’ve been meaning to try this for awhile, and she’s certainly inspired me to go for it!
As we all prepare for Lá Fhéile Bríde and spring with cleaning, don’t forget the importance of cleaning your body and your shopping habits.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been buying Suave-brand deodorant, for no other reason than that it’s the cheapest (bottom-shelf shopper!). But over the past year or so I’d been feeling like it wasn’t, ahem, working for me anymore. And since I’ve been slowly switching to all organic/green products in my life over the past few years, I felt it would be a good time to try not starting my day by rubbing cancer-causing aluminum all over my pits!
First, I tried a deodorant made by Tom’s of Maine. I’m easily overwhelmed by smells – I don’t wear perfume and pick very mild scents in the products I buy – so I went with the original unscented version (I did have a little chuckle in the store over the patchouli scented version – HIPPIES!). While I’m not a huge fan of how Tom’s toothpaste tastes, I thought…
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Not stinky is all well and good but there’s still the issue of wetness. I can’t imagine facing a classroom full of teenagers with wet rings on my shirt. I used Tom’s for a while, but switched back to Suave because I was tired of being so self-conscious about the appearance of my clothes. Even worse than the teenagers would be the younger kids, they have NO TACT at all.
I can see that being a concern, but everyone has different bodies. My arms don’t get so wet. I’m curious if my friend MissCorinne has a similar body chemistry (is that the right word?) to me. I know some women who feel more comfortable wearing deodorant usually marketed to men because they sweat more or create more body odor. My husband and I have been using Tom’s for several years. I had to switch types because most of them make my skin dry out. The unscented, sensitive skin variety has worked well for me, but it requires a couple applications in the summer. Even if it’s not perfect, the pros have outweighed the cons. I’m just not willing to go back to conventional brands because of the chemicals. I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try to become even more natural. But we all have our own needs and we can’t always change the products we use because of the society we live in and the cards we’re dealt. Thanks for the comment!
Hi Willow: I tend to not really wear fabrics/colors/cuts of clothing that would show wetness, but I can see that being a concern if I did! If you do try out this recipe and find that the only downside for you is wetness, I would suggest maybe buying yourself some packs of powdered paper. I keep them in my purse in the summer to dab my face when I’m sweating: http://pearlriver.com/v2/FramesCat.asp?iGroup=323 (and I think Burt’s Bees makes them too).
Excellent points to think about! I guess a detox is in order 🙂
I agree, the Tom’s just plain didn’t work for me, I tried a ‘crystal’ natural deodorant, no go…I’d like to try the recipe you listed but am concerned about it leaving oil stains on some fabrics. ?
That’s an interesting concern, Celeste. One I haven’t thought about. Perhaps MissCorinne will weigh in on her experiences?
I have been using a homemade lotion made with coconut oil for my ever expanding belly. The oils have not stained my clothing thus far.
Oh I’ve tried the crystal too… I had no luck. Tom’s hasn’t been bad but, as I said to another commenter, I had to switch to sensitive skin because the others made me dry out and irritated.
Hi celeste: I also haven’t noticed any stains – actually, I feel like regular deodorant left more residue on my clothes than this recipe! If you’re concerned, maybe test some coconut oil out on a part of clothing that doesn’t show?
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