My three-step deodorant (how-to-make):

Published January 31, 2016 by AntiqueMystique1

This was pretty much trial and error when I began my mission to quit putting unnecessary chemicals into my body over three years ago. I researched, scoured, and tried many ‘all-natural’ health food store deodorants with less than impressive results. And it was only after the fact when I would arrive home and read all the ingredients of said deodorants.

How much money did I end up wasting? About $30 per month!!! For that price I could have very easily made my own deodorant and still have money left over.

So, I kicked all those mineral salt deodorants and Tom’s of Maine to the curb. I pitched out all cheap store-bought deodorant brands too, especially the kind that contain aluminum, which by the way, from what I’ve read extensively about, the body doesn’t NEED aluminum. Aluminum could be a cause of bone disorders, kidney problems, Alzheimer’s, breast cancer. Therefore, to eliminate these risks I looked through all of my daily beauty products. I was quite shocked to find Ivory soap “the soap that floats” does contain that sneaky beauty industry word, “fragrance”. This means Ivory isn’t 100 pure. Also, whether or not it really does as advertised to kill 99.9 % of germs leaves a lot to the imagination. If it’s a bar of Ivory it will collect bacteria like a Petrie dish.

Throughout the summer of 2015 I experimented using nothing more than a lemon slice daily. And believe me if you have sensitive skin this will burn like a three alarm fire! Lemon slices were out as far as home made deodorant alternatives were concerned in my case. I looked into using just baking soda, but found I had to re-apply it quite often and it sweated off in less than five minutes. Also, some generic and well-known brands of baking soda can contain aluminum which could account for me breaking out into rashes and having it make my teeth hurt when I used to brush with it in place of store-bought toothpaste.

Well, gosh darn it! So I did further research and came across some home made deodorants using Arrowroot Powder, but the stuff’s expensive. For the meantime, I just wanted a ‘go-to’ home made deodorant. While I was reading up on the benefits of raw organic coconut oil (like oiling pulling where you swoosh a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth the very first thing 20 minutes upon getting up and on an empty stomach). Not only is this anceint techinque suppose to help draw out toxins, it’s also supposed to help your oral health and whiten teeth as well. I also read about coconut oil’s deodorant properties too. I then discovered there’s many more uses for hydrogen peroxide other than just using it to treat cuts and scrapes. Hydrogen peroxide also has deodorant qualities. I tried this and almost got it to where it worked for me, but it wouldn’t stick. Hmmm…

For the final test version I dusted off with Rumford aluminum-free baking powder. The results? Excellent!

Here’s my three step process I’d like to share with the readers. If you like, you’re more than welcome to pass this along. I don’t know how well this will work for every individual since everyone is different, but here it goes:

Wash, shave (if you need to), and pat dry your underarms. I do this exclusively as part of my morning routine. I haven’t even begun to master tweezing and don’t ever foresee myself getting the hang of that. Shaving is still very quick for me and less of a hassle.

After your underarms are dry, smear some raw organic coconut oil on your fingers and apply this to the underarms making sure to get a generous amount rubbed into the skin.

Next, soak a piece of toilet paper with Hydrogen peroxide and dab this to the under arm area. Since I haven’t found an easier solution to apply hydrogen peroxide without a piece of toilet paper, this will have to do for now. I’ve tried using cotton balls to no avail and even tried using a facial scrubbing pad with messy results since the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t absorb into either material. It just dribbles all over the place.

And last, using a big makeup brush (or powder/ blush brush), dip it into the Rumford’s aluminum-free baking powder and dust it under the arms. Depending on whether or not you’ve shaved recently this might make sensitive skin hurt and/ or turn red. The redness goes away as long as there’s no razor burn or scrapes. And the sensitivity might lessen. Don’t apply this to broken or irritated skin, nor rub in the coconut oil with sharp fingernails. Believe me, this hurts really bad!

Things you’ll need:

Two makeup blush/ powder brushes. Since I use just one for now I often have to wash it out every other day to prevent bacteria buildup. Having two would come in handy while one is drying.

Hydrogen Peroxide (any brand) although I’ve heard there’s a lot of difference between brands.

Rumford brand aluminum-free baking powder (this can be found in most health food sections of a grocery store and/ or health food vitamin store). The container comes in a red can with a tan-color plastic lid. This baking powder sells between $2-3 dollars depending on location.

Raw Organic Coconut oil. I personally haven’t noticed a difference between cold pressed virgin coconut oil or any other less expensive store bought brand. I use whatever coconut oil I have on hand. I used to buy coconut oil by a brand called Spectrum, however, my store quit carrying it. It was also great for baking too.

And there you have it. I hope this is helpful for everybody. I also did this as to get away from the name brand/ store bought deodorants that have been known to be linked to certain types of cancers. And especially for women since some commercial deodorants have been linked to lumps in the breast tissue and lymph glands under the arms as well. By cutting out the use of deodorants exclusively, it’s my belief that my body is thanking for doing it.

And one other thing before I close: what you eat and put into your body has a lot to do with how your body sweats out the toxins and the odors that it’ll release. For example, if you eat a diet rich in red sweet onions, white onions, garlic, then you’re body will secrete these causing body odor that’s very unpleasant. However, I’ve heard from others who are on raw veggies/ fruit diets say that the body odor is almost eliminated and it all boils down to one’s own chemistry, sweat glands, etc. As always, thanks for liking, re-blogging, sharing, commenting, tweeting. I sincerely appreciate it. 🙂

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4 comments on “My three-step deodorant (how-to-make):

  • Silly question here, but did you also happen to try plain baking soda? Given the premise that the purpose is to deodorize only (rather than create an “antiperspirant” which is a different thing altogether), baking soda – and its close relation, washing soda – is one of the best deodorizers around as well as the most benign. Due to fragrance sensitivity I end up having to deodorize all new clothing to get rid of the scent that seems to be in every store bought garment nowadays, by soaking it in a tub of warm water and baking soda. Works magic.Really stubborn scents may need a followup soak in vinegar water but overall, plain old baking soda usually works marvels. 🙂

    By the way, as one gets older and older one sweats less. Less sweat, less need for anything under the arms until eventually, by the time you approach Medicare age, you most likely won’t need to use anything at all. It’s one of the “senior perks” that rarely get mentioned (along with being able to throw away the shaver/razor, lol).

    • Yes, I have tried baking soda in the distant past, and much to my dismay, the plain baking soda which was arm n’ hammer, really made my skin break out and turned my underarms very sore and raw. I suspect it might have been due to aluminum which is never listed as an ingredient in baking sodas (unless its used in store-bought deli made breads, cakes, cookies, etc. or listed on ready-made baking mixes like cakes batters, frosting, brownie mixes and that sort of thing). I look forward to sweating less as I turn into an antique in the next dozen years. I thank you for sharing your advice about washing all store-bought garments in water and baking soda first, then follow up with vinegar and water to get out all smells. I recently put back several articles of clothes when I did clothes shopping the day before last because they had a very unpleasant overpowering super-glue like scent that was just nauseating. 😦 Or perhaps it came straight from the Moth Ball Collection. :/ Thanks so much for your advice. I sincerely appreciate it. 🙂

      • I’ve noticed that some jeans brands really STINK of dye (or whatever) lately. Westport, which is the house label at Dress Barn, has become awful in this way; last couple pair took 3 days of repeated soakings and washings. Ugh.

      • I haven’t ran across any pairs of jeans stinking to high heaven of dye, but some really cute sweaters and shirts really lingered with a basement dust/ mildew/super glue-ish, moth-ball odors that made me nauseated. I don’t have a dress barn where I live. I support my local area thrift stores. Now, I have found some awesome deals on skinny jeans for around $1- $3 per pair. Usually though, I find that I’m one of those gals that’s extremely difficult to find the right size of jeans. From doing a ton of clothes shopping in my life thus far, I found out that one brand of jeans might fit good in a smaller size in “girls”/Pre-teen for example, but a similar pair of jeans in the women’s jeans rack may not fit me at all and leave too much baggy material hanging down around the lower abdomen and look simply gross. I don’t know if men designed jeans for women and think that if a woman shows off any extra material should be sexy. And if this is so its really un-flattering to my real physique and I can’t leave my shirts tucked in because of the extra material. One pair of jeans I dislike are Boot cut. I became so tired of that style and constantly rolling my jeans up that I donated all of my boot-cut style jeans when I downsized and outgrew my jeans, and then I went with the taper-legged skinny jeans. So far, I haven’t noticed any circulation problems when wearing skinny jeans. Before I ever buy a pair of skinny jeans I always make sure that the material is stretchy and feels comfortable and they have to fit good in the waist and not feel like their going to fall off my hips. I do agree if you walk into any department store and try on new jeans, either they will reek of dyes, be so purposely distressed that the material is just paper thin, be constructed of very inferior cotton, 1% spandex and/ or polyester blend material that they fall apart on the hanger. And sadly sometimes in my case *cringe* the dyes wind up staining ruining my favorite shirts/sweaters, whites, and other light-colored clothing even after I repeatedly hand wash said jeans separate from my clothes. Thanks so much for your comment. I sincerely appreciate it. You’ve inspired me to blog about new clothes/ jeans. 🙂

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