From chemical free to problem free. That’s how I figured out how to make my own deodorant.
I am disgusted by chemically-laden toxic deodorants. You know, the ones you purchase from the drug or grocery store shelves; the ones with aluminum and other toxic chemicals that have been linked to a variety of health issues from hormonal disfunction to lymphatic system issues to breast cancer.
I made a vow; a commitment, to my health over half a decade ago to stop poisoning my body by eating fake, highly processed and non-nutrient dense foods. Not only did I commit to myself by improving my health internally through these good nutrition practices, but I also put greater thought into what I was using ‘on’ my body as well.
Sunscreens possibly linked to greater incidents of cancer.
Hand sanitizers linked to weakening your immune system and causing mutated viruses and increased illness with regular use.
Sugar-free products linked to health issues and cancer.
Fat-free products linked to higher numbers of obese people.
Not to mention cooking utensils leeching poison into our foods. Toxicity of certain oils when used for cooking. Tampons linked to cervical cancers because of the chemicals. Even the use of cell phones, LED TVs and electronics has taken over our planet, creating negative EMFs and breaking down the energy flows.
Yes, I keep and anti-emf device with me at all times. Orgonite!
And don’t get me started on studies attempting to prove no connection or inconclusive results. I’ve been in the trenches when it comes to drug development and research studies and you get less than 10% of the truth in those final papers. You get what a team thinks you can handle.
But I digress.
People are genuinely unconcerned at the level of toxicity in which they bathe!!!! They dismiss it with ignorance or hype, until of course, they or someone they love falls ill.
It was an eye-opener to me just how we as a society had become dependent upon convenience and ‘cheap’ prices. We were drawn to whatever the market had paid for in terms of advertising. And yet, the truth about certain chemicals like fluoride and aluminum fell on deaf ears because we had become so brainwashed by those who were pocketing the funds and the benefits.
When the millionaire CEO of a tech company refuses to let his own children use a popular electronic device he manufactured because of its toxicity, I believe that message speaks loudly.
Even a scan of the most presumably healthy choices such as Vitamin C tablets revealed that what you buy in most stores isn’t even close to doing what is necessary for Vitamin C to work! Not to mention the lack of frontline information about raw Vitamin C being the number ONE vitamin necessary to help reduce and prevent clogged arteries, heart disease, boost immunity, reduce inflammation and improve tissue/joint healing…so much more.
*Oranges do not carry enough C to work as well; Mangos and peppers do.
*Vitamin C is safe even in mega doses minus a little tummy upset in a few people.
*You need iron-rich foods to help absorb the Vitamin C into your body so non-meat eaters may struggle a bit more if they are not eating lots of C-rich foods.
Read here for more information on the C-Monster!
*Load-dosing is necessary to saturate the body and get it working appropriately.
But I digress in my own attempt to help people understand the truth of marketing and manufactured trash you find on grocery store aisles.
The overall reality is that store shelves are lined with chemical warfare against my own health and well-being. Therefore, I launched a counterattack.
I started small, and expanded my army, one product at a time.
Makeup that wasn’t tested on animals.
Lotions that were made naturally using vitamin E, coconut oils and shea butter…and yes, chemical-free deodorant.
They allow toxic products to saturate their skin when the pores are heated and open during a hot bath or shower. Moreover, these individuals do little or nothing to counter this by detoxifying the body so it’s an uphill battle.
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and yet we abuse it with toxic chemicals every single day.
We pollute it both unintentionally and intentionally. Even those who attempt to fight the chemical war from the inside still use chemicals all over their hair and skin! This is confusing.
And so I embarked upon a quest for deodorant!
At the time, I didn’t believe it would be a quest. I just thought I could change brands and I’d be fine. Hell no!
Let me say, I have suffered from a condition called ‘hyperhydrosis’ Since I first hit puberty some 38 years ago, which means I sweat a lot from my arm pits even when I’m not exercising. A horrible experience in and of itself, making it impossible to wear certain articles of clothing without being embarrassed but also increases the potential for smell. My formative years were full of shame and of course, prescribed deodorants that burned my sweat gland!
In my journey a few years back, I began using a brand made by a company called Kiss My Face (who was recently sold off to a Drone company? Organic drones? I don’t think so!).
I had to reapply it multiple times a day. It smelled weird, like pepper, and it didn’t change my sweaty pits. However, it changed the icky pit smell. I used it several times a day, and began noticing my arm pits were VERY itchy. No rash, just itchy. So itchy, I would claw at them unconsciously while sleeping, which caused them to become red and burn! This was horrible!
I had to lay off the deodorant entirely in order to heal my armpits. As a fitness coach with sweaty pits, this was quite a challenge and requires frequent trips to the bathroom to wash.
I managed to swing between no deodorant and the Kiss My Face liquid roll-on for about a year. I even experimented with other scents and types of the same brand, but that was ineffective. I stunk!
You know, smell wasn’t something I ever had to worry about because I had become so attached to a specific brand of deodorant that actually prevented me from sweating in my pits and that totally removed any pit smell.
But weaning off of this toxic popular chemical was proving to be a bit of a smelly challenge.
I shifted to another ‘natural’ brand I found on grocery the store shelf made by Toms. I stunk worse than any of the others.
I decided to bite the bullet and try those pop-up ad brands. They were twice the price, but they were all natural.
I ordered Schmidt’s natural deodorant. I was so excited to be making the leap (based on their marketing) and with the overwhelming reviews, how could it not work?
I loved the scents and tried Rose and Vanilla. They would help a little, no different than the Kiss My Face, but within a couple of days my entire armpit broke out in a gnarly rash. I stopped for a bit and consulted the company, who suggested I used too much, too fast (it’s natural! WTF).
So I scaled back my use after another period of NO DEODORANT to let my pits heal…again! Nope, same response. Intense rose-smelling rash!
The company sent me a free sensitive skin version, with a disclaimer that some people are sensitive to baking soda. Ok, I’ll take it! I was super excited and was ready to have fresh smelling Lime pits.
Um, NO! Now my pits smelled like dirty socks and lime. Disgusting and ineffective for me. In fact, this brand caused my lymph nodes in my armpits to swell painful to the touch. I was DONE!
I was desperate at this point. I had gone long enough to detox my pits from chemicals but couldn’t find one that worked. I experimented with other brands like Native, Primal Pit Paste and even a few alchemist made ‘guaranteed’ to work options. I would use them for several months just to allow adjustment. No! No! No! They either stunk, burned my armpits or both.
I was about 3 years toxin free at this point. I finally said ‘eff it’ and stopped with all deodorants. I just gave up.
I washed my pits multiple times a day. When my hormones were active, I noticed a pleasant smell, but still sweaty. I smelled worse in the morning, so the shower was my best friend. At night, I just washed them before bed. I used baby wipes, straight witch hazel and even Apple Cider Vinegar. None helped prevent the smell past an hour or so. I couldn’t predict when my pits would smell, so this was unnerving but I was NOT returning to toxic central!
Occasionally, I’d swipe with the Kiss My Face Patchouli liquid and that provided about 4 hours of stench free living on my worst days.
I had everything else under control, except my pits!
One of the natural companies I use for face cleaning products came out with an activated magnesium charcoal free trial deodorant. I thought YES!!!! Two sticks later on a BOGO, I realised NO! This was the worst!
I typically used a product for 60-90 days just to allow it time to work. None worked, with the exception of the Kiss My Face which at this point had been pulled from all local shelves due to the corporate acquisition and was only available online at $20 a bottle!
Someone suggested Witch Hazel. I did that daily to clean my pits if they stunk. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar too! Great for a quick wipe, but it had to be frequent and sometimes, it was just inconvenient.
Then a friend started using Lume, which claimed to be the best natural deodorant on the market. So safe, you could use it on your smelly sexual organs if you had an odor issue there. Thank goodness it was just my pits!
After 5 years of searching, I purchased a very expensive Lume sample pack to test the reviews and promises. What did I have to lose, plus it worked for my friend with excellent results!
NO! I actually found it to be horribly ineffective. I may as well rub cocoa butter on my arm pits (which I tried too, along with coconut oil, essential oils and other products in an attempt to be smell free).
One morning, after spending thousands of dollars on highly-marketed promises complete with raving reviews, I had an epiphany:
Make your own damned deodorant!
I had the ingredients and an empty Kiss My Face roll-on bottle staring at me from the bathroom trash can. I’ve got this, coach!
Voila! Self-proclaimed chemist at work!!!
So, after one day, and via frequent pit tests throughout the day, and even until the next morning, my personal concoction has been successful! In fact, after a one-week run, one application after my shower and a cleanse of the pits with a light swipe of my homemade product, I am still stench free!
I’m sure the other natural products are excellent for many out there, but there are a few of us who do not find success in these products no matter the hype, promise or reviews.
I have found my natural product! See here to look at their natural products
Natural Roll-On Deodorant
Yields approx 1 cup of liquid/8oz
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/8 cup organic arrow root powder
1/8 cup food grade aloe vera gel
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup distilled water (you can use less water and more aloe if you prefer as long as their combination equals 1/2 cup)
8 grams (just under 2 tsp) milk of magnesia (I subbed mineral drops)
30 Drops of essential oil. I doubled the basic recipe and used Patchouli.
Old cleaned roller ball deodorant bottles
Mix water and magnesium in one bowl.
Mix all other ingredients in another bowl.
Pour the water and magnesium into the other ingredients and blend thoroughly until no lumps.
Distribute into into the old deodorant bottle.
Use daily as needed!