Shhh....I Don't Wear Deodorant!
About 8 years ago, I learned the dangers of traditional antiperspirants. Well...the initial solution is to switch to a natural solution (which I will talk about a little later in this post)....BUT...I never really wore antiperspirants OR deodorants, so I just stopped all together.
I don't stink...and I am going to tell you why I don't.
First...the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant. Antiperspirants try to stop you from sweating whereas deodorants just try to mask your underarm scent.
WAIT...HOLD UP...stop you from sweating.
That is a HUGE issue right there (aside from all the toxins they put into the antiperspirant to do that). Sweating is a major detoxifying function our bodies have naturally in place. Underarm sweating is located in a lymph node hot spot. YOU NEED TO SWEAT.
9 years ago I suffered from heat exhaustion...almost to the point of heat stroke...and my body stopped sweating completely for years after that. I also got very sick and was diagnosed with an autoimmune issue. So again, YOU NEED TO SWEAT.
That being said....when our sweat "stinks" it can mean that our body is trying to process out toxins. Toxins make you stink.
There are two big culprits in bringing in toxins....diet and beauty products. One BIG thing in diet is red meat...especially conventional beef. We stopped eating beef and started eating cleaner alternatives like lamb and buffalo.
Beauty products, while designed to smell good, can actually make it worse. That "fresh" smell is a proprietary blend of toxic chemicals and when your body tries to rid itself of them...it stinks. The same goes for men's products. Lotions...shaving creams...perfumes...make-up...all of it tends to have a lot of junk it in.
So what are you supposed to do?
Well, stop wearing it!
OK...I know, we live in a society where sweat and body odor are seen as disgusting, rather than a part of life....and they can be assholes about it. My husband was very self conscious about it...and I used to be when I was an adolescent.
This deo-powder uses clay to help keep your skin dry and help detox your underarms as well. The baking soda helps you feel dry and can help with some odor control. The lavender powder gives it a natural scent but is optional. I have done this with Tea tree essential oil as well to help kill some of the odor causing bacteria. 10 drops is plenty (seriously, don't over do it). This can travel with you too. My husband has flown several times with this and has had no issues with security.
- Bentonite clay
- Baking soda
- Mason jar with lid
- Cheesecloth 8x8 inches (make sure its cheesecloth not muslin)
- String/rubber band
- Optional: Lavender bud powder
Start by adding a healthy layer of baking soda to the bottom on the inside of your container. Then, mix equal parts clay and baking soda in a small bowl (try 1/4 cup each). If you are adding an herb powder, do so now. Lay out your cheesecloth flat. Dump the clay/baking soda mixture right in the middle. Grab the corners of the cheesecloth and pull them together. Tie the cheesecloth closed with the string or rubber band. You have essentially created a powder puff of deo-powder.
Store in mason jar with lid. If used daily, replace every month. Always ensure a healthy layer of baking soda is in the bottom of your container.
Take deo-powder puff and dab/smack it on where you need it (doesn't have to just be underarms).
It is really easy to make and safe for those growing pre-teens and teenagers as well. We may have done some damage to our bodies, lets see if we can change that for the next generation.
P.S. I don't shave my underarms either....but that is a whole other post. Although I will add, it was vital in helping my body start sweating again.