Whole Home Detox: Deodorant
I’ve been really looking forward to the post where we discuss the deodorization of my armpits. I have a history with deodorant, or dare I admit, antiperspirant. Gasp ripples through the crowd. I was working a stressful (to me) office job in which I basically had a daily IV of Diet Cokes and Skinny Vanilla Lattes. If you had tried to take my antiperspirant from me, it would have made my day really bad because I would have had to dispose of your body.
Well, a few years later, I was read the riot act on on the hazards of antiperspirant. So I caved to peer pressure and switched to actual deodorant and was feeling pretty decent about myself. I started using Tom’s of Maine Crystal roll-on. I didn’t mind my Tom’s. It seemed to do the job. I was still getting used to the fact that I actually sweat sometimes. When I found out that it scored a “1″ on the EWG database, I was pretty happy with my selection.
It was just too good to be true apparently. I did a little research on deodorant and found this article by one of my favorite crunchy authorities, Dr. Joseph Mercola. I checked the back of my Tom’s deodorant, and sure enough, I found “potassium alum” as one of the ingredients. Boo. Dr. Mercola claims that he uses only soap and water twice a day without an offensive body odor. Define offensive. Just saying!
Here is my new criteria for deodorant:
- No Propylene Glycol
- No Parabens
- No Aluminum
- No Phthlalates
- Score of 2 or Less in EWG Database
The Big Experiment
This sparked a homemade deodorant recipe challenge. I Googled around and found out that the most popular combination for homemade deodorant is baking soda and coconut oil. I found this recipe from Crunchy Betty (she’s my go-to gal for homemade cosmetics) and gave it a shot.
Crunchy Betty’s Homemade Deodorant
1/4 Cup of baking soda
1/4 Cup of arrowroot powder (Purchased online at Mountain Rose Herbs. Or you can corn starch.)
5 Tablespoons coconut oil
Essential Oils optional (I used a few drops of tea tree and some wild sweet orange. Also purchased online at Mountain Rose Herbs.)
Mix it all up with a fork an store in a cosmetic jar. I don’t have a pic of the completed product because I basically did this project a way long time ago and forgot to take photos before we used it up.
Some people put their homemade deodorant in a stick. You could do this because it is about the same consistency (maybe a little stickier). I just opted for the jar ’cause I didn’t have an old deodorant stick. It really wasn’t a big deal to apply. Just dig in and grab a little glob and apply to the armpittal area. The coconut oil will begin to melt immediately as it hits your skin, so it rubs in kind of like a moisturizer. At first I was worried about the coconut oil staining my clothing, but I used this deodorant for about three months and never had a problem. This stuff will also last you forever and is so inexpensive to make.
Did I love it so much I wanted to marry it? The answer is no. It certainly took care of B.O. and kept my shirts smelling decent, but there was still a slight odor hanging around at the very end of the day. Sure, it is probably perfectly natural and all. And I’m sure no one else would probably even know, but it was bugging me. Much like toothpaste, deodorant is a very big deal for me.
I used the homemade for a while and then ended up switching to Jason Cosmetics Pure Natural Deodorant Stick. My husband was very definitive that he was not a fan of the homemade, and being I was wasn’t so into it myself, I went in search of an alternative.
I ended up with Jason for a few reasons (that sounded weird). First, it contains no aluminum of any kind (unlike Tom’s). Second, it contains no propylene glycol or parabens (why does my auto correct always try to make this word “paragons?”) and scores a “2″ in the Cosmetic Safety Database. While this score is a point higher than Tom’s Crystal stick, it still wins in my book because of the aluminum factor.
Finally, I like Jason because it works the best. I did get the men’s unscented because it has a better score in the EWG database. I did my first post-baby workout this week and it held up beautifully.
The downside to this deodorant is that it is the most expensive one I found. I picked up a stick at Nugget Market for $7.99. You can get it online at places like Vitacost.com for about $2 less. Yeah..that’s still kind of a lot for deodorant! But the great thing about my Whole Home Detox is that I have cut out so many cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning products from our monthly budget that paying $7.99 for a deodorant is not a problem. It’s deodorant, people!
Over all, I am very happy with my deodorant selection. I have confidence that I won’t find anything weird when I give my pits a quick sniff before entering scenario where I will be interacting closely with other individuals. Do you ever do this? If you don’t, you should! Mostly kidding, but kind of not.
So, does anyone else use a homemade deodorant? What has been your experience? Do you have a non-toxic brand that you love?