- You could be detoxing. How long have you been using conventional deodorant? I had been using it for over 10 years when I made the switch to homemade. That's a lot of aluminum and other junk that is sitting right on that lymph gland by your arm pit. There is such a thing as a detox rash.
- You could be allergic to one of the products in your deodorant. If you're using cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder, or coconut oil, or vitamin e, and you have an unknown/known food sensitivity or allergy, this could be causing the rash.
- The baking soda. I honestly think this is the culprit most of the time. It's too harsh for most people's armpits, especially when the recipes above are calling for a tablespoon of baking soda.
The problem became that I didn't want to use conventional deodorant, but I didn't want to use my homemade deodorant either, because of the irritation it was causing. During this time, I discovered that I have serious B.O. For real. It's not a good idea to not wear deodorant in Texas in the summer. So, I knew I had to try again. (By the way, if you have serious body odor, that's a sign that you need to do a detox/cleanse) So, I seriously decreased the amount of baking soda in my next batch and I was able to go through the entire container without any irritation at all! I didn't smell terrible either, hooray!
First thing you've got to do is get all your ingredients together. Now, it may seem like a lot of stuff, but I purchased all of this stuff over the course of two years, and I've been able to use it for a TON of other stuff, so don't feel like you're buying all this stuff just for this recipe.
- Empty container. I've used a small tupperware container successfully and just applied with my fingers, but this go around I wanted to use an actual deodorant container.
- Cocoa Butter (I use an organic cocoa butter)
- Shea Butter (I use an organic unrefined shea butter)
- Beeswax pellets *IT IS CRITICAL TO YOUR SANITY THAT YOU PURCHASE PELLETS!*
- Baking Soda (you can choose to leave this out)
- Arrowroot powder (you can sub corn starch for this if you don't have a corn problem)
- Bentonite clay
- Food-grade diatomateous earth (I got mine at my local feed and garden store)
- Carrier oil of your choice (a lot of people like coconut oil because it's nice to work with, it has a lot of awesome properties, but it's one of my food sensitivities so I use organic cold pressed sesame oil)
Now that it's all mixed you can pour it right into your empty deodorant container. It should solidify very quickly, but you can put the lid on and pop it in the fridge for a bit to ensure that it's all solid before you use it.
Until next time,