Last week I shared some tips for cleaning your home with just baking soda, vinegar, and castille soap. Another way to continue to eliminate toxins while on the GAPS diet is to make changes in the personal products you use. Today I want to share with you what I use for deodorant.
I’ve always had sensitive skin. It turns red at the drop of a hat and over the past few years I’ve switched over to products that use natural ingredients. A little over a year ago, though, I was having trouble even using a natural deodorant. My underarms were often red, sore, and it just hurt too much to put on deodorant. Yet, I obviously still needed to be able to use some!
Around the same time I had started reading the One Green Generation blog. The author, Melinda, has a lot of great posts in her archives. I started reading through the articles in her Lifestyle Changes section. There are lot of helpful tips for cleaning, personal care, gardening, and much more. The main one that caught my eye, though, was about making your own deodorant. It looked so simple to do, I thought I would give it a shot. And I loved it! It’s quick and easy to make, keeps me dry, and it’s easy to apply. Plus, it’s very frugal to make. I keep it in a glass jar with a locking top. Right now I just use a cotton ball each morning to apply. I’ve been looking and looking for a powder puff of some sort and it seems like there aren’t any stores in Boulder that carry one! I’ll have to start looking for one on the internet. I should also note that I use coconut oil as body lotion and put that under my arms first before applying. Here’s the recipe reprinted with permission from Melinda’s site:
- In a reusable and resealable container, mix 1 part baking soda with 6 parts cornstarch.
- Close the container and shake vigorously for about a minute to thoroughly mix the two powders.
- Then dab a small amount to the skin of your armpits with a soft cotton cloth, cotton ball, or cosmetic applicator. Apply as if you were lightly applying baby powder or cosmetic powder.
Isn’t that easy? I have only needed to reapply very rarely. It’s usually been when I’ve been outside all day and got rather sweaty. You do need to be careful when putting your clothes on, especially with black or dark items, as it can brush on them. If you end up with a little on your clothes, I’ve found a quick dab with a damp wash cloth does the trick.
I’m so glad I found this deodorant recipe. It has been great to use over the past year and my armpits are much happier! What do you use for deodorant? Do you have a homemade recipe to share? I’d love to hear about it!