Deodorant. It’s a much talked about topic if you have adapted an all natural lifestyle and don’t want to smell like sweaty gym sox. You are making a great decision by avoiding aluminum, artificial ingredients and chemicals, but what’s the best option?
I wish I could answer this question. I have tried MANY of the all natural varieties out there. The bad ones just don’t work. Within hours of showering and applying, I stink… Bad! Like I haven’t showered in months. Not exactly what I’m going for when promoting myself as a health coach. For some reason, no one trusts a health coach that smells like homeless.
I have also come across some that do work… and well. BUT, i’m too sensitive for them. I’ve made my own using a simple formula of baking soda, coconut oil, arrowroot powder and a few drops of tea tree essential oil. It works great, but it literally burned my skin off. NO BUENO! My most recent favorite brand is Primal Pit Paste. I used it for 2 full weeks before it started to bother me, so it’s pretty good for sensitive skin, but then it started to burn. My husband still uses it. I had ordered the Patchouli scent so we could both use it. I had a hard enough time convincing him to even try it, I don’t think I would have had much success if I had ordered a “girly” scent.
So, it’s back to the drawing board for me. I’ve tried everything there is out there. Right now I have a light dusting of baking soda on, which oddly enough, works very well and doesn’t irritate me as much as using baking soda with other ingredients.
But here’s a tip: if you try an all natural variety and it irritates you, use it as a foot cream. Especially a mixture of coconut oil / baking soda / tea tree oil. It’s wonderful! The coconut oil really moisturizes while the baking soda absorbs any odors. And tea tree prevents bacteria. It’s a win/win/win for your feet!
What do you use? Have you tried an all natural deodorant before? Did it work?