Here's what you need:
- 4 Tbsp. baking soda
- 4 Tbsp. arrowroot flour
- 6 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. essential oil of your choice (optional)
Make sure your coconut oil is liquid by placing it in warm water for a couple of minutes and be sure to stir it. Then, add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together. Pour the mixture into a small container of your choice, or you can pour it into an empty deodorant container. However, if you do that, keep it in the fridge because the coconut oil may liquify in a warm room. A plastic 1/2 cup container with a lid was perfect for me.
You can also use cornstarch instead of arrowroot, but other people preferred arrowroot, so that's what I used. You can also add some essential oil of your choice. WARNING: The first time I made this deodorant, I dribbled in some lime essential oil. I didn't even think about how it might have been a bad idea because it might sting if I have little unknown nicks after shaving. That's exactly what happened, and my left armpit was always burning, itchy, and red. I did some research and found out that lime oil can irritate your skin enough to cause hives, which is what I think happened to me. If I try to add an oil again, I might try something calming like lavender.
To apply, dip your fingertips into the deodorant and rub into your underarms until fully absorbed. If your deodorant is hard, rub your fingers onto the surface of the deodorant to create enough friction for it to melt a little. If you are keeping it in the fridge in an old deodorant container, just apply like regular deodorant. Your warmth will melt the deodorant enough to absorb into your skin.
I'm glad to be free from aluminum and other toxic chemicals that have no use being in my body. Working in the medical field, I've learned that a lot of breast cancers are found in the axilla (or armpit). I'm not claiming to know this for a fact, but I wonder if all the junk in our antiperspirants being applied everyday to our armpits have something to do with it?
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