This is a follow up to my recent post: 6 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Xenoestrogen Exposure! In that post I spoke at length about the negative impact that xenoestrogen exposure can have on your hormones. It can disrupt your menstrual cycle and in turn have a negative impact on your fertility. We are constantly being bombarded by chemicals that have an estrogenic effect on our bodies, and the only way to reduce our exposure is to actually start somewhere! One easy way to start is to pick one household item or one beauty product and find a natural alternative. And that brings me to today’s post!
After discovering that most commercial deodorants on the market contain aluminum AND a slough of chemicals including perfumes, parabens, and stabilizing agents that not only act as estrogen in our bodies but are potentially carcinogenic, I started searching for natural alternatives. The problem I found was that they didn’t actually work for me! Maybe I’m just a smelly girl, but I tried natural product after natural product only to have body odor partway through the day. I’m all for being natural, but I’m not willing to share my underarm sweat with the world.
Fortunately, I found an awesome solution. It’s so simple and effective that it seems kind of bizarre that it actually works. Both myself and my husband have been using this and only this for YEARS now and it hasn’t failed us yet.
So here goes:
You will need 2 ingredients. And you don’t even have to mix them together before you use them!
- Coconut Oil
- Arm & Hammer baking soda
I am name dropping here because Arm & Hammer baking soda has a different texture that seems to be more gentle on my underarms than other generic brands. When I used generic baking soda I experienced a bit of arm pit irritation.
Step 1: Put 1/2 tsp or so of coconut oil on the palm of your hand
Step 2: Add a pinch (1/8 tsp) or so of baking soda to the coconut oil
Step 3: Mix together baking soda and coconut oil with your fingers
Step 4: Rub mixture into your armpits
That’s it! I told you it was simple. Now you could go ahead and premix the coconut oil with the baking soda and add essential oils to make it fancy, but as a busy mom of 2 I am posting exactly what I do. I keep a small container of coconut oil on the bathroom counter, and a small container of baking soda beside it. Each day I follow the steps that I outlined above and I have odor protection for the entire day. I often rub a bit of coconut oil under my arms before I apply the deodorant so that it’s a bit more moisturized/lubricated prior to the application.
I have found it to be one of the simplest ways to reduce my exposure to unnecessary estrogenic chemicals, and it works better than pretty much all of the deodorants that I have paid high prices for from the health food store! It also works better than the regular name brand deodorants that I have tried over the years (i.e. degree, secret, lady speed stick, dove, etc. etc. I feel like I’ve tried them all!!). One caveat I will add is that although this deodorant is very effective it does tend to wear off by the end of the day, so you may not get that 24 hour protection offered by some of the big mainstream deodorants!
So now I want to hear from you! Have you used a natural deodorant before? Have you ever made your own? If you end up trying this one let me know how it goes in the comments below!