Summer has just started and it’s already getting us a bit hot under the collar. And while we’re all for the warm weather, we’re less excited about the effect those high temps have on our bodies. Particularly our pits.
It’s part of the human experience to sweat as the body uses it as a method to release toxins. Warm weather, exercise, and even anxiety can trigger the perspiration process, but we could do without the B.O. and sweat stains that come with it.
Although many of us reach for store-bought deodorants and antiperspirants to eliminate the odor, they’re not for everyone as some of these contain ingredients that can cause irritation and make your pits an even friendlier environment for those unwelcome bacteria.
Natural deodorant has become a popular substitute in the quest to re-balance the armpit ecosystem, and the good news is, it’s fairly easy to make at home. It won’t stop the sweat as the traditional does, but it will keep the B.O. at bay.
If you fancy making your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 6 to 10 drops of essential oils like lavender, sandalwood, or bergamot
- Mix baking soda and arrowroot.
- Mash in coconut oil until blended. Add your essential oils.
- Place the mixture in an empty glass jar.
- To use, just warm a small amount between your fingers until it turns into liquid and apply to your armpits.