In preparation for my new tattoo, I decided to switch over to a natural deodorant. I feel like it will be better for my tattoo, as well as better for my body in general. I am *shocked* at how well it works, once I got over the hump of the detox...
The timing was perfect to do this, as with a reduced work schedule, I could stick with it long enough to detox. If I had to work, I likely would have had a harder time transitioning. The first week, I was questioning if I could actually do it, as even on mild exertion days I could barely stand myself...(and I am a person that is ok with some natural body odor and musk). But then *poof* you reach a point where it all shifts, and now I feel like it works as good as regular store bought, even when working in the garden. So if you try to switch, stick with it! It is worth it on the other side!
I used this recipe from Wellness Mama (shay butter and coconut oil) but ended up adding 2x shay butter because it wouldn't set up at room temp. I added more arrowroot and a little more baking soda also to accommodate for more base mixture.
I also added some tea tree & cinnamon oils for anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties, plus a little rose oil 4 fragrance (very light). I keep it in a 4 oz. mason canning jar & just grab a small amount on my fingers to massage in after a shower. I am not sure I would trust using a mold in summer? As I made it, it has a soft consistency, maybe a little firmer than peanut butter - easy to grab, but also stays firmly in place in the jar.
Check out this DIY Deodorant for Men recipe also, especially if you sweat more.
People make all sorts of health claims about the dangers of the products used to make traditional antiperspirants, and not all of them have been proven. But for me I like the idea of having less chemicals going on my skin just in general, let alone in close proximity to lymph nodes.
But the other benefit of natural products is...they are also more palatable! 😈 So for those who enjoy kissing or licking ALL the body parts, this is IMO one of the more immediate payoffs... 😋
Who else has tried natural deodorant, and what was your experience?