“When we know better, we do better.” Maya Angelou
Here in Texas, we ladies don’t just glisten. We sweat! For decades, I managed this with commercial antiperspirants and deodorants. Then I became aware of the dangers of clogging up my glands as my friend battled breast cancer twice and through an interview with an author on my show. I began to prioritize breast health in my self-care and to detox from commercial products. (There are some excellent tips for that journey in a helpful blog I found.)
I have tried several recipes to make my own deodorant as I have been shifting to make more of my own natural personal care and cleaning products. Unfortunately, none have withstood our Gulf Coast heat and humidity. As my ex-husband used to say at the end of a day outdoors, I smelled like a goat!
Not one to give up easily, I persevered. After many attempts, below is my stink-free, Sheryl approved deodorant recipe.
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- 3 tbsp shea butter (anti-inflammatory, softens skin, increases circulation, promotes elasticity and healing)
- 2 tbsp grated cocoa butter (moisturizes, softens skin, anti-inflammatory, improves circulation and elasticity)
- 3 tbsp arrowroot powder (B-vitamins, promotes circulation, helps to solidify the oils in this product)
- 2 tbsp baking soda (alkalyzes, deodorizes, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, also helps solidify oils in this product)
- 2-3 tbsp vitamin E oil (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, moisturizes, supports immunity and cell function)
- 20 drops tea tree oil (recommended for antiviral and antibacterial properties; other essential oils may be substituted)
Melt grated cocoa butter in a double boiler and then stir in shea butter. When it melts, remove from heat and stir in baking soda and arrowroot. Stir until smooth, adding vitamin E oil and essential oil at the end. Pour into jars or push-up dispensers and refrigerate to set. Makes approximately 6 oz.
APPLICATION: Less is more! Using too much natural deodorant results is just as ineffective as not using enough. Using two fingers, allow the mixture to melt naturally from your body temperature as you gently massage a pea-sized portion into each clean, dry armpit. Experiment with this product for up to two weeks so your body has time to adapt chemically to the change, and longer if this is your first all-natural product. ***Do not apply immediately after shaving or you may develop a rash. Try shaving before bedtime to allow armpits time to heal overnight before applying.***
PLEASE COMMENT BELOW to let me know how this works for you! Also, if allergies or sensitivities prompt you to successfully substitute an ingredient, please share below.
Shared in gratitude with love,
Sheryl Sitts, MPA, BA, Possibilities Coach & Holistic Practitioner