I have been on the search for a good deodorant for a while now, and I posted a while back on my attempts to make my own deodorant. It all started when my sister K educated me on the dangers of using antiperspirants, and how the aluminum could be linked to Alzheimers, breast cancer and other health problems.
K makes her own deodorant from coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda, so I figured I would give it a try! It took me a while to figure out a batch that did not irritate my skin (I think it was the baking soda), but I never found it to be as awesome as I expected. The coconut oil either stained my shirt because I used too much, or I stunk to high heaven because I didn’t use enough… So I gave up on that (at least for the time being), and have found two deodorants that I use.
The first is Aromaco from Lush, which comes in a bar similar to soap so there is no applicator. I just cut a small chunk off of the bar, and keep that on the kitchen counter. I will admit that I am not fan of the patchouli smell, but it has grown on me and I hardly notice it anymore. It works best if you apply it to clean skin, so on days when I’m skipping a morning shower, for whatever reason, I try to at least wash my pits. By the end of the day I am usually a little stinky, and it rarely works for me all day. But I have found on my search that no deodorant or deodorant/antiperspirant works for me 100% on the stink. I think my body’s pH and bacteria is just such that nothing will work. I have learned to accept that I will stink a little after a long day, especially in the summer. But I really like this deodorant over all, and D uses it too!
The second one I use is Nature’s Gate’s lavender and aloe deodorant, which came in an applicator. I have this one in my gym bag, and I use it sometimes at home right after I shave because the Aromaco can irritate razor burn. The smell on this one is nice, not too strong or flowery, and it is easier to apply since it more like the deodorant/antiperpirint most people use.
If you’re taking the plunge to switching to deodorant from an antiperspirant, remember that you will sweat. You will probably sweat a LOT. Your body needs to figure out how to control its own sweat, so it will probably take a week or so for you to be able to honestly assess your new deodorant. But while we’re being honest, I find that I sweat a lot LESS now that I don’t use an antiperspirant. A lot less. Give it a try!