When I was younger I would use deodorant once every few days. I rarely ever had to wear it. I didn’t smell or have perspiration. Since perimenopause set in I sweat like crazy. It is disgusting. I forget to put some deodorant on and I stink! I used to keep a stick in the master bathroom and the guest bathroom. I am out of the one in the guest bathroom and not exactly thrilled with the name brand deodorant in my master bath.
I read that coconut oil is a great antiperspirant. So I tried it. I used very little on my fingers and put it onto my underarms. It stopped the wetness, but odor was still present. So I went searching online for some ideas of how to make my own deodorant. I found that coconut oil, and almond oil are used lots. Baking soda and cornstarch are used too. I have my beeswax so I wanted to use it. Initially I used about 1/2 an ounce of beeswax, 1/2 ounce of coconut oil, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tbsp cornstarch. I melted the beeswax and coconut oil in a small flat jar placed in pan full of water on the stove on low. Once melted I stirred in the baking soda and cornstarch until well mixed. Then I added about 1 tsp of lavender oil and 1/4 tsp of tea tree oil. Let it sit and it was as hard as a rock. I added about two ounces of coconut oil more and melted everything again. The consistency was perfect.
I used a small, tiny amount on my fingers and put on one underarm and repeated on the other. It works great. I really want to keep working on this and make it better. So next time I will try it without the beeswax and see how it works. Try it yourself and let me know what you do and how it works for you.
Here’s the thing, I want something that works, but uses safe, natural ingredients. Other than the beeswax I have everything on hand. It just took a small bit of time.
UPDATE: Today I put this on (8/21/12 just before my daily walk. I started my walk at 10:10. I walked for 79 minutes. Each circle was 1.5 miles and I completed 3 circles (4.5miles). The temperature outside was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit and at least 50% humidity. I sniffed my underarm at each half circle. I did not smell any odor at all until the end of my walk and checked just before I got into my truck. Luckily I walk where no one can see me smell myself.