"If you open the armpits, the brain becomes light. You cannot brood or become depressed."
I'd love to dedicate my first blog post (!!!) to my pits. My pits and I have had a rough relationship for the past 20 years, but I do believe we've finally come to an understanding and actually formed a beautiful friendship. I'd always been a heavy sweater, and I found that I was smelling like dirt and having to reapply my deodorant dozens of times a day just to mask the smell for a short amount of time. I switched brands and scents in hopes of solving the problem, but no such luck. I wasn't smelling of BO, just of dirt masked in an artificial scent. And it wasn't just in the heat of the summer, it was year round. So when I started studying up on how to solve the problem, and that the problem was my antiperspirant, it was such a relief...for myself, and I'd imagine for my closest friends.
Drug store deodorant was the first thing I decided to quit using, mainly because I wanted to desperately to keep those chemicals away!
Chemicals such as:
-Parabens: Parabens are a class of artificial preservatives that are being investigated for their role in causing breast cancer. They mimic the activity of estrogen in the body, and estrogen is known for promoting breast cancer cells. Do you want those chemicals directly on top of your armpit glands? Right up close and personal with your lymphnodes? I absolutely do not.
-Aluminum: Aluminum is also linked to breast cancer, as it is absorbed by the skin and causes changes in estrogen receptors of breast cells. Aluminum has also been linked to Alzheimer's, and studies are ongoing. Another reason I can't deal with aluminum is because it's role is to stop you from sweating by clogging up the sweat glands. Guys, we sweat for a reason! We need to rid our bodies of all the toxins from our daily life, and if we don't sweat it means we're keeping all of those toxins inside. That sounds gross to me!
-Propylene Glycol: This is a humectant which means it keeps substances from drying out, and it was originally developed as an anti-freeze, but is now included in some deodorants and antiperspirants. It is a toxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage. People are urged to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical as it may cause eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression.
Why Bentonite Clay? Bentonite Clay benefits your body by helping to expel heavy metal toxins...on top of drawing out the toxins, it is chock full of beneficial minerals (including calcium, magnesium, and potassium).
Why Apple Cider Vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is a key ingredient in detoxing your body. It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage. Because our lymph nodes are super close to our pits, it's important to keep them detoxed. ACV is also a natural deodorant, as it kills any bad bacteria and yeast that have been known to grow in our pits.
-Leave on for 20-30 minutes. The first time I did it I watched the first Democratic Debate (it was awesome). You should feel some tingling, but if it starts really hurting I'd wash it off
-Wash off with a warm, wet cloth
Homemade Deodorant Recipe:
-1 cup Arrowroot Powder (bought from a bulk bin at the 4th Street Food Co-op)
-1/4 cup (or less, depending on how sensitive your pits are) Baking Soda (bought from a bulk bin at the 4th Street Food Co-op)
-5 tbsp Partially or fully Melted Coconut Oil (in a reusable jar)
-A few drops of Essential Oil (comes in small glass bottles... because they aren't totally zero waste I use them sparingly, and I'm hoping to find a place in NYC that has essential oils in bulk). I use doTerra brand On Guard, as I love how it smells and it promotes a healthy immune system and healthy circulation. You could also use lavender or frankincense, both of which smell ah-MAAAH-zing.
-Mash it all together with a fork to get a good consistency...it'll look like clay
-I put mine into an old Tom's deodorant container and then into the fridge it goes to harden up. You can also put it into an airtight jar and apply with your finger.
***I find that in the summer time it's difficult to keep it solid, so just watch out for some melting going on when you open it. Keeping it in a small jar in the warmer months has proven to be the best option for me.
I'm telling you, I barely sweat anymore and I certainly don't stink anymore! The other morning I realized that I forgot my deodorant and had stayed overnight at my boyfriend's apt...all it took was a quick touch of my homemade lotion under my pits and I was good to go to brunch! No sweat, no stink, and it was definitely a hot day! I'm so grateful for this find... are you ready to try it? Let me know what you think!!