As in: something I’ve never told anyone.
And since no one (including Brian) ever mentioned it, I’m assuming it was only me who was bothered so much about this thing.
OK, here goes. *deep breath*
I smelled. Stunk. Couldn’t stand the smell of myself in certain situations. Like after a workout (OK, that’s not that unusual…), or when I was nervous, or just a little warm, or the worst- in the summer when I wore sleeveless shirts. It got so I didn’t want to wear tank tops, even when it was super hot.
And this is the clincher: I’d even smell myself right after taking a shower. No kidding. And sweat wasn’t really the issue- I’ve never been a person who sweats a lot.
As a matter of fact, I hardly ever wore deodorant in my 20’s and 30’s because I didn’t sweat much and I didn’t smell then. Really. The smell issue started in my early 40’s.
I’ve spent the last few years trying every deodorant on the market, even the “clinical strength” varieties. I mean, most of the time I get them for free (the most I’ve paid for deodorant is .50, I think), so why would I make deodorant?
Isn’t using homemade deodorant and little “out there?”
But in the back of my mind was something I read a couple years ago on Passionate Homemaking’s popular homemade deodorant post: she said she had issues with smelling and after using the deodorant, she didn’t smell anymore.
After spending a nerve-wracking day in jury duty earlier this month (don’t ask- it was awful), the proverbial straw broke: I didn’t sweat, but I stunk. Again.
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. arrowroot powder (you can use cornstarch, which I’ve read will keep you drier, but some people can react to cornstarch, so arrowroot is recommended and since I did have some I used the arrowroot)
So it took less than five minutes to whip up in my food processor (much easier than doing it by hand, I found- no powder poofing up). My coconut oil was half melted (we were having one of our hotter days, surprisingly), but I didn’t worry about it and just poured it into the jar and stuck it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to harden up again.
Even though we’re not supposed to, I used refined coconut oil because it’s cheaper and I didn’t want the smell of coconut- it’s not my favorite smell and I was afraid people might think I was wearing coconut perfume.
I use just a little bit and use my fingers to rub it in (I found that Kitchen Stewardship has instructions if you want to fill an old deodorant container, though, plus more information on how to travel with it). It has not melted again, but our house stays pretty cool most of the time. It’s actually easier to apply if it’s a little softer.
So here’s the million dollar question: does it work for me?
In the month I’ve been using it, I haven’t smelled myself once. Seriously, I’m a little shocked that the simpler deodorant with the least ingredients works better than all the commercial deodorants I’ve tried. Wow.
Now there are other reasons why people want to use natural products, which are all good, but my overriding issue was smell. And it is gone. I’ve worked out, worked in the garden under the hot sun, traveled and laid on a sunny beach and done all the normal things I do that caused me to stink before. I’ve even worn sleeveless shirts.
I can’t believe it. But I am happy to share my secret with you and say (who am I kidding- shout!): IT WORKS!
Have you tried homemade deodorant? Did it work for you?