A Pitiful Situation

Be forewarned – The following is a stinky topic filled with plenty of TMI. However, after conversations with other DIYers I realized that I am not the only one who has had to deal with this and R Cube³, aiming to be a safe place for all topics of interest, has taken on the challenge of dealing with this pitiful situation.

Ever since the moment I was able to use the sweet floral scented magic known as deodorant I loved the easy feeling of clean and feminine scents. The only problem was the fun scents of Teen Spirit did not like my under arms and my under arms rebelled with an intense itchy rash and discoloration. I resolved to using unscented deodorants which didn’t irritate them, though they still discolored my underarms slightly and created those not so secret pesky pit stains on my clothes.

My mother, being someone highly sensitive to scented lotions herself, reminded me that the irritation I was experiencing was expected as I could have inherited her intolerance. Now, I don’t know how likely it is to inherit an allergy and I haven’t been compelled enough to do the research yet but being someone who wasn’t born with naturally sensitive skin nor any other signs that I was intolerant to scented skin care products I was perplexed.

Fast forward to age 28. In the wake of a mild health reevaluation, and after months of sifting through hours of websites and studies, I decided to splurge on a few Lush products for a few personal care items – of which, I loved, but more on those later – and for other personal care needs I decided to take it a step further and start making a few of my own. I experimented with a few every-day beauty products like rich Shea Butter lotions, the no-poo baking soda and apple cider vinegar hair care, and deodorant.

I discovered my first simple recipe for deodorant from Crunchy Betty and after reading numerous reviews in the comment section I decided to try it and to my delight it worked.

At first.

But then my underarms decided to rebel once again. At first becoming only slightly irritated but brushing it off as that transitional period – which I had read about – until one day I applied my homemade deodorant before work and by the end of my shift my under arms were bright red.

It burned the bah-jeeb-ez out of my under arms then as it healed turned to a darker shade than my skin should be.

I was sure I had done something wrong so I immediately went on the internet to search for answers and a solution.

Turns out it was the baking soda’s PH level that had irritated my skin. While blogs like Naturally Curly, Kanelstrand and FutureDerm explain why the PH balance is important for your hair, the reason is still fairly applicable to you under arms. Recently, I also discovered that Crunch Betty had written a response to others who were having the same issue with the baking soda and PH imbalance.

Luckily I was too determined to throw in the towel and have since found a recipe that I am currently trying out, though I am still working on modifications of my own.

While I don’t remember the exact website with the original modified recipe, Homemademommy has the same one. This recipe uses much less baking soda and more moisturizing oils.

For modifications I slowly melted the ingredients in a makeshift double boiler.

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I added:

  • A tablespoon of beeswax pellets

Once the beeswax pellets, Shea Butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder and bentonite clay are melted take off stove and let cool for 10 – 20 minutes.

  • Add roughly 10 drops of Vitamin E
  • Add roughly 10 drops of Argon oil
  • Add 10-20 drops of essential oils

I hope this recipe helps you like it has me (so far) and I will keep you posted on any updates on my search for a perfect all natural deodorant.

Please share your experiences with this recipe or any other recipes that you have tried.




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