You hear a lot about deodorant and antiperspirant. People will tell you it “causes Alzheimer’s” or, a lesser sentence, it leaves streaks on your dark clothes. The former is still not a confirmed scientific certainty, but the latter has been illustrated time and again. And frankly, it’s so annoying.
But while we make better attempts to use more natural products that are free of aluminum, carcinogens and chemicals, we often turn to natural products that can cost several times more than a Lady Speed Stick. Not to mention, not all of them work for you, so you end up spending a lot of time and money trying to find a natural anti-odour stick to rub on your pits. That, or we just elect to use the same ol’ deodorant and wear jackets all the time.
But now you can make your own, and it has been tested on men. And in the world of men of the sweaty variety, their output can be far more disgusting than anyone else. So the fact that this DIY deodorant has worked on one is a pretty good endorsement.
And the best part is, it only requires three ingredients. This godsend of a DIY deodorant comes from May Lindstrom, a skincare professional who knows a thing or two about healthy beauty. And she’s been using this on her husband, because she enjoys cuddling and had become sensitive to — and irritated by — the smell of his pits when she got up close and personal. So, it’s strong enough for a man and a woman, which is perfection in our books.
All you need is a small, pea-sized amount of pure, raw coconut oil. Then add a few drops of lemon essential oil (not lemon juice), and a sprinkle of baking soda. You blend it with your fingers and then massage into your pits. Lindstrom has been using this recipe for years and she swears by it. If you have a sensitivity to baking soda, there’s a workaround. “Try a blend of white clay and arrowroot powder,” she says. “It’s not quite as powerful, but it’s still effective on delicate skin types.”