As in P for Pit. Arm pit, that is. LOL!
So, I sweat a lot. I can’t use any ol’ deodorant. Back in 2010, when I first started to chuck my products full of chemicals, I tried various forms of natural deodorant. First I tried The Crystal. For those of you not familiar with it, this is what it looks like (although they now have sprays and other forms):
The Crystal is mineral salts. You apply to a slightly damp arm pit, and it’s supposed to form a barrier that will stop the formation of odor causing bacteria. At some point, there probably was a barrier there, but because I am prone to sweating, I would sweat it right off. Or my clothes would rub it off. Either way, I ended up funky before the day was over. No bueno! The Crystal was a fail, for me.
Next, I tried Tom’s Natural deodorant. Even the strongest one they had would not take me though an entire day. I’d be in the bathroom wiping and re-applying. Definitely a hassle.
Enter Oyin Handmade’s Funk Butter, my savior:
The ingredients: baking soda, cornstarch, shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, kaolin clay, calendula and chamomile powders (and fragrance, if you get a scented one).
I found that the fragrance irritated my skin, so I went with unscented. I would order in bulk, 5 or 6 tins at a time. Because I had to order online, I was also paying shipping and handling. It adds up. I did love it, but I wanted to try and find something I could get locally. At this point, it appeared the baking soda was the key for me. I definitely wanted more. I have been able to use this through workouts and hot yoga with no issues.
A couple of weeks ago, I found a shop here that sells all kinds of natural products. While they sell Oyin hair products, they don’t sell the Funk Butter. Instead, I spied this on the shelf and decided to give it a try:
The ingredients: organic arrowroot powder, organic extra virgin coconut oil, and organic essential oils.
I wish they had an unscented one, because not everyone can tolerate essential oils. I really, really, really wanted this to work. It’s very powdery (is at a word? LOL) and even though it’s in a deodorant stick form, you still have to work it in with your fingers.
Unfortunately, arrowroot was not my friend. Towards the end of the day it definitely started to wear off. I liked the texture and the fact that its not exfoliating/abrasive like baking soda, but it just did not work for me.
A this point, I knew I needed to go back to baking soda & cornstarch, but I didn’t want to order online. I googled and found this recipe. Her site is very informative. Definitely a must read if you want to try this.
The basis of the recipe is:
6-8 tbsp of virgin coconut oil (solid form)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
I ended up adding Shea butter (about 1/4 cup) as well as T-50 vitamin E oil. My mixture is more “liquid” than hers, but I think it lends itself better to spreading with your fingertips. I think that’s because I had to melt the Shea butter down, and I went ahead and melted the coconut oil with it. In her recipe she does not melt the coconut oil.
I ended up making a double portion and adding a few drops of lavender essential oil. I put it on last night after showering and slept though the night with no issues. I’ve made it all the way through the work day and no issues.
So happy to have found a way to make my own and save money in the process. Yay! If you decide to try this recipe, let me know how it works.
P.S.: Do note that baking soda can be abrasive, so if you have sensitive skin, do a test patch. Also, DO NOT smear this on right after shaving. The Pit Putty actually gives the same warning. I can tell you from personal experience that it’s not a good idea. LOL!