While reading the highly educational site buzzfeed.com, I came across a page with 27 DIY, 2 ingredient beauty supplies. Most of them I don't ever want to try (lipgloss made with crayons?, yuck). But a few of these caught my eyes and I have decided to experiment.
The first one I tried is the baking soda deodorant. I maybe use deodorant two to three times a week, I seem to sweat the same amount if I'm wearing it or not so I don't really like using it that much as it ruins my clothes. Years ago when I gave up the couch for regular exercise, I noticed that I would sweat more when active (not so much when inactive) but it was a cleaner sweat if that makes sense. I also had my pits lasered quite a few years ago due to a never ending case of ingrown hairs and some armpit acne from waxing them. There is much less smell now as I don't have hairs grabbing onto bacteria and holding it in (have you ever noticed a stronger smell when you forgot to shave for a few days?).
The obvious reasons for change is chemicals, a lot of chemicals that I don't know much about and don't want them on my body. There are the natural alternatives at stores but when I tried them it seemed like I sweated even more. Plus, they are expensive for more trial and error.
My first batch is with lavender essential oil (partly because I had a lot of lavender, I'm really excited to try lemon) for the past week. Applying seems a bit tricky, some of course falls on the floor, but since it's just baking soda it's not that big of a deal, it'll be good to get some on the feet. I shower at night and apply it then and then once again when I wake up. The lavender smell doesn't seem to transfer to my skin or clothes and it feels really fresh right away. I'm still sweating a similar amount, but my pits feel cleaner, fresher. They don't feel clogged like how deodorant can sometimes do that.
I'm enjoying this alternative, cheap and healthy version (because even the health stores have ingredients that I can't understand on them). If after more time this disagrees with me, I'll let you know. After this week , I'm sold on it.
Update, I recently found this article, 101 uses for coconut oil. Coconut oil is a product I have thought about introducing into our kitchen for a while. Now seeing that it is a great binding agent for the baking soda, I will finally purchase some for our home. I expect the application to be even easier. PS, I'll let you know if it sucks.