Love Your Pits Naturally
Updated: May 21, 2019
If you are concerned about the cancer-causing ingredients and the possible Alzheimer’s-causing aluminum found in traditional deodorants and antiperspirants, switching to a natural deodorant may be what you are looking for. Here are 5 reasons why you should love on your pits naturally.
1. You detox more naturally
Conventional deodorants tend to clog your pores and makes it harder for the body to detox on its own. However, using a natural deodorant can allow the body to perspire naturally (but under control), which helps get rid of toxins.
2. The essential oils have health benefits
Instead of fragrance, natural deodorants contain essential oils for a more natural scent. Using a natural deodorant allows your body to reap the benefits of Lavender, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang and other popular deodorant essential oils. Manly scents can include Cypress or Balsam Fir, Shutran, Purification or Idaho Blue Spruce.
3. No yellow stains
Aluminum typically causes yellow stains on shirts. For the most part, natural deodorants are easy to wash out and will keep your favorite white shirt stain-free.
4. They are cruelty-free
Since the formulas don’t contain synthetic ingredients that require animal testing, they are cruelty-free — and sometimes vegan!
5. Natural fragrance
Phthalate is a common chemical found in scented products that can negatively impact your health. Because the FDA doesn’t require brands to disclose what is in the so-called “fragrance” listed on the packaging, chemically scented products such as deodorant can contain a host of dangerous chemicals. Switching to a natural deodorant ensures the fragrance used is natural and typically derived from essential oil.
DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe
Since my breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, I have been adamant to allow only natural ingredients near my lymph nodes. Here is my favorite recipe.... I hope you like it too!
6 Tbl Coconut Oil (Organic if you can find it)
2 Tbl Baking Soda
1 Tbl Arrow Root (I like Bob's Red Mill)
10 drops Young Living Lavender*
10 drops Young Living Frankincense*
10 drops Young Living Stress Away*
(I used to add Lemongrass but guess what, bees LOVE Lemongrass.)
For manly scents, add Cypress or Idaho Balsam Fir with Purification or Shutran
Mix baking soda and arrow root together in a small bowl. Add the coconut oil to a medium bowl and then add the dry mixture. Mix with a hand mixer for 1 minute. Scrape into a glass jar. (I got my jar at the Target Dollar Spot but the Dollar Tree has some cute ones too.) Drop in essential oils and stir until well blended. Dip your finger in the jar and spread on armpits. Keep jar in a cool area.
Not into making your own deodorant? I totally get it! We are BUSY! I have these ^^wonderful deodorants from Young Living in my travel bag! (Add a swipe or two before bed for extra lymphatic support.)
AromaGuard Meadow Mist Deodorant 1.5 oz #3752
AromaGuard Mountain Mint Deodorant 1.5 oz #3753
$11.25 wholesale, Retail $14.80
Adjusting To A Natural Deodorant
A great advantage to doing an armpit detox, besides that it helps speed up the natural deodorant adjustment period, is that it might help pull some of these chemicals out of the skin and tissue of the armpits. This can be especially helpful after years of conventional deodorant use. I'm excited to share this recipe with you...it worked great for my pits!
Armpit Detox Recipe
1 Tbl Benzonite Clay Powder (I like Living Clay)
1 tsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tsp filtered water
Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir to make a paste. Slather on pits and relax with your arms raised (a great time to meditate or pray.) Let dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off in sink or shower. Let your pits air dry for several hours without anything on them.
Why is detoxing your pits a big deal? Ever gotten sick and had a lump in your neck or armpit? That is a lymph node and they are a major part of your immune system. Putting endocrine disruption chemicals directly on top of them can unbalance your hormones and suppress their immune function. Try it and see how well your natural deodorant works now.
*Lavender, Frankincense and Stress Away are part of Young Living's New Premium Starter Kit. For $165.00 you also get 9 more oils - Digize Vitality, Thieves Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Citrus Fresh Vitality, Peppermint Vitality, Raven, Peace & Calming, Valor, and Panaway. You also receive your choice of diffusers, Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 2 Ningxia Red, Thieves Household Cleaner, 2 roller ball fitments, a wholesale account, literature, and the best oily tribe to walk with you on your oil journey. Click the image below to start your wholesale account today.