Hey guys! Did you watch my FB Live yesterday? If not, go have a watch! I tested a video going around FB that has been saying that Limes rubbed on the armpits would destroy stench and you would never need to use a deodorant again… Sounds good, right? Or maybe it sounds more like an infomercial you would see on TV when listlessly flipping through channels at 2am… 🙂 But if it’s on FB, it has to be true, right? …. Right? 😉
Well it just so happened that I had a bag of limes at the house and I also have armpits, so I thought, let’s do it! After my shower, I grabbed my lime, sliced it in half and used one half per pit. Then as the instructions dictated, I waited around, letting the ol’ pits air dry so the limes could work their magic. Once dry, the FB post says you can proceed as usual. So I did. And the verdict did not take long to reveal itself: I STUNK!
Limes are great in water, amazing in chicken tortilla soup and filled with many health benefits- I mean, hello it’s fruit! Limes however, are not going to be my go-to for deodorant.
One thing this FB post and I did agree on wholeheartedly was that you have got to go natural with your deodorant! Warning labels for renal failure just don’t do it for me, you know? And reports of parabens found in lymph nodes under people’s arms… another reason I would prefer to go au’ natural-but not like all natural as in NOTHING. Because I do like to smell good. It’s important to me. And I like to have friends. They’re important to me too. And if I ever clear a room, I want it to be for something much more dramatic than my stinky arm pits!
Since I do like to smell like spring tulips dancing in the breeze, I will always use deodorant. I won’t, however, ever be buying said deodorant in the store. There are too many ingredients, labels and companies that I am just not comfortable with having that close to my…. well, breasts. I mean really- that’s a pretty personal area! I need to get to know you a lot – a lot a lot- like marry you- before you can get close to those gems! LOL! So why would I not have high standards for my deodorant too? The things we put on our bodies are pretty intimate when we stop to think about it. And do we even know what we’re using?? We want to look good, smell good, FEEL GOOD, but yet how many of us make sure that what we are putting on our bodies are actually worthy of being that intimate with out bodies? Remember, we absorb EVERYTHING we put on our skin…. and it goes into our bodies…. and then it either helps our bodies …. or builds up and accumulates harmful toxins…
In a few quick steps you can make enough homemade deodorant to last you quite a long time – and it will take less time than going to the store and purchasing the…. stuff…. there 🙂
Bobbie-jo’s Favorite Natural Deodorant:
4 TBSP Raw, Organic, Unrefined Shea Butter
3 TBSP Raw, Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil
*Blend together; in the summer you will probably just mix. However, in the winter you may need to warm over a double boiler
4 TBSP Non-GMO Arrowroot Powder
3 TBSP Baking Soda
Add Essential Oils that you like the smell of (you may want to avoid citrusy or spicy oils- especially if you are an armpit shaver!).
One of my favorite combinations is Sage, Lavender and a hint of Vetiver. 🙂
Put your masterful, deliciously smelling combination into a glass container with a lid (in the South we are Mason jar people!) and apply as much as you need for your pits.
When I first went natural with deodorant a few years back, it was because my grandmother had died of breast cancer and there were some studies and theories between the relationship of deodorant and health concerns that I just wasn’t comfortable with.
I mixed up a batch and for the first week or so, I had to reapply often because I STANK (think onions meets body odor- yeah, nasty!). I was reapplying every few hours and I remember thinking, I can’t go on like this- I have things to do with my life besides applying deodorant!! But I stuck with it and after about a week, that part was over. I had come to realize that was actually my body detoxing the junk out of my arm pits. Now I can apply my deodorant as usual and go on with my day.
So don’t give up when you get started. Keep a little container in your purse or brief case etc. that you can easily toss more on if you detox- and if you do, be glad!!! The junk is coming out!!!! Don’t give up- it won’t be onions forever – before you know it, you will be back to smelling like those spring tulips wafting in the light breeze…. 🙂
And it is so worth it.