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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Effective Homemade Deodorant

For years I, like many others, unsatisfactorily sought an alternative to aluminum-based antiperspirants. Finally, in the last month, I found one that's extremely effective, and it's easy to make at home. It literally lasts 24 hours, easily as effective as an aluminum-based deodorant.

1. Go buy the cheapest deodorant stick you can find. Roll it all the way up, break it off and throw it out. (If you have serious odor, none of them work well anyway.)

2. Clean the container, and roll it back down.

3. Buy some coconut oil and baking soda. If you can't find it locally, buy 92 degree oil, which is solid at room temperature. Coconut oil contains powerful antimicrobials that fight odor-causing bacteria without impairing sweat functions. Organic oil seems to work better for me, probably because it had to fight off more microbes during development. Only use 100% pure coconut oil. Additives can break long-chain fatty acids, impairing function.

4. Warm approx 1/2 cup of the oil in a microwave-safe bowl for a 20 seconds or until it's liquid.

5. Thoroughly mix in 1/4-1/2 cup of baking soda. It should dissolve completely. Some people say that they use less, some more. If you use too much, it can be too strong, causing redness, so start with a little bit. Baking soda is generally mild, acts to absorb odor, and when suspended in oil, it's usefulness lasts all day long. Mix slowly as it cools. You can put ice under the bowl to accelerate cooling.

6. Pour the mixture in the empty roll-up, put the cap on and refrigerate in an upright position. You will have to keep it refrigerated unless you use 92 degree oil, or your house is kept cool.

That's it!

Why no aluminum?

It is well-known that the toxic aluminum compound in antiperspirant is absorbed through the skin, although studies as to the amount of absorption vary. It is highly probably that certain people are more at risk than others to antiperspirant aluminum exposure. Certainly, pregnant or nursing mothers should consider reducing aluminum exposure.

In addition, perspiration in proximity to lymph nodes is an important part of the bodies process of eliminating toxins. The regular use of antiperspirants will certainly impair this process to some extent.

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