This blog post was inspired by some of the reader questions about Peppermint Oil from Sunday’s hilarious mouse episode. Thanks everyone who commented and shared their own mouse (or snake!!) horror stories. What a total blast!! We have 97 comments and counting!! For those deo-curious, here’s the next installment…..
I have a confession to make. For the past 6 months I have not used any deodorant, at least not the kind you can buy from the store. No, this is not my regression into some kind of primal cloth-wearing savage (although one does get those urges in the boonies). Rather it’s an experiment and a progression from my no-poo transition over a year ago (which I still love and which, by the way, is still the most popular post on my blog at over 500 views per week!)
I’ve been keeping this a secret mostly because I wanted to see if anyone noticed. You see, despite a love of all things fragrant and flowery I have a rather poor sense of smell so I’ve had to put my new underarms through more rigorously scientific tests. The first test was whether anyone actually mentioned anything. Now this is a poor test I admit since in polite society few people actually do. Despite this, I’ve kept a vigilant ear on the topic so to speak, and so far no-one has mentioned anything untoward. Check one. Accepting this as a success I’ve moved onto Beta stage and looked for more subtle signs of issues -> people suddenly fainting in my presence, urgent gasps for breath, apparent dizziness…that kind of thing. This stage has also passed with flying odor. Check two. Beta-Plus stage involved putting the substance through the daily motions…you know hiking, walking, lounging, general miss-behavior. This stage too was overcome with scent success. Check three.
Thus, with three flying checks I have declared my Deo-free experiment a success and am finally ready to blog about it.
In all seriousness though, why would I do such a thing?
1/ To Avoid Weird Chemicals -> I try to live my life with as little weird chemical interaction as possible. Many deodorants, especially the stronger kind contain various fun ingredients like aluminum compounds (which can accumulate in the body), parabens, triclosan etc.This leads to many deodorants that come with a warning label of the sort “avoid use if you have kidney disease”…rather scary I think. Chemicals are everywhere in life, but I try and stick with as natural stuff as I can.
2/ To Save Some Moolah! I always love saving $$. Home-made deodorant cost pennies, has only a few ingredients and is super-easy to make. Why not try it?
3/ Because It Works! The last reason was a side-effect I did not expect when I started this experiment. To put this in perspective keep in mind I was the woman that used Clinical Strength deodorant because that seemed to be the only stuff that worked for me. Really!! That’s before I started to get reactions from the stuff and decided I really needed to change. I tried all kinds of brands with no results until Lu wrote her post on home-made deodorant last year. Although initially a huge skeptic I decided, finally, to give it a try. When I moved over to the home-made stuff it took a while for my body to adapt, but after a few weeks I was sweating less and had better odor control, and within a month my body had reached a happy equilibrium. Amazing, but true.
The recipe for the home-made stuff is super-easy and comes from this site. I use the 2nd combination which works out as follows:
- 6 T coconut oil
- 1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
- 1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot
- Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)
Just mix and store. I keep it in a small ramekin since it does get soft when hot and this prevents it from flowing out and making a mess (conversely it can get rather hard when cold!). You only need a small dab each day so this one recipe will last me many months. The peppermint oil is optional, but it smells really good and gives you a pleasant minty freshness (plus, you now know other uses for peppermint oil, right?).
It may not be everyone’s cup o’tea, but for those of you curious enough to try it I invite you to join the experiment and give it a go. Let me know how it works out for you!
P.S. We’ve got lots going on in Moab and will get back to regular blogging next, but just in case you didn’t know it’s Free National Park Pass week (Apr 22-26) which means you can get in FREE to many of the fabulous National Parks across the US all this week!! We’ve been taking advantage of it here and hope you do too.
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