Q. How do I apply?
A. Rub a pea size amount under each arm. A little goes a long way.
Q. Does it help reduce wetness and odor?
A. Yes! The arrowroot powder is like a natural corn starch, which helps absorb moisture. The baking soda helps eliminate odor as do the essential oils. The reality is, our bodies are meant to sweat, even with antiperspirants we sweat. Because we’ve clogged up our pores with antiperspirants for so long, our bodies tend to overcompensate with more sweat. So there may be an adjustment period where you may feel wetness as your body detoxes, however your body is all about balance and once it realizes you’re not clogging up your pores anymore, it will balance itself out.
Q. Why is it not in stick form?
A. This same recipe can be poured into a deodorant stick mold if you prefer, however it may melt or become too soft in warm weather. I have also found that in stick form, too much is applied, which can cause skin irritation or staining of your clothes. To prevent this, I would have to swipe the stick once under my arm, then rub it in with my fingers anyway, so might as well skip the first step and just put it on with your fingers like a lotion.
Q. The deodorant is causing redness or itchiness, what should I do?!
A. There are a few reasons and solutions:
1. Some skin is more sensitive and prone to being irritated by baking soda. Sometimes this can be fixed by adding less baking soda in the recipe.
2. Avoid applying immediately after shaving.
3. Sometimes these symptoms are caused by your skin detoxing from the chemicals and antiperspirant from your previous deodorant. Allow a few days or weeks to let your skin detox and adjust to the new deodorant. To help speed the detox process along, consider doing a bentonite clay mask on your armpits: 1 tablespoon bentonite clay, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency). Apply paste under arms and leave for 5-20 minutes then wash off.
If redness or itchiness continues, discontinue use.
Q. Will the oil stain my clothes?
A. I personally have never experienced any staining. It may possibly occur if too much is applied.
Q. How long does one 2oz. jar last?
A. 2-4 months, so the recipe above will last you twice as long.
NOTE: Original Recipe from Wellness Mama
Have you ever tried store bought natural deodorant? Give this recipe a try and tell me how it compares