Armpits. My daughter used to call them armpots when she was a wee lass. I have mixed feelings about mine. I have a tumor in my right armpit, so where I once felt pretty carefree about my armpits as long as they were clean smelling and freshly shaven, I now know they harbor many lymph nodes and are directly tied to my health and well being.
So I care about what goes on them. I don’t want any nasty Parabens and Aluminum poking my cancer cells and stirring up that nest of bees. And I don’t want it for you either.
I stopped using “grocery store” deodorants a long time ago, and switched to the more natural variety, the crystals etc. But I teach Spin classes and Yoga classes, at least 1 class on most days, maybe two. I need something that works.
Many of the homemade recipes call for cornstarch, which I am wary of because corn is so heavily genetically modified and in so many US products from diapers to food wrappers. I am sure most Americans have an allergy to it, at the very least a sensitivity. I found a great recipe that uses arrowroot instead of cornstarch, and baking soda on the Hippy Homemaker Blog and loved that she added essential oils (I used grapefruit and lavender – yum yum) and whipped the melted shea butter and coconut oil with an electric beater, so the result is a smooth, soft and fragrant mix of love for your pits. There may not be any science in what I’m about to write, but baking soda is said to be a cancer fighter , so I don’t mind rubbing some of that love into it’s little black heart.
The recipe calls for:
1/2 cup of Baking Soda
1/2 cup of Arrowroot Powder
1/2 cup of Unrefined Coconut Oil
1/2 cup of Unrefined Shea Butter
Melt the Shea Butter in a double Boiler. In a bowl, mix the coconut oil into the dry ingredients. This works well with a fork. When the dry ingredients are well mixed with the coconut oil, pour the melted Shea butter into the mix and stir well. Here’s where the recipe gets an extra dose of awesomeness – the Hippy Homemaker strongly suggests you don’t skip this step and I concur – whip the warm love with an egg beater until completely mixed.
Add your essential oils. I used 30 drops of lavender and 30 drops of grapefruit. She suggest a few other potential combos;
Lime and Vanilla (15 drops lime essential oil, 4 drops of vanilla Absolute Vodka)
Lavender Lemongrass (30 drops of lavender essential oil, 3 drops of lemongrass)
I have to tell you, I am proof wearing my mix now and I can barely keep my nose out of my soft and supple, clean and fresh pits! I even made a batch for my sister, so she can share and wear the love, too.
Photo by Tim – The Cleveland Kid – thanks Tim!!