Yep, sweating is the pits.
If you follow the lululemon manifesto, we should all be sweating once a day to regenerate our skin. But sweaty situations usually require some extra layers of odour resilience. My old lulu gear can genuinely attest to that.
So what’s up with our token armpit aroma?
For starters, B.O. involves the fusion of bacteria on the skin’s surface with sweat popping up from our glands.
Some undesirable underarm smells have been linked to an overburdened liver, where skin acts as a detox pathway for the overflow of toxins. Excess perspiration can also be caused by a clinical disorder of the sweat glands. Neither being fun topics for social chitchat.
I’ll admit I have an above-average ability to perspire (aside from the low blood sugar or fitness-induced sweats). Grey is a colour I rarely choose in a shirt. In my experience, natural deodorants are pretty much futile. And I’ve tried a whole slew of both synthetic and non-toxic pit sticks – from Mitchum to rock crystal.
In an effort to reduce the amount of chemicals our bodies get sprayed and slathered with, I decided to give homemade deodorant a go. No aluminum, titanium dioxide or phthalates required. Yay!
For an awesome infographic of chemical-free deodorants, check out Kris Carr’s natural deodorant smackdown – complete with a unicorn ranking system.
Instead of applying a masking strip of chemical under-armour, this simple spread could be a healthier solution for neutralizing bad B.O…perhaps on our less sweaty days, at the very least.
Natural Pit-Loving Deo Recipe:
3 tablespoons organic, virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking soda
8-12 droplets essential oil (I used the well-being blend by Saje Wellness with grapefruit, orange, lavender, indian neroli, rosewood and cypress)
Optional additions → 2 tablespoons organic shea butter OR arrowroot powder
1. Combine coconut oil and baking soda in a glass jar and stir until a nice thick texture is formed. Add in essential oil(s), shea butter and arrowroot powder (if desired).
2. Scoop into an empty deodorant container or glass jar and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
3. Remove, spread on a thin layer, and go sweat! Be sure to keep container sealed and stored at room temperature.
Why baking soda?
Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, helps neutralize odour by clearing bacteria on the skin. If your skin is super sensitive to the alkalinity of baking soda, try a little apple cider vinegar in filtered water applied directly to the pit. This will keep skin’s pH in balanced harmony.
Happy sweating and healthy pits! ❤