I started noticing my own body odour after I had my first baby. There are a couple reasons why I think this is:
- Hormones changing.
- I decided to ditch conventional antiperspirant when I was pregnant and realized how many chemicals and endocrine disruptors I was putting into my body everyday.
After 4 years of trying different natural deodorants and making my own, I have FINALLY found the perfect deodorant recipe that my husband and I both use and love! I find that most natural deodorant recipes have lots of baking soda, which is good for minimizing smell, but can really aggravate your skin.
I love this mix because it is creamy and easy to spread, doesn’t give me a rash, and I only have to put on one application a day and am good to go.
If you are still using a drugstore antiperspirant, especially if you are pregnant or postpartum and nursing, think about ditching the chemicals and making your own. In the end, it saves you money as well. Original recipe adapted from here.
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup shea butter (unrefined)
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 1/2 tbsp baking soda (aluminum free)
- 10-20 drops essential oils* (I used 20 peppermint drops)
*Essential oils to consider using: lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree. Make sure to source your oils for their purity (in other words, don’t use cheap oils from Winners – chances are they are filled with chemicals. Even if they say they are pure, by law, they only need to be 5% pure, meaning they can fill that other 95% with mystery additives).
- Add coconut oil and shea butter to a double boiler and melt
- Remove from heat and stir in arrowroot and baking soda
- Let cool to almost room temperature then stir in oils (if you add oils when mixture is too hot, the oils will dissipate).
- Pour into glass jars
- Use daily