So, I had a great post about a lactofermented success ready, but that will just have to wait until tomorrow. This I HAVE to share today.
A little over a year ago I decided to stop using my traditional deodorant/antiperspirant and start making my own. I’m not sure that I believe all the negative hype about antiperspirants, but the cost of them adds up, they were leaving white caked on stains on my clothes, the smell (although delightful) wouldn’t leave my clothes, and I was trying to weed out chemicals whenever I could.
I was scared. I teach dance and I sweat a lot. I did lots of research and settled on a mix of coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch. The first few days, I stank a little. Then, after about 3 days, I noticed that I was sweating less and didn’t smell. I smelled lightly of coconut for the majority of the day. My clothes were clean, and new things I have purchased since then no longer have that caked on deodorant nor the cloying scent even after washing.
Our annual recital is in June. It is a hot, sweaty, stressful week. I hadn’t been using my recipe for too long, so I was nervous it wouldn’t hold up. I switched back to my commercial deodorant for the first 2 days of rehearsals. I STANK!!!! It was horrible!!! I can’t ever remember smelling that badly!!! My guess is that my body was some how adjusted to the chemicals before, and when I gave them a break and then put them back on, my body was like “NO!!” I went back to my home made one for the shows and smelled like a coconut again. WHEW!
Next hurdle: I started reacting to the baking soda. This happened around October. I had been using it with GREAT results for over 6 months at that point. It was sudden. Just one day, I started to have a rash from it, and some weird pimple like things. I stopped using it immediately (over a weekend when I was home, don’t worry!). I switched to just coconut oil and hoped that would fix the problem. Not only did the rash heal (really quickly), but I still didn’t smell! Yes, I was moister than usual because the baking soda and corn starch weren’t absorbing it, but the smell didn’t come.
Now, I just use coconut oil. In the summer, I might add some cornstarch in and see if that works, but I might not even need to. Life was good.
UNTIL TUESDAY. ::cue scary music::
I forgot to put it on! Once I got to work, I used some commercial deodorant. WORST IDEA EVER. Apparently my body was no longer used to it. Not only did I REEK, but my pits swelled up and got a rash on them. I couldn’t even put my arms on themselves. I had to teach in a sweater to buffer my skin from itself. They were so swollen and painful even after I went home and took a shower. It was horrible. It subsided by mid-day Wednesday, which is great, but I have learned my lesson.
I wonder, though… how is it that something I used for years and years every day is now causing my body to practically declare war?
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