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The Hip Life



Hello, under there!

Courtenay Henderson

In my quest to lead a chemical free life I've overlooked the underarm. I didn't want to know what was in the stuff I use to smell so fresh and so clean. I knew that once I did I would need to do something about it and here we are. 

I've been testing this recipe out for about a month. The only negative is that you need to reapply after working out or before bed or after you've done something that makes you super nervous (ha). On the real, you do need to reapply once, maybe twice a day. Not the worst. Kind of makes you think about what's in the other stuff. Why does it last so long?? I could literally go days and not have to worry about it- yikes!

Sketchy ingredients in most deodorants/antiperspirants include:

  • aluminum- clogs pores, linked to cancer, can cause hormonal issues in women
  • parabens- a preservative which can lead to organ toxicity, hormonal imbalances and cancer

Thanks, but no thanks!

You're probably wondering if there will be an awkward transition of "oh gosh, hope the people down the street can't smell me coming" and days of casually smelling your pits just to make sure you're still fresh. Sorry not sorry to the people I made smell my armpits. Lucky for them there was no transition. You'll just smell like sunshine, rainbows and coconut oil.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1/2 c coconut oil

  • 1/4 c baking soda (aluminum free)

  • 1/4 c corn starch

  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus or a combo)

Melt the coconut oil a little bit to make it soft. Mix in all the other ingredients and transfer it into a jar or container. It will make just under a cup.

In just under a month I have used less than 1/4 of my deodorant. It'll last a long time! Just store it some place cool otherwise the coconut oil will get soft.

Fun Facts about this deodorant:
  1. Coconut oil is antiseptic and antifungal (is there anything he can't do?!)
  2. Lavender essential oil is calming and can be used to cleanse cuts and skin irritations (perfect for all that dry shaving I do)
  3. Tea tree is antifungal, antibacterial and has antiviral (what a champ)

Let me know how you like it. I've had a few friends try it out recently and they've loved it!

- C