Coconut oil is a wonderful "deodorant," as it is naturally anti-microbial/anti-fungal. These properties aid in destroying the stench-causing microbes that live on your skin. Added bonus: coconut oil heals chafing and creates baby-smooth skin. I use it plain as my facial moisturizer, and as a base in homemade lotions. Coconut oil is a veritable face and body healing/beauty balm.
I shower in the evening...love to go to bed squeaky clean. I apply coconut oil liberally after the shower, including under my arms. In the morning, I apply pit powder. It's really not necessary, I find, to apply the powder at night before bed. I also don't need to reapply coconut oil in the morning. This system works for me. You can play with it and see what combination works for you.
(Health FYI: body odor is directly connected to gut dysbiosis and pathogen load. You will notice significant decreases in body odor and bad breath after doing gut healing and anti-candida protocols. You eliminate toxins through your sweat; this is a necessary and beneficial bodily function. When you are systemically imbalanced and toxic, your eliminations smell bad. Learn more from the links below.)
Making your own pit powder is ridiculously simple. The ingredients help to absorb odors and sweat. It is not a bullet-proof formula by any means, and it won't stop sweat the way chemical formulations do. But remember, we need to sweat. And, whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream. So a little less-stinky sweat is better than using chemical cloggers.
To make pit powder, mix equal parts baking soda, bentonite clay and arrowroot powder. I make a large batch and store it in a half-gallon mason jar. I transfer smaller amounts into shaker jars for application. Into a cup of pit powder, I add 10 drops of whatever essential oils suit my fancy (a favorite is DoTerra's Citrus Bliss). Stir well and cap. To use, just sprinkle powder in the palm of your hand and apply as needed. A little natural moisture does help the powder to "set," so if your pits are bone dry, you might apply a thin layer of coconut oil first.
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