About 3 weeks ago I was digging in the garden in the sunshine and it was about 80F and I was sweating and thinking and digging and sweating some more….and I took a break from digging and I was standing in the shade drinking a big glass of iced green tea and I was standing there in my own sweat and stink and all of the sudden it came to me…COCONUT OIL!!
Most of my best ideas usually come to me in this way, just out of the blue, especially while I am doing something mundane and repetitive like digging …”use coconut oil for deodorant” is what my mind said.
And I was like “DUH! that makes PERFECT sense!” 😀
The stink of the armpit is caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria that like the warm, moist, dark conditions of the underarm. Regular deodorant uses things like aluminum and other chemicals to repress sweating and stench, but sweating is a natural bodily process that rids it of toxins…you want to allow for the sweating while eliminating the stench. The high saturated fat count along with it’s medium and short chain fatty acids gives coconut oil unique anti-microbial properties, as well as being a natural skin conditioner.
So, with this in mind I finished up my last bit of digging and went inside and took a quick “rinse off” shower before Samuel awoke from his nap. After my shower, instead of applying the natural “crystal” deodorant that I usually use I rubbed a tiny bit of coconut oil into my armpits and then got back to the busyness of life and forgot all about it….until the next day, and I remembered it and smelled my armpits and there was absolutely no smell at all…and I was like “COOL!” and so I had Nathan smell me, just to be sure cause sometimes it can be difficult to smell yourself and he said “nope you don’t stink” and I was very excited. Yes, I am weird like that…I get excited over the littlest, strangest things…
And so I melted down about 4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil (it remains solid at temps lower that 76F) over very low heat on my stove top’s “warming zone”…you could use the oven too…DO NOT use the microwave! (THROW IT OUT! It’s killing you, seriously…don’t believe me?? Here’s a good article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx …. we threw ours out years ago…) After it was melted down I then mixed in about 20 drops of lavender essential oil, which also has known anti0microbial effects…and it smells good too! I love the smell of lavender 🙂
And I have been using it ever since, and all you need is a little tiny bit…I just dip in the tip of my finger and rub in a very small amount…not too much cause you want it to soak in quickly so that no residual oil gets on your clothing. Not only does it successfully keep the stink away but it’s also great for soothing the armpit skin after shaving…my pits smell and look great! hahahahahahaha! 😉