For 5 months now I’m experiencing the same recurrent issue – after each waxing of the armpit area, my skin develops some red and painful areas that appear 1-2 hours after waxing and last about 3 to 4 days. I’ve seen several dermatologists and all said I need to cut down the number of times I wax that area; it seems my condition is caused by the snatching of the roots that became too traumatic for the armpit skin.
During those 3-4 days I can barely keep my arms together because of the pain. Each time I apply a store bought deodorant the issue increases in intensity and the redness and the pain grew. So I had no choice but to go deodorant-free for that days. Which for me is really stressful, because I sweat quite easily and a lot.
But then I remembered that some years ago (while breastfeeding) I used to make my own deodorant, out of all those healthy ingredients, and which was really effective.
So I decided to try again and do my costumed homemade deodorant, with all the ingredients that will soothe my armpit skin, and help recovery while keeping me dry most of the day.
Making a deodorant at home is really easy, but you’ll need some ingredients and tools to make sure everything will work out just fine – a thermometer, a set of stainless steel mini-mixer, a double boiler and some deodorant containers.
How to make
Prepare a double boiler or a bain-marie on the stove and turn on the heat. When the water starts to a boil, add the coconut oil, the Shea butter and the beeswax, mix with a spoon and let them melt. Once the composition is almost melted, turn on the mini-mixer and mix the composition really well. Once mixture is homogenized, take the double boiler away from the burner, and let it cool until the composition reaches about 37-38 Celsius degrees (98.6-100 F degrees).
Then gradually add the baking soda, corn starch, and alum stone powder. Make sure you stir slowly to avoid lumps in the composition. Immediately after incorporating all powders, add vitamin E. Before cool completely, add the essential oils and mix well.
If you have deodorant containers, pour the mixture into containers. Refrigerate for around 2 hours to completely harden before using.
Tip: If you’re using a deodorant container like this one, when preparing to fill the deodorant container, please make sure you keep the container upside down (with the cap on, of course), and pour the mixture though the deodorant pushing up wheel’s hole. Allow to cool in this position.
Yield: 3 deodorants valid for 1 month. Keep this homemade deodorant in cool places and away from direct sunlight. I used to make this quantity because also my husband and my sister were using it, but feel free to adjust the quantities of the recipe to your needs.
Note: If you want your deodorant to last longer than a month, you can always add some preservative.
And you’re done! 🙂 It’s that easy!
It’s really-really effective (like no bad odors after a full day at work and a workout later), and easy to make. Best thing is that you can play with the essential oils, so each time you make a new batch you can opt for new odors or improve the ones you liked.
The knock-out combination of backing soda, corn starch and alum powder will really help you stay dry – all three ingredients have astringent and antibacterial properties.
I can’t believe it’s June already and I am proud to say that I am taking Helly’s challenge really serious – 100 days without sugar. 🙂 3 days down, 97 to go. Up till now I am OK, no cravings, no cheating. Hopefully will be this easy all the way!
Have you ever experience a similar issue with mines after waxing?
Would you like to try to make a homemade deodorant?