I just can’t help myself when it comes to some healthy/natural living topics, and learning how to do an armpit detox is one of my latest obsessions.
I started using jojoba oil to moisturize my face five years ago and have never looked back. I love making homemade sugar scrubs and lotions from scratch. One day I’ll write posts about how I make those!
But my post today is about an armpit detox. I wanted to try to switch to natural deodorant, and I read on Wellness Mama’s blog that an armpit detox will help draw out the toxins stored in your pores after years of using anti-antiperspirant. Apparently there are ingredients in traditional anti-antiperspirant like aluminum, which can be bad for humans. Aluminum has some evidence of a connection to Alzheimer’s, and Phthalates can disrupt our natural hormones.
I have to admit that I might not rely on natural deo 100% of the time. I am a sweater and there are some situations where I feel like I’d need the extra sweat protection, like important work events.
However, I did find the armpit detox to be an effective way to reduce odor for several days. When I do it, I can wear the natural deodorant and go to the gym and not smell like a garbage can! I am more sweaty, of course, but the sweat doesn’t smell. It’s weird, but amazing.
I’ll probably try to wear the natural deodorant when I work from home or don’t have important work or life events. So I’m not a perfect example of healthy living, but I am trying when & where I can!
Here’s how I mixed up my armpit mask:
One tablespoon French Clay (note: other blogs say bentonite clay is best. I want to try it, but had the French clay in my cupboard and it seemed to work out well. I’ll probably try bentonite when I run out) One teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar (known to kill smells and some bacteria) One teaspoon water
Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl until it’s creamy but firm enough to hold on to your skin. Slather over your armpits and let dry for several minutes. Rinse off with a warm washcloth or hop in the shower and rinse.
Note: some people are sensitive to the ACV. Try with just a few minutes your first time to make sure your skin doesn’t react.
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