There has been a lot of discussion about the effects deodorant has on the body. Personally, I have been sick of using it because I have no idea what the long term effects really are and many people think they have no choice in the matter, other than being a reeking, smelly pig. As of late, it has made me break out in hives..and this is the "natural" stuff. I knew God didn't put us on earth for man to develop crazy chemical laden, and sometimes dangerous concoctions, if there are natural solutions to our health problems. Ever since I had my brief brush with acute and painful arthritis (that has now subsided and not come back- ptl) I have been exploring natural remedies opposed to man-made poisons from Big Pharma. So, I have been searching for the best DIY deodorant recipe and sort of stumbled upon something so incredibly simple; Castor oil and baking soda. I add a scent, like pure tangerine oil or whatever just because I don't wear perfume.
This has been working fantastically. All you do is pour a nickle (or quid) sized dollop of castor oil into your palm (add a scented oil at this point if you like - but make sure this oil is safe on skin) rub your palms together and apply it onto the skin. Follow with about the same amount of baking soda and you are done. My husband has now switched to this method, and as a man who works & sweats all day, he finds it just as fantastic as I do.
This is also extremely beneficial financially. You figure you probably spend close to $100 a year on deodorant, this method might cost $15 or less a year AND it's one less toxic thing you're not applying onto your body on a daily basis.
You can find castor oil online or go to A Fruitful Yield, Whole Foods, or any health food stores that are in your area. You can also find essential oils at these places, too!
Try and enjoy~ let me know how it works for you!