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From Toxic Underarms to Heavenly Pits

—  found in  Beauty  —

By Kathrin Brunner

Do you love your armpits? These often over-looked, even shunned, body parts are Oh. So. Important! Here’s why. Armpits contain sweat glands and sweating not only regulates our body temperature, it’s also a way for the body to get rid of toxins. Think about how good you feel after a good sweaty workout session! Your armpits are also home to over 20 lymph nodes, an important part of your lymphatic system. Immune cells that fight infection and remove debris, like bacteria and cancer cells, are made in your lymph nodes. Pretty important stuff. So, how can we love our armpits? Treat them right by wearing natural deodorant! (OR use the 3 points below?)

Commercial deodorants contain a number of different toxins that do NOT love your armpits. Here’s what ingredients to look out for and avoid:

  • Aluminum is often found in antiperspirants because it blocks your sweat ducts. It also disrupts your hormones and is toxic to your brain in large doses.
  • Phthalates are linked to reproductive disorders and can be hidden under the listing, ‘fragrance’.
  • Parabens are estrogen-mimickers that have been found in breast cancer tissue.
  • Triclosan disrupts the hormones and affects our thyroid and reproductive glands.
  • Benzyl alcohol is a skin irritant.
  • BHT, butylated hydroxytoluene, is a skin irritant and allergen.
  • Fragrance, this unregulated term can contain highly allergenic ingredients, phthalates and other hormone disruptors.

I know it can be a struggle to find a natural deodorant that works, but you don’t want to put these toxins on any part of you- even a stinky one! I spent years trying to find a natural deodorant that worked. I had some luck with crystal salts, but in the end the product that works the best was one I made with ingredients from my kitchen and a few essential oils. If you’ve had a hard time finding a product that works for you, try my recipe for Heavenly Pits featured in thee Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide. It contains natural ingredients that stop the bacteria that cause body odour and therapeutic oils to moisturize and soothe your skin. 

  • Coconut oil works well in DIY deodorants because it’s antimicrobial (bye bye smelly bacteria) and it’s healing for the skin (so long razor burn).
  • Baking soda kills bacteria, neutralizes odour, and soothes itch. 
  • Arrowroot powder helps to absorb excess moisture. 
  • Essential oils, like lavender and lemongrass, are antimicrobial, healing for the skin and add a nice smell. 

Let yourself sweat!

Don’t block the flow of your lymphatic system by wearing constrictive bras, go for under-wire free when you need support and when you’re at home, go bra-free!

Wear natural deodorants.

You can get our all-natural, deodorant cream in the JOYOUS SHOP!

Chelsea   •   September 9, 2013

Is it true cutting out meats can help reduce the odours, too? Or are the odours only caused by superficial bacteria ?

Joy McCarthy   •   September 9, 2013

Angie   •   September 9, 2013

Great article. I’ve experimented with a lot of natural deodorants and Soapwalla Deodorant Cream is the BEST one I've come across. It really works!!! You can buy it online at ecodivabeauty or fresh faced

Joy McCarthy   •   September 9, 2013

Melvin Niska   •   September 9, 2013

What's this? A honeymooner learning about armpits? :)


Noelia   •   September 10, 2013

Great Article! Cypress essential Oil is also an efective remedy for body odour and foot!


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Allene   •   September 29, 2013

Hi Joy, I spent ALL SUMMER trying natural deodorants and had absolutely no luck whatsoever with the commercially-made ones (and believe me, I tried at least twelve different kinds - which isn't cheap!). I made a homemade deodorant (1/3 coconut oil, 1/3 baking soda, 1/3 corn starch) and it worked like a DREAM. Until, of course, my armpits broke out in a horrible bumpy, itchy rash. I've since read that baking soda is really bad for your skin (though it seems there's a fair bit of disagreement on the topic). What would you suggest for someone like me? I read one recipe that involved infusing coconut oil with calendula leaves for two weeks, then mixing a bunch of expensive essential oils and products into it, but at that point, the aluminum $4.00 anti perspirant looks like the most attractive option... :(

Joy McCarthy   •   September 30, 2013

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Stacey   •   February 2, 2014

I've been "traditional" deodorant free for five years or more. I could never go back. Mostly I wear nothing at all, but for certain times I wear green beaver. Great products and Canadian!


Heather   •   April 19, 2015

Hi Kathrin I've tried Joyous products before and did not have a great experience. Lavilin seems to work nicely for me :)

Joy McCarthy   •   April 20, 2015

Aimee H   •   June 15, 2015

I made some Heavenly Pits deodorant cream last night and I really hoped the lemon balm essential oil would mask the scent of the tea tree oil (oddly, a smell I can't stand). My pits are feeling great but all I smell is tea tree oil. Are there any substitutes you might recommend? Thank you!


MLC   •   June 21, 2017

I have problems with dark underarms. I've tried some natural remedies, but none of them seem to work. Any foolproof methods?

Rachel Molenda   •   June 22, 2017

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