And my friends, I do. I am by nature a sweaty person. I have temperature fluctuations throughout the day--getting worse since my hysterectomy—whenever I do a storytelling I work so intensely that I overheat. Plus I exercise 5 days a week. I am not one of those women who “glow” after exercise—I look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, my hair dripping wet and my face a tomato. I like to think this is a testament to how hard I push myself. The real truth as to why I am a sweaty person is that I refuse to use an antiperspirant. Our bodies are designed to sweat. It is our way of cooling off as well as a way to get rid of toxins. Our skin is our largest organ and I believe should be free to do its thing. And that thing is sweat. But I don’t want to have the stink that often accompanies the sweat. So I have spent many years trying to invent the perfect deodorant.
I do not want to use something that contains aluminum as it has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. I do not want lots of unpronounceable chemicals being rubbed under my arms so near to breast tissue. I have tried many variations of spray ons that started with vodka as a base (alcohol kills germs) and adding essential oils that are anti-bacterial like lavender or ones that are supposed to help with sweating like sage. Most have worked well in winter or as long as I didn’t exert myself. They often had to be reapplied mid day. But now, my friends I have invented the one, the only, Goat Be Gone that I think will be the answer. It works hard and lasts through storytelling and exercise. I sweat but don’t oversweat. And I don’t stink. Not even after 30 minutes of Tae-Bo.
Goat Be Gone
¼ cup plus 1 tsp arrowroot power
1 TB baking soda
4-5 TB coconut butter—enough to make a paste
10 drops sage oil
10 drops lavender oil
5 drops tea tree oil
5 drops lemon oil
Just gradually mix in the coconut butter (which is antibacterial as well) and add in the oils. Mix well and put into a recycled jar that has been cleaned out with alcohol to sterilize it. Rub a pea sized amount into each pit in the morning and you’ll be fresh as a daisy all day. Because you use so little it lasts for ages. I was lucky as these are all things I have in my cupboards. So easy and cheap to make.
Make some Goat Be Gone today and protect your body and stop the stink!