Sunday, 3 October 2010

Goat Be Gone

This is the name of my new deodorant. It started off as the name of the peppermint cooling spray I invented for using backstage at the school play where it was so darn hot and we were wearing all black. Anyone who has ever worked backstage in an airless theatre knows what I'm talking about. Somehow the term Goat Be Gone has evolved to mean anything that stops the stink.

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!


  1. Good recipe! I love the name!

  2. only you would take the trouble (in the name of your principles) to re-apply deodorant mid-day. That's my chickadee!