Originally Posted by saratc
Hey, I'm not kdmama and haven't tried it myself, but I remember reading over at the Natural Home and Body Care forums that coconut oil rubbed on the armpits is a great deodorant. You're supposed to first scrub the armpits with baking soda to remove dead skin cells and soap residue. And then right when you get out of the shower/bath, rub in some coconut oil. It's supposedly readily absorbed by the skin and doesn't leave residue. Since coconut oil is antibacterial, it keeps the bacteria that causes stink at bay.
Although, I no longer use a baking soda scrub first. I just gently scrub my pits with a loofah while in the shower, then apply CO directly after drying off. It works really, really well! And I've never had any problems with it staining my clothes, which is always the first thing I'm asked about it. It's pretty much like applying it to other parts of my body as a moisturizer, in that it is absorbed like a moisturizer and does not stain, leave residue, etc. Even H, who is completely skeptical about all things "hippie-dippy" uses it and is thrilled with it, as he has always had a bad reaction to commercial deodorants.