When I started my journey from aluminum based antiperspirants to natural deodorants it was not pretty.  I think I must have tried every product on the market with varying success, some I liked, some I hated, some stung like a bee’s nest, and one actually discolored my armpits so badly due to the clay content I had to discontinue using it out of sheer embarrassment that my waxing girl had to see me with black armpits.  I have tried making my own with cornstarch, arrowroot powder, and baking soda.  This concoction I love because it works but it just doesn’t smell pretty.  I am nothing if not a girly girl goddess and I adore pretty smelling products. I love them more when are effective; even in 120° heat.

Enter Etsy goddess, Leslie Martin, of Crunchy Betty fame. I happened upon her website one day, I forget exactly why, but on the sidebar was this ad for Kokomo Cream Deodorant withe the picture of the lime and coconut.  Now, me being such a fan of that combination, ordered it, without hesitation, thinking if it didn’t really work it would smell nice for a little while, at least for a little while.  Wow, did I ever underrate this?  It teaches me to judge something before I try it!

From the first use I was in love.  Not only does it smell divine, it works, and I mean really works!!  It lasts forever, in part because of the baking soda, but it also keeps you a bit drier than most natural deodorants, moisturizes the delicate underarm area, does not sting when you put in on directly after a wax,  and she uses arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch which is much more hypo-allergenic and definitely ensures there are no GMOs. I mean, it is a win-win-win situation here. What’s not to love??  Oh and did I mention it is only $12 and lasts FOREVER??  AND, if that weren’t enough, she gives you the recipe so if you want to make your own, you can!

I make a lot of DIY beauty products but I will tell you, if she keeps making it, I am going to let her do what she does best and keep sending it to me!  It’s blended to perfection!

This is the first natural deodorant that heals instead of just masks.  Take note beauties, this doesn’t make you stop sweating, though, again, it does keep you drier than many on the market.  I have news for you, blocking your sweat glands, especially in such a delicate area, is a bad thing. Sweat is detoxing nasty terrible toxins built up in your system.  It’s your friend.

With so many toxins in conventional personal care products, aluminum tops my list of one of the harshest.  Though the jury is still out (and by jury I mean the manufacturers of aluminum based antiperspirants and their checkbooks with blank checks written to the FDA) on whether these harsh chemicals contribute to breast cancer, aluminum is a heavy metal and aren’t we exposed to enough heavy metals in our foods?  Oh, and you know those yellow marks on your silk and cotton light colored blouses??  Those are from those nasty aluminum based antiperspirants anyway.

Save yourself some dry cleaning money and your nurture your sweat glands which will make your lymphatic system love you.  Go get yourself some Kokomo Cream Deodorant, nix your Nivea and give your Ban the boot!

Where to buy:  Crunchy Betty’s Natural Market on Etsy

UPDATE::  I just got an email with a COUPON PAGE!  Who doesn’t like to save a bit of change??!!

18 replies
  1. Kathy Radigan
    Kathy Radigan says:

    Thanks for the heads up on what sounds like a great product. It is so hard to find products that work and are also safe!! Thank you for always coming up with some great ideas and products.

  2. Cody
    Cody says:

    I love coconut…must try this! I’ve heard horror stories of antiperspirants causing bad health problems, including cancer. Natural deodorant is the way to go!

  3. Real Army of Moms
    Real Army of Moms says:

    This is one of the areas where I have had a difficult time going Natural. I hate to smell. I will try this though because of your recommendation. Thanks for saving me from the chemical wasteland that is deodorant.

  4. Toni South
    Toni South says:

    I’m a huge Crunchy Betty fan which is how I happened upon your site which I’ve been loving. I’ve been making my own homemade deodorant with mixed results and much irritation, but I’ve been determined not to go back to regular store bought brands. I’m happy to hear such a great review since I was already eyeing this from the moment she put it in her online market. It’s definitely the next on my list of purchases. DIY is great and fun but in the end, I just want a healthy product that keeps me from smelling badly:)

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It’s a great deodorant. It keeps you fresh all day and I am so glad it’s on your list to buy! (I’m also glad we found you!) I went through many many before finding this deodorant. I tried all the best rated ones but this is the only one that didn’t contribute to the darkening of the underarms from the clay based Pit Potion I used for nearly six months. This one WILL keep you smelling sweet. If it works in 120 degree heat it will work anywhere!

      • Toni South
        Toni South says:

        I just ordered some today! Crunchy Betty has a 20% off coupon right now on her Etsy shop. (details are on her latest website post). It seemed like a sign that I needed to finally purchase it. Excited to try this out.

          • Toni South
            Toni South says:

            Yep, I’m sold on this stuff! I’ve been using it for three days so far with zero irritation and I absolutely love the smell of it. Couldn’t be happier with this purchase!

  5. Christina
    Christina says:


    I am a huge fan of Lavilin – http://www.lavilin.com

    My husband got it for me a few years ago since I have sensitive skin and no other brand seemed to work for me. He had heard about it from a few different people. I love it so much that, after just a few weeks, I got him to try it as well. He loves the foot deodorant. Both deodorants last 4-5 days!


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