Let me preface this and state I am no expert and this info is from 2 years of seeing the coconut oil recipe on the web, reading comments, researching the ingredients, and trying it myself. It is my understanding, to maximize the effectiveness, coconut oil should be unrefined for the anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial benefits (to what degree refining the oil changes these properties is not clear). The unrefined coconut I used was organic, extra virgin. It does have a subtle coconut scent and I've read varies from brand to brand. I purchased mine at a health food store. I've also read that cornstarch can contribute to yeast infections in the underarm and substituting arrowroot is an alternative (this is what I used). Baking soda also seems to be of debate as some recipes state to use aluminum free baking soda. I use the kind in the orange box (wink wink) as it says the only ingredient is sodium bicarbonate. I have seen the boxes that are marketed as aluminum free on the front; same ingredient listed on the side. So did it work? It worked OK, I used it for a year. I didn't like either of the applications from a reused stick deodorant container or rubbing it on from a container. The consistency changed depending on the weather from crumbly to too creamy. So what do I use now? I use Magnesium Hydroxide AKA Milk of Magnesia. I purchase a bottle of store brand (unflavored/original) and pour it into a small spray bottle. I love it!
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