Why on earth would you want to make your own deodorant when you can go to the store and buy some for just a few bucks? Well, the truth is, most deodorants and antiperspirants on the market contain a number of toxic ingredients.
Aluminum is linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, but the one I am most concerned about is it’s link with Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of you know that I have personal connection with Alzheimer’s because my dad was affected by it at a relatively young age. The rise in dementia related illnesses and cancer is concerning, so the more I can do to try to lessen the cause, the better.
These chemical plasticizers help lotions and other personal care products penetrate the skin, but they have been linked to an increase in asthma, hormone disruption, and certain cancers.
Parabens are used as a preservative and shelf stabilizer. They are linked to hormone imbalance, hormone related cancers, birth defects and organ toxicity. Parabens are in EVERYTHING! Finally, we are starting to see more and more companies changing the recipes for their products to exclude parabens, but there are still so many personal care products that still include them.
This has been classified as a pesticide by the FDA and classified as a carcinogen by the EPA. Up until last year, this was included in all antibacterial soaps and washes. Hooray for the FDA for taking a step in the right direction and banning triclosan from hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes!
5. Propylene glycol
Another chemical stabilizer which can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.
In an effort to avoid as many of these icky, unnecessary ingredients as I can, I set out to find a deodorant with ingredients I could trust and pronounce. A friend sent me this super easy recipe and the best part is IT ACTUALLY WORKS! I have tried numerous different “natural” deodorants out there, and most of them were very disappointing. They left me feeling stinky and frustrated. This is not an antiperspirant, so you will still sweat, but that is a good thing. Clogging up your pores and preventing them from releasing the sweat is not good for your body. After a workout, or if it’s a hot summer day, I do have to reapply in the afternoon. For me, this is a small inconvenience that will hopefully help avoid any potential health problems later on.
I know it seems much easier to just run to Target and buy deodorant, or have Amazon deliver it to your doorstep, but in all honesty, this recipe is sooooo easy and you can still have Amazon deliver all of the ingredients to your doorstep. I waited several months before even reading the recipe after it was shared with me because I thought it would be a pain to make my own deodorant, but once I realized how simple it was, I made my first batch and have been making it on repeat now for the past couple of years.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir well to combine. I have found that it works best if your coconut oil is left solid, at room temperature. Do not heat it up or all of the arrowroot powder and baking soda will sink to the bottom of your deodorant jars.
If it’s hard to mix, just keep at it and it will start to loosen up and get softer. A mini arm workout. You’re welcome 😉
Once it is thoroughly combined, scoop it into your container. This recipe fills 2 (2oz) jars like these. Many times I don’t add any essential oils, but when I do, I like to use lemongrass oil. This particular oil is rather potent, so I only add about 5-7 drops.
To apply, just use your finger to scoop a large pea sized amount and use your hand to rub it under your arms. If it is hard, it will quickly warm up with the warmth of your skin and spread more easily.
If you aren’t feeling overly hippy and just can’t bring yourself to make your own deodorant, I highly recommend Primal Pit Paste as a good alternative to the homemade stuff. I used it for a couple of years and I was pleased with it. In fact, I saved the empty jars and that’s what I have been using to store my homemade stuff! Primal Pit Paste offers a jar and stick variety, but I prefer the jar because the consistency of the stick deodorant is too sticky for me. Even though it may be weird at first to apply it with your hands, you’ll soon get used to it!
If you’re interested in checking out your deodorant or antiperspirant ingredients, the Environmental Working Group is a great resource. You can look up products you are currently using as well as get recommendations on products you would like to try.
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