Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Why you should wear homemade deodorant (and how to make it...)
We all have heard that the aluminum in our deodorant is harmful. But it's what keeps us from sweating and who wants to be sweaty and smelly? Not me! So we turn the other way and hope that, yet another harmful ingredient will not do us any harm. But who are we kidding? Aluminum, parabens and other ingredients are very harmful and have been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's. My family already has a history of breast cancer and I don't want to be adding fuel to the fire if I can help it.
I have gone out and tried other "Natural deodorants" from the health food stores and they all kind of stink. Literally. I mean they don't work for me- at all. I'm a naturally "sweatier" person by nature and I've always been super anal about how I smell and they would just make me sweat even more! I'm the type of person that would always carry around a mini stick of deodorant in my purse, just in case! So needless to say, I've always felt stuck between a rock and a hard place when it came to deodorant.
So, about a month and a half ago I stumble upon this recipe to make a homemade deodorant and I haven't looked back! It's worked even better than my "clinical defense" deodorant that I was using previously. I've even gone a day without a shower and still not have smelly pits (so says my husband who has been my verifier!)
What you use, and how it works...
Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, fights odor causing bacteria on your skin, smooth texture. pleasant scent.
Cornstarch: Acts as an antiperspirant and keeps you dry
Baking Soda: Odor fighter
Essential Oil: Adds a pleasant scent (I used lavender)
Tea Tree Oil: Antibacterial - odor fighter
Container: I used a small glass baby food jar. But you could use a cleaned out old deodorant container if you have one.
Homemade Deodorant Recipe:
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
6 tablespoons Cornstarch
2-3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
10-20 drops essential oil (I used Lavender)
10-20 drops of Tea Tree Oil
Step one: Mix Baking Soda and Cornstarch in a bowl
Step two: add essential oil and tea tree oil
Step three: add coconut oil and mix well. Microwave for a few seconds if you need to mix better.
Step four: pack into your container.
Some thoughts and tips...
I use my fingers to scoop out a small amount of deodorant and rub in. I have found you can also use it on other parts of your body that tend to get sweaty smelly, more like a body deodorant.
First few uses, there may be extra coconut oil at the top of the container and seem oily, but it will more consistent the longer you keep using it.
Give your body a few days to adjust to the new product before deciding.
Allow to dry before getting dressed to avoid deodorant marks, as you would any deodorant!
Let me know what you think!