Almost all commercial deodorants that are out on the market contain dangerous ingredients for our health, like aluminum salts, parabens and other threatening chemicals. In time, these chemicals might create diseases like Alzheimer or breast cancer (several studies linked uses of aluminum deodorants to breast cancer because the breast tissue extends up into the armpits). If you give special attention to your long term health, we have a natural alternative to all those harmful products out on the market. You’ll find below the steps to make a healthy homemade deodorant.
– spoon or hand blender
– old deodorant dispenser or a small container with lid
– 6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (in solid state);
– 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred), both are thickening agents;
– 1/4 cup baking soda;
– optional: essential oils, like tea tree oil (for smell and antibacterial properties).
1. Mixt the baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch in an equal proportion.
2. Start to slowly add the coconut oil to the mixture you previously made and work it with a spoon or a hand blender until it reaches a pliable texture, similar to commercial deodorants. If the mixture doesn’t have the desired texture and it’s to wet add more arrowroot powder/cornstarch to make it thicken.
3. Put the mixture into the old deodorant dispenser or into the small container (but in this case you will use your fingers to apply the deodorant). If you are afraid that it might leak, you can use a mini mason jar to put in the mixture.
This deodorant lasts for a period of approximate 3 months for two people with regular daily use and you get the best texture while mixing with a hand blender, the blenders smooths the ingredients more.
1. Baking soda can be irritant for some people because the skin from our armpits might got used to all the chemicals and this way it is detoxifying. In this case you can decrease the amount of baking soda used in the mixture and replace it with the arrowroot powder/cornstarch. But, if you decide to keep that amount of baking soda and your underarms become irritated you can also wash the area with one tablespoon apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of water before going to bed or 30 minutes prior to applying deodorant. Be sure to allow your underarms to dry before applying deodorant. Rash and itching will go away!
2. If you use this product immediately after shaving you might get itches, so wait an hour or two after shaving to apply the deodorant.
3. You can also use other oils for this recipe, but the coconut oil is the most effective because of its anti-bacterial benefits and because it doesn’t melt so easily (it remains solid under 76 degrees)
4. This deodorant won’t stain your clothes, or at least not as much as a regular commercial one.
5. If the mixture still melts because you live in a warm climate you can add some melted candelilla wax or beeswax to it. If necessary store it in your refrigerator and this way you will be sure it remains solid.
6. People allergic to coconut oil can use a mixture of shea butter and cocoa butter instead of the coconut oil.
7. You will still sweat using this deodorant because it is not antiperspirant, but in much smaller quantities. Don’t worry, sweat is a natural process of the body, but this deodorant will prevent you from being smelly! It works wonders!
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