Have you ever tried to read the ingredients on your deodorant? Go on. Try it. How many of the ingredients can you actually pronounce? Here’s a good rule of thumb: try to avoid wearing products that contain ingredients that make you feel like you’re learning to read all over again while trying to pronounce them.
Deodorants contain many harmful chemicals that are linked to a host of health issues. Parabens, used as a preservative, and aluminum are often found in conventional deodorants. Parabens and aluminum have been shown to mimic estrogen, potentially increasing your risk of breast cancer. The results of studies addressing this point have conflicting results, but why would you want to put something on your body that even has the slightest possibility of giving you cancer?
Triclosan, a registered pesticide, is commonly found in deodorants and is harmful to your body and the environment. And men, you’re not off the hook. Phthalates, often present in deodorants, have been linked to the disruption of testosterone production.
We put so much emphasis on what we put in our body and not enough on what we put on our body. There is reasonable belief that putting these chemicals on the body may cause more harm than if you were to actually consume them. What you put on your skin is often absorbed directly into the bloodstream, whereas when you consume something, it goes through a filtering process where it is broken down and flushed out of the body. So, who wants parabens, Triclosan, and phthalates for dinner? Disclaimer: please do not actually test this theory by consuming these products.
Also, stop looking for antiperspirants to make you stop sweating. They don’t even work that well, anyway. Did it ever occur to you that you are designed to sweat? Much like your dog pants to keep cool, humans sweat to keep cool. Sweating is also the bodies’ way of detoxifying and getting rid of the crap we put in and on the body.
Now that I have freaked you out, I have a solution for you that is inexpensive and safe to use. Making your own deodorant is a great way to know exactly what ingredients are going into the products you are putting on your body. Did you know that deodorant is an $18 billion industry? I am here to tell you that you can quit making the deodorant industry even richer and start making your own DIY deodorant with 5 simple ingredients and a recycled deodorant stick or glue stick.
This deodorant recipe is so simple to make. The blend of coconut oil and Shea butter is so moisturizing and will leave your pits feeling luxuriously smooth. Mix the coconut oil and Shea butter with soy wax flakes, baking soda, cornstarch or arrow root powder, your favorite essential oils, and voilà, you have yourself a natural deodorant that won’t give you cancer or f**k with your hormones.
I chose to use lavender and lemongrass as my scents. This combo smells so refreshing and clean, but you can use your favorite essential oils or anything you have on hand.
As far as storing your homemade deodorant goes, I keep mine in the refrigerator during the warmer months and in my bathroom during the cooler months. As I’m sure you are aware, coconut oil melts in warm temperatures. If you’re like me and keep your house a bit warmer during the summer months, you may want to refrigerate your deodorant.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or Shea butter (I used 1 tbsp of each)
- 1 1/2 tsp soy wax flakes
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp cornstarch or arrow root powder
- 15-20 drops essential oils
- Recycled deodorant stick or glue stick, emptied and cleaned
- Add coconut/Shea butter and soy wax flakes in a heat resistant bowl.
- In a separate bowl, add boiling water. You want this bowl to be slightly larger to create somewhat of a double boiler to melt the coconut/Shea butter and soy wax. Place the bowl with coconut/Shea butter and soy wax in the larger bowl with the boiling water and let them melt together.
- Once coconut oil/Shea butter and soy wax flakes have melted completely, add baking soda and cornstarch/arrow root powder and mix until smooth.
- Now add your essential oils and mix until well blended.
- Let the mixture cool for approximately 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator. The consistency will be similar to frosting. This will help you when you transfer the mixture to your recycled deodorant sticks. Note: if you are using an empty glue stick, you can add mixture while still melted. If using a deodorant stick, let the mixture cool and firm prior to transferring.