Some may ask, “is there really a need for me to make my own deodorant?”. Many people already know the dangers of commercial deodorants or experienced problems associated with using them.
Here are some things most people don’t know about deodorant:
1.) Aluminum – This is used because the aluminum molecules form a plug in your sweat glands (sweat is a function created in you for a purpose). Aluminum acts as a neurotoxin and has been implicated in a number of health issues.
2.) parabens – used as a preservative not just in deodorant but in many personal care products like; shampoos, moisturizers, shaving gels, makeup and toothpaste. They have been found in breast cancer tumors, mimic estrogen and may be configuring to early puberty in girls. Have been associated with cancers near the under arm in some breast cancers.
3.) phalates – are known as, “plasticizers”, increases products flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention most Americans tested have evidence of multiple phalates detected in their urine. It has been associated with multiple health risks like, wheezing breathing issues, endocrine disruptions that have led to breast cancer, metabolism issues, low birth weight and ADHD.
4.) propylene glycol – used in both anti-freeze for vehicles and in foods in the US. Used as a food preservative and keeps food from freezing also used as an emulsifier. Presently in MANY food and personal care products, studies show small amounts are safe, however long term exposure/ingestion to multiple products has the potential to cause kidney problems, abdominal pain, digestive upset and is extremely flammable.
5.) triclosan – used for its antibacterial properties in many personal care products and in pesticides. Is a known Endocrine disruptor, linked to allergies, has been found in fish, cows and human milk and recently classified as a probable carcinogen.
There are other chemicals that are of concern in our deodorants, and his is not an exhaustive list but I think by now one would have a legitimate concern about the products we use on our bodies
Ok, so now honestly, knowledge is power, but only with the application of wisdom. Many would agree at this point that it would be beneficial to avoid knowingly using/doing something that could cause harm to your body. Creating our own alternative where we know exactly what was put into the product, is much more safe.
So lets jump right into a recipe that works for me:
6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred
Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
Young Living Tea Tree Essential Oil
(Caution Only use YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS- why? Click here)
STEP 1: Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder/cornstarch.
STEP 2: Slowly add coconut oil, Young Living Essential Oils, and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken.
STEP 3: You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.