Conventional deodorant on the market contains Aluminum Zirconium, which is a toxin that is easily absorbed through the skin and has been linked to Alzheimer’s, cancer, and hormone disruption. We are continually exposed to aluminum in many different ways from cooking utensils, containers, appliances, antiperspirants, and even our drinking water. We inhale and ingest aluminum through our food and water, but even though studies have shown that aluminum is poorly absorbed through our intestinal tract, inhaling it through our lungs in high enough levels can cause neurological damage.
Why Go Natural?
Applying antiperspirants directly to our skin is a great way to absorb aluminum directly into our system, and even into our brain. That should be motivation enough to try going natural. Unfortunately, many so-called “natural” deodorants that you can find in stores still contain harmful chemical ingredients like Propylene Glycol, a known irritant, and Aluminum Chlorohydrate, which is along the same lines as Aluminum Zirconium.
Should I Detox Before Going All Natural?
This is a common question for anyone transitioning from conventional products to all natural ones, and I will say that detoxing your body will help your transition go much smoother. Because our bodies have absorbed so many toxins from conventional, chemical laden products, it’s imperative that we detox them out before going all natural so we can give our body a nice fresh start. If you would like to know more, I’ve written an article on how to detox your armpits.
How To Make A Natural Deodorant
Making a natural homemade deodorant is the only way to ensure you know exactly what ingredients are going to be applied to your skin, and surprisingly it’s quite easy to make at home. You only need a few ingredients, and there are a few different recipes that will work for you, depending on what type of deodorant you want to make.
I’m going to cover two different ways to make a deodorant, but I should mention first that this is NOT an antiperspirant, only a deodorant. Because it has no aluminum in it, there’s nothing to clog up your sweat glands and prevent you from naturally sweating. Don’t be alarmed, though, because when you start using natural deodorant, you’ll actually find that you don’t sweat as much as you used to. This is because your body is naturally detoxing from all those years of chemicals we’ve been putting on our armpits, and will eventually rebalance itself. You may have a few “stinky” periods through your detox, but that’s what the natural deodorant is for!
Now, on to the recipes!
Deodorant Recipe 1 – Ingredient List
- 6 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda (without aluminum)
- 1/4 Cup Arrowroot or Cornstarch (use more baking soda if you don’t have either of these)
- Essential Oils (optional)
Deodorant Recipe 1 – Instructions
- Mix together arrowroot and baking soda in a small bowl.
- Add in coconut oil and mash together until it forms a paste.
- Add drops of essential oils, if desired.
- Store in a small glass jar, or an old deodorant tube.
This recipe is simple, yet effective. It’s a quick way to whip up a batch of deodorant and keep it super simple and easy. If you’re looking for something with a little more of a deodorant stick “feel”, the next recipe is one that I personally use, and absolutely love.
Deodorant Recipe 2 – Ingredient List
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda (aluminum free)
- 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Powder (use an extra 1/4 of baking soda if you don’t have arrowroot)
- 1/4 Cup Beeswax Pastilles
- Optional: 20-30 drops of essential oils (I use Lavender for this)
Deodorant Recipe 2 – Instructions
- Add coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax into a small glass mason jar.
- Insert mason jar into a pot with water and bring to a boil. Be careful not to get water into the jar.
- Stir the ingredients until full melted together. The beeswax will take a little longer to melt.
- Once melted, add the baking soda, arrowroot, and essential oils. Stir until well combined.
- If you choose to make these into bars, pour the liquid into muffin tins and let cool, or refill an empty deodorant container.
Once your deodorant hardens, you’re ready to use. This recipe is enough to fill a deodorant container, and should last you for a while. You can always double up the ingredients to make a larger batch, which is easy to do. The essential oils add a pleasant smell to the deodorant, and you can experiment with different types like peppermint for a cooling effect, or tea tree oil for an added anti-bacterial property.
Why is it taking forever to harden?
Depending on the temperature in your home, it could take longer for the deodorant to harden if it’s too warm. Try putting it in the fridge to solidify quicker. I like keeping mine in the fridge on hot days to not only help keep it together, but for a refreshing feel when I apply it.
Help! I’m getting a rash from using this.
It isn’t uncommon to go through a detox phase when switching from conventional chemical laden deodorants, to a more natural one. Your armpits are likely flushing all those toxins out of your glands that have built up over the years. If you still find you have a rash after a month or so of using the natural formula, try omitting the baking soda and replacing with arrowroot. This will usually clear up any issues for people with sensitive skin.
Will this prevent me from sweating?
Unfortunately, no. Only antiperspirants can help prevent sweating, but that’s only because they clog our glads with harmful chemicals. Sweating is a natural function of our body, and other than using chemicals, there is no current natural way to stop it. The good news is, the more you use the natural deodorant, the less your armpits will actually sweat. This is because your glands are readjusting to their natural balance, and over time you may find that you don’t need any deodorant at all.
Have you made your own homemade personal care products? How did it turn out? Share your story below!