Because I know I'm going to be asked a million questions on why I make my own deodorant, I'll open with the reasons. Anyone who knows me, know I'm all about living healthy. Few others know I have an insatiable need to understand everything around me. And even fewer know I make my own cheese, tofu, and many other items such as.. well.. Deodorant.
We are constantly exposed to toxins all around us. It's in our water, food, the products we use such as shampoo, deodorant, and even toothpaste. It's in genetically altered grain, which is fed to live stock which is then stored in the animal fat which and transfered to our bodies when we consume the meat.
So what's bad about commercial deodorants? They contain Aluminum Zirconium which is a compound that serves several purposes in deodorants. 1. It causes the skin cells to swell, pinching off the sweat glands. 2. It absorbs any moisture that is let through. Some aluminum compounds are known to cause brain damage, and skeletal issue. Though not scientifically proven, it is also believed that this may also be the cause to Alzheimer's disease. Is this wasn't motivation enough, look to the purpose of sweating in the first place. To remove toxins from the body, and regulate temperature. If you trap the toxins in your pits, they tend to backup into your lymph nodes.
So here's the recipe I use for my deodorant, which really works. Keep in mind this is not an antiperspirant, so it won't keep you from sweating (Which believe me, is not a bad thing). But, it will keep you from stinking. I workout daily, and trust me when I say if I skip the deodorant, I'm stinking bad. And sometimes even stinking when I use deodorants. Since I've switched to homemade deodorant, I don't stink anymore. Also, I don't get the occasional irritation, or swelling that sometimes occur while using commercial deodorants.
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil (Solid State) - Yes, the same kind you cook with. I prefer the organic brand.
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda (Aluminum-Free of course) - I've thought about trying the powder, to make the deodorant even smoother. But when I was looking, the powders had other ingredients than just plain Sodium Bicarbonate.
- 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Powder - If you're not used to buying this, look on the spice rack. Used as starch for jellies, broths, etc.
Just mix them all together really well, put in a jar or plastic container. To apply, just rub a pea-size amount into your pits. You can also use 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils. Tea Tree oil might be a good addition as it kills bacteria. Though I typically just stick with the three main ingredients which is good enough for me.