In a previous blog post, I talked about the possible link between common deodorants and the incidence of breast cancer - a topic that deserves more recognition. I have been buying deodorant that contains no aluminum for several years. Aluminum acts like a plug, at the cellular level, when it is absorbed into the body tissues. This causes toxins in the tissue to accumulate and can actually cause damage to DNA. Aluminum also has an estrogenic effect in the body, making it a Xenoestrogen and causing Estrogen Dominance.
Since posting the blog about deodorants, I have been trying many different DIY recipes with no success. The homemade ones left me smelly after a long day or a hard workout. But sweet smelling hope came to me at my friend's 40th birthday party a few months ago (happy birthday, Missy!) One of the guests and I were speaking about natural beauty care products and she shared her recipe for homemade deodorant, which included coconut oil and baking soda. After doing a little research and some experimentation of my own, I finally came up with a recipe that is effective, all-natural and super easy to make. This recipe will fill one deodorant tube. If you wish to make more, simply double the recipe.
Here is what you will need:
- A new or recycled deodorant tube
- 2 Tbs of coconut oil
- 1/8 cup of baking soda
- 1/8 cup of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 10 to 20 drops of essential oils
And this is how you make it:
- Clean out an old deodorant tube. You can also buy new ones online, but, by recycling an old tube, you are being super green. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
- Mix the baking soda and the arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) together.
- Slowly mix in the coconut oil until you achieve the desired consistency. You may need to add more coconut oil or baking soda/arrowroot powder.
- Once you achieve the right consistence, mix in essential oils. I like to use tea tree oil for its antiseptic/antimicrobial properties and lavender for its appealing aroma.
- After adding the essential oils, scoop the mixture into the deodorant tube.
- Because coconut oil is a solid when cool and a liquid when warmed, I find it easier to keep my deodorant in the refrigerator (at least during the warmer months). This ensures that my deodorant is a solid and not a messy liquid.
NOTE: It is important to realize that this recipe is not an antiperspirant. Sweating is a natural elimination and temperature regulating process. Interfering with the process of sweating disrupts the balance of the body and can lead to illness.
I hope you find this recipe as appealing as I do! It has been workout tested and Kacie approved!