I am so excited to be writing today. It’s 75° with a gentle breeze. I’ve put the screens in the windows and I’m blissfully enjoying while I write. I’m choosing to completely disregard the weather report I’m hearing in the background that is saying something about accumulating snowfall tomorrow. Spring is here with summer soon to follow.
One thing about summer that irks me is sweat (boy, that was a terrible segue…) Well, poor segue or not, I am excited to share this awesome natural deodorant recipe with you. Not only because it works when you’re perspiring, but it also cuts back on the amount of perspiration over time. I’m not sure why (maybe it’s little armpit fairies), but it does!
Why Natural Deodorant is Important
Traditional deodorants contain some pretty sketchy ingredients. They have been under scrutiny by several health agencies. Natural Cosmetic News reports…
Deodorants and Antiperspirants are a hot topic. Spread across the internet is misinformation and confusion, and if there is one thing that requires clarity it is your health. Mainly at stake is the frightening warning that toxic chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants can cause cancer, Alzheimer’s and allergic reactions.
Aluminum is one of the main concerns. But it is not the only concern. Most conventional deodorants contain a slew of toxic chemicals, such as aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, and Talc, among others.
My thought is better safe than sorry.
Making Your Own Natural Deodorant
Homemade deodorant isn’t hard to make at all. You can add a pleasant scent by adding essential oils. I’ve even got suggestions for guy-friendly oils.
- 1/4 c. Baking Soda
- 1/4 c. Corn Starch
- 1/3 c. Coconut Oil (warmed to liquid)
Stir the three together until smooth, pour into a container (I’ve used everything from Tupperware to balm containers) and let it cool. I use an old commercial deodorant container during the winter, but fair warning – over about 70°F the coconut oil goes back to liquid and may leak from the container.
Now, there are some fancier recipes out there that include shea butter, arrowroot and/or beeswax, but I am only willing to spend so much time concocting pit potion. They require a much more elaborate setup than pouring, stirring and letting it set. If simple works, it works for me.
Adjusting to Natural Deodorant (Homemade or Commercial)
There is an adjustment period to using natural deodorant. I haven’t ever had a problem, but many people report getting a rash on day three that lasts a day or two. A common thought as to why this happens is because traditional deodorant clogs the pores to prevent sweating and the homemade deodorant allows those pores to open again. The rash isn’t painful, but it’s annoying and lasts a couple of days.
If the rash gets painful, the baking soda may be too strong for your skin. Contact me or comment and I’ll track down a baking soda-free version for you. Again, I never had a problem. Another adjustment you may have to make is that you do not want to put this deodorant on freshly shaved armpits. Oh the burn! If you are a morning shaver, I recommend eating breakfast before applying
Let me know if you’ve tried it or if you’ve got your own spin to making your own recipe.