Homemade Deodorant accomplishes many things. You won't have to worry about aluminum in deodorant anymore, (not to mention other chemicals) you can make deodorant for sensitive skin and you can save money, all with with the following deodorant recipes.
You may wonder what's so bad about deodorant and why bother with making your own??
Before I share some great recipes, let's answer that question.
If you've read very many pages on this site, you've probably already read about dermal or skin absorption which is simply, what we put on our skin is absorbed into the body. Why else would people use birth control or nicotine patches? Whatever you put on your skin, ends up in your blood stream, circulating through out your body.
So, let's take a look at deodorant/antiperspirants and in many cases, applied after shaving under the arms making it all the more susceptible. Why? Shaving causes imperceptible nicks in the skin allowing for greater absorption. (breast tissue extends up into the armpits)
The following ingredients are commonly found in commercial deodorant/antiperspirants.
Aluminum: A known neurotoxin linked to Alzheimer's and Cancer. (common breast & prostate)
Parabens: A known endocrine disruptor, mimics estrogen and hormone interference. Linked to cancer, organ toxicity and birth defects.
Phthalates: Same symptoms as parabens and linked to cell mutation.
Propylene Glycol: Known to cause damage to the heart, liver and nervous system. Also used as anti-freeze.
Triclosan: A known pesticide linked to cancer.
Add to the above, artificial fragrance, FD&C colors, TEA, DEA and other chemicals depending on the brand. Nothing you should want in your bloodstream!
In addition to sending unwanted chemicals into our bodies, we are clogging and blocking toxins from the sweat pores that allows the body to release toxins and cool itself down...the way our bodies are designed to function.
Good news is, many people who have discontinued using these commercial deodorants and opted for natural brands or homemade deodorants have found a decrease in their need for deodorant. Sometimes all we need to do is allow our bodies to function as they are intended to.
Now let's take a look at some homemade deodorant recipes and tips. Remember, if you don't want to make your own, there are natural deodorants on the market, you just need to read the ingredients carefully as some claim to be natural but still have some chemicals in them.
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
6 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
2 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay
5 Tablespoons coconut oil or 3 Tablespoons coconut oil and 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
5 to 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice. (if you're making it for a man, think cedar if for a woman, lavender is nice)
Directions: Mix all of your dry ingredients together then add your oil(s) and mix well. If you need to melt your coconut oil or shea butter, do so on a very low heat or use a double boiler. Store in a small glass jar (use your fingers to scoop and apply) or refill into a deodorant applicator.
3 oz. Alcohol (Everclear alcohol or any high proof ethyl alcohol)
20-25 drops Essential Oil (optional)
Because Isopropyl alcohol is known to have adverse effects, high proof ethyl alcohol is recommended.
Simply pour alcohol into a small glass spray bottle and add essential oil of your choice.
The alcohol kills bacteria which is the cause of body odor. Using the right essential oil gives another layer of protection as some oils have anti-bacterial properties. (tea tree, lavender, orange, lemon)
Some people have even tried to simply go without deodorant and have been amazed, they really didn't need it after all. If you're not so lucky, try the above recipes or purchase natural deodorant that passes the ingredient test. Either way, taking steps to remove chemicals and toxins from our bodies is all that really matters!
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