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HOW TO Make Homemade Deodorant Chemical FREE and All Natural
Homemade, chemical-free deodorant is becoming more popular as we discover how synthetic ingredients in commercial brands interact with the human body. Plenty of studies have been initiated to detect a relationship between chemicals in personal care products with breast cancer, skin disorders and hormone imbalances. Search scholarly articles and you’ll find evidence that ingredients you slather on your skin every day could potentially be harmful to your health. There may not be conclusive proof, but there is enough suspicion to motivate many of us to find alternatives.
It’s been about eight years since I gave up underwire bras and antiperspirants!
Almost immediately I noticed I felt better and SWEAT LESS without the constant pressure of hardware on my arm pits and without all those active ingredients plugging my sweat ducts. I did not like applying aluminum compounds, preservatives, fragrances, solvents, chlorinators, plasticisers, surfactants and other chemicals to my skin every day – sometimes two or three times a day. So I started buying deodorants that omit many of the ingredients I found offensive. Unfortunately, these products also contain artificial materials.
Sweating is a natural process geared to cool down our bodies. Heat, physical exertion, stress and nervousness stimulate sweat glands and the cells inside the gland secrete a fluid. The fluid needs to go somewhere. It wants to push through our glands and through the ducts onto the surface of our skin, to do its job – cool us off.
Once my girls started to emit armpit odor, I set out to experiment with DIY deodorants using only natural ingredients.
This is my best recipe yet. Odor protection lasts up to 2 days. I have bribed my kids to let me smell them to see if it works and it does! My husband uses it now. If you forget to apply one morning, no need to panic!
Here are the ingredients and amounts to make 4 sticks or about 2 1/2 cups. The best way to apply is with the fingertips.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
2 ounces beeswax (cosmetic grade)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch (yes you can get organic, non-gmo)
1/4 cup honey
25 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops tea tree oil
In a double boiler on low-medium heat, melt and blend all ingredients except for the essential oils. Once everything is smooth, take off the heat source and add essential oils. Mix well. Spoon or pour into empty deodorant sticks or small containers.
Years from now we may end up with solid evidence that the chemicals in most antiperspirants and deodorants can be harmful to our health. Until then, it’s comforting to control what touches our skin and enters our bodies. And the process of making our own health care products becomes quite fun!
Homemade stuff is the best! Check out our homemade pesto recipe or learn how we make our own homemade fertilizers plus how to use manures strategically.