Alright, we’re about to get personal here and talk about something you (probably) use every day. Something that gets all up in your business. Something you may be uncomfortable talking about: Deodorant.
Making your Own Concoction
Why, you ask would I want to make my own deodorant? Let me ask you something: Do you know exactly what’s in your Speed Stick? Most common brands contain aluminum. Yes, the stuff of Reynolds wrap and soda cans. You guys, I’m serious when I say there’s research showing a link between aluminum and breast cancer and Alzheimers. And I care about you. Call me crazy, but they just realized plastic bottles and sunblock are toxic. Long gone are the days we just drive around without seat belts and huff asbestos for breakfast. Ignorance is not bliss, people. It’s really only a matter of time before we figure out how much other junk we’re putting into our bodies. Next on my conspiracy list: Microwaves. Can we really these convenience cookers? I’ll save that for another episode of my imaginary detective talk radio show.
But seriously, antiperspirant is worrisome. Now, there’s a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. One is anti odor, the other is anti perspiring (sweat). Duh, Leah. Most on the market are both, and it’s hard to find deodorant only. I’ve tried the Tom’s brand, and sorry to say, it didn’t do the job. A lot of people sell versions of nontoxic deodorant, but you have to buy them online and they are not very affordable. So when I came across this recipe in Experience Life Magazine, I knew I needed to give it a try. It’s so simple! I’m really pleased with the results. I admit, I had my doubts. Not that I’m a super sweaty person or anything like that. TMI? Ok, anyway, enjoy. Your pits will smile.
Essentially, all these ingredients can be found in your kitchen cabinet.
- Mason jar or empty tupperware
- 6-8 tbs. coconut oil (solid state)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred, but I used cornstarch)
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (I added a few drops of lavender) *Optional
- Combine equal portions of baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch.
- It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant: solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add more arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken. ( I think of it as the texture of instant mashed potatoes. Also easiest to mix with a fork.)
- Apply with fingers with each use.
I’m 100% sold on this. (Not that I needed to spend a dime.) Gave it a couple days and I can totally say, it works! And I only need to use a little bit – a tiny dollop on my finger works like a charm. Bye bye gross factory products. Hello safe products. Give it a try and let me know what you think!