Homemade Natural Deodorant

2/12/2018

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 Make your own natural Deodorant

Do you really know whats in your deodorant?

Most of the deodorants and antitranspirants that we buy at the store contain chemicals that affect your sweat glands to stop you from sweating but also your health. 

why? because they contain aluminum. Aluminum is a group of aluminum salts that are commonly used in cosmetics and to prevent sweating; most people associates this compound with health issues like breast cancer.

However, besides the chemical components of this, antitranspirants are harmful to your body and health because it doesn't allow your body to sweat, which is the natural way of your body to get rid of toxins.  

Some people (my self-included) can be very sensitive to one or some of the components of a commercial deodorant or antitranspirant, I have to change brands every 3 to 4 months because it irritates my skin whether was the stick, roll on or spray it was always the same.

That's why looking for a more natural alternative I found how to create my own deodorant at home with ingredients that won't harm my skin or health. I´m going to share 2 different way to make them.


 Ingredients:

coconut oil
bentonite clay or arrowroot
baking soda
beeswax (optional)
essential oil (optional)
cocoa butter
a glass jar with lid


Without beeswax: 

To make this deodorant you will need 1/8 of a cup of coconut oil in its solid form, 1/8 of arrowroot, 1/8 of a cup of baking soda, and 5 to 10 drops of any essential oil of your choice.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, it may look like you have more dry ingredients but don't worry, start mixing them all together, soon you will see how it all starts looking like a dough, keep mixing until you incorporate all the ingredients, and it has a creamy but solid consistency.



once its ready you can put it in a glass jar with a lid or if the weather is cold enough to keep your coconut oil solid, you can recycle a stick deodorant container.

 

 

With bentonite clay and beeswax:

For this second method, you need to put in a glass container and melt 3 tablespoons of beeswax, 4 tablespoons of coconut oil 3 tablespoons of cocoa butter, ( you can melt them on the stove or microwave) once they are all melted and mix together, while its still hot add 5 to 10 drops of the essential oil, 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay and mix well, then add the baking soda and mix well.



Keep mixing until it starts to cool down, you will notice that its consistency starts changing, from liquid to a dough like. 

Now it's the time to put it in a deodorant stick container. DO NOT PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE, let it sit and cool at room temperature.


Why not the fridge? because if you put it in the fridge it will become rock solid, once you take it out at a room temperature the deodorant will become really soft it won't stay solid ( i learned that the hard messy way). 

You will notice that with the beeswax your deodorant is yellow, but don´t worry, it won't stain your skin or your clothes.

I have tried both ways, and they both work. I personally like the second one better because I could not find any organic arrowroot here and because I live in a really hot city without the beeswax, it will always melt.

Something to keep in mind:

If you do decide to switch to a more natural deodorant, the first month you will sweat a lot because your armpits are getting a detox from all the chemicals; once your armpits are clean, the sweat will reduce but you will still sweat.
It's  natural and healthy for your body, this deodorant will only prevent you from smelling bad, by removing the bacteria that will create the bad odor on your armpits.
You will also notice that you actually don't sweat as much as you thought or felt like with the other deodorants.

I use this deodorant all the time, its been 3 months now, I do workout every single day, I feel very comfortable with it, I don't have a strong smell, and my armpits are very happy, no rash, no irritated skin.

If I don't exercise at all I have noticed that I barely sweat, and it won't transfer to my clothes because the arrowroot and the clay will absorb some of the sweat.
My boyfriend has bee using the same deodorant along with me, he sweats a lot, and he says he feels better with this one, it works for him.

I know that this deodorant isn't for everybody, especially if you don't like to sweat, but it is a natural inexpensive alternative for your body, it's a good way to detox your armpits and hill help to balance your ph because of the baking soda and also its zero waste!









6 comments:

Michael Morgan said...

I agree with you. The use of commercial deodorants are not good for you. I switched to a natural deodorant last year and it's been great but I never knew making it was so easy! I'll definitely be making my own the natural ones on amazon are a little pricey. Great post!

Maya Gypsy said...

Thanks for the recipe! I've been looking for something like this for ages!!

Sandy said...

I love the idea of natural products. I've always stayed away from using too many products on my skin because I don't know what's in them. But I know it's all natural - I'm all for it! Thanks for sharing

Danie - This Curvy Life said...

I love natural deodorants. I unfortunately have a baking soda sensitivity. I had to start using deodorant called Lone, it doesn't have it. I would like to make this and maybe find a replacement for the baking soda.

ChristieM said...

This is amazing- totally going to try it out!

xoxo Christie
http://www.icanstyleu.com/blog/

Prerna Garg Agarwal said...

What a great idea! I love all things natural and DIY and I have to try this soon!

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