Since I was younger, store-bought deodorants have always irritated me. I have sensitive skin, and I have had to figure out what works best for me. Finding out about the many uses of coconut oil changed my life. I embarked on a journey that started with homemade chapstick and expanded into the world of homemade skincare products. It was a struggle coming up with deodorant because I didn’t realize there was a detox period. I thought it wasn’t working, and I smelled bad. Now I can say I have been using my all natural deodorant for 5+ years now, and will never look back.
Why All Natural Deodorant?
One of the most harmful products that you put on your body is deodorant.
When something is rubbed into the skin, it is absorbed into the bloodstream without any filter. It is worse than ingesting it. Whereas when we eat, it is broken down, and filtered out of the body.
Most antiperspirants deodorants work by using aluminum, which is known to block sweat. But this element has been linked to increased rates of Alzheimer’s and can cause other problems. Plus, this ingredient is what causes those yellow stains on your clothes.
Your deodorant may be doing you more harm than good. It makes sense because deodorant is a product that inhibits your body’s natural secretion of toxins. Sweat is your body’s natural mechanism for cooling you down and ridding your body of excess toxins. Eliminating these things is a good thing, so preventing sweat is not great for your health. An antiperspirant deodorant will clog your skin follicles so that you’re not able to sweat as much as your body requires.
5 Ingredients to avoid in Deodorant
It is hard to know what you are getting when you buy deodorant nowadays. All kinds of toxic chemicals are being added to make it last longer, or give it a particular scent. But these chemicals are doing more harm than good for our bodies, and health.
- Aluminum: found in antiperspirant deodorants are not only meant to reduce wetness by blocking armpit sweat ducts, but they also minimize body odor by inhibiting the bacteria that feeds on you sweat. Research has found aluminum to cause two major diseases; Alzheimer’s disease, and breast cancer.
- Parabens: are used a preservative in deodorants. Research has found that parabens may interfere with the way your produces and regulates estrogen and other hormones.
- Triclosan: Used in antiperspirants as another preservative to stop bacteria from growing on it, and spoiling it.Triclosan has been found to disrupt the healthy endocrine system and cause cancer.
- Propylene Glycol: is the ingredient that gives the deodorant smooth consistency so we can slather it on our skin. If used every day, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart, and liver.
- TEA and DEA: Often used to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt, this then becomes the base for a cleanser. These chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. They are so harmful; they have been banned in Europe because they are known carcinogens.
Check out my post about harmful ingredients in our cosmetic and beauty care products to learn more, and get recommendations.
What to Expect When Switching to a All Natural Deodorant
I have heard from SO MANY people when using a homemade deodorant it didn’t work for them. What they don’t realize is that your body has to go through a natural detox phase when switching from chemical ridden products to all natural. The truth is, the natural deodorant isn’t making you smell worse, the bacterial communities under your arms are changing, and it’s not a process that can happen overnight! In fact, it can take up to 30 days for your body to fully detox from the toxic ingredients.
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- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil (Buy Here)
- 2 Tbsp Cocoa Butter (Buy Here)
- 3 Tbsp Bees Wax (Buy Here)
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter (Buy Here)
- 1/3 Cup Arrowroot Powder (Buy Here)
- 2 Tbsp Baking Soda (Buy Here) (Reduce to 1 Tbsp if too harsh for skin)
- 10-15 Drops Essential Oil (Buy Here)
- Deodorant Containers (Buy Here)
Step 1: Melt coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and shea butter in a double boiler on low heat (if you do not have a double boiler, I use a saucepan with a little water, and a metal bowl I set on top with the ingredients). Stir until all is melted
Step 2: Once all melted, remove from heat and whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Once mixed, add the essential oils. Mix quickly, because the mixture does start to thicken and cool quickly.
Step 3: Pour into your empty deodorant containers and let sit until completely cooled (it takes a couple of hours).
Top Essential Oils for All Natural Deodorant
Besides being antibacterial, tea tree essential oil is also anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. It won’t inhibit your body’s natural perspiration function but it will keep it under control.
One of the most used essential oils in natural deodorants, and it makes sense. Lavender is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, and antimicrobial. Lavender can help with just about any skin condition and that includes your smelly and sweaty underarms. Not only will lavender work hard to keep you odorless and smelling like the loveliest thing to ever fill a room, but the aromatherapy will also keep you calm, cool, and collected all day. Bonus: lavender is like that non-confrontational friend: goes along great with any oil– so get creative and make a combination for extra fighting power.
Lemongrass essential oil is antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and a hardcore bactericidal. This essential oil will be on the frontlines of your underarm protection; killing bacteria and eliminating odor. Another benefit of lemongrass is its detoxification effect. It will give your detoxifying center some extra help so your body can flush out all the bad toxins. That doesn’t mean that you will sweat or smell more. When absorbed, lemongrass will kill toxins on site.
Sandalwood has strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits making it a skin care superstar. It will soothe underarm skin and problems that sometimes come with over perspiration. Sandalwood also combines well with geranium and lavender.
DIY All Natural Deodorant
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
- 3 Tbsp Bees Wax
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 1/3 Cup Arrowroot Powder
- 2 Tbsp Baking Soda (Reduce to 1Tbsp is too harsh for your skin)
- 10-15 Drops Essential Oils
- Melt coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and shea butter in a double boiler on low heat (if you do not have a double boiler, I use a sauce pan with a little water, and a metal bowl I set on top with the ingredients). Stir until all is melted
- Once all melted, remove from heat and whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Once mixed, add the essential oils. Mix quickly, because the mixture does start to thicken and cool quickly.
- Pour into your empty deodorant containers and let sit until completely cooled (it takes a couple hours).
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