All-Natural DIY Deodorant; Avoid Your Daily Aluminum Shot
By now, most people are aware that the active ingredient in deoderant/antiperspirants is an aluminum compound that plugs your sweat up. Sounds healthy, right?
Nope. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, changes with estrogen receptors, and issues with the liver, kidneys, and brain (think Alzheimers’s). Although there is no clear, solid link to these issues, studies continue to explore the possibilities.
Just for the sake of thoroughness, lets take a gander at a few other common ingredients in deoderant:
- Parabens, found in 75%-90% of these products, show a tendency to mimic estrogen in a person’s body, throwing the hormonal balance (examples include methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, benzylparaben and isobutylparaben). Disturbingly, these tend to show up in high, high percentages in breast tissues near the armpit region.
- Triscolan is currently under saftely review, mainly for being a carcinogen and a hormone disruptor that can store up in your fat indefinitely. Nope and nope.
- Phthalates (DHP, HBP5, DEHP, dibutyl phthalate) are the fragrances. These are also suspected carcinogens, known hormone disruptors, and can be harmful to a fetus and a person’s reproductive system. Yikes.
- Propolyne Glycol (PEG, PG) is used to help everything absorb into the skin faster, but is considered a neurotoxin and is known for skin, liver and kidney damage.
Obviously, deoderant has the potential for harm. It definitely scares me. So this got me thinking a while back about a natural deoderant alternative, and I was in a DIY rampage (my Amazon account is still recovering).
I tweaked around with a recipe and decided I had to share. I’ll never go back.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup aluminum-free baking soda (this is no time for irony)
- 1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder. either one is fine)
- 1.5-2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 15-20 drops of essential oils
- A mixing bowl
- 1 empty deoderant container (look for one here), or generic container
These are the specific ones that I use:
Desert Essence is a cruelty-free, vegan company that I am personally obsessed with. You can read a little more about DE and their Jojoba Oil: Desert Essence® Gives Top Uses For Jojoba Oil.
Also, jojoba oil absorbs very well into human skin. It doesn’t feel filmy or greasy, and honestly I use pure jojoba as a skin and face moisturizer on the regular. Read more about it: Showcase: Jojoba Oil, A Superfood For Skin.
DoTerra can be pricy, but the quality is awesome. I stand by my recommendation. I used their lime oil, but I bought a sandalwood and jojoba mix because pure sandalwood makes my credit card cry. Don’t believe me?
If you want to mix your essentials, take a look at this mixing guide. It gives you the basics on how to make blends: Here’s Your Guide To Essential Oil Blending
The baking soda works as the natural odor-warrior, and the cornstarch is the simple base thickener.
Bob’s Red Mill is a fabulous company centered in the state of Oregon, and is currently pledged to be non-GMO, to keep organic, and to take gluten-free very seriously. Plus, Bob and Charlee are adorbs.
It’s pretty darn simple.
Dump the baking soda, cornstarch, jojoba, and essential oils in the bowl, and mix those babies up. I simply used my fingers because guess what? It’s all good for your skin.
But I won’t judge if you use a mixing spoon or a fork to combine. Promise.
So, now you have your off-white, gold-tinted mix. Clean out your old deoderant container, twist the pusher-thing until it’s at the bottom, and press the deoderant mixture in. I put mine in a 2.7oz container and it all fit perfectly.
However, if you don’t have a deoderant container on hand, you can also put the mixture in a regular tupperware. The deoderant doesn’t have the smoothest swipe-on application, so half the time I would just scoop a little with my finger and massage it into my armpits. Storage doesn’t matter too much.
When you’ve packed it all in, stick it in the freezer for 30-40 minutes to let it set.
Then, voila! Hope you all enjoy!
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