DIY Deodorant

Living in Texas,  deodorant is VERY important. As a photographer I am always outside in the Texas humidity and heat and stinking up a storm is never good for business! When I started on my wellness journey changing my deodorant was one of the things I was most hesitant about. Little did I realize that sweat and odors are part of the body’s natural detoxifying process. And using an antiperspirant and deodorant actually blocked that process. So in layman terms: detox is good. Not to mention antiperspirants and deodorants are loaded with toxic chemicals. Read more in Stinky pits got you down?.

I did lots of research and experimented with tons of different organic brands. Some of them were okay but not just quite right. Not to mention, that even though they were marked organic and natural they still had some iffy ingredients. I decided to make my own. How hard could it be right? After lots of trial and error, I finally came up with a recipe that I loved.

 

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DIY Natural Deodorant Solid Recipe
Ingredients
About the Ingredients
  • Arrowroot powder is made from the roots of the arrowroot plant, which is native to South America. It helps to keep skin dry and wick away moisture.
  • Shea butter is derived from the nuts of the shea tree, grown in Africa. It’s incredibly moisturizing and can help to protect skin from dryness.
  • Coconut oil helps this deodorant to glide on easily.
  • Baking soda helps to absorb moisture and odors naturally.
  • Bentonite clay helps to absorb moisture from your underarms and eliminate body odor without causing irritation.
Directions
  1. In a double boiler, add coconut oil and shea butter. Bring to a boil on low heat and stir until both ingredients are in liquid form.
  2. Remove from heat, then add baking soda, bentonite clay, arrowroot powder, and essential oils. Mix well.
  3. Pour liquid mixture into a 2 oz. glass container, and keep out of sunlight.
  4. Put glass container in the refrigerator and let cool down to solidify for about 2-3 hours.
  5. Apply a pea size amount to both underarms for all day protection.

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Stinky pits got you down?

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Did you know that every day you’re exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals? There are over 10,000 chemical ingredients, some of them known or suspected carcinogens, in soaps, shampoos, lotions, make-up and beauty products, and other personal care products.

One of the most harmful chemicals that both men and women put on their bodies is deodorant.

When you think about it, it makes sense. Deodorant is a product that inhibits your body’s natural secretion of toxins. An antiperspirant and deodorant will clog your skin follicles so that you’re not able to sweat as much as your body requires.

On top of inhibiting your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process, deodorants and antiperspirants also release tons of harmful chemicals into our bodies.

7 Toxins commonly found in deodorant                                                                                                    Just look at the list of chemical ingredients in an average deodorant:

1. Aluminum Compounds – Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that actually clogs your pores and prevents sweating. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostrate cancer.

2. Parabens – This chemical is used in a lot of products these days as a preservative, but it is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer.

3. Steareths – These additives are the product of ethoxylation (weakening of harsh chemical in the manufacturing process), which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.

4. Triclosan – The FDA has classified triclosan as a pesticide, yet it is in the majority of brand name deodorants. It’s used to kill bacteria in the manufacturing process, as well as when it comes in contact with your skin. When triclosan is combined with water it can also create a carcinogenic gas called chloroform.

5. Propylene Glycol – If used everyday, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart and liver. It is also shown to irritate skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of 50% propylene glycol.

6. TEA and DEA – Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens.

7. Artificial Colors – Some artificial colors and bleaches in deodorants can cause serious allergic reactions and are also known carcinogens.

Labels can be misleading

It’s alarming to consider all of these toxins are used in conventional deodorants and antiperspirants, yet many are labeled or marketed as “fresh” or ”clean” scented. Even worse, many so-called natural deodorants contain these same ingredients.

Read the labels of deodorants and antiperspirants before buying. You can also check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Database to look up these ingredients and other chemicals to check for safety and health precautions.

So what can you use instead? Make your own natural deodorant using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Check out this easy DIY Deodorant