Let’s talk about underarms. B.O. is everywhere. And it affects everybody. Daily we smear deodorant on our bodies in the hope that it masks the smell. What we don’t usually think about are the risks involved. Although deodorant looks as innocent as they come, there are many toxic chemicals in deodorants used every day.
Parabens and aluminum compounds can be found in many deodorant brands. Aluminum is actually the main ingredient in most antiperspirants and studies have linked these types of ingredients with an increase in breast cancer. If you do a quick internet search on “Chemicals in deodorant” quite a few headlines appear warning of the risks involved in heavy deodorant use if you don’t watch what ingredients are in them.
Additionally, many deodorant containers are not recyclable or are too dirty with leftover deodorant to be recycled properly. In the U.S. alone, we spend $18 billion on deodorant and antiperspirants per year. Imagine how many containers are being dumped into the trash system??
To avoid the trash production and the potential chemical risks, I have made the choice to make my own deodorant. And yes, it really does work! Like many of you right now, I was a doubter. I have used natural deodorants in the past and although they work, it definitely wasn’t all that great. So let’s clear the air right away. This WORKS. I literally don’t think I have ever used a deodorant that works better than this one that I made at home.
So what’s in it? Take a look for yourself!
3 TBS Coconut Oil
2 TBS Shea Butter
3 TBS Baking Soda
2 TBS Arrowroot Powder
Essential Oil (optional for smell)
Mix all the items together! You may find that you need to heat the coconut oil and shea butter so that it is more of a liquid. This can easily be done in the microwave or with a double-broiler.
Start with adding 10 drops of essential oil to the mixture. Oils vary in their potency so be cautious at first. You can always add more if it isn’t strong enough for you! My last batch was a mix of lavender and rose – yum!
Pour the mixture into whichever container you would like to use. I split this batch up into two small containers so I could keep one at the gym and one at home.
Place the container in the refrigerator until it is solid.
Apply a small pea size ball with you finger on your underarm in the morning. Re-apply as needed (although I have never needed to do it more than once a day!)
Store it in your bathroom! It does not need to be refrigerated afterwards.
Note: If you are unable to find arrowroot powder, I have seen similar recipes where it is omitted and the amount of baking soda is increased. I have not tried this however and so I cannot vouch for its effectiveness.
The recipe yields two small containers of deodorant (about two sticks). Depending on the frequency of use and the amount applied, it can last for two months or more.
Does it stain?
This question comes up a lot and I even asked myself that quite a few times when I was first trying it out. As far as I can tell, no it doesn’t. However, if you are worried about it staining white clothes, apply the deodorant several minutes before putting on your shirt to allow it to dry completely. This will allow the oils time to soak into your skin and help eliminate the chance of stains.
So go ahead and try making it! I promise you won’t regret it! And play with the scents if you want to. You can always divide the batch up into many jars and try all different kinds. I think that’s next on my agenda! Every day I will smell a little different – I wonder if my boyfriend will notice?
Has anyone else tried a similar recipe? Or tried making this one and it didn’t work? I’m happy to trouble shoot any questions so ask away!
May your armpits smell forever wonderful!
*Disclaimer: Everyone’s bodies are different and therefore the effectiveness of each kind of deodorant will vary depending on the user.