More and more people have been asking me why I make my own DIY natural deodorant instead of using conventional drugstore deodorants so here’s the lowdown.
Chemical deodorants and antiperspirants contain lots of dangerous nasties including:
- Aluminium: yes that’s right, your deodorant has metal in it. Aluminium is a metal linked to breast cancer in women and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s
- Parabens: a synthetic preservative that can disrupt our delicate hormonal balance which is also linked to birth defects and organ toxicity
- Phthalates: chemicals linked to many issues including birth defects, liver/kidney/lung damage and cancer
- Triclosan: this chemical is actually classed as a pesticide by FDA and a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is usually found in antibacterial products, sanitizer and deodorants
There are many natural brands of deodorants available in the market which I have tried and tested but I have found that some of them simply do not work and most of the good ones are quite expensive when you compare them to what you are used to getting from the drugstore. I found a super cheap and effective alternative which is very easy, quick to make, and will last you ages!
You will need:
- essential oil of your choice (optional)
- container or jar to store product (if you are using essential oils, I would use a glass jar/container as essential oils eat through the plastic)
The recipe for this DIY deodorant is not strict. I like to play around with the measurements depending on how I prefer the consistency and how hard wearing I need the deodorant to be.
- Place one heaped tablespoon of shea butter and one heaped table spoon of coconut oil into a bowl /container
- Add one tea spoon of baking powder
- If your coconut oil and shea butter are quite solid and hard to mix you can pop in the microwave for 15 seconds to liquidize the product and then mix together. Transfer into a container or jar.
- Voila! You have made a cream-oil formula natural deodorant that is actually good for you. It may seem weird at first if you are used to spray deodorants but its very comfortable and easy to get used to.
- (Optional) Feel free to add arrow root. This step is optional because all it does is make the deodorant more solid. If you don’t have any arrow root you can just add more baking powder if you do not want the deodorant to be so soft but I usually take some in my hand warm it in my fingers and apply it like an oil.
- (Optional) I skipped adding essential oils because I have sensitive pits and it tends to irritate them. Sorry if that’s TMI! But you can choose to add a few drops of your favourite essential oil for scent. If you do choose to add essential oils, make sure you store it in a glass container as essential oils can eat through plastic
This DIY deodorant is made using super nourishing and healthy natural ingredients that will not harm you and it works like a charm!
- Coconut oil is an amazing ingredient – it is super moisturising and has natural anti bacterial properties
- Shea butter is also very moisturizing which helps recover the damage from shaving my pits. It contains vitamin E – I recommend shea butter to all my friends with dry skin
- Baking powder is great for getting rid of odors which is the main reason we use deodorant!
- It’s cheap! This is so much cheaper than paying £18 for a natural deodorant.I very much live by…if I can make it myself for cheaper…I ain’t blowing my money on it.
My experience has been that since I converted to using this DIY chemical free deodorant, I actually sweat less and my sweat smells less. If I forget to wear deodorant for a day it’s not the end of the world for me.
Remember that this is not an antiperspirant but it does absorb a lot of our daily moisture. Our bodies need to sweat – it is a natural way for our bodies to detox.
Antiperspirants clog our pores, but our bodies don’t understand that so they will keep trying to detox. This is why antiperspirants leave those dreaded pit stains on our beautiful white tees. Pit stains are basically our armpits vomiting up chemical crap.
Let me know if you guys try this out and what you think about conventional deodorants!
Love your pits!