he Hubs and I have been using homemade deodorant for over three years, and guess what? We don’t stink!
I’ll admit it’s no clinical strength deodorant. I used to go days without re-applying that stuff and still be stink free! (Before you judge, it’s important you know I used to be a backpacking guide through the mountains for weeks at a time during the muggy summer months. Showers weren’t always an option, clinical strength deodorant was!)
But lets get real, the ingredients in those mainstream deodorants are less than stellar. I’m one for doing my utmost to lead a non-chemical laden lifestyle. That goes for what I put in and on my body.
Did you know that sweating is healthy? Our skin is our largest organ, and an integral part of the body’s ability to detox. Antiperspirants hinder (and damage) the body’s ability to get this job done.
Next time you’re out of deodorant give this recipe a try. It’s one of the easiest homemade deodorant recipes I’ve made.
Below are the ingredients in my old deodorant and the dangers those ingredients pose to my health:
- Fragrance – Scores an 8 on EWG.org. Ecotoxicology (harmful to our environment), causes allergies/immunotoxicity (damaging to our immune system), irritation to skin, eyes or lungs, and organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).
- Petrolatum – Carcinogenic (cancer causing), organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), neurotoxicity (causes damage to the brain and/or peripheral nervous system) and bioaccumulation (not always a bad thing when it comes to vitamins and minerals, but when toxic chemicals are absorbed and build up in our bodies faster than we’re able to neutralize and excrete them, this can cause harmful side effects).
- Cyclopentasiloxane – Carcinogenic, ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption (interferes with hormone production and regulation), organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), neurotoxicity and bioaccumulation.
- Dimethicone – Ecotoxicology and organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).
Call me crazy, but I don’t want to risk all of the above just so I don’t sweat a little, especially when I can make my own with four simple ingredients!
…and the bonus is, you probably have everything needed in your pantry!”
6 T Coconut Oil
1/4 cup (4 T) Baking Soda or Diatomaceous Earth
1/4 cup (4 T) Arrowroot or Cornstarch
30-50 drops essential oils of choice
To Make: Put coconut oil in a small glass jar and place jar in a shallow pot of boiling water. Once coconut oil is soft, remove from stove and add baking soda and arrowroot or cornstarch. Stir to combine. Add essential oils, if using, and place jar in the refrigerator. Continue to stir every 10 minutes until deodorant is firm (to ensure no separation occurs).
For sensitive skin: If you find that lowering the baking soda is still too harsh for your skin, then use 1/4 cup food grade diotomaceous earth instead.
- Essential oils are amazing products and we use them on a daily basis. Be sure your oils are 100% pure and know proper dilution ratios.
- If you’re used to mainstream deodorants (particularly those containing aluminum), it may take a few weeks before your body adjusts to this new deodorant. Once your body regulates, you should be able to go a full 24 hours “stink free“.
- If you have sensitive skin, you can lessen the amount of baking soda and increase the amount of arrowroot or cornstarch accordingly.
Post Update: A few of you have let us know that your homemade deodorant is quite runny and not staying solid. This can happen when temperatures are above 75 degrees (coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so even low 70’s can make it soft), when deodorant is exposed to humidity, or when deodorant is not stirred frequently enough during the cooling step. If this is happening to you, try finding a cool cupboard to store your deodorant away from the heat of the shower or sink. Alternatively, you can add an extra tablespoon or two of arrowroot or cornstarch to see if that helps. And, as a last resort, you can always store your deodorant in the refrigerator. Also, continue reading for updated information regarding the ingredients in my former deodorant and the dangers they posed to my health…