Easy Homemade Deodorant
Are you aware that most of the deodorants on the market have aluminum in them? I was shocked to find out that my all time favorite Body Shop deodorant I had used for many years, also contained this sketchy ingredient that has also been linked to cancer.
Aluminum is widely recognized as a neurotoxin, which has been found in increased concentrations in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. For a single underarm application of antiperspirant, about .012 percent of the aluminum may be absorbed. Multiply this by one or more times a day for a lifetime and you can have a massive amount of exposure to aluminum — a poison that is not meant to be in your body.
A few studies in recent years have theorized that aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer. Given that antiperspirants are used on your armpits, the aluminum salt concentration is highest near your breast tissue. Also, after shaving under arms, the skin is left damaged and therefore can result in a higher aluminum-salt absorption rate.
I have always been scared of breast cancer in particular, since many of my friend’s mothers have died from it, and my grandmother also had breast cancer. Evidently, finding a healthy, yet effective alternative for a deodorant was really important to me. I tried different recipes, and this one is my favorite. My husband also ditched all of his fancy, expensive deodorants (they also contained aluminum) after trying my homemade deodorant. Not only because he wanted to steer away from this nasty metal ingredient, but because this deodorant works so much better! He hasn’t ever smelled bad after using it, which wasn’t always the case while using the store-bought deodorants. 😉
These days, we only wear my homemade deodorant.
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- optional: essential oils ( I prefer tea tree oil and peppermint oil)
Combine coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch in a mixing bowl. Add in a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. (This deodorant also works without the essential oils )
Lastly, pour into an empty deodorant container, or simply pour into a small container.Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and use as needed.
Note: Some people are extra sensitive to baking soda, so if your skin feels itchy or develops a slight rash from this recipe, it is possible to leave that ingredient out completely. It will still work great!