This article was republished with permission from modernhippiehousewife.com.
For me, making my own deodorant was the pivotal turning point from regular housewife to hippie housewife. But am I really a hippie, or just an informed, realistic, wife and mother who’s concerned about the health and wellness of herself and family? Perhaps a bit of both…
From research that I’ve done in the past, it’s been suggested that the aluminum, found in many commercial-brand antipirsirants, is absorbed into the skin, and may contribute to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Although there a vast amount of research out there suggesting a link between breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and antiperspirant, the results are still inconclusive.
Nonetheless, stay on the safe side and opt for a deodorant that it aluminum free—check the ingredients! “Natural” deodorants still contain questionable ingredients, so as a consumer, be weary. If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin!
Thankfully, there is another option—making your own. This way, you know exactly what the ingredients are, and surprisingly, homemade deodorant works better than any of the natural brands I’ve tried, at a fraction of the price.
A Bit About The Ingredients
Coconut Oil. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate coconut oil into my daily routine, and this is just another great way to do so. Coconut Oil is an optimal ingredient due to its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which will help combat stink. The irony here is that coconut oil has recently been rumoured prevent and even reverse Alzheimer’s.
Shea Butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It is edible, and easily absorbed into the skin. I like to use it in deodorant because it helps it go on smoother , and prevents the deodorant from turning to liquid (due to melting coconut oil) in the heat.
Baking Soda neutralizes odours, taking care of your B.O.
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Arrow root powder is basically the non-GMO version of cornstarch, and works in the same way. Both have antifungal and antibacterial properties. Feel free to use cornstarch if you already have some around.
Tea Tree Oil is the ultimate anti-fungal and antibacterial ingredient and I don’t think this deodorant would have the strength that it does without it. If you don’t have tea-tree, opt for lavender essential oil.
I’ve used three different methods to store the deodorant. I’ve made a deodorant-bar using mini, silicone muffin ”tins,” you can use regular sized muffin “tins” for a larger bar, but make sure they’re silicone so that they pop out nicely.
I also used an old deodorant container which makes for easy application. If you’re going to use this method add a tablespoon of bee’s wax to the coconut oil/shea butter mixture when melting. Lastly, I used an old lotion container, let the mixture solidify in that, and just apply the deodorant with my fingers.
Well I hope you’re convinced and willing to give this all-natural deodorant recipe a shot! I’ve posted two recipes below. Although I prefer the recipe with Shea Butter, the second recipe doesn’t contain it, but is just as effective, and may be easier for eager people to make at home immediately.
All-Natural Deodorant with Tea-Tree Oil
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Melt the coconut oil and shea butter (and bee’s wax if using) in a glass jar. To do this, sit the jar in a pot of boiling water–this will create a double-boiler affect. I use the same jar every time I make deodorant because it’s very hard to clean the jar after this process.
Once they have melted together, remove from heat, and stir in the baking soda, arrow root powder and tea-tree oil.
Pour the misture into silicone molds, a jar, a small container or an old deodorant stick. If using an old deodorant stick, wait a few minutes until the mixture has thickened a bit–this will make it easier to work. As you can see, I’ve used all three options, so just choose what you think will work best for you. The mold was formed by pouring the mixture into mini-silicone-muffin ‘tins.’
Let the mixture set for several hours or overnight before using.
Depending on how you made it, you can apply the deodorant directly to your underarm, or with your fingers. If you get some on your hands just rub it in, it’s just like lotion.
Simple Homemade Deodorant
Melt the coconut oil using the double-boiler effect in the first recipe.
Once melted, remove from heat, and stir in the remaining ingredients.
Poor the mixture into a small, glass jar or container and let it set for a couple hours. Apply with fingers.
This is a very simple deodorant recipe, but just as effective as the first recipe. Because of the common ingredients, you may be able to make it today! This recipe isn’t the best if you’re wanting to use your old deodorant container because the coconut oil is very sensitive to heat, and on a hot day, could really make a mess of things.
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