What led me to make my own DIY Homemade Deodorant? I’ve been on a mission to eliminate beauty products which contain toxic ingredients for the past year (or so) of my life. I have learned a lot about how much your body absorbs through the skin and it opened my eyes to the ingredients contained in my everyday routine. Naturally, you think of lotions, perfumes, body wash, etc. as the beauty products which contain tons of chemicals and artificial fragrances. But what about deodorant? I had placed deodorant in its own “safe” category but the truth is…it is just as harmful, if not more harmful, than the other products!
Fun fact: when it comes to your armpits, they absorb almost 100% of what we use on them. That equals a whole lot of rubbish for your body after everyday use!
The below ingredients are contained in several deodorants you find in the grocery stores today:
ACH (Aluminium chlorohydrate): labeled a radioisotope and is proven to be absorbed by the skin when applied. They plug the sweat ducts to prevent sweat.
- There are several other aluminum derivatives acting as antiperspirants which are proven to be harmful to the body.
Parabens: Compounds linked to a disruption of hormonal balance and also to breast cancer. The compounds can mimic estrogen which can promote the growth of breast cancer cells.
There are also several ingredients that are known carcinogens (Silica, Talc, Triclosan). We are told time and time again to avoid such ingredients and yet never think of them finding their way into such a staple beauty item.
Personally, I think it’s well worth the time to make this simple and fast recipe to avoid such harmful ingredients and do good for your pits! It’s inexpensive and you can rest assured it’s safe for your health.
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
3 TBSP Arrowroot Powder
2 TBSP Baking Soda
Essential Oils of your choice (I used Lavender, Melaleuca and Bergamot)
- Combine Baking Soda and Arrowroot Powder in medium mixing bowl.
- Use a spoon or fork to blend in Coconut Oil.
- Drop in essential oils of your choice. I recommend Melaleuca, Lavender and Bergamot.
- Once it is well combined, I use a spoon to transfer the mixture to an old deodorant stick for convenience. You can also simply store in an airtight container. (The deodorant will start to liquify if exposed to warmer temperatures.)
**Note: This is not an antiperspirant. Sweating is your bodies natural way of shedding toxins so embrace it! I am just here to eliminate the odor and make your pits happy 🙂