Why you should make your own deodorant
Have you seen the ingredients in your store-bought roll-on deodorant? Take a look at this:
- Aluminum: Linked to breast cancer
- Parabens: Linked to birth defects
- Propylene glycol: Can damage your central nervous system, liver and heart
- Phythalates: Also linked to birth defects
- Sweat blockers: We need to sweat to release toxins and to keep our bodies cool
And this is just the start of the list. If you are looking for a natural alternative to store-bought deodorant try our DIY natural deodorant, free of harmful chemicals.
How to make your own natural deodorant
You can whip up a batch of homemade deodorant in a matter of minutes and personalise the scent to match your favourite aromas. Have a play with fruity-scented essential oils to create a tropical wonderland right there in your bathroom.
- ½ a cup of unrefined coconut oil
- ¼ cup of cornstarch (if you have sensitive skin switch to arrowroot powder)
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- ½ a teaspoon of essential oil such as lavender, rose or sweet orange
How to make
- Coconut oil has a tendency to be firm. Pop it in the microwave for 10-second intervals until fully melted
- Add essential oil to melted coconut oil
- Add cornstarch and baking soda then stir until smooth
- Recycle one of your old deodorant containers (after sterilising) with a removable roller ball and add the mixture
Note: You may need to keep it in the fridge if you notice your coconut oil separates from the other ingredients.
You may notice you are sweating more in the first 2 to 3 weeks of using your natural deodorant. Your body is removing all of the toxins from using an antiperspirant, but this is not a permanent side-effect, so keep at it! If symptoms persist, ensure you visit your local general health practitioner.