Never let them smell your sweat! The Truth about Deodorants
I'm sick of buying natural deodorants that just don't work!
My medicine cabinet is full of partially used natural
deodorants.They sit along side a
number partially used conventional deodorants brands as well.
Expensive as it has been, ALL now sit abandoned because NONE of them seem to work
Because I want to be as healthy as I can, I've attempted to
convert to all natural deodorants on many occasions.I’ve tried everything –
sticks, sprays, roll-on liquid, made by countless different brands. But
in a few days I would encounter some unwanted odor and would revert back to the commercial
Using commercial deodorant worries me
because I know that I am putting myself at risk as they always contain aluminum which is said to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease (not to mention the host of other toxic chemicals included in conventional
antiperspirants). Tom's of Maine (a respected natural peoducts brand for tooth paste and deodorants has ok'd using aluminum in their deodorants. (Removing the aluminum also takes away the ability for it to fight odor causing bacteria)
Here’s another problem -- Antiperspirants plug up your sweat
glands which is harmful to your body. Our body was designed to perspire to cool us down and eliminate toxins.
But we still need deodorant right?
So for some time now (especially since I started realizing the wonders of
coconut oil) I’ve been planning to make my own deodorant, but
also wondering if it would just be another ineffective natural deodorant that
wouldn’t keep smell or wetness at bay.
The other day I decided to go for it.I had already done some online research
and knew that the recipe was pretty simple.
So I whipped up a batch....Easy Breezy
A simple natural deodorant (for men & women) that will help you steer clear of
cancer-causing ingredients while keeping you fresh and dry all day.
lasts about 3 months for 2 people
Make it your own:
Since people have different preferences for consistency, scent etc - it might be advisable to start off with a smaller batch. That's what I did. You can also adjust the amount
of coconut oil if necessary. For a drier deodorant - add more cornstarch or arrowroot.
3 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil
For daily use, just roll a little bit intoa ball and apply
with your fingertips
Always cover with a lid. As coconut liquefies at room temperature you can store it in the refrigerator. Also any oil can become rancid at some point, so refrigeration is also a good way to avoid that. Personally, my experience is that I have never encountered rancid oil and like to store mine in the bathroom for ease of use. I have never had a problem with it melting either.
**Add 5-20 drops of tea tree oil for more odor control. Tea tree is anti-bacterial and paired up with coconut
oil makes a nice double kick against odor-causing bacteria.
-- Add 2-3 capsule of probiotics (pull the cap apart and add
powder in with dry ingredients). probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that
are believed to improve health.
-- Use cocoa butter or mango butter instead of Shea Butter.
--Use plain coconut oil first and then apply the powders on top with a
Before I forget - there is one last thing I want you to be aware of. It happened to me last
week. I was sweating up a storm and I hardly ever sweat! I learned that when you first start using natural deodorant you may sweat quite a lot. The sweating is a good sign as the natural deodorant is helping the glands "unplug". It should decrease over time as your body adjusts to being able to sweat naturally.
Now what will I do with all that extra space in my medicine cabinet? :-)