I have a confession to make. I don’t use deodorant. Well, not in the traditional sense, anyway. I had you scared there for a second, didn’t I? Don’t worry—not only do I shower daily; I do, in fact, use some underarm protection. And my family can attest to the fact that I don’t smell bad.
Instead of buying deodorant from the store, I’ve been making my own homemade deodorant for years. Not only is it easy to make, it smells great and is cheaper than store-bought deodorants.
Plus, it’s a great way to keep myself and my family as healthy as we can be in this world. Yes, there’s pollution all around us, but that doesn’t mean I have to add to the problem by putting harmful ingredients on my skin.
So, I try to go all-natural whenever possible. And I want to help you do this too.
Why Make Your Own Deodorant (AKA: Why Other Deodorants Are Pure Evil)
Ok, no—deodorants aren’t the devil. Or, maybe they are…
Deodorants weren’t used widely until the late 1920s when advertisers capitalized on women’s insecurities. According to Smithsonian Magazine, one of the first of these types of advertisements was entitled: The Most Humiliating Moment of My Life—When I Overheard the Cause of My Unpopularity Among Men.
Once the idea that underarm smells would make men laugh at them, avoid them, or lose all interest was marketed to women, the deodorant industry boomed. And we’ve worn it ever since.
It’s become an $18 billion dollar a year industry.
Here’s the truth about deodorants that are sold at the store. They are filled with harmful ingredients like aluminum and parabens, both of which may be linked to alzheimer’s & breast cancer.
Deodorant works by plugging the sweat glands — or, in other terms, by clogging your pores. We try to avoid putting stuff on our face that will clog our pores, so why would we put it under our arms?
According to Dr. Mercola, deodorants can kill off beneficial bacteria under our arms and promote the growth of odor-producing bacteria.
Isn’t that just making matters worse?
Yes, it is, and it’s another way to get people to buy more deodorant and even more expensive “prescription-strength” deodorants.
Just to give you a sense of how much aluminum is used in typical products – the FDA requires that all anti-perspirants decrease the average person’s sweat by 20 percent – so manufacturers usually use anywhere between a 10-25 percent concentration of aluminum in products. That is just crazy, isn’t it? Especially for an ingredient that is a potent neurotoxin.
Aluminum is the ingredient that caused me to make the switch and should hopefully get you too (if you already haven’t) to run out and buy deodorant without Aluminum. (FYI – Some of the most toxic brands according to the Environmental Working Group include English Leather, Mitchum, Suave, Secret, Gillette, Right Guard, Soft & Dry)
It’s a spinning wheel of insanity and I chose to jump off a long time ago by making my own homemade deodorant with coconut oil.
Coconut Oil—The Holy Grail of Healthy Oils & What You Can Do With It
Coconut oil is one of my favorite things. I mean, is there anything you can’t do with this stuff? You can:
- Cook with it
- Moisturize your skin
- Add it to smoothies
- And, according to Dr. Axe, there are 77 other uses. This dude really loves his coconut oil!
It can help you:
- Get healthy, smooth skin
- Lose weight or maintain weight loss
- Balance your hormones
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Prevent Alzheimer’s
- Control blood sugar levels
- Improve energy
Another benefit of coconut oil: you can use it as a base for your homemade deodorant.
Everything You Need to Know About Making Homemade Deodorant
I’ve been using the coconut oil recipe from WellnessMama.com for the past three years. Even though it’s not an anti-perspirant, it actually keeps me pretty dry. When I first started using this I could hardly believe how effective it was. I would sometimes forget to put this on in the morning, since I wasn't used to the process and I would actually not have any odor that day.
Jodi will confirm, just ask her. :-)
This recipe is super easy to make. It’s just coconut oil (virgin and organic), arrowroot, aluminum free baking soda, and essential oil (pick any one you like).
With these affordable ingredients and the fact that one jar lasts at least five months, I save a ton of money each year and my under arms are toxic free.
As far as essential oils go, I used to use tea tree oil, which has some awesome antiseptic qualities. The smell can be kind of strong for some people, so for my last batch I decided to switch over to lavender oil.
From my research—Jodi, will either love it and it will get her in the mood. And if it doesn't get her in the mood, at least it will help her get a great night sleep. :-) It’s a win-win!
Coconut Oil Deodorant Ingredients (Recipe via Wellness Mama)
- 6 T coconut oil
- 1/4 cup (4 T) aluminum free baking soda
- 1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or organic cornstarch
- essential oils (optional)
Homemade Deodorant—Not Just For Hippies Anymore
A common misconception is that only hippies make their own deodorant.
Actually, homemade deodorant is a great idea for anyone who wants to save money and protect themselves and their family from harmful ingredients. With just four ingredients—including coconut oil and aluminum free baking soda—you, too, can save money, protect your health, and smell great in the process!
Do you make your own homemade deodorant? I would love to know your recipe. Share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.