Why make deodorant at home? Well, because it’s easy, works better than store bought, and you know exactly what’s in it… no surprises! Some people may be surprised to hear that store bought deodorant contains some things that should be no where near your body, especially not being rubbed on sensitive parts of your skin, like the armpits.
As humans, we are trusting and don’t think twice about most of the things we put on our body, including deodorant, which most people use multiple times a day. In the morning, after a shower etc. Sadly, deodorant and antiperspirants include Aluminum (in antiperspirants the aluminum blocks your pores from sweating) which is obviously not ok. According to Dr. Mercola “Aluminum is widely recognized as a neurotoxin, which has been found in increased concentrations in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease”. For women, he also mentions that toxins like aluminum can be an even bigger problem, women shave their underarms, apply deodorant or antiperspirant and more of the aluminum is absorbed due to the damaged skin from shaving. Antiperspirants are worse than deodorant but deodorants still have things like parabens which have been linked to breast cancer.
Here is the full article on his website: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/16/aluminum-lurks-in-crystal-deodorants.aspx
This deodorant made at home feels great on your skin and you don’t need to use much for it to do it’s job.
What you need:
– 6 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
– 3 Tbsp Shea Butter
– 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
– 1 Tbsp Baking Soda/Powder
– 2 Tbsp Bentonite Clay
– 10 drops essential oil (I used Tea Tree)
Melt the coconut oil, then with a mixer mix shea butter in with coconut oil. Mix the dry ingredients in another medium sized bowl. Then, with the mixer on low, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the shea/coconut oil mix then another 1/3 and another until they are combined. Then scoop into a ball, put in a glass jar and store away from sunlight. Once settled, the deodorant will set and be ready to use!
Another reason, I don’t buy deodorant or toothpaste from the store is because I do not want to support big companies like Proctor and Gamble, that do Vivisection which is defined as surgery on a living organism, usually an animal. I know that these labs and animal tests created are usually done for the purposes of money. Companies like this get governments grants to open these labs and conduct these tests, which in this day and age where we can send a huge robot machine to Mars, is ludicrous. Unfortunately, Proctor and Gamble has pretty much a monopoly on items like deodorant and toothpaste. At the store, you see many different brands to choose from, but the reality is they are all an extension of Proctor and Gamble, who is the parent company of these brands. If you look at the back of the product the label should show the parent company, if it is Proctor and Gamble chances are some rabbits and monkeys and even cats and dogs are being tortured for that product.
After making this deodorant for the first time, my husband came out of the shower and said this was the first time he’s had virtually no chemicals on his body, because our face wash, toothpaste and deo are all homemade and natural. What a great feeling. 🙂
Try this homemade deodorant. You will love it!