-Cue scary rant-
Deodorants and antiperspirants are full of toxic chemicals. No doubt you’ve heard this before. The ingredients in pit sticks are linked to different types of cancers, Alzheimer’s, hormonal and reproductive dysfunction, birth defects, liver damage, neurotoxicity…the list goes on and on. Applying these chemicals to the axillary/armpit area, which contains so many lymph nodes, is just a bad, bad idea. It clogs our lymph system, compromising its natural function of clearing out wastes. We become toxic. We become highly sensitive and allergic. We become diseased.
So what most of us do is go to the health food store and pick up a natural deo…only to discover it just doesn’t work. So we move on to try another one…and another one…pretty soon we’ve spent a ton of cash and still have sticky, smelly pits.
Also, many of the natural options still contain questionable ingredients anyway – like propylene glycol, a by-product of petroleum.
Damn. So what do we do, then?
One option is to make your own.
I make no claims here. I’m not saying the following recipe will work for you. What I will say is that it’s made entirely with items you can find in your own kitchen, and takes just a few minutes to whip together. You might as well try it, because what have you got to lose?
For what it’s worth, I’ve been using this with amazing success for the past several months. Love it.
I first heard about this recipe from a classmate, who found it on Meghan Telpner’s site. I have also seen it, or very similar versions of it, in several different places online. So I can’t say for certain where it originated, but regardless, it’s very simple and you can play around with the proportions to find a texture that works for you.
Here’s What You Need:
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup arrowroot powder (you could also use organic, non-GMO corn starch)
5-6 tbsp coconut oil
10-15 drops of essential oil (this is optional; I have yet to make a batch with added scent because I like the coconuty scent as it is)
Here’s What You Do:
Combine equal parts baking soda and arrowroot powder/corn starch.
Mix in coconut oil gradually, until you get a texture you like (it should be spreadable like a cream).
Add essential oils, if using.
That’s it! So easy!
This makes quite a bit of deodorant. For your first batch, consider halving the recipe just to see how you like it.
In the end, if this doesn’t work for you, at least you haven’t wasted much money or time.
Let me know what you think! In the meantime, are there any natural deodorants out there that work well for you? Please share in the comments below!
PS. As our bodies become less toxic, through a clean diet and lifestyle, we start to stink a whole lot less. Just another reason to work with a holistic nutritionist. :)