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Homemade Deodorant

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Yes, I have been called a hippy a few times before! This recipe for a homemade deodorant probably earned me that title, but let me tell you that this deodorant works even better than the store-bought ones and just to put it to the test before I shared it with you guys, my skeptical husband applied it to one underarm right before his soccer game, and not the other, and then had me “guess” which one was which. Let’s just say it was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. The results were nothing short of amazing!

There are so many concerns with commercial antiperspirants and deodorants, cancer being one of the biggest ones. Among them breast cancer, mainly because the underarm is very close to the breast tissue and also because many ingredients in deodorants are estrogenic compounds.  One of estrogen’s roles in the body is to promote the growth of breast tissue, so an excess could lead to cancerous overgrowth. Aluminum is used as an antiperspirant to plug sweat ducts; it has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease but is also known to be estrogenic. Parabens are also estrogenic compounds commonly found in deodorants and may act as hormone disruptors in the body.

Some deodorants also contain Triclosan, a common antibacterial ingredient that, when combined with water, will form chloroform, a probable carcinogen.

Propylene glycol was originally developed as an anti-freeze but it is now added to deodorants to keep them from drying out. It is a neurotoxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage. In propylene glycol’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS, workers are urged to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical as it may cause eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort, headache, nausea, vomiting, and central nervous depression.

This homemade deodorant is made with only 3 ingredients that I normally use for cooking: coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda

Why does it work?
Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial and baking soda is a natural deodorizer

Ingredients:

¼ cup of  baking soda
¼ cup of arrowroot powder or corn starch
¼ cup of coconut oil
a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Preparation:

  • In a small saucepan gently heat the coconut oil until melted.
  • Remove from heat
  • Whisk in the rest of the ingredients until smooth
  • Transfer to a small container and keep in your medicine cabinet or wait for it to cool down and solidify and scoop it into an empty deodorant container*

*If you are putting it into a deodorant container, you may have to keep it in the refrigerator during the summer months as it will melt easily

For a travel sized homemade deodorant, fill an empty lip balm container with the mixture.

12 thoughts on “Homemade Deodorant

  1. mine seems to always separate from the coconut oil, so that the top quarter is easy to use and the bottom is all grainy and not “spreadable” at all…. am i doing anything wrong???

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  2. I made this and was loving it for the first few days. Now my armpits feel raw and chaffed, and I did use aluminum free baking soda. Did I do something wrong?

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    1. A very small percentage of the population reacts to the topical application of baking soda. I am soon to lounge an all natural deodorant with a baking soda free product as well. Stay tuned

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    2. I recently had this issue with homemade deodorant. After some research, I learned that it is because the baking soda messes with the pH of your armpit too much (not in all people, just some of us). Too remedy this, make a mixture of about a cup of water with a tbs of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray your armpit with this and let dry before applying the deodorant. I tried this and it worked. Good luck.

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