In my quest to lead a healthier, more natural lifestyle, I knew I had to find a new deodorant. There is too much research to suggest that some of the ingredients in commercial deodorants cause cancer or at least create an atmosphere for cancer to grow and thrive. We won’t get into the claims that it may contribute to alzheimer’s. To me, looking at what evidence does exist and the fact that these diseases are on the rise in countries and during our time when these products are readily available (and hardly ever questioned) is enough proof that we should just use something we know is safe.
That’s smart, right? Besides, I hate paying $5 for deodorant. This costs pennies on the dollar.
This is the most basic deodorant recipe. I find it works very well and you only need a little. I had to get used to applying it differently but after a couple of days it didn’t phase me one bit.
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (you can substitute cornstarch but some find that irritating to their skin)
- 5 Tbsp. coconut oil
- Essential oils (optional – I used 7 drops of lavender and 4 drops of tea tree)
Mix everything together in a bowl and place in a sterilized, glass container for storage. To use, swipe fingers in mixture and apply to underarms. If you can get past the fact that this isn’t a stick or a spray then you will be in for a treat!
If you want something a bit more softening and feminine then I suggest infusing your coconut oil prior to using it in the recipe. It’s super easy and gives the deodorant that added boost. The lavender also helps with irritation from shaving.
To infuse the oil (by the way I infuse so many different things: olive oil, vinegar, you name it!) you will need the following:
- dried lavender
- dried chamomile
- dried calendula
- coconut oil
- glass jar
I get my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs but you can also find them on Amazon or at your local health food stores.
Gather your ingredients. Using about 2 cups of oil (melted) and a total of 1 cup of dried flowers (I mix them up) put all ingredients in the glass jar. Set out in the sun or on a window ledge for 4-5 days to allow the flowers to permeate the oil. After a few days, strain the oil using a coffee filter or cheese cloth. Use filtered oil to make deodorant. You’ll LOVE it!
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