Lately it seems that everywhere we turn there is something new that causes cancer. Some things have been scientifically shown to have cancer causing agents in them, while others are just under speculation. Sure, we know not to smoke because it causes lung cancer so we make conscious decisions to not harm our bodies in this way. But what if there is something else we use every single day that we know contributes to a higher risk of cancer, do we still use it? Well, the answer is probably. Nearly everyone puts on deodorant every single day (and sometimes multiple times). Why would we consciously choose to use a product like deodorant that we know increases our cancer risk? Is saving ourselves from a little bit of sweat really worth it??
I slowly have been converting many aspects of my life to more natural, toxin-free products. However, my decision to begin making homemade deodorant did not just come out of a fear of cancer. After all, I knew this for a really long time and it never stopped me. However, a little over a year ago I started having bad allergic reactions to almost all deodorants. I have spent the past year trying them all, from Degree (caused a terrible rash), Secret (caused terrible itching), Dove (made me sweat even more) to Tom's (made me smell like a straight up hippy). And then I realized something, ALL of these deodorants (with the exception of Tom's) are harmful to my body in so many ways so why would I use any of them!?
I have been using homemade deodorant for about 3 months now, and I can honestly say I will never go back. I waited until I knew it worked before I shared my experience, just to be sure ;-)
I know what you may be thinking... "I sweat waayyy to much to use that" or "Doesn't that make you smell?" Well I am here to tell you, I sweat more than anyone I know and I am still hooked. I have also forced anyone and everyone to smell my arm pits after a workout and give me honest feedback. Unless they are being super nice (which is entirely possible)- no smell. I used to always feel like I smelled terrible after a workout or hiking and I can honestly say that I no longer feel that way. I have tested it in many situations: laying out in the sun, hiking in 90 deg weather, sweating my butt off in Piyo class, and I can say with confidence that it works for all of this! Moral of the story= don't knock it till you try it!!
I should warn you, because this is toxin free there is no anti-perspirant in this deodorant. That means you will still sweat! But after using it for about 2 weeks, my body got used to it and I actually started sweating a little less, which is a miracle for me. Also, I noticed there no longer were any stains in the arm pits of my shirts. I have heard it before, but now I truly believe regular deodorants were clogging my pores and making my sweat and smell more.
There are many recipes for home made deodorant out there, all of them involving mostly the same ingredients with maybe slight variations. This recipe is super easy and makes a good amount. I have been using the same jar for 3 months and it is nowhere near gone yet (and I reapply at least once a day).
Small mason jar
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup arrow root powder
2 Tbsp baking soda
~10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice
1. Cream the coconut oil with a spatula to make it easier to mix in dry ingredients.
2. Fully mix in the arrow root powder and baking soda into the coconut oil until it resembles the consistency of deodorant.
3. Mix in the essential oils of your choice.
4. Place in a small mason jar and put in the fridge to allow the coconut oil to solidify.
5. When ready to apply, just put a small amount on your finger and rub into your armpit like a lotion!
**If you are not aware, coconut oil melts when it is too warm so this needs to be stored in a cool place. I keep mine in the bathroom drawer and it is fine unless it is a really hot and humid summer day. Then I just pop it in the fridge if it starts to melt too much.
Stay tuned-- I am working on how to make this travel friendly without making a mess!!
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