August 3, 2015
When you use your deodorant, do you know exactly what you’re rubbing into your skin?
Conventional deodorants rely on ingredients like parabens, aluminum, triclosan, phthalates, and artificial fragrance. And while the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute report no conclusive evidence linking the chemicals in your deodorant to the development of breast cancer (since antiperspirants are applied near the breast area), why take a risk?
It’s OK to sweat. That’s your body’s way of cooling off and releasing toxins. But to cut the odor after your run or for an evening out, why not rely on a natural deodorant with ingredients you can actually pronounce?
Where drugstore brands rely on aluminum to block sweat, natural deodorants combat the stink— which is actually caused by bacteria on your skin that eats the sweat and releases certain chemicals.
Did you know you can “DIY” your own deodorant? It’s super simple. Essential oils are a natural fit for deodorant because their properties help control odor. While your antiperspirant stops you from sweating completely by blocking your pores, essential oils open up your pores, allowing you to release those toxins and cool off. When blending the oils with baking soda and a few other safe ingredients, you can banish any smell, too.
You can simply use just five to 10 drops of the essential oil diluted with a carrier oil directly under your arms, or you can make one of the recipes below. Here are a few of our favorite deodorizing oils:
Always test on a small part of your skin first before using on your body.
First blend essential oils together. Add them to the vodka or witch hazel and shake well for as long as you can. Leave them all to settle, then add the vinegar. Allow it to sit for an hour. Pour the whole mixture into the water and shake well again. Pass liquid through a paper coffee filter. Store in a glass bottle and shake well before every use. For a stronger scent, allow the oil and vinegar mix to sit longer before adding to the water.
In a measuring cup, combine the glycerin and witch hazel. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a 4 ounce, dark-colored glass spray bottle. Use in the morning and before you go out in the evening. Discard after 1 month.
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle or roller ball container. Shake well before every use.
Mix together all ingredients and stir well until the alum is dissolved. Pour into a spray bottle or clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To apply, spray on the body or use clean cotton pads. Makes 10 ounces.
Mix together all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a spray bottle or clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To apply, spray underarms or use clean cotton pads. Makes 6 ounces.
Mix together all ingredients in a ceramic bowl or glass jar. Let mixture sit for one day, then strain off the liquid and discard the lemon zest. Pour into a clean container or spray bottle. To apply, spray underarms or use clean cotton pads. Makes 4 ounces.
In a double boiler or a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter until melted completely and mixed well. Whisk in the baking soda and bentonite clay until well combined. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes and then stir in your essential oils. Take an old (clean) deodorant stick and make sure the plunger thing is twisted all the way down. Carefully pour your warm mixture into the container. Let sit until completely cool then use as normal.
Mix all ingredients except the wax, chlorophyll, and essential oils in a bowl, stirring thoroughly. Melt wax in a double boiler over very low heat then remove from heat. Add to the mixed ingredients and blend well. If the wax thickens too much to be workable, heat again. As the mixture begins to cool, but before it hardens, add the chlorophyll and essential oil. Pour into molds and allow to harden. Store in tightly closed container. You can also use 10 – 15 drops of any other essential oils of choice.