{DIY} Natural Deodorant

Most of the deodorants on the market do more harm to your body than good.  In fact, your deodorant could possibly give you cancer!  Ever since finding out this information, I have looked into alternative ways to keep myself stink free, like this natural deodorant.

What are the harmful ingredients in most commercial deodorants?

  1. Parabens

There are parabens in nearly every cosmetic product out there and deodorants too. During this study in 2004, it has been claimed that it has been linked to breast cancer.  It’s said to disturb the body’s normal hormone balance and mimic estrogen.  (Remember that both men and women can get breast cancer.)  American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have both said that there is not “conclusive evidence” that parabens cause cancer.  Much more evidence is needed, yes, but low-dose mixtures of environmental chemicals could cause cancer.

  1. Aluminum

Aluminum compounds in deodorants act as a plug to cause you to sweat less temporally. However, just like parabens it could possibly cause breast cancer.  Again, both American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have said that there is not “conclusive evidence” that aluminum cause cancer.

  1. Triclosen

Your body has both good and bad bacteria and triclosen kills both. The FDA classifies triclosen as a pesticide. This product could mess with the day-to-day operations of your genes.  Thriclosen has been banned from hand sanitizer; so hopefully, it gets banned from deodorant too.

  1. Phthalates

This helps compounds stick to your skin. However, this disrupts how your body produces and uses testosterone.  It could disrupt the ability in the reproductive ability in men and harm fetuses in pregnant women.  It also is linked to lower IQs and higher cases of asthma.

  1. Fragrance

Almost every product out there has fake fragrance added to it. This can cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction, be harmful to the environment, and be toxic to the organ system.

If this doesn’t sound too good to you, it might be time to buy or make your own natural deodorant.  This deodorant doesn’t have anything harmful in it.  This has all natural ingredients, so you know exactly what’s in your deodorant.

This stuff works!  My husband even says that it lasts 36 hours, and he works hard outside all summer.  You will not smell like BO with this on!

Note:  if you get a rash from this, it could be the baking soda.  Sometimes, it does cause some people with sensitive skin rashes.  You could make it with all arrowroot and no baking soda, or stop using this all together and find an alternative deodorant to use.




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Natural Deodorant
  1. Melt beeswax and coconut oil in heat-safe container in a pan with little water or double boiler over low heat.
  2. Whisk in the baking soda and arrowroot powder with a Popsicle stick, or spoon you don’t mind ruining.
  3. Remove pan from the heat, and stir in essential oils. (Add more if it isn’t fragrant enough for you.)
  4. Pour into deodorant container. Leave uncapped for 24 hours or until cool, then cap and store.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Keep in mind, this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. Despite what the popular opinion is of major antiperspirant companies claim, blocking your sweat glands isn’t a good thing. But, I have noticed that I still sweat less wearing this.

My personal choices for essential oils for smell are: lavender, lemon, sweet orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, clary sage, vanilla, etc. If you have a favorite smell, by all means, use it!

You can buy empty deodorant containers online, but I found that an old Tom’s deodorant container worked well. Note that many of the commercial deodorant containers do not go twist down all the way or have holes at the bottom that you cannot pour liquid into.

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