I must confess wearing deodorant has been a pretty inconsistent habit of mine as of recent years. Apart from simply forgetting or being lazy, I do have a valid reason.
Commercial deodorants and antiperspirants are actually really toxic.
This morning hygiene routine has us not only blasting our pits with synthetic and nasty chemicals, but they will also block your pores, mess with your lymphatic system and kill off and alter your bodies natural microbiome.
Deodorants mask body odor with synthetic fragrances whilst antiperspirants actually prevent you from sweating. I say no thanks to both! Sweating is one of the ways the body uses to naturally detox, a process we do not want to hinder. As for the word fragrance, it’s basically a word used to describe a ‘undisclosed mixture of various chemicals’. Nice huh?
And not only that! The heavy metal aluminum is a prominent ingredient found in antiperspirants. Yes aluminum! This extremely toxic substance among with other hazardous ingredients found in these products are absorbed by your skin and can inevitably lead to cancer or neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s disease. Scary stuff!
Your skin will literally drink up whatever you apply to it.
Now, whilst I highly recommend swapping to an all natural deodorant, they can be expensive and often just don’t have a long lasting effect or even work at all. Fortunately, I have found this recipe (which has been tried and tested on my guinea pig family members, including the hairy pits of my dad) to be wonderfully effective, natural and inexpensive. Plus it couldn’t get any easier to make!
- 1/4 cup aluminum free bi-carb soda/baking soda
- 1/4 coconut oil
- 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil (lavender, jasmine, rose etc)
- Mix all three ingredients in a bowl into a nice smooth paste.
- Store in a small glass jar ( big enough to get your fingers into)
- Apply as needed
Here is why it works…
Bi-carb has the ability to absorb odor and soak up moisture.
Coconut oil is antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory which will help kill bacteria and won’t cause irritation to the skin.
Essential oils also posses antibacterial properties and add a delightful scent of choice to the mix.
I have found the ratio of 1:1 (bi carb:coconut oil) works well. Depending on the size of your jar you can adjust the measurements accordingly.
*Make sure you use pure 100% essential oils and not the cheap imitation fragrances. Synthetic fragrances possess zero therapeutic benefits and are actually toxic unlike the beautiful essential oils which are well worth their investment.
I would love to hear from you
+ Have you already made the deodorant switch?
+ Let me know if you have had success using this recipe or one similar…
+ Maybe there is a natural brand you could recommend that is safe and effective?