skip the aluminium :: DIY natural deodorant

By now I'm sure you are aware of the dangers of mainstream deodorants that contain aluminum {and a variety of other lovely chemicals and additives} but are you still searching for a natural deodorant that WORKS? Look no further. I've got your pits covered.

While there are lots of natural alternatives on the market, I have to be honest, of the dozen or so that I tried, I never found one I loved or felt worked really really well.

The one that works for me can be made in my own kitchen in less than 5 minutes and contains NO chemicals.

Ingredients:

  • 5 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP shea butter
  • 5 TBSP baking soda
  • 2 TBSP arrowroot powder {or cornstarch works too}
  • 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oils. I use Young Living's Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils.
  • Optional: 1 TBSP magnesium oil. I learned of this HERE and have loved the addition! Using a magnesium oil version is great if you have had a problem with irritation from baking soda versions.

Method :

  1. Mix coconut oil and shea butter in a glass bowl. You can bring to room temperature or use a double boiler if you want but I usually just let it sit at room temp for a bit and whip it really good with a spoon to make it a soft fluffy texture.
  2. Next, add in your baking soda, arrowroot powder and magnesium oil. Combine well.
  3. Add essential oils. Note: if you heated the oil in the double boiler, make sure to wait a bit for the temperature to come down before adding your essential oils. 
  4. Spoon your mixture into your fav glass jar and store in the bathroom out in a cool and dark place.
  5. Apply using your fingers and keep in mind that a little goes a long way :)

Some people think, what's the big deal?

For just a moment consider your current beauty regiment. How many different products do you use every day before you even head out the door in the morning. All of those products are then absorbed by your skin, into the blood stream and require your body to "detoxify". Now add on some environmental toxins that we may have little control over, the chemicals sprayed on foods and additives in food products, household cleaning products, candles….

Well I think it is a big deal when you consider the sum of all parts.

My hope is that we can buy food without the chemicals, and transition to cleaner body and cleaning products for everyone in the household so that our body doesn't have to work as hard to keep us healthy.

A clean deodorant is especially important for women and our breast health since about 200 lymph nodes are in the neck area, and 50 in the armpit alone. The fatty tissue of our ta-ta's makes a lovely home for toxins.

If you haven't already transitioned to a clean deo - PLEASE try! There are so many variations and I promise it works.