A few years ago, I learned about the potential health risk of using a store bought deodorant. Many people are unaware that most store bought antiperspirants are considered over the counter drugs. Because of this the FDA regulates them. This is due to the use of aluminum salt, which blocks the pores and prevents perspiration which changes body function. Many also contain parabens, which are preservatives that are widely used in personal care products.
Regular use of aluminum increases risk of Alzheimer disease and breast cancer. Paraben usage also increases risk of breast cancer. Meanwhile, these ingredients have been deemed safe by the FDA and continue to be used.
After learning about the risks associated with store bought deodorant and antiperspirants, I decided to switch to a natural deodorant that were free from these toxic ingredients.
I tried a couple of natural products but kept running into the same problem. They weren’t helping me to be odor free!
So my next step was to start looking for recipes that might work. The results? I managed to find a recipe that worked even better than any other product.
Here is the recipe that I put together….
- 2½ tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 2½ tbsp pure cocoa butter
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 7 drops of lavender (tea tree, lime, lemon, rosemary or patchouli essential oil)
- In a microwave safe bowl, mix the cocoa butter and coconut oil.
- Cook for 30 seconds and mix.
- Continue mixing for 15 second increments until fully melted.
- Add the arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oil.
- Pour into a jar or empty deodorant tube.
- Place in the refrigerator and allow to firm
- For those whose skin is sensitive to the baking soda, mix 3 tbsp of arrowroot powder to 1 tbsp of baking soda. This deodorant will melt at high temperatures, so keep in a cool place (I keep mine in the refrigerator) You can mix two essential oils. My favorite combination is 4 drops lavender and 3-4 drops rosemary. It smells fantastic. Do be careful of use of citrus based essential oils…you may be more sensitive to the sun after use of orange essential oil and can get burned easily as a result.