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It’s not every day we talk or even think about our armpit health. But how could we not!? These awkward little scoops of space beneath our arms are home to some very important lymph nodes that function to detoxify your body. Unfortunately, many of us are clogging the pores that release these toxins that are meant to be removed from the body. Natural DIY deodorant recipes are here to remedy the situation. But first, we must asses the damage.
A common misconception is that the sweat under your armpits smells, it’s actually the sweat mixing with bacteria on the skin. Therefore, you want to be able to release the toxins from the lymph nodes under your armpits while also keeping the area clean and bacteria-free.
However, you don’t want to reach for your scent-laden sport stick, clear antiperspirant gel, or deo-in-a-can if they contain any of the following carcinogenic ingredients that are keeping your armpits from doing their job.
The Dangers of Your Current Deoderant
Before learning the value and health benefits of a natural DIY deodorant recipe, it’s important to know exactly what lingers in your current deodorants that could be slowly making you sick.
It all starts with reading the ingredient list of your current deodorants. Checking labels usually means discovering there’s no actual lavender in your “lavender-scented sports stick” and instead of being bombarded with hyphenated words that are impossible to pronounce.
Even if there are only a few ingredients on the list, it doesn’t mean it’s safe or natural. Here’s a list of the most common categories of active ingredients and how the body responds to them and why it’s best to replace them with your own DIY deodorant recipe.
Aluminum-based compounds are the most common active ingredient in and perhaps the most dangerous. Acting as an antiperspirant, aluminum blocks sweat glands trapping the body’s natural waste from escaping. If absorbed (and it often is depending on how long you wear your deodorant), aluminum will alter the structure of estrogen receptors in breast cells (because of proximity) and increase the likelihood of breast cancer.
To reduce sweating without these risks, Potassium Alum is a better alternative. It’s a naturally occurring salt and its molecules are too large to be absorbed and pass through the bloodstream. Include Potassium Alum in your natural DIY deodorant recipe for an effective and natural antiperspirant benefit.
Triclosan serves as a preservative and powerful antibacterial in things like deodorant, antiperspirant, hand sanitizer, and other cosmetics. It seems natural to want to kill the bacteria on your pits but at what cost?
The FDA labels Triclosan as a pesticide while the EPA calls it a probable carcinogen. The use of these ingredients creates toxic buildup in the body and deteriorates our environment especially aquatic life.
Prosecuting parabens isn’t new for this blog but unfortunately, they continue to be used in 75-90 percent of cosmetic and body care products. The most common include methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben.
Parabens are used as a preservative but what they actually do is alter hormones, specifically estrogen. Studies have proven a concentration of parabens are found in breast tumors and that women are eight times more likely to develop breast cancer in the part of the breast closest to the underarm. All that just so a product can sit on the shelf longer!?
Exposing yourself to the chemical soup that is a synthetic fragrance can be damaging to your lungs and cause allergic reactions.
Unfortunately, the danger of these deodorants don’t manifest themselves immediately but over time can result in asthma, kidney damage, allergies, and even cancer. Beyond the long-term damage, the use of products that contain these toxins can cause you to be tired, unfocused, and can affect your appetite and mood.
Have you discovered any of these perpetrating ingredients in your current deodorant? If so, toss it out!. Your armpits deserve better, your health is too important, plus we’ve got stellar alternatives for you.
Stay Dry! DIY Deodorant Stick
Homemade deodorants can be just as convenient as a store-bought one. To prove it, I’m covering two DIY deodorant recipes that are solid (bar and stick) and one that is a spray instead of DIY deodorants that are stored in jars as a paste or cream.
I want your transition to natural deodorant as seamless as possible. So, let’s get started!
- 1 1/2 tsp. of aluminum-free baking soda
- 2 tsp. of Arrowroot Powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of bentonite clay (optional but an incredible addition)
- 1 Tbs. Coconut oil
- 1 Tbs. Shea butter
- 1 Tbs. Cocoa butter
- 1 Tbs. Beeswax
- 2 capsules of Vitamin E
- 15 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
- Sift and mix dry ingredients
- Melt the shea and cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in a double boiler on low heat
- Once melted, remove from heat and gently stir in dry ingredients
- Add skin-safe essential oils of your choice + Vitamin E capsules
- Pour into empty deodorant or glue stick container
- Let solidify and use!
- The dry ingredients naturally absorb sweat
- Bentonite clay helps draw out toxins from the body
- The butters gently moisturize even the most sensitive skin
- Coconut oil and tea tree oil are naturally antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial
- Skin stays comfortably dry while remaining moisturized
Natural Spray Deodorant
All-natural spray deodorant can cost well over $15 per bottle. This recipe is super simple and just as effective (if not more!) than the fancy stuff at the organic store. Take a look!
- 3 Tbs. Aloe Gel
- 3 Tbs. Witch Hazel
- 2 tsp. Rubbing Alcohol (so solution dries down on skin)
- 15 drops of essential oils of your choice, for this recipe I use tea tree, lavender, vanilla
- 2 Tbs. Aluminum-free Baking Soda
- Using a whisk, mix all ingredients into a bowl or measuring cup with a pouring spout
- Once thoroughly mixed, pour into 4 oz spray bottle and it’s ready to use
- You can also directly measure all ingredients into the spray bottle, shake, and use– so easy!
- Aloe soothes armpits and can heal razor bumps
- Witch Hazels alleviates inflammation and protects sensitive skin
- Lavender and Tea Tree oil fight off bacteria, reduce redness and clarify skin
- This natural spray deodorant smells like a dream!
DIY Deodorant For Men (extra strength!)
Some guys (and gals) want a little extra protection. This DIY deodorant recipe differs from the others only slightly. It’s created to better absorb sweat and kill off odor-causing bacteria. This is great for a hot day outside or for the gentlemen in your life.
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder
- 3 Tbsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp. diatomaceous earth
- 6 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1.5 Tbsp. chopped beeswax
- 8 drops orange essential oil
- 18 drops cypress essential oil
- 8 drops frankincense essential oil OR fir needle essential oil
- In a double-boiler slowly melt coconut oil and beeswax
- Add essential oils
- Remove from heat
- Wisk in dry ingredients
- Immediately scoop the mixture in deodorant tubes or onto a wax-paper line container to make deodorant bars.
*Note, this will solidify quickly.
- Along with keeping armpits free of bacteria, this blend of essential oils may reduce stress and sweating
- Arrowroot, cornstarch, baking soda, and diatomaceous earth soak up sweat on contact and prevent sweat stains
- The fragrance is suitable for masculine preferences
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There you have it! Three of my most effective and easy all-natural DIY deodorant recipes that won’t cost you a fortune, protect your lymph nodes from being clogged, keep your pits clean, and yes–they actually work!
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