Is your deodorant toxic?
Do you have any idea how many crazy ingredients are hiding in your deodorant? So scary! To think I was put that on my body, and allowing it to be absorbed into my body. If you don’t believe me, check out this link between antiperspirants and cancer which talks about aluminum in the antiperspirants. Equally scary, I came across this sheet regarding propylene glycol and reproduction toxicity. I also want my products to be phthalates-free, and while the powers that be claim that it is unknown how it is impacting health, check out this fairly well-documented article that indicates a link between breast cancer and phtalates.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of these ingredients in something as simple and basic and daily as my deodorant. If this is your deodorant, please know there is a safe, easy, affordable DIY Deodorant alternative that doesn’t take long to make and uses all natural ingredients.
It is easy to make a DIY Deodorant, with safe, non-toxic products!
Deodorant (makes 2 full deodorants in your old cleaned out, empty deodorant cases)
1/2 Tablespoon Organic Beeswax
4 Tablespoons organic extra-virgin Coconut Oil
10 drops essential oil (I like 5 drops Lavender essential oil and 5 drops Tea Tree essential oil (I also love a combo of Lemon and Purification, too!)
8 Tablespoons organic Arrowroot Powder
Melt the beeswax. Add the coconut oil until it is liquid. Add the powder and the essential oils and blend thoroughly. Put the paste into your deodorant container and allow to cool before capping. Make sure to keep in a cool place so that the coconut oil does not return back to liquid.
*Update March 2014 – Since making this and reading more and more – I now just use only arrowroot powder. With all the corn allergies so extremely prominent right now, I wanted to have a recipe that worked for a broader range of people. The best news is – using an increased amount of arrowroot (instead of 50/50 with the cornstarch) actually keeps me even drier!! 🙂
If you have made deodorant before, what has worked for you?