Applying deodorant/antiperspirant is an ingrained, reflexive part of our morning routine to neutralize pongs from armpits hence, to avoid experiencing social rejection from peers.
However, I decided to ditch my commercial-bought deodorant after reading the side effects associated with the antiperspirants/deodorants available on the market today.
A lot of people don’t know that these products contain aluminum which is potentially harmful and have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and may impact breast cancer risks.
Unwittingly, we are drenching our pits with nasty chemicals and they are adjacent to our lymph nodes. As a matter of fact, when most women are clinically determined to have breast cancer, their medical practitioners advise them to cease using those aluminum-based antiperspirants/deodorants.
I admit am reading lots of DIY natural deodorant for quite some time but ended up with skeptic attitude given the fact that most of the recipes seemed to require melting the ingredients or investing in a bulk amount of ingredients.
Not until I stumbled this recipe that piqued my attention because there’s no heating involved, so I decided to test the water and allow me to say this:
This homemade deodorant recipe WORKS!! After the switch, not a single reeks after an intense workout or a long day at work… I swear.
Though it didn’t stop me from sweating, no stench of sweat and the best part, I can pronounce each ingredient, isn’t it awesome?
- 5-6 tbsp Coconut oil (or you can add more tbsp to make it a bit creamy)
- 1/4 cup baking soda (Baking soda is somewhat irritating so use less for sensitive skin and more for those that need a stronger odor fighter)
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- few drops of favorite essential oil (optional)
*REMEMBER: It is important that you exfoliate your armpits daily to remove the deodorant residue
What To Do:
- Mix the 2 dry ingredients and gradually add the coconut oil and work the mixture with a spatula or a spoon to make it to a smooth paste consistency.
- Grab a clean glass container (with lid) for storage and apply the mixture using your fingers while you can just rub off the remnants in your hands as a lotion.
- This recipe can last up to 3 months. Store in a cool dry place as coconut oil tends to melt when temperature reaches 76 degrees or you can put this in the fridge.