DIY All-Natural Deodorant
Have you ever walked by a person and just…
I despise B.O.
You know what I also despise?
Far be it from me to actually draw a straight line from one thought of mine to another, but there is a connection here.
Here are some cold hard facts:
Breast cancer is mostly developed in the upper outer quadrant of the breast closest to the lymph nodes exposed to antiperspirants. (cancer.org
Antiperspirants use different forms of aluminum to dissolve in the sweat or moisture on the skin surface of the armpit and create a “plug” at the top of the sweat gland to prevent perspiration.
High level exposure to aluminum affects the lungs and causes neurological damage.
Cancer-causing substances (aluminum) in antiperspirants are absorbed through razor nicks from underarm shaving.
Antiperspirants keep you from sweating (duh) which keep you from being able to excrete these cancer-causing substances you’ve absorbed from your deodorant.
Aluminum is poorly absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, therefore, absorption through the skin causes a much larger burden on the body then through oral absorption.
In 2001, a study showed that after one underarm application, aluminum was still present in blood samples 15 days later. (controlyourimpact.com
What’s a person to do?
I tried finding just regular deodorant at the store; one without all that icky sweat stoppin’ antiperspirant. NOPE. Not one.
No big deal.
I hear you can get organic deodorant at Whole Foods.
It costs FIFTEEN DOLLARS A POP.
That just will not do.
(original recipe by mymerrymessylife.com, modified by yours truly)
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/4 c baking soda
1/4 c arrowroot powder (you can also use cornstarch because who really has arrowroot poweder laying around?)
4-5 Tblsp coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract (or 5-10 drops of essential oils in your favorite scent if you’re decently wealthy)
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder together in a bowl.
2. Add the additional ingredients and continue to mix until you get a thick, moist consistency.
** I started with just 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, but it wasn’t until I added the extra tablespoon that I got the right consistency.
3. Scoop the goods into a small container shallow enough to reach your finger all the way to the edges.
**This will be important months from now when you are heading out the door inevitably for a hot date, interview or other important event where reeking of B.O. would be less than appreciated.
You’ll be glad you can scrape all the way to those far corners of the container.
4. Scoop a small amount out with your finger and apply to underarm.
OOH. That’s niiiiice.
**note: Every morning before applying, give those pits a good scrub with a warm wash cloth and maybe a little soap. Its good to not let your deodorant pile up day after day anyway and I also finds this DIY works best on fresh pits. It keeps the day’s BO at bay, but it may not have the greatest odds against multiple days worth of stank. Of course, if you shower every morning anyway, you wouldn’t need to do this.
** From everything I’ve read, it takes a minimum of two weeks for your body to transition into using natural deodorants. This could mean flakey, inflamed or irritated skin or seemingly excess sweat (what with all those poisonous sweat plugs being done away with and all). Take time to let your body adjust before you give up on the process.
Let’s not forget the cost of it all!
It costs $6.59 for 13.5 lbs of baking soda at Costco.
We used about $.06 worth of baking soda for this recipe
Buying arrowroot powder in bulk at Winco is about $2 for 1 cup (rounding up). If you use cornstarch, its even cheaper.
We used $.50 worth of arrowroot powder for this recipe.
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract is maybe $.08 if an 8 fl oz bottle is approximately $2.
Well, that about does it.
No more stinky pits.
No more throwing away money.
Until next week, cheers!