Have you ever noticed how many chemicals are in a single stick of deodorant?
From aluminum and triclosan (which are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer) to parabens and phthalates (which are known endocrine disruptors), there are a lot of ingredients in your deodorant that are actually dangerous for your body. But if you don’t want to spend your days smelly and sweaty, it can seem like you don’t have any option but to keep using those chemicals.
Luckily, making your own deodorant is both easy and safe. And as an added bonus, it’s incredibly inexpensive! All it takes is a few ingredients that you probably already have in your home.
What You’ll Need:
¼ cup arrowroot powder (You can substitute cornstarch if it doesn’t irritate your skin, but make sure it is organic cornstarch to avoid chemicals and pesticides.)
3 tbsp. aluminum-free baking powder
⅓ cup coconut oil
2 drops olive oil
10 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
How to Make It:
Sift together the arrowroot powder and baking soda. Melt the coconut oil, then mix it together with the powder ingredients until you have a thick paste. Add in a drop or two of olive oil – this will prevent the coconut oil from becoming too solid once it cools and allows you to spread it with your fingers.
Finish by adding 10 drops of your preferred essential oil. Tea tree oil and lavender are great options, as both have anti-bacterial properties that will keep your underarms healthy and fresh-smelling, but you can choose whatever combination of scents appeals to you.
Transfer everything to a small jar with a lid and allow it to cool down. In its final form, the deodorant should resemble thick cream.
To use your new deodorant, scoop out a small amount, and apply it to your underarms with your fingers. It can also be used on your chest, between your shoulder blades, on the backs of your knees, or anywhere else you find yourself getting a little sweaty.