T’was when I arrived home from my one-month study abroad service trip to South America that I received immense clarity! It was a wake-up call to reconnect to my core self – this included what I needed to adjust in my health and wellness practices!
One of the many aspects that came into my awareness in addition to changes in my nutrition, was that it was wise for me to use natural non-synthetic hair, health, and skin-care products.
With the products I had at home, I realized that the aluminum-containing deodorant I had been using everyday for years contained high quantities of the metal and other synthetic ingredients. I learned this can be harmful for the body with extended use.
I decided to take a deeper dive into this.
In hygiene care, antiperspirants or deodorants are what are used to work with body odor from sweat. Antiperspirants reduce sweat production by blocking the sweat glands, while deodorants mask sweat produced from the body.
In addition, I learned the following from further research:
Scientists have discovered how buildup of [aluminum] material over time can lead to negative effects in the body including changes in your endocrine system (the system working with your hormones).
For example, a 2018 study showed how increased amounts of aluminum in the body over time can alter how it makes and responds to the estrogen hormone.
With the understanding that the product I used at the time was a deodorant containing aluminum, I felt it would be best for me to put an end to using it.
I began my search for and tried recommended natural deodorants. Through trial and error (minor skin irritations) from other organic deodorant products, I realized I needed a product with less ingredients.
It came to my awareness through my intuition that it would be wise to make my own deodorant. This was something I heard of people doing and it came as a surprise to me that I could do this as well.
I was excited and accepted said challenge!
While I wasn’t sure which specific ingredients to work with, I realized that baking soda was one of many things that kept coming to my mind (other ingredients that came to me included coconut oil and essential oils).
The in-organic compound of baking soda or sodium bicarbonate (composed of NaHCO3) has so many uses including in cooking, being a natural cleaner, and is also used in skin care products including deodorants at your local grocery store!
Baking soda is like the jack of all trades with these natural components of Sodium (Na+), Hydrogen (H), Carbon (C) and Oxygen (O)!
Looking at online deodorant recipes I discovered that both cornstarch and arrowroot powder can be used as thickeners. I chose to go with arrowroot powder in my recipe.
Arrowroot is a vegetable, often sold as a powder, that’s used as a thickening agent and gluten-free flour. Due to my vegan-keto nutrition guidelines, I only use this product topically to make a new batch of deodorant as needed.
I love the feel of the mixture on my skin! Plus, with the coconut oil, my underarm skin feels so soft!
And without further ado, drum-roll please…
- 1/2 C Baking Soda- Aluminum Free (baking soda is an inorganic product)
- 1/2 C Arrowroot Powder (or Cornstarch if you prefer as a thickener)
- 11 T Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil
- 23 Drops of Organic Essential Oil (I alternate between patchouli, lemon, & geranium)
- Mix the dry ingredients of the Baking Soda and Arrowroot powder first until well-blended in mixing bowl
- Pour in the Coconut oil and the drops of preferred essential oil
- Combine mixture until you get a mashed potato-like consistency
- Transfer mixture into a glass container with a lid to prevent drying out (I’ve used a small Ball container previously. Most recently I used a small glass meal prep container from a 24 pc multipack I bought off Amazon)
- Use a pea size amount to apply per armpit (in most cases this amount is more than enough to make sure you’re good all day)
- Optional: use a tongue depressor or you can simply use your finger to scoop out the needed portion of the batch
And voilà… you have a deodorant that’s kind to your body!
I must say that when I first worked on creating this recipe, I tried many combinations with these ingredients. When I tried this combo, I was so excited that my skin liked this mixture.. I did a little dance!
In a way I resonated with Thomas Edison’s quote on the lightbulb, “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. I myself, had also learned of a few ingredient combinations that didn’t quite work for me…until I found the one that did!
To this day, I still absolutely love using this homemade deodorant! It’s easy and quick to prepare! It only has four simple and really kind-to-your-skin ingredients in it!
The ingredients are incredibly affordable – you can even find them online, at your local market or health food store!
And I can vouch for how great it works – even in hot weather (hello from the Wasatch Back mountains in July)!
I bought bulk amounts of both baking soda (1 gallon) and organic coconut oil (54 fl oz) since I use them in other ways – baking soda for cleaning and coconut oil for cooking. You’re welcome to use what size works best for you! 🙂
I’m so grateful that my journey has led me thus far to make my own skin care products, including deodorant!
If you’re considering making your own deodorant with natural and organic ingredients, I encourage you to go for it, and also recommend that you give this recipe a try!
Let me know how it goes in the comment section below!
Gorgogietas, V. A., Tsialtas, I., Sotiriou, N., Laschou, V. C., Karra, A. G., Leonidas, D. D., Chrousos, G. P., Protopapa, E., & Psarra, A. G. (2018). Potential interference of aluminum chlorohydrate with estrogen receptor signaling in breast cancer cells. Journal of molecular biochemistry, 7(1), 1–13.
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