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Homemade Deodorant

Posted Jan 24 2013 9:48pm
on by healthymama

With deodorants widely available in stores, why would anyone want to make their own homemade deodorant? Full of toxic chemicals, some of which have been linked to cancer, store-bought deodorants are not the healthiest thing you can put on your body every day.

Here’s what they typically contain:

  • Aluminum is the primary ingredient in most store-bought deodorants. It’s a metal, which has been linked to breast cancer and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Parabens  are synthetic preservatives. There is an on-going dispute about whether or not they disrupt he  hormonal balance. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
  • Propylene glycol  is petroleum-based.  In large quantities, studies have shown it to cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.
  • Phthalates are chemicals, that have been linked to a variety of health issues including birth defects.
  • Triclsoan  is  classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.

After studying this list I started researching homemade deodorants. I am one of these girls that exercise a lot and sweat a lot, so most store-bought “natural and organic” deodorants never really worked for me.

Homemade deodorant recipe that I ultimately came up with is not an anti-perspirant. Sweating helps the body get rid of toxins, which is a good thing. If you use anti-perspirants, the body would still try to detox itself, even if sweating is not an option. This is how you end up staining the armpits of your white T-shirts, which does not happen if you use a simple homemade deodorant. When you stop using anti-perspirants,  you may notice that you naturally sweat less. 

What I love about this deodorant recipe the most is that it actually works! You can have an active lifestyle and smell good while doing it: I was sold on homemade deodorant.

This deodorant is cheap and easy to make. You can put the deodorant mixture into an old deodorant container or store it in a glass container, scooping it out and applying with your fingers ( I do that.) During hot months, coconut oil can melt and separate. To prevent that, store your deodorant in the fridge or simply mix it before each use.

Try my Lemon Salt Scrub, too.

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