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.