Most modern people slather on chemical-filled antiperspirant which blocks the pores, not realizing that the sweat which naturally trickles down the armpit acts as a wick to draw out the waste products from the body containing viruses, bacteria, hormones, toxins, etc. to regulate and keep everything in balance. It is also ignored that 80% of all human breast cancers first occur in the upper outer quadrant, which is directly below the armpit. Let those toxins out!
Did you know that nearly all commercial deodorants contain aluminum salts, usually aluminum chlorohydrate? Manufacturers like aluminum because it effectively suppresses perspiration but the metal has a dark side once it makes its way into our body. Aluminum toxicity It has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other health issues. It is especially important for women to take thought to the harmful aluminum materials in deodorant as it has been linked to breast cancer, being that the breast tissue extends up into the armpits.
Most commercial deodorants also contain parabens, which act as preservatives and stabilizers, but which like aluminum can be absorbed into the skin. Parabens mimic estrogen, and though the amounts we absorb on a daily basis might be small, over time, the accumulation can be significant.
For those of you who want to keep it simple, there are three miracle ingredients that are fantastic and get the job done: virgin coconut oil, tea tree essential oil, and baking soda (aluminum free). Each one of these ingredients works to deodorize and kill bacteria, without blocking the pores and preventing the elimination of toxins. You can experiment and find the one the works best for you, or do as I did, and combine all three ingredients for a super effective and easy deodorant mix.
I’ve included my favourite deodorant recipe for those of you who want to take it all the way. It is wonderful! But it’s important to remember that it is a deodorant, and NOT an antiperspirant. The key is to permit natural sweating while avoiding odor, but NOT completely block the pores.
TIP: If you struggled with severe body odor, cleaning up your diet with raw foods, cleansing the colon and drinking liquid chlorophyll (or chlorella) are great ways to deodorize from the inside out!
My Favourite Homemade Natural Deodorant
This recipe is amazing! It’s even edible! It is affordable and very effective! My husband and I have been using it for years now, and it has worked wonders. It smells wonderful, but very faint. For years I tried every natural alternative on the market without much success.It has been successfully tried by hundreds of my clients! Coconut oil is a natural oil that has wonderful antibacterial, immune boosting and detoxifying qualities. It can effectively nourish and moisturize the skin. This recipe is also very cost effective, at less than a dollar per batch.
6-8 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (antibacterial)
4 tablespoons baking soda (aluminum free)
4 tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch (both absorb moisture; arrowroot is preferred)
20-30 drops pure tea tree essential oil (antibacterial and antifungal)
6 drops pure lavender essential oil (antimicrobial and smells good!)
Note: Adding the essential oil is optional, as it may irritate skin in some people. Or you can add less. Avoid applying to armpits immediately after shaving. Storing: You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place it in a small container with a lid and apply with fingers with each use (best storing method in hot weather). Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use. Make half the recipe to fit into a smaller container.
Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder/cornstarch. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken. Add your tea tree oil and lavender oil if you are using them.
Frequently Asked Questions1. I am having issues with an itchy rash under my armpits. Any solutions?
Baking soda can be an irritant for some people. Sometimes this may be a detoxing method of the body to remove impurities in your skin from previous standard deodorants. If you wait it out a few weeks, it may disappear altogether, as it happened with me. If not, try decreasing the baking soda by 1 Tbsp and replacing with more cornstarch/arrowroot powder. Itchiness can also often be related to applying this too soon after shaving. Wait an hour or two after shaving to apply. Adding 1/4 cup shea butter or cocoa butter to the recipe for their healing benefit is another alternative. You also can try using arrowroot powder as it is more natural on the skin or make sure to choose a talc-free cornstarch. The final option is to apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel/juice to your skin for its healing benefits before applying the deodorant. It will help cool, refresh, and prevent irritations to the skin.
2. Can you use any other oils for this recipe?
It is possible to use other oils on this recipe, such as sweet apricot oil, but I do not recommend other oils simply because they are not as effective as coconut oil with its antibacterial benefits. Apricot or olive oil also remain liquid in form, and thus make this messy to apply. Coconut oil remains solid under 76 degrees, so it is perfect for deodorant. You can use palm oil as it is another natural oil that is solid at room temperature, but again not as effective as coconut oil.
3. Will this deodorant stain my clothes?
Not likely or not any more than a standard deodorant or antiperspirant. I have only noticed slight staining on white garments, but this can be avoided by soaking with soap after wearing and before washing. Dishwashing soap and hot water are very effective stain removers.
4. What kind of coconut oil can I use? Is there a recommended brand?
It is recommended to use a high quality, virgin coconut oil purchased from a health food store. A good coconut oil should be clear (not yellow or brown!) when liquid, and white when solid.
5. Can I add other essential oils to this recipe?
Yes, feel free to add various essential oils for the added scent, but beware that essential oils can cause irritations. Start with making a small batch to make sure you do not react. I recommend tea tree oil for its pleasant scent (men and women alike enjoy it), and it has great antibacterial qualities. Lavender is also a great one, although men may be opposed to the flower scent.
6. Is there any solution for preventing this from melting? (Note: coconut oil melts at 76 degrees).
If you live in a particularly warm climate, add a little melted beeswax or cacao butter to the mixture. Store in your fridge, if necessary. For summer travel, I recommend storing in a cooler, or a container that WON’T leak. Remove from cooler or refrigerator 10 minutes before use to allow it to soften slightly for application. If you would like to keep your deodorant in your bathroom, simply store it in a small container/jar and apply it with your fingers. Through experience, my opinion is that the container/jar method is the most practical, easy and it prevents messes; especially when travelling.
7. What’s the benefit of using arrowroot powder over cornstarch?
You are free to use cornstarch or arrowroot powder as desired. Arrowroot is a more natural thickening agent alternative. I use arrowroot powder as an alternative to cornstarch in all my cooking. Arrowroot powder should be available through your local health food store.
8. I am allergic to coconut oil, is there any alternatives?
I have heard people experiencing success by replacing coconut oil with equal quantities of shea butter and cocoa butter. You can also use palm oil because it remains solid like coconut oil. Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil for the antibacterial properties.
9. I am a heavy sweater? Is this an antiperspirant?
No, this is not an antiperspirant, so you will sweat but it will definitely be decreased quantities. Sweating is a natural bodily process that is necessary for health in removing toxins from your body.I am an athlete and do sweat a lot in this hot Caribbean climate, but this deodorant works very well to remove body odor from sweat like nothing else I have ever tried. I do recommend multiple applications if you are doing strenuous work or exercise for it to be effective.