Antiperspirants also stop your body's ability to sweat. Well...that is the point right? Well, it turns out that isn't such a great thing. Sweat is one of your body's natural detoxification systems. Without it, our health can suffer.
That doesn't mean that you have to start being a dirty, stinky hippie. There are many natural deodorants available for sale, or you could even get adventurous and try making your own.
As with most personal care products, luckily deodorant is pretty easy to make at home. And like most other homemade products, not only do you control the ingredients and have the chance to customize your recipe according to your preferences, but you can save quite a bit of money by making your own.
There are a slew of deodorant recipes available on the internet. They range from simple powders of baking soda and cornstarch to more complex, customized versions. I started with a simple version such as this one from Passionate Homemaking. It worked fairly well, but over time my armpits seemed to become sensitive and it wasn't working as well as I would have liked.
Since then I have played around with quite a few versions. I have formulated a version that is a little more complicated, but I am now quite satisfied with. It doesn't seem to irritate my skin as much, although you might need to eliminate the baking soda entirely to be truly gentle on sensitive skin. The shea butter soothes your skin while the bentonite clay give you an extra detoxifying boost.
So give it a try and see what you think! Your body and your wallet will thank you...
One thing to keep in mind though is that this is not an antiperspirant, so if you are just switching from a conventional antiperspirant you might find yourself sweating quite a bit for the first couple weeks as your body continues to try to overcompensate from years of fighting against your antiperspirant. However, don't worry. This deodorant will make sure that your sweat doesn't smell, and with time you will sweat less. And if you are worried here is a great article about making the transition.
Homemade Detoxifying Deodorant
3 Tbs Coconut Oil
2 Tbs Shea Butter
1 Tbs Beeswax
1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
3 Tbs Baking Soda
2 Tbs Arrowroot Powder
2 Tbs Bentonite Clay
1. In a double boiler (or mason jar set-up such as the one used here) warm the beeswax and coconut oil until they are melted. Then add the shea butter and warm until just melted. Remove from heat immediately.
2. Allow the oils to cool slightly, until the oil are just about to solidify. While you are waiting mix together the arrowroot powder, baking soda, and bentonite clay.
3. Once it has cooled, stir in the vitamin E oil and essential oils. Then slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the oils. Mix thoroughly until smooth.
4. Pour the mixture into your containers and allow to cool.
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