Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own aluminum-free deodorant.
A few studies in recent years have theorized that aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer. According to the authors of these studies, most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast -- the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirants are applied.
The studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminum, are absorbed into the skin, particularly when the skin is nicked during shaving. These studies claim that those chemicals may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in the cells. However, there hasn’t been enough studies to really confirm or deny that antiperspirants give you cancer.
So why make your own deodorant?
Well, many reasons, but my top reason is the changes in my body that I saw when I started using it. When I first set out to make my own deodorant, I kept reading about going through a cleansing phase. This is where your body starts to flush out harmful things. The phase can last from a couple days to a couple weeks. During this phase, your body continues to react to the chemicals you were using, but as it’s flushed out of your system, your body begins to change how it does things. Kind of sounds familiar with any kind of habit change, doesn’t it?
When I started to use my own homemade deodorant, I discovered that my body produced a lot of sweat from doing nothing. It was really annoying! But after a while, I noticed my body changing, and I wasn’t sweating as much during day-to-day activity.
What this experiment revealed was that my body was over-producing sweat because the antiperspirants in my deodorant. Aluminum produces a chemical reaction with the water in your sweat to form a physical plug. It plugs up those cells, and my body was taking that as me not producing enough sweat to cool down me down. Cause that’s why we sweat, right? To cool us down, so we don’t overheat.
With eliminating the antiperspirant from my deodorant, I have found really positive changes in my overall hygiene. The only time I really sweat now is when I do a lot of physical activity. Plus, I know exactly what ingredients are in my deodorant, and it’s just really easy to make too. And I can choose my own smells with using different essential oils.
Let me show you how to make your own deodorant.
First you want to make sure you have all the ingredients you are going to use and some containers for deodorant, or you can put it into a jar. Next you are going to use a double boiler to melt everything together. I use a pot with water and put a glass mixing bowl in it. Works like magic.
(5) Empty Clear Plastic Deodorant Containers - 2.2 Oz Cylinders
For 5 containers of deodorant, I add in
8 tablespoons of coconut oil.This is used to help the deodorant glide on.
4 tablespoons of shea-butter. This is used for moisturizer.
4 tablespoons of beeswax. This used to make the deodorant solid, and not melt when it gets warm outside.
You want to melt these three ingredients together first before you add in the three different powders and essential oils.
Once the beeswax is completely melted, I add in
4 Tablespoons of baking soda. This absorbs moisture and odors.
8 Tablespoons of arrowroot. This wicks away moisture.
6 Tablespoons of cornstarch. This helps eliminates odors.
After those are stirred in, I add in my oils. I like to mix this up each time. For these deodorants, I’m going to use
This gives the deodorant a woodsy smell.
Next, I turn the heat off and pour the deodorant mixture into the containers. Then wait an hour or so for the deodorant to harden. And Bam! The deodorant is done and ready to use.
Well, thank you all for reading, and I hope you try out my homemade deodorant recipe. Have a beautiful day and see you next week.
Take care of yourself <3
- Antiperspirant Safety: Should You Sweat It?: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety#3