How To EFFECTIVELY Use Natural & Homemade Deodorant (plus recipes!)

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Lately, I’ve been taking a serious interest in learning more about toxins and how they affect our health.  Mostly related to the toxins in our homes and personal care products. I want to be as free of toxins as I possibly can.  It’s not worth the risk, and truthfully you can’t always trust the people and sources that say these chemicals are safe.

I made the switch to homemade non-toxic cleaning a few years ago and I will never go back.  Now I’m working on personal hygiene.  I’ve spent a lot of time perfecting the use of natural and homemade deodorant, hopefully, what I have learned can help you get the most out of your natural deodorant, whether it’s a store-bought or homemade option.

So, we all sweat right?  I am DEFINITELY no exception.  I’m not sure what is worse, the sweat marks under your arms or the risk of having body odor. So, when you work very closely with other people these things REALLY matter. Basically, I’m saying this isn’t something I take lightly.

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 WHAT’S WRONG WITH STORE BOUGHT DEODORANT?

Good question! Commercial deodorants (and antiperspirants) are full of chemical ingredients that have been linked to many health issues. Here are the top offenders.

  • Parabens – Big time endocrine disruptors.  Parabens can have adverse effects on the neurological, reproductive and immune systems.
  • Aluminum – Mimics estrogen in the body and is linked to breast cancer.
  • Triclosan – Antibacterial, kills bacteria INCLUDING the healthy gut bacteria that plays a huge role in our overall health.

If you are ready to make the switch to natural deodorant you must understand that you will STILL SWEAT and this is actually a good thing.  Antiperspirants use aluminum to essentially “clog” or “block” your sweat glands.  We sweat for good reason and nature intended for us to sweat.  Sweating excretes toxins and also works as the body’s natural air conditioner.

So, we know sweating is actually natural and healthy, but it’s still uncomfortable to have sweat marks and the oh so embarrassing body odor.  Well, natural or homemade deodorant works.  No, seriously, it does! Just keep in mind it works differently, so you have to take some extra precautions to make these deodorants work as effectively as possible.

Here are my top 3 tips to get the best out of your natural deodorant.

#1 EXPERIMENT TO FIND WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU

Certain formulas and recipes will work better for different people.  Don’t give up if the first kind you try doesn’t work well. Gender, activity level, age, and hormones all play a factor in how we sweat and how much we stink.  Older people and less active people might be able to simply use coconut oil as a deodorant.  Adolescents and very active people will likely need a stronger combination.

I tried a couple store bought varieties that only worked OK in my opinion. Not to mention they are kinda pricey.  That’s when I started experimenting with different homemade options until I found the right combination that works best for me.  I will share a few recipes with you in a bit.

#2 SWITCH YOUR CLOTHING TO NATURAL FABRICS

What you wear has a pretty big impact on sweat and odor.  Synthetic materials (such as polyester)  do not “breathe”.  Heat can get trapped between your skin and clothes causing you to become hot and sweaty (Why do you think so much winter wear is made from polyester!)

 But what about workout clothes?  They seem to all be synthetic materials.  This is true.  This is because certain blends of synthetic materials have the benefit of something called “moisture wicking”.  You sweat and the material “wicks” the moisture from your skin.  Sounds great right?  Well, the downside is that odor causing bacteria is trapped more easily in these fabrics and the more exposure the material has to the stink the more trapped it gets which basically means it won’t completely come out in the wash. YUCK!

Your best bet is to go with natural fabrics.  Cotton is always a good choice.  Side note, polyester clothes, aka plastic, is incredibly bad for the environment.

TRUE STORY

– I have a handful of really cute flowy short sleeved tops (from thrift stores, of course) that I like to wear to work.  They are sheer so I wear a tank top underneath.  You’d think that if they are see through that they would be breathable right?  Nope.  They are 100% polyester and I sweat like a pig when I wear them.  Yet when I wear my long sleeved button down 100% cotton denim shirt, also with a tank top underneath, I hardly sweat at all.  That was enough proof for me.

#3 MAKE SURE YOUR PITS ARE CLEAN

Super important!  Make sure your armpits are super clean before applying natural deodorant.  Bacteria is what causes the stink.  If you have any trace of bacteria on your skin your deodorant will be much less effective.  This means if you do not shower every day, you will want to give those pits a good scrub down before reapplying.


READY TO MAKE YOUR OWN??

Are you ready to try out some recipes for homemade deodorant?  I had much better results with homemade versions than any of the store-bought varieties I tried.  Plus, they will save you some serious bucks.  Making your own is definitely the cheapest route, whether you’re trying to reduce toxins or not.

RECIPE #1 

COCONUT OIL –  I mentioned earlier that older and/or less active people can use coconut oil as a natural deodorant. If you naturally don’t sweat a lot, but just need a little something for odor, apply a thin layer to clean skin.  Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties and can work well on the right people.

RECIPE #2

  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder – absorbs moisture
  • 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil – antibacterial
  • 6 drops tea tree essential oil – antimicrobial

Add arrowroot and tea tree to the melted coconut oil and mix well.  Fits well in a 4 oz mason jar.  Apply a thin layer with clean fingertips to clean skin.

 

RECIPE #3  (This is the recipe I use)

  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder – absorbs moisture
  • 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil – antibacterial
  • 1 Tbsp melted beeswax pastilles – adds a firmer texture
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil – antimicrobial
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil – antimicrobial

Melt coconut oil and beeswax.  Add remaining ingredients and blend well.  Fits well in a 4 oz mason jar.  Apply a thin layer with clean fingertips to clean skin.

You can experiment with different essential oils to use instead of lavender to get a scent you like, but I like this scent and it provides double action against odor.


Don’t get discouraged when making the switch from toxic antiperspirants to natural homemade deodorants.  There is an adjustment period, but using these helpful tips can make this important transition go so much more smoothly.

Have any questions or helpful tips to add?  Feel free to comment below, because I super love your feedback!

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Elizabeth

Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I love simple and healthy living. Even when things are super complicated, there is always some peace in the simple things in life. My goal is to explore and share all the ways of incorporating a back to basics and natural approach to this crazy thing called life.

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