Make Your Own Homemade Deodorant
Most store bought deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum, preservatives and artificial fragrances which some people find irritating to the skin and which can also be harmful to your health.
Aluminum is a known estrogen-mimicking compound and could therefore wreak havoc with hormone levels. There are studies that have established a possible correlation between breast cancer and high levels of aluminum found in body tissue.
Triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent used in many commercial deodorants, is a known endocrine disruptor and has the potential to interfere with hormones necessary for reproduction and human development. There is research showing that it may also interfere with brain development. More recent studies theorize that triclosan may contribute to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
So can you smell fresh and clean all day and avoid these potential health risks? Of course you can!
Making your own deodorant using ingredients that are already in your kitchen cabinet is not only a healthy alternative to store bought deodorants and antiperspirants, but also less expensive. And best of all…it only takes minutes to make!
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- A few drops of essential oil
- Combine coconut oil and essential oils. Lavender and tea tree oils are a nice combination. If the coconut oil is solid and difficult to work with, it can be heated for a few seconds in the microwave to soften.
- Add cornstarch and baking soda and mix until smooth.
- Transfer to a jar and apply with your hands.