How to make an all natural homemade Deodorant
Increasingly consumers are becoming concerned about the ingredients in commercial deodorants. These typically include alcohol, aluminium and parabens, all of which can cause problems for the skin. For example, alcohol and aluminium can be irritating for sensitive skin, and although parabens have been deemed safe for use in cosmetics according to the FDA, many people prefer to avoid them.
Some worry that chemical ingredients could be actively harmful to the body, and don’t feel comfortable using them. However, few people can get away with not using a deodorant. So what are the alternatives if you want to avoid products containing these chemicals? You can choose a natural product, although these tend to be expensive.
A cheaper alternative is to make your own all natural deodorant, which will be kinder to your skin than commercial products – and you’ll know exactly what goes into it.
There are plenty of recipes for home-made deodorant, using simple ingredients like baking powder and coconut oil. You can easily buy the ingredients from a health food store, chemist, or online source, and you’ll have enough not only to make the deodorant, but also other home-made cosmetics.
It’s important to note that just because an ingredient is natural, it does not mean that some people won’t react to it. So if you do find your home-made deodorant irritates you, experiment with different ingredients until you hit upon a combination that works for you.
Recipe for all natural deodorant
To begin your journey into the joys of home-made cosmetics, try this deodorant recipe – with the essential oils, it will smell so much nicer than commercial deodorants! The shea butter and coconut oils also make it moisturising (unlike many store-bought products).
- 3 tbsp virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Shea Butter
- 3 tbsp Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 2 tbsp Cornflour
- 5 drops Essential Oil
Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a dish over a pan of simmering water, and remove from heat. Add the bicarbonate of soda and cornflour, and mix until smooth. Add a few drops of your preferred essential oils and leave to cool. When it is ready, apply 1 tsp to your underarms (allow to dry before dressing). Keep in fridge during hot weather.
(recipe courtesy of treehugger)
The essential oils are used for fragrance.
Popular essential oils include:
- Tea Tree Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Sandalwood Oil
As containers there are empty storage containers for dedorants for sale online. Alternatively you can wash and dry used deodorant containers.
It’s really so simple to make your own deodorants, and although you’ll have a small outlay at the beginning on the ingredients, you’ll have enough coconut oil and shea butter to make several months’ worth of deodorant (they also make good moisturisers), and the dry ingredients are cheap. So going the home-made route is really worthwhile if you’re concerned about what’s going on your skin – which is, after all, our largest organ. Home-made products won’t prevent you from sweating although that’s perfectly normal and healthy.
You may want to switch to a commercial (but natural) product if going to the gym or exercising, although you could use your home-made version for everyday use and save the store-bought one for gym visits.
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