All-natural homemade deodorant... and not a moment too soon. You may have read about how I've been complaining about the weather here in Los Angeles, well it hasn't gotten any better. Still in that heatwave. The weather is always perfect, until one day when it's not and no one can deal because we're not used to any fluctuations in the weather. It's sort of how no one here can drive in the rain, or that time I got stuck behind a BMW on a canyon road I was so excited to drive on, on the way back from Northridge to the west side and then he kept slowing down about 15 miles an hour at every turn. It was as horrible as it sounds, but I'm not here to complain about the city of angels and the lack of dirt roads to travel. I'm here to talk about homemade deodorant that is super simple to make, not to mention you can make it organic, aluminum-free homemade deodorant, with the right ingredients. I saw this recipe on Free People and was so thrilled when I had all of the ingredients. Doesn't everyone keep arrowroot starch on hand?
So, if you don't know about the dangers of antiperspirant, you'll be pretty surprised by the link to different cancers, specifically lymphatic cancer and Alzheimer's, due to the aluminum content. I never could stand that super-dry, irritating feeling. Plus, I hear it makes some people break-out. If you can't bear to make your own at home, Alba makes a great deodorant. I'm a huge fan of aloe vera. My absolute favorite, favorite is Nubian Heritage's 24-Hr Coconut and Papaya. It works, feels soft, and it smells amazing. Also, if you're using homemade deodorant for the health benefits please, please, please make sure your baking soda is aluminum free, otherwise you're just diving down the same rabbit hole.
Baking soda and arrowroot or cornstarch make a good deodorant on their own because they absorb and neutralize the oils and odors on the skin, but then add in coconut oil with it's anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and you've got a whole morning routine. Remember before about the lymphatic cancer, well not only are you taking away a contributing factor, but you can also add in a little lymphatic massage every morning before you head out to work. So you're ensuring proper drainage of the lymph nodes and making sure your armpits are moisturized and smell great. I put essential oil in mine, totally optional, but it makes a nice addition to your morning care routine.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/8 cup of baking soda
- 1/8 cup of arrowroot starch
- 15-20 drops of essential oils - I used red grapefruit because citrus oils also work as deodorant.
It's dog approved and everything. How could you go wrong? He doesn't care, he just wants coconut oil.
- Mix all ingredients together and store in a cool, dry place.
- To apply, rub a small amount between fingers and massage into underarms.
Coconut oil melts at any temperature over 75°. So if you're in a no air-conditioning heat-wave zone like me, better put it in the fridge. If it does happen to melt just stir until it's all mixed again and put it in the fridge for 20 minutes stir again and you should be good as new!