Summer is excellent for many reasons, but the season does have its down sides. For instance, I love all the extra daylight hours for giving me a chance to catch up on yard work, host cookouts, and hike all weekend, but during the heat of the day, it is undeniably, miserably hot. This is especially true here in the Deep South where heat is compounded by a muggy humidity! So I end up sweating--a lot. I hate sweating and this year has been the worst because, I made the decision to switch to natural deodorants.
I chose to try out some natural options to avoid the worrisome additives in regular antiperspirants, particularly aluminum. Aluminum is used in antiperspirants to absorb and prevent underarm sweat. But, aluminum has been linked to some pretty nasty side effects like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Scientists speculate that this happens because aluminum can potentially build up in your underarms, clogging your pours, and then get absorbed into your system.
Putting aside whether or not these associations are actually the causation, I do think it is wise to cut down on our exposure to chemicals whenever we can. So I have tried several natural and aluminum free deodorants available at drugstores and health stores, and so far they all do a poor job of preventing odor and sweaty underarms. So I got curious about DIY recipes for deodorant. I found a few, experimented, and came up with a basic recipe I really like. All the ingredients are kitchen staples, so anyone can make this in a few spare minutes one afternoon. It’s very customizable too, since you can pick and choose the essential oils to add.
Easy natural deodorant ingredients:
- 6 Tbsp Recipe Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda (you could also swap out the baking soda for an equal amount of arrow root)
- 1 Tbsp Essential Oil (your choice!)
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler* over low to medium heat (you really do not want to burn this stuff!) until just melted. You do not want a liquid; just make it pliable. Once warm and mixed remove from heat.
2. Add baking soda and mix it up!
3. Add your essential oil and pour into your container. I have had success recycling an empty deodorant stick.
*You can make a double boiler by putting a small non-stick pot in a larger pot filled with water (low enough so it doesn’t boil over) if you do not have a double boiler. This is what I do!