Most deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum-based compounds, which have been scientifically linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. I don’t know about you, but this scares me enough to do away with my Secret – vanilla scented deodorant! Besides, why pay a ridiculous amount of money on a product that puts toxins into your body when you can make your own natural deodorant for dirt cheap?!
Want to know a secret? Baking soda is an awesome, non-toxic deodorant and antiperspirant! It absorbs moisture and deodorizes!
Coconut oil is also a great deodorizer; it has antimicrobial, antifungal, & antibacterial properties, which in other words keeps the odor (coming from your pits) to the minimum. Plus, coconut oil smells pretty good.
Here is a quick & cheap way to make your own natural deodorant with the two lovely ingredients:
Quick ‘Baking Soda/Coconut Oil Deodorant’ Method
Rub some coconut oil on your armpits, and then rub (or brush) a small amount of baking soda on them. It’s as simple as that!
This method works great for me and the effectiveness of it can sometimes last up to two days. This has been a ritual of mine for the past 6 months and I will never buy a stick of deodorant ever again. Whoo hoo!
FYI: Coconut oil melts at 76+ degrees Fahrenheit. No matter the state of the coconut oil, you will still be able to apply it either way.
Liquid Deodorant Recipe
If you try out the baking soda/coconut oil deodorant method and it works well for you, you may want to create a liquid mixture you can put in a spray bottle to save application time. I haven’t tried this yet so I don’t know the exact measurements, but it seems like it would work well:
Mix baking soda, coconut oil, distilled water, a small amount of vodka (to use as a preservative), & a few drops of your favorite essential oil (for scent), together and store in a spray bottle.
- If you’re out of deodorant or you don’t have any coconut oil, simply wet your armpits with water, pour some baking soda into your hands, and rub the baking soda onto your pits, and be amazed! I do this sometimes if I run out of coconut oil. Baking soda works well by itself, but the coconut oil makes the deodorizing properties even stronger.
- If the baking soda irritates your skin, mix half cornstarch (or arrowroot) with half baking soda to make your natural deodorant.
- I always purchase organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil because organic = less toxic. I use this coconut oil.
Here is an article regarding the controversial dangers of antiperspirants containing aluminum compounds:http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fact-or-fiction-antiperspants-do-more-than-block-sweat
Hope you enjoyed these tips!